Update #24 – Participatory Budgeting Dates Announced, University Ave bike lane, Cornwallis Park meeting, Friends of the Common public meeting.

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PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING 2016 – DATES ANNOUNCED 
District 7 votes on how to spend $94,000 for a 3rd time

Everyone in District 7, including children, are invited to come and help choose projects that will help build a stronger community!  Last year almost three hundred people voted to fund projects like Shelter NS’ community garden, Halifax Music Co-op, GoAnchorrsebrook Junior High School’s community garden project and Metro Non-Profit Housing Association for the Morris House.

Do you have a project?

  • Need funding for a project to support, enhance, and build community?
  • Want to see more public art, bike racks, and benches?
  • Does your neighbourhood want to improve a park or playground?

Capital projects that provide a public benefit and meet policy criteria may be eligible for funding.  Visit www.wayemason.ca for more information, or call my office and speak to Susan During at 902 490 4013

Key Dates:

Ideas Swap and How To Workshop (for District 7 & 8)
Thursday March 23rd 7:00-9:00 pm – Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s Room

Voting Day – All District 7 residents can vote!
Tuesday May 19th 6:00-9:00 pm – Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s Room
PUBLIC SPACE, HISTORY AND MEMORY

 

The Gorsebrook Institute at St Mary’s is hosting a public meeting to Anchortalk about the relationships between public space, history and memory.  I am pleased to be working with Gorsebrook to help host a discussion about naming and recognition, especially in light of the controversy around Cornwallis Park. These recent debates in Halifax and elsewhere have brought this issue into sharp focus.

This symposium seeks to continue the conversation.  Panelists will make short presentations to be followed by a facilitated question and answer period.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday, March 12th, 2:30 pm
Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building
Saint Mary’s University

UNIVERSITY AVENUE BIKE LANE

Halifax and Dalhousie are developing a pilot project to install and study protected bike lanes along the north and south sides of University Avenue from Robie Street to LeMarchant Street.

This is your chance to discuss the future of active transportation (trails, bike lanes, sidewalks) and to implement Dalhousie’s vision for the renewal of University Avenue.

The goal of this pilot project is to test best practices in cycling infrastructure, demonstrate the enhanced safety of a separated bike lane, and encourage increased ridership for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Join us at the open house to learn more about the project and to provide your feedback and comments:

Wednesday March 11th, 2015, 4 – 8 pm
LeMarchant Place, Dalhousie University
1246 LeMarchant Street, Halifax
To provide your feedback online: http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/university-avenue-bike-lane

 

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No public hearings currently scheduled.

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YOUNG IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S COMMUNITY FORUM

th, 2015 10:30 am | Halifax North Memorial Public Library

The Young Immigrant Women’s Group at ISANS is organizing a community forum on March 7th from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The forum will focus on sharing young immigrant women’s experiences and examine opportunities to make positive changes in the community. Come out and share your insights and learn about different community issues affecting immigrant women in Halifax.

SALT TRUCK FOLLIES 2015

th, 2015 8:30 pm| Meinertzhagen Theatre / Halifax Grammar School

Join Live Art Dance for their 9th annual fundraiser and a night of dance, comedy, music and silent auction. I,, along with local luminaries, will compete for the 2015 Dancing with the Halifamous crown. For more information on the event, visit www.liveartdance.ca or call 902-420-0003.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2015

March 8th 2015 is International Women’s Day and there are a number of events happening around the city in celebration of women.

Ø     Community Show and Tell: Developing a female-led music culture. www.musicliberatory.com

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: The Bus Stop Theatre

Ø     Equality for Women is Progress for All. Free and open to the public

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Museum of the Atlantic

Ø     Our Bodies – Our Territories: Presented by the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council

Time: 1:30 pm

Location: Halifax Grand Parade

Ø     Film Screening – Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Schulich School of Law: Dalhousie University, Weldon Building Room 105

QUITTING SMOKING WITH ECHO HUB: GETTING STARTED SESSION

Monday, March 9th | ECHO Club, 531 Herring Cove Rd.

Join the ECHO club for a one-hour session that will help you make decisions about tobacco use. Learn about the many free programs available to help you stop smoking. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP for the event, please call 902- 477-0964.

FRIENDS OF THE HALIFAX COMMON ANNUAL AGM

Tuesday, March 10th, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) | Women’s Council House, South Park Street (corner of Inglis Street)

Friends of Halifax Common membership is open to anyone committed to caring for the Halifax Common in the spirit of the original 1763 land grant “for the use of the inhabitants of the Town of Halifax as Common forever” and to the 1994 Halifax Common Plan.  Help make green space grow. See you there!

MUSICAL MUNCHKINS

Wednesday, March 11th, 10:30 am | Halifax Central Library

The Nova Scotia Symphony has partnered with the Halifax Central Library to present a free, interactive program for three-to-five year olds. These performances are free and open to the public.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

March 12th – 15th| Scotiabank Centre

Halifax welcomes the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) league for the Men’s Hockey National Championship taking place March 12th – 15th at the Scotiabank centre. For more information and game schedules, please visit http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mice/index

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: CAREGIVERS OF NOVA SCOTIA

March 12th, 2pm | Mulgrave Park Baptist Church Hall

This support group offers a confidential, friendly atmosphere for those caring for someone with an illness or disability and offers a venue to discuss personal experiences and receive helpful information in a supportive environment. This is a free event and is open to everyone.

TOWN HALL ON CHANGES AT CANADA POST

March 16th, 7:00pm | Lindsay Children’s Room, Halifax Central Library

Join MP Megan Leslie as she hosts an information and Q & A session on recent changes to Canada Post. Canada Post is eliminating its home mail delivery in parts of Halifax on July 21. This is an opportunity to raise concerns, ask questions, and get answers. For more information, contact Anne Marie Foote at 902-426-8691 or Mike Keefe at 902-455-2640.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR NON-PROFITS

March 19th | CEED Training Room, Halifax Shopping Centre

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is hosting a free social-media workshop for non-profit organisations. Learn how social media is fundamentally changing the way people communicate and learn about the tools available to help non-profits use social media to save money, reach a greater audience and promote their products and services. To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/social-media-for-non-profits-tickets-14990385647

NAWROZ EVENT 2015

March 22nd, 5pm-1am | Afghan Society of Halifax, 3844 Joseph Howe Drive

Join the Afghan Society of Halifax as they share their cultural performances, live music, and cultural food to the larger community. To book tickets or to find out information about event sponsorship, emailafghansocietyofhalifax.ns@gmail.com or phone 902-880-9664.

THE NATIONAL FLAG OF CANADA FIFTY YEARS ON: EVENINGS AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

March 24th, 7pm | Government House

Their Honours Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Mrs. Joan Grant invite the public to Government House this winter to celebrate civic and cultural excellence in our province. Deputy Chief Herald of Canada, Bruce Patterson will present “The National Flag of Canada Fifty Years On”. This is a free event and is open to the public.

THE EMERGING LENS FILM FESTIVAL: SUBMISSION DEADLINE

March 25th

The Emerging Lens Film Festival is accepting 1min-35min entries reflecting the African Canadian/Nova Scotian/Multicultural experience. Entries should be clearly labeled with Filmmaker info and project run time. The 5th Annual Emerging Lens Film Festival will take place in April 2015. For more information, call 902-789-4994 or email admin@theemerginglens.com

2015 HALIFAX JAZZ FESTIVAL BOWL-A-THON

March 27th, 9pm | Bayers Road Bowlarama

Teams of four or five are invited to get out, get pledges and take part in the ultimate bowling league. Halifax Jazz Festival will keep score and there will be prizes, and a live three piece band playing throughout the night. All proceeds from the event will support Halifax Jazz Festival’s education initiatives.