BRT engagement, public information meetings, George Elliott Clarke, more

African Heritage Month events continue!

Congrats to the Inglis Street Elementary School parents and staff who pulled off the first of what I personally hope will be an annual dessert auction! Pictured above are just a few of the delicious desserts that were auctioned, raising over $1200 for the accessible playground fund.  Thank you also for putting up with my auctioneering, it was a lot of fun and I hope we do it again next year.

Public Meetings and Notices

Bus Rapid Transit – Open House
Monday, February 12 2018 2-4:30pm & 5:30-8pm | Halifax Central Library, BMO Community Room
Everyone is invited to come and review potential Bus Rapid Transit options and provide their feedback on the initiative. As part of the Integrated Mobility Plan and the Moving Forward Together Plan, Bus Rapid Transit is a bus-based transit system that provides users with frequent, fast, high capacity and cost-effective transit service. The intent of this project is to see whether Bus Rapid Transit is a viable option for higher order transportation in Halifax. For more information, visit https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/bus-rapid-transit

Budget Committee – 2018-19 Budget and Business Plan
Tuesday, February 14 10am | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
The next meeting of Budget Committee will take place on Wednesday February 14th at 9:30am at Halifax City Hall.

Public Information Meeting – Case 20928: 5720-5722 Inglis Street
Thursday February 15 7pm | Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Lindsay Children’s Room
Case 20928: Application by RHAD Architects requesting a development agreement for a property located at 5720-5722 Inglis Street, Halifax to allow for a 12-unit residential building on the same property as an existing heritage building. https://www.halifax.ca/business/planning-development/applications/case-20928-5720-5722-inglis-street-halifax

Community Events

26th Halifax Scouting Group Pancake Supper
Tuesday Feb 13, 5:00-7:00pm | St. Agnes Church Hall, 6903 Mumford Rd

The 26th Halifax Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are hosting the annual Pancake Supper. It will be held on Shrove Tuesday, in the Parish Auditorium. The menu will consist of pancakes, sausages, cake and orange slices along with juice, tea or coffee. The pancake supper is a great opportunity to raise funds and bring families together, while being served by your youth and their Scouters.  Any proceeds realized from this Pancake Supper go directly to 26th Halifax to support programming in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Admission: $8 per adult/$4 per youth (under 12). Tickets at the door.

Winterful Waterfront Weekend
Saturday & Sunday February 10-11 2018 10-4pm | Halifax Waterfront
Head down to the waterfront this weekend for some fun winter activities! Celebrate winter by partaking in lots of winter activities for children and adults. There will be snow painting, maple syrup on ice, free hot chocolate and mulled apple cider, popcorn and more! There will also be winter yoga, a snow shoe demo and tons more!
Check out the event listing for the full list and times: https://www.facebook.com/events/1652806614766325/

Halifax Pride Youth Committee Meeting
Monday, February 12 5:30-7pm | Halifax Central Library
Halifax Pride’s Youth Committee is having their second meeting to discuss plans for the 2018 Halifax Pride Festival. For the 2018 festival, there will be new youth focused events and the committee will be deciding what those new events are and the needs required to make them happen. This Youth Committee is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and discuss exciting 2SLGBTQ+ events.
19 years of age and under.

Lift Every Voice 3 – African Heritage Month Musical Showcase
Thursday February 15 7-9pm | Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall
Back for its third annual performance, producers with African Nova Scotian Music Association proudly present a fantastic line-up of performances from the African Nova Scotian community. This musical showcase will be energizing for the heart and soul and will be a wonderful production celebrating some amazing Nova Scotia talent. Admission is Free.

George Elliott Clarke: Righteously Political Poetry
Saturday, February 17 2-4pm | Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall
George Elliott Clarke, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate and Toronto Poet Laureate will be reciting poetry examining slavery and imperialism. Come on out for what is sure to be an unforgettable performance!
Admission is free.

Food Hack Nova Scotia
Monday February 19 9am & Tuesday February 20th 2018 6pm | Saint Mary’s University
Presented by Spark Zone, Food Hack Nova Scotia examines tackling food sustainability, safety and security. Join 120 students from across the Maritimes along with food industry innovators to discuss solutions to solve a major issue in Atlantic Canada.
To get your free ticket visit https://www.foodhacknovascotia.com/

Feed Nova Scotia Food for Fines
Sunday, February 25 2018| Any Dalhousie Library
On Sunday February 25th, you can pay off your library fines by bringing in canned goods to any of the Dalhousie Libraries for Feed Nova Scotia. For every can, $3.00 will be waived from your library fines. For more information visit https://www.feednovascotia.ca/get-involved/events/food-for-fines-2

Help and more info

Call my office
Call our office for assistance with your municipal issues. Contact my Constituency Coordinator Melody Campbell by phone 902-490-2012 or email melody.campbell@halifax.ca or contact me directly. The best way to reach me is via email at my city email – waye.mason@halifax.ca or you can call my direct line at 902-490-8462.

311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 7 days/week from 7 am to 11 pm to respond to routine inquiries and complaints from HRM residents. Please use this service since it helps HRM keep track of issues that are of concern for residents (missed solid waste pickup, sidewalks not cleared, transit info or complaints, etc.) For more information please visit http://www.halifax.ca/311/

Regional Council Reports and Agendas
If you want to read reports coming to Regional Council (posted mid-day Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting) or to check the agenda please go to:  https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council

Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
Community Council meets on Tuesday evenings that alternate with Regional Council. Please check the webpage here for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times. https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/community-councils/halifax-west-community-council

Peninsula Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the three districts on the peninsula. Please check the webpage for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times:  https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/h/halifax-peninsula-planning-advisory-committee