Update 4 – the Spring Has Sprung Edition!


  • Share the Road Workshop – May 15 6:30p.m. – 8:30 p.m
  • North-South Peninsula Bike Route Recommendation – May 16
  • Cogswell Shake-Up – May 16
  • National Public Works Week – May 23
  • Greenhouse Open House & Tours – May 25 from 9 am – 3 pm.
  • The Kraft Celebration Tour  – June 7, 2013
  • Doors Open Halifax – June 8 & 9, 2013
  • Mark Your Calendars for Curbside Give Away Weekend – June 8 & 9, 2013.
  • Caps and Gowns
  • Congratulations to District 8 2013 HRM Volunteer Awards
  • Free Swimming lessons at all HRM beaches this summer
  • Men ending violence against women
  • Health Survey
  • Halifax Common Anniversary

Share the Road Workshop – May 15 6:30p.m. – 8:30 p.m

The Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory  – DalTRAC), in partnership with the Ecology Action Centre and Halifax Regional Municipality, will be holding a workshop in the Halifax Regional Municipality to explore options for improving road safety for all users. The workshop will begin with a presentation which will highlight effective and innovative ‘Share the Road’ campaigns from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.  Community members are invited to attend the event on May 15th, 2013. This workshop is a series of events that DalTRAC is organizing in different communities including Pictou County, Chester and HRM sponsored by the Nova Scotia Moves Grant.  https://www.facebook.com/events/570950102925407/

North-South Peninsula Bike Route Recommendation – May 16

The Active Transportation Advisory Committee will be considering the staff recommendation for the development of north-south bike route on the peninsula.   The recommendation is a result of an extensive public consultation process that considered five candidate routes.  The staff recommendation supports approval of the Windsor-Vernon-Seymour bike route option, with the sub-option to continue the bike lanes up to the intersections of Almon Street and North Street, as the first of up to three designated north-south on-road cycling corridors on the peninsula.  For further information on the candidate routes and evaluation process please go to: http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/documents/Combinedreport.pdf  The Active Transportation Advisory Committee will be discussing the recommendation at their May 16 meeting at Bloomfield Centre at 4 pm.  The ATAC recommendation will then be forwarded to the Transportation Standing Committee for recommendation to Halifax and West Community Council.  Community Council will make a recommendation to Regional Council which will make a final decision on the proposal.

Cogswell Shake-Up – May 16

The Strategic Urban Partnership in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office is planning the Cogswell Shake – Up, a fun, dream big visioning exercise for our city. The Cogswell Interchange is the road system where the downtown and the North End meet. It’s the HUB for public transit, the heart of the business district, and one of the primary routes in and out of the city. The Mayor and HRM Council are now exploring what the future of the Cogswell Interchange could look like.  There are three goals for the Shakeup:

Inform – we’ll introduce the Cogswell project to the public and give them high-level information about the history of the infrastructure, as well as what work is planned for the coming years

Inspire – activities at the Shakeup will inspire participants to dream about what’s possible for Cogswell. Participants will have the opportunity to hear ideas and come up with their own.

Involve – participants will be given ways to stay involved in, and up to date on the project into the future

The event takes place on Thursday May 16th from 6:00-8:30pm, at the Harbourfront Marriott Hotel.

National Public Works Week – May 23

Come play with us on Thursday, May 23 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Emera Oval on the Halifax Commons. Enjoy the equipment playground and public works display. Rain Date: May 24th.

Greenhouse Open House & Tours – May 25 from 9 am – 3 pm.

Celebrate spring by visiting our HRM Dartmouth Greenhouses (62 Caledonia Road, Off Main Street) on Saturday, May 25.

The Kraft Celebration Tour  – June 7, 2013

This program is back to celebrate the amazing community projects that bring people together in towns and cities across Canada. There’s no denying the program’s impact – to date, it has helped 40 communities with a total of $1,000,000 toward improving an existing space or helping create a brand new one. Canadians are invited to nominate the incredible places they live for the chance to win $25,000 toward a community project. The submission process is simple and you’ve got between now and June 7, 2013: Log on to www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca for step by step instructions.

Doors Open Halifax – June 8 & 9, 2013

Doors Open takes place annually in cities around the world. I will be there talking about the history of Council Chambers Saturday afternoon, drop by and say hi! Buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for special programming and tours Visitors are invited to properties that are not usually open to the public, or normally charge an entrance fee.  This year we are bringing Doors Open to Halifax – June 8 & 9, 2013  http://doorsopenhalifax.com/

Mark Your Calendars for Curbside Give Away Weekend – June 8 & 9, 2013.

It’s time to reduce clutter and reuse things you no longer need by recycling your clean and working goods.

Caps and Gowns

For the next few weeks, District 7 will play host to students and families as they celebrate university graduations. HRM is a richer place because of the many students who choose to pursue higher education in our community. Congratulations to all who are graduating! 

Congratulations to District 8 2013 HRM Volunteer Awards

HRM recently celebrated volunteer month by recognizing some of the people who spend countless hours making our community a better place. In District 7, Emily Jones, Samantha Miller, Gerry Pettipas, and Rick Power were recognized for the great work they do. For more information about volunteerism in HRM, visit http://www.halifax.ca/volunteerservices/index.html .

Free Swimming lessons at all HRM beaches this summer

This summer, free swimming lessons and Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and junior lifeguard programs will be offered at all HRM beaches and the Halifax Common Outdoor  pool. Registration is required to take part in the classes and will start at 10 A.M. on June 5, 2013 and continue until classes are filled. Participants can register at: https://eservices2.halifax.ca/recconnect/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp, or by phone    490-6666, or in person at an HRM-operated community recreation centre.

Men ending violence against women

Halifax Regional Police launched a violence against women awareness campaign as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in May. Please visit: http://www.halifax.ca/menendingviolenceagainstwomen/index.html

Health Survey

Help us tell Capital District Health Authority about the health issues that matter to you.  Make your voice count.  Our health plan depends on hearing from as many people as possible. Complete our survey:  www.oursurvey.ca

Halifax Common Anniversary

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Halifax Common, and Friends of the Halifax Common has teamed up with Gaspereau Press to produce an anthology of poems celebrating this important milestone that will be published in the fall of 2013.   More information at www.gaspereau.com