Update #12 – Participatory Budgeting 14/15, call 311 for potholes, proposed developments and more


The winter has been a challenging mix of bitter cold, snow, rain and surprisingly nice days! The repeated freeze and thaw has made snow removal, dealing with road ice and repairing potholes a bigger challenge than usual. HRM needs your help – please help and call 311 to report poor road conditions, snow plow damage, pot holes or improperly cleared snow and ice. For information on snow removal standards, please visit wayemason.ca or call my office at 490 7177.

My Spring/Winter newsletter will arrive at your door next week.  This issue focuses on seniors.  There is also some information about the Metro Transit redesign, Downtown I’m In, and the Mayor’s Healthy Communities round table report.

There is also information about this year’s District 7 Participatory Budget process! This year, submissions start in February and voting is in April.  I am doing the participatory budgeting earlier this year, and DEADLINES ARE FAST APPROACHING.  Please see Info below, and check back at http://halifaxdistrict7.ca (which should be updated within the next day or so).

Please do not hesitate to contact me about any municipal issue that concerns you!  Full contact and social media info can be found here: https://wayemason.ca/reach-out

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING:  Real money. Real projects. Real decisions.

Money for community projects, chosen by residents of District 7!

Each municipal councillor has a budget of $94,000 from the District Capital Fund for permanent projects in your community that provide widespread community benefit.

We are practicing a different way to make decisions about how to spend public money in our neighbourhood. Community members, like YOU, will propose projects and/or make recommendations on how to spend this money.
· Do you live in District 7 Peninsula South Downtown?
· Need funding for a project to support, enhance, build community here?
· Want to have a say in how this neighbourhood budget is spent?

The money can be used for things like:
· public art, bike racks, installing benches
· renovating a park or playground
· signage, public washrooms, bleachers

Capital projects that provide a public benefit are eligible for funding.  Visit www.halifaxdistrict7.ca for more information, or call my office and speak to Lynn Matheson at 490 7177


Brainstorm Pop-In for People with Project Ideas
NEW TIME: Wednesday, March 12 – 6-8pm
Spencer House Seniors Centre – 5596 Morris Street

Our team will be available to help brainstorm your idea, support you in planning, work with your idea to see if/how it could be eligible. Bring your questions, napkin sketches, ideas, and plans. Attendance to this is not mandatory.

Project Submission Deadline

Wednesday, March 26 – 4pm 
By this date, complete the form and have your eligibility confirmed by Lynn Matheson of Councillor Mason’s Office. Extensions will not be granted. 

Community Meeting and Vote!

Wednesday, April 16 – 6-9pm
NEW LOCATION: Exhibit Hall, Medjuck Architecture and Planning Building, Dalhousie University
5410 Spring Garden Road

Projects will be presented “science fair style”. Residents will vote for their five favourite projects. Funding will be announced on this night after votes are counted.


Coburg/Seymour Redevelopment Public Information Meeting – TONIGHT 7-9pm
Case 18322: Application by Geoff Keddy and Associates for the lands at the corner of Coburg Road and Seymour Street to amend the Municipal Planning Strategy for Halifax and Land Use By-law for Halifax Peninsula to develop a mixed use building through a development agreement.  Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Room #1020, 6100 University Ave.

Seasonal Work Opportunities for African Nova Scotian Youth Workshop– Feb 18
A free, youth friendly event for African Nova Scotian youth to find about seasonal employment opportunities in HRM and to receive some job search training. Peninsula session is Tues. Feb 18 at the George Dixon Centre, Gottingen St, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Please register with K-Lee Fraser at 490-2391 or fraserkl@halifax.ca at least 2 days before the event.

Skate the Common Marathon – Feb 22-23
The Skate the Common Marathon will take place Feb. 22-23 with Saturday events being the 10 km, 5 km and 3 km and Sunday event being the 25 km and speed skating racing. For more information: http://www.halifax.ca/skatehrm/

Coldest Night of the Year Walk – Feb. 22
A fundraiser to support ARK’s programs for people on the street. For more information on ARK and the walk please click here

Winterlude 2014 – March 1
Halifax’s Fine Arts Parents Association presents Winterlude 2014 at the McInnes Room, Dal University on Saturday, March 1. The afternoon concert is from 2 – 4 p.m. and features performances from the All-City Honour Choirs, as well as several instrumental groups. Tickets are $12 each or $10 each for 3 or more. The Gala Evening runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and includes live instrumental and vocal performances, dancing, light snacks, cash bar and basket raffle. Tickets for this all-ages event are $20 and are available in advance by emailing FAPAhrm@gmail.com and at the door.

Dalhousie President’s Annual Neighbourhood Meeting – March 5

The annual community meeting being held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at University Hall, MacDonald Building (3rd floor) from 7-9pm. Dalhousie President Dr. Richard Florizone, along with representatives from Halifax Regional Municipality and the Halifax Regional Police will attend.

5881/5883 Spring Garden Public Information Meeting – March 6 7-9pm

Case 19050 – Application by Westwood Developments Limited to amend the existing development agreement for 5881 / 5883 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, by extending the ground floor and second floor commercial portions of the existing 12-storey building closer to Spring Garden Road.
Dalhousie University, Sir James Dunn Building (Room 117), 6310 Coburg Road, Halifax

HRM Community Grants – Deadline March 31
The HRM Community Grants Program is a centralized program that provides annual cash grants to registered non-profit organizations and charities located throughout HRM. There are two types of grants (a) a project grant of up to $5,000 and (b) a capital grant of up to $25,000. Presently, the program provides assistance to specific types of projects in the following categories: Environment, Recreation and Leisure, Affordable and Supportive Housing, Emergency Assistance, Neighbourhood Safety, Community History, Community Diversity and Arts and Crafts. The HRM Community Grants Guidebook contains detailed eligibility criteria for the program and for each of the funding sectors. The guide is updated annually so please check the current version of the guide posted on the website or contact staff for further information. Please click here for the webpage.

Community Gardens on HRM Property
If you are interested in starting a community garden on HRM property please visit the following site for further information and staff contact: http://www.halifax.ca/rec/Gardens.html

Regional Plan Draft 4
The latest draft of the Regional Plan is now available on the website here. This version will go to the Heritage Advisory Committee and the Design Review Committee on Jan 29 for their comments and then will come to Regional Council in February for final consideration before scheduling a public hearing. For further information on the process please go to the website above.

Common Roots Urban Farm
If you are interested in keeping up to date on plans for the 2104 planting season sign up for the email list that has all the farm’s activities: commonroots@partnersforcare.ca The farm is located at the corner of Robie and Bell Rd (former site of Queen Elizabeth High School).

HRM’s Branding Project: DefineHalifaxRegion
HRM has launched DefineHalifaxRegion.com – an initiative to define a brand for HRM. The feedback shared by residents and businesses – along with the research results from focus groups and telephone surveys – will be compiled, analyzed and developed into a brand recommendation. This recommendation will be brought to Regional Council in the spring of 2014. Pending Council approval, a phased implementation will begin, guided by detailed brand standards, templates and policies to protect the brand’s integrity and value. For more information please visit DefineHalifaxRegion.com

Residents can also share their thoughts on what living here means to them by emailing comment@DefineHalifaxRegion.com or calling 490-TALK (8255) or toll-free at 1-855-380-TALK (8255) to leave a message. Public engagement will continue until Feb. 2014.

They have arrived early and to report a pothole, please call #311, or fill out the on-line form here https://apps.halifax.ca/311 For more information on potholes, as well as HRM’s standards for pothole maintenance, please click here