Update #20 – Lots of public meetings and hearings, dog parks, volunteer awards, and more



Just a very quick note as there are public presentations and hearings tonight and tomorrow I thought you may be interested in. Before we get to them, I wanted to bring four things to your attention:

Dog person:  I have heard from some folks that the evil and unfounded rumour is that I am not a dog person, and that I am out to get dogs and their owners –  in fact, I have even heard that I am a cat person!  I want to be perfectly clear – my sister is the cat person in our family.  I think this rumor has more to do with a perception that dog parks are under threat in Halifax because of the Africville dog park issue.  Right now, I support a fenced dog park on the mainland common, and I support continued use of Point Pleasant Park for off-leash dog walking.

When you hear media stories about Point Pleasant Park and dogs, please know that all the volunteer advisory committee is asking for is that the off-leash dog park rules be enforced.  None of us want to see any changes in the rules, or the area of the park where off-leash is allowed.  We just want enforcement so that a few owners who are letting their dogs run wild don’t ruin it for the rest of park users, including the majority of dog owners who are responsible!

Volunteer awards:  District 7 has not done a particularly good job of nominating volunteers for these awards!  Let’s turn that around this year.   Each year Halifax Regional Municipality, the Mayor and Regional Council recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals and groups who volunteer their time and skills to provide services and programs in municipal communities. The nomination deadline is Friday, December 12th, 2014. Below are the fillable nomination forms. Nomination criteria can be found within the forms. For additional information or questions please contact Philip Hammond by email or by phone at 902-869-4018.  More info here: http://www.halifax.ca/volunteerservices/awards/

New office support contact:  Effective this week my Constituency Coordinator is Susan During.  You can reach her at 902-490-4013, and via email at durings@halifax.ca Welcome to the team, Susan!  Please update your contact info accordingly.

Holiday Hours: I will be in the office until Friday December 19th, returning Monday December 29th.  I will check email very sporadically during the holiday break.  If you need assistance, call Susan at her contact info above, or call 311 for routine non-emergency municipal matters.  Have a great holiday!


Downtown Dartmouth Plan Update – Public Presentation & Open House (TONIGHT)
Monday,cember 1, 6pm – 9pm Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, NS, Canada (Farmer’s Market)
See proposed changes to land use policies and design guidelines based on previous community input, and give staff feedback on the revised proposals.

Clear bag & garbage limit public hearing
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, 6 p.m City Hall
Regional Council has scheduled a Public Hearing respecting proposed changes to preparation and collection of residential garbage including:
·       use of clear bags for garbage with privacy option (black/green/opaque), and
·       reduction of garbage bag limit from 6 bags to 4 bags.
For more info – staff report: http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/141202ca91.pdf

Budget Session – Proposed 2015-16 Capital Budget
Committee of the Whole Wednesday December 3, 2014, 10:00am City Hall
More info here: 3. Proposed 2015-16 Capital Program Budget (103 Kb)
The public is invited to comment directly to Council at the end of the Capital Budget session.

Public Hearing – Case 19326 Application by Dino Capital Limited – 1034, 1042, 1050 and 1056 Wellington Street
Tuesday, December 9, 6pm – 10pm – City Hall
As part of Halifax and West Community Council and Regional Council are holding a Joint Public hearing meeting.  Case 19326 Application by Dino Capital Limited to amend the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and to enter into a development agreement which would allow a multi-unit residential development consisting of 2 towers of eight and ten storeys respectively containing a total of 142 dwelling units and 150 parking stalls on the properties located at 1034, 1042, 1050 and 1056 Wellington Street, Halifax. Halifax Detailed Information and Staff Report


Sable Island National Park 1st Birthday Party
December 3, 2014 7:00pm | Natural History Museum
Join the Friends of Sable Island Society as they celebrate Sable Island National Park Reserve’s 1st Anniversary!

Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services Open House
December 3, 2014 3:00pm-5:30pm | Mumford Professional Centre
Everyone is welcome at this annual holiday event. There will be food and entertainment for all! Please RSVP at info@isisns.ca

Ecology Action Centre Annual Open House
December 4, 2014 4pm | Ecology Action Centre
The annual Ecology Action Centre open house is a great opportunity to meet some of the staff and volunteers at the centre, hear about the projects they are working on, and enjoy some delicious food and drink. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Halifax Crafters Society 10th Birthday Winter Market
December 5-7, 2014 | Olympic Community Centre
In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of hand craft markets in Halifax, the annual winter market will celebrate with a three-day event. Admission is free, and there will be some special birthday events planned so don’t miss it! For more information, visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/733302566763724/?ref_dashboard_filter=invites

Derbyoke for Team NS
December 5, 2014 9:00pm | The Company House
Nova Scotia’s first roller derby team will be holding a karaoke fundraiser at The Company House on December 5th. Cost is $5 at the door and all proceeds raised will go towards renting practice space for the team. For more information, visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/385276488294152/?ref_dashboard_filter=invites

Halifax Explosion Memorial Service
December 6, 2014 8:45am | Fort Needham Bell Tower
The annual Halifax explosion memorial service will take place at Ft Needham Bell Tower on Sat. Dec 6 at 8:45am. There is a reception at United Memorial Church at 9:30am after the service which is open to everyone.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6, 2014
Canada commemorates the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6 to mark the anniversary of the murder of 14 young women at École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. Local groups are organizing an evening event “December 6th, Not So Silent Vigil” to mark the 25th anniversary. The vigil will start at 5:30 in front of the North Memorial Library on 2285 Gottingen St and will then be followed by a community event until 8pm at the Company House, 2202 Gottingen St., offering food, art, speeches and music.

Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas
December 7, 2014 | Spatz Theatre Halifax
Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas, a Halifax Jazz Festival fundraiser for music education will take place at 2PM and 8Pm on Sunday December 7. Both performances will feature local jazz legend and original member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jerry Granelli. The evening performance will include a silent auction. For more information, please visit http://halifaxjazzfestival.ca/TalesOfACharlieBrown-8PM

Family Holiday Celebration
December 7, 2014 12pm | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Bring your family out for a Sunday afternoon of Christmas craft making, music, and refreshments at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. You’ll have the chance to colour a wood-cut ornament, or make traditional paper and nautical decorations for your Christmas tree.  Don’t forget to bring your donation for the Mission to Seafarers and Boatload of Toys campaigns.

The Phoenix Nutcracker Luncheon
December 9, 2014 11:30am | Cunard Centre
This holiday event will feature inspiring stories from Phoenix Youth, a festive three-course lunch, and beautiful music from the Phoenix Community Choir and Symphony Nova Scotia. Funds raised from the event go directly toward Phoenix’s programs and services for at-risk and homeless youth in our community. For information on tickets, visit http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=2076&EID=18356

Halifax Refugee Clinic’s Auction for Asylum
December 10, 2014 8pm| Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Come out and support the Halifax Refugee Clinic at their annual fundraising auction event on International Human Right’s Day. The event will take place at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. For more details please call 902-422-6736.

2015 Winter Recreation Programs Registration for Skating and Aquatics
December 10th, 2014
Registration for Halifax Recreation Winter programs has begun for preschool, children and adult programs, and on December 10 registration will open for skating and aquatic programs. Registration begins at 10am and continues until the program has been filled. Please go to the webpage for program details: http://www.halifax.ca/rec/ProgramsandActivities.php

2015 Volunteer Awards Deadline – December 12, 2014

Each year Halifax Regional Municipality, the Mayor and Regional Council recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals and groups who volunteer their time and skills to provide services and programs in our communities. The nomination deadline is Friday, December 12th, 2014. Visit www.halifax.ca/volunteerservices/awards for the nomination forms. For additional information or questions, please contact Volunteer Services at hammonp@halifax.ca or 902-869-4018. There are 3 categories: adult, youth and community group.

Central Library Opening Date- December 13th, 2014
The new Central Library will open to the public on Saturday, December 13th! For more details, please visit http://www.halifaxcentrallibrary.ca/

Oval Tentative Opening Date
December 15th, 2014
The ice skating season on the Oval could start as early as December 15th– please check the schedule for confirmed dates and get ready for another great season of outdoor skating at the Oval! http://www.halifax.ca/SkateHRM/index.php

Direction 180 Annual Holiday Community Christmas Party
December 19, 2014 11:30pm | Mic Mac Native Friendship Centre
Donations are welcome, if you wish to contribute please email direction180@ns.aliantzinc.ca

MP’s Community Skating Party
December 20th, 2014 10am | Scotiabank Centre (formerly Metro Centre)
Halifax MP Megan Leslie will host a free skating party for all ages at the Scotiabank Centre on December 20th. All levels of skaters are welcome, and even if you don’t skate, you’re invited to come along and enjoy the festivities. For more information, contact Megan’s office at 902-426-8691.

AnchorKeep in Touch

There are many ways to reach us to get the help you need:

1. Call 311 first for most municipal issues. 311 is open 7 am to 11 pm seven days/week. Be sure to ask the agent for a file number (for follow-up). By calling 311, your request is put in a queue and prioritized. It also provides a record of what concerns come forward, which is helpful for planning.

2. Contact my office.  Call our office for assistance with your municipal issues. Please contact my Council Constituency Coordinator, Susan During at durings@halifax.ca or by calling 902.490.7177.

3. Contact me directly.   The best way to reach me is via email – waye.mason@halifax.ca or you can call my direct line at 902-490-8462.

I’m usually in meetings 85% of the business day, so calls usually go to voicemail. Email really is better. Social media (twitter, facebook, google plus, etc) is great, but please send issues and questions to my email, that way everything comes into one place – and also Lynn can read my emails and respond, but she can’t see my social media messaging!

4. Sign up for my email list: https://wayemason.ca/


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