Update #25 – Participatory Budgeting, Municipal Elections, Cogswell Roundabout, and more!


Quick note – more changes at City Hall!  My Council Coordinator is now Melody Campbell.  Her email is campbem@halifax, and her phone is 902 490 2012.  Thanks for coming on board, Melody!

This edition: click here for news, or here to read about upcoming public hearings or community events.


Councillors Jennifer Watts and I are inviting the community to provide input on how to spend each district’s 2015- 2016 capital budget of $94,000. The process, which is called Participatory Budgeting, was initiated in Halifax in 2013 by Councillor Mason. He held two public sessions in summer of 2014 – the first was an open exchange of ideas on how to spend the money and a vote was held at the second.
The selected projects included funds for a new search and rescue vehicle for Halifax Regional Search and Rescue Team, bicycle repair stands on Dalhousie University campus and a scaffolding installation on Argyle Street during the building of Trade Centre. In District 8 last year, residents supported playgrounds, increasing accessibility for community buildings and signage for the Africville Museum.

Councillor Watts says “It will be really exciting to see the great suggestions and ideas that will come from community and neighbourhood groups for making District 8 and our municipality a better place to live. This is seed money to grow great neighbourhood initiatives.

District 7 Participatory Budgeting Sessions

  • Monday, April 13th – Idea Swap and Information Session, 7-8:30pm, Halifax Central Library, room 301 Tuesday, May 5th – Proposal Deadline (via email or mail)(residents from both districts can attend)
  • Tuesday, May 19th- Voting Day, 6-9pm, Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s room

For more information or questions regarding District 7 Participatory Budgeting, please contact Jessica Bradley by phone 902- 490-2625 or email bradlej@halifax.ca

For more information, forms, deadlines, and history visit https://wayemason.ca/pb

Join us for an interactive session on municipal voting. Hear from thought provoking speakers and share your ideas on how the municipality can increase voter engagement.

Saturday April 11 | Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road, Room 301

Participate in one or all of the interactive sessions:
•     Youth and New Voters | 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
•     Accessibility and Voting Methods | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
•     How Voters Can Engage in an Election | 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Can’t make it? View the sessions online at http://halifax.ca/election

The Halifax Regional Municipality will be starting construction of the second roundabout on North Park Street. The first phase of this work involves reconstruction of North Park Street from Cornwallis to Cogswell and during this work, on street parking will not be permitted. Individuals or business that have existing private driveways/parking, shall be provided alternate parking by HRM’s contractor. We thank you for your patience and cooperation in assisting the Halifax Regional Municipality in improving the level of service to your area and apologize for any inconvenience the work may cause you.

The scope of work for this project consists of the construction of a roundabout at North Park & Cogswell, street work on North Park between Cornwallis and Cogswell, as well as Cogswell Street between North Park and Bauer. The work includes the replacement of existing concrete curb and gutter, replacement of asphalt, new active transportation trails, pavement markings, new signage, landscaping, new LED street lighting, and other associated reinstatement. Also included in this project is undergrounding of overhead utilities, which will require a revised connection of your building service. The contractor will be in contact with the property owner prior to any work being completed. There will be street closures during this work and updated information related to those closures will be available at www.halifax.ca.

Contact my office if you have any questions.


No public hearings or information meetings scheduled at this time.


Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond 2015
Thursday, April 9th 7:30pm | Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Through a series of clinics and concerts, Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond explores the influence of Afro-Cuban music and the mark it has left on the original form of jazz. The concert will feature Ignacio Berroa and Hilario Duran with the Dalhousie Jazz ensemble directed by Chris Mitchell. For information and tickets, visit http://www.artscentre.dal.ca

l’Arche Halifax Art Show and Sale
Saturday, April 11th 10am-6pm, Sunday, April 12th 9:30am-3pm | St. Agnes Church
l’Arche Halifax’s 5th annual sale will feature a variety of artwork by local artists at affordable prices for viewing and purchase. Proceeds of the sale will be used in support of the work of l’Arche Halifax, an international organization that supports people with developmental disabilities.

Time to Clear the Air Youth Art Project
Saturday, April 11th 12pm-4pm | Joanna B. Oosterveld Centre, 2103 Gottingen St  
Over the past few months, talented youth artists have been creating art work that reflects their thoughts and/or experiences of environmental racism and injustice in Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities. Join these young artists and view their works at this free community event. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1653889714842215/

Registered Disability Savings Plan Information Session
Monday, April 13th 7-9pm| BMO Branch, Halifax Shopping Centre Annex
BMO will be hosting a free information session to learn about the Registered Disability Savings Plan. To register for this session, please email ilnsadmin@ilns.ca or phone 902-453-0004.

Open Heart Farming Poetry Call for Submissions
Residents of Nova Scotia are invited to submit poems on the themes of farming and all things food-related for the fourth annual issue of Open Heart Farming. Poems should not exceed 28 lines in length and 43 spaces wide. Please include one or two paragraphs about yourself, any personal connections to the themes, and where you live in Nova Scotia. Submissions can be emailed to openheartfarming@gmail.com. Deadline is April 17th, 2015. For more information about Open Heart Farming poetry, visit www.ohforgery.com.

Community Town Hall Event: Halifax Society for Children, Youth and Families
Saturday, April 18th 1:30pm-3:30pm | Symonds Auditorium, Halifax North Memorial Library
As the newly formed Community Child Welfare Board for the Halifax Region, the Halifax Society for Children, Youth and Families invites you to their first ever event featuring presentations on lessons from Nova Scotia’s 2014 Child Poverty Report Card, the trauma-informed approach to family violence prevention, and an open space dialogue on community concerns about at-risk children, youth, and families. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. To register for the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cyf-halifax-community-town-hall-tickets-16213342544. For more information or questions, email halifax.cyf@gmail.com.

Friends of McNabs Island Society’s 25th Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, April 22nd 6:30pm | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Come and help the Friends of McNabs Island Society celebrate their quarter of a century milestone! The guest speaker will be Bryan Elson, author of “Canada’s Bastions of Empire – learn more about the British Royal Navy’s powerful presence in Halifax from 1749-1918.”

Park To Park Residents Association
Wednesday, April 22nd 7pm | Century Tower Common Room, 1074 Wellington Street
Residents of who live in the South End planning area, roughly south of South Street and also including the area between Camp Hill, South Park and Summer Street and Schmidtville are invited to this founding meeting of a new residents association.   Residents are encouraged to come together to address planning and municipal issues in our local area and act as a voice for our local community.