Update #27 – PB Results, Parks, EMO, Public Meetings, Summer Events, More!

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


Ah summer in Halifax!  Lots of events are happening this month, including a number of public information meetings and public hearings.  From free swimming to Canada Day celebrations, summer is a busy and fun time in Halifax.  This summer, in addition to my regular work as councillor I will be working on two projects.

The first is connecting with community groups to look to make investments and get citizen involvement in our parks.  Right now my focus is on Conrose and Gorsebrook as key sports fields and multi-use parks.  I’m also working on some work that needs to be done around the pockets parks at Inglis, and at Queen and Green, and at the Camp Hill Cemetery.  More information will be posted on my website in late June and the public will be invited to meetings concerning the parks.

The playground at Cornwallis Park is being replaced this year with the project scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.  The consultant, Ekistics, is developing a concept plan.  Staff hope to tender in July with construction commencing in September.

I am really excited to see what we can do to improve all of these great spaces!

The second is I am going to start talking to community groups about emergency preparedness and bringing the Joint Emergency Management concept to Halifax.  You can read more about it here:https://www.halifax.ca/emo/jems.php  If you have any interest in this please send me an email.  There will be a public meeting about it in late September, details for which will be coming in a subsequent email and will be on my website.

Participatory Budgeting Update:
District 7 residents came out in droves May 19 to contribute to the third year of one of Canada’s most ambitious participatory budgeting projects and to vote on how to spend $94,000 on citizen-led initiatives.

Eligible projects were presented at a science fair style event where residents of District 7 could ask questions before voting on five projects. This year 335 residents cast ballots, up from 260 in 2014 and 120 in 2013.

Full funding was provided to Le Marchant St Thomas for a playground at $20,000.00; to OPEN Projects urban furniture on the Halifax Waterfront for $4,000.00; to Speedy Kids Oval Program skate equipment for $5,000.00; to Spring Garden Area bike racks and beautification for $20,000.00; to Halifax Cycle Coalition picnic tables and bike racks for $15,695.00; to Peter Green Hall green space enhancements for $20,000.00; and to Park to Park ResidentAssociation for Gorsebrook benches and signage for $4,500.00.  Partial funding of $4805.00 was also provided to Halifax Minor Baseball for dugouts at Conrose field.

Thank you to everyone who came and who presented!  More info here:  https://wayemason.ca/pb

Paving Watch:
While many smaller projects and patching will be underway this summer, two big bits of work to watch for between June 1 to August 15:

  • South Park between University and Sackville
  • Quinpool Road between Monastery Lane and the CN Bridge


Public Information Meeting: Case 19862
Monday, June 8, 2015 7pm | Halifax Forum (Maritime Hall), 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax
Amendment to Halifax Peninsula Land-Use By-law to allow a seven-storey residential building with ground floor commercial sites at 5555, 5549 and 5543 Almon Street, Halifax. For more information, visit http://www.halifax.ca/planning/applications/Case19862Details.php

Public Information Meeting: Case 19857 Amendment to the Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to permit a mixed residential and commercial building at 3085-3077 Oxford Street and 6393 Young Street, Halifax.
Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7pm | Halifax Forum (Maritime Hall), 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax
For more information, visit http://www.halifax.ca/planning/applications/Case19857Details.php


Halifax Food Policy Alliance Assessment Report Launch 
June 3, 2015 11am | Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
The Halifax Food Policy Alliance invites you to the release of Halifax’s first ever food assessment report – Food Counts. This benchmark research compiles 70 different aspects of food in Halifax and lays the foundation for building a healthy, just and sustainable food system.  Everyone is welcome to learn more about the current state of food in Halifax, including gaps and opportunities for change.  For further information please visit https://halifaxfoodpolicy.wordpress.com

District 8 Participatory Budget Community Vote Night 
June 4, 2015 6-9pm | Italian Cultural Centre, 2629 Agricola Street
All residents of District 8 are invited to come and vote on community projects seeking capital funds. Residents of all ages can vote – even kids! The vote will take place from 6-9pm at the Italian Cultural Centre, and winners will be announced that night. Come out and support the great work being done by non-profits in our community!

Team Canada vs. Team Argentina: Volleyball World League in Halifax 
June 5, 2015 6:30pm | Scotiabank Centre
Come out and cheer on Canada as they take on Argentina in the World League Volleyball matches! All matches will also air on Sportsnet ONE. Tickets are available through Ticket Atlantic and more information is available at http://www.volleyball.ca/node/3786

Halifax Bike Week 
June 5-14th | various locations across Halifax
Halifax Bike Week aims to celebrate the cycling community, educate all residents about cycling safety, and increase participation in cycling throughout our region. There are many events planned for Bike Week, and full schedule is available at http://www.halifax.ca/bikeweek/?output=xml_no_dtd&site=NSMUN_HRM&client=NSMUN_HRM&proxystylesheet=NSMUN_HRM&q=Bike+Week

Doors Open Halifax 
June 6-7 10am-4pm | various locations across Halifax
Doors Open Halifax Heritage Society is happy to present a roster of 35 venues for this year’s event. Buildings in Halifax and area will open their doors to the public for free and invite them to view interiors not usually accessible. People will have a chance to explore a variety of venues that represent the dynamics of our history, our culture and the industry that has shaped the region. This is a family-friendly event and will run from 10am-4pm. For more information, visit http://doorsopenhalifax.com/

100 in 1 Day Events
June 6th, 2015 | various locations across Halifax
100in1Day is a global festival of citizen engagement. On June 6, 2015, hundreds of people will unite in Halifax to take small actions to improve their city, all on the same day.  There are great events planned all across the city. For information on events please visit Halifax.100in1day.ca

Curbside Giveaway Weekend 
June 6-7th, 2015 | Municipal-wide 
The aim of Curbside Giveaway Weekend is to reduce the amount of garbage ending up in HRM’s landfill by diverting unwanted items to be re-used.  Reusing and recycling household items instead of discarding them reduces pressures on our municipal facilities, and is a great way to get rid of your under-used items, and find some great FREE stuff!  For information on how the giveaway works, please go tohttp://www.halifax.ca/recycle/CGAW.php

Halifax Greek Fest 2015
June 11-14, 2015| St. George’s Greek Community Centre
Join the Greek Community in Halifax for a celebration of culture, food, and history!  Throughout the four day event, there will be opportunities to experience traditional Greek dancing, view the exhibit room featuring Greek lifestyle crafts, art replicas and religious artifacts, or take a tour of the Byzantine Greek Orthodox Church.  This is an event for the whole family. More information is available at www.greekfest.org

Stages Theatre Festival 
June 17, 2015 | various theatres in Halifax
The Stages Theatre Festival puts East Coast stories and artists of all ages in the spotlight through a variety of shows on different stages across the city. The festival features productions, play-readings and workshops, and includes a program of events with families and youth in mind. Please visit http://easternfronttheatre.com/  for information and tickets.

Hope Blooms Fundraiser 
June 25th, 2015 5:30-7:30pm | Westin Hotel 
Hope Blooms will be holding their Celebration of Hope fundraiser on Thursday June 25.  The event will feature keynote speaker Arlene Dickinson, entrepreneur and star of CBC’s Dragon’s Den. This will be a fun-filled evening with food, drink, and live music. For information and tickets, visithttp://hopeblooms.ca/2015/05/celebration-of-hope-fundraiser/

Multicultural Festival 2015
June 26-28, 2015 | Halifax Seaport
Back for its 31st year, the Halifax Multicultural Festival will be happening June 26-28 at the Halifax Seaport. The event is the largest multicultural festival East of Montreal and features a variety of authentic food, dance, entertainment and cultural activities from around the world. For a full event listing, visit http://www.multifest.ca/

Free Swimming Lessons At All Municipal Beaches This Summer
It’s never too early to start planning your summertime activities! The Halifax Regional Municipality is pleased to once again offer free swimming lessons at all its municipal beaches and the Halifax Common outdoor pool this summer.  Registration is required to take part in any of the classes. Registration for the first two sessions opens at 10am on Wednesday, June 10, and will continue until the classes are filled. Registration for the next two sessions will open on July 8.

Lifeguard supervision at all municipal beaches, outdoor and spray pools will begin for the 2015 season on June 30.

Residents can register by calling 902-490-6666.  Residents can also visit any municipally operated community recreation centre in the Halifax region or go online at the Community & Recreation Services “Rec Connect” page.  Simply visit www.halifax.ca/rec/ProgramsandActivities.php and click on “Beach” to sign up.