Update # 28 – St Pats site, Henry Street meeting, Park to Park Community Association, more!

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I hope everyone is enjoying the unbelievable weather!  Despite the sunny days the work of government grinds onward.   In between vacation days, beach trips, Pride Week and Natal Day council meets July 21 and August 4th, with committees and constituency meetings in and around those times.

Of special note are two opportunities for the public to speak about development, one huge, one small.  First is the plan for St Pats is going to be presented to the public for feedback on July 22.  The other, much smaller, is a July 29 meeting on  a proposal to allow the old laundromat on Henry to become a café.  Please consider attending these meetings, or participating in via email or the website, details below.

I want to draw attention to the Park to Park Community Association.  This group was recently established to represent the residents of the South End detail area plan, which is broadly south of South Street, with a few exceptions.   They are working on issues from park maintenance to development and planning, and I hope you will consider becoming a member!  Have a look at their website here:  http://parktoparkhfx.simdif.com/index.html

I hope you are having a great summer!  Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I  or my office can help with in terms of municipal issues.  We’ed love to hear from you!


Shape the future design of 6067 Quinpool Road (St Pats property)
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 – 9 p.m. (see open house agenda below) | Halifax Forum, Multi-Purpose Room

Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting residents to participate in an exciting redevelopment project underway at 6067 Quinpool Road. The former site of the Quinpool Learning Centre and the Saint Patrick’s High School, 6067 Quinpool Road was declared surplus property by Regional Council in 2014 and the land is now being prepared for future sale and development.

The municipality is undertaking a new approach for disposal of this property by preparing a number of design concepts for the site that the public will comment on. This will ensure a high-quality mixed-use development with a focus on good urban design and built form that will build on the vibrancy of the Quinpool Road business district and neighborhoods.

Residents are invited to attend a public open house to review and comment on three preliminary design options for Quinpool 6067 prepared by the project consultants, as follows:

  • 6:30 p.m.             Open House Begins
  • 6:45 p.m.             Consultants Presentation
  • 7:15 p.m.             Public Discussion at Display Stations
  • 9 p.m.                   Open House Closes

Residents unable to attend this event may also review and comment on the design concepts, which will be posted on July 23 on the Shape Your City Halifax page athttp://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/quinpool6067.  In the meantime, background information regarding the Quinpool 6067 project is currently available on this online community engagement portal.

Public Information Meeting – Case 19695 1210 Henry Street
July 29, 7pm | Kenneth C. Rowe Building (Room 1011), 6100 University Avenue
Case 19695 – Application by Geoff Keddy Architects and Associates Ltd., on behalf of the property owner, to permit a cafe/restaurant use at 1210 Henry Street, Halifax, by Development Agreement.


Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series
In its eighth year, the Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series features free live concerts at Grand Parade three days a week. The series features Nova Scotia performers of all genres and is an excellent opportunity to showcase our talented local musicians. Come out and eat your lunch on colorful picnic tables and enjoy some great local music.
Performance dates in July:  2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31

Summer 2015 Art Show and Sale Presented by the Contemporary Art Society
July 15-19, 2015 | Park Lane Mall
Drop by the Park Lane Mall between July 15-19 and enjoy many beautiful paintings in a variety of styles, media, and sizes. For more details, phone Terry at 902-457-0920.

Halifax Pride Festival 2015
July 16-26, 2015| Various Locations across HRM
2015 marks the 28th year of the Halifax Pride Festival. Everyone is invited to come out and experience the variety of colourful shows and events happening in Downtown Halifax! The Halifax Pride Festival is Canada’s fourth largest Pride Festival, and is a celebration highlighting the unique character of our diverse community. The Pride parade will take place Saturday, July 25th from 1pm-3pm. For a full list of events, please visit www.halifaxpride.com or call 902-431-1194.

Flag-raising and Proclamation Ceremony for Halifax Pride Festival
July 16, 2015 5-5:30pm | Halifax Grand Parade
Join Mayor Savage and members of the Halifax Pride Festival for the kick-off of 2015 Pride week in Halifax!

‘Still the One’ Halifax
July 17, 2015 12pm | Grand Parade
In commemoration of a decade of marriage equality in Canada, Mayor Mike Savage will be hosting a vow-renewal ceremony for any and all couples wishing to renew their marriage vows. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy beautiful music by the Maritime Brass Quintet, take home some memories from the photo booth, and have cupcakes and refreshments in Halifax Hall at City Hall. Couples wishing to register to renew their vows can do so by contacting Jessica at bradlej@halifax.ca or calling 902-490-2625.

Atlantic Film Festival Outdoor Film Experience 2015
Every Friday beginning July 17th-August 14th | Halifax Seaport Entrance
For the past 13 years, the Atlantic Film Festival has delivered entertaining outdoor experiences throughout Halifax, on a large, inflatable screen showing classic movies under the sky. Bring your lawn chair, a blanket, some snacks and company and enjoy this unique open-air cinema experience! Shows begin at dusk and space fills up quickly. For more information, please visit http://www.atlanticfilm.com/festivals/outdoor-film-experience#sthash.GH7LorcR.dpuf

McNabs Island 25th Anniversary Picnic
July 18, 2015 9:30am-5:30pm | McNabs Island
The Friends of McNabs Island Society invites you to their 25th Anniversary Picnic on Saturday, July 18th! Pack a picnic lunch and come to McNabs Island for guided history and nature tours, children’s activities, and musical entertainment. There will be transportation offered twice daily from Halifax and Eastern Passage, and cost is $15 for members and children and $20 for non-members. For more information and tickets, visitwww.mcnabsisland.ca

Halifax and West Community Council
July 21, 2015 9:30am-10am | Halifax City Hall, Media Room

Afrifest 2015
July 24-26, 2015 | Sackville Landing, Lower Water Street
The annual Africa Festival of the Arts and Culture showcases visual and performing arts, as well as the culture of people of African descent. Their artistic works include visual arts, drumming, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, spoken word, and much more. This festival is an excellent opportunity to support artistic expression and provides exposure for young and talented artists. For a full schedule of events, visit http://afacs.org/

Halifax International Busker Festival 2015
July 29-August 3, 2015 | Halifax Waterfront
The Halifax International Busker Festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada. Come and watch buskers from around the world as they perform a wide variety of street theatre, acrobatics, music, visual arts, fire displays and comedy. Admittance to the festival is free, but spectators are asked to please show appreciation for performers by tipping the hat! For more information, email info@pegentertainment.ca

Halifax Natal Day Weekend
July 30th-August 3rd 2015 |
This year, we are celebrating the city’s 120th Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day (1895-2015)! This fun-filled weekend will feature over 30 events including family activities, live concerts, road races, talent showcases, fireworks, and one of the oldest parades in Atlantic Canada! All events are created with a commitment to provide low cost/ no cost activities and there will be something for all ages. For more information, please visithttp://www.natalday.org/