Update #29 – Pocket Parks, Community Associations, Natal Day, Property Tax Rebate Program for Seniors


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Happy summer folks, and happy Natal Day weekend!  I look out the window and have some regret that I am scheduled to tour district parks with HRM staff today, I should have worn my rubber boots.

On the subject of parks, there has been a lot of interest from residents in rehabilitating Queen and Green and Inglis Parks.  Bigger is not always better, as sometimes a tiny park can hugely improve a neighbourhood.  There will be a pop up park meeting Wednesday August 19 from 4-6pm  at Inglis Street Park and Friday August 21 from 4-6pm at Queen and Green (weather dependent) to meet with residents and talk about what we can do to revitalize these parks. Please drop by if you can.  Both these parks are tiny but with a little love can bring some joy back into our neighbourhoods.

I know line painting has been a big issue and I agree the city needs to do more to get this done faster next year.  The yellow lines and intersections have been painted in most intersections in the district except ones that are about to be paved like Summer/Spring Garden and Spring Garden/South Park.  Councillor Craig started a discussion at council last week about line painting standards and practices and I am hopeful we will see dramatic improvement next year.

Ben’s Bread site redevelopment has been top of mind for residents the last few weeks.  I had an informal meeting of immediate neighbours this week and as they have decided to work toward creating a residents association for the central peninsula area.  This isn’t just about Bens, its about the Centre Plan, and development pressure, and making sure we find a balance between new development and preserving the character of the residential neighbourhoods.  If you are interested in getting involved please email me and I can put you in touch with the organizing committee. (here are the slides from that meetings presentation)

Finally, the 2015 Property Tax Rebate Program for Seniors is now accepting applications. The Program, administered by Service Nova Scotia on behalf of the Department of Community Services, is designed to help eligible seniors remain in their homes by providing them with an annual rebate on their municipal property taxes.

The program provides eligible homeowners with a 50% rebate of the actual residential municipal property taxes paid the previous year, up to a maximum of $800.00 per year. Information on eligibility, as well as online application forms are available here: http://www.novascotia.ca/sns/access/individuals/consumer-awareness/property-tax-rebate-for-seniors.asp . If you would prefer a hard copy application form, they are available at MLA Joachim Stroink’s office located at 6270 Quinpool Road, Halifax.


None scheduled.


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 and features performers from around the world. Come out and watch them perform a wide variety of street theatre, acrobatics, music, visual arts, fire displays and comedy. Admittance to the festival is free, but it is asked that you show performers your appreciation of their talents by tipping the hat! For more information visit http://www.buskers.ca/

Natal Day Festival 2015 
July 30-August 3, 2015 | various locations across HRM
Come out and celebrate the city’s 120th Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day! A total of 30 individual events are planned and include family activities, live concerts, talent showcases, one of the oldest parades in Atlantic Canada and a spectacular fireworks show on the Halifax Harbour. A few highlights below:
August 1, 2015
1-5pm – Mayor and Council Garden Party Halifax Public Gardens. Featuring live music, children’s activities, snacks and refreshments, and the ever-popular robot-making site.
5-10pm – Free Concert Featuring David Myles, Mo Kenney, Gary Beals, and Kim Harris
10pm – Fireworks on Halifax Harbour
August 2nd, 2015: Natal Day Family Celebration on the Common
1pm | South Common
An afternoon of free children’s activities, bouncy castles, Discovery Centre, and Tommy & Tallulah from Tickety Toc and Lalaloopsy.

All events are designed to be low-cost or no cost and there is something planned for every age. For more information, visit http://natalday.org/

Halifax Regional Council – Debate on Winter Operations 
August 4, 2015 | Council Chambers, Halifax City Hall
Regional Council will meet on Tuesday, August 4th and there will be a Committee of the Whole session on Winter Operations Review. The debate is open to the public. Please check the website for meeting time and agenda: http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/cagenda.php

Northern Lights Lantern Festival
August 8, 2015 5pm | Merv Sullivan Memorial park
The North End will be holding its annual Northern Lights Lantern Festival on August 8th (Rain date, August 13th, 2015). Every year, over 8000 area residents join together for an evening of free, fun, creative celebration. For more information visit http://nllf.org/

10th Annual Newcomers BBQ
August 8, 2015 11am-2pm | South Commons
This annual Welcome BBQ is a free multicultural family event to help connect and welcome newcomers into our community. Last year over 1500 newcomers and residents enjoyed live music, good food and great company and this year’s event will be much the same!  Please visit http://www.halifax.ca/newcomers/annualbbq.php for more information. Hope to see you there!

Broadway on Argyle Street 
August 12–23, 2015 | Neptune Theatre
Off The Leash Creative and WillPower Theatre are bringing the best of Broadway to Neptune Theatre this summer. ‘Broadway on Argyle Street’ will Feature songs from Les Miserables, Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof and more. For more information on tickets and show times, visit www.neptunetheatre.com

Halifax Summer Opera Festival
July 18–August 16, 2015 | Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie University
The Halifax Summer Opera Festival gives singers ranging from university graduates to professionals the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of local audiences. With 15 performances and a range of music that includes musical theatre and art song, this month-long festival has plenty to offer. For a full list of performances, please visit www.halifaxsummeroperafestival.com

Park Pop Up 
Wednesday August 19 – Inglis Street Park (Barrington & Inglis)
Friday August 21 – Queen & Green (across from the Sobeys)
Both meetings are weather dependent.  Come and meet me and talk to residents about what we can do to revitalize these parks.

Prismatic Arts Festival
August 19-23, 2015 | Alderney Landing
The Prismatic Arts Festival is Canada’s only multi-arts festival featuring culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists. Join them for spectacular performances in theatre, dance, music, spoken word, visual arts, and media arts from artists from across Canada. This is an event for the whole family. For more information and full schedule, visit http://prismaticfestival.com/

Downtown ArtWalk
August 20, 2015 6-8pm | Downtown Halifax
Downtown ArtWalk is an exciting, self-guided tour of Galleries in the downtown area. The next Walk is Thursday, August 20th from 6-8pm and visits a number of studios including Studio 21 Fine Art, The Smallest Halifax Art Gallery, and Zwickers Gallery in downtown Halifax. The Craig Gallery and The Dart Gallery in Dartmouth will also be participating. This is an excellent way to discover Halifax’s artistic side. For more information, visit the groups Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Downtown-Artwalk/842645265763779

78th Highlanders Freedom of the City Parade
August 21, 2015 11am-1pm | Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Halifax’s military heritage comes to life, as the Halifax Citadel’s 78th Highlanders march from the Citadel to Grand Parade. This time honored tradition dates as far back as the Roman Empire and features the entire unit on a formal march with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed. For more information, visit www.novascotia.com/events/festivals-and-events/78th-highlanders-freedom-of-the-city-parade/-401

Urban Aboriginal Industry Certification Toolbox Program 
August 28, 2015 9:30am-2pm | 10 Ragged Lake Blvd., Unit 1
Come learn about trades with the Urban Aboriginal Industry Certification Toolbox Program. If you are interested in construction and trades, visit the NS Construction Sector Council’s Trades Exhibition Hall to learn more. Bus tickets will be provided for those who require transportation. Sign up deadline is Friday, August 21st at 4pm. For more information or to register, contact Melanie Sack or Shyla Robinson at 902-420-1576 or email yetiwrk@hotmail.com

Contra Dance at Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market
August 29, 2015 11am | Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market
Join Halifax Contra Dance for live music and dancing near the statue of Samuel Cunard at the north end of the Market. Rain Date is September 12th. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/HalifaxContraDances