Update #30 – Quinpool towers & Wellington hearings, JEM meeting, park projects, and more!

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


Happy fall! You should  receive my print newsletter in the next couple of days, which contains articles on back to school, participatory budgeting, joint emergency management, and much more!
slowdown1Slow Down, We Love Our Children” signs are now available for pick up or delivery.  Joachim Stroink’s office at Quinpool and Preston has them ready for pick up (thank you Joachim for letting us use your ground floor office! )  We have hundreds of these to go out and the time is now, so please pick up.  Email me and let me know if you can’t pick one up yourself and we will have it delivered.

Come to our information meeting about setting up a Joint Emergency Management (JEM) team.  This will be held Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 6pm (edit) at the Halifax Central Library Lindsay Children’s Room.  The topic will be the establishment of a JEM team. This is a community-based volunteer organization that works with HRM’s EMO.  This is great way for involved citizens to educate friends, family and neighbours in preparedness for emergencies.  JEM’s motto is “neighbours helping neighbours”.  During emergencies, residents in affected communities need to be prepared to help themselves and to assist others.

parkpopup1I am also spending time working on revitalizing our area parks.  I held pop up engagements at Inglis Street Park and Queen and Green Park two weeks ago that captured ideas and excitement from over 150 people.  The ideas will be posted this week on my website, and from there some draft plans for the parks will be created and posted for more comment.  I hope to have volunteers and HRM staff in these parks improving them as early as the end of September.

Along those lines, I am going to hold a “general meeting” of Gorsebrook Park users in October.  Leagues and teams, recreational users, the adjacent PTAs and H&S associations, and residents will all be invited to talk about what we like, what we would like to change, and how we are will get there.   I will post more information in the next newsletter, but you can also keep an eye what is going on with parks on my website athttps://wayemason.ca/parks


Halifax and West Community Council
September 15, 2015 6 pm | Halifax Council Chamber, City Hall

Halifax Water Stormwater Management, Public Information Sessions.
September 15 | Halifax Central Library | Lindsay Children’s Room 7-8:30 pm
Halifax Water is holding a series of Stormwater Management Public Information Sessions throughout the Halifax Municipality. These sessions are being held to provide valuable information about Stormwater Management in light of climate change and community growth, and to answer your questions.  For more information on stormwater please visit http://www.halifax.ca/hrwc/stormwater-billing-update.php

dinoPublic Information Meeting on Dino Capital Case 19987 – 1034, 1042, 1050, 1056 Wellington Street, Halifax
September 16th | 7 pm | St. Mary’s Boat Club
Application by Dino Capital Limited to enter into a Development Agreement which would allow a multi-unit residential development of 8 to 10 stories in height (plus top floor common area) containing 170 residential units and 150 parking stalls on the properties located at 1034, 1042, 1050 and 1056 Wellington Street, Halifax. More information:  http://www.halifax.ca/planning/applications/case19987.php

towersPublic Meeting – Case 18966 6009-6017 Quinpool Road

Thursday, September 17th, 2015,7:00 p.m., Potter Family Auditorium, 6100 University Avenue
Application by APL Properties Limited to amend the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law (LUB) to permit the application of a development agreement allowing a mixed use development consisting of a new residential tower of 29 storeys on a four to seven storey podium at 6009-6017 Quinpool Road, Halifax.

Community Facility Master Plan Public Consultation
September 28, 2015 | George Dixon Centre, 2502 Brunswick Street
The revised and updated Community Facility Master Plan (CFMP) is expected to provide continued strategic direction for the required investment, resources and decision-making processes related to provision of municipal community recreation facilities. The updated document will build on the recommendations in the 2008 CFMP report and will include several facility types not previously considered such as playgrounds, tennis courts, and splash-pads. Residents can participate in the consultation by attending public meetings, doing the survey, emailing comments to staff or through telephone conversations with staff.  For more information, visit https://www.halifax.ca/facilities/CFMP/


Atlantic Fringe Festival
September 3-13, 2015 | Various
The Atlantic Fringe Festival is celebrating its 25th annual event with dozens of new theatre and dance shows from Atlantic Canada, Ontario, the U.S., and abroad. The festival offers a variety of exciting and unique performances in many venues and includes musicals, dramas, comedies, dances, belly dancers, and more. For a full

Canadian Country Music Week
September 10-13, 2015 | Various
Canada’s biggest country music stars and local favourites are coming to Halifax for Country Music Week 2015!  Country music fans will have the opportunity to experience multiple live music events including a Songwriters Series, Talent Showcases, FanFest, the Legends Show, a Country Music Kitchen Party, and the big finale, the CCMA Awards Show – a live, 2-hour special highlighting the best of the year in country music.  Full details on the event can be found at http://www.ccma.org/future_halifax.html

Italian Weekend 2015
September 11-13, 2015 | Italian Canadian Cultural Association, 2629 Agricola Street
The Italian Canadian Cultural Association promotes Italian Canadian culture and heritage through language, food and social activities.  Their annual three-day event includes food, beverages, music, bocce, face painting, games, and information on cooking and language classes.  For more information, visit www.iccans.org

Pakistan Festival 2015
September 12, 2015 11:30 am – 4 pm | Spatz Theatre
This is a celebration to commemorate Pakistan’s 68th Independence Day. The annual Pakistan Festival is an opportunity to further integrate the Canadian-Pakistani community with the Maritimes!  There will be opportunities to experience Pakistani culture, hospitality, food, and music. This event is open to all and free to attend, and participants are encouraged to wear red, white, or green to show your support for unity. For more information, visit http://www.pakistanfest.com/

TD Tree Day
September 12, 2015 9 am – 1 pm | Saint Mary’s Boat Club
TD Tree Days is a nationwide event where volunteers and participants will help plant 50,000 trees across the country. In Halifax, volunteers will plant 150 trees at Saint Mary’s Boat Club.  To register for the event, please visit www.tdtreedays.com

SWITCH Open Streets Halifax
September 13, 2015 12 pm – 4 pm | Agricola Street south of North Street
The SWITCH Open Streets Halifax fall event on the peninsula is taking place Saturday, September 13th!  The street will be closed to traffic and will include lots of family friendly activities.  SWITCH encourages residents to experience and enjoy metro HRM in new ways by biking, walking, and moving around comfortably without vehicular traffic.  For more information on this event and others coming up in HRM, visit http://switchhfx.ca/

Halifax Celtic Festival 2015
September 17-20, 2015 | Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre
Come out and celebrate Celtic languages and their associated heritage through song, music, dance, dress, storytelling, food, children’s activities, athletics and more at the 394th Anniversary of the naming of Nova Scotia by Sir William Alexander. There is truly something for everyone at this free and open public festival.  For more details visit http://www.halifaxcelticfest.com/

Atlantic Film Festival
September 17-24, 2015 | Various
The Atlantic Film Festival is celebrating its 35th year with an eight day celebration of film, music, and media from around the world. The festival offers a first-look at the best international films of the festival season and is the platform in Atlantic Canada to showcase the regional filmmaking community.  For more information and full list of screenings, visit http://atlanticfilm.com/

Sausage Fest 2015
September 19-27, 2015
This 10-day festival will feature 3 flagship events, a pop-up series, and a host of restaurant specials.  Sausage Fest promises to offer the very best sausages and craft beer Nova Scotia has to offer. Visit http://localconnections.ca/events/view/526/sausage-throwdown- for more information.

Quinfest Family Fun Day
September 19, 2015 11 am – 3 pm
Come out and celebrate the uniqueness that is Quinpool Road!  From one end of the street to the other, Quinpool Road will be the site of a free, fun-filled day of family activities including carnival games, bouncy castles, free food samples, live entertainment, face painting and more!  For more information, visit www.quinfest.com

NHL: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
September 26, 2015 | Scotiabank Centre
The New York Islanders and the Caroline Hurricanes will face-off in an NHL pre-season game at Scotiabank Centre on Saturday, September 26th.  Information on tickets is available by visiting http://www.ticketatlantic.com/en/home/events/new-york-islanders-vs-carolina-hurricanes/info.aspx

26th Annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life
September 27, 2015 | Halifax Commons
The Annual AIDS Walk for Life is a family friendly event to raise awareness, combat the stigma and support those individuals living with and affected by HIV. The event will be hosted by 101.3 THE BOUNCE and will feature a Walk, a BBQ, and awards. For more information or to register, visit http://www.acns.ns.ca/get-involved/events/scotiabank-aids-walk-for-life.html

Joint Emergency Management info session
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 6 pm (edit) at the Halifax Central Library Lindsay Children’s Room.
The topic will be the establishment of a Joint Emergency Management (JEM) team. This is a community-based volunteer organization that works with HRM’s EMO.  This is great way for involved citizens to educate friends, family and neighbours in preparedness for emergencies. JEM’s motto is “neighbours helping neighbours”. During emergencies, residents in affected communities need to be prepared to help themselves and to assist others.