Update #44 – Participatory Budgeting Vote Project List Is Online, Gorsebrook Park Clean Up, More

pbcoverShort update today, wanted to remind folks about the Participatory Budgeting vote, and let you know the project list is now online!


Participatory Budgeting Community Vote
Wednesday, June 1 – 6:00 to 8:30 pm | Lindsay Children’s Room, Halifax Central Library

Groups will present the 11 eligible projects in a “Science Fair Show-and-Tell style” event, and residents of District 7 get to vote on projects they wanted to see get funded. Each resident is provided a ballot and must vote on five projects. Each presenting group is encouraged to flood the vote with their supporters, but their supports have to vote on five separate projects for the ballot to be counted!

Over 335 residents participated in the discussion with project sponsors and voted throughout the course of the evening in 2015. Votes were tallied that evening and the funded projects announced that night. Residents of all ages are allowed to vote! Bring your children!  

To read about the potential projects go to: https://wayemason.ca/voting-day/

Gorsebrook Park Pick-me-up
Saturday, June 4 – 9:30am start time

The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up is Nova Scotia’s largest volunteer-driven community clean-up program, promoting litter clean-ups across the province, and we are bringing it to Gorsebrook Park! The Clean Foundation has provided supplies and support to participants, including gloves and bags. We are also hoping to sweep clear the play area behind Inglis Street School.  If there is sufficient interest we may expand the day to include other park related projects, like painting. If your team or group wants to help with this, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!


Halifax Cycle Coalition Meet & Greet
Wednesday May 25 – 5553 Bloomfield Street | 7:30-9:30 am

People can drop in any time between 7:30 and 9:30 at our new office at 5553 Bloomfield Street. There will be free coffee and baked goods. Everyone is welcome to bring a friend and stay as little or as long as they’d like. RSVP on our website to help us plan the amount of coffee and snacks to provide. https://cyclehalifax.ca/civi/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/register&reset=1&id=57

Community Health Board Survey
Online | Last day to participate is June 15

Every three years the Community Health Board asks people and organizations to tell us what they need to improve their health and how to create social and physical environments that promote health. Based on this, we put together a Community Health Plan, including recommendations. The Nova Scotia Health Authority is mandated to consider these recommendations in their health-services business plan. The survey is available in English, French, and Arabic and will be posted until June 15.  Please let us know what you think by completing our survey at: http://www.chbhealthsurvey.ca

Connect with Community
Deadline to apply May 27, 2016

HRM is looking for some help from Councillors and their community contacts/networks to help to get the word out on the following opportunities:

  • Active Transportation (Representative from a group that promotes walkability)
  • District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee
  • Domestic and Feral Cat Advisory Committee (Citizen at Large who do not have any affiliation with Conversation or Rescue Groups and Veterinarians)
  • North West Planning Advisory Committee
  • Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee
  • Regional Watersheds Advisory Board (The following Representatives:  North West Community Council, Academia and Environmental NGO’s or Recreational Organizations)

The Deadline for Applications: May 27, 2016
Online applications: www.halifax.ca/forms/volunteer_application.php
Any questions can be emailed to:  clerks@halifax.ca

HCIF Meet Up and BBQ
Wednesday, June 22, 6-8pm | North Branch Memorial Library

The Halifax Community Investment Fund (HCIF) Society will be holding a community meeting and BBQ. The purpose of the meeting and BBQ is to celebrate the successes of the people and organizations who have received grants and bursaries from the HCIF over the past few years. The meeting will also discuss the HCIF’s activities and outline potential funding opportunities for organizations that reside and function inside the catchment area of the HCIF, which is the region bounded by North, Cogswell, Agricola and Barrington Streets. All community members are welcome to attend.