Update #45 – Participatory Budgeting vote this week, Great Gorsebrook Pick-Me-up, public meetings, more.



Participatory Budgeting Community Vote THIS WEDNESDAY
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/

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

The Great Gorsebrook Pick-Me-Up – a morning to help clean one of the city’s best loved parks. 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!  Volunteers should show up in the parking lot behind Gorsebrook Junior High starting at 9:30 am.  Remember to dress for conditions, wear sunscreen, wear work clothes! The Clean Foundation has provided supplies and support to participants, including gloves and bags.  If you can bring a broom to help with sweeping, that would be great! We are focusing on three projects:

  1. sweep and tidy the area behind Inglis Street Elementary School, to remove loose rocks and gravel tripping hazards, and make the area safer for small children and kids with mobility issues.
  2. starting at Gorsebrook Junior High, head south and then west in teams, collecting litter.

Depending on turn-out we may arrange another event early in the summer to work on a major project, like painting the lacrosse box/outdoor rink. Park Facebook page herehttps://www.facebook.com/gorsebrookpark and eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/564095440428853/ here.


District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee
Monday, May 30, 4pm| Halifax Hall, City Hall
Case 20326: Proposal by Michael Napier Architecture for Substantive Amendments to an existing Development Agreement – Bilby Street & Isleville Street, Halifax, and Case 20510: Regional Council-initiated amendment to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and the Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to create a site specific zone for 6067 Quinpool Road, the former St. Patrick’s High School property, Agenda here http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/D78PAC/160530d78pac-agenda.php

Dexel Developments final public engagement regarding proposed Spring Garden West development
Tuesday May 31, 6:30-8:30pm | O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
NOTE: this is a developer lead engagement that is in addition to (before) the official HRM review process. “You told us, we listened, what’s your final advice?  This development will be the gateway to the Spring Garden Road shopping district downtown. It is an intersection point as it borders the Dalhousie University Campus and the hospital and medical communities. It is important to hear from many people and multiple perspectives on how they will use and interact with the building. The public engagement process is a participatory interface to engage people around things they can influence and be clear about what they cannot influence during this developer led engagement. Join us to review the design changes from the engagement process and give final feedback.  For more information visit: http://www.livewellonsgw.com/

District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee
Monday, June 27 8pm| Halifax Hall, City Hall
Please visit http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/D78PAC/index.php  for upcoming agenda and more information.


10th Annual Lebanese Cedar Festival
June 2-5, 2016 | Our Lady of Lebanon Parish, 3844 Joseph Howe Dr.
For four days, the grounds of Our Lady of Lebanon Parish in Halifax will be transformed into a busy Beirut marketplace for the 10th Annual Lebanese Cedar Festival. The festival includes three evenings of entertainment, authentic Lebanese cuisine, music and cultural shows, a children’s play area, and more! For more information, please visithttps://www.facebook.com/cedarfestival

Halifax Bike Week
June 3-12, 2016 | various locations around HRM
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 great events planned for Bike Week, and full schedule is available athttp://www.halifax.ca/bikeweek/

100 in 1 Day Events
June 4, 2016 | various locations around HRM
100in1Day is a global festival of citizen engagement. On June 4, 2016 hundreds of people will unite in Halifax to take small actions and improve their city – all on the same day! There are great events planned all across the city. For more information please visitHalifax.100in1day.ca

Recreation Day
June 4, 2016 | various locations around HRM
Come out and celebrate Recreation Day with many municipally-owned Community and Recreation Centres offering free programs and activities on Saturday, June 4th! June is Recreation Month, and the municipal government has made it a priority to encourage healthy communities across the Halifax region. For more details and a full listing of events and activities, visit http://www.halifax.ca/rec/RecreationDayEvents.php

Curbside Giveaway Weekend
June 4-5, 2016 | HRM-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

Doors Open Halifax
June 4-6, 2016| various locations around HRM
Doors Open Halifax Heritage Society is happy to present a roster of nearly 30 venues for this year’s event. Buildings in the Halifax 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/

Public Open House – Development proposal, 5185-5189 South Street
June 8 2016 7-9pm | Westin Nova Scotian
A public open house will be held Thursday June 8th at the Westin Nova Scotian (Lunenburg Room) to present information on the development proposal by Paul Skerry Associates Ltd. for a mixed-use development at 5185 and 5189 South Street. Representatives of Paul Skerry Associates will be present to discuss the proposal and answer questions from the public.  This is a public meeting open to anyone seeking more information or to express their thoughts on the proposed development.

Halifax Greek Fest
June 9-12, 2016 | 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 event is for the whole family, and more information is available at www.greekfest.org

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

OUTeast Queer Film Festival
June 16-19, 2016 | various locations around HRM
The OUTeast Film Festival is the only exclusive presenter of LGBTQ+ film and video work in Atlantic Canada, and is committed to bringing the best in local, national and international queer film to audiences in Halifax. For more information including festival guide and screening schedules, please visit http://www.outeastfilm.com/#aboutindex

The Coast Halifax Food Truck Party
June 16, 2016 | Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
The downtown Halifax edition of The Coast’s summer Food Truck Party will take place on Thursday, June 16th from 4pm-8pm in the parking lot of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. There will be tons of food trucks and breweries on site, and admission is $2 (kids under 12 are free!). For more information including a full list of vendors, visithttps://www.facebook.com/events/133343423744220/

Play on! Halifax
June 18-19, 2016 | Halifax Common
Hockey Night in Canada’s Play on! Halifax is a giant street hockey tournament that transforms over 1km of city streets into 55 “street rinks”, with games running all weekend. The event will feature an estimated 550 teams and over 4,200 participants, and there are divisions for all ages and skill levels. To register a team or for more information, please visit https://www.playon.ca/events/halifax

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.