Update #47 – Centre Plan Growth Scenarios, Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes info, Canada Day + more



Open House on Centre Plan Growth Scenarios
TODAY – June 27 starting 6pm | Portia White Atrium, Citadel High School
Brief presentations will be shared at 6:30pm and 7:30pm to introduce the evening.  This Open House will provide an opportunity for staff to share with the public the details and impacts of different scenarios for how the municipality can grow in the Regional Centre. This event will also lead into a series of additional opportunities for staff to work with the community over the summer, similar to the follow up they’ve done after the Neighbourhood Workshops.

Additionally, today in the Coast a short video explaining the origins of this project has been produced. You can read about it and see it here: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/centre-plan-takes-centre-stage/Content?oid=5460653

Finally, the “What We Heard” report for the Neighbourhood Workshops and all other supporting information is now available at http://centreplan.ca

ADDED MEETING – Schmidtville Parking Meeting
Wednesday July 29 6:30-7:30 Room HA18, Basement of the Architecture Building, Dal Sexton Campus
Larry Haiven of Friends of Schmidtville has helped organize a meeting with Schmidtville residents Wednesday night to get an update on steps being taken to alleviate residential parking issues in Schmidtille. Residents on Dresden Row and Brenton should receive a letter today or tomorrow regarding institution some measure of resident permit parking. If there is no overwhelming negative feedback happens it is proposed residents of Schmidtville (including homes with no other parking on Morris, Queen, Clyde) would be able to use resident parking on Brenton, Dresden and Birmingham. Other parking and enforcement issues will also be discussed.

Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Report and Meeting  – item 1
July 4 | via email or print
Regional Council is seeking public feedback on an independent facilitator’s report regarding negotiation of the proposed boundaries for a regional park in Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes. Please note that verbal comments from the public will not be recorded at the presentation. All feedback must be submitted in writing to the Municipal Clerk by mail, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3A5; by fax, 902-490-4208; or by e-mail, clerks@halifax.ca.  Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2016. For any written submissions exceeding three standard letter sized pages in length, thirty-five copies must be supplied to the Municipal Clerk’s office.  A hard copy of the report may be obtained by contacting Planning Services at 902-490-4472. A hard copy of the report may be obtained by contacting Planning Services at 902-490-4472.

Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Public Meeting  – item 2
Tuesday, June 28th 7-9pm| Bella Rosa Auditorium at Halifax West
Note – This event is being organized by a municipal candidate for Council.  The Public is invited to express their views and comments regarding the proposed development plans within the planned park. Written opinions will be accepted at the meeting or by email.  This is a comfortable 500 seat theatre. Free on-site parking. Microphones will be provided and attendees will have  3-5 minutes to make their presentations. We will attempt to answer as many questions as possible. Please come prepared! Direct advance inquiries to: Bruce Smith 902 209 2010 bruce@votebrucesmith.com

Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Public Meeting  – item 3
Wednesday June 29 7-9pm | Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, Dalhousie University next to the Rebecca Cohn Building.
Note – this meeting is hosted by the Ecology Action Centre, Friends of Nature, Halifax Field Naturalists & the Halifax Northwest Trails Association.   Please come to an important public meeting this Wednesday, June 29th to show support and find out more.  We need absolutely everyone who cares about this special place to attend. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends. We need you to come and be counted and to help rescue our future park from being ruined forever.


Canada Day Events
July 1, 2016 | various locations around HRM
There are many family-friendly events happening around HRM this Canada Day, starting with free pancake breakfasts in Halifax and Dartmouth. Throughout the day, there will be an official Canada Day ceremony (with cake!), a parade, free yoga on the South Commons, free concerts and much more! End the day with a spectacular fireworks display lit from the Halifax Harbour at 10pm. For a full listing of events, visit http://hrmcanadaday.ca/events.php

Lebanese Festival
July 7-10, 2016 |Olympic Community Centre
The ever-popular Halifax Lebanese Festival is back for another year. Residents are invited to come out and enjoy traditional Lebanese music, dance, food, and artisans. Admission is free. For more information, please visit http://lebanesefestival.ca/

The Urban Agenda: Halifax Roundtable
July 11, 2016 5:30pm | Halifax City Hall
This is the last roundtable in the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s six-city series. The discussion, which will involve policymakers, community and thought leaders, will celebrate the individual collective success of Canadian cities as hubs of diversity and models of inclusion, while exploring issues that remain unresolved and identifying emerging challenges. For more information, please visit http://www.crrf-fcrr.ca/en/

TD Halifax Jazz Festival
July 12-17, 2016 | various locations around HRM
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is back for its 30th year, with artists from around the world bringing the sounds of jazz to the city streets. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever! With 14 stages across Halifax, there is sure to be something for everyone. For more information and full schedule of events, please visit http://halifaxjazzfestival.ca/

Halifax and West Community Council
July 12, 2016 6-8pm | Halifax Council Chambers, City Hall (if required)
The next meeting of the Halifax and West Community Council will take place on July 12th from 6-8pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. Please visit http://www.halifax.ca/Commcoun/west/index.php to view the upcoming agenda and information about the meeting.
Volunteer Information & Orientation Session: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax
July 13, 2016 6pm | Halifax Central Library, BMO Room
Individuals interested in becoming involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs as volunteers are invited to attend an information and orientation session which provide an overview of available programs. The session will also cover agency expectations, impact of mentoring and other important information. This event is free and open to all to attend. For more information, please visit http://www.bigbrothersbigsistershalifax.ca/en/Home/default.aspx

Halifax Pride Flag Raising and Reception at City Hall
July 14, 2016 5pm | Grand Parade, Halifax City Hall
Join Mayor Savage, members of Regional Council and participants of the Halifax Pride Festival for the official kick-off of 2016 Pride Week in Halifax!

Halifax Pride Festival
July 14-24, 2016 | various locations around HRM
2016 marks the 29th 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 23 from 1pm-3pm. For a full list of events, please visit www.halifaxpride.com or call 902-431-1194.

Africa Festival of Arts and Culture
July 22-24, 2016 | 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
July 27 – Aug 1, 2016 | Halifax Waterfront
The Halifax International Busker Festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada. The Festival Team is excited to offer electrifying international performers from Canada, the United States, England, Ireland and Australia! Come and watch them perform a wide variety of street theatre, acrobatics, music, visual arts, fire displays and comedy. For more information, please visit http://www.buskers.ca/

Art of Disability Festival
July 28, 2016 10am | Alderney Landing
Join Independent Living Nova Scotia for a day or fun and leaning while supporting artists who have a disability in your community. This is a free and accessible public art festival highlighting artwork ranging from card making to dance performances. For more information, please visit http://www.ilns.ca/


311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 7 days/week from 7 am to 11 pm to respond to routine inquiries and complaints from HRM residents. Please use this service since it helps HRM keep track of issues that are of concern for residents (missed solid waste pickup, sidewalks not cleared, transit info or complaints, etc.) For more information please visit http://www.halifax.ca/311/

Regional Council Reports and Agendas
If you want to read reports coming to Regional Council (posted mid-day Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting) or to check the agenda please go to: http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/cagenda.php

Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
Community Council has now decided to meet on Tuesday evenings that alternate with Regional Council. Please check the webpage here for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times. http://www.halifax.ca/commcoun/west/index.php

District 7&8 Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
The District 7&8 Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the two districts. Please check the webpage for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times: http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/D78PAC/index.php