Participatory Budgeting Vote Next Wednesday, Campaign Finance Reform, Soviet Agitprop + more

So many exciting things happening right now but the two biggest ones really need to be highlighted.

First the participatory budgeting is vote coming up on Wednesday next week, details below.

Second is Campaign Finance Accountability meetings talking about the possible restrictions and rules around campaign donations from unions, registered businesses and corporations.

VOTE 2017
Participatory Budgeting in District 7

Participatory Budgeting voting takes place next week, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Lindsay Children’s Room, Halifax Central Library

Sure you all voted for some other thing a few weeks ago, but now it is time for the real deal!

Come and review the proposed projects present for a Science Fair Show-and-Tell style so you can ask the questions about each funding proposal.

Residents of District 7 get to choose five seperate projects they wanted to get funded. 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, permanent residents and residents on student visas are allowed to vote! Bring your children!


Downtown Halifax Business Commission
Installation of seasonal lights during the winter months

LMST Green Space Committee/LMST Home and School Committee
Park play structures/seating/landscaping – LeMarchant St. Thomas

Climb Nova Scotia
Outdoor Exercise (Gym) Facility in D7 park

Inglis Street Elementary School PTA
Accessible play structures/play equipment

Fusion Halifax
Bike station/sitting location/bike rack in Halifax South

The Universal Unitarian Church of Halifax
Accessible ramp/doors to the building entrance

Halifax Cycling Coalition
Eco- Counters and Bike Repair Stand

Halifax Minor Baseball Association
Batting Cage in D7 park area/ball field

Partners for Care
Picnic Tables/Water Station/Sitting Area – Common Roots Urban Farm

Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association
Planters for Quinpool Road/Food planters

Public Meetings and Notices

Public Open House – Case #20719 re: 5516, 5530 and 5532 Bilby Street
Wednesday, June 7 2017 6:30-8:30pm | Halifax Forum
There will be a public information meeting regarding an application by W.M. Fares Architects to build an 8-story residential building on Bilby street in Halifax. The open house is an opportunity for residents to find out more about the project. More information is available at

Halifax Regional Council
Tuesday, June 13 2017 1pm | Halifax City Hall, Council chambers
The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday June 13 at 1pm at Halifax City Hall. Council agenda and reports are available by noon on the Friday prior to the Council meeting and can be found by visiting

Public Meeting – Campaign Finance Accountability
Wednesday, June 14 2017 6:30pm | City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street Halifax
HRM is hosting a series of public meetings aimed at getting feedback from residents to help establish a new protocol for municipal election campaign finance accountability. Residents are also invited to provide feedback on campaign finance accountability by taking a short online survey available here The link also provides more information, additional meeting dates and times, and backgrounder on campaign finance reform in HRM.

Community Events

Halifax Bike Week
June 2-11, 2017 | Various locations around HRM
Halifax Bike Week aims to celebrate the cycling community, educate residents about cycling safety, and increase participation in cycling throughout our region. There are many great events planned for Bike Week, and a full schedule is available at

Bike-in Movie
Saturday, June 10 2017 6pm-10pm | Halifax Commons
The Halifax Cycling Coalition and Halifax Independent School invite you to a bike-in screening of the movie Wadjda. The award-winning film is a story of a young girl living in the suburbs of Saudi Arabia determined to raise enough money to buy a bike. The event will also feature vendors, tune-up tens, food trucks, art bikers, bike demos, and more.

Halifax Public Gardens 150th Birthday Party
Saturday, June 10 2017 11am-5pm | Halifax Public Gardens
Halifax’s beloved Public Garden is celebrating it’s 150th birthday with a fun-filled afternoon bash. There will be cake, musical performances, games, face painting, tea leaf reading, garden tours, and much more. Everyone is invited to this free public event! More information is available at

District 7 Participatory Budgeting community vote night
Wednesday, June 14 2017 5pm-8pm | Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s Room
All residents of district 7 are invited to come and vote on community projects seeking capital funds. The vote will take place from 5pm-8pm at the Halifax Central Library, and winners will be announced that night. Residents of all ages can vote, so bring your kids! Last year, over 300 residents cast their ballots, so come out and support the great work being done by non-profits in our community. For more information, please visit

Summer Launch Food Truck Party
Thursday, June 15 2017 4-8pm | Museum of Natural History
The Coast and the Nova Scotia Food Truck Association invite everyone to attend their summer launch food truck party! There will be dozens of food trucks and pop-ups, a beer balcony and free admission to the Museum of Natural History. Admission is $2 and kids get in free – this event is also pet friendly.

OUTeast Film Festival
June 15-18, 2017 | Various locations around HRM
The OUTeast Film Festival is the only exclusive presented 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

Agitprop: Soviet Propaganda 1905-1945 – Opening night
Friday, June 16 2017 8pm | Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery
Curators Emily Davidson and Nicole Marcoux invite residents to the opening reception of Agitprop: Soviet Propaganda, 1905-1945 on Friday June 16th at 8pm at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. The exhibit will display over 40 examples of Soviet poster art from the collection of Dartmouth-based antique book dealer Major Marcus Brauer, and represents the events leading up to the Russian Revolutions, the Civil War of 1917-22, the mass industrialization of the USSR in the late 1920s and 1930s, and World War II. The exhibit will be on display from June 17th – July 20th at the gallery. For more information, visit

Play on! Halifax
June 17-18, 2017 | Halifax Common
Hockey Night in Canada’s Play on! Halifax is a giant street hockey tournament that transforms over 1km of city streets into 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

Unveiling of Our Common Woods exhibit
Wednesday, June 21 2017 10am | Halifax Commons
As part of National Aboriginal Day celebrations happening on June 21, HRM and The Deanery Project will be unveiling a set of five wood sculptures on the Halifax Common. The permanent exhibit, titled “Our Common Woods” will be installed in the coming weeks, and artists Alan Syliboy, Erin Phillips, Gary Staple, Theo Heffler, and Steve Sekerak, will be on hand to discuss their work.

Help and more info

Call my office
Call our office for assistance with your municipal issues. Contact my Constituency Coordinator Melody Campbell by phone 902-490-2012 or email or contact me directly. The best way to reach me is via email at my city email – or you can call my direct line at 902-490-8462.

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

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:

Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
Community Council meets 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.

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: