Participatory Budgeting application deadline Friday, the Common, Lower Parking Lot, more

Sixth Annual District 7 Participatory Budgeting Vote 

Building a great community – one great idea at a time

Each district has a budget of $94,000 for a District Capital Fund for permanent projects in the community that provide widespread community benefit. For the last five years community members just like you have proposed projects, made recommendations on how to spend this money, and voted on who should be funded.

All residents of District 7 – including children – are invited to come and help choose projects that will help build a stronger community! We are practicing a different way to make decisions about how to spend public money in our neighbourhood.

  • Do you live in District 7 Halifax South Downtown?
  • Need funding for a project to support, enhance, build community here?
  • Want to have a say in how this neighbourhood budget is spent?

Does your community:

  • Need funding for a project to support, enhance, build community?
  • Want to see more public art, bike racks, benches?
  • Does your neighbourhood want to improve a park or playground?

UPCOMING DEADLINE – Proposal Submission Deadline
Midnight | Friday, May 4, 2018
Email to or by mail to Melody Campbell, Council Support Office, PO Box 1749 Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

District 7 Community Vote – all residents welcome!
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Lindsay Children’s Room, Halifax Central Library
District 7 residents of all ages are invited to vote on their favourite projects in person. Winners will be announced that night.

Halifax Water board minutes and reports now available online
I am pleased to let you know that Halifax Water has put their Board meeting reports and posted them on line (with the exception of In-Camera reports).  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting me and I would be happy to connect you with the right person at Halifax Water.

Point Pleasant Park Lower Parking Lot renovations
I mentioned in a past enewsletter that the Lower Parking Lot at Point Pleasant would be updated this year, to bring it more in line with the feel and finish of the Upper Parking lot.  Some people emailed me and asked if I had a good rendering of the plan, which I do now, and have included as the image at the head of this newsletter and also download the full pdf here.  Very excited to see this starting!

Public Meetings and Notices

THIS MEETING IS THIS EVENING – Halifax Common Master Plan – Public Engagement Workshop
DATE CORRECTED – April 25 7-9pm | Citadel High School 1855 Trollope Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
I’m on the Common! The municipality is planning for the future direction of the Halifax Common. How might the Common best serve the needs of people who live in the Halifax region?  Share what you cherish about the public spaces on the Halifax Common and what you would like to see change. Join us at the second public meeting on Jan. 31 at the Spatz Theatre Atrium (entrance from 1855 Trollope St.) We will also be inviting input on improvements to the outdoor pool and aquatics area. Over the next 6 months there will be a range of opportunities for public input to inform improvements to the Halifax Common Plan, including: public meetings, conversations on the Common, social media, email, and online surveys.

Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee
Thursday, May 3rd 4:30pm-6:30pm | Halifax Hall, Halifax City Hall
The next meeting of the Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday May 3rd at 4:30pm at Halifax City Hall. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee Meeting- Case 21115
Monday, May 7th 6:30-9:30pm| St. Andrews United Church, 6036 Coburg Road
Case 21115 – Application by WSP, on behalf of Facade Investments Limited, for amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-Law to enable an 11-storey mixed-use residential/ commercial development at6290 and 6298 Quinpool Road, and 6325 and 6331 Pepperell Street, Halifax. For more information, visit:

Halifax Regional Council 
Tuesday, May 8th 10am | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday May 8th at 10am at Halifax City Hall. Agenda and reports are posted by noon on Friday prior to the meeting date and are available at

Community Events

Flea Market
Saturday April 28th 10am-12pm |Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1340 Cathedral Lane, Halifax
There will be a flea market on Saturday April 28th from 10am to 12pm at the Cathedral of All Saints in The Great Hall, Anglican Diocesan Centre. Entry is $2.00 which includes coffee and a cookie. All proceeds will be going to support the Cathedral of All Saint’s Music Program and refugee families.

ECMA 30th Anniversary: Kick Off Waterfront Concert
Wednesday May 2nd 6pm| Halifax Waterfront, North Side of the Waterfront Warehouse Restaurant 
Head down to the Halifax Waterfront on Wednesday May 2nd for the ECMA Kick Off Waterfront Concert. This outdoor concert will feature performances by Mo Kenney, Ashley MacIsaac, MAJE, Port Cities and Kalolin Johnson. Gates open at 6pm. This event is FREE for all ages.
For more information, visit:

A Cappella Quartet, Cadence
Friday May 4th 7:30pm| Woodlawn United Church, 54 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth
The Dartmouth Community Concert Association presents its final concert for the 2017-18 season with a performance by the a cappella quartet, Cadence on Friday May 4th at 7:30pm at the Woodlawn United Church. Tickets are $25.00 general, $20.00 for seniors and $10.00 for students. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit:

Halifax Crafters Society Spring Market
May 5th-6th 10am-5pm |Olympic Gardens Community Centre, 2304 Hunter Street, Halifax
The Halifax Crafters Society Spring Market will be taking place May 5th-6th10am to 5pm at the Olympic Gardens Community Centre. Admission is FREE. For more information, visit:

Walk for Alzheimer’s 
Sunday May 6th 2pm| Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road
Walk for Alzheimer’s is a fundraising event for the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. By supporting this event, you can help make an impact on the quality of the 17,000 Nova Scotians who are facing Alzheimer’s. The walk will be a 5km walk along the waterfront, beginning at the Cunard Centre and ending at Casino Nova Scotia. Registration begins at 12:30pm with the walk starting at 2:00pm. For more information, visit:

Free Access Evening – Discovery Centre
Wednesday May 9th 5-8pm |Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street
Every Wednesday the Discovery Centre offers free admission between 5:00 and 8:00pm. Bring the kids and come learn, play and create! For more information, visit:

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.

Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the three districts on the peninsula. Please check the webpage for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times: