The Cogswell Interchange is coming down, community events, more.

Quick note this Friday afternoon as I try and get this update out for residents.  Just one big bit of news.

Tuesday at Regional Council was a historic day – the interchange is coming down! The Cogswell District public realm (transportation, parks) plans were approved. The size, shape and feel of the buildings are yet to come.  Engagement regarding commemoration and placemaking, especially the focus on African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw communities will continue.

The public will have input into the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-law (LUB) amendment process. The timeline of this process will be announced in the next two months.

I am very proud of this work and thank all of the many members of the public, and the many consultants and staff that finally got this important project to the point where we can say – the interchange is coming down!

Some renderings and the road plan are included below.

A lot more information about the project so far and next steps can be found here.

Public Meetings and Notices

Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee
Thursday March 7th 4:30-6:30pm | Halifax City Hall, Halifax Hall
The next meeting of the Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday March 7th from 4:30-6:30pm. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Halifax & West Community Council
Thursday March 7th 6:00-8:00pm | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
The next meeting of the Halifax and West Community Council will take place on Thursday March 7th at 6:00pm at Halifax City Hall. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee
Thursday March 14th 1:00-3:00pm | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
The next meeting of the Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee will take place on Thursday March 14th from 1:00-3:00pm. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee
Monday March 18th 4:30-6:30pm | Halifax City Hall, Halifax Hall
The next meeting of the Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee will take place on Monday March 18th from 4:30-6:30pm. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Community Events

Halifax Camerata Singers Present Music of the Spheres with Guest Ben Caplan
Saturday March 2nd 7:30pm | Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall
Check out the award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers as they conclude their 32nd season with Music of the Spheres on Saturday March 2nd at 7:30pm at the Halifax Central Library. This performance features special guest narrator, singer/songwriter Ben Caplan. To purchase tickets, visit:

Ask an Astronaut
Monday March 4th 10:45-11:45am | Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Head over to Dalhousie University on Monday March 4th at 10:45am as they host an interactive live-link with the International Space Station, where astronaut David Saint-Jacques will answer audience’s questions live from space. This event is FREE. For more information, visit:

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday March 5th 5:00-6:30pm | Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1340 Cathedral Lane
Enjoy some delicious pancakes on Shrove Tuesday from 5:00-6:30pm in the Great Hall at the Cathedral Church of All Saints. Tickets are available at the door – $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12. For more information, visit:

St. Patrick’s Day Flag Raising
Friday March 8th 12 noon | Halifax City Hall, Grand Parade
Kick off the celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day on Friday March 8th at 12 noon with Mayor Mike Savage for the St. Patrick’s Day flag raising in Grand Parade.

After Hours: A Fundraiser with the Aeolian Singers
Saturday March 9th 7:00-9:00pm| Bethany United Fellowship Hall, 2669 Joseph Howe Drive
Join the Aeolian Singers as they present After Hours: A Fundraiser on Saturday March 9th at Bethany United Fellowship Hall from 7:00-9:00pm. This musical fundraiser features great music, cash bar, free snacks and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are available at the door or online at

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019
Sunday March 10th 1pm | Terminal Road to Historic Properties
Come be Irish for a day and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 10th at 1:00pm. The parade will begin on Terminal Road and then travel along Lower Water street through historic Irishtown. The parade will end at Historic Properties. Immediately following the parade, there will be an afterparty at the Lower Deck. All are welcome! For more information, visit:

Halifax Job Fair
Tuesday March 19th 1:00-3:00pm | Four Points Hotel by Sheraton
Looking for work? Head to the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton on Tuesday March 19th from 1:00-3:00pm and check out the Halifax Job Fair. Meeting face to face with hiring companies, recruiters, Human Resource Managers, employment agencies and more. Admission is FREE for job seekers. Online registration is required, visit:

Halifax Burger Week
March 28th – April 3rd | Various Locations
Halifax Burger Week is a city-wide burger eating phenomenon and fundraiser for Feed Nova Scotia put on by The Coast. Creative burger offerings have a set price of $6 or a higher price with the restaurant making the donation to Feed Nova Scotia from every burger sold. The passport guides patrons all over the city to new restaurants or old favourites alike, all in the name of burgers! Raising over $285k for Feed Nova Scotia over the past six years it has become the largest fundraiser for the organization outside of their own initiatives. More info:

Camp Courage: Entrance Essay Deadline
Sunday March 31st | Halifax Regional Municipality 
Experience Camp Courage
The First Responders Society is an incorporated non-profit company established by firefighter, Andréa Speranza, in January 2006, for the purpose of introducing young women aged 15- 19 to careers as first responders primarily paramedics, police officers, and firefighters.

The ultimate goal is that the young women will leave with a sense of empowerment and the confidence to believe that they can achieve any goal, career or dream they desire.

You have what it takes, join us in 2019 for the experience of your life – July 7th to July 14th!

The camp is 100% free. In order to be accepted into camp you must write an essay on one of two topics; how you can improve someone else’s life that is less fortunate, or how you can improve your Community. Instead of paying cash, you have to do what you’ve proposed in your essay. The only limitation is your imagination.

This illustrates how hard work creates opportunities. It teaches to be thankful for what you have and to respect others that have less, it teaches the value of helping others.

Camp Courage accepts only 24 participants each year, and entrance essays are due March 31st. Essays and applications can be submitted at:

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.

Peninsula Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
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: