Newcomer Map, CN Bridges, public hearing Wellington Street, Canada Day, more

The temporary bridge under construction at Marlborough Woods.

Hi all, short note today with a long list of events.

First of all, thanks to Brandan Tarry and the mapping team at the ALP Faculty, School of Access NSCC, who shared this really cool “Newcomer Map” with me to pass on to you.  If you lived in Halifax a while, or all your life, you know where things are, but if you just arrive, it can be daunting to learn.  This project shows where things are folks would be looking for on an google maps style format.

Residents are reminded that there is a public hearing Tuesday regarding Case 20774 Wellington Street 8 story building, details below.

Update came in the last couple days from CN about the Belmont-on-the-Arm and Marlborough Woods bridge rehabilitation:

“Canadian National Railway (CN) and Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) are conducting essential bridge and roadway rehabilitation work on the arch bridge structures at Belmont-on-the-Arm and Marlborough Wood from May 2019 to November 2019. The work involves a major rehabilitation of the structures and reinstatement of the roadway. Temporary bridges will be constructed to provide access to each neighbourhood during construction.Construction on the temporary bridges will begin mid-May and should be installed by early June. These are both single lane bridges with no weight limits. The bridges will be approximately 4.2m wide (13.5 feet) wide.
The rehabilitation project is expected to be complete in November 2019.
We will be working within municipal noise bylaws and work will occur on Saturdays and possibly occasionally on Sundays. CN understands that construction noise may cause disruption to residents who live in close proximity to the work and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.We encourage all residents to observe posted signage. Please contact CN’s Public Inquiry line at 1-888-888-5909 if you have any questions.”

Finally I look forward to seeing you all on Canada Day, where I will be running from Grand Parade in the morning to Citadel Hill and afternoon in Public Gardens, handing out pancakes, cake and then cookies.  Remember to pace yourself!

Public Meetings and Notices

Halifax Common Public Engagement
Monday June 17, 7pm | Citadel High School, Spatz Theatre Atrium (Entrance on 1855 Trollope Street)
The municipality is planning for the future direction of the Halifax Common. As the city and region continue to grow, this dynamic public space will only take on more significance as a major park and recreation area serving local residents and all people in the Halifax region. The time has come again to take a comprehensive look at the future of the Common, through a master planning process that will define management policies, guidelines for open and green space, as well as concepts and action plans for physical renewal. Join us on Monday, June 17, 2019 to learn more about the Halifax Common Master Plan. There will be a presentation at 7 p.m. followed by an open house with topic-specific stations where you can learn more, ask questions, and provide input.

HalifACT 2050 Pop-up 
Monday, June 17, 5:30-7pm | New Location! Spring Garden & South Park
HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Together is a long-term climate change plan to reduce emissions and help our communities adapt. As we build the plan, we want to hear from the public. What adaptation strategies are most important to you? Have you experienced hazards related to our changing climates? Fill out our climate action survey and add a pin to our environmental hazards map. Visit us on the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street to participate.  The municipality is preparing, but in order to be successful we’ll all need to act.

Halifax Regional Council
Tuesday June 18 10:00am | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday June 18 at 10:00am. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Case 20774 – Amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law, and a proposed development agreement to enable an eight-storey building (plus penthouse) on the lands fronting Wellington Street
Monday June 18 | Halifax City Hall
It is proposed that Halifax Regional Council adopt the proposed amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy for Halifax and the Land Use By-law for Halifax Peninsula, as set out in Attachments A and B of the staff report dated April 11, 2019, to allow an eight storey (plus penthouse) residential building by development agreement at 1110, 1116, 1120, 1122, 1126A/1126B/1126C and 1130/1132 Wellington Street, Halifax.

Commemoration Task Force – Public Engagement Session
Tuesday June 18 6:00-8:00pm | Nantucket Room, Zatzman Sportsplex
There will be a public engagement session held by the Commemoration Task Force on Tuesday June 18 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Zatzman Sportsplex. Residents who wish to speak must sign-in upon arrival. For more information, visit:

Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee
Thursday June 20 6:30-8:30pm | Halifax City Hall, Halifax Hall
The next meeting of the Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday June 20 6:30-8:30pm. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Transportation Standing Committee
NEW DATE: Thursday June 20 1:00-3:00pm | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
The next meeting of the Transportation Standing Committee will take place on Thursday June 27 from 1:00-3:00pm. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee
Monday June 24 6:30-8:30pm | Halifax City Hall, Halifax Hall
The next meeting of the Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee will take place on Monday June 24 6:30-8:30pm. To view the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit:

Community Events

Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada
Sunday June 16 3:00-5:00pm | Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
Head to the Halifax Central Library to take part in the sixth annual Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada on Sunday June 16th 3:00-5:00pm. Communities across Canada organize Walks with Refugees to mark world Refugee Day. The walk is a guided tour bringing light to the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers. This event is FREE and family friendly. For more information, visit:

Make Music Day
Friday June 21 11:00am-8:30pm | Halifax – Various Locations
Make Music Day is an international celebration of live music held on June 21st, the Summer Solstice. Organized by Alliance Française Halifax, enjoy several free live concerts taking place in Halifax. For a list of locations, performers and more information, visit:

Daily Tour: Indigenous Arts and Innovation
Friday June 21 2:00-3:00pm | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Check out the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to celebrate the diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. The exhibition, Shifting Ground will highlight works from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection along with works by contemporary artists in An Exhibition Highlight: Monkman, Johnson & Bennett. For more information, visit:

Supper Nova 
Saturday June 22 5:30-8:30pm | Bella Rose Arts Center, Halifax West High School
Join ISANS for a multicultural potluck and give a warm welcome to newcomers to Canada! This event is free and open to everyone, all you have to do is bring a dish to share with everyone! For more information, visit:

Halifax Cycling Coalition Annual General Meeting
Tuesday June 25 5:00-7:00pm | Glitter Bean Café, 5896 Spring Garden Road
Join the Halifax Cycling Coalition for their annual general meeting at the Glitter Bean Café on Tuesday June 25th 5:00-7:00pm. This will be an opportunity for you to chat with other folks who ride bikes in Halifax, meet board members and have some tasty treats. This event is free. For more information, visit:

Halifax Partnership AGM 
Wednesday June 26, 8-9:30am | Pier 21
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Halifax Partnership I am excited about the progress I see across our city. By all measures 2018-19 was a successful year for Halifax and for the Halifax Partnership. I invite you to join Wendy Luther, the Partnership’s new President & CEO, for our Annual General Meeting as we celebrate our collective achievements and successes, explore our progress with the Economic Growth Plan, and reflect on how Innovation and Immigration are driving growth in Halifax.  I encourage you to join me June 26 at Pier 21 from 8am – 10am for this important event. Please RSVP by June 21 to

Halifax Ribfest
Friday June 28 – Monday July 1 | Halifax Waterfront, 1521 Lower Water Street
Check out the Halifax Waterfront from Friday June 28th to Monday July 1stfor the annual Halifax Ribfest! There will be several rib vendors and live entertainment. For more information, entertainment schedule and complete list of participating ribbers, visit:

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Saturday June 29 – Saturday July 6 | Scotiabank Centre
This year, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo presents the Power of Peace and will celebrate peace in many forms. Head to the Scotiabank Centre to take part in this annual event. You do not want to miss it! Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit:

FUSE 2019
Monday July 1 12:00-11:00pm | Emera Oval, Halifax Common
FUSE celebrates Canada’s diversity through dance. This festival brings together Canadian’s of all cultural backgrounds through a shared cultural dance experience across many genres. This event is family-friendly and FREE. For more information, visit:

Canada Day Celebrations
Monday July 1| Halifax & Dartmouth
This year’s July 1 programming offers new and continuing traditions such as the Pancake Breakfast, Flag Raising, Family Fun Fest, live music at Sullivan’s Pond and Halifax Public Gardens and of course the main event – concert and fireworks. This year’s main event will feature A-Trak, The Sorority, Ellevator, KALLITCHNIS and Carmen Townsend. For more information and schedule of events, visit:

How can we help?

Call my office
Call our office for assistance with your municipal issues. Just wanted to let you that for the time being you should contact my acting Council Coordinator Laura Nooyen her number is 902-490-7177 and her email is though she is off next week, so from March 18-22 Ken Benoit will be available at 902-490-7184 or

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: