Centre Plan, Natal Day, summer events, more!

Picture of harbour from Dartmouth bound ferry.

Just a quick update before things really slow down for August.

I am very pleased to let you know Centre Plan Package A passed 1st reading and is heading toward a public hearing September 17. While I of course am keeping an open mind as we approach the hearing, I want to say I am pleased we have made it to this point!

I do read in the media two things that concern me – that council gives developers whatever they want, and that council does not listen to the public. I don’t agree. In the campaign in 2012 and again in 2016 that I supported the Centre Plan, the idea of high levels of intensification on corridors and in centres (both low rise and high rise as appropriate) and strong protections for our established residential neighbourhoods.

As I have said before in 7 years we have approved many buildings, only 4 of which I do not like and thought were too big or wrong for the area.  There were dozens of meetings with developers where they proposed projects and after consulting with me, staff, other councillors, changed the proposal to something appropriate.  For the most part what is being approved does generally align with what we have been working on in the Centre Plan these last three years, and I support it. For example, the TED on Quinpool is exactly what I think we need to see more of, I would love to see more like this on both sides of the street.

I really like that first image which shows the Ben’s Bread building (which I also supported, had tremendous community input, and I think is fantastic) and the completed Keep (which is ok but not quite what I like to see now.) The TED conforms with the Centre Plan to the last inch of planning.

Halifax is growing by 2% a year, that is 8000 people a year the last three years.  I do not want to grow out to accommodate all of them, indeed, many of them want to live in the regional centre. This kind of appropriate development is what is required to accommodate them.

Council also voted to not accept plan amendments for the package B areas while we complete the second part, the area the includes residential neighbourhoods, broadly the R1 and R2 zones.  There were seven pages of “noes” that Council passed when we finalized Centre Plan for first reading,and seven of the 23 projects that were first seen by the public at the Atlantica Hotel meeting two years ago were denied and told to come back after the Centre Plan is complete.

I understand the change and growth we are experiencing is rapid and unprecedented, we are growing faster than we have in the last 50 years.  It is caused by our economic success, something we have spent these last seven years achieving. We wanted to grow and now we are growing, the question is how should we grow. The Centre Plan is the part of the answer, and we want to hear from you at the public hearing to make sure it is the best possible plan to carry us forward for the next 25 years.

CN will be herbicide spraying along the tracks in Halifax Regional Municipality August 9, 2019 August 13, 2019, subject to weather. The spraying includes the chemical glyphosate, which can be a cause for concern for many. Some residents asked me to share this info with you so folks in the community can take what precautions they deem appropriate.

The spraying schedule is updated every week on the CN the website listed below. Therefore, the closer we get the more precise CN can be.Please don’t hesitate direct any inquires to CN’s Public Inquiry Line at 1-888-888-5909 or contact@cn.ca or read the the FAQs on CN’s website www.cn.ca/vegetation

I will be on vacation August 17-27, with just a few meetings during that time, so I will be slow to respond to calls and emails. Melody will be in the office, and you can contact her August 17-27


Halifax and West Community Council Public Hearings
Tuesday August 6, 2019, 6pm | Halifax City Hall 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax
Case 21984: Development Agreement for 2486 Creighton Street, Halifax
Case 21795: Development Agreement for Child Care Centre at 56 Kearney Lake Road,
Case 21115: Development Agreement for a 9-storey building on Quinpool Road and
Pepperell Street, near Preston Street, Halifax

Halifax Regional Council 
Tuesday August 13, 2019, 1pm | Halifax City Hall
Agenda TBD


Celebrating the city’s 124th Natal Day (1895 – 2019), the Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival runs from Friday, August 2nd until Monday, August 5th, 2019.

A total of 30 individual events include; family activities, live music, road races, entertainment showcase, comedy night, busker performances, the Mayor & Council Garden Party in both Halifax & Dartmouth and one of the oldest parades in Atlantic Canada. In addition, we hold three spectacular fireworks shows throughout the weekend; from a barge in Halifax Harbour on Saturday, August 3rd, at the Halifax Common on Sunday, August 4th and at Lake Banook on Monday, August 5th.

Created with a commitment to provide low cost/no cost activities wherever possible, there’s something special planned for every age.

For more information about the Natal Day Festival, we invite you to look through the website and reserve time to join in the fun. Our final event up-dates on all programs will be listed by May 31st, 2019. So keep checking the website!

And, be sure to bring your friends and family, no matter where they (or you) are from. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2019 Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia!

Step Up To Leadership Training
Starts in September and October 2019
Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Services offers a free, nine-session “Step Up to Leadership” course. The course was developed by volunteers, for volunteers. It covers a wide range of topics to help you develop leadership skills and build strong communities.

Urban Cycling courses
Various dates throughout the summer | various locations
The Halifax Cycling Coalition has partnered with Making Tracks to continue offering the popular Urban Cycling courses both in Halifax and Dartmouth. The course is 4-5 hours in length starting at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. if at Alderney Gate Public Library) and covers the basics of riding on city streets. Classes are capped at 6 participants to ensure a comprehensive learning experience for everyone. Do you know where to ride in an intersection? If you are allowed to pass cars on the right? How to avoid getting doored? We answer all of these questions and more in our Intro to Urban Cycling Course! This is a fun cycling course designed for people who want to expand on their knowledge, learn new skills, and gain the confidence to ride a bike in the city. https://ecologyaction.ca/urban-cycling

Step Up To Leadership Free Course Fall 2019 Sessions
Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Services offers a free, nine-session “Step Up to Leadership” course. The course was developed by volunteers, for volunteers. It covers a wide range of topics to help you develop leadership skills and build strong communities.

Location: Findlay Community Centre
Time: Wednesdays starting Sept. 18 for nine weeks from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Sackville Public Library
Time: Wednesdays starting Oct. 2 for nine weeks from 6-9 p.m.


2019 Halifax Busker Festival
July 31- August 5
A highlight of summer in Nova Scotia, the 33rd annual Halifax Busker Festival takes place on the Halifax Waterfront starting Wednesday, July 31 through to Monday, August 5, 2019.

India Fest 2019
Friday 9 Aug–11 Aug 11-8pm each day | Multipurpose Room at Halifax Forum 
Save your dates for this amazing INDIA FEST!!! Come and enjoy the incredible experience of Indian Culture with Food, Dance, and Music. We will have Variety of Indian food, clothes, Jewellery and Henna. You would not want to miss this great excitement and experience! Entry Fee : $2 For more information about event, Sponsorship/ Stall Inquiries please email indiafest.halifax@gmail.com

Spring Garden 7th Annual Children’s Festival
Sunday August 11, 2019 10am | Victoria Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia 
Join Spring Garden Area Business Association in Victoria Park for a day full of fun! Activities include face-painting, a petting zoo, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, live entertainment, treats and more.

Gus’s 97th Birthday Party
Sunday August 11, 2019, 11am | Museum of Natural History
Join us as we celebrate Gus’s 97th Birthday with Cupcakes and Lemonade. Sign his card, bring a friend and celebrate everyone’s favorite Gopher Tortoise! Gus’s party is included with Museum Admission.

Full Moon Market
August 15, 2019, 6pm | Halifax Brewery Market 
Food, Drink & Makers Market tucked away in the historic halls of the Halifax Brewery Market. 5$ entry includes samples, door prize ticket, entertainment & live music and 5$ Market Money redeemable any Saturday at the Halifax Brewery Market. Featuring an array of award winning gins from distilleries across Nova Scotia. This event is graciously sponsored by the Craft Distillers Association of Nova Scotia

Bikes & Beers
Thursday August 15 6:30-8:30 | Stillwell
Join us for some post-work beers to chat about cycling and active transportation in our city! This will be an informal meeting to get to know other folks in Halifax who care about active transportation issues in a casual setting. All welcome

Mamma Mia! | Exclusive Rain Date
Friday August 16 20:30 | Halifax Public Gardens
FIN Outdoor summer movie series is thrilled to present a rare rain date of the “Summer of Sing-Alongs!”  On July 12th at dusk, scheduled for 9 pm, find us in the Halifax Public Gardens for a FREE screening of MAMMA MIA!  Don’t forget:

  • To bring a blanket or chair
  • To dress for the weather
  • A donation for Feed Nova Scotia

“The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.”  Gates will open 30 Minutes prior to each screening. The event will use the garden’s main entrance. This screening is FREE and open to the public. LIMITED CAPACITY Please check for weather updates and cancellations by tuning into C100 FM – Today’s Best Music and by visiting our website http://www.finoutdoor.ca

An Evening hike in the future Halifax Wilderness Park
Monday August 19, 5:30pm | Halifax, Nova Scotia 
What better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying Halifax’s beautiful wilderness? Join Nature Conservancy of Canada for an interpretive hike in the future Halifax Wilderness Park. Not only will you get to learn about the natural history and ecological significance of the area, but this will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the conservation project! The Nature Conservancy of Canada is working alongside Halifax Regional Municipality and the Shaw Group to preserve 379 acres of an already popular hiking and swimming destination in the Williams Lake and Purcell’s Cove area. The future Halifax Wilderness Park contains a rare habitat of jack pine and broom-crowberry barrens, several wetlands, lakes, and mature forest – all of which provide habitat for more than 40 species of birds and other wildlife.

Freedom of the City
Friday August 23, 2019 9am | Halifax Citadel National Historic Site 
Freedom of the City is an honour granted to military or paramilitary groups in recognition of their service to a municipality. Since 1998, the 78th Highlanders has exercised this privilege by marching through the streets of Halifax with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and Colours flying.  Take in the special squad inspection inside the Halifax Citadel starting at 11:00 a.m. and then after the noon gun, follow the Highlanders to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to celebrate ‘Confederation-era pageantry’ in 2019!

How can we help?

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 melody.campbell@halifax.ca or contact me directly. The best way to reach me is via email at my city email – waye.mason@halifax.ca 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 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: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council

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. https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/community-councils/halifax-west-community-council

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: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/h/halifax-peninsula-planning-advisory-committee