2021 Report Card, Incident at Jubilee/Walnut, Street Party and Housing Updates, more

In this issue

My Council Update covers a wide range of issues, from my 2021 Report Card, the recent shooting at Jubilee/Walnut, links to street party updates and housing and homelessness updates, and some information on recent items at Council

Public Meetings and Hearings has some online engagement information for those that may be interested. Roadworks are very short now that we are into winter.  Community Events is very festive, and reach out and get help rounds out the update.

Councillor Update

Hello all,

Top of mind today is the clean-up after yesterday’s snowstorm.  Snow Stop Time was 9 am, and accumulation was 32cm. You can read about snow clearing standards here: https://halifax.ca/transportation/winter-operations/snow-clearing…

While it is important to note that in snowfalls greater than 30 centimeters more time may be needed to complete clearing, so standards may not be met, it is also as much about conditions, so if this was 32cm of wet slush it might take days, but this was very light and fluffy stuff.  Reports are main roads and sidewalks are by and large clear and salted.

It’s been a year and a couple of busy months since the election, and so I have prepared my 2021 report card for residents on my progress on completing my election promises to you.  I am pleased to share that of the 19 promises I made in the 2020 election 7 are complete, 11 are underway, and only 1 is incomplete and at risk.

Of the 11 that are underway, 8 should be done in the spring, so I am going to unexpectedly have completed most of these promises in the first 18 months of this term.  Because of this, and because of new challenges that have emerged in part due to the ongoing COVID state of emergency, I will be sharing some new goals early in the new year.

I want to acknowledge the sad news of reports of a shooting at the corner of Walnut and Jubilee on December 2. Around 8:30 p.m., police responded to a motor vehicle hit and run in the area of Walnut Street and Jubilee Road where it was reported that an unoccupied parked vehicle had been struck. While conducting their investigation, officers located a spent shell casing on the ground. At this time, no injuries have been reported.

Police believe that the motor vehicle hit and run and shots fired are linked and are asking anyone with information or video from the area at the time of the incident to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web-tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or by using the P3 Tips app.

Housing and homelessness continue to be one of the top issues in Nova Scotia and particularly concerning here in District 7.  The latest municipal update includes information about the planned Halifax modular site on Cogswell in the Centennial Pool parking lot. More here.

also posted my Housing Update #4 a little over a week ago, which you can find here.

And finally I also posted an update for residents regarding the follow-up to the unsanctioned street parties that took place on Jennings and Larch Streets this fall.

The 2021 Resident Survey is the 10th survey HRM has conducted since amalgamation in 1996. It’s one of many public engagement tools the municipality uses to gather information from our diverse communities; it acts as a gauge of the satisfaction of residents and taxpayers with the services provided by their municipal government.  The results are summarized here: https://www.halifax.ca/sites/default/files/documents/city-hall/regional-council/211123rci05.pdf.

Some more good news on the Heritage front this week!  Regional Council approved the requests to include 5492 Inglis Street and 5943 Spring Garden Road in the Registry of Heritage Property for the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Regional Council approved my motion to examine the potential for including the St. Mary’s Boat Club in the registry of heritage properties.

Council voted in favor of a process for overall planning for the future of Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Plan in support of a statement of collaboration with Parks Canada which means HRM and Canada are agreeing to explore the creation of a national urban park in the area.

Council also voted unanimously to approve an amended motion that directs the CAO to proceed with a year-long daytime transit priority corridor pilot project on Spring Garden Road between South Park Street and Queen.

A final note for this, my final newsletter of 2021!  I will be off the week of December 20-31 and back in the office at City Hall the day after New Year.  While I am off, please continue to call 311 for routine municipal issues, or the Council Support office at 902-490-4050 for more complex issues, both are open except on Christmas and New Years Days (see times below).

I wish you and your loved ones the very best this holiday season, and look forward to a great year in 2022!

Public Meetings, Hearings & Engagement

Shape Your City Survey: Share your thoughts on Short-Term Rentals
Until December 17 | Online
Share your thoughts on proposed regulations for Short-Term Rentals (like Airbnb or VRBO) in the municipality by filling out a survey.  The survey will be available until December 17. Click the link to learn about the project and take the survey: https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/short-term-rentals

Justfood Survey
Ongoing | Online

HRM and the Halifax Food Policy Alliance have teamed up to develop JustFOOD: an action plan for the Halifax region, working towards a more healthy, just, and sustainable food system built on existing strengths and community wisdom.  They are seeking input from community members to help shape actions for positive change in the food system! I encourage you to head over to http://justfoodhalifax.ca to have your say by completing their Action Survey.

Halifax Regional Council – Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
If you want to read reports coming to Regional Council (posted mid-day Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting) or to check the agenda. Upcoming meetings:

  • Tuesday, December 14, 10 am

Agendas here: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/agendas-meetings-reports?category=127

Budget Committee – Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
If you want to read reports coming to Budget (posted mid-day Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting) or to check the agenda. Upcoming meetings:

  • Tuesday, December 14, 10 am

Agendas here: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/agendas-meetings-reports?category=127

Halifax & West Community Council – virtual meetings
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.

  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 6 pm

Agenda here – https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/agendas-meetings-reports?category=140

Regional Centre Community Council – virtual or face to face meeting
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.

  • None until the new year.

Agenda here – https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/agendas-meetings-reports?category=140

Public hearings
Public hearings are published 2-3 weeks before they take place. There are no public hearings posted at this time. A list of upcoming hearings can be found here: https://www.halifax.ca/business/planning-development/public-hearings

Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Council
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. Upcoming meetings:

  • December 13, 4:00 pm if required, possibly face to face

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

Information about how to watch or participate in virtual meetings can be found on the agenda pages. Please confirm meeting dates and times on our website as dates and times are subject to change.

Roadworks Update

The following street closures or sidewalk disruptions have recently been added to the RoadWorks map

  • BIRMINGHAM ST from ARTILLERY PL to CLYDE ST, starting on 2021-12-08
  • DRESDEN ROW from ARTILLERY PL to CLYDE ST, starting on 2021-12-07
  • SOUTH ST from SOUTH PARK ST to QUEEN ST, starting on 2021-12-12

You can find out road closure details on the HRM Roadworks map:
https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/streets-sidewalks/RoadWorks

Community Events and Info

Evergreen Festival Display of Lights
Halifax Public Gardens | to January 1, 6-9 pm
For the first time ever, as part of this year’s Evergreen Festival HRM has put together a spectacular display of lights throughout the Halifax Public Gardens! From Nov. 27, 2021 to Jan. 1, 2022, our gardens will be aglow with a festive trail of holiday lights every evening from 6-9 p.m.  Enjoy! Begin by entering the main gates and follow the trail of lights as you make your way to the bandstand for a spectacular light and music display.

The Victorian Advent Calendar
Halifax Public Gardens | to December 25
Journey into the Victorian era, with entertaining, enlightening daily stories.  Simply got to the website www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca  The Days are grouped into 3  sections December 1-9, 10-18 and 19-25

Don We Now Our Gay Apparel – Get Me Through December – SOLD OUT
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:30-9:30 pm | St. Andrew’s United Coburg Road

We are BACK! The Halifax Gay Mans Choir is proud to present our first in-person concert in 2 years with our annual holiday offering, Don We Now Our Gay Apparel. Get Me Through December serves as a celebration of song, friendship, and family during the holiday season and is a reminder that regardless of what we have been through over the past few years, we have so much to be thankful for! Tickets are available NOW at www.hgmc.ca More info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/425038609210099

New Years Eve 2022
Grand Parade | Friday, December 31
While details are hard to come by I hear there will be an announcement soon on some kind of live event in Grand Parade on New Year’s Eve!  Keep checking https://Halifax.ca for info.

Senior Snow Removal Program
Accepting Applications now
Removing snow around your property can be a challenging – or even impossible – task for many people. There is help available: the Halifax Regional Municipality provides an annual contribution of $400,000 in support of the YMCA for its Snow Removal Program for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. To find out more about this program and to apply, please call the YMCA at 902.483.3678 or visit the YMCA online: https://ymcahfx.ca/community-initiatives/ymca-senior-snow-removal/

Community Grants Program Preapplication inquires welcome
Deadline March 31, 2022 | Online
HRM’s Community Grams Program offers to fund community projects led by registered, non-profit organizations and charities throughout the Halifax region. There are project grants of up to $5,000 and capital grants of up to $25,000. A wide variety of projects are eligible for the grants such as publishing maps or guidebooks, creating interpretive panels, buying safety equipment, or renovating a building for community use. While you cannot apply yet for 2022, you can contact the Grants office for general inquiries at this time: NonProfitGrants@halifax.ca. Applications will be accepted starting in January and up until March 31, 2022.

Applications Open for Heating Assistance Rebate Program
Open Now to March 31, 2022
Help with home heating costs is available for Nova Scotians living on low incomes. Applications for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) open today, October 18, for the 2021-22 heating season. The annual program provides a rebate of up to $200 to low-income Nova Scotians who pay for their own heat. The income threshold to qualify for the program is $29,000 for single-income households and $44,000 for family-income households. Applications are available at http://www.novascotia.ca/heatinghelp and through Access Nova Scotia, Community Services, and MLA offices.
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How can we help?

311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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,

Call my office
Call my office for assistance with your municipal issues. Please try 311 first, and when you call have your 311 reference number ready. You can reach my Coordinator Liam MacSween during the business day, his phone number is 902-490-2012 and his email is macswel@Halifax.CA

Reach out to me
I’m always available to help residents. Email is always better than a phone call, as I am often in meetings and much of the time I cannot answer the phone. If Liam or 311 cannot assist you, please email me at waye.mason@halifax.ca or call 902.430.7822