District 8 Update #5 – Snow Event Update, Municipal Boards and Committees Call for Volunteers, African Heritage Month Events, and more!

Residents and Friends,
List of events and notices – here’s what is included:

  • Storm Update February 14th, 2017
  • Call for Volunteers – Municipal Boards and Committees
  • African Heritage Month Events
  • Camp Courage – Applications now being accepted
  • Registration for Spring Recreation programs begins Feb 22
  • Walk for ARK

Items of Interest:

  • February North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes
  • Update on Angus L Macdonald Bridge Redecking
  • North End Business Association
  • Quinpool Road Business Association
  • Regional Council Reports and Agendas
  • Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
  • District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
  • Halifax Regional Council Committee of the Whole
  • My other Committee and Board commitments:

Contact me:
Phone: 902-579-6975
Email: Lindell.Smith@halifax.ca
Website: LindellSmithHfx.ca

Council Coordinator: Nadine Yuriev
Phone: 902.490.1577
Email: Yurievn@halifax.ca

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/
Please send your feedback on issues before Community Council and Regional Council – and on any municipal issue. If you would like to send your comments to all Regional Councillors please email the Clerk’s Office (clerks@halifax.ca) so that your comments are shared and are part of the public record.


Storm Update:
The storm system that we received yesterday resulted in 55 to 70 cm of snow accumulation throughout the municipality, depending on location. Sidewalk operations are presently underway but service will be severely impacted due to the volume of snow present. Our main streets & emergency routes are 75% cleared and passable with isolated slippery sections. 50% of residential streets have received a single plow pass to provide emergency access.

  • ALL available resources have been activated to focus on clearing efforts 24/7.
  • ALL service timelines will be delayed
    • Sidewalk clearing is underway. Majority of all sidewalks have snow depths of over 1m and have also experienced multiple snow piles over 3m in height from private plowing operations depositing snow in the sidewalk areas from driveway and parking lot clearing.
    • Clearing bus stops will begin this evening and all bus stops will not be fully accessible for several days.
  • Please park off street; lend a hand clearing pathways and driveways of those who may be challenged with this task; where possible, help clear snow from nearby fire hydrants and catch basins

The Overnight Winter Parking Ban IS IN EFFECT tonight Feb. 15, 2017 from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Important Safety Message:
Please keep children away from building snow forts, tunnels or playing on/in the snow banks and piles that are on or near the streets and sidewalks. Our equipment will be continuing to plow and remove the snow in these areas.

You can read the detailed release from HRM here: (http://www.halifax.ca/snow/update.php)

Call for Volunteers – Municipal Boards and Committees
The Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking volunteers for various Regional Council advisory boards and committees. Residents interested in connecting with the community are encouraged to apply for these opportunities no later than Friday, Feb. 17.
Current opportunities include volunteer roles with the following boards and committees:

  • ArtsHalifax Advisory Committee
  • Board of Police Commissioners
  • Community Monitoring Committee
  • Domestics Animal (Feral Cat) Committee
  • Regional Watersheds Advisory Board
  • Shubenacadie Canal Commission
  • St. Margaret’s Bay Coastal Planning Advisory Committee

For more information on these volunteer opportunities, including eligibility requirements, residents can visit halifax.ca/boardscom/Volunteer.php or call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 902-490-4210 during regular business hours, Monday to Friday.
Residents interested in volunteering can apply online, or send completed applications via email to Clerks@halifax.ca or by regular mail to the Municipal Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3A5.  Applicants may submit a resume or other pertinent information along with the completed application form.

African Heritage Month Events:

February 16, 2017
Panel discussion “Passing the Torch: Viola Desmond as a Symbol of African Nova Scotian Women’s Leadership”
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Halifax Hall, City Hall – 1841 Argyle Street
The African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office (ANSAIO) is pleased to be hosting an inspiring panel discussion as we celebrate African Heritage Month.
RSVP before February 15th.
Open to the public, no cost.

February 16, 2017
Celebration & Tribute to Community Youth (Halifax)
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
George Dixon Centre, 2502 Brunswick St., Halifax

February 16, 2017
Phoenix Youth Annual African Heritage Month Event
6 p.m – 8 p.m
Phoenix Youth Community Centre Mulgrave Park 123/133 Jarvis Lane

February 26, 2017
Annual African Heritage Month Worship Service
10:45 a.m.
Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, 5457 Cornwallis Street, Halifax,
Open to the public,

HRM Calendar:

African Nova Scotian Affairs Event Calendar:

Halifax Public Libraries Event Calendar:

Camp Courage – Applications now being accepted
Camp Courage is a free police, fire, and paramedic camp for young women aged 15-19. The ultimate goal is to leave young women with a sense of empowerment and confidence to achieve any career goal they aspire to. Applications are now open for women interested in participating in the camp, taking place July 9th – July 16th. For more information on how to apply, please visit https://campcourage.ca/

Registration for Spring Recreation programs begins Feb 22, 2017
HRM has over 50 Community and Recreation Centres around the municipality and offers a variety of recreation services to children, youth, adults and seniors all year round. Registration for the Spring Recreation Programs begins February 22 at 10am and the online catalogue is available now by visiting http://www.halifax.ca/rec/ProgramsandActivities.php

Walk for ARK
Saturday, February 25, 2017, Canadians in 114 locations will be part of the Coldest Night of the Year, a family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises awareness and funds for charities working to address the crisis of homelessness in our communities.

Items of Interest
February North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:
Next meeting: The March Roundtable will be held at Veith House on TUESDAY, March 7th at 9 am.

Update on Angus L Macdonald Bridge Redecking
For information about the redecking project (2015-2017) go to Big Lift: www.thebiglift.ca

North End Business Association
For an update on what is happening with businesses in the north end please visit the North End Business Association http://gonorthhalifax.ca/  and sign up for their monthly email.

Quinpool Road Business Association
For an update on what is happening with businesses on Quinpool Road please visit their website: www.quinpoolroad.ca/

Regional Council Reports and Agendas
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 10am | City Hall, Halifax Council Chambers
The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday, February 21st at 10am in Halifax Council Chambers at City Hall. 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: http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/cagenda.php

Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
Community Council has now decided to meet 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. http://www.halifax.ca/commcoun/west/index.php

District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
The District 7&8 Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the two districts. Please check the webpage for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times: http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/D78PAC/index.php

Halifax Regional Council Committee of the Whole (Budget)
February 15, 2017 9:30am | City Hall, Halifax Council Chambers

My other Committee and Board commitments:

Community Planning & Economic Development

Transportation Standing Committee

Community Design Advisory Committee

Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee

Active Transportation Advisory Committee

HRM Grants Committee

Halifax Forum

(CACE) The Council on African Canadian Education