District 8 Update #7 – Participatory Budgeting!!, Cornwallis Street Baptist Church’s 185th Anniversary, HRM Charter Feedback, and more!

District 8 Update #7 – Participatory Budgeting!!, Cornwallis Street Baptist Church’s 185th Anniversary, HRM Charter Feedback, and more!


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

·       Participatory Budgeting is here!

·       Halifax Cycling Coalition 30 Days of Biking

·       St Margaret of Scotland Church Indoor Yard Sale

·       Community launch of The Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection

·       Ardmore Street Painting Workshops

·       Cornwallis Street Baptist Church’s 185th Anniversary

·       The Mobile Food Market

·       Slow down and stay cool!

·       Resident feedback on potential changes to the HRM Charter


Items of Interest

·       April North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes

·       Free Produce Delivery!

·       Update on Angus L Macdonald Bridge Redecking

·       North End Business Association

·       Quinpool Road Business Association

·       Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas

·       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.





I am inviting District 8 residents’ to provide their input on how to spend $56,400 in the community. The funds will be allocated using the Participatory Budgeting model that was used last year’s District 8 Participatory Budget vote. The benefits of this process are that it encourages great ideas to come forward from local groups, builds community support and collaboration, and gives local residents a direct say in how they want the District 8 capital funds spent.


Participatory Budget Information Night

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Terry Symonds Auditorium – Halifax North Memorial Public Library – 2285 Gottingen St.

Everyone is welcome to learn more about the Participatory Budget process, to identify what type of capital projects are eligible for funding, and to receive feedback on project ideas

Proposal Submission Deadline

Midnight | Friday, May 19, 2017

Email to nadine.yuriev@halifax.ca or by mail Nadine Yuriev, Council Support Office PO Box 1749 Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

District 8 Participatory Budget Community Vote

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 6 PM to 9 PM

Main Hall, Italian Canadian Cultural Association | 2629 Agricola Street

District 8 residents of all ages are invited to vote on their favourite projects in person. Residents can drop by anytime between 6:00-9:00pm to vote. Successful projects will be announced that evening.


The Halifax Cycling Coalition 30 Days of Biking campaign

30 Days of Biking is a nation wide challenge that invites people to bike every day throughout the month of April. Halifax Cycling Coalition is hosting weekly group rides to help people get back into gear this spring, or try riding for the first time.

Activity Dates:

April 15th, 2017 – 11:00 AM
Old Fashioned Chocolate Egg Hunt – Register Here

A chocolate egg hunt by bike. Open to family and friends wanting to participate in a fun day outside.

April 30th, 2017 – 3:00 PM
30 Days of Biking Wrap-Up
Celebrating and incredible month of biking with the ribbon cutting of the bicycle corral on Agricola Street outside of Local Source.

The Halifax Cycling Coalition is also giving away a Giant VIA bicycle. Anyone who registers, donates, or refers a friend before April 30th is eligible to enter the draw for the bicycle. More information about the events and the bicycle draw can be found on the Halifax Cycling Coalition’s website.


St Margaret of Scotland Church Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday April 29th from 9 am to 12:00 pm at the St Margaret of Scotland Church on 3751 Robie St. Admission $1.00

Vendor tables available @ $15 each Call 902-454-6925 to book a table


Official community launch of The Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection

Housed at Saint Mary’s University’s Archives. The Collection documents the lives of Lynn, her family, and over 50 years of African, African diasporic and African-Nova Scotian heritage and history. It is a rich resource for researchers, community members, educators and students, community organizers, and citizens far and wide.

Thursday April 13th, 6:30pm at the Halifax North Memorial Library 

For further info, see http://www.smu.ca/academics/archives/lynn-jones-african-canadian-collection.html).


Ardmore Street Painting Workshops

The Ardmore Community Association along with their artist Ivan Murphy will be painting the street intersection at Summit and Dublin in September. There were two sessions held in March for Brainstorming.


Session #1: Imagining, Tuesday, March 7

Session #2: Brainstorming, Tuesday, March 28

Next Sessions:

Session #3: Design, Wednesday, April 19th 6:30 pm at the Halifax Forum’s Maritime Hall

Session #4: Event Preparation, Tuesday, May 16th 6:30 pm at the Halifax Forum’s Maritime Hall


Cornwallis Street Baptist Church’s 185th Anniversary!

Join Cornwallis Street Baptist Church and its members from April 21st – 23rd, 2017 to celebrate their 185th Church Anniversary. Cornwallis Street Baptist Church is the mother church of the African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia.

The morning worship service will be held on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. featuring moderator,

Reverend Dr. Lennett Anderson of Emmanuel Baptist Church, as the guest speaker. During the 3:00 p.m. worship service, Dr. J. Louis Felton of Pennsylvania, USA will be our guest speaker joined by the Hallelujah Praise choir for ministry in music.

Learn more here: http://cornwallisstreetbaptist.ca/2017/03/02/185th-church-anniversary/


The Mobile Food Market

The Mobile Food Market is back! Now set up at the Needham Recreation Centre every second Saturday from 9:45-11:15am until May 20th.


Slow down and stay cool!

In their continued effort to address traffic safety issues and educate citizens on the rules of the road, the Halifax Regional Police Traffic Unit and Patrol Officers will focus on speeding enforcement and aggressive driving during the month of April.

With the spring weather hopefully upon us, police encourage citizens to watch their speed and be aware of other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Motorists are reminded that the faster you drive, the less time you have to react. Also, refrain from aggressive driving or high risk driving behaviours which may lead to a collision.

Their focus during March was seatbelt enforcement and officers issued 2,113 tickets during the month for a variety of Motor Vehicle Act violations.


Halifax Transit invites residents to name new harbour ferry vessels

Halifax Transit is once again asking residents to submit suggestions to name its newest replacement harbour ferry vessels, expected to be delivered in fall 2017 and summer 2018. Until Friday, April 14th, residents can submit their name ideas for the two new replacement vessels online at www.halifax.ca/surveys.

The top two names receiving the most votes will adorn the new ferries, subject to final approval by Transport Canada. The residents who submit the winning names will each receive a one-year conventional transit pass courtesy of Halifax Transit and the municipality.


Give your feedback on potential changes to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter

The Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking residents’ feedback on potential changes to its charter that could ultimately expand the municipality’s powers and reduce red tape.

The municipality is considering something called Natural Person Powers (NPPs). NPPs give municipalities the power to do anything an ordinary (or natural) person can do. For example, a person can give loans to anyone, buy shares in a company, or buy and use property for any purpose. These are all things the municipality cannot do, or is restricted from doing in some way under the Charter.

Residents are encouraged to share their feedback by completing an online survey on the Shape Your City engagement portal. The survey closes on Monday, April 17th. Responses will be shared with Regional Council through a staff report in the spring.


Items of Interest:

April North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:

View Here

Next Roundtable: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. 9am at Veith House


Free Produce Delivery!

For Seniors & those with limited mobility in the North End. For more details contact julia.kemp@nshealth.ca or call 902-402-6498.


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/


Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 6:00 p.m. | City Hall, Halifax Council Chambers
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

Notable Motions:

  • (Public Hearing) 10.1.3 Case 20489: Development Agreement 5540 Kaye Street, Halifax
    • Motion:
      • That Halifax and West refuse to approve the proposed development agreement, as set out in Attachment A of the January 20, 2017 staff report, as it does not reasonably carry out the intent of the MPS in that the requested modification of lot standards is not necessary to secure an appropriate development of the lot and the conditions necessitating the modification are not unique to the lot.
  • 13.1.1 Case 20149: LUB Amendment and Development Agreement for 2856/2860 & 2866 Gottingen Street and 5516/5518 Macara Street, Halifax (First Reading and Notice of Motion)
    • Motion:
      • That Halifax and West Community Council:
      • 1. Give first reading to consider approval of the proposed amendment to Map ZM-2 of the Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law, as contained in Attachment A of the March 3, 2017 staff report, to include 2858/2860 and 2866 Gottingen Street and 5516/5518 Macara Street, Halifax, in Schedule Q and schedule a public hearing.
      • 2. Give notice of motion to consider the proposed development agreement, as contained in Attachment B of the March 3, 2017 staff report, to allow for an 8-storey residential building containing 66 units and ground floor commercial uses and schedule a public hearing. The public hearing for the development agreement shall be held concurrently with that indicated in Recommendation 1.

Agenda: http://www.halifax.ca/Commcoun/west/170418hwcc-agenda.php


My other Committee and Board commitments:

Community Planning & Economic Development


District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Council


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