District 8 Update #8 – Participatory Budgeting Application Deadline, Public engagement session for proposed Almon Street bike lane, Low Income Transit Program now Permanent

Residents and Friends,

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

  • Participatory Budgeting is here! Proposal Submission Deadline!
  • Public engagement session for proposed Almon Street bike lane
  • The Mobile Food Market
  • Low Income Transit Program now Permanent
  • HRM Surveys (Traffic Safety Priorities & Planning and Development)
  • Town Hall Meeting – Advisory Committee for Accessibility
  • Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) “Past/Present/Future” Youth Art Exhibit
  • Chebucto Links looking for new Board Member
  • Community Health Team Free Workshop – Walking the Middle Path
  • Community Job Postings

Items of Interest

  • North End Community Circle Roundtable
  • Free Produce Delivery!
  • 2017-18 and 2018-19 Approved Municipal Budget
  • Halifax Water Spring Hydrant Flushing and Distribution Main Program
  • HRM Public Consultation and Survey: Peace, Order, Good Government and Natural Person Powers
  • Curbside Give Away Weekend
  • Update on Angus L Macdonald Bridge Redecking
  • North End Business Association
  • Quinpool Road Business Association
  • Other Committee and Board commitments


Contact me:

Phone: 902-579-6975

Email: Lindell.Smith@halifax.ca

Website: www.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.



HRM Public Meetings and Notices:


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.


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 favorite projects in person. Residents can drop by anytime between 6:00-9:00pm to vote. Successful projects will be announced that evening.

Learn more about Participatory Budgeting here: https://lindellsmithhfx.ca/pb/


Public engagement session for proposed Almon Street bike lane

Wednesday, May 3rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Maritime Room at the Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor Street

The Halifax Regional Municipality is holding a public engagement session to seek feedback into the proposed bike lane on Almon Street. Staff presentation will begin at 7:00pm.

An Almon Street bike lane could create a connection to existing bike lanes on Windsor Street, future bike routes, and provides convenient access to shopping, services and neighbourhoods.

The session will present options, answer questions and seek input from residents.

Those unable to attend the session can find all the available information at www.halifax.ca/cycling/bikelanes.php. Residents are also encouraged to share their feedback by completing an online survey at www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca starting May 4th.

Responses will be shared with Regional Council through a staff report that seeks approval for the project in early summer 2017.


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.


Low Income Transit Program now Permanent

The low income transit pass programs purpose is to make monthly transit passes more affordable for low income residents. Those participating in the program will be able to purchase monthly adult transit passes for 50% off the regular price.

The application form will be available online on Friday, May 5th, 2017. Applications will be accepted beginning on Monday, May 8th, 2017. Libraries and Halifax Recreation Centre’s will also have applications available.

Please note that pilot program participants who would like to continue to participate in the program beyond June 2017 must re-apply for the permanent program.

Please visit Halifax Transits webpage for more info: http://www.halifax.ca/transit/LowIncomePass.php


HRM Surveys (Traffic Safety Priorities & Planning and Development)

Survey #1: Traffic Safety Priorities

The municipality is asking residents for feedback on traffic safety priorities in order to improve road safety in the Halifax region. The brief survey, open until May 19th, 2017, will only take a few minutes to complete.

Survey results will help inform the municipality’s Road Safety Plan, which aims to identify the most important traffic safety issues within the region and set out the targets, policies and actions for road safety projects and programs in the municipality for the next five years (2018-2022). Ultimately, it’s about creating safer roads for all users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Take the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TrafficSafetyPriorities

Survey #2: Planning and Development

The municipality is looking to improve the way we communicate on planning and development issues. We would like to hear a little about yourself and your thoughts. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey. Thank you for your participation!

Take the Survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/LetUsKnowWhatYouThink/


Town Hall Meeting – Advisory Committee for Accessibility in the Halifax Regional Municipality

Monday, May 15th 2017 6-8:30pm | Citadel High School, Portia White Atrium

There will be a Town Hall hosted by HRM and the Accessibility Advisory Committee to discuss and gather input on current projects relating to corporate facility design and construction, parks and recreation, winter operations, accessible transit, municipal compliance, and 311 contact centres. The Town Hall will begin with staff presentations from each of these departments, followed by questions and comments from the public. Sighted guides, ASL interpretation, and CART service will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Liam MacSween at macswel@halifax.ca or 902-490-6521

Community Events/Information:

Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) “Past/Present/Future” Youth Art Exhibit

May 17th, Doors open at 5:30PM, start 6:00PM | LOVE Nova Scotia Office, Suite 205, 2171 Gottingen Street, Halifax.

Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) Nova Scotia will showcase the writing and photography of LOVE Youth from Halifax Regional Municipality, Sipekne’katik First Nation, and Membertou First Nation. The artworks in the Past/Present/Future exhibit explore they ways youth see themselves and their identities over time; how they relate to their environments and communities; and how youth envision their futures.

Please note that our space, at this time, is not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Website: http://www.novascotia.leaveoutviolence.org/


Chebucto Links looking for new Board Member

Chebucto Links is a non-profit organization linking older persons with supports, services, information and programs since 1995. We are seeking individuals to serve on our Board of Directors who are committed to assisting Chebucto Links in its mission to enable older persons living in Halifax to remain in their community, and maintain their independence, dignity and sense of wellbeing.

For more information, please contact Jan Boswell, Executive Director at 902-422-3525.

To apply, please send your resume to the Executive Director at chebucto.links@ns.sympatico.ca


Parenting Your Teenager – Walking the Middle Path

Saturday, May 27th 9:45am – 4:30 pm | Halifax North Memorial Public Library, 2285 Gottingen St.

The Halifax Community Heath team is offering a free 1 Day workshop for parents of teenagers. This workshop will help you to better understand your teen, improve communication and help your family run more smoothly.

Space is limited. Registration is required. This program is offered in partnership with IWK Mental Health & Community Health Teams.

To register please call 902-470-3817


Job Postings

North End Community Health Centre (NECHC) is seeking a community focused change agent with strong strategic leadership skills to serve as its Executive Director.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the NECHC employees, programs, and execution of the mission. Deadline for applications is May 15th.

View posting here.

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is looking to fulfil two summer positions. Africentric Researcher / Writer and an Africentric Organization Researcher and Database Developer. The complete job descriptions will be available on their website: http://dbdli.ca/opportunities/

Africentric Researcher / Writer

The Africentric Researcher/Writer will chronicle (written, video and oral) the contributions made to the history, heritage and culture of our province and our country by African Nova Scotians. The Africentric Researcher/Writer will utilize and build upon the current DBDLI resources to create “easy to access, user-friendly” learning resources and information packs about African Nova Scotian history and heritage.

Africentric Organization Researcher and Database Developer

The Africentric Organization Researcher and Database Developer will research appropriate designs of databases that can be effectively developed, implemented and maintained by DBDLI staff.  The position will search out organizations with mandates related to servicing African Nova Scotians/ Canadians and Persons of African Descent, locally, provincially and nationally.


Items of Interest:

April North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:

View Here

Next Roundtable: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. 10:00 am 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.


2017-18 and 2018-19 Approved Municipal Budget

Regional Council approved the municipal budget on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. This year marks the introduction of a multi-year budgeting approach for the municipality. View highlights of the 2017-18 municipal budget here: http://www.halifax.ca/budget/documents/BudgetHighlights2017-18.pdf

Visit the HRM Budget webpage to learn more and to also view our Multi-Year Financial Strategy 2017 – 2021 booklet and our Proposed Multi-Year Budget booklet



Halifax Water Spring Hydrant Flushing and Distribution Main Program

Halifax Water will be continuing fire hydrant flushing until the end of May 2017. This activity will occur in all areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality served by Halifax Water. This work will take place between 10 pm and 6 am, Sunday to Friday, until completion.  Discoloured water and pressure fluctuations may occur during the flushing program. If discoloration of water occurs, it will not pose a health risk and should disappear shortly. For additional information, contact Water Services Department at 902-420-9287.


HRM Public Consultation and Survey: Peace, Order, Good Government and Natural Person Powers

The purpose of this consultation is to seek resident input on the municipality having natural person powers (NPP), possible ways NPPs could be used, and the restrictions that might be beneficial to include. HRM staff are hoping to gather information from this consultation that will inform restrictions and draft legislation that will be shared with the Province for consideration. A public survey will be available on the Shape Your City website until the end of April and is available by visiting http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/natural-person-powers/survey_tools/advancing-the-ability-to-deliver-programs-services-and-reduce-red-tape-survey


Curbside Give Away Weekend June 3rd and 4th

Place re-usable household items at the curb in front of your home on Friday evening. Only place items for “FREE” with “Free” stickers or signs on items.


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 Regional Council

Tuesday, May 9 2017 10am | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers

The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday, May 9that 10am at Halifax City Hall. Agenda and reports are posted by noon on Friday prior to the meeting date and are available at http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/cagenda.php


Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
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


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