District 8 Update #11 – Regional Council Summery, Low Income Transit Pass Program meets goal, Community Events, Committee meetings, +more!

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


  • Regional Council Summary from July 18
  • Low Income Transit Pass Program meets goal for 2017-18
  • Pride Crosswalks
  • Natal Day Celebrations
  • Public Hearing Case 20923 – For a development agreement at 2720 Gottingen Street
  • Africville Reunion/Festival
  • Gottingen Block Party
  • Hope Blooms – Viola Desmond Outdoor Movie Theatre Screenings
  • ANSMA Celebration of Music
  • Bridgewalk 2017
  • 4th Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Celebration
  • Making The Most Of Your Food Dollar – 3 Week Program
  • 14th Annual Northern Lights Lantern Festival

Items of Interest

  • July North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes
  • Russell Street has been converted back to 2-way traffic
  • North End Business Association
  • Quinpool Road Business Association
  • Halifax Regional Council Tuesday, August 1st 10am
  • Other Committee and Board commitments

Contact me:

Phone: 902-579-6975

Email: Lindell.Smith@halifax.ca

Website: www.LindellSmithHfx.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindellSmithHFX/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindellSmithHFX

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.

If you would like to send events or information to be possibly included in my e-newsletter, please email with the subject line “E-Newsletter”



HRM Public Meetings and Notices:

Regional Council Summary from July 18th, 2017

Neighborhood and Special District Signage
Regional Council voted to approve amendments to the Neighborhood and Special District Signage Policy that will permit neighborhood and neighborhood association signs in the HRM street right-of-way, provided the signs meet all the necessary rules and regulations. Neighborhood signs are intended to identify communities and reinforce their sense of character.

HRM Asset Naming Policy
Regional Council voted to rename several HRM assets:

  • Seaview Lookoff Park renamed to Africville Lookoff Park
  • Spectacle Lake Park renamed to Dartmouth Harbour East Recreation Campus
  • Oceanview Drive Park renamed to Nine Mile Drive Community Park

Council also deferred a motion to remove the word “fire” from the definition of eligible municipal buildings for naming. This discussion will take place at a later Council meeting.


Low Income Transit Pass
Council gave First Reading to a proposed amendment to By-law U-100, Respecting User Charges that would make the Low-Income Transit Pass Program permanent, and would permit Halifax Transit to remove participants from the program after six months of inactivity. The Second Reading is scheduled for the August 15, 2017 Regional Council Meeting.

Street Parking and Daytime Street Cleaning
Regional Council approved a recommendation from the Transportation Standing Committee to begin the removal of overnight parking restrictions for street cleaning activities in those areas where daytime parking is minimal. Daytime sweeping operations will be introduced in these areas.

The Downie Wenjack Legacy Room Project
Council approved a motion by Mayor Savage to request a staff report evaluating the municipality’s potential participation in the Downie Wenjack Legacy Room Project. The report will consider a $5,000 municipal contribution for 5 years to the Project, as well as the viability of establishing a Legacy Room at City Hall for the display of Aboriginal art. The Legacy Room initiative seeks to establish public places committed to truth seeking and Reconciliation between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous Canadians. More information on the initiative is available at https://www.downiewenjack.ca/

Household Medical Waste and Privacy Bags
Council approved a motion by Deputy Mayor Steve Craig to request a staff report that includes recommendations on options for residents with certain medical conditions who exceed the limit of one black privacy bag on solid waste collection days.

Alderney Ferry Schedule
Council approved a motion by Councillor Sam Austin to request a staff report on keeping the Alderney Ferry’s extended service hours after the completion of the MacDonald Bridge re-decking project later this fall. Since the beginning of the Big Lift project, ridership on the Alderney ferry has increased by 50 percent.  The report will consider keeping extended evening hours and extended Sunday hours to encourage continued ferry ridership.

Purcell’s Cove Backlands – Shaw Group/Nature Conservancy of Canada
Regional Council directed staff to proceed with negotiations and public consultations as outlined in a private and confidential staff report. Staff will return to Council in September 2017 with the outcome of the negotiations and public consultations, and the proposed governance model for the prospective park.


Low Income Transit Pass Program meets goal for 2017-18
The Halifax Regional Municipality is pleased to announce that the Low Income Transit Pass Program has reached capacity for 2017-18.

The program has an annual capacity of 1000 people, which was reached this week. The program allows approved residents the option of purchasing a monthly transit pass at the reduced rate of $39 per month. Applications continue to be accepted in person at any municipal service contact center, by email or regular mail, with approved applicants placed on a waitlist.

The program period is from July 2017 to July 2018. Residents must apply each year with the 2018/2019 enrolment tentatively scheduled for May 2018.

For more information on the Low Income Transit Pass Program, or to access the application form, please visit the website or call 311.

Pride Crosswalks
The rainbow flag is synonymous with the 2SLGBT2Q+ community and as such the municipality is showing its support by laying down the colours in some of our crosswalks in time for Halifax Pride 2017.

Selected crosswalks include:

  • Gottingen and Cornwallis streets (repaint)
  • Spring Garden Road and South Park Street (repaint)
  • Alderney Drive and Ochterloney Street (repaint)
  • Spring Garden at Queen Street (new – replacing Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street)

In addition to municipal-funded crosswalks, five new rainbow crosswalks will be funded in partnership with local area Councillors and Business Improvement Districts:

  • Millwood Drive at Sackville Drive
  • Cobequid Drive at Sackville Drive
  • Leaside Drive at Sackville Drive
  • Portland Street at King Street
  • Bedford Highway at Hammonds Plains Road

Paint is to government safety and environmental standards and crews are taking extra measures to reduce slippery surfaces and ensure the existing safety infrastructure is not altered.

Natal Day Celebrations

Halifax Harbour Fireworks
From a Barge in Halifax harbour, visible from anywhere you can see the harbour
When: Saturday, August 5th, 10:00 pm – Halifax Harbour

Natal Day Halifax Common Family Fireworks
Low level fireworks, worth staying up for!
When: Sunday, August 6th, 9:30 pm
Where: Canada Games Baseball Diamond, South Common, Halifax

CFB Halifax Free Pancake Breakfast, Hydrostone Park
Thanks to CFB Halifax, With performers from the Halifax Busker Festival
When: Monday, August 7th, 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Where: Hydrostone Park, corner of Young and Novalea, Halifax

All events here: http://747f2f1a5b84038bc071-0fc1bf575c2049c568b1741bba7a6a15.r89.cf2.rackcdn.com/2017/ONLINE2017.pdf


Public Hearing
Case 20923 – Application by Myles Baldwin, Shane Beehan and Jillian Demmons for a development agreement at 2720 Gottingen Street, Halifax to allow for a restaurant and pub (Narrows Public House).

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Halifax Forum (Maritime Hall), 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax


Community Events/Information:

Africville Reunion/Festival – July 27th – July 30th
Thursday, July 27th 8:00 am – Set up time

Friday, July 28th 7:00 pm – Meet and Greet in Museum Church Hall

Saturday, July 29th 11:00 – 4:00 pm – Kids/Fun Day with games, activities, bouncy castle.
9:00 pm – Adult Dance in the Big Tent with DJ

Sunday, July 30th Annual Church Service held in Seaview Park
2:30 pm Praise Time
3:00 pm Service with Guest Minister Pastor Kirby Spivey III and New Beginnings Ministry Choir. Reception to follow in the Museum Church Hall.

Gottingen Block Party
Friday, July 28th 6:00 pm – Gottingen Street

Celebrate and recognize our diverse communities. Community groups and artisans will be up and down the North End with DJs, BBQs, Community Market, food trucks, concerts, art shows, and more. Event Page

Hope Blooms – Viola Desmond Outdoor Movie Theatre Screenings
Here are the summer screenings for Hope Blooms outdoor movie screenings in Murray Warrington Park, behind the North Branch Library starting at 8:45 (Sundown). There will be free BBQ for all at each screening. The screening of Lion on July 27 will be preceded by live music thanks to the amazing Halifax Pop Explosion – more details

Thursday, July 27th – Lion
Thursday, August 3rd – The Red Turtle
Thursday, August 10th – Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

ANSMA Celebration of Music
Sunday, August 6th 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Halifax North Common

African Nova Scotian Music Awards presents A Celebration of Music! Featuring Cyndi Cain & Friends, Owen Lee & Friends, Universal Soul, Asia & NuGruv, and more!

Fireworks will Follow!

Bridgewalk 2017
Sunday, August 6th 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Angus L. Macdonald Bridge

After a two-year hiatus from hosting Bridgewalk because of the Big Lift, Halifax Harbour Bridges is excited to welcome back Bridgewalk. We want to celebrate Canada 150 and thank everyone for their patience through the Big Lift project.

4th Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Celebration
Monday, August 7th 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm (performances begin at 2:00pm), Halifax South Commons

Free Admission


Making The Most Of Your Food Dollar – 3 Week Program
Friday, August 11th – 28th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Halifax North Library Memorial Public Library

Join us to discuss money-saving strategies for grocery shopping and meal planning. You’ll receive recipes and resources to prepare healthy, lower cost dishes at home. There is no cooking in this series.

14th Annual Northern Lights Lantern Festival
Saturday, August 12th, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Merv Sullivan Park (the Pit) (Rain date: Thursday, August 17th, 5:00pm-10:00pm)

Join the Community for the 14th Annual Northern Lights Lantern Festival. Free event with the whole family. This year’s lineup includes Pony Rides & Petting Zoo from Hatfield Farm, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Lantern Making, Basketball Contest, Free Community BBQ, + more!


Items of Interest:

July North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:
Next Roundtable: Wednesday, August 2nd, 10:00 am at Halifax North Memorial Public Library
Wednesday, September 6th, 10:00 am at Veith House

Russell Street has been converted back to 2-way traffic
If you are not already aware, please be advised that Russell Street has been converted back to 2-way traffic after being converted to a One-way street during the construction of St. Joseph’s Square. Staff analyzed this location after many request from residents and parents, and concluded that keeping Russell Street for one-way traffic would have negative impacts on the street. Please be aware of this change.

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, August 1st 2017 10am | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers

The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday, August 1st at 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

Next Meeting July 25th 6:00 pm | Council Chambers, City Hall

My other Committee and Board commitments:

Community Planning & Economic Development

Notable Motions from last meeting:

      • 1 May 18, 2017 – Basic Income Nova Scotia re: Support for the Institution of a Basic Income for Nova Scotia
      • Motion passed that the Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee refer the correspondence from Basic Income Nova Scotia dated May 18, 2017 to staff for a report regarding the requests from Basic Income Nova Scotia.
    • 2 May 18 – 2017 – Dave Rideout President and CEO of MetroWorks Employment Association re: Support for a community benefit clause as part of HRM’s public procurement process
      • Motion passed that the Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee refer the correspondence dated May 26, 2017, from Dave Rideout, President and CEO, MetroWorks Employment Association, with respect to community benefit, and the HRM procurement process, to the cross departmental working group regarding procurement, for consideration in the report requested by Regional Council at their meeting of June 20/21, 2017.


Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee (Formally District 7 and 8 Planning Advisory Committee)

Next Meeting July 24th 4:00 pm |Halifax Hall, City Hall

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