District 8 Update #18 – Participatory Budget Time!, Centre Plan Package A Public Open House Dates (SJAM), Regional Council, and More!

Participatory Budget Time!

I am inviting District 8 residents to give their input on how to spend $56,400 in the community. The funds will be allocated using the Participatory Budgeting model that was used in previous 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.

Important Dates!

Proposal Submission Deadline 4:00pm | Friday, May 25th, 2018
Please submit proposals to:
Email – Nadine.yuriev@halifax.ca
Mail – Nadine Yuriev, Council Support Office PO Box 1749 Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

District 8 Participatory Budget Community Vote
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Italian Canadian Cultural Association (Main Hall) | 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 6:00pm-9:00pm to vote. Successful projects will be announced that evening.

Find more information here: https://lindellsmithhfx.ca/pb/

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


  • Centre Plan Package A Public Open House dates
  • Emera Oval closing for winter season
  • Budget Committee 18-19 Budget Public Participation
  • Residents invited to provide input on Long-term Aquatic Strategy
  • Survey: Accessing Affordable, Healthy Food
  • Information Meeting: Oxford Street
  • African Nova Scotian Communities Ancestral Roots Awards

Items of Interest

  • March North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes
  • North End Business Association
  • Quinpool Road Business Association
  • Regional Council – Next Meeting: March 20th 1:00 pm
  • Halifax and West Community Council – Next Meeting: March 21st 6:00 pm
  • Transportation Standing Committee – Next Meeting: March 22nd 1:00 pm
  • 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 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm weekends 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 Meetings/Updates

Centre Plan Package A Public Open House dates:

Package A is available for review. Draft Package A Land Use By-law (LUB) and Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy (SMPS). As the next step in the adoption process Package A contains the first set of draft land use policies and regulations which focus on areas designated as Centres, Corridors, Higher Order Residential and Future Growth Nodes. Package A deals with standards for development, set backs, transitions, built-form and creating complete communities.

Public Open Houses:

  • Monday, March 19th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Joseph A. McKay Elementary School – 5389 Russell Street, Halifax
  • Thursday, March 22nd, 6 – 8 pm at NSCC Ivany (Waterfront) Campus, 80 Mawiomi Pl, Dartmouth
  • Monday, March 26th, 1 – 3 pm & 6 – 8 pm at Dalhousie University SUB, McInnes Room – Halifax South
  • Wednesday, March 28th, 1-3 pm & 6 -8 pm at the Mic Mac Aquatic Club, 192 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth
  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 6 – 8 pm at the Halifax Forum, Maritime Hall, 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax
  • Thursday, April 5th, 1 – 3 pm (lobby) & 6 – 8 pm (multi-purpose room) at the Dartmouth North Community Centre, 105 Highfield Park Dr, Dartmouth

Storefront – The storefront location opened on February 26th at 5161 George Street in Halifax (in the old RBC Building at the corner of George and Hollis Street).

The storefront will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Weekly schedule will be posted on Twitter @hfxplanning and Facebook Halifax Planning https://www.facebook.com/hfxplanning/ every Monday.

Read Package A here: http://centreplan.ca/#the-plan

Leave online feedback: https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/centre-plan/survey_tools/discussion-4-package-a

Emera Oval closing for winter season

Over 100,000 participants visited the Emera Oval during the 2017/18 winter skating season, which lasted over four months this year. Winter season attendance continues to be strong, demonstrating the continued popularity of this signature recreation facility for residents of all ages.


Residents are advised to stay tuned to https://www.halifax.ca/recreation/facilities-fields/emera-oval over the coming days for more details on inline skating schedules.

Budget Committee 18-19 Budget

Council is currently in Budget deliberations. All budget meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted online. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings, and are also encouraged to present to Council. Residents have 5 minutes to present to Council on any budget related item. You can contact our Clerks office for more information. Clerk’s Office: clerks@halifax.ca

Budget info here: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/budget-finances/budget https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/hfxtax2018


Residents invited to provide input on Long-term Aquatic Strategy

The Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking public input to help develop recommendations to meet future aquatic needs throughout the region.
Residents are encouraged to take part in a short online survey on important issues related to indoor and outdoor community pools, competition aquatic facilities, supervised beaches, and splash pads.

The survey can be found at www.halifax.ca/surveys and will be available until Monday, April 30.


Survey: Accessing Affordable, Healthy Food

Compared to major urban centres, Halifax is the one of the most food insecure cities in the country – meaning it’s more difficult in our city to afford and access healthy foods. Those most affected are seniors, low income families, newcomers, people with disabilities and single parents. Food insecurity has long lasting negative impacts on physical, mental and social health and overall community wellbeing.

That’s why we’re entering the Smart Cities Challenge. It’s a chance for Halifax to be awarded $50 million to work together to tackle poverty and one of its most urgent of issues—access to affordable, healthy food for everyone. If we’re successful, we could create real change, using the best thinking and biggest ideas. Change that’s felt in every community.

We know the facts and figures, but there’s a lot left to learn from you. We need to know what will make a real difference in your life, and in the lives of others. That understanding will help us build a strong case for the Smart Cities Challenge. https://www.smartcitieshfx.ca/

Take the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SmartCities-Halifax

Community Events/Meetings

Information Meeting: Oxford Street
Canada Lands Company will be holding an information meeting regarding its 3151/3139 Oxford Street property.

Join them to learn about Canada Lands, as well as receive information regarding the upcoming engagement process for the redevelopment of the Oxford Street site. If you plan to attend RSVP at: info@planoxford.ca

Where: St. Catherine’s Elementary School (3299 Connolly St.)
When: March 28th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
For more information visit: Planoxford.ca

African Nova Scotian Communities Ancestral Roots Awards
The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is pleased to announce their first annual African Nova Scotian Communities Ancestral Roots Awards: Recognizing Young Adult Leaders. This ceremonial event is to give recognition to upcoming community rooted African Nova Scotian leaders. These youthful leaders have helped to shape and positively influence their respected communities.

African Nova Scotia youth between ages 19 to 30 are eligible for nomination in 1 of the 12 categories (Justice, Education, Health, Business, Civic Engagement, and more). To nominate a member of your community, visit their website and complete the application by Friday April 13th, 2018.

Find the application here: http://dbdli.ca/events/african-nova-scotian-communities-ancestral-roots-awards-recognizing-young-adult-leaders/


Common Roots Urban Farm envisioning session
Common Roots Urban Farm has to move in the fall of this year. Join the community to help envision the future farm.

When: Wednesday, April 11th, 7-9 pm
Where: Citadel High’s Atrium.

 Items of Interest:

March North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:



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/

My other Committee and Board commitments:

Regional Council
Next Meeting: March 20th 1:00 pm | Council Chambers, City Hall

Notable Motions/Reports:


That Halifax Regional Council direct staff to:

  • Explore components of the CeaseFire model for adaptation into existing youth programming; and
  • Investigate external funding options to support youth focused crime prevention programs.


Halifax and West Community Council
Next Meeting: March 21st 6:00 pm | Council Chambers, City Hall


Community Planning & Economic Development


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

Community Design Advisory Committee


Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee


Active Transportation Advisory Committee


Transportation Standing Committee
Next Meeting: March 22nd 1:00 pm | Council Chambers, City Hall


Notable Motions/Reports:

  • 1.5 Impacts of Expanding the Low Income Transit Pass
    • Motion:
      That Transportation Standing Committee recommend that Regional Council direct staff to:

      • Increase the number of places available in the Low Income Transit Pass program to 2,000 for the
        2019/20 program year (starting July 2019);
      • Monitor program uptake to understand the impact the new partnership with the Department of Community Services may have on demand for the Low Income Transit Pass Program; and
      • Revise the eligibility criteria to accept a letter from social workers or ISANS in lieu of a Notice of
        Assessment or Option C as proof of qualification for the Low Income Transit Pass Program.


HRM Grants Committee

Halifax Forum

(CACE) The Council on African Canadian Education