District 8 Update #22 – Participatory Budget BBQ Saturday! 15th Annual Northern Lights Festival, Family over Fame 2nd Annual Community Day, Mentorship Opportunities, and More!

Participatory Budget BBQ

You may remember from the last update, many of the community organizations who have receiving funding have agreed to partner with me to hold a Community BBQ! The purpose will be for residents to learn more about the organizations who were successful, to meet your neighbors, and to see some of the items purchased with Participatory Budget funding at work!


Saturday August 4th, 2018 from 1 – 3 p.m.
George Dixon Field, 2502 Brunswick Street, Halifax
All is welcome, FREE!Please share the event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/872163626310557/

List of successful applicants:

  • SJAM – Outdoor beautification shrubs and plants
  • Halifax Refugee Clinic Association – Laptops
  • St. George’s Youth Net Society – Sound System and BBQ
  • Northern Lights Lantern Festival Society –  BBQ, Tents, Coolers, propane Tanks
  • Veith House – Community Garden supplies, outdoor furniture
  • Dramatic Changes Art Society – AV technology and stage lighting
  • Adsum for Women and Children – Furniture for shelter
  • The Halifax Tool Library Society – Tools and construction materials
  • The Halifax Cycling Coalition – Bike generator, AC Power converter, power cable
  • Partners for Care – Garden essentials, signage
  • The Bus Stop Theatre Coop – various theatre inventory and equipment

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

  • New Online Recreation Services Registration
  • Halifax Transit EPass Announcement
  • Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival Events
  • Bridge Walk 2018
  • Bus Stop Theatre Coop Summer Fair
  • 15th Annual Northern Lights Festival
  • Family over Fame 2nd Annual Community Day
  • India Fest – 2018

Items of Interest:

  • July North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:
  • The Clean Foundation’s Professional Internship Program
  • BBI Business is Jammin TD Spark Mentorship Program
  • 2018 -19 Alistair McLeod Mentorship Program
  • Loaded Ladle Food & Food Justice Workshops
  • Halifax Water Board Reports
  • North End Business Association
  • Quinpool Road Business Association looking for Board members
  • HRM’s New Litter Campaign
  • 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

New Online Recreation Services Registration

All residents need to create a new user profile in our new recreation online system. Previous accounts are no longer valid. Click here to set up your account Get ahead of the game by having your account set up and ready to register you and your family members for all your favourite fall programs.
View contest details to win account credit!
Browse all of our fall programs. Registration dates are:

  • Aug. 14th – Preschool, Child & Youth Programs
  • Aug. 16th – Aquatics
  • Aug. 21st – Adult, Skating Programs

*Registration starts at 10 a.m. each day More information on registration.

Are you still looking to register for summer programs? Click here to register through RecConnect. You can also visit your local recreation centre or call 902-490.6666

Be entered to win a credit on your Recreation Account Profile and apply it to the fall recreation programs you love! Create your new online recreation account between July 18-August 12 for your chance to win.  There will be one grand prize of $250 and four $50 prizes credited to your family account.   Winners will be drawn on Aug 13th – just in time to use your credit for programs for the Fall Registration on August 14th. View full contest details. 

Halifax Transit EPass Announcement
Halifax Transit is pleased to announce that beginning August 1st, children under 12 years of age will be able to travel free of charge with any EPass, LinkPass or XPass holders.
This change is to align with the new Department of Community Services annual pass which allows children 12 and under to travel free with an EPass holder.

Public Hearings:

Public Hearing Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council/public-hearings

Community Events/Meetings

Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival Events
This year we are Celebrating the city’s 123rd Natal Day (1895 – 2018) Festival! The Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival runs from Friday, August 3rd until Monday, August 6th, 2018.

A total of 30 individual events include; family activities, live music, road races, entertainment showcase, comedy night, busker performances, the Mayor & Council Garden Party in both Halifax & Dartmouth and one of the oldest parades in Atlantic Canada. In addition, there are three spectacular fireworks shows throughout the weekend; from a barge in Halifax Harbour on August 4th, at the Halifax Common on August 5th and at Lake Banook on August 6th.

Mayor and Council Garden Party
Saturday August 4th, 1 – 5 p.m. at Halifax Public Gardens
Live music at the band shell, tea party, children’s activities, mascots, library area, birthday cake and refreshments (while quantities last) and Milo T. Clown. Information: 902.490.4092

CFB Halifax FREE Pancake Breakfast presented by Hydrostone Market
Monday August 6th, 8 a.m. – noon at Hydrostone Park, corner of Young/Novalea
FREE delicious pancakes cooked up by the men and women of CFB Halifax (Free Pancakes served until 10 a.m. while quantities last). Entertainment from the performers of the Halifax International Busker Festival, activities for kids and live music with Stoney Creek. The portion of Young St. from Gottingen St. to Islesville St. will be closed from 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in front of the Hydrostone Market. Information: 902.490.4092

More information and event listings: http://www.natalday.org/

Bridge Walk 2018
The annual Bridge Walk is a fun free family event with lots of entertainment for people of all ages! There will be free cake, hot dogs, jumpy castles, face painting, Discovery Centre with hands-on displays, and so much more! All the events and food will be around the toll plaza area in Dartmouth.
Sunday August 5th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge

Bus Stop Theatre Coop Summer Fair
The Bus Stop Theatre Coop invites you to join them for their annual summer fundraiser! This year’s fundraiser will be an open fair event with cultural food, a silent auction featuring the works of local artists, entertainment tables, live performances and more!

The theatre is wheelchair accessible and there are gender neutral washrooms available in the lobby.
When: Sunday, August 5th from 5:00-8:00pm
Where: The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op

15th Annual Northern Lights Festival 
Join us for the 15th Annual Northern Lights Lantern Festival! The festival is a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity of Halifax’s North End. It’s a community festival in the truest sense where everyone is welcome. There is no charge for admission, BBQ or activities. Activities include: pony rides, face painting, bouncy castles and lantern making. Live music is played from the main stage throughout the festival and the night is capped off with our parade of lanterns and a wonderful fireworks display.

Saturday, August 11th 2018 from 5:00-10:00pm at Merv Sullivan Park (the Pit)
(Rain date: Thursday, August 16, 5:00pm-10:00pm)

Visit their website for more info: http://nllf.org/ 

Family over Fame 2nd Annual Community Day
Family over Fame in Partnership with many supporters is holding its 2nd Annual Community Day hosted by Me.
Join us for Music by RS Smooth, food, face painting, speakers, performances, and lots and lots of fun!
When: August 18th, 2018 12pm – 4pm
Where: Uniacke Street

India Fest – 2018
Come and enjoy the incredible experience of Indian Culture with Food, Dance, and Music. We will have Variety of Indian food, clothes, Jewellery, and HENNA!
Where: Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor Street

  • August 10th, 11am – 9pm
  • August 11th, 11am – 9pm
  • August 12th, 11am – 9pm

For more information about event, Sponsorship/ Stall Inquiries please email indiafest.halifax@gmail.com

Items of Interest:

July North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:
Next Roundtable August 1st 10:00am at the Halifax North Memorial Library

The Clean Foundation’s Professional Internship Program
The Clean Foundation’s Professional Internship Program matches skilled young professionals (graduates under the age of 30) for 6 to 12 months experiential placements with companies throughout Canada who are working towards a clean growth economy. The program awards a wage subsidy of 50% of the intern’s salary up to a maximum of $15,000 per employee that is hired. The concept here is to allow organizations, who want to impact the environment in a positive way, the opportunity to afford new talent to grow their business as well as providing graduates with excellent career experience.

BBI Business is Jammin TD Spark Mentorship Program
Business is Jammin, in partnership with TD Bank is offering a mentorship program titled “Spark Mentorship Program”. This program aims to create a networking and mentorship platform for African Nova Scotian and other racially visible youth. In partnership with business leaders and the broader community, they will seek to foster an environment where youth are inspired and empowered to create and nurture professional networks to pursue vital opportunities and expand their leadership capabilities. Youth will have access to, and be mentored by key decision makers; gain various skills and trainings; and be engaged and participate in broader community.

If you’d like to learn more about the Program, visit the website: https://businessisjammin.students2mentors.com/

Contact: Emma Beukema – Beukema.Emma@bbi.ns.ca

2018 -19 Alistair McLeod Mentorship Program
Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia about the upcoming 2018 -19 Alistair McLeod Mentorship program. With funding from the Canada Council, the WFNS supports emerging writers by offering the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one mentorship program.

The Alistair McLeod Mentorship Program is designed to support the development of writers in Nova Scotia on the cusp of professional publication. It is not an introductory writing program, but a five-month intensive, disciplined, focused, and hands-on apprenticeship in which to hone their craft during a supportive one-on-one process.

Questions please call: 902-423-8116 or Email admin@writers.ns.ca
More info: http://writers.ns.ca/programs/alistair-macleod-mentorship-program.html

Loaded Ladle Food & Food Justice Workshops
The Loaded Ladle is accepting proposals for workshops, talks, or other events for their 2018 To The Root workshop series in September.

We are looking for folks who can share knowledge of food and/or food justice as it   intersects with other justice issues. Workshops may be very hands-on or more discussion based. No experience required. A $100 honorarium will be provided.

Visit http://www.loadedladle.com or contact totherootseries@gmail.com

Halifax Water Board Reports
Please find below the link that will take you to the location where all of the Halifax Water Board meeting reports are posted (with the exception of In-Camera reports

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/

HRM’s New Litter Campaign

Everyone knows they shouldn’t litter, but there are still some who ignore the message or overlook the impact of what may seem like small or unnoticeable actions. View the ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y68ptUvFTz8
Learn more: https://www.halifax.ca/litter

My other Committee and Board commitments:

Regional Council


Halifax and West Community Council

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

HRM Grants Committee


Halifax Forum


(CACE) The Council on African Canadian Education