District 8 Update #25 – CN Bridge rehabilitation project, Hope Blooms Community Kitchen engagement session, Dr. Scot Wortley’s report on Street Checks, Canada Lands 3139/3151 Oxford St. Open House, Community Events, and more!

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


  • CN Bridges Rehabilitation Project
  • Accessible parking engagement sessions
  • Midtown ‘AAA’ Bikeway Connections
  • Barrington Greenway Extension information session
  • Community Kitchen for Hope Blooms engagement session
  • Release of Dr. Scot Wortley’s report on Street Checks
  • St Margaret of Scotland Church Casserole Luncheon
  • Canada Lands Company 3139/3151 Oxford Street Open House
  • Halifax Burger Week
  • Ecology Action Centre’s Community Food Leadership Certificate Program

Items of Interest:

  • January North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:
  • Halifax Water Board Reports
  • North End Business Association
  • Quinpool Road Business Association

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: Jennifer Weagle
Phone: 902.490.6982
Email: Weaglej@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

CN Bridges Rehabilitation Project
The Canadian National Railway (CN) is planning to complete rehabilitation/ repairs in 2019. Quinpool Road bridge rehabilitation project will occur from April 1st to mid-August 2019. Unfortunately, this will mean the bridge will not be open to traffic. Through traffic will have to detour onto Chebucto Road and Connaught Avenue. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to access Armview Avenue, to Tupper Grove, to Prince Arthur Street.
More information: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/transportation-projects/cn-bridges-rehabilitation-project

Accessible parking engagement sessions
The municipality wants to know your thoughts about accessible parking in the region.
Your input will help identify the criteria that should be considered when planning for the future of on-street accessible parking.
More information: https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/accessibleparking

Thursday, April 4th | Halifax Central Library
BMO Community Room
2:00p.m – 4:00p.m & 6:00p.m – 8:00p.m.

Thursday, April 11th | 60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth
Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council Room
2:00p.m – 4:00p.m & 6:00p.m – 8:00p.m

Midtown ‘AAA’ Bikeway Connections
HRM is working to build more safe, comfortable and convenient cycling connections for people of all ages and abilities. The Midtown All-Ages-and-Abilities (AAA) Bikeway Connections project will bridge the gap between existing and future AAA bikeways and allow more people to get to where they are going by bicycle.
Learn more here: https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/midtownbikeways

Public Hearings/Information Meetings

Barrington Greenway Extension information
The Barrington Greenway Extension is a mixed-use pathway that will be installed along Barrington Street between North Street and Devonshire Avenue in summer 2019.
More information: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/cycling-walking/expanding-network/fall-2018-regional-centre-bikeway-update#barrington

Community Kitchen for Hope Blooms engagement session
Wednesday March 27th, 6:00 p.m. Gym at the George Dixon Centre 2502 Brunswick St
Hope Blooms is looking to expand its community garden and greenhouse facility with the addition of a Global Kitchen for Social Change. The proposed 3000 sq. ft. building would serve as a green energy, urban “Community Kitchen” and would be constructed adjacent to the Hope Blooms garden and greenhouse located in Murray Warrington Park. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

A survey on Shape Your City will be active the day after the in-person engagement. www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/hopeblooms

Chinese New Year Banquet with Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Atlantic Region
Chinese New Year Banquet with Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Atlantic Region

Community Events/Meetings

Release of Dr. Scot Wortley’s report on Street Checks
The Human Rights Commission will be live-streaming the press conference for the release of Dr. Scot Wortley’s independent report on the issue of street checks and racial profiling. The press conference will take place Wednesday, March 27th from 9:00 – 11:00am.

St Margaret of Scotland Church Casserole Luncheon
Thursday, March 28th 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
St Margaret of Scotland Church 3751 Robie St
Admission $10.00
Students & Seniors $7 .50

Canada Lands Company 3139/3151 Oxford Street Open House
March 28th, 7:00p.m – 9:00p.m. (Brief presentation at 7:15 p.m.)
Gymnasium, St. Catherine’s Elementary School, 3299 Connolly St.

Canada Lands Company, FBM and Upland are pleased to invite you to an open house on planning for 3139/3151 Oxford Street (The Oxford Street Properties). The open house will provide an opportunity to engage with the project team and provide your ideas about the urban design principles that will guide the site’s redevelopment.
More information: https://en.clc.ca/property/576

Halifax Burger Week March 28th – April 3rd
Halifax Burger Week is a city-wide burger eating phenomenon and fundraiser for Feed Nova Scotia. Creative burger offerings have a set price of $6 or a higher price with the restaurant making the donation to Feed Nova Scotia from every burger sold. The passport guides patrons all over the city to new restaurants or old favourites alike, all in the name of burgers! Raising over $285k for Feed Nova Scotia over the past six years it has become the largest fundraiser for the organization outside of their own initiatives.
For more information on Halifax Burger Week visit www.burgerweek.co

Ecology Action Centre’s Community Food Leadership Certificate Program
The Ecology Action Centre is offering a Food Project program called the Community Food Leadership Certificate program.  This is for community‐based organizations and businesses who work at a local level to directly impact the lives of individuals experiencing food insecurity. Over eight months, The Our Food Project will support leadership development and collaboration among organization and community leaders who want to implement or expand food initiatives in their communities.

To apply or learn more: https://ecologyaction.ca/communityfoodleader

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Items of Interest:

January North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:
Next meeting: April 3rd 2019, 10:00am at Halifax North Memorial Public Library

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/

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

Transportation Standing Committee

HRM Grants Committee

Halifax Forum

(CACE) The Council on African Canadian Education