District 8 Update #27 – Participatory Budget Vote Night is on! Family over Fame 3rd Community Day, 36th Annual Africville Reunion, Halifax Pride Festival Events + more!

Hello All!

District 8 Participatory Budget Vote Night is on! Taking place Tuesday, July 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the gym at the Community YMCA (civic address 2269 Gottingen Street, use the Prince William St. entrance around the corner).

Any District 8 resident in attendance can vote, even kids! There is no age limit. Voters must be present to vote. ID is not required, but voters will be asked to sign in affirming they are residents of District 8. Not sure if you live in District 8? Look up your address here: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/districts-councillors/district-look

This is your opportunity to provide input on how to spend $56,400 in the District. This process 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.

Learn more: https://lindellsmithhfx.ca/pb/

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


  • African Nova Scotian Art Unveiling
  • Family over Fame 3rd Annual Community Day
  • 36th Annual Africville Reunion July 25th – July 29th
  • Halifax Pride Festival Events
  • Halifax Pride Gottingen Block Party
  • Urban Cycling 101 Adult Cycling course
  • MSVU Art Gallery exhibition Africville: A Spirit That Lives On – A Reflection Project
  • The Community Health Team Free Programs
  • Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival Events
  • Mayor and Council Garden Party
  • 8th Annual CFB Halifax FREE Pancake Breakfast presented by Hydrostone Market
  • 16th Annual Northern Lights Festival
  • The 6th Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Celebration presented by the Jamaican Cultural Association

Items of Interest:

  • Halifax Water Board Reports
  • Nova Scotia Quality of Life Survey
  • 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

African Nova Scotian Art Unveiling
July 18th, Thursday 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Join us as we unveil a community art project that recognizes the struggles and triumphs of our African Nova Scotian residents. The Concrete Legacy artwork was designed by local artist Marven Nelligan and uses hierog lyphic symbols to reintroduce the tradition of storytelling.

To learn more, please contact:
Sherri | moffats@halifax.ca | 902-476-0250

Community Events/Meetings

Family over Fame 3rd Annual Community Day
Family over Fame in Partnership with many supporters is holding its 3rd Annual Community Day hosted by Lindell Smith. Join us for Music by RS Smooth, food, face painting, Free haircuts, speakers, performances, and lots and lots of fun!
When: July 20th 12:00pm – 4:00pm Uniacke Street

36th Annual Africville Reunion July 25th – July 29th
July 26th at 7:00pm Evening Meet and Greet,
July 27th Kids day beginning at 11:00am in the Africville Park, Entertainment in the main tent Saturday evening at 8:00pm.
July 28th Sunday Memorial Church Service 2:00pm

Halifax Pride Festival Events! July 18th-28th Various locations around HRM
This will be the 32th year of the Halifax Pride Festival Halifax, and is Canada’s fourth largest Pride Festival!

Pride Parade: Saturday, July 20th from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Gottingen Block Party!
Saturday, July 27th 4:00pm – 11:59pm
Back by popular demand. The Gottingen Block Party is filling the North End with beats and an evening of entertainment by local and visiting DJs, voguing demo and battle, youth performances, food, and more! This is a FREE Block Party for all ages, with a 19+ area.
Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2502899046663265/

For a full list of events, please visit https://halifaxpridefestival2019.sched.com/

Urban Cycling 101 Adult Cycling – Various dates throughout the summer.
The Halifax Cycling Coalition has partnered with Making Tracks to continue offering the popular Urban Cycling courses both in Halifax and Dartmouth. The course is 4-5 hours in length starting at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. if at Alderney Gate Public Library) and covers the basics of riding on city streets.

To get more information or to Register: https://ecologyaction.ca/urban-cycling

MSVU Art Gallery exhibition Africville: A Spirit That Lives On – A Reflection Project
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery has an upcoming exhibition Africville: A Spirit That Lives On- A Reflection Project from August 17th – November 10th, 2019. The MSVU Art Gallery will be recognizing the 30th anniversary of the original Africville exhibition, symposium, and tour. The Reflection Project will include both new and old artworks, public programs and performances.

Further information on the MSVU Art Gallery Website: https://www.msvuart.ca/exhibition/africville-reflection-project/

The Community Health Team Free Programs
The Community Health Teams offer FREE wellness programs and wellness navigation services in the District.
View offered programs here: http://www.nshealth.ca/sites/nshealth.ca/files/chtfallwinterflyer2019.pdf

Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival Events
This year we are Celebrating the city’s 124th Natal Day (1895 – 2019) Festival! The Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival runs from Friday August 2nd until Monday, August 5th, 2019.

Family activities, live music, road races, entertainment showcase, comedy night, busker performances, the Mayor & Council Garden Party, and Fireworks!

Mayor and Council Garden Party
Saturday August 3rd, 1:00 – 5:00p.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).

8th Annual CFB Halifax FREE Pancake Breakfast presented by Hydrostone Market 
Monday August 5th, 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 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/

16th Annual Northern Lights Festival 
Join us for the 16th 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 10th from 4:30-9:30pm at Merv Sullivan Park (the Pit)
(Rain date: Thursday, August 15th)

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

The 6th Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Celebration presented by the Jamaican Cultural Association
Aug 5, 2019 12:30 PM  – Aug 5, 2019 9:00 PM

The Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia (JCANS) is celebrating 57 years of Independence by hosting the 6th Annual Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Celebration on the Halifax Common (Pavilion Area) to coincide with the Halifax Natal Day Celebrations.

It will be a fun-filled day of Cultural performances, interactive games, folk singing, Reggae Band, DL Music, Soca, Calypso, educational displays, art displays, drumming domino tournament, carnival costumes, Caribbean cuisine and much more!

Find more community events on my Facebook page:

Items of Interest:

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

Nova Scotia Quality of Life Survey
How can we work together to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled in all areas of our lives? We think these are questions worth asking. Check your mailbox for an opportunity to participate in the Nova Scotia Quality of Life Survey. This is a first-of-its-kind survey for Nova Scotia. By filling it out, you will help ensure a unique Quality of Life Report is created for every region across the province! By completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win 1 of 25 Sobeys gift cards (value $400 each!) This initiative is being led by Engage Nova Scotia with the support of Nova Scotia Community College and a Local Leadership Team for the province. Learn more at www.nsqualityoflife.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
Don’t forget, Quinpool Road is still open for Business – Watch
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: July 30th 10:00am Council Chamber, 3rd Floor City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax

Halifax and West Community Council

Community Planning & Economic Development

Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/h/halifax-peninsula-planning-advisory-committee 

Community Design Advisory Committee

Transportation Standing Committee

Board of Police Commissioners
Next meeting: July 17th, 12:30pm – 2:30pm 1841 Argyle St, Halifax Hall

HRM Grants Committee

Halifax Forum

(CACE) The Council on African Canadian Education