District 8 Update #28 – Merv Sullivan Naturalization, Transit Fare changes, Shape Your Budget Survey, Community events, and more!

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


  • Merv Sullivan Naturalization Strategy
  • Tax Relief for Non-Profit Organizations Program 2020-2021
  • Transit Fare Changes
  • Shape Your Budget Survey
  • Emera Oval Jobs
  • Casserole Luncheon St Margaret of Scotland Church
  • Out & Equal Job Fair
  • MSVU Art Gallery exhibition Africville: A Spirit That Lives On
  • The Community Health Team Free Programs
  • Good Food Box Program – October 2019

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

Are You Interested In Wildflowers And Pollinators?
Halifax Parks & Recreation staff have identified a potentially underutilized area within Merv Sullivan Park (see map for approximate area of consideration), which may be suitable for naturalization. Naturalization is a process of transforming a space into one that reflects naturally-occurring plant species including flowering perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees. You can find out more about the ecological, environmental, educational and recreational benefits at www.halifax.ca/naturalization

These projects rely on leadership from residents like you to keep them looking beautiful while they establish into self-sustaining natural areas. We’d like to hear your thoughts about this potential project and if you would like to help. Please contact Penelope Kuhn at kuhnp@halifax.ca.


Tax Relief For Non-Profit Organizations Program 2020-2021
Halifax Regional Municipality can help some non-profit organizations reduce their property tax payments through the Tax Relief for Non-Profit Organizations Program. The program is now accepting applications for 2020-2021. Organizations applying for acceptance into the program (or the addition of another property) must submit a complete application on or before Saturday, November 30th, 2019. Applications received after this deadline but on or before March 31, 2020 may be considered subject to budget capacity. Applications for renewal of tax relief (organizations previously accepted into the program) are due no later than March 31, 2020 (post-marked). Late renewal applications may be pro-rated.

The Tax Relief Program for Non-Profit Organizations application and renewal forms are available online at:
www.halifax.ca/business/doing-business-halifax/tax-relief-non-profit-organizations or please call 902.490.7191 or email nonprofittax@halifax.ca.


Transit Fare changes
On September 17th Regional Council approved to increase fares for Halifax Transit. Fares will increase as of September 30th, 2019. Regional Council has also approved a 6-month pilot program for kids ages 13 (ages 0-12) and under to ride free. Find further information here: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/fares-tickets-passes/fare-strategy-frequently-asked-questions. Fares are increasing to reflect increased levels of service and increased operational costs. A jurisdictional scan shows that Halifax Transit fares are consistently lowest or second-lowest when compared with Canadian cities of similar population and transit fleet size.


Shape Your Budget Survey!
Help guide Halifax Regional Municipality with our immediate and long-term planning. We’re looking to understand what’s important to you as we build the next municipal budget, and what your priorities are. The results from this survey will be available on the municipality’s website. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The deadline for completing this survey is September 30, 2019 https://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/syb/survey_tools/syb-survey


Emera Oval Jobs
We’re hiring for winter positions at the Emera Oval! Current job postings include: Monitor, Skate Sharpener, Supervisor, Learn to Skate Instructor, Learn to Sledge Instructor. Deadline to apply is Oct. 8. Visit our website for job descriptions and details: https://bit.ly/2EvJy3I

Community Events/Meetings

Casserole Luncheon St Margaret of Scotland Church
Casserole Luncheon on Thursday, September 26th 11:30am to 1:00pm at St Margaret of Scotland Church (3751 Robie Steet)

Admission $10.00
Students & Seniors $7.50


Out & Equal Job Fair
Nova Scotia Works will be holding a job fair on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 from 10am – 2:00pm targeted to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Nova Scotia works is asking that anyone who is attending, bring their resume for “On the Spot” interviews.


MSVU Art Gallery exhibition Africville: A Spirit That Lives On – A Reflection Project opening reception
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/cht_flyer_august_2019_final.pdf


Good Food Box Program – October 2019   
For $7.00, you can receive a container of fresh fruits and vegetables which will consist of 1-2 types of fruit and 3-4 kinds of vegetables from the North End Community Health Centre’s Good Food Box Program!  The Halifax Community Health Team is one of the pick-up locations for this program.  You must register every month to ensure that you receive your Good Food Box.

To place an order for October, call 902-460-4560 (#4) or email cht@nshealth.ca no later than 10:00 am on Monday, September 30th.


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

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 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

HRM Grants Committee

Halifax Forum

(CACE) The Council on African Canadian Education