Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood

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Written by: HRM COUNCILLOR WAYE MASON - Municipal representative for Saint Mary’s and surround


Public Meetings and Notices


Almon Street Bike Lane Public Engagement Session

Wednesday, May 3 2017 6:30-8pm | Halifax Forum, Maritime Hall

Planning is currently underway to add bike lanes on Almon Street to enhance safety and add to a growing network of bicycle lanes in the municipality. This public engagement session will give residents the opportunity to give their feedback and learn more about the proposed bike lane. More information is available at Bike Lane Projects

Halifax Regional Council

Tuesday, May 9 2017 10am | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers

The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday, May 9^th at 10am at Halifax City Hall. Agenda and reports are posted by noon on Friday prior to the meeting date and are available at Regional Council 2017 Meetings

Town Hall Meeting – Advisory Committee for Accessibility in the Halifax Regional Municipality

Monday, May 15 2017 6-8:30pm | Citadel High School, Portia White Atrium

There will be a Town Hall hosted by HRM and the Accessibility Advisory Committee to discuss and gather input on current projects relating to corporate facility design and construction, parks and recreation, winter operations, accessible transit, municipal compliance, and 311 contact centres. The Town Hall will begin with staff presentations from each of these departments, followed by questions and comments from the public. Sighted guides, ASL interpretation, and CART service will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Liam MacSween at or 902-490-6521.

Participatory Budgeting 2017 – Proposal Deadline May 15th

District 7 residents are once again invited to provide input into how $94,000 in district capital funding ought to be spent. The funds will be allocated using a Participatory Budgeting model whereby residents submit community project ideas and qualifying submissions are voted on by the community. The proposal deadline for this year’s projects is Monday, May 15^th at midnight. Proposals can be emailed to or by mail to Melody Campbell, Council Support office, PO Box 1749 Halifax, NS B3J 3A5.

Youth Institute on Canada in the World – Applications due May 31st

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for a 10-day, all expenses paid program in Ottawa to explore Canada’s major foreign policy questions, meet experts in the field, and draft a policy vision for the future. The program will take place from September 30 – October 8, 2017 and is an initiative of Fulbright Canada. For more information on this great opportunity, please visit Fullbright Canada


Community Events

Us and Them Screening

Friday, May 5 2017 7-9:30pm | Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre

Join filmmaker Krista Loughton and the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre for a screening of the much buzzed about film, Us and Them. The film chronicles Loughton’s personal experiences befriending four chronically homeless people and how, using the First Nations Medicine Wheel, she digs deep into the root causes of homelessness and addiction. This screening is free for all to attend. For more information, visit EventBrite: Us & Them


Feed Nova Scotia Volunteer Information Session

Thursday, May 9 2017 9am-10:30am | Feed Nova Scotia, 213 Bedford Highway

Feed Nova Scotia will be hosting a volunteer information session for residents interested in learning more about the many ways to get involved with the organization. Information and volunteer application forms are available at Feed Nova Scotia Event Page



NOVAFest is an annual spring music festival put on by NSCC Music Arts students who plan, book, promote, and play shows during the entire month of May. NOVA stands for New Music, Outstanding Performance, Various Genres, and Aspiring Artists and is an excellent opportunity for residents to check out emerging artists on the Halifax music scene. For more information and a full schedule of shows, visit NOVAFEST


Halifax Crafters Society Spring Market

May 6-7, 2017 10am-5pm | Olympic Community Centre

Join the Halifax Crafters Society for their annual Spring Market taking place May 6th and 7th. The Market will feature local artisans and crafters of jewellery, leather, papercaft, ceramic, textiles, cosmetics, and much more! A full line-up of crafters is available by visiting Halifax Crafter's Society Admission is free.


Timeraiser150 Halifax

Monday, May 15 2017 7pm | Halifax Central Library

Timeraiser is a party for social good, supporting artists and non-profits in our community. Attendees at Timeraiser are invited to bid volunteer time, rather than dollars, for original art by emerging Canadian artists. Bidding starts at 20 hours and maxes out at 150 hours. There will be an auction, live performances, and delicious local food and drink. For more information, visit TimeRaiser 150


Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon

May 19-21, 2017 | Halifax, NS

The Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon is back for another year and is taking place May 19-21 in Halifax! The Marathon is the largest east of Ottawa, with over 13,000 runners and walkers taking part each year. There are options for all levels, including a full marathon, half marathon, 5KM and Youth Run. For more information, please visit Scotiabank BlueNose Marathon


Help and more info

Call my office
Call our office for assistance with your municipal issues. Contact my Constituency Coordinator Melody Campbell by phone 902-490-2012 or email or contact me directly. The best way to reach me is via email at my city email – or you can call my direct line at 902-490-8462.

311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 7 days/week from 7 am to 11 pm 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

Regional Council Reports and Agendas
If you want to read reports coming to Regional Council (posted mid-day Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting) or to check the agenda please go to:

Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
Community Council meets on Tuesday evenings that alternate with Regional Council. Please check the webpage here for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times.

District 7&8 Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
The District 7&8 Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the two districts. Please check the webpage for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times:


Transforming Our Neighbourhood One Street at A Time

Saint Mary’s University Centre for Housing & Residence Life is sending out a campus sized thank you to those residence TRASHFORMERS who swapped their Saturday morning sleep for street cleaning duty. Armed with pretty plastic gloves and blue T’s, this elite team of students can be seen strutting their stuff every Saturday morning from September to October, cleaning up litter along Inglis Street, Gorsebrook Avenue, Rogers Avenue, Tower Road, and Robie Street plus others.

Their reasons for giving up Saturday mornings go far beyond their room doors and they believe it is just one of many steps in the right direction of  “ giving back to the community “. Filling a bag of trash is only one goal the students achieve during their Saturday morning rituals.

All collected litter is also sorted and recycled according to HRM guidelines, providing students with the opportunity to promote recycling while giving back to the community.  Students also have a chance to chat and meet with local neighbors thus making neighbours aware that university students do more than just party over the weekend. Their efforts have a number of positive side effects on the surrounding neighborhoods such as:

  • Showing the community firsthand how working together can really make the community the best it can be.  
  • Allowing local neighbors to be part of an active clean solution     
  • Building confidence and changing attitudes and opinions of students throughout the community 

The Neighbourhood Committee Assistant for Trashformers encourages ALL SMU Students to join the team. Claiming that this experience “provided her with a better understanding of recycling, it is just one of many ways to socialize and create a strong bond with other students, and how easy it really is to give something back”.  The future of Trashformers looks to be bright, with the hopes to expand and start new projects, to raise more environmental sustainability awareness throughout the community and university campus, and to increase student participation.

Start taking pride in our shared neighbourhood today and enjoy the rewards. If you have any questions and/or comments please email us at  

What can I do to welcome my new neighbours?

Say hello! - Introduce yourself and your family;
Take the time to learn something about your new neighbours;
Try to imagine what it would be like to leave your home and move to a new place;
Take an interest in learning about other cultures and traditions;
Share a dish, a recipe or something from your garden;
Invite your neighbours for a coffee or a meal;
Organize a sport event, BBQ, a street party or a film night and involve your new
neighbours in the event;
Share with them places to visit, things to see, fun things to do and plan an outing
If you have kids encourage them to play together or walk to school together;
Let them know if there is a neighbourhood association or group they can join;
Answer questions about garbage pick-up, recycling, composting, seasonal home
decorating etc.;
Make them feel like they’re part of the community!

As always I welcome your feedback, positive or negative, and would be glad to meet with neighbours individually to hear any concerns.

Sarah Morris
Assistant Director, Student Services
902-420-5615 (Secretary), 902-420-5601 (Direct line)