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New Court for Fairview Heights Elementary



I’m happy to see the new multi-use play area under construction this week at Fairview Heights Elementary School. HRM Parks and Recreation is replacing the old basketball court designed for teens with a new court, new fencing and lower basketball hoops that are more appropriate for elementary-aged children. (The junior high school nearby has its own basketball court with regulation height hoops). After the court renovation at Fairview Heights there will also be more room for free play as well as new hard surface panels perfect for bouncing balls. I’m looking forward to seeing the kids playing there very soon!

Speaking of playing, I was pleased to support the purchase of a new digital scoreboard for the Centennial Arena.

July 20th Council Meeting

At Tuesday's council meeting I introduced a motion (which passed unanimously) requesting alternatives for resolving dangerous dog cases more quickly. It's not uncommon for these cases, which involve municipal by-laws not criminal charges, to take up to 18 months to wind their way through the courts. I expect the report on options will come back to council for a vote sometime in the fall.

Council also had first reading for a by-law that will create more consistent and fair fees at HRM recreation facilities beginning next spring; we discussed the cost and maintenance implications of a planned transfer of provincially-owned roads to HRM next year; and a decision about regulating vehicle immobilization companies (better known as “car booting”) was discussed and then deferred until August.
Council voted to mothball the Otter Lake municipal landfill’s front end sorting equipment due to the volumes of organic waste being very low. The waste will be covered with soil daily and the landfill will continue to be monitored regularly to keep birds, rodents and odors at bay.

It's a Jungle Out There

I'm hearing concerns from residents about overgrown mailboxes and sidewalks. Seems with the regular rain we've been having this summer the undergrowth is extra lush. For routine maintenance items you can email 311 at contactus@311.halifax.ca to request attention. It's very helpful if you can include a photo and civic address. If you're having trouble resolving your issue please let me know at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca.

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca
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New Court for Fairview Heights Elementary

 

I’m happy to see the new multi-use play area under construction this week at Fairview Heights Elementary School.  HRM Parks and Recreation is replacing the old basketball court designed for teens with a new court, new fencing and lower basketball hoops that are more appropriate for elementary-aged children. (The junior high school nearby has its own basketball court with regulation height hoops).  After the court renovation at Fairview Heights there will also be more room for free play as well as new hard surface panels perfect for bouncing balls.  I’m looking forward to seeing the kids playing there very soon! 
 
Speaking of playing, I was pleased to support the purchase of a new digital scoreboard for the Centennial Arena.

 July 20th Council Meeting

At Tuesdays council meeting I introduced a motion (which passed unanimously) requesting alternatives for resolving dangerous dog cases more quickly.  Its not uncommon for  these cases, which involve municipal by-laws not criminal charges, to take up to 18 months to wind their way through the courts.  I expect the report on options will come back  to council for a vote sometime in the fall. 

Council also had first reading for a by-law that will create more consistent and fair fees at HRM recreation facilities beginning next spring;  we discussed the cost and maintenance implications of a planned transfer of provincially-owned roads to HRM next year; and a decision about regulating vehicle immobilization companies (better known as “car booting”) was discussed and then deferred until August.
Council voted to mothball the Otter Lake municipal landfill’s front end sorting equipment due to the volumes of organic waste being very low.  The waste will be covered with soil daily and the landfill will continue to be monitored regularly to keep birds, rodents and odors at bay.  

Its a Jungle Out There

Im hearing concerns from residents about overgrown mailboxes and sidewalks.  Seems with the regular rain weve been having this summer the undergrowth is extra lush.  For routine maintenance items you can email 311 at contactus@311.halifax.ca to request attention.  Its very helpful if you can include a photo and civic address.  If youre having trouble resolving your issue please let me know at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca.

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca

Comment on Facebook

Centennial Arena manager Stuart Poteri seems very happy with the new scoreboard.

Councillor Morse, can you look into crossing guards for that school as well as Fairview Junior high in the school zone at the top of Fairview at Dunbrack St & Washmill Lake Drive? There has not been one there ever since they extended Washmill Lake Drive through to Dunbrack and while it is not my area, I drive through there a lot and see young children trying to cross with out a crossing guard to help them, yet at Main & Dunbrack, further away from the school there are crossing guards. Thank you & great work on getting the multi-use play area constructed.

Keeping it Clean



A big thank you to the pickleball player who contacted me last week about graffiti at Northcliffe Park (115 Clayton Park Drive). HRM staff were there the next morning removing the graffiti from the fence and court. Hopefully the quick clean up sends a message that graffiti won’t be tolerated. If you see graffiti or vandalism at any HRM parks or facilities in please call 311 or email contactus@311.halifax.ca. Please be sure to include the civic address whenever reporting issues to 311.



Kearney Lake and Blue Mountain-Online Public Consultation Open



The provincial government is asking for the public to comment on several wilderness sites being considered for protection, including 15 hectares of Crown land near Kearney Lake. The Crown land includes a popular trail to Charlie’s Lake and is inside the proposed Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes wilderness area. The public consultation is open until September 27. Please take a few minutes to share your comments and learn more about this potential conservation area in District 10:


storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/23c2a49a079b4e0799041532f28ce2b0

www.novascotia.ca/nse/protectedareas/wa_BlueMountainBirchCove.asp



Electrifying Announcement



And in case you missed it, there was a positive announcement in Halifax this week, as the federal and provincial governments committed to helping HRM buy 60 new battery-powered electric buses and the necessary charging infrastructure. Cleaner and quieter, these new buses will be a huge improvement. It's a first in Atlantic Canada as HRM aims for a fully electric fleet by 2028:


www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/public-transit-electric-buses-hrm-halifax-government-1.6102958



Looking ahead:



Regional Council meets next Tuesday to discuss car booting regulations, recreation fees, recommendations for HRM’s solar program, and waiving construction fees for non-profit housing developments.
www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council/july-20-2021-halifax-regional-council-special-meeting

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca
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Keeping it Clean

 

A big thank you to the pickleball player who contacted me last week about graffiti at Northcliffe Park (115 Clayton Park Drive).   HRM staff were there the next morning removing the graffiti from the fence and court.  Hopefully the quick clean up sends a message that graffiti won’t be tolerated.  If you see graffiti or vandalism at any HRM parks or facilities in please call 311 or email contactus@311.halifax.ca.  Please be sure to include the civic address whenever reporting issues to 311.     

 

Kearney Lake and Blue Mountain-Online Public Consultation Open

 

The provincial government is asking for the public to comment on several wilderness sites being considered for protection, including 15 hectares of Crown land near Kearney Lake.  The Crown land includes a popular trail to Charlie’s Lake and is inside the proposed Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes wilderness area.   The public consultation is open until September 27.  Please take a few minutes to share your comments and learn more about this potential conservation area in District 10:

 
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/23c2a49a079b4e0799041532f28ce2b0

https://www.novascotia.ca/nse/protectedareas/wa_BlueMountainBirchCove.asp

 

Electrifying Announcement

 

And in case you missed it, there was a positive announcement in Halifax this week, as the federal and provincial governments committed to helping HRM buy 60 new battery-powered electric buses and the necessary charging infrastructure.  Cleaner and quieter, these new buses will be a huge improvement.  Its a first in Atlantic Canada as HRM aims for a fully electric fleet by 2028:

 
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/public-transit-electric-buses-hrm-halifax-government-1.6102958

 

Looking ahead:

 

Regional Council meets next Tuesday to discuss car booting regulations, recreation fees, recommendations for HRM’s solar program, and waiving construction fees for non-profit housing developments.
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council/july-20-2021-halifax-regional-council-special-meeting

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca

Comment on Facebook

Great news re: electric buses 😀😘😷

Providing Safe Shelter in HRM

Like many cities HRM has a serious shortage of emergency housing. It's a huge concern for HRM council. The estimate is at least 400 people are in immediate need, and when emergency shelters are full, some have been sleeping rough in tents downtown. Last winter 14 temporary wooden shelters were built and deposited in parks around HRM by people trying to help. Although well-intended, the "sheds" aren’t a solution to homelessness. The tiny buildings aren’t insulated and don’t have electricity, water or toilets.

For several months, HRM has been working with partners to ensure there are better alternatives in place. Recently the Province agreed to provide safe accommodations with social supports and a transition to more permanent housing for those living in the sheds. The Nova Scotia Department of Community Services will provide hotel rooms in downtown Halifax until longer-term supportive housing becomes available in the fall. Earlier this week, everyone living in the temporary shelters was given notice to leave and will be offered an alternative place to live.

Councillors have received hundreds of emails about this issue. The challenge is HRM does not have the jurisdiction or legal authority to provide housing, health care or social assistance. In Nova Scotia, as in most provinces in Canada, these are provincial government responsibilities. When these services are not provided at an adequate level, people fall through the cracks and end up on HRM's streets.

The combination of Covid and HRM's recent rapid growth has made the housing shortage in our city worse. It's a crisis that needs a new approach. To address the current need for emergency and low-cost housing in HRM, I believe there must be significant investment in new housing, led by and built by the provincial government. I agree with Councillor Mason's recommendations, outlined in this letter to the Nova Scotia Premier:

wayemason.ca/2021/07/07/letter-to-the-premier-affordable-housing-in-halifax-and-nova-scotia/

A provincial election may be called within weeks. If you are concerned about this issue, please consider talking to your provincial candidates about emergency housing and affordable housing.

District 10 News

-There was an alleged dog attack on July 6 on Evans Ave involving 3 dogs whose owners are facing charges related to previous attacks. The dogs are being held by HRM animal control and an investigation is underway; I'm working on animal control by-law improvements and will have more to say about this in the next few weeks.

-On Tuesday at Halifax and West Community Council, I will be asking for a review of the existing zoning in Fairview, which allowed the two buildings at the bottom of Rosedale to be built with 100% lot coverage. I want to see changes to improve visibility for drivers and provide more space for sidewalks, street trees and other amenities.

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca
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Providing Safe Shelter in HRM

Like many cities HRM has a serious shortage of emergency housing.  Its a huge concern for HRM council.  The estimate is at least 400 people are in immediate need, and when emergency shelters are full, some have been sleeping rough in tents downtown.  Last winter 14 temporary wooden shelters were built and deposited in parks around HRM by people trying to help.  Although well-intended, the sheds aren’t a solution to homelessness.  The tiny buildings aren’t insulated and don’t have electricity, water or toilets.  

For several months, HRM has been working with partners to ensure there are better alternatives in place. Recently the Province agreed to provide safe accommodations with social supports and a transition to more permanent housing for those living in the sheds. The Nova Scotia Department of Community Services will provide hotel rooms in downtown Halifax until longer-term supportive housing becomes available in the fall.  Earlier this week, everyone living in the temporary shelters was given notice to leave and will be offered an alternative place to live. 

Councillors have received hundreds of emails about this issue. The challenge is HRM does not have the jurisdiction or legal authority to provide housing, health care or social assistance.  In Nova Scotia, as in most provinces in Canada, these are provincial government responsibilities.  When these services are not provided at an adequate level, people fall through the cracks and end up on HRMs streets.

The combination of Covid and HRMs recent rapid growth has made the housing shortage in our city worse.  Its a crisis that needs a new approach.  To address the current need for emergency and low-cost housing in HRM,  I believe there must be significant investment in new housing, led by and built by the provincial government.  I agree with Councillor Masons recommendations, outlined in this letter to the Nova Scotia Premier:

https://wayemason.ca/2021/07/07/letter-to-the-premier-affordable-housing-in-halifax-and-nova-scotia/

A provincial election may be called within weeks. If you are concerned about this issue, please consider talking to your provincial candidates about emergency housing and affordable housing. 

District 10 News

-There was an alleged dog attack on July 6 on Evans Ave involving 3 dogs whose owners are facing charges related to previous attacks.  The dogs are being held by HRM animal control and an investigation is underway; Im working on animal control by-law improvements and will have more to say about this in the next few weeks.

-On Tuesday at Halifax and West Community Council, I will be asking for a review of the existing zoning in Fairview, which allowed the two buildings at the bottom of Rosedale to be built with 100% lot coverage.  I want to see changes to improve visibility for drivers and provide more space for sidewalks, street trees and other amenities.

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca

Comment on Facebook

Let's take a look at what you're saying here. "Everyone living in temporary shelters was given notice to leave [by HRM]"... "[Housing is] provincial government responsibility"... "When these services are not provided at an adequate level people fall through the cracks and end up on HRM's streets." I think it's pretty clear here that HRM is creating these cracks and shoving people down them. How about HRM stop kicking people out of their shelters? To throw your hands up and say "people are falling through the cracks" is to pretend that the city isn't playing an active and ongoing role in pushing people into the cracks. I urge you to reconsider this weird and callous PR campaign that the councillors are colluding on. Instead, use your time to actually listen to the occupants, the volunteers and the housing workers, who are all saying that tearing down the shelters is wrong.

I am appalled that the actions of councillors have been to shrug and just want the "unsightly buildings"/so-called "sheds" gone. Not in your district but no Councillor has my support right now. It is true that the province has more money than the city and should be doing something about housing, but clearly they have little intent to do so. Me? I would put signs up saying that this (emergency shelters) is what the provincial government has brought us to. . . It really feels like all the councillors must be Liberal party members, unwilling to really attack the current government. Glad you are all well paid and well housed. Too many are not. You have wasted a magnificent opportunity. Could have worked with mutual aid to put them in one place and provided security, water, washrooms and a kitchen. I would name it something like "government non-housing" in a big sign. But with councillors mostly just being quiet or signing onto Waye's polite letter. . . (it is a list of demands that the city has asked for the last 6-8 years, and no sign the gov. is changing its tune). I am just so disappointed. Increased police funding, destroying shelters. . . new council -- just like the old council. . . It is disheartening, to say the least.

It is unfortunate that not one councillor came out to oppose the city’s actions on these crisis shelters and instead, chose to go along with, and supporting the terrible decision to remove these shelters. My prediction is we are going to see a lot of one term councillors on this council.

Also, that $7000 spent on empathy, should be deducted from your pay.

- The emergency shelters built by Halifax Mutual Aid are not "sheds." Referring to them as such seems to be a PR strategy by HRM council and others who seek to discredit their use. - Halifax Mutual Aid is acutely aware that their emergency shelters "aren't a solution to homelessness," as is clearly stated on their website (www.halifaxmutualaid.com/). They ARE a step up from tenting or sleeping rough, and they provide their users with a safe place to keep things. - It is misleading to say that "everyone living in the temporary shelters was given notice to leave and will be offered an alternative place to live." One of the shelters was padlocked from the outside by HRM this weekend, and the shelter was then removed even though its user was *not* offered alternative accommodations and spent the next night sleeping in the rain. Details are at the link in the comment below. Furthermore, there is a waiting list of people who would like to access these shelters: have they also been offered transitional housing? - If it is the province's responsibility to address the housing crisis, will you be actively campaigning to defeat the government that has held a majority for the past 8 years and let things get to this point, especially MLAs Arab and DiCostanzo who represent your district?

As soon as Spring hit, the CAO's office began meeting with the province and support staff. First, they thought they could house all occupants by the end of April, then in May this hotel plan started to develop. Bureaucrats who are UNELECTED made the decision to destroy occupied shelters during a tropical storm. Two occupants were stranded in this storm. Victoria Park occupant was at work, and because this person was unable to answer their door during work, UNELECTED bureaucrats deemed it vacant. Another occupant was not home when the individual they lived with was offered a housing "solution", as soon as they took it, UNELECTED bureaucrats put a plan in motion to destroy. The individual left behind was stranded, they sought refuge in parkades, only to be kicked out. UNELECTED bureaucrats and you ghouls on council keep citing safety, yet you remove shelters during a tropical storm on a Friday, knowing their is no available resources for them on the weekend. You ghouls who do not have a seat at the CAO's table and do not actually interact with this community, keep spouting lies told by Jacques Dube, Brandon Grant, Nancy MacLellan and Cyd LePage. You have pushed these folks further down the cracks, your policies re development are a big reason why homelessness is increasing! You can blame COVID all you want, but it is only one factor, the rest is sanctioned by every level of government. You are a sadistic and cruel bunch.

There are, as per your statement, 400 people in immediate need. Is the city and province providing 400 hotel/affordable apartments indefinitely? Because if not, removing these shelters is heartless, cruel and frankly a cyclical move from HFX Council given the timing of their removal related to tourism season. Truly disappointing in you all and hope you get voted right back out of office due to your support of destroying people HOMES, not sheds. Shame on all of you.

Thank you for the effort to write up a statement, but you began to lose credibility on the subject at the end of the first paragraph. These crisis shelters are insulated. They're pretty well built actually. The build plans and designs are openly listed on the groups website. Please take a look. You'll also find their mission statement where they clearly state that crisis shelters are not a solution to homelessness. www.halifaxmutualaid.com

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Regional Council and Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness

About a week ago two members of the Friends of Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes, Dale Smith and Mark Young, took me on an evening hike into the wilderness area their group has been working many years to protect. I had heard about a trailhead behind the Bayer's Lake Kent store but I'd never actually found it or hiked the winding trail. Thanks to my guides, not only did I not get lost, I was treated to a spectacular view of Susie's Lake from a rocky lookoff, just half an hour from Kent. It’s a gorgeous, quiet spot where it feels like the city is very far away. (The next guided hike is July 17, to sign up: www.bluemountainfriends.ca/)

I was picturing the Susie's Lake lookoff on Tuesday, when council approved a motion (16-1) to send a letter to the Premier, asking him to cancel Highway #113. The provincial government isn't planning to build the #113 anytime soon, but if it is built, it would cut through the middle of the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes wilderness area. HRM council is hopeful the provincial government will see the value in cancelling the #113.

Also at the June 8th meeting, council requested options for setting up a sobering centre in HRM as an alternative to police lockup for those found intoxicated in public. Sobering centres are essentially safe places to sleep off the effects of too much alcohol. It’s a new model being tried in several North American cities. Combined with social supports, sobering centres are increasingly seen as an effective and compassionate alternative.
Closer to District 10, I added Prince's Lodge in Rockingham as an area to be considered by HRM staff as a possible future cultural heritage site. Council also approved an exemption for the Birch and Anchor (367 Bedford Highway, formerly Chinatown) to have outdoor music until 10pm on the Canada Day, Natal Day and Labour Day weekends. For more on the council meeting:
www.halifaxexaminer.ca/.../council-moves-ahead.../

District News

Residents should soon see activity at Willett and Dunbrack. After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the “round tower” and neighbouring townhouses at 210-214 Willett are expected to be demolished sometime this fall. Before demolition takes place however, the building owner is required to remove asbestos in the tower and do rodent control on the overall site. For details:
210-214willettst.com/

Youth Summer Camps

Know any teens looking for a fun camp this summer close to home? The Bella Rose Arts Centre (at Halifax West) is offering a “Musical Theatre Triple Threat” camp and two “Creative Makers” crafts camps. Registration deadline is July 5th:
www.bellaroseartscentre.com

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca
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Regional Council and Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness

About a week ago two members of the Friends of Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes, Dale Smith and Mark Young, took me on an evening hike into the wilderness area their group has been working many years to protect.  I had heard about a trailhead behind the Bayers Lake Kent store but Id never actually found it or hiked the winding trail.  Thanks to my guides, not only did I not get lost, I was treated to a spectacular view of Susies Lake from a rocky lookoff,  just half an hour from Kent.  It’s a gorgeous, quiet spot where it feels like the city is very far away.   (The next guided hike is July 17, to sign up: https://www.bluemountainfriends.ca/)

I was picturing the Susies Lake lookoff on Tuesday, when council approved a motion (16-1) to send a letter to the Premier, asking him to cancel Highway #113.  The provincial government isnt planning to build the #113 anytime soon, but if it is built, it would cut through the middle of the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes wilderness area.  HRM council is hopeful the provincial government will see the value in cancelling the #113. 

Also at the June 8th meeting, council requested options for setting up a sobering centre in HRM as an alternative to police lockup for those found intoxicated in public.  Sobering centres are essentially safe places to sleep off the effects of too much alcohol.  It’s a new model being tried in several North American cities.  Combined with social supports, sobering centres are increasingly seen as an effective and compassionate alternative.
Closer to District 10, I added Princes Lodge in Rockingham as an area to be considered by HRM staff as a possible future cultural heritage site.  Council also approved an exemption for the Birch and Anchor (367 Bedford Highway, formerly Chinatown) to have outdoor music until 10pm on the Canada Day, Natal Day and Labour Day weekends.  For more on the council meeting: 
https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/.../council-moves-ahead.../

District News

Residents should soon see activity at Willett and Dunbrack.  After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the “round tower” and neighbouring townhouses at 210-214 Willett are expected to be demolished sometime this fall.  Before demolition takes place however, the building owner is required to remove asbestos in the tower and do rodent control on the overall site.  For details:
http://210-214willettst.com/

Youth Summer Camps

Know any teens looking for a fun camp this summer close to home?  The Bella Rose Arts Centre (at Halifax West) is offering a “Musical Theatre Triple Threat” camp and two “Creative Makers” crafts camps.  Registration deadline is July 5th:
www.bellaroseartscentre.com

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca

Comment on Facebook

Your posts are always very informative

People Making a Difference

Since March, 2-3 times a week, Dave Aalders has been filling up an outdoor cupboard at 6 Titus Street with tins of food. The “food pantry” is open for anyone who needs it. Dave is an active community volunteer who has lived in Fairview most of his life and wanted a new project that would make a difference. With the help of Nicole Mosher and a microgrant from the YWCA, he bought the weatherproof cupboard, which is hosted by the Fairview Resource Centre.


It’s a give what you can, take what you need kind of approach, based on the honour system. Dave says the donated food is flying off the shelves. Most appreciated are canned proteins (tuna, ham, chicken, chick peas), cereal, and gluten-free or vegetarian items. If you’d like to contribute, donations can be added to the Fairview pantry anytime. On July 7 and 8, Rockingham United Church members will be holding a food drive for the pantry, with drop off at 127 Flamingo Drive between 10am -1pm.

What's Next at Regional Council

Coming up on Tuesday at regional council: There will be a public hearing (June 29, 6pm) for a noise exemption request for the Birch and Anchor, 367 Bedford Highway (the former Chinatown). The harbourside restaurant in Rockingham would like to offer outdoor music until 10 pm on the Canada Day, Natal Day and Labour Day weekends. Anyone wishing to speak at the public hearing should contact clerks@halifax.ca or call 902.490.4210 to pre-register on Monday.

Other items on the council agenda: the feasibility of a sobering centre as an alternative to police custody for people who are drunk in public; improved guidelines for municipal fireworks aimed at reducing the stress on pets and people; changes to Otter Lake landfill; French Services strategy approval.

Full agenda:
www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council/june-29-2021-halifax-regional-council-special-meeting

Week in Review

Meetings this week included:
-Clayton Park Shopping Centre about a proposed new building across from McDonald’s;
-Open Streets volunteers about the possibility of a District 10 event
-Canada Games Centre board AGM;
-Halifax and West Community Council (we approved Package B, the Regional Plan for Halifax Peninsula and Downtown Dartmouth, public hearing expected in September)
-Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite church members about vandalism concerns.
-Halifax Partnership, which presented its 2021 Halifax Index and is predicting a strong economic rebound this year:

halifaxpartnership.com/news/article/halifax-partnership-releases-2021-halifax-index/

Sorry this post is a bit late, my second Covid shot knocked me out for 36 hours!

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca
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People Making a Difference

Since March, 2-3 times a week, Dave Aalders has been filling up an outdoor cupboard at 6 Titus Street with tins of food.  The “food pantry” is open for anyone who needs it.  Dave is an active community volunteer who has lived in Fairview most of his life and wanted a new project that would make a difference.  With the help of Nicole Mosher and a microgrant from the YWCA, he bought the weatherproof cupboard, which is hosted by the Fairview Resource Centre.

 
It’s a give what you can, take what you need kind of approach, based on the honour system. Dave  says the donated food is flying off the shelves.  Most appreciated are canned proteins (tuna, ham, chicken, chick peas), cereal, and gluten-free or vegetarian items.  If you’d like to contribute, donations can be added to the Fairview pantry anytime.  On July 7 and 8, Rockingham United Church members will be holding a food drive for the pantry, with drop off at 127 Flamingo Drive between 10am -1pm.

Whats Next at Regional Council

Coming up on Tuesday at regional council:  There will be a public hearing (June 29, 6pm) for a noise exemption request for the Birch and Anchor, 367 Bedford Highway (the former Chinatown).  The harbourside restaurant in Rockingham would like to offer outdoor music until 10 pm on the Canada Day, Natal Day and Labour Day weekends.  Anyone wishing to speak at the public hearing should contact clerks@halifax.ca or call 902.490.4210 to pre-register on Monday.

Other items on the council agenda:  the feasibility of a sobering centre as an alternative to police custody for people who are drunk in public; improved guidelines for municipal fireworks aimed at reducing the stress on pets and people; changes to Otter Lake landfill; French Services strategy approval. 

Full agenda:
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council/june-29-2021-halifax-regional-council-special-meeting

Week in Review

Meetings this week included:
-Clayton Park Shopping Centre about a proposed new building across from McDonald’s; 
-Open Streets volunteers about the possibility of a District 10 event 
-Canada Games Centre board AGM; 
-Halifax and West Community Council (we approved Package B, the Regional Plan for Halifax Peninsula and Downtown Dartmouth, public hearing expected in September)
-Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite church members about vandalism concerns. 
-Halifax Partnership, which presented its 2021 Halifax Index and is predicting a strong economic rebound this year:

https://halifaxpartnership.com/news/article/halifax-partnership-releases-2021-halifax-index/

Sorry this post is a bit late, my second Covid shot knocked me out for 36 hours!

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca

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Thanks for the update. Any chance you could speak with the owner of the Tennis Club and the unsightly mess by his building? Such an eyesore when you walk on Dunbrack. Good work Dave 👍

Thanks again for the update Kathryn! Lots of good things happening - Well done, Dave!

Thanks for the update Kathryn.

They need to do something about the tim horton drive thru. Its a death trap in that area!

That's so awesome!! WTG Dave!!!

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A Growing Community

One of the joys of this job is the chance to support wonderful grassroots projects. The Fairview Community Garden on Convoy Avenue is one such project, led by husband and wife Christopher and Beverley Rhoden. The Rhodens moved to Halifax four years ago from Sudbury, attracted they say by Halifax’s green spaces and (relatively) balmy climate. Once settled in they wanted to find a way to give back. Working with a committee at their church, they’ve been connecting would-be gardeners with garden plots on the church’s land.

Many of the gardeners live in nearby apartments and wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to enjoy their green thumbs. Some of the gardeners are from Nepal and the Phillippines and are missing a taste of home. The gardens are already packed with sprouting flowers, vegetables and herbs. This year many of the 29 raised beds needed repairs, and with the cost of building materials going up, the wood was going to be a big expense. Christopher made the ask and did the paperwork and I was happy to contribute from my councillor’s fund. Community gardens are a great way for people to enjoy the outdoors and to socialize and I’d like to see more of them in our district. If you’re interested in getting a community garden started, I can help and so can HRM Parks and Recreation:

www.halifax.ca/parks-recreation/parks-trails-gardens/gardens/community-gardens

Week in Review

We didn’t have a regional council meeting last week so I had an extra day to talk to residents. Some of the issues included a new development proposed for Westerwald Street, another new development pending at Wentworth and Dunbrack, and traffic issues at Grosvenor Wentworth school. I also helped operators of a new business in Fairview cut through some red tape.

Committee meetings this week included Audit and Finance where we provided $100K to Neptune Theatre to help offset lost revenue (a 93% loss) due to Covid. We heard from the Auditor General that HRM needs to do a better job prioritizing which roads should get repairs. At Community Design Advisory Committee we continued to work our way through “Package B”, the regional plan update for Downtown Dartmouth and Halifax Peninsula. Many of the principles in Package B (more urban density, more development on major transit routes, more pedestrian-friendly design requirements) will become models for District 10 and other suburban areas in the next two years. To learn more, you can attend the June 22 Halifax and West Community Council meeting:

www.halifax.ca/city-hall/community-councils/june-22-2021-halifax-west-community-council-special

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca
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A Growing Community

One of the joys of this job is the chance to support wonderful grassroots projects.  The Fairview Community Garden on Convoy Avenue is one such project, led by husband and wife Christopher and Beverley Rhoden. The Rhodens moved to Halifax four years ago from Sudbury, attracted they say by Halifax’s green spaces and (relatively) balmy climate. Once settled in they wanted to find a way to give back.  Working with a committee at their church, they’ve been connecting would-be gardeners with garden plots on the church’s land.

Many of the gardeners live in nearby apartments and wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to enjoy their green thumbs. Some of the gardeners are from Nepal and the Phillippines and are missing a taste of home.  The gardens are already packed with sprouting flowers, vegetables and herbs.  This year many of the 29 raised beds needed repairs, and with the cost of building materials going up, the wood was going to be a big expense.  Christopher made the ask and did the paperwork and I was happy to contribute from my councillor’s fund.  Community gardens are a great way for people to enjoy the outdoors and to socialize and I’d like to see more of them in our district.  If you’re interested in getting a community garden started, I can help and so can HRM Parks and Recreation:

https://www.halifax.ca/parks-recreation/parks-trails-gardens/gardens/community-gardens

Week in Review

We didn’t have a regional council meeting last week so I had an extra day to talk to residents.  Some of the issues included a new development proposed for Westerwald Street, another new development pending at Wentworth and Dunbrack, and traffic issues at Grosvenor Wentworth school.  I also helped operators of a new business in Fairview cut through some red tape.

Committee meetings this week included Audit and Finance where we provided $100K to Neptune Theatre to help offset lost revenue (a 93% loss) due to Covid.  We heard from the Auditor General that HRM needs to do a better job prioritizing which roads should get repairs.  At Community Design Advisory Committee we continued to work our way through “Package B”, the regional plan update for Downtown Dartmouth and Halifax Peninsula.  Many of the principles in Package B (more urban density, more development on major transit routes, more pedestrian-friendly design requirements) will become models for District 10 and other suburban areas in the next two years.  To learn more, you can attend the June 22 Halifax and West Community Council meeting:

https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/community-councils/june-22-2021-halifax-west-community-council-special

Councillor Kathryn Morse
District 10 (Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham)
Contact me at kathryn.morse@halifax.ca
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