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MORE APARTMENTS ON DUTCH VILLAGE; QUIETER SUNDAYS AT 210 WILLETT; FAIRVIEW SOCIAL ON AUGUST 20


THE BOSS, THE SEQUEL



After a whole lot of blasting last year, there’s been a vacant lot at the corner of Dutch Village Road, Titus and Alma for several months. Residents have been asking me what the plan is for this location. Outside of downtown Dartmouth and the peninsula of Halifax, developers aren’t required to post drawings of their buildings on the site but there is a rendering on the company's website:

united.gnf.biz/index.php/construction

This will be a mixed use, 9 storey building (61 feet tall, as measured from Alma Street). It will have stores on the Dutch Village Road level, with two levels of underground parking, and the rest will be residential. There will be 74 apartments, and once completed, the building will be attached to the apartment building next door. The front yard on Dutch Village will be set back 3 meters from the sidewalk and the corner of the building at Dutch Village and Titus will be angled to provide a line of sight for drivers. The underground garage entrance and exit will be on Alma Street. The property is owned by GNF Investments Ltd and Navid Saberi, who also built “The Boss” just across the street on the former Halifax West High School site.



QUIETER SUNDAYS AHEAD FOR CLAYTON PARK



It’s been a noisy summer in the Dunbrack and Willett area where blasting continues for the highrise development that will replace the round tower. The noise of warning horns, blasts, rock splitting, and rock removal operations has been going on pretty much every day for about three months and residents are telling me their nerves are frayed. There has been a steady stream of complaints to me and to Lindsay Construction, and they have been heard. I've been speaking with a senior manager at Lindsay about the noise issues, and this week the company decided to voluntarily reduce working hours at the site. There will be no construction this coming Sunday and for the next several Sundays. Lindsay may also reduce construction on upcoming Saturdays but that’s still to be determined.



SPECIAL GREEN BIN PICKUP SATURDAY ON MAIN AVE



If you live on Main Ave and your green bin was left behind on Thursday and on Friday, try again on Saturday. Crews are planning a special trip to pick up your compost. Anytime your green bin or regular garbage is missed, please call 311 to report the problem. Usually 311 will be able to tell you when any special pickups will be arranged for your street.





FAIRVIEW FAMILY DAY - AUGUST 20



After a break for Covid, the Fairview Family Day is back on Saturday August 20 starting at 4pm. Join in the games, activities, barbeque and outdoor movie at Piercey Field. I was happy to contribute to this event, hosted by the Fairview Community Association.













COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA
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MORE APARTMENTS ON DUTCH VILLAGE; QUIETER SUNDAYS AT 210 WILLETT; FAIRVIEW SOCIAL ON AUGUST 20
 

THE BOSS, THE SEQUEL

 

After a whole lot of blasting last year, there’s been a vacant lot at the corner of Dutch Village Road, Titus and Alma for several months.  Residents have been asking me what the plan is for this location.  Outside of downtown Dartmouth and the peninsula of Halifax, developers aren’t required to post drawings of their buildings on the site but there is a rendering on the companys website:

 https://united.gnf.biz/index.php/construction

This will be a mixed use, 9 storey building (61 feet tall, as measured from Alma Street).  It will have stores on the Dutch Village Road level, with two levels of underground parking, and the rest will be residential.  There will be 74 apartments, and once completed, the building will be attached to the apartment building next door.  The front yard on Dutch Village will be set back 3 meters from the sidewalk and the corner of the building at Dutch Village and Titus will be angled to provide a line of sight for drivers.  The underground garage entrance and exit will be on Alma Street.  The property is owned by GNF Investments Ltd and Navid Saberi, who also built “The Boss” just across the street on the former Halifax West High School site. 

 

QUIETER SUNDAYS AHEAD FOR CLAYTON PARK

 

It’s been a noisy summer in the Dunbrack and Willett area where blasting continues for the highrise development that will replace the round tower. The noise of warning horns, blasts, rock splitting, and rock removal operations has been going on pretty much every day for about three months and residents are telling me their nerves are frayed.  There has been a steady stream of complaints to me and to Lindsay Construction, and they have been heard.  Ive been speaking with a senior manager at Lindsay about the noise issues, and this week the company decided to voluntarily reduce working hours at the site.  There will be no construction this coming Sunday and for the next several Sundays.  Lindsay may also reduce construction on upcoming Saturdays but that’s still to be determined.   

 

SPECIAL GREEN BIN PICKUP SATURDAY ON MAIN AVE

 

If you live on Main Ave and your green bin was left behind on Thursday and on Friday, try again on Saturday.  Crews are planning a special trip to pick up your compost.  Anytime your green bin or regular garbage is missed, please call 311 to report the problem.  Usually 311 will be able to tell you when any special pickups will be arranged for your street. 

  

 

FAIRVIEW FAMILY DAY - AUGUST 20

 

After a break for Covid, the Fairview Family Day is back on Saturday August 20 starting at 4pm.  Join in the games, activities, barbeque and outdoor movie at Piercey Field.  I was happy to contribute to this event, hosted by the Fairview Community Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA

Comment on Facebook

Great news on the noise front - reduction of noise on Sundays, at least! Yessss! (Regarding construction at corner of Willett and Dunbrack Street.)

If you go to Unitedgulf.ca, pictures are under future communities. Looks awful big for that space.

It was most difficult to get out of the Fairview area before, especially working mornings and evenings. How will it ever Be now ?

COMMUNITY SAFETY MEETING WITH NEW HRP COMMANDER + MAINLAND TRAIL BIKE PATROL

I recently met with Mo Chediac, the new West Divisional Commander and Staff Sergeant in charge of the Public Safety Unit. Staff Sergeant Chediac has served with Halifax Regional Police for 21 years and was a patrol officer for many of those years in West Division (Bedford to Sambro Loop), so he’s very familiar with Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham. He has a wide range of policing experience with a focus on traffic safety, having managed the Traffic Services Unit and crosswalk programs, as well as worked on provincial and municipal traffic policy teams.

In his new role Staff Sergeant Chediac will meet with community stakeholders, do planning related to crime prevention and coordinate the work of HRP’s Community Response Officers. We met at City Hall and discussed a whole range of district issues from fireworks to speeding to improving security on the Mainland Trail (where there was a stabbing in July).

In his spare time Staff Sergeant Chediac is the Provincial Director for Special Olympics Canada (Law Enforcement Torch Run). A fitness buff, he loves to compete in obstacle courses, especially those that involve running uphill! This week Staff Sgt Chediac was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of his service to Nova Scotia:
novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20220804002

Today (Aug 5) HRP started bike patrols on the Mainland Trail. Community Response Officer Constable Jenna Clarke says she'll be on the trail as her schedule and other duties permit. I'm very much looking forward to working with Staff Sergeant Chediac and Constable Clarke.

COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA
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COMMUNITY SAFETY MEETING WITH NEW HRP COMMANDER + MAINLAND TRAIL BIKE PATROL
 
I recently met with Mo Chediac, the new West Divisional Commander and Staff Sergeant in charge of the Public Safety Unit.  Staff Sergeant Chediac has served with Halifax Regional Police for 21 years and was a patrol officer for many of those years in West Division (Bedford to Sambro Loop), so he’s very familiar with Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham.  He has a wide range of policing experience with a focus on traffic safety, having managed the Traffic Services Unit and crosswalk programs, as well as worked on provincial and municipal traffic policy teams.
 
In his new role Staff Sergeant Chediac will meet with community stakeholders, do planning related to crime prevention and coordinate the work of HRP’s Community Response Officers.  We met at City Hall and discussed a whole range of district issues from fireworks to speeding to improving security on the Mainland Trail (where there was a stabbing in July). 
 
In his spare time Staff Sergeant Chediac is the Provincial Director for Special Olympics Canada (Law Enforcement Torch Run).  A fitness buff, he loves to compete in obstacle courses, especially those that involve running uphill!  This week Staff Sgt Chediac was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of his service to Nova Scotia:
https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20220804002

Today (Aug 5) HRP started bike patrols on the Mainland Trail.  Community Response Officer Constable Jenna Clarke says shell be on the trail as her schedule and other duties permit.  Im very much looking forward to working with Staff Sergeant Chediac and Constable Clarke. 
 
COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CAImage attachment

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What is the plan for the nightly fireworks, considering there's a fire ban? And the city issued fireworks permits to people in Halifax during a fire ban. Is this being addressed?

Very happy to have patrols on the linear trail!

KEEPING FAIRVIEW AFFORDABLE; CLAYTON PARK ASSAULT; RECREATION REGISTRATION COMING UP; NATAL DAY WEEKEND PLANNER


HOUSING TRUST PROTECTS 89 APARTMENTS


I had the pleasure this week of joining Angela Bishop and board members of the Nova Scotia Housing Trust at a picnic they hosted on Evans Avenue in Fairview. The Housing Trust recently purchased 27 and 35 Evans Avenue (along with 3 other apartment buildings in HRM) and they wanted to celebrate with residents. The Trust is a non-profit organization working to provide affordable housing options in HRM. Housing Trust board members include accountants, architects, developers, lawyers and real estate professionals, so they bring many skills to their mission, as well as a lot of heart.


When the Evans Avenue buildings went up for sale this spring, residents worried they would be “renovicted”. Some residents have lived here for more than 30 years. They feared their buildings would be purchased and renovated and then rented out at double the price to new tenants. Instead the Housing Trust bought the buildings with the goal of keeping 89 below-market, affordable apartments in Fairview.


How can the Housing Trust do it? Because it’s a non-profit, the Trust will qualify for long term mortgages through CMHC and energy efficiency grants through federal programs. Renovations are planned, but rents won’t be going through the roof.


I was thrilled that HRM regional council agreed to provide a grant to the Housing Trust to assist with the purchase of the buildings. Councillor Sam Austin and I spoke in support of the $445,000 grant to offset deed transfer taxes. Although the grant wasn’t huge, it helped the Trust conserve 295 affordable apartments in HRM, including the 89 in Fairview. It’s exactly these kinds of projects that I believe HRM needs more of: partnerships between all levels of government, CMHC, and non-profit groups that have the knowledge and experience to make affordable housing happen. In other provinces, the non-profit housing sector is much bigger than it is here in Nova Scotia. I believe more support for non-profit housing is an important solution to the affordable housing shortage in HRM and many other cities across Canada.


For more details:


www.halifaxexaminer.ca/city-hall/council-votes-to-contribute-to-housing-trust-of-nova-scotias-pur...
www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/non-profit-scoops-up-5-apartment-buildings-in-hrm-for-affor...


13-YEAR OLD ASSAULTED IN CLAYTON PARK


A 13 year old boy playing alone was assaulted this week by a group of half a dozen older teens near Duc d’Anville School. He was hit on the head with a shovel and had rocks thrown at him. Fortunately the boy was wearing a bike helmet so he wasn’t badly hurt, however it was an ordeal that would leave anyone feeling shaken. I’m mentioning the incident here so families in the Clayton Park area are aware and can take appropriate precautions. Police are investigating.


SIGN UP FOR HRM’S FALL RECREATION PROGRAMS


Registration for Fall 2022 HRM Recreation programs begins mid-August.
Save the date and get ready to go online at 10 am on August 17th and 18th.

Please note, registration on Wednesday, August 17 is for dryland activities.
Registration on Thursday, August 18 is for aquatics.
To improve your registration luck, get your account in advance and check out the details at www.halifax.ca/myrec


CANADA GAMES CENTRE - FALL REGISTRATION COMING UP


Registration for fall activities at the Canada Games Centre begins at 8 am on August 9th for members and 8 am on August 16th for non-members. The Canada Games Centre offers a wide range of choices for fall fun from PD Day Camps to Pickleball. Registration details will be on the Canada Games Centre website soon. In the meantime, here’s the Program Guide:
canadagamescentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/CGC-Fall-2022-Program-Guide.pdf



There is a special offer on now: if you take out an annual membership at the Canada Games Centre, you’ll get the month of August free.


IT’S NATAL DAY WEEKEND


Looks like great weather ahead for the festivities! Here’s your link to Natal Day fun:
www.natalday.org/


Enjoy the long weekend.



COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA
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KEEPING FAIRVIEW AFFORDABLE; CLAYTON PARK ASSAULT; RECREATION REGISTRATION COMING UP; NATAL DAY WEEKEND PLANNER
 
 
HOUSING TRUST PROTECTS 89 APARTMENTS
 
 
I had the pleasure this week of joining Angela Bishop and board members of the Nova Scotia Housing Trust at a picnic they hosted on Evans Avenue in Fairview.  The Housing Trust recently purchased 27 and 35 Evans Avenue (along with 3 other apartment buildings in HRM) and they wanted to celebrate with residents.  The Trust is a non-profit organization working to provide affordable housing options in HRM.  Housing Trust board members include accountants, architects, developers, lawyers and real estate professionals, so they bring many skills to their mission, as well as a lot of heart.
 
 
When the Evans Avenue buildings went up for sale this spring, residents worried they would be “renovicted”.  Some residents have lived here for more than 30 years.  They feared their buildings would be purchased and renovated and then rented out at double the price to new tenants.  Instead the Housing Trust bought the buildings with the goal of keeping 89 below-market, affordable apartments in Fairview. 
 
 
How can the Housing Trust do it? Because it’s a non-profit, the Trust will qualify for long term mortgages through CMHC and energy efficiency grants through federal programs.  Renovations are planned, but rents won’t be going through the roof.
 
 
I was thrilled that HRM regional council agreed to provide a grant to the Housing Trust to assist with the purchase of the buildings. Councillor Sam Austin and I spoke in support of the $445,000 grant to offset deed transfer taxes.  Although the grant wasn’t huge, it helped the Trust conserve 295 affordable apartments in HRM, including the 89 in Fairview.  It’s exactly these kinds of projects that I believe HRM needs more of:  partnerships between all levels of government, CMHC, and non-profit groups that have the knowledge and experience to make affordable housing happen.  In other provinces, the non-profit housing sector is much bigger than it is here in Nova Scotia.  I believe more support for non-profit housing is an important solution to the affordable housing shortage in HRM and many other cities across Canada.
 
 
For more details:
 
 
https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/city-hall/council-votes-to-contribute-to-housing-trust-of-nova-scotias-purchase-of-295-affordable-homes/
https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/non-profit-scoops-up-5-apartment-buildings-in-hrm-for-affordable-housing-100745967/
 
 
13-YEAR OLD ASSAULTED IN CLAYTON PARK
 
 
A 13 year old boy playing alone was assaulted this week by a group of half a dozen older teens near Duc d’Anville School.  He was hit on the head with a shovel and had rocks thrown at him.  Fortunately the boy was wearing a bike helmet so he wasn’t badly hurt, however it was an ordeal that would leave anyone feeling shaken.  I’m mentioning the incident here so families in the Clayton Park area are aware and can take appropriate precautions.  Police are investigating.
 
 
SIGN UP FOR HRM’S FALL RECREATION PROGRAMS
 
 
Registration for Fall 2022 HRM Recreation programs begins mid-August.
Save the date and get ready to go online at 10 am on August 17th and 18th.
 
Please note, registration on Wednesday, August 17 is for dryland activities.
Registration on Thursday, August 18 is for aquatics.
To improve your registration luck, get your account in advance and check out the details at www.halifax.ca/myrec  
 
 
CANADA GAMES CENTRE - FALL REGISTRATION COMING UP
 
 
Registration for fall activities at the Canada Games Centre begins at 8 am on August 9th for members and 8 am on August 16th for non-members.  The Canada Games Centre offers a wide range of choices for fall fun from PD Day Camps to Pickleball.    Registration details will be on the Canada Games Centre website soon.  In the meantime, here’s the Program Guide:
https://canadagamescentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/CGC-Fall-2022-Program-Guide.pdf
 
 
 
There is a special offer on now:   if you take out an annual membership at the Canada Games Centre, you’ll get the month of August free.
 
 
IT’S NATAL DAY WEEKEND
 
 
Looks like great weather ahead for the festivities!  Here’s your link to Natal Day fun:
http://www.natalday.org/
 
 
Enjoy the long weekend.
 
 
 
COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA

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There was another incident this evening of a 25 yr old attacked a group of kids in the same area as the 13 yr old. Police are investigating in the area. If you know anything please contact non emergency police line.

safe drinking water for all

est2009 Nova Scotia Canada

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So upsetting to hear about such violence.

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KEARNEY LAKE REOPENS; UPCOMING EVENTS: NATAL DAY AND EMANCIPATION DAY; BIKES ONBOARD; GRANTS FOR TRAILS


OPEN SWIM


It was disappointing to see Kearney Lake and neighbouring Papermill Lake closed for swimming earlier this week because of high bacteria counts. HRM tests its urban lakes frequently during the summer, and it’s becoming more common to see bacteria levels go up, especially after rain storms. The bacteria can be naturally occurring and can be made worse by o high lake temperatures, dog feces, leaking septic systems, or fertilizer running off lawns. Fortunately both lakes are open again after being retested and found safe. Just in time for some of the hottest days of the year!


It’s great that bacteria levels have dropped, but it’s worrisome that they went up in the first place. HRM’s regular lake and beach sampling only looks at levels of bacteria, and does not identify the source so it’s not always clear what’s causing the problem. Last year I brought a motion to regional council requesting a management plan for Kearney Lake, aimed at protecting the lake’s water quality. My motion was passed by a majority on council, and since then, a water specialist has been hired and is working on the plan. The water specialist has been gathering data, has done a number of site visits to Kearney Lake, and has met with me and with Kearney Lake residents. I’m looking forward to seeing her plan and recommendations when the final report comes back to regional council in the next few months. With a plan and some prevention, hopefully closures like we saw this week at Kearney Lake will become less likely in the future.


LONG WEEKEND PLANNER


The Natal Day long weekend is coming up next weekend! Here are some of the main events:


- Grand Oasis x Natal Day Festival Concert Series from Friday, July 29 to Monday, August 1. (www.halifax.ca/grandoasis)
- Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Harbour Fireworks (Saturday, July 30, @10PM; Rain Date July 31)
- 16th Annual African Nova Scotian Music Association 'Freedom Festival' (Sunday July 31, @1:30PM), Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park
- Macpass Bridge Mile (Sunday July 31, @8AM) - www.hdbc.ca/the-macpass-mile-is-back-can-you-conquer-the-bridge/
- Macdonald Bridge Walk (Sunday July 31st, @2PM) - www.hdbc.ca/bridgewalk-2022-come-walk-the-macdonald-bridge/
- 115th Annual Dartmouth Natal Day Road Race (Monday, August 1, @8AM) - www.natalday.org/roadrace.php
- Pepsi Natal Day Parade (Monday, August 1 @10AM). This year's Pepsi Natal Day Parade will start in Halifax at the Hydrostone, cross the Macdonald bridge and end in Dartmouth at Sullivan's Pond.


More details on activities will be shared on www.natalday.org.


EMANCIPATION DAY - AUG 1

Last year the Canadian House of Commons officially designated August 1 as Emancipation Day, a time to reflect on our shared history of the enslavement of people of African descent in Canada. The date was chosen because the Slavery Abolition Act became law across the British Empire on August 1, 1834. On this day, the practice of slavery officially ended for millions of African people and their descendants around the world.

HRM is committed to addressing anti-Black racism and will continue to take steps to advance change. Recognizing Emancipation Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse heritage, culture and contributions of people of African descent across the region. Events include the raising of the Pan-African Flag on Wednesday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Grand Parade and the African Nova Scotian Music Association Freedom Festival on Sunday, July 31 at the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park.


GET ON BOARD WITH E-BIKES AND SCOOTERS


Great news for active people: it’s now easier for you to get around with e-bikes, scooters and fat tire bikes. HRM’s buses are now equipped with e-bike friendly bike racks. Manual scooters can be transported on buses if they are folded and stored on your lap. And fat tire bikes can now be stowed in special bike racks on the ferries.


Gas-powered bikes and motorized transportation devices, such as segways, e-scooters, and hoverboards, are not permitted on Halifax Transit conventional buses or ferries at this time but Metro Transit is working on a solution to safely store and transport e-scooters on ferries. More information will be available soon.

And don’t forget, Halifax Transit is offering some free transit services as part of the municipality’s Free Fares Fridays & Free Sail Saturdays program.

More info: www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/passenger-information/policies-guidelines


HELP RENAME CORNWALLIS STREET


You can help rename Cornwallis Street by taking part in this short survey: halifax.ca/surveys.


Simply select your three preferred street names out of 15 shortlisted names. An advisory group will review the survey results and make recommendations to Regional Council. This renaming project is one of the recommendations of the Task Force on the Commemoration of Edward Cornwallis and the Recognition and Commemoration of Indigenous History, and a step towards reconciliation. Cornwallis was a military officer who founded Halifax in 1749 and issued the so-called scalping proclamation, offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi'kmaw person. The survey is open until September 6.

GRANTS FOR TRAILS


Applications are now open for HRM’s Recreational Trails Capital Grants Program. The grants are for community groups to build new trails or maintain existing trails.
For details and to apply: fal.cn/3qf7f


COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA
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KEARNEY LAKE REOPENS; UPCOMING EVENTS: NATAL DAY AND EMANCIPATION DAY; BIKES ONBOARD; GRANTS FOR TRAILS
 
 
OPEN SWIM
 
 
It was disappointing to see Kearney Lake and neighbouring Papermill Lake closed for swimming earlier this week because of high bacteria counts.  HRM tests its urban lakes frequently during the summer, and it’s becoming more common to see bacteria levels go up, especially after rain storms.  The bacteria can be naturally occurring and can be made worse by o high lake temperatures, dog feces, leaking septic systems, or fertilizer running off lawns.  Fortunately both lakes are open again after being retested and found safe.  Just in time for some of the hottest days of the year!
 
 
It’s great that bacteria levels have dropped, but it’s worrisome that they went up in the first place.  HRM’s regular lake and beach sampling only looks at levels of bacteria, and does not identify the source so it’s not always clear what’s causing the problem.  Last year I brought a motion to regional council requesting a management plan for Kearney Lake, aimed at protecting the lake’s water quality.  My motion was passed by a majority on council, and since then, a water specialist has been hired and is working on the plan.  The water specialist has been gathering data, has done a number of site visits to Kearney Lake, and has met with me and with Kearney Lake residents.  I’m looking forward to seeing her plan and recommendations when the final report comes back to regional council in the next few months.  With a plan and some prevention, hopefully closures like we saw this week at Kearney Lake will become less likely in the future.
 
 
LONG WEEKEND PLANNER
 
 
The Natal Day long weekend is coming up next weekend!  Here are some of the main events:
 
 
- Grand Oasis x Natal Day Festival Concert Series from Friday, July 29 to Monday, August 1. (www.halifax.ca/grandoasis) 
- Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Harbour Fireworks (Saturday, July 30, @10PM; Rain Date July 31)
- 16th Annual African Nova Scotian Music Association Freedom Festival (Sunday July 31, @1:30PM),  Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park
- Macpass Bridge Mile (Sunday July 31, @8AM) - https://www.hdbc.ca/the-macpass-mile-is-back-can-you-conquer-the-bridge/ 
- Macdonald Bridge Walk (Sunday July 31st, @2PM) - https://www.hdbc.ca/bridgewalk-2022-come-walk-the-macdonald-bridge/
- 115th Annual Dartmouth Natal Day Road Race (Monday, August 1, @8AM) - http://www.natalday.org/roadrace.php
- Pepsi Natal Day Parade (Monday, August 1 @10AM). This years Pepsi Natal Day Parade will start in Halifax at the Hydrostone, cross the Macdonald bridge and end in Dartmouth at Sullivans Pond. 
 
 
More details on activities will be shared on www.natalday.org.
 
 
EMANCIPATION DAY - AUG 1
 
Last year the Canadian House of Commons officially designated August 1 as Emancipation Day, a time to reflect on our shared history of the enslavement of people of African descent in Canada.  The date was chosen because the Slavery Abolition Act became law across the British Empire on August 1, 1834. On this day, the practice of slavery officially ended for millions of African people and their descendants around the world. 
 
HRM is committed to addressing anti-Black racism and will continue to take steps to advance change.  Recognizing Emancipation Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse heritage, culture and contributions of people of African descent across the region.  Events include the raising of the Pan-African Flag on Wednesday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Grand Parade and the African Nova Scotian Music Association Freedom Festival on Sunday, July 31 at the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park.
 
 
GET ON BOARD WITH E-BIKES AND SCOOTERS
 
 
Great news for active people:  it’s now easier for you to get around with e-bikes, scooters and fat tire bikes.  HRM’s buses are now equipped with e-bike friendly bike racks.  Manual scooters can be transported on buses if they are folded and stored on your lap.  And fat tire bikes can now be stowed in special bike racks on the ferries. 
 
 
Gas-powered bikes and motorized transportation devices, such as segways, e-scooters, and hoverboards, are not permitted on Halifax Transit conventional buses or ferries at this time but Metro Transit is working on a solution to safely store and transport e-scooters on ferries. More information will be available soon. 
 
And don’t forget, Halifax Transit is offering some free transit services as part of the municipality’s Free Fares Fridays & Free Sail Saturdays program.
 
More info: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/passenger-information/policies-guidelines
 
 
HELP RENAME CORNWALLIS STREET
 
 
You can help rename Cornwallis Street by taking part in this short survey: halifax.ca/surveys.
 
 
Simply select your three preferred street names out of 15 shortlisted names.  An advisory group will review the survey results and make recommendations to Regional Council. This renaming project is one of the recommendations of the Task Force on the Commemoration of Edward Cornwallis and the Recognition and Commemoration of Indigenous History, and a step towards reconciliation. Cornwallis was a military officer who founded Halifax in 1749 and issued the so-called scalping proclamation, offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mikmaw person.  The survey is open until September 6.
 
GRANTS FOR TRAILS
 
 
Applications are now open for HRM’s Recreational Trails Capital Grants Program.  The grants are for community groups to build new trails or maintain existing trails.
For details and to apply: https://fal.cn/3qf7f

 
COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA

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Thank you for initiating a study of the water quality at Kearney Lake!

I am glad the lake bacteria levels are back down. As a child, I had to be hospitalized in the IWK twice for infections that was believed to have originated from swimming in lakes.

Nice to hear Kearney Lake is reopened!

LOVE the addition of the new trees at Piercey Field (Willett & Frederick)!

Any idea what the purple/green things hanging in trees on Washmill and Parkland are for? Catching bugs?

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HELP THE HARBOUR - REDUCE WASTE WATER

Halifax Water is asking residents in Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham (as well as North End Halifax) to reduce their wastewater for the next few days while crews continue working to repair a wastewater pump. Until the pump is fixed, screened but untreated wastewater and sewage is being released into the Halifax Harbour.

To reduce the environmental impact on the harbour, Halifax Water is asking customers in the Duffus Street Pump Station Service Area shown on this map to cut back on the amount of water they are using and flushing down the drain. The best ways to reduce waste water are taking shorter showers, turning off the tap when washing or brushing teeth, and flushing less often. These steps are always a good idea, but especially this week. Every bit of water residents save will minimize the amount of untreated wastewater released into the harbour. Halifax Water will send out a notice once the pump is fixed. Until then, residents are advised to avoid swimming or any contact with harbour water. To learn more, visit halifaxwater.ca/reducing-wastewater.

COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA
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HELP THE HARBOUR - REDUCE WASTE WATER

Halifax Water is asking residents in Fairview, Clayton Park and Rockingham (as well as North End Halifax) to reduce their wastewater for the next few days while crews continue working to repair a wastewater pump. Until the pump is fixed, screened but untreated wastewater and sewage is being released into the Halifax Harbour.

To reduce the environmental impact on the harbour, Halifax Water is asking customers in the Duffus Street Pump Station Service Area shown on this map to cut back on the amount of water they are using and flushing down the drain.  The best ways to reduce waste water are taking shorter showers, turning off the tap when washing or brushing teeth, and flushing less often.  These steps are always a good idea, but especially this week.  Every bit of water residents save will minimize the amount of untreated wastewater released into the harbour.  Halifax Water will send out a notice once the pump is fixed.  Until then, residents are advised to avoid swimming or any contact with harbour water.  To learn more, visit halifaxwater.ca/reducing-wastewater.

COUNCILLOR KATHRYN MORSE
DISTRICT 10
HALIFAX – BEDFORD BASIN WEST
(FAIRVIEW, CLAYTON PARK AND ROCKINGHAM)
KATHRYN.MORSE@HALIFAX.CA
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