Happy Mothers Day 2012

Happy Mothers Day 2012

UPDATE ON PUBLIC INPUT IN RP+5

HRM would like to thank everyone who has participated to date in the ‘Regional Plan’ – RP+5  so far, and hopefully you will continue to stay engaged. HRM is committed to an open and inclusive public engagement process. Community and professional organizations, institutions, property owners, the business community, diverse cultural communities and other interest groups can participate in the review process in a variety of ways.

  • If you would like to give some feedback, then you can provide written comments to planhrm@halifax.ca .

There is a new on-line survey – http://www.halifax.ca/surveys/
It is scheduled to close on Tuesday, May 15th.

The purpose of the survey is to test priority policy goals and issues presented during Phase 2 of public consultations.

You can also make contact to the RP+5 process by:

A summary of public engagement is expected to be submitted to the Community Design Advisory Committee in mid June and will be posted on-line at that time. Please share this information and help get the word out !

LAKE & SHORE GRAND-OPENING
The Lake & Shore Community Recreation Centre at the Porters Lake Elementary School  on 40 Inspiration Drive, off of Hwy #107 Exit #20, will be hosting its Grand-opening event on Saturday, May 26th.

There will be various activities going on all day. For more details, go to : www.lakeandshorerec.ca

See you there !

BIKE WEEK : MAY 25th – JUNE 3rd
Bike Week is a celebration of all forms of cycling in HRM. There will be plenty of events organized by local individuals and groups to encourage bicycling for sport, recreation, and  active transportation.

For more details about HRM Bike Week, go to: www.halifax.ca/bikeweek/index.html and for more general information about safe cycling throughout our municipality:  www.halifax.ca/cycling/index.html

Last year, new legislation was passed that requires motorists to yield to cyclists. The NS Motor Vehicle Act was amended by adding rules respecting bicycle lanes;  replaced the rules respecting cycling on the extreme right; and now requires motorists to leave one metre of space between a motor vehicle and a bicycle it is passing; and allowing a motorist to cross the centre line in order to pass a bicycle.

TRANSIT DRIVER RECRUITMENT
HRM is now recruiting more Metro Transit bus operators. Applications are on-line until May 14th at  http://www.halifax.ca/hr/jobs/index.html  Successful candidates should expect to wait between six months and one year before receiving a conditional offer of employment.

NEED MORE FIRE-FIGHTERS
There are  approximately 650 professional and dedicated volunteer fire-fighters in HRM that respond to over 5,000 emergency calls each year, from medical incidents, natural disasters, public assistance, motor vehicle collisions, brush fires, and structural fires. Our volunteer fire-fighters  deserve the recognition for their continued dedication to our communities. However; more are needed.

Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Services (HRF&ES) extends an open invitation for new members. Volunteer recruitment campaigns are ongoing. Applications can be picked up from any local fire stations or at HRF&ES Headquarters, 3rd floor Alderney Gate at 60 Alderney Drive in Dartmouth.

http://www.halifax.ca/fire/VolunteerFirefighting.html

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is May 6th – 12th.

Everyone should be prepared and able to take care of themselves for a 72 hour period from any potential harm caused by a significant weather event or incident.

The Eastern Shore area from Cole Harbour to Ship Harbour has established a local Joint Emergency Management Team (ES-JEM) to prepare our communities. ES-JEM motto is “Organizing to Respond”.

On Saturday morning, May 5th, 10 AM – 1 PM, the sixth annual ‘JEM Jamboree’ will be at the Porters Lake Atlantic Superstore parking lot. Their plan is to continue promoting its efforts in  emergency preparedness, training, and community readiness for any local emergency.

Volunteers are needed ! Please call  ES-JEM at 827-5414 or go to:
www.halifax.ca/EMO/JEMSEasternShore.html

Our JEM Team is looking for volunteers as CSR’s – Community Status Reporters. They advise the JEM Team about the status of their area (roads / power outages / flooding, etc.), or of any special needs or particular concerns.
Here are more web-sites with EP information:
www.GetPrepared.ca
www.publicsafety.gc.ca
www.gov.ns.ca/emo
www.halifax.ca/emo
www.redcross.ca