flag-dayThe Federal Government has proclaimed February 15th as National Flag of Canada Day. In 1965 the old Red Ensign Flag with the British Union Jack was replaced with the red maple leaf. To learn more about our flag’s history and other heritage-related trivia go to: www.pch. Be sure to wave our provincial and municipal flags too!

Heritage Day is the third Monday in February and is an opportunity for communities to celebrate local, provincial and national heritage. This year’s date is February 20th. Enjoy the day!


Honouree for 2017 — Mi’kmaq Heritage

As part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Nova Scotia will recognize the Mi’kmaq culture and the many accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people.
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February 2017 will mark the 33rd year Nova Scotians have celebrated African Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Passing the Torch—African Nova Scotians and the Next 150.”

The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs (ANSA) provides event listings. Check out the ANSA website for the calendar of special events and functions at: https:// Events are subject to change. To update a program date or event details contact or fax 902-424-7189.


Each year the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia hosts the annual Rev. Dr. William P. Oliver Wall of Honour Night at the Black Cultural Centre in recognition and memory of the works of Rev. Dr. Oliver, who exemplified what it means to be a “community leader.” Members of the Society are invited to send nominations to the Selection Committee for consideration of this distinguished annual award. Nominations are open until the end of February.

The Night of Honour is tentatively scheduled for June 2017 at the Centre in Cherry Brook. More information can be found at or call 902-434-6223.


Lucky Duck Lottery is a program offered by Recreation NS that is designed to help nonprofit clubs, groups and organizations raise funds, and it is now in its 37th year!

Who can sell Lucky Duck Tickets? Community organizations like school clubs, sport teams, theatre groups, choirs, garden clubs, senior clubs—any non-profit group can sell! Recreation NS administers the program and supplies the tickets, prizes and seller kits. All you need to do is sell the tickets. Tickets are $1.00 with 70 cents of every dollar going back to the group. Selling period for 2017 ends March 16th.

PRIZES: 1st prize-$3,000 cash; 2nd prize-$500 cash; 3rd prize-weekend getaway; Plus 7 prizes of $100.

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HRM has an ice thickness testing program during the winter season, but there may still be noticeable thin ice and open water in many lakes across the region. Throughout the winter months, ice thickness reports for lakes tested by the municipality will be available to the public by calling 902-490-3577 or 311 for the HRM Citizen Contact Centre. Reports are updated weekly at this website pending weather conditions:

More than 100 lakes, mostly in the urban core, are tested regularly by HRM Parks and Recreation staff. There are 8 tested sites in or near our district area. They are: Lake Loon, Lake Major, Long Lake in North Preston, Nelson Lake in East Preston, Lake Echo by the Community Centre and McCoys Pond by Churchlake Drive in Lake Echo, Porters Lake and Middle Porters Lake. The municipality reminds all citizens to ensure ice conditions are safe and to exercise extreme caution when walking, skating or participating in other outdoor events on frozen lakes this winter season. For more ice safety tips, please visit the Canadian Red Cross website:–boating-and-water-safety-tips/icesafety.


HRM is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Community Grants Program. The deadline for applying is March 31, 2017. Information, application forms and program guidebooks are available online at: https://www. CommunityGrantsProgram.php. You may also pick up a copy at any HRM Customer Service Centre or my district office. To have a copy mailed to you send a request to: or call 311.

The HRM Community Grants Program is a centralized program that provides annual cash grants to registered non-profit organizations and charities located throughout HRM.

There are two types of grants: (1) a project grant of up to $5,000 and (2) a capital grant of up to $25,000. Grants are one-time and project-specific within the following funding sectors: Environment; Recreation & Leisure; Affordable & Supportive Housing; Emergency Assistance; Neighbourhood Safety; Community History; Community Diversity; and Arts & Crafts.


The employees of Labatt’s Breweries have established a registered charity known as the “Better Together Fund.” It is intended to bring aid and relief to families and individuals with grants from $200 to $4,000.

Visit for grant policies, eligibility criteria and a downloadable application form or write to them at: 207 Queens Quay West, Suite #299, Toronto, ON, M5J 1A7 or by email to:


HRM Regional Council has approved my request to make some modest adjustments to the Rural Express Transit Route #370. My proposal will only add approximately 1.5 kms to a trip, and it is intended to be a “Stop & Drop/Pickup” service with an additional stop at Micmac Mall. Halifax Transit officials have already agreed to incorporate two additional quick stops along Highway #7 at Cherry Brook Road and on Main Street by Smitty’s. I have also asked for another bus stop by the NSCC Ackerley Campus to cater to the student population from our area. The Micmac Mall stop is not only for potential shoppers but for workers trying to get there before the stores open, as well as people trying to get into Burnside and Dartmouth Crossing by using other bus route connections instead of going downtown to the Bridge Bus Terminal. There will be an added benefit of providing direct access into Metro on the deadhead return runs from Porters Lake in the afternoons, which are currently running back empty. This will be a trial run for a six-month period, with the desirable outcome to be an increase in ridership without any significant delay to the commute time itself. More information on these changes will be available once Halifax Transit has had the opportunity to introduce these service adjustments into its bus scheduling program. Stay tuned!


The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open until Feb. 3rd. Nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual/group of volunteers or a business. Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony and will be able to choose a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award). For more info, visit or call 1-877-825-0434