December 2016 E - News 
As we reflect on the past year, lets be thankful for the experiences we have been given, obstacles we have overcome and the friends that we have made. May you be blessed with peace, love and joy in 2017.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all residents of District 14.


New Years Eve 2017
 Additional Acts Include: 
Aboriginal Welcome 
O Canada With Canada 150 Themed Montage
Scout Camp Cirque Performers
ANSMA Award Winner Reeny Smith
And More! 

This is a Celebration of Canada 150. The first 2000 people on site will receive a Free Canada 150 gift! Also free flags, pins and more will be on site to show our Canadian Pride.
The NYE celebration will finish with a flourish with the largest fireworks display in Atlantic Canada at midnight. 

Include a stop at the Grand Parade in your New Year's Eve plans!
Location: Grand Parade, City Hall
Time: 10 p.m. - 12:15 a.m.
Stop Announcements with Halifax Transit 

Halifax Transit is launching automated stop announcements on several bus routes and equipping all conventional buses with the new service over the coming months. This will allow riders to know exactly where they are in their commute and when they are approaching their desired stop. Click for Frequently Asked Questions about this new service.
Winter Service Standards

The municipality is committed to keeping our streets and sidewalks clear and safe from snow and ice. We certainly understand people’s frustration if the streets and sidewalks are not cleared as quickly as they would like; however, it takes time for crews to get to all areas. Crews work as fast as they safely can in difficult conditions, and plan their routes according to the priority levels and service standards approved by Regional Council.

Residents should note that in snowfalls greater than 30 centimetres, or in blizzard conditions, more time may be needed to complete clearing. The same exception may apply when there are rapidly changing weather conditions, like sudden freezes after rain, wet snow packed to ice and freezing rain. Crews will continue working until all streets and sidewalks are clear and safe from snow and ice.

Service Standards for Streets
Priority 1 streets include main arterials, emergency routes to hospitals and fire equipment, major bus routes and snow routes in extremely hilly areas. Our goal is to have a plow or salt truck pass through these areas every three hours, and have them clear of snow and ice within 12 hours of the end of a weather event.

Priority 2 streets and roads include residential and rural routes with medium to low volume traffic, gravel roads and private lanes that the municipality is responsible for. Our goal is to start cut-throughs on these streets within six hours of the end of a weather event. This allows initial access for emergency vehicles and residents who need to get out of their homes. Crews will return to finish clearing to a snow-covered and passable state within 24 hours of the end of a weather event.

Service Standards for Sidewalks
Priority 1 sidewalks include those along main arterials and within the downtown core. Our goal is to clear these sidewalks within 12 hours of the end of a weather event.
Priority 2 sidewalks include those along transit routes. Our goal is to clear these sidewalks within 18 hours of the end of a weather event.
Priority 3 sidewalks include those along residential streets and also municipal walkways. Our goal is to clear these sidewalks and walkways within 36 hours of the end of a weather event.



Is there a specific area in your community that would benefit from more trees? Would you like Tree Canada to help you put together a planting event to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary? If so, you are a perfect candidate to apply for this grant!

Trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace. In 2017, Tree Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to unite in celebration of Canada’s 150thanniversary by supporting 150 community greening initiatives across the country. There are opportunities for communities, businesses, and individuals to get involved.

Successful recipients of the Tree to Our Nature, Canada 150 Legacy Program funding are eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 to help bring their community tree planting celebration to fruition.

Tree Canada will target applications from Canadian visible minority groups, First Nations, new Canadians, and low income areas, but will consider applicants from all sectors.

This program has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

More information can be found by clicking here

Halifax Multicultural Drummers at the Singing for Supper fundraiser in support of Gateway Food Bank. Honoured to bring greetings on behalf of HRM. Click video for 
Join the Conversation! 

Join the Planning & Development team for a community conversation about the Centre Plan.

This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Plan, discuss it with your fellow residents, ask questions and share your feedback. Click here. 
Great night hosting 'The Roast' of the well known Walter Regan. 
Ladies cooking up some delightful wings at "Wing Nights" at the Wallace Lucas Community Centre 
At the Beaver Bank Parade of Lights 2016
Kids from the Boys and Girls Club enjoying some 
Christmas music
Christmas gathering at Sackville Heights Community Centre
Singing for Supper fundraiser in support of Gateway Food Bank
To request a congratulatory message from Councillor Blackburn for milestone birthdays and/or anniversaries, please email or call Quentin Hill, Council Constituency Coordinator at or 902.490.1463
Please note that milestones accepted for congratulatory milestone messages include:
Starting at 65 then every 5 years only (65, 70, 75, 80, 85,90, 95, 100).
Available annually after 100.

Starting at 30 then every 5 years only (30, 35, 40, 45, 50).
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in District 14!
Dance at the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Music by DJ Steve Lunn
Tickets $25 and can be purchased by calling 902 865-5114
Dance at the Springfield Lake Rec Centre
9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Music by DJ Brad Johns
For ticket pricing and information call 902 865-9449
New Year’s Day Levees
Beavr Bank Kinsac Lions Club
40 Sandy Lake Road
Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Sackville Legion
45 Sackville Cross Roads
Meet and greet starts at 12:00 noon
Bands throughout the afternoon/evening
Other Events 
Wing Nite at Wallace Lucas Community Centre
Thursday, Jan. 5 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Proceeds go to the Lucasville Community Greenspace Project
North West Community Council meeting
Monday, January 9 6:30 p.m.
Bedford Hammonds Plains Community Centre
202 Innovation Drive
Sackville Sports Stadium Membership Loan Program
Use your Library card to borrow a two-week individual or family pass
From January 5 - March 31, 2017.
For more info contact Sackville Library or Sackville Sports Stadium.
More than a telephone number, 311 is your direct connection to important municipal services and information. Our 311 Citizen Contact Centres include a call centre, five customer service centres, and a new resource for submitting online service requests. Whether you prefer to phone-in, walk-in, or connect with us on-line, we can help!
Keeping in Touch

Lisa Blackburn, Councillor
District 14 Middle/Upper Sackville - Beaverbank - Lucasville
P.O.  Box 1749, Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

City Hall Phone: 902-490-4050

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