Give North 2016


CHRISTMAS WITH VERVE: Bob Chaisson – Plan B Halifax

How do you celebrate the holidays?
“With verve! Some people do the holidays half-assed, we do it whole-assed, we celebrate the holidays ‘ample-butt’!”

“We like to lay on the spread; we’ve always got mulled cider going at the store for the annual levee. We also feature plenty of vintage retro Christmas stuff like the Shelf Elf this time of year.”

Giving back:
“We’re big on giving time to volunteerism. We often give to Christmas Daddies and we are this year too.”

Best gift idea:
Vintage books with old inscriptions -$3-12

Bob Chaisson is the president of Plan B Halifax at 2180 Gottingen Street, a retail coop that supports local artists in the community. He knows a lot about the North End and is delighted by its progress.

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NEBA Levy Changes 2016


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The NEBA Board of Directors met on March 14th, 2016 and voted to increase the Association’s Levy. This is the first increase since the association was established in 2011. In order to continue meeting our objectives it was determined that an increase in funding is necessary. A letter from the board chairperson, Laurie Stephenson, was mailed out to all commercial property owners in the NEBA district on April 11th, 2016 notifying of the levy changes.

Upon much discussion and debate the following increase was voted on and approved by the Board:

  • A levy rate increase from $0.15/$100 of assessed value to $0.16/$100 of assessed value;
  • An increase to the cap from $2500 to $3000;
  • Increase in the minimum levy amount from $50 to $350;
  • Removal of the multi-property clause (which will require a by-law amendment.)

If you would like to checkout how these changes affect you please download our on-line calculator or you can email us at and we would be happy to assist you.

For more information on the processes and governance of the Board of Directors and the Association please read the NEBA By-Laws and Governance Manual.

District 7 & 8 2015-16 Participatory Budgeting


District 7 & 8 2015-16 Participatory Budgeting
Councillors Jennifer Watts and Waye Mason are inviting the community to provide input on how to spend each district’s 2015-2016 capital budget of $94,000.

The process, which is called Participatory Budgeting, was initiated in Halifax in 2013 by Councillor Mason. He held two public sessions in summer of 2014 – the first was an open exchange of ideas on how to spend the money and a vote was held at the second. The selected projects included funds for a new search and rescue vehicle for Halifax Regional Search and Rescue Team, bicycle repair stands on Dalhousie University campus and a scaffolding installation on Argyle Street during the building of Trade Centre. In District 8 last year, residents supported playgrounds, increasing accessibility for community buildings and signage for the Africville Museum.
Councillor Watts says “It will be really exciting to see the great suggestions and ideas that will come from community and neighbourhood groups for making District 8 and our municipality a better place to live. This is seed money to grow great neighbourhood initiatives.”

District 7 – Councillor Waye Mason Participatory Budgeting Sessions
Monday, April 13th – Idea Swap and Information Session, 7-8:30pm, Halifax Central Library, room 301
Tuesday, May 5th – Proposal Deadline (via email or mail)
Tuesday, May 19th- Voting Day, 6-9pm, Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s room
For more information or questions regarding District 7 Participatory Budgeting, please contact Jessica Bradley by phone 902-490-2625 or email

District 8 – Councillor Jennifer Watts Participatory Budgeting Sessions
Wednesday, April 1st- Idea Swap and Information Session, 7-8:30pm, Italian Cultural Centre
Friday, May 1st- Proposal Deadline (via email or mail)
Thursday, June 4th- Voting Day, 6-9pm, Italian Cultural Centre, 2629 Agricola St
For more information or questions regarding District 8 Participatory Budgeting, please contact Nadine Yuriev by phone 902-490-1577 or email

Viola Desmond Heritage Day

1554548_1383379848590789_823356191_nFebruary 16th is the inaugural NS Heritage Day holiday, which this year celebrates the North End’s own local hero, Viola Desmond. Desmond was a successful local entrepreneur who had her own beauty salon on Gottingen Street, started the Desmond School of Beauty Culture, and established her own line beauty products, Vi’s Beauty Products. She is also one of Canada’s most well-known and celebrated civil rights activists. Desmond was jailed over one cent ofsales tax for challenging racial segregation at a film theatre in 1946.

There will be events in the North End to commemorate this special day.

POSTPONED to Monday February 16th!
Monday February 16th 7:00 pm

An Evening of Viola Desmond at the Bus Stop Theatre
There will be a live performance by produced by Bridge Centre for Arts & Technology, spoken word with Poet Laureate El Jones, music, art and live discussions. This is a free event. Everyone welcome!

Monday February 16th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Canceled – Alternate date TBD

Viola Desmond Heritage Day Celebrations at the North End Library
Join Deputy Premier, Diane Whalen (Minister of Finance), and Minister of Communities and Heritage, Tony Ince, at the North End Library to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Viola Desmond. There will be screenings of “A Long Road to Justice, The Viola Desmond Story”, a video screening of the Viola Desmond Song Competition finalists, and an opportunity to give input into creating a permanent Gottingen Street memorial in honour of Viola Desmond. Food and refreshments provided by The Soul Shack. Hope to see you there!


I love Local Open City Event





I Love Local Open City Eventknown for it’s Back Door Take-out & Shopping Deals, will once again include many great North End Businesses. Get you walking shoes on and come on out for what is sure to be a great event! For a full list of participating businesses please visit:

Agricola Street Party

Nurtured Products for Parenting & Cyclesmith Halifax are partnering together for the third year to bring back their Agricola Open City Event on May 13th. Enjoy the fun filled day with the return of a petting zoo, live music, food trucks & food from your favourite Agricola Street eateries. Checkout the event details Here

North End Information

The purpose of this page is to provide a source of facts about key topics in the North End. Many organizations and individuals approach NEBA for information about the community, transportation, demographics, and business numbers. We will continually update this page with relevant information.


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Bike Racks

bikeThe North End Business Association advocated for and received a number of new bike racks so that cyclists in our neighborhood can have safe places to store their bicycles.

Given we now have 39 locations (most are racks, but stalls at Northwoodcare Manor and the Public Library) for cyclists to park, I thought it would be useful to map out where they are – so I walked the district and plotted them. The map below has all of the bike racks in the district as of July 5th, 2013.

View Bike Racks in North End in a larger map

We are expecting a few more racks on Agricola in the near future. If you are looking for a rack in front of your business (and have adequate space for it), please email me at or call (902) 452-2490 and I’d be happy to work to ensure you get one. Further, if there is a rack I missed (or you have private bike parking), please get in touch and I will add it to the map.

NEBA is working to ensure our business district is friendly to all modes of transport and to ensure customers feel welcome to enter the district by any means they choose.


Patricia Cuttell Busby

Executive Director