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Resources and Useful Information

2017/18 Winter Operations

Message from the Halifax Regional Municipality - Transportation and Public Works:

Cooler temperatures and leaves falling from the trees are sure signs of the impending winter season. The municipality’s winter preparations are well underway, with service efforts focused on improving accessibility and mobility as well as the timely communication of weather event information before, during and after a storm.

Preparing your property for winter is essential to their ability to properly clear streets and sidewalks of snow and ice when needed. This year the municipality is proactively working with property owners to identify potential obstructions or hazards on their property that may interfere with snow clearing operations.

Follow these simple steps to protect your property and ensure clearing efforts go as safely and smoothly as possible this season.

Remove planters, lawn decorations and any other portable objects near the sidewalk before the winter.  When bad weather is in the forecast, safely store items that may still be used during the winter (e.g. temporary signs). Mark any permanent structures or objects with a reflector that will be visible above the snow. This helps crews identify obstacles.  Trim any tree branches and shrubs that originate from your property. These can obstruct access and visibility for snow-clearing equipment. Never park on the sidewalk and when parked in a driveway, make sure your vehicle isn't hanging over into the right-of- way. These vehicles are dangerous obstacles for crews and prevent proper clearing of sidewalks. If you do incur property damage as a result of snow clearing this season, report as soon as you can to 311 so it can be addressed when the weather improves.

Important reminder to all property owners:

Never clear snow from your property onto the street or sidewalk. 

Property owners must ensure the snow they clear is piled on their own property. It is against By-Law S-300 to throw or pile snow in the street or on the sidewalk. This is a serious problem that can cause safety issues for pedestrians and other users as it complicates clearing for crews. When this happens, crews are often forced to double back, delaying service on the rest of their routes. The municipality has enhanced enforcement in place to address non-compliance with the By-Law. If a property owner is found to be non-compliant, municipal staff will affix an Order at their civic address. The 24-hour Order to Remove Snow and Ice from the Right of Way indicates that a failure to comply will result in the municipality removing the snow and ice. The cost of the removal will constitute a lien against the property and be collected in the same manner as property taxes.
Violations of By-law S-300 may also result in a summary offense ticket of no less than $100.00. Residents or businesses can email contact@halifax.ca or call 311 to report violations. Motorists are reminded to secure off-street parking for the winter months so that snow plow operators can safely and efficiently clear the streets and sidewalks.

The overnight winter parking ban will be in place again this season during declared weather events between Dec. 15 and Mar. 31.

Vehicles obstructing snow clearing equipment will be ticketed or towed, particularly in priority areas like bus routes and streets around hospitals and schools. Unsure when the parking ban will be enforced? Sign up for notifications; you can register online via www.halifax.ca/transportation/winter-operations/service- updates/parking-ban, email a request to contact@halifax.ca or call 311.

We can’t control Mother Nature or what this winter has in store, but if we work together we can all be better prepared for whatever the season may bring.

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SGABA 2017 Membership Survey Results

Available soon

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SGABA Members Advertising Co-op Opportunities

The Spring Garden Area Business Association is pleased to partner with Metro Guide Publishing and Halifax Magazine to offer our members a CO-OP opportunity. This initiative is available to all members at different times: December 2017 and March and May 2018. Please view the one sheet for additional information.

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Member to Member Promotions

YKN Sunglasses & Eyeglasses, 1551 South Park Street Suite E
Offers a discount of 15% to all Spring Garden area businesses and their employees.  This can apply to sunglasses, eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses. 

Pete's Fine Foods, 1515 Dresden Row
Extends a special offer to all Spring Garden Area Business Association Members. With our exciting new catering menu we are happy to offer 10% off your first order* (up to maximum $100 discount). Please note that you are a SGABA member when placing your order.
* All orders must be placed a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Member discount available at both our Halifax and Bedford location. This is a one-time limited offer.

Duly Noted Stationary, 1459 Brenton Street
Offers a 10% discount to Spring Garden area employees.

The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
 Pleased to offer the following special rates to Spring Garden Area Members:

  • January 1 – April 30, 2017 Classic Guest Room $119.00* Executive Club Service Room $149.00*
  • May 1 – October 31, 2017 Classic Guest Room $159.00* Executive Club Service Room $189.00*
  • November 1 – December 30, 2017 Classic Guest Room $125.00* Executive Club Service Room $155.00*

In a Box, 1468 Dresden Row
Offers tax free to all Spring Garden area businesses and their employees.

Primal Kitchen, 1463 Brenton Street

  • 15% lunch discount for management & staff of businesses in the Spring Garden Road Area, Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 4pm
  • Happy Hour: 4-6pm Monday to Saturday; 16oz NS Craft Beer On Tap for $5

Chanadian Media
Offers a 10% discount for all services including office technical support, website/system development, print and design and marketing & promotion.

WEUSTHEM INC.
Offers a 15% discount for all services. For more information please contact by telephone at (902) 407-8150 or email at hello@weusthem.com.

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Useful Links

Canada Revenue Agency
Employee Advisory Nova Scotia Society
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Biz Pal
Canada Business Network