Navigator Program Update

Social responsibility: whose job is it anyway?
By Sacha Anderson, Navigator Street Outreach Program Coordinator

“Spare any change? Have a great day,” can be heard daily on the sidewalk as folks bustle by. Occasionally some stop briefly to place loose change in an empty coffee cup, giving a nod as they continue with their day.

With the weather starting to warm up, Haligonians once again venture out to enjoy all this city has to offer. However, for the Navigator Street Outreach Program (NSOP) it is business, as usual – all year around.

Not surprisingly, panhandling seems to be a hot topic during the initial months of warmer weather. With new social initiatives popping up, panhandling is sure to gain attention. Along with that increased attention, comes speculations and assumptions about what the city, province, and other groups are doing to address the complex issue of poverty here in Halifax.

In response, I’d would like to tell you about the Navigator Street Outreach Program (NSOP). NSOP is a social program that has been in place since 2007. The program’s aim is to support those who are precariously housed, homeless and/or street involved, to address barriers in accessing housing, education, employment, mental health supports, addictions treatment, social programs, and health care.

NSOP is jointly funded by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Spring Garden Area Business Association and Halifax Regional Municipality. The program works directly with community members, bringing services to the streets of Halifax, to break down barriers, and advocate alongside service users.

In the last year alone, NSOP has worked with 222 individuals, providing supports that range from assistance with obtaining identification, housing, employment, and emergency food – just to name a few of the services NSOP provides. It’s undeniable that each of these barriers are interconnected and most commonly tied to the larger structural and societal issue of poverty.

There is no silver-bullet solution to addressing the complexity of poverty and all that connects to its vast umbrella. When discussing such matters, we cannot take a singular approach, nor can we wear rose-colored glasses. While no one service, program, or initiative is going to “solve” these complex, interconnected societal, and structural issues, each has the capacity to raise awareness and educate the larger community. The business community and municipality providing support to social programming demonstrates a commitment to social responsibility as opposed to looking solely to provincial services.

Doyle Street - Street Closure

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Doyle Street, from Brunswick Street to Queen Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, Mar. 2.

The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is required to facilitate work on an adjacent development site. This work will proceed weather permitting.

Pedestrian access will be maintained along this section of Doyle Street at all times, and traffic control personnel will be on-site to assist as needed.

The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.

Doyle Street Closure

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Doyle Street, from Brunswick Street to Queen Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, Feb. 9.
 
The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is required to facilitate work on an adjacent development site. This work will proceed weather permitting, with a rain date of Friday, Feb. 10.
 
Pedestrian access will be maintained along this section of Doyle Street at all times, and traffic control personnel will be on-site to assist as needed.
 
The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.

Doyle Street Closure

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Doyle Street, from Brunswick Street to Queen Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, Jan. 27
 
The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is required to facilitate work on an adjacent development site. This work will proceed weather permitting, with a rain date of Saturday, Jan. 28.
 
Pedestrian access will be maintained along this section of Doyle Street at all times, and traffic control personnel will be on-site to assist as needed.
 
The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.
 

Overnight Snow Removal on Downtown Streets

The Halifax Regional Municipality is asking residents to refrain from parking on select streets in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth tonight to assist with overnight snow removal. 
The municipal overnight winter parking ban has been lifted until further notice to allow residents to park in areas where crews won’t be undertaking snow clearing operations.
Barricades will be placed at the end of the streets where this snow removal work will take place. Traffic will be permitted to travel through but there will be no parking. Tonight crews will focus on removing snow from the following streets:

  • Queen Street (Dartmouth) from Alderney Drive to Irishtown Road
  • Spring Garden Road from South Park Street to Barrington Street (both sides)

Residents are asked to move their vehicles off the street in those areas between 11 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Residents are reminded that under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, vehicles can be ticketed and towed any time of the day or night if they are obstructing snow clearing.
Rather than waiting for snow to accumulate, the municipality is taking a more proactive approach by removing snow in problem areas in between weather events. This will help maintain parking in the business districts and ensure emergency vehicles, buses and other traffic can safely access the streets throughout the winter. 

For more information on municipal winter operations, visit www.halifax.ca/snow.

Overnight Snow Removal Tonight on Downtown Streets

The Halifax Regional Municipality is asking residents to refrain from parking on select streets in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth tonight to assist with overnight snow removal. 

The municipal overnight winter parking ban has been lifted until further notice to allow residents to park in areas where crews won’t be undertaking snow clearing operations.

Barricades will be placed at the end of the streets where this snow removal work will take place. Traffic will be permitted to travel through but there will be no parking. Tonight crews will focus on removing snow from the following streets:

  • Argyle Street from Prince Street to Blowers Street
  • Blowers Street from Market Street to Granville Street
  • Portland Street from Dundas Street to Victoria Road
  • Queen Street (Dartmouth) from Alderney Drive to Irishtown Road
  • Spring Garden Road from South Park Street to Dresden Row (time permitting)

Residents are asked to move their vehicles off the street in those areas between 11 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Residents are reminded that under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, vehicles can be ticketed and towed any time of the day or night if they are obstructing snow clearing.

Rather than waiting for snow to accumulate, the municipality is taking a more proactive approach by removing snow in problem areas in between weather events. This will help maintain parking in the business districts and ensure emergency vehicles, buses and other traffic can safely access the streets throughout the winter. 

Doyle Street - Street Closure

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Doyle Street, from Brunswick Street to Queen Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, Jan. 12.
 
The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is required to facilitate work on an adjacent development site. Please note this work will proceed weather permitting, with a rain date scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13.
 
Pedestrian access will be maintained along this section of Doyle Street at all times, and traffic control personnel will be on-site to assist as needed.
 
The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.
 

Birmingham Street (Spring Garden to Clyde) Reinstated to Two-Way Traffic This Week

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Birmingham Street, between Spring Garden Road and Clyde Street, will return to two-way traffic beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
 
This section of Birmingham Street had been converted to one-way traffic flow in 2014 to accommodate an encroachment by a nearby development. Now that the development is complete, two-way traffic can be reinstated.
 
Crews will be working in this area of Birmingham Street and Clyde Street today, Dec. 20, installing temporary ‘no parking’ signs to facilitate changes to signage and parking meters. New ‘two-way traffic’ signs will be installed at the beginning of the block to alert motorists to this traffic flow adjustment.
 
Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are advised to travel through this area with caution over the next few weeks as residents adjust to this street network change.
 
The municipality regrets any inconvenience this work may cause.

South Park Street Closure

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that South Park Street will be closed Monday and Tuesday between Sackville Street and Spring Garden Road to facilitate the delivery and erection of a crane at the South Park construction site.
 
The street will close at 9 a.m. Monday morning and will re-open Tuesday at 10 p.m. It should be noted South Park will remain open to local traffic for accessing shops and services on the street and along Spring Garden Road.
 
Detour signage and traffic control personnel will be on site to direct traffic throughout the street closure.
 
The municipality apologizes for any inconvenience this road work may cause.

Temporary Access Restrictions at Sackville and Summer Street Entrance to Public Gardens

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and pedestrians of intermittent access restrictions that will be in place over the next two weeks at the Public Gardens gate located at the corner of Sackville and Summer streets.

Beginning on Friday, Aug. 12, and continuing until the end of August, the pedestrian gate at the intersection of Sackville Street and Summer Street will be closedperiodically to accommodate fence rehabilitation work. Due to the nature of the work, this entrance will be closed for short periods of time at various times of day. Please note this is weekday work only, and access will be maintained during regular facility hours during the evenings until dusk, and onweekends.

Appropriate signage will be in place to redirect pedestrians to other entrances to the Public Gardens, and a temporary entrance will also be provided mid-block on Summer Street while this work is underway.

The municipality regrets any inconvenience this work may cause.

Doyle Street - Blasting

PSA – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that blasting will take place at the Doyle Street construction site on a daily basis over the next three months.

 This means traffic control personnel will be stopping vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the vicinity of the construction site approximately three times a day. Each stoppage will last approximately 5-10 minutes.

 During blasting, traffic will be temporarily blocked at a safe distance from the work site along Spring Garden Road, Queen Street, Doyle Street, and Brunswick Street.

 These temporary road closures are necessary to ensure motorists and pedestrians remain safe.

 The municipality apologizes in advance for any inconvenience these temporary road closures might cause.

 

Birmingham Street - Partial Street Closure

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that a section of Birmingham Street, from Spring Garden Road to civic 1525, will be closed to vehicular traffic today, July 20, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This street closure is required to facilitate the Halifax Pride TD Block Party. More details on this event can be found here: http://halifaxpride.com/events/.

Local traffic, and access to businesses along the closed section of Birmingham Street, will be accommodated via Artillery Place and Queen Street.

The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.