**** HRM Media Release
Municipal programs and services for Canada Day, July 1
Friday, June 26, 2020 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following municipal program and service level adjustments for Canada Day.
Halifax Transit Bus and Ferry Services
Halifax Transit buses will be operating on holiday service on Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.
The Alderney Ferry service will temporarily increase to a 15 minute frequency on Wednesday, July 1. The first crossing will depart the Alderney terminal at 10 a.m. and the final crossing will depart the Halifax terminal at 9:45 p.m.
Following public health guidelines, overall capacity is limited to 50 passengers per trip.
There will be no Woodside ferry service on Canada Day. For detailed holiday schedules visit https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/routes-schedules/holiday-schedules.
In support of public health recommendations, passengers are asked to monitor physical distancing and should avoid positioning themselves immediately next to other passengers. We are strongly encouraging all Halifax Transit riders to wear masks when possible. Those who are feeling ill should not use any transit service until their health returns to normal.
Fare collection remains suspended until further notice.
Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours
No municipal solid waste collection services will take place on Wednesday, July 1. Curbside collection of garbage, organics or recyclables normally scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 will instead occur the following Saturday, July 4. Residents are reminded that collection services can begin as early as 7 a.m.; to ensure pick-up, residents may place materials curbside the evening prior to collection day.
The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the Halifax recycling facility and municipal composting facilities will be closed Wednesday, July 1 but will be open for regular operating hours on Saturday, July 4.
The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake remains closed until further notice.
Recreation Facilities, Programs and Services
All municipal beaches are open and lifeguards will be in place from July 6 to August 31. Residents are reminded to always use caution when in or on the water.
All municipal playgrounds are open. Public washrooms and first aid at the Emera Oval pavilion will be opening on Monday, July 6. Rentals will not be available until further notice, however, residents are welcome to use the Emera Oval for cycling and rollerblading with their own equipment.
Municipal splashpads, with the exception of Bayers Westwood, are reopening on Monday, June 29. The Bayers Westwood splashpad will reopen in mid-July. All municipal pools remain closed.
Municipally-operated facilities are currently closed. Following safety measures provided by public health, fitness centres at Captain William Spry Community Centre, Sackville Sports Stadium and Musquodoboit Harbour Recreation Centre will reopen on Monday, July 6. For details regarding each facility and their respective access, visit halifax.ca.
The municipality’s ‘Rec at Home’ program offers a variety of activities that you can enjoy with your family. For more information visit halifax.ca/recathome.
On-street metered parking spaces are free on Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, however, motorists are reminded to abide by other posted signage such as accessible parking, fire hydrants and no-stopping.
Customer Contact Centres
The 311 Contact Centre will be operating on regular hours on Wednesday, July 1 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
All Customer Contact Centres and Planning & Development counter services are currently closed to the public. Services continue to be available online.
Halifax was selected by Canadian Heritage and CBC to take part in a national virtual Canada Day celebration. Halifax will be featured as part of the Ottawa national coverage, showcasing our people, city and community. Performances for the Halifax and Dartmouth Canada Day celebrations will begin at 7 p.m. on the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Youtube page and the HFX Civic Events Facebook page. Eastlink will also feature the broadcast for those looking to tune in on television. For details, visit hrmcanadaday.ca.
Have a safe and enjoyable Canada Day.
**** Info via Canada Day Drumming Committee
Thank healthcare heroes & frontline workers
Join us online July 1st 2020
For the past three years, we’ve been celebrating Canada Day through simultaneous nationwide drumming to promote diversity, multicultural, and harmony of our community. We’ve had many ethnic groups in many cities across over 6 time zones in Canada join to cheer and celebrate together in previous years.
This year while we are in one of the most challenge moment in the history – fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to make the drumming celebration more special – We will drum and cheer to thank all the healthcare heroes and essential frontline workers who sacrifice and fight for the safety of our community and for our life.
We are expecting 21 cities and more participants to take part in this year. Halifax warmly welcomes you to join.
Let’s do drumming with your favourite drums or without drums or on anything, cheers and claps your hands, say thank you and solute to heroes!
Due to the pandemic safety restriction, this will be an ONLINE event.
Date: 1st July 2020
Time: 2:40pm – 3:15pm (ADT Halifax Time)
Simultaneously Drumming will start at ADT 3:00pm (PDT 11:00am)
Location: Zoom meeting (Zoom ID 950 804 8431). No registration needed.
Facebook livestreaming (@CanadaDayDrummingHalifax)
(To celebrate the Canada Day and appreciate the participants attending the event, a random draw will decide 100 lucky winners in Halifax to win $10 Tim Horton’s gift card donated by sponsors. You will be qualified to be in the draw if you join the zoom meeting and later send a 1-3 min video of your drumming or cheering during the event to CanadaDayDrumminghfx@gmail.com )
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Stay well, stay healthy, and stay safe! We are looking forward to seeing you online!
Canada Day Drumming Celebration Halifax Committee