Minutes – April 2017 Meeting

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 – Captain William Spry Center, 15 Sussex Street

7:00pm – 9:00pm

In Attendance

Crysta Cumming, Abe Sorge, Veronica Post, Emily Eager, Marjorie Willison, Michael Macmillian, Jodi Brown, Chantal Lacroix, Tristan Cleveland

Secretary:  Abe Sorge

Agenda

Speaker

Summary

Motions, discussions and actions

2. Review of the Minutes
Abe Sorge Minutes of the March meeting were basically done but need to be proofread. Also, Abe didn’t have time to email them to the group or print them for the meeting. Review of the minutes will be delayed until the following meeting.
3. General Business
3.1. Speed Sisters showing
Crysta Cumming Crysta recounted the exciting events of our first public movies screening. It went well, in spite of the minor technical missteps. We had a good time with the audience. Nik from the Boys and Girls Club was a super helpful guy, and generally speaking runs a tight ship.
3.2 Community Directory
Marjorie Willison Via Marjorie, we have a directory of people and organizations now. It’s a bit out of date, being from 2013 but can easily be updated. Perhaps Chebucto Connections would take that on. The general consensus was that the directory is a low-priority project and should be revisited at a later meeting.
3.3 Our HRM Alliance
Tristan Cleveland Tristan outlined the focus points of Our HRM Alliance, namely green belting and complete communities. The group is coordinated by the Ecology Action Center, and holds a twice-yearly all-hands meeting. Abe moved that the SCA join Our HRM Alliance. Veronica Post seconded, motion passed with general acclaim.
Tristan Spryfield is in need of a new plan, along the lines of the Center Plan, as are a number of other suburban population centers in HRM. The City has indicated a willingness to work on single plan for these areas in the interest of time. General discussion among the membership tended to agree, we do need an updated development plan in our area.
Tristan Go on shapeyourcity.ca and drop some pins on the transit corridors. Abe will send out a reminded to the group to express their preference for creating a transit-oriented community on the shapeyourcity.ca. This will hopefully be worked into the Integrated Mobility Plan.
3.3 Connect2 Funding
Crysta We can get funding from the Connect2 initiative to develop active transport infrastructure to increase connectivity in the neighbourhood.
Jodi Brown Jodi thought that maybe we would be stretching ourselves a bit thin on this one, and that the deadlines were tight. The general drift of the conversation was that it was an interesting idea, but possibly a bit too much to to take on at the moment.
3.3 Motion to amalgamate committees (FF+TT+PM)
Crysta The Film Festival, Travelling Theatre and Placemaking committees should all be consolidated into one aggressively monolithic hyper-committee. The name of the new committee is the Fun Committee.
Jodi The Fun Committee should meet before the next monthly SCA meeting. Tentative date set for Monday, May 1st.
3.5 Urban Farm Community Facility
Abe Bruce Holland invited the SCA to participate in a workshop to help develop some concepts for the new Urban Farm land donation. We will attend the workshop on May 27th. Abe will contact Bruce and send out an email to remind the group.
4. Committee Reports
4.1 Outreach Committee
Jodi We should stream our meetings on Facebook Live. General consensus was that it would be a good way to increase our ability to reach people, and that it was worth trying. We will stream our next meeting.
4.2 Website Development
Michael Macmillan Mike expressed excitement about the theatre projects, and said that he wanted to build a “Now Showing!” carousel on myspryfield.org which could showcase movies. Abe again, for the sixth month in a row, pledged that he would get the minutes, agendas, bylaws and various other tokens of official sanction together for the website. Will he? Tune in next month for the next gripping installment of “Trying to Get it Together.”
4.3 Funding Committee
4.4 Film Festival Committee
4.5 Travelling Theatre Committee
4.6 Placemaking Committee
Crysta Crysta decided to precipitate the Fun Committee singularity immediately by amalgamating sundry reports into a free-form Committee discussion.
Veronica Post Veronica informed the group that her Refugee Support Grant had been approved, and that it would make $700 available for promotion, food, and translation for the Film Festival.
Veronica She also reported that the Canada 150 Grant application deadline had been pushed, and that we still had time to pursue it. We spent some time figuring out the complexities of Canada 150’s matched-funds criteria, and decided that it was a good idea. Veronica needs the SCA Registry Number, and some clarity from the Spryfield Urban Farm as to the value of their in-kind donations. The group at large agreed to assist her in meeting the deadline, which is April 30th.
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Minutes – March 2017 Meeting

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Captain William Spry Center, 15 Sussex Street

7:00pm – 9:00pm.

In Attendance

Marjorie Willison, Emily Eager, Crysta Cumming, Dylan Letendre, Anne-Marie Curtis, Bobby Watson, Michael MacMillan, Duncan Macheachen, Bruce Holland, Abe Sorge, Dave Maculloch, Chantal Lacroix, Marnie Steeves, Rachael, Courtney, Alexis, Robin.

Secretary:

Abe Sorge

Agenda

Speaker

Summary

Motions, discussions and actions

2. Review of the Minutes
Marjorie Willison Marjorie motion to accept the minutes. She asked that the record reflect that she thought the minutes were “beautiful.” Crysta seconded, accepted by general acclaim.
3. General Business
3.1. Community Services Fair
Crysta Cumming Crysta asked the group who would like to attend the Community Services Fair on behalf of the Spryfield Community Association. Emily Eager, Marjorie and Crysta wished to attend.
3.2 Business cards finally arrived
Crysta Crysta handed out our business cards to meeting attendees. Everyone loves business cards.
3.3 Canadian Film Festival
Dylan Letendre Dylan said that his friend Evelien Vanderkloet had volunteered to organize publicity for the Speed Sisters showing, including social media presence. Chantal Lacroix was to allow Evelien access to the Facebook page.
Chantal Lacroix Maybe we should pay to boost our visiblity on Facebook for this event. Mike’s recommendation was that we should spend 75% of our money and effort on building good content, and the remainder on paying for visibility. Since only about 5% of our effort goes into content as yet, it was decided by consensus that we should probably hold off on spending any money.
Dylan Letendre Dylan asked Bruce Holland if the Spryfield and District Business Commission would consider donating some foodstuffs for the movies screening. Bruce agreed to donate some drinks for the screening. The rest of the group figured we would pitch in private funds on screening day to get some snacks for the crowd, and not to draw from the SCA budget for this.
3.3.1 SDBC Chebucto News column
Bruce Holland Bruce announced that the SDBC had decided to get a column in the Chebucto News.
3.3 Making inclusion part of our social mandate
Abe Sorge Abe asked that the SCA prioritize social inclusion when we make decisions about our activities. General discussion followed about the topic and what it would mean to the group. Consensus was generally that we should adopt the concept and figure out what it meant to our operations later. Based on input, Abe rephrased and moved that the SCA should add the phrase”prioritize social inclusion” to its bylaws. Marjorie seconded, passed with general acclaim.
3.5 Visit from Pathways to Education
Robin Robin, Alexis and Courtney told us about the Pathways to Education placemaking program. They’ve got twelve youth building freestanding pantries for food and hygiene items. The program is called Spyrfield to You, and locations are provisionally planned for the Captain Spry Rec Center, The Lions Rink and the Sobeys on Herring Cove Road. All concur that it is an awesome program and a really good idea.
Bruce Holland Bruce offered to help if they needed assistance finding private land to put the pantries on.
4. Committee Reports
4.1 Outreach Committee
Chantal Chantal is pressed for time and needs help on the outreach committee. We should ask Jodie Brown.
4.2 Website Development
Michael Macmillan We need to get on mailchimp before we get blacklisted. Our current setup is basically breaking all the rules. Mike also needs money for the myspryfield.org domain name expenses. Also, the spryfield.org domain name is coming up to decision time. Give Mike domain name money and coordinate with him on Slack about the Mailchimp account. Abe moved to keep the spryfield.org domain name and he would pay for it, Anne Marie seconded. Passed with general acclaim.
4.3 Funding Committee
Dylan Funding should be asking people directly to contribute to projects. Dylan said he would be happy to go on outreach expiditions. Bruce said he would contribute to that effort too.
4.4 Film Festival Committee
Veronica Post Veronica submitted a grant application to ISANS for workshops on how to do digital editing. She also contacted the Center for Art Tapes who agreed to provide a reduced price on their digital editing studios. She made a poster, put it up on the website, and asked Shawn Cleary, Brendan Maguire and Stephen Adams to share it. Finally, she is writing a news article for Chebucto News in May. Veronica does everything.
4.5 Travelling Theatre Committee
Abe Sorge Abe suggested himself as a candidate for the currently-vacant Travelling Theatre Committee. Crysta seconded, motion passed with general acclaim.
4.6 Infrastructure and Planning Committee
Anne-Marie Curtis Anne-Marie gave us a rundown on the last IAP committee meeting of March 15th, 2017. The committee decided to dust off the pre-existing planning work. Goals include understanding planning framework, engage stakeholders, stay up to speed on local developments, and be engaged in local panels and committees.
Marnie Steves Marnie offered to be the SCA’s liaison on the siting process for the new high school. Keep in touch with Marnie and generally stay involved with this process.
5. Financials
Chantal No significant change in our financial status. Keep your eyes peeled for dropped quarters and free lunches, people.
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Minutes – February 2017 Meeting

Wednesday, February 21 – Captain William Spry Center, 15 Sussex Street

7:00pm – 9:00pm.

In Attendance

Abe Sorge, Dylan Letendre, Bobby Watson, Michael MacMillan, Bruce Holland, Stephen Adams, Crysta Cumming, Emily Eager, Anne-Marie Curtis, Dave MacCulloch, Veronica Post.

Secretary:

Abe Sorge

Agenda

Speaker

Summary

Motions, discussions and actions

3.1 Bruce Holland from the Spryfield Business Commission
Bruce Holland Bruce gave the group a rundown of the history, aims and ambitions of the Spryfield Business Commission. It was nice to finally meet you, Mr. Holland.
Bruce Bruce is also the Vice-Chair of the Spryfield Urban Farm, and he informed us that the Farm is embarking on a major project to build an Arts and Culture center on a recently donated piece of land adjacent to the farm. It would include a museum, a space for the Mainland South Heritage Society, and hopefully a commercial kitchen. Abe moved that we be part of the umbrella group that is to participate in the Farm project. Crysta seconded. Motion passed with general acclaim.
3.2 Call for Attendance at the Mainland South Heritage Society Meeting
Abe Sorge Abe wanted to see if anyone wanted to come the the MSHS meeting on Thursday, February 22, in the interest of proposing that the SCA host some photographs or other historical material on our website. Abe moved that we ask the MSHS if they wanted some web-hosting and complimentary offhand traffic analytics from Mike. Mike seconded, motion passed with general acclaim.
3.3 Ad-Hoc Committee for the Poverty Reduction Strategy for Halifax
Dylan Letendre Dylan brought this forward in hopes that we could review it with an eye to participating in the initiative. Crysta proposed an Ad-hoc Committee to look at it. The general consensus was that due to moderate turnout and the complexity of the issue that we should revisit it during the March 2017 meeting.
3.3 Location for the community benches
Emily Eager This is taking too long, we should each think of some ideas for locations and then vote on them. Think of nice places for benches. We will vote and get it done in time for spring. Abe will add this to the email update for the week.
3.4 Reel Canada, April 19th – National Film Day
Dylan Dylan initiated our entry into the Reel Canada program. We are now the proud owners of the screening rights to a couple of nifty Canadian films – The Visit, directed by Lisa Jackson, and Breakaway directed by Robert Lieberman. SCA OFFICIALLY IN THE MOVIE BIZ. Haliwood look out, ‘cause Downtown Spryami also has its share of stretch limos and family-friendly fizzy drinks.
Travelling Theatre Committee to convene in order to discuss the following critical details:Venues, capacity, locations, all associated technical details, generally “how to be a mogul on less than a dollar a day.”
3.5 SCA communications on Slack
Abe Sorge Abe wants the SCA to move some of the committee stuff to the online platform Slack. General consensus was that we should send out some invites to the group and see how it goes. We should monitor for problems and revisit the idea next month, and periodically.
4.1. Outreach Committee
Chantal Lacroix could not be in attendance.
4.2 Website Development
Michael MacMillan Mike says we’ve got content now, thanks to Veronica’s Sidewalk Extension work. We need more content, and some work on the calendar. Most importantly now is the time to move to Mailchimp so that our mailing updates aren’t a mess. Abe is to send minutes, agendas and other SCA dox in text-editable format to Mike for inclusion on the website. This he will certainly do.
Mike is going to work on the Mailchimp rollout.
Veronica Post We should put some stuff about the Spryfield Film Festival up on the website.
Crysta Cumming Committee Chairs should create something for the website.
4.3 Funding Committee
Crysta The FC should be able to help with the Outdoor Theatre placemaking project, and is likely to be a fairly large part of that effort.
Anne-Marie Curtis Oftentimes employers will match employee efforts to get donations. SCA members are encouraged to check with their employers about any charitable incentive programs they might be eligible for.
4.4 Planning Committee
Crysta We should change the name of the Master Plan Committee to the Planning and Infrastructure Committee, because Master Plan is too James-Bond-y Crysta moved to change the name to the Planning and Infrastructure Committee, Abe seconded, motion passed with general acclaim.
Anne-Marie Anne-Marie presented a detailed strategic overview of the upcoming work of the P&IC. The P&I Committee is to meet in two weeks at the Cap’t Spry. Exact date and location to be announced, likely the week of March 6 – 10. Abe will add this to the email update.
Steve Adams Councillor Adams updated the group with a number of local property development issues.

  • There will be a public information meeting for the upcoming Habitat for Humanity development, likely sometime in march.
  • The former Briarwood golf course is in potential development works.
  • The former Riverview School lot  is up for sale by the City, likely to be bought by a private landowner with the intention of widening the adjoining road, McIntosh Street.
With some leftover funds from the Streetscape Fund and the remainder sourced from the Capital budget,

Steve says there is a possibility that the 500 Block extension project could be completed this year.
Surveys and stakeholder interviews should hopefully be the next step.
Action item: low fives, possible fist bumps. As per long-standing SCA celebratory doctrine, please withhold mid-air high fives until the first jackhammer rings out.

4.5 Placemaking Outdoor Theatre
Abe Abe and Crysta went to the workshop the previous week with Jodi Brown. Much progress made, although they realized more people would be more effective and fun. All are welcome to attend the next Placemaking Workshop. Abe will email an invite to the group.
Dylan Pathways to Education is building food pantry via this same Placemaking program.
Abe The Prospect Community Association is coincidentally also building a community movie theatre. They are a little bit skimpy on the gear though. Abe moved that we loan the Prospect Community Association our projector and other associated gear if necessary, barring scheduling conflicts that would affect SCA screenings and activities. Crysta seconded, motion passed with general acclaim.
4.6 Travelling Theatre Committee
Dave MacCulloch Dave is unable to meet the time commitment required to be the Travelling Theatre Committee Chair, and regretfully resigned from the position. Upon discussion, the general consensus emerged that we should keep this position open for the next month while we consider options. The committee will continue to meet, and Dave will continue to be a contributing member. Abe will email about future meeting dates.
4.7 Spryfield Film Festival
Veronica Veronica has a raft of material incoming to the website about the SFF. She has been in communication with AFCOOP, and is considering a grant to facilitate a conversation group for Syrian refugees which would include a filmmaking component.
5. Treasurer’s Report
Deferred to the March meeting. Treasurer sends her regrets.
6. Round-table discussion
Bruce The Spryfield Business Association has a Mailchimp list, and would consider sending out  SCA events or updates should we request it. The Association also has a large event tent that they are able to rent for setup cost, about $1500.
Bruce There is a plan for a Ketch Harbour community bus possibly in the works. It would be run on an as-needed basis, and replace the cancelled HRM bus that served the area.
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