June 2016 newsletter


Photo courtesy Sheree Fitch

Can we strengthen Nova Scotia’s economy without losing what makes our province special? How can communities work together to create more opportunities for everyone? 

If you dial in to Mainstreet, you've been hearing the buzz around questions like these. Engage and CBC Radio have been co-hosting community conversations in Sydney, Digby, Pictou County, and Halifax.

Through live polling and small group discussions, we've been finding out what people believe is special about their communities, what success means to them, and what barriers get in the way. In Sydney, many said that Cape Bretoners have a blindspot about their own strengths and assets. They want a vibrant local culture, youth retention, more good jobs, and a stronger shared vision. In Digby, people said that one of the region’s greatest challenges was working together across diverse communities. Many expressed a desire for more inclusion, trust and collaboration. 

Open East Hants

OpenEastHants1.jpgOn May 28, over 67 businesses and organizations threw open their doors to the people of East Hants, showcasing their wares and services. Organized by the Think Local First committee of the East Hants and Districts Chamber of Commerce, the day included give-aways, prizes, shopping, games, BBQs and a pop-up market in Enfield. It was a fun way of getting to know more about the people and shops in our community while supporting the local economy. This is one of many initiatives that have grown out of the 2015 Stepping Up conference.

A better voting system

springtide3.jpgWith the support of Engage, Springtide has been visiting communities across the province with the goal of finding the best voting system for Nova Scotia. The vast majority of participants have expressed frustration with the current system, and we're learning more and more about what a better system could be. Find out about the options and add your voice at a Springtide Better Choices event near you. 

  • Antigonish. June 29, 6:00–8:30 pm. People's Place Library (RSVP)
  • Halifax. July 5, 9:00–11:30 am. McInnes Cooper, Purdy's Wharf Tower 2 (RSVP)
  • Halifax. July 5, 6:00-8:30pm, Gottingen Street North Memorial Library (RSVP)

If your community wants to organize a voting event for the fall, contact Delaine (delaine@springtidecollective.ca).

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  • Mi Kyung Song
    commented 2016-06-29 05:36:48 -0300
    “visiting communities across the province with the goal of finding the best voting system” it’s great to collect the opinion of the communities who actually participates in voting. They did well.


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