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  • 31 Oct 2011 12:15 PM | GBBA Board (Administrator)
    On October 20, 2011, Mitch Dickey, with HRM's Planning and Infrastructure Department, presented at our monthly luncheon event. Mr. Dickey gave a presentation titled Building on Strength: Burnside Functional Plan Implementation. We are posting these slides to help stimulate ongoing discussion about this topic in Burnside. Please note that these slides do not constitute an official position or set of recommendations from HRM staff.
  • 25 Oct 2011 9:17 AM | GBBA Board (Administrator)

    Check out a few of our snapsnots from the Burnie Awards held at the Park Place Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre on September 15, 2011.

    Please visit our Event Photos page.

  • 12 Oct 2011 7:52 AM | GBBA Board (Administrator)

    The Halifax Regional Municipality will be seeking public input from Burnside residents this fall about a rational land use strategy for Burnside as part of its functional development plan process.

    Read more in Burnside deserves a 'rational land use strategy' by Ken Partridge, The Burnside News.

  • 30 Jun 2011 2:33 PM | GBBA Board (Administrator)

    The GBBA is pleased to report on having participated in an initial meeting with Councillor Jim Smith and several other senior HRM planning representatives. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss further implementation of the Burnside Functional Plan. 

    A presentation prepared by HRM for use during our initial consultation session can be accessed
    here.  Additional information on the Burnside Functional Plan can be found here.

    The GBBA intends to invite HRM planning staff to speak at one of our luncheon sessions this fall in order to enhance and broaden the Functional Plan’s public consultation process. We anticipate additional public meetings will be arranged by HRM at a later date.  

    The GBBA Board believes it is critical to the area's future success to determine a rational and sustainable land use regime for Wright's Cove, Dartmouth Crossing, old Burnside and new lots being developed within the business park boundaries. 

    Please give the upcoming public consultation process your attention and attend the public information sessions to be scheduled later this year. Make sure your voices are heard so that planners understand your concerns and that we continue to building a better Burnside.


    Sean O'Boyle

  • 22 Jun 2011 12:07 PM | GBBA Board (Administrator)
    The Government of Nova Scotia is working to support the productivity and innovation that exists in the province's businesses and workforce. As part of its jobsHere plan the Government launched its Productivity Investment Program in December 2010. To help increase productivity and competitiveness of businesses, the program helps companies purchase advanced equipment and technology and build on the skills of their employees. The program includes two incentives: Capital Investment Initiative and Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive.

    For further information about these incentives, please visit:
  • 11 May 2011 10:40 AM | GBBA Board (Administrator)

    Dalhousie University's Eco-Efficiency Centre is hosting its 12th Annual Environmental Excellence in Business Breakfast on June 6, 2011 from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Westin Nova Scotian. The annual breakfast is an event that brings together the very best in sustainability across the province, from tourism operators to manufacturers to retailers, as well as academics and government agencies that support these endeavors. 

    This year's guest speaker, hosted by breakfast partner Efficiency Nova Scotia, is Murray Coolican, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Energy, who will be speaking about Nova Scotia's energy future.


    As with previous years, the breakfast will be an excellent opportunity to network with sustainability-minded individuals and learn from and build upon sustainability initiatives undertaken throughout the province. Three business from Burnside will be awarded this year.


    Seats for the breakfast are $25/person; a table of 8 is $175. To register please email eecentre@dal.ca or call (902) 461-6704. Please indicate vegetarian preference.

  • 11 Apr 2011 9:09 AM | GBBA Board (Administrator)

    Trees, among other vegetation, have long been appreciated by humans in urban areas. Vital urban forest ecosystems provide a number of environmental, social and economic benefits to the communities they are a part of. Learn about the research being conducted by a Dalhousie master's student on carbon sequestration and storage opportunities in Burnside. Read the full story at The Burnside News.


  • 11 Apr 2011 9:04 AM | GBBA Board (Administrator)
    The GBBA is continually advocating for the construction of new sidewalks in Burnside to complement our public transportation system and active transportation options in the park.

    Latest Development:

    A new sidewalk section along Akerley Boulevard between Isnor and Joseph Zatzman is planned for this summer.
  • 11 Apr 2011 9:00 AM | GBBA Board (Administrator)

    It's the classic chicken or egg situation: The Greater Burnside Business Association wants to grow so it can do more for the businesses of the Burnside Area. Read the full story by Ken Partridge at The Burnside News.


  • 03 Mar 2011 9:11 AM | GBBA Board (Administrator)

    Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Solid Waste By-Law S-600
    Tuesday, March 8, 2011
    Halifax City Hall

    Dear GBBA Members,

    As you may know, the Halifax Regional Municipal Council has proposed revisions to the Solid Waste By-Law in a way that affects businesses in Burnside. In short, businesses will now be required to use only clear bags for their waste garbage so that the City is able to identify and reject non-compliant loads of garbage. Below is a link to the Staff report and the proposed changes.


    At the GBBA we strive to identify and bring important issues to your attention so that you have an opportunity to respond in a way that best suits you. With regard to the present bylaw amendment proposal, there is an opportunity to participate at the public hearing that will be held at Halifax City Hall at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. In addition, you could contact city councilors in advance of the hearing by locating their contact information on the HRM website:


    GBBA Board members have debated the proposed bylaw amendments. Without taking a position one way or the other, the proposed changes to the bylaw could negatively or positively impact businesses in Burnside. They are directed at encouraging further waste diversion away from HRM’s landfill. We believe that doing so is beneficial to the environment by allowing all plastics to be recycled with the exception of Styrofoam and by increasing source separation compliance. At the same time, there will likely be logistical challenges and increased costs to business in order to comply with the proposed system. Everyone may be affected differently depending on the nature of their business. We encourage you to participate in HRM’s bylaw amendment process and to make your views known either at the public hearing or by contacting city Council.

    GBBA Board

Greater Burnside Business Association      |        Email: greaterburnside@gmail.com

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