Georgestown Neighbourhood Association Flea Market and
It was a busy weekend for Happy City. On Saturday, July
13th, we were excited to spend to the morning at the
Georgestown Neighbourhood Association Flea Market and BBQ.
We ran into some current City Council members, as well as
those campaigning for the upcoming election. We had the opportunity
to speak with several Georgestown residents and with those who were
stopping by to enjoy the event.
"My Happy City is right here, St. John's, Mount Pearl, and
Northeast Avalon as one. St. John's would be better if we
took down the harbour fence, and if Sheilagh O'Leary was
Mayor. I love the character of St. John's, the people, the
houses, and the outdoors."
-Ryan Cleary, MP for St. John's South-Mount Pearl
"My Happy City is an inclusive city. St. John's would be
better if we could improve the conditions of the streets and
sidewalks. I love the proximity of St. John's to so many
attractions, such as Signal Hill and the Harbour."
"My Happy City is one where people and neighbourhoods are
listened to. I love that St. John's is friendly and
warm. It is big enough to have culture and opportunities, yet
small enough that you still feel connected to community. St.
John's would be better if we had a council that was more responsive
to human needs."
"My Happy City is one where no one is discriminated
against. St. John's would be better if we had better sidewalk
clearing, particularly in the downtown area. St. John's would
benefit if the tax dollars were focused on the citizens, providing
more services. I love the scenic views of St. John's and the
-Fred Palmer, Georgestown
"My Happy City is one with affordable housing, with equality and
social justice. St. John's would be better if there was greater
permaculture (i.e. community gardening), providing the opportunity
to create community and share culture. I love the people of
St. John's, the community initiatives, and the potential of the
-Curtis Cronin, St. John's
"My Happy City is one with close community where people help
each other. I love the people in St. John's, and the great
community events. St. John's would benefit from a greater
"My Happy City is a place where everyone wants to live and feels
a part of a community. St. John's would be better if there
were more active communities/community groups. I love the
weather in St. John's! It's not too hot, and it's not too cold! I
especially love the people who live here."
-Andrew Harvey, Candidate for City Council, Ward 2
"My Happy City is a diverse and accommodating city. St. John's
would be better if there were more neighbourhood associations -
community builds community. The things I love most about St.
John's are the nature and the people."
-Ron Martin, Georgestown
"Our Happy City is a beautiful city! We love the scenery of St.
John's. St. John's would be better if there were more art
-Holly Lawrence, and her son, Jett, from Paradise.
"Our Happy City is a healthy city. We love the downtown area of
St. John's, and all the community events. A better city is more
walkable, has better public transit, has accessible grocery stores
-Anna and Maria Lear, a mother and daughter duo from C.B.S.
"My Happy City is one where everyone knows each other and are
engaged in fun, meaningful things. St. John's would benefit from
more recycling and green initiatives, better public transit, and
snow clearing of sidewalks. I love the sense of community here in
-Erin Holland, Gerogestown
"My Happy City is a place where I feel safe at home in pleasant
surrounding. St. John's would be better if there was a city council
that valued history, culture, and our beautiful geographical
surroundings, over development. I love the physical beautiful of
St. John's, its history, the diverse culture of its people, and its
access to nature."
-Olivia Lewis, St. John's.
Tombolo Multicultural Festival
On Sunday, July 14th, we were inside at the Arts and
Culture centre for the Tombolo Multicultural Festival. We were so
pleased to be sharing a table with RIAC (Refugee and Immigrant
Advisory Council). The beautiful weather must have kept people
outside enjoying the sunshine, as we had as slower day. We were
still able to have some great conversations with a few people.
"My Happy City is one where council hears my complaints. St.
John's would be better if there were lower taxes and fewer parking
tickets. What I love about St. John's are the Farmer's Market and
-John Kitchen, St. John's.
"My Happy City is a well informed city. St. John's would be
better if there was a better network of communication and
expectations: the communication out of City Hall is nonexistent and
it is hard to find out what is happening. I love that St. John's is
a beautiful city, the people are friendly, nice and helpful. I love
the talent within the arts community and how welcoming our city
-Esteban Rivera came from Columbia to St. John's 11 years ago as
"My Happy City is a green, environmentally clean, and culturally
diverse city. St. John's would be better if there was more
recycling (or mandatory recycling), and if the city followed the
example of neighbouring communities and provided free
garbage/recycling bins. I love the people of St. John's and their
hospitality, and the many green spaces in the city."
-Cheryl Cann, St. John's. Cheryl and her husband were
celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary and stopped
by to say hello.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by at the Georgestown
Neighbourhood Association Flea Market and at the Tombolo
Multicultural Festival to chat with us and let as know what your
happy city is!