Jane’s Walks – St. John’s Edition 2018

A Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that get people out on the streets to discover unseen, under celebrated and unique stories about their city.

The free walking tours are held on the first weekend of May each year all around the world, and are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work. The walks will take place all around the world, including in St. John’s, on  May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2018.

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New Chair of Happy City Board Announced

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For Immediate Release





St. John’s, NL, December 18, 2017: Happy City St. John’s, a non-profit organization that informs, encourages, and facilitates civic dialogue in St. John’s, is pleased to announce that Rob Nolan has been elected as the new chair of the Board of Directors.

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Kenmount Terrace Neighbourhood Forum Results

On November 8th, 2017, Happy City held a neighbourhood forum at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Kenmount Terrace.

Following the 2017 municipal election, Happy City St.John’s was approached by Ward 4 City Councilor Ian Froude, who requested that Happy City facilitate a neighbourhood discussion in Kenmount Terrace. This discussion was initiated by members of the Kenmount Terrace community who asked Councilor Froude to host a town hall discussion in which neighbourhood issues could be presented.

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Decoding the Development Regulations: What would they mean for St. John’s?

One of the biggest decisions this City Council will make is coming up fast, and most people haven’t even heard of it. It sounds dry as a bone, but the upcoming adoption of new development regulations is going to lay down the rules that will shape our city for many years to come.

You might have heard about “Envision St. John’s”, the city’s brand-spanking-new Municipal Plan, which was adopted in principle this August after a long period of consultation and revision (Full disclosure: Happy City was part of the committee guiding the consultation process).

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Healthy Communities Forum

The Northeast Avalon Healthy Communities Forum is taking place on October 30th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This event will take place in the Foran Greene Room at City Hall ( 10 New Gower Street).

Please RSVP to healthycommunities@stjohns.ca by October 25th.

If you require support or accomodations to participate please email:healthycommunities@stjohns.ca by October 25th 2017.

Here is some information regarding the forum:

Background – What is the Healthy Communities Movement?
The Healthy Communities Movement in Canada, and the similar World Health Organization, Healthy Cities Project, took root in the 1980’s.  Today the Healthy Communities approach is used in many communities throughout the world to bring together groups from many sectors to plan and implement strategies to enhance community well-being and address complex community issues. For an example of an established Healthy Community Movement, please go to:

Healthy Communities – Northeast Avalon

There is a lot of great work being done in our region to promote health, wellness, physical literacy, transportation, healthy eating, housing, social engagement, safety and inclusion.  Individuals and organizations seeking to improve the health and wellness in the North East Avalon have recognized the need for a collective impact approach to different factors affecting the health and wellness of our community. The Healthy Communities Movement, provides a proven framework for bringing diverse stakeholders from different sectors together to improve the health of individuals and our community. A Healthy Communities Forum will be hosted on October 30, 2017 in St. John’s with the goal of bringing leaders and stakeholders from different sectors together to learn about the Healthy Communities Movement and how this approach can be used to create a healthier, happier North East Avalon.

Healthy Communities Forum – October 30, 2017
Keynote Speaker & Lead Facilitator – Dr. Trevor Hancock

Dr. Trevor Hancock, one of the founders of the Healthy Communities movement in Canada and the world, will be the keynote speaker and primary facilitator for the Forum.  Dr. Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant and senior scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria.  He is the founding Chair of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and was also instrumental in initiating BC Healthy Communities. He has consulted healthy city/community projects in several countries (notably Sweden and the USA) as well as across Canada. He was the principal consultant for the Healthy Toronto 2000 project and a consultant to the Canadian and the WHO Europe Healthy Cities Projects. He is currently on the board of the Child and Nature Alliance and the Stewardship Council of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and is an advisor to the “Healthy Communities: An Approach to Action on Health Determinants in Canada” project, a collaboration of four provincial Healthy Communities networks.

Draft Format/Agenda – Healthy Communities Forum – October 30th, 2017

9:00 am          Healthy Community Vision Workshop
10:30 am        Break
10:45 am        What is Healthy Communities? What are the Benefits? How do we become a Healthy Community?
12:00 pm        Lunch
12:30 pm.        Northeast Avalon What are we doing? What do we want to do next? – Panel of Key Stakeholders
2:30 pm         Break
2:45 pm         Table discussions – Next steps?
3:45 pm         Feedback – closing panel
4:30 pm         Forum Ends