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Spring 2017

NEW DEVELOPMENTS DELTA BARRINGTON TURNS OVER A NEW LEAF! In this Issue: • Delta Barrington is Turning Over a New Leaf • Take Your Taste Buds on an Adventure! • Freshii Employee Spotlight • Your Eventful Year Downtown Halifax • Your Scotia Square Expansion Update • Hospitality Success Story: Delta Halifax Hotel • All of Your Easter Favourites, on the Pedway!

Lots of upgrades for a greener stay downtown Halifax! Contributed by Delta Halifax The Delta Barrington and Delta Halifax have been working hard to stay green and give back to both our hotel guests and local community: Delta Green Stay, a continued initiative, encourages guests to place a designated card on their room door to forgo daily housekeeping service in return for 250 Marriott Rewards points OR a tree planted on their behalf. Through Green Stay, the hotels have taken strides to minimize energy needs, water use and waste creation through internal hotel operations. By opting to decline housekeeping services, Crombie REIT

guests will help limit the amount of chemicals, water and energy consumed by the hotel each day. Additionally, as of March 2017 the hotels have collected over 200 books, CD’s and DVD’s from associates for Halifax’s Friendship Centre! Associates are also helping to clean their property lots and surrounding areas downtown as part of a Spring Clean Challenge – the department bringing in the most recyclables and garbage wins!

• Make a Pledge to be Sustainable • In the Spotlight: Bullfrogpowered Community • Kitchen Sink: Indoor Yard Sale for Eyelevel Gallery • Introducing the Best Sports Bras Ever • Quality Early Learning and Child Care is Only a Few Steps Away! • Neptune Theatre is Excited to Present Once on Stage April 4-May 28 • Super Spring Events in Halifax!

See page 4 for more on Delta Halifax’s energy saving initiatives!

Spring 2017

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FRESHII EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT This is Super Shina, or Shi Shi as I call her! She is there any time I need her! The best story is how I found her. I received a complaint from a customer and followed up with a personal phone call as I do with each and every one. After making the customer happy she asked me if I needed any employees. I took a leap of faith and hired Shi Shi! This lovely lady is my right arm! She sees the work, cleans and preps like a pro. When she told me she wanted to stay in Canada, I said, let's figure this out! She has been the most loyal employee one could ask for. She now is designing my videos for Freshii and I just can't thank my lucky stars enough that one day someone complained and in return we got a gift, "Super Shina"! – Freshii owner, Kerry Maher

The Bamboo Bowl - brown rice, coconut, cabbage and broccoli, with Thai Green Curry sauce

Freshii’s menu is completely nutrition-led. The brand’s in-house nutritionist is constantly seeking out the latest health and culinary trends and incorporating them into salads, wraps, burritos, bowls and soups. Lately, the team at Freshii has been inspired by global flavours spicing up restaurant menus worldwide. Consumers are embracing bolder, more adventurous and more intense dishes, venturing out of their culinary comfort zone and into new territories. On March 28th Freshii will be introducing two new spicy ingredients: curry and turmeric. The Bamboo Bowl is packed with superfoods like brown rice, coconut, cabbage and broccoli, all topped

with an energizing Thai Green Curry sauce. Turmeric will make its menu debut in Freshii’s new Reviive Juice and Recoverii Smoothie. Turmeric is the latest superfood to make headlines in the health world. Known for its bright golden hue, antioxidant nature and antiinflammatory properties, turmeric has definitely earned its praiseworthy status as a heal-all spice. Try these flavourful, energy-boosting menu items at your nearest Freshii today.

“I was happy to get a job at Freshii two years ago. Since then I have learned a lot. The owners of Freshii have been very kind to me and have had lots of patience with me and gave me a chance even though my English wasn't great! My goal is to become fluent in English and then take on the French language so I can be a bilingual Canadian citizen. I love living in Canada, I really appreciate living here!” - Shina Choi

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YOUR EVENTFUL YEAR DOWNTOWN HALIFAX DHBC is celebrating all the Downtown events happening this year with a new contest, Eventful Year Downtown. 2017 is the year of big – and small – events in Downtown Halifax! From marathons, parades, and Tall Ships to music, food, and art festivals, Downtown attracts them all. On March 31, DHBC is launching a promotional campaign for an “Eventful Year Downtown” by awarding one lucky winner a trip for two to Scotland that will include tour, accommodations, and airfare. Other prize packages will feature a Downtown shopping spree and a package of event tickets/passes for 2017 events. To enter, contestants must post selfies at any Downtown Halifax event to Twitter and/or Instagram, from March 31 to May 31, with the hashtag #EventfulDT. More information will be posted on starting March 31. If your business would like to contribute a gift certificate to the Downtown shopping spree prize package, please contact Sarah Cameron at or (902) 423-2179.






Your Scotia Square Expansion Update Food Court Expansion Opening Early May! A quick look from outside will show that we have made great progress on our curtain wall. By early May, we should have a floor to ceiling view from The Mix Food Court out over Barrington Street, facing the Halifax Harbour. This will give us unlimited natural light into The Mix while providing our customer and clients with further seating options. We can’t wait to dine in the sunshine! We also expect to have two new items on The Mix menu in early May: Sushi Tonari and Tin Pan Alley! For more updates and news, follow us on Twitter (@scotiasquare), Instagram (Scotia Square), and check out our time lapse videos on our recently revamped website:

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Hospitality Success Story

Delta Halifax Hotel Contributed by Efficiency Nova Scotia

Kerry McMullin, Maintenance Manager, Delta Halifax

OVERVIEW Delta Halifax has invested $795,000 to replace the hotel’s old packaged terminal heat pumps with new, more energy efficient models to cut the electric bills and improve guest comfort.

BENEFIT and without the special financing, A more competitive hotel with the project wouldn’t have gone Solution projected overall electrical savings says Mr. by McMullin. Efficiency Nova Scotia madeahead,” the project feasible providing “The technical expertise, incentives and financing. of more than $115,000 annually, payback was initially out of range for based on an estimated reduction most companies’ comfort level.” in electrical consumption of over Benefit This project actually has a 3.6 1.2 GWh a year. The hotelcompetitive is A more hotel with projected overall electrical savings year payback period, mitigated more than $115,000 annually, based on an estimated reduction by more competitive of with happier Overview immediate the in electrical consumption of over 1.2 GWh asavings year. Theon hotel is hotel’s SITUATION guests who now have quieter more competitive with happier guests who now Delta have quieter in- expects Delta Halifax’s owner, InnVest REIT of Toronto, invested electricity bills. Halifax Delta Halifax saw an opportunity inroom heat pumps/air conditioning room heat pumps/air conditioning units, and adjustable wireless $795,000 to replace the hotel’s old packaged terminal heat the retrofit toand cutmaintenance its electricity thermostats. monitoring of to improve competitiveness units, and wirelessThe hotel has easier pumpsits with new, more energy efficient models to cut theadjustable the heating and cooling system. consumption by over 1.2 GWh electric bills and improve guest comfort. by retrofitting the hotel with thermostats. The hotel has easier annually for yearly savings of over more energy efficient packaged monitoring and maintenance of $115,000. Situation terminal heat pumps, but the the heating and cooling system. Delta Halifax anof opportunity payback time wassaw out range to improve its competitiveIn addition, the newly installed heat ness by retrofitting the hotel with more energy efficient for thepackaged ownersterminal approval. Sporting 328 new heat pumps, heat pumps, but the payback time was pumps, better known in the industry Delta Halifax is now a model of out of range for the owners approval. as packaged terminal heat pumps, SOLUTION energy efficient heating for Delta have brought new dimensions of Efficiency Nova Scotia made Hotel and Resorts. comfort to Delta Halifax guests. the project feasible by providing Familiar complaints about the noisy Efficiency Nova Scotia made the technical expertise, incentives older units have disappeared. “The numbers work by offering incentives and financing. and financing. “Without the incentive continued on next page

Delta Halifax is now a model of energy efficient heating

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new models have a five-star rating for quiet operation,” says Mr. McMullin. Moreover, Delta Halifax guests can now use the wireless thermostats in their rooms to adjust the temperature between 18-24°C. If that flexibility isn’t enough, Mr. McMullin can customize the temperature in the room to the guests needs. “The system allows for the hotel rooms to be set up in zones. At this time there are four per floor. This flexibility allows us to put rooms on occupied/setback, whilst also allowing flexibility in room types available to our guests,” says Mr. McMullin. He can access and control the energy management system from any computer with an internet connection. Infrared sensors on the room thermostats trigger guest control of the unit when the room is occupied. The thermostats also use radio frequency to network with each other throughout the system. If temperatures move beyond pre-programmed parameters, filters need cleaning or other maintenance issues arise, the system automatically notifies Mr. McMullin, via an alarm, to fix the problem. When a room is vacant now for three days or more its temperature automatically dips to 11°C. “If it’s not occupied for less than three days, we allow it to go to 18°C. We try to keep it 18-24°C in that three-day range because it normally would use more energy to heat the room back up than what could be saved. When the old pumps were in use, they constantly ran 24/7 whether the room was occupied or not,” he says. Efficiency is so improved from the old system, Mr. McMullin says, “we were able to go from a 4,800-

watt electric backup element to a 3,300- watt one. So right off the top, in those freezing cold winter days we’ve actually dropped our peak demand in the building.” This is significant because Delta Halifax’s annual electricity rate is based on its electrical consumption during the annual peak demand months, December, January and February. When the outside temperature reaches -2°C, the heat pump’s reverse cycle refrigeration can no longer produce enough indoor heat. The unit’s two-stage backup

ceramic electric heaters then progressively kick in to compensate as needed. With the old pumps all 4,800 watts of supplementary heating would have been activated. Mr. McMullin admits the retrofit took “a lot of planning and work”, but the results have been hugely satisfying, and he has nothing but praise for Efficiency Nova Scotia’s role. “Initially I expected a lot of red tape to obtain the rebate,” he says, “I was incorrect. Efficiency Nova Scotia made it easy. They are a great bunch of people to work with.”

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ALL OF YOUR EASTER FAVOURITES, ON THE PEDWAY! Italian Market, Italy on the pedway Contributed by Italian Market Barrington Place The Italian Market is busily preparing for Easter and the annual Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala. We have Colomba in store in various flavours from Traditionale to Chocolate to Lemon. Colomba, Easter Dove Cake, is an Italian ‘dove shaped’ sweet bread similar to Panettone that is served during the Easter season. Packaged in attractive boxes, it is perfect for gift giving during this holiday season.

Chef Ivano Zambotti

We are also taking orders for our very own Easter Bread baked with coloured eggs. Order yours today by calling 902-444-4688 and to make arrangements to pickup at our Barrington Place or Young Street locations.







Easter Bread baked with coloured eggs















Tickets for this event, that supports UNICEF’s goal to provide safe clean water in a number of countries, are on sale now. Please visit for more information.


Our premiere event of the year, Chefs for UNICEF Water For Life Gala is taking place on Wednesday, April 26th at the World Trade and Convention Centre with a collection of international culinary delights presented by a number of Nova Scotia’s best Chefs. Our very own Chef Ivano Zambotti is preparing a menu including Cioppino Insalata Caprese, Arancini, aromatic Focaccia, and more.



Colomba (Easter Dove Cake)

TIN PAN ALLEY Dutch frites combined with creative classics from around the globe.


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MAKE A PLEDGE TO BE SUSTAINABLE BOMA BEST® is helping to build Sustainable Workplaces Contributed by BOMA Nova Scotia For a number of years the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) has offered BOMA BEST®, an environmental certification program for commercial buildings. BOMA BEST® is a unique, voluntary program designed by industry for industry; it provides owners and managers with a consistent framework for assessing the environmental performance and management of existing buildings of all sizes. While a building that is built to a “green” standard should have a lower environmental footprint, it is the management of ongoing operations that has the greatest impact on environmental performance, energy usage and water usage. Over the years BOMA became aware that many businesses are interested in managing the impact of their offices and operations on the environment.

They wish to provide staff and clients with a healthy indoor space, and limit the environmental footprint of their business. Choosing a BOMA BEST® certified building is one step, but the demand for a framework and certification program for businesses became apparent.

The program allows organizations to implement a set of policies, procedures, and programs that will provide:

In Fall 2016 BOMA Canada launched BOMA BEST® Sustainable Workplaces. This is the perfect tool to lead you and your organization to an environmentally sustainable workplace. Not only does BOMA BEST® Sustainable Workplaces validate what you’ve already done, it provides a road map to improve key performance indicators. The standardized framework requires you to benchmark, monitor and set goals in seven areas that you typically have some measure of control over: energy, water, waste, e-waste, construction and renovation, procurement practices, business and employee travel and indoor air quality.

• Best practices that will support sustainable building operations;



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• A baseline to begin tracking and then reducing their environmental impact;

• Best practices to support a healthier work environment; • An effective program to support overall sustainability efforts; and • Recognition as a leader in corporate sustainability efforts. Certifications are valid for a period of three (3) years from initial certification. Within sixty days of the first anniversary of certification and annually thereafter, organizations must submit a BOMA BEST® Sustainable Workplace Program Performance Report demonstrating on-going progress in achieving their goals and /or continuous improvement in their operations. For more information on this program, please visit the BOMA BEST website at bomabest/programs, or call the BOMA Nova Scotia office at 902-425-3717.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: BULLFROGPOWERED COMMUNITY Contributed by Bullfrog Power Since, 2014, we’ve been sharing stories of Crombie REIT’s support for community-based green energy projects through our partnership with Bullfrog Power. As part of its Currents of Change series, Bullfrog Power features portraits, thoughts and ideas from Canadians helping to transform the energy landscape through renewable energy. Today, we are featuring one of the changemakers who are creating powerful currents in their communities: Jessie Jollymore, Executive Director of Hope Blooms, located right here in Halifax. Here is her story: I’ve always thought that when you change the way you look at things—the things you look at change. Something spoke to me One day I was walking by an abandoned piece of land in an inner city community in Halifax. It was supposed to be a community garden—the local government had provided funding for it, but the program had failed. Something spoke to me. I thought, ‘This is the spot that’s going to flourish, and it’s going to thrive through children working and gardening together. We’re going to grow healthy foods here and bring them home to their families. We’re going to learn how to cook the food too.’ It’s now nine years later and there’s a thriving community garden located in the same space. When the Hope Blooms greenhouse program started, eight children were enrolled in the program. Today, over 53 children have been through the program. We grow more than 3,000 lbs of food annually and the kids take most of it home for their families. We host community suppers and summer film nights. What’s really cool is that we now also make and sell salad dressing using herbs grown in the garden. Through their experiences, the kids are growing up to be leaders. We chose not to be connected to the grid Inner cities and green energy don’t often go together— but these kids see this land as sacred and respect it. One of our program graduates designed our greenhouse after receiving design training and doing his own research. When planning the greenhouse, we chose not to be connected to the grid. We are thankful for the support we received from the Bullfrog community for the solar

Jessie Jollymore, Executive Director, Hope Blooms, Halifax, Nova Scotia

panels on the roof that power our facility with 100% green energy and love that we’ve become an example for other communities to follow! It takes a child to raise a village When children have lived through generations of poverty, they don’t know what it’s like to give back because they’re always on the end of receiving. When they become the providers themselves, now that’s a game changer. The young man who designed the greenhouse gets to wake up and see his creation every day. Soon, he will be leaving us to attend an Ivy League university in the U.S. where he’s received a full scholarship for an architecture program. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but we say it takes a child to raise a village. We believe that growing food in the inner city—and now promoting green energy—are some of the most disruptive things you can do. Hope Blooms operates a community garden in Halifax, featuring a youth-designed greenhouse, which was built through the support of Arlene Dickinson (Dragon’s Den). Yields from the garden and greenhouse are used to produce salad dressing sold through local farmers markets, with the proceeds supporting educational programs and scholarships. Through the support of the bullfrogpowered community, the greenhouse is powered by 100% renewable energy via a 3.1 kilowatt solar array and battery backup system.

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KITCHEN SINK: INDOOR YARD SALE AN EYELEVEL GALLERY FUNDRAISER Contributed by Eyelevel Gallery Attend on Facebook! Join us for a weekend of thrifting, music, raffle prizes, a silent art auction, and even a lemonade stand! Find yourself some second-hand treasures and help us raise money to support Eyelevel Gallery. Friday March 31, 5-9pm & Saturday April 1, 10am-2pm Parish Hall @ Saint George's Round Church, Cornwallis & Brunswick Streets

Have spring cleaning rejects? Contribute to the sale! Clothes, shoes, books, plants, tools, household items, small furniture pieces, records, art supplies—we’ll take it all. Drop off location: 101-5663 Cornwallis St. 15-30 March 2017 9am-5pm on weekdays 12-4pm on Sun. March 26

Can't make it to the event? Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign! Check out our merchandise, memberships and more! We have macaroni tote bags, guilt-free buy outs of fundraising events, and many other perks that allow you to support our artist-run centre. For more information, visit Questions? Email

Eyelevel Gallery is a charitable artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation, promotion, and development of contemporary art. As a gallery without a physical space, we do this by hosting projects in unexpected places. Eyelevel Gallery has provided a forum for the discussion and education of contemporary visual art for 43 years. With your support, we will be able to bring in more artists and foster local artistic practices, increasing engagement in the arts in Halifax.

INTRODUCING THE BEST SPORTS BRAS EVER Contributed by Hyba Scotia Square Why should you wear a sports bra when training? Breasts are mostly composed of fatty tissue and are supported mainly by skin and fragile ligaments called Cooper's ligaments. These are not elastic and during repetitive or high-impact sports, the breast bounce and pull on the ligaments, forcing them to stretch. Once these ligaments have stretched, they stay this way. The result is every women's nightmare: sagging breast. Going without the correct support can also cause breast pain and upper back and shoulder problems.

Come into Hyba and have one of the staff fit you for a bra specific to your activity. From March 27th until April 13th we will have 30% off all of our sports bras. Low-impact: Yoga, Pilates, Walking Medium-impact: Spinning, Training, Boxing High-impact: Running, Cardio Free classes every week at Hyba! Wed. @ 6:15pm Yoga with Amber Thurs. @ 6:30pm Hip Hop with Michelle Check back for additional classes that will be added to the schedule.

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Contributed by St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre

• A toddler program for ages 18 to 36 months



• A Montessori pre-school program for ages 3 to 5 years Some of the benefits of our location include: • Convenient location – have your child close to where you work • Experienced staff, with an average of 16 years working at St. Joseph’s • Large classrooms with natural light • Huge outdoor play space approx. 6000 sq ft • Free 30-minute parking spots for drop-off and pick-up • Hours of operation: 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday To book a tour of the centre or to inquire about our rates and availability please contact Amanda Stevens at (902) 422 8441 ex. 160 or by email at Also feel free to visit our website at for more information about St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre. Families who work in the building have first priority on the waiting list.

Halifax Apts.

• A pre-school program for ages 3 to 5 years



We offer Toddler, Preschool, and Montessori programs and we are conveniently located on the second floor of the Duke Tower. We offer the following:


St Joseph’s R W Children’s Centre is WE LO located within the Scotia Square complex at Duke Tower (2nd floor – Suite 208).


St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre is a not-for profit centre that was established in 1968. We have inhouse kitchen staff providing fresh healthy meals and snacks daily.





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NEPTUNE THEATRE IS EXCITED TO PRESENT ONCE ON STAGE APRIL 4-MAY 28 This folk musical is a truly original Broadway experience happening right here in Halifax, featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their music live onstage. ONCE tells the story of a struggling street musician about to give up on his dreams when a beautiful young woman suddenly takes interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them intensifies, his music soars to new powerful heights. ONCE features all the music from the critically-acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly. This achingly

beautiful, joyously uplifting show draws you in from the very first note, and never lets go.



SUSHI TONARI Delicious sushi made fresh daily.

And, you get to be a part of the story! Before each show, you’ll be invited to join the cast on set for a drink from the working bar on stage! Tickets and more information can be found at

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Get out and enjoy some of these upcoming events around the city… Once at Neptune Theatre On now until May 28 Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy at Scotiabank Centre April 7 Halifax Hurricanes vs. KW Titans at Scotiabank Centre April 9 Halifax Hurricanes vs. Niagara River Lions at Scotiabank Centre April 15 Halifax Hurricanes vs. Cape Breton Highlanders at Scotiabank Centre April 19

ADVERTISE WITH US! For information on availability and cost of advertising in our pedways, please contact Elizabeth Engram at 902-474-6618 or

Halifax Hurricanes vs. Moncton Miracles at Scotiabank Centre April 23 Ha!ifax ComedyFest, Various locations April 26-29 Stars on Ice at Scotiabank Centre April 28 Harlem Globetrotters at Scotiabank Centre April 29 Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week, Various locations May 5-14

Jim Gaffigan at Scotiabank Centre May 12 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon May 19-21 I Love the 90’s Tour at Scotiabank Centre May 24 Riverdance at Scotiabank Centre May 26 - May 28, 2017 Visit for Playoff Schedule and Tickets!

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