June 2014

At the intersection of contentment and construction

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The sun is shining. There’s a warm breeze. The work week is slipping away and you’re on a downtown patio ready to raise a cold one in a salute to summer. And then it happens. One of the 75 multi-ton mammoths running back and forth into the Nova Centre construction site daily, roars past sending… Read More»

Still fighting for Blue Mountain Birch Coves Lake Park

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Truman Layton has gone camping in the woods of the proposed Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes regional park about 50 times. An avid outdoorsman, he’s also camped and hiked in New Zealand, Scotland and the Canadian Rockies, but says there is an “atmosphere that’s really different” about this area. Layton spoke as part of a… Read More»

Choosing silence

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It’s the kind of problem people only discuss after elections, when it’s too late—why aren’t young people voting?

Summer hits

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Are you overwhelmed by the bevy of summertime events to choose from? Here are a few sure-thing summer hits to check out.

Steampunks, UFOs and yodellers—exploring Maritime subcultures

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A new Halifax-based production company, Peep Media Inc., is premiering its first documentary Edge of East on CBC Documentary Channel tonight at 8pm. (It will rebroadcast on CBC Maritimes on July 19 at 8pm). In the doc, director Jackie Torrens explores three rich and surprising subcultures that have unique ties to the Maritime identity: the UFO believers of Shag… Read More»

Which way forward?

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Everyone seems to agree with the Ivany Report’s conclusions, but there is little consensus on what Nova Scotia must do to escape its economic doldrums

JazzFest essentials

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Local talent and a night of music unlike anything you’ll ever see—our insiders’ guide to Halifax’s biggest musical celebration

Rise of the mermaids

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A new fishy troupe in Halifax aims to educate and inspire. The group is Halifax Mermaids, which was co-founded by Rebecca Ambrosino and Stephanie Brown—separately known as mermaids Mimi and Raina. Ambrosino says the two met five years ago, when Brown responded to an ad Ambrosino had posted online advertising her business. “She found me… Read More»

Diana Whalen adds it all up

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She has long been one of Halifax’s busiest MLAs, and now Diana Whalen’s resumé includes “Finance Minister” in Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government. Recently, she brought in her first budget, and talked with Halifax Magazine about how she’s settling into the job. Is the honeymoon over yet? [Laughs] Let me think…Certainly when you bring in your… Read More»

“Coastal Lives” laid bare

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Writers hold back the curtain on other people’s lives. But as a general rule, they don’t like having their own lives examined. Stories of reclusive and shy writers (most kindly described as “quirky”) abound. So to talk with a writer who openly, even happily, shares a lifetime worth of hopes, hurts, highs and lows, is a disarming… Read More»