Inspired by Halifax

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It’s been more than a decade since he lived in Halifax, but for Mark Sampson, the seven years he spent here as a student and journalist were critical to his development as a writer. “Halifax continues to be such a big inspiration for me,” he says. “It was the first place I lived when I… Read More»

The year of living positively

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During my years as editor of Halifax Magazine, I’ve written a lot of these year-end messages. The theme is usually something like “Halifax really needs to do better next year.” We’ve devoted a lot of ink to how Halifax is governed and the kind of city we’re building: the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of Halifax… Read More»

Design for a good cause

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People in the magazine business don’t spend a lot of time pondering how to fill the restless hours. There’s always a lot to do, and precious little time in which to do it. So when magazine people take on an extra-credit project, you know it’s something that means a lot to them. That’s certainly the… Read More»

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame’s class of 2014

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As it marks its 50th anniversary this year, the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is preparing to welcome a new class of inductees. On November 1, it will induct five athletes, two builders, and one team in a ceremony at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. This year’s athletes include varsity stars Theresa MacCuish and… Read More»

Andre the giant

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For their owner, the Rainmen aren’t just a basketball team—they’re a way to help shape his city

Downtown growing pains

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Running a small business is a stressful affair at the best of times—so imagine how your stress would skyrocket if with little warning your business became virtually inaccessible to customers. It can happen anywhere: roadwork and construction are inevitable. But it’s a particularly frustrating problem for downtown businesses. “Construction is one that we get the… Read More»

Ketchup to comedy—Darrin Rose kicks off his new tour in Halifax

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When a comedian headlines a show, he usually feels that it’s the latest step in a series of successes that have brought him to the spotlight. But not Darrin Rose. “It all starts 12 years ago with a long series of failures,” he laughs. “In this business, you always kind of expect that you’re a… Read More»

Parking isn’t the issue

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Last December, Sarah Sawler wrote a story called “The parking myth” for Halifax Magazine. The story questioned the perception that Halifax has a parking problem. Sawler compared Halifax’s numbers (cost and availability) with other cities, talked with businesspeople who make their livings downtown and discussed the issue with an urban-planning expert. The conclusion, as the… Read More»

A sweet serving of tennis

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For the first time since 1998, Halifax hosts a key Davis Cup match, with Canada’s men’s tennis team meeting Colombia on an indoor hard court on September 12 and 13—the first time professional tennis has come to Scotiabank Centre (née Metro Centre). “Our team is extremely excited to play this tie in Halifax in September,”… Read More»

Why we celebrate

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When I moved to Halifax as a young man, this talk of a summer festival season was alien to me. I came from Digby, where festival season consisted of “Scallop Days,” a long weekend in August where the community gathered to share its love of beer gardens, tilt-a-whirls and, to a lesser extent, scallops. (Digby… Read More»