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»

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»

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»

Oh, now I get it…

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As regular readers know, I started sharing details on my get-fit efforts about a year and a half ago. As I’ve gone through that journey, losing 48 pounds and six inches off my waist, I always had this vague goal of running in one of the Blue Nose Marathon events as a way of marking… Read More»