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Speak up for your city

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If you’re concerned about how your city is changing, if you want a say in how it’s changing, you need to speak up now

Four more years

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Halifax has elected its new government. Will anything change?

Beer to the people

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I’m confident any journalist who has ever written about craft beer can back me up on this: it’s a tricky topic. Everyone has their favourites, and beer is very subjective. Your favourite beer may be an also-ran to me, and vice versa. That’s why most craft-beer stories play it safe: “Yay, these locals are doing… Read More»

Editorial: Love this town

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As Halifax basks in summer, hard-working magazine editors need a break from trying to solve the city’s problems

The terrible beauty of Peggy’s Cove

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Every summer, we invite people from around the world to come visit Nova Scotia. Hell, we practically beg them. Our economy, particularly our rural economy, depends on them. We entice them with photos of the rugged coast, the mighty Atlantic breaking over ageless rocks. Tall lighthouses stand sentinel. It’s all very captivating. We can talk… Read More»

Municipal elections are when democracy gets fun

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Municipal elections are a lot of fun. Halifax’s next municipal election is in October and this time, right now, is my favourite part of the process. Reporters are furiously sniffing around trying to figure out which incumbents will reoffer and who the serious challengers are. Will a surprise mayoral candidate emerge and give Mike Savage… Read More»

Halifax finally has a clean harbour—why risk it?

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If you’re new to the city, it’s hard to understand how bad Halifax Harbour used to be. On a warm August day, the smell was a pungent slap of burnt oatmeal with hints of outhouse on fire. One summer I bused tables at a waterfront restaurant. Daily, I watched green-faced tourists get off tour boats,… Read More»

Let’s all be poor together!

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I’ve never understood the notion that job cuts and austerity are the keys to economic salvation. Governments the world over have told us that we just need to expect less of them: the only way they can keep our economy humming is to provide fewer services at greater cost, while employing fewer people and paying… Read More»


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