Vol. 28, No. 9
Your Victoria Day holiday long weekend survival guide
Here’s how to have fun while you shelter in place.
By Team Coast
“I just want people to love us like they love our food”
Five Haligonians share their experiences with anti-Asian racism in our city.
By Caora McKenna
How much money will HRM's lower tax rate really save me?
And is it really worth more than the municipal projects it could be funding?
10 things in Halifax’s 2021/22 budget to be hopeful about
Staff to work on affordable housing, new parks, accessible taxis and more.
What’s coming to regional council tomorrow
Herring Cove Road improvements, accessibility strategy, heritage status and more.
Halifax passes long-awaited accessibility strategy
“Holy shit, we're actually doing stuff!”
Bike Again gets to stay put
The property it rents was sold, but new owner says the biking collective’s home is safe.
What does “defund the police” mean to you?
To get your thoughts, Halifax’s committee to define defunding police released a survey.
Shaming, blaming and vigilante justice is not going to get us out of this third wave
Viruses love when communities aren't working together.
148 new cases including 2 nursing home residents May 1
Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 third wave brings fresh threats on Saturday.
By Kyle Shaw
133 new cases, none of them at nursing homes, May 2
Nova Scotia reaches its latest record high of 822 active COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
Rankin’s small business rebates fall short of long-term help
The suffering service, retail and restaurant industries need more than a band-aid fix, and they need it now.
By Victoria Walton
Premier to party people: “What is wrong with you?”
Iain Rankin says he’s fed up with COVID rule-breakers.
146 new cases and better Coast data delivery May 3
Our map and case table have improved on Monday, but Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 numbers still suck.
153 new cases, 2 deaths & 3,000+ total cases May 4
In the fight against COVID-19, everything goes wrong for Nova Scotia on Tuesday.
What we (don’t) know about Nova Scotia’s two recent COVID deaths
Strang says many details are being kept quiet for privacy reasons, but those that have been released are concerning.
Robert Strang implied that AstraZeneca was not the gold standard—here’s why he should know better
Nova Scotia's top doc is misusing his soft power to show a possible vaccine preference.
By Johanna Chisholm
175 new cases on May 5, day 8 of the NS lockdown
Your correspondent’s COVID-19 vaccination is in the province’s stats on Wednesday.
182 new cases including 2 in long-term care on May 6
Halifax ends two weeks of lockdown Thursday with COVID-19 stronger than ever in Nova Scotia.
A tighter lockdown and 227 new cases arrive May 7
Borders and stores are closing as a woman dies and the health system is beyond capacity.
By Kyle Shaw and Victoria Walton
163 new cases and 1 death Saturday, May 8
Nova Scotia climbs to 1,539 active cases COVID-19 as the lockdown gets tighter.
Halifax Transit’s third-wave woes
Routes have been limited this week because so many drivers are sick or self-isolating.
165 new cases and 77 people recovered May 9
A Northwood staffer is among the newly infected in Nova Scotia's Sunday COVID-19 report.
There are ‘hundreds and hundreds’ of COVID-19 exposure sites in HRM
Don’t be fooled because only buses and flights are on the warning list.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Mon, May 10
Updates including briefings, infections and our daily map of community COVID-19.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Tue, May 11
4,000 cases, 3 waves, 1 chart
Nova Scotia’s third wave of COVID-19 is like nothing the province has seen before.
Tracking all of Nova Scotia’s COVID deaths
The details we know about those who’ve died, and what we can take away from the data.
By Victoria Walton and Johanna Chisholm
What happened to Nova Scotia’s COVID case count, and how it got back on track.
ICU patients start getting moved to free up beds
COVID is sending a lot of “otherwise healthy people” to intensive care in Central zone.
Strang’s flip-flop on AstraZeneca
From AZ backer to pausing doses for the province, here’s what the top doc’s said.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wed, May 12
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Thursday, May 13
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Fri, May 14
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Saturday, May 15
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Sunday, May 16
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, May 17
Nova Scotians 30+ can now book a vaccine
Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots!
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Tuesday, May 18
Why 75% herd immunity is really 85% vaccinated
It’s going to take high vax rates in all eligible age groups to reopen the province.
10 jobs available in the fight against COVID-19
From housekeeping staff to licensed pharmacists, hospital COVID units need lots of help.
Rapid testing numbers are down, and that’s a problem
Testing lead Lisa Barrett says C19 cases may go undetected as fewer noses are swabbed.
Rankin reveals longer lockdown
The province won’t reopen until at least the second week of June.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, May 19
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Thursday, May 20
5 charts for 5,000 cases
Play with these data visualizations to get inside Nova Scotia's latest pandemic milestone.
Two swabs for the price of one
Testing testing, the province is using PCRs to confirm the accuracy of rapid tests.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Friday, May 21
Small businesses asked to stay patient while big box stores profit
Walmart can sell all the clothing it wants, but local retailers remain closed.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Saturday, May 22
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Sunday, May 23
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, May 24
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Tuesday, May 25
How to reschedule your second COVID-19 vaccine dose in Nova Scotia
The complicated question of mandatory vaccination
For doctors, nurses and other health care workers, the vaccine is still—and likely always will be—optional.
When Nova Scotia’s third wave of COVID might end
If this wave is like the first two waves, we’re projected to get out of lockdown July 7.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, May 26
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Thursday, May 27
What PEI’s reopening plan can teach Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island plans to open its end of the Atlantic Bubble as early as June 27.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Friday, May 28
What Halifax and Sydney schools lose by staying closed in June
"I don't want to go for a beer if my kids can't go to a classroom."
Nova Scotia caps UberEats fees, modernizes archaic liquor laws
Restaurants and bars have been lobbying for change during the third-wave shutdown.
Nova Scotia announces Phase 1 of five-phase reopening plan
The first part of the plan begins next Wednesday, June 2.
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Saturday, May 29
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Sunday, May 30
COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, May 31
Rankin sends HRM and Sydney kids back to school
Students in these regions will return to classrooms a day after the rest of the province.
Four paid sick days make tiny dent in hard reality for Nova Scotia’s low-wage workers
In 2019, 45 percent of Nova Scotia’s employees were making less than the living wage.
Reconciliation means looking into Shubenacadie residential school, too
Nova Scotia has yet to find any graves at the site, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
I miss everything about live music
The big things like the thrill of a band starting an encore, but also the many little things.
By Morgan Mullin
On witnessing the atrocities of war and colonialism in the digital age
When violence and trauma travel through digital networks, it’s our responsibility to make solidarity and resistance travel the same way.
By Johannah Black
Palestinians rallying against abusive policing in Gaza end up grossly policed here in Halifax
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association protests the way these protesters were treated.
By Rana Zaman
The birds of Owls Head need a wingman
The government puts the piping plover on license plates, but will it help the plovers on our beaches?
By Lindsay Lee
Does fracked methane deserve “natural” label?
By David Suzuki
Shortage of English testing drives brains away from NS
Ottawa’s new plan to turn international students into permanent residents is hard to access here.
By Seyitan Moritiwon
NSCAD announces it will *not* be moving next to the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
"The gallery’s evolving building design and related space constraints means it no longer meets the needs of NSCAD."
4 event picks including harp star Kristan Toczko
Halifax beats the lockdown with these Sure Things to watch and listen to from May 26-29.
5 examples of Halifax cheug
2013 is calling—from the Luckett Vineyards phone booth—and wants its term back.
By Kyle Shaw and Morgan Mullin
Some Sure Things to look forward to May 6-13
From Zuppa Theatre's Pop-Up Love Party to Kristen Martell in concert, here's all the things to stream this week.
4 movies we can't wait to watch at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival
The 15th annual celebration of indie movies happens online June 24-27.
Hooked on a feeling
Crystal Ross did a pandemic pivot to hooking rugs, putting a new spin on the NS folk art.
7 Sure Things for the May 21 weekend
From the Scotia Festival of Music's kick-off to a K-Pop trivia, here's all the fun to be had this weekend in Halifax.
The Sobey Art Award announces its 2021 longlist
Two Halifax artists—Carrie Allison and Lou Sheppard—are among the 25 in the running for Canada's biggest art prize.
Countless Journeys. One Canada.
Calling Digital Artists to Submit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist in Residence Program
Content presented by Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Q&A with Sobey Art Award nominee Lou Sheppard
“I’m finding myself still very interested in making stuff outside of exhibition spaces.”
7 Sure Things for the May 14 weekend
From Haus of Rivers's online drag show to Mayworks' digital theatre foray, there's lots of fun to be had this weekend!
2b theatre announces LaMeia Reddick as new executive director
The community activist and artist will lead the theatre company alongside founding artistic director Christian Barry.
Q&A with activist-artist Arjun Lal
“Art as a tool for positive social change has been on my mind for a while,” the mixed-media maker tells The Coast.
Halifax Jazz Festival announced dates; plans for online event
Tune into the event from July 3-Aug 15.
Halifax Pride Festival announces dates for 2021 event
The summer staple will happen from August 12-22, 2021.
Gabrielle Papillon releases must-watch video "Last Deep Breath"
The clip highlights the strength it takes to fight personal battles.
By Alec Martin
Record review: Century Egg’s Little Piece of Hair hits hard
For its label debut, the Halifax four-piece is sharp and sunny.
A month long celebration of culture, heritage and community through food
Let’s taco ‘bout Mexican food
Five taquerias to bring your Cinco de Mayo—or any meal—to the next level.
General Khan’s Spicy Chicken: A house favourite from Khan’s HFX
Central and South Asian fusion that tells the story of displacement.
By Thanh Phùng
Famous Curry Garden’s got Northern Indian Cuisine sorted
Home of the staple dishes you will find in almost every Northern Indian household
Get a taste of Vietnamese comfort food with I Love Pho
A small family owned business that needs your support.
By Mo Phùng and Thanh Phùng
Authentic Filipino street fare in Fairview from Silong Express
Named one of the 25 Best Filipino Restaurants in Canada for a reason
By Thanh Phùng and Mo Phùng
The Bangkok-born chef of Kajohn Thai Restaurant
Serving up dishes reflective of central Thailand—a balance of sweet and spicy
Grill Way Catering brings authentic Syrian flavours to Halifax
We break down a favourite, the mix kebab plate
Sushi Shige has transformed how Halifax thinks about sushi
Itamae Shigeru Fukuyama gives us the city's most authentic Japanese experience.
Young Pocha knows the magic of fried chicken and beer
The chimaek combo is among the tasty fare at Halifax’s Korean pojangmacha-style eatery.
By Mo Phùng
Your horoscope for the week May 6-12
Solicit help about truly important matters, Pisces.
By Rob Brezsny
Your horoscope for the week May 13-19
Kiss a monster in your dreams, Sagittarius, and win a chess match with a demon.
Your horoscope for the week May 20-26
Don't underestimate the power of minor, subtle, regular breakthroughs, Taurus.
Your horoscope for the week May 27-
During the next three weeks, Aries, you're primed to be extra expressive and interesting.
The guy you saw being dragged around on a leash one night will be dragging someone else around the next.
By Dan Savage
The person behind the porn persona
Even if you get porn famous, you’ll still have lots of opportunities for people to get to know the real you.
Good news—there is a button that can speed up a man’s approaching orgasm, but you can’t see it.
Do I forgive my cheating partner, or burn it all down?
We've been together almost 30 years, and the cheat's a cheater with my best friend.
Stop the build on new French-language school on the peninsula, says suspended school board member
By Lauren Phillips, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Best of Halifax 2023 Readers' Choice Awards winners
Everything you need to know about HRM council’s Nov. 28 meeting
By Matt Stickland
Why can’t Nova Scotia phase out of fossil fuels faster?
By Martin Bauman