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Mar 17-23, 2016

Vol. 23, No. 42

How can we trust Halifax city hall if we don't know who's whispering in its ear? This week's cover feature by city editor Jacob Boon looks into whether HRM should follow the lead of other Canadian cities and set up a municipal lobbyist registry. Plus, a Q&A with premier Stephen McNeil, band practice with Three Sheet and the cycle of life at Oulton's Meat Store.

News + Opinion

Arts + Music

Food + Drink


  • Free Will Astrology

    Explore subtler pleasures, Scorpio

    By Rob Brezsny

  • Kinky problems

    I’m in between boyfriends—how do I navigate finding anonymous kinky partners who don’t hate women? Plus: On safe words.

    By Dan Savage

  • Four condos to watch

    With the condo market is on the rise—literally—here’s a peek at four new or soon-to-be buildings to consider.

    By Michelle Cameron

  • Less is more

    How a 180-year-old house inspired the Roberts family to declutter, downsize and dive into a major renovation.

    By Allison Saunders

  • The heat is on

    Erica and Devin Brook are building communities, relationships and a business out of the sauna they built together.

    By Allison Saunders

  • Back to the future

    A DIY renovation takes inspiration from the both bones of a 50-year-old kitchen and modern design blogs to create a bright, beautiful space.

    By Allison Saunders

  • My favourite room: Marianne Abboud's living room

    A look inside an architect’s common space

    By Allison Saunders

  • How to hang a gallery wall

    Decorator Shay Ingram, of Shay Interiors, offers pro tips for creating beautiful chaos with art.

    By Allison Saunders

  • Colour me rad

    Low investment and high impact, a fresh coat of paint is a powerful thing.

    By Allison Saunders

  • In the market

    The average sale price for a home in Halifax in 2015 was $278,000. We ran the real estate gamut to give you a glimpse of what that kind of budget can get you.

    By Adria Young

  • Forget me not

    Local furniture designers meld contemporary design with a blast from the past, by using salvaged, vintage and upcycled materials.

    By Allison Saunders

  • Some kind of wonderful

    How one first-time homeowner transformed his dated digs into the home of his dreams in just two months.

    By Michelle Cameron

  • My favourite room: Alison Phibley

    Renovators Resource’s manager describes the nostalgia behind her favourite stairwell in town

    By Allison Saunders

  • Eight tips for first-time buyers

    Real estate agent Kelli Tynes-Harrington gets real about how to avoid making mistakes while shopping for a home.

    By Allison Saunders

  • My favourite room: Joanna Lane

    A look inside a home stager’s home office

    By Allison Saunders

  • Building a future

    We’re calling in the experts on construction and renovations, because DIY demolition isn’t for everybody.

    By Allison Saunders

  • My favourite room: Brittney MacLean

    A look inside a design blogger’s living room

    By Allison Saunders