902 Man Up finds healing within

Halifax organization wants to prove transformation comes from the inside out at Family Day event this weekend.
You don’t need to be a man to “man up,” but a community touched by violence is encouraging males to step up to the plate and become “responsible men” in their neighbourhoods. 902 Man Up was created by Marcus James and Peter Campbell last May. The community-based organization was formed in response to an outbreak of homicides in the Halifax area, of which, over a third of the victims were African Nova Scotians.

Ten wild weekend picks

From dinosaurs to dachshunds to an old-timey circus, this weekend's a wild one.
10 Blues Brothers screening Sunday Good Robot's spring outdoor screening series ends with a bang as this 1980s comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd gives you some serious road trip vibes. 9 Georgian tea Saturday Spend an afternoon on the rolling hills of idyllic Scott Manor while sipping tea in vintage china cups and overdose on the sugary-sweetness of it all.

Shop this: 90s swimwear at Makenew

Which way to the beach?
The upside of our recent summer rain is that it’s likely warming up the lakes a little.

Council promises new home for Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre

“We talk about reconciliation, and there’s always lots to talk about it, but this is an actual action,” says executive director Pam Glode-Desrochers.
Plans for a brand new Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre are one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to a surprise motion from Halifax Regional Council. After an in-camera discussion that began Tuesday evening and spilled into Wednesday afternoon, council voted to once again look at selling the former Red Cross building in the north end, under the condition that any redevelopment will include should look at including a new friendship centre.

Guided Tour - Bedford

It’s got some of the best walking areas in the city, businesses are booming and the pubs and stores are popping up. The growth happening in Bedford is incredible. No wonder it’s been named the fastest-growing community in Atlantic Canada.
Community spirit

Take a ride with Roundabout Bicycles

Dust off your old bicycle and visit this in-home bike repair shop.
As we head into peak bicycle season—and cyclists are able to use Point Pleasant Park on weekends till fall—it’s a great time to pull your old bike from the shed or garage. It’s probably a good idea to get the bike a check-up before going for a ride, though, and Jack Wong may be the person to do it.

Splurge debuts The Shop Upstairs

New stuff at Sophie's Place
Our shop is OPEN! Follow our brick and mortar shopping experience @theshopupstairs!

The Atlantic Film Festival is FIN it to win it

The annual fest announces its new name, plans to take over Park Lane.
The Atlantic Film Festival is launching into its 37th year with a new name and big plans. From here on out, the annual event will be referred to as FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival.

Halifax doesn't know what its contractors are paying workers

But it's probably not enough for those employees to live on.
It’s impossible to gauge the financial impact of HRM adopting a living wage policy, in part because right now the municipality doesn’t know what its contracted employees are being paid. On Tuesday, Halifax Regional Council voted on a verbose staff recommendation to explore including employee compensation, environmental impacts and social economic benefits when approving external contracts.

Tall Ships gets funding boost

Mayor Mike Savage and city council approve $540,000 contribution to international nautical festival.
Tall Ships will raise its sales with over half a million dollars in municipal funding. Regional council voted Tuesday to increase Halifax’s contribution to the nautical festival—to a total of $540,000—at the request of mayor Mike Savage.

Our Common Woods resurrects trees through art

Our Common Woods unveiling Wednesday, June 21 at 10am The Halifax Trees cut down during the North Park intersection redesign have been given a second life thanks to a new public art project.

Adieu Agora, hello Haligonian

New stuff on Agricola Street
After just under a year on Agricola Street, Agora Cafe & Grill Bistro (2394 Agricola Street)—the colourful little cafe, serving up a menu of Mediterranean cuisine, coffees and baked goods—closed its doors permanently yesterday. The cafe's owner Kubilay Gonul took to Facebook for parting words, and to share the news that a new business would be taking over the space.

Halifax police hoping to improve use of street checks

New report recommends policy review, public education on civic rights and officer training on “fair and impartial policing.”
A report before Monday’s meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners is recommending several new efforts to improve the police department’s continued use of street checks. New deputy chief Robin McNeil is planning to oversee a privacy impact assessment and policy review on the controversial practice of collecting data on residents who haven’t committed any crimes, and develop new training for Halifax Regional Police officers on “fair and impartial policing.”

Premiere: Strongboy's "Then Again"

"A ton of love, and a touch of loneliness," truly the best musical combo there is
Strongboy's upcoming album, Steady, is some sweet summer riffage.

Federal trans rights bill passes without amendment

Bill C-16 will make trans rights part of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Bill C-16, the federal trans rights bill, passed in the Senate today with a vote of 67-11.

Ten totally dreamy weekend picks

Don't sleep on OUTeast's screenings, outdoor shows and accessible opera.
10 An Interlude, or, Intelligent Tan art show Thursday // Friday // Saturday Prize-winning artist Beth Stuart hosts skeptical tarot card readings and builds plaster shapes onto the gallery walls, exploring the idea of a gallery as a place of experimentation. 9 FUSE flash mob Sunday This is your chance to be part of the fun on FUSE's July 1 dance festival with a free, two-hour primer of key steps.

LISTEN TO THIS: Vadell Gabriel's new maxi-single

If you’re not a fan of the first version of this single, you might like the next.

Why do restaurants put inedible garnishes on their food?

Dear Ask Hole, Why, at a restaurant, is food always garnished with other food?

Black Cop feature film crowdfunds post-production costs

The people behind a feature film about a Black police officer are crowdfunding the movie’s post-production costs in hopes of having it finished for festival season.  The aptly named Black Cop is directed by Cory Bowles, based on the same premise as his short film of the same name.

(Bike) Feats of strength

Consulting firm aims to make Halifax more bike-friendly.
Ben Wedge says more and more people are cycling—and changes need to be made to accommodate the growing number. Wedge’s consulting firm, Bike Feats, started up in fall of last year.

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