Body cameras out of the picture for Halifax police

Report to board of commissioners says “evidence to date does not justify” the $7.5-million cost for officer-worn accountability tools.
An information item headed to next week’s Board of Police Commissioners meeting says body-worn cameras (BWV) aren’t a cost-effective way to improve police practices and shouldn’t be used by Halifax Regional Police. “While the technology may have some value, the evidence to date does not justify the expenditure—by our estimates, over $1.4 million per year in direct and labour costs, for a five-year pilot involving 50 cameras,” the report reads.

Crown drops charges against cannabis club owner

Christopher Enns’ Farm Assists operation was raided three times by police between 2013 and 2015.
Crown prosecutors have dropped all charges against Christopher Enns that resulted from several police raids on his Farm Assists cannabis centre. Enns announced the news at a press conference Friday afternoon, at what was supposed to be day one of a constitutional challenge against the legal charges.

Drink this: Stillwell Four

The Halifax bar is gearing up for its four-year anniversary with a new brew.
A post shared by Stillwell Brewing Co (@stillwellbrewing) on Nov 13, 2017 at 8:58am PST Stillwell’s latest creation is not only a celebration of four years in the biz, but also the first bottle release to come out of its own brewing location. Earlier this year, Stillwell co-owner Chris Reynolds decided to rent some space in Propeller Brewing’s Gottingen location.

Here we go again with this stadium business

“Very credible” proposal for new Halifax CFL team dredges up old ideas.
Besides mystery tunnels under the harbour and basically anything donair, no regurgitated news story piques the interest of this municipality quite like the perpetual discussion of putting a football stadium in Halifax.

Ten epic weekend picks

Nova 7 celebrates 10 bubbly years, the Halifax Hurricanes kick off a new season and Halifax United aims for a better city.
10 Khyber Night Flea Market Saturday Get your shopping fix at this Khyber fundraiser featuring up to 35 vendors hawking crafts, services and vintage gems. 9 Adam Baldwin w/The Zolas Thursday Earnest Americana clad in a denim jacket, Dartmouth troubadour Adam Baldwin returns to The Marquee with a stack of relatable rock jams.

Halifax council to undergo cultural sensitivity training

Motion approved unanimously after over a dozen complaints about councillor conduct flood city hall.
In the fallout from several racially charged statements made by elected officials and more than a dozen conduct complaints submitted to city hall, Halifax Regional Council has agreed to collectively take part in cultural sensitivity training. The idea was unanimously approved Tuesday night after three hours of in-camera discussion.

Q&A: Jagmeet Singh on the NDP's future and busting stereotypes

The federal leader of the NDP says he's going to be “the first prime minister that’s ever been carded."
Jagmeet Singh has been the federal leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) since the beginning of October. He may be giving Justin Trudeau a run for his money—the “Jagmeet and Greet” event at Lion & Bright on Sunday was jam-packed with people, and tons more were lined up outside to shake Singh’s hand or snap a selfie.

Tony Mancini wants stronger sanctions for disrespectful HRM councillors

Gee, I wonder who this totally unprompted request to bolster the code of conduct could be about?
As Drake would say, Halifax council is coming back on its worst behaviour. Harbourview–Burnside–Dartmouth East representative Tony Mancini is asking for a staff report at Tuesday’s meeting of HRM Regional Council on updates to the municipality’s code of conduct for elected officials.

Ellen Page details abuse, harassment from director Brett Ratner and others

Halifax-born actor pens powerful Facebook post about the “epidemic of violence against women in our society.”
Ellen Page has become the latest in a perpetually expanding list of female actors to describe the harassment, sexual abuse and horrific experience of being a woman in Hollywood.

Have a downright danceable weekend with these 10 picks

Twirl at the 15th annual north end dance: The Sounds of Motown; celebrate Sobey Art Award winner Ursula Johnson while you cut a rug; and see a dance tribute to World War Two.
10 Columbus screening Friday Set in the architecturally-rich small town of Columbus, Indiana, this Carbon Arc flick follows a friendship between a local and a young man stranded in the town. As the two explore Columbus' sites, a relationship blooms—but can it exist outside this specific time and place?

My Mother's Bloomers' new digs

Neville McKay’s flower shop has put down some serious roots on Spring Garden Road. It’s been 25 years of My Mother’s Bloomers (5486 Spring Garden Road) growing with the downtown strip, but 2018 will see the business blossom in a brand new location in the north end.

Your 2017 Music Nova Scotia award winners

Five tubes for Port Cities!
Another Nova Scotia Music Week has come to a close after a wild weather weekend in Truro, where the roving annual event is in the middle of a four-year stay.

In The Dead of Winter Festival announces 2018 lineup

Waxahatchee, Kaia Kater and Palehound all snag headliner status.
Though this freakishly warm fall has winter feeling falsely far away, In The Dead of Winter Festival reminded us today that the snow is a-comin'—but luckily for us, so is the awesome singer-songwriter-focused festival with its folk-rock-Americana stylings.

Families want answers on loved ones, MMIWG commission hears

National inquiry wraps its third and final day of hearings in Membertou.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held community hearings in Membertou First Nation this week. Journalist Maureen Googoo live-blogged the hearings each day on Twitter and shared coverage from her crowd-funded news site,, with The Coast.

Upcoming rally will tackle key issues faced by women in Nova Scotia

With the Women's March on Washington several months behind us, local women "will continue to rally and be a force to be reckoned with.”
“We’re not going anywhere,” says Jackie Barkhouse. In January of this year, the Women’s March on Washington garnered support around the world—including a sister protest in Halifax.

The ten best ways to fill your weekend

Clear your calendar for the Best of Halifax Ball, big tickets like Mo Kenney and Lisa LeBlanc, plus Holocaust Awareness Week.
10 Sixth annual Harvest Hootenanny and Pumpkin Smash Saturday If your jack o' lantern is starting to feel as done as pumpkin spice, bring it to Common Roots' Harvest Hootenanny so it can be used for compost. Global music, apple cider, garlic planting and scavenger hunts round out the fun.

The winners of 2017's Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Awards are here!

With 600+ champs to celebrate

Bahamas, Matt Mays, July Talk and The Beaches announce Halifax shows

January's about to be burning-hot with these Big Tickets.
Two concerts announced this week have me planning to make 2018 the year that listening to a shit ton more music becomes my official new year's resolution.

Jamie Baillie is stepping down as Progressive Conservative leader

Vision. Action. Baillie.
After seven years and two general elections, Jamie Baillie is stepping down as leader of the Progressive Conservatives. Baillie submitted his official notice to Tara Miller, the PC Party president on Wednesday morning.

Council choo-choo-chooses not to fund downtown “road train”

Dartmouth Centre’s Sam Austin rails against off-track idea to transfer public money to a for-profit business.
The Halifax “road train” will have to conduct its business without any funding from city hall. A vote at council to provide $50,000 in municipal money for the downtown people-mover was defeated by an 8–8 tie on Tuesday.

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