Burning Ears for Monday

Who in the world is talking about Halifax (May.7/07)

The tourism stories are popping out in American media like buds on the trees, and other parts of Canada are still worried about catching mumps from us. Full links below.

from Los Angeles and Boston
It's that time of year, when Americans — or at least their editors — muse about a trip to the unspoiled beauty of Nova Scotia's shores. The Daily News in Los Angeles just ran a story about Wolfville, although it's more a fall colours piece than a summer fun one, so somebody must have been doing more musing than reading. The first graph:

The fall chill comes early to Nova Scotia, so the summer visitors start clearing out in September. But others come here in autumn just to see the blazing foliage. If you bundle up a bit, it can be an appealing time to visit.
Halifax doesn't get the lavish attention Wolfville receives, but there are signs of the same attention to detail that brings this story to light at the start of summer:
An hour away is Halifax. The capital of about 130,000 offers enough in the way of restaurants, clubs, museums and music to satisfy any need for cosmopolitan energy.

This is a city with a revered nautical tradition, and the harbor and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic demand a look. Halifax holds a strong connection to the Titanic, with 150 victims buried there. (story here)

The Boston Globe does a bit better with its latest NS travel piece, a look at tidal rafting on the Shubenacadie River. Here's the (admittedly weak) Halifax mention:
Pronounced shoo-ben-ack-a-dee , the 32-mile river is located midway between the bay and Halifax Stanfield International Airport . On a flood tide, some 52 billion tons of water roil up the river in two hours, the currents topping 18 miles per hour as standing waves, created not by underwater obstacles but by the motion of water, reach close to 10 feet high. Micmac legend was onto something when it suggested the Shubenacadie was a sign of just how deeply the earth inhales and exhales, twice a day. "I had always wanted to give it a try but the rides were always booked," said Jack Robinson, 51, a Nova Scotia native. Three years ago he quit his "real" job as a lawyer for Coca-Cola and bought Tidal Bore Rafting Park — breaking, he said, what was Lawyer Rule No. 1: Never buy what you've never tried. (story here)
That Jack Robinson sounds like a fun-loving lawyer. But I bet he's got a bullet-proof waiver. MY MUMP, MY MUMP, MY MUMP, MY LOVELY LITTLE MUMPS
from Ottawa
Local efforts to spread disease across Canada may have hit a snag. CFRA radio is reporting that a man who brought mumps from Halifax to Ottawa didn't manage to infect anyone else:
A man who contracted mumps in Nova Scotia spent nine days in isolation in Ottawa after showing symptoms.

But Dr. David Salisbury tells the Ottawa Citizen it appears the victim hasn't passed it on to anyone else in Ottawa. (story here)

We're expecting this sort of story to spread a lot more thanks to tourism stories like the sort above.

Where are you finding outbreaks of Halifax? Send links here.

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