Lifelong lifeguard sees change over the decades

Lifelong lifeguard sees change over the decades

In the '70s there were up to 40 drownings a year in the province. Now there's usually less than 10.
Mike Melenchuk stopped being a certified lifeguard about a decade ago, but as the executive director of the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society, he's still keeping his feet wet.

Teach yourself Black Nova Scotian history this summer

Take this summer to study the parts of NS history you never learned about in school.
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia 10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook Black-led organizations have been working for years to fill in the gaping holes in our history left out by school curriculums.

Staycation summer

Now’s the perfect time to play tourist in our own city.
A normal summer's day in Halifax has streets throbbing with tourists from far reaches of the world.

Where to go when you gotta go

HRM has a total of 20 public washrooms, the majority of which are at bus terminals and city parks.
Public washrooms are always important, but especially so during COVID-19 when marginalized communities may have less access to retail store and coffee shop washrooms.

A beginners guide to biking to the beach in Halifax

How to get from downtown Halifax to Rainbow Haven with just two wheels and two feet.
What if we told you that you can bike from downtown Halifax to the beach?

Paddling towards equal representation in the outdoor industry

Things like canoeing, kayaking and hiking are primarily white. Alexi Rodriguez wants to change that.
Different Strokes Paddle Program launched in HRM in late June with the goal of getting more diverse people into kayaks and out enjoying nature.

Join the struggle for a better Canada on Canada Day

The Migrant Rights Network invites you to the “Canada Day What?” online seminar.
With most July 1 events cancelled due to COVID-19, lots of people will be spending Canada Day at home. But what better time to learn about colonialism and racism than Canada Day?

Halifax approves ambitious and unprecedented climate plan

A plan so good Mayor Mike Savage says he could take it to the UN.
Halifax Regional Council approved a landmark planning document on climate change this week. The opus, HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Together is Halifax's long-term climate action plan that outlines 46 actionable items that HRM can do to get to net zero emissions by 2050.

Halifax’s largest catering and tourism groups have laid off almost all staff this summer

Despite the re-opening on June 5, hundreds of staff in the restaurant, catering and tourism industries remain unemployed.
H alifax’s economy is taking a hard hit with COVID-19 and the effects are still setting in.

The Harbour Hopper prepares for a summer with no tourists

The floating frog/tour vehicle starts running July 1—and locals get a discount this summer.
On July 1, Transport Canada regulations will allow boats and watercraft of all kinds to get back to business. Although it spends about half its time on the roads, the Harbour Hopper is classified as a vessel.

It's time for white people in Halifax to get down to work on racism

How Game Changers 902 is changing the game and centralizing African Nova Scotian voices in Halifax.
Game Changers 902 wants to make sure all the newsfeed posts and Instagram stories about the Black Lives Matter movement amount to more than a look at a moment in time.

Thirteen people more deserving of a statue in Halifax than Cornwallis

It's time his podium is topped with a less problematic effigy.
Halifax’s public figures are not as diverse as its citizens, especially when it comes to who is cast in bronze and put upon a pedestal. There's The Emigrant statue that was erected at the waterfront in 2013, and the 2017 statue The Volunteers recognizes three women who volunteered in the Second World War.

Halifax settles on a budget, lets go of its Big Truck Energy

Regional council performs financial gymnastics to deal with the COVID crunch.
Yesterday Halifax Regional Municipality's budget committee signed off on the recast budget for 2020/21 after a lengthy COVID-induced rejigging. In total, the municipality has budgeted $1.1 billion needed for this fiscal year, which will run until March 31, 2021.

Growing the Black economy with no strings attached

ACCE Nova Scotia is looking for allies who want to make change that lasts longer than the media’s attention span.
The focus of the media has shifted in the past week, from the coronavirus to an international protest movement in support of Black lives. “With pandemic and tragedy and grief, it’s been up and down, it’s been a rollercoaster,” says Bradley Daye, owner of Placemaking 4G, a Halifax-based recruiting company.

Half of the city’s highest-paid staff work for Halifax Regional Police

Sunshine list is full of cops as calls to question police funding grow louder.
Calls are being made across North America to reduce or redirect police budgets in the wake of another killing of an African-American man by police in the US. But the crime against George Floyd is far from the only reason citizens are ready to change the status quo—here in the Maritimes, a police officer responding to a call in New Brunswick on Thursday shot and killed 26-year-old Chantel Moore, an Indigenous woman who recently moved to the Maritimes to live near her mother and daughter.

RCMP provide an update on NS shooting, no inquiry yet

Police have now interviewed 650 people related to their investigation.
On Thursday, June 4, Nova Scotia RCMP provided an update on the shooting events of April 18 and 19 that shook the province to its core and left 22 people dead. “For Nova Scotians, there will always be a before April 18 and an after,” says assistant aommissioner Lee Bergerman, commanding officer of NS RCMP.

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Vol 28, No 1
July 9, 2020

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