Coast 25: The truth is out there

The Coast is not out to get you

Mollie Cronin

One thousand one hundred and fifty-seven issues leave a lot of lines for readers to read between. Are Coast writers actually a bunch of left-leaning, pot-smoking, Green-voting, indie-rock-lovers? Is Jacob Boon actually a talking dog? Strap on your tinfoil hat, here are some of the misunderstood conspiracies about this little paper.

Best of Halifax is an inside job
You can halt production on that YouTube truther doc because this isn’t a thing. A rigged survey would be easier, for sure. Unfortunately, we don’t take easy routes over here at Coast HQ. We’ve spent hundreds of hours tabulating votes, sifting through the various different spellings of each one —Darells/Darryls/Darrel’s/Deryls/Darrell’s/that place with the penut butter bugers—deleting suspicious ballot stuffers, calling winners and writing about them. Is the BOH a popularity contest? That’s how all votes work: the person with the most wins. Sometimes popularity has to do with name recognition, sometimes it's in-your-face campaigning. Sometimes people pay for ads to do said campaigning—sometimes those people lose!—and sometimes the actual popular kids are too cool to even want to win, so they don’t. Either way, it’s a readers’ choice survey. Coast minions don’t get a say in squat.

The friendocracy
The most time-worn Coast conspiracy is that we only write about our friends and you have to have some kind of “in” to be on the cover. Honestly, we wish we had that many friends. Some weeks we five in the editorial department can’t even cobble together enough names to fill the birthdays box on the horoscope page. And we can’t write about our actual loved ones thanks to a nifty conflict of interest policy. Anyone wanna hang out?

The Coast staff are scene-deniers
All scenes were created equally, all neighbourhoods are valid. Though every sparkling snowflake out there deserves an anthology written about their accomplishments we simply don’t have enough space to do it. If you’ve felt left out, it’s nothing personal. There is no coverage Illuminati, no sprawling blacklist written in blood.

We are not actively campaigning against:

Non-peninsular Halifax
Comic books
Small businesses
The police
Superhero movies*

*OK this one is true. Tara Thorne hates those.
**We sincerely apologize to anyone who is left off this list. It wasn’t on purpose.

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