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Pride Week, Timmie Ho's, a shit load of oysters and Legofax

via Erik W. Fraser on Instagram.

Halifax Pride week kicks off tonight with the raising of the rainbow flag at City Hall. The country’s fourth-largest Pride festival is bursting at the seams this year, with a particular focus on great inclusion for all members of the LGBTQIA spectrum. That’s especially true with the radical folks at Rad Pride, who are volunteering their time to organize several events over the next 10 days aiming to bring Pride Week back to its activist roots. You can read about their efforts in this week’s cover story, or check out all of our Pride Week stories and event listings here.

Does Nova Scotia stifle innovation? The Financial Post’s Peter Kuitenbrouwer and and Icelandic cottage rental start-up thinks so. Haukur Guðjónsson’s Bungalo company employs five people in Halifax and has received $150,000 from federal crown corporation BDC Capital, but is annoyed that Nova Scotia’s Tourism Industry Association wants to better regulate Airbnb type businesses.

“These days, Guðjónsson, 33, wonders whether Halifax is the right place for a business like his that sets out to disrupt the status quo. His fear, which others share (and not just in Nova Scotia) is that governments see disruptors as a threat, rather than an opportunity.”

Lots of people sharing this around are pretty outraged at Guðjónsson. They’re not wrong. Tighter regulations—that are designed to make things safer for consumers—impeding one tiny start-up in one small industry is not proof the region is against innovation. If your business can’t adapt or alter the system than maybe you should rethink those self-applied labels of “innovation” and “disrupter.” But overall this is another ink-blot article where reads differently depending on your entrenched viewpoints.

Tim Hortons offered buyout packages to 15 percent of its total corporate workforce across Canada. The offers don’t include sales staff at the 3,800 franchises across the country, reports David Bateman at the Toronto Star. Industry Canada had previously placed restriction on the doughnut giant’s merger with Burger King that prevented the American company from eliminating more than 20 percent of Tim Hortons’ “entire corporate footprint.” Just over three percent of those offered elected to take the buyouts, which Timmies’ director for public affairs defines as the “generous financial means” to explore other opportunities.

The five finalists for Nova Scotia's largest award given for a single piece of art— the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterwork Arts Award— were announced this week. We’ll have to wait until November 7 to see whether poetry, music, visual art, theatre or dance takes home the dough.

Queer Acts, Halifax’s queer theatre festival, kicks off its 2015 program today at The Bus Stop Theatre. Kate Watson caught up with festival director Adam Reid to chat about what’s new behind the scenes, and what’s on stage this week.

The RCMP have quietly stopped releasing the names of people who die in car crashes and other “tragic accidents” across Canada, reports CBC’s Angela MacIvor. The Mounties say they’ll still release any names when the information is already publicly available, an it’s necessary to further an ongoing investigation, or when public interest outweighs privacy. As pointed out by privacy lawyer David Fraser, there’s no legislative change that’s caused this initiative. Instead, it’s likely just laziness. “Not disclosing the information very likely makes their jobs easier,” Fraser tells MacIvor, “it’s one less thing that they have to do.” As the CBC illustrates, it’s small communities who lose out with this change the most—reducing the death of loved community members into just another statistic.

One of the attendees of last weekend’s Evolve Festival has died after being taken to the hospital Sunday night in Antigonish. The Herald’s Jessica Flower reports that Dylan Jonathan Avery Champion, 21, of Summerside, PEI was airlifted to the QE2 in Halifax but passed away on Tuesday. It’s a dramatic headline given the substantial press Evolve received over potential drug testing kits, but Flower reports that an early autopsy found no trace of drugs in Champion’s system and his family says he had a history of seizures.

Dudes, have you seen this? Team Coast and friends have gone to shell and back (sorry, had to) to present Halifax’s inaugural Oyster Festival, a one-day event which hits the Halifax waterfront on October 3. Yeah, there's a lot of summer left before then, but we just wanted to get you pumped up in advance. Picture this—three hours of all-you-can-eat Nova Scotian oysters, plus local booze, plus shucking competitions, food trucks and all your seafood loving pals.

How about a snack source that isn't three months away? Our luck hasn’t run out, and today brings us yet another sunny day to enjoy a Halifax Food Truck Party. Thanks for that, mama Nature! Our second mobile food round-up of the summer takes place this afternoon at the Museum of Natural History, from 4 until 8pm, where there’ll be beer, popsicles, Jamaican food, doughnuts, tacos, s’mores and about a bazillion (approximation) other tasty treats. Bring your comfy shoes and your smile.

On display all this week at the Halifax Central Library is a recreated-Lego Halifax built by Gail Meagher. She’s been working on the buildings since 2002, with the tiny version of the Spring Garden Road library itself taking more than a month to build. Check it out yourself until Sunday when the whole thing gets packed back up.

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How cute is this Lego Oxford Theatre? Very cute, the answer is very cute. #halifax @hfxpublib

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