Wednesday's 10 things to read about

Condo fuckery, Sid the Kid's double-double and Halifax Pop Explosion's big news

via Gary Archibald on Instagram

Well this is a bit of monstrous bullshit: a condo development has built a wall over the basketball courts used by neighbouring St. Joseph’s A McKay School. CBC’s Brett Ruskin took some photos and looked into the obnoxious wall, put up by Louis Lawen’s Dexel Developments. Originally, Dexel was to provide a new playground space, but the new strip of land was owned by HRM and got bogged down in bureaucratic red tape. The basketball nets and nearby playground, Ruskin notes, were built following three years of penny drives, fundraising events and grant applications.

CREDIT: Brett Ruskin, CBC

Your little brother’s favourite hacktivist group, Anonymous, plans to keep releasing top secret government documents until Canada arrests the RCMP officers responsible for the death of a protester in British Columbia. Items already leaked to the press appear to include details on the country’s foreign spying operations, including 21 CSIS bureaus around the world that have never been publicly acknowledged until now. Vice Canada’s Justin Ling and Alex Cybulski have more here, that’s well worth a read.

“Halifax man seriously injured after someone jumped on his head several times.

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon worked a shift at Tim Hortons because Canada. It was all part of a television commercial shoot for the Burger King subsidiary. Probably one of those cool commercials where a fun prank happens and real people like you or I are taken by surprise at the great taste of dark roast. Crosby suffered a walnut con-crunchion on set and will be out for four to six weeks.

For the second time this year, an inmate at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro has died. Prison, even in Canada, can be a death sentence.

The labour dispute between Egg Films and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees continues to be sad and petty. Duel protests by union members outside Egg and by Egg employees outside the Westin (where IATSE was having a national board meeting) occurred yesterday and featured professional conduct like hurling insults and calling the cops. In recent weeks, both sides have created social media accounts to anonymously trash the other and decried their opponents for bullying. Egg locked out its unionized film technicians back in March, after years of fighting against unionization with the Nova Scotia Labour Board and in the courts. Egg’s owners (Sara Thomas and Mike Hachey) claim the union failed to negotiate a contract that would work for Egg—a company trying to survive in a difficult Nova Scotia film climate.

Though October seems like an eternity away, the Halifax Pop Explosion's initial lineup for the 2015 festival was announced last night at The Company House. Purity Ring, Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott, festival alumni Stars and mathcore scene vets The Dillinger Escape Plan are among the headliners.

Check out the initial lineup here and then grab your early bird passes before they're gone.

As of 20 minutes ago, Greg Nash and Andrew Murphy's mild mannered North Street brewery, Unfiltered Brewing, is officially fucking open. Hop to it, boozehounds.

Fantasie Music, Spring Garden’s Road’s latest retail arrival, opened to the public last weekend, bringing Chinese-made stringed instruments—pianos, guitars, violins and the sort— as well as private music lessons to the downtown shopping scene. It’s a family-run business and a bright storefront (a welcoming spot for impromptu jam sessions) with lots of plans for the future.

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One of the most hyped shows of the summer, Victoria’s groovy and ambient Freak Heat Waves make their way to Gus' tonight with Toronto’s transcendentally cool New Fries. Locals Old & Weird and Moon round out the bill, the show being Moon’s last set with their current lineup.

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