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Wednesday's 8 things you oughta know

Donair crawls and Jimmy Melvin's downfall. Plus, who will pick all these strawberries?

Wednesday's 8 things you oughta know
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Like a slice of meat shaved from a giant, rotating cone, the @HfxDonairCrawl fell into Halifax’s lap this morning. The first event of its kind aims to bring together like-stomached folks for the love of sweet sauce and drippy tinfoil sometime on August 8, for a day of debacherous dining. Start shopping for the perfect sweatsuit now.

The Nova Scotia government wants to off-load its registry services to a private partner and will put out a call later this summer for companies interested in tacking over the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Land Registry and the Registry of Joint Stock Companies. It’s an effort to mitigate the $30 million needed to upgrade the technological services, and more frighteningly will put massive amounts of public information behind private hands. All that, and bad fiscal policy as well, says NDP interim leader Maureen MacDonald. “Today in the technical briefing, Service Nova Scotia staff indicated the Department of Motor Vehicles brings in more than $120 million a year in revenue and they are considering selling it off for a fraction of that price,” MacDonald said in a press release. “This would be the biggest corporate handout since the Conservatives privatized Nova Scotia Power and it could cost Nova Scotians millions in revenue on an annual basis for decades to come.”

Dumping your name and face all over local media isn’t probably the best incentive to snitch on your criminal pals, but here we are. Derek Thomas MacPhee will go down as the key to arresting crime kingpin Jimmy Melvin Jr. on first degree murder charges. The Unbreakable Jimmy Schmidt was arrested this past weekend for the shooting death of Terry Marriott Jr. The Herald’s Dan Arsenault and Steve Bruce say Derek MacPhee had previous charges relating to a break-in and violent home invasion dropped Monday in Halifax provincial court and he was released from custody after appearing. Melvin’s lawyer, Patrick MacEwen, “fully suspected” that MacPhee was given immunity for information about Marriott’s murder. Sources say he was moved from the Burnside correctional facility prior to Melvin’s arrival this weekend.

In other crime news, a violent offender is getting statutory release, shots were fired in the west end and three youths were robbed by a group of eight males armed with a pellet gun. If random assaults are happening in Halifax then you know summer is finally arrived.

Speaking of summer, for some reason this dreadful weather has been “the perfect storm for strawberry farmers.” But Rendell’s Farm in Cape Breton doesn’t have enough workers to pick all the juicy berries. Rendell tells CBC he’d need 40 more good workers this summer or half of his strawberry crops will spoil this season. So, bye. The Coast office is going to spend the summer picking and then shortcaking delicious strawberries in idyllic Cape Breton and leave you all to cold rain and business park expansions.

After three weeks off, Halifax city council debated items large and small with renewed vigour yesterday. That included a lengthy debate about whether it was appropriate for HRM to contribute $25,000 to the United Way’s Housing First program. Councillor Stephen Adams said the matter was beyond council’s responsibility and the city shouldn’t be in the business of funding charities when it could be improving municipal services. Ultimately, after another one of mayor Mike Savage’s impassioned speeches, the motion passed. Elsewhere, condo owners were denied a tax break for the time being so the city can more broadly study its current capped property assessment tax system.

After nearly 100 years of bringing Spring Garden Road big brands and that old school department store shopping experience, earlier this month Mills made the tragic announcement that it would be closing its doors permanently. The store is signing off with mammoth mark-downs—we’re talking 30 to 80 percent off— so you can ease into the end of an era with a little retail therapy until Sunday.

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