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🗞️ Dal faculty call for ‘an end to the scholasticide in Palestine’

Plus, two new housing options for people experiencing homelessness

Good morning Halifax,

The big news yesterday is that the province announced new housing options for people experiencing homelessness. 

One in Westphal will provide 35 spaces for Black and African Nova Scotians and a second—specifically for seniors— will be a pallet shelter village made up of 41 units on Atlantic St.

Officials say the sites will help transition people to permanent housing and better equip them with culturally sensitive support.

These are steps in the right direction for sure, but there’s lots of work still to be done. 🏠

Hope you have a great day out there!

– Julie

🌡️ Traffic & Weather

Today: ☀️ 23°

Tomorrow: 🌤️ 24°

Next Day: 🌧️ 17°

🚗 Driving, biking or busing today? Check out the current traffic conditions and ongoing road closures.

EDUCATION

Dal faculty call for ‘an end to the scholasticide in Palestine’

📸 Credit: Instagram / Students for the Liberation of Palestine - Kjipuktuk/Halifax

Graduation season is behind us, in Halifax. But Students for the Liberation of Palestine - Kjipuktuk—or SLPK—are still on campus at Dalhousie University. In May, the SLPK’s calls for divestment and disclosure from Israel were joined by two motions passed by the Dalhousie Faculty Association—or DFA—to take a stand against the war on Gaza.

“As people in academia, who talk about the importance of academics and education, we are hypocrites if we don't take action,” said Mohammed El Hazzouri, an associate dean and professor in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.

On May 16, the DFA held their annual general meeting, with an amended agenda that resulted in a larger-than-usual attendance. Three motions in relation to Gaza were brought to the top of the agenda for the AGM, the first two of which passed, without time to debate the third.

The meeting had 195 members attend, as opposed to the usual 30-35 member attendance, said El Hazzouri. “It shows how much interest there is in the university community, the faculty community, in wanting the university to take action.”

🤔 Need To Know

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NEWS + OPINION

A friendly reminder from our own Matt Stickland: Balance the good with the bad

📸 Credit: Matt Stickland / The Coast

I just want to say a quick word of thanks to the huge number of people who have been emailing with their complaints. But one reader reminded me that I forgot a crucial part of this whole process—a rather embarrassing part considering I wrote about its importance two years ago. And two weeks ago I put the HRM’s traffic engineers on blast for making the same mistake. And both pieces were published on The Coast which used to run a regular Love the way we Love column. 

In the world of sports, once the season is done, teams and fans do two things. The second thing that happens in the offseason is teams take stock of the issues that manifested (or persisted) during the past season (or seasons) and figure out how to fix those things. But what makes a problem a problem? It is something that is preventing a team from achieving its goal. 

So along with sending your complaints to [email protected], I’d like you to also tell me what you like about this city, what you think the city does well, and what you think the city should look like in the future. 

It’s easy to understand why we want our streets to be safer from the negative (ie not dying), but what benefits do you want to see? What does an ideal city look like to you? Knowing the why and the complaints will allow me to triangulate how to create conditions that would lead toward that preferred future. This in turn should get us a very good pre-employment screening questionnaire for our potential councillors. 

-Matt

🗞️ In Other News

👀 A disability rights advocate is questioning the province’s assertion that it is making substantial progress in implementing a five-year plan to ensure people with disabilities receive better support.

🏫 School hasn’t even let out for summer yet, but many Halifax parents are already scrambling to find after-school care for September. 1,500 students are currently on the waitlist for the HRCE-run after-school programs.

🚨 Twelve years ago John Fulton Newcombe was shot and killed at a Halifax pub and police still don’t have answers. The case will now be part of the N.S. Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program—offering cash rewards up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible for specified unsolved crimes. 

🐟 Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers seized 60 kilograms of baby eels worth at least $250K in Dartmouth that were destined for overseas markets.

🗓️ Things To Do

Looking for something to do this week? Check out these Coast picks:

🗓 Science of Beer: Ready to hop into a world of brews and science? Join Discovery Centre’s ‘Science of Beer’ event where you’ll meet Nova Scotia’s craft brewing wizards, sample top-notch beer and discover the science behind a pint. | June 8 | 7pm

🗓 Halifax Wanderers home game: Come cheer on the home team as they take on Pacific FC at the Wanderers Grounds. | June 8 |  3pm | From $29

🗓 World Oceans Day: This celebration is part of a global effort to promote ocean knowledge, connection, conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. This family-friendly event features a variety of engaging activities and exhibits from ocean partner organizations. Explore interactive booths, try your hand at ocean-themed crafts and games and marvel at the “Ocean, Freshwater and Us” giant floor map of Canada. | June 8 | 10am | Free

Have an event to share? Let us know at [email protected].

⚓️ What’s In The Harbour

➡️ The Augusta Luna container ship leaves Halifax for Villagarcia at 12:01am.

🛳️ The Atlantic Sky container ship arrives in Halifax from Norfolk at 4:20pm.

🍴 Where To Eat & Drink

🍜 Indulge in the authentic flavours of Japan with the beef ramen at Devilla Wok: slow cooked beef served in a steaming bowl of noodle and vegetable perfection.

🍽️ Make your weekends memorable with Peacock Wine Bar’s long lunch fixe. Chef Moira serves up a five-course menu, featuring favourites like pappardelle, halibut cheeks and pork and grits.

👀 In Case You Missed It

🗳️ It has been four years which once again means it’s time for the most exciting tournament: fall’s municipal election. There are real problems with our city from fiscal sustainability to emergency preparedness, to transportation. The people we elect will have real power to fix things. You, people who live in Halifax, need to email [email protected] with the issues you see in this city, from the major to the minor. We will take the big list of concerns and figure out which ones council actually has the power to fix and which it does not. 

🏠 HRM’s executive committee voted in favour of a staff report detailing a communications strategy to let people in the city—especially young people—know about bylaw M-200 and other housing related guidelines. The Coast’s Brendyn Creamer has everything you need to know about bylaw M-200 (aka the anti-slumlord bylaw) and how it works.

🛒 One month into the Loblaws boycott, the effectiveness of the campaign against the grocery store giant is uncertain.

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