🗞 Budget season is here

Plus: Unsafe by design, the Otago Drive series conclusion.

Good morning!

Welcome to part 3 of the Otago Drive Saga. In case you’ve missed them, here are part 1 and part 2.

I just wanted to take a minute here before the conclusion to say thanks for reading this piece. It was a bit of a swing, storytelling wise. And save for a dozen or so redditors, the reception to this story has been amazing. Many of you have taken the time to share with me your struggles and challenges moving through this city. Or living with climate change, or just being generally being alive with, you know, everything going on.

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It’ll be a bit sad to see this story put to bed, but before we do, it’s time to learn how our city council could make our streets safer this budget season. Join me on a nighttime bike ride through Dartmouth, and learn how easy it would be to make our city come alive again.

– Matt

☁️ Today’s weather: Cloudy with a high of 8C and a low of 2C.

🚗 Driving in the city today? Check out the current traffic conditions and ongoing road closures.

PART 3

The saga of Otago Drive: Unsafe by design

📸 Matt Stickland

The city of Halifax streams almost all of its meetings. This is helpful on weeks when life is busy. Listening to a HRM committee meeting in your ear while navigating the city’s patchwork bike infrastructure brings a joy in a purity that’s rare for humans post-adolescence. That joy is short-lived this ride, as the Transportation Standing Committee meets.

The committee is hearing a presentation from city staff who are explaining that three years of increasing road violence was a success for road safety because Halifax’s population had grown. During the conversation about road safety, Cole Harbour councillor Trish Purdy asks Halifax’s director of traffic management Lucas Pitts what the point of speed humps is. Pitts tells the committee that speed humps lower speeds, but don’t necessarily make roads safer, because the most dangerous place in our transportation network is at intersections.

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Need to know

❓ Those of you who remember the days of The Coast in hardcopy will likely recall our affable advice columnist, Ask Hole. The Coast is bringing our wisdom whiz in for a conversation soon about how it felt wearing the Ask Hole hat. It’s your last chance to get “your awkward social questions” related to being a student in December in to [email protected] (subject line Ask Hole).

📞 A new suicide hotline has been launched in Canada. Canadians who are contemplating suicide or know someone who may be thinking about it can call or text 9-8-8 for live support 24/7.

💃 Live Art Dance presents Creative Nova Scotia Award-winning choreographer Lydia Zimmer on December 8th & 9th at the Sir James Dunn Theatre.*

🌁 The MacKay Bridge will be closed again this weekend starting today at 7pm until Monday, Dec. 4 at 5:30am.

🎭 Support4Culture is a proud supporter of arts, culture and heritage in Nova Scotia including Industry Nights at Neptune Theatre. See the impact Support4Culture makes here.*

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In other news

🚏 Lunenburg’s Cornwallis Street has been renamed Queen Street and some councillors are preparing for public backlash.

🚑 Seven people living in a Halifax apartment building were sent to hospital this past weekend due to carbon monoxide poisoning, leaving the rest of the building’s tenants on edge.

🏐 Meet the Halifax volleyball team that’s on a 103-game winning streak with hopes of winning their upcoming provincial tournament.

💥 Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports right now, much to the dismay of some Halifax residents who have been dealing with the excessive noise coming from the pickleball courts at Castle Hill Park and are calling on the city to make changes.

🌀 Hurricane season is behind us and according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association of the United States, we came in fourth for most named storms.

🏗️ With the city continuing to grow at a rapid pace, concerns of whether Halifax’s infrastructure can keep up with its growing population continue to arise.

🚨 A Middle Sackville man is facing sex charges after using the popular social media app Snapchat to lure in youth.

BUDGET SEASON

Everything you need to know about HRM council’s Nov. 28 meeting

📸 CFO Jerry Blackwood, left, told council he's not wearing an "I told you so" shirt.

After a brutally long offseason, we are now back at everyone’s favourite time of year. That’s right, it’s budget season! We’ll cover that in (a lot) more detail in the Notable Debates section, but for now let’s get on with the standard recap of Tuesday’s standard council session.

Sure things

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

🗓 Spring Garden Open Street: Spring Garden Road’s Open Street is happening this Friday. The street will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a holiday market, photo-ops and free hot chocolate stations. If you need to drive in, free parking will also be available at certain locations, check out the list here. | Dec. 1 | 5-9pm | Free.

🗓️ Winter Makers’ Market: NSCAD is holding a Winter Makers’ Market featuring 40 talented students as its vendors at its Port Campus. Stop by and shop from original artwork, photography, prints, ceramics and more while supporting local artists. | Dec. 2 | 11am-5pm | Free admission.

🗓 Lobster Trap Christmas Tree Lighting: Partake in a Nova Scotia tradition this weekend and take a trip up to Peggys Cove for the lighting of a lobster trap tree at the Sou’Wester Restaurant. | Dec. 3 | 4:30-5:30pm.

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🐐 The Stubborn Goat has officially opened at its new location, 1580 Argyle Street. Take a peek at its updated menu.

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