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🗞 Why can’t Nova Scotia phase out of fossil fuels faster?

Plus, The Coast's advice columnist, Ask Hole, returns.

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ENVIRONMENT

Why can’t Nova Scotia phase out of fossil fuels faster?

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Amid the dizzying displays of oil wealth and lofty visions of AI’s potential to save the planet at the United Nations-led global climate summit (COP28) happening now in Dubai, one neon-emblazoned sign stood out for its brutal honesty: “Act as if your house is on fire,” the conference pavilion display read, “because it is.”

The words—co-opted from Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s famed speech to world leaders in Davos in 2019—have felt closer to home in Nova Scotia as of late. This year, we witnessed the province’s most devastating wildfire season on record: More than 25,000 hectares of land burned from Shelburne to Upper Tantallon. Two-hundred families lost their homes. Thousands more were forced to flee without knowing when—or if—they would be cleared to return.

But as the province’s recovery time extends into years, another time window shrinks: The opportunity to act as Earth accelerates toward 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming from pre-industrial levels.

🤔 Need to know

The SIRT has found the Halifax police officers responsible for shooting and killing a man who was wielding a bow and arrow back in May are not guilty of any misconduct.

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A tent fire broke out at Grand Parade this weekend, prompting three people to run to safety and causing major damage to the belongings within the tent.

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🗞️ In Other News

The historical old Elmwood building at Barrington and South Streets was recently moved thanks to the help of 700 bars of Ivory soap.

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards took place on Friday, where Nova Scotians were recognized for “their work creating a more equitable, inclusive and respectful province.”

Dartmouth author Karen Pinchin (Kings of Their Own Ocean) and King’s MFA grad Sheima Benembarek (Halal Sex) both nabbed spots on the Globe and Mail’s “best 100 books of 2023” list.

Investigations are underway after two men, in two different Cumberland County homes, died of a suspected overdose.

Multiple Halifax Mooseheads players are heading to Team Canada's world juniors camp.

Another successful Truro deer cull has come and gone. CBC has the story.

A fifth Canadian has died from the salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupe.

Team Nova Scotia took home first at the Canadian senior men’s curling championship, and are heading to the worlds.

Justin Ronald Adams-Clarke has been found guilty of the 2021 murder of Tyler Michael Boyd Algee.

Dartmouth’s “Mary, Queen of Socks” completed her annual sock drive for the unhoused this past weekend.

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EDUCATION

Ask Hole’s return

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You asked. The hole answered. A return of The Coast’s advice columnist just in time for your seasonal blankpression questions. Ask Hole tells The Coast how their letter for future students started it all and what it meant to be trusted to give advice as a clown.

🗓️ Things To Do

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

🗓 Boney M Holiday Favourites and Classic Hits: Boney M is back in town for the Halifax leg of its Holiday tour at Scotiabank Arena. | December 12 | $73.75-$89.25.

🗓 Glow Garden: Head to the Halifax Exhibition Centre and check out the Glow Gardens, an exhibit that uses the power of lights to take you on a journey around the world. | Dec. 13 | 4pm | $0-$88.

🗓 Family Christmas: Enjoy a holiday variety show and help support Books Beyond Bars at Propeller Arcade this coming weekend. | Dec. 16 | 7pm | $22.63.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

🍴 Where To Eat & Drink

Ori Foods Co. is now taking pre-orders from its holiday menu, including cake, cookie, tourtiere and assorted pastry boxes.

Starting today, fondue is back at Oxalis every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The cheesy goodness will only be available for the month of December.

If you’re catching a showing of Cinderella at Neptune Theatre this month be sure to order the theatre bar’s special drink, the Glass Slipper: Yellowtail Sparkling Wine mixed with Blue Curacao.

In the mood for gourmet vegitarian-friendly Italian? Try the Melanzane, a new dish at DaMaurizio that includes fried eggplant and zucchini covered in tomato sauce and topped with bechamel and fresh mozzarella.

🛍️ Shop Talk

Blue Collar Halifax is offering $5 off haircuts with a valid student ID every Thursday.

👀 In Case You Missed It

Colin J. Muse, a local fashion designer, showcased iconic pieces at his “Becoming Halifax” fashion show last week.

December 8 was National Donair Day! Check out how the city celebrated.

Hanukkah celebrations kicked off in Halifax last week.

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