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🗞 "History will not be kind to us"

Councillor warns environment committee. Plus, more solar panel roofs for municipal buildings.

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“History will not be kind to us” warns councillor

📸 Screenshot from meeting screen

There is a growing disconnect between what our governments think is progress and what we think is progress. Nowhere is that more evident than in municipal committee meetings, especially with old-school progressives. There is a mindset common in an older generation of progressives whereby incremental action towards the right thing is, or should be, celebrated as though the end result of the incremental process had already been achieved.

At the Thursday, Dec. 7 meeting of the Environment and Sustainability Standing Committee, that celebration was reserved for the HRM’s extended producer responsibility.

🤔 Need to know

☀️ Nine municipal buildings across Halifax will be getting a rooftop solar panel system to help support the city’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The installation processes are expected to be done by the end of 2024. Find out what the nine buildings are here.

🛣️ The province plans to invest over $1 million to realign a 500-metre section of Route 207 that runs along Lawrencetown Beach, to help better protect its usability during and before storms.

🦠 Infectious disease specialist Dr. Lisa Barrett spoke to CBC about what the best COVID-19 practices are now, almost four years after the start of the pandemic.

👸 Neptune Theatre's fun, family-friendly musical comedy Cinderella is on stage until January 7. Tickets start at $40, incl. fees & taxes. Secure your seats today!*

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🗞️ In Other News

💨 Thousands of Nova Scotians were left without power yesterday as 100km/h winds swept across the Maritimes.

🎭 Arts organizations in Halifax are calling for a move to multi-year funding that they believe would better help them plan for the future of their organizations.

🌳 Forestry consultant Mike Lancaster believes the key to preventing wildfires lies with the province’s old-growth forests. 

😬 Halifax’s new cashierless store, Aisle 24, offers a convenient way to pick up the essentials. However, CBC looks into whether the convenience is worth the heavy cost: The collection of your personal data.

👷‍♀️ Meet Donna Davis, the project manager behind the Cogswell District Redevelopment.

☄️ Keep your eyes on the sky these next few nights. The annual Geminid meteor shower will be visible and will peak Wednesday night.

🗓️ Things To Do

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

🗓 Caroling at the Public Gardens: Join the East Coast Carollers in front of Horticulture Hall tonight for an evening of spreading cheer. | Dec. 12 | 6pm | Free.

🗓 Tim Baker: Tim Baker makes a Halifax stop at The Stage at St. Andrew’s as part of his Along the Mountain Road Tour. | Dec. 14 | 8pm.

🗓 Adam Baldwin & the Jenny Wren: Adam Baldwin is back with friends for a hometown show at The Light House Arts Centre. | Dec. 15 | 8pm | $44.45 - $59.83.

🗓 Big Band Concert: The Atlantic Sound Machine will be at the Halifax Central Library this week for an afternoon of “ageless hits" and holiday cheer. | Dec. 16 | 2pm | Free.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

🍴 Where To Eat & Drink

Vandal Doughnuts: The holiday doughnuts are here! Choose from a selection of dozens like the shop’s special Baileys Truffle doughnut or its Snowman Strawberry Korean Milk doughnut. 

Dee Dee’s Ice Cream: Dee Dee’s has whipped together two new Ice Cream Pies. Up first, eggnog ice cream with buttered pecan and graham cracker crust topped with a salted caramel drizzle. The second is candy cane ice cream, featuring a chocolate graham cracker base topped with a chocolate ganache drizzle.

🛍️ Shop Talk

Last-minute Holiday Market: Stop by Tart & Soul on December 15 between 5-8pm for a last-minute The Has Bin holiday market.

Coffee Matters says goodbye: Dartmouth coffee shop Coffee Matters is shutting its doors for good on Dec. 22. Stop by for one last coffee or treat!

For the sustainable shopper: Looking to shop sustainably this season? The North End Business Association has put together the perfect gift guide for you.

Secord Gallery artists sale: Stop by the Secord Gallery and browse master glass artist Philip Doucette’s beautiful ornaments and other decor.

👀 In Case You Missed It

Ask Hole returns: The Coast sat down with our historic and illustrious advice-giver for another dip in the anonymous Q and A pond, followed by an interview with Hole herself. As a holiday treat, Ask Hole answered a couple of readers' questions during their comeback cameo.

Nova Scotia and fossil fuels: Amid global COP28 discussions, focus remains on the province’s plans for an 80% renewable grid by 2030. But there are other options to explore, policy analysts say.

Holiday events happening in Halifax: Boost your spirits and celebrate the holidays with theatre, music, markets and more.

Best of Halifax 2023: Check out this year’s Best of Halifax winners.

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