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🗞 A massive Blue Jay visits the harbour

This week's harbour report. Plus, do you qualify for Canada's new dental plan?

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🌡️ Traffic & Weather

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

SHIPPING NEWS

A massive Blue Jay meets an Icelandic hotspot in Halifax Harbour this week—sort of

📸 Left: Ein Dahmer (CC BY 4.0). Right: Coast illustration

What does baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani have to do with a container ship in Halifax? And how did Dartmouth end up factoring into the free agent’s bidding war and all its subsequent online speculation?

Coast reporter Martin Bauman puts on his batting gloves in this week’s harbour report—which also includes a pair of oil tankers, a Coast Guard icebreaker and one Greek god.

🤔 Need to know

🏫 97% of Mount Saint Vincent University staff have voted in favour of a strike.

🦷 Canada’s new dental plan is moving forward. Find out more about the program and if you qualify for the new benefit here

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🩺 A new family practice has opened up in Eastern Passage offering more opportunities for Nova Scotians to access primary healthcare services.

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🗞️ In Other News

💔 Lucas Goltz, a program coordinator with Halifax’s navigator outreach program, shares the “heartbreaking” realities of working with the unhoused. 

💼 Nova Scotia has announced it’ll be cutting up to 15% of funding for in-person employment centres

🏳️‍🌈 Halifax Pride has announced the return of Fiona Kerr as interim operations manager.

🛩️ Porter Airlines is expanding to meet the demand of Nova Scotians travelling to St. John’s, Montreal and Ottawa in 2024.

🚑 A man was left with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a Halifax Transit bus at a crosswalk at South and Robie Streets.

🚲 Move over e-cars, e-bikes are the electric vehicle of the future. A recent study found that e-bikes are massively more efficient than their four-wheeled EV counterparts. 

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🗓️ Things To Do

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

🗓 Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle: Dylan Gunthro will be joined by Jimmy Rankin, Ria Mae and Gordie Sampson at Casino Nova Scotia for a special songwriters circle honouring the late Bruce Guthro. This is a 19+ event. | Dec. 15 & 16 | 8pm | $94.55.

🗓️ Old Friend Show: Noel Morgan and The Salty Groove will be at the Seahorse Tavern performing new and old songs. | Dec. 16 | 7pm | $15-$20.

🗓 Tim Baker: The former lead vocalist of Hey Rosetta! comes to The Stage at St. Andrew’s touring his Along the Mountain Road EP. Haley Heynderickx will be opening the show. | Dec. 14 & 15 | 8pm | $44.45 and up.

🗓 Adam Baldwin & The Jenny Wren: Halifax’s own Adam Baldwin and his band The Jenny Wren play a two-night stand at the Light House Arts Centre, supported by opening act Mariel Buckley. | Dec. 14 & 15 | 8pm | $44.45 and up.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

🍴 Where To Eat & Drink

The Armview feature burger: This week’s Make You Bananas Burger is a smashed patty topped with banana peppers, bruschetta, prosciutto, arugula and pesto mayo. 

Garrison Brewing Sale: Garrison Brewing is having a sale on some 2023 beer favourites both online and in-person at the Seaport and The Oxford Taproom locations. 

Morris East’s pizza of the week: Try the Fiq & Prosciutto this week at Morris East. The special pizza is topped with fig chutney, roasted garlic oil, bocconcini, parmesan, arugula, prosciutto and drizzled with balsamic. ⁠

🛍️ Shop Talk

The Bells Lane Kitchen: Halifax’s newest food hall is officially open at 1949 Upper Water Street on the second floor! 

Nova Scotia wine jelly: Luke’s Small Goods has created a special holiday gift bundle for wine jelly lovers. 

A grand opening to crow about: 2 Crows Brewing has announced the grand opening party for its new beer & pizza location will be happening this Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2983 Oxford Street. The taproom will be open from 11am-11pm and the Yeah Yeahs Pizza kitchen 2-9:30pm.

👀 In Case You Missed It

• The Halifax Filipino community put on a special Christmas light show in the Fairview neighbourhood [VIDEO]

• Tickets for the Atlantic Univeristy Basketball Championships happening at the Scotiabank Centre in February are now on sale.

• Halifax councillor warns “History will not be kind to us” at the city’s recent environment committee meeting.

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