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🗞️ Bringing learning to people behind bars

Plus, how will the Wanderers make a deeper run in 2024?

Good morning Halifax,

It’s an eventful time in the city! If you’re looking to make plans to get into the holiday spirit or just want to spend a night out on the town, check out our weekend events planner below.

– Alyssa

🌡️ Traffic & Weather

Today: ❄️ -4°

Tomorrow: ☁️ 

Next Day: ⛅️

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


Halifax team brings university learning to people behind bars

📸 Mount Saint Vincent University

A group of academics and philanthropists has made it possible for people who are currently incarcerated to complete a university degree through Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax. Tenured MSVU professor El Jones tells The Coast how this “off the side of the desk” prison access to education program is an extension of her book Abolitionist Intimacies, and embodies anti-oppressive education moving from the university outward. 

🤔 Need to know

❄️ As part of a new pilot project, starting tomorrow snowmobiles will be allowed to drive on roads in Margaree Centre, Big Intervale, Inverness County, New Germany and Lunenburg County, when the roads are covered in snow. 

🖼️ Generations: The Sobey Family & Canadian Art is now on view at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotians get free access until January 14.*

🧓 As more Canadians reach 65, it's becoming clear that the country’s healthcare system is not equipped to deal with an aging population. CTV has the story. 

*Sponsored Post


7 targets for the Halifax Wanderers’ 2024 roster additions

📸 Canadian Premier League

The Halifax Wanderers will enter 2024 with an unfamiliar feeling: Promise. Five years into the Canadian Premier League soccer club’s existence—one that, for much of its history, could be summarized as unfulfilled—there’s a newfound sense of hope around the club’s potential. Expectation, even. In Patrice Gheisar’s first season as head coach, the Wanderers finished with club-record tallies for points (42), wins (11), goals scored (39) and total passes (13,000), and witnessed the emergence of talents like defender Dan Nimick, midfielder Lorenzo Callegari and winger Massimo Ferrin.

Now, the question turns to how the Wanderers will retool their squad to make a deeper run in 2024. Find the answers at The Coast.

🗞️ In Other News

🎁 In a heartwarming surprise, Nova Scotia truckers were given gifts from the trucking safety association near Halifax Stanfield Airport on Tuesday. [VIDEO]

🗣️ Halifax landlords share how they’re impacted by the ongoing housing crisis.

🥪 The Digby Area Learning Association has launched a new pilot program that involves packing and distributing meal bags, thanks to a grant from the Digby and Area Community Health Board.

🏒 The Future of Hockey Lab is collecting data from rinks across the province to come up with a more fair rink-booking process for Nova Scotia hockey teams.

🏠 City council has agreed to move forward with plans to include affordable housing units within the new Cogswell District.

🫨 According to Statistics Canada, maple syrup production is at a 5-year low across the country. Why? Unpredictable weather.

🎄 The Christmas tree in your home could be getting a tech upgrade next year. Trees grown as part of a project by the Canadian Christmas Tree Council, useomg new technology to improve longevity, will be ready to hit living rooms next holiday season. 

🧬 A Halifax bioethicist speaks to CBC about a new gene-editing treatment for sickle cell. 

🪦 Read about how a group of volunteers makes it their mission to protect historical headstones in Halifax cemeteries from the winter weather.


Neptune Theatre Holiday Ticket Packages

'Tis the season for saving!

Ultimate Night Out - Two unforgettable evenings of entertainment with two sensational musical productions: Rumour Has It: The Songbook of Adele
and The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical.

Theatrical Odyssey - Two dynamic multi-disciplinary productions written by award-winning artists that will take you on a theatrical journey: The Last Show on EarthTM! and Addicted.

Save today at Neptune Theatre!


Local gift ideas from Downtown Halifax

Still looking for some local gift inspiration? The 2023 Downtown Halifax Holiday Gift Guide is jam-packed with gift ideas from over 100 shops, restaurants and more in the Downtown Halifax and Spring Garden areas. And for gift giving made easy, check out the curated lists of gift ideas here.

🗓️ Weekend Events Planner

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

Thursday, December 14

🗓 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.

🗓 A Christmas Spectacular: Storybook Theatre is making a stop at the Sanctuary Arts Centre for a family-friendly evening of holiday fun | Dec. 14 | 6:30pm-8pm | $23.88.

Friday, December 15

🗓 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.

🗓 Queen's Marque Ice Festival: Check out the ice installations displayed on the waterfront celebrating the beauty of the season. | Dec. 15 | 1-6pm | Free.

🗓 Halifax Mooseheads: Watch the Mooseheads take on the Saint John Sea Dogs at the Scotiabank Centre this weekend. | Dec. 15 | 7pm | $15.25.

Saturday, December 16

🗓️ 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.

🗓 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.

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

Sunday, December 17

🗓 North end Community Christmas Concert: Celebrate the season with local north end artists and help support the St. Stephen's Elementary School Assistance Fund at St. Margaret of Scotland Church. | Dec. 17 | 7pm | Donation.

🗓 Haligonian Vendor Market: The first-ever Haligonian Vendor Market is happening this weekend at the Light House Arts Centre. Stop by and support local small businesses. | Dec. 17 | noon-5pm | Free admission.

🗓 The Nutcracker: Symphony Nova Scotia brings this Christmas tradition to life on stage at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. | Dec. 17 | 2pm | $25-$80.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

👀 In Case You Missed It

• 2 Crows Brewing and Yeah Yeahs Pizza are opening their new Oxford Street taproom this Saturday, Dec. 16.

This week’s shipping report sees a massive Blue Jay meet an Icelandic hotspot in Halifax Harbour—sort of.

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