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🗞 A tour de force comes to Halifax

Plus, school board member calls for halt on new Halifax French-language school.

Good morning!

A few days ago we asked you whether or not the economy has affected how you’re spending money this holiday season. The results are in, and clearly most people are cutting back.

In this economy, what does your budget for gifts look like for the holidays?

⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Somehow I can afford more than usual. (4%)

🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ About the same as recent years. (33%)

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I’m definitely spending less. (56%)

⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ My landlord will be lucky to get the gift of rent. (7%)

Cutting back on cash outlay, that is. Reading the comments people wrote in with their poll answers, the main takeaway was although less money is being spent this year, many Haligonians are prioritizing spending time with their loved ones and looking at that time spent together as THE gift ❤️

– Alyssa

☀️ Today’s weather: Partly cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries throughout the morning and afternoon. A high of 1C (feeling like -11C in the morning with wind chill), and a low of -7C.

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

MUSIC

Charlotte Cardin’s pop tour de force comes to Halifax

📸 Charlotte Cardin/Facebook

Ahead of her sold-out back-to-back December shows at the Light House Arts Centre, 99 Nights singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin speaks to The Coast about her meteoric rise from Montreal singer to global star, and her March return to Halifax for the 2024 JUNO Awards.

Need to know

🗑️ If your solid waste wasn’t collected on Monday due to the winter weather, the makeup collection day will be this Saturday, Dec. 9. Find more waste-collecting info here.

💃 Congrats to award-winning dance artist, Lydia Zimmer, launching Nova Scotia’s newest contemporary dance company, Zimmerdans! Proudly presented by Live Art Dance.*

🚗 Speed limit reductions (50km/h to 40km/h) are coming to the Greenwood Heights area. Find what streets are impacted here.

🎁 Shop local this holiday season with help from the 2023 Downtown Halifax Holiday Gift Guide – jam-packed with gift ideas from over 100 shops in the Downtown area.*

*Sponsored Post

SPONSORED BY THE GREAT OUTDOORS COMEDY FESTIVAL

Halifax Great Outdoors Comedy Festival is back!

The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival is back for its second year, Halifax, and you won’t want to miss this year’s first headliner. Catch Nate Bargatze with Gerry Dee and Derrick Stroup at the Garrison Grounds on August 9, 2024. 

General admission tickets will feature a green space to set up a chair or blanket, VIP tickets will include tables and chairs with table-side service with access to a premium drink menu, a separate entrance and earlier access to the event. Grab dinner at a local food truck on-site and check out the gorgeous venue before the show begins. 

Get your tickets Friday and secure the perfect gift for any comedy lover in your life!

On The Coast

SPONSORED BY ROSEMARY PORTER

Tis the season to deck some new halls!

Our market has plenty of buyers looking for homes, and while many sellers put off listing during the holidays, there are some great reasons to list now: there aren't a lot of homes on the market, only serious buyers are out looking, and homes often look their best during the holidays!

In other news

🙏 Haligonians gathered at Fort Needham Memorial Park yesterday to mark the 106 anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

😬 Lunenburg recently changed its Cornwallis Street to Queen Street, but the new name is not faring well with the public, potentially sending council back to the drawing board.

💊 In order to bring more pharmacists to Nova Scotia, the College of Pharmacists will no longer require international pharmacists from 5 different countries to pass the national licensing exam or complete an internship period. Read more here.

🛜 Pictou County’s rural internet project has hit another snag: A $95 million price tag.

🧮 A new study from the Programme for International Student Assessment shows that the math scores of 15-year-old Canadians have been dipping for the past 20 years.

SPONSORED BY DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

Everything is sparkling in Downtown Halifax

DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN, Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s winter lighting program, is in full swing for the holidays. Don’t miss the new holiday light projection show, “Everything is Sparkling”, featuring the song It Snowed by Meaghan Smith, on the former Halifax Memorial Library building nightly from 5-11 pm. Check out all the DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN light installations here.

EDUCATION

Stop the build on new French-language school on the peninsula, says suspended school board member

📸 CSAP

The Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial–CSAP–is going ahead with construction of a $52 million school for grades K-8 at the corner of Bayers Road and Oxford Street, to serve the Francophone community on the peninsula and surrounding areas. However, suspended CSAP school board member Jeff Arsenault says the school’s design is far from adequate in terms of matching what parents have been asking for over the past decade.

With no Francophone high school on the peninsula, kids who finish Grade 8 in urban Halifax have to choose between leaving the CSAP for an English school or taking a bus twice a day to Burnside.

For Arsenault, this frustration has cost him his seat at the table at the next CSAP meeting on Dec. 9. Now, he’s focused on stopping construction of the new school in the north end until comprehensive community consultations are conducted. Not only were parents, caregivers and students not asked about the new school site or design before it was purchased, says Arsenault, but the CSAP had also received a list of cheaper and more appropriate sites for where a new school could go in advance of their purchase. Arsenault wants the new school design to better reflect its purpose as a community hub and urban school—rather than a building surrounded by concrete that favours cars—because that’s what parents in the district he was elected to represent want. As of today, no ground has been broken at the new site.

🗓 Things to do: Weekend planner

Looking for something to do over the weekend? Check out these Coast picks:

Thursday, Dec. 7

🗓️ Trivia Night: East Coast Queers is hosting multiple trivia nights this week at Brightwood Brewery and The Duke’s Public House. Don’t forget to wear your ugly holiday sweater! | Dec. 6 & 7 | 6pm | Free.

🗓️ Paul Murphy: Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy plays at The Seahorse Tavern this week following his new POSTADATA album. | Dec. 7 | 9pm | $21.85.

🗓️ Cinderella: Catch Neptune Theatre’s spin on the classic Cinderella story, a Halifax holiday favourite. | Dec. 7 | 7:30pm | $38-$85.

Friday, Dec. 8

🗓️ Neighbourhood Holiday Potluck: Come with a dish, or go dishless, and enjoy a holiday meal at Every One Every Day’s Neighbourhood Shop. | Dec. 8 | 6pm-8pm | Free.

🗓️ Michael Dalton: Local musician Michael Dalton will be performing at Brightwood Brewery this weekend. Stop by and support Dalton and enjoy 15% off Brightwood Pints. | Dec. 8 & 9 | 8pm | Free admission.

🗓️ Halifax Mooseheads: Watch the Mooseheads take on the Gatineau Olympiques at the Scotiabank Centre this Friday. | Dec. 8 | 7pm | $25.25.

Saturday, Dec. 9

🗓️ Chris Locke: The Toronto-based stand-up comic and actor performs at The Sanctuary Arts Centre in Dartmouth this week. | Dec. 9 | 8pm | $28.75.

🗓️ The Nutcracker: Symphony Nova Scotia, Halifax Dance and the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia team up to bring this longstanding Halifax tradition to life at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. | Dec. 9 | 2pm & 7:30pm | $35-$75.

🗓️ Nova Scotia Mass Choir: Enjoy this holiday performance from the Mass Choir at the Tantallon Public Library. | Dec. 9 | 3pm | Free.

Sunday, Dec. 10

🗓️ Feed Folks: Head to Montes Showbar Grill in Dartmouth for a concert for Feed Nova Scotia featuring a lineup of 11 different local artists. | Dec. 10 | 4pm-9pm | $21.90.

🗓️ Historical Photo Scan-o-thon: If you have old photos of Halifax just lying around, the HRM is inviting you to a free Historical Photo Scan-a-thon to help preserve the history of the city. | Dec. 10 | noon-4pm | Free.

🗓️ Ukrainian Christmas Concert: Kick off the holidays with traditional Ukrainian dance, music and treats at the Woodlawn Public Library. | Dec. 10 | 3pm | Free.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings.

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