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🗞️ Initiative reminds parents that referees are human beings

Plus, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia re-opens with two new exhibits

Good morning Halifax!

If you’re looking for some culture this week, you can put the Art Gallery of NS back on your list of places to check out after being shuttered for months.

In addition to the usual suspects (I’m looking at you Maud), the gallery has two brand new exhibits: Mitchell Wiebe’s VampSites and Denyse Thomasos’ Just Beyond.

Get while the getting’s good because although the gallery just got a new $600K sprinkler system to protect its visitors and collections, apparently it still needs millions more in renovations to protect both from the elements and to replace out-of-date elevators.

All the work is needed to try to extend the gallery’s lifespan after the government put plans for a new one on hold two years ago because of escalating costs. Go figure.

Have a picture perfect day 🖼️

– Julie

🌡️ Traffic & Weather

Today: 🌦️ 24°

Tomorrow: 🌤️ 23°

Next Day: ☀️ 25°

🚗 Driving, biking or busing today? Check out the current traffic conditions and ongoing road closures.


Green Arm Band Initiative reminds us that referees are human beings

📸 Credit: Shutterstock

The other day I was at The Gap and I saw the most disturbing thing. The teenage sales associate was being followed around by this middle-aged man, and—as she tried to do her job—he was correcting her, even yelling at her. He was berating her at every turn.

She folded a stack of t-shirts and he screamed “You missed one!” She dropped a pair of jean shorts and he roared “Are you blind?” She told another shopper they were out of medium hoodies and he jumped at her—red-faced and with veins popping out of his neck—and simply yelled “You suck!”

I know what you’re thinking: that is insane behaviour, right? 

Now, just swap out The Gap for The Mainland Common soccer pitch and the teenage sales associate for a referee. Do you feel differently now? Does a sports field make verbally abusing teenagers at work more acceptable?

Because that’s what youth sports referees are. They are human beings just trying to do their job to the best of their ability. That’s the message that Sport Nova Scotia’s Green Arm Band Initiative is hoping to convey loud and clear.

🤔 Need To Know

🗳️ Long-time Halifax councillor Waye Mason announced he will run for mayor.

👐 Support4Culture is a proud supporter of the African Nova Scotian Seafaring Project and other important cultural initiatives. See the impact Support4Culture makes here.*

🚗 The municipality is partnering with Next Ride to offer free EV test drives across the Halifax region from June to August 2024.*

*Sponsored Post


Canada Day at the Museum

Everyone is welcome at the Museum’s Canada Day celebration

Entertainment and activities for all ages throughout the day! Enjoy live music with performances by Joe H. Henry, Jah’Mila, Owen O’Sound Lee, Freddy Mujica and the Big Sing. Don’t miss out on cultural dance performances, and activities including the build of a 45,000-piece Lego Mosaic or visit the Museum’s exhibitions for free. Also witness a citizenship ceremony and help us celebrate the Museum turning 25! Taking place July 1.

Click here for more information including a schedule for performances and activities.


NEW EPISODE: The Wanderer Grounds Podcast

📸 Instagram: @hfxwanderers

Ever get the feeling that something’s just not meant to be? That was the vibe over the weekend at The Wanderers Grounds as Halifax failed to score a goal and battled to a 0-0 draw with BC’s Pacific FC. 

In this episode of the Wanderers Grounds, Coast reporter Martin Bauman is joined by the Coast's city hall reporter Matt Stickland, and breaks down the weekend’s game. In recent games, the team has been performing well, but is still searching for their first win of the season. Matt wants to know why and Martin tries to supply some answers. 

Also in this episode is an interview with an away fan and the Wanderers’ own Giorgio Probo who talks about the game, delivering pizzas, and the difference between coffee and Tim Hortons. 

🗞️ In Other News

🩺 Doctors Nova Scotia has named Dr. Gehad Gobran its new president. Born in Egypt, Dr. Gobran practiced as a cardiologist there for 12 years before moving to Canada in 2003.

🌈 The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission says it is “deeply concerned” about a rise in hate against the LGBTQ+ community in the province and across the country.

🚨 76-year-old Edmund Joseph Organ has been charged with murder following the death of a 74-year-old woman in Cole Harbour. The RCMP were contacted shortly after 4pm on Sunday by the man who said he had killed a woman inside his residence.


One Port City Day is this weekend

June 15 | 10 am-2 pm | Halifax Seaport | Free admission

Celebrating our maritime culture and partnerships that unite us as One Port City. Join us for:

  • Vessel displays and tours

  • Family fun zone

  • Mini train rides

  • Live music


Let's split the dough

Get your Feed Nova Scotia 50/50 tickets today and take home half the jackpot!

Your support helps Feed Nova Scotia try to meet the immediate need, while advocating for solutions to the root causes of food insecurity - things like low wages, unaffordable housing, inadequate income support, and systemic racism.

🗓️ Things To Do

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

🗓 Eastern Shore Burger Fest: Imagine sinking your teeth into the juiciest most delectable burgers crafted by the finest local restaurants on the Eastern Shore, from Cherry Brook to Sheet Harbour! But there’s the cherry on top, not only does this event promise an unforgettable culinary journey, it also gives us all a chance to give back. Every burger you buy, contributes towards raising funds for our local food banks (Porter’s Lake, Musquodoboit and Sheet Harbour), making it a win-win for your taste buds and our community. | June 15-23

🗓 2024 Canadian Championship Regatta: Two days of Radio Controlled sailboat racing, made up of up 10 to 15 races each day depending on conditions. Competitors from the local club and across Canada have competed for this championship in recent years and racing tends to be very competitive. Members of the Halifax club have won multiple National Championships in Canada and the United States. | June 15-16 | 10am | Free

🗓 One Port City Day: Everyone is invited to join in the festivities and learn more about the Port of Halifax! The event will feature vessel displays and exhibits from port partners including Canadian National Railway Company, PSA Halifax, Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Royal Canadian Navy, Discovery Centre and more. | June 15 | 10am 

Have an event to share? Let us know at [email protected].

⚓️ What’s In The Harbour

➡️ The ARC Commitment vehicle carrier leaves Halifax for New York at 1pm.

🍴 Where To Eat & Drink

🌞 Summer is well and truly here at Bar Stillwell with new menu items to prove it! 🥗 Salad: locally-sourced greens, cantaloupe, dried cranberries, toasted sunflower seeds, goat cheese, mint and tajin vinaigrette. 🦞 Lobster roll: NS lobster, brown butter mayo, shredded lettuce and chives on a brioche bun.

👀 In Case You Missed It

🪧 The Student Union of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design–SUNSCAD–council released a statement Thursday, June 6 on Instagram endorsing a tuition strike starting in the fall semester “if NSCAD has not, [by then], met the divestment demands previously released by the SUNSCAD Executive.” The Coast’s Lauren Phillips has more on this developing story.

🎤 On the first Clever Hopes album, singer-songwriter Andrew Shaver walked listeners through a tumultuous break-up and how he navigated that period of his life. Shaver's sophomore release,  New Kind of Familiar, sees the Dartmouth-based folk rocker delving further into his own life and how far he’s come since 2022’s Artefact. The Coast’s Brendyn Creamer spoke with Shaver about his new album.

🏠 Property owners in Dartmouth can't move a family out of the duplex it has rented for 13 years in order to move their daughter in. A lawyer who represents tenants said the decision sets a precedent and sends a strong message to people in similar situations.

💳 Halifax police have released photos of a suspect in a credit card scam that involves a fake bank employee showing up at homes, taking credit cards and then using the cards to go shopping.

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