🗞 Saving Centennial Pool

Plus, Halifax Wanderers announce 2024 home opener.

Good morning and happy Monday, Halifax.

I hope you all had a great weekend. I wanted to thank everyone who sent in suggestions for how to explore the city both outdoors and indoors in 2024.

I was surprised to see how many people had a similar goal and I loved getting to read about what you all plan on getting involved in locally this year.

– Alyssa

🌡️ Traffic & Weather

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Next Day: ☁️ -5°

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

COMMUNITY PLANNING

Saving Centennial Pool, a tale of two committees

📸 The Coast

The city’s Community Planning and Economic Development Committee met on Thursday, Jan. 18, and talked about water sports.

First on the agenda the committee heard from Trevor Brumwell, who was representing the Save Centennial Pool Committee. On top of Brumwell's presentation, there were a slew of public speakers who also voiced support for saving the pool. This support was echoed by members of the Community Planning Committee, councillors Lisa Blackburn and Sam Austin. Since the two committees agreed that Centennial was something good that everyone wanted to keep, Austin wanted to know what brought the pool folk before the committee.

🤔 Need to know

🫁 The province has announced a new lung cancer screening program for people ages 50 to 74 who have ever consistently smoked for 20 years. 

🏷️ After receiving major public backlash, Loblaw is reinstating its 50% discount on nearly expired items. 

😥 Nova Scotia broadcasting icon Frank Cameron has passed away at the age of 85.

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SPORTS

Halifax Wanderers announce 2024 home opener, tease full schedule release

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Three months, one week and two days. That’s all that remains before professional soccer returns to Halifax, when HFX Wanderers FC hosts its first game of 2024 against a newly-retooled Atlético Ottawa and their hometown signing, Matteo de Brienne. 

The Wanderers will kick off their home schedule on Saturday, Apr. 27—two weeks after the Canadian Premier League club flies to Vancouver Island for a season opener against Pacific FC on Apr. 13. And while it’s been quiet on the offseason signing front in Halifax—save for the apparent arrival of Italian midfielder Giorgio Probo, as reported by Transfermarkt’s Manuel Veth and confirmed by the Wanderers Notebook’s Joshua Healey—there has been some splashier (or maybe frothier?) news in recent days.

In this week’s episode of the Wanderer Grounds podcast, Coast reporters Martin Bauman and Matt Stickland dive into the Wanderers’ big (or is it tall?) update, along with all the latest signings across the CPL.

🗞️ In Other News

🚌 Concern is growing amongst Nova Scotian parents as school bus delays and cancellations become the norm due to a shortage of drivers. 

🩺 A St. Francis Xavier University researcher is trying to uncover why colon cancer screening numbers are so low in Nova Scotia

🤝 Returning Warriors Ranch, a peer support program for former police officers and veterans, is reopening in Bishopville this spring.

🚨 A 31-year-old man was arrested last week after a hate-motivated incident outside of a Middle Sackville restaurant. 

🕵️ After 25 years, Halifax police continue to search for information in the Michael Joseph Peverill murder case. 

🌁 An old bridge in Lantz on Highway 277 has finally been replaced after closing back in 2019 and disrupting the lives of residents and emergency responders. 

🧑‍🎓 Global News spoke with Jules Cutler, a post-secondary student who is on the brink of houselessness after they were asked to leave their current apartment and is struggling to find other affordable housing options.

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🗓️ Things To Do

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

🗓 Arcade Freeplay Night: It’s an unlimited play night at the Propeller Arcade. Enjoy all the games you want for $15. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat while you’re there! | Jan. 23 | 4pm-10pm | $15

🗓 Blue Engine String Quartet: This local string quartet is celebrating female composers through different eras with a show happening at The Peggy Corkum Music Room this week. | Jan. 24 | 7:30pm | Donation

🗓 Rainbow Skate: The Youth Project and Queer Hockey NS are teaming together for an inclusive Rainbow Skate at the Emera Oval this week for individuals 14+. Hot chocolate will be provided! | Jan. 27 | 4-6pm | Free

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

🍴 Where To Eat & Drink

Pizza for a cause: Until February 14 Freeman’s Little New York will be donating $2 from every large pizza sold to Pheonix Youth Programs. 

Winter Warm-up: Stop by Peacock Wine Bar at the Queen’s Marque for its Winter Warm-up. Until January 31 you can enjoy a $49 special for two that includes fondue, charcuterie, sausage, potatoes, mustard, pickles, focaccia and chutney.

New food: Here’s what we know about the eateries coming to the Cunard development in 2024.

🛍️ Shop Talk

Restaurant closure: The Armview Restaurant & Lounge will be closed until January 24 for renovations. 

Halifax ReTales: This week’s update is a big one including the closing announcements of two long-time Halifax establishments, East West and Minato Sushi.

👀 In Case You Missed It

• See how many local landmarks you can spot in Classified’s music video for his new single, “All Wrong.” 

Read more about the new exhibit, Dinosaur Exploration, coming to the Museum of Natural History next month.

• A win for local news: Newspaper industry veteran Eric Lawson recently published his new local online and print paper The River View, which focuses on local news in a New Brunswick community. 

• A new report from the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has revealed Canadian beef farmers have cut 15% of their greenhouse gas emissions, putting them on track to reach their 2030 goals.

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