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An old USSR ship and a massive container ship arrive in Halifax Harbour this week

Comedy saved my life. Seriously.


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An old USSR ship and a massive container ship arrive in Halifax Harbour this week

📸 Martin Bauman/The Coast

At times, truth is stranger than fiction. This week is no exception: Halifax Harbour’s ship arrivals include a one-time USSR ship built for tracking satellites, a car carrier operated by a company convicted of running a shipping cartel, another run by a company named in the Paradise Papers leak and a container ship so massive, it’s longer than Georges Island.

This week’s shipping report also comes with a sprinkling of Norse mythology, Roman fratricide and venomous snakes. You’ve been forewarned.

Need to know

☀️ Today's weather: Sunny with a high of 11C and a low of 3C.

🚨 The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival is coming to Halifax this August! More announcements coming soon.*

🚧 Russel Street from Robie to Agricola Streets will be closed starting today at 6pm until May 10 at 6am.

🧺 Make laundry fun with Folding Together, a community art project presented by the Mayworks Festival and the Eyelevel Gallery about the work mothers do.*

🔥 A wildfire broke out Monday afternoon in Digby County. As of yesterday evening, the fire was projected to be 6 to 8 hectares and was being worked on by 10 fire crews and two helicopters.

📚 Support4Culture is a proud supporter of arts, culture, and heritage in Nova Scotia including the Nova Scotia Book Awards.*

🚨 Are you ready for an emergency? May 7–13 is Emergency Preparedness Week. Find out how to be prepared and enter the municipality’s Emergency Management Office emergency preparedness contest online!*

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North American Indigenous Games 2023

16 sport competitions

All open to the public: basketball, lacrosse, softball, soccer, and more!

The 2023 North American Indigenous Games are bringing 16 sport competitions to Kjipuktuk from July 15-23. All competitions are open to the public, so join the crowd and watch Indigenous athletes from across Turtle Island compete to bring home the gold.

Learn more at NAIG2023.com.

On The Coast


The Oxford Taproom by Garrison Brewing

Located in the once iconic Oxford Theatre, The Oxford Taproom by Garrison Brewing serves fresh craft beer, local wine and cider, plus locally roasted coffee in the always buzzing West Ender Coffee.

Dog friendly since the beginning, it’s the perfect place to catch up with a friend over a beer on the sunny back patio, or move your work-from-home station to the upstairs loft with a latte and cinnamon bun.

Follow @theoxfordtaproom

In other news

🍫 Lisa Laflamme brought chocolate from Halifax’s Rousseau Chocolatier to London for the King’s coronation this past Saturday.

🪧 Support staff with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education have voted to reject the tentative agreement offered by their employer in April. CBC has the story.

🤳 The Province has launched a new app, Nova SAFE, to provide Nova Scotians easy access to information on workplace safety. Read the full release.

🍸 Last week you read Coast reporter Martin Bauman’s first look at Walter’s Snack Bar, Halifax’s newest cocktail bar. Now check out a video walkthrough of the new up-and-coming spot on The Coast’s Instagram. 

🌮 Global News spoke with Richard Banman about his experience participating in Halifax restaurant Antojo’s taco eating contest in honour of Cinco De Mayo.

🚨 113 kilograms of baby eels worth $500,000 were seized by fisheries officers in Enfield last week.

🧶 The Halifax Crafters Society is looking for new board members. If you’re interested in applying you can contact the society at [email protected]. The deadline for applications is May 15.

💃 The Bus Stop Theatre is offering four Dance mentorships led by professionals. You can apply here.

🚲 The Halifax Cycling Coalition is looking for volunteers to help them with the upcoming Open City on May 13. Find more information here.


Comedy saved my life. Seriously.

While a sense of triumph usually waits until the end of a performance, there’ll be a quiet, thrumming victory felt from the moment comedian Alva Sparkles takes the stage at Yuk Yuk’s on May 10.

A year ago, comedian Sparkles didn't want to be alive. Now, she's celebrating her survival with a laugh-out-loud show focused on mental health.

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