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🗞️ MSVU's faculty strike is over

Plus, Dartmouth's waterfront is getting a makeover

Good morning!

In yesterday's newsletter, I asked you to email me your experiences dealing with phone and internet scammers. One of the stories that came in, from a reader we'll call Rose, is so awesome that I secured her permission to share it here. Enjoy the story, but get ready for a test at the end, where I ask if you’d hire Rose.

I was working retail, and I was at work, but I was actively applying for other work at the time. My phone rang: "anonymous caller." Not supposed to answer it on the job, but I did.

Voice says "I'm calling from Nova Scotia Accounts Payable, may i speak to Rose?"

I miss a beat, but then say "get lost!" and hang up. What do you want next, my bank info to "pay" me some money? 

Then got thinking that I had applied, some time ago, to some accounting gig with the province.

Phone rings again. I pick it up, laugh, and say "Well, your intro did sound a bit scammy," to a flat "oh…" response.

Now, that response: that sounded far more legit. I took the interview and yukked it up about the phone call. "Well, you need a cynic in AP, amirite? Haha."

I didn't get the job. And they are still recruiting!

So how about it, dear reader: If you worked in human resources for the province, how would this applicant do?

Would you hire Rose?

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– Kyle

🌡️ Traffic & Weather

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Tomorrow: 🌧️ 3°

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


Striking MSVU faculty reach deal with university

Notes from students for MSVU’s president 📸 Michael Gillis

The longest strike in Mount Saint Vincent University history ended yesterday, when the MSVU Faculty Association 93% in favour of accepting an agreement with the school's Board of Governors. After three weeks and two days on the picket line, full-time faculty, librarians and technicians are returning to work today. Classes start tomorrow.

Labour disputes at schools can feel more like divorce proceedings—there are always the children to consider. In the case of The Mount strike, plenty of students stood with their professors, often literally. “The picket line is so wonderful," one student told The Coast's Lauren Phillips, "and there's kind of an irony I think, where I don't want our profs to have to be on strike and picketing—but being on the picket line with them is so rewarding.”

Learn more about what Mount students think of the strike in Lauren's story on The Coast website.

🤔 Need To Know

🔎 Yesterday’s edition of the newsletter mentioned that a 31-year-old man had gone missing from Lower Sackville; later in the day the RCMP announced he had been found and was safe.

🩰 Live Art Dance presents Ballet Edmonton on March 22nd at the Spatz Theatre, sharing their excellent mixed program of ballet. Get your tickets TODAY!*

⛺️ As of last night, the city says most of the people who'd been living in encampments at Correction Centre Park, Geary Street, Grand Parade, Saunders Park and Victoria Park have gone elsewhere.

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After each performance, Raven will host a talkback session. 

On stage at Neptune Theatre for a limited run from March 12 - March 24. Tickets start at $25 fees and taxes incl. Book Today.


Dartmouth waterfront is getting a major facelift

The view from Alderney Landing 📸 Discover Halifax

“The worst-kept secret in Dartmouth is finally public,” said councillor Sam Austin at Tuesday’s council meeting, as he introduced the plan to plan to revitalize part of downtown Dartmouth. At this early point, the city doesn’t know much except that it wants to perk up the area around Alderney Landing; the space needs to be human-focused and allow for emergency access and egress across the railroad tracks, but otherwise there’s not much that seems to be off the table. Austin told fellow councillors this is an opportunity to create a city with two world-class waterfronts connected by a ferry. 

This is a city building project, so public consultation will be extensive—deeper than the preliminary questions some Dartmouth residents were already asked, giving an unofficial heads-up this redesign was coming—and it should start Soon™ because the city’s earmarking some money to spend starting in the next fiscal year, which begins April 1. And for some real city government inside baseball, a lead planner on this project is Stephanie Salloum, who might be the best planning communicator the HRM has on staff.

🗞️ In Other News

🏀 Saint Mary's University’s Huskies are representing Atlantic Canada at the U SPORTS women's basketball national championship in Edmonton. SMU's first game is tomorrow against Queen's.

🍷 A bunch of Nova Scotian wineries are worried that a new program from the province will wreck the local wine industry—which is worth a quarter billion dollars a year.

⚽️ Halifax's professional soccer Wanderers unveiled their uniforms for upcoming Canadian Premier League season, kits so sharp they can't help but give the Wanderers an edge in every game.

📢 Fairview Junior High student Lux Melanson has started a petition asking for the school to become more physically accessible by installing a stairlift, making doorways wider and getting accessible furniture.


Oodles of Noodles on Quinpool

Overindulging and slurping your noodles are encouraged during Oodles of Noodles on Quinpool! From March 6-10, discover a world of noodles, as the chefs on Quinpool take their appreciation of the meagre noodle to a whole new level of culinary wonder. Your noodle adventures await – are you ready?

🗓️ Things To Do

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

🗓 Re-Translating Homer: Why it Matters: Tonight is the 10th Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture, happening at the University of King’s College’s Alumni Hall. It features Emily Wilson, the University of Pennsylvania classicist who came to fame for what The New Yorker describes as her “radically plainspoken Odyssey, the first in English by a woman” | Mar. 6 | 7pm | Free

🗓 Aaron Pritchett w/ Cory Marks & Matt Lang: The “Better When I Do” country singer visits Halifax tonight on his Liquored Up Tour | Mar. 6 | 8pm | $46

🗓 Oodles of Noodles: Can you handle another food event? Is that even a question? Quinpool Road’s first-ever ode to the noodle kicks off today | final day Mar. 10

🗓 Sackville Sandwich Week: Burger Bash doesn’t start until April 11, but for an appetizer you can take in Sackville’s celebration of sandwiches, with 15 restaurants participating now through Saturday | final day Mar. 9

🗓 Dartmouth Queer Trivia Night: Alex B is busy this week, celebrating the two-year anniversary of Queer Trivia Night—that’s general trivia in a queen-safe space—by hosting events on both sides of the harbour. The Dartmouth edition happens tonight at Brightwood Brewery (Halifax info below) | Mar. 6 | 7pm | $7 per person, minimum two-person table

🗓 Black Women in Electoral Politics Panel: Thrill to an all-star group of powerful Haligonians discussing the contributions and challenges Black women face in entering politics. The panel’s taking place Thursday at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, and the speakers—Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, Twila Grosse, Angela Simmonds, Yvonne Atwell, Suzy Hansen and Iona Stoddard—are coming together in honour of International Women’s Day | Mar. 7 | 5:30-8:30pm | Free

🗓 Halifax Queer Trivia Night: Join host Alex B on Thursday for a night of trivia for the 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies, happening Thursday at The Duke’s Public House (former Foggy Goggle) | Mar. 7 | 7pm | $7 per person, minimum three-person table

🗓 International Women’s YAY!: Celebrate International Women’s Day this Friday with this comedy show/fundraiser at Elle’s Bisto. Half of ticket sales go to Adsum for Women & Children | Mar. 8 | 8-10pm | $22.63  

🗓 Holly-Bolly Friday: DJ Spin Singh is coming in from Toronto to power a party of Bollywood hits and Hollywood glitz at the Toothy Moose | Mar. 8 | 9pm | $10.90 and up

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

⚓️ What’s In The Harbour

🚢 The NYK Meteor arrives at the Fairview Cove container terminal at 5:20am, coming from Saint John, New Brunswick. After the day in Halifax, the 294-metre-long container ship is scheduled to leave for Southampton, England at 10pm.

🚢 It’s coming from New York, it’s heading to Singapore, but today container ship One Falcon stops in Halifax. The biggest ship of the day—One Falcon is 364 metres long and carries 138,907 tonnes of cargo—is expected at the South End terminal at 10:45am.

➡️ Tanker ship Stolt Sisto, which can carry 46,011 tonnes of chemicals or oil products, leaves the Imperial Oil refinery at 6pm, and its destination is unknown to the Port of Halifax’s traffic controllers.

🚢 Arriving from Saint John, the 37,515-tonnes tanker East Coast gets to the Irving Halifax Harbour terminal at 7:40pm.

➡️ The 197-metre-long self-discharger Algoma Integrity leaves Halifax at 8pm, heading to Baltimore.

👀 In Case You Missed It

🩺 Medical association Doctors Nova Scotia has decided to leave Twitter, citing the standard "rising levels of hate, harassment and disinformation on the social media platform."

🏒 Girls Hockeyfest, an event that's touring Canada to introduce hockey to young girls, was attended by around 300 players when it came to Halifax last weekend.

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