Old school seeks new cool
Plus: Team Canada beats Brazil in Halifax, and Amanda Peters brings L'nu stories to the forefront.
In case you missed it, Canada’s national women’s soccer team took centre stage at Halifax’s Wanderers Grounds yesterday, as they faced Brazil in a friendly match. In what was one of Christine Sinclair’s final games before her recently announced retirement, the team finished on top 2-0 with a pair of late goals—one in the 69th minute, the other coming in minute 89 just before regulation time ran out.
🌨️ Today’s weather: Cloudy with 5cm of snow. A high of 1C and a low of -2C.
An old school faces the newest of problems
King’s in 1940. 📸 Nola Stoddart WWII Collection, Halifax Municipal Archives
In 1920, the University of King's College burnt to the ground. It was the middle of winter. A fire spread through the main building and into adjoining residences, destroying the Windsor, Nova Scotia campus that was founded in 1789.
In 1930, the university re-opened where it is today, not far from downtown Halifax on a small patch of land adjoining Dalhousie’s campus. The university had rebuilt itself from scratch, and the 1930 buildings were described at the time as "of stone, of fireproof construction, and modern in every respect."
Though modern back then, that is hardly the case in 2023. Today, King’s is struggling to adapt to climate change, like everywhere else, and its lack of a cooling system has made once-modern residences unlivable.
However, King’s has a plan. A $10 million plan, that will cool students’ rooms at the sweltering start of the school year and also help King’s on its way to carbon-neutrality within a few short years. The problem is, they’re not sure where the money will come from.
Need to know
❄️ With the first snowfall of the season happening today, here’s a link to all the provincial snowfall services available and rules for road users.
🛹 Halifax Parks & Recreation is looking for your input on the planned Eastern Passage Skatepark project. You can stop by the Horizon Youth Centre today from 6-8pm to share your thoughts with the design team.
🤝 Register now for the municipality’s Volunteer Conference! Friday, November 17 at Delta Hotels Dartmouth. Learn more and register by Nov. 12.*
🗣️ Talk of having naloxone kits (used to reverse an opioid overdose) distributed to Nova Scotian schools is ongoing according to the province’s education minister.
🎭 Last chance to see Murder for Two at Neptune Theatre. This hilarious musical comedy has audiences in stitches. Show closes November 5 Get tickets.*
On The Coast
SPONSORED BY NOCTURNE HALIFAX
Introducing Nocturne’s 2024 Festival Curator: Shuvanjan Karmaker!
Nocturne is thrilled to welcome Shuvanjan Karmaker (he/him) to the Nocturne team as our 2024 Festival Curator!
Shuvanjan brings experience as an artist and arts worker with various arts and music organizations across Atlantic Canada. Learn more about Shuvanjan and the theme for next year’s festival, Microcosm.
In other news
💊 Deaths related to cocaine overdoses are on the rise in Nova Scotia, prompting calls for more educational discussions around drugs other than opioids.
🎨 Halifax Standfield Airport has launched its new permanent Gould Collection. Located in the check-in hall, the exhibit features the art of Mi’kmaq quilter and painter Loretta Gould.
🚨 A Halifax restaurant employee was cut with a knife yesterday after a customer refused to pay for their meal. 28-year-old Blake Martin Swan was arrested was arrested shortly after leaving the restaurant.
🎭 Shakespeare by the Sea actor submissions are open for the 2024 season!
🏫 Mount Saint Vincent University has received a $10 million donation from Margaret Norrie McCain—the largest donation the institution has ever received.
🧑⚖️ A Nova Scotia man could be facing first-degree murder charges after a hit-and-run in Pictou County led to an emergency alert being issued for the suspect.
🎮 Hear from Italian video game developer Edoardo Vitali, who made Nova Scotia the setting of his newest horror game, The Cooking Class.
SPONSORED BY AFTERWORDS LITERARY FESTIVAL
AfterWords for Beginners
Here’s how to go to AfterWords. Fnd an event that lights up your curiosity, and get your ticket. Arrive thirty minutes before showtime and show a friendly volunteer your ticket on your phone. Find a seat and turn off your cell. Enjoy an entertaining reading or stimulating conversation. Then, do it all again tomorrow!
Amanda Peters’ The Berry Pickers brings L’nu stories to the forefront
If you haven’t heard the name Amanda Peters in your book club circles, consider this a friendly heads up: There’s never been a better moment. Monday night, the Falmouth, NS author’s debut novel, The Berry Pickers, took home the 2023 Barnes & Noble Discover Prize—an award voted by booksellers to identify “new talent in the literary landscape”—and $10,000 in cash, to boot. For an author who makes her home in a village of 1,500 people, she’s seemingly everywhere at the moment: The New York Times just gave her props for “writing characters for whom we can’t help rooting.” Six months after The Berry Pickers’ Canadian release, the book launched yesterday in the US, and tomorrow makes its UK hardcover debut.
To top it off, Peters is one of the star attractions of this year’s AfterWords Literary Festival in Halifax. Tonight, she’ll be reading from her novel at Cafe Lara (2347 Agricola Street) as part of the festival’s kick-off party. It’s the first of three events she’ll take part in between Halifax and Millbrook in the next week.
🤝 Now hiring
Fund development and marketing intern at AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia
Sport and recreation program staff at Zatzman Sportsplex
SharePoint application administrator at the Halifax Regional Municipality
Communications coordinator at Hike Nova Scotia
Gardener at Dalhousie University
Senior software developer at Everstream Analytics
Station service attendant at VIA Rail Canada
Hiring? Reply back and let us know!
Looking for something to do this week? Check out these Coast picks:
🗓 Film Trivia: Hey students! Join Dal’s 2SLGBTQIA+ society at The Grawood for an evening of film trivia | Nov. 1 | 7:30-9:30pm | Free.
🗓 Mocean Dance’s Play: Mocean Dance’s newest show Play premiered this Friday at the All Nations Church on Robie Street. Seating is limited so make sure to get your tickets as soon as possible | Nov. 3 & 4 | 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm | $19.70.
🗓 Speak the Speech: Shakespeare by the Sea is starting up its recreational monologue class for adults, Speak the Speech. The six-week course teaches you how to properly present a Shakespeare monologue taught by professional Shakespeare actors | Every Tuesday, Nov. 7- Dec. 12 | 6-8pm | $179.
Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings
👀 The Stubborn Goat is finalizing a new menu that will be coming soon.
🍔 The Armview’s feature burger of the week is the Caribbean Burger, made with a smashed patty and topped with jalapeño Jack cheese, bacon, tomato, mango banana pepper salsa and jerk mayo.
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