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🗞 It’s never been easier to yell at councillors

Plus: Jenn Grant brings "Champagne Problems" to Halifax.

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⛅️ Today’s weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 6C and a low of -2C.

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

CITY HALL

It’s never been easier to yell at councillors!

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One of the recurring complaints about citizen participation at municipal meetings is that it’s hard—logistically and practically taxing—to speak at public meetings. It’s hard for people who work the 9-to-5 grind to speak on a weekday at 10am, 1pm or 6pm. And it’s hard for people on the fringes, the Ecum Secums of the world, to drive two hours to City Hall, just to speak for five minutes.

But that all changes today.

Starting Nov. 14, the city of Halifax will allow virtual public participation at in-person municipal meetings.

Need to know

🚨 Alert Ready Emergency Alert will be conducting a test in Nova Scotia today around 1:55pm.

🚍 Halifax Transit has announced the extension of multiple routes in the city effective November 20 as part of the municipalities Moving Forward Together Plan.

🚘 The Province is reminding drivers about the importance of preparing for winter driving conditions ahead of inclement weather.

🎨 Halifax was just announced as a $25K "Asphalt Art Initiative" grant recipient to fund "visual art interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces and public infrastructure.”

📝 Did you know: The researchers at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 can help trace your family’s arrival history? Free with admission.*

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Join Hal-Con's Winter Social on December 2nd to celebrate the holidays the way we geeks do best.

Appetizers, a cash bar, door prizes, and lots of seating available for hanging out and catching up with fellow geeky friends. Please note this is a 19+ only event. DJ Scott 'Skills" Rideout will be providing the music and Andrew Conrad will be running the ever-popular photo booth.

Time: 8:30pm - 12 am (midnight)
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In other news

🌲 The Tree for Boston tree-cutting ceremony is happening today at 680 Hwy 2, Stewiacke at 10:30am. This year’s tree is being donated by the Gourley family!

🐎 Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy, a deadly horse virus, has been found in Nova Scotia prompting stable owners to take extra precautions.

🧒 ForestKids Early Learning, a nature-geared daycare in Hammonds Plains, is working on rebuilding after the summer wildfires.

👮 A man was arrested yesterday following an incident on a Halifax transit bus involving an attempted assault with a machete.

🦠 The Public Health Agency of Canada has linked the ongoing drug-resistant salmonella outbreak happening across the country (including Nova Scotia) with raw pet food and contact with cows.

🎄 Woody the Christmas Tree is up at Dartmouth’s Mic Mac Mall and he’ll be “waking up” for the first time this season on November 18. Remember when Pearl the Oyster had a showdown with Woody last year? 

🗣️ Lower Sackville councillor Paul Russell has announced he’ll be taking a step back from work due to a cancer diagnosis.

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See Crash Test Dummies' Jingle All The Way Tour this Saturday

Performing their classic holiday album, Jingle All The Way, and greatest hits, join Crash Test Dummies, with special guest Carleton Stone, at the Rebecca Cohn this Saturday, Nov. 18. Kick off your holiday season and get your tickets today!

MUSIC

Halifax’s Jenn Grant brings Champagne Problems to Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

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One of Halifax’s biggest album releases of the year gets its on-stage moment next Saturday: On Nov. 25, singer-songwriter Jenn Grant will perform at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium for the final leg of her three-month Champagne Problems tour. The album, a cross-country collaboration with the likes of Tim Baker, Dan Mangan, Basia Bulat, Bahamas, Aquakultre and Joel Plaskett, sees Grant pirouette across genres, from the country rock-esque “Judy” to the dance-infused “Nobody’s Fool” to the love ballad “How About Mine?” Conceived in the isolated days of COVID-19 lockdowns, Grant crafted a love-letter to the one thing that binds us all: Being together.

So, in the album’s collaborative spirit, might attendees of Grant’s Nov. 25 show be treated to a surprise guest appearance or two? Coast reporter Martin Bauman explores the possibilities.

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Sure things

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

🗓️ Big Wreck: The Canadian-American rock band is performing at the Light House Arts Centre with special guest Texas King. | Nov. 15 | 8pm | $44.45.

🗓️ Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk: JUNO Award and Grammy Award-winning artist Chantal Kreviazuk and partner Rain Maida will make a stop at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium for their “The Forgive Me Tour”. | Nov. 17 | 8pm | $56.50-$76.50.

🗓️ Come From Away: Broadway hit Come From Away has started its run in Halifax at the Scotiabank Centre. Limited tickets are still available for all shows. | Nov. 17 | 3pm & 8pm | $160.50.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

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🍪 Looking to try a new treat to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out The Osney’s scrumptious-looking double chocolate mint cookie. 

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🚲 Long Alley Bike has announced its Black Friday sale. The entire store will be 15-35% off from November 23 to 25.

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