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🗞 A sombre arrival in Halifax Harbour

This week's harbour traffic report, plus a sombre announcement at city council.

Good morning Halifax,

It’s Thursday, which means we have an all-new weekend event planner ready for you to explore below. Let me know if you’re aware of any other cool events happening in the HRM this weekend that I can share with everyone.

Have a good day!

– Alyssa

🌨️ Today’s weather: Cloudy with a 30% chance of rain, a high of 9C and a low of -1C.

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

HARBOUR REPORT

News of US navy officer’s death aboard ship overshadows Halifax visit

📸 USS Marinette LCS 25

The Monday arrival of USS Marinette LCS 25 into Halifax Harbour was met with a sombre follow-up when two defense officials with the US navy confirmed its crew were grieving an apparent suicide. The newly commissioned combat vessel’s executive officer was found dead aboard the ship on Oct. 27, while it was moored in Cleveland. An investigation into the officer’s death is ongoing, but according to USNI News, two unnamed officials confirmed that an initial report supported the apparent cause of death.

The combat ship was greeted by tugboat Atlantic Bear in Halifax Harbour on Nov. 13, and berthed at the HMC Dockyard before leaving again on Tuesday afternoon.

Need to know

🩺 The province's new quarter-billion-dollar outpatient centre has opened in Bayers Lake, with its first patients arriving Monday. In an official statement premier Tim Houston says, “We’re focused on more, better, and faster healthcare for Nova Scotians, and this facility is one of the ways we’re doing that.”

💃 This holiday season Give the Gift of Dance! Buy tickets for a show at Live Art Dance for you and someone to experience together.*

💊 After investigating a September impaired driving incident, Halifax Regional Police are issuing a warning about a synthetic opioid stronger than fentanyl that was seized at the scene.

🎄 The holiday season kicks off in Downtown Halifax this Saturday with the SaltWire Holiday Parade of Lights presented by Eastlink. See all the holiday events happening here.*

*Sponsored Post

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On The Coast

SPONSORED BY HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY

Service Changes - Effective November 20

As our city grows, so do our transit needs. Starting November 20 Halifax Transit is introducing new service to Bayers Lake, Burnside, and Dartmouth Crossing, and bringing back 55 trips on 26 routes, 12 of which will be returning to full service! Learn more here.

In other news

🍷 Dartmouth is crawling with wine connoisseurs right now. The Nova Scotia Community College is hosting Sommelier-University at its Akerley Campus to talk all things wine and wine service.

🚨 A 13-year-old Spryfield student is facing assault charges after an incident at Cunard Junior High.

💰 Tech startup hub Volta has a new location and is receiving $3.8 million in funding to help support entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia.

🧱 Take a look at the new rental apartments being built in Halifax by transforming the old Centennial Building—which was once used for offices—at 1660 Hollis Street.

COUNCIL RECAP

Everything you need to know about HRM council’s Nov. 14 meeting

did📸 Screenshot of meeting stream

The community announcements that start off every city council meeting are normally pretty dull affairs. Announcing events, shouting-out local constituents who went above and beyond in the community, things of that nature. But at Tuesday’s meeting, councillor Paul Russell used his time to announce a diagnosis of cancer. He told council he expects to make a full recovery, but will have to undergo chemo, and will be slightly removed from the public eye for the next couple of months as he focuses on his health.

🗓 Things to do: Weekend planner

Check out these Coast picks to help make your weekend.

Thursday, November 16

🗓️ Almost Maine: Catch Neptune's Youth Performance Company’s performance of Almost Maine at the Neptune Theatre. Synopsis: “Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways.” | Nov. 16 | 7:30pm | $25-$35.

🗓️ Creative Studio DIY: The Halifax Central Library is holding a DIY drop-in. Pick a creative outlet and utilize the art equipment provided by the library. Individuals 12 and up are welcome. | Nov. 16 | 2pm-5pm | Free.

Friday, November 17

🗓️ Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk: JUNO and Grammy Award-winning artist Chantal Kreviazuk and partner Raine Maida stop at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on 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.

🗓️ Big Speaker Freakout: In the mood for a night of dancing and good food? Check out Stillwell Brewing Co.’s Big Speaker Freakout featuring live electronic dance acts and a Lone Wolf Halifax food pop-up. | Nov. 17 | 8pm-2am | $6.66.

Saturday, November 18

🗓️ Holiday Parade of Lights: Santa’s coming to town! The annual Holiday Parade of Lights presented by Eastlink is this weekend. Check out the new official route here. | Nov. 18 | 6pm | Free.

🗓️ Candlelit concert series: The Rostova String Quartet will play back-to-back nights this weekend at the Sanctuary Arts Centre in support of the North Grove community hub. | Nov. 18 & 19 | 7pm | $42.42.

Sunday, November 19

🗓️ Light up Bedford Parade: It’s the 25th anniversary of Bedford’s holiday parade! The parade will begin on Sunday at 5:45pm. Be sure to stop by the parade hot spots. Check out the official route here. | Nov. 19 | 5:45pm | Free.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings.

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