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🗞 Fixing the city's road safety problems

An all-new episode of The Grand Parade pod. Plus, more MacKay Bridge closures this weekend.

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⛅️ Today’s weather: Partly Cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. A high of 5C and a low of -8C.

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

THE GRAND PARADE

How to fix the HRM’s road safety problems, starting today

📸 Left: Adam Franco (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Municipal engineer Paul Young has a vision for a “major behavioural change” within Halifax: Converting all urban speed limits in the HRM to 30 kilometres per hour. The reason? Not just to lower the likelihood of deadly collisions, which findings resoundingly show drop off significantly compared to 50km/h, but to cut back on things like traffic noise and pollution while promoting healthier, less costly alternatives. On Thursday, Nov. 16, Young gave his “Slow the Blazes Down” presentation to the HRM’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee, of which he is a member. The bummer, as Coast city hall reporter Matt Stickland tells fellow Coast reporter Martin Bauman, is that as good—and necessary—as Young’s traffic suggestion is, the political will to make it a reality appears to be about as hard to find in Halifax as a bike lane on Quinpool Road. Or Chebucto. Or Connaught. Or Robie. Or… well, you get the point.

Why is it so hard for the HRM to implement the kinds of changes it purports to want? What do John Lohr and Bill 137 have to do with it? Should we be more like Wales? And is Matt still thinking about Otago Drive?

Matt and Martin discuss all the above and more in the latest episode of The Grand Parade podcast.

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Need to know

🌉 Reminder: The MacKay Bridge will close today for maintenance at 7pm and won’t reopen until 5:30am on Monday.

🏥 More long-term care rooms are coming to Truro. The Mira nursing home will become an entirely new facility by 2032 and another new facility, Townsview Estates, will open in 2031.

⛸️ Registration for winter recreational programs in the HRM kicks off on December 6 & 7.

🚌 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!*

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In other news

👮 The public was heavily against the proposed police budget at this week’s Halifax Board of Police Commissioners meeting. Stay tuned for a full recap of the meeting in the newsletter next week.

💥 Everyseeker Festival is looking for experienced noise makers. All “experimental, weird, freaky sound and/or multi-disciplinary creatives and collaborators” are encouraged to apply. Applications close on December 22.

💲 The province’s Income Assistance Disability Supplement will soon offer $300 more a month for individuals not registered in the Disability Support Program. Read more here.

🐄 Halifax dairy data company SomaDetect has been named a winner at the Cornell University agriculture competition GROW NY.

😲 After months with no application updates, Bedford small business owners were just made aware that a flood relief program they applied for earlier in the year never existed and was posted online by accident.

🌎 $2.4 million from the Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund will be used to help protect communities in the province from climate change.

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ICYMI

Every big show happening in Halifax (and beyond) in December 2023

📸 Submitted by Sonic Concerts

Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes a full slate of holiday shows. But that’s far from the only thing on offer in December, with a star-studded lineup including last year’s JUNO winner for Artist of the Year, and a pair of sold-out shows by former Hey Rosetta! frontman Tim Baker.

Sure things

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

🗓 Evergreen Stage Series: Get your toque on and head to the Waterfront Beer Garden for the opening weekend of the HFX Jazz Festival’s Evergreen Stage Series. Check out this weekend's schedule here. | Nov. 24-26 | 5:30pm-9pm, 2pm-9pm, 2pm-5pm | Free.

🗓 Sam Roberts Band: More than two decades after the Montreal rock outfit broke Canadian airwaves, the band is still forging ahead. They play with The Trews in Halifax this weekend. | Nov. 25 | 7pm | $58.

🗓 Jenn Grant: The Halifax singer-songwriter and former Polaris Prize nominee performs this weekend on the closing night of her cross-country tour. The special guest possibilities are endless. | Nov. 25 | 7:30pm | $36.50-$41.50.

🗓️ Holiday Parade of Lights: Santa’s coming to town! After a rain delay last week, the annual Holiday Parade of Lights presented by Eastlink is this weekend. Check out the new official route here. | Nov. 18 | 5:30pm | Free.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

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🎁 Need help finding that perfect gift this year? Check out Downtown Halifax’s Gift Guide to shopping local in the city.

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🛍 Mevyn and Seven Bays are having a thrift holiday pop-up today from 4-8pm. If you share the events poster and tag Mevyn on Instagram, you can receive 15% off your pop-up purchase.

🎊 Celebrate and support Small Business Saturday at The Pilates Barre Halifax’s Christmas Market from 10am-3pm.

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