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🗞 Halifax Transit app raises security concerns

HFXGO just launched last Thursday. Plus: There's a new king of live music in town.

Good morning!

A few months back, we asked you to vote in our annual Best of Halifax Awards and you delivered. Thousands of you visited our site to give your input on the places and people you believe make Halifax the city it is.

As many of you may remember, the results were originally meant to be released yesterday, however, due to circumstances out of our control we weren’t able to make that happen.

The good news is we have a new date for you to look forward to—December 4.

Check back here or visit The Coast in 27 days to see who took home the gold, bronze and silver awards in each category this year.

Thank you for voting, and thank you for your continued patience.

– Alyssa

🌧️ Today’s weather: Cloudy with showers in the afternoon. A high of 10C and a low of 6C.

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


After 12 years of procurement, the Halifax Transit app is finally here

Halifax Transit got a little bit of good news on Thursday, Nov. 2, with the launch of an electronic payment app called HFXGO. It can be downloaded in the Apple store or the Google one. Bus tickets bought with the app can expire before being used—that is a requirement of the software—but if you have an expired ticket on your phone you can call 311 and get it back.

There are two main concerns around the security of the app:

  1. It doesn’t have two-factor authentication. This means the information in the app, like credit card info, is not protected in a way that is considered a best practice in online security.

  2. Whether or not a (free) screenshot of a ticket, rather than a (paid) electronic ticket, can be used to get on the bus.

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Need to know

📃 The province released a statement marking the end of the two-day meeting of Canada’s premiers in Halifax.

🧑‍⚖️ 40-year-old Kenneth Wayne Clarke is facing a first-degree murder charge in the 2022 death of Chauntel MacIntyre.

💭 The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness—a three-day conference with the purpose of finding a solution to end homelessness—is coming to Halifax this week.

🏫 Help bring Canadian students on virtual field trips to the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Donate this month and have your contribution matched! #GivingTuesday*

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On The Coast


Time to write to friends and family

The snow has fallen and the Christmas cards are arriving at Atlantic News. Get ahead of feeling rushed and pick up Christmas boxed cards that are brought in from the UK, US and locally of course.

Atlantic News is open 7 days a week on the corner of Morris and Queen Streets.

In other news

⛴️ The harbour was filled with heartfelt reunions this past weekend as the HMCS Summerside and HMCS Shawinigan returned to Halifax after a four-month deployment.

🗣️ Service providers are once again calling for domestic violence to be considered a public health emergency in the province in order to protect the lives of more women.

👮 Halifax police are investigating a potential hate crime that involved a man entering a Drysdale Road home and shouting “racially offensive language” before fleeing.

🌹 Have you seen the changes at Granville Mall? The Blooming Seating structure has transformed into The Bloom for the winter months. Stop by or check out a photo here.

⚖️ A 26-year-old man is facing multiple charges of robbery and theft after a string of Dartmouth robberies that happened last week.


See Danny Michel & Steve Poltz this month

Acclaimed singer-songwriters Danny Michel & Steve Poltz take their friendship of a dozen years on tour. Each performing solo sets, they'll sweeten the evening with impromptu collaborations. Carefree. Fearless. You have to be there! Expect the unexpected Friday, Nov. 17 at the Light House Arts Centre. Reserve your seat today!


All the winners from the 2023 Music Nova Scotia Awards

📸 Left: Rankin MacInnis / Facebook. Right: Jah'Mila / Facebook

There’s a new king of music in town: Juno Award-winning trombonist and composer Andrew Jackson took home Musician of the Year honours at this year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards, fresh off a year in which the Halifax artist assisted on Terra Spencer and Ben Caplan’s terrific Old News and David Myles’ It’s Only a Little Loneliness, while also directing the Halifax Jazz Festival and continuing to host The Outer Edge on CKDU 88.1 FM. Jackson led all Nova Scotia Music Award winners this year, with three awards (and a piece of four, counting Old News). In addition to claiming the weekend’s biggest honour, his joint record with guitarist Sam Wilson (New Doors) won Jazz Recording of the Year, and he was also chosen as 2023’s Media Arts Award-winner.

Jackson wasn’t the only big winner: Mabou multi-instrumentalist Rankin MacInnis was named Entertainer of the Year. The frontman of Rankin MacInnis & The Broken Reeds claimed two awards, along with reggae powerhouse Jah’Mila. (As well as Entertainer of the Year, MacInnis also earned a Live Sector Award for his Winter Warmers concert series at the Marquee, while Jah’Mila took home honours for African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year and New Artist Recording of the Year.)

Sure things

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

🗓 Fermentation workshop: Want to learn how to ferment your produce? Peoples Fridge Halifax is having a free workshop this week for radishes and cabbage. Bring your own jar! | Nov. 9 | 6-9pm | Free.

🗓 No Clue: Catch Grafton Street Dinner Theatre’s show No Clue before it ends its run on November 11. Synopsis: It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the stars of Another World Turns, prime tIme’s favourite soap opera. But when an accidental death turns out to be not so accidental, everyone becomes a suspect. | Until Nov. 11 | $41-$64.

🗓 Tevon Tynes: Enjoy live music—covers and originals—by local artist Tevon Tynes at Salt + Ash this week. | Nov. 10 | 10:30pm | Free cover.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

Eat this

🍴 Have you checked out Banh Mi A&B yet? The Vietnamese restaurant is about to drop its winter menu including a homemade roasted pork belly banh mi.

Shop this

🎊 Looking for that perfect Holiday card this year? Bard Bard Bard has launched his Peggys Cove-themed pop-up card. You can purchase them through his website or visit his booth at the upcoming Halifax Crafters Market.

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