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🗞 Students rally for accessible education

Plus: Kardinal Offishall speaks with The Coast ahead of Halifax show and your weekend event planner.

Happy Thursday Halifax,

Starting to think about plans for the upcoming weekend? Check out our events planner below for some inspiration. If you’re attending another local event this weekend that isn’t on the planner and you think it’s worth the share, let me know and I’ll try my best to get it into the Friday newsletter for everyone to enjoy!

– Alyssa

🌧 Today’s weather: Cloudy with a 30% chance of rain or flurries during the day and a 60% chance in the evening. A high of 6C and a low of 2C.

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


International students are university not cash cows, says group marching in Halifax on day of action for free education

📸 Lauren Phillips, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Student activists and allies in organizing showed up at the Grand Parade Wednesday Nov 8. demanding free tuition, accessible education and an end to the exploitation of international students by Nova Scotia universities. Nova Scotia has the highest tuition fees in the country that have increased year after year with international, often racialized, students paying more than twice as much as domestic students in fees amidst a recent global pandemic and cost-living crisis.

As part of a national day of action, students marched from City Hall to Province House in Halifax holding “Fight the Fees” signs and calling on elected leaders to fund free education for all because, as one speaker put it, “Canada can afford it.”

Need to know

📄 The municipality has launched a Vulnerable Persons Registry meant to help assist more people during emergencies. You can fill out the registry’s intake form here.

🛩 The names of 40 Canadians have been added to the most recent document from Gaza's General Authority of Crossings and Borders prompting speculation that more Canadians will soon be able to leave.

🚨 A province-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Ralph Martell, who is potentially residing in Pictou County, for multiple counts of assault.

🎨 Craft Nova Scotia's annual Designer Craft Show is back at Pavilion 22 on the Halifax Waterfront Nov 17-19. 80 member makers from across the Maritimes.*

*Sponsored Post


Journey through Southeast Asian Refugee stories

Visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 for Hearts of Freedom - Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees, a new exhibition open until December 3.

Hearts focuses on the incredible stories of Southeast Asian refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and the impact of the Vietnam War, the Lao Secret War, and the Cambodian Genocide which forced millions to flee their homelands and seek safety in other countries. These courageous refugees risked their lives, journeyed to different host countries, and travelled thousands of miles to Canada.

The exhibition tells the stories of these survivors, in their own words and through their unique perspectives, adding to the fabric of the Canadian history of immigration. 

On The Coast

In other news

🚭 Canada is seeing its biggest decrease in lung cancer deaths ever thanks to a decline in tobacco smokers.

👷 With the recently announced federal and provincial rebates being offered, Nova Scotia is in desperate need of more heat pump installers.

🎃 Meet the Nova Scotian farmer who recycles old Halloween pumpkins by turning them into meals for his pigs.

Transport Canada is considering changing the Digby to St. John Ferry route for part of next year to service the route between Souris, P.E.I. and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec.

🏆 Nova Scotia recognized this year’s Medal of Bravery recipients at a special ceremony yesterday. Read about this year’s recipients and their acts of bravery here.

🕵️ Nova Scotia Auditor General, Kim Adair, is investigating the Nova Scotia Liberal Party's 2021 financial statements following the discovery that an employee stole funds from the party.


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Rapper Kardinal Offishall is still ol’ time killin’—and has no plans of stopping

📸 Kardinal Offishall/Facebook

Trace the storylines of hip hop in Canada, and no matter where you choose to begin or end your search, there’s one name you can’t omit: Kardinal Offishall. Maestro Fresh Wes and Michie Mee broke the barriers. Drake brought the genre to heights never seen. But the bridge between the two—and the one still kicking down doors, nearly 30 years into a Walk of Fame-worthy music career? That’d be Kardi—otherwise known as Jason Harrow. The first Canadian rapper to crack the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008 (“Dangerous” peaked at #5), Kardinal has performed for Nelson Mandela, made admirers out of the likes of Jay Z and Pharrell and toured the globe several times over.

The 47-year-old is still pushing the industry forward, both as a judge on Canada’s Got Talent and newly-hired Global A&R of Def Jam Recordings—and he still knows how to rock a crowd, too: Offishall is performing a free concert at the Marquee Ballroom tonight, hosted by the TD Music Connected Series.

The Coast’s Martin Bauman caught up with Kardi ahead of the show to talk about finding his path as a young artist, what makes Canadian hip-hop special and why he’s as driven as ever.

🗓 Things to do

Looking for something to do over the next week? Check out these Coast picks:

Thursday, November 9

🗓 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.

🗓 Cathy Jones Live: Newfoundland comedian Cathy Jones is in town this week for a live comedy show happening at FirkinStein Brewing in Bridgewater. | Nov. 9 | 8pm | $27.96.

Friday, November 10

🗓 Jake Ballard: Catch blues and rock artist Jake Ballard live at the Woodside Tavern this week. | Nov. 10 | 8pm | $10.

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

🗓 Canadian Labour International Film Festival: The 17th annual Canadian Labour International Film Festival is happening. Head to The Bus Stop Theatre and experience the world of international film for 87 minutes. | Nov. 10 | 7:30pm-9pm | Free.

Saturday, November 11

🗓 Good Dear Good: Enjoy a performance of “vocal harmonies and relentlessly catchy pop-rock melodies” when music group Good Dear Good takes the stage at HodgePodge Arts & Music event at The Marquee Ballroom. | Nov. 11 | $9-$36.

🗓 Remembrance Day Ceremonies: There are multiple Remembrance Day Ceremonies happening around the HRM this Saturday including ones at Point Pleasant Park, The Citadel, Sullivan’s Pond, Fish Hatchery Park and more. You can find a list of them here. An online ceremony will also be held for those who can’t make it in person. | Nov. 11 | Various times | Free.

Sunday, November 12

🗓 Agricola Street Holiday Market: Walk the streets of the north end this weekend for the annual Agricola Street Holiday Market, and help support local businesses, enjoy family-friendly activities and more. | Nov. 12 | noon-5pm | Free.

🗓 The Trainyard x Hope for Wildlife: Stop by The Trainyard this weekend and meet Edward the broad-winged hawk and learn about Hope for Wildlife’s rehabilitation work. Masks are recommended! | Nov. 12 | 10:30am-noon | Free, donations welcome.

🗓 Halifax Mooseheads: Catch the Mooseheads as they take on the Cape Breton Eagles at the Scotiabank Centre this Sunday. | Nov. 12 | 3pm | $24.25.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings.

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