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Plus, soccer GOAT Christine Sinclair plays at Wanderers Grounds tonight.

Good morning and happy Halloween!

Not to spoil today’s holiday, but as someone from House Stark would say, winter is coming. Environment Canada released a statement about the possibility of significant snowfall in parts of Nova Scotia tomorrow.

While it’s likely the snow will stick only in areas of higher terrain, snow is still on the agenda for Halifax.

Enjoy and stay safe tonight, but don’t forget to swap your Halloween masks for winter boots in the morning.

– Alyssa

☀️ Today’s weather: Clear skies with a high of 6C and a low of -3C.

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

SPORTS

How Christine Sinclair and the Canadian women’s national soccer team came to Halifax

📸 Canada Soccer/Instagram (@canadasoccer)

The greatest goal scorer in the history of international soccer emerged, hooded and shoulders hunched, into the Halifax rain on Monday afternoon. Christine Sinclair, scorer of 190 goals in 328 matches for Canada—more than Lionel Messi for Argentina; more than Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal—will make her Wanderers Grounds debut on Tuesday, Oct. 31 in a friendly match against Brazil with more than just the scoreline riding on the outcome.

The game is one between two giants of the sport—Canada won gold at the Tokyo Olympics just two years ago, while Brazil is… well, Brazil. It will be one of Sinclair’s last wearing a maple leaf—a mere 10 days ago, after 23 years representing her country, the 40-year-old sporting legend announced she’ll retire from Canada’s national team at the end of the year.

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Need to know

🚨 An emergency alert is ongoing (as of yesterday evening) for Aaron Daniel Crawley, who is believed to be responsible for a Cole Harbour hit-and-run. Police have described the suspect as dangerous.

🧠 The Red Spruce Mental Health Centre recently opened at Acadia University, and will soon be expanding its resources from just students to the public.

🚏 Cornwallis Street has officially been renamed to Nora Bernard Street, in honour of Mi’kmaq activist Nora Bernard, after a public ceremony yesterday.

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On The Coast

HALLOWEEN

We asked a professional make-up effects artist how to paint your face for Halloween

📸 Patrick Baxter

Patrick Baxter has loved the magic of movie makeup since he was “six years old, when I saw Star Wars. It’s still my favourite movie of all time. All those creatures at the cantina? It was unbelievable!” Or perhaps his headlong fall began a little later: “I actually saw the original Salem’s Lot as a little boy and that terrified the hell outta me,” the make-up effects artist says, speaking by phone, an hour before heading on set to build faces and maybe even prosthetics for the Halifax-shot Chapelwaite—a TV series based on a Stephen King short story, starring Emily Hampshire and Adrien Brody.

Back in 2020, Baxter shared with The Coast three quick tips for anyone who wants to try their hand at a bit of wash-off wizardry this Halloween.

In other news

🏞️ An environmental group is speaking out about the need to amend the province’s Park Act after the release of golf-course proposals in recent years for West Mabou Provincial Park and Little Harbour.

❓Interested in switching to a heat pump to claim federal rebates? Here’s what you need to know. 

🫶 Registration for Feed Nova Scotia’s Stuff-A-Bus fundraiser is now open. Help feed Nova Scotian families in need this upcoming holiday season.

🍴 The Taste of Nova Scotia Award recipients for 2023 have been announced. Check them out here.

🪓 A man has been arrested in Pictou County after an assault with an axe left one person injured.

🚨 Nova Scotia high school employee Ronald Blair Weatherby has been charged with voyeurism, after a student accused him of peering over her bathroom stall using a ladder.

🫣 While coyote sightings are anything but rare on Mahone Bay trails, Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is receiving more and more reports of coyotes exhibiting aggressive behaviour in the area.

👻 Want to get into the Halloween spirit? Check out these 14 supposedly haunted places in Canada.

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Halifax admits failure on pedestrian safety, lowers safety standards

📸 Screenshot of meeting stream

Thursday was a big meeting for Halifax’s Transportation Standing Committee. The committee got a handful of updates about how poorly the city’s Integrated Mobility Plan has been implemented since being adopted in 2017.

The city got an update on its Strategic Road Safety Framework, which was brought forward by councillor Patty Cuttell as an information item.

Lucas Pitts, director of traffic management, told the committee that in 2022 there were 11 fatal collisions and 776 injury collisions in the HRM, which was good, kind of, because it was a decrease of 11.6% in automotive violence on city streets since the baseline year of 2018/19.

Sure things

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

🗓 Halifax Mooseheads: Catch the Halifax Mooseheads at the Scotiabank Centre as they take on the Titan D'acadie-Bathurst | Nov. 1 | 7pm | $12-$27.

🗓 The East Pointers and Fortunate Ones: Join two Canadian folk favourites at the Light House Arts Centre for the Halifax stop of their fall tour. This is a 19+ event! | Nov. 2 | 7pm | $44.45.

🗓 I Light Halifax: Help light up the city by sprucing up your bike and joining Cycle Halifax for a community night ride later this week. Make sure to stop by Java Blend before the ride, or the Cathedral Church of All Saints after the ride, for some hot drinks and snacks | Nov. 4 | 6pm | Free.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings.

Eat this

🍝 In the mood for pasta? Stop by Chanoey’s Pasta Halifax or Dartmouth locations and try its special of the week: Creamy bacon penne made with garlic butter, spinach, bacon, green olives, cherry tomatoes, cream, parmesan and parsley.

Deals

👾 It's a $10 unlimited play and $5 dollar pint kind of day at Propeller Arcade this coming Sunday. The deal is on between 7pm-11pm.

🐕 Naughty Paw Pet Grooming is offering 10% off grooming spa packages for dogs and cats when you present this coupon.

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