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Cata-straw-phe!

It seems like everywhere you look people are quick to point out the absolute sin of plastic straws.   According to popular media, they seem to be the root of the ocean plastic epidemic.   Chances are you’ve heard about this trendy new campaign focused on reducing plastic straw usage and want to do your part for…

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Briefs of the week

Someone holding a lit joint.

Week of Oct. 15, 2018 UPDATE: Smoking ban Last week, Halifax Regional Municipality’s restrictions on smoking came into effect when just nine designated smoking areas had been established. That number has since jumped to more than 60, with the possibility of more on the way. There’s no cap on the number of designated smoking areas.…

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The straw ban is progress

The straw ban has a positive effect on the environment. The ban does not discount specific issues brought up by those against it. The straw ban needs to be thought through and discussed, but not dismissed.  The main issue with straws is that they take 200 years to decompose. Because these straws don’t decompose for a long…

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Triple A vs. Jubilee Junction

Corner shops are the backbone of any good neighbourhood. They embody the beauty of the local.   Halifax prides itself on local excellence – Triple A Convenience and Pizzeria, and Jubilee Junction Convenience Store being perfect examples. The rival shops are located at the corners of Preston Street and Jubilee Road.  Convenience is their biggest product: the corners of…

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Hocus Bipocus

Racism.  A pretty scary word isn’t it? When considering the ways in which racism can play out and the devastating effect it continues to have on the lives of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) worldwide it is clear that something must be done.        What’s fascinating to me is that people are more…

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Smoking ban? Not a fan

Smoke is in the air.  But as the official legalization of recreational marijuana approaches, so is an all too convenient public smoking ban in the city of Halifax.  The proposed bylaw prohibits smoking on all municipal property, recreational areas, sidewalks and streets. Restrictions include vaping, tobacco and cannabis. A violation of the bylaw could result in a maximum $2000 fine,…

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No place to call home

The students of Halifax universities are struggling to find affordable apartments.  “My original intention was to get an apartment for myself. After a little searching, I realized that was a bit of a pipe dream,” says Nicole Rushton, a second-year student at Saint Mary’s University. Rushton moved to Halifax two years ago to work and pursue her education, and she has been…

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Briefs of the week

Week of Sept. 29, 2018 Vandalism at Point Pleasant Multiple sites in Point Pleasant Park were found vandalized on the morning of Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 8. “Most disturbing was the Sailors’ Memorial being defaced with paint splattered over the panels containing the names of the fallen. Anti-war slogans including the anarchy symbol were present,” reads…

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Briefs of the week

Week of Sept. 24, 2018 No smoking on municipal property starting mid-October Amendments to Halifax’s “respecting nuisances bylaw” will go ahead as planned starting Oct. 15. Over the summer, Halifax Regional Council voted to prohibit smoking or vaping on municipal property except in designated locations. This includes both tobacco and cannabis. The designated locations have…

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Dal campus for Gen Z

For the first time, the majority of new students attending Dalhousie University are part of Gen Z.   Generation Z. Post-millennials. Born after 1997 – they’re digital natives.   And this year, Dal frosh are 2000s babies. The 2019 grads will include those born in 1997 who went straight from high school and finished their undergrad in…

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