Daniel, our (award winning) brother

The award-winning Mike Fleury.

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Major congratulations are in order for one of Halifax’s favourite adopted sons, Daniel MacIvor, who won a Governor General’s Literary Award on Tuesday. MacIvor was recognized in the drama category for his work entitled, I Still Love You, a collection of plays that MacIvor wrote between 1991 and 2006.

The Cape Breton-born playwright has been living in Toronto, but he recently bought a house in Halifax and is currently in the process of moving back to the east coast.

It was the third time that MacIvor had been nominated for the award, but the first time he’s come away with the honour. Joined by his fellow recipients, MacIvor will be presented with his award (and his $15,000 prize) on December 13 in Ottawa. The awards will be presented by Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

No stranger to the pages of The Coast, MacIvor was your choice as “Best playwright” in the recent Best of Halifax poll. A MacIvor-penned play, Marion Bridge, also won a BOH award, earning your nod for “Best play.” MacIvor also spoke to us during his most recent on-stage appearance in Halifax, which occurred in July for his one-man, nine-character show, Cul-de-Sac. At the time, MacIvor speculated about ending his acting career in order to focus more on writing. He told the Cape Breton Post this week that the award “feels like encouragement to continue that.”

Let’s get excited about MacIvor’s impending return to Halifax, people—the city can only benefit from having such a gifted writer back in out midst. Be warned, Daniel: We all plan to take advantage of you… in the nicest, most supportive way possible, of course. Bravo!

Ban the bon bon

It’s all fun and games until someone almost loses an eye. That’s the lesson we can all take away from this year’s Parade of Lights, which proved to be a parade of pain for at least one eight-year-old boy in attendance.

According to the boy’s mother, her son was hit in the face by a projectile piece of candy, resulting in a pretty nasty injury—the boy needed four stitches to close the candy-induced wound just above his eye. To make matters worse, the mother alleges that the weaponized treat was thrown from none other than mayor Kelly’s official Halifax Regional Municipality float.

Oh, the public relations nightmare! Injuring a boy with a piece of mayoral candy at a holiday parade almost always comes back to bite you during election season. It’s hard to put a positive spin on the headline, “Mayor’s float maims child, ruins Christmas.”

Reacting quickly, mayor Kelly took symbolic responsibility for the incident, offered his sincere apologies and has banned the handing out of candy at all future nighttime parades.

All this despite the fact that parade participants were told specifically not to throw candy into the crowd—they were instructed to pass them out, hand-to-hand.

For his part, mayor Kelly was walking beside the float handing out Sour AppleGators when the incident occurred—an air-tight alibi. As of press time, the gummy-launching assailant has yet to be identified and is still on the loose. Further bulletins as events warrant.

See something happening? send your hot, sugary tips. Email: mikef@thecoast.ca

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