Friday's 9 things you need to know

Meeting gone wild, local wild hops and Halifax weekend fun.


Go bowling—for great chowder—at the Seaside Shanty.
  • Go bowling—for great chowder—at the Seaside Shanty.

Things got rowdy last night at a public meeting for a Lake Echo waste site. As previously noted, Lawrence Bellefontaine’s Kiann Management wants a waste processing facility on an empty Lake Echo lot so badly that the company’s already started dumping materials before any plans have been approved by the city. Neighbouring residents aren’t happy about that. Last night’s public meeting was a chance to clear the air. Instead, it nosedived into a shouting match. Global’s Natasha Pace was there.

“Within a few minutes of the meeting starting, many residents showed a fierce opposition to the project.

‘Why don’t you take that garbage and put it in your backyard,’ one resident shouted at Bellefontaine.”

Pace says more than a hundred people showed up, including speaker at the Legislature Kevin Murphy and councillor David Hendsbee (who had several negative comments directed at him).

Things were so hectic that Pace tweets Bellefontaine never got to do his planned presentation on the project. Another meeting will happen July 9 at the Lake Echo Recreation Centre.

Better beer in the Maritimes could be a quick hop away (sorry). Two PEI scientists are looking for local wild hops to cultivate for brewing. As reports CBC, beers here currently use hops from Europe or Oregon. Those varieties struggle with pests and diseases. Aaron Mills and Jason McCallum believe wild local hops would be heartier—and more marketable to the bubbling craft beer industry. Still early days in their research, however. So let’s not get our hops up (sorry).

The closure of Mills has the Spring Garden Area Business Association’s Juanita Spencer calling for change. “It’s hopefully a wake-up call for the city,” says the executive director to CBC. Mills, a retail anchor of Spring Garden Road for almost a century, shut its doors for the last time on Tuesday night.

“It turns out a Canada Day earthquake that struck southwestern Nova Scotia on July 1 was actually a 3.8 magnitude earthquake as opposed to a 3.6 one that Earthquakes Canada had initially recorded it as.”

Maybe our mildly-more interesting earthquakes will stop Nova Scotia from being virtually non-existent.

“Mother Canada” is spoken for, says The Vimy Foundation. The group has asked the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation to change the name of their proposed gargantuan memorial to making money off of war. The NevFors have taken the Vimy people’s request under consideration and responded politely by lawyer’s letter that they’ve already started making mugs and keychains so GTFO. Despite gay marriage being legal in this country for over a decade, it seems Canada can’t have two mothers. “The Vimy Foundation say it plans to run national ads reminding Canadians there is one Mother Canada and she is in France.”

+4 things to do this weekend
The sun will come out, tomorrow. And when it does, and you’re lucky enough to be one of those folks with the weekend off, here are 20 bodies of water to direct your toes to.

Looking for outdoor fun for after your swim? Strap on your rollerblades, bike helmet, bathingsuit or tidal bore raft (or sit on that, don’t strap it on) and seize the summer with a little bit of physical activity this weekend.

This weekend The Bus Stop Theatre hosts an entire festival based around actors going at it alone. Solo-icious showcases 15 acts, at 15 minutes each, starring both familiar faces and bright, new talents. "My hope is that people will have an increased awareness of artistry in many forms," says festival curator, Keelin Jack, "and like me, to have a little bit of a reinvigorated faith in the city."

Chester Basin’s Seaside Shanty makes a chowder that’s “all killer, no filler” according to our food reviewer Melissa Buote. Hop aboard your personal yacht (or, drive to the south shore) and experience a postcard-worthy dining experience.

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