The casualties from the new Nova Scotian film industry have started to arrive. Last week Nova Scotia Business Inc. started accepting applications for film and TV productions under the Liberals’ new tax credit system. A Jim Henson Co. show planning to shoot here has ditched NS for British Columbia, and Screen Nova Scotia’s Marc Almon tells the Herald’s Roger Taylor the new rules have caused several projects to back out of filming. Almon says 2015 was on track to be a record year for film production here in NS, but everything's been thrown into disarray. He’s echoed by the Progressive Conservatives, who in a press release last week wrote about Take One Atlantic’s Forbes MacDonald. Take One’s fleet of trailers, trucks and wagons are usually found on film sets throughout the province. But this summer the company has had to send equipment to movies filming in Montreal—at MacDonald’s own expense. There’s definitely an impact being felt, but keep in mind it’s not the film workers who will ultimately lose out. Film technicians are a practical lot, well-versed in many transferrable skills. One Mr. D crew member I ran into over the weekend didn’t express much worry at all about future work. If the show (now filming its fifth season) returns, they’ll hire him. If it doesn’t, he’ll find other work. The same for anyone leaving Nova Scotia for a job. It’s hard on their families in the short-term, but a better investment for the future. Putting it another way: it’s the industry that’s leaving Nova Scotia behind, and not the other way around.
Argyle Developments has hired Ian Bezanson’s bits.co to develop the branding and online presence for the Nova Centre. Bits (are we allowed to capitalize that?) is a “boutique creative agency” that has created brands for the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Charm Diamond Centres and Innovacorp.
“Nova Centre is a beacon of the new energy and growth in downtown Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia," writes Bezanson in a press release. "Our team is really excited to work with Argyle Developments to express this energy and showcase Nova Centre as a pillar of economic, cultural, and community development in our city."
They have their work cut out for them, as the current @NovaCentre Twitter account is pretty great.
O.O: When you take away a 9 piece pack of chicken mcnuggets, get home and realise that they didnt give you any sauce— Wu Wei (@novacentre) April 19, 2015
Tomorrow night, the Ecology Action Centre presents a public panel on carbon pricing featuring Jeremy Moorhouse (senior analyst at Clean Energy Canada in British Columbia) and Mark Purdon (executive director of l’Institut quebecois de carbonne in Quebec). The talk will be a chance for interested residents to learn how jurisdictions across the country handle carbon pricing and discuss climate change in terms of innovation and prosperity. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm Tuesday evening at the Central Library. More information here.
Killa Atencio’s op/ed for The Coast on why she doesn’t celebrate Canada Day is one of the most shared and read articles in this paper’s history. As you can see by the comments, it prompted not a small amount of discussion. One person who wanted to respond was Michael Wood. The Dartmouth videographer sent a lengthy letter to The Coast hoping we could pass it along to Atencio. With Wood’s permission, we’ve edited it for length and posted “Why I celebrate Canada Day with all my heart” online. Got a response of your own (or anything else on your mind)? Shoot us an email with Voice@thecoast.ca
Because the sunshine makes us want to enjoy a fruity beverage and because a free-poured pitcher of sangria can some times end up tasting like a swamp water cocktail, The Bicycle Thief’s Matt Boyle walked us through some tips for making a great, refreshing drink—and even shared his own summer sangria recipe.
Dazed and confused, we reported on Friday how Market Street will once again be sidelined by construction on the Nova Centre. Luckily, this go around Inkwell Boutique got advance notice. To celebrate their summertime woes, Inkwell is selling some prints of this very cool sketch by local artist Emma FitzGerald.
North end vegan resto enVie: A Vegan Kitchen has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help make the costs of an expansion a little bit more tolerable. But they won’t be keeping all the donations to themselves. One-third of the restaurant’s $30,000 ask will be shared with three community initiatives doing awesome things—Hope Blooms, Ark Youth Outreach and the Ecology Action Centre. Check out the Indiegogo campaign here.