Wednesday's 10 things you need to know

Mason explains Dartmouth; Evolve is saved. Plus basketball in Sydney?

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Huzzah! Evolve is saved! The music festival was facing cancellation yesterday after its liability insurance was pulled for wanting to offer free drug-testing to attendees. After what CBC says was a flurry of calls and an amazing outpouring of support, festival producer Jonas Colter has found a new insurer (belonging to the family of a musician scheduled to perform) and Evolve’s a go for this weekend.

The whole story exposes how ludicrously drugs are treated in western society. People at music festivals use illegal drugs. That’s not a dirty little secret, and ignoring it puts everyone at risk. Coulter says three people were taken to the hospital for drug overdoses last year, and six ambulance calls were made. Testing kits would make sure everyone know what they were taking and the strength of it, and not put a strain on emergency responders.

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Waye Mason says HRM isn’t trying to officially erase the name of Dartmouth. A blog post by the Downtown South councillor and Dartmouth boy tries to explain that no, mailing addresses have not changed, and no, Dartmouth landmarks aren't changing their names. The rebranding of the Sullivan’s Pond community sign—which seemed to ignite this latest round of Dartmouth fundamentalism—had Halifax on it for two years at least. It was just recently rebranded with the new logo, says Mason.

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Most importantly, Mason stresses what the city has always said: that changing these signs and logos happens only as the old logos need to be replaced due to wear and tear. No one’s out to get you, Dartmouth. Take a chill pill.

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Halifax Jazz Festival kicks into gear tonight (under a tent, in case you’re looking up at the sky and pouting) with none other than the hardest-working woman in show business, Sharon Jones, and soul royalty, the Dap-Kings, taking the main stage. Last week Laura Kenins chatted with Jones about her 20-plus years in the music biz, and her first Grammy nomination.

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Some jerk dumped baby guinea pigs in Point Pleasant Park. According to the woman who rescued them, two weeks earlier another park patron saved a bag full of pit bull puppies that had been thrown into the water. The guinea pigs are at Homeward Bound, and should be up for adoption soon. Police and the SPCA are apparently investigating the incident of animal cruelty.

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The Halifax Rainmen owner’s son has teamed up with Frank Magazine owner Douglas Parker Rudderham to bring a National Basketball League team to Sydney. Appearing “not the least bit frightened by the financial calamity facing the basketball team owned by his father,” Tyrone Levingston is moving forward with his venture. He and minority stakeholder Rudderham have 45 days to raise the $250,000 franchise fee.

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Dalhousie’s Student Union is looking to hire a coordinator for a 24-hour sexual assault support line which will launch in September. The new program has been planned for a while, but last year’s dentistry scandal brought a bigger push for ways to support survivors of sexual assault. The coordinator position will acquire and schedule volunteers to work eight-hour phone shifts. The application deadline is next Friday, with the work term lasting from July 22 until October 14. After the first six weeks of classes (during which there’s usually a spike in sexual assault numbers), the DSU will evaluate the support line and figure out if they want to continue the program.

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New place to eat alert! Where Fiasco restaurant closed just over a week ago, Primal Kitchen opened last night, bringing Morné Van Antwerp and Sue Ann Lambert’s resataurant dreams to life via all things smoked, cured and meaty. And this.

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Speaking of restaurants, the province has launched a new website purportedly making it easier for business owners to apply for licenses and permits. The Restaurant and Accommodation Bundle puts everything at the restaurant owners’ fingertips, said Service Nova Scotia minister Mark Furey yesterday. The website—which won’t exist until early next year—will include the ability to request and pay for services like liquor license renewals, food safety and food sale permits. It’s a launchpad for the Liberal government’s expanded online services plan. Other business sectors will also be “digitized,” according to Furey. Next up on the docket will be the convenience store industry.

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Theodore has seen some shit, man…

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If you love electro-soul jams but camping just isn’t your thing, you can catch Montreal’s Busty and the Bass for a show in the city tonight before they head off to Evolve. The nine-piece collective was recently named “Canada’s top university band” and they’re fresh off dates at both the Ottawa and Montreal jazz festivals.

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