While every summer day is an excuse to break out the barbecue, today is actually National Hot Dog Day, dog. Seeking for advice on making the best wurst, we got grilling with the north end’s latest street food source, T-Dogs. “My dad said something years ago to us,” T-Dogs’ Tony Rinaldo says. “‘A recipe is only as good as its weakest ingredient.’ So if you’re starting with a really bad hot dog, you’re just going to have a crappy end product.” Planning to cue up some celebratory meat magic today? Read and learn.
The Coast also lucked into some added timeliness with this week’s cover story on commercial pop radio’s fear of hip-hop, what with the truth Nicki Minaj has been tweeting since being snubbed by MTV’s Video Music Awards. You can take a lot from Hillary Windsor’s story—including that rap remains unappreciated in mainstream music, or that commercial radio is on its way out. Mostly, it’s staggering that a business practice continues in 2015 which essentially boils down to “black people make audiences uncomfortable.”
An innocent bystander was shot early this morning at the Seahorse Tavern on Gottingen Street. A 23-year-old victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck through a wall with bullets fired from outside the building. Police say that in the course of a robbery, shots were fired that entered the building and struck the victim. Police are still looking for a suspect, and say a key witness is not currently cooperating. Meanwhile, a masked man kicked in a door on High Street last night, but left the home invasion without taking any items or harming those inside. There’s no indication at all that any of these incidents are connected, or in any way related, to the arrest this past weekend of Jimmy Melvin Jr. That said, it’s been a particularly violent week in Halifax. Presumably, the arrest of a high-ranking gang leader would create the sort of power vacuum that might cause renewed acts of violence. At the very least, it’s safe to say the city’s paying a little bit closer attention to its criminal underbelly these days.
Andy Warhol famously predicted that in the future everyone moving away from Nova Scotia will have CBC write about it, and that’s now true for Sarah Dunsworth. The Trailer Park Boys actor and film industry costume designer is heading to Sudbury, Ontario to work on a new TV series. She tells Allison Devereaux it’s the first time she’s ever had to leave the province during the peak summer shooting season for work. About 20 of Dunsworth’s film friends have already moved for permanent or short-term opportunities, she estimates. The economic outmigration of Nova Scotians is CBC’s bread and butter these days, it seems.
Demolition is soon to commence on St. Patrick’s High School, and yesterday evening the city held an open house on the future design of the Quinpool Road site. Metro’s Stephanie Taylor reports around 150 people showed up to the Halifax Forum, offering input on three design concepts unveiled by HRM staff (which don’t yet appear to be online). The three concepts—Grid, Plaza and Square—vary in terms of density, height and open space.
Port traffic in Halifax is plummeting, reports CBC. Port Authority numbers released today show an almost nine percent drop in metric tonnes moved by container ships compared to the same period last year. That means the volume of port traffic has dropped by almost 20 percent in two years. Reporter Jennifer Henderson says the Longshoreman’s union has noticed increases in cargo in other eastern ports while Halifax declines. Henderson also takes note of the bonuses the Port Authority gave out to 20 executives last year, despite the declining core business.
Many HRM councillors got hot and bothered this past week over the slow progress of road maintenance this summer (particularly the painting of roadway lines). So don’t reduce the workforce and then complain the work’s not getting done, basically says CUPE Local 108 vice-president Joel LeClerc. LeClerc tells the Herald’s Brett Bundale that Halifax has been deliberately reducing through attrition the number of employees who would be handling line painting. The lack of staff means equipment is sitting unused. “Council has created this problem, and councillors made these decisions.” Basically, the entire city is angry and council is blaming staff while staff is blaming council. Things are probably a little tense right now inside City Hall.
Being big fans of food-themed weeks around these parts, our eyes were hooked by Halifax Wing Week, happening this very week at a pub near you. Tonight, the inspired gang of chicken fanatics will be at Bubba Ray’s, chowing down and tallying points for completing challenges like “Most retweets,” “Fastest basket of wings,” “Sober driver” and “Eat a stranger’s wing” in the hopes of winning a big ol’ trophy. Join the crew on this adventure or watch the shenanigans unravel over your own saucy dozen.
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Deck the halls with Jesus and Jäger, it’s Christmadome in July tonight at The Dome. The dress-code is sand-meets-Santa—don your board shorts AND your elf ears—and all proceeds from the door go to Christmas Daddies.
Tonight Venus Envy and the Halifax North Memorial Library present the 14th annual Reading Out Loud. The premise is very simple: local LGBTQIA2 folks reading from books or other written works that have influenced or moved them.