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Monday, April 15, 2019

Captain Obvious

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 2:24 PM

So, I'm searching medical web sites for my symptoms to try to ease my worries. Lots of people have written in to share their opinions and symptoms. But, there is always the majority of annoying people who have to repeat the obvious: "Go see your doctor". Fuck off, will you? Does every second person really need to say this? We all know we should go see our doctor—duh! We most likely will. But for now, we want to look some shit up and see if it's something we should freak out about or if it's something we can deal with on our own.

People don't need you to tell us to see the doctor. The waiting rooms are all full. Maybe we don't want to waste half the day on every whim? We are grown adults. Every second comment on these sites is a broken record. "Go see your doctor!" "Go see your doctor!" "Go see your doctor!" God, you people are fucking annoying as hell. Either contribute to the conversation in a helpful way or fuck off with your two-cents drivel.
—Guess I'll go to the doctor

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School

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 2:03 PM

Thanks for flooding the world with the lowest common denominator and for training them to claim they are artists. Also, fuck this city.
—GTFO of the way
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Smokers, vapers, everywhere...

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 2:01 PM

...both in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. It's quite obvious by now that the folks in charge have no intention of enforcing the new smoking ban. Rather, by making the ban complaint-driven only (noxious phrase!), these people at the top are offloading their job tasks and responsibilities onto the ordinary citizen: The one whose taxes pay their salaries. This is trickle-down Neoliberalism to the municipal level that is appearing in cities across Canada. Other examples are the normalization of food banks and emergency homeless shelters. I say first things first: We need not increased taxation but existing monies spent more wisely on affordable and accessible housing and food, educational resources for kids and teachers and a healthcare delivery overhaul. We do not need a football stadium!
—Dartmouth dweller
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Here, doggy, doggy

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 1:59 PM

To entitled dog owners: It is very uncool you think your canines are so obedient that you walk them off-leash in public spaces. In these public spaces are people who are afraid of dogs, people who have dogs with issues and children. It's obvious that these entitled owners have no respect for others. I feel entitled to take that dog I see off-leash to the SPCA. A caring owner wouldn't let their dog roam free, so it's obviously lost and uncared for. Right?
—I love my dog
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Unpopular opinion: The south end is disgusting

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 1:53 PM

Once a respected neighbourhood, Halifax's south end has turned into a slum yard of half-empty take-out containers and dog shit. The garbage disposal leaves much to be desired, as most of the bags are rejected and left to feed a family of pigeons. Populated by students and landlords, the south end is anything but historical.
—Taking a stroll in a hazmat suit
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Fuck rape culture and abuse apologists in Halifax

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 1:33 PM

Women deserve better.
—Angry Femme
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You are a no-good, awful, man

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 1:32 PM

But this bitch is for myself, because I still love you. I will never, ever, say it, but I do.
—Dumb bitch
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Halifax offers a beer lifestyle on a champagne budget

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 11:13 AM

I had to leave Halifax because I could not afford to live there. I had a decent professional job with full benefits and pension. I worked in the arts sector and made about $50,000 a year—not bad for mid-level position with a non-profit in NS (my counterparts in Ottawa made $70,000 a year for the same job). No matter, I thought that I could start “Adulting”, stay in my home province and build a life here.

Well, after student loan payments, I realized that I couldn’t afford the hefty $1200 -and-up a month which most one-bedroom rental units costs in this city. That was almost half a month’s net salary. (The taxes are pretty high here!) Landlords are now Air BnB hosts. I realized in this context, I would never be able to live without roommates, afford a car (and park it!) or save for a down payment on a property of my own. I worked hard to gain a promotion—I made a case for a raise. But the job scene is tough here and no matter how talented you are, there are limited positions which pay well and there are Baby Boomers who aren’t retiring.

My only choice was to either find a partner who could share expenses with me (but you can’t rush love!) or move away. So now I live “out west.”

The extra money I earn and the lower cost of living have made a big difference in my quality of life. I no longer feel like I’m living like a dirt poor student with the responsibilities of a professional job. There are opportunities for career growth, promotions and lower taxes. Finally, I can enjoy the fruits of my labour. “Adulting” is nice—but I sure do miss my family in Nova Scotia. I don’t miss roommates and poverty and worry about having no financial future. What’s to be done NS?
—I don’t live here anymore!

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Slumlord savings

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 11:09 AM

My neighbours and I haven't had heat or hot water in three days thanks to our piece-of-shit slumlord who lets the oil tank run dry. I think he does this on purpose every now and then to save money. No tenants can use heat or hot water for a week, probably saving him a lot of money. Heat and hot water is included in the lease. I suggest you fill the fucking tank, asshole, before we make a group complaint with the tenancy board. If our rent was late, you'd sure make sure you show up on time. This bastard never does any repairs either, but pulls up in a BMW and takes many trips to Greece thoughout the year. Buck up or be sued.
—I curse the ground you walk on
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Toughie townie trash

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Since moving to downtown Dartmouth, I sure don't find the people to be very friendly here. One day, while walking home, I noticed a man slumped over a wall in front of the drugstore. I wondered if he was okay and looked back to check. My concern was met with an irate woman who was standing a few feet away. She started yelling at me, calling me a "fat bitch" for "checking out her man".

"Why would anyone be trying to pick up someone who looks half dead on the sidewalk, unless it was to get him medical attention?" I replied. "Nobody is interested in your man. Relax." But she kept screaming, even calling me a "faggot" in her utter rage. I guess you're insecure and so that's why you felt the need to insult another woman's body.

Then, I go to get on an elevator in a building in the neighbourhood and I notice there's already a guy inside. He's busy texting on his cell phone. I walk on the elevator. He looks up and says, "after you, white man" before walking off. I reply, "I am a native woman".

No wonder citizens don't stop to help other citizens anymore. If you fall on the ice in winter, don't be surprised when no one stops to help you up. You never know if someone is going to appreciate it, or if they're going to go ballistic on you for no reason! You just can risk engaging with anyone anymore. There are just too many junkies, antisocials and psychos in this town. Just know that I will defend myself against these verbal attacks every chance I get and will defend myself against physical ones as well with a swift take-down maneuver.
—Don't fuck with me

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Traffic

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Why the fuck isn't the city doing the road work at night, like all of Europe does?
—Fiddler
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WHY

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 10:54 AM

Use your turn indicators well before your turn and stop wearing your ball caps backwards or to the side.
—Walking with coffee
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Monday, April 1, 2019

To all the independent landlords in this city:

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 5:35 PM

Why are you making it so difficult for me to rent with you? I'm a 30-year-old professional with a full-time job. I'm a non-smoker with excellent credit and no pets. The only time I spend at home is to eat and sleep. In other words, I'm literally your ideal candidate. Yet most of you won't even reply to my initial inquiry! And if you do, you're only available for viewings during business hours! Who are you trying to rent to? The unemployed? If it's this difficult to get initial contact with you, what's going to happen if I encounter a problem with my place? Who do you think pays your mortgage? Why doesn't anybody return my call? I give up. All of you suck.
—Going with a properly managed leasing agent
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Not enough doctors

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 5:33 PM

We live in Nova Scotia where we have a medical school and not enough doctors. It is sickening to me to think I have wanted to become a doctor my whole life (one that remains in this province) and it is simply a matter of being able to afford to do it. Education for the guarantee of a doctor remaining in province seems like a good way to fix our situation.
—Wants to help
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Seriously, Halifax radio?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 5:29 PM

I grew up in PEI and we have always had a running joke about how crappy Island radio is. Seems as if all of the channels don't play anything newer than 1992 and even then, it's all the same songs over and over.

Up until a few months ago, I would always at least be able to count on a bit of variety here in Halifax when driving to work, but with some recent changes to the stations here, things are actually better on the Island with it's two radio stations. At least then I don't have to hear nothing but '80s hair metal and Phil Collins. Luckily, we have that one other station that can be counted on playing four Maroon 5 songs in one hour.
—"Patio Lanterns" is not rock music

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