Rolling Street Closures - Spryfield Santa Claus Parade

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that there will be some minor traffic delays and rolling street closures in the Spryfield area on Sunday, Nov. 30, as the Spryfield Santa Claus Parade moves through the community.

The parade starts at 2 p.m. on Punch Bowl Drive, heads south along Herring Cove Road, then west on Dentith Road, ending at Spryfield Mall. The affected streets will temporarily close to traffic as the parade moves through. Halifax Regional Police will be on site to help direct traffic. The event is expected to wrap up by 3 p.m.

Following the parade, the community is invited to attend the local Christmas tree lighting at the Captain William Spry Community Centre, 16 Sussex St. For more information on these events, please visit the Spryfield & District Business Commission Facebook page.

Source: Release

Traffic & Parking Advisory - We Day 2014

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that there will be heavy traffic and limited street parking in downtown Halifax on Friday morning, as more than 150 school buses will be dropping off students taking part in We Day 2014.


Construction progress on The Plaza retail addition

Construction on the commercial additions to The Plaza, Scotia and MacKeen apartments on Brunswick St are moving along quickly. This project kicked off earlier this year when the Citadel Hotel redevelopment across the street was wrapping up. Once this is complete there will be many retail/commercial options on this stretch of Brunswick St. between Cogswell and Duke.



Data Will Help Community, Department Support Vulnerable Students

The provincial government released its first Early Development Instrument (EDI) results today, Nov. 27, from data collected by Grade Primary teachers in 2012-13.

The teachers completed a questionnaire for each child in their class about five developmental areas:
-- physical health and well-being
-- emotional maturity
-- communications skills and general knowledge
-- social competence
-- language and cognitive development

The data indicates children are entering school with a strong base of language and cognitive development, but are less developed in physical health and well-being.

Nova Scotia's EDI results show 26.8 per cent of children were vulnerable in at least one developmental area, 14.3 per cent were vulnerable in at least two and four per cent had three or more challenges.

"The EDI results are not designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in individual children, but they will provide communities with a snapshot of how their children are doing as they enter school," said Dr. John LeBlanc, pediatrician at the IWK Health Centre, and associate professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie medical school.

"Communities will be able to think about how they can better use their own resources, as well as those from government and other agencies, to help reduce the number of vulnerable children."

Dr. LeBlanc is also a director of the Atlantic Network for Early Child Development.


Fishermen Urged to Make Safety a Priority

As lobster season gets underway in southwest Nova Scotia Friday, Nov. 28, fishermen are reminded to practice safety and monitor weather and marine forecasts while at sea.

"Fishing is dangerous work, and it's important that we all -- employers, captains and crew -- do everything we can to be safe, said Richard "Bee" d'Entremont of Lower West Pubnico, president of Acadian Fish Processors Limited and a representative of the Safe at Sea Alliance.

"Make sure your vessel has essential life-saving equipment aboard and that it's in working order, wear a personal flotation device at all times while on deck, and be prepared so that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency or a man-overboard situation."

Industry and fishing safety advocates, government, the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council join Mr. d'Entremont in urging fishermen to stay safe.

"Fishing is a proud and vibrant industry, vital to Nova Scotia's culture," said Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. "It's also an industry that has seen too much tragedy. We are encouraged by the positive shift that we're seeing from many in the industry. In fact, the decision to delay the start of the season speaks volumes of the priority they place on safety.


Open House Dec. 1 to provide downtown Dartmouth planning update

Municipal staff will provide an overview of work that has taken place since the last public meeting held earlier this year, and seek community feedback on the following key themes:
-proposed downtown Dartmouth precincts and their respective development visions within the commercial and waterfront areas;
-options for allowable building heights and potential shadow impacts;
-design guidelines for new development; and
-proposed approval process for new developments.

The presentation will be followed by an open house where residents will have the opportunity to review project materials, ask questions and provide comments on the proposals to staff.

For more information on this project visit

Source: Release

Street Closure - Charles Street - Urlaubs Festival

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that several blocks of Charles Street in Halifax will be closed to traffic on Saturday, Nov. 29, for the Urlaubs Festival featuring the North End Yuletide Market and Celebration.

Starting at noon on Saturday, Charles Street will be closed to vehicles between John and Agricola streets. The closure will remain in place until about 9 p.m. As part of the closure, only local traffic will be permitted on John Street.

The Urlaubs Festival is a great event for all ages, hosted by the North End Business Association. The festival will feature live music, a beer garden, an artisan market, family activities and crafts and much more. For more information, please the North End Business Association Facebook page.

Source: Release

NOTD: Formula X Legend

Formula X, since its debut on Sephora, caught my attention with the on-trend collections that come out so often, if only the price tag were lower (0.4oz/ 12ml, reg. $16 each).

A few Formula X shades were on clearance for $7 during the VIB sale, I happily gave them my money

Today's shade is Legend from the Shifters collection, one of those two-toned metallic lacquers that shimmer with a kaleidoscopic effect.

Dark humour for dark times.

"There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt." -- Erma Bombeck.

This is a hard time of year. Daylight is shrinking, the season of impossible gift lists approaches, exams are bearing down on students, it’s too cold to go out but not cold enough for fun times in the snow, and men everywhere are sporting cheesy moustaches.

Blackbook Collective, changes at Quinpool/Vernon

If graffiti and clothing are your thing then The Blackbook Collective is probably for you. Located in deep North End Halifax a block behind Cousins/Needs on Lady Hammond

The Blackbook Collective

The Blackbook Collective

HaliKids has a holiday popup in Sunnyside Mall

The corner of Quinpool and Vernon is getting set to be replaced by .Noble Grape has taken up residents in the new restored property on Oxford at Oak.


Little Ones: to e-read or not?


There is lots of debate about babies and toddlers using/watching screens. The general thought seems to be less screen time is best. As children get older, there are plenty of apps and games that help pre-schoolers and emergent readers learn the alphabet and practice phonetic sounds.

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