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.


Police Partner With MADD for Operation Christmas

Government and law enforcement agencies are coming together to launch Operation Christmas.

The annual campaign, aimed at reducing impaired driving and encouraging motorists to practise safe winter driving, was launched today, Nov. 26, in Annapolis Royal.

Checkpoints targeting impaired drivers will be set up across Annapolis Royal to highlight the start of the campaign. More checkpoints will be in place across the province throughout the holiday season.

"Operation Christmas helps to keep our roads and highways safe during the Christmas season. The needless sorrow impaired driving causes is avoidable. We must make everyone aware that impaired driving is a year-long effort for police agencies," said Annapolis Royal Regional Police Chief Burt McNeil. "We need the public's assistance any time they see an impaired driver. Just dial 9-1-1."

Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of preventable death and serious injuries on Nova Scotia's roads. Annapolis Royal Police Service is partnering with Annapolis County RCMP and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada to host Operation Christmas 2014.

"People need to be reminded to plan ahead, whether it is arranging for a way home or choosing a safe place to stay," said Fred Sanford, director of policing services, on behalf of Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab. "If a friend or family member is intoxicated, we all have a responsibility to ensure that person does not get behind the wheel. These actions save lives."

The Criminal Code makes it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08. Nova Scotia imposes administrative penalties, including a minimum seven-day licence suspension, for motorists who are driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.05 to 0.08.

"We appreciate the opportunity to participate with law enforcement, responders and other highway safety partners as part of Operation Christmas," said Susan MacAskill, MADD Atlantic regional manager. "We are asking motorists to exercise responsible choices and drive safe and sober."

Nova Scotia drivers are also reminded to prepare for winter conditions by taking steps such as installing snow tires, checking windshield wiper blades and stocking vehicles with emergency roadside kits.

Source: Release

Province Marks HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day

The Government of Nova Scotia is honouring people who are living with, and those who have died from, HIV/AIDS by marking HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day.

To coincide with awareness week, the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS has released its report, Review of Nova Scotia's Strategy on HIV/AIDS: Looking Back and Moving Forward. The review of the 2003 strategy was done by the commission and a consulting firm.

The report calls for a process to renew the provincial response to HIV/AIDS and to review the approach to HIV screening and testing.

"We have reached an exciting phase of renewal of the provincial HIV/AIDS strategy," said Michelle Proctor-Simms, commission director. "It's an opportunity to continue working with partners to address overlapping issues related to HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections and chronic conditions."

There are about 800 Nova Scotians who have tested positive for HIV since testing began in 1983.

"Reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS and other chronic disease is a priority of the government," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. "We are committed to working with the commission on the report's recommendations to help advance the quality of life for Nova Scotians living with HIV/AIDS."

A red-ribbon flag is also flying at Province House to commemorate awareness week and World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

This year marks the 26th annual World AIDS Day and the theme is Getting to Zero. The campaign focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

The Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS was established in 1988 to implement recommendations of the Nova Scotia Task Force on AIDS. The commission advises government on HIV/AIDS issues and its impact on Nova Scotia, and co-ordinates the implementation of the provincial HIV/AIDS strategy.

For a full list of events being held across the province during HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and to get a copy of the report, visit .

Source: Release

Road Construction - Cole Harbour Road at Cumberland Drive

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that crews are currently repairing a catch basin in the right-hand turning lane on Cole Harbour Road at the intersection with Cumberland Drive.

Crews are expected to be on site until about 4 p.m. today. There is a lane drop in place while this work is going on. Motorists should expect delays and are asked to use alternative routes whenever possible.

The municipality apologizes for any inconvenience this work may cause.

Source: Release

Premier Meets With Premier Prentice

Trade and investment, immigration and labour mobility were among the main issues discussed yesterday, Nov. 25, in the first meeting between Premier Stephen McNeil and new Alberta Premier Jim Prentice.

"Our first face-to-face meeting was productive and engaging and set the groundwork for ongoing collaboration," said Premier McNeil, who travelled to Edmonton to visit Premier Prentice.

"It was a pleasure to meet and discuss with Premier McNeil matters that impact both Alberta and Nova Scotia," said Premier Prentice. "The agreements we signed during our meeting will improve apprentice mobility and promote the mutual recognition of pre-employment training between our provinces."

In August, Nova Scotia and Alberta announced agreements in principle to ensure pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training and hours are transferrable between both provinces. The two premiers signed agreements today, formalizing that commitment. The agreements will make it easier for skilled trades workers to move between the two provinces, helping apprentices get their required training and complete their certification faster.

"In today's economy it is critical for workers to be able to move all over the country with assurance that their certification will be recognized," said Premier McNeil.

Premier McNeil is visiting the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton to speak with students in trades training programs about the positive impact the agreements will have on their apprenticeship options.

The two premiers also expressed a shared desire for the federal government to increase the caps on immigration levels with the Provincial Nominee Program.

Source: Release

Maritime Link Benefits Agreement Creates Local Economic, Employment Opportunities

The governments of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Emera, today, Nov. 26, took part in a ground-breaking ceremony for the start of construction of the Maritime Link project.

Energy Minister Andrew Younger, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Natural Resources Derrick Dalley, and Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera, attended the ceremony at the Bottom Brook, N.L., construction site and also signed an industrial and employment benefits agreement for the Maritime Link Project. The agreement is based on terms in the interprovincial Memorandum of Understanding signed by the provinces in late 2011.

"This project creates an important link in our region, bringing clean, renewable energy to Nova Scotia, as well as local economic opportunities," said Mr. Younger. "We're already seeing a number of Nova Scotia companies actively working on this significant infrastructure project with even more opportunities coming as the project ramps up next year."

With an estimated cost of $1.577 billion, the Maritime Link project is expected to create an average of 300 jobs per year between both provinces during construction. Employment is expected to peak at 600 in 2016. About 200 people are currently working on the project between provinces, and local companies in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador are working on a number of aspects of the project.


Awards Recognize Cancer Health Professionals, Volunteers

NOTE: Full biographies of this year's recipients can be found at .
Cancer Care Nova Scotia will recognize a health administrator, a medical oncologist, a cancer patient navigator, and a volunteer today, Nov. 26, at its Celebrating Excellence event.

The annual Excellence Awards in leadership and patient care will be presented to people who have helped further cancer prevention, treatment, and care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and families.

The Excellence Awards were introduced in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of Cancer Care Nova Scotia.

"All who answer the call to serve cancer patients and families are dedicated to easing the journey for those impacted by this family of diseases," said Cathy Blades, Cancer Care Nova Scotia board member and chair of the 2014 Excellence Awards committee. "The Excellence Awards is an opportunity to pause for a moment and acknowledge the nominees, recipients and all who routinely go above and beyond for Nova Scotia cancer patients and families."

The 2014 Excellence Awards are presented in area of leadership, patient care for volunteer, and patient care for a health professional.

Victoria Sullivan, Halifax, health administrator, Capital Health, is receiving the leadership award for her work as director of the Capital Health Cancer Care program where her leadership has helped improve Nova Scotia's overall cancer system.

Stasia Digou, South Bar, Cape Breton District Health Authority, is receiving the volunteer award. Ms. Digou has volunteered for 11 years at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre where she has been instrumental in developing and maintaining several important programs.

Both Dr. Mary (Mimi) Davis, Halifax, and Joanne Cumminger, New Glasgow, are both receiving the award for professionals.

Before retiring in April, Dr. Davis was dedicated to providing patient-centred care, working to improve access to cancer services to Nova Scotians outside Halifax, decreasing travel time for patients.

Ms. Cumminger has educated, supported and navigated more than 2,500 individual cancer patients and families in the Pictou County Health Authority in the last 12 years as a cancer patient navigator. She has been a nurse for 38 years.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for Nova Scotians. Through professional education, and developing clinical standards, Cancer Care Nova Scotia supports health professionals in providing patients with high-quality care.

Source: Release

Sherbrooke Village Christmas Committee Wins Community Service Award

The Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas Committee won a Crystal Tourism Award of Excellence at the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia conference gala Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The committee of 12 volunteers from the community commits hundreds of hours every year to plan and hold one of Nova Scotia's top 10 events of the season. Sherbrooke Village's annual celebration of rural Nova Scotia Christmas traditions includes carolling, festive dining, craft workshops, craft market, concerts, theatre and children's entertainment.

"The dedicated volunteers who run the holiday activities at Sherbrooke Village work hard to give back to their community and spread holiday cheer," said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. "I congratulate the members of the committee for their tremendous work making Sherbrooke Village such a festive place to visit during the holidays."

Last year's chair, Debbie Findlay, accepted the Community Service Award on behalf of the committee.

"I give thanks to the volunteers who put hundreds of hours into decorating, baking, setting up and presenting this wonderful festival that celebrates everything old and magical that is Christmas," said Ms. Findlay.

This year's Christmas events will take place this Friday to Sunday, beginning with the tree lighting at Maple Manor and a candlelight procession to St. Mary's RecPlex.

"Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas really is a community-owned festival, and it gives our staff great pride to work alongside community partners with such devotion," said Mark Sajatovich, Sherbrooke Village executive director. "The Community Service Award recognizes people who are making a significant contribution to the local community in which they do business."

For more information, go to

Source: Release

Public Asked to Help Find Missing Medication Pouch

NOTE: A photograph of a medical pouch is available on the Communications Nova Scotia website at .
Emergency Health Services is asking for the public's help to find a medication pouch reported missing from one of its ambulances on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
An EHS paramedic crew was working between Liverpool and Halifax when they noticed a small black pouch containing medication was missing.

The medication is extremely dangerous if used by people who are not trained health-care professionals. If someone finds the pouch, they should immediately call EHS at 1-888-346-9999, or any RCMP detachment or local police so the medication can be secured safely.

If the drugs are ingested or injected, call 911 immediately.

EHS has reported the incident to the Lunenburg County District RCMP.

Source: Release

Brunch at Robie St. Station

Ever since I moved back to Halifax I’ve noticed that we don’t have many brunch specialty restaurants. We excel in greasy diners, and we have pubs and trendy restos that serve brunch, but the amount of spots dedicated to this meal are few and far between.

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