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They’re voting. Are you? After years of being disregarded by politicians, young people now make up the single biggest group of voters in Canada’s upcoming federal election. Here’s how they’re finding strength in numbers.

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This week


VOLUME 27, NUMBER 20 October 9 - October 15, 2019

On the cover: This collection of young voters was assembled by photographer Ian Selig and Coast staff Caora McKenna and Pam Nicoll. To see more of Selig’s work, head to

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Nonna’s very own: A comedy showcase with Marc-Anthony Sinagoga Up-and-coming comic Marc-Anthony Sinagoga makes you LOL hard enough to fuggetabout your worries. Here, he shares a joke in advance of the show: “I only want to lose weight so I don’t have to buy sitting shirts and standing shirts, this is a standing shirt, you can’t tell how fat I am like this, but when someone tells you to sit down, this is what happens.” The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, Oct 10, 8:30pm. $12/$15


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Today I spoke with a woman who is incarcerated and has never voted before. She told me they are able to vote at the prison tomorrow, and she is going to vote for the first time. She thinks the leader of this country should be smart and kind. I’m with her.

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“So, no big deal or anything, but cannabis becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday. This October 17 date has been a real, albeit still somewhat surreal, target for a while, giving lawmakers, producers and retailers a serious deadline to get a lot of shit figured out. And…the biggest concern emerging across the country is that there’s just not going to be enough legal weed to go around.” — from editor Kyle Shaw’s “Legal weed’s roll-out,” published Oct 10, 2018

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I stand with her

Climate injustice?

As a parent, this is what I’m witnessing in the picture people are painting about my daughter’s participation in the Macdonald Bridge protest. I wasn’t on the bridge that day because of personal health issues in my life, but what I am seeing in the days afterward is people looking for a character assassination. My child has a lot going on in her life. Momentum was set by circumstances and nobody is perfect. My teenage child is no different than any other teenager who is worried about a future with her cultural rights to have clean water, and water for her children for generations. How many parents are real with their children today? No, we as parents are supposed to paint a perfect picture of life. Well I as a parent let my children see that this is their future, with corporations and government doing whatever they want to our lands. So I stand with my child. She was loud, but she did not swear or call names, she just gave options. —Darlene Gilbert, whose daughter Kyra

To Laura Cutmore, who wrote the article about “climate injustice” in the wake of Hurricane Dorian (“It doesn’t have to be like this,” The City section, September 19): Can you explain how any race was more affected by the hurricane? Let alone women, or Muslims. As far as I know we all had power cuts everywhere. Climate change awareness is very much a serious thing. What does xenophobia have to to do with it? —David, Halifax

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your question. You’re right that pretty much everyone in Nova Scotia was impacted by Hurricane Dorian in some way. And yes, climate change will affect us all. But how we are affected, and how easy or challenging it is for us to deal with the climate crisis, are very much influenced by factors like race and gender. The impacts of climate change are felt more severely by those who have fewer resources to cope with things like flooding or power outages. This means that low-income

folks—and racialized people, Indigenous people, women, 2SLGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities make up disproportionately high percentages of those living near or below the poverty line—are less able to buy supplies to prepare for disasters or replace food lost to the power outage, and are the most destabilized by losing work days due to the storm. The Migrant Rights Network has a primer with great resources that explain more connections between racism and climate change, and why migrant justice is climate justice (read it online at Climate change is an unprecedented crisis, and it’s so important that we work toward solutions that ensure we all have the resources and support we need to weather storms.

Go ahead and cut Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer has taken heat from the chattering class elites for pledging to cut foreign aid by 25 percent. We can all agree that many nations are mired in poverty, with living conditions that can only be described as worse than deplorable.

Foreign aid ought to continue for poor nations whose governments have the integrity to direct the aid to those truly in need, instead of lining their own pockets. But all of this notwithstanding, cutting foreign aid has merit if appropriately targeted. For example, I recently read that Canada contributed $7.1 million in foreign aid to Red China last year. This is an oppressive Communist totalitarian regime that is not only choking us economically, but holding innocent Canadians hostage. Talk about a policy reeking from the stench of appeasement. It doesn’t get better. Last year, Canada also contributed $5 million to North Korea, right up there with the worst of totalitarian regimes, and $4 million to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism, with expansionist aspirations, plus a commitment to destroy Israel. For good measure, Vladimir (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti) Putin’s Russia received $200,000 courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer. Much can be shaved from our foreign aid budget if financial support to these and other like-minded nations is eliminated. —Kris Larsen, Halifax

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A pile of compost dumped by trucks at the Miller waste facility. VICTORIA WALTON


The DL on decomposition The journey of compost in Halifax: From the curb to the gardens at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. BY VICTORIA WALTON


alifax has been composting since before it was cool, way back in 1998. These days, the municipality composts about 50,000 tonnes of compost every year—almost twice as much as it recycles. That’s about 100 tonnes a day, or the equivalent of 13,000 curb-side green carts. The Miller Waste facility, on Gloria McCluskey Avenue in Burnside, receives about half of this material. The other half goes to the AIM Environmental facility in Ragged Lake outside Bedford. The first thing you notice at the Burnside location is the smell. Compost on a large scale has a smell all its own. It’s somewhere between dirty diapers, old shoes and rotting meat, permeating the air both inside and outside the warehouse. Operations analyst Sean Hagan says for his first few years at the facility, the smell bothered him. But now, 12 years into it, he barely notices the odour anymore. Though he may not notice it, everyone employed at the facility still arrives home at the end of the day smelling like work. Compost trucks arrive from their routes and dump their contents onto the tipping floor. The facility is built slightly below ground level so that compost materials don’t blow away while being dumped. The materials are pushed into a large pile on the floor, and then, similar to the MRF

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recycling facility, pushed up a conveyor belt. On the upper level, about four workers take the first stab at sorting through it all. “They’re pulling off things like plastic bags, diapers, anything that shouldn’t be there in the organics process,” says Chloe Kennedy, waste resource educator with HRM. “After they take all the material off then all the material goes through a magnet, and the magnet pulls off any chunks of metal contaminants or hazards.” The city is keen to educate people on what doesn’t go in compost bins. Recently there’s been an uptick in marketing “biodegradable” bags that don’t live up to their name. “There’s a number of products on the market right now that are labelled as compostable but they’re not necessarily compatible with our system,” says Kennedy. Educators frequently tell residents not to include things like pet waste in their compost. “There’s a number of mixed material contamination issues with cat litter, like the little blue balls that are used for scent,” Kennedy adds. “And we service over 400,000 residents. When you have that much waste coming to the same facility there could be different pathogens or parasites.” Kennedy says between the workers and the magnet, about five tonnes—the equivalent of five small cars—of contaminants are taken out each day, and sent to the landfill.

3,613 Next, the remaining compostable material is shredded into two-inch pieces, and sent up another conveyor belt, where it drops into the second side of the facility—the vessel. The vessel is large, deep and daunting, coming in at 75 feet wide, 270 feet long, and over eight feet deep. It’s where compost sits for about a month to break down and begin the process of turning into soil. “In this 30 days the material loses a lot of weight and volume. As it breaks down it becomes lighter and way smaller,” says Kennedy. During those 30 days, there’s an agitator at work, which moves the compost around. The eight-foot metal blade that pushes the material around makes HRM’s process an aerobic one. (Versus vermicomposting, which relies on little wiggling worms to move around and break down the material, or static aerobic composting which takes a bit longer.) “Once every two days the material is pushed about 10 feet, and that adds air into the process,” explains Kennedy. The city opts for aerobic over anaerobic processing in part because it releases less methane. Though temperature in the vessel still gets up to 50 degrees celsius for three days—the federal standard for pathogen kill says Kennedy. And the compost piles certainly have steam coming off them. After 30 days in the main part of the vessel, the compost is moved to the rear portion, where it ages for another two months and finally becomes soil. After being screened one last time for contaminants, the product is sent to Elmsdale Landscaping, which has a contract with HRM. Elmsdale then ages the soil for another 12-24 months, and sells the product to their clients, both individuals and corporations. “For the most part it’s not going too far,” says Kennedy. “The Halifax airport was landscaped using HRM’s compost.” The job at the facility isn’t done yet, though. Once the compost leaves, there’s still residue it leaves behind. Leachate—AKA the runoff water created when compost breaks down—is treated by Miller. The gas produced by the decomposition process is also sent through a natural biofilter made of tree bark. Kennedy says the main purpose of this is to reduce the smell coming from the facility so other nearby residents and businesses don’t complain. The public education team also does work around backyard composting, which HRM has been promoting since day one as well. “It’s really great for HRM when folks can compost their own organic waste at home, and then turn that waste into a valuable amenity for their garden,” says Kennedy. HRM offers plenty of education around compost, and those looking to learn more can sign up for the backyard composting basics program or the master composter recycler program. By 2021 the 25 year contracts for both Miller and AIM Environmental will expire, according to a council agenda from last year. A tender request on the provincial website reveals that the city has not yet announced who will take over compost management for the next 35 years. a

The number of people in Lower Sackville who voted in the District 15 special election. Paul Russell, who prefers donair over pizza, won the special election with 30.5 percent of votes, but only 22.5 percent of eligible voters in the district voted.


Council OKs cash $1.8 million headed to HRM affordable-housing fund.


he Centre Plan’s fund for affordable housing will get its first influx of money after council voted Tuesday to approve a honking $1.8 million from Armco development group for the Willow Tree development on Quinpool Road and Robie Street. The large sum stems from the development’s plan to exceed 62 metres in height. Though the sum will be the only non-Centre Plan contribution to the fund, it highlighted for some councillors their concern with the cash-in-lieu fund for affordable housing part of the Centre Plan. Councillor Tim Outhit worried that taking cash instead of ensuring affordable units in buildings could lead to segregation of lower income and higher income residents. Outhit’s preference—called inclusionary zoning—wasn’t an option when push came to shove with the Centre Plan, as the province wouldn’t extend the life of those agreements beyond 15 years, which the city said wasn’t sustainable. So density bonusing—a system of charging extra fees that go toward ‘community efforts’ in exchange for allowing buildings to be over 2,000 square feet— became the decided solution. Councillor Waye Mason argued for the density bonusing fund, saying it was the best way for the city to guarantee effective long term action on affordable housing. He added that his understanding is the money would have to be spent in the regional centre which should decrease the chance for potential segregation. The Willow Tree development is technically separate from the Centre Plan, but after being unable to make the originally intended 20 affordable units work, their agreement meant they had to give $1.8 million towards affordable housing, kick-starting the city’s post-Centre Plan fund. Staff are currently working on how the municipality will distribute the money once it starts coming in. Principal Planner with HRM Kasia Tota says they plan is to spend contributed money within the regional centre, and that funded projects will likely be mandated to have varied affordability of units in the buildings. The detailed plan will return to council within six months of the Centre Plan’s package A passing. Council also voted Tuesday to approve a $33,000 survey to address gender parity and diversity, which will inform the employee equity program­—an area that Halifax lags behind other cities on. The Coast reported that based on salaries for HRM staff earning over $100,000 in 2018-19 four-fifths of the top earned dollars go to men, and on average men earned $30,000 more than the women on the list. Councillor Tim Outhit also succeeded in getting council to shut down staff’s proposed bus route 91—Hemlock Ravine, citing traffic concerns. The alternative—direct the CAO to change the current routing proposed or ad hoc traffic calming measures—passed. HRM will have to work quickly to take down and change signage for the route that was ready to go or already up—or make sufficient last-minute traffic-calming efforts in the area. —CM

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A water protector’s point of view F

or several years me and my Indigenous community have been fighting Alton Gas and the pulp mill to keep our waters clean. My intention at the Extinction Rebellion protest on Monday morning was to try to get the government and Trudeau to make decisions and changes. The group was only supposed to march the bridge from the Dartmouth side to the Halifax side but the police and the Bridge Commission decided to block the bridge off completely, including the bicycle and pedestrian lanes. This was a decision Extinction Rebellion protesters could not control. About an hour into the protest, myself and the people I was standing with could overhear a woman talking about how this protest was making her late for work. She said she supported the cause, but this should’ve been handled in a different way. I could see my fellow peers starting to get frustrated over this, one young man I was standing next to had the courage to yell out, “you wouldn’t have been late for work if you didn’t do a 10 minute interview!” The woman’s response was ungracious, instead of commenting back she gave the middle finger. At this point, I was so disturbed by her comments and actions that I approached her, asking why she hadn’t left yet to make it to work instead of doing an interview. Her immediate response was that she wouldn’t be able to make it because of the protest. I tried to give her other options to cross the bridge because we had no control over who closed or opened the lanes. In my mind I saw this woman being worried about getting to work so I gave her options, one being public transit. She mentioned she had a vehicle but in support of climate change wanted to ride her bike to work every day. In the heat of the moment, when she declined my suggestions, I told her she could’ve taken her car. My intention was not trying to change people’s minds on saving the world one at a time


Targeted and trolled after Halifax’s Extinction Rebellion protest, one passionate activist tells her side of the story. BY KYRA GILBERT

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by being eco-friendly. Although that is an important factor, it wasn’t my purpose for being there. I wanted to protect my water because there will be a day where we do not have any—by protecting my water I’m protecting my future, too. When I mentioned her future was gone and that she didn’t have one to look forward to, it was because she doesn’t see the future the same as I do. She has kids, she has a job, a family but I’m not sure if I’ll even be able to have that. This woman has already stepped into her future. The amount of hate and threats a 17-year-old can get from adults is unbelievable, this has taught me a lot of lessons. But these memes and hateful comments I’m receiving are getting out of hand. I have a strong mentality so I have not let any of this get to me, but imagine if someone did? They could be in a very different situation. It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and Halifax is not supporting it. a Kyra Gilbert is a 17-year-old Indigenous woman and high school student who was born in Truro but raised in Halifax. An exchange she had with a cyclist at Monday’s Extinction Rebellion Bridge Out was filmed and shared widely, without context, earlier this week. This video has since left Gilbert and her family subject to online harassment, bullying and doxing.

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Alex DeCarolis (right) will speak at Tuesday’s event. TREVOR MACMILLAN/HFX WANDERERS FC


One way, together

The Halifax Wanderers bring together their coach and players for a conversation about culture, immigration and the universal language of soccer. BY JONATHAN BRIGGINS Together From Aways Tues Oct 15 Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Andrea and Charles Bronfman Theatre 1055 Marginal Road 7-9pm, $10


n any given HFX Wanderers FC game day, there is an international flair throughout the Wanderers Grounds. While the players from over nine different countries play on the field, flags of Japan and Trinidad and Tobago rest on the railings of the stands. It’s a meeting point of cultures brought together by the beautiful game of soccer. “Each player...brings to the team a different touch, a different culture,” says defender André Bona who moved from France to Montreal to complete a Masters degree. “We have different vision but at the end of the day, all the players [have] the same idea.” Bona, alongside teammate Alex De Carolis and head coach Stephen Hart, will speak at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 at the Together From Aways event next Tuesday, October 15 where they’ll share their experiences as newcomers in Canada. The event borrows a name from the “Together x From Aways” slogan the professional team adapted early on when it joined the Canada Premier League for its inaugural season—a season that ends later this month. “It’s sort of a microcosm of Canada really because that’s what we are,” head coach Stephen Hart says of the slogan. “That’s what builds the nation and that’s what we are. And it’s one of those slogans you look at and you kind of smile when you look around the league, all the teams, all the coaches. I think it’s a very special, special environment.” Hart moved from Trinidad and Tobago to

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Canada in the early 1980s to play soccer for Saint Mary’s University after a friend sold him on the idea of a new experience in a new place and he’s been a part of Halifax ever since. “The words ‘get a new experience’ was what caught me because what I said to myself was ‘OK, I can visit and live in a new culture, I can go to school...and at the same time play some football,’” says Hart, who played at SMU from 1981-85. “I fell in love with the city, the people and that’s, the rest is history really.” In 1980, Hart played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, a team he would later manage from 2013-16. Hart also coached the SMU women’s soccer team in the late 1990s and was the Canadian men’s national team manager from 2009-12. Now he coaches the Wanderers team, which has four players from Trinidad and Tobago alongside athletes from Colombia, Peru, France, Japan and Côte d’Ivoire. Other players have dual-citizenship or strong ties to other countries. “Soccer is one of the only sports in the world that’s so universal,” says Alex De Carolis, whose grandparents came from Italy to Canada via Pier 21. “You can meet guys from all over the world and don’t speak the same language but you can understand the game the same way.” De Carolis grew up in Sarnia, Ontario where his family eventually settled after first coming to Canada. The defender relates to what it’s like playing soccer in a different country after spending three seasons in Sweden. “I understand the sacrifice it [takes] and I feel like the results haven’t come this year but I feel like the guys really appreciate Halifax as a city and how the fans have embraced us all.”a

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New kids on the bloc With more eligible voters than the baby boomers, Canadian youth are making their voices heard in this year’s federal eledtion. BY ISABEL BUCKMASTER

Candidates Debate on Youth Issues Thursday, Oct 10 Italian Canadian Cultural Association 2629 Agricola Sreet 6-9pm A discussion with all four Halifax candidates on how federal issues impact youth. Hosted by Global Shapers Halifax.


n October 21, thousands of Halifax youth will be flooding the polls and voting for the first time. With only two weeks remaining until Canada’s next federal election, many are hoping that this year will beat out previous voter turnout records—68 percent in 2015— rather than marking the return of dismal turnout in 2008. However, unlike past elections, this time there is no question of whether young people care about the future of Canadian politics. This time, it’s a question of whether politicians are ready to meet their demands and offer them the representation they’ve been screaming for. “When I was younger, I was really against

voting,” says Josh Creighton, a 21-year-old student enrolled in Dalhousie’s international development program. Growing up in the north end, his community was often neglected by government and Creighton gradually lost confidence in Canadian politics throughout his childhood and into adolescence. But everything changed for him when he watched District 8 Councillor Lindell Smith run for municipal government. “I was able to learn from him while watching him do his campaign. Even now, to see what he’s currently doing for the community, it helps to see representation,” says Creighton, who is now an avid voter. “It’s a lot easier to participate in something that you can see yourself in.” Creighton, like a lot of young voters, struggled to associate the act of voting with the potential for change. Outnumbered, discouraged, and underrepresented, the power of the polls was a fantasy. This year, that is subject to change. This year, youth voters will officially outnumber baby boomers at the polls. According to Abacus Data, a research and

strategy firm that focuses on voting trends and the youth, people ages 18 to 38 will represent around 37 percent of the voting pool, making this the year for youth representation. “Young people have an important part to play in an election. Their votes can and do matter, especially when there are concerns of young people that aren’t being addressed,” says Anders Hayden, associate professor for the department of political science at Dalhousie University. “There’s an effect that can happen in making the parties pay attention to issues of young people. If young people start going out to the polls, the parties will start paying attention because they’re looking for more votes.” Some of the issues the youth have been emphasizing are acting on the climate crisis, affordable housing, an increased minimum wage and the state of Indigenous and immigration affairs. But when they raise their voices, they’re not always heard. “We’re often told we need to engage more and that we’re too apathetic,” says Rachel Morgan, a 26-yearold program manager at the Atlantic Council

for International Cooperation. “Rather than telling youth they need to engage more, it is the political party’s responsibility to engage with us and take our voices seriously.” It’s one part paying more attention to youth, and other part creating a democratic process that youth can see themselves in. In 2015 Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign was impossible to ignore as it presented Canadians with a youthful new prospect after the stagnant presence of Harper’s regime. For the first time in years, young people had someone who was willing to engage with them on the campaign trail. That trend has continued into this year’s election. On a federal level, even the potential leaders are young. The ages of Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, and Justin Trudeau are 40, 40 and 47 years old, respectively. In 2011, the three leaders of those same parties were 60, 61 and 64—greying hair on the whole lot of them. And in Halifax, young candidates are CONTINUED ON P8 >

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keeping that momentum going. “There are now several candidates locally that are representing the youth as the youth,” says Emily Miller, 26-year-old community development manager at Common Good Solutions. “With more and more young people running for office and raising their voices, these fresh perspectives are what will keep pushing towards a more progressive space. After all, that’s what the youth perspective brings.” Change brought by increased representation in 2015 was felt in election results. We saw the largest increase in voter turnout aged 18 to 24 since 2004—from 38.8 percent in 2011 to 57.1 percent.

It’s a lot easier to participate in something that you can see yourself in. —Josh Creighton “Last election, youth turned up at the polls. We have to keep showing up,” says Grant Ruffinengo, 23-year-old political science graduate from Dalhousie. “We have to show up at the debates, we have to show up at the polls and ultimately, if we want our voices to be heard, then we have to put in the work for that to happen and represent ourselves. I think our roles are changing in the fact that our voices are finally starting to be heard.” Despite only 52 percent of young people reporting contact with parties in 2015— compared to 82 percent of voters 60 years and older—youth showed their willingness to get involved and talk about the political process.

The report, “Can You Hear Me Now?” from The Samara Centre for Democracy also found that that only 36 percent of young people kept their voting experience to themselves, versus 60 percent of people aged 56 and over. Alongside that momentum, Elections Canada has worked to improve access to voting on campus for students—extending opportunities to vote in their home ridings. In 2015, 39 educational institutions took part in the Vote on Campus program—and this year, it has expanded to more than 115. On top of that, many young people have taken it upon themselves to start these organizations as a method to educate the public and request action from the government. One of these organizations is Shake Up the Establishment, a non-partisan, youthfounded group hoping to make the climate crisis a priority in the election. It strives to provide scientifically backed information on the climate issue to try and assist with informed voting. “We understand that most of these resources are overwhelming and long winded and understand that some people don’t have the same reading skills to be able to access and use these reports,” said Sam Paton, a 21-yearold climate science content researcher. “I’m not a politics person, I’m a science person, so it’s even been helpful to me to have these resources that have been put together by people with a background in the topic.” Even the youth who are not of age to vote this year are getting involved in the action. For them, the situation feels just as dire. “Compared to the past, we have a lot more input, but I still want to see more,” said Eric Loty, Grade 11 student at Citadel High School,.“People should vote because it influences your life. You live here, so you have to vote. If you want to see change you have to go through with it yourself.” In 2015, 17.5 million votes were cast across the country. Right now there’s roughly 50,000 potential voters in HRM aged 18-27. Will this university town make the difference? a Isabel Buckmaster is a journalism student at the University of King’s College and a first time voter.

How to vote in the Federal Election Your employer has to give you time off to vote—take advantage, and go to the polls!


f you’re a Canadian citizen and 18 years old by October 21, you can vote in the federal election. If you recieved a voter information card in the mail—you’re set. Bring your card and ID with you and cast your vote on October 21 at the polling station noted on the card. If you didn’t get a card in the mail you can register online or just show up at your polling station on October 21. To figure out which polling station to vote at on election day visit vis/FindED and put in your postal code and select “vote on election day.” If you’re unable to vote on October 21—though your employer legally has to give you time to vote—you can vote in advance polls on October 11, 12, 13 and 14. To figure out which advanced polling station to vote at visit and put in your postal code and select ‘vote at advanced polls’. (There are advance polls at the Halifax Forum.) If you’re a student living in Halifax looking to vote in your home riding you can vote at the Elections Canada office (3600 Strawberry Hill Street, Suite 1) or by mail anytime before 6pm on October 15.

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You can vote in person any time before 6pm on October 15 at the Elections Canada office (3600 Strawberry Hill Street, Suite 1). The office is open from 9am to 9pm daily. To save time at the polls you can ensure you’re registered to vote. Go to and fill out the form. (You’ll have to think back to your address when you voted in the 2015 election if your info or address has changed.) You can also call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868 to get registered or update your registration. If you don’t have a permanent address you can still vote. You just need to bring a piece of ID with your name and give an address where you’ve spent time (a shelter will work). If you don’t have ID you can bring someone with you who can provide their own ID and address to vouch for you. To register and vote at the polling station you need to prove your identity and current address. Info on acceptable ID can be found at idLangs/EC90189_e.pdf, and the candidates in your riding (and their contact info for all your burning questions) can be found on page 9. —CM

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Meet your candidates Can’t decide who to vote for? Is an issue you care about not making headlines? Reach out to the candidates in your ridings and ask them the questions that matter to you. DARTMOUTH COLE HARBOUR DARTMOUTH COLE HARBOUR

Haligonians joined over 4 million people worldwide who marched for climate in September. LENNY MULLINS

Voting for the planet How the parties stack up in the name of the environment. BY ISABELLE HURLEY n September 27, the last Friday of the month, 10,000 Haligonians marched through the streets of Halifax calling on politicians to act on climate change. Walking down Spring Garden road there were Haligonians of all ages, from babies to grandparents, channeling their inner Greta and asking for their government to act. The air was electric with our combined energy, and gave a sense of hope that maybe we can fix this. Since the climate strike, many have been wondering what to do with that energy we demonstrated as a city at the climate march. Answers often gravitate to the most tangible options, like reducing one’s use of single-use plastics or eating less meat. But perhaps the most powerful tool for change we have is democracy. On October 21, Canadians will elect the members of parliament and prime minister who will have the tremendously difficult task of championing Canada’s transition to a sustainable economy. According to the UN, we have roughly 10 years to change the way we live if we hope to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. As elections happen only once every four years, time is fleeting and this election is critical. The good news is that all four parties running in the Halifax riding believe that climate change is real, that climate change

is caused by humans and that we must reduce Canada’s carbon emissions. But this consensus can also lead to confusion for voters. If every party believes we need to address climate change, then maybe we’ll vote based on other issues that are important to us and rest assured that any elected government will ensure we do not surpass 1.5 degrees of warming? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Of the four climate change plans, the odd one out is most certainly the Conservative Party. In contrast to what Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has stated, scientists have found that under the Conservative climate plan carbon emissions would continue to rise. In defence of his party’s plan, Conservative candidate for Halifax Bruce Holland says it’s “based on three guiding principles: Green technology, not taxes (as the Liberal Party is proposing), cleaner and greener natural environment; and, taking the climate change fight global.” Under the Liberal, NDP and Green Party plans carbon emissions would lower, with the Green Party plan the most ambitious and most likely to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. All three of these parties, unlike the conservative party, support legislating climate targets, a carbon tax and banning single use plastics. Liberal candidate for Halifax Andy Fillmore says his plan includes measures

like “implementing a national carbon price, phasing out coal, making historic investments in public transit, supporting clean technology, doubling the amount of protected nature in Canada, making 1.5 million homes more energy efficient, and planting 2 billion trees to support healthy ecosystems that help fight climate change.” Pushing one step further, the NDP and the Green Party have promised to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, with NDP candidate Christine Saulnier saying their plan focuses on job creation and saving families money while taking on big polluters with UNDRIP [United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People] “at the heart of our work and support working people through a just transition to a clean energy future.” And the Green Party is the only party against the construction of future pipelines in Canada. Candidate for Halifax Jo-Ann Roberts says their plan stacks up against the NDP as stronger on carbon targets: “We want to reduce total CO2 emissions by 60 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.” And their party has a plan to ban fracking. a Isabelle Hurley is a Masters student at Dalhousie University in the Future of Marine Ecosystems Lab. 902-462-1199

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“It’s the pits not being able to find something that fits,” says Downey. DANIEL DOMINIC

Warna Downey’s looking on the plus side La Femme Fatale opens in Bedford, bringing plus-sized bodies more than monotone basics. BY STEPHANIE JOHNS La Femme Fatale Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Highway


ike many folks, Warna Downey found shopping as a plus-sized woman supremely frustrating, if not downright impossible. Downey, who comes from a STEM background, recalls going into a Pennington’s in Fredericton (“we weren’t cool enough back then for an Addition Elle,” she says) and thinking: “These clothes are ugly.” Fortunate enough to have a bit of a sewing background, Downey would go to a fabric store, buy some cool fabric and sew her own surplice neckline tops. “No one should have to do that,” she says. So, at a crossroads between continuing in academia after getting her Masters in geology and PhD in earth sciences or trying something completely new, she chose to open La Femme Fatale, a store catering to plus-sized women, which opened October 1 in Bedford’s Sunnyside Mall. “There’s a huge gap in the

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market, what’s out there is mostly controlled by Reitmans. They do a good job, they’ve been doing it for years for us,” she says. “You could go to Walmart or Giant Tiger but you know those are disposable. After a couple of washes, the t-shirts look a little sad. Something needs to change. It’s the pits not being able to find something that fits.” La Femme Fatale’s style profile is trendy, modern mixed with boho pieces. “A little camo, a little animal print,” says Downey. “It’s fun, playful. So many great fall colours right now—mustard, forest green, cabernet. Plus-sized women are used to going into a store and picking from black, black, black and grey. I was conscious of that. We still have a fair amount because it’s a great basic but we wanted to branch out.” “People’s reaction is that it’s beautiful and they get excited. One girl said ‘I didn’t know clothes came in plus-size that were this pretty.’” says Downey. “That right there made it worth all the hard work.” a

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NORTH END Visit this authentic and thriving neighbourhood, with great food and offerings from boutiques and beer to pinball and Pilates. Sustainability is a State of Mind We’ve seen the slow food movement take off, we’ve removed plastic from our kids’ lunches, and we don’t want chemicals in our beauty products–but have we stopped to think about how our clothing is made? Shop in alignment with your values at Sattva Boutique–where sustainability is stitched into the fabric of their atmosphere. Sattva brings four pillars to how they source their clothing: sustainability for the planet, ethical fair trade production, local accessibility and social interest. This local shopping alternative shows the little steps that we can take to incorporate more mindfulness into our wardrobes. Their professional and skilful stylists educate shoppers in an approachable way, while helping to achieve that staple look and feel connected to our pieces again. Sattva’s modern classics transcend seasons, are timeless, ageless and work with us when our bodies and lives change. Sattva’s quality pieces are with us for the long haul. Sattva Boutique, 2453 Agricola Street The Coast • OCTOBER 10 – OCTOBER 16, 2019 • 11

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Accessible Nutrition The fresh food at Springhouse continues to inspire us to eat healthy more often, thanks to the largest plant-based menu in Halifax. The restaurant on Gottingen is bright, light and filled with plants. Come in to grab a smoothie or wrap for take-out, or stay and enjoy a three-course meal. We love the loaded mashed potato appetizer, noodle bowl and maple almond cheesecake for dessert. Pick up some groceries for your own home cooking like cashew parmesan and coconut bacon, and join for one of their nutrition and cooking classes to learn some new skills. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Springhouse on the daily without breaking the bank or compromising that “treat yourself” feel. You can even order delivery on Uber Eats. With Springhouse’s incredible taste, affordable meals and friendly staff, it’s safe to say that we know what’ll be on your menu for today...and tomorrow. Springhouse Inc., 2290 Gottingen Street

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Printing Ideas

When was the last time you had a shopping experience that was geared to enhancing your authentic personality and beauty? Boutique Zekara’s goal is to create a look and feel that truly expresses who you are. After 20 years in the fashion industry, owning this boutique and the Saint John’s location was a dream of Donna’s–she loves meeting clients through the business and helping them to be unforgettable. Her constant stream of brands and products brings a new edge to Halifax’s fashion scene. She and her terrific team even offer a make-up and skincare studio featuring the Lifeance natural skincare line as well as Merle Norman Cosmetics. For the Zekara team, it’s all about building relationships with their clients and being able to provide them with key fashionable items to build or complete their wardrobes. The treasure hunt at Boutique Zekara never ends–every time you come in, you’re sure to find a new game-changing piece. Boutique Zekara, 2698 Agricola Street

Fresh Prints Custom Apparel has been our go-to screen printing shop for the last decade, where you can bring your group or businesses closer together with the art of t-shirt design. No design is too outrageous. Fresh Prints will take the idea from your brain and plug it onto a shirt in no time. You can get a shirt made for any major occasion, like coordinating your sports team with the right logo, or setting up local events with matching festival tees. If you’re feeling the spontaneous need for a quality tee, their retail boutique houses locally designed apparel such as North Beast and Scotian Original, so you can just grab and go. Fresh Prints isn’t just involved with their business–they sponsor and support other local businesses events such as Nocturne, Christmas Daddies, and Halifax Pop Explosion. Leading with community at their forefront, Fresh Prints brings a little more heart to Halifax. Fresh Prints Custom Apparel, 2411 Agricola Street

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Home-cooked Deli The smell, the taste, the family feel—with one bite, you’ll be transported back to your mother’s kitchen. Hali Deli is a place where food meets nostalgia, and where you’ll feel right at home. With comfort and ease at the forefront of the deli, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is between all of their delectable dishes. Inspired by the simplicity of food from Eastern Europe, Lithuania, Russia and Hungary, the food is anything but plain. The tangy flavours mixed with sweet in their cabbage rolls, the warm matzo ball soup or signature smoked meat eggs Benny are enough to get you hooked. Have a seat, and enjoy meals made from scratch. It’s like eating at home (only the food is better!). Coming into the deli is being a part of north end Halifax history, and if it’s not part of your routine yet, it will be now.    Hali Deli, 2389 Agricola Street

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Are you a creature of habit? Why not go out on a limb and let Hopyard Beer Bar shake up your life? Don’t worry, they’re not asking you to risk too much–they’ll just offer you an extensive regional beer list that rotates daily. Since they’ve built foundations with breweries in all four Maritime provinces, you’ll get some first tastes of the freshest brews. From a culinary standpoint, Hopyard will tickle your taste buds with their playful spin on Southern BBQ, Italian, Indian, Mexican, Tokyo Street Food and 90 other evolving menu options. Take your time and let that food baby settle while you flip through their extensive collection of vinyl. With the help of Taz Records, Hopyard is always bringing new artists to your ears. With the comfort of familiarity and a dash of rotation, you don’t have to worry about choosing a new location for you and your friends; Hopyard does the work for you. Hopyard Beer Bar, 2103 Gottingen Street

Our schedules are busy, and our bodies are stressed; so why have our workouts been stressing us out even more? The Pilates Barre Halifax gets your body the workout it needs, while moving towards lowering your stress levels. Meet the “self-care” of workouts that will get you in shape without feeling depleted afterwards. You’ll feel like you’re putting in the work, but with an added softness. Their bright, open and airy vibe, combined with the soft pink palette, will instantly relax you and remind you why you came to work out in the first place: to find peace and strength. The incredible instructors are certified and experienced and include chiropractors, massage therapists, as well as educators in the Pilates world. You’ll know you’re in good hands with leaders who are invested in your wellbeing, who make sure you get an individualized experience in an intimate 12-person group setting. The Pilates Barre is the place for people who want to turn their go-go-go into flow-flow-flow. The Pilates Barre Halifax, 5649 Hennessey Street

Local Love

Game on

The cool weather is here and that means reconnecting with our favourite bar. We can’t help but gravitate towards The Local for trivia on Mondays, jazz nights on Wednesdays, Garrison Breweries Live Thursdays or the Sunday family-friendly matinee. Nothing says autumn like grabbing a pint of a local brew with an afternoon of pool, ping pong, shuffleboard or a hang in the warm flower-filled atrium. Let the relaxing atmosphere invite you over for their signature pizza and daytime fun with friends, and then come back downstairs to The Seahorse Tavern to let loose and unwind from your long week. Their stage is home to our classic Halifax bands and DJs, and you know they’ll throw a new artist into the mix. We can always count on them to have the next big lineup we were looking for. Get your dance on during any regular night or stop by for one of their theme nights. Who could say no to Retro Night’s ‘80s-style neon colours and big, messy hair? The best memories are made right at The Seahorse. The Local / The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street

What does Propeller Brewing Company mean to you? Your first thought might go to that unmistakable taste that you can only get from their handcrafted beverages. Without a doubt, anyone who has visited Propeller’s Tasting Room knows that it stretches beyond a bestselling microbrew–it’s all about that ambiance.   Propeller is where you can sit and unwind with friends or on your own. There’s no judgement if you just want to indulge in a night of gaming action in their new basement arcade, open Thursday-Sunday from 4pm until close. Propeller loves providing that comfortable space for all, which is why Wednesday nights are reserved for ladies/noncis men to get their pinball on. With rotating games like Jurassic Park pinball, Big Buck Hunter Safari edition or Narc, you won’t want to leave. And with Propeller’s Friday and Saturday hours extended to midnight for pints and take-home brew options, you’ll never have to! Propeller Brewing Company, 2015 Gottingen Street

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Forage Studios Mariko Paterson’s pop-culture-tinged ceramics deliver whimsy and delight. BY CHRIS STOODLEY



Halifax Queer Ensemble’s Jacob Caines says the space is a much-needed place of belonging for many. IAN SELIG


The Halifax Queer Ensemble is here to play A new ensemble makes space for queer folks in the classical music world. BY BRANDON YOUNG


ince its inception just months ago, the Halifax Queer Ensemble has been on its come up, rise, ascension, crescendo—basically, doing very well. Having been chosen as the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, its success continues as the group of instrumentalists takes up space in the traditionally exclusive world of classical music. Conceived by overall music impresario Jacob Caines, the ensemble was originally planned as a quick summer fling—but became so much more, attracting both seasoned musicians and curious beginners. “Many of our members have joined because it’s the first time they felt safe,” says Caines. “We have people who identify as non-binary and trans. Often it’s a high-stress situation to enter ensemble settings where you don’t know people and there is a lot of judgment based in old traditional systems.” As the artist-in-residence at the conservatory, the group gathers on Friday evenings to rehearse musical scores by queer 14 • OCTOBER 10 – OCTOBER 16, 2019 •

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classical composers, like Tchaikovsky—celebrating identities that haven’t always been celebrated. “It’s important that the conservatory understands the era it lives in and understands the creation of art is constantly evolving,” says Caines. “It’s important that it does change.” It’s a change dean of music for the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Jack Bennet, welcomes and has made space for. “If you look at the western classical music world now and the past hundreds of years, it’s been purposefully prohibitive to folks …who don’t fit the culture those at the top are looking for,” says Bennett. “If we’re going to live up to our mission and mandate as artists in the world, we have to welcome voices that haven’t been heard.” Having acquired performance space, the ensemble is planning workshops, concerts featuring commissioned work by local queer composers and other events to inspire artists while bridging the gap between queer musicians and traditional institutions. a


Five years ago, ceramicist Mariko Paterson found a home in Nova Scotia. Originally from Vancouver, Paterson studied, taught and created art in numerous Canadian and US cities. It wasn’t until she came to Nova Scotia that she renamed her work space Forage Studios. One thing she enjoys about Halifax? Its size. For her, the city is small enough that you can breathe and see what’s happening around you. “I just find here—by virtue of it being small and just the actual physical nature of Halifax and Dartmouth and beyond—we’re always networking,” Paterson says. “I find that everybody helps everybody get ahead.”


For Forage Studios Paterson creates functional and sculptural art. From dishes and mugs to decorative pieces (like luxe, large vases), she says she’ll touch each piece four or five times. Paterson draws inspiration from popular culture, her life and the news. In her work, you’ll find elements like illustrations of the Yeti and Bigfoot, flaming motorcycles and satirical images of political figures like Donald Trump, Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping.


Paterson completed her undergraduate degree in ceramics at the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary and completed her Masters of fine arts at Kent State University in Ohio. She’s also lived in Winnipeg, Banff, New York, Michigan, Montana and Denmark for residencies and teaching positions. But, there’s no sign of her leaving Halifax anytime soon: “It’s like having a little family,” she says. “And I find that people help you back, too.” a

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Elizabeth Gilbert says relax Highly quotable advice from the author and self-help guru in advance of her Halifax appearance. BY MORGAN MULLIN Soul Tribe Live Fri Oct 11-Sat Oct 12 Halifax Convention Centre 1650 Argyle Street $65-$490


n the 13 years since author Elizabeth Gilbert embarked on her soulsearching, page-turning journey Eat, Pray, Love, she says she’s been overrun by women grabbing her hand on the sidewalk, looking for reassurance about their own would-be wild quests. As she prepares to host a daylong workshop this Saturday at the personal development weekend Soul Tribe Live, we cribbed a handful of Gilbert’s best advice—so you don’t have to invade her personal space to get the validation you need. “If you’ve lost your life’s true passion (or if you’re struggling desperately to find passion in the first place), don’t sweat it. Back off for a while. But don’t go idle, either. Just try something different, something you don’t care about so much. Why not try following mere curiosity, with its humble, roundabout magic?” —From her column in Oprah magazine, 2010 “Here’s what I’ve realized: If I want more energy, I don’t need to go out and find more energy from some outside source. I only need to stop wasting the energy that I already possess on stupid shit.” —a 2015 Gilbert Facebook post “Fall flat on your face if you must, but please, for the sake of us all, do not stop. Map your own life.” —From her column in Oprah magazine, 2012 “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind.” —From Eat, Pray, Love

“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.” —From Big Magic “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.” —From Eat, Pray, Love The Coast • OCTOBER 10 – OCTOBER 16, 2019 • 15

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Send event listings to Print deadline Thursday, 5pm SURE THINGS

Thursday October 10 Big Ticket Shows PINK MARTINI W/CHINA FORBES, MEOW MEOW Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, 8pm, $59.50-$89.50

Electronic/DJs 90S NIGHT WITH DJ REWIND Toothy Moose Cabaret, 1661 Argyle Street, 12am AUDIO THERAPY THURSDAYS Reflections Cabaret, 5187 Salter Street, 11pm, $7-$9 DJ IV W/DJ OKAY TK Vinyl Retro Dance Lounge, 1575 Argyle Street, 12am DJ RANDY Montes Showbar Grill, 245 Waverley Road, 10pm, Free THIRSTDAYZ W/DJ DANDERSON Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street, 10pm

Live Music JOM COMYN W/NOMADIC HOMES, GIANNA LAUREN See photo, below. The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, 8pm, $8 THE MELLOTONES Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribs, 1269 Barrington Street, 10pm


MIKE COWIE, RON HYNES, VLAD STINOKOV Morris East, Vernon St. 1984 Vernon Street, 6pm DRUM AND SONG CIRCLE WORKSHOP SERIES Atlantic School of Theology, 634 Francklyn Street, 6:30pm LANDING SOUND The Loose Cannon, 1566 Argyle Street, 9pm, Free THE LEGENDARY GOLDBLOOMS Sniggily Wiggily’s, 1655 Argyle Street, 7pm, Free RUDY PACÉ + RYAN RIDEOUT + RACHEL RADITZ + MATT STEELE Read more about the band’s new single on! The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 9pm SALSA DANCING 1313 Hollis, 1313 Hollis Street, 9pm, $3

GEOFF KENNEDY The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, free, 6-9pm DRUM AND SONG CIRCLE WORKSHOP SERIES Atlantic School of Theology - St. Columba Chapel, 634 Francklyn Street, 6:30-8pm, $20 SINGLES DANCE Newfoundland Social Club, 40 Wright Avenue, 8:30pm, $10 SKELETON CLUB W/SARAH ELLEN MORRISON, SORE LOSER The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, 10pm-1am WHAT THE FOLK! LIFE CHANGERS Local Council of Women’s House, 989 Young Avenue, 7-9pm

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Friday October 11

Electronic/ DJs

Big Ticket Shows

DJ FROST AND XS 7 Red Stag Tavern, 1496 Lower Water Street, 10pm DJ RANDY Montes Showbar Grill, 245 Waverley Rd, 10pm, Free THAT ’90S NIGHT The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street. 10pm-2am, $8

LEGENDS A night of tributes to greats like Patsy Cline and Buddy Holly. Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street. $39.99-$49.99, 8pm

Electronic/DJs ALL REQUEST DJ NIGHT Big Leagues Pub, 920 Cole Harbour Road, 9:30pm, Free DJ RANDY Montes Showbar Grill, 245 Waverley Road, 10pm, Free DJ SAVORY Toothy Moose Cabaret, 1661 Argyle Street, 12am, Ladies get in free until midnight., $10 DJ TONY HAZE Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant, 1572 Argyle Street, 10pm, Free

Live Music FRIDAY MATINEE Durty Nelly’s, 1645 Argyle Street, 4pm MIKE COWIE The Press Gang Restaurant, 5218 Prince Street, 8pm

Live Music DANCE NIGHTS Newfoundland Social Club, 40 Wright Avenue, 8pm, $6 DONNIE DONOHUE & ALL NIGHT STATION Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribs, 1269 Barrington Street, 10pm DON BROWNRIGG W/ DANCE MOVIE The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, 8-10pm THE FOLLOW UPS W/THE CATHARTICS, THE INVERTIBRATES Radstorm, 2177 Gottingen Street, $5/PWYC, 7-11pm JOE MURPHY & THE WATER STREET BLUES BAND Your Father’s Moustache, 5686 Spring Garden Road, 4pm, Free MIKE COWIE AND CO. The Press Gang Restaurant, 5218 Prince Street, 8pm MULTICULTURAL OKTOBERFEST 2019 Halifax Forum Multipurpose, Windsor street, 4pm

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JESSICA RHAYE: JUST LIKE A WOMAN, THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN ALBUM RELEASE SHOW In a Stan-worthy move only the biggest Dylan diehard could pull, New Brunswick folk queen Rhaye (shown here with her band) has spliced, examined and re-assembled ol’ Bob’s songbook. The result? A collection of covers that attempts to emulate the legend’s Basement Tapes-era energy while seeing some of the best songs about women ever written showcased through a woman’s gaze. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, Oct 12, 7-9pm, $22.50

JESSICA RHAYE: JUST LIKE A WOMAN, THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN ALBUM RELEASE SHOW See photo, above. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 7-9pm, $22.50 THE CARLETON COLLECTIVE The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 10pm, $5

Sunday October 13 Electronic DJ MIKE G Toothy Moose Cabaret, 1661 Argyle Street, 12am, Free

Live Music BLUES JAM Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribs, 1269 Barrington Street, 8:30pm DRUM AND SONG CIRCLE WORKSHOP SERIES Atlantic School of Theology - St. Columba Chapel, 634 Francklyn Street, 6:30pm JEFF GOODSPEED AND HIS ULTIMATE BAND OF PALS Stayner’s Wharf, 5075 George Street, 5pm, Free THE MIKE COWIE VIBE TRIO W/ RON HYNES, DAVE STAPLES Morris East, Bedford West, 620 Nine Mile Drive, 5:30pm, Free SKIN & JONES The Perfect Pour 19 Norm Newman Drive, 4pm THEM OTHER JOHNS The Local, 2037 Gottingen Street, 4pm

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JOM COMYN W/NOMADIC HOMES, GIANNA LAUREN Jom Comyn brings his self-described “baritone prairie swamp rock” to The Seahorse to celebrate a new album, with can’t miss opening sets by the indie-soul of Nomadic Homes and Gianna Lauren (pictured)’s atmospheric lullabies with a twist. Chill vibes await. Thu Oct 10, The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, 8pm, $8

Monday October 14 Big Ticket Shows HOTEL CALIFORNIA: THE ORIGINAL EAGLES TRIBUTE SHOW Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $42-$52, 7:30pm

Electronic/DJs DJ TONY HAZE Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant, 1572 Argyle Street, 10pm, Free MOOSE MONDAYS W/DJ SKEETER B Toothy Moose Cabaret, 1661 Argyle St, 12am, Free

Live Music ONE MAN BAND Halifax Alehouse, 1717 Brunswick Street, 12am SHAMELESS The Lower Deck, 1887 Upper Water St, 12am DAVE MACISAAC & LOUIS BENOIT The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, 5136 Prince Street, 7pm, Free DRUM AND SONG CIRCLE WORKSHOP SERIES Atlantic School of Theology - St. Columba Chapel, 634 Francklyn Street, 6:30pm UPSTREAM’S OPEN COMPANY Art Bar + Projects, 1873 Granville Street, 8pm, Free

Tuesday October 15 Electronic AMATEUR DJ NIGHT W/DJ MASTER Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street, 12am

Live Music CHRIS KIRBY Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road SHAMELESS The Lower Deck, 1887 Upper Water Street, 12am TYLER & SCOTT Durty Nelly’s, 1645 Argyle Street, 10pm, Free DRUM AND SONG CIRCLE WORKSHOP SERIES Atlantic School of Theology - St. Columba Chapel, 634 Francklyn Street, 6:30pm GARRETT MASON Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribs, 1269 Barrington Street, 8:30pm, Pay What You Can GOTTIJAM Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street, 10:30pm, $3 NEW MUSIC TUESDAYS Sniggily Wiggily’s Beer and Booze Concreatery, 1665 Argyle Street, 8:30pm

Wednesday October 16 Live Music BLUES NIGHT FEAT. JOE MURPHY AND BRAD CONRAD The Loose Cannon, 1566 Argyle Street, 9pm, Free SHAMELESS The Lower Deck, 1887 Upper Water St, 12am A CAPE BRETON CEILIDH Obladee Wine Bar, 1600 Barrington Street, 8pm, Free CATHERINE MACLELLAN - ALBUM RELEASE The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 7:30pm DRUM AND SONG CIRCLE WORKSHOP SERIES Atlantic School of Theology - St. Columba Chapel, 634 Francklyn Street, 6:30pm THE LEGENDARY GOLDBLOOMS Sniggily Wiggily’s Beer and Booze Concreatery, 1655 Argyle Street, 7pm, Free THE STROLLING BONES The Daily Grind, 1479 Birmingham Street, 9pm, Free WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAZZ The Local, 2037 Gottingen Street, 9pm, Free

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Start Your Life Sunday Young Street, 6:30pm Trick ‘R’ Treat outdoor screening Good Robot Brewing Co, 2736 Robie Street, 8-10pm, free

Monday October 14 Fall Restoration Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, 9am SUNSCAD: Family Dinner Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville Street, 4pm Trivia Night Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub, 1645 Argyle Street, 8pm, Free

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The Art of Self Defence screening Carbon Arc’s latest flick sees Jesse Eisenberg take a star turn as a jiu jitsu practitioner exploring toxic masculinity. In an August review of the flick, The Coast described the film as “a deeply weird black comedy that doesn’t follow many traditional story lines—in addition to its vague era, there’s little reflection amongst the characters, there’s no fallout for committing violent crimes, and the resolution is far from feel-good.” Fri Oct 11, Carbon Arc Cinema, 1747 Summer Street, 7pm, $8

Thursday October 10 Book launch: Crocuses Hatch from Snow In our 2019 Fall Art Preview (Sep 19-25 issue), Coast writer/certified bookworm Jade Nauss summed up Jaime Burnet’s debut novel: “Burnet introduces readers to a cast of characters that rivals an Atom Egoyan film: There’s a bodypiercer, a grieving widower, a young woman in love, a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s and a Mi’kmaw survivor of the residential school system. These characters’ lives intersect in a story about history, obsession, and gentrification set in the north end of Halifax. If that’s not enough of a reason to go grab this book as soon as it’s released, how about this: One of the characters has an affair with a ghost.” Meet the writer at this reading-and-signing sesh. Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, 7-8:30pm, free Big Leagues Trivia Night Big Leagues Pub, 920 Cole Harbour Road, 8pm, Free Caregivers Nova Scotia Support Group Community Health Team, 6080 Young Street, Suite 105, 2pm, Free Fall Restoration Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, 9am Grawood Trivia The Grawood, 6136 University Ave, Dal SUB, 12am The Open Smoke Comedy Show High Life Social Club, 5982 Spring Garden Road, 9pm, Free for High Life members., $8 Pleasureville Neptune's season rolls on with this world premiere play that traces the story of a down-on-her-luck academic who decides to open up a sex shop in a sleepy, small town. Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Oct 1-20, tickets from $30 Trivia Night with Jason Dorey Lions Head Tavern & Grill, 3081 Robie Street, 12am, Free

Storytellers Circle of Halifax: Farey well, then! w/Margo Carruthers Local Council of Women’s House, 7-9pm, $10/PWYC PRJCT CTZN This event sees young voters gather to discuss the issues that matter to them ahead of hitting the voting booth, followed by a moderated debate amongst candidates for the riding of Halifax. See this week’s cover story—page 7—for more. Italian Cultural Centre, 2629 Agricola street, 6-9pm, free Nonna's very own: A comedy showcase with Marc-Anthony Sinagoga Up-and-coming comic MarcAnthony Sinagoga makes you LOL hard enough to fuggetabout your worries. The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, 8:30pm. $12/$15

Friday October 11

Trivia Night T-Room, 1360 Barrington St Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend See photo, right. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Oct 11, 9pm, $40-$100

Saturday October 12 Dance Nights Newfoundland Social Club, 40 Wright Avenue, 8pm, $6 Epic Let’s Roam’s Scavenger Hunt Halifax: Halifax’s Hopping Harbour! 1209 Marginal Road, 10am Fall Restoration Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, 9am Free Nordic Walking Beginner Class Sat Oct 12 in Halifax The Theatre Arts Guild, Pond Playhouse 6 Parkhill Road, 10:30am, Free

48 Hour Film Making Competition info session Lions Head Tavern, 3081 Robie Street, 7pm, free

Fundraising Luncheon in Support of Alice House Halifax Convention Center, 1650 Argyle St, 12pm

The Art of Self Defence screening See photo, above. Carbon Arc Cinema, 1747 Summer Street, 7pm, $8

Pleasureville Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Oct 1-20, tickets from $30

Fall Restoration Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, 9am Newcomers Conversation Club Captain William Spry Community Centre, 10 Kidston Road, 1pm, Free

Multicultural Oktoberfest 2019 Halifax Forum Multipurpose, Windsor street, 4pm Nova Scotian flavours festival Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, 12-4pm, free

Pleasureville Neptune's season rolls on with this world premiere play that traces the story of a down-on-her-luck academic who decides to open up a sex shop in a sleepy, small town. Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Oct 1-20, tickets from $30

Sunday October 13

Soul Tribe Live: Make Big Magic Read more about the star of this conference—the one and only Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love—on page 15. Halifax Convention Center, 1650 Argyle St, 6pm

Epic Let’s Roam’s Scavenger Hunt Halifax: Halifax’s Hopping Harbour! 1209 Marginal Road, 10am

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Tuesday October 15

Fall Restoration Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, 9am

Alan Lake Factori(e) Live Art Dance brings this Quebec City phenom to town for its rich, gilded performance Le cri des méduses. Choreographed by Alan Lake and incorporating Théodore Géricault's painting "The Raft of the Medusa," the audience is left with a vision of humanity adrift. Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Oct 15-16, 8pm, $32.50/$20 Caregivers Nova Scotia Support Group (Spryfield) Spryfield Wellness Centre, 16 Dentith Road, Room 169, 1pm, Free Pleasureville Neptune's season rolls on with this world premiere play that traces the story of a down-on-her-luck academic who decides to open up a sex shop in a sleepy, small town. Stay tuned for a review on Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Oct 1-20, tickets from $30

Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, 7pm Trivia night at Rockbottom Rockbottom BrewPub, 5686 Spring Garden Road, 8pm

Wednesday October 16 Alan Lake Factori(e) Live Art Dance brings this Quebec City phenom to town for its rich, gilded performance Le cri des méduses. Choreographed by Alan Lake and incorporating Théodore Géricault's painting "The Raft of the Medusa," the audience is left with a vision of humanity adrift. Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Oct 15-16, 8pm, $32.50/$20 BRA Day Halifax Royal Bank Theatre, 1796 Summer Street, 5pm “Shared Humanity: Generating Hope in an Era of Despair”—a talk by Michaëlle Jean McInnes Room, Dal SUB, 6136 University Avenue, 7pm, free MFA Forum Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville Street, 10am Ursula Johnson: Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember) catalogue launch The first ever Atlantic Canadian Sobey Art Award winner, Johnson mixes traditional Mi'kmaq basket-weaving with performance, sculpture and installation to create her awe-inspiring works. Here, the living legend is celebrated with a retrospective of her 2014 Saint Mary’s gallery show that went on to tour Canada for five years. Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, 5865 Gorsebrook Ave, Loyola Building, 1st floor, 7-9pm, free

Resilience or Reluctance: Climate Change Adaptation in Atlantic Canada Room 1020, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Together from Aways: Avenue, 12pmTogether Meet the HFX Wanderers Read more Canadian Museum of on page 6.Canadian Immigration at Sure Thing

Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend The grand dame of drag—and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' third season—arrives at the Spatz to take it from Thanksgiving to ThanksLIVING. In a year that included a documentary about the kween (spring’s Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts), it’s become clear this is one Barbie who cannot be stopped on her spike-heeled-climb to the top. As Mattel, who has two studio albums, a web series and a makeup line, told Fast Company in a May 4 article: “I just saw RuPual recently and he was like, ‘You’re doing things no one has ever done–not even me’.” Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Fri Oct 11, 9pm, $40-$100


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Tom Hammick: Lunar Voyage In a series of woodcut prints, Tom Hammick explores an “existential road journey taken through space,” while playfully examining the “outsiderness of being an artist” and a sort of nostalgia for the mid-20th century’s space speculations. Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, to Nov 17

Galleries 14 BELLS FINE ART GALLERY Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm, 5523 Young Street New Work: Tylor McNeil Vancouver-based artist Tylor McNeil showcases large, frothy florals painted on birch panels. To Nov 2 ARGYLE FINE ART Tue-Sat 10am5:30pm, 1559 Barrington Street A show about heroes A trio of shows by women artists: Mindy Harris’ newest body of work features delicate and detailed embroidery of important women, from Frida Kahlo to Jane Goodall. Big Shoes to Fill by Kim Danio will include sculptures made from repurposed shoes depicting heroes such as Amelia Earhart. Local illustrator Hannah Emmet, best known for her depictions of rockstars like Patti Smith and Mick Jagger, will also join the heroes’ team in the lower gallery with new original work. To Oct 31 ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am9pm, 1723 Hollis Street Salvador Dali, a suite of prints The dandy of dadaism and sultan of surrealism, there is no comparison to Dali. Here, his later work—widely influenced by the Italian Renaissance and the Catholic Church—provides a rare glimpse into the post-melting-clock years. To Oct 27 Celebrating Mary Pratt At this year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, the flick It was All so Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt debuted. The AGNS joins in on celebrating one of Canada’s most beloved artists by displaying her piece Artifacts on Astroturf in the gallery’s main lobby. To Oct 27 Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art A stereotypechallenging, narrative-reshaping exploration of Blackness in Canada. To Oct 27 Worn Inward A collection of works by eight Indigenous artists, this show acts as a response to Jordan Bennett’s AGNS exhibition Ketu’elmita’jik, which saw Bennett bring home a collection of Mi’kmaw artifacts and place them in an immersive environment. Here, Arielle Twist, Brandon Hollohan, Gesig Isaac and more delve into museum collections to explore, as the gallery puts it, “self-representation through adornment and

wearable design.” “Worn Inward hosts a collection of multimedia practices including photography, painting and embroidery, shedding layers of self-preservation in celebrating ongoing survivance,” the gallery adds. To Oct 13 An exhibition highlight: Monkman, Johnson and Bennett If you missed Kent Monkman’s incredible Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience shown at the gallery last fall, which re-presented the story of Canada through the voice of a gender-fluid, time-travelling alterego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle; if you slept on Jordan Bennett’s Ketu’ elmita’jik, which saw him reclaiming Indigenous artifacts, playing with colour and shape in an immersive environment; if you don’t already know Ursula Johnson to be the talent of a generation, being the first Atlantic Canadian to win the Sobey Art Award with her dynamic practice; this show will give you a crash course in all three. DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat-Sun 125pm, 6101 University Avenue Atmospheric Events The university gallery’s contribution to this year’s RESPONSIVE Light Art Festival sees the brutalist building in a whole new light. To Nov 24 KHYBER CENTRE FOR THE ARTS Tue-Sat 12-5pm, 1880 Hollis Street 21 days to make or break a habit For the first 21 days of November 2018, artist Maddie Alexander embarked on a performance piece that concluded the day after Trans Day of Remembrance. Each day during the performance, Alexander would document whether or not they were misgendered, marking this with self-tattooing on their hands. A year later, the resulting photographs—as well as 21 needles, written notes, and an empty container of ink—will be displayed in the Khyber’s window gallery. To Nov 30 MARY E. BLACK GALLERY Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 11am4pm, 1061 Marginal Road Age of Aquarius The Craft Nova Scotia Annual Member’s Exhibition highlights works in a swath of mediums. To Nov 3 MOUNT SAINT VINCENT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm, 166 Bedford Highway Africville: A Spirit that Lives On reflection project A 30th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking, collaborative 1989 exhibition of the same name, this showcase sees the MSVU Art

Gallery, the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia and the Africville Genealogical Society combine forces with the Africville Museum to reflect on the community’s legacy and what’s happened since the original exhibition debuted. To Nov 10 New work by Letitia Fraser A descendant of North Preston, Fraser’s paintings explore personal and cultural histories of African Nova Scotians, often incorporating textiles as her images’ backgrounds. To Nov 3 SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue Tom Hammick: Lunar Voyage See image. To Nov 17 STUDIO 21 Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, 5431 Doyle Street Remembering Susan Wood An exhibition celebrating the art and life of Susan Wood, who passed away in 2018. Insect carapaces, birds and other natural ephemera are a recurring theme in her work, presented with an almost archival collecting flair. Wood was an exhibitor at Studio 21 for close to 20 years. To Oct 16 VIEWPOINT GALLERY Thu-Sun 12-5pm, 1459 Breton Street Dualities In this exhibition, eight member s of ViewPoint Gallery have paired with a nonmember artist to explore one of the various meanings, definitions, and sub-definitions of a specific word chosen from a collection of nineteen words. To Nov 24

Museums CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 21 1055 Marginal Road Family Bonds & Belonging An exploration and meditation on what family means, this exhibition promises to “celebrate Canadian identity by exploring families and family history, linking past to present and province to nation.” Originally produced by the Royal BC Museum, it offers a collection of stories from early and contemporary families, those who came as immigrants and those who have always been here. To Nov 3 Submit events upload them online at Deadline Thursdays at 5pm.

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! Praise be, bitch Did we really assign a man to interview one of the most important feminist writers of our time? We’re better than that, Halifax. What could have been an enlightening, relevant interview was totally cringe-worthy and embarrassing. —Under Her Eye ❤ Just a couple of dunces

You were reading the same book as me on the bus, back in March I think. You had just finished writing an English proficiency test for your permanent residency, and we talked about the book. I have regretted not asking you what your name was since, and am wondering if we will ever cross paths again. —Ignatius sushi thieves ! Inconsiderate To the couple who walked out on their bill at a certain downtown sushi restaurant: I was your server and I had to pay for your $45 meal


OPERATIONS Office Manager Audra McKenna ( Distribution Team David MacPhee, Bob Mitchell, Steve Amero Front Desk Enforcer Kyla Derry ( Publisher Christine Oreskovich ( The Coast is Halifax’s weekly newspaper, published every Thursday by Coast Publishing Limited. The Coast’s goal is to be provocative, entertaining and truthful. Coast Publishing Limited takes absolutely full responsibility for putting together an election issue without mentioning the thirsty troll of a party whose whole existence is predicated on media giving attention to its outrages. The Coast is printed locally on recycled stock with 23,000 copies distributed throughout Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford. Mailed under Canada Post Publications Mail Agreement No. 40027554. Please return undeliverable addresses to the Distribution Department, 2309 Maynard Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3T8 (email Staff and management of The Coast neither advocate nor encourage the use of products or services advertised herein for illegal purposes. All rights reserved. © 2019. Independent and locally owned, founded in 1993.

Karaoke killer Thursday nights at our favourite dive bar was a fun tradition for our little group. But that’s been shattered by a “karaoke killer.” No, she’s not crushing her “performances” but merely murdering our good time with her multiple visits to the stage and warbling in an irritating monotone. There should be some kind of “one-song only” rule to prevent such annoyances, since it appears her friends and the establishment are enabling her behaviour. We’ve identified a solution, though: Now we meet at a different bar! —Drop The Mic… Please


and tip out to the kitchen as well. What is wrong with you? Do you enjoy taking advantage of others and causing people stress for no good reason other than to benefit yourselves? That’s pretty pathetic if you ask me. I thought we had a nice interaction, but maybe you are just good at hiding what awful people you are. I hope karma comes back to bite you at some point. If you are reading this and want to make things right then drop by the restaurant, apologize and pay for the nice dining experience that you essentially stole from me. —Sad Tuna

“Public” Gardens This public space is beautiful and useless. There are so many rules (and employees reminding you of them) that it is impossible to enjoy being there. The buses of tourists and the odd local might find it lovely to stroll the pathways for five minutes, but not me. While watching my child experience pure joy in observing a duck and walking on a small patch of grass (yup, just some GRASS), I was told that this was not



an area for play and that the family lawn was on the other side of the park (where there are no ducks and only an unshaded small field). I was also told during another visit that you’re not allowed to WALK your bike through the park (just in case the busloads of tourists don’t have enough path space and may have to step on a few blades of grass). Just imagine a park in the middle of the city where you can sit on the ground and picnic, play with your family, be encouraged to use alternative transportation (bikes), experience beautiful gardens, and spend time breathing in the fresh air and feeling better about your day, without the worry of breaking the rules. I bet the benefits would far outweigh any damage to pristine mow jobs. Wouldn’t you use that space more?—Just A Person Trying To Enjoy My City

What are we craving over Thanksgiving? Pumpkin pie Pumpkin spice

❤ Love to Dartmouth pushers

On a recent Sunday, a man’s car ran out of gas in front of Lake Banook. He tried to flag down help to no avail. A young male runner did stop to help. With another man they pushed the vehicle to a nearby gas station. Kindness abounds and kudos to them! —New To Dartmouth

❤ Cell-less in Halifax

To the Good Samaritan who turned in my phone to the Tim Hortons on Quinpool Road, a huge thank you! Props to the friendly staff at Tim’s for their help as well, they seemed just as pleased as I was! You all saved me from some Double Double trouble. Thanks again! —Not-so-smart Smart Phoner More bitching Go online to post your rant at

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Free Will Astrology

ROB BREZSNY encourages


(Sep 23-Oct 22)

you to consider smart gambles, Capricorn.


(Jan 20-Feb 18)

I hope you are embarking on a vigorous new phase of self-redefinition. I trust you are excited about shedding old ways of thinking about yourself and eager to revise and re-imagine the plot of your life story. As you do, keep in mind this helpful counsel from physicist Richard Feynman: “You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

“Experiment is the sole source of truth,” wrote philosopher and polymath Henri Poincaré. “It alone can teach us something new; it alone can give us certainty.” He wasn’t merely referring to the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct in laboratories. He was talking about the probes and explorations we can and should carry out in the course of our daily lives. I mention this, Aquarius, because the coming days will be prime time for you to do just that: ask provocative questions, initiate novel adventures and incite fun learning experiences.

This week’s birthdays: McKenna Giffin, Pete Clive, Jeannie Richardson, Lindsay Cameron Wilson, Holly Gordon, Cameron Graves, Brad Fraser, Scott Munn, David Gough, Nick Pullen.



(Oct 23-Nov 21)

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Genius is 99 percent perspiration and one percent inspiration.” It’s often attributed to inventor Thomas Edison. Sixteenth-century artist Michelangelo expressed a similar idea. “If you knew how much labour went into it, you would not call it genius,” he said about one of his masterpieces. I’m guessing that you Scorpios have been in a phase when these descriptions are highly apropos. The work you’ve been doing may look productive and interesting and heroic to the casual observer, and maybe only you know how arduous and exacting it has been. So now what do you do? I say it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your efforts. Celebrate! Give yourself a thrilling gift.


(Nov 22-Dec 21) “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you,” declared astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. If that’s even a little bit true, I bet you won’t believe it in the coming weeks. According to my analysis, the universe will make a great deal of sense to you—at times even exquisite, beautiful, breathtaking sense. Life will be in a revelatory and articulate mood. The evocative clues coming your way about the nature of reality could tempt you to believe that there is indeed a plan and meaning to your personal destiny.


(Dec 22-Jan 19)

In 2005, Facebook was a start-up company barely on the map of the internet. Its president asked graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals on the walls of its headquarters. Choe asked for $60,000, but the president convinced him to be paid with Facebook stock instead. Years later, when Facebook went public, Choe became a multi-millionaire. I suspect that in the coming months you will be faced with choices that are less spectacular than that, Capricorn, but similar and important. My conclusion: Be willing to consider smart gambles when projects are germinating.

(Feb 19-Mar 20)

In my opinion, Piscean singer, poet and actor Saul Williams produces high-quality art. So he has earned a right to critique mediocre art. In speaking about movies and TV shows that are hard to enjoy unless we dumb ourselves down, he says that “we have more guilty pleasure than actual fuckin’ pleasure.” Your assignment in the coming weeks, Pisces, is to cut back on your “guilty pleasures”—the entertainment, art and socializing that brings meagre returns—as you increase and upgrade your actual fuckin’ pleasure.


(Mar 21-Apr 19)

“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself,” wrote poet André Breton. I think that’s an excellent principle to put at the top of your priority list in the coming weeks, Aries. To be in maximum alignment with cosmic rhythms, you should seek input from allies who’ll offer insights about you that are outside your current conceptions of yourself. You might even be daring enough to place yourself in the paths of strangers, acquaintances, animals and teachers who can provide novel reflections. There’s just one caveat: Stay away from people who might be inclined to fling negative feedback.


(Apr 20-May 20)

Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem “Waiting for the Barbarians” imagines the imminent arrival of an unpredictable agent of chaos. “The barbarians are coming today,” declares the narrator. Everyone in town is uneasy. People’s routines are in disarray. Faces look worried. What’s going to happen? But the poem has a surprise ending. “It is night, and the barbarians haven’t come,” reports the narrator. “Some people have arrived from the frontier and say that there aren’t any more barbarians.” I propose that we use this scene as a metaphor for your life right now, Taurus. It’s quite possible that the perceived threat isn’t really a threat. So here’s my question, taken from near the end of the poem: “What are we going to do now without the barbarians?”


(May 21-Jun 20)

Some folklorists prefer the term “wonder tales” rather than “fairy tales.” Indeed, many such stories are filled with marvelous events that feature magical transformations, talking animals, and mythical

creatures like elves and dragons and unicorns. I bring this up, Gemini, because I want to encourage you to read some wonder tales. Hopefully, as you do, you’ll be inspired to re-imagine your life as a wonder tale; you’ll reframe the events of the “real world” around you as being elements in a richly entertaining wonder tale. Why do I recommend this? Because wonder tales are like waking dreams that reveal the wishes and curiosities and fascinations of your deep psyche. And I think you will benefit profoundly in the coming weeks from consciously tuning in to those wishes and curiosities and fascinations.


(Jun 21-Jul 22)

I suspect that in the coming days you’ll be able to see into everyone’s souls more vividly than usual. You’ll have a special talent for piercing through the outer trappings of their personalities so as to gaze at the essence beneath. It’s as if your eyes will be blessed by an enhancement that enables you to discern what’s often hidden. This upgrade in your perception may at times be unsettling. For some of the people you behold, the difference between how they present themselves and who they actually are will be dramatic. But for the most part, penetrating to the depths should be fun, enriching, even healing.


(Jul 23-Aug 22)

“This heart is rusty,” writes poet Gabriel Gadfly. “It creaks, it clanks, it crashes and rattles and bangs.” Why is his heart in such a state? Because he has been separated from a person he loves. And so he’s out of practice in doing the little things, the caring gestures and tender words, that a lover does to keep the heart well-oiled. It’s my observation that most of us go through rusty-heart phases like this even when we are living in close proximity to an intimate ally. We neglect to practice the art of bestowing affectionate attention and low-key adoration. We forget how important it is for our own welfare that we continually refresh and reinvigorate our heart intelligence. These are good meditations for you right now, Leo.


(Aug 23-Sep 22)

“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired,” writes novelist Chuck Palahniuk. I agree! And that’s a key meditation for you right now. Your assignment is to enhance and upgrade the inspiration you feel about the activities that are most important to you—the work and the play that give you the sense you’re living a meaningful life. So how do you boost your excitement and motivation for those essential actions you do on a regular basis? Here’s a good place to begin: visualize in exuberant detail all the reasons you started doing them in the first place. a Go to for Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO and DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES. The audio horoscopes are also available at 877-873-4888.

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Three-city swing An over-abundance of sexy quickies and relationship advice, for questions brought back from a Savage Love Live tour.


e brought Savage Love Live to the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin and the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis over three nights. As is always the case at live shows, the crowd had more questions than I could possibly answer in a single night. In this week’s column I’m going to tear through some questions I wasn’t able to get to.

former lover cheated on his curQ My rent live-in girlfriend with me. She has

no idea. Should I tell her what a narcissistic cheater her boyfriend is?


Vengeful former affair partners don’t have much more credibility than narcissistic cheaters—indeed, people view both with similar contempt. But you do you.

for vaginal play, is there husband and I are swingers. For him, Q Ifanyyoutypeuseyoufoodshould Q My definitely avoid? it’s who he is. For me, it’s something I do


Lasagna makes for a lousy insertion toy. (Food doesn’t belong in vaginas; there could be bacteria on the food, even after washing, that results in a nasty infection. #FuckFirst #EatAfter.)

(and like!). We argue over how often we go out or have sex with other couples. Any suggestions for finding a happy medium?


More often than you’d like, and less often than he’d like—call it the bittersweet spot.

do you feel about relationships that What tips do you have for lesbians in Q How have a time frame or defined end point? Q long-term relationships who want to For example, one person is going away for school or a new job?

keep sex fun and interesting?


it OK that I always seem to hate my Q Ispartners’ mothers? Is this normal?

My advice for lesbians who want to keep their LTRs hot is the same as my advice for gays, straights, bis, et cetera who want to keep theirs hot. At the start of the relationship, you were the adventure they were on, and they were the adventure you were on. That’s why it was so effortlessly hot at the start. But once you’re not each other’s sexy new adventure anymore—once you’re an established couple— you have to go find sexy adventures together to keep it hot. And that requires making a conscious effort. Explore your kinks, buy some sex toys, have sex someplace other than your bedroom, invite very special guest stars, et cetera.


do I create a sexier bedroom for even Q How better sex?


I’m fine about relationships with seemingly set end points, as relationships don’t have to be open to or become long-term in order to be a success. (Did you meet a nice person? Did you have some good sex? Did you part on good terms? Success!) And the world is filled with couples that met at a time in their lives when school or work commitments meant they couldn’t be together—and yet, years or even decades later, they’re still together. You never know.

It isn’t and it’s not. When you’re the common denominator in a lot of high-stress, high-conflict relationships, you’re most likely the problem.

Q Why do straight guys like anal so much?


Superhero movies, bottled beer, watching sports—there are lots of things straight guys like that I just don’t get. But I get why they like anal: Done right, anal feels amazing. And not just for the person doing the penetrating. When it’s done right, it is also great for the person being penetrated. And sometimes the person being penetrated is a straight guy.


Bedrooms are overrated, if you ask me (which you did), whereas basements, office stairwells, clean single-seat restrooms in upscale restaurants, the space underneath banquet tables in hotel ballrooms, et cetera are all under-utilized.

99.975 percent sure I don’t want kids. Q I’m My boyfriend of almost four years has a

vasectomy scheduled for the end of the year. Should we go through with it? My boyfriend is really fucking sexy, hence the .025 percent doubt.

in secondary education and I’m Vasectomies, like pregnancies, are reQ Iinwork an open marriage. My job is awesome, A versible. Your boyfriend could also go to but I’m so afraid of a student or a parent see- a sperm bank and put a load or three on ice. ing me when I’m out with a different partner. What should I do?


You could hope people would mind their own business and continue to make out in public—or whatever it is you’re doing in public that makes it clear you’re fucking/dating someone who isn’t your spouse—or you could be discreet. Since anti-discrimination statutes don’t offer protections to people in open relationships, and since people regularly freak out about teachers having sex at all, you really have no other choices besides discretion (when out with others) or shouldering the risk (of losing your job).

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32, straight and very pregnant. Q Female, I’m about to pop! Do you have any postpartum sex advice?


Explore outercourse for a while and try to have (or try to fake) a positive attitude about it. Savage Love Live comes to Toronto and Somerville on October 11 and 12. For info and tickets go to a Listen to Dan Savage’s Weekly Lovecast at thecoast .ca/savage

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