1. Jail

Four guards and two inmates at the Burnside jail had a “physical altercation” Saturday, say Halifax Police. “Three of the staffers were injured, but none needed to be admitted to the hospital,” reports the Chronicle Herald. The jail has been in lockdown for a week, which will make the atmosphere all that more stressful for both jailers and prisoners.

2. Will you marry….whoops

Haligonians Olivia Fader and Mal Harris went to New York, and to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Unbeknownst to Fader, Harris planned to propose while they attached a lock with their initials to a bridge railing. On another lock, with the engraved words, “Don’t Freak Out,” Harris attached a gold cut emerald diamond ring. But as Harris used a key to pop the lock open, the ring fell between two planks of the boardwalk.

Fader recounts the unlikely course of events in her blog:

40 feet below us, on an industrial platform (inaccessible to the public) we spotted the ring. I attempted to keep Mal calm while Madeleine [a friend also on the trip] ran back to where she had seen NYPD officers.

Minutes later she returned with two officers, Manley and DeFazio. They were confused at first, but soon understood our plight and committed to getting the ring back to us if it was in their power to do so.


After much deliberation about their method, they walked back to Brooklyn, drove across the bridge, and stopped Saturday afternoon New York traffic so they could park and make their descent.

A few anxiety ridden minutes passed, and finally Officer Manley emerged with the ring in hand. Giving us the thumbs up, they then drove back to Brooklyn, and we met them to make the exchange.

Mal Harris properly proposes to Olivia Fader.
Mal Harris properly proposes to Olivia Fader.

“…I said yes,” writes Fader.

There’s a lot of hatred and negativity towards our community; we’re certain it will be generations before that is eradicated.  That’s why we felt it important to share our story, to provide a bit of hope that there is good out there too.


3. Fallen balcony

Friday night, a balcony collapsed in the south end, injuring six people. Balconies falling is a recurring issue in HRM, which suggests there is an underlying problem. The Halifax police department got a search warrant to search the south end property.

4. Old woman stabs kid in the eye

police release explains:

Halifax Regional Police responded to an address on Earleton Ave. in Dartmouth at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 regarding a weapons call. A 15-year-old male youth was stabbed in the eye by a 74-year-old woman. The boy was taken to the IWK for treatment of the injury he sustained. The 74-year-old woman was arrested at the scene without incident and is currently in custody. The Integrated General Investigation Section is currently investigating this incident and the investigation is in the early stages.

UPDATE (as of Sunday, September 28): The scene of this incident was processed which included the execution of a search warrant. The 74-year-old female suspect was later released from custody on a promise to appear in court at a later date and also on an undertaking with conditions. She’s facing the following charges: assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

5. Wild Kingdom

YouTube video

A killer whale was spotted Friday in the Bay of Fundy. Killer whales are normally on the west coast, not in the Atlantic, but there’s been at least one prowling around Nova Scotia for the past few years, the CBC reports.

There was a randy moose running around Stellarton, but aiming for Halifax females [insert your joke here].

Some people in Mahone Bay like poodles. Go figure.

A horse in Prince Edward Island was killed after being hit by a car.


1. Falling balconies

Peter Ziobrowski explains the architectural issues related to them.

2. First they came for the nurses…

Now that Stephen McNeil has taken on the nurses’ union, will he next go after the doctors’ union? Stephen Kimber points out that the Doctors Nova Scotia contract, costing $800 million a year, expires in March.



Public information meeting (7pm, St. Margarets Centre)—Crombie Property wants to add a 5,500 square foot commercial building to Tantallon Plaza.

Public information meeting (7pm, Eastern Shore Community Centre)—David and Jeanette Reynolds want to expand the Greywood Pets Kennel they own on Petpeswick Road.


House sits (7pm, Province House)

On Campus


The EU and Canada: A Strategic Partnership—Stronger than Ever (2:30pm, University Hall, Macdonald Building)—Marie-Anne Coninsx, the ambassador of the European Union to Canada, will explain how the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is the bestest thing ever.


You need 11 men to run an offensive drive, right? Well, this is pretty offensive:

On Monday night, a panel on a two-hour pregame show for Monday Night Football will, among other things, address domestic abuse. This panel will discuss, once again, the appropriate penalty for hitting a woman.

The panel for that discussion will include the following people: Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Adam Schefter, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Jon Gruden, Mike Tirico, Stuart Scott, Steve Young and Ray Lewis.

Up to 11 men, all between the ages of 39 and 74 will sit at the table for a domestic violence discussion on ESPN. Zero women. Victims of domestic violence in America are most likely to be women aged 20-24.

In the harbour

(click on vessel names for pictures and more information about the ships)


Aniara, vehicle carrier, Southampton to Autoport
Seabourn Quest, cruise ship, Gaspe to Pier 23
Eurodam, cruise ship, Sydney to Pier 20
Maasdam, cruise ship, Bar Harbor to Pier 31
Norwegian Gem, cruise ship, New York to Pier 22
Atlantic Concert, con-ro, New York to Fairview Cove West
BBC Kimberley, cargo, Norfolk to Fairview Cove East
Amazoneborg, cargo, Willemstad, Netherlands to Pier 30


Aniara to New York
Seabourn Quest to Bar Harbor
Eurodam to Portland
Massdam to Sydney
Norwegian Gem to Saint John
Atlantic Concert to Liverpool
BBC Kimberley to sea

Of note


Four cruise ships with a total capacity of over 4,000 passengers are in port today. That used to be a rare occurrence, but now is somewhat regular—there are another three four-ship days on the October schedule. This is usually celebrated as an economic boon for any city, although that benefit is generally overstated. But people in Italy have had enough of it. The Costa Concordia incident has raised concerns about the ships, and when 13 cruise ships (including Seabourne Quest, in Halifax today) visited Venice one day last fall, Venetians lined the canal banks in protest. The Guardian explains that:

An estimated 40,000 tourists will be brought into Venice on board the cruise ships on Saturday and Sunday. Some view the influx of visitors as a much-needed economic boost, with tourists spending and thousands of locals employed in jobs related to the industry. But others fear the shiploads of tourists encourage a “Disney-fication” of their city – already one of the most visited in Europe. The number of tourists arriving in Venice on board cruise ships rose from below 100,000 passengers in 1999 to 1.7 million in 2012.

The un-welcoming ceremony was led by pop singer Adriano Celentano, who took ad in Italy’s biggest newspaper:

“Tomorrow will not be a nice day for our city, even if the sun is out,” declared the 75-year-old in an advert in Corriere della Sera, half of which was taken up with a black and white photograph of himself.

“With the ignoble procession of 13 ships in the Venice lagoon comes the Eternal Funeral of the world’s beauties,” he added.

Such protests continued into this year, and were successful: last month the Italian government banned large cruise ships from Venice’s Saint Mark’s basin and Giudecca Canal, in order to protect the view of St. Mark’s Basilica.


Sorry about that haiku thing.

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  1. A horse getting hit by a car seems like a very Canadian news event for some reason.

    Not to mention it happened Canada Rd.

  2. In Views 1. Falling balconies: In the linked-blog it talks about how the nails that attached the balcony to the house could be pulled out. What I do not understand is how the Building Code could allow for a nails-only securing solution in the first place. One would think that nails might acceptably be used to initially anchor the structure when constructing the balcony; but that lag bolts or better still a carriage bolt securing arrangement would be implemented in order to facilitate a much stronger/safer long-term securing arrangement for the type of balcony in question. One has to wonder whether the Building Code or the contractor was ultimately at fault? Architectural drawings should have specified a securing arrangement that was in accordance with the Building Code and the regulator that reviews the plans should have had an opportunity to have seen that the construction specifications were deficient prior to issuing a building permit, if the contractor is to be found to be solely at fault. One would also think that given the number of failed balconies in the past, that the regulator and building inspectors would also be paying much closer attention to balcony securing arrangements.

  3. The kennel on Petpeswick Road is actually run and housed by David and Jeanette for Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada (, a non-profit group that finds homes for retired racing greyhounds.
    – Kimberly McKay and Michael Orr