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Sunday Edition, Below
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Extra! Extra! Ultimate Power Couple Seeks Butler For Swish HFX Condo & Chester Cottage-Mansion: A Dream Post For The Lucky Job Seeker
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We Get Mail: Reader Writes In From Chester Back Harbour: On Reports Of Americans Not Self-Isolating
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We Get Mail: Reader Writes Mansion At South Park/Rhuland Charming
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Alison Strachan This Week: A Very Berry Fabulous Recipe
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Real Estate In A Pandemic: Sandra Bryant Is Firing On All Cylinders
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Sandra Bryant Had A Ready Made Seller & Buyer In Her Realtor Database For 1029 South Park Street Deal
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Halifax’s Tristan Mills Chats On Airbnb Trends In The City’s Downtown Core In A Pandemic
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NS South Shore’s Jay Hiltz Chats On Airbnb Trends In A Pandemic
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A Chat With Kings Journalism Prof Kim Kierans, Named To Panel Designed To Right Size Newspaper Industry In Canada
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Ryerson’s Journalism Project: The Impact Of COVID On Canadian Media Outlets – Two Thousand Journalists Laid Off; Print Publications Suspend Or Permanently Killed Off
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Saturday Edition, Below
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Desmond Inquiry lawyer Adam Rodgers: ‘McNeil Government’s Northwood Review Does Not Inspire Confidence – Public Inquiry Would Have More Weight’
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As Tales Of Visiting Americans In Nova Scotia Failing To Self-Isolate Grow, Premier Stephen McNeil & Tim Houston Address This Alarming File
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MacPolitics: NDP Chief Gary Burrill Wades In On Tim Houston Giving ‘Ice’ To The Notebook
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MacPolitics: The 2018 Notebook Story That Resulted In Tim Houston Giving Us The Cold Shoulder
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Halifax’s Ross Jefferson: Demand For Hotel Rooms Exists, Five Projects On The Books For Metro Halifax
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Keeping Tourism Local: ‘The Heart. Soul. Halifax!’ Campaign Aims To Get Haligonians To Explore Their City
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Development: Szulewicz Brothers Buy Prime Corner At South Park & Rhuland Streets
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Development: How The Szulewicz Brothers Paid Close To Asking Price For South Park & Rhuland Property
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Development: Szulewicz Brothers With Strong Bonds In A Halifax Rental Market That Remains Strong
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Nova Scotia Auditor General Michael Pickup’s Questions: The NSLC Response From Bev Ware
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MacPolitics: NDP’s Gary Burrill Says McNeil Review At Northwood Falls Short Of Public Inquiry Into Nursing Home Deaths
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MacPolitics: Northwood Covid-19 Stats & Figures, The McNeil Government Review Mandate
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A Maritime Moment: Fishing Harbours Offer Artistic Scenery
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Cottage Life Encore: Perfect Apps For Cottage, Boating, Camping & Golfing
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The Summer Soundtrack: The Rankin Family’s ‘Gillis Mountain’ Takes Me Back To A Time Of Passage
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The Class of 2020: Royden Trainor Addresses Grade 12 Grads; Pandemic Gives New Meaning To Marty Robbins Classic ‘A White Sports Coat & A Pink Carnation’
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Wednesday Edition, Below
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When The Soundtrack Turns To Songs Celebrating Our Great Nation, Songs By Stompin’ Tom & Roger Whittaker Celebrate The Good In Canada
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Monday Edition, Below
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Super Post-Panamax Crane At PSA Halifax Terminal: Impressive Sight As It Arrives From China
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Sunday Edition, Below
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Halifax Port: Attention Captain Gray, Lawyer John Young Should Be Top Of Mind For New Port-Community Liaison Committee
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Restaurants

Self Isolating Or Otherwise?: Consider Fabulous Take Out Meals From Halifax’s Very Best Middle Eastern Fare Offering: Shiraz Restaurant On Hollis Street

Self Isolating Or Otherwise?: Consider Fabulous Take Out Meals From Halifax’s Very Best Middle Eastern Fare Offering: Shiraz Restaurant On Hollis Street

By Andrew Macdonald

With Nova Scotia restaurants being mandated by the Nova Scotia government to close their seating areas, and only serve take-out food, I’d like to plug an independent Downtown Halifax eatery.

Operated by a husband and wife, originally from far away lands, Shiraz Restaurant has been my go-to place for fine foods.

The hard-working restaurateurs opened their shop in Downtown Halifax in 2010. His name is MOHAMMAD TABESH, and she is ZAHRA HAJIMOHAMMADY, although I call her Sophie.

Billing itself as offering The Flavors of Persia, this two-person shop delivers its meals via Uber Eats, in Halifax.

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The Donair: It Began With the Doner Kebab, Part 1

The Donair: It Began With the Doner Kebab, Part 1

By Lindsay Wickstrom, food blogger of website Eat This Town Over the last couple of years, I have completed 'donair quests' in Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton but you may have noticed that I haven’t touched on Halifax. The spicy-sweet truth is that I’ve been researching...

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The Halifax Restaurateur: Fish ‘n Chips Quest In Fisherman’s Cove

The Halifax Restaurateur: Fish ‘n Chips Quest In Fisherman’s Cove

By Lindsay Wickstrom 

I recently wrote a piece for The Coast’s Hot Summer Guide about some of the best places to eat fish and chips in the sun. One of my suggestions was Fisherman’s Cove, since it satisfies my check list:

Beach boardwalk? Check.
Quaint fishing village? Check.
Fish and chips eatery with a loyal following? More than one!

I mistakenly mentioned Gordy’s as a local favourite, unaware that Gordy’s has been closed for some time, Apparently it had been too long since I’d visited Fisherman’s Cove, and I’d been meaning to determine once and for all who makes the best fish and chips there! So I rounded up ReTales and Cailin O’Neil to help me eat and judge three platters of fish ‘n chips in Fisherman’s Cove.

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Lara Cusson & Cafe Lara Part II: ‘Everyone Loves Taco Lina’s’

Lara Cusson & Cafe Lara Part II: ‘Everyone Loves Taco Lina’s’

By Andrew Macdonald

Story Update

Earlier in the week, I moved a story that millennial entrepreneur Lara Cusson is now selling tacos out of her popular independent café on Agricola Street.

Cafe Lara has entered into an “arrangement” to provide kitchen space to Taco Lina, formerly located in Gus’ Pub.

Reports Cusson: “Taco Lina’s, owned by the Rinaldo brothers, has relocated inside Café Lara”.

The Mexican food offering makes its debut at Café Lara this weekend, opening at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.

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