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Morris East - Artisan pizza at its best

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I have the pleasure of visiting Halifax often but somehow had managed to miss one of the city's most delicious eating experiences. Morris East has been on my hit list for a while now and last week I finally had the chance to dine there, and needless to say I was not disappointed.

There was a brief wait to get a table, but once seated I was treated to one of the most incredible pizza's that has ever graced my lips. Everything from the presentation of the pizza, the authentic wood-fired oven, the myriad of wine-pairing options, attentive service and wonderful ambiance make Morris East a must-visit if you are in Halifax.

For location and contact information, check out the listing on CityGuide.ca - Morris East.

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Johnny's Snack Bar Restaurant

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Are you always on the lookout for that hidden gem in the city that offers great tasting food at affordable prices? If you are, Johnny's Snack Bar Restaurant in the North End across the street from the Halifax Forum may be exactly what you are looking for.

Johnny's is a true genuine diner that doesn't pretend to be anything more or less than that. From hearty breakfasts to down-home comfort lunches and dinners, Johnny's Snack Bar Restaurant serves up traditional family fare that will fill you up nicely without breaking the budget.

Weekdays are considerably less busy than weekends. If you show up on a Saturday morning, be prepared to stand in line. However, the service and food is swift, so you won't have to wait long.

For location and contact information, check out the listing on CityGuide.ca.

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Nova Scotia International Air Show To Stay In Yarmouth

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Good news for the town of Yarmouth who hosted their first Nova Scotia International Air Show event last summer after years of the event taking place in Halifax.

The event ran during the September 6-7 weekend and an announcement which could be made this week is expected to confirm the same weekend dates for 2009.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate better this year, but nonetheless this is great news for Yarmouth as it appears the NSIAS has found a new permanent home. Stay tuned for more announcements as bigger and better things are expected for the show in 2009.

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Halifax Tech Community Comes Together For Christmas Gathering

geekmasIf you're part of the Eastern tech community, you will definitely want to check out the inaugural Geekmas event that is being organized by the good folks at TechEast. Not only is this a great way to network and mark the end of the year with fellow members of the community, but the event is also looking to help others by collecting non-perishable food items for Feed Nova Scotia. Whether you're in social media, marketing or technology, this is one Christmas party you won't want to miss!

When: December 17th, 2008 from 5pm to 8pm
Where: Tribeca Grill on Granville Street - Map location: click here.
How: Get your free tickets at http://geekmas.eventbrite.com

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Celebrating creativity

I'm always curious about the next generation of artists. So I'm planning to check out the SSFA Exhibition, December 4-21/08, at Dalhousie Art Gallery. The upcoming exhibition will celebrate the creativity of students, staff, faculty and alumni of Dalhousie and King's College.

Art work will include painting, graphic art, photography, mixed media, video, sculpture and crafts.

For more information, check out Dalhousie Art Gallery online.

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Sophie Milman at Casino Nova Scotia, December 11/08

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Sophie Milman's latest release Make Someone Happy won her a JUNO for best vocal Jazz album for 2008. Since then the singer has been touring across Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe.

She will performing at The Schooner Room at Casino Nova Scotia on December 11/08 at 8 pm.

Tickets cost $30.75 available through Ticket Atlantic Box Office or charge by phone at 902-451-1221.

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HRM Projects Surplus

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Halifax Regional Municipality is projecting a surplus after releasing its 2nd Quarter Financial Statements yesterday. At the end of September 2008, the operating statement showed a surplus of $377,000.

"In these uncertain financial times, we are pleased to project a surplus at this stage in our budget process," said Dan English, CAO of Halifax Regional Municipality. "We are cautious about our financial outcome and will continue to seek savings in the operating budget to ensure we remain on track for a positive year end result."

The reason for the net projected surplus are the following changes:
• Payments in lieu of taxes: Increased assessment of the Autoport has resulted in higher grants in lieu.
• Debt charges: The interest payments for debentures issued were lower than budgeted.
• Non-Union Compensation Strategy: Costs associated with the strategy were less than budgeted.
• Property Taxes and Fire Protection: Revenue for Fire Protection is lower than budgeted. This deficit is offset by a corresponding reduction in funds transferred to the HRWC, and
• Investment income: Income earned on short term investments has declined significantly from budget.

For more more information, go here.

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Vote Bay of Fundy for New7Wonders Contest

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Do you love the Bay of Fundy? Then you should vote for the Bay for Canada in the New7Wonders of Nature Contest. You can select the Bay of Fundy to represent Canada and six other international destinations.

The deadline to vote is December 31/08.

For more information, check out the New7Wonders website.

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HRM a Celebration Community for Olympic Torch Relay

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) will participate as a celebration community for the Olympic Torch Relay, supporting the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

"HRM has been selected as one of more than one thousand Canadian communities that will host the Olympic Flame as it travels from coast to coast to coast in the 100 days leading up to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games," says Mayor Peter Kelly.

"It is a pleasure and an honour to be recognized as a 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route community."

The celebration for the Torch Relay in the HRM will be an evening event on Wednesday, November 18/09.

For more information, go online here.

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Make Christmas Ornaments in Cape Breton

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Fancy your children making their own Christmas ornaments? The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design will hold the special class Polymer Clay Christmas Ornaments for Kids on Saturday, December 6/08.

Given by instructor Irene MacKinnon, the $25 class is designed for children aged 8 to 12 years old. They will use polymer clay to make Christmas ornaments for the tree. Soft, light polymer clay will bake up hard in the oven and children will be able to choose from various projects.

For more information, visit the centre online.

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