News 1. Neighbours speak up about short-term rentals Alexander Quon at Global has a good piece on the short-term rental market in Nova Scotia. Quon interviewed Bill Stewart who lives in the Hydrostone and who’s frustrated with some of the problems coming from the short-term rentals on his block. Stewart says there’s a “string of […]
Archives for June 2019
News 1. Why aren’t Cabot Links or Ben Cowan-Dewar registered as lobbyists? “You would have to be completely foolhardy to question the brain trust that has formed to support spending public money to build an airport in Inverness but foolhardy’s my middle name so — hold my beer,” writes Mary Campbell for the Cape Breton Spectator: […]
News 1. Windsor Exchange Examiner transportation columnist Erica Butler takes a look at the promised upgrades to the Windsor Exchange: Transport Canada’s press release makes no mention of transit or active transportation, but seems to keep the focus on moving vehicle traffic and freight: “This work includes realigning the Bedford Highway, upgrading Lady Hammond Road […]
Give Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin credit for trying. Last November, Rainkin accepted all 45 recommendations from Bill Lahey, a former deputy environment minister and university president hired to figure out how to make Nova Scotia forests healthier and more productive. Lahey’s recommendations were aimed at improving biodiversity and reducing the amount of...
Sometimes government makes an announcement, and even though you know it’s ages from reality, and will probably be announced and re-announced many times hence, you simply can’t help but get excited at the possibilities. Such is the case with the announcement by Transport Canada earlier this month that the federal department will help fund a...
News 1. After the Gold Rush: the toxic legacy “If learning from past mistakes were a government tradition in Nova Scotia, the current government would not be exhibiting all the symptoms of gold fever,” writes Joan Baxter.” But it is, and it looks like a raging bout of the affliction.” Baxter goes on review the […]
If learning from past mistakes were a government tradition in Nova Scotia, the current government would not be exhibiting all the symptoms of gold fever. But it is, and it looks like a raging bout of the affliction. In the past few years, it has amended legislation based on recommendations made by the industry’s cheerleader-in-chief, […]
News 1. Steve Craig “It is way too early to read anything of significance from a single constituency byelection in the muddling middle of any government’s mandate,” writes Stephen Kimber. “But let’s give it a shot…” Click here to read “The Sackville-Cobequid byelection: seeking meaning in the meaningless.” This article is for subscribers. Click here […]
“Steve Craig won the byelection for MLA in Sackville-Cobequid… The district has long been solidly NDP, so a PC victory is notable, but I wouldn’t read too much into it.” —Tim Bousquet June 19, 2019 Tim is right, of course. It is way too early to read anything of significance from the political leavings in...
News 1. Yarmouth Ferry is a bust “Nova Scotia Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan admitted under questioning from reporters following a Cabinet meeting Thursday that the province has no idea if or when the Yarmouth ferry will operate this summer,” reports Jennifer Henderson: “Certainly we are worried about this season and our tourism operators,” said Minister […]