News 1. MV Miner The province is preparing to execute a $12 million plan to remove the MV Miner from Scatarie Island. The decommissioned cargo ship broke from its tow line and crashed into the island in 2011, and has been wedged on the rocks ever since. Supposedly we need to “clean up” the ship because Scatarie is a protected wilderness area, […]
News 1. Deep Panuke The Chronicle Herald’s Roger Taylor reports that, thanks to the crappy winter in New England, Encana made a lot of money from selling natural gas from its Deep Panuke wells on the Boston spot market. With warm weather here, prices are back to normal, but the company thinks it can repeat […]
News 1. Province asks RCMP to investigate the CRDA See Views, below. But also, news reports in the Chronicle Herald and CBC. 2. Who owns the dead whale? There was a bit of a bureaucratic battle over which level of government was responsible for removing a whale carcass washed up on the Canso Causeway. The province […]
This morning the province released a damning audit of the Cumberland Regional Development Authority. The audit, performed by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, runs 700 pages. Necessarily, reporters will today skim the audit for the choicest details, and the resulting articles will sensationalize the abuses. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I’m going to do a bit of it...
News 1. Fountains donate $3 million to NSCAD The Fountain family have given $3 million to the college, with the funds directed to the Granville Mall campus. Margaret Fountain, who sits on the board of the college, and her husband David Fountain have been making a series of very large charitable donations in recent years. Once upon […]
From 1969 to 1977, there existed in Halifax a radical newspaper called The Fourth Estate. Last night, Fourth Estate alumni held a reunion at the Wooden Monkey in Dartmouth. I was honoured to be invited as a guest. As explained by various speakers at the reunion, The Fourth Estate arrived on the scene when Halifax...
News 1. Something is seriously wrong on the east coast There’s been a 10-20 percent increase in the number of great white sharks in Nova Scotia waters, reports the CBC. There’s not yet enough evidence to explain the increase, but it is speculated to be a result of warming sea waters. That would correlate with the recent news […]
This morning I joined 47 other immigrants in a ceremony in a basement room in the Immigration office on Brunswick Street, across from the town clock. Citizenship Judge Ann Janega said some short remarks, we collectively pledged allegiance to the queen, and then each of us were called up individually to receive our citizenship certificate. I was […]
News 1. Home for Colored Children settlement moves forward There was an emotional day in court yesterday, as Justice Arthur LeBlanc signed off on the $29 million settlement between the province and former residents of the home. “I was raped at eight-and-a-half years old,” Harriet Johnson told the court. “The same man put me on the streets of […]
In May, the Thiel family, which owns much of the financial district and who are embarking on an ambitious development project called 22nd Commerce Square, asked the courts to review the province’s issuance of an unprecedented exemption to Nova Centre developer Joe Ramia; the exemption allows Ramia to bypass normal city development approval processes. In June, the Heritage Trust...