News 1. Musical buildings Chronicle Herald reporter Michael Gorman today explores the likely demolition of the historic Dennis building and the possible future of the site. I have no idea if the building is, as minister Labi Kousoulis says, “absolutely useless,” or, as Heritage Trust president Linda Forbes says, salvageable, but we sure are tearing […]
The It’s More Than Buses group has released its proposal for revamping Halifax bus routes and scheduling. At the heart of the proposal are high-frequency routes that connect at transfer points. The buses would run along these routes so often—at least every 15 minutes, with some at 10 minutes—that it reduces the need for time-consuming...
News 1. Peter Kempton Peter Kempton is the 58-year-old auto mechanic who died last year in an explosion at Your Mechanic Auto Corner in Westphal. The incident never seemed fully explained, and there are two new reports that say it is still being actively investigated. CBC reports that before the incident, Your Mechanic Auto Corner was the subject of […]
News 1. Fishing industry is deadly About half of the workplace fatalities in Nova Scotia happen in the fishing industry. 2. City fuel use Auditor general Larry Munroe issued a report yesterday, A Performance Review of HRM’s Equipment Fuel Program, which garnered the predicted (by me) media response. I put the issue in context of the […]
By Larry Haiven Back when I was in the MBA program at the University of Alberta in 1984, a wily professor put the cat among the pigeons. He asked us students to consider whether corporations should forget about charity and good works and simply…pay their taxes. Businesses, he argued, were good at making money, not […]
Today, Halifax city Auditor General Larry Munroe released his report, A Performance Review of HRM’s Equipment Fuel Program, to council’s Audit and Finance Committee. Mid-point in Munroe’s presentation to the committee, the report was posted on the city’s website. You can read it here. I was at the committee meeting, along with all the other municipal reporters...
News 1. Lobsters Due to warming waters, the lobster catch is exploding. But with changes to the temporary foreign workers program, processors don’t have enough workers to, er, process the catch. “Unless we can find some way through this, (lobster processing companies) have no other alternative but to reduce their capacity,” Jerry Amirault of the Lobster […]
[Disclosure: As a reporter, I haven’t much directly covered the legislature, and don’t believe I had met Graham Steele in person until this April, when I asked him to be part of the promotional video that launched the Halifax Examiner, and he agreed. He very kindly gave me an evening of his time, and said nice...
News 1. Twelve Apostles People living in the Twelve Apostles have been evacuated, and won’t be allowed to return their homes for up to two weeks. The historic buildings are the former Churchfield Barracks, built in 1903, and sit immediately adjacent to 5426 Portland Place, the building that was destroyed by fire Sunday. Yesterday, I quoted […]
Editor’s note: Former MLA Howard Epstein has written the following review of his former colleague Graham Steele’s book, What I Learned About Politics. The Examiner will discuss both Steele’s book and Epstein’s review in a post to be published soon. What I Learned About Graham Steele by Howard Epstein “I have nothing to say, and I am […]