Nova Scotia needs nothing short of an Environmental Bill of Rights if it wants to ensure its citizens can drink clean water, breathe clean air, and hold their governments accountable to make polluters pay. That’s the position of a coalition of Nova Scotia environmental groups which celebrated Earth Day by unveiling an Environmental Bill of...
The province’s purchase of 15 acres in the Bayers Lake Business Park to build a new Community Outpatient Centre was supposed to be a good news announcement for the McNeil government today. Certainly for those interested in seeing a replacement for services housed in the leaky and decrepit Victoria General Hospital — where you can’t drink the […]
Jennifer Henderson has updated her ongoing scorecard of pre-election spending by the McNeil government. I’ll have more to say about the Butterfield Bank announcement in tomorrow’s Morning File.
Victor Syperek has been a driving force in Halifax’s bar, restaurant, and music scene for close to a quarter-century. But he’s saying goodbye to Argyle Street and consolidating his interests north on Gottingen. Syperek claims his iconic Economy Shoe Shop has lost close to $2-million since construction on the Nova Centre began five years ago. Also, with […]
This morning, it was announced that I will be standing for the NDP at the forthcoming provincial election. I am standing in the riding of Halifax Armdale close by where I lived when I was Dean of Management at Dalhousie University. Armdale is a beautiful and culturally diverse riding which — like the rest of the province […]
There are two new developments in Fundy tidal power today — the timing of which might strike some observers as a little fishy. First development: the tidal turbine which has been generating electricity since November in the Minas Passage near Parrsboro will be brought to the surface and barged to Saint John, New Brunswick for...
It’s been on the books for over 25 years now, and according to Derek Brett of the Greater Burnside Business Association, a new expressway connecting Burnside to Bedford/Sackville was supposed to break ground in February. But Nova Scotia’s recent tolling feasibility study appears to have bumped the new four-lane road down the priority list. The […]
Despite what the Nova Scotia government has said in response to concerns raised over clearcutting, the most recent figures released from the National Forestry Database (NFD) indicate that in 2015, both the overall harvest and the proportion of trees removed by clearcutting continued to increase. And ironically, the national body used data supplied by the […]
On a clear, crisp Sunday morning in March, Tim Bousquet and I drove about 30 minutes inland from Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia to Twin Lakes, an area slated to be clearcut by Northern Pulp. As I reported in Part 1 of “Testing the Limits,” at the end of February the Abercrombie pulp giant posted several […]
Other provinces ought to consider establishing funds like the pots of public money set aside in Quebec and Ontario to help fund class-action suits, says Dalhousie University’s top lawyer. “One of the things we learned from the US tobacco litigation story is just how hard it is when you don’t (have public financial support),” Dean...