1. Chris Mosher says the Halifax Examiner writing about his rehab is stressful

Chris Mosher. Photo: Facebook

I reported Monday:

In an affidavit filed with the court earlier this month, former Halifax cop Chris Mosher says that he has suffered “negative treatment at my new job” due in part to a Halifax Examiner article about his current employment with the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Click here to read “Chris Mosher says the Halifax Examiner writing about his rehab is stressful.”

2. Sable field shut down

“A government agency says all production from the Sable Offshore Energy Project off the coast of Nova Scotia has been permanently shut down,” reports the Canadian Press:

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board says production from all of the Sable project’s fields ended on Monday, as planned.

The natural gas field, about 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax, started producing in late 1999 and consists of seven offshore platforms in five different fields with 21 wells.

Board spokeswoman Stacy O’Rourke says well plugging and decommissioning activities will continue throughout 2019.

3. Crows

Last week, I asked “What’s going to happen to all those crows when the Motherhouse Lands get developed?

On Monday, Frances Willick, reporting for the CBC, wrote that “residents of a Halifax neighbourhood are raising concerns about clear cutting near a long-standing crow roost.”

Willick points us to the following Facebook video taken by Shelagh Duffett, who lives nearby (unfortunately, Duffet held the camera vertically instead of horizontally, leading to a less-than-optimal experience for viewers, and because I’m lazy, I didn’t delete my editing at the end):

YouTube video

4. Baby names

The province has released the most common names for babies in 2018 in Nova Scotia:

Girls: Olivia (44), Sophia (42), Charlotte (38), Emma (38), Amelia (34), Ava (33), Isla (32), Abigail (31), Evelyn (29), Sadie (28), Sophie (28), Mia (27), Scarlett (27), Anna (26), Ella (24), Ellie (23), Hannah (23), Lilly (23), Addison (22), Emily (22)

Boys: William (61), Benjamin (49), Hunter (41), Lincoln (40), Jack (38), Noah (37), Oliver (37), Logan (35), Owen (35), Ethan (34), Liam (34), Lucas (33), Mason (32), Emmett (31), James (30), Alexander (29), Henry (29), Thomas (29), John (28), Leo (25)

I guess we’ve gotten away from Siobhan and Seamus. But no matter what their birth certificate name, they will all be called Buddy.

5. Sincerity Ace

Splendid Ace, a sister ship to the Sincerity Ace, at the Autoport in Dartmouth. Photo: Halifax Examiner

Many of the car carriers that call at the Autoport in Dartmouth are designated by the word “Ace” — so you’ll regularly see in the “On the harbour” listings for ships with names like Carnation Ace, Mermaid Ace, Splendid Ace, and so forth. These ships are owned and operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, or MOL for short. MOL’s car carriers primarily service the Japanese auto industry.

Most of the ships on the planet are travelling to and from Asia, so plying the Indian and Pacific oceans, and MOL ships are no exception.

On New Year’s Eve, one of those ships, the Sincerity Ace, en route from Yokohama, Japan to Honolulu, caught fire; possibly as many as five crew members have died. Reports the Maritime Executive:

The U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and good Samaritans on board two merchant vessels are continuing the search for two crewmen from the car carrier Sincerity Ace following a fire 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Oahu, Hawaii.

16 crewmembers have already been rescued by four merchant vessels. The Coast Guard reports that three of the five missing mariners reportedly were located but remain in the water as they are unresponsive and unable to grab onto life saving equipment to be brought aboard. Search efforts are focused on the two remaining potential survivors in a search area of 5,832 square nautical miles (6,711 square statute miles).

Weather conditions on scene are reported as 15 to 18-foot seas and winds at 17 mph with reduced white caps improving visibility.


No public meetings this week.

On campus

No public events this week.

In the harbour

06:00: CMA CGM Loire, container ship, arrives at Pier 41 from Colombo, Sri Lanka
07:30: Thorco Liva, cargo ship, arrives at Pier 9 from Cristobal, Panama
09:00: Salarium, bulker, sails from anchorage for sea
15:30: Crete I, container ship, sail from Fairview Cove for sea
18:00: CMA CGM Loire sails for New York


I’ll be on The Sheldon MacLeod Show, News 95.7, at 2pm.

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  1. One of the many interesting things about being a teacher is seeing all the naming trends cycle through. 5-10 years ago half the kids in high school were Haleys or Baleighs or Ceilidhs. Now we’re seeing the peak of the Madisons and a lot of kids who rhyme with Aiden and whose names start with most of the consonants.

      1. I think it is weird that people give their kids names like Mary, Mohammed or Jesus – isn’t it kind of blasphemous to name the fallible human you just made after figures like those?