Hello, I’m Joan Baxter, Nova Scotian journalist and author, wondering how on earth Tim does this every morning. News 1. Ships start here, but when? Jennifer Henderson investigates the six-month (and counting) delay in the completion of the first ship in the multi-billion dollar Halifax Shipyard contract in a new article for the Examiner: The […]
There is something vaguely Trumpian in Premier Stephen McNeil’s continuing, reality-be-damned insistence his government’s 2015 consultation- and logic-free decision to dump a longstanding, working-well film tax credit, then replace it with a more restrictive, less incentivizing “Nova Scotia Film and Television Incentive Fund” is all working out just fine, the way we planned it, thank...
News 1. Class action lawsuit filed against Archdiocese Last week, Halifax lawyer John McKiggan and the Toronto law firm of Koskie Minsky announced they were filing a class action lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax–Yarmouth on behalf of children they allege were sexually abused by priests from 1960 to the present. After the lawyers issued […]
News 1. Scotiascapes On Monday, truck driver Michael Wile died while depositing a load at the Fairview Cove Sequestration Facility. Wile was driving for Scotiascapes Landscaping, which was issued a Stop Work order by the Department of Labour. An investigation is ongoing. In 2013, another Scotiascapes employee was the driver of a Ford F-350 pickup […]
News 1. Cabinet shuffle This item is written by Joan Baxter. Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is no more. Yesterday, Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government renamed it the Department of Lands and Forestry (not, however, Lands and Forests, something lamented by the insightful Facebook page devoted to Nova Scotia’s “Woods and Water”). Timberlea-Prospect […]
News 1. Stadium lobbyists aren’t registered as lobbyists Canadian Press reporter Judy Owen caught up with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie at the Winnipeg–Edmonton game last night (Edmonton prevailed, 33-30), and Ambrosie went on about the possibility of a Halifax team: “The conversations between ourselves and the Maritime Football group continue,” Ambrosie said. “We’re doing work on their business […]
A Halifax Examiner / Cape Breton Spectator investigation. This is the fourth and final instalment in a series of articles on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. You can find Part I here. How the mining lobby is working to undermine environmental protection in Nova Scotia On a cold day in late November […]
News 1. The Icarus Report There were two incidents at Stanfield International Airport yesterday. The first involved Air Canada flight 7775 from Halifax to Fredericton, reported CTV: A Fredericton-bound Air Canada flight had to turn around and make an emergency landing in Halifax Sunday after the pilot noticed smoke in the cockpit. Theresa Rath Spicer, spokesperson […]
Stephen McNeil says “we” — and by we the premier certainly doesn’t mean thee or me — “had a healthy discussion” about how to spend a could-be $250-million windfall to the Nova Scotia treasury, thanks to a one-time recalculation of offshore royalties, thanks to a one-time arbitration decision that happened to fall in our favour....
News 1. Yarmouth ferry Back in November, the Portland Press Herald reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency was demanding upgrades to the Portland, Maine terminal used by Bay Ferries for the Yarmouth–Portland route. The cost of the upgrades was estimated at $7 million: “We have been clear from Day 1 that we are not in […]