Archive for June, 2020

Dr. Robert Strang, COVID update,  26 June 2020.

NS COVID-19 Update for 26 June 2020

June 26, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, sporting new haircuts and matching ties, got the band back together on Friday to announce further reopening measures for Nova Scotia. The premier seemed downright giddy in the face of our epidemiology, which shows no new COVID-19 cases in 17 days andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 25, 2020 at 3:58 pm

Voting season CBRM council has cleared the way for online and telephone voting in October’s municipal elections, which the provincial government has declared will take place despite fears of a second wave of COVID-19 this fall. No particular concerns were raised during the council debate on the issue — havingRead More

CME-North Sydney Wins First Job Under $60M MCDV Upgrade

CME-North Sydney Wins First Job Under $60M MCDV Upgrade

June 24, 2020 at 1:08 pm

The HMCS Kingston, one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) 12 Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV), is in dry dock at the CME shipyard in North Sydney for repairs and upgrades, part of a $60 million program to give each of the ships a five-year life extension. National DefenseRead More

Canada’s Kingston-class Jack-of-all-Trades Vessels

Canada’s Kingston-class Jack-of-all-Trades Vessels

June 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Canadian naval historian Marc Milner says the need for the ships that became the HMCS Kingston-class vessels was identified in the 1970s — the Navy wanted to re-establish its minesweeping capabilities and provide training to reservists — but the order to build what would become the MCDVs didn’t materialize untilRead More

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Hugh Segal Wants to Turn CERB to GAI

June 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

This past week, I listened to a podcast from the Conference Board of Canada’s “Bright Future” series featuring my old friend (meaning, someone I quote frequently), Hugh Segal, who has for years (since he “had hair”) been a fierce proponent of guaranteed annual income (GAI). Asked by host Michael BassettRead More

Letter to the Editor: Economic Pandemic

Letter to the Editor: Economic Pandemic

June 24, 2020 at 1:02 pm

In a circumstance where the whole world economy is based on debt, has the COVID pandemic given us any cause to consider the eventual economic one? Anybody who has been paying attention should know that from the smallest consumer to the largest sovereign economies (US/China) and every government in between,Read More

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Gardening Tips: You Say ‘Tomato,’ I Say ‘Get Planting!’

June 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written.   What to do this week Summer is here and we begin the frantic time of planting all the warm-weather crops as quickly as possible beforeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 19, 2020 at 10:45 am

Booze News The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) reported a 4.2% increase in earnings for the year ended 31 March 2020 — earnings were up $9.9 million at $247.3 million. I’ve been curious about the effect of the pandemic on liquor sales and was fascinated (although I have to admit,Read...

EPR Part I: We Used to be Good at This

EPR Part I: We Used to be Good at This

June 17, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Last week marked an anniversary I’m going to lay odds none of you celebrated: it’s been one year since the Nova Scotia solid waste-resource management regional chairs committee presented a proposal for Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging and Printed Paper (EPR for PPP) to Environment Minister Gordon Wilson. If youRead More

EPR Part II: Triple Bottom Line?

EPR Part II: Triple Bottom Line?

June 17, 2020 at 1:04 pm

If you survived Part I of this article, you now know that Nova Scotia marked an anniversary last week: it’s been one year since the Nova Scotia solid waste-resource management regional chairs committee presented a proposal for Extended Producer Responsibility  for Packaging and Printed Paper (EPR for PPP) to EnvironmentRead More