Archive for November, 2021

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 26, 2021 at 10:00 am

Green Hydrogen Remember when I took you on that guided tour of the new Novaporte website? (Honestly, I don’t blame you if you’ve suppressed the memory.) We spent some time pondering the claim that the adjacent Novazone logistics park will be a “green energy hub” with “planned hydrogen facilities” that…Read...

Anatomy of An Affordable Housing Project

Anatomy of An Affordable Housing Project

November 24, 2021 at 12:50 pm

Monday’s special CBRM council session on affordable housing was so full of information that I find myself forced to choose one part to write about today, for fear of overwhelming you with facts and figures. It started with a presentation by Paul LaFleche, the deputy minister of Municipal Affairs and…Read...

Nova Scotia’s Failing Grades

Nova Scotia’s Failing Grades

November 24, 2021 at 12:49 pm

I didn’t really expect the 2021 Child and Family Poverty report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) to cheer me on a grey day, but I also didn’t expect it to be quite as bleak as it is. The report, by Dr. Lesley Frank, Laura Fisher and Dr….Read...

Innovacorp’s Gender Gap

Innovacorp’s Gender Gap

November 24, 2021 at 12:47 pm

Last week, as I was entering data on Innovacorp’s investments from 2011 to the present into a table, I was struck by the imbalance between men and women in the “people” section. This is a tricky subject for me. I’m no fan of the government gambling public money on venture…Read...

SEC Subpoenas the ‘Unicorn’

SEC Subpoenas the ‘Unicorn’

November 24, 2021 at 12:45 pm

In other Innovacorp news, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed Meta Materials in connection with its merger with Torchlight Energy (with thanks to the spectator who alerted me to this development). Meta Materials was Innovacorp’s first “unicorn” investment — that is, its first portfolio company to list on…Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 18, 2021 at 11:35 am

Cruise news And now, from the “counterintuitive” department, I’d like to suggest that there are ways in which COVID may actually prove a boon to the cruise industry. It’s a theory I developed watching a “recovery of cruise” presentation from a November 2020 conference on “post-COVID” tourism in Cape BretonRead More

Innovacorp: Fun With Numbers

Innovacorp: Fun With Numbers

November 17, 2021 at 1:34 pm

Looking into Innovacorp’s “unicorn” investment earlier this year got me to wondering how many successful exits our provincial venture capital fund has managed over the years compared to the number and value of its investments, so I submitted an access-to-information request asking for a list of its investments since 2011….Read...

Port of Sydney Update: Capital, Cruise & COVID

Port of Sydney Update: Capital, Cruise & COVID

November 17, 2021 at 1:32 pm

The new board chair of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC), James Kerr, presented to CBRM council during its regular November meeting last week, a topic I touched on briefly in last week’s Fast & Curious, because Kerr announced the board had decided to make its minutes public andRead More

Goodbye to a Good Mayor

Goodbye to a Good Mayor

November 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm

I don’t know when I realized that former Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was a very different kind of politician — not only the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city, but one with some very progressive views. In an interesting and also entertaining interview with the host ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 12, 2021 at 10:30 am

Editor’s Note: This week’s Fast & Curious is somewhat — although not entirely — less random than usual as I’ve decided to use the space to cover some items from this week’s CBRM Council meeting. Your regular Fast & Curious will return next week.   Minute by minute I finallyRead More