Business

Top: Halterm (Source Port of Halifax) Bottom: Truck traffic, Port of Halifax (CBC Photo)

Why Won’t the Feds Fund Halterm?

October 17, 2018 at 1:54 pm

On October 11, the CBC’s Paul Withers reported from “inside the failed fight for federal funding for Port of Halifax.” He’s referring to the Port of Halifax’s application for money from the $2 billion National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF), established by the feds in July 2017 to “help infrastructure owners andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 12, 2018 at 9:15 am

Down the lazy river Thanks to an eagle-eyed spectator who alerted me to this gem: 🔊 Announcement! The @GlobeandMail is excited to officially announce the launch of the July 2019 #GlobeNormandyCruise with participating journalists @RoyMacG, @RobertFife, @taraobrady, @Beppi_Crosariol, and Margaret Wente. 🛳 ➡ To reserve your cabin: https://t.co/m8Gd4y2EIM pic.twitter.com/8y0AP9k4Ln —Read More

To P3 or Not to P3: That is the Question (Part I)

To P3 or Not to P3: That is the Question (Part I)

October 10, 2018 at 12:28 pm

In a “classical” [private-public-partnership or P3], a government typically uses a consortium of private sector firms to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain some new physical public infrastructure. Despite the increasing use of [P3]s, evidence shows that many [P3]s have produced unsatisfactory outcomes, including high transaction costs and project bankruptcy.Read More

To P3 or Not to P3: That is the Question (Part II)

To P3 or Not to P3: That is the Question (Part II)

October 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm

You probably just read Part I of this P3 Hospitals article, but in case you then took a juice break, or a yoga break, or a few minutes to breathe deeply or pound a couple of shots of tequila, let me remind you why, according to Premier Stephen McNeil, hisRead More

NDP Proposes Alternative to Payday Loans

NDP Proposes Alternative to Payday Loans

October 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm

Susan Leblanc, the NDP MLA for Dartmouth North, has introduced a bill that would see the provincial government guarantee personal, short-term, “micro-loans” for amounts up to $2,000 from credit unions. I spoke to Leblanc briefly, by phone, on Friday and she told me the guarantee would be similar to theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Spin Class I like following the CBC’s Jean Laroche on Twitter precisely for moments like these, where he captures something about the way our political system works that you don’t get to see unless you happen to hang out in the halls of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly: ThisRead More

The Ben Eoin Shuffle

The Ben Eoin Shuffle

September 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Four businessmen, a doctor and a physiotherapist walk into a bar… Just kidding! Actually, they walk into a small community in Cape Breton and buy up a number of recreational properties that, together, have been on the receiving end of hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. Under theRead More

The Whalley Trial: Recess

The Whalley Trial: Recess

September 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 14, 2018 at 10:20 am

Revelations The experience of covering John Whalley’s civil suit against the CBRM has been revelatory: it’s clarified for me my preferred style of journalism (slow) and the contribution I can make to coverage of a local news story (details, context, history). It’s been an incredible amount of work and yetRead More

The Whalley Trial Part VII: Missing Documents

The Whalley Trial Part VII: Missing Documents

September 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More