Tourism

The Grand Princess cruise ship in happier times, 2007. (Photo by Teh tennisman / CC BY-SA https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

COVID-19 and the Cruise Industry

March 11, 2020 at 12:12 pm

I’ve speculated about it going over budget and falling behind schedule, but it never occurred to me that a virus — more specifically, a novel coronavirus called COVID-19 — would pose the biggest threat to the timely opening of the CBRM’s $20 million second cruise ship berth, but here weRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 6, 2020 at 11:59 am

Ad nauseum Thanks to Tim Bousquet at the Halifax Examiner for pointing me to this article by David Roth (the one who used to write for Deadspin, not the one who sang “Jump”). It’s called “The infinite scroll” and it is an elegant though depressing exploration of the modern onlineRead More

Whatever Happened to the Trams?

Whatever Happened to the Trams?

February 19, 2020 at 12:51 pm

As I said last week, I began this journey because I wanted to talk about trams and a couple of thousand words later, I’ve mostly been talking about electricity. (This is what happens when you travel with me. I hope you packed a lunch.) I’m going to bring the focusRead More

Drone shot of RCGS Resolute. Image credit: Island Aerial Media

OOE’s Sea of Troubles

January 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm

The voyage is apparently over for One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). The Polar cruise specialist founded by Westmount native Andrew Prossin, which had been canceling this season’s voyages one by one, has sent a letter to passengers stating it “will enter a formal process of business re-structure in accordance with CanadianRead More

MS Carribbean Princess, at the dock in Sydney, NS.  2019. (Spectator Photo)

Jukin’ the Cruise Stats

November 6, 2019 at 2:21 pm

The Port of Sydney has posted its audited financials and a Community Update. I think of it as “Fact vs. Fiction.” The audited financials deal in fact and show how much money the port made in fiscal 2019 and how much it spent:   As of 31 March 2019, theRead More

RCGS Resolute (Image courtesy OOE)

One Ocean Cancels Expedition, Announces ‘Restructuring’

October 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm

This is literally just in: The Squamish Chief reported yesterday that One Ocean Expeditions, the niche cruise line founded by Cape Breton native Andrew Prossin — the one that was supposed to be making Sydney its home port — is “restructuring.” The information came from an October 29th post onRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 11, 2019 at 10:07 am

Chief Paul responds… The press release Albert Barbusci issued last week announcing his plan to establish a waste plastic-to-fuels plant in his “logistics park” in Edwardsville included the following quote from Membertou Chief Terry Paul: As active partners in SHIP, the reduced carbon footprint of our facilities is key toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

The Irvings The latest installment of Dynasties, the Canadaland Commons series on Canada’s wealthiest families, focuses on the Irvings and, as my sister said, “It’s the plot of Succession!” She’s right — only the Irving saga is weirder than the HBO series about an “American global-media family that is notRead More

What the Court Said…

What the Court Said…

October 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm

A spectator drew my attention to the published decision in Cape Breton (Regional Municipality) v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General), 2019 NSCA 77. That was the CBRM’s attempt to get the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to overturn the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s (NSUARB) decision in the case ofRead More

CBRM Has Day in Court (and Loses)

CBRM Has Day in Court (and Loses)

September 18, 2019 at 1:58 pm

On Monday, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal dismissed the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s bid to reverse a UARB ruling overturning a CBRM Council decision that green lighted the development of a 211-site, lakeside RV park in Big Pond Centre. That was a lot to pack into a single sentence,Read More