Energy

Electrifying Public Transit News

Electrifying Public Transit News

June 22, 2022 at 11:15 am

District 4 Councilor Steve Gillespie knows the electrification of CBRM’s transit fleet is inevitable as federal funding for diesel buses dries up, but he wants us to understand that he is adamantly opposed to it because it will be expensive and people in his district, who do not have busRead More

What Are the Neighbors Doing?

What Are the Neighbors Doing?

June 22, 2022 at 11:14 am

As noted in my earlier article about CBRM transit, the study that will guide the electrification of our system will consider the examples of other, comparable, municipalities. During their discussion of the matter earlier this month, some councilors expressed the concern that comparing us to Halifax—which ordered 60 electric busesRead More

Loose Ends: Green Hydrogen, Handwavium & More

Loose Ends: Green Hydrogen, Handwavium & More

June 1, 2022 at 11:49 am

SaltWire’s Aaron Beswick wrote recently about the plan to turn Point Tupper into a green hydrogen hub without raising any questions about the viability of the scheme from a scientific perspective, and I suspect that’s how the coverage of this latest Strait Area mega-project is going to go. Beswick spokeRead More

EverWind: Powered by ‘Hopium?’

EverWind: Powered by ‘Hopium?’

May 18, 2022 at 2:04 pm

Having tried to understand the financing of the EverWind green hydrogen project in Point Tupper it’s now time to consider the science—or lack thereof—behind it. First, you need to understand that hydrogen does not come in a variety of colors. The color coding is used to denote how the hydrogenRead More

How to Heat a Hospital

How to Heat a Hospital

April 6, 2022 at 10:55 am

The headline on a 2021 article  from the Nova Scotia Health (NSH) website declares: Cape Breton Regional Hospital’s new energy centre will be cleaner, greener and more efficient What struck me when I first read this was that it didn’t simply say the new energy center will be “clean, greenRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Bridging burning There’s a big update this week on Bridging Finance, the private debt lender that extended Membertou a $6.8 million loan in January 2020 to invest in Novaporte, promoter Albert Barbusci’s proposed Sydney harbor container terminal project (and that took what Barbusci termed a small equity stake of itsRead More

District Energy: I Surrender

District Energy: I Surrender

February 16, 2022 at 12:21 pm

This article is me, metaphorically waving a white flag. I have tried to get an answer to a pretty simple question — when did CBRM council decide to throw its weight behind a $38 million district energy project for downtown Sydney?  — but it has proved ridiculously difficult. The questionRead More

Remembering the Ocean Ranger

Remembering the Ocean Ranger

February 16, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the oil rig, Ocean Ranger, off the coast of Newfoundland with the loss of the entire crew—84 men, my brother Jim among them. The Spectator is marking this anniversary by republishing the preface to my 2012 book, The Ocean Ranger: remaking the promiseRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 11, 2022 at 11:24 am

The final episode (FINAL EPISODE) of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast is called “Betting on Cape Breton Island with Annette Verschuren” and it features a conversation between Verschuren and what I will now forever think of as her “mini-mes” — a group of women, all of whom are partRead More

The Ocean Ranger 40 Years Later: Politicization of Grief?

The Ocean Ranger 40 Years Later: Politicization of Grief?

February 9, 2022 at 12:06 pm

I was visiting my mother a few years ago, in the seniors’ home where she now lives, in BC. Mom introduced me to a well-dressed lady: “This is my daughter. She’s come from Nova Scotia to visit me.” “Oh!” the lady offered brightly, “my husband used to run oil rigsRead More