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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

Shovel-ready Wednesday marked a momentous day in the history of Sydney port development: two First Nations Chiefs and a Montreal property developer came together to shovel…something. Part of me is ashamed at my inability to grasp the importance of Wednesday’s event, but part of me thinks that since neither BarryRead...

Kim Jong-un briefed by generals. (Image released by North Korean state news agency)

High Noon on the Korean Peninsular?

September 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

At noon local time, September 3, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, an estimated 100-120 kiloton detonation – seven or eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima – of what it claimed was a two-stage (fission-fusion) thermonuclear hydrogen warhead small enough to fit in the coneRead...

Letter to the Editor: Doctors and Taxes

Letter to the Editor: Doctors and Taxes

September 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

This morning I was told by two doctors at the Pain Clinic at the Northside General Hospital in North Sydney that if the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau follows through with his new tax on incomes over 150-200 grand, the new younger doctor will move to a province that requiresRead...

North Korea and the Bankruptcy of Brinksmanship

North Korea and the Bankruptcy of Brinksmanship

September 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of fast-moving developments, notably North Korea’s apparent hydrogen-bomb test on September 3, an update to this analysis will be provided shortly.   On Nagasaki Day 2017, hours after the city’s mayor, Tomihasa Taue, stated that “a strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe thatRead More

Clover Point wastewater outfall, Victoria, BC. Photo by Ray Smith, Victoria Times Colonist http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/new-sewage-treatment-cost-estimate-up-to-1-3-billion-1.2126845

While We’re Waiting for the CBRM’s Wastewater Answers…

September 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm

This was supposed to be a follow-up to last week’s article on wastewater in which I would present the response of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to concerns about its readiness to meet federal Wastewater System Effluent Regulations (WSER). But what with vacations and long weekends and short workweeks,Read...

Source: CBRM http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/waste-water.html

Wastewater Treatment: Are We Ready for 2020?

August 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Today, we’re going to talk about the Canadian federal government’s Wastewater System Effluent Regulations (WSER), soon to be a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. (That’s not true but it gave you hope for a moment, didn’t it? You thought, “Great, I’ll just wait for the movie.”Read More

CFIA: No Safe Route from Sydney to IW Disposal Site

CFIA: No Safe Route from Sydney to IW Disposal Site

August 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

I wrote last week that dealing with international waste (IW) at the Sydney Marine Terminal will involve more than simply getting in a stash of orange garbage bags. You can read the details here, but the gist is that international waste coming off vessels must be segregated from domestic wasteRead More

WIPSI Revisited: New Totals, New Names

WIPSI Revisited: New Totals, New Names

August 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

Remember WIPSI? I know it sounds like a toy from the ’70s — a plastic lemon you’d tether to your ankle and skip over, maybe — but it’s actually Nova Scotia’s Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive program. I wrote about it way back in June after stumbling upon aRead More

MV Princess of Acadia and the former naval auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel HMCS Preserver at the docks in Sydport. (Spectator photo)

Ships Actually DO End Here

August 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

There I was with my many questions about shipbreaking in Sydney harbor and all I had to do was ask my local member of parliament. That would Mark Eyking, MP for Sydney-Victoria, who invited me to go to Sydport last Friday and take a picture of him standing next toRead More

Taking Out the International Garbage

Taking Out the International Garbage

August 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

Remember last week, when we were (re)celebrating luxury cruise provider One Ocean Expeditions decision to (maybe) establish a home port in Sydney, provided all its requirements could be met here? One of those requirements had to do with the disposal of “international waste” at the Sydney Marine Terminal. At the time,Read More