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Park and Golf?

Park and Golf?

October 26, 2022 at 1:17 pm

This time last year, I was writing multiple articles (see here and here and here) about golf magnate Ben Cowan-Dewar’s controversial new course on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Cowan-Dewar and partner Mike Keiser have not even completed that course (Sports Illustrated says Cabot Saint Lucia is scheduled toRead More

Allan J MacEachen, Russell MacLellan, Bob O'Jolick and Romeo Bujold

That Time We Almost Buried the Power Lines on Charlotte Street

October 19, 2022 at 2:50 pm

Editor’s Note: This is Part I of a series that will continue until I find some answers or give up, whichever comes first. You’ll find Part II here and Part III here.   Since I began the Spectator in 2016—long before this most recent controversy over the utility poles onRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 14, 2022 at 10:43 am

Johnny ‘No Comment’ During the 2021 provincial election, when he was running as the (ultimately successful) Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Glace Bay, John White (aka Johnny White aka Johnny Bubba) declined to answer the Spectator‘s questions. I had forgotten that until yesterday, when I read about WhiteRead More

The Case of the Vanishing Fiberglas Poles

The Case of the Vanishing Fiberglas Poles

September 14, 2022 at 3:02 pm

Spectator readers often have great ideas: case in point, Bill Roberts’ suggestion (contained in this August 24 Letter to the Editor) that it would be interesting to know how much the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) paid to bury utility lines as part of its revamp of Spring Garden Road. Roberts’Read More

Green Hydrogen Revisited

Green Hydrogen Revisited

August 24, 2022 at 12:14 pm

There have been big developments on the green hydrogen file since last we spoke—and by big developments, I don’t mean actual, physical, developments.  I mean big plans (and incentives) announced by big, important people. I’ve dealt with the Nova Scotian aspect of these developments in a separate article, but IRead More

Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime News

Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime News

July 27, 2022 at 11:55 am

Summer, I have decided, is a time for experimentation. When the thermometer hits 30 degrees Celsius, the only thing I want to dive deeply into is the Bras d’Or Lake, so this week, I’m going to try something a little different. Instead of covering one topic in depth, I’m goingRead More

Surprise! Everwind Wants Public Money

Surprise! Everwind Wants Public Money

July 27, 2022 at 11:53 am

Green hydrogen first appeared on my radar in May of this year when I heard about Everwind Fuels, a newly formed company with the modest aim of turning Nova Scotia into a regional green hydrogen hub. US-based Everwind, headed by Australian private equity guy Trent Vichie, announced its intentions byRead More

Nova Scotia’s Road to Nowhere?

Nova Scotia’s Road to Nowhere?

July 27, 2022 at 11:49 am

I just read “Sustainable Prosperity,” the provincial government’s recently dropped 2022 Progress Report on the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act (EGCCRA) that, frankly,  lost me at the title. We need a new definition of “prosperity” before we can start talking about it in terms of “sustainability” because ourRead More

Reader Pans Proposed MLA Pay Raise

Reader Pans Proposed MLA Pay Raise

July 27, 2022 at 11:47 am

With the highest child poverty in the country, the highest unemployment ever, the highest property taxes in the country, infrastructure that is falling apart, our healthcare in a crisis, roads that are unsafe to drive on, cost of living the highest in 30 years, home ownership that is completely outRead More

CBRM Council Report

CBRM Council Report

July 13, 2022 at 11:36 am

On the same day last week—July 8—600,000 liters of gasoline spilled out of a storage tank in Sydney’s North End and Rogers Communications showed us why Canada needs not more “competition” in the telecoms sector but a publicly owned internet provider (yes, I went there). I say this off theRead More