Transport

CN train in Moncton, NB, 1971. (Photo by Marty Bernard from U.S.A., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

FOIPOP Findings: CN Needs ‘Real Live Shipper’

January 27, 2021 at 2:19 pm

By a strange confluence of events, I had already decided to cover the subject of rail this week before I read the Scotia Rail Development Society editorial in Saturday’s paper. The editorial simply served to spur me on (no pun intended). Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour InvestmentRead...

Grand Narrows Swing Bridge, CB (Source: Hatch)

Just the Facts, Please

January 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm

There are few things more discouraging than directing all your journalistic efforts to separating fact from fiction, only to discover that a wide swath of the public prefers the fiction. How else to explain the opinion piece by Jim Guy and Mary C. MacPherson in the Saturday edition of theRead...

FOIPOP Findings: Albert’s Global Rolodex

FOIPOP Findings: Albert’s Global Rolodex

January 20, 2021 at 12:49 pm

In putting a timeframe of 1 December 2013 to 29 June 2015 on my access to information request, I’d hoped to cast my net wide enough capture the earliest communications between port promoters Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci and CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, and if I haven’t done so, I thinkRead More

Stuff and Nonsense: Notes from CBRM

Stuff and Nonsense: Notes from CBRM

January 13, 2021 at 12:21 pm

FOIPOP Update It’s been over two months — 71 days, to be exact — since Nova Scotia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Tricia Ralph recommended the CBRM release 890 pages of documents to me in response to a 2015, port-related, access to information request. Of those pages, 28 had been previouslyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 27, 2020 at 10:30 am

Ahem… Back in May of 2019, I wrote a story with the headline, “This is what a REAL port announcement looks like,” in which I contrasted what was happening at the Port of Québec — which had announced a deal with CN and Hatchet Ports to build and operate theRead More

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Port of Halifax berth extension, 23 October 2020. HPA CEO Allan Gray is front row, center. (HPA photo)

Berth Announcement at Port of Halifax

October 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Editor’s Note: Rick Grant, who keeps an eye on all things port, attended a rare Open House at the Port of Halifax on Friday and offered to report on what he saw for the Spectator. I accepted, although Halifax is usually beyond the scope of my reporting, because Grant andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 25, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Beggaring belief So, it’s done — Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) has completed his work and all that stands between the Port of Sydney and a multi-million dollar terminal for ultra-large container vessels is our decrepit railway. Barbusci told the Cape Breton Post‘s David Jala (who describedRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 18, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Sea to Sky Did you see the story about the cable of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, British Columbia, being cut a second time? Just as in August 2019, the cable was cut during the night, sending dozens of cars crashing to the ground. Fortunately, no one wasRead...

Devco coal train leaving Phalen Mine, 1999. Photo by Stephen Drake

Iron Butterfly Effect? How Killing Rail Sank Novaporte

September 16, 2020 at 11:19 am

In anticipation of the desperate ghosting of the Novaporte project during this municipal election campaign, I contacted Mayor Cecil Clarke and asked him for a written response on the current status of his transformative vision for a container terminal on Sydney Harbour. I also asked if he would be makingRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 11, 2020 at 10:54 am

The pier, dear Premier Stephen McNeil officially opened Sydney’s new $20 million docking pier Thursday amid a gathering of politicians from all levels and stripes. McNeil said he’s confident the cruise industry will bounce back and that the new infrastructure, to be called Liberty Pier, will also help attract otherRead More