Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

Editor’s Note: I had to make a trip to the Annapolis Valley on short notice yesterday and thought I’d simply be able to post Fast & Curious — which I’d written on Thursday — from the road. But time and circumstance worked against me, which is why you are seeingRead More

Aerial view of Canso Causeway, 2007. (Photo by Swampfoot at English Wikipedia, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Rethinking the Causeway

February 17, 2021 at 1:49 pm

For thousands of years, the diverse marine life in the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence prospered as the waters of the Atlantic Ocean mixed with those of the Gulf. The ebb and flow of huge volumes of salt water brought food and myriad whales, fish, lobster, crabRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 11, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Nothing ventured… This week, I have a question for you: Women in this province have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. You want to help them. Do you: A) invest $5 million in an early-stage venture capital fund focused on women-led startups; B) tear $5 million into tiny shreds andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 29, 2021 at 10:25 am

Trainspotter Looking for illustrations for my rail-related articles this week, I ran across something great: a trove of train photos by a photographer named Roger Puta. I didn’t have time to learn anything more about him on Wednesday, I just snaffled up those lovely photos of a CN engine inRead More

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 More

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 More

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