Rail

The Whalley Trial Part IV: Responsibilities

The Whalley Trial Part IV: Responsibilities

September 5, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial last week and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trial touched onRead More

‘Premier’ Cecil Clarke Would Consider $100M CB Rail Upgrade

‘Premier’ Cecil Clarke Would Consider $100M CB Rail Upgrade

July 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

This couldn’t have been more timely: just as we’re all talking about ports again, veteran journalist and sometime Spectator contributor Rick Grant got in touch to say he’d attended the Halifax Needham PC Association AGM on June 20 and had taken the opportunity to quiz the four PC leadership candidatesRead More

Consultant Tells Province (Again): Support Halifax, Not Greenfield Ports

Consultant Tells Province (Again): Support Halifax, Not Greenfield Ports

July 11, 2018 at 11:38 am

In 2016, consultant CPCS completed a 70-page, $80,000 report for the Province of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) entitled The Nova Scotia Transportation Sector: Global Challenges and Opportunities in which it weighed the relative merits of Nova Scotia’s existing and proposed container terminals and concluded that:Read More

Shorter Chretien: Port Project Will Succeed…Unless it Doesn’t

Shorter Chretien: Port Project Will Succeed…Unless it Doesn’t

March 21, 2018 at 11:25 am

Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien says the Sydney container port project promoted by Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) has a 90% chance of success but “sometimes you don’t succeed,” so whatever happens, his reputation as a prophet is guaranteed. Chrétien spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the ThinkRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 23, 2018 at 10:30 am

Eating (some) crow I received a detailed response to last week’s Fast & Curious from CBC Cape Breton Information Morning panelist Stephen Tobin of the Horizon Achievement Centre. He took issue (see what I did there?) with my critique of his list of Nova Scotia mayors who remained in office whileRead More

Top: Kameron coal truck by Yvonne LeBlanc Smith, CBC Cape Breton.  Bottom: Lingan coal-fired generating station, Cape Breton (Photo by By Ken Heaton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: Trucks versus Trains

February 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

I have been keeping a jaundiced eye on the Cape Breton coal trucking story since the 1980s when my friend Leo Evans was shining a public spotlight on the decision by Devco to “rubberize” a part of its coal transportation system.   Made no sense then – makes no sense now.Read More

CBNS railway, Sydney. (Photo via Scotia Rail Development Society http://scotiarail.ca/)

Waiting for the Train

January 31, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Editor’s Note: The following article was produced with the Halifax Examiner, via our Joint Investigative Fund.   Upgrading the Sydney to Truro rail line to make it capable of handling double-stacked containers won’t come cheap, according to a study just completed for the Port of Sydney Development Corporation, but the fixRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

FOIPOP Follies For the record: I received the response to my freedom of information/protection of privacy (FOIPOP) request to the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) for an “unedited” copy of Neil MacNeil’s rail fees report. I got bupkis. There are a couple of additional emails not includedRead More

Province Let NSP, Genesee & Wyoming Edit Rail Fees Report

Province Let NSP, Genesee & Wyoming Edit Rail Fees Report

November 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Back in May, I reported that the provincial government had contracted consultant Neil MacNeil to look into the situation of property owners along the disused Sydney Subdivision of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia (CBNS) short line, which is owned and operated by US-based Genesee & Wyoming (G&W). MacNeil’sRead More

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 More