Affinity Research Says Timing Not Good For ‘Novaporte’

Affinity Research Says Timing Not Good For ‘Novaporte’

January 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm

First the good news: the Port of Sydney has been noticed! Granted, UK-based Affinity Research LLP thinks Novaporte is in North Sydney, but close enough. The bad news? Fotios Katsoulas, an analyst specializing in shipping data, has his doubts about the viability of the project, at least in the shortRead More

Dear Minister Sohi: We Want Our Berth Rights

Dear Minister Sohi: We Want Our Berth Rights

January 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke was beside himself when Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking suggested the federal government’s one-third share of the funding for our second berth could hinge on the CBRM installing a permanent board of directors for the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC, until they come up with aRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Has Our SHIP Come In? My thanks to Tim Bousquet of the Halifax Examiner who has been trawling (not trolling) the NS Registry of Joint Stock Companies on a regular basis for new listings and found this one. Note the date of registration: I have contacted the registry in anRead More

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke

Mayor Cecil Clarke 1: Governance 0

December 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm

We’ve been hearing a lot about the rules of international business lately—much of it from a career politician who has never worked in the private sector. Do you know what’s big in the world of international business since Enron? Madoff? The 2008 financial crisis? Governance. I’ll let those anti-development, bleedingRead More

Port of Sydney: SHIP is NOT a Trade Name

Port of Sydney: SHIP is NOT a Trade Name

December 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP), the firm established by Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci to market the Port of Sydney, has become Sydney Harbour Investment Partners Inc. (SHIP). The name change was registered with Corporations Canada on 19 October 2016. Mayor Cecil Clarke wants CBRM council to extend HPDP’s existingRead More

Cruise Update: The Only Numbers We Have

Cruise Update: The Only Numbers We Have

November 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

The numbers connected to our cruise industry are as slippery as a quarterdeck in a Nor’easter (okay, I promise, no more nautical similes). It starts as the season opens and the Port of Sydney trumpets (in the Cape Breton Post, which has never met an economic impact number it didn’tRead More

Obligatory photo of Cabot Trail.

Cruise Update: Oh Look, Some Other Numbers

November 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

Don’t ever say I haven’t done my bit for transparency on the cruise file. I made an access to information (ATIP) request to Parks Canada to find out how much the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park have made from cruiseRead More

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

November 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

The only thing more expensive than running a railway, apparently, is not running a railway. That’s the justification offered by Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) — owners of the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS) and its all-but-defunct Sydney Subdivision — for the high fees they charge landowners needingRead More

By dbking (Flickr: MVC-005F) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Cruise Ships & the Environment: The Sewage Edition

November 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

First, the good news. The cruise ship most seen in Sydney during the 2016 season, Holland America Line’s Veendam, got an A grade from the Friends of the Earth in their 2016 Cruise Ship Report Card. The bad news? Our second-most frequent visitor, the Veendam’s sister ship Rotterdam, got aRead More

Sarah Tessier Powell

Footnote to a Disappearance

November 2, 2016 at 6:57 am

I happened to be in Quebec last week as I was reading about the cruise ship industry in general and the incidence of “mysterious disappearances” in particular. One case really caught my eye because the woman in question—a 70-year-old from Baton Rouge, Louisiana named Sarah Tessier Powell—was last seen onRead More