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Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

December 4, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Over a year ago, I began creating this timeline, intending to track two separate but connected stories: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and more particularly, the large-vessel component of the NSS. The criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The impetus was the upcoming trial — scheduled for August 2019 —Read More

December Deadlines

December Deadlines

December 4, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Can you believe 2019 is almost over? I can’t — and do you know who else probably can’t? Martin Chernin of Harbour Royale Development Limited (HRDL) and Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP). Why is that, you ask? Well, because each of them faces a big deadline forRead...

The Best-Laid Strategic Plans of Mice and Men…

The Best-Laid Strategic Plans of Mice and Men…

November 6, 2019 at 2:23 pm

The executive of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) board has quit and I have to thank them for making that information public because if they hadn’t told us, we probably wouldn’t have noticed until next year’s AGM. The executive — chair Lucia MacIsaac, vice-chair John Khattar, treasurer JohnRead More

MS Carribbean Princess, at the dock in Sydney, NS.  2019. (Spectator Photo)

Jukin’ the Cruise Stats

November 6, 2019 at 2:21 pm

The Port of Sydney has posted its audited financials and a Community Update. I think of it as “Fact vs. Fiction.” The audited financials deal in fact and show how much money the port made in fiscal 2019 and how much it spent:   As of 31 March 2019, theRead More

RCGS Resolute (Image courtesy OOE)

One Ocean Cancels Expedition, Announces ‘Restructuring’

October 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm

This is literally just in: The Squamish Chief reported yesterday that One Ocean Expeditions, the niche cruise line founded by Cape Breton native Andrew Prossin — the one that was supposed to be making Sydney its home port — is “restructuring.” The information came from an October 29th post onRead More

Rail corridor, second berth, Sydney, NS, 2019.09.25 (Spectator Photo)

Port of Sydney May Buy Rail Corridor Near Second Berth

September 25, 2019 at 12:08 pm

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation is “discussing” the possible purchase of “rail corridor adjacent to the second berth lands,” with Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), the US-based company that owns the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS). Christina Lamey of the Port of Sydney confirmed the discussions forRead More

Rail Subsidy Rides On Port Development

Rail Subsidy Rides On Port Development

September 25, 2019 at 12:06 pm

“December will likely be the decision month about the future of a subsidy preserving Cape Breton’s rail line,” Cape Breton Post, 19 September 2019   Do you get the feeling we’re being allowed to listen in on a private conversation between Nova Scotia Business Minister (and Glace Bay MLA) Geoff MacLellan,Read More

Arresting Development?

Arresting Development?

August 21, 2019 at 1:31 pm

On 9 August 2019, the Nunavut sheriff’s office, acting on a statement of claim and warrant from the Federal Court in Halifax, “arrested” the Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS) Resolute — a cruise ship operated by One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). The incident was made public on August 19, by CBCRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 21, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Sea change A spectator (you know who you are) pointed me to this item from the tender for architectural and engineering services for the new Marconi Campus on the Sydney waterfront (before, I might add, it was also picked up on by the Cape Breton Post): Climate risks include increasedRead More

Solving Halifax’s Port-Related Truck Problem?

Solving Halifax’s Port-Related Truck Problem?

June 26, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Editor’s Note: Given that the mayor of our municipality has spent much of his time in office — and thousands of public dollars — promoting a Port of Sydney container terminal, the Spectator feels all Nova Scotia port news is of interest to its readers. So when Halifax-based reporter RickRead More