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

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 2, 2020 at 12:51 pm

It’s toady time! I confess: I find Anthony Marlowe — CEO of MCI, savior of the Sydney Call Centre — fascinating. So much so that whenever things are slow, or I’m in need of distraction, I tune in to his Twitter stream to see what he’s been getting up to.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 22, 2020 at 11:22 am

Managing expectations Students of local municipal politics! Given that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke seems to be pretty obviously running for a third term (despite announcing on election night in 2016 that he would do no such thing) I invite you to compare and contrast the following items: Exhibit A ARead More

MV Confederation departing Caribou NS for Wood Islands, PEI, 26 June 2020. (Photo by Rick Grant)

Paying the Ferryman

July 8, 2020 at 11:53 am

Many Nova Scotians grumble about the huge subsidies the provincial government pays to keep the Yarmouth Ferry running (or not running, as the case may be), but the combined bill for that service and two others in the province  might leave those same Nova Scotians gobsmacked — over the pastRead More

Could New Halifax Crane End Sydney’s Port Dream?

Could New Halifax Crane End Sydney’s Port Dream?

July 8, 2020 at 11:49 am

Last week, PSA Halifax (formerly Halterm) took delivery of a piece of equipment that may signal the end of the Port of Sydney’s container terminal dream. The Singapore-based port operator — one of the largest in the world — received a Super Post Panamax (SPPX) crane ordered 18 months ago,Read More

Waiting on Another Port ‘Announcement’

Waiting on Another Port ‘Announcement’

May 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm

The Spectator has got it hands on a message sent in early April by CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke to councilors and select CBRM staffers: Dear colleagues: I received a call from Albert Barbusci this morning with a heads-up to confirm that Novaporte has signed an agreement with a global financeRead...

Artist's rendition of second cruise berth.

That Sinking Feeling

May 13, 2020 at 12:21 pm

The cruise industry has been hard hit by COVID-19, which is bad news for any port that has put all its eggs in that particular basket, like the Port of Sydney which counts on the industry for up to 85% of its revenues and has funneled $20 million in publicRead More

Drone shot of RCGS Resolute. Image credit: Island Aerial Media

RCGS Resolute’s Long Strange Trip

May 6, 2020 at 11:36 am

One of the best hours I spent this week was listening to my favorite podcasters dissecting the recent attempt by a ragtag group of mercenaries to overthrow the Venezuelan government — a saga that sounded like a James Ellroy novel come to life. (Seriously, if you’ve read Ellroy’s American Tabloid,Read...

The Grand Princess cruise ship in happier times, 2007. (Photo by Teh tennisman / CC BY-SA https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

COVID-19 and the Cruise Industry

March 11, 2020 at 12:12 pm

I’ve speculated about it going over budget and falling behind schedule, but it never occurred to me that a virus — more specifically, a novel coronavirus called COVID-19 — would pose the biggest threat to the timely opening of the CBRM’s $20 million second cruise ship berth, but here weRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 6, 2020 at 11:59 am

Ad nauseum Thanks to Tim Bousquet at the Halifax Examiner for pointing me to this article by David Roth (the one who used to write for Deadspin, not the one who sang “Jump”). It’s called “The infinite scroll” and it is an elegant though depressing exploration of the modern onlineRead More