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  • Good article in today’s CH . Here’s how to use DSME Trenton and avoid non compete with the Aecon Fabco’s: Build tank railcars like they used to at Trenton Works and bring Bakken crude to Esso Dartmouth for refining – just as Irving is doing today. When the Oilsands pipeline reaches Montreal and eventually Saint John shift them to those locals.
    At 1000 barrels of crude per car Esso would need 88 cars per day. With a 10 day turn-around round trip out west(?) approx 880 to 1000 cars would be needed for the refinery.
    DSME could licence a tank car design in a heart beat.

    Dave | November 14, 2012 | Reply

  • “The rest?” ‘Fresh air”.
    A lesson must first be learned from back when the success of the wooden shipbuilding era did not enthusiastically and aspiringly shift its talents to iron. Accordingly, today, those rurals who are digitally accomplished, have no great need to be in what will become the bureaucratically scleroticized cities.
    If unimpeded in their investment around their natural advantages (resources), rurals should be able to create real jobs around the province. Government investment? No. We’ve tried that and with nobody really in charge, know those are just ‘costs’ (mostly of ‘positions’ rather than ‘jobs’). Individuals tend to look after their investments, while governments just spend and disappear.
    The importance of support from the employees in such communities will either make or ‘brake’ the investment. There may be the rub, eh? Now, that’s perhaps the appropriate place for government to reappear.
    Isn’t it eventually going to be simple? Rurals either want/need jobs or they continue to move to the cities, which will be full-up with ‘positions’ and unquenchable cost.
    The digital era is here. Let the rurals take proper advantage of it.

    Gordon a.... | November 13, 2012 | Reply

  • Your article in today’s Halifax Herald contains a statement that “aquaculture should develop but be regulated to prevent it from harming productive lobster waters.” Let us look at a few facts.
    There are probably more salmon cages in Grand Manan than all of Nova Scotia, one can almost walk across bays and inlets on them. I know, I was there a couple of years ago.
    Grand Manan has its own lobster district, district number 38. In 2000 the total landings were 826 metric tonnes, ten years later in 2010 they were 2027 Tonnes with a steady progression in between. District 36, the NB shore from St. Martin to St. Stephen went from 878MT to 1594 MT in the same time period. They have the bulk of the salmon cages in NB.
    The farming covers but a very small portion of the coast line. There are no salmon farms in cape breton and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, nor will there be since the water is too cold in the winter.
    Lobster fishermen will quietly tell you the best place to fish lobsters is next to cages since lobsters are feeders on what gathers on the bottom as debris.
    There is no sea lice problem in Nova Scotia, hence no chemical treatment needed. Salmon boats moving to work from NB to NS have to be disinfected and cleaned before moving back and forth.
    Closed containement farms are more costly to operate and have a spotty track record, but in any event, if built, they would not be in rural NS, but rather close to Boston, New York and Toronto since they must be near markets to reduce transportation costs. Not much benefit there to rural NS!
    I am one of the silent group who support responsible open sea farming, and my source of landings data is DFO statistics.

    Pierre Comeau | November 13, 2012 | Reply

  • The Key for economic development in Rural Nova Scotia is not applying a formula used for HRM. HRM has had few native born self starters /builders in the last 40 years and the growth is based on immigrants. Rural Nova Scotian business empires, usually if not exclusively, are the product of multiple generations of a family. From the Jodreys to Wilsons to to Braggs to Hays to Sobeys all have prospered with some government money and a few immigrants in there business structure. The provincial government today is basically throwing tens of millions of dollars at experiments which is shown with the new owners of New Page and DSME Trenton. These companies are very familiar with bankruptcy courts and really should never have been given money to experiment.

    paul | November 13, 2012 | Reply