There Was No Yarmouth Ferry In 2019, But The USA Was Our Best Performing Tourist Market

Nova Scotia’s tourism numbers through August are down. An important contributor to the drop was a problem with one of the transportation options. It wasn’t the ferry.

After deadly crashes of passenger airplanes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the world’s airline regulator suspended the license to operate the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This grounded 387 aircraft around the world. Almost 5,000 of the planes are on order from the world’s airlines, but deliveries have been postponed until the problems that caused the crash is resolved.

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All Four Climate Change Policies Are Out Of Touch With Reality

Comparing the climate change policies of the federal parties is a depressing experience. Let’s start with the Liberals, looking first at their performance to date.
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Another Bad Day for Electricity Customers in Nova Scotia

The energy from Muskrat Falls is not going to be available until at least 2020. But the transmission lines are all built at a cost exceeding $1.5 billion. You are going to pay the interest on that debt while we wait.

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Marine Salmon Aquaculture Has a Great Future if Done Properly

Cermaq is a Norwegian aquaculture company that is proposing salmon farms in four locations, including Mahone Bay and St. Margaret’s Bay. The proposal has prompted some energetic dissent, much of which is ill-informed.
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Nothing About The Coastal Pipeline Has Changed. Why Not Just Say So?

The principle that leaders should be chosen by and accountable to the people they represent is not a mere colonial artifact. It is the cornerstone of how we are governed. That the principle is enshrined in the Indian Act, the subject of many valid criticisms, does not make it less truthful and important.
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The Second Stage of Dealing With Covid-19 Requires Different Policy-Making

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nova Scotia called for quick and decisive action, and effective communications. The province did well on both counts. Now it needs to recognize that we are in a new phase.
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Maintaining Strong Immigration Will Be Crucial To Economic Recovery

With the continuing constraints caused by the Covid-19 crisis and the shooting tragedy still fresh in our memories, it is difficult but necessary to think about future years.
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Can The Government And The Teachers Union Get Along?

In 2015, the Liberal government issued an ambitious plan for improving our schools. Of particular importance were the recommendations for changes to be negotiated with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU). There have been many bends in the road since then.
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The Teachers’ Plan Deficit Needs to be Addressed

The government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union are doing a disservice to taxpayers and today’s teachers, who are paying for the inadequacy of past contributions by and for the teachers that retired long ago.

In contrast, the public-sector pension plans for civil service and health care workers are well-funded and can be expected to keep their promises to pensioners over the long term.

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There Is No Business Case For The Football Stadium

A year ago this month, an article in this space questioned the proposal for a football stadium in Halifax. The recently released update from Schooners Sports and Entertainment (SSE) confirms some of the year-ago concerns and adds new ones. Some of today’s text is repeated from a year ago.
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Transit Choices

A study of the possibilities for commuter rail is underway. It looks expensive. That is not the only option that should be considered. Read More »