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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Fan Mail 2019

Readers this year were again generous with comments.
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Vaping Needs Heavy-handed Regulation

The tobacco industry’s efforts to grow the vaping business is reminiscent of their cigarette marketing a few decades ago.

Inhaling cigarettes transfers multiple carcinogens to the smokers’ lungs. This results in emphysema and cancers, especially of the lungs, which are often fatal. As well, the reduced lung capacity puts strain on the cardiovascular system resulting in heart disease.
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Immigrants Create Jobs and Add Vitality to Our Communities

Recent data on unemployment provide compelling evidence about the impacts of immigration, and of raising the minimum wage.
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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 »