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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Planning For Our Electricity Future Should Be Led By An Independent Body

Maintaining a viable electricity network requires good long term planning. The existing stock of generating assets can become obsolete through aging, changes in fuel prices, or environmental considerations. Future changes in demand must be anticipated. Read More »

Beware of Governments Announcing Bold Expensive Projects

Have you had a good look at your electricity bill lately? Some of the power you are paying, for now, will not be received for 35 years.
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Who Would Pay For The Guaranteed Basic Income? You May Be Surprised

There has been a steady drumbeat of articles about proposals for a guaranteed basic income.
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Trudeau’s Credibility Is Once Again On Trial

Authenticity has not been a strong feature of the Trudeau government. Whenever there is an issue, the story we get is the manifestation of a political strategy. Resemblance to the truth is a secondary consideration.
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There are Valuable Uses for our Underemployed Covid-19 Testing Capability

In late May, northern New Brunswick experienced an outbreak of new infections, caused by a doctor irresponsibly failing to self-isolate after returning from Quebec. The biggest concentration of new cases was in a nursing home; two of its clients became New Brunswick’s first Covid-related deaths.
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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 »