National Newswatch

Halifax longshoremen criticize Brison on lack of port funding

Oct 16 2018 — Paul Withers — Halifax longshoremen are criticizing Nova Scotia’s federal cabinet minister, claiming he has failed to support efforts to modernize the Port of Halifax. Treasury Board president Scott Brison has defended the Trudeau government’s refusal to fund a major expansion at the port, saying the proposal raises multiple issues. Kevin Piper, president of the International Longshoremen’s Association […]

Inside the failed fight for federal funding for Port of Halifax

Oct 11 2018 — Paul Withers — Nova Scotia’s federal cabinet minister is defending the Trudeau government’s refusal to fund a major expansion at the Port of Halifax while pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into rival Canadian ports. Treasury Board president Scott Brison says the proposed $35-million expansion of the Halterm container pier raises multiple issues, including truck traffic in downtown […]

Canada loses bid to overturn NAFTA ruling on rebuffed N.S. quarry

May 2 2018 — Paul Withers — New Jersey company behind quarry proposal in Digby Neck stands to get $443M US in lost profits. The Federal Court of Canada has dismissed Canada’s application to overturn a potentially expensive NAFTA ruling that it wrongly denied a U.S. company permission to open a quarry in Digby Neck, N.S.

Costs pile up from delayed Canadian Coast Guard vessel refit

Nov 20 2017 — Paul Withers — The Canadian Coast Guard has been forced to spend more than $2.5 million this fall to charter vessels to carry out at-sea science surveys because a much-delayed refit has left its own research ship unavailable. Canada’s East Coast ocean monitoring program usually takes place on the CCGS Hudson, but the 54-year old vessel is still […]

$4M refit contract for coast guard research vessel under review

Oct 16 2017 — Paul Withers — The Canadian Coast Guard and a Hamilton shipyard are reviewing whether taxpayers will pay the full $4-million contract for a much delayed refit of an oceanographic research ship. The CCGS Hudson was towed out of Heddle Marine on Oct. 6, months behind schedule and the refit work not completed. The ship was supposed to be […]

$4M Canadian Coast Guard ship refit months behind schedule

Aug 29 2017 — Paul Withers — A $4-million refit of the Canadian government ocean science research ship Hudson is months behind schedule in a Hamilton, Ont., shipyard. Heddle Marine was supposed to complete dry dock maintenance on the venerable Canadian Coast Guard ship in May. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not explained the cause of what it calls “these […]

Tory MP apologizes after accusing Halifax activist of ‘shameful’ disrespect toward fishermen

Apr 13 2017 — Paul Withers — A Conservative MP who publicly rebuked a Halifax environmentalist at a parliamentary hearing this week has apologized. Todd Doherty, MP for Cariboo—Prince George, accused Susanna Fuller, marine conservation co-ordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, of disrespecting fishermen appearing before the standing committee of Fisheries and Oceans. “It’s shameful,” Doherty said.

Atlantic Liberal leaders meet with Trudeau ministers in Nova Scotia

Jan 27 2017 — Paul Withers — The Liberal premiers of three of the four Atlantic provinces gathered Friday morning in Wolfville, N.S., with federal regional ministers in the Trudeau government. The all-Liberal meeting is to plan something dubbed the “Atlantic Growth Strategy.” The region’s provincial governments are Liberal, as are all of its MPs. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is missing […]

Crawling in crustaceans: Scientists study link between warmer ocean, booming lobster population

Jan 18 2017 — Paul Withers — Federal scientists are exploring connections between a warming Atlantic ocean and record lobster landings off southwestern Nova Scotia and in the Bay of Fundy. Adam Cook, lead lobster research scientist for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said those locations have seen the greatest temperature increases too. He said there’s clearly a relationship between temperatures […]

Halifax-based Emera makes plans for $2B Atlantic Link

Jan 12 2017 — Paul Withers — Halifax-based Emera is preparing plans for the $2-billion Atlantic Link, the proposed 563-kilometre underwater transmission line it wants to build to carry clean energy from New Brunswick to southern Massachusetts. Emera issued a call Wednesday for 900 megawatts of hydro or wind electricity that it hopes to resell in New England. Emera spokesman Gerald Weseen […]

NS cabinet minister Lena Diab’s husband charged with assaulting her

Jan 3 2017 — Paul Withers — The husband of Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Lena Diab has been charged with assault and uttering threats against the cabinet minister in relation to a New Year’s Eve incident at the couple’s Halifax home. Lena Diab and two others were identified in court documents as the alleged victims. Maroun Diab was arraigned Tuesday in Halifax […]