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MacPolitics: Former PC MP NS South Shore’s Peter McCreath: ‘No Need To Twin HWY 103 – Just Hire Additional Mounties To Issue More Speeding Tickets’
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Monday Edition, Below
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Charity Gift-Giving: An Idea From Tom Rose & Partnership With Sara Napier’s United Way Has Helped Raise $6.7 M For Newly Created Atlantic Compassion Fund & Counting & Growing
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Sunday Edition, Below
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Residential Real Estate Still Hot In HFX Commons & City’s Northend – Despite Pandemic Times – Says Realtor Rosie Porter
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Real Estate Also Hot In Halifax Southend – Realtor Meghan Laing Says
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Our Sunday News Scoop: Halifax Port: That $12M Crane Being Shipped To Southend Container Terminal Delayed Off Coast Of Africa
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Premier Stephen McNeil & Highways Minister Lloyd Hines Usher In Golden Era For NS Road Builders – A Title Once Given To John Buchanan
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103 HWY: NS Highways Minister Lloyd Hines Offers Reasons Twinning Paving Tender Results In Bids $5 Million Lower Than Department’s Own Budget Estimates
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Don Mills: 103 HWY Twinning Tenders Ought To Have Been Issued In Winter – Criticizes McNeil Government Tardy Tender Practices
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That Extra $230 M In Road Building Work Does Not Include Twinning To Bridgewater Nor The Canso Causeway – We Asked The Question Of HWYs Minister Hines
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Development: Joseph Arab Wants 16-Storey Tower Built At Gottingen Street’s Victoria Hall
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Development: Danny Chedrawe Parlayed A 6/49 Lotto Win To Becoming A Noted City Condo & Apartment Builder
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Development: What’s Next For Danny Chedrawe: Cruikshank’s, Bens Bakery & Mills Bros. Projects In The Works
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Development: Danny Chedrawe: Part III: A Look At His Developments Over 30-Years
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Development: Sam Nahas & Greater HFX Partnership Explain Why So Many Developers From Lebanese Community In Halifax
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Notebook Archives: Before He Died, John Buchanan Confessed: ‘I Could Not Say No To The Voters’
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Saturday Edition, Below
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Realtor Rosie Porter Sells Andy & Karen Lynch’s HFX Abode Over Facetime – Ontario Buyers Did Not Tour It
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Our Saturday News Scoop: HFX Hospitality Titan Dennis Campbell: ‘We Will Launch Harbour Hoppers & Other Tour Boats July 1st – But Revenues Will Be Down By 75%’
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Discover Halifax’s Tourism Exec Ross Jefferson: Advertisement Campaigns To Encourage Nova Scotians To Vacation Locally
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Discover Halifax Tourism Agency Forecasts $2.3 Million Hit – Part II With Ross Jefferson
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Alison Strachan: Sifting Through Photographs & Thinking About A Vacation Close To Home
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Cottage Life: Catherine Watson Of McInnes Cooper On Turning Cottage Over To Next Generation
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MacPolitics: Will NS Premier Stephen McNeil Call A Fall Vote?
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MacPolitics: PC Leader Tim Houston Encourages Nova Scotians To Vacation Locally
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MacPolitics: Over 60% Of Nova Scotians Favour Liberal PM Justin Trudeau, Poll Finds
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MacPolitics: Tory Premier Blaine Higgs Rides To Historic Popularity Levels In New Brunswick
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A Maritime Moment: Lane Farguson Takes Trusty Camera To Capture Iconic Peggy’s Cove In Pre-Pandemic Times
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Home Chef Gary’s Maritime Recipe: Fabulous Fiddlehead Soup With Spiced Pecans
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Wednesday Edition
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Carl Potter Loses Big Tender On 103 HWY Paving To A New Brunswick Road-Builder – Dexter Construction Edged Out By Tight Margin
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MacPolitics: Halifax Pollster Margaret Brigley Reports Premier Stephen McNeil’s Popularity Soars To Record Highs
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MacPolitics: PEI Tory Premier Dennis King Rates Record Popularity Of An Island Government – Ever Says Pollster
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Grasshoppers Are Cute, But June Bugs? A Sure Sign Of Early Summer’s Arrival: June Bugs Make Annual Visits To NS This Week
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Cottage Life: Richie Mann On Pros & Cons Of Northumberland Strait Cottage Ownership
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John Risley’s Solution For Southend Container Terminal

By Andrew Macdonald

‘Fishtocrat’ John Risley, who heads one of the world’s largest fish companies, believes the idea of moving the Halterm container terminal from southend Halifax to Dartmouth is dead in the water.

In The Macdonald Notebook last week, former deputy minister and long serving prominent bureaucrat Bernie Smith added his name to a growing list calling for Halterm to be relocated to the Imperial Oil Refinery site on the Dartmouth shore.

Risley agrees Dartmouth — “if we had a clean sheet of paper” — would have been the logical place to stage a single container facility.

“However, I accept the expense of doing that now may well be prohibitive. I believe recent studies by the (Halifax Port Authority) suggest this to be the case, albeit I have no firsthand knowledge of such studies,” Risley tells The Macdonald Notebook.

“That then begs the question, what to do,” asks Risley.

“In that context, there are a couple of myths that need to be debunked,” he says.

“The first is that using the CN rail corridor to funnel truck traffic to the Halterm site is also prohibitively expensive. That is an absolute nonsense.

“That corridor used to accommodate two-way train traffic. In fact, as a kid we would stand between moving trains just to demonstrate how stupid we were.

“No widening is necessary, a truck isn’t any wider than a train. One can easily imagine a staging area in the CN yard just to the south of the Fairview overpass where trucks would aggregate and move through a one-way lane to Halterm, alternating, say, every half hour or hour or so,” he tells The Macdonald Notebook.

“The second myth is that trucks using this corridor would be very noisy and disturb the tranquility of the residential areas abutting the tracks. Again, absolute nonsense. Trucks make noise when they’re under strain, going uphill or downhill. Moving at say 30 mph on a level roadway produces no aggressive noise signature.

“We all want the Port to grow. What we don’t want is the heavy truck traffic through downtown Halifax, an area which presumably we are trying to re-invent as a great place to live and work and friendly to pedestrians,” he adds.

“There is a solution, and those who continue to ignore the problem or proclaim this solution or any version of it to be impractical, need to get on board with some fresh thinking,” he says.

“There is no reason a busier port and a people friendly downtown area need to be mutually exclusive,” Risley said.

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