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Breaking News: MacPolitics: Tory John Hamm Faced Tough Conservative Leadership Choice – Back Close Friend O’Toole Or Support Hometown Candidate MacKay? – Now Endorses MacKay
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MacPolitics: For The Record, Here Is John Hamm’s Statement Endorsing Peter MacKay
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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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Reviewing A 30-Year Old Study To Halterm’s Truck Traffic Problem

By Andrew Macdonald

As The Macdonald Notebook reported the other week, a solution to heavy congestion in downtown Halifax caused by truck traffic heading to Halterm was cited in a Buchanan government study nearly 30 years ago.

Long time Halifax consultant Chris Lowe authored the report in 1989 on addressing truck traffic, but his recommendations were not implemented. Like many government studies and Royal Commission reports, the study has only gathered dust on the shelves.

I had a chance to read the study this week. Lowe’s solution to Halterm and truck traffic was to re-route trucks on the abandoned Canadian National Railway cut through Halifax’s south end. Creating a road on the rail cut was one of several options in the 1989 report.

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There is more interest today in diverting truck traffic on the rail cut, because the downtown is becoming an apartment and condo mecca.

Recently, leading biz titan and self-made billionaire John Risley also suggested the rail cut be used by trucks to enter the Halterm container terminal, which borders Point Pleasant Park.

Other options presented in the Lowe study include relocating Halterm and turning its present 72-acre waterfront site into a commercial and residential enclave. Or, Halterm could expand its property by harbour infilling.

Lowe also suggested a third bridge or tunnel under Halifax Harbour could be built to service the Halterm truck traffic.

“Transportation was identified as the major factor to be considered in assessing scenarios,” wrote Lowe.

For the past 12 months, Halifax Port Authority under president and CEO Karen Oldfield has been studying the idea of moving Halterm to the Imperial Oil refinery site in Dartmouth.

One problem is that a new container terminal would cost $1 billion, although hundreds of millions of dollars could be fetched selling the existing Halterm acreage. Scott Brison, the federal cabinet minister representing Nova Scotia in the Trudeau government is not keen on building a new terminal.

Even, former port board chairmen in 2017 who gathered at the invite of Oldfield told the port CEO the idea should be rejected.

But, another significant problem is that the Imperial site is not for sale. Imperial did close its refinery, but is using the site as a tank storage farm.

One solution for Halterm is a vastly cheaper $4 million ‘dolphin pier’ — a finger pier anchored by concrete to the ocean floor. That would allow Halterm to berth two 10,000 container box vessels at the same time.

For its part, Halterm’s executive has been studying its own growth ideas, and the focus is on expanding onto adjacent piers, infilling them and creating an additional 40-acre tract to expand its current 72 acres.

Halterm’s operators want to take over Piers 31, 33, 34, 35 and 36, infilling the water separating each pier.

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