The Macdonald Notebook is read by business titans and leading politicos – and each weekend, 1,000-plus folk visit our website. Here are some Reader Endorsements – we have just entered our third-year of Independent publishing.
Halifax-Dartmouth Biz Titan & Major House subdivision builder, Nick Betts:
“I continue to be amazed at your ability to cover so many topics in such detail and deliver leading edge insight on meat and potatoes issues with such limited resources.
You have unbelievable stamina”.
HRM regional councillor Stephen Adams:
“Thank you for providing unbiased, fact-based reporting. Your approach to journalism is ‘refreshing’. No sensationalizing adjectives nor hype. When challenged, you respond without judgement and hold no malice. I have experienced, first-hand your openness and integrity. Your model of journalism and reporting should be a template for other local media to utilize”.
Denise Doucet:- Halifax-Inverness-Port Hawkesbury, a daughter of the late great Mulroney Insider & Charter Member of Tory Royalty, Gerald Doucet: Writes On my Journalism:
“I want to commend you on the Macdonald Notebook. I am really enjoying it and look forward to reading it every time. It’s become my best news source and I’m so grateful to you for providing it. Clearly, a great deal of work goes into it. Really well done.
Steve Parker, founder of CCL Group (Corporate Communications Ltd.):
“It is remarkable to see what you are doing with The Macdonald Notebook. More content, high quality, “Breaking News”…in only two years The Notebook has exploded from startup to “Must Read”.
Jim Vibert: Halifax Herald political columnist, writes on my Journalism:
“Hi Andrew: Just wanted to send along a note to say that I’m more than impressed with the continued success of The Macdonald Notebook, and by your incredible proficiency. The quality and number of great stories you deliver week after week tell me you must be doing well”.
Louie Lawen, property developer:
“Keep up the great work. Your news reporting is informative and exceptionally current.”
Tim Olive, former Nova Scotia Cabinet Minister:
“Folks: If you are a subscriber then I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I do. If not I recommend that you give it a try. In this day of selective political reporting, in the regular media, The Macdonald Notebook’s online publication has evolved as the leading news outlet for anyone with a keen interest on what is really going on regarding the major political and economic issues of the day in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes.
Veteran political journalist, Al Hollingsworth, who at 83, now goes to work everyday at a Lower Sackville community radio station:
“The Macdonald Notebook has a nice mix of news and even news scoops!”
Noted Halifax realtor Carolyn Davis-Stewart:
“I do very much enjoy reading your in-depth coverage of so many varied topics. Glad you called me that day for info so I could subscribe once again! Love to read your news the minute your reports come out. Amazing the knowledge you glean!!”.
Erin O’Toole, a federal Tory leadership aspirant:
“The movers and shakers read you, Andrew”.
Don Mills, leading Atlantic and Halifax pollster, says:
“Anyone interested in good reporting about what is happening in Nova Scotia might want to read The Macdonald Notebook, which is published on Saturdays”.
Chester-Halifax business person, Stephen Mader:
“I love The Notebook, always interesting. Well written, with tremendous insight. Keep up the great work!”
Robert Zed, Chair, Triangle Strategies, Founder ZedEvents Executive-in-Residence, Dalhousie University. Halifax/Toronto writes about my journalism:
“The Macdonald Notebook nails it, every edition, every time. Andrew you’re a great story teller and journalist of hard facts and informative well researched news. I am happy to continue to support and promote your great leading edge news and The Notebook. I look forward to your great coverage. Congrats”.
Serial entrepreneur Tim Moore of Chester-Halifax, founder of national moving van lines AMJ Campbell, and Premier Van Lines, founder of Moore Executive Suites and founder of Premier Executive Suites, says of my journalism:
“Keep up the good journalism work, very impressive”.
Billy Joe MacLean, leading Port Hawkesbury politico writes:
“I am really enjoying your Macdonald Notebook. You have not only captured an audience of followers, but you also have the experience of years behind you to dig out your contacts. So keep up the interesting news items”.
Layton Dorey, Halifax Southend raised, and now Toronto based Senior Vice President at Northstar Research Partners, says:
“The Macdonald Notebook provides the colour between the lines that allows news to become information. In a time when too many media organizations essentially reprint press releases, Andrew has personal conversations with the news makers. Not satisfied with simply the ‘what’, The Notebook goes further, to enlighten on the ‘why'”.
John MacDonell, a product of Nova Scotia, who later became the province’s most powerful backroom operator in the Harper Ottawa regime, says of my politico coverage:
“Your political coverage is awesome for political junkies like me. Good on you and kudos for excellence. You have a way of explaining things so that readers understand that those involved in partisan politics are human just like everyone else”.
Liberals like former John Savage minister Robbie Harrison, also have been appreciative of my journalism style:
“Your well crafted journalism style is ‘down home – high quality’ reporting – concise, informative, diverse, historically accurate, objective, humorous and pleasantly intimate”.
A Nova Scotia Judge writes about my journalism:
“Andrew, congratulations. I look forward to your new work . I am sure it will be of the highest quality and standard you have exhibited throughout your career. Journalism is becoming a dying art I am glad there are people like you who are keeping it alive”.
Noted Halifax real estate developer, Wadih Fares, who is also Honorary Consul General in the Maritimes for Lebanon reads my news copy:
“I have been reading Andrew’s stories for 17-years. I am always curious to see what he is going to write about and he is very curious himself but honest”.
“He is passionate about journalism and above all he is trustworthy”.
“We live in a very small, tight-knit community. Media has a big impact on our lives and it helps to talk to a journalist you can trust and that’s Andrew Macdonald. He is experienced, his stories are fair, balanced and very professional. That’s what good journalism is all about!!”.
Los Angeles commercial mortgage broker, and Cape Breton native Bruce Evans says:
“I am really enjoying The Macdonald Notebook – when do you sleep? Lots of insight and depth to the pieces. Well done”.
“I have subscribed to Andrew’s self owned publication since its inception a couple of years ago, it’s a great way for me to keep up on Maritime news”.
“It has an eclectic mix of political, economic and general news articles, including a few fun gossipy bits here and there. I have been an occasional contributor, usually about U.S. political events”.
“I find the publication especially interesting for some of the insights you won’t find in more traditional news sources, thanks to Andrew’s extensive network of movers and shakers”.
Prominent Chester-Halifax realtor, Piers Baker remarks:
“Andrew is a very fine writer, and has oodles of information on the local real estate scene. He is probably the most tapped in person in this part of the world”.
Betsy Macdonald, NDP caucus toiler:
“The Macdonald Notebook is not ‘He said, She said’ journalism. Instead, it’s old-fashioned story-telling”.
A grade 10 student (our youngest subscriber) on Nova Scotia’s North Shore:
“I really enjoy your weekly publication.”
Victoria Hines, realtor, Royal LePage Atlantic.
“Your news is addictive”.
Mark Boudreau, director of Corporate Affairs for Loblaw Halifax:
“Andrew is quintessentially Nova Scotian. He is a tough but fair reporter–and he cares about his readers. His columns are always insightful, and with him, you always get insight that you don’t in any other business reporting in the province.”
Chris Lambie, Halifax Herald toiler and one of the foremost Halifax journalists of his time:
“Andrew, your newsletters keep getting better and better. Congratulations on carrying your energy for reporting to a platform of your own”.
Here’s how former NS PC leadership contender John Lohr describes The Notebook:
“Nova Scotia’s Political Publication”.
New Resident Of Nova Scotia & A New Notebook Subscriber:
“I found your site while looking for stories about the PC leadership convention, and I’m most interested in reading your articles on provincial politics.”
“I’m fairly new to Nova Scotia and trying to get familiar with the recent political history here, and your publication seems to give some deeper insight than the usual mainstream news sources.”
“I’m looking forward to diving into your archives! As well as your next edition”.
Second generation property developer Maurice Fares:
“Andrew, you are doing a good job and staying relevant, that is for sure. You have a unique flair to your writing. I think the Halifax community is now used to it, and I think everyone is quite fond of it, to tell you the truth.”
Business mogul Gregg Keating, chairman of the Keating Group of Companies:
“Andrew Macdonald has encompassed ‘niche journalism’ and runs down the track with it, thoroughly crossing the finish line with each report. He leaves no stone unturned and no question unanswered. Factual, compelling reporting. A joyful read.”
Matt, who joined as a grade 10 student (our youngest subscriber) on Nova Scotia’s North Shore:
“I really enjoy your weekly publication, when not busy with school and work, and it has been great to see it grow so much over the last year. It is one of the most interesting and well written news sources in the province in my opinion!”
Dr. Kent MacDonald, St. FX President:
.“I really appreciate your local storytelling and very insightful journalism. Nova Scotia (and the Maritimes) are lucky to have you”.
Len P.D. MacDonald, blogger in Northeastern NS, says of my journalism style:
“The Macdonald Notebook gives the reader a behind the scenes look into politics and the business world, much of it here in our own backyard in Nova Scotia. Owner and publisher, Andrew Macdonald has been writing for decades and provides keen insights on what’s really going on.”
1980s-90s Port Hawkesbury Mayor Almon Chisholm:
“Thanks Andrew, you are doing a wonderful job. Your Notebook covers a multitude of subjects across the board. You miss very little. You have become a wonderful writer – and why not the birth of your skill we’re created in Port Hawkesbury. Congratulations and keep up the skillful writing”.