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The Macdonald Notebook is your source for exclusive Business & Inside Politics publishing every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday.

The Latest Issue

Furniture Titan Tom Rose On Home Offices & Redesigning Business Offices
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Alison Strachan: RFK, George Floyd, the NFL, and My Existential Crisis
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A Chat With Realtor Krista Jensen: ‘Hfx Common’s Bauer Street Townhouse Had 24 Showings & 10 Offers’ — Part II
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Domus Realty’s Dawn Dauphinee On Metro Halifax Real Estate In Pandemic Times: ‘Multiple Offers Across The Region’
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Part II: Realtor Dawn Dauphinee On Health Of The Real Estate Scene In HFX Hydrostone Neighbourhood
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Halifax Port: Exclusive: New Study Tallies Cruise Ship Economic Spinoffs To Halifax & Region – Optimism For 2021 Bookings
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Bird Construction’s Risk Management VP Monitors Former Email Account Of Ian Boyd, Now A Competitor
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Thursday Edition, Below
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Exclusive: Prominent Commercial Broker Tom Gerard On The Job – Brokers $24M Windmill Road Apartments – The Prize Is A City Hall Approved Tower Development Site
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Exclusive: How Hot Is The Metro Halifax Real Estate Scene? Well, How About A Cole Harbour Split-Entry Bidding War – 23 Offers Collected
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Exclusive: Frank McKenna’s 20th Annual Shindig At Fox Harb’r Will Be One For The History Books – Will Obama Or Hillary Clinton Speak?
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Wednesday’s Edition, Below
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A Message From The Notebook: ‘From The Bottom Of My Heart Thanks For Sticking With The Notebook In a Global Meltdown & In Pandemic Times’
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Development: Meet Tim Moore: The Halifax Apartment Developer
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Jim Mills & CO At Office Interiors Undertakes Significant $7.5M Construction Of New Burnside HQ – Mills Says He Is Unfazed By The Pandemic
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Kevin Pelley Is ‘The Great Innovator’: Pivots Kohtech’s Windows Debert Plant To Provide COVID-19 Retail Shields
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Alison Strachan: Don’t Let (American) News Break To The Point Of Breaking You
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Pollster Don Mills & Furniture Mogul Jim Mills Raise $200,000 For Arthritis Society of NS – But Celebrity Roast Re-Scheduled To 2021
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Development: Jim Mills On Life Living In A Box: Latest To Occupy Posh Pavilion Condos By Jim Spatz
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Putting The $52M Toronto Star Sale Price Into Perspective: The Time Conrad Black Offered To Buy The Halifax Herald For $100M
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Encore: Book Excerpt: The Time Conrad Black Bought The HFX Daily News For $20M From Harry Steele
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Cottage Life: Attn My Millennial Readers: Chester’s ‘Tiny Mansion’ Goes On The Market – A Real Deal At $232,000
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A Nova Scotian Vacation: Top Ten Things To Do In Canada’s Ocean Playground This Summer
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Summertime Is Made For The Beach: Exploring The Best Beaches In NS, NB & Of Course The Beach Province Of PEI
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Tuesday Edition, Below
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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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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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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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Cottage Life: Richie Mann On Pros & Cons Of Northumberland Strait Cottage Ownership
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Tim Moore & Other Notebook Mover & Shakers Offer Robust Reader Endorsements

The Macdonald Notebook is read by business titans and politicos – and each weekend, 1,500-plus folk visit our website – 5,000 readers a month.

We have just entered our fourth year of Independent publishing, and here are some Reader Endorsements:

Chester-Halifax’s Tim Moore, founder of two national moving companies, and two national extended-stay businesses, and a real serial entrepreneur writes:

“Andrew, being able to observe and experience your elevation to so many successes I really want to congratulate you on you inner toughness, your creativity and your innate ability to provide incredible journalism to your readers, Keep up the great work”

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”.

What’s next?”

Jim Vibert, Halifax Herald political columnist:

“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.

Al Hollingsworth, veteran political journalist, who at 82, goes to work everyday at a Lower Sackville community radio station:

“The Macdonald Notebook has a nice mix of news and even news scoops!”

Carolyn Davis-Stewart, noted Halifax realtor:

“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, former federal Conservative leadership aspirant:

“The movers and shakers read you, Andrew”.

Don Mills, now retired 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”.

Stephen Mader, Chester-Halifax business person:

“I love The Notebook, always interesting. Well written, with tremendous insight. Keep up the great work!”

Robert Zed of Halifax/Toronto, chair, Triangle Strategies, founder ZedEvents, executive-in-residence, Dalhousie University: 

“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”.

Tim Moore of Chester & Halifax, serial entrepreneur, founder of AMJ Campbell, Premier Van Lines, Moore Executive Suites and Premier Executive Suites:

“Keep up the good journalism work, very impressive”.

Billy Joe MacLean, leading Port Hawkesbury politico:

“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:

“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 Nova Scotian who was a powerful backroom operator in the Harper Ottawa regime:

“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”.

Robbie Harrison, former cabinet minister in John Savage’s Liberal government

“Your well crafted journalism style is ‘down home – high quality’ reporting – concise, informative, diverse, historically accurate, objective, humorous and pleasantly intimate”.

Nova Scotia Judge:

“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”.

Wadih Fares, Halifax real estate developer and honorary Consul General for Lebanon:

“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!!”.

Piers Baker, prominent Chester-Halifax realtor:

“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”.

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.”

 

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