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Story Update: Antigonish Dentist Roger Porter Raises Money To Buy Sewing Machine For New Syrian Refugees

Story Update: Antigonish Dentist Roger Porter Raises Money To Buy Sewing Machine For New Syrian Refugees

By Andrew Macdonald

Update: Dentist Roger Porter Called Eight Antigonish friends To Buy Syrian Refugee Tailor Maker A $1,000 Sewing Machine

I recently carried a news article that folk in Antigonish conducted a day-long fundraiser to by a Syrian Refugee a commercial sewing machine so this new immigrant to Nova Scotia could open a tailor shop.

I am updating that story with the successful round of fundraising, which was conducted by Antigonish dentist, Roger Porter, himself an immigrant to the town in 1970 – he hails from Newfoundland’s outports.

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Opinion: Who Is Running This Country: PM Trudeau Or A Band Of Illegal Protestors?

Opinion: Who Is Running This Country: PM Trudeau Or A Band Of Illegal Protestors?

By Andrew Macdonald

Opinion: Who Is Running This Country: PM Trudeau Or A band Of Illegal Protestors?

Proving once again Justin Trudeau is out of his element as a prime minister, we see it first hand here at the Port of Halifax.

Illegal protests shutting down the vital rail transportation links in this country has significantly affected the movement of goods in the Port of Halifax – and it means cargo will be going to our competition, the Port of New York.

This is not a proposition a port city like Halifax can afford to witness – it undermines the economic viability of a port economy worth $1.9 billion to the City of Halifax, the province and even the Atlantic region.

And, if the illegal protests continue under Trudeau’s watch as prime minister, container vessels will inevitably be shunted to New York – bypassing the Halifax terminal operators in the Southend & Northend.

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MacPolitics: As Prime Minister Patronage King, Peter MacKay Would Give His Loyal Chum John MacDonell His ‘Just Rewards’ With A Senate Call

MacPolitics: As Prime Minister Patronage King, Peter MacKay Would Give His Loyal Chum John MacDonell His ‘Just Rewards’ With A Senate Call

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: As Patronage King, Peter MacKay Would Give His Close Chum John MacDonell His Just Rewards

Further to my new journalism focus – a series of news articles on Peter MacKay Patronage Alerts if he becomes prime minister, here is another patronage alert.

You’ve read it here first: John MacDonell will be named as a future senator, should MacKay become PM.

And, that is not entirely, a bad thing to see MacDonell as a Senator.

But such a political development is nonetheless a Just Reward for MacDonell’s significant political activity serving MacKay’s elected office.

MacDonell is an Antigonish lad who went on to become Nova Scotia’s most powerful backroom operator in the ten year long Conservative government of Stephen Harper.

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Craft Brew Talk With The Other Andrew Murphy Of Unfiltered Brewing Fame

Craft Brew Talk With The Other Andrew Murphy Of Unfiltered Brewing Fame

By Phil DeMont

Meet Andrew Murphy – Unfiltered Brewing

Having a beer at the taproom of Unfiltered Brewing on North Street is more a philosophical experience than a good ol ‘ Nova Scotia elbow-bending session.

Think 1950s Minimalism.

The room might not be on the level of a Frank Stella painting.

Still, small, artistic black-and-white photographs dot the walls of the bar. The iron lattice across the top third of the wall feeds the stark motif. The style is well-appointed.

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Why Haligonian Raised Andrew Machum Is Marching Into The Same Big Leagues As Anne Murray & Denny Doherty

Why Haligonian Raised Andrew Machum Is Marching Into The Same Big Leagues As Anne Murray & Denny Doherty

By Andrew Macdonald

Why Halifax-raised Andrew Machum, 23 Marches Into The Same Big Leagues As Anne Murray and Denny Doherty

With multi-million YouTube views, 23-year old Haligonian raised musician Andrew Machum is on the cusp of international stardom.

Now living in Toronto, and having spent a year at a record production studio in Hollywood, Machum has just released two new songs: Aptly named  Winter & Far Away Places – he self-produced and engineered the two singles from his music studio in his Toronto apartment.

It is a new music genre for Machum as he branches out into alternative acapella.

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Encore: Why You Might See More Of Anne Murray In Halifax

Encore: Why You Might See More Of Anne Murray In Halifax

Further to the mention of crooner Anne Murray in the Andrew Machum piece, to give you an idea of the news scoops & exclusive news articles we like to tell, here is a story not reported in other media – which ran in The Notebook last June.

By Andrew Macdonald

Anne Murray, who turned 74 on June 20, is going to be around Halifax more often, The Macdonald Notebook understands.

No, the former singer isn’t giving a concert at Scotiabank Centre/Metro Centre, having retired a decade ago from performing. Instead, the Springhill native has set her sights on buying a home in the fair City of Halifax.

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