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An Odd Fact: Quinpool Road Until Now Banned Bars, Pubs & Wateringholes – Centre Plan Could See Booze Emporium Invasion To The Street

An Odd Fact: Quinpool Road Until Now Banned Bars, Pubs & Wateringholes – Centre Plan Could See Booze Emporium Invasion To The Street

By Andrew Macdonald

If you can believe it, in a city that is famous for its legions of bars and pubs – fuelled by 30,000 university students in Halifax, Quinpool Road has been a bar/pub desert.

Until the other month, one could not operate a solely dedicated bar or pub on Quinpool because of age-old city bylaws keeping the street free of watering holes.

Existing restaurants can sling beer, but only if a customer also orders food.

So if you order a meal at the street’s legendary Athens, then you can quaff a drink.

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Halifax Port Authority Worries Prolonged Rail Blockade Could Cause Permanent Damage

Halifax Port Authority Worries Prolonged Rail Blockade Could Cause Permanent Damage

By Andrew Macdonald

The Port of Halifax is worried its international shipping reputation could be damaged because of blockades of CN Rail’s tracks in Ontario.

Lane Farguson, spokesman for the local port authority which oversees the two container terminal operations in Halifax Harbour, warns an inability to move cargo will see shipping lines divert to competing ports such as New York, perhaps permanently.

“Once cargo routes are altered, it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to restore them,” Farguson tells The Notebook.

The blockades on the main CN Rail line are a show of solidarity for the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, whose hereditary chiefs oppose the construction of a 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline through northern British Columbia.

Halifax’s port is seen as a ‘discretionary port’ because it has a smaller population catchment area than ports in New York and Montreal, both of which are closer to consumers.

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Halifax Port & Blockade: Shipping CEO Andy Abbott Warns It May Take Time To Win Back Business From Competing U.S. Ports

Halifax Port & Blockade: Shipping CEO Andy Abbott Warns It May Take Time To Win Back Business From Competing U.S. Ports

By Andrew Macdonald

With the CN Rail blockade continuing near Belleville, Ont., the Port of Halifax over the last two weeks has been unable to process export or import cargo.

Cargo from Ontario and the U.S. Midwest has not been able to move on CN’s Eastern Canadian network because of the rail blockade, and import cargo from Southeast Asia and Europe can’t be processed in Halifax and delivered to customers.

Until now, Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has maintained calls here, but company CEO Andy Abbott told The Notebook this week that two of its ships, Atlantic Sail and Atlantic Star, will bypass Halifax on their way to Europe from New York.

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MacPolitics: Will Chris MacInnes Be Premier Stephen McNeil’s Campaign Manager For Third Time?

MacPolitics: Will Chris MacInnes Be Premier Stephen McNeil’s Campaign Manager For Third Time?

By Andrew Macdonald

Chris MacInnes is rather silent on a question I asked him the other day: Will he serve as campaign manager for Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil?

It’s a topical question, especially as the popular two-term premier has told Cape Breton media an election could be called as soon as this summer.

Should MacInnes perform the campaign duties, it will see the Victoria County lad, now a Halifax resident, reprise a role he performed so well in 2013 and in 2017.

As campaign manager in 2013, MacInnes helped the Liberals topple the one-term Darrell Dexter NDP regime.

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MacPolitics: Part II – Liberal Strategist Chris MacInnes Is A History Making Electioneer

MacPolitics: Part II – Liberal Strategist Chris MacInnes Is A History Making Electioneer

By Andrew Macdonald

Halifax resident Chris MacInnes is co-chair of the federal Liberal Party’s election readiness committee and helped Justin Trudeau and the Liberals won a second term in the Oct. 21 election.

And, his services will be needed if that minority government falters.

In 2017, MacInnes made Nova Scotia political history when, as campaign manager, he helped guide Nova Scotia Liberals under Stephen McNeil to the first back-to-back Liberal majority since the days of Angus L. Macdonald who won in 1945, 1949 and 1953.

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MacPolitics: Halifax Herald Editorial Finds Premier McNeil In Strong Pre-Election Position

MacPolitics: Halifax Herald Editorial Finds Premier McNeil In Strong Pre-Election Position

By Andrew Macdonald

In case you missed it, the Halifax Herald wrote an editorial the other day about our popular premier, Stephen McNeil.

McNeil is riding high in opinion polls. Significantly, two polling companies since the fall have McNeil gaining traction over the Progressive Conservatives and NDP.

Under the headline, “Stephen McNeil’s changing fortunes”, the Herald editorial notes:

“Somehow, Stephen McNeil finds himself in the most stable political situation among Atlantic premiers.

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Pew Research Poll: Republicans Believe Trump Will Win Re-Election, But Democrats Upbeat

Pew Research Poll: Republicans Believe Trump Will Win Re-Election, But Democrats Upbeat

An American political think tank founded by the Pew family, some of whose members summer in seaside Chester, recently carried a dispatch suggesting that 80 per cent of Republicans believe President Donald Trump will win re-election in November. A scary thought, but it could be true. Here is the Pew Research Centre’s dispatch on Trump’s re-election efforts. it’s worth a read:

As Voting Begins, Democrats Are Upbeat About the 2020 Field, Divided in Their Preferences

• Democrats uncertain about prospects for defeating Trump

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