Publishing Three Times a Week

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

The Latest Issue

Sunday Edition, Below
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Extra! Extra! Ultimate Power Couple Seeks Butler For Swish HFX Condo & Chester Cottage-Mansion: A Dream Post For The Lucky Job Seeker
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We Get Mail: Reader Writes In From Chester Back Harbour: On Reports Of Americans Not Self-Isolating
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We Get Mail: Reader Writes Mansion At South Park/Rhuland Charming
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Alison Strachan This Week: A Very Berry Fabulous Recipe
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Real Estate In A Pandemic: Sandra Bryant Is Firing On All Cylinders
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Sandra Bryant Had A Ready Made Seller & Buyer In Her Realtor Database For 1029 South Park Street Deal
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Halifax’s Tristan Mills Chats On Airbnb Trends In The City’s Downtown Core In A Pandemic
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NS South Shore’s Jay Hiltz Chats On Airbnb Trends In A Pandemic
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A Chat With Kings Journalism Prof Kim Kierans, Named To Panel Designed To Right Size Newspaper Industry In Canada
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Ryerson’s Journalism Project: The Impact Of COVID On Canadian Media Outlets – Two Thousand Journalists Laid Off; Print Publications Suspend Or Permanently Killed Off
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Saturday Edition, Below
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Desmond Inquiry lawyer Adam Rodgers: ‘McNeil Government’s Northwood Review Does Not Inspire Confidence – Public Inquiry Would Have More Weight’
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As Tales Of Visiting Americans In Nova Scotia Failing To Self-Isolate Grow, Premier Stephen McNeil & Tim Houston Address This Alarming File
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MacPolitics: NDP Chief Gary Burrill Wades In On Tim Houston Giving ‘Ice’ To The Notebook
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MacPolitics: The 2018 Notebook Story That Resulted In Tim Houston Giving Us The Cold Shoulder
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Halifax’s Ross Jefferson: Demand For Hotel Rooms Exists, Five Projects On The Books For Metro Halifax
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Keeping Tourism Local: ‘The Heart. Soul. Halifax!’ Campaign Aims To Get Haligonians To Explore Their City
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Development: Szulewicz Brothers Buy Prime Corner At South Park & Rhuland Streets
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Development: How The Szulewicz Brothers Paid Close To Asking Price For South Park & Rhuland Property
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Development: Szulewicz Brothers With Strong Bonds In A Halifax Rental Market That Remains Strong
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Nova Scotia Auditor General Michael Pickup’s Questions: The NSLC Response From Bev Ware
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MacPolitics: NDP’s Gary Burrill Says McNeil Review At Northwood Falls Short Of Public Inquiry Into Nursing Home Deaths
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MacPolitics: Northwood Covid-19 Stats & Figures, The McNeil Government Review Mandate
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A Maritime Moment: Fishing Harbours Offer Artistic Scenery
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Cottage Life Encore: Perfect Apps For Cottage, Boating, Camping & Golfing
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The Summer Soundtrack: The Rankin Family’s ‘Gillis Mountain’ Takes Me Back To A Time Of Passage
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The Class of 2020: Royden Trainor Addresses Grade 12 Grads; Pandemic Gives New Meaning To Marty Robbins Classic ‘A White Sports Coat & A Pink Carnation’
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Wednesday Edition, Below
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When The Soundtrack Turns To Songs Celebrating Our Great Nation, Songs By Stompin’ Tom & Roger Whittaker Celebrate The Good In Canada
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Monday Edition, Below
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Super Post-Panamax Crane At PSA Halifax Terminal: Impressive Sight As It Arrives From China
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Sunday Edition, Below
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Halifax Port: Attention Captain Gray, Lawyer John Young Should Be Top Of Mind For New Port-Community Liaison Committee
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Reader Endorsements

The Macdonald Notebook is read by business titans and politicos – and each week, 1,500-plus folk visit our website. Here are some Reader Endorsements – we have just entered our fourth year of Independent publishing.

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”…The Notebook has exploded from startup to “Must Read”.

What’s next?”

Jim Vibert: Halifax Herald political columnist, writes on my Journalism:

“Hi Andrew: I 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 in 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 82, now goes to work every day 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, Sundays and Wednesdays”.

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 storyteller 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 newsmakers. 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!!”.

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 storytelling”.

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.”

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”.
Andrew Macdonald’s former boss, David Bentley told a national media outlet in 2014: “His big strength is his interest in other people and the contacts he has to tell stories that connect with other people”.