Links to business-related news around Nova Scotia. This page is undergoing revision and will return soon.
Goronwy Price named new Atlantic Canada Airports Association president
June 29, 2021 – Huddle says the CEO and general manager of Goose Bay Airport Corporation wants association to increase cooperation and rebuild after pandemic.
Black business owners raise concerns about government loan fund
June 29, 2021 – CBC is reporting applicants say the fund is hard to access, offers little oversight, and asks invasive questions about their sexuality.
Forest innovation centre will aim to train workers for industry's future
June 29, 2021 – NSCC-led program designed to move the metre on province’s compliance with Lahey report. CBC has details.
Halifax Chamber CEO focusing on the positive ahead of June 30th reopening
June 28, 2021 – Patrick Sullivan says the ability for New Brunswickers and those from outside the Atlantic bubble to return to Nova Scotia after this month is a ‘win’.
Halifax Seaport Farmers Market now open all weekend
June 28, 2021 – CBC is reporting the market is back to Sunday openings due to easing pandemic restrictions.
Visas, flights, quarantine; foreign students encounter barriers keeping them from travelling to Canada
June 28, 2021 – International students still face hurdles even as the country reopens after declining infection rates and increased vaccination. CP24 has the story.
'It's a win, win, win': Mary Ng on how the $290 million Black Entrepreneurship Program is boosting Black businesses
June 28, 2021 – More than 3,000 applications are already in the system. The Financial Post has a Q&A with the minister.
Indigenous businesses faced barriers accessing COVID-19 relief programs, survey finds
June 25, 2021 – CBC says a quarter of the survey respondents didn’t qualify and another quarter had to go elsewhere for assistance.
Last ditch fundraiser saves downtown Halifax shop Venus Envy
June 25, 2021 – Huddle reports a GoFundMe campaign raised more than $22,000 to help shop survive after pandemic restrictions, lock downs, and a forced move put it on the brink.
New Halifax development would replace Quinpool McDonald's with eight-storey, mixed-use building
June 25, 2021 – Old development rules being used to approve structure that will tower over its Quinpool neighbours. Huddle has further details.
Halifax Partnership confident in city's economic growth as we reopen
June 25, 2021 – HalifaxToday is reporting the Partnership’s new findings show there is “much optimism and hope” about the city’s economic health. They also show 60 per cent of newcomers are under 30 years old.
Restart plan for Northern Pulp calls for treated effluent to go into Pictou harbour
June 25, 2021 – After being told it can’t dump effluent into Boat Harbour or the Northumberland Strait, now Northern Pulp wants to try Pictou harbour. Take the hint, guys. CBC has the details.
RCMP clears protesters, ending blockade at N.S.-N.B. border
June 24, 2021 – Finally. End of ridiculous protest long time coming for illegal participants. Read about it on HalifaxToday.
Border blockade worrisome for Maritime Bus owner
June 24, 2021 – Cancelled routes, inconvenienced customers not what business needs after months of pandemic restrictions. Huddle has the story.
Sobeys' parent paid workers $9M in COVID-19 lockdown bonuses in latest quarter
June 24, 2021 – Despite lower sales figures compared to last year, Sobeys continued with bonuses, expansions, and acquisitions. Global has more details.
Opposition abounds for Nova Scotia's planned LNG export facility
June 23, 2021 – The National Observer is reporting it isn’t only local groups mounting opposition to the Goldborro project. Groups in Alberta and across North America are also trying to stop construction.
Nova Scotia creates its own seafood quality certification program
June 23, 2021 – Why bother with existing internationally recognized quality programs when you can take the Nova Scotia government’s word its own seafood is the best? CBC has some answers.
Newly reopened Halifax restaurants struggle with major worker shortages
June 22, 2021 – Huddle is reporting that tourism-related industries are missing 14,000 workers compared to employment levels prior to COVID-19 restrictions.
Halifax’s ‘unsustainable’ housing market is slowing down. What does that mean for prices?
June 22, 2021 – Slow down doesn’t stopping. Prices are still rising. Huddle has the story.
Minister Ng announces Shop Local investment benefiting Canada’s small businesses
June 22, 2021 – The Halifax Chamber of Commerce will soon receive a share of the $33 million Canada is handing out to promote small business with a shop local campaign.
Local business owners 'excited' to reopen in Phase 2: Restaurants Canada VP
June 21, 2021 – Luc Erjavec says restaurant sector is the hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions and the industry is struggling. Visit HalifaxToday to read the interview.
Halifax tourism company lost $4-million since 2020
June 18, 2021 – Huddle is reporting Ambassatours Gray Line blames the pandemic for pushing it into record debt and borrowing to cover losses.
N.S. commits $1.1-million to Bedford-Halifax commuter ferry
June 18, 2021 – All three levels of government are partnering on the study, with $1.3-million from the feds and a further $917,000 from HRM. Huddle has further details.
Halifax startup on ‘Cloud 9’ after wildly successful crowdfunding campaign
June 17, 2021 – Aurea Technologies blew its funding goal out of the water last week when it raised more than $200,000 through Kickstarter for its water bottle-sized, portable wind turbine.
Hackett’s Cove company wins Wild Blueberry Solutions Challenge
June 17, 2021 – AKSO Marine Biotech captures $126,000 to grow sales and find new markets for its health supplement. Read the story at HalifaxToday.
Federal government backs affordable rental unit project in Halifax
June 17, 2021 – BANC Investments will receive $115.5-million in federal support to maintain 76 affordable rental units in its new building on Joseph How Drive. However, the government’s definition of affordable housing may not be what you expect: more than $2,200 per month. CBC has the details.
Nova Scotia invests $18.2-million in tourism 'restart package'
June 16, 2021 – The squeaky wheel does get the grease as government announces COVID funding for hospitality industry.
Businesses could lose commercial designation under proposed Centre Plan changes
June 16, 2021 – Businesses located in residential zones could face a complicated future of development agreements if the current plan passes as is this fall, as expected. CBC has more.
Never Have I Ever campaign to support local launched
June 16, 2021 – Discover Halifax, Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Halifax Partnership, and the Halifax Regional Municipality have launched a new marketing campaign to drive revenue into the visitor economy.
Nova Scotia restaurants frustrated by late reopening announcement
June 15, 2021 – Diners can opt for indoor service starting on Wednesday, but phase two of reopening still not satisfying for restaurant owners. CBC has the video coverage.
Open City 2021
June 15, 2021 – Taking place June 19, Open City is a day-long event that celebrates the small, local businesses that make our downtown and mains street areas vibrant and welcoming.
Air Canada announces routes for expanded cargo capacity
June 15, 2021 – Expanded cargo service will see Halifax added to the list in 2022, Yahoo reports.
New Lower Sackville taproom for local craft beer finally gets to open
June 15, 2021 – TAPestry Beer Bar to highlight province’s craft brewers. Read the story on HalifaxToday.
Halifax Index 2021
June 14, 2021 – The Halifax Index is Halifax Partnership’s comprehensive report on Halifax’s annual economic and community progress. The Index tracks Halifax’s vital signs across major themes: people, labour, investment and innovation, affordability and quality of place, and includes an analysis of rural Halifax and an annual report on Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan for 2016-21. Sign up for the free event here:
Sour Me Sweet Confectionary opens in North-end Halifax
June 14, 2021 – Online business makes the move to bricks and mortar on Agricola Street. Huddle has the story.
New initiative to connect N.S. Indigenous businesses, ocean tech companies
N.S. crane operators vote to strike, other trade unions may follow
June 11, 2021 – Huddle reports as many as 25 buildings under construction in Halifax could be delayed if bargaining doesn’t avoid the approved strike action. Seven other trade unions are in position to make similar strike votes.
Face of Quinpool Road changing as three Halifax businesses close shop
June 11, 2021 – Clay Café and Lucky Penny are closing, and Athens has sold its property to a developer. Global has the details.
Halifax company launches first Canadian-made social media tool
June 10, 2021 – Watzan’s new ililli is the first social media channel to allow users to actually talk to one another instead of using text or video. Huddle has the details.
Military to build $65M facility at Hartlen Point to test new warship systems
June 10, 2021 – CBC says the centre will test combat systems in a simulated environment while the military waits for the final design and construction of its new warships.
African grocery store in Dartmouth is gateway to a continent
June 9, 2021 – Flenjor Foods is bringing together more than just the African diaspora in HRM. CBC has the story.
Athens restaurant closing after nearly 40 years
June 9, 2021 – The Coast is reporting Athens will close after the summer season. Why it’s closing is still an unanswered question.
HRM hiring 14 interns as part of Bridging the Gap program
June 9, 2021 – Program has been running since 2013 and has hired more than 100 grads, HalifaxToday reports.
'We can’t lose more money:' East Coast tourism operators brace for slow season, again
June 8, 2021 – HalifaxToday says the $5 billion industry could be headed for rough seas if it can’t bounce back from travel restrictions.
One of the hottest tech companies in Canada is setting up shop in Halifax
June 8, 2021 – Huddle is reporting that Magnet Forensics, fresh off a successful IPO is targeting Halifax for expansion because of positive past experiences and our talent pool.
Nova Scotia to pilot workplace COVID-19 testing program
June 7, 2021 – HalifaxToday says 50 local employers and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce have signed on to be part of the program.
Restaurants Canada VP wants more federal small business support
June 7, 2021 – Atlantic vice president Luc Erjavec says support will have to continue into the summer, and maybe beyond, because restrictions have put many operations in thousands of dollars of debt. HalifaxToday interviews Erjavec.
Lake Echo could be in line for water park originally planned for Lower Sackville
June 4, 2021 – Splashifax got the cold shoulder in Sackville and is now looking at Lake Echo where it hopes to receive a warmer welcome. CBC has the story.
A twist on traditional student housing comes to Halifax
June 4, 2021 – Werkliv designs its buildings around student needs, including common gathering areas and fully furnished units. Huddle has the details.
These Halifax business owners lost more than $60,000 during latest lockdown
June 4, 2021 – Huddle spoke with The Old Triangle and the Highland Spa about the losses they endured since the lockdown began in April.
N.S. company accused of failing to live up to sentence in diver's death
June 3, 2021 – Paul’s Diving Services are trying to wriggle out of paying the fine imposed because of the death of one of its divers. It’s trying to get the sentence overturned on claims the expert witness was biased. See the CBC for more.
N.S. First Nation further delays lobster fishing, saying it risks losing traps
June 3, 2021 – HalifaxToday is reporting fear for the safety of its equipment and its people have caused Sipekne’katik to further delay its lobster fishery until it can arrange its own security.
HRM making room for patios on Bedford Row, Grafton Street
June 2, 2021 – Part of Bedford Row will be closed and part of Grafton made one-way to allow the greater patio space, reports HalifaxToday.
Gas, diesel retailers to see increased margin starting Friday
June 2, 2021 – COVID-19 is raising the price at the pump by up to a cent till 2023 to give gas stations a bigger margin, the CBC reports.
Federal government launches loan program for black-owned businesses
June 1, 2021 – The new program offers up to $250,000 for majority black-owned businesses and start-ups across the country. CP24 has the details.
Public comments on proposed gold mine overwhelmingly negative
June 1, 2021 – Atlantic Gold’s plan to create an open pit mine in the middle of a game sanctuary is meeting with a lot of opposition. Surprise! Not so much. Did I mention it’s in the middle of a game sanctuary? See CBC for the story.
Nova Scotia could see Atlantic bubble return by Canada Day
May 31, 2021 – The target date relies on other provinces getting their infection rates down and Nova Scotia reaching 65 per cent vaccination. HalifaxToday has more details.
As some restaurants prepare to reopen patios, others feel left behind
May 31, 2021 – Restaurants without the ability to accommodate outdoor seating or already so far behind because of the pandemic they can’t afford it, believe they’re still bearing the brunt while others capture the business. CBC has more.
NSLC stores expand operating hours
May 31, 2021 – HalifaxToday says the easing of COVID-19 restrictions are allowing NSLC outlets to return to longer hours.
N.S. businesses welcome reopening plans, eagerly await return of tourists
May 31, 2021 – CBC reports the next target for small business is to get travel restrictions eased so they can have a profitable summer season.
Report: Pandemic reshaping Canadian grocery industry
May 31, 2021 – Halifax Examiner is reporting on a new study by Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab and Ontario-based research firm Caddle suggests online ordering, more self-serve and loyalty programs will dominate.
Travellers arriving at Halifax airport will soon be tested
May 31, 2021 – Dr. Robert Strang says COVID-19 testing to be in place at Stanfield International by June 14. Check out the full story at HalifaxToday.
Sipekne-katik pivots on controversial lobster fishery
May 31, 2021 – Band delays unregulated lobster fishery in favour of existing ceremonial licenses as tensions rise. CBC has more details.
Several projects underway along the Halifax waterfront
May 31, 2021 – New buildings, new wharves, and restoring The Wave make getting around the waterfront a little more challenging. See HalifaxToday for the story.
Northern Pulp submits new proposal to Nova Scotia Environment Department
May 28, 2021 – The CBC is reporting that Northern Pulp is at it again with another waste treatment plan being submitted for environmental review. How many is that now?
N.S. caps fees for delivery services like Skip the Dishes
May 28, 2021 – The new rules limit delivery to 15 per cent and pickup to 10 per cent. Restaurants are happy with the move, Huddle reports.
Halifax businesses look for reopening plan
May 28, 2021 – Premiere Rankin recently received a letter signed by 13 business groups. The message was simple: reopen the economy now. See Huddle for the details.
Four tips for small-business owners paying down pandemic debt
May 28, 2021 – Timelines, cuts, refinancing, and free resources are the keys to eliminating that pandemic hangover. Yahoo has the details.
As hopes rise for Nova Scotia's reopening plans, so do fears of hiring challenges
May 28, 2021 – Laid off employees have found other employment and may not come back. Where will the hospitality industry turn for new staff? CBC looks into it.
Nova Scotia companies chosen to help build Canada's first commercial spaceport
May 27, 2021 – Strum Consulting, Stantec, Nova Construction, and St. Francis Xavier University among those chosen by Maritime Launch Services to get its spaceport off the ground. HalifaxToday reports.
Many small businesses 'falling through the cracks' says N.S. businesswoman
May 27, 2021 – What do you do if COVID is strangling your business, but you don’t qualify for government assistance? That’s exactly what Alicia Simms wants to know. Huddle has the story.
Platform for pricey plants crops up in Nova Scotia
May 27, 2021 – Nova Scotia Plant Auctions might be the place if you’re looking for something special to go with your green thumb but be prepared to pay the price. CTV reports.
Grill Way Catering brings authentic Syrian flavours to Halifax
May 26, 2021 – Butcher and restaurateur Al Masalmeh is serving up a slice of home from his family business venture. Check out The Coast for a slice of his offerings.
Sydney airport CEO encouraged by entry of new regional airline
May 26, 2021 – Newfoundland’s PAL Airlines will start serving Sydney on June 28. Visit CBC for details.
N.S. small business owner opens shop in protest, plans to fight $12,000 ticket in court
May 26, 2021 – Huntley’s Diving and Marine is preparing to fight a $11,622.50 ticket for opening in contravention of the Health Protection Act. Owner Mike Huntley says he’s doing it to protest the government’s treatment of small business. Huddle has the story.
Higher COVID numbers mean tough times for Nova Scotia construction industry
May 25, 2021 – Worried about their health, construction workers are staying home. CBC has the story.
N.S. small businesses get another $5,000 from government
May 25, 2021 – If you have already received government funding for COVID-19 small business relief, you will automatically receive another cheque, Huddle reports.
Volta awards five Atlantic Canadian startups $25,000
May 21, 2021 – Drastic Scholastic Thermoplastic, Food for Thought Software Solutions, Plaex Building Systems Inc., Pressto, and Tribe Network selected in annual competition. Huddle has the story.
How international students make decisions about staying in Canada
May 20, 2021 – A new report on phys.org says up to three quarters of international students coming to Canada don’t decide about staying here until they’ve lived here for a few years first.
Nova Scotia extends shutdown until second week of June
May 20, 2021 – All you businesses that were getting ready to open at the end of May now have three more weeks to worry about. Global has the details.
First jet boat harbour tour getting ready to open on Halifax waterfront
May 20, 2021 – Ossama Nasrallah is no stranger to My East Coast Experience. He has even appeared on the cover of My Halifax Experience magazine. Now he is launching a new venture called Sea Halifax. Check it out online.
Halifax company helps companies, individuals embrace a growing love for podcasting
May 19, 2021 – Podstarter offers everything even the most inexperienced needs to start their own podcast. Check out the story on Huddle.
Halifax’s red-hot housing market unlikely to cool in short term, says analyst
May 19, 2021 – Easing health restrictions and returning university students likely to keep the pressure on, Tad Mangwengwende tells CBC.
Atlantic Canadians have become second-hand online shoppers during pandemic
May 19, 2021 – Online use of sites such as Kijiji have soared during the pandemic, especially in Atlantic Canada according to a new survey being reported by 91.9 The Bend.
Testing in Nova Scotia confirms algae as substitute for fish oil in salmon farming
May 18, 2021 – The CBC is reporting on Nova Scotia research that could fundamentally change the sustainability of aquaculture around the world.
Environmental groups slam Goldboro LNG project
May 18, 2021 – The liquefied natural gas plant, after flying under the radar for years, is now attracting federal attention and may soon undergo an impact assessment to determine its future. The Halifax Examiner looks at the efforts of environmental groups to make this happen.
Maritime tourism operators hoping to salvage summer season
May 18, 2021 – Cape Breton tourism is feeling the pinch and hopes are fading for a summer 2021 season. CTV has the story.
Pandemic sees sales triple for Cape Breton Food Hub
May 17, 2021 – Customer base has doubled, and sales are just under $489,000 for the non-profit. Manager Alicia Lake says in this CBC story it’s mostly due to the pandemic.
Developer hopes to build 26 city blocks on Shannon Park site
May 17, 2021 – Instead of a stadium, Shannon Park will have 3,000 residential units, 145,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, and 15.5 acres of parks. Huddle has the details.
Three towers approved for construction next to Timberlea golf course
May 17, 2021 – Brunello Estates wants to erect three towers with a shared underground garage and 333 residential units alongside The Links at Brunello course. Huddle reports this is just the start of a mini town.
Halifax Shipyard operations suspended until Monday
May 14, 2021 – Remember that curt release a few days ago from Irving saying its operations were perfectly safe and it was OK to bring in staff and guests from outside the region for the latest sea trials? The company may want to do a rethink. HalifaxToday has the details.
Canso Spaceport snags $10.5 million investment from Toronto firm
May 14, 2021 – The infusion from PowerOne Capital Markets is expected to allow Maritime Launch Services to launch its first rocket in 2022, according to Huddle.
New data shows steep drop in shopping, transit use during N.S. COVID-19 lockdown
May 14, 2021 – The CBC is reporting Google data that shows activity around stores, restaurants, and other sites is down 50 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Nova Scotia launches paid sick leave program
May 13, 2021 – Huddle is reporting the provincial program only applies between May 10 and July 31, is only open to those with the ability to work remotely, and you must work at least half the hours you’re supposed to in the week you’re claiming the sick days.
A Halifax-area water park with a large unicorn floatie looks to make a splash
May 13, 2021 – First Lake in Sackville could be the site of the region’s largest floating splash park if it can get community buy-in. Global has the details.
Best resources for a start-up business in Atlantic Canada
May 13, 2021 – Did you know Atlantic Canada has an abundance of organizations all geared toward assisting budding entrepreneurs? How many of them can you name? ASJ has a comprehensive list.
‘Desperate’ Halifax small business owners call for more provincial support
May 12, 2021 – Huddle is reporting that business associations have come together to press the government to offer more than “peanuts” to support small business.
Wattpad’s Halifax headquarters to grow as Naver completes acquisition
May 12, 2021 – The publishing platform’s purchase by South Korea’s Naver is expected to lead to 100 new roles being created, Huddle reports.
Fredericton retail property company building new chain restaurants, Superstore in N.S.
May 12, 2021 – Popeye’s and IHOP coming to Bedford as part of Plaza Retail REIT’s growing footprint in Atlantic Canada. Huddle has the details.
Halifax eyeing commercial tax reforms to help struggling businesses
May 11, 2021 – City seeking provincial approval to broaden factors used in setting commercial rates, so they aren’t based solely on assessment, to focus assistance on small business. Huddle speaks with Mayor Mike Savage and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.
Halifax airport CEO hopes for more on-site COVID testing 'sooner rather than later'
May 10, 2021 – Joyce Carter wants to expand the current system used for temporary workers to include everyone. HalifaxToday has the interview.
New study examines barriers Black-owned businesses face during pandemic
May 10, 2021 – Bias, both conscious and unconscious, identified in BBI report as reason black-owned businesses are struggling to survive the pandemic, the CBC reports.
‘Four To Five Years’ before Halifax airport recovers
May 10, 2021 – CKBW is reporting on the long recovery period it will take for Stanfield International to get back to pre-pandemic levels.
Halifax company buying dozens of affordable housing properties from Telus investment fund
May 10, 2021 – Vida Living taking over properties after CBC report reveals serious concerns over how they were managed.
New Bedford Café fulfills lifelong dream for owner
May 7, 2021 – Huddle is reporting on Mellow Mug, a new coffee shop on Larry Uteck opened by Marquessa Cook that aims to serve up both family-recipe baked goods and a relaxed, cosy atmosphere.
Canadian dollar tops 82 cents for 1st time since 2017
May 7, 2021 – Are we headed for parity? If commodity prices continue to rise and the Bank of Canada continues to talk about raising interest rates soon, it’s possible. The CBC has some details.
Home for Coloured Children site gets council OK for redevelopment plan
May 7, 2021 – Long-range plan calls for community centre, retail, housing accessible to African Nova Scotians, a seniors’ complex and long-term care facility, CBC reports.
Lockdown rules for NS businesses confusing, says owner of Rousseau Chocolatier
May 6, 2021 – Is chocolate essential to life? Some may say so. Rousseau Chocolatier is allowed to stay open during the lockdown. It appears the government’s definition of essential isn’t necessarily the same as everyone else’s.
Northern Pulp withdraws environmental assessment application for controversial project
May 6, 2021 – Another application and another withdrawal. Northern Pulp just can’t seem to get it right. CBC reports on the latest move.
Canada transfers ownership of two fishing wharfs to Nova Scotia First Nations
May 6, 2021 – The Canada Creek wharf on the Bay of Fundy in King’s County was transferred in 2019 and now the Tickle Wharf in Canso. Total cost: $2. The CBC has the details.
Irving Shipbuilding invites international staff to Halifax for its latest ship test
May 6, 2021 – Apparently, lock down rules don’t apply to Irving. The CBC is reporting the shipbuilder is bringing in international staff for its latest ship trials.
New details announced for support to N.S. businesses affected by COVID-19 shutdown
May 5, 2021 – The CBC says property tax rebates and other assistance programs are helping businesses impacted by the shutdown, but many owners are concerned they don’t go far enough.
N.S. offers $5,000 cheques to businesses bruised by shutdown
‘It’s frustrating and it’s not fair’ N.S. retailers react to lockdown rules
May 5, 2021 – CTV reports many small businesses selling non-essential items are upset big box retailers can sell the same products they do in-store while they’re restricted to curb-side pick-up.
Sobeys expanding in-store vertical farms across Canada
May 4, 2021 – Retail Insider is reporting Sobeys wants to grow more of its herbs, micro-greens, leafy greens and lettuce inside its own stores with an assist from local farmers.
Halifax developer wants duplex setback rules eased for large housing project
May 4, 2021 – Armco wants to build the duplexes in its Green Acres subdivision in Spryfield much closer together than the law allows. The CBC says this would allow them to build more than 900 units on the site.
LL Bean opening store in Dartmouth Crossing in fall of 2021
May 3, 2021 – L.L. Bean has all the protection it needs from COVID-19. Last year was its biggest year ever with record revenues, a 100 per cent increase in its Canadian business, and it’s opening four new stores in Canada in 2021, including its first and only location in Atlantic Canada. Huddle has the details.
Sobeys reinstates lockdown bonuses for workers, but labour expert says more could be done
May 3, 2021 – Sobeys is offering up to $100 a week bonus pay to employees during the Nova Scotia lockdown. The CBC looks at what more can be done.
Nova Scotia organization opens doors for girls in skilled trades
May 3, 2021 – The CBC is reporting on how Techsploration has weathered COVID and is still opening new doors for girls as they head toward the end of their secondary education.
Halifax internet company Purple Cow taking on Bell and Rogers with lower prices
April 30, 2021 – How much do you pay for internet service? Huddle is reporting local provider Purple Cow wants to give it to you for just $60 per month.
Nova Scotia early childhood educators want clarification on new directives
April 30, 2021 – Daycare workers actually want to suspend service during the lockdown but the government is keeping them open, according to this CBC report.
Five-tower development approved for North-end Halifax
April 29, 2021 – Westwood Development’s five-tower project on the former Acadian Bus Lines terminal and surrounding lands on Almon St. Successfully completes public hearing phase. Check out the story on Huddle.
This company wants to take Boat Harbour's polluted sludge and turn it into roads
April 28, 2021 – Nova Waste Solutions tells CBC its plan to turn all the sludge into a non-toxic construction material is way better than simply storing it on site in a big tank.
N.S. seafood companies say 'extremely frustrating' internet service affecting business
April 28, 2021 – More than a third of seafood companies participating in a recent survey gave their internet service a failing grade. See the results in this CBC story.
Acadia Broadcasting to acquire two Halifax stations
April 27, 2021 – CKHZ-FM and CKHY-FM switch from Evanov Communications to Acadia. Huddle has the story.
Halifax homebuyers cutting home inspections to raise offer appeal
April 26, 2021 – Realtors tell HalifaxToday removing the home inspection clause from any offer is a bad move.
Many Halifax employees return to working from home
April 26, 2021 – The return to lockdown has businesses that brought employees back into the workplace reconsidering their approach. The CBC reached out to some of them.
New Hydrostone business reminds people to shop local amid lockdown
April 26, 2021 – Lemonade General Store tells HalifaxToday it was expecting another lockdown but still finds it hard to be successful.
New restrictions mean more pain for Halifax hotels
April 23, 2021 – Hotel Association of Nova Scotia tells Huddle its members’ revenues are “plummeting.”
Ottawa, Mi'kmaq community on collision course over plan for second lobster season
April 23, 2021 – HalifaxToday says the Sipekne’katik may call in UN peacekeepers to prevent violence against its band members during the fishery.
Farmers' markets support sale of craft cannabis at market stalls
April 23, 2021 – Farmer’s Markets of Nova Scotia says in a CBC report it supports small producers being able to sell directly to the public.
Bank of Canada sees 2022 rate hike, tapers bond-buying program
April 22, 2021 – Yahoo says the BOC is feeling optimistic we’re emerging from the pandemic slowdown and is signaling interest rates may rise in 2022.
U.S. airline JetBlue expands into Canada for the 1st time
April 22, 2021 – Discount carrier dipping toe into Canadian market via Vancouver, CBC says. No word yet whether it will touch down in other parts of the country.
Atlantic Lotto pitched pandemic as 'opportunity' for provinces to raise millions through online casino
April 22, 2021 – The CBC is reporting lockdowns and stay-at-home orders spell opportunity according to Atlantic Lotto, which urged the region to take advantage of the resulting growth in online gambling.
Canada immigration: Do you want to stay in Canada?
April 22, 2021 – A quick online form to help you find out if you qualify for Canada’s new immigration streams.
Former Dartmouth post office being sold as prime development opportunity
April 21, 2021 – Huddle reports Partners Global is marketing the site’s potential for mid- to high-rise development.
Halifax opening living lab for ports
April 20, 2021 – Huddle says the new project in the old Seaport Market space will focus on collaboration to find solutions to industry-wide challenges, such as standardization data and decarbonization.
Nova Scotia’s Black business community focus of upcoming webinar series
April 20, 2021 – HalifaxToday’s story covers the partnering of the Black Business Initiative with Saint Mary’s to create a series of talks to mark BBI’s 25th anniversary.
The downside to the real estate boom in Nova Scotia
April 20, 2021 – In this CBC story, the hot sellers’ market is leaving a lot of renters out in the cold.
Three tourism operators sign on to provincial program announced in October
April 20, 2021 – Tourism Sector Financing Assistance program gets first takers in Ambassatours, Cabot Links and Coach Atlantic. Read this HalifaxToday report.
Student leaders cry out for support in federal budget, wary of long-term pandemic consequences
April 19, 2021 – “Bleak” prospects face graduates amid a global pandemic, so they’re turning to the federal government for support. This CBC story has the details.
Halifax airport sees jump in cargo plane traffic
April 19, 2021 – Airport seeing about 30 per cent increase over same period last year, says the CBC in this report.
Canada announces pathway to permanent residence for 40,000 international graduates
April 19, 2021 – On May 6, international graduates of Canadian universities will have their own dedicated stream for applying to be permanent residents. Find the details at StudyInternational.com.
Canada moves to sort out caregivers, immigration backlog and processing
April 19, 2021 – The Toronto Star is reporting Canada’s commitment to processing 6,000 permanent resident applications from caregivers already in the system by the end of this year.
It looks like Amazon is building a warehouse in Dartmouth
April 16, 2021 – Huddle is reporting that Burnside’s 180 Thornhill Drive to be Amazon’s newest distribution centre once renovations are complete.
Northern Pulp poised to submit revised plan for effluent treatment facility
April 15, 2021 – Here we go again. The CBC says Northern Pulp won’t release details but claims it will submit yet another effluent treatment plan for its shuttered Pictou plant by mid-May.
Halifax restaurants receives $40,000 break from patio fees
April 15, 2021 – Huddle is reporting HRM is waiving all patio fees between Apr. 7 and Dec. 31 this year to aid restaurants hit hard by the pandemic.
Nova Scotia’s first sugar-waxing studio offers gender-neutral hair removal
April 15, 2021 – Fauna Sugaring uses technique with roots reaching back to 1900 BC. HalifaxToday has the story.
One entrepreneur's road from takeout restaurant to spice and sauce export
April 14, 2021 – Shivani Dhamija lost her restaurant to the pandemic. What she found now has her selling her product throughout the region and into the U.S. CBC has the story.
Halifax employment growth continues, adds 2,400 jobs last month
April 14, 2021 – Huddle is reporting Halifax added 14,700 jobs during the past year of the pandemic, defying predictions of massive job loss.
Halifax advisor says 'old school' way of running a company must change
April 13, 2021 – Huddle reprts Dorothy Spence says it’s about time business owners adopted a more collaborative approach rather than always trying to go it alone.
Bids to revitalize Halifax's Spring Garden Road come in over $10.4M budget
April 13, 2021 – Three companies have submitted bids on the project, and they all come in way over budget. CBC has the details.
Halifax’s new five-star hotel will have a speakeasy and a yacht
April 13, 2021 – The Muir, a Marriott brand hotel, will set a new standard for luxury in the city. Huddle says it will set up shop in the new Queen’s Marque building.
Crumbling Cape Breton rail line has not been inspected in six years
April 12, 2021 – The Nova Scotia government is paying to keep part of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway in place, but since it hasn’t been inspected in at least six years, is it still worth it? CBC has the answer.
Halifax council votes for public hearing for major development in Preston Township
April 12, 2021 – Multi-building, multi-generational project for 315-acre former Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children site moves to last stage before approval. Huddle has the details.
I come from the land of North Preston, the birthplace of so many entrepreneurs
April 12, 2021 – The CBC has this wonderful first-person business column by Keonté Beals. Check it out.
Rankin defends budget priorities in speech to business community
April 9, 2021 – Business leaders at Chamber event put Premier on the hot seat for his first budget by highlighting various concerns and demanding answers. Check out this Huddle story for details.
Halifax entrepreneurs create online platform to support in-person mental healthcare
April 9, 2021 – Huddle talks with the creators of a new way to support the use of cognitive behavioural therapy.
Best communities in Canada: Why Atlantic Canada comes out on top
April 9, 2021 – Halifax tops McLean’s latest poll of best communities to live once remote working is taken into consideration.
PAL Airlines announces Fredericton flights to Newfoundland, Halifax and Ottawa
April 8, 2021 – Huddle has some good news for regional travellers. PAL is reversing the trend of announcements about airlines pulling service from regional centres and is instead talking about new flights.
Halifax Chamber of Commerce optimistic as province continues COVID vaccine rollout
April 8, 2021 – HalifaxToday is reporting the Halifax Chamber of Commerce is seeing increased signs of confidence in the local business community as vaccines continue to rollout, infection rates stay low and restrictions on business operations are lessened or removed.
Most Canadians want to keep working from home, study suggests
April 7, 2021 – In this Huddle report, Statistics Canada’s latest study says 32 per cent of Canadians say they’re more productive working from home, 58 per cent say they’re just as productive, and only 10 per cent report being less productive.
Why 2021 could be another 'gangbusters' summer for Canadian road trip vacations
April 7, 2021 – The CBC is reporting 2021 could be a big year for Canadians taking to the roads despite the rapidly increasing rates of infection in many parts of the country.
Cape Breton's Big Spruce fights racial injustice with new brew
April 7, 2021 – Black is Beautiful is Big Spruce’s newest stout and its contribution to a growing international effort to overcome racism, the Herald reports.
Innovative Saint John architecture firm expands to Halifax
April 7, 2021 – Acre Architects wants to create more sustainable communities and now it wants to do that in Halifax too. Read this Huddle article to see how.
Nova Scotia opens door to N.L., allows retailers, gyms to operate at full capacity
April 7, 2021 – Nova Scotia is moving full steam ahead with loosening restriction despite concerns variants will drive up infection rates. This Herald article has more details.
Advocates concerned about unsafe coastal development in Nova Scotia
April 6, 2021 – The Region of Queens municipality is concerned enough about unsafe coastal development that it’s changing its bylaws. Read this CBC story for the details.
How Nova Scotia could become a hub for green hydrogen
April 6, 2021 – The CBC says two companies, Heritage Gas and Planetary Hydrogen, are working to make Nova Scotia a hub for green hydrogen.
Halifax ‘running out of land’ for development
April 6, 2021 – HalifaxToday reports the Urban Planning Institute of Nova Scotia is saying developers are moving outside of HRM to find developable land.
Spring Garden area businesses say communication is key during construction season
April 6, 2021 – Huddle is reporting upset business owners want to be notified before construction closures and other activities that impact their operations.
Port Authority proposes Africville-area land exchange with Halifax
April 6, 2021 – This Guardian story points to the possibility of a land swap that could affect Africville park lands.
Five-tower development in Halifax’s north end clears community council
April 1, 2021 – Westwood’s plans for its property near the intersection of Robie and Almon are a step closer to moving ahead, according to this article from Huddle.
North Brewing expanding to Timberlea area of Halifax
April 1, 2021 – The brewery’s latest expansion is taking place this summer. Check-out this Huddle story to find out the new location.
N.S. restaurant leaders applaud $1.2-million break on booze
March 31, 2021 – The provincial budget makes it cheaper for restaurants to buy alcohol. Huddle explains why that’s a good thing in the face of a pandemic.
Suez Canal is open again, which is good news for Halifax
March 31, 2021 – The longer the canal was blocked, the worse the situation became for international ports. Huddle talks with the Port of Halifax to understand the impact.
Dartmouth brewery owner 'super excited' as province proclaims patio pooches permitted
March 31, 2021 – Dogs are now allowed on patios. This HalifaxToday story talks to a brewery owner that has fought for this move before.
Halifax developers warn of higher rents due to rising prices of lumber, materials
March 30, 2021 – The trading price of lumber has more than tripled in less than a year. This Huddle story says we’ll soon be seeing the impact of that increase in Halifax rents.
Halifax podcast creation start-up taps into recent podcast growth
March 29, 2021 – Podstarter is helping pod casters start and polish their own creations. Read the full story on HalifaxToday.
AI software developed in N.S. provides glimpse into wild and murky Bay of Fundy
March 29, 2021 – Locally developed AI used for facial recognition adapted to identify marine life. Read on in this CBC story.
Children who come to Canada more likely than those born here to enter post-secondary education
March 26, 2021 – New numbers from Stats Can show tell the tale when it comes to university or college education. This CTV story has the details.
Nova Scotia government introduces budget with $585-million deficit
March 26, 2021 – It’s further into the red for the governing Liberals as they put emphasis on COVID, healthcare and the environment. Huddle has the full story.
Supreme Court rules federal carbon pricing is constitutional
March 26, 2021 – Supreme Court agrees the federal government has the right to set terms on issues of national import. Read this Huddle story to get the details of the 6-3 decision.
CMHC calls Halifax housing market 'highly vulnerable'
March 26, 2021 – Overheating, overvaluation and price acceleration are driving the market. This CBC story tells why this is raising red flags.
Donald Sobey dies at age 86
March 25, 2021 – Former head of Sobey’s vast holding leaves important legacy. Huddle has the story.
WestJet to resume air service to Sydney and other Atlantic airports
March 25, 2021 – June will see service restored to regional destinations, easing travel concerns raised when service was suspended. Check out this Herald story.
UARB overrules community councils on Bedford West development proposal
March 25, 2021 – UARB accuses council of not following own development guidelines when approving project. See this CBC story for more.
N.S. Will Spend $19 million to clean up Boat Harbour after Northern Pulp misses deadlines
March 24, 2021 – Missed deadlines and weak science spelled the end of the Pictou mill. Now the province is stepping in to remove the sludge and restore Boat Harbour. Huddle has the details.
Budding Indigenous entrepreneurs in Cape Breton turning passions into businesses
March 24, 2021 – The Cape Breton Partnership’s youth entrepreneurship program is smoothing the way for future indigenous business owners. This Herald article tells how.
Fairview development proposal moves to next steps and other Halifax council news
March 24, 2021 – Halifax Council has voted to allow a proposed development at the corner of Main Ave, and Titus St. To move ahead. Read this Halifax Examiner story for more details.
DFO rejects Halifax firm's bid for $20M contract for using Google Drive
March 23, 2021 – The firm’s decision to use the online storage service caused DFO to rule their bid non-compliant. This CBC story is about Dillion filing an unfair practices complaint to halt the contract being awarded.
Reuben Hall takes over as sole owner of Halifax's MindSea
March 23, 2021 – This Herald story is about the change in leadership at the mobile app development agency.
11 Nova Scotia seafood companies reel in $4.8M from Ottawa
March 19, 2021 – Money meant to assist seafood companies through the pandemic slowdown is finally flowing. See this CBC story for the details.
Halifax’s Tourism Economy Lost $800 million In 2020
March 19, 2021 – New figures released by Discover Halifax show just how hard COVID-19 has hit the city’s tourism industry. Huddle has the full story in this post.
Exodus to Atlantic provinces boosts small-town real estate — and buyers' well-being
March 19, 2021 – It isn’t just urban centres that are benefiting for improved real estate prices during the pandemic. The National Post reports rural areas are seeing similar increases.
Premier says Nova Scotia will not fund Goldboro LNG plant
March 19, 2021 – Rankin says he supports the proposed project but won’t be giving it any public cash. Meanwhile, the proponent is busy asking the federal government for that very thing. Read the details in this CBC story.
Cabco, Office Interiors moving into new 30,000 square foot building in Dartmouth
March 18, 2021 – Huddle has this story about the co-habitation of two important local companies.
New Superstore looks to tap growing customer base in Bedford
March 18, 2021 – Growth in the Larry Uteck Blvd. area makes the opening of this new location a logical move. This Guardian article also points out the inevitable draw of its soon to be neighbour, IHOP.
N.B. premier says Atlantic bubble to reopen in 'mid-April,' official date to be announced in days
March 18, 2021 – The Atlantic Bubble Two seems to be right around the corner. It was successful the first time around but will it work with the rise of variants? Check out this CBC story.
A guide to the major developments that will transform Halifax Regional Municipality
March 17, 2021 – The Guardian article gives a peek of what the future of Halifax might look like.
Inflation inches higher in February due to rising gasoline prices
March 17, 2021 – There’s nothing in the news like broken refineries or civil unrest, yet every week the prices at the pumps keep getting higher. Now, this CBC story says it’s causing overall inflation to rise.
Sobeys parent company to buy 51% stake in Toronto-area grocer Longo's, Grocery Gateway
March 16, 2021 – Nova Scotia-based grocery giant looking to increase its nation presence with new purchase. Check out the CBC story.
Newcomer retention part of reason behind C.B. loan program
March 15, 2021 – A Cape Breton loan program targets the growth of local business and newcomer retention. Read this article in The Herald to find out more.
Nova Scotia approves new salmon hatchery for Digby County
March 15, 2021 – Nova Scotia’s aquaculture industry continues to expand with this recent announcement carried by CBC.
Nova Scotia sees boom in out-of-province buyers snagging homes sight unseen
March 12, 2021 – Our reputation as a safe, clean place to live is driving home buying, according to this piece from the CBC.
Founding partners announced for ‘The PIER’ at the Seaport living lab in Halifax
March 12, 2021 – The project that’s causing the Seaport Farmers’ Market to move to Pier 22 has released further details about its funding.
N.S. reviews minimum wage approach
March 11, 2021 – Check out this CBC story for the latest on Nova Scotia’s minimum wage legislation.
Newcomer service gives city tour
Halifax Transit budget moves forward
March 11, 2021 – This Halifax Examiner piece details coming changes to the city’s transit system. Proper access to transit is a huge issue for many employers.