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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
March 11, 2021 – This Herald story shows another way to be welcoming to new arrivals.
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.