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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, 2021The 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, 2021A 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, 2021Huddle reports Partners Global is marketing the site’s potential for mid- to high-rise development. 

Halifax opening living lab for ports

April 20, 2021Huddle 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, 2021HalifaxToday’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 AmbassatoursCabot 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, 2021Huddle 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, 2021Here 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, 2021Huddle 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, 2021Fauna Sugaring uses technique with roots reaching back to 1900 BCHalifaxToday has the story. 

One entrepreneur's road from takeout restaurant to spice and sauce export

April 14, 2021Shivani 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, 2021Huddle ireporting 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, 2021Huddle 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, 2021The 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, 2021The 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, 2021HalifaxToday 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, 2021The 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, 2021Westwood’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, 2021The 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, 2021The 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, 2021The 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, 2021Podstarter 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, 2021Locally 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, 2021Supreme 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, 2021Overheating, 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, 2021Former 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, 2021UARB 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, 2021Missed 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, 2021The 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, 2021Halifax 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, 2021The 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, 2021This 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, 2021Money 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, 2021Rankin 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, 2021Huddle has this story about the co-habitation of two important local companies. 

New Superstore looks to tap growing customer base in Bedford

March 18, 2021Growth 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, 2021The 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, 2021The 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, 2021There’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, 2021Nova 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, 2021A 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, 2021Our 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, 2021Check 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.