March/April 2021

Atlantic Canada’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Business

As medical professionals, these doctors don’t have roles that scream “business” on first glance. However, these three public health officers played an important role in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, both in their own provinces and throughout Atlantic Canada. As a result, the region has largely limited the spread of COVID-19. The impact on […]

Can P.E.I.’s mighty breeze transform the island from power importer to energy exporter?

Lukas Swan, director of Dalhousie University’s Renewable Energy Storage Laboratory, co-authored Maritime Regional Wind Energy Resources: Determining preferred regions for additional onshore and offshore wind energy development. The report warned that additional wind farms in P.E.I. could contribute to electrical transmission congestion. Prince Edward Island’s energy corporation harbours big ambitions when it comes to renewable […]

Status report: slow starts and further delays for N.L. offshore in 2021-22

Searose FPSO and offshore support vessels (August, 2005). Creative Commons As the promise of government relief funds begin to flow, the perils of the pandemic continue to plague Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas industry. Though oil production continues at Hibernia, Hebron and the SeaRose Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO), the Terra […]

Greenwashing our hands of it — N.L.’s oil challenge

It was a Friday afternoon and if there wasn’t a pandemic, the place would’ve been packed to the gills. There was a limited number of appropriately spaced folding chairs instead. It didn’t take long for the guests—representatives of oil producers and supply companies, of political parties and particularly the governing provincial and federal Liberals—to take […]

Is Nova Scotia’s gas industry about to go up in smoke?

Once upon a time, Nova Scotia was home to an impressive pair of firsts in Canadian offshore oil and natural gas production. The country’s first offshore oil project, Cohasset Panuke, was about 250 km southeast of Halifax on the Scotian Shelf. It produced 44.5 million barrels of oil between 1992-99. Canada’s first offshore natural gas […]

What’s in your blunt? Greenlight Analytical delivers cannabis quality control

President, CEO and co-founder of Greenlight Analytical, a company that has developed a portable device that analyzes the chemical makeup of cannabis plants, giving licenced producers an easy and efficient way to assess the quality of their products. Hometown: Halifax, N.S. Alma mater: Technical University of Nova Scotia (BEng), University of Toronto (MASc), Dalhousie University […]

From running ONB to Toronto Global, Stephen Lund is a man on the go

Stephen Lund’s life is a series of vignettes that could spring from the pages of a Horatio Alger novel. You know: The one about a poor boy who overcomes impossible odds to succeed. But there are problems. For one thing, the Saint John, N.B., native didn’t exactly start poor. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier […]

Burgers, beers and a restaurant with a history as old as Confederation

What goes better with beer? The ubiquitous burger, of course Once upon a time B.C. (“Before Covid”), March was burger month in many parts of Atlantic Canada. Luckily, not even a pandemic can keep a good patty down. It’s official. The PEI Burger Love 2021 festival is officially on for the entire month of September. […]

Federal government steps up with support for Newfoundland and Labrador oil sector

Terra Nova FPSO In response to pleas from the private sector and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal Liberals announced in September 2020, $320 million for the province’s beleaguered offshore petroleum sector. Depressed world oil prices, climate change and a Covid-driven drop in demand had put the once-powerful economic generator in a tight […]

Non-traditional, smaller-scale reactors key to Canada’s energy future

Rendering of Moltex Stable Salt Reactor – Wasteburner (SSR-W). Photo: Even though nuclear power isn’t present in all provinces, it still provided 15 per cent of Canada’s energy supply in 2018 (including about 60 per cent of Ontario supply and 33 per cent of New Brunswick supply). Proponents say nuclear Small Modular Reactor (SMR) […]

50 shades of gray-green: not all hydrogen is created equal

Greenhouse gas emissions, with their attendant financial and environmental costs, have accelerated the transition to renewable power options and sparked increased investment in related research and development. Bottom line: companies are anxious to find ways to cost-effectively decarbonize. Technological advances make wind and solar-generated power more accessible, but those options aren’t always economically feasible or […]

Halifax ready to go with Rapid Transit Strategy

Transportation projects are viewed as likely win-wins for public investment, as both an aid to post-COVID economic recovery and pathway to reducing carbon emissions. In Nova Scotia, the hope is 2021 will see new financial commitments for some of the projects described in Halifax Regional Municipality’s (HRM’s) Rapid Transit Strategy—a plan for new connections, faster […]

Understanding HERstory: the evolution of the 25 Most Powerful Women

Picture this—it’s December 2020 and we had just sent our January issue to the printer. Our editorial team was gathered around the small round table in the corner of my office, planning the content for our March edition. Thematically speaking, this is our annual energy issue, so the first order of business was to identify […]

Governments can stop the unequal distribution of wealth, they just don’t have the guts

I know, I know. I’ve been down this rich-get-even-richer rabbit hole too many times already. Before COVID did what it did to the economy. Before Donald Trump did what he did to the world. Before Justin Trudeau did what he did to… But I digress. Even as I write these words, the inequality gap between […]

John Risley says N.L.’s budget cuts will be painful—but unavoidable

As I write this, the outcome of the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election is not known. Regardless of whether Dr. Furey is re-elected or Ches Crosbie proves the polls wrong and ascends the throne of premier, neither will have an agenda which can be anything other than painful to implement. I have said before in […]

Conception Bay South: urban greets rural

The view of Conception Bay South from atop Topsail Bluff There’s a good reason why Conception Bay South is the number one day-trip destination on Newfoundland and Labrador’s northeast Avalon Peninsula. “People come for our urban vibe,” says mayor Terry French. “They stick around for our rural charm.” Or, maybe, it’s the other way around. […]

Annapolis Basin Conference Centre: Making spaces safe

There was a time when a top meeting space only needed to show it could host a big gathering efficiently. Words like “pandemically safe” never entered the equation. Times change. Just ask Beth Earle, CEO of the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre (ABCC). “We had to do a major pivot when COVID-19 hit,” she says of […]

Ecopilot’s innovative AI technology saves time and money for a greener planet

When the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront became the first hotel in North America to retrofit its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with a state-of-the-art, artificially intelligent solution for real-time energy savings from EcoPilot Canada, it was happy just doing its part in the fight against climate change. In fact, the transformation last year has proved […]