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January 15, 2019 4:04 PM BP scales back exploration plans off N.S., gives up half its offshore area

HALIFAX - BP Canada is scaling back its oil and gas exploration plans off Nova Scotia, giving up half the offshore area included in its exploration licence. The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board says the energy giant is surrendering 50 per cent of the area included in its licence — a consolidation of four offshore parcels roughly 300 kilometres 617

January 10, 2019 3:07 PM From iPads to charcuterie, how realtors woo buyers to an open house

“Food is what drives people in,” said Alles, a real estate agent at Sutton Group Summit Realty in Mississauga, Ont. “We’re trying to make it an event, as opposed to a traditional open house.” The open house at the townhouse in Burlington, Ont., west of Toronto, last May drew in more than 200 people over four hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There were free tacos 132

January 4, 2019 6:23 PM Filipino workers speak out against Halifax businessman in immigration fraud case

The Crown is recommending a sentence of two years in prison, noting the need to deter “like-minded individuals” and to fully denounce the offences against temporary foreign workers. The case of immigration fraud appears to have divided the city’s Filipino community, with some expressing trepidation about speaking out. After meeting with Crown and defence 131

January 2, 2019 4:49 PM Halifax digital studio gets provincial payroll rebate of up to $1.5 million

The government says REDspace “provides new ways for its clients to deliver interactive experiences” to users. REDspace was founded by Mike Johnston, a Truro native who returned to Nova Scotia from Boston after the 2000 tech crash. “We’re an export-driven company and we’re doing it all from Halifax,” Johnston, REDspace’s CEO, said in 2017. “We mostly 138

December 25, 2018 10:58 PM Ottawa, Irving Shipbuilding ask trade tribunal to toss challenge to warship contract

OTTAWA—The federal government and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding are asking a trade tribunal to throw out a challenge to their handling of a high-stakes competition to design the navy’s new $60-billion fleet of warships. In separate submissions to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the federal procurement department and Irving say the challenge 126

December 21, 2018 2:16 PM Halifax Schooners say business details, stadium drawings coming soon

HALIFAX—Proponents for Halifax’s proposed CFL team say they have now sold more than 6,000 season-ticket applications — and will present more business details to city hall as early as today. Halifax Schooners founding partner Anthony LeBlanc says that level of ticket sales is in line with what the organization expected. He says the group expected to submit 120

December 15, 2018 3:21 AM Davie warns of shipbuilding strategy ‘disaster’ as Coast Guard icebreaker delivered

“We’re ready to help. We’ve got the capacity,” Boisvert said. Davie, he said, “could build in parallel six massive ships. The two other shipyards, Seaspan (in Vancouver) and Irving (in Halifax) they can only do one at a time. So, sincerely, that national strategy might become a bit of a disaster if we’re not leveraged properly.” The comments cast a cloud 137

December 6, 2018 6:14 PM CN Rail in joint bid for stake in largest container terminal in Eastern Canada

HALIFAX—Canadian National Railway is bidding to acquire a stake in the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada. The Montreal-based company has confirmed joining a partner to bid for an interest in Halterm, a 30-hectare site at the Port of Halifax, but is declining to provide details. Halifax is Canada’s fourth-busiest port in terms of container 134

December 5, 2018 7:16 PM Singer Tom Cochrane to invest in Halifax CFL bid, ownership group says

HALIFAX—The group trying to land a CFL franchise for Halifax says singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane has confirmed his intention to invest in the newly named Atlantic Schooners. A short statement from the ownership group says the Manitoba-born Cochrane, a multiple Juno Award winner, has been a long-time friend of Bruce Bowser, one of the group’s founding 107

December 3, 2018 7:27 PM Canada announces 34 players for selection camp ahead of world juniors

Defencemen: Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nicolas Beaudin (Drummondville Voltigeurs), Jacob Bernard-Docker (North Dakota), Evan Bouchard (London Knights), Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors), Cameron Crotty (Boston University), Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan), Pierre-Olivier Joseph (Charlottetown Islanders), Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads) 111