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Re: “Clusterfuck continues on Market Street

The headline and the "frig shit up all over again" do very little to improve The Coast's reputation as a reliable and responsible media outlet. Is this a real link or did someone hack the site? Or is Frank Mag the new competition for The Coast?

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Posted by Brewnoser on 09/02/2014 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Councillor Bill Karsten objects to council live-blogging

A lack of satire is a lack of literacy.

His note is self explanatory.

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Posted by Brewnoser on 06/27/2012 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Profile: Gottingen Street

I am waiting for all the haters to log in expressing surprise at Tim Biscuit doing a good news story. But based on past examples of their reading and comprehension, I expect they will find a way to see it otherwise. So many people read what they want to, instead of what is written. I hope you are as right about the brighter future of this street as you were about the concert attendances. Hah!

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Posted by Brewnoser on 01/12/2012 at 2:58 PM

Re: “The wine province

I like the title of the article. So many idiots out there who pretend to know something about wine, but when asked about NS wines, prove beyond a doubt that they know dick all.

Posted by Brewnoser on 09/22/2011 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Bridge Terminal construction finally starting by "end of month"

The slate is acceptable for use as fill under the low low tide level in salt water. This is because the phenomenom that causes the low pH runoff from the broken, exposed slate is catalysed by a bacterium, but that micro-organism cannot survive in salt water.

Similarly, acid generating slate can be used as fill on a site if it is encapsulated such that rainwater and oxygen cannot get at it. The bacterium needs both fresh water and oxygen to create the problem. Landscaped "mounds" above grade are sometimes used to hide excess fill. You can essentially "smother" them. Active healthy topsoil layers on top are also good, as the microorganisms in the topsoil will strip most of the oxygen from rain landing on the ground - that's why there is no problem from this rock until we expose it - exposed slate has too much freely available iron and sulphur for water and oxygen to mess with. The reaction is initially a chemical one (water, sulphur and air making H2SO4 - sulphuric acid), but is slow compared to what happens when the bacteria that accelerate the process get established. This acidic water running over the rock then leaches out metals which are soluable at the lower pH. Dissolved Aluminum is one of the more harmful ones, as it kills fish, kinda in the same way Carbon Monoxide kills us.

Interestingly, when my company oversaw the huge relocation of slate rock fill from Bayers Lake to the Bedford Waterfront Development in the late 1980's, they paid us for the fill at the start, and later, took it for free. Now, you actually pay people for the privilege of creating their infill for them! So you try to use it on site where you can.

Posted by Brewnoser on 09/18/2011 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Death of a vision

Tim is correct in that council always can have the last word if a decision by the Design Review Committee is appealed. Developers want to go through the process, however, because it can take as little as 3 months to be approved. A development agreement generally takes at least a year, sometimes more. Once approved by the committee, if there is no appeal in the allotted time period, the project can proceed. No council approval subsequent to the committee's is required. The policy makes it easiest to "do the right thing".

Posted by Brewnoser on 09/18/2011 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Death of a vision

The Chickenburger building has not been before HRM By Design. A small retrofit on Queen Street, close to the north end of Queen went through.

Posted by Brewnoser on 09/18/2011 at 10:00 PM

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Re: “Bach's Cafe

This place has not changed. The stereo gear he has here is great, antique in some parts, but with pretty good CD technology too. Lunch of a bowl of beef dumpling soup with a side of Kimchee for $7.00 is a great comfort food for a rainy day. It's hard to leave.

Posted by Brewnoser on 07/28/2010 at 3:39 PM

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