Max Headroom 
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Re: “The Western Common is a colossal mess

"....ATVs are a reality, and so arguably they should be accommodated." Ebola's a reality, too. So shall we just accommodate it? Oh, Tim, take off your peninsula hat and look at what's been happening for decades in N.S. ATV policy and practice. See what's been going on beyond the civil urban boundaries. The irreversible, dogged, daily destruction of wilderness by ATVs in the Western Common won't be the pricey pickle for the city that you imagine. The city's sliced this pickle before. It's an easy one, and really cheap. Come up to St. Margaret's Rails to Trails and see how HRM "accommodates" ATVs on the "mixed use" trail there, for instance: they're simply waved through, no matter who gets mowed down in the process. See how the drug-driven machines carve out homeowners' front and backyards day and night, despite at least 4 laws banning them there. The city -- and the province -- just ignores the homeowners who complain: gotta protect that rural vote. And now we're going to do it all again with the Bowater purchase. One last irony: those homeowners complaining over the past several years have inevitably heard back from Denise Peterson-Rafuse, their MLA, that the Five Bridges Lakes Wilderness project was to be the gold standard for what was achievable when we all worked together with the ATVers. Hope she read your piece so that she could see that she at least got that right.

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Posted by Max Headroom on 12/11/2012 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Ten Halifax councillors wanted to be on Trade Centre Limited board of directors

Re MacGillvray's pension: pretty sure the only places in the world that can still happen without rioting in the streets is in Nigeria and Nova Scotia.

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Posted by Max Headroom on 12/07/2012 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Wild surprise as proposed park doubles in size

And how many ATV trails are going to run through this "park"?

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Posted by Max Headroom on 06/08/2012 at 5:32 PM

Re: “From Nova Scotia with love

Cobham's not really playing favorites here or picking on Dartmouth - a few months ago a Cobham facility in Nashua NH was shut down for not meeting financiaL expectations. Much of the manufacturing was moved to Cobham plants in the UK. Other products were distributed to plants in the US. In short, Cobham is an equal opportunity predator, and Dartmouth is pretty much at the bottom of the food chain.

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Posted by Max Headroom on 04/09/2012 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The Chronicle Herald gets it all wrong

The Chronicle Herald piece by Bruce Erskine on the Cobham smoke and mirrors story is silly, and once again shows how little investigative journalism survives at the CH.

First, the January 2012 ACOA loan is an incidental part of the Cobham story. The real story is that 2 independent Nova Scotia companies started building electronic tracking equipment and became leaders in the world - one tracking wildlife and the other tracking criminals (or suspected criminals). They sold stuff to the FBI, Homeland Security, NOAA, NASA, and police forces across North America. The US Air Force, NATO and other air forces around the world fly with crash locator beacons designed and built in Dartmouth. Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Nova Scotia even use their tracking devices to monitor lobster boats (without the owner's knowledge or consent). SOCOM - US Military's Special Operations Command - has a GPS tracker on just about every vehicle on the ground in Afghanistan, and many of those little black boxes came from, and were designed in, Dartmouth.

As for the ACOA grant, if Erskine had bothered to investigate, rather than merely to regurgitate the official Cobham story as told by its PR head, he would have found that the grant was indeed announced by the then-R&D manager in Dartmouth on January 6th. Nothing conditional, nothing ambiguous about it - "We got the ACOA grant!" the R&D manager shouted out that day, and at least half a dozen staff heard him. (Maybe the grant was subsequently revoked after at least 3 Halifax news outfits, including the CH, started enquiring about it a few weeks later -- who knows.) Erskine could have gone further -- a lot further. He has good local sources inside Cobham. All he had to do was pick up the phone and ask them what really happened. Why didn't he?

The Coast's story was obviously tirelessly researched, over weeks if not months. All Erskine did after the story broke was make a single phone call to Cobham's mouthpiece, then use her to take a cheap shot at the Coast. This is journalism?

Bottom line: this isn't a story about some chicken-shit grant - this is a story about how Canadian taxpayers helped a bunch of smart Nova Scotians create some of the most technologically advanced surveillance gear in the world and then sell tens of millions of dollars worth of it around the globe -- until some multinational came in and snatched it up for its American friends. Orion and Seimac were headed for great technological success -- and now they're gone. But that's not a story that interested the CH. Why not?

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Posted by Max Headroom on 04/07/2012 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Halifax bus drivers lose on pay

Starting salary in Winnipeg is about $17.50/hr.
Average salary in Bangor Maine is $20,000 year and New York City $35,000/yr.

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Posted by Max Headroom on 03/15/2012 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Drunken deliberations

The Herald sat on Peter Lund's name for a week - they knew about him being the councilor who had his keys confiscated by the mayor as far back as Friday the 16th and chose to sit on it until a few days ago. Both Lund and Rankin had been mentioned elsewhere as well. I'd say the Herald showed remarkable restraint in this whole matter. What we all want to hear in St. Margaret's Bay is when is the election for District 23 - Hammonds Plains - St. Margaret's - going to be held? Surely, Mr. Lund will quietly resign so that "he can go off and spend more time with his family and pursue other interests." That's a much more gentlemanly solution to the situation than tar and feathers.

Posted by Max Headroom on 07/24/2010 at 11:31 AM

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