Reports query efficiency of Efficiency N.S.

PROVINCIAL REPORTER MICHAEL GORMAN mgor man@herald.ca @MichaelTGor man The Chronicle Herald, April 8, 2015 How much should it cost to screw in a light bulb? If you’re getting it done by one of Efficiency Nova Scotia’s three preferred contractors, it could be too much. Summary reports for the agency’s Business Energy Solutions program, obtained by The Chronicle Herald, show cost estimates for labour well beyond what would be expected for the work. Critics of the program say it offers rebates of anywhere from 60 to 100 per cent to businesses for upgrading to more efficient equipment, making it financially impossible…

True to their roots – Brewery Market Expansion won’t hurt Farmers Market

Brewery Market expansion won’t hurt farmers market, Killam says. BILL POWER BUSINESS REPORTER – bpower@herald.ca @CH_HeraldPower The Chronicle Herald, April 7, 2015 The Historic Farmers’ Market at the Brewery Market on Lower Water Street in Halifax will be retained and may be expanded by the new owner of the property. “The farmers market will be a terrific amenity to tenants of the apartment building to be built to the south,” Philip Fraser, president and CEO at Killam Properties Inc ., said Monday in an interview. Construction will begin in the second half of this year on the Alexander, a 22-storey…

No-nuke electricity promised by N.B. Power

JOANN ALBERSTAT BUSINESS EDITOR – jalberstat@herald.ca @CH_JAlberstat The Chronicle Herald, April 7, 2015 Nova Scotia won’t be getting nuclear power from New Brunswick, even though the two provinces have just hitched their electrical grids together, an NB Power official says. Keith Cronkhite, vice-president of business development and generation, said last week that Point Lepreau’s electricity is part of the province’s base load because it has the lowest fuel cost. “We would utilize that in New Brunswick,” Cronkhite said in an interview from Fredericton. What would be available to Nova Scotia under the new joint dispatch system is oil-fired generation from…

Small firms paying dearly for HRM’s spending spree

NICK LANGLEY Editor’s Note – Nick Langley is CFIB’s director of provincial affairs, Nova Scotia. CFIB represent 5,200 small and mediumsize businesses in Nova Scotia and 109,000 in all sectors across Canada. The Chronicle Herald, April 4, 2015 There’s a spending problem at Halifax city hall. As we enter into municipal budget season, councillors are faced with many difficult decisions about spending priorities. There are many competing interests. However, the mayor and many councillors have repeated the need to create an environment to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. The annual budget is the tool to put those words into action. Canadian…