• Burnside Fleet Services has joined the Peterbilt family. Now dubbed Peterbilt Atlantic – Dartmouth, the new location is considered a full service store, offering 24-hour, seven-day emergency service or service scheduling; Red Oval pre-owned vehicle service; and Truck Care total customer support.
• Homburg Invest Inc. ‘s board of directors has unanimously decided the unsolicited non-binding proposal submitted by Richard Homburg isn’t in the best interests of the company. Upon receipt of the proposal, an independent committee of Homburg Invest Inc.’s board met to consider it, along with its independent financial and legal advisors. The company says after careful consideration, including the report and recommendation of the committee, the board has determined the proposal in its current form isn’t in the best interests of Homburg Invest Inc. (HII) as it cannot be implemented as proposed. Deloitte & Touche L.L.P. acted as independent financial advisor and McCarthy Tétrault LLP acted as independent legal counsel to advise the committee in connection with the proposal. Given the unsolicited and non-binding nature of Homburg’s offer, the board and committee are notifying shareholders that no formal offer has been made for its shares.
• Proposals for acquiring the assets of the former Scanwood operation in Burnside are now being reviewed by the receiver to determine the eventual fate of the failed furniture maker. Green Hunt Wedlake Inc. is evaluated the bids to see which will provide the best deal for creditors and realize the greatest return on the company’s assets. It has not released how many proposals are being looked at, who submitted them or how much they may be worth. However, the company’s 200 former employees are hopeful the winning bid will include plans to reopen the plant and resume manufacturing furniture, possibly for the former company’s only client, Ikea. Meanwhile, Ikea won a court decision preventing the receiver from selling 11,000 finished dressers to another buyer on the strength of its claim it would infringe on its trademark protections.
• Every day, local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and thousands of individuals volunteer their time, energy and skills to improve the well-being of families and communities across the country. They help make Canada stronger by creating change and inspiring hope. The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards are a new way to celebrate these Canadians who make a difference. A total of 17 awards will be given at both the regional and national level. Recipients will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award). Those chosen for the awards must be nominated. The first call for nominations opened on July 12 and will close on September 9, 2011. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in early 2012. Do you know an individual or group, a business or not-for-profit organization that is making a difference in your community? Recognize their contributions and show your appreciation by submitting a nomination. To learn more about the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards, please visit http://www.pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.
• Two of the biggest unions located in Burnside, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are expressing their concerns over the provincial government’s 'shared services' plan for District Health Authorities and the IWK. NSGEU President Joan Jessome says, “We have no problem in general with any initiative to improve the quality and effectiveness of our members’ services. But we do have serious misgivings if any review of these services includes the possibility of contracting-out and privatization. “CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh is urging the Dexter government to be very cautious, saying, “We are quite concerned this initiative could have a dramatic impact on the workforce in acute care and the vital services they provide. Any time we see a government using terms such as 'alternate service delivery', it raises the threat of privatization and contracting out of services and jobs." Jessome lists the NSGEU’s concerns as including an over emphasis on cost savings instead of care quality, staff protection, job security, respect of collective agreements and the hiring of yet another outside consultant. Over at CUPE, Cavanagh says the biggest issue is that none of the health care unions representing these workers were given an opportunity for meaningful input on this proposal, and those workers are concerned the public will see the health care system as being for sale to the lowest bidder.
• A Metro Transit bus driver has reignited concerns over how the transit service deals with strollers on its buses. The driver was involved in a confrontation with several mothers with strollers who all boarded the bus at the same time and refused to either move to the rear of the bus or get off when he said they were taking up too much room. The standoff led to a long delay for other passengers when the driver refused to go any further until the mothers either exited the bus or folded up their strollers. Even some passing police officers got involved in the dispute. Eventually a Metro Transit representative arrived on scene and negotiated and end to the dispute and the bus proceeded on its way. Metro Transit has committed to looking into the issue further.
• Halifax City Council continues to look at the issue of whether it will back the construction of a new multi-use stadium as part of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, being hosted by Canada. The council committee struck to look at the issue is expected to make its recommendations this month. Meanwhile, Mayor Kelly says no decision has been made yet on possible sites for the stadium and that several locations on both sides of the Harbour – including Burnside – are still on the table.
• CanJam Trading Limited on Payzant Avenue is selling its property in Jamaica, which was originally used as security for a provincial expansion loan in 2004. Now the security for the loan is being switched to the company’s two processing plants in Clark’s Harbour, N.S. Of the original $1.85 million loaned to the firm, only $316,000 is left outstanding and should be paid off completely by this time next year.
In other business park news:
Woodside: Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems has landed a contract to install new systems on Canadian naval vessels. The contract, worth $7 million, covers the installation of automated degaussing systems on all the Halifax-class frigates. The company hopes this contract will put it in a good position to land a portion of the $35 billion shipbuilding contract the federal government is currently evaluating submissions on.