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Mitch Dickey, the HRM planner overseeing the finalization of Burnside’s functional plan, says...
• Mitch Dickey, the HRM planner overseeing the finalization of Burnside’s functional plan, says a detailed land use survey is currently underway in the Park to determine how zoning changes should be applied. One potential change is that about 2,000 acres of land currently in private hands may be added to Burnside’s industrial reserves. If the move is approved, it would require amendments to the Regional Plan and negotiations to acquire the property for its current owners. The interesting thing about this is that it may not be HRM that eventually develops these lands. Dickey says HRM’s role as a developer has been stepping down in recent years and may eventually lead to the municipality simply supporting private business and industrial park development and operation.
• Sean O’Boyle, chair of the Greater Burnside Business Association, is keeping a close eye on the functional plan process. Although he agrees with the need for proper zoning and the protection of future industrial lands, O’Boyle is concerned nothing be done that will negatively impact Burnside’s competitiveness. “We (the GBBA) want any bylaw regime that’s put in place to be easy to navigate. We don’t want to compromise the competitiveness of Burnside by overlaying some complex approval process,” O’Boyle says.
• The Hardman Group is preparing to release the name of the second major tenant to lease space in its Wright and Burnside Business Campus. The new tenant will join Dominion Insurance, which as already leased a third of the building, bringing occupancy up to nearly 50 per cent.
• Envirosystems has purchased the Mattawa Group, with operations in Ontario and Alberta. Envirosystems sees the move as an opportunity to expand its services to other parts of Canada, while at the same time allowing it to move into market segments it doesn’t service, such as catalyst removal and replacement.
• Tim Hortons has announced its plan for dealing with the mounds of paper cups and diverting them from the landfill. It has joined forces with Burnside-based Scotia Recycling to work out a program to collect the cups and ship them to paper manufacturer CKF Inc. in Hantsport to make them into trays. The program is now phased in at all of the province’s 156 restaurants. Four-stream recycling units in the restaurants collect the cups, but it’s up to the customers to put the cups in the right spot. Customers for the most part are sorting the cups and other paper products properly and the amount of cups rolling in is increasing. However, the company isn’t releasing how much it has invested in this recycling program.
• Helly Hansen has landed a contract with the Defence Department worth about $2 million to provide engineering, design and development support for floatation and life support equipment, such as immersion suits, and life jackets. This is the company’s first standing offer and its largest Canadian government procurement contract ever.
• Beacon Roofing Supply, based in Massachusetts, has made its own Nova Scotia connection with the acquisition of Burnside’s The Roofing Connection. The purchase could lead to the establishment of other locations across Atlantic Canada. Beacon already operates 14 other locations across Canada.
• A man faces charges in connection with a theft of a significant amount of copper and welding equipment that occurred October 23 at a business on Burbridge Avenue. Based on video surveillance and other information, officers obtained a search warrant for a residence on Herbert Street in Dartmouth. As a result of the search, officers arrested 22 -year-old Joseph Wayne Bowser and also seized items related to the theft. Bowser was charged with break and enter, and possession of goods obtained by crime exceeding $5000.
• Pol-E-Mar and Eastern Spring & Machining are no more. They have shed their old monikers in favour of a single brand for all of the MARENER group of companies. Pol-E-Mar will now be known as MARENER Engineered Systems, while Eastern Spring & Machining will go by MARENER Industrial Services. “The rebrand will facilitate the natural integration of the companies and provide an effective platform for future growth. Our rebranded companies will be known as MARENER Group, and together we will strive to become the provider of choice for specialty fabrications, MRO services, and engineered systems in the Marine and Energy sectors we serve,” says Jason Keating, president, MARENER Group.
• CUPE Nova Scotia wants to spread the word about the important role public employees' wages and pension income play in our local economies. The new 'My Wages Equal Your Profits' campaign stress the fact CUPE’s 18,000 members and their families live and shop from one corner of the province to the other.
• After 21 years in the Park, Burnside Physiotherapy is moving on. Owner Heather MacAuley is scaling back her operation and is moving to a home-based office in Forrest Hills. For many of those years, Heather has been a regular contributor to this paper and her insightful knowledge and sense of humour will be missed.
• Think Digital Media and Think Imaging Solutions have completed their recent move and are now comfortably at home at 117-11 Morris Drive, Dartmouth NS, B3B1M.
• The Ear has come across a lot of funny stories in Burnside over the years, but this one certainly tickled the funny bone more than most. On October 4, a Halifax Regional Police officer on patrol in Burnside observed a vehicle being operated in a manner that raised the concern that the driver might have been impaired. The vehicle was pulled over in the 100 block of Ilsley Ave. and the 43-year-old male driver was arrested. He was taken to the East Division Office on Mellor Avenue where he failed a breath test and was released with a court date. The officer called a taxi to take the man home. That apparently wasn’t enough for this guy, who then arranged a trip back to Burnside, where the same officer spotted him four hours later trying to drive his car away again. He was again arrested, failed the breath test and this time was held until sober. His double dipping has earned him two counts of impaired driving and two counts of having a blood alcohol level that exceeds the legal limit. Some people just don’t know when to stay home.
• Here’s a quick rundown of some of the recent moves and changes in Burnside: World Financial Group has set up shop in 202 Brownlow, while the Pella Windows showroom in the same complex has moved out. VitalAire has a new location at 320 Wright Ave.; Jasco has set up shop at 32 Troop; and Signs Now has moved from Ilsley to 201 Brownlow. Pharmacy services are once again available at the Medicine in Motion clinic thanks to the arrival of Lawtons, while the Ilsley Wellness Centre has opened just down the road offering physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic services. Atlantic Tiltload has completed its move from Wright to 15 Notting Court, and Barrington Tire on Wright Avenue is now OK Tire Auto Service.
In other park news:
• Dartmouth Crossing: The first Banana Republic factory store in eastern Canada is now open, continuing the expansion of Gap Inc. outlet stores across the country. “We’re extremely excited to be bringing Banana Republic Factory Store to Dartmouth in time for the busy holiday shopping season,” says Troy Dunmire, regional director of Banana Republic Factory Stores, Canada. “Now more than ever, consumers are seeking style, value and quality and Banana Republic Factory Store aims to delight shoppers with exactly what they want.” Product is especially designed for Banana Republic Factory Store. New merchandise reflecting current seasonal trends is delivered on an ongoing basis.
• Woodside: Ocean Nutrition has launched a social media campaign aimed at promoting the greater health benefits derived from its fish oil-derived omega-3 supplements, versus those made from flax seed oil. Check it out at Omega-3 to the Max on Facebook.
• Woodside: Four ATVs belonging to the Philae Shriners were stolen during a break and enter into a storage container on Mount Hope Avenue. The machines are used to entertain children at numerous parades and other events. Three are miniature machines, one red, one grey and the other green. The fourth is a red full size machine. Each machine is decorated with flags and stickers, making them easy to identify. These ATVs were purchased after years of fund raising and can’t easily be replaced. The Shriners and Halifax Regional Police are reaching out to the public in hopes that someone will assist in returning the machines to the Shriners so they can continue to entertain children.
• Aerotech: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) has received Transport Canada type certification for its PW210S engine, selected by Sikorsky for the S-76D medium-sized helicopter targeting corporate, offshore oil, medical, airline and government operators around the world. "This is a terrific milestone for this exciting and game-changing helicopter engine program," said John Saabas, President of P&WC. "The PW210S has been designed to offer the highest power-to-weight ratio and lowest fuel burn in the market, which translates into payload and range benefits for the helicopter. With this key certification, we are now looking forward to moving into the production phase of this program."