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Joan Jessome, president of the NSGEU; past president Greg Blanchard; and Darren MacPhee, secretary of the NSGEU and project manager of the union’s new headquarters, break ground at the site of the new building in Burnside. Blanchard, a six-term president of the NSGEU and the man credited with helping transform it from an association into one of the largest public service unions in the province today, passed away in late August.

• The success of Kababji's offering of authentic Lebanese cuisine in Burnside has spurred the restaurant's owners to try and duplicate the feat across the harbour. A new location is getting ready to open soon on Salter Street in Halifax, albeit a smaller version of the Burnside original. However, fans of the original's Arabian dancing nights might have to wait for that particular attraction to be repeated downtown.

• Greg Blanchard, who served as president of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union from 1980 to 1994, passed away on August 26 surrounded by his family. Blanchard is credited with leading the organization through its transformation from a civil service association to a union with a diverse membership from across the public sector. His involvement and commitment to the labour movement spanned over 40 years. Blanchard first became involved in the organization while an instructor of business administration at Cape Breton University and was elected as the then-association's secretary-treasurer in the late 1970s. In 1980, he was elected to his first term as president and was subsequently elected for six consecutive terms. "I considered Greg a mentor and friend who was always supportive," says Joan Jessome, president of the NSGEU. "He has been a vital part of our history and his legacy will live on in our union." Under the leadership of Blanchard, the organization attracted members from across the public sector, including correctional officers, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation employees, school board support staff, and more. "Greg's energy, wisdom and interest in people were an inspiration and catalyst for me to become involved in the union," says Keiren Tompkins, NSGEU executive director. "I was fortunate to have enjoyed a close friendship with him for many years. He will be greatly missed." "I 'm just so pleased we were able to help so many working people in their day-to-day lives," Blanchard told Tompkins shortly before his death. Blanchard's advice and guidance will be missed and his death is a loss to the labour movement in Nova Scotia. NSGEU members and staff mourn his passing and offer condolences to his family. Through all of his dedicated years to the labour movement he was supported by his loving wife, Anne, and their three children: Seana, Anita and Liam (Greg was predeceased by Liam on Aug. 5, 2012). On June 22, Blanchard attended the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of NSGEU's new building in Burnside, which will be completed next year. During the ceremony, Jessome announced the new building's state-of-the-art conference centre will be named in Blanchard's honour. Arrangements are being made by the family. Details will be posted on NSGEU's website when they're finalized.

• An east division patrol member was at the intersection of Commodore Drive and John Savage Drive in Burnside on August 11 at 7:15 p.m. when he observed two vehicles racing along Commodore. Once they spotted the police vehicle they accelerated even faster and out of sight into the Dartmouth Crossing area. One of the vehicles, a Honda Civic, was sighted again on Gale Terrace. The member attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued to drive reckless and entered a dead end in behind a business on Gale Terrace. At this point the driver stopped and exited his vehicle surrendering to police. A 20-year-old male was arrested without incident and charged with flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle under the criminal code. He was also charged with stunting under the Motor Vehicle Act. His vehicle and license were seized. There were no accidents or property damaged as a result of this incident. The 20-year-old male was released on an appearance notice to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court at a later date.

• Another month goes by and there's another report or trouble at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. This time two male offenders were involved in an assault that required the attention of onsite health-care professionals and resulted in one inmate being transported and admitted to hospital with facial injuries. Halifax Regional Police are investigating the incident.

• The Ear welcomes W&O Halifax to Burnside. The firm specializes in designing and implementing forward-thinking maritime solutions for cruise lines, commercial shippers, tug-and-barge operators, oil-and-gas companies, and the world's navies. It deals with pipe, valve and fitting systems; advanced engineered products; automated-valve and data-management systems; and other valuable services. Whether it's a replacement or repair, a new build project, or cutting-edge data-management technology, W&O has the expertise. The company has set up shop at 133 Ilsley Ave. to stake its claim to part of the federal shipbuilding program that will soon get underway at Irving Shipbuilding. The company believes it has want it takes to earn a slice of that pie thanks to several key competitive advantages:

- Keeping labour waiting for a replacement component isn't a viable option in the shipbuilding business. It costs time and money. That's why W&O has what's needed in stock and ready for delivery.

- On Board Survey proactively evaluates what customers will need down the line, whether it's project related or replacement parts.

- iShip® data-management technology provides real-time operational and event data so vessel operators and engineers can visualize, analyze, distribute, collaborate and act. iShip is designed with the ability to use separate modules or combine them in a single platform.

- FuelProof,™ enhances fuel and efficiency monitoring, potentially saving millions in fuel costs.

Eastern Turf Products is taking another stab at building a new location. The long-time Burnside resident tried to break out of its current location on the corner of Ilsley and MacDonald several years ago, starting a new building on a lot right next door. However, they received such interest in the property that they ended up selling it to Drive Products and Armstrong's. The sale helped finance a small expansion of their current building, but the increased space was only a stopgap measure. The new location on Wright Avenue, next door to Premiere Storage, will finally allow the company the room it needs for current business levels, as well as future growth.

• A big Burnside welcome to Atlantic Photo Supply at its new Burnside location, 202 Brownlow. The company's position as Atlantic Canada's only professional photography lab has helped it compete and expand in an era of increased big chain competition in the region.

Imaginit Design has opened its new doors at 30 Isnor Dr. The complete design house offers full services in such fields as corporate collateral, custom signage (including vehicle graphics), digital media, illustration and photo compositing.

Foundation Career College can be found at Unit M – 61 Raddall Ave., and offers complete training commercial truck driving and heavy equipment operation.

In other business park news:

Woodside: Overall Auto Body on Acadia Street is having a car show and open house on September 15. Local car owners will be showing off their vintage and customized treasure, weather permitting. Call 461-9699 for more information.

Organizations: Foundation Career College, Nova Scotia Government General Employees Union, Cape Breton University Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility Halifax Regional Police Irving Shipbuilding On Board Eastern Turf Products Armstrong's

Geographic location: Burnside, Salter Street, Nova Scotia Ilsley Wright Avenue Atlantic Canada Acadia Street

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