10 Years Ago in Burnside

Lynne Wells
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10 years ago… A rash of break and enters (B&Es) in the Park is hitting multi-unit buildings where tenants’ entrances share a common hall and aren’t visible to outside patrols. Constable Gary Martin, the officer in charge of the Burnside Business Watch, says the number of B&Es has spiked upward recently, with five taking place on a single day alone. The perpetrators appear to be scouting these “business malls” by day for a return visit at night. In one case, a security guard discovered the catch taped open on the main entrance door just prior to closing time, possibly avoiding a visit by the thieves later that night. Martin says the thieves seem to be singling out those businesses that don’t have alarms.  

10 years ago… Job Find 2002 is unlike almost any other recruiting event held in this region. In addition to an extensive promotional campaign, Job Find covers a variety of different industry sectors and runs the gamut from entry level jobs to careers in upper middle management. The Daily News, a local CanWest Global newspaper, is sponsoring the event here. “This sis the first time Job Find is being held in this marketplace and we’re getting a phenomenal response,” says Cindy Helli, manager of Classifieds and Special Projects at The Daily News. Helli says the show will feature 50 exhibitors and she estimates 5,000 to 7,000 visitors will pass through the one-day show.  

10 years ago… All the fast food fiends in the Park will be happy to know the Big M – McDonalds – will soon be in Burnside. Later this spring, McDonalds will become the first tenant on the new property being developed (on Windmill Road) at the foot of Wright Avenue by Roycom Inc. Stage one of development of the former bank property involves the installation of a small roadway and services, plus a set of lights and turn signals at the intersection. On either side of the new road is a “pad” site. The right pad is already sold to McDonalds. The left pad is still for sale.   

10 years ago… The Nova Scotia Safety Council hosted its 20th Annual Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show at the Westin Nova Scotian hotel in downtown Halifax recently. The conference theme, “Cultivating Positive Change”, took a broad approach to safety. Topics such as Occupational Health and Safety, health and wellness, motivational and professional development, road safety and safety for managers and supervisors were on the agenda, as was a new track on the oil and gas industry. There were several hundred conference attendees registered for the events. Exhibitors at the trade show included Frontline Safety, Schooner Industrial Limited, Bridgeport Wire Rope & Chain, Seatech Chemists and Environmental Scientists, East Coast Mobile Medical and MacCulloch Med Tech Services.  

10 years ago… Congratulations to John W. Lindsay, P.Eng., the founder of Burnside’s J.W. Lindsay Construction Company, who was honoured by his peers recently with an Honorary Life Membership in the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS).  

10 years ago… A new Burnside Park resident deserves a pat on the back for a job well done. Neill and Gunter (Nova Scotia) Limited was recently honoured for its design engineering work on the Point Tupper Liquids Fractionation Plant. Neill and Gunter is one of the three partners that comprise ACCENT Engineering, which was named the 2002 winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Engineering. Neill and Gunter moved into its new facility on Eileen Stubbs Avenue in January.  

10 years ago… Coast Tire has a new owner. Ron Outerbridge, the company’s former vice president and general manager, recently purchased the chain of auto service outlets. Outerbridge officially became president and CEO on April 1. Outerbridge says his plans include expanding the current number of locations.  

Organizations: Daily News, Burnside Business Watch, CanWest Big M Roycom Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia Westin Nova Scotian hotel J.W. Lindsay Construction Company ACCENT Engineering

Geographic location: Burnside, Nova Scotia, Windmill Road Wright Avenue Halifax Bridgeport Burnside Park Eileen Stubbs Avenue

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