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A different kind of grow op     

Kris and Brenda Sutton have a grow op in a shipping container but the crop is not what you might think. The pair run a vertical hydroponic farm and ship greens, from kale to arugula, to local chefs who place custom orders before the seeds are even planted. 

Gonna get high, high, high   

Ski Wentworth’s about to get a new lift. Ski Cape Smokey’s opening the region’s first gondola. And once you’re on top of old Smokey, you’ll be able to see the new government-run pot shop setting up in Ingonish. Dude…

A judge, a bug and global warming   

Nothing like a plague, a plankton bloom, warm water fish kill and an adverse court ruling to put expansion plans on ice. Barb Dean-Simmons catalogues Norwegian aquaculture giant MOWI’s rough run of luck and its Q3 results released this week right here. 

Sydney’s set to sing about a sea cruise   

Cape Breton’s cruise ship gateway is banking on as many as 90 ships averaging 2,000 tourists each to give the local economy a push in the next year. After two cruise seasons lost to COVID, the port and community could use a break. 

Meet the makers  

Here are two small success stories worth sharing. Crystal Shand, above, never intended to build a business but her jewelry side gig, Olive Cricket Clay Designs has changed the young Nova Scotian’s mind. Meanwhile, success is looming large for weaver and knitter Pia Skaarer Nielsen, who’s done everything from darning a sock to making curtains for a Viking chieftain. 

Working the dream 

The pandemic’s made a lot of folks take a second look at how, and where, they work. Deborah Rent packed up her film festival consulting business, leaving Nova Scotia for the Dominican Republic. But others, like Australians Sean Davidson and Suman Utamawiriya, are moving to Atlantic Canada where costs and stress levels are lower than in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver.

Things get salty at Windsor 

Windsor Salt employees are on strike. One of the reasons, they say, is the “toxic work environment.” They don’t mean salt in the air but how they feel they’re being treated under new U.S. ownership. Management says they have a contingency plan so the highways will be safe this winter. If you want to see the plan, look down next time you drive over Halifax Harbour’s MacKay Bridge. That mountain covered in black plastic is nearly 100,000 tonnes of salt. 

Heads up   

Oland Brewery has some news coming Monday. Won’t say what it was but they’ll have Allan MacMaster on hand at their Halifax brewery for the reveal. 


ALVAH WILE: Midland Transport founder hero before businessman 
Writer Bill Spurr shares the story of a remarkable Nova Scotian who left us at 98. I’ll leave him to tell it.

ELON MUSK: Billionaire’s selloff has lawyers talking 
By selling, then asking Twitter followers whether he should, then selling some more, the world’s best-known flakey billionaire has raised at least five legal questions. Here they are. 

That’s the wrap!

See you next Friday. Meanwhile, I’m hoping not to see road salt or snow at Cape Smokey any time soon. 

Brian Ward
Managing Editor, Business | SaltWire Network
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