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Morning Fix: Practice vs. Procedure at Halifax City Hall

The Premier's Office was probably hoping for better weather when they scheduled this morning's photo-op at a new wind farm in Amherst.

Premier Darrell Dexter is attending the official opening of Sprott Power's wind farm at 11 a.m. But this isn't just any old wind farm opening - yawn, right, I know - but the official opening of the first wind farm DSTN had a hand in building.

You'll recall that DSTN, formerly DSME Trenton, is a old rail car operation converted into a wind turbine plant in 2010. It has received a hefty amount of public money - the province invested $60 million for a 49 per cent share, and there has been other support through Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. It also just laid off 32 workers, according to CBC News.

Anyway, DSTN built all 15 towers for this new $61 million wind farm, which is expected to produce enough energy for about 10,000 homes.

It's the second photo-op Dexter has gotten from this particular wind farm - you may recall him signing the turbine blades as they came into port last September.

Staying with economic development, Kings North backbencher Jim Morton is making a "business announcement" on behalf of ERDT Minister Percy Paris in Dartmouth this afternoon. Morton will be joined by NSBI President Stephen Lund and Nathan Kroll, CEO of Ad-Dispatch.

Ad-Dispatch bills itself as "Canada's leader in Augmented Reality development." It recently got a favourable write up in the business publication that must not be named. And today it will receive $250,000 from the provincial government, through NSBI.

The provincial Liberals are accusing the government of underfunding the Cape Breton District Health Authority in their attempts to combat the spread of C. difficile. According to health critic Leo Glavine, the CBDHA asked for $1 million, and the government provided $500,000. Glavine conflates the requested amount with the "necessary" amount without providing any real evidence to back that up, but there you go.

Halifax regional council meets for the second time this year today. Interesting items on the agenda include a report on the procedural problems surrounding the sale of St. Patrick's-Alexandra School (where staff basically say 'yeah, there was a procedure, but we never really followed it, so what are you going to do?') and a "buy local" motion from Downtown Coun. Dawn Sloane.

Today will also mark the second time this year Halifax regional council will go in camera to discuss a sensitive matter, namely the above-mentioned St. Pat's sale.

I can almost smell the new era of democratic openness our mayor is pushing.

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