The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Barometer® Index dropped another three points in July to 58.5, according to a news release Thursday. The Index shows levels close to those seen in mid-2014. Full-time hiring intentions are muted, with 15 per cent of owners planning to add staff versus 10 per cent expecting to reduce staffing. The share of business owners saying their firms are in good shape has decreased also in July and now currently only represent 31 per cent of firms responding.
NDP Leader Gary Burrill and PC leader Jamies Baillie are calling on premier Stephen McNeil to provide evidence that appropriate policies were followed in the recent hiring of former journalist Marilla Stephenson as managing director of corporate and external affairs.
Halifax Metro columnist Stephen Kimber says that Transportation minister Geoff MacLellan could learn a thing or two about openess and transparency from the City of Portland as that city has released passenger counts from The Cat Ferry to and from Portland, while MacLellan has repeatedly refused that info to reporters.