Dalhousie University is pleased to announce that RAdm John Newton will visit the campus on February 13, 2014. He will speak on Royal Canadian Navy contributions to Government strategy in the Arctic and Americas, maritime security and counter terrorism operations, and contribution to global engagement with partners and allies.

Time: February 13th  2014 – 12:30-2:00 pm

Location: Lord Dalhousie Room, Henry Hicks A&A

Cost: Free

Contact: For additional information please contact the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at centre@dal.ca

RAdm Newton’s bio:


As well please have a look at a recent video that was made for the new Commander of the RCN VAdm Mark Norman as he communicates his intent as the 34th Commander of the RCN.


From left: The Honourable Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and MP for Central Nova), Capt. Anthony McGuinness (CEO, Halifax Pilotage Authority), Jim Hanlon (CEO, Halifax Marine Research Institute) and Neil Gall (Executive Director, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network – MEOPAR).

Group photo

New on-line weather and wave forecasting tool enhances safety at the Port of Halifax

The Government of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, and partners celebrate the completion of the SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy project

January 20, 2014                                             Halifax, Nova Scotia                                              Transport Canada

 The official launch of the SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy website took place today in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Nova Scotia Regional Minister and MP for Central Nova, on behalf of the Government of Canada, along with the Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Nova Scotia Minister of the Public Service Commission, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson, today announced the launch of the SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy website which will help keep mariners safe while increasing productivity, reducing costs, and moving goods through the Port of Halifax more effectively.

This new website provides real time data from the inshore weather buoy that was originally deployed in the waters off Herring Cove, Nova Scotia on November 7, 2013. The data includes high resolution weather and wave forecasting for the Halifax Port Authority and will be used for education and scientific research.

Its purpose is to provide real-time weather and directional wave information, online, for shipping operations and recreational boaters. With accurate data, shipping companies will have additional information to safely navigate their vessels through the waterways leading into the Port of Halifax. This technology improves the port’s reliability, and supports better planning and more efficient operations by shippers and others using it. 

Quick Facts

  • Transport Canada will contribute $171,000 of the total cost of $366,000 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) Intelligent Transportation Systems.
  • The Province of Nova Scotia provided $150,000 in start-up funding.
  • Annual operating and maintenance costs will be funded for a period of 10 years by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and the Halifax Port Authority.
  • Marine pilots carry out about 3,100 transfers to the port each year, which will be made safer through the accurate weather information provided through the SmartATLANTIC technology.
  • About 200 technology projects totaling over $30 million have received funding so far under the Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic Plan for Canada, En Route to Intelligent Mobility.


“Our Government is proud to support this smart technology that will improve safety, reduce costs, and increase the efficiency of the Port of Halifax – a crucial link in the Atlantic Gateway. This initiative is the latest in a long list of Atlantic Gateway improvements we have made since 2006, putting Atlantic Canada in an excellent position to capitalize on our Government’s new trade agreement with Europe.”

The Honourable Peter MacKay
Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and MP or Central Nova, Government of Canada

“We are pleased to support this project, along with the federal government and the many partners involved. This sophisticated tool will provide significant benefits for our position as a transportation and trade gateway, and help improve safety for mariners and the flow of marine commerce in and out of the Port of Halifax.”

The Honourable Labi Kousoulis
Nova Scotia Minister of the Public Service Commission

“For the first time in Halifax, real-time high resolution weather and wave forecasting is available online to mariners, fishers and recreational boaters, enhancing not only the safety and efficiency of port operations, but also Canada’s oceanographic and meteorological research capabilities.”

Jim Hanlon
Chair, Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI)

“The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy will provide invaluable forecasting data and therefore will enhance safety from an overall perspective, while improving the efficiency of commercial activities at the port.”

Karen Oldfield
President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority

“For marine pilots, this new technology will provide data to greatly assist in safely and effectively serving our clients. The more information we have about weather and sea conditions, the safer those transfers will be.”

William Rooney

Acting Chair, Atlantic Pilotage Authority


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Marie-Josée Paquette
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Media Relations

Transport Canada, Ottawa


Tina D. Thibeau

Media Relations Advisor

Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism


E-mail: thibeatd@gov.ns.ca

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Bedford Institute of Oceanography Coffee Talks

Ocean and Ecosystem Science Seminar Series

Early Start Time!!!

9:30 Friday January 24, Needler Boardroom, VS427

Emmanuel Devred,  Université Laval: Notice_Emmanuel Devred

Remote Sensing of Ocean Colour in the Arctic

Future Talks:

Jan. 31, Colin MacDonald (Services NS), The New NS Geomatics Strategy

Feb. 07, Vasily Korabel (Dal), Data assimilation experiments in the North Atlantic: How useful are satellite-derived surface observations for correcting the subsurface fields?

Feb. 14, Alida Bundy (BIO), TBA

Feb. 21, Hilary Moors-Murphy and Norman Cochrane (BIO), Cetacean and noise acoustic monitoring

Regular talks are at 10:00 on Fridays in the Needler Boardroom – Van Steenburgh 427, BIO. People not working at BIO will need to be signed in at the front desk, main entrance to attend (or give) the seminar. Talks are scheduled for 1 hour and we suggest preparing 40 minutes worth of material. Questions and discussion should more than fill any remaining time. Material can be unfinished work in progress, proposed projects or cruises, cruise reports, ideas you wish to expose to critical review before undertaking studies, recent conference reports, finished talks presented elsewhere long ago, etc. We particularly welcome talks from scientists visiting BIO and can make special efforts to slot them into the regular series or hold seminars on other days to fit their timetable.

Speakers wanted! Our fall season is now tentatively booked. Please think about what you can tell us about your science in the winter and do let us know if you have interesting visitors at any time.


Erica Head (902) 426-2317 Erica.Head@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Will Perrie (902) 426-3985 William.Perrie@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Claudio DiBacco (902) 426-9778 Claudio.DiBacco@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

David Greenberg (902) 426-2431 David.Greenberg@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


MELAW Lecture

You are invited to attend “The Common Heritage of Mankind and the Law of the Sea: the legacy and the future”, public lecture on January 15th. The guest speaker is Prue Taylor from New Zealand.  For more information, please click the link below.

MELAW-IOI lecture JAN15-14

Date: January 15, 2014

Room: 104

Location: Weldon Law Building, Dalhousie University