Failures and Fiascos

Failures and Fiascos

by Dan Soucoup


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Do you remember the invasion of Newfoundland’s hydroponic cucumber? How about New Brunswick’s ill-fated space-age sports car?
In this dynamic collection, Dan Soucoup follows the money trail up the political ladder to deliver the dirt on the most devastating failed business ventures, political scandals, and industry fiascos in Atlantic Canadian history. Presented in concise, entertaining vignettes, Boondoggles exposes two centuries of debacles in regional, national, and international scope.
Exposed is the downfall of many local industries including steel, coal mining, nuclear and hydro-power, oil, heavy-water, and even rum-running. Relive the tragic fall of Sydney Steel in Cape Breton, PEI’s flawed immigrant investor program, the controversial (and ongoing) Churchill Falls project in Newfoundland, New Brunswick’s doomed Chignecto Ship Railway, and plenty more. From the coal mines of Cape Breton to the dry docks of Esquimalt, rediscover the stories that made headlines and continue to baffle Atlantic Canadians today.
Includes 40 historical and contemporary images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771080422
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Publication date: 09/11/2013
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dan Soucoup has worked as a bookseller and publisher for many years. He is the author of numerous historical books about the Maritimes, including Failures and Fiascos, A Short History of Halifax, Railways of New Brunswick, and Know New Brunswick. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Long and Winding Railway 4

Shubenacadie's Too-Late Canal 10

Prince Edward Island's Railway Debacle 20

The Great Log Raft Experiment 27

The Doomed Chignecto Ship Railway 32

The Rotten Potato Scandal 37

Bootlegging and Rum-Running 42

The Clairtone Fiasco 49

The Controversial Churchill Falls Project 56

The Heavy-Water Sinkhole 61

The Westmorland Industrial Park Flop 68

The Little Oil Refinery that Made It 73

The Bricklin Sports Car Disaster 78

The Cucumber Affair 87

"Tunagate," or The Tainted Tuna Matter 91

Too-Good-To-Be-True Board Game Factory 96

The Meteor Creek Gas Fraud 101

The Steel Mill No One Wanted 107

Bidding for the Commonwealth Games: All for Naught 116

A Northern Bridge and the Collapse of Atcon 124

Shit Storm Central in Halifax Harbour 132

Lepreau: A Billion Dollars Over and Three Years Late 139

The Flawed Immigrant Investor Program 149

The Boats that Wouldn't Float 155

Giving Up on NB Power 162

Bibliography 170

Image Sources 171

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