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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Date Aired or Published 11 July 2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Coast
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Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
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How Halifax’s big dreams have become a nightmare, and what needs to happen to make the city a great place to live. Reporter Tim Bousquet has long followed Halifax's obsession for dubious mega-projects—the Commonwealth Games bid and the Commons concert scandal were just the latest—and asks why we have turned our backs on proven, and more realistic, routes to economic development.

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Originally intended as a short editorial for The Coast's 20th anniversary edition in June, "Two decades of world-class delusion" took on a life of its own as Bousquet conducted more research for the piece, including a score of interviews on background and trips to the city and provincial archives. The result is this much longer and more comprehensive feature commentary.

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