Archive for August, 2016

Welcome to the Cape Breton Spectator!

Welcome to the Cape Breton Spectator!

August 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

There will be no hesitation to become involved in controversy if the outcome holds promise of constructive achievement for Cape Breton. — Prospectus, The Highlander Press Company Ltd., October 1962 I tried to dig the truth out of hearings, official transcripts and government documents, and to be as accurate asRead More

Japanese school children near Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome ("Genbaku Dome"). An exhibition hall, it was the only thing left standing in the area after the bomb. Photo by Catherine Campbell (June 2014)

Chain Reactions: Bad Faith and Bold Moves in the New Nuclear Age

August 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Seventy-one years after the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “the danger of some sort of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War, and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.” The warning comes not from a lonely peacenik prophet-of-doom but a chastened member ofRead More

100 ‘Positive Changes’ and Transparency Ain’t One

100 ‘Positive Changes’ and Transparency Ain’t One

August 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Cecil Clarke, incumbent mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, kicked off his campaign for re-election at the Cambridge Suites Hotel last Friday with two CBRM employees at his side (see Tom Ayers’ account in the LocalXpress). In what may be a Nova Scotian first, there were more promises inRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: That’s Not What Ivany Meant!

Dr. StrangeJob: That’s Not What Ivany Meant!

August 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dr. StrangeJob declared his candidacy for mayor of the CBRM on 1 April 2016—that’s right, April Fools’ Day. The Doctor is compelled to speak because of his frustration with the existing council’s apparent lack of transparency, potential misuse of municipal tax dollars, overuse of confidentiality agreements, excessive in-camera meetings, andRead More

Business Cape Breton Part I: Stop and Smell the Roses

Business Cape Breton Part I: Stop and Smell the Roses

August 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm

My quest to determine what exactly is up with Business Cape Breton (BCB, formerly the Cape Breton Small Business Centre, formerly the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority) began in June when CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke surprised his council with the news that the municipality was leaving the Cape BretonRead More