Archive for September, 2016

Artist's rendition of second cruise berth.

Did Port CEO Marlene Usher ‘Leave the Politics at Home?’

September 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Port of Sydney Development Corporation CEO Marlene Usher began her “port update” to the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday by assuring the roughly 85 people in attendance that the timing of the talk — smack in the middle of a municipal election campaign — was “purely byRead More

Albert Barbusci Cancels Breakfast

Albert Barbusci Cancels Breakfast

September 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

On 6 September 2016, I sent Albert Barbusci of Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) an email asking him two questions about his bio on the Novaporte website. Specifically, I asked him about this statement: “Barbusci merged Events International with Grey Healthcare Group, a global pharmaceutical marketing and advertising agency, toRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Is Mad as Hell

Dr. StrangeJob Is Mad as Hell

September 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

It just isn’t funny anymore Dr StrangeJob is angry! Every level of government—federal, provincial and municipal—is currently under scrutiny for questionable spending of taxpayer dollars: the recent federal staff relocation reimbursements, the latest provincial MLA frivolous self-promotional kitsch, the Guysborough County expense scandal and the ombudsman’s Richmond County expense claimRead More

Archibald's Wharf, North Sydney

Letter to the Editor: Voting ABC

September 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dear Editor, Back in 2011, Cecil Clarke ran for MP Sydney-Victoria. He told the good people of Boularderie Island that he didn’t need our votes to win the election against Mark Eyking. Clarke was dead wrong and he lost the election. After the way the good citizens of North SydneyRead More

Amanda Peters at NS Mi'kmaq Energy & Innovation Summit 2016

Mi’kmaq Experiment with Green Energy

September 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

The Nova Scotia  Mi’kmaq Energy & Innovation Summit 2016 illustrated both how far the Province of Nova Scotia has come in the pursuit of green energy, and how far it has yet to go. Held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on September 26 and 27, the summit wasRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Rights His Wrongs

Dr. StrangeJob Rights His Wrongs

September 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

I am not a gambling man, but I bet the good citizens of CBRM will find it in their hearts to forgive me. As you may be aware, Dr StrangeJob is an active member of Incompetents Anonymous (IA), the world’s first 12+1 step self-help group. IA does for the incompetentRead More

US Election 2016: Scarcity in the Land of Choice

US Election 2016: Scarcity in the Land of Choice

September 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

American grocery stores are season-less palaces, replete with six-foot sections of a single product in every hue or state of naturalness; catering to what seems to be a national pandemic of Celiac disease. Whether you want fruit that fell of its own accord or that boasts a color unseen outsideRead More

Greenfield site or Novaporte, if you prefer.

Port Report: What Happened to Our Mega-Terminal?

September 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Port of Sydney CEO Marlene Usher will speak on Monday, September 26, at a Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon (tickets $35). Her subject? What else, the Port of Sydney Project. Here’s the description from the chamber’s web site: The newly dredged harbour for the Port of Sydney isRead More

Port Report: Where Are Our Navigational Aids?

Port Report: Where Are Our Navigational Aids?

September 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm

The great $37 million Sydney harbor dredge was completed between October 2011 and January 2012. Over 4 million cubic meters of sedimentary material was removed from a 9-kilometer stretch of harbor channel in less than four months using trailing suction hopper dredge technology as opposed to traditional “clam bucket” dredgeRead More

Norwegian Majesty in Sydney, N.S. harbor. Norwegian Majesty in Sydney, N.S. harbor (Photo by freshfighter9, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Port Report: A Little Bird Told Me Sydney Was Cheep

September 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm

I have never bought into the notion of Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci as port “developers.” I remain sternly old school in these matters, insisting that to be considered a port developer you must, at least once in your career, have developed a port. But I’ve also been doubtful aboutRead More