Archive for December, 2016

Letter to the Editor: A Postdiluvian Christmas

Letter to the Editor: A Postdiluvian Christmas

December 22, 2016 at 10:24 am

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house….Oh wait! We don’t have a house! Start that again: ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the rental, we were all really sick..both physical and mental. Our flooded houses stood empty on streets that were bare, in hopes thatRead More

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke

Mayor Cecil Clarke 1: Governance 0

December 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm

We’ve been hearing a lot about the rules of international business lately—much of it from a career politician who has never worked in the private sector. Do you know what’s big in the world of international business since Enron? Madoff? The 2008 financial crisis? Governance. I’ll let those anti-development, bleedingRead More

Meet the Neighbors: The Crows of the CBRM

Meet the Neighbors: The Crows of the CBRM

December 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Crows fascinate me. Try as I might not to anthropomorphize them, I catch myself thinking of them as sly or wise or watchful or mocking, depending upon whether they’re emptying my bird feeder, dancing on my roof, poking around my recycling or crapping on my head as I walk down NorthRead More

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

December 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Not having been affected by the rain storm that hit the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this past Thanksgiving, I had the luxury of learning about the difference between “overland flooding” and “sewer backup” weeks later, over a beer with a friend whose basement had flooded. The woman sent by hisRead More

Business 101: Read the Contract

Business 101: Read the Contract

December 21, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Port of Sydney information session, Port of Sydney annual general meeting, regular CBRM council meeting, (most) irregular CBRM council meeting: oh the wonders I have seen and heard this week. I’ve seen what should have been a moving moment — two First Nations chiefs addressing council for the first timeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes On Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes On Random Things

December 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

PR: You’re Doing it Wrong Christina Lamey, who is either CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s personal spokesperson or the CBRM’s official spokesperson, depending on what day of the week it is, gave a master class in public relations on Wednesday. Proving she is worth every penny of the $75,000 we payRead More

Port of Sydney: SHIP is NOT a Trade Name

Port of Sydney: SHIP is NOT a Trade Name

December 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP), the firm established by Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci to market the Port of Sydney, has become Sydney Harbour Investment Partners Inc. (SHIP). The name change was registered with Corporations Canada on 19 October 2016. Mayor Cecil Clarke wants CBRM council to extend HPDP’s existingRead More

Port of Sydney: Couldn’t You Just Have Sent a Press Release?

Port of Sydney: Couldn’t You Just Have Sent a Press Release?

December 14, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Ports America (or as I predict it will be known in Cape Breton, based on what I’ve heard, read and said myself, “Ports of America”) is the real deal. It’s an actual terminal operator running ports all along the eastern seaboard of the United States, across the Gulf of MexicoRead More

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Dolores Campbell: Christmas Myths and Mysteries

December 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Those who proclaim, as do Christians all over the world, that “Jesus is the reason for the season” have had to accept that Santa Claus comes very close to usurping the Christ Child’s place in this most wonderful season of the year. Despite the myths that surround both figures, itRead More

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Dr. StrangeJob Finds a New Cause(way)

December 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Fresh off his near victory in the recent CBRM municipal election and plum out of long-term pension options, Dr. StrangeJob is now considering a shot at provincial politics. Not only is Nova Scotia in need of a new premier, but Cape Breton also requires a stronger voice at the provincialRead More