Archive for February, 2018

CBRM Council: (None of Your) Business Cape Breton

CBRM Council: (None of Your) Business Cape Breton

February 28, 2018 at 12:40 pm

My favorite quasi-public organization, Business Cape Breton (BCB), was on the CBRM Council agenda last night. Seems BCB is broke — it needs another $34,000 to see it through to the end of March. It’s difficult to understand exactly what is going on here because CAO Marie Walsh was veryRead More

CBRM Council: RV Park Postponed

CBRM Council: RV Park Postponed

February 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm

CBRM planning staff seem really keen on this Big Pond RV Park idea. I don’t know how else to interpret the time and effort planning director Malcolm Gillis and planner Karen Neville have put it into Calgary developer Chris Skidmore’s project — first in their original recommendation that council amendRead More

Seeking a Sustainable Future, One Interview at a Time

Seeking a Sustainable Future, One Interview at a Time

February 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Cape Breton writer Silver Donald Cameron’s latest undertaking, The Green Interview, is an ever-growing collection of videotaped interviews with “thinkers, writers and observers whose ideas and perceptions are leading the way to a new era of sustainability.” Cameron interviews people who would be considered Green Royalty if the kind of peopleRead More

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Shows Promise

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Shows Promise

February 28, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Perhaps one of Charles Dickens’ most famous lines was Oliver Twist’s “Please sir, I want some more.” First published in monthly installments from February 1837 to April 1839, Oliver Twist was pretty much an attack on Britain’s Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. As G.K. Chesterton wrote in an introductionRead More

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Mr. Bettens Goes to Ottawa

February 28, 2018 at 12:32 pm

One of the (many) messed up aspects of our access to information system here in Nova Scotia is that responses to municipal FOIPOP inquiries are not made public, unlike federal and provincial responses, which are published online. Fortunately, some civic-minded Cape Bretoners share the results of their municipal FOIPOPs withRead More

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Gardening Tips Week 8: Scarifying & Stratifying

February 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Author’s Note: This week, we are re-running the third in a series of three columns from 2017. They are perfect for this time of year, and will help you get ready for spring while Michelle deals with a few things that have her tied up right now.  What to do thisRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 23, 2018 at 10:30 am

Eating (some) crow I received a detailed response to last week’s Fast & Curious from CBC Cape Breton Information Morning panelist Stephen Tobin of the Horizon Achievement Centre. He took issue (see what I did there?) with my critique of his list of Nova Scotia mayors who remained in office whileRead More

The Power of PISA

The Power of PISA

February 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

This space had been reserved for reporting the results of an interview I did last Thursday with Nova Scotia Education Minister Zach Churchill. I thought I’d have some new insight into the government’s determination to push through the recommendations in educational consultant Avis Glaze’s administrative review of the Nova Scotia educationRead More

United Nations headquarters interior, NYC. (Photo by Madison Goodliffe)

Front Row Seat: A CBU Student at the UN

February 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

This past fall, I boarded a one-way flight to New York City with two outrageously sized suitcases, a backpack and a yoga mat. I had a faint idea about what I would be doing in the Big Apple, but nothing could have prepared me for what lay ahead in theRead More

To RV, Or Not To RV?

To RV, Or Not To RV?

February 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Do you know what struck me most forcibly, watching the CBRM’s public hearings on the proposed Ceilidh on the Lakes RV Park for Big Pond yesterday afternoon? That if developer Chris Skidmore (who, God love him, looked like he was in the dock at his own trial when he spokeRead More