Archive for April, 2018

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 20, 2018 at 11:41 am

(Wide) Open data I’m still trying to digest all I’ve read about the great hacking-that-wasn’t of Nova Scotia’s freedom-of-information portal. There is a lot to digest. The story has legs and has bounded all over the planet, a textbook case of — take your pick — lax data protection, policeRead...

Parsing the Business Cape Breton Post-Mortems

Parsing the Business Cape Breton Post-Mortems

April 18, 2018 at 11:20 am

This past week, we’ve heard Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall, BCB board chair Parker Rudderham, CBRM Economic Development Manager John Phalen and (former) BCB CEO Eileen Lannon Oldford explain what is going on with economic development funding in the Cape BretonRead...

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Jean Chretien are shown on Wednesday, March 22, 2018. McNeil tweeted the photo, saying 'we enjoyed sharing stories about our political and personal journeys.' (Stephen McNeil/Twitter)

When Former PMs Come to Call

April 18, 2018 at 11:18 am

Pity the poor former world leader. How do you follow up a first act like that? I mean, if you’re not former US President Jimmy Carter, who has dedicated himself to good causes (like Habitat for Humanity and world peace), making himself more popular in retirement than he ever was in office.Read...

No Apology for Residential School Survivors

No Apology for Residential School Survivors

April 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

What do the Crusades, Slavery, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and the Sins of the Church have in common? All have been the subjects of apologies from popes on behalf of the Catholic Church. In Bolivia in July 2015, the current pope, Francis, apologized for “the grave sins committed against the nativeRead...

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

April 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

What to do this week This is a great time of year to talk about soil structure. Whatever you have in your backyard, if it is in Cape Breton it is quite likely to be clay, sorry to say, unless you have been building it for a while. Clay predominatesRead...

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

April 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. I’mRead...

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

April 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

Dear Premier McNeil: I am writing with regard to the issue of the Nova Scotia government’s distribution of the Federal Equalization Transfers,  public concern over which has now reached a critical level here on Cape Breton Island, and in other non-metropolitan areas of the province. I was part of aRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

Follow the Money Have you seen the “Follow the Money” database from Post Media? Do you have three days to spare? Because I promise you, once you start perusing its contents you will not be able to stop. It’s the work of reporter Zane Schwartz, Post Media’s annual Michelle Lang Fellow,Read More

RIP Business Cape Breton?

RIP Business Cape Breton?

April 11, 2018 at 11:58 am

What the hell happened to Business Cape Breton (BCB)? I feel the way I expect I will when Rogers Media finally gets around to canning Ron MacLean and Don Cherry — not sad, but somewhat disoriented. It’s all been so sudden: why, just last month, there was BCB CEO EileenRead More

Our Wild Downtowns?

Our Wild Downtowns?

April 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw, “Reinstatement of the Blossoming Program” on the agenda for the 27 March 2018 CBRM council meeting. Had Deputy Mayor Eldon MacDonald, who put the issue on the agenda, temporarily lost his mind? I think the short answer is, “Yes.” During the meeting,Read More