Archive for June, 2021

Novaporte Partner In Hot Water

Novaporte Partner In Hot Water

June 16, 2021 at 2:06 pm

This was going to be a story about CBRM council meeting in secret with Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) yesterday and then, during the regular meeting last night, approving a three-year extension to Barbusci’s exclusive contract with the municipality. (I’ve removed the SHIP Exclusivity Countdown Clock fromRead...

Housing as a Human Right?

Housing as a Human Right?

June 16, 2021 at 2:02 pm

“Charting a new course for affordable housing in Nova Scotia,” the report dropped by the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission this spring, is one of the most annoying things I’ve read this year — and I read The Codfathers. The pointless graphics, large photos and needless repetition (particularly with regardRead...

Compost tea. (Madeline Yakimchuk photo)

Gardening Tips: Soil Fertility Rights (and Wrongs)

June 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written. (This column was last reprinted on 17 June 2020).   What to do this week This week, I would like to talk about adding fertility toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things 2021.06.11

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things 2021.06.11

June 11, 2021 at 12:32 pm

Where fishermen shop A spectator reminded me that while I devoted a lot of ink to port matters in this week’s edition, I didn’t discuss plans to expand the retail space around the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion — a plan first mentioned during the Port’s February AGM. “Fisherman’s Cove” isRead More

And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

June 9, 2021 at 3:08 pm

The Atlantic Journalism Awards for 2021 were announced yesterday and the names of the gold winners in the Excellence in Digital Journalism: Enterprise/Longform category may sound familiar to you: Rob Csernyik/Mary Campbell – The Cape Breton Spectator – Sydney, NS – Sydney’s casino at 25. Yes, the Cape Breton Spectator,Read More

Port Meets Council: Navigational Aids

Port Meets Council: Navigational Aids

June 9, 2021 at 3:06 pm

People, I watched that June 3 meeting between the Port of Sydney and the CBRM council and those are two hours of my life I will never get back, so I have to write something about it and I think the best thing for me to do would be toRead More

Port Meets Council: Harbor Bottom Blues

Port Meets Council: Harbor Bottom Blues

June 9, 2021 at 3:06 pm

As I have explained elsewhere, I watched that two-hour, June 3 meeting between the CBRM council Port of Sydney staff and board members and need to write something about it to justify having lost that small chunk of my life, so have decided to try to provide some context forRead More

Money vs Money Management Course

Money vs Money Management Course

June 9, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Having written about guaranteed annual income (GAI) many times over the past five years, I was pleased to read Cape Breton-Canso MP Mike Kelloway’s May 10 opinion piece in the Cape Breton Post about the possibility of introducing such a plan in Canada, but rather taken aback by the bizarreRead More

The Case of the In Camera Email

The Case of the In Camera Email

June 9, 2021 at 3:02 pm

I know I’ve already devoted a lot of space to the Port of Sydney this week — it’s like old times — but I really want to cover the mildly scandalous issue raised during that June 3 meeting between CBRM council and Port board members and staff; namely, the mysteryRead More

Gardening Tips: Bean There

Gardening Tips: Bean There

June 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written. This column was first published on 12 June 2019.   What to do this week My plum and pear trees are blooming nowRead More