Archive for December, 2021

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Novaporte’s new face Kathleen Yurchesyn has left her post as CEO of the Cape Breton Chamber of Commerce to become the vice-president of operations and corporate development for Novaporte, the name promoter Albert Barbusci has given to his Sydney harbor container terminal project. Six years in, Yurchesyn represents Novaporte’s firstRead More

Q1 2021: FOIPOP Findings

Q1 2021: FOIPOP Findings

December 15, 2021 at 11:56 am

Full disclosure: I thought 2021 was going to be vastly different from 2020 but instead, it unfolded like we’d given 2020 a 12-month extension on its contract. The COVID pandemic continued to loom large in everyone’s lives although, as you’ll see, I modified my response to it. I spent muchRead More

Q2 2021: COVID, Tattoos and Affordable Housing

Q2 2021: COVID, Tattoos and Affordable Housing

December 15, 2021 at 11:54 am

The Spectator‘s coverage this spring was varied, to say the least. From Albert Barbusci’s nuclear waste deal, to the workings of the Verschuren Centre to the province’s third wave of COVID with a variety of stops in between, including a feature I count among my all-time favorites — the oneRead More

Q3 2021: Extensions, Elections and Unicorns

Q3 2021: Extensions, Elections and Unicorns

December 15, 2021 at 11:52 am

My summer coverage focused on the August provincial election, although I also found time to read Barry Sheehy’s thoughts on ports and Martin Chernin’s case for extending his waterfront development contract (not exactly beach reading, but not entirely devoid of entertainment value either). September found me looking into the problemRead More

Q4 2021: Contracts, Cruise and Cabot

Q4 2021: Contracts, Cruise and Cabot

December 15, 2021 at 11:51 am

The last three months of 2021 found me, as always, following CBRM happenings — particularly around waterfront development and cruise news — but also looking further afield at stories with local angles or implications. In particular, I got interested in how some Saint Lucians were responding to the arrival ofRead More

To My Contributors, With Thanks

To My Contributors, With Thanks

December 15, 2021 at 11:49 am

The Cape Breton Spectator would be a shadow of itself were it not for the work of its regular contributors, each of whom writes with such clarity and focus and passion that reading, editing and formatting their work counts among the best parts of my job. I can’t thank themRead More

Doing Unto Others

Doing Unto Others

December 15, 2021 at 11:47 am

A recent celebrant on CTV’s local Mass for Shut-ins began his homily with this line: If you go out into the garage and stay there all day, it doesn’t make you a car. Similarly if you go to church every Sunday, it doesn’t make you a Christian. That statement threw…Read...

A (Highly Idiosyncratic) Look at the Year in Entertainment

A (Highly Idiosyncratic) Look at the Year in Entertainment

December 15, 2021 at 11:45 am

I have never had the time to focus as much as I’d like to on local arts and culture and if I make any New Year’s resolutions for 2022, this might be it. But I am, in my personal life, an enthusiastic consumer of movies and TV and podcasts andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 10, 2021 at 10:25 am

Hey, ladies In this week’s Innovacorp article, I referenced an event sponsored by the corporation in 2013 — an evening with a character by the name of Geoff Lewis. Here’s the breathless description of the festivities from the Innovacorp website: On May 30, 2013, Geoff Lewis commandeered the atrium atRead More

Read the Signs

Read the Signs

December 8, 2021 at 11:53 am

The CBRM is “considering how to best address temporary signs within CBRM and whether to regulate them.” Under consideration are those signs “commonly displayed as black roadside signs with interchangeable lettering” Back in 2015, Halifax passed a temporary sign by-law dealing with these — and other types of — temporaryRead More