Archive for January, 2022

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 28, 2022 at 11:55 am

Innkeeping In terms of sheer words per minute, I think Episode 11 of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast — “The Power of Place: The connection between culture and economy with Zita Cobb, Innkeeper of Fogo Island Inn” — has to be the winner. Because man, can Zita Cobb talk.Read More

CBRM Council: Pushing Boundaries

CBRM Council: Pushing Boundaries

January 26, 2022 at 12:21 pm

It’s that time again — district boundary review season! According to section 369 of the Municipal Government Act: (1) In the year 1999, and in the years 2006 and every eighth year thereafter the council shall conduct a study of the number and boundaries of polling districts in the municipality,Read More

CBRM Council: Loose Ends

CBRM Council: Loose Ends

January 26, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Tuesday’s special session of CBRM council included a rather cryptic Issue Paper from regional solicitor Demetri Kachafanas under the title: “Qualifications to Run for Municipal Elections.” Kachafanis says qualifications to serve on council are — like everything else involving Nova Scotian municipalities — governed by the Municipal Government Act (MGA).Read More

Audit, Actually

Audit, Actually

January 26, 2022 at 12:17 pm

I watched the Standing Committee on Public Accounts session last Wednesday during which it looked into what had happened at Island Employment (IE) — the session that ended with the PC majority on the committee voting against Dartmouth North NDP MLA Susan LeBlanc’s motion asking Auditor General Kim Adair toRead More

Change and the Rural Resident

Change and the Rural Resident

January 26, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Re-reading my recap of Episode 10 of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast, I realized I’d forgotten a couple of things I’d meant to cover, so I’m going to devote a little more ink to her conversation with Cabot Cape Breton owner Ben Cowan-Dewar. At one point, the two discussRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 21, 2022 at 11:30 am

Annette’s Dream I listened to all 44 excruciating minutes of Episode 10 of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast, “A candid conversation with Cabot Co-Founder & CEO, Ben Cowan-Dewar,” — more accurately a “fawning exchange” with her “dear friend” — but I’m going to begin with my favorite line, whichRead More

Public Accounts Committee Talks Island Employment

Public Accounts Committee Talks Island Employment

January 19, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Nova Scotia’s Public Accounts committee met this morning to discuss this:     Witnesses included: Ava Czapalay – Deputy Minister, Labour Skills & Immigration (LSI) William A. (Bill) Smith — Ombudsman Nancy Hoddinott — Senior Executive Director, Skills & Learning Branch, LSI Jason MacLean — President, Nova Scotia Government &Read More

Photo from cover of Sydney Harbour District Energy Report by Ramboll, 2019

CBRM Council: District Energy

January 19, 2022 at 3:06 pm

Having watched CBRM council discuss a proposed district energy project for Downtown Sydney last night, I would say regular readers of the Spectator know more about this project than councilors do. I’ve been following it, as best I can, since it first appeared on my radar in January 2020 —Read More

The Principal Is Your Pal

The Principal Is Your Pal

January 19, 2022 at 3:04 pm

You’ll think me mean spirited, no doubt, but I really found the choice of former Cape Breton Partnership President and CEO Carla Arsenault as principal of the Marconi Campus of the NSCC to be a head-scratcher. So much so that I asked the NSCC (via email) some questions about theRead More

The Cape Breton Partnership Revisited

The Cape Breton Partnership Revisited

January 19, 2022 at 3:02 pm

As noted elsewhere this week, I’ve been curious about the appointment of Carla Arsenault as principal of the Marconi Campus of the NSCC, but I found I couldn’t think about Arsenault, the former president and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership, without thinking about the organization she headed for threeRead More