Articles by: Mary Campbell

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CBRM Council: Entrusting a Public Library to a Private Developer

CBRM Council: Entrusting a Public Library to a Private Developer

August 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

John Phalen, manager of economic development and major projects for the CBRM, went to council on Tuesday morning with a request for clarity on the municipality’s planned contribution to a new central library. His sudden need for clarity was driven not by the need for a new central library (althoughRead...

When the Monthly Council Meeting is a Movable Feast

When the Monthly Council Meeting is a Movable Feast

August 8, 2018 at 11:40 am

Back in July 2017, I wrote about CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s penchant for changing the day and time of regular monthly council and general committee meetings without warning. I began by quoting the “Meetings & Minutes” section of the municipality’s web site: Regional Council and its Committees meet in theRead...

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

August 8, 2018 at 11:36 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. AsRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 3, 2018 at 11:12 am

Berth of a Boondoggle? “As for why it’s 18 months after the funding announcement and the supposed shovel-ready project still hasn’t proceeded, [CBRM Mayor Cecil] Clarke said it may have been in the addition of extra features in the design process, but admitted “I don’t have an answer.” People mayRead More

Transforming Nova Scotia’s Social Assistance Program

Transforming Nova Scotia’s Social Assistance Program

July 25, 2018 at 11:40 am

I’ve been trying to think of an analogy for Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) program and so far this is the best I’ve come up with: The government decides that while 13 years of public school is optimal for Nova Scotian students, it is only going toRead More

(Clockwise from upper left) Glace Bay Hospital, New Waterford Consolidated Hospital, Northside General Hospital, Cape Breton Regional Hospital

What the Healthcare Plan Means for Surgeries

July 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

A few weeks ago, when I reported on the provincial government’s “redevelopment” plan for Cape Breton Healthcare, I noted that it called for the transfer of surgeries currently performed in the Northside General and New Waterford Consolidated Hospitals (both of which are scheduled for closure) to the Cape Breton RegionalRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

July 25, 2018 at 11:32 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. AsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 20, 2018 at 7:00 am

Poll vaunting There’s been a lot of hand-wringing this past week or so over that New Dawn Enterprises-commissioned poll asking, among other things, about possible successors to Cecil Clarke as CBRM mayor. I saw one impassioned critique that insisted the big problem with the whole thing was that Cecil Clarke’sRead More

CBRM Council: Second Berth Pangs

CBRM Council: Second Berth Pangs

July 11, 2018 at 11:42 am

CBRM councilors pushing for information on the progress of the second cruise ship berth ran into a wall during Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting (held on an irregular day and at an irregular time). District 10 Councilor Darren Bruckschwaiger tried his best to get Public Works Manager Wayne MacDonald to admit,Read...

Consultant Tells Province (Again): Support Halifax, Not Greenfield Ports

Consultant Tells Province (Again): Support Halifax, Not Greenfield Ports

July 11, 2018 at 11:38 am

In 2016, consultant CPCS completed a 70-page, $80,000 report for the Province of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) entitled The Nova Scotia Transportation Sector: Global Challenges and Opportunities in which it weighed the relative merits of Nova Scotia’s existing and proposed container terminals and concluded that:Read More