Articles by: Mary Campbell

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

Paying for Information Maybe public information in Nova Scotia is of a slightly better quality than public information elsewhere. Maybe Nova Scotia Land Registry documents are carefully stored and aged and contain undertones of citrus and hints of oak that set them apart from generic land registry documents. Maybe theRead...

Weren’t We Supposed To Talk About Infrastructure?

Weren’t We Supposed To Talk About Infrastructure?

October 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

After the June 2013 floods that caused an estimated $400 million worth of damage to infrastructure in Calgary, the City: …determined that a broad investigation of flood mitigation issues and responses was required. The City also decided that the investigation should be carried out by an arms-length body of expertsRead...

Lose Your Job, Go to the Food Bank?

Lose Your Job, Go to the Food Bank?

October 11, 2017 at 11:51 am

This past Saturday found me driving along Route 4 listening to commercial radio. (I know what you’re thinking: did last Saturday also find you breathing and blinking at regular intervals? Did it find you wearing shoes? But you have to understand, I haven’t owned a car or listened to commercialRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

No Cape Bretoners, please Halifax regional council has created an eight-member committee to consider the commemoration of Edward Cornwallis in the municipality. I can’t tell you who the members are because council has yet to make the names public, but if it heeded the advice of Councilor David Hendsbee ofRead More

90 Esplanade, former DFO building, Sydney, NS.

Watch This Space…

October 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

This three-story brick building at 90 Esplanade was built to house the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in 1976. The DFO sailed away in 1999 and the building found a new owner, JIJ Holdings, in 2001. It has been tenanted for most of the past 16 years, butRead More

Feds Rejected 100s of Mystery Canada 150 Projects

Feds Rejected 100s of Mystery Canada 150 Projects

October 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Okay, I’m exaggerating — but only slightly. The projects the federal government turned down for Canada 150 funding were not a mystery to the government, they’re just a mystery to me — and by extension, you — because their details have been redacted from the response to an access toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 29, 2017 at 11:45 am

How to Spend $160 The September 27 edition of the Cape Breton Post was an exciting one for me. The front page featured a Canadian Press story about the provincial budget (prompting me once again to wonder why, if Saltwire is such a heavyweight Atlantic Canadian news presence, it can’tRead...

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

September 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

If there was one issue that dominated the 2017 provincial election in Cape Breton, it was healthcare. And it’s not like there was any one healthcare issue that stood out — poke the system just about anywhere and you’ll hit a sore spot, whether it’s lack of access to primaryRead...

Source: CBRM http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/waste-water.html

CBRM ‘Highly Unlikely’ to Meet 2020 Wastewater Deadline

September 27, 2017 at 11:52 am

I (finally) received an answer from the CBRM in response to my wastewater questions. You can read my original story here, but the gist is that when Canada’s new Water System Effluent Regulations (WSER) came into effect on 1 January 2015, municipalities operating water treatment systems that didn’t meet themRead...

BCB Director’s Beer Garden Won’t Open This Season

BCB Director’s Beer Garden Won’t Open This Season

September 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

Sydney businessman Danny Ellis’ harborfront beer garden, the Portside, about which he’s apparently received “mostly positive feedback,” according to the Cape Breton Post (which has been providing a lot of that positive feedback) will not be opening until next spring. In what must be considered the public relations coup ofRead...