Articles by: Mary Campbell

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 5, 2021 at 10:30 am

Low-rent Davos Last week found me feeling hopeful about our municipal government, reporting on CBU Prof. Tom Urbaniak’s suggestions for streamlining agendas and shortening meetings and involving the community on committees. And then, this happened: The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is readying a new strategic plan for the next fourRead...

The Chief, PTSD and the Future of the CBRPS

The Chief, PTSD and the Future of the CBRPS

March 3, 2021 at 12:25 pm

Peter McIsaac, chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service (CBRPS), revealed this week that he is leaving his post after a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). McIsaac , who has been on medical leave since July 2019, told the CBC’s Tom Ayers that he’s come to understand he’sRead...

Port AGM: High-End Shopping on the Great Circle Route

Port AGM: High-End Shopping on the Great Circle Route

March 3, 2021 at 12:23 pm

It’s been a while since I played a good old-fashioned game of “Okay, stop” with a written document, but last Saturday’s Cape Breton Post article about the Port of Sydney AGM cries out for a talking to. I’m going to cut the author, “political reporter” Ian Nathanson, some slack, becauseRead...

Gambling on the Waterfront?

Gambling on the Waterfront?

March 3, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Reports this week that the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation is considering moving the Halifax casino from its waterfront location must surely have raised a red flag for anyone who remembers that relocating the Sydney casino is a key element of developer Martin Chernin’s plan for the Sydney waterfront. It’s notRead...

Fast & Curious: Council Edition

Fast & Curious: Council Edition

February 26, 2021 at 9:10 am

Editor’s Note: I’m using this week’s Fast & Curious to cover some items from Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting. Your regular, more random, Fast & Curious will return next week.   All in the Family Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting began with Mayor Amanda McDougall explaining that council had just met inRead More

CBRM Told To Waive $4K FOIPOP Fee

CBRM Told To Waive $4K FOIPOP Fee

February 24, 2021 at 1:34 pm

In a decision released Tuesday, Nova Scotia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Tricia Ralph says the CBRM did not fairly calculate the fee it proposed to charge a citizen for a port-related access to information request and recommends the municipality waive the fee and release the documents. This story began inRead More

Making Money From Affordable Housing?

Making Money From Affordable Housing?

February 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm

It was Monday morning as I began writing this and I had just heard Damian MacInnis explaining to the CBC’s Steve Sutherland how his “social enterprise” — Rural Cape Breton Enterprises — is going to build affordable housing on Cape Breton Island. (Its Facebook page specifies “low to medium incomeRead More

FOIPOP Findings: CME

FOIPOP Findings: CME

February 24, 2021 at 1:31 pm

This week, the FOIPOP findings are just going to be a jumping off point for a check-in with everybody’s favorite Northside shipyard — the one operated by Canadian Maritime Engineering on the property formerly known as Archibald’s Wharf. I’ve covered the controversial sale of that property in detail — thisRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 19, 2021 at 10:30 am

Old Don Cameron Donald Cameron became premier of Nova Scotia in 1991 the same way Iain Rankin is poised to become premier next Tuesday: by winning the leadership of his party (the Tories) after the elected premier (John Buchanan) stepped down. When Cameron did lead the party to the polls,Read More

FOIPOP Findings: A Dundee Deal

FOIPOP Findings: A Dundee Deal

February 17, 2021 at 1:52 pm

I have now received almost all the port-related documents the Privacy Commissioner told the CBRM to release to me. All that seems to be missing are the documents the municipality has never produced, not even for the commissioner herself. On the one hand, this is great, full stop. The CBRMRead More