Articles by: Mary Campbell

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 17, 2021 at 11:04 am

Board blessings A reader sent along an interesting piece of correspondence received from the Sydney Downtown Development Association (SDDA) just prior to the provincial election. Signed by board chair Jennifer Griffin, it concerns the executive director of the association, Michelle Wilson, and her foray into provincial politics. Griffin writes: DueRead...

Housing By the Numbers

Housing By the Numbers

September 15, 2021 at 12:08 pm

There was a wonderfully wonky — yet important — item on the agenda of last night’s CBRM council meeting, and I am not talking about the CBRM declaring Paul’s Pizza Burgers the official food of the municipality for 2021. I am talking about an item that pleased me personally first,Read...

Right to Know: Brier Edition

Right to Know: Brier Edition

September 15, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Last week, I wrote CBRM Communications & Information Officer Christina Lamey asking to see details of the CBRM’s bid for the 2023 Brier. As you may recall, council discussed the bid in camera during its regular monthly meeting on August 24, but Mayor Amanda McDougall, as she kicked all media,Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 10, 2021 at 10:15 am

Shore Road Sessions I wrote last year about The Shore Road Sessions, Shauna Walters’ summer series of mini-concerts in her Whitney Pier backyard. The sessions returned this year with a whole new lineup of performers, and I was lucky enough to catch the final show on Tuesday night. I amRead More

Let Me Say This About That

Let Me Say This About That

September 8, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Having been publishing bi-weekly — or, as I like to think of it, working at half-speed — all summer, I’ve been building up a store of opinions on a variety of subjects. In fact, my “two-cents’ worth” on such disparate issues as Annette Verschuren’s induction into the Business & PhilanthropyRead More

CBRM Council: We’re Bidding for the 2023 Brier

CBRM Council: We’re Bidding for the 2023 Brier

August 25, 2021 at 2:23 pm

CBRM council met for almost four hours Tuesday evening and I thought I’d try to do a general round-up of the meeting but the very first item I began to research sent me down a rabbit hole from which I’ve just emerged, so I’ll have to continue my coverage inRead More

Power to the Privacy Commissioner?

Power to the Privacy Commissioner?

August 25, 2021 at 2:21 pm

Among the many unknowns about life under Nova Scotia’s new majority Progressive Conservative government is the fate of our access to information system. While it seems unlikely things could get any worse, there is no guarantee they will get better. But even as I write, the CBC’s Michael Gorman isRead More

Same Old Choir, Same Old Song

Same Old Choir, Same Old Song

August 25, 2021 at 2:19 pm

In the days leading up to the provincial election, all the usual suspects sharpened their pencils, marshaled their tired little troop of “facts” and wrote the editor of the Cape Breton Post in support of Albert Barbusci’s Novaporte project. Port Fest ’21 was kicked off at the end of JulyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 25, 2021 at 2:17 pm

Welcome back, Bettens It’s taken me weeks to confirm this item, but Mark Bettens, formerly CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s executive assistant, has returned to the CBRM Fire and Emergency Services Department from whence he came. As you will recall, when Cecil Clarke became mayor in 2012, he created two newRead More

CBRM’s Electoral Districts

CBRM’s Electoral Districts

August 11, 2021 at 1:14 pm

In 2018, Nova Scotia appointed a committee which created a commission to review the province’s electoral boundaries — a process that must, by law, take place every 10 years. The electoral boundaries commission, chaired by Dr. J Colin Dodds submitted its final report to Attorney General Mark Furey in AprilRead More