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CBRM Council: Library News

CBRM Council: Library News

February 8, 2023 at 10:53 am

I was debating just launching into my CBRM council coverage a week late without explanation but decided that would be the coward’s way out so instead, I will confess that I missed the memo about the January 31 meeting. In my defense, the last Tuesday in January is not theRead...

CBRM Council: Waterfront Development

CBRM Council: Waterfront Development

November 9, 2022 at 12:53 pm

I watched Westmount native Doug Doucet, founder of Bedford-based Doucet Developments—and a suite of related companies—present his plans for waterfront development to CBRM council last night. Much of the presentation (which also featured Chris Baldwin, his chief financial officer) focused on Doucet himself and his companies and why it’s aRead More

That Time We Didn’t Bury the Power Lines on Charlotte Street

That Time We Didn’t Bury the Power Lines on Charlotte Street

October 26, 2022 at 1:23 pm

Editor’s Note: This is Part II of a series that will continue until I find some answers or give up, whichever comes first. You’ll find Part I here and Part III here.)   When last we met, it was August 1984, and Zutphen Brothers of Port Hood was sitting onRead More

Library News

Library News

September 14, 2022 at 3:06 pm

There was—even cynical old me has to admit it—good news on the CBRM Central Library file during last night’s CBRM council meeting. In a memo to Council and staff, Mayor Amanda McDougall explained that the old Cape Breton County Courthouse in Sydney’s Wentworth Park (otherwise known as 70 Crescent Street)Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 22, 2022 at 10:00 am

Courthouse Dreams We discovered during budget talks on Tuesday that CBRM is considering the possibility  of turning the former Cape Breton County courthouse in Wentworth Park into the new central library. I am trying not to get my hopes up too high as I write this because there are aRead More

CBRM Council: Heritage Minutes

CBRM Council: Heritage Minutes

February 9, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Three CBRM structures were registered as Municipal Heritage properties during last night’s council meeting:   Menelik Hall Planner Karen Neville, in her submission to council, said the value of the hall, located at 88 Laurier Street in Whitney Pier and “constructed between 1935 and 1936 by people of African descentRead More

Turning Hospitals Into Affordable Housing

Turning Hospitals Into Affordable Housing

December 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Here’s an item from last week’s CBRM council session on affordable housing that I really wanted to follow up on:  Deputy Mayor (and District 2 Councilor) Earlene MacMullin proposed the municipality look into the possibility of turning the Northside General Hospital, scheduled for closure and demolition, into affordable housing —Read More

Cabot Saint Lucia: Beach Access

Cabot Saint Lucia: Beach Access

November 3, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Editor’s Note: This week, I’m focusing on the concerns that have been raised in Saint Lucia over Ben Cowan-Dewar’s latest golf development, Cabot Saint Lucia. First up: beach access.     Finola Jennings Clark says when she first heard that Cabot, the golf resort company founded by Torontonian Ben Cowan-DewarRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 22, 2021 at 10:30 am

Home Matters So, this happened: .@HomeMattersCB asks @TimHoustonNS if he supports a container pier for CBRM. Premier says he’s willing to see a business case. #nspoli — michael gorman (@MichaelTGorman) October 21, 2021 “@HomeMattersCB” is Sydney-Membertou MLA Derek Mombourquette and I groaned out loud when I read this. Mombourquette’s ownRead More

Bad for Business?

Bad for Business?

October 20, 2021 at 12:06 pm

This morning, I am going to take on some of the hot takes I’ve seen on CBRM council’s recent waterfront development decision. As you probably know by now, during last Tuesday’s meeting, council, rather than entertaining a new proposal from Martin Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development Ltd (HRDL), opted to issueRead More