The Latest on the Library

The Latest on the Library

February 3, 2021 at 11:21 am

Have you read latest CBRM Central Library study? Anyone outside CBRM reading about the private developer who has been given control over the project would probably write it off as fiction, but we know better, don’t we? The study in question is the service, programs and operational plan commissioned fromRead More

A Drop of the Cure

A Drop of the Cure

December 9, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Back in April, CNN reported that the governor of the Kenyan capital city, Nairobi, was including small bottles of Hennessy cognac in COVID-19 care packages being distributed to citizens. He erroneously claimed the cognac would act as a “throat sanitizer” and help combat the coronavirus. Both the World Health OrganizationRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, COVID-19 Update, 22 April 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 22 April 2020

April 22, 2020 at 6:40 pm

Daily brief Dr. Robert Strang announced two additional COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, bringing total deaths in the province to 12. Both occurred at the Northwood long-term-care facility in Halifax, the site of the province’s worst COVID-19 outbreak. That brings total deaths at the facility to eight. Strang said the majorityRead More

NS COVID-19 Update for 1 April 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 1 April 2020

April 1, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Daily briefing Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced 26 new cases of COVID-19 in the province as of Wednesday, bringing the total to 173. The province is declaring just one confirmed case of community spread, but Strang said some cases remain under investigation and thatRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

Diverse diversions This week, my random things will all be things that can distract, amuse or entertain you while you’re self-isolating. Many of these things are found on the internet, as is my publication, so will be of no use to people who do not have an internet connection —Read More

Top: Protesters call for public consultation on location of new Sydney Fire Station (2 March 2020). Bottom: Proposed site of new station. (IAFF report)

Station Location Consultation?

March 4, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Exhibit A: “The fire department (both administration and frontline personnel), and the community should all have input and come to an agreement on where to place any new fire stations within the jurisdiction.” — IAFF report on location of new Sydney Central Fire Station.   Exhibit B: “For this particular…Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 28, 2020 at 10:00 am

Reality TV The Real Councilors of Richmond County was always going to have a hard time topping the expense scandal arc of the 2016-2017 seasons, with its investigations and forensic audit and revelations of “opportunistic and self-serving” spending on “travel, alcohol, Valentine’s Day flowers even a taxi fare paid toRead More

Sydney Central Fire Station (Sydney City Station 1)

Alarums and Excursions

February 26, 2020 at 2:06 pm

“Alarums and excursions” is an Elizabethan-era stage direction, which Merriam-Webster defines as either “martial sounds and the movement of soldiers across the stage” or “clamor, excitement, and feverish or disordered activity.” I thought of it this week as I was reading about the CBRM’s decision to locate the new SydneyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 24, 2020 at 11:18 am

Hidden agenda setting The CBC’s Tom Ayers had a pair of good CBRM council-related stories this week — and by “good” I mean, it’s good someone is covering this stuff not “This is good news!” Both stories are based on access to information requests to the CBRM. (Ayers didn’t leave…Read...

Artist's rendering of new CBRL Central Library. 2019.

On the Waterfront Part I

March 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

I have been trying to determine how, exactly, we decided to locate the new CBRM central library on the Sydney waterfront and as best I can figure, it happened like this:   Architectural & Facility Planning In June 2011, the Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL) Board initiated a study toRead More