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When Reporting Becomes Enabling

When Reporting Becomes Enabling

May 22, 2019 at 11:06 am

Reporters are constantly deciding which stories they will chase and which they won’t. They are always sizing people up and determining whether or not they are credible; doing background research to ensure what they’re being told is true; talking to people who might have another view of an issue orRead...

Share a Cab?

Share a Cab?

May 22, 2019 at 11:02 am

During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night, CBRM Council was briefed on a program to provide a new transportation option for people trying to get from their homes in one CBRM community to work or school in another. By “new transportation option” I do not, alas, mean a StarRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

More BullSHIP? In a bit of revisionist history that would probably secretly impress the government of the People’s Republic of China, Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) CEO Albert Barbusci has erased all mention of the Chinese from his latest Novaporte container terminal press release. I figure the next step willRead More

Stained-glass window, McConnell Library, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Spectator photo)

Phelan Returns to Public Works as Library Stalls

May 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I just watched last week’s CBRM general committee debate over funding for the new central library and heard Mayor Cecil Clarke declare the project “dead” because the federal government has not come through with its share of the funding (either for a programming and internal operations study or for theRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

May 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Over a year ago, I began creating this timeline, intending to track two separate but connected stories: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and more particularly, the large-vessel component of the NSS. The criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The impetus was the upcoming trial — scheduled for August 2019 —Read More

Albert Barbusci joining a December 2016 Port meeting by phone. (Source: Twitter)

No Port News Dept: Where’s Albert?

May 8, 2019 at 11:38 am

You cannot make this stuff up. “No news, good news?” was the front page headline in Monday’s Cape Breton Post. Subhead: “Sydney port developer says he’s not prepared to reveal ‘secrets’ on proposed Novaporte terminal.” Reporter Chris Shannon actually spoke with the elusive Albert Barbusci: The CEO of Sydney HarbourRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 3, 2019 at 10:30 am

Celtic Serenade Donnie Campbell — or “Sydney River musician,” as the online edition of the Cape Breton Post identified him — has been awarded a 2019 Stompin’ Tom Award by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA). (Full disclosure: Donnie is my first cousin once removed on my mother’s side. FullerRead More

2004 New York Renaissance Faire in the Maypole Meadow. KenL at English Wikipedia [Public domain]

A May Day Salute to Invisible Work

May 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm

May Day — the first day of May — was traditionally a day to wear flowers on your head, dance around a Maypole and welcome the arrival of spring. It became a day to celebrate workers in honor of the Haymarket Affair — a peaceful gathering in support of theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 26, 2019 at 8:00 am

‘Many or several’ A Tuesday night CTV news report about the cruise industry in Cape Breton (opening line: “It seems their ship has come in, once again, for the cruise industry in Cape Breton”), sent me scrambling for my secondary sources. First, because it seemed to contain confirmation that theRead More

Reading the ECBC/Ben Eoin Golf Club Contract

Reading the ECBC/Ben Eoin Golf Club Contract

April 24, 2019 at 10:08 am

As part of my coverage of the ructions in Ben Eoin, I submitted an access to information request to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for a copy of the contract between Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) and Ben Eoin Golf Club Limited. I also asked for any correspondence concerningRead More