Governance

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 15, 2018 at 9:30 am

“No leasing land to China even for one day” I heard this story on Democracy Now as I was drifting off to sleep the other night and woke up the next morning thinking I’d dreamt it, but I looked it up and it was real. Here’s the Voice of AmericaRead...

Mayor’s Spokesperson Jumps Ship, Joins Port

Mayor’s Spokesperson Jumps Ship, Joins Port

May 30, 2018 at 11:57 am

I missed it the first time I looked at the front page of the today’s Cape Breton Post, but then again, it wasn’t exactly given big play: just a sidebar next to the headline stories about flood mitigation and recovering policemen. Eventually, though, I saw it: Yes, the mayor’s “political”Read More

RIP Business Cape Breton?

RIP Business Cape Breton?

April 11, 2018 at 11:58 am

What the hell happened to Business Cape Breton (BCB)? I feel the way I expect I will when Rogers Media finally gets around to canning Ron MacLean and Don Cherry — not sad, but somewhat disoriented. It’s all been so sudden: why, just last month, there was BCB CEO EileenRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

About Last Night…

November 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

I have a confession to make: I did not watch the full CBRM council meeting last night. I watched (with interest) the discussion of the proposed RV Park in Big Pond. (I spend my summers in Irish Cove, just a little further west along Route 4, so anything that happensRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Another SHIP Show at the Civic Centre

November 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

Okay, here’s what we’re going to do: you’re going to give me your cell phones and I’m going to lock you in this room and let you read this article. You can take notes, but I’m going to take them away from you when you’re done and burn them becauseRead More

Second Berth Blues

Second Berth Blues

October 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Nancy King at the Cape Breton Post has been trying to pin down the component costs for the CBRM’s second cruise ship berth. King FOIPOPed the NS Department of Municipal Affairs asking for the breakdown of costs submitted by the CBRM in its request for provincial funding. The answer toRead More

McKeil Deal Revisited: Reading the Fine Print

McKeil Deal Revisited: Reading the Fine Print

October 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

Back in August, I read that Point Edward Marine — a company majority owned by McKeil Marine — was subletting its land in the Sydport Industrial Park to Heddle Marine (another Point Edward Marine partner, in the news lately for its spot of bother with the federal government over theRead More

90 Esplanade, former DFO building, Sydney, NS.

Watch This Space…

October 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

This three-story brick building at 90 Esplanade was built to house the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in 1976. The DFO sailed away in 1999 and the building found a new owner, JIJ Holdings, in 2001. It has been tenanted for most of the past 16 years, butRead More

BCB Director’s Beer Garden Won’t Open This Season

BCB Director’s Beer Garden Won’t Open This Season

September 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

Sydney businessman Danny Ellis’ harborfront beer garden, the Portside, about which he’s apparently received “mostly positive feedback,” according to the Cape Breton Post (which has been providing a lot of that positive feedback) will not be opening until next spring. In what must be considered the public relations coup ofRead...

Springhill, 1956, Draegermen entering pithead. (Source: Nova Scotia Archives https://archives.novascotia.ca/)

A Short History of Blame: The Doctrine of Progress

August 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of essays by Susan Dodd on Nova Scotia’s history of blaming coal mining accidents on the miners themselves — a history that finally changed in the wake of the Westray disaster. You can read the first and second essays here. ThisRead More