Governance

All Hail the Business Sector Volunteer Vanguards!

All Hail the Business Sector Volunteer Vanguards!

June 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I was confused from the moment I read the subject line (which you can click to enlarge):   My best guess was that “Portege” was a typo and what Business Cape Breton had actually launched was an Entrepreneurial PORTAGE/Vanguard Program. This, I decided, would either involve entrepreneurs carrying canoes on their headsRead More

Mayor Clarke And The Incredible Disappearing HST Issue

Mayor Clarke And The Incredible Disappearing HST Issue

May 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Economic development is the word on the street in the CBRM these days — CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke popped up on CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning on May 4 to speak to host Steve Sutherland about it and CBRM Regional Council has vowed to meet once a month to discussRead More

What’s Left In The Assumption Fund? We Know!

What’s Left In The Assumption Fund? We Know!

May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I submitted a Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) request to the Port of Sydney Development Corporation to ask for an account balance from the assumption fund — the trust containing monies left over from the 2012 Sydney harbor dredge. I was pleasantly surprised to receive the information from Port CEORead...

CBRM Councilor Questions Port Payments

CBRM Councilor Questions Port Payments

May 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Information is a valuable commodity in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) — so valuable it’s kept under lock and key and even our elected representatives have trouble accessing it. Take the way the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) has been paying its “partners” in a hoped-for container terminal development,Read More

Port of Sydney Seeks Public Funding for $460K Rail Study

Port of Sydney Seeks Public Funding for $460K Rail Study

April 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation will seek $460,000 in public funding for a study to “confirm the costs of upgrades to the rail line” from Truro to Sydney. In what we can only hope was a last hurrah for the Port’s interim board (Mayor Cecil Clarke, Deputy Mayor Eldon MacDonald, CouncilorRead More

Port Board Minutes: Nav Aids, New Digs & Wage Hikes

Port Board Minutes: Nav Aids, New Digs & Wage Hikes

April 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation posted minutes from two more board meetings on its website recently. (I can’t say exactly when, because I don’t check the site every day and the Port doesn’t seem to feel the need to notify me when it’s about to post a batch of freshly vetted documents.)Read More

All the Port’s ‘Partners’ (And How They’re Paid)

All the Port’s ‘Partners’ (And How They’re Paid)

April 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci of Harbor Port Development Partners (or Sydney Harbour Investment Partners or Blue Zen Memorial Parks) are proud of the many “partners” they’ve enlisted in their campaign to turn Sydney harbor into a mega-port for ultra-large container ships. They have “building partners” like the “American giant Bechtel.”Read More

Don’t Make Assumptions About the Assumption Fund

Don’t Make Assumptions About the Assumption Fund

April 12, 2017 at 11:59 am

Last month I sent two freedom of information/access to information (FOIPOP) requests to the Port of Sydney Development Corporation. One requested a detailed account of how the Port has been spending the $2.5 million left over from the $37 million Sydney harbor dredge, completed in 2012. (You can read aboutRead More

CAO’s Exit Merritts Better Explanation

CAO’s Exit Merritts Better Explanation

April 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Leaving? So soon? It seems the CBRM’s chief administrative officer (CAO) Michael Merritt is hightailing it back from whence he came. Merritt was hired in July 2014 and began work in October of that year, so when he leaves in April he won’t even have been on the job a fullRead More

By Frank J. (Frank John) Aleksandrowicz, 1921-, Photographer (NARA record: 8452210) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

That ’70s Crisis

March 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

“Tartan and coal” proclaimed the front page of the Cape Breton Post, rather cryptically, on Saturday and I couldn’t resist trying to guess what the headline referred to before I actually read the article: the world’s worst ice cream flavor? Sydney Academy’s Class of ’57 prom theme? Alexander Graham Bell’s terriers?  Read More