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How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

December 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Not having been affected by the rain storm that hit the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this past Thanksgiving, I had the luxury of learning about the difference between “overland flooding” and “sewer backup” weeks later, over a beer with a friend whose basement had flooded. The woman sent by hisRead More

Port of Sydney: SHIP is NOT a Trade Name

Port of Sydney: SHIP is NOT a Trade Name

December 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP), the firm established by Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci to market the Port of Sydney, has become Sydney Harbour Investment Partners Inc. (SHIP). The name change was registered with Corporations Canada on 19 October 2016. Mayor Cecil Clarke wants CBRM council to extend HPDP’s existingRead More

By Nicolas Perrault III (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Another Brick in the Paywall

November 23, 2016 at 9:08 am

This is not the best moment to be erecting a wall of any sort but the time has come to put a paywall — neither huge nor beautiful — around new content on The Cape Breton Spectator. My stats show me that there are enough people reading the Spectator eachRead More

Cruise Update: The Only Numbers We Have

Cruise Update: The Only Numbers We Have

November 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

The numbers connected to our cruise industry are as slippery as a quarterdeck in a Nor’easter (okay, I promise, no more nautical similes). It starts as the season opens and the Port of Sydney trumpets (in the Cape Breton Post, which has never met an economic impact number it didn’tRead More

Obligatory photo of Cabot Trail.

Cruise Update: Oh Look, Some Other Numbers

November 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

Don’t ever say I haven’t done my bit for transparency on the cruise file. I made an access to information (ATIP) request to Parks Canada to find out how much the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park have made from cruiseRead More

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

November 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

The only thing more expensive than running a railway, apparently, is not running a railway. That’s the justification offered by Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) — owners of the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS) and its all-but-defunct Sydney Subdivision — for the high fees they charge landowners needingRead More

By dbking (Flickr: MVC-005F) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cruise Ships & the Environment: The Sewage Edition

November 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

First, the good news. The cruise ship most seen in Sydney during the 2016 season, Holland America Line’s Veendam, got an A grade from the Friends of the Earth in their 2016 Cruise Ship Report Card. The bad news? Our second-most frequent visitor, the Veendam’s sister ship Rotterdam, got aRead More

The CBRM, Its Records and What the CBC Saw

The CBRM, Its Records and What the CBC Saw

November 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

Did you see that 28 October 2016 story by the CBC’s Paul Withers about the CBRM and its consultants? It was the oddest thing. The “news” was that the CBRM has no record of the work done for it by the first pair of consultants it hired to promote theRead More

We Need To Talk About the Cruise Industry

We Need To Talk About the Cruise Industry

October 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

I’ll say it again: we need to talk about the cruise industry. We need to talk about its actual impact on our local economy, its environmental impact on our coastal waters,  its questionable labor practices and its crime problem. And we have to do it right now, before we pumpRead More

About That Second Berth…

About That Second Berth…

October 26, 2016 at 11:08 am

My first reaction to the 2014 Sydney Cruise Market Assessment Report was: why are we talking about spending $20 million on a second berth and not talking about our ground transportation problem? (My second reaction was—how do people who cannot actually write get into the report-writing business? Why would youRead More