Business

Lessons from Paducah, KY: Let Artists Revitalize Your Downtown

Lessons from Paducah, KY: Let Artists Revitalize Your Downtown

February 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

I’ve been trying to figure out what bugs me so much about the decision to rename Sydney’s downtown “The Waterfront District” and I’ve finally put my finger on it: coming up with a fancy name for a neighborhood should be the final step in a revitalization plan, not the first. Labeling theRead More

Transparency in Action: Destination Cape Breton Association

Transparency in Action: Destination Cape Breton Association

February 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Transparency is so rare in Nova Scotia that most people recognize it only by its absence. Our region is home to a number of organizations that rely largely (if not entirely) on public money and yet are not in the least accountable to the public. To me, they’re like bigRead More

Transparency in Action: Business Cape Breton

Transparency in Action: Business Cape Breton

February 8, 2017 at 1:25 pm

Some organizations are like cats, not in the sense that they hunt and kill mice (although with the level of transparency we have in the CBRM, who knows?) but in the sense that they have nine lives — end one and they start another. Business Cape Breton Association (BCB) isRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Charter? What Charter? I was perusing the list of recently completed Nova Scotia Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) requests, as one does, and discovered this one: All briefing notes, analysis and correspondence regarding the development of a municipal charter for Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Oh boy, oh boy,Read More

Province Denied CBRM REN Request

Province Denied CBRM REN Request

February 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

On 8 June 2016, at a “special” CBRM Council meeting, Mayor Cecil Clarke surprised councilors with the announcement that the CBRM had withdrawn from Regional Enterprise Network (REN) 6, an economic development organization incorporated in October 2014 and including the CBRM, Richmond County, Victoria County and Inverness County. CBRM councilors,Read More

Municipal Charters & ‘Mayors Gone Bad’

Municipal Charters & ‘Mayors Gone Bad’

February 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Last Friday, as former Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz faced allegations of accepting kickbacks from a construction company and former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was found guilty on eight criminal counts including fraud and breach of trust, Philip Slayton’s phone was ringing off the hook. Slayton’s a lawyer by  training —Read More

CBRM Limits Port of Sydney Development Corp Responsibilities

CBRM Limits Port of Sydney Development Corp Responsibilities

January 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm

You know that really annoying stage toddlers hit at about age two? When no matter what you tell them, they say, “Why?” I never outgrew it. So when CBRM mystery solicitor Jim Gogan appeared at Tuesday’s nominating committee meeting to discuss changes to the Articles of Association of the Port ofRead More

Drewry Analyst Considers Melford/Novaporte Propositions

Drewry Analyst Considers Melford/Novaporte Propositions

January 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm

On Tuesday, I watched a Drewry webinar on the Ports and Terminals market. The brief (under an hour) presentation was based on Drewry’s Ports and Terminals quarterly report, in which the Maritime research and consulting firm looked at key trends in the sector. Presenter Neil Davidson, senior analyst in Drewry’sRead More

CBRM Celebrates Its Berth Day

CBRM Celebrates Its Berth Day

January 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm

Monday’s second coming berth announcement was a star-studded affair. Everyone who is anyone in Nova Scotia politics wanted to be there in person to see the CBRM’s $20 million concrete dream come true. Cape Breton-Canso MP (and Master of Ceremonies) Rodger Cuzner got laughs by warning those in attendance fromRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

How to Choose a Cruise I was poking around the internets, looking for information about the cruise ships we’re expecting in 2017, and I stumbled on Cruise.Com, an online travel agency specializing in cruises. I found you could look up information about individual vessels so I checked out the CelebrityRead More