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Extra! Extra! Get Your Copy of the Second Berth Assessment Here!

Extra! Extra! Get Your Copy of the Second Berth Assessment Here!

January 13, 2017 at 11:28 am

I received a copy of Due Diligence Assessment of Plans for Second Berth at the Sydney Marine Terminal! Thanks, ACOA! I thought I’d have to wait for the movie. It’s the assessment prepared by management and consulting firm CPCS for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Nova Scotia DepartmentRead More

Affinity Research Says Timing Not Good For ‘Novaporte’

Affinity Research Says Timing Not Good For ‘Novaporte’

January 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm

First the good news: the Port of Sydney has been noticed! Granted, UK-based Affinity Research LLP thinks Novaporte is in North Sydney, but close enough. The bad news? Fotios Katsoulas, an analyst specializing in shipping data, has his doubts about the viability of the project, at least in the shortRead More

Dear Minister Sohi: We Want Our Berth Rights

Dear Minister Sohi: We Want Our Berth Rights

January 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke was beside himself when Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking suggested the federal government’s one-third share of the funding for our second berth could hinge on the CBRM installing a permanent board of directors for the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC, until they come up with aRead More

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Time to Move On? Not So Fast There…

January 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I’m a bit obsessed with the port — and sadly, I don’t mean the fortified wine — which is why this week’s issue contains so many port-related stories. But somebody has to do something other than cheerlead. Somebody has to don the skunk suit and turn up at the gardenRead More

Letter to the Editor: A Postdiluvian Christmas

Letter to the Editor: A Postdiluvian Christmas

December 22, 2016 at 10:24 am

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house….Oh wait! We don’t have a house! Start that again: ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the rental, we were all really sick..both physical and mental. Our flooded houses stood empty on streets that were bare, in hopes thatRead More

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke

Mayor Cecil Clarke 1: Governance 0

December 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm

We’ve been hearing a lot about the rules of international business lately—much of it from a career politician who has never worked in the private sector. Do you know what’s big in the world of international business since Enron? Madoff? The 2008 financial crisis? Governance. I’ll let those anti-development, bleedingRead More

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

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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