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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

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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

The CB Post Loves That Northside Shipyard

The CB Post Loves That Northside Shipyard

October 12, 2016 at 7:35 am

The Cape Breton Post sure does love a shipyard. And I mean that literally, it loves a shipyard —  the one run by Canadian Maritime Engineering (CME) in North Sydney. The one partially located on a former waterfront green space. Our paper of record never tires of visiting that shipyardRead More

Grant Haverstock, Firehouse Ironworks.

Destination Cape Breton, the Travel Writers & the Blacksmith

August 31, 2016 at 1:30 am

Blacksmith Grant Haverstock founded the FireHouse Ironworks in Whycocomagh, Cape Breton in 2011. FireHouse produces custom ironwork but from the beginning, the company has been more than just a working forge, as its web site explains: The forge at FireHouse Ironworks is a place for community members to gather andRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: Incompetents Destined for Cape Breton

Dr. StrangeJob: Incompetents Destined for Cape Breton

August 30, 2016 at 11:32 am

Thousands upon thousands of taxpayer dollars are spent annually promoting Cape Breton Island as a tourist haven with varying success. Yet it only took a few hours for a local DJ to create a website that resulted in an overwhelming number of tourist inquiries, a major spike in tourism, andRead More

Photo via www.golfcapebreton.com

Destination Cape Breton Will Be With You Shortly

August 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

This was supposed to be a story in which Destination Cape Breton Association (DCBA) responded to a number of criticisms leveled at it by a number of people (three people, actually, the number is three). I’ve been working on this for a couple of weeks and on Monday, I sentRead More