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Post card circa 1960s. (Source: ebay)

Consultant’s Plan for Bar Harbor Terminal Includes Bay Ferries

May 16, 2018 at 11:55 am

Back in January, I wrote about the town of Bar Harbor, Maine, and its plans to purchase and develop its disused ferry terminal. I was struck by the story, which I first read in the New York Times, because the approach Bar Harbor is taking to the project contrasts so sharplyRead More

Port of Sydney Spending or The Greenfield Site Is Eroding

Port of Sydney Spending or The Greenfield Site Is Eroding

May 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

Back in April 2017, the Spectator asked the Port of Sydney Development Corporation for a breakdown of spending from its so-called Assumption Fund. The Assumption Fund is a trust fund containing monies (about $2.5 million originally) left over from the 2012 Sydney harbor dredge, a $37 million project funded by threeRead More

"Learn how to code with Arduino and the Garoa Dojo Shield," makerspace Berlin, 2016. (Photo by re: publica from Germany CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’re Getting a Makerspace

April 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

This is an embarrassing confession for a reporter to make but here goes: sometimes, when I read news stories, they just wash over me in a wave of acronyms and quotes and dollar figures, leaving me no better informed than I was before I began reading. This is rarely aRead More

Parsing the Business Cape Breton Post-Mortems

Parsing the Business Cape Breton Post-Mortems

April 18, 2018 at 11:20 am

This past week, we’ve heard Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall, BCB board chair Parker Rudderham, CBRM Economic Development Manager John Phalen and (former) BCB CEO Eileen Lannon Oldford explain what is going on with economic development funding in the Cape BretonRead...

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

April 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

Dear Premier McNeil: I am writing with regard to the issue of the Nova Scotia government’s distribution of the Federal Equalization Transfers,  public concern over which has now reached a critical level here on Cape Breton Island, and in other non-metropolitan areas of the province. I was part of aRead...

RIP Business Cape Breton?

RIP Business Cape Breton?

April 11, 2018 at 11:58 am

What the hell happened to Business Cape Breton (BCB)? I feel the way I expect I will when Rogers Media finally gets around to canning Ron MacLean and Don Cherry — not sad, but somewhat disoriented. It’s all been so sudden: why, just last month, there was BCB CEO EileenRead More

Our Wild Downtowns?

Our Wild Downtowns?

April 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw, “Reinstatement of the Blossoming Program” on the agenda for the 27 March 2018 CBRM council meeting. Had Deputy Mayor Eldon MacDonald, who put the issue on the agenda, temporarily lost his mind? I think the short answer is, “Yes.” During the meeting,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 6, 2018 at 10:30 am

Team Meucci I’m filing this one under, “Better Late Than Never.” It’s a Tom Ayers story that appeared in the Chronicle Herald on March 22 and about which I keep meaning to say something. On the surface, it’s a story about the descendants of Alexander Graham Bell disputing the $885,200Read More

Second Berth Delays

Second Berth Delays

April 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm

The deadline for bids for the construction of a second cruise ship berth in Sydney harbor has been pushed back from 29 March 2018 to 26 April 2018, according to an addendum to the original tender (the fourth such addendum) posted on the Nova Scotia government website. That is just the latestRead...

99-Year Leases and Chinese Port Investments

99-Year Leases and Chinese Port Investments

March 28, 2018 at 11:55 am

On Monday, the Law Amendments Committee sent Bill 85, which grants new powers to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), back to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly without amendment. One of the powers Bill 85 will grant the CBRM is the ability to enter into a 99-year lease, which our mayorRead More