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Shop Sydney! We Have Two Stores!

June 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

I write today as one of the 8,800 residents of Sydney — Nova Scotia’s third-largest city, urban heart of a rich coal-mining region, industrial hub of Atlantic Canada — to ask Holland America Line (HAL): WAT IS ER MIS MET JOU? (That’s Dutch for “What is wrong with you?” AtRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

Ban the Bomb If Spectator contributor Sean Howard has raised your awareness (and the hairs on the back of your neck) about nuclear weapons and the need for disarmament, you may well be wondering, “But what can I do?” (Other, of course, than dismantling your own stock of intercontinental ballisticRead More

Fun with Statistics

Fun with Statistics

May 31, 2017 at 12:05 pm

This past week I was lucky enough to participate in a Statistics Canada webinar. (I write that in complete sincerity — Stats Canada invited me to participate in a webinar and I accepted the invitation as happily as if I’d thought there’d be cake. Full disclosure: I thought there’d be cake.)Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

Double vision? I promised to ask when and how Dennis Campbell of Ambassatours Gray Line got the nod to develop the property formerly occupied by the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club on Sydney’s harborfront and let you know what I found out. As you may recall, Campbell, whose firm operatesRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 12, 2017 at 10:50 am

Inspiration Village Great news, guys! Sydney is finally going to ship a sea container to Central Canada! Okay, strictly speaking, we’re not “shipping” it. According to its press release, Destination Cape Breton Association will “transform” a sea container “into a life-size depiction of the many unforgettable experiences Cape Breton Island has toRead More

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

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

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