Mary Campbell

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

Quote of the week We’ve been at it for three-and-a-half years, I would say if you reference any of those major developments you’re looking at a 10-year cycle. We’re well within, and much shorter than one could imagine. I think we are in very good shape, I think we’re betterRead...

Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd., North Sydney

Ships End in North Sydney?

July 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

There I was, looking for signs of shipbreaking on Sydney harbor and I forgot to mention North Sydney. Apologies to all my North Sydney readers, who must have been left scratching their heads. How did I forget about that time the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) sold Archibald’s Wharf, aRead...

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What’s the End-of-Life Plan for Small Vessels?

July 19, 2017 at 11:50 am

If you’ve read this week’s article on large-vessel disposal in Canada, you probably think you know everything there is to know about shipbreaking and recycling in this country but let out your sheets, friend (an expression I just made up as the nautical equivalent of “hold your horses”), there’s moreRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Municipal Affairs Says… I couldn’t help noticing the Cape Breton Post picked up my story about port marketer Albert Barbusci and his reports to CBRM council. The Post‘s take is very much “nothing to see here folks” — the article makes the point, not once but twice (first in a statement,Read More

Source: Port of Sydney Prospectus http://www.sydneyport.ca/portofsydney/port-of-sydney-prospectus/

Port of Sydney: ‘Ships End Here?’

July 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm

A plan, apparently 12 years in the making, to bring the shipbreaking firm Marine Recycling Corporation to the Sydport Marine Industrial Park in Point Edward seems to be becoming a reality. I have a reader to thank for the tip: a Cape Bretoner working out West who pointed me to a pairRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Mondays with Albert: Barbusci Updates Council

July 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Remember when Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) changed its name to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) and pressured CBRM council into extending its contract with the municipality for five years? It was last December, seven months ago, when the port file was so hot, what with terminal operator Ports AmericaRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

Weapons of Math Destruction Ever since researching my stories on PowerSchool, the data gathering software used by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, I’ve been curious about the uses and abuses of Big Data. The goal is not simply to gather and store information but to mineRead More

My $3,000 FOIPOP or Why This System Doesn’t Work

My $3,000 FOIPOP or Why This System Doesn’t Work

July 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

In the world of the start-up digital publications, $3,000 is a lot of money. Had I $3,000 burning a hole in my pocket, I could walk into Connors Basics on Charlotte Street and come out with a new desk, a new office chair, a lifetime supply of roller ball pens,Read More

Does This Font Make Me Look Self-Reliant Yet Humble?

Does This Font Make Me Look Self-Reliant Yet Humble?

July 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I just spent a wonderful couple of hours exploring the history of Nova Scotia’s branding policies from 1982 to the present courtesy, once again, of a completed freedom of information/access to information (FOIPOP) request. Thank you, unknown member of the public!   Helvetica It begins with a manual from 1982, whenRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 30, 2017 at 10:26 am

Extra! Extra!  I’m pleased to announce a new joint-venture with Tim Bousquet’s Halifax Examiner. As of July 1, you will be able to subscribe to both The Examiner and The Cape Breton Spectator for $15 a month — a $5 savings off the regular price. (And yes, you may upgradeRead More