Mary Campbell

Mocking the Tax System?

Mocking the Tax System?

June 29, 2022 at 11:23 am

During the period covering the offences, the accused filed false GST returns claiming a combined refund of $20,628,805. Of that amount, the CRA paid $275,960 in refunds and allocated an additional $81,399 as a credit to other amounts owing to the agency, meaning the family and their companies were paidRead More

How the End of Hero Pay Changed Canadian Law

How the End of Hero Pay Changed Canadian Law

June 29, 2022 at 11:21 am

It’s been just over two years since Canada’s biggest grocery store chains declared the pandemic over and canceled the premium they’d been paying their front-line staff for all of three months. On 13 June 2020, according to the Financial Post: …Canada’s top three grocery chains simultaneously cancelled their $2-per-hour “hero…Read...

Summer Hours

Summer Hours

June 29, 2022 at 11:17 am

Have you heard? It’s SUMMER and that means the Spectator is shifting into a lower gear for a couple of months. I will be publishing bi-weekly throughout July and August. I won’t be publishing Fast & Curious on Fridays (although I may include it in the bi-weekly issues). As always, I…Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 24, 2022 at 9:00 am

Public Housing In 2017, a Spectator reader contacted me to express concern that public housing units near her home seemed to be remaining empty for an unusual amount of time. I looked into it and was told by the Department of Municipal Affairs that, as of that June that year,Read More

Electrifying Public Transit News

Electrifying Public Transit News

June 22, 2022 at 11:15 am

District 4 Councilor Steve Gillespie knows the electrification of CBRM’s transit fleet is inevitable as federal funding for diesel buses dries up, but he wants us to understand that he is adamantly opposed to it because it will be expensive and people in his district, who do not have busRead More

What Are the Neighbors Doing?

What Are the Neighbors Doing?

June 22, 2022 at 11:14 am

As noted in my earlier article about CBRM transit, the study that will guide the electrification of our system will consider the examples of other, comparable, municipalities. During their discussion of the matter earlier this month, some councilors expressed the concern that comparing us to Halifax—which ordered 60 electric busesRead More

Donkin: A Postscript

Donkin: A Postscript

June 22, 2022 at 11:12 am

I made my thoughts on the potential re-opening of the Donkin Mine pretty clear in last week’s Fast & Curious but I feel the need to return to the topic, thanks to a Cape Breton Post story under the headline: Coal’s last chance: It may be now or never forRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 17, 2022 at 10:29 am

Coal Dreams Did you know that fluctuations in the market price of coal have a direct impact on the geological conditions in coal mines? When the price of coal rises, these conditions magically improve. It’s an economic-geologic phenomenon begging for further study, in place of which I am simply offeringRead More

Public Money, Private Gain?

Public Money, Private Gain?

June 15, 2022 at 12:36 pm

The Verschuren Centre, once part of Cape Breton University, now a standalone corporation, has received another injection of public money—$6.8 million, to be exact—from the federal and provincial governments. The funding includes: $2.5 million from the provincial government $2 million from ACOA via the Canada Coal Transition Initiative Infrastructure FundRead More

Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline 2020-2022

Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline 2020-2022

June 15, 2022 at 12:34 pm

I last updated my Vice-Admiral Mark Norman/National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) timeline back in 2019, but developments these past two weeks have motivated me to revisit it. Norman, you will recall, was the Canadian naval officer charged with one count of breach of trust for: …leaking cabinet secrets in relation toRead More