Mary Campbell

Meet the Candidates: Cape Breton East

Meet the Candidates: Cape Breton East

August 11, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Cape Breton East was formerly known as Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg and before that as Cape Breton West (seriously — West has become East, please don’t ask me how). The district has gone back and forth between the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives but has been held by the Tories since 2006, whenRead More

Meet the Candidates: Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier

Meet the Candidates: Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier

August 11, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier was previously just Cape Breton Centre and, you will no doubt be surprised to learn, contained much less of the Sydney neighborhood known as Whitney Pier than it now does. Cape Breton Centre has been all over the map, politically, having elected New Democrats, Liberals, ToriesRead More

Meet the Candidates: Glace Bay-Dominion

Meet the Candidates: Glace Bay-Dominion

August 11, 2021 at 1:07 pm

Wikipedia informs me that in 1933, “the district of Cape Breton was divided into five electoral districts, one of which was named Cape Breton East. In 2001, the district name was changed to Glace Bay. In 2003, the district lost a small area at its southern tip to Cape BretonRead More

Meet the Candidates: Northside-Westmount

Meet the Candidates: Northside-Westmount

August 11, 2021 at 1:06 pm

Northside-Westmount — formerly Cape Breton North — has mostly gone back and forth between the Liberals and Tories with the exception of the 1978 general election when Len Arsenault briefly turned it NDP orange. The riding produced a Liberal Premier, Russell MacLellan, before turning into what I think I canRead More

Meet the Candidates: Sydney-Membertou

Meet the Candidates: Sydney-Membertou

August 11, 2021 at 1:05 pm

In 2012, the provincial electoral boundaries commission took 79% of Cape Breton Nova and 59% of Cape Breton South and created Sydney-Whitney Pier. The 2019 commission lopped off the Pier and added some Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg territory and — voila! — Sydney-Membertou was born. I’m going to do some electoral genealogyRead More

Meet the Candidates: Victoria-The Lakes

Meet the Candidates: Victoria-The Lakes

August 11, 2021 at 1:04 pm

Victoria-The Lakes was created in 1867 (you better not be lying to me, Wikipedia) as simply “Victoria” and comprised all of Victoria County. It apparently remained like this until 1993, when it “gained the area north of the southern border of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.” In  2003, it Read More

Campaign Trail Mix: Saddle Up

Campaign Trail Mix: Saddle Up

July 28, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Election Fever? As I write, I am in the process of missing a Cape Breton appearance by NDP leader Gary Burrill, who is in Glace Bay this (Monday) morning. This past weekend, I pulled into a parking lot in St. Peter’s next to Tim Houston’s campaign bus and rather thanRead...

Barry Interesting

Barry Interesting

July 28, 2021 at 2:08 pm

Barry Sheehy — “author, historian, businessman and veteran” — barged into my summer on Tuesday, via one of his trademark screeds for the Cape Breton Post. Although his bio acknowledges he is “involved with Sydney Harbour Investment Partners, which is marketing the port [of Sydney] for development,” he writes theRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 28, 2021 at 2:04 pm

Bridging Update In case you’re wondering what’s happening with Bridging Finance Inc (BFI), the private debt firm that lent Membertou First Nation $6.8 million to buy a stake in Albert Barbusci’s Novaporte container terminal project, here’s the latest: David Sharpe, the founder and former CEO of BFI, who was firedRead...

Okay, Stop (Waterfront Development Edition)

Okay, Stop (Waterfront Development Edition)

July 14, 2021 at 12:51 pm

CBRM council seems to have righted a three-year-old wrong during its July 6 meeting by declining to extend a waterfront pre-development agreement with Martin Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development Ltd (HRDL) — an agreement that included a new central library. As Mayor Amanda McDougall explained to council, this does not precludeRead...