Mary Campbell

In the Ashes of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club

In the Ashes of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club

June 12, 2019 at 11:23 am

On 13 May 2016, I submitted an access to information and privacy (ATIP) request to ACOA asking for information pertaining to the 2012 sale of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club (RCBYC) and adjacent lands to Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC). The request was transferred to Public Services and ProcurementRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

FOIPOP blues Since the dawn of the age of Big Data — hell, since the dawn of the age of Excel spreadsheets — tracking and collating information has become much easier for us humans. Data entry is boring but not difficult, and once entered (whether into a database or aRead More

‘Hi Karan and Malcom’: The RV Park Correspondence

‘Hi Karan and Malcom’: The RV Park Correspondence

June 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

I FOIPOPed all correspondence between the CBRM planning department and Chris Skidmore — the Calgary-based developer who wants to establish an RV Park in Big Pond Centre — because I thought the planning department seemed to be rather decidedly in Skidmore’s corner on this project and I wanted to knowRead More

This Story Cost $478

This Story Cost $478

June 5, 2019 at 11:08 am

“Our dream is to work WITH the community to bring a new vibrancy to the area and to support the economy in a way that respects the land and the people,” — 22 February 2019 post on the Ceilidh on the Lakes Facebook page.   Here are some other interesting thingsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

Sino-Nova Scotian relations I honestly don’t know what to make of Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s apparently chummy relations with China at a time when Canada and the People’s Republic are barely speaking (and Port of Sydney promoter Albert Barbusci has been cruelly abandoned by his Chinese backers, a factRead More

What a Real Port Announcement Looks Like

What a Real Port Announcement Looks Like

May 29, 2019 at 10:55 am

My judgement of port announcements has been forever damaged by what passes for them at the Port of Sydney (where the word “partner” is applied so broadly it has lost all meaning) but Tuesday’s announcement by the Port Authority in Québec has the ring of actual development about it: TheRead More

Top: La Dune de Bouctouche; Bottom: Percé

On the Boardwalks of Bouctouche & Percé

May 29, 2019 at 10:53 am

The Spectator squeezed in a working holiday this past week, driving from Sydney to Québec City by way of New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast and the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s very early in the season, which has its positives — no crowds or blackflies — and its negatives — very little isRead More

CBRM Mobile Command Centre (Source: CBC)

How Mobile is the Mobile Command Center?

May 29, 2019 at 10:51 am

Almost exactly three years ago today, during Police Week 2016, the Cape Breton Regional Police Services (CBRPS) unveiled its new Mobile Command Center as part of a “Police Week display” at Centre 200. The CBC described the Mobile Command Center as a “custom-built, high-tech” vehicle for “fire and police servicesRead More

The Port File: Spin Vs Fact

The Port File: Spin Vs Fact

May 29, 2019 at 10:47 am

I was looking over some old files as I was writing the article on the fine line between reporting and enabling and I came across a list I compiled of dubious assertions by proponents of the CBRM container port project in December 2015, seven months after the CBRM signed itsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 24, 2019 at 8:30 am

Free the information CBRM Municipal Clerk Deborah Campbell Ryan got back to me Tuesday night about another FOIPOP I submitted back in April looking for information about a matter before council. Her original estimate of the fee I would be required to pay for this (public) information was $215 andRead More