Mary Campbell

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Plastics, Ben, Plastics

October 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Do you ever hear about a subject for the first time and think it must be a brand new thing and then do some googling and realize that, actually, people have been on about it for years? That’s what happened to me with port promoter Albert Barbusci’s scheme to establishRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

The Irvings The latest installment of Dynasties, the Canadaland Commons series on Canada’s wealthiest families, focuses on the Irvings and, as my sister said, “It’s the plot of Succession!” She’s right — only the Irving saga is weirder than the HBO series about an “American global-media family that is notRead More

Climate strikers at Civic Centre, Sydney, NS. 27 September 2019. (Spectator photo)

Clarke on Climate Change

October 2, 2019 at 1:08 pm

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke was “not in the building” on September 27 when students (and others) from his community gathered in front of the Civic Centre to demand action on climate change. (His spokesperson tells me he “had meetings scheduled” in the morning and “a funeral” in the afternoon.) ButRead More

The Positive Change Jar

What Happened to Our Positive Changes?

October 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Writing this week about CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s recent climate change op-ed, I had reason to go and look at his 2016 campaign platform — his “100 More Positive Changes” for the municipality. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the link — which I’d saved as part of thisRead More

What the Court Said…

What the Court Said…

October 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm

A spectator drew my attention to the published decision in Cape Breton (Regional Municipality) v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General), 2019 NSCA 77. That was the CBRM’s attempt to get the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to overturn the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s (NSUARB) decision in the case ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 27, 2019 at 10:06 am

Fact Box On September 18, the Cape Breton Post carried a short article under the headline, “Payroll rebates for Cape Breton metal fabrication company.” The story — a reprint of a Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI) press release — explained that East Coast Metal Fabrication (2015) Inc (ECMF) had receivedRead More

Rail corridor, second berth, Sydney, NS, 2019.09.25 (Spectator Photo)

Port of Sydney May Buy Rail Corridor Near Second Berth

September 25, 2019 at 12:08 pm

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation is “discussing” the possible purchase of “rail corridor adjacent to the second berth lands,” with Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), the US-based company that owns the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS). Christina Lamey of the Port of Sydney confirmed the discussions forRead More

Rail Subsidy Rides On Port Development

Rail Subsidy Rides On Port Development

September 25, 2019 at 12:06 pm

“December will likely be the decision month about the future of a subsidy preserving Cape Breton’s rail line,” Cape Breton Post, 19 September 2019   Do you get the feeling we’re being allowed to listen in on a private conversation between Nova Scotia Business Minister (and Glace Bay MLA) Geoff MacLellan,Read More

Bean burger (cropped). (Photo by Maximilian Paradiz from Amsterdam, Netherlands [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)a

And Now, a Word from Your Planet: Burgers

September 25, 2019 at 12:04 pm

In my most recent Fast & Curious column, I mused about my preference for non-meat burgers that don’t masquerade as meat and a spectator pointed out that what I was actually saying was that I preferred whole foods to processed foods and that we happen to have an expert onRead More

Court Dismisses Whalley Appeal

Court Dismisses Whalley Appeal

September 25, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Former Economic Development Manager John Whalley’s civil suit against the Cape Breton Regional Municipality for constructive dismissal was the first (and to date, only) court case I have ever covered — but boy, did I cover it. I attended the trial in August 2018 (four full days, and a briefRead More