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FOIPOP Follies

FOIPOP Follies

November 18, 2020 at 2:24 pm

Last week I reported on the Nova Scotia Information and Privacy Commissioner’s damning critique of the CBRM’s response to my 2015 access to information request regarding the municipality’s decision to award an exclusive port promotion/development contract to Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP). Commissioner Tricia Ralph faulted the municipality for withholdingRead More

Breakfast in a Pandemic

Breakfast in a Pandemic

November 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Donald Campbell, Jr knows a thing or two about going hungry. The owner of That’s Right Roofing & Renovations, who recently placed third in the heavily contested District 12 race in the CBRM election, suffered physical hunger pains when he was a boy – and blames poverty, in his characteristicallyRead More

Wanted: Gifted One-Way Communicator

Wanted: Gifted One-Way Communicator

November 18, 2020 at 1:06 pm

I ran across this ad for a CBRM Communications/Information Officer in the course of researching this week’s treatise on access to information. The closing date for applications is tomorrow — November 19 — so there’s still time for any of you not daunted by the list of 21 — TWENTY-ONERead More

NS COVID-19 Briefing for November 17

NS COVID-19 Briefing for November 17

November 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm

Briefing The headline from today’s COVID update with Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang is that we now have community spread in the Central Zone of the province. Dr. Strang said Public Health has been unable to trace seven of the cases announced recently to travel and they “haveRead More

NS COVID-19 Briefing for 13 November 2020

NS COVID-19 Briefing for 13 November 2020

November 13, 2020 at 4:05 pm

Briefing Today’s COVID briefing was as much about Premier Stephen McNeil’s decision to call the house into session for one day — December 18 — in order to prorogue until February 2021, but I will deal with the disease first before returning to the politics. Nova Scotia announced two newRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 13, 2020 at 10:50 am

Vaccine Dream News that Pfizer has a vaccine that is 90% effective against COVID-19 cheered people and markets alike this past week (airline and cruise line stocks leapt for joy). But there are so many caveats attached to the discovery that I’m pressing pause on my own jig of joyRead More

CBRM Gets Schooled by Privacy Commissioner

CBRM Gets Schooled by Privacy Commissioner

November 11, 2020 at 10:23 am

On 3 July 2015, over a year before I launched the Cape Breton Spectator, I made a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) application to the clerk of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Deborah Campbell — now Deborah Campbell-Ryan — requesting: Any communications between Mayor Cecil Clarke orRead More

Confessions of a Call (Center) Girl

Confessions of a Call (Center) Girl

November 11, 2020 at 10:21 am

A complaint has been filed with the Labour Standards Division of Nova Scotia against the Sydney Call Centre for breaching provincial labor laws. I should know. I filed it. I sent my four-page complaint with more than 40 supporting documents on October 2, alleging the center, which employs over 600Read More

The Case of the Designer Baby

The Case of the Designer Baby

November 11, 2020 at 10:19 am

I have recently been working on a bioethics textbook. Bioethics is a discipline largely driven by case studies – short narratives intended to make the ethical issues under discussion clear, real and urgent. Consequently, many bioethics textbooks include case studies. I want to do something different in this month’s column,Read More

Rent control rally, Antigonish, NS, 7 November 2020 (Source: Twitter)

Housing in the Headlines

November 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

If writing about poverty, homelessness, food banks and the need for a guaranteed annual income (GAI) could solve any of the problems associated with such matters, I would surely have solved a few over lo! these many years I’ve been contributing to the Spectator. The battle cry at the momentRead More