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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 1, 2018 at 10:29 am

Call Mr. Campbell On Friday morning, I heard CBC reporter Tom Ayers’ interview with Shannon Campbell, Donkin Mine vice president, who attended a public meeting in Port Morien last night (organized by District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall) to discuss residents’ concerns about coal trucks traveling through their community. On theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 23, 2018 at 10:21 am

Donkin Moncton-based Radio-Canada reporter Elissa Serret has done some great work tracking down and speaking to three of the miners fired from the Donkin Mine last fall. (Here’s the link to the original French television item, which features some rather over-dramatic effects and has French-speaking actors playing the miners, who did notRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 2, 2018 at 10:09 am

French lessons This week, I’ve run across three Quebec news stories that are oddly relevant to events here in the CBRM. That’s not as completely random as it sounds: I keep tabs on events in Quebec by starting each day listening to the first half hour of Quebec AM, the QuebecRead More

Queen Victoria's first meeting with the Privy Council, 1837. (Painting by Sir David Wilkie https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/404710/the-first-council-of-queen-victoria)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part III)

February 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. (You can read Part I here and Part II here.)    In this, the thirdRead More

Top: Kameron coal truck by Yvonne LeBlanc Smith, CBC Cape Breton.  Bottom: Lingan coal-fired generating station, Cape Breton (Photo by By Ken Heaton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: Trucks versus Trains

February 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

I have been keeping a jaundiced eye on the Cape Breton coal trucking story since the 1980s when my friend Leo Evans was shining a public spotlight on the decision by Devco to “rubberize” a part of its coal transportation system.   Made no sense then – makes no sense now.Read More

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

January 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. You can read Part I here.   “[T]he annexation was not legal according to BritishRead More

“Quad C” Buys Canadian Construction Company

“Quad C” Buys Canadian Construction Company

December 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: I feel the need to warn you, dear readers, that this article is really long. That’s what happens when you start writing about a company with annual revenue of US$55 billion and 100,000 employees. But since it’s also a company that has been cited in reference to notRead More

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

UMWA’s Dukart on Donkin: ‘It Seems Everyone Is Scared to Talk’

November 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

Jody Dukart is the Auditor/Teller for Canada of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), a position he took up in October 2017, following the retirement of Cape Breton’s Bobby Burchell. Although the Donkin coal mine re-opened by Kameron Coal Management is famously non-union (it’s owned by the Cline GroupRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

Port secrecy CBRM Council met in secret camera on Thursday to discuss something related to the Port of Sydney. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which our mayor sometimes worries about and sometimes doesn’t (see the 31 unannounced in camera meetings held over 22 months in 2014-15 in flagrant violationRead More

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

From the Weasel Words Dept: Donkin ‘Makes Changes’ to Its Workforce

November 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Here’s the press release Kameron Coal Management Ltd issued on Tuesday: For Immediate Release – Organizational restructure at the Donkin Mine Donkin, NS, November 7, 2017 – Today Kameron Coal Management Ltd. announced an organizational restructure that resulted in a reduction of the workforce at the Donkin Mine in Nova Scotia. “TheRead More