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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

More BullSHIP? In a bit of revisionist history that would probably secretly impress the government of the People’s Republic of China, Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) CEO Albert Barbusci has erased all mention of the Chinese from his latest Novaporte container terminal press release. I figure the next step willRead...

Stained-glass window, McConnell Library, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Spectator photo)

Phelan Returns to Public Works as Library Stalls

May 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I just watched last week’s CBRM general committee debate over funding for the new central library and heard Mayor Cecil Clarke declare the project “dead” because the federal government has not come through with its share of the funding (either for a programming and internal operations study or for theRead...

Source:  McKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

How Truro Got Its Library

May 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

During the recent CBRM general committee meeting about the current state of the new central library project, the subject of the new library in Truro was raised a number of times. I thought it would be worth looking at how the Town of Truro (population 12,000) managed to do whatRead...

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

May 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Over a year ago, I began creating this timeline, intending to track two separate but connected stories: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and more particularly, the large-vessel component of the NSS. The criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The impetus was the upcoming trial — scheduled for August 2019 —Read More

Freedom of Information is a Joke in this Town

Freedom of Information is a Joke in this Town

May 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Acting on a tip from a reader, who seemed to think that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, his executive assistant Mark Bettens and (the now former) economic development manager John Phelan were doing an unusual amount of traveling on the public dime last fall, I sent a request under Section XXRead...

Albert Barbusci joining a December 2016 Port meeting by phone. (Source: Twitter)

No Port News Dept: Where’s Albert?

May 8, 2019 at 11:38 am

You cannot make this stuff up. “No news, good news?” was the front page headline in Monday’s Cape Breton Post. Subhead: “Sydney port developer says he’s not prepared to reveal ‘secrets’ on proposed Novaporte terminal.” Reporter Chris Shannon actually spoke with the elusive Albert Barbusci: The CEO of Sydney HarbourRead...

No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry?

No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry?

May 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

Note: Polska Canada, the website cited in this article, has been offline since Wednesday.    As noted in Part I of this “No Port News Is Good News” series, the Cape Breton Post reported on Monday that: [Albert Barbusci] is working with port marketer Barry Sheehy to secure the businessRead More

photo via Wikimedia Commons By The Photographer - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70180235

To Feed the Hungry

May 8, 2019 at 11:32 am

We live in a province that seems to be in a constant struggle to meet its many commitments, not only to healthcare — the one that seems uppermost in the minds of many Nova Scotians — but also to those who must survive on social assistance when Nova Scotia hasRead More

Okay, David MacKinnon, Stop

Okay, David MacKinnon, Stop

May 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

David MacKinnon worked in senior capacities in the Nova Scotia and Ontario public services. The Prince Edward Island native is a frequent commentator on Canada’s fiscal arrangements and currently lives in Wellington Ontario. — CB Post, 25 April 2019   That’s the bio that appears at the end of DavidRead More

Letter to the Editor: Think Before You Vote

Letter to the Editor: Think Before You Vote

May 1, 2019 at 12:15 pm

So I am 67 years old and have lived most of my life on Cape Breton Island. I have seen many politicians come and go. I have heard promises of better times ahead many times over the years. I have heard many political parties blame the others for past mistakes.Read More