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CBRM Council: Mine? What Mine?

CBRM Council: Mine? What Mine?

August 23, 2023 at 3:42 pm

The most controversial item on CBRM council’s agenda last night was dropped like a hot potato just hours before the meeting. The initial version of the agenda included a staff recommendation that the municipality sell 1,002 acres of land (in the form of five adjacent lots in the Coxheath area)Read More

CBRM Council: Other Stuff

CBRM Council: Other Stuff

August 23, 2023 at 3:39 pm

Having gone on at length about an item that was dropped from the agenda of last night’s CBRM council meeting, I will now review some of the items that actually were discussed—but I warn you, that dropped item will haunt my coverage like the ghost of Hamlet’s father.   Wetlands/BiosphereRead...

Happy Trails in Cossitt Heights?

Happy Trails in Cossitt Heights?

August 9, 2023 at 9:45 am

Developer Joneljim Construction has come to CBRM council twice recently, asking for modifications to the 2012 purchase and sale agreement under which the company bought the 120-hectare Cossitt Heights Industrial Park on Sydney’s Upper Prince Street with the stated intention of turning it into a $51 million residential subdivision. JoneljimRead More

This and That

This and That

August 9, 2023 at 9:40 am

The Third Way I’ve had to print a correction with regard to a June item I wrote about The Third, a new weekly listings paper I had somehow understood to be a production of the CBRM. The Third, it turns out, is a free, local, 16-page print weekly, published andRead More

Ticking Boxes, Ticking Bombs…

Ticking Boxes, Ticking Bombs…

August 9, 2023 at 9:35 am

Author’s Note: In a future edition I hope to review Christopher Nolan’s movie of the moment, Oppenheimer, exploring the rise and fall of J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the top-secret Allied ‘Manhattan Project’ to build the Atomic Bomb. In a July 26 interview in Nature, nuclear historian Richard RhodesRead More

About that Public Hearing…

About that Public Hearing…

July 26, 2023 at 1:51 pm

Watching the video of the July 20 Public Hearing on the CBRM’s new Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-law (LUB), I had to seriously interrogate myself as to why I didn’t share many of the concerns expressed by the residents who came to the podium to offer theirRead More

The Business Section

The Business Section

July 26, 2023 at 1:49 pm

Meet the landlord Nicole Sullivan has a story in the Post about a CBRM landlord who has informed his tenants he will “no longer be supplying oil” to their units because “the costs have quadrupled and this will no longer be part of your rental income.” (I think he meansRead More

CBRM Forward Update

CBRM Forward Update

July 19, 2023 at 10:10 am

Last Wednesday, during your regularly scheduled edition of the Cape Breton Spectator, I reported in some detail on the planning department’s presentation to CBRM council of the updated Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. Except for a side bar on rooming houses, the story relied entirely on what plannersRead More

Planning for the Future

Planning for the Future

July 12, 2023 at 11:53 am

I hadn’t really thought about the time lag between amalgamation in 1995 and the adoption of a single Municipal Planning Strategy for the CBRM in 2004 until I saw it spelled out in the CBRM Forward Issue Paper presented to council by planning director Michael Ruus on Tuesday. Knowing itRead More

Time for an Update?

Time for an Update?

July 12, 2023 at 11:51 am

Editor’s Note: I thought I’d revisit a few stories I’ve covered this year to see how things have been coming along.   Blowin’ in the wind Capitalize Albany Corporation (which does not, sadly, exist purely to stamp out lowercase spellings of the New York State capital but is the city’sRead More