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CBRM Council: Library News

CBRM Council: Library News

February 8, 2023 at 10:53 am

I was debating just launching into my CBRM council coverage a week late without explanation but decided that would be the coward’s way out so instead, I will confess that I missed the memo about the January 31 meeting. In my defense, the last Tuesday in January is not theRead...

CBRM Council: Rapid Housing

CBRM Council: Rapid Housing

February 8, 2023 at 10:51 am

Alyce MacLean, project manager for housing development with New Dawn Enterprises, appeared before CBRM council on January 31 to ask the municipality to transfer surplus municipal property to her organization for the construction of supportive housing for people struggling with mental health and addictions issues. (If you are wondering whyRead...

Letter to the Premier: About That Golf Course…

Letter to the Premier: About That Golf Course…

February 8, 2023 at 10:47 am

Dear Premier Houston: We would like to bring your attention to the West Mabou Beach Provincial Park controversy and our concerns in that regard. West Mabou Beach is an ecologically sensitive area that forms part of the mere 5% of Nova Scotian coastline that is legally protected. We are adamantlyRead More

Canadian Healthcare: Creeping Privatization

Canadian Healthcare: Creeping Privatization

February 1, 2023 at 12:08 pm

Last week,  in Part I of my article on Canada’s healthcare system, I cited the Canadian Encyclopedia entry on “health policy” written by the late Toronto Star medical reporter Marilyn E. Dunlop. In my initial draft, I noted that the Canadian Encyclopedia is kind of wacky (see the “David Dingwall”Read More

Healthcare, Canadian Style Part I

Healthcare, Canadian Style Part I

January 25, 2023 at 3:55 pm

This is, after all, the playbook of all privatization advocates everywhere: starve a public good, wait for it to malfunction, and then claim the free market is required to fix the problem—Mitchell Thompson, Jacobin, January 2023 The current health system does not have a ‘management’ problem; it has an ‘economics’Read More

Healthcare, Canadian Style Part II

Healthcare, Canadian Style Part II

January 25, 2023 at 3:50 pm

Editor’s Note: I broke this article into two pieces (see Part I here) to allow you an opportunity to rest between decades but now it’s time to face the ’80s and ’90s.   Canada’s mania for deficit reduction, although it reached its peak in the ’90s, started in the ’80s.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 20, 2023 at 10:07 am

Words with Mayors In my coverage of CBRM council this week, I made a crack about the mayor—who was elected as Amanda McDougall and has been referred to for the past two years as Amanda McDougall—suddenly being referenced in the meeting agenda as Mayor Amanda T. McDougall-Merrill. I was actuallyRead More

CBRM Council: Port Wants More Authority

CBRM Council: Port Wants More Authority

January 18, 2023 at 11:53 am

Port of Sydney CEO Marlene Usher and Port board chair James Kerr proposed to CBRM council last night that the Port move from the governance structure on the left (a not-for-profit company with the CBRM as its sole shareholder) to the one on the right: When I read this priorRead More

CBRM Council: MOUs and CAOs

CBRM Council: MOUs and CAOs

January 18, 2023 at 11:51 am

Editor’s Note: I’m trying out my system of choosing items from the CBRM council agenda and doing some preliminary research on Tuesday afternoon, then watching the meeting and updating the article accordingly.   Item 6.2 (a) on last night’s CBRM council agenda was “business arising” from a January 17 inRead More

Seriously CBU, Stop

Seriously CBU, Stop

January 18, 2023 at 11:49 am

CBU President and Vice-Chancellor David Dingwall has issued ANOTHER open letter “to the Cape Breton Community,” this one occupying three full (expensive) pages in last Saturday’s Cape Breton Post, and it is another absolute dud of a PR exercise. It states: I want to assure you that I, as PresidentRead More