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Civic Centre, CBRM

Another SHIP Show at the Civic Centre

November 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

Okay, here’s what we’re going to do: you’re going to give me your cell phones and I’m going to lock you in this room and let you read this article. You can take notes, but I’m going to take them away from you when you’re done and burn them becauseRead...

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

CBRM Wastewater: What We’re Doing Right

CBRM Wastewater: What We’re Doing Right

November 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

As regular readers of the Spectator know, I have an affinity for document-based research — emails, letters, court records, consultants’ reports, council minutes, issue papers, doctoral theses — I am never happier than when up to my elbows in print. But sometimes when you have an issue that you want veryRead More

Immigration: New Dawn’s Goal? 2,000 Newcomers Per Year

Immigration: New Dawn’s Goal? 2,000 Newcomers Per Year

November 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on immigration and Cape Breton. Erika Shea, vice president of development for New Dawn Enterprises, says the community development organization plays two roles when it comes to immigration in Cape Breton. The first is as the home of theRead More

Nothing Says ‘We Care’ Like Stock Photos

Nothing Says ‘We Care’ Like Stock Photos

November 15, 2017 at 11:32 am

Did you get that mailer about provincial budget 2017-18 this week? Did yours include a personal “note” from Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Derek Mombourquette? Mine did. He told me about the budget but he also told me that Sydney-Whitney Pier was a “vibrant melting pot of culture, optimism and most importantly,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

FOIPOP Follies For the record: I received the response to my freedom of information/protection of privacy (FOIPOP) request to the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) for an “unedited” copy of Neil MacNeil’s rail fees report. I got bupkis. There are a couple of additional emails not includedRead 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

Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN, with the signed UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 7 July 2017.
(Photo: Clare Conboy)

Will Canada Follow Where ICAN Leads?

November 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

As was noted in Fast and Curious on October 6, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recognized for its “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts toRead More

BIG Pink Sightseeing. Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney, NS. (Spectator photo)

Of Cruise Lines, Motor Coaches and Tour Providers

November 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

As I was poking around that old CPCS due diligence report on Sydney’s second cruise ship berth for an earlier story, I got interested in the question of motor coaches — defined as  “47-58 passenger vehicle[s] which ha[ve] three axles and a washroom.” I know what you’re thinking, “Be stillRead More

Photo by Bogdan. [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Counting Down to Cannabis Legalization in Victoria County

November 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: In a shining example of cooperation between independent news sources, the Spectator is pleased to present a story from this week’s Victoria Standard. If you like what you read, consider subscribing — you can even get a paper version.   With federal legalization of recreational cannabis less thanRead More