Elections

I Now Pronounce You: Political Allies

I Now Pronounce You: Political Allies

September 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Love is in the air, folks! And all over the front page of the Saturday Cape Breton Post. If you turned off your critical brain and simply let it wash over you, you could respond with a doting smile and best wishes for the bride and…mayor. Yeah, my critical brainRead More

Brought to You by the Campaign to Re-Elect Cecil Clarke?

Brought to You by the Campaign to Re-Elect Cecil Clarke?

August 31, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Did anyone else search Page 3 of the Saturday 27 August edition of the Cape Breton Post for the notice, “This message has been approved by the campaign to re-elect Cecil Clarke?” I searched in vain, assuming there could be no other explanation for the non-story that occupied most ofRead More

US Election 2016: Red, Blue, Purple

US Election 2016: Red, Blue, Purple

August 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

The Spectator has recruited some actual Americans living in the actual United States of America to provide insight into the 2016 US presidential election. We kick off this week with a recap of the conventions and a discussion of the US electoral map with our eye in Denver, Colorado, ShayRead More

Election 2016: What Does the Mayor Do?

Election 2016: What Does the Mayor Do?

August 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm

There will be a mayoral race in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this fall and I for one, am glad. That’s partly because acclamations are no fun—who wants to watch incumbent Cecil Clarke debate himself?—but mostly because I don’t think they’re particularly healthy for a functioning democracy. Instead, Rankin MacSween,Read More

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part II

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part II

August 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dr. StrangeJob has not fallen off the wagon since starting the pledge last week, so he is still hoping to catch the CBRM gravy-train. Since Joe Citizen’s CBRM Councillors’ Pledge continues to raise a stink with CBRM taxpayers, there is now talk about a new rank in council. Hence, theRead More

What’s on the CBRM’s Shopping List?

What’s on the CBRM’s Shopping List?

August 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Given my love of resource materials, it’s a wonder I haven’t discovered the Nova Scotia Tender Notices website before now — it’s where, “as defined in the Nova Scotia Public Procurement Act, all public sector entities in Nova Scotia are required to post their tender notices.” So what is theRead More