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That ’70s Crisis

March 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

“Tartan and coal” proclaimed the front page of the Cape Breton Post, rather cryptically, on Saturday and I couldn’t resist trying to guess what the headline referred to before I actually read the article: the world’s worst ice cream flavor? Sydney Academy’s Class of ’57 prom theme? Alexander Graham Bell’s terriers?  Read More

Port of Sydney Development Corp AGM, 15 December 2016. (l to r: Board chair Michael Merritt, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, Port CEO Marlene Usher)

Port Board Drops Year’s Worth of Minutes

March 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I checked the Port of Sydney web site this week and did a spontaneous jig of joy around the old control center (which is what I call my office since I added the second desk and the map of the world): they’ve posted a whole year’s worth of board meetingRead More

Doomsday Clock, 2.5 min to midnight.

Disarmament or Doomsday? UN Responds to Nuclear Emergency

March 8, 2017 at 11:40 am

On March 27, over 130 states will meet at UN headquarters in New York to commence negotiations, mandated by the General Assembly last December, on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This country, alas (see my January column, ‘Divided Nations: Canada Ducks Disarmament Challenge’), will be joining most of its NATORead More

The Ethicist: Transparency (Part II)

The Ethicist: Transparency (Part II)

February 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

I have been a member of a number of ethics committees in local health care organizations for a number of years. Entering an ethics meeting at one of these institutions shortly after Christmas, I was surprised to see boxes of chocolates all over the staff room. When I asked whetherRead More

Transparency in Action: Destination Cape Breton Association

Transparency in Action: Destination Cape Breton Association

February 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Transparency is so rare in Nova Scotia that most people recognize it only by its absence. Our region is home to a number of organizations that rely largely (if not entirely) on public money and yet are not in the least accountable to the public. To me, they’re like bigRead More

Transparency in Action: Business Cape Breton

Transparency in Action: Business Cape Breton

February 8, 2017 at 1:25 pm

Some organizations are like cats, not in the sense that they hunt and kill mice (although with the level of transparency we have in the CBRM, who knows?) but in the sense that they have nine lives — end one and they start another. Business Cape Breton Association (BCB) isRead More

CBRM Celebrates Its Berth Day

CBRM Celebrates Its Berth Day

January 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm

Monday’s second coming berth announcement was a star-studded affair. Everyone who is anyone in Nova Scotia politics wanted to be there in person to see the CBRM’s $20 million concrete dream come true. Cape Breton-Canso MP (and Master of Ceremonies) Rodger Cuzner got laughs by warning those in attendance fromRead More

Second Berth Info Session: You’re Doing It Wrong

Second Berth Info Session: You’re Doing It Wrong

January 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Saturday’s port meeting was more of a rally than an information session, a fact acknowledged by Port CEO Marlene Usher and CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, both of whom thanked everyone in attendance for their “support” of the second berth project. Which is not to say there weren’t some good questionsRead More

Extra! Extra! Get Your Copy of the Second Berth Assessment Here!

Extra! Extra! Get Your Copy of the Second Berth Assessment Here!

January 13, 2017 at 11:28 am

I received a copy of Due Diligence Assessment of Plans for Second Berth at the Sydney Marine Terminal! Thanks, ACOA! I thought I’d have to wait for the movie. It’s the assessment prepared by management and consulting firm CPCS for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Nova Scotia DepartmentRead More

Berthers, Unite!

Berthers, Unite!

January 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) REALLY wants you to turn out on Saturday to stamp your little feet and demand the federal government come through with its share of the funding for our $20 million second cruise berth (which, this week, we’re talking about solely in terms ofRead More