Federal

What’s for Sale In Ben Eoin?

What’s for Sale In Ben Eoin?

November 16, 2016 at 9:46 am

As you no doubt recall, when ECBC ceased to exist and its employees were absorbed by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in 2014, its properties went to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to be sold, following Treasury Board guidelines that say the federal government should own only propertyRead More

Mike MacKinnon: ‘The Veteran Helps the Veteran’

Mike MacKinnon: ‘The Veteran Helps the Veteran’

November 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

Mike MacKinnon of Sydney Mines remembers the First Gulf War (where he served with the 1st Canadian Field Hospital) and Bosnia (where he served with Quebec’s Royale 22nd Regiment, the Van Doos) like they were yesterday. Ask him what happened last Saturday, though, and he may struggle to respond, hisRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Is Mad as Hell

Dr. StrangeJob Is Mad as Hell

September 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

It just isn’t funny anymore Dr StrangeJob is angry! Every level of government—federal, provincial and municipal—is currently under scrutiny for questionable spending of taxpayer dollars: the recent federal staff relocation reimbursements, the latest provincial MLA frivolous self-promotional kitsch, the Guysborough County expense scandal and the ombudsman’s Richmond County expense claimRead More

Port Report: Where Are Our Navigational Aids?

Port Report: Where Are Our Navigational Aids?

September 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm

The great $37 million Sydney harbor dredge was completed between October 2011 and January 2012. Over 4 million cubic meters of sedimentary material was removed from a 9-kilometer stretch of harbor channel in less than four months using trailing suction hopper dredge technology as opposed to traditional “clam bucket” dredgeRead More

‘2 lbs of Baloney in a 1-lb Bag’: The Mother Canada Letters

‘2 lbs of Baloney in a 1-lb Bag’: The Mother Canada Letters

April 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I’ve just waded through 811 pages of documentation received as a result of an access to information request to Parks Canada on the subject of the Never Forgotten National Memorial (Mother Canada, to you) and I have two things to report: By businessman Tony Trigiani’s own account, it was CapeRead More

That Time Sydport was a Free Trade Zone

That Time Sydport was a Free Trade Zone

January 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

Tucked into the F.A.S.T. Furniture flyer in the Saturday, 2 January 2016 edition of the Cape Breton Post was an eight-page update on the Port of Sydney. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend the graphic on the inside cover page: It shows the silhouettes of a number ofRead More