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Council Talks Wastewater, Green-lights $58M Project

Council Talks Wastewater, Green-lights $58M Project

October 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Writing about wastewater earlier this year, I raised the possibility that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke might not be worried about meeting a December 2020 deadline associated with new federal wastewater regulations because he’s already announced he won’t be seeking a third term — which means he will bid us farewellRead More

Second Berth Blues

Second Berth Blues

October 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Nancy King at the Cape Breton Post has been trying to pin down the component costs for the CBRM’s second cruise ship berth. King FOIPOPed the NS Department of Municipal Affairs asking for the breakdown of costs submitted by the CBRM in its request for provincial funding. The answer toRead More

Father Greg Lecture Series to Embrace ‘Radical’ Ideas

Father Greg Lecture Series to Embrace ‘Radical’ Ideas

October 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

The invitation I received from New Dawn for the inaugural Father Greg MacLeod Lecture says the series, named for the late community advocate, will invite us to “love an idea — especially a distinct, hopeful, outside-the box, radical idea” about “the life we know in Cape Breton.” I have toRead...

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

October 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

Earlier this year, the idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) was in the news, including in The Cape Breton Spectator where yours truly wrote about Ontario’s plan to “launch a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes forRead...

Lose Your Job, Go to the Food Bank?

Lose Your Job, Go to the Food Bank?

October 11, 2017 at 11:51 am

This past Saturday found me driving along Route 4 listening to commercial radio. (I know what you’re thinking: did last Saturday also find you breathing and blinking at regular intervals? Did it find you wearing shoes? But you have to understand, I haven’t owned a car or listened to commercialRead More

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

Has anyone else wondered why our political leaders at every level of government give lip service to representing the constituents they seek support from only when they are campaigning for office or forming the political opposition in the legislature? Ritually, leaders of political parties promise and promise and promise someRead More

Feds Rejected 100s of Mystery Canada 150 Projects

Feds Rejected 100s of Mystery Canada 150 Projects

October 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Okay, I’m exaggerating — but only slightly. The projects the federal government turned down for Canada 150 funding were not a mystery to the government, they’re just a mystery to me — and by extension, you — because their details have been redacted from the response to an access toRead More

The USS Bainbridge shown conducting a missile exercise. (US Navy photo, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Canada and the Great Missile Defense Temptation

October 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The recent dramatic spike in tensions on the Korean Peninsula has sparked fresh calls for Canada to join the American Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system. Proponents of the system claim it can either intercept and destroy a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking North America – a dreadRead More

Source: CBRM http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/waste-water.html

CBRM ‘Highly Unlikely’ to Meet 2020 Wastewater Deadline

September 27, 2017 at 11:52 am

I (finally) received an answer from the CBRM in response to my wastewater questions. You can read my original story here, but the gist is that when Canada’s new Wastewater System Effluent Regulations (WSER) came into effect on 1 January 2015, municipalities operating water treatment systems that didn’t meet themRead...

Letter to the Editor: Moose Cull

Letter to the Editor: Moose Cull

September 27, 2017 at 11:45 am

Summer is all but done and fall is just around the corner. Sadly, so too is the latest moose cull in the CB Highlands National Park. Generalities about the process and results of the previous two moose culls have been shared with the public by Parks Canada, but not manyRead...