First Nations

Okay, Stop (Waterfront Development Edition)

Okay, Stop (Waterfront Development Edition)

July 14, 2021 at 12:51 pm

CBRM council seems to have righted a three-year-old wrong during its July 6 meeting by declining to extend a waterfront pre-development agreement with Martin Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development Ltd (HRDL) — an agreement that included a new central library. As Mayor Amanda McDougall explained to council, this does not precludeRead...

Bridging Finance: Making Transportation History?

Bridging Finance: Making Transportation History?

July 14, 2021 at 12:49 pm

As you may recall, the Spectator reported some weeks ago on the local implications of the scandal rocking Toronto-based private debt firm Bridging Finance Inc (BFI); namely, that Membertou First Nation borrowed $6.8 million from Bridging to finance its purchase of a stake in Novaporte, Albert Barbusci’s imaginary Sydney harborRead...

The Catholic Church and Canada’s Residential Schools

The Catholic Church and Canada’s Residential Schools

June 30, 2021 at 12:34 pm

The Catholic Church long ago joined the ranks of the mighty who have fallen, given its obvious knowledge and cover-up of the sexual abuse scandal that has caused so many former Catholics to abandon the pews they’d occupied weekly for the greater part of their lives.  But a series ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 25, 2021 at 11:30 am

Tax Sales If the list of 104 properties — including 38 buildings  — up for tax sale in the CBRM has you wondering why CBRM doesn’t look into sourcing government funding for affordable housing and refurbishing some of them, you are not alone. I have long wondered about this too.Read More

Novaporte Partner In Hot Water

Novaporte Partner In Hot Water

June 16, 2021 at 2:06 pm

This was going to be a story about CBRM council meeting in secret with Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) yesterday and then, during the regular meeting last night, approving a three-year extension to Barbusci’s exclusive contract with the municipality. (I’ve removed the SHIP Exclusivity Countdown Clock fromRead...

Port Meets Council: Harbor Bottom Blues

Port Meets Council: Harbor Bottom Blues

June 9, 2021 at 3:06 pm

As I have explained elsewhere, I watched that two-hour, June 3 meeting between the CBRM council Port of Sydney staff and board members and need to write something about it to justify having lost that small chunk of my life, so have decided to try to provide some context forRead More

Short Takes — Wednesday Edition

Short Takes — Wednesday Edition

June 2, 2021 at 1:23 pm

I spent so much time on The Codfathers this week, I didn’t really have much left over to cover other issues but there are a few things I’d like to touch on, however briefly:   Affordable Housing I heard Catherine Leviten-Reid on CBC Information Morning Cape Breton today discussing aRead More

Albert Barbusci Goes Nuclear

Albert Barbusci Goes Nuclear

April 7, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Enquête, Radio-Canada’s investigative news show — think, Fifth Estate in French — on Friday dedicated part of its last episode of the season to a story involving a familiar face: It seems “Montreal businessman” Albert Barbusci, in addition to working tirelessly to promote the Port of Sydney (and his FloridaRead More

On the Waterfront? Not So Fast…

On the Waterfront? Not So Fast…

March 31, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Here are the important takeaways from this morning’s CBRM special council meeting on the proposed new CBRM Central Library:   Aurevoir, HRDL? Council took a major step toward ending the agreement that has given a private developer, Martin Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development Limited, control over the proposed new library. AtRead More

Forward, CBRM!

Forward, CBRM!

March 31, 2021 at 2:21 pm

I lost track of how many times participants in Tuesday’s “CBRM Forward” discussion used the words “excited” or “exciting.” Literally everyone who spoke was either excited to be there or excited at the prospect of overhauling the municipality’s planning strategy and land-use by-law or excited to be drafting an economicRead More