Freedom of Information

Trip to China? What Trip to China?

Trip to China? What Trip to China?

January 31, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Here’s the most damning line from the CBRM’s response to a FOIPOP request for information about a recent trip to China by Mayor Cecil Clarke and three CBRM staffers. Municipal Clerk Deborah Campbell Ryan told the applicant: I have been advised that CBRM does not have any records relating toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 12, 2018 at 10:45 am

Chinese itineraries CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has yet to publish an itinerary for his November 30-December 6 trip to China on which he was accompanied by CAO Marie Walsh, Economic Development Manager John Phalen and his executive assistant Mark Bettens. As it happens, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was inRead More

Premier Makes Mysterious Trip to Mysterious East

Premier Makes Mysterious Trip to Mysterious East

December 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Nova Scotia, in case you missed the memo, is now in year two of a five-year “strategy” to boost trade with China. That it’s a strategy with “no budget, target or goal,” as the CBC reported in April 2016, has the advantage, from Premier Stephen McNeil’s perspective, of allowing him toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

FOIPOP Follies For the record: I received the response to my freedom of information/protection of privacy (FOIPOP) request to the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) for an “unedited” copy of Neil MacNeil’s rail fees report. I got bupkis. There are a couple of additional emails not includedRead More

Province Let NSP, Genesee & Wyoming Edit Rail Fees Report

Province Let NSP, Genesee & Wyoming Edit Rail Fees Report

November 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Back in May, I reported that the provincial government had contracted consultant Neil MacNeil to look into the situation of property owners along the disused Sydney Subdivision of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia (CBNS) short line, which is owned and operated by US-based Genesee & Wyoming (G&W). MacNeil’sRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 27, 2017 at 8:30 am

Exporting our ‘expertise’ So, this happened:   According to the article in the 23 October 2017 Cape Breton Post: Officials from the Cape Breton Partnership and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities completed their first mission to Vietnam in June. The officials will be providing their expertise to counterparts in VietnamRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Kudos to the Post? Oh yeah, you read that correctly: this week, the cranky ol’ Spectator is congratulating the Cape Breton Post on its new website, which is crisp and clean and mercifully free of the clickbait ads that used to cover its home page like measles on the faces ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

Paying for Information Maybe public information in Nova Scotia is of a slightly better quality than public information elsewhere. Maybe Nova Scotia Land Registry documents are carefully stored and aged and contain undertones of citrus and hints of oak that set them apart from generic land registry documents. Maybe theRead 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

CBRM Proclaims ‘Right to Know Week’ With Straight Face

CBRM Proclaims ‘Right to Know Week’ With Straight Face

September 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm

The agenda for Tuesday night’s Cape Breton Regional Council meeting included the proclamation, sponsored by Deputy Mayor Eldon MacDonald, of September 25-October 1 as Right to Know Week, the purpose of which is to “raise awareness of an individual’s right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information asRead More