Infrastructure

Civic Centre, CBRM

Another SHIP Show at the Civic Centre

November 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

Okay, here’s what we’re going to do: you’re going to give me your cell phones and I’m going to lock you in this room and let you read this article. You can take notes, but I’m going to take them away from you when you’re done and burn them becauseRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

Port secrecy CBRM Council met in secret camera on Thursday to discuss something related to the Port of Sydney. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which our mayor sometimes worries about and sometimes doesn’t (see the 31 unannounced in camera meetings held over 22 months in 2014-15 in flagrant violationRead More

CBRM Wastewater: What We’re Doing Right

CBRM Wastewater: What We’re Doing Right

November 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

As regular readers of the Spectator know, I have an affinity for document-based research — emails, letters, court records, consultants’ reports, council minutes, issue papers, doctoral theses — I am never happier than when up to my elbows in print. But sometimes when you have an issue that you want veryRead 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

BIG Pink Sightseeing. Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney, NS. (Spectator photo)

Of Cruise Lines, Motor Coaches and Tour Providers

November 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

As I was poking around that old CPCS due diligence report on Sydney’s second cruise ship berth for an earlier story, I got interested in the question of motor coaches — defined as  “47-58 passenger vehicle[s] which ha[ve] three axles and a washroom.” I know what you’re thinking, “Be stillRead 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

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

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