Infrastructure

Stained-glass window, McConnell Library, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Spectator photo)

Phalen Returns to Public Works as Library Stalls

May 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I just watched last week’s CBRM general committee debate over funding for the new central library and heard Mayor Cecil Clarke declare the project “dead” because the federal government has not come through with its share of the funding (either for a programming and internal operations study or for theRead More

Source:  McKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

How Truro Got Its Library

May 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

During the recent CBRM general committee meeting about the current state of the new central library project, the subject of the new library in Truro was raised a number of times. I thought it would be worth looking at how the Town of Truro (population 12,000) managed to do whatRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

May 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Over a year ago, I began creating this timeline, intending to track two separate but connected stories: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and more particularly, the large-vessel component of the NSS. The criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The impetus was the upcoming trial — scheduled for August 2019 —Read More

Source: Cape Breton Post

We’re Funding the Birches at Ben Eoin Expansion

April 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm

What I will be watching for is to see if [Ben Eoin Development Group Inc] come back to the  public looking for further support — whether as a for-profit business or hiding behind the skirts of the not-for-profit Ben Eoin Recreation — because honestly, I think we’ve done our part.Read More

The Ben Eoin Shuffle (Reprise)

The Ben Eoin Shuffle (Reprise)

April 3, 2019 at 11:47 am

Since last we dropped by Ben Eoin, there have been developments — and not just the ongoing expansion of The Birches Country Inn (to accommodate what I really hope will be called The Birches Country Pro-Shop). That last bulletin detailed ructions over the sale of The Lakes Golf Club toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 29, 2019 at 9:00 am

New Liberry I went to that Open House session on the new central library last night and I will have more to say next week but I just had to note that I heard no good explanation for why the public library has been stuffed, like a pimento, in theRead More

Artist's rendering of new CBRL Central Library. 2019.

On the Waterfront Part I

March 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

I have been trying to determine how, exactly, we decided to locate the new CBRM central library on the Sydney waterfront and as best I can figure, it happened like this:   Architectural & Facility Planning In June 2011, the Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL) Board initiated a study toRead More

A wave hits a rock on Bengtskär, Finnish Gulf.(Pöllö [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

On the Waterfront Part II

March 27, 2019 at 12:26 pm

I need to begin by saying that despite my misgivings about the location of the planned new library and my dislike of the way it’s been tangled up in a private development, I am excited about it. I would just like to ensure that it’s around to excite future generationsRead More

Okay, Stop: The Cruise Edition

Okay, Stop: The Cruise Edition

March 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Spring in this neck of the woods can mean robins and peepers and humming birds — they’re coming, don’t you know:   It can mean heavy garbage (the tender has been issued) or the re-opening of the Tasty Treat (Frosty’s now, I guess). But it’s also the time for theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Budget This week, I’m going to focus on the federal budget tabled Tuesday by Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and discuss a couple of points of particular interest to Cape Bretoners. The first is the government’s decision to double (for one year only) the gas-tax revenue available for infrastructure spendingRead More