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CBRM Council: Entrusting a Public Library to a Private Developer

CBRM Council: Entrusting a Public Library to a Private Developer

August 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

John Phalen, manager of economic development and major projects for the CBRM, went to council on Tuesday morning with a request for clarity on the municipality’s planned contribution to a new central library. His sudden need for clarity was driven not by the need for a new central library (althoughRead...

When the Monthly Council Meeting is a Movable Feast

When the Monthly Council Meeting is a Movable Feast

August 8, 2018 at 11:40 am

Back in July 2017, I wrote about CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s penchant for changing the day and time of regular monthly council and general committee meetings without warning. I began by quoting the “Meetings & Minutes” section of the municipality’s web site: Regional Council and its Committees meet in theRead...

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

August 8, 2018 at 11:36 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?,” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. AsRead...

Letter to the Editor: From Here to Diversity?

Letter to the Editor: From Here to Diversity?

August 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

I am writing this letter as a follow up to my letter printed in the Spectator on 6 June 2018 regarding staffing at CBRM. Since then, CBRM posted a call for expression of interest from citizens willing to serve on the CBRM Diversity Committee and as a result the followingRead...

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

July 25, 2018 at 11:32 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?,” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. AsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 20, 2018 at 7:00 am

Poll vaunting There’s been a lot of hand-wringing this past week or so over that New Dawn Enterprises-commissioned poll asking, among other things, about possible successors to Cecil Clarke as CBRM mayor. I saw one impassioned critique that insisted the big problem with the whole thing was that Cecil Clarke’sRead More

CBRM Council: Second Berth Pangs

CBRM Council: Second Berth Pangs

July 11, 2018 at 11:42 am

CBRM councilors pushing for information on the progress of the second cruise ship berth ran into a wall during Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting (held on an irregular day and at an irregular time). District 10 Councilor Darren Bruckschwaiger tried his best to get Public Works Manager Wayne MacDonald to admit,Read...

‘Premier’ Cecil Clarke Would Consider $100M CB Rail Upgrade

‘Premier’ Cecil Clarke Would Consider $100M CB Rail Upgrade

July 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

This couldn’t have been more timely: just as we’re all talking about ports again, veteran journalist and sometime Spectator contributor Rick Grant got in touch to say he’d attended the Halifax Needham PC Association AGM on June 20 and had taken the opportunity to quiz the four PC leadership candidatesRead More

Consultant Tells Province (Again): Support Halifax, Not Greenfield Ports

Consultant Tells Province (Again): Support Halifax, Not Greenfield Ports

July 11, 2018 at 11:38 am

In 2016, consultant CPCS completed a 70-page, $80,000 report for the Province of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) entitled The Nova Scotia Transportation Sector: Global Challenges and Opportunities in which it weighed the relative merits of Nova Scotia’s existing and proposed container terminals and concluded that:Read More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

July 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?,” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. AsRead...