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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

Shovel-ready Wednesday marked a momentous day in the history of Sydney port development: two First Nations Chiefs and a Montreal property developer came together to shovel…something. Part of me is ashamed at my inability to grasp the importance of Wednesday’s event, but part of me thinks that since neither BarryRead...

Albert Barbusci Really Doesn’t Get the Interwebs

Albert Barbusci Really Doesn’t Get the Interwebs

September 13, 2017 at 11:42 am

To be a marketer in 2017 in North America is to be social media savvy: to think about things like interactive media, influencer content, mobile video, chatbots and augmented reality, to name just a few of the 2017 marketing trends I cribbed from this Forbes article. So when a guyRead...

The icebreaker Snow Dragon was the first Chinese vessel to sail the Northern Sea Route. (Photo: Sinoshipnews.com)

Shanghai to New York via Northwest Passage?

September 13, 2017 at 11:34 am

Xinhua, the official Chinese state news agency, says a recently completed voyage through the Northwest Passage by a Chinese scientific icebreaker was actually a fact-gathering mission on behalf of its commercial shipping industry. As reported in the Globe and Mail, the news agency said the Xuelong (or Snow Dragon), whichRead...

Clover Point wastewater outfall, Victoria, BC. Photo by Ray Smith, Victoria Times Colonist http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/new-sewage-treatment-cost-estimate-up-to-1-3-billion-1.2126845

While We’re Waiting for the CBRM’s Wastewater Answers…

September 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm

This was supposed to be a follow-up to last week’s article on wastewater in which I would present the response of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to concerns about its readiness to meet federal Wastewater System Effluent Regulations (WSER). But what with vacations and long weekends and short workweeks,Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

Lease released The first rule of accessing information from public bodies is “just ask for it,” and sometimes — hallelujah! — just asking is all it takes. For instance, I asked the CBRM for a copy of the lease signed between the municipality and Danny Ellis’s company, the catchily namedRead More

Source: CBRM http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/waste-water.html

Wastewater Treatment: Are We Ready for 2020?

August 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Today, we’re going to talk about the Canadian federal government’s Wastewater System Effluent Regulations (WSER), soon to be a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. (That’s not true but it gave you hope for a moment, didn’t it? You thought, “Great, I’ll just wait for the movie.”Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 25, 2017 at 8:30 am

Mission creep This was the front page of Wednesday’s Cape Breton Post: “Wow” I thought. “They sure are creepy — I wonder who caught them?” Only it turns out the people lurking in the shrubbery in the skull balaclavas and sunglasses are not the creeps — they’re the creep catchers.Read More

‘Visioning for what exactly?’

‘Visioning for what exactly?’

August 23, 2017 at 11:53 am

I have been wading through pages of documents related to the CBRM and Business Cape Breton (BCB) and the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) searching for answers to questions about economic development funding and Glace Bay revitalization and the role of our economic development “entity.” While I still haveRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Economic Development: Who’s In Charge Here?

August 23, 2017 at 11:51 am

Why am I so interested in Business Cape Breton, the CBRM’s economic development “entity?” Because I just can’t get a grip on what it’s supposed to be — it’s neither flesh, nor fowl nor good, publicly accountable municipal body. It’s a non-profit society with a board made up of localRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 18, 2017 at 9:30 am

Glace Bay Revitalization You will not be able to tell from this article, but I am working busily behind the scenes trying to piece together the timeline on the Glace Bay Revitalization project — not the 20-year timeline attached to the actual project but the months-long timeline attached to theRead More