Cape Breton Regional Library

Library versus Sports Complex?

Library versus Sports Complex?

May 26, 2021 at 12:19 pm

I hope many of you tuned into Wendy Bergfeldt’s afternoon show (CBC Mainstreet Cape Breton) last Thursday and were just as surprised as I was to hear that the CBRM is seriously considering a sports complex add-on to Centre 200 rather than a new central library. I admit that itRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 21, 2021 at 11:30 am

Bait and Switch? How, exactly, did we go from discussing a new Central Library to discussing a sports facility attached to Centre 200? I ask on behalf of the general CBRM public because obviously there are a few people who know exactly how this happened — they’ve been maneuvering toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 30, 2021 at 10:30 am

Free Seeds! The Cape Breton Regional Library’s Seed Library is back by popular demand. The program offers free vegetable seeds to “encourage community members to start their own vegetable gardens and provide fresh, healthy food for their families and neighbours.”  It was launched in 2020 to great success: within two-and-a-half…Read...

Dear Editor: A Little Love for the Old Library?

Dear Editor: A Little Love for the Old Library?

April 7, 2021 at 12:15 pm

While our community contemplates the merits of replacing the aging McConnell Library, perhaps an appreciation of the existing institution is not unwarranted.  Certainly a 70-year-old structure whose principal purpose, as an educational avenue, is the availability and accessibility of books, is still up to the job?  What defects exist, noRead More

On the Waterfront? Not So Fast…

On the Waterfront? Not So Fast…

March 31, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Here are the important takeaways from this morning’s CBRM special council meeting on the proposed new CBRM Central Library:   Aurevoir, HRDL? Council took a major step toward ending the agreement that has given a private developer, Martin Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development Limited, control over the proposed new library. AtRead More

Thoughts on Downtown Development

Thoughts on Downtown Development

March 17, 2021 at 1:02 pm

I read with interest this past weekend Craig Boudreau’s “thoughts” — shared via Facebook but probably coming soon to an op-ed page near you — about the proposed new CBRM central library. Boudreau, who is vice chair of the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, owns multiple office buildings andRead More

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

Council Won’t Rush Library Location Deliberation

March 10, 2021 at 11:53 am

If you’ve been missing the Cecil Clarke-style of government — characterized by council being asked to make big decisions on short notice with little time to digest background information — then you no doubt enjoyed District 5 Councilor Eldon MacDonald’s last-minute attempt to slip approval of the waterfront location forRead More

The Latest on the Library

The Latest on the Library

February 3, 2021 at 11:21 am

Have you read latest CBRM Central Library study? Anyone outside CBRM reading about the private developer who has been given control over the project would probably write it off as fiction, but we know better, don’t we? The study in question is the service, programs and operational plan commissioned fromRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 19, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Once more to the polls! I have yet to decide how to cover this fall’s municipal elections in the CBRM. Back in 2016 — the year I launched the Spectator  — I chose to focus on the women running for office in part because I am one person and couldRead More

Change to Library Funding Formula Overdue

Change to Library Funding Formula Overdue

June 17, 2020 at 12:59 pm

To the patrons and friends of the CBRL network, Recently the board of the Cape Breton Regional Library has been encouraged to review the discussion regarding the new central library. We have also been happy to see discussion around what steps are currently underway to ensure progress is, in fact,Read More