Cape Breton Regional Municipality

CBRM Council Part Two: Health Check

CBRM Council Part Two: Health Check

February 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm

CBRM Council held its regular monthly meeting last night and heard not one but two presentations on healthcare. All told, they spent almost an hour on the issue and if you think that means they heard interesting, concrete proposals for solving our healthcare problems then [SPOILER ALERT] you’ll be asRead...

Social Media Takes On RV Park Ruling

Social Media Takes On RV Park Ruling

February 6, 2019 at 11:32 am

I make New Year’s resolutions and this year, among other things, I’ve resolved to try and treat arguments solely on their merit — I will not worry about the identity or background or past statements or biases or level of information possessed by the person or persons making the argument,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 1, 2019 at 10:37 am

On the Waterfront (Not) The Sydney Waterfront District Association has changed its name back to the Sydney Downtown Development Association after experimenting with a rebranding for the past few years. (Cape Breton Post) I find this really funny because I’m the kind of person who finds rebranding failures funny. I’mRead More

Dear Editor: CBRM Planning Policy Overhaul Overdue

Dear Editor: CBRM Planning Policy Overhaul Overdue

January 30, 2019 at 11:53 am

I read your review of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) Big Pond RV park decision with interest. It is an excellent analysis of the decision, in my opinion. I have been reading Planning decisions from the NSUARB for over 46 years as well as some decisions fromRead...

Talkin’ Bout Remuneration (Part VI)

Talkin’ Bout Remuneration (Part VI)

January 30, 2019 at 11:49 am

Editor’s Note: Mayor Cecil Clarke’s contention that discussing council remuneration in camera (and treating elected officials as “personnel”) is a longstanding CBRM practice sent me scuttling to the “CBRM Mayor and Council” clippings file at the McConnell library, to research some of the remuneration (and related) issues council has dealt withRead More

Map showing proposed site of RV park in Big Pond.

UARB Critical of CBRM Planners in RV Park Case

January 23, 2019 at 1:08 pm

I have to start by quoting myself. This is what I wrote about Chris Skidmore’s RV Park proposal for Big Pond back in February 2018 CBRM planning staff seem really keen on this Big Pond RV Park idea. I don’t know how else to interpret the time and effort planningRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 18, 2019 at 11:10 am

Sister City A sharp-eyed Spectator drew my attention to an odd little fact in that terrible story of the Canadian sentenced to death in China. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a 36-year-old from Abbotsford, BC, was arrested in 2014 and found guilty in 2016 of participating in a drug ring that soughtRead More

So…What is the CBRM REN?

So…What is the CBRM REN?

January 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Now that Business Cape Breton (BCB) has been consigned to the ash heap of history, it’s time to meet the CBRM’s new sidekick in economic development — the Cape Breton Partnership. Because it seems there is to be a Cape Breton Regional Municipality Regional Enterprise Network (REN) and the CapeRead More

Looking Back at 2018 with Mayor Cecil Clarke

Looking Back at 2018 with Mayor Cecil Clarke

January 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

What better way to begin 2019 than by looking back at 2018 with CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke? Clarke appeared on CBC radio’s Information Morning Cape Breton on January 3 to reflect on the year just passed and the Spectator listened with interest. In particular, it listened to the discussion ofRead More

CBRM Solicitor Threatens Council With Legal Action

CBRM Solicitor Threatens Council With Legal Action

December 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm

This Spectator has learned that Regional Solicitor Demetri Kachafanas threatened legal action against District 11 Councilor Kendra Coombes “and all Council” after a radio interview Coombes gave the CBC on 27 November 2018. The interview (which I can no longer find online) was about the four in camera meetings duringRead More