Cape Breton Regional Municipality

CBRM Council: Selling Centre 200?

CBRM Council: Selling Centre 200?

May 25, 2022 at 1:33 pm

District 8 Councilor James Edwards placed an item on Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting agenda calling for a staff Issue Paper on the pros and cons of selling Centre 200. Opened in 1987, the 5,000-plus seat arena in downtown Sydney was built to mark the city’s 1985 bicentennial. It was home…Read...

Destination Cape Breton Presents (To Council)

Destination Cape Breton Presents (To Council)

May 25, 2022 at 1:31 pm

Terry Smith of Destination Cape Breton (DCB) appeared before CBRM council Tuesday morning and got a very easy ride from councilors, many of whom made a point of thanking Smith and his organization for all their “hard work” and complimenting him on his interesting presentation. District 8 Councilor James Edwards…Read...

Cruise News: Identity Crisis

Cruise News: Identity Crisis

May 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

The arrival of the first cruise ship of the season — the Seven Seas Navigator — in Sydney on Sunday set me to thinking about all things cruise again, so I tried to compose a snapshot of the industry, particularly as it relates to the Port of Sydney, and that’sRead More

Planned expansion, HAT, Sydney, NS

CBRM Council: Arts

April 27, 2022 at 1:51 pm

Editor’s Note: Since publishing this story, I’ve heard from the HAT’s Wesley Colford who told me the information about the expansion should not have been included in this week’s council agenda and asked that readers wait to hear his full presentation during an upcoming council meeting.   I was veryRead More

Just a small sample of what goes on at CBRL branches (Source: Facebook)

Libraries Are Community Hubs

April 27, 2022 at 1:47 pm

One evening, years ago, I had had it after a day of argumentative and wailing kids and decided I was heading out as soon as supper was over. The bus arrived and I was aboard before I suddenly thought, “Where will I go?” After a few minutes, it hit me.Read More

Cut Now, Borrow Later

Cut Now, Borrow Later

April 20, 2022 at 1:23 pm

CBRM council met on Tuesday to hash out details of its 5%, across-the-board tax cut but before they got into it, District 8 Councilor James Edwards moved that the cut be phased in over three years rather than introduced in one fell swoop. This led to a reprise of muchRead More

Second Berth Price Tag

Second Berth Price Tag

April 20, 2022 at 1:17 pm

Editor’s Note: On April 28, The CBC’s Tom Ayers reported that the CBRM will actually pay $3.8 million for the Nickerson property. The $2.5 million budgeted for 2022-23 represents the outstanding balance. The Spectator apologizes for the error.   Did you happen to catch the price tag on the land theRead More

About That Tax Cut…

About That Tax Cut…

April 13, 2022 at 12:25 pm

CBRM council voted on a 5%, across-the-board — residential and commercial — property tax cut this week. I think this chart, from the province’s Open Data portal, helps provide some perspective on this. It shows average Nova Scotia municipal residential property tax rates from 2009/10 to 2020/21. (It’s interactive, youRead More

‘The Tip I Left Was Higher Than What I’m Going to Save On My Taxes’

‘The Tip I Left Was Higher Than What I’m Going to Save On My Taxes’

April 13, 2022 at 12:23 pm

When we left off, CBRM District 8 Councilor James Edwards (who, as noted in Part I of this article on the CBRM tax cut, is a former Canada Revenue employee), was agreeing that he too, would like to pay less tax, but arguing that to be “fiscally responsible,” any reductionRead More

Tartan Downs: From Racetrack to “Mini-Neighborhood”

Tartan Downs: From Racetrack to “Mini-Neighborhood”

March 16, 2022 at 11:55 am

During last week’s CBRM council meeting for March, a “non-profit” called the Urban Neighborhood Development Association presented preliminary plans for an amazing, mixed-income housing development on the site of the former Tartan Downs harness racing track in Sydney. Don’t worry, I haven’t lost all critical perspective here, but I haveRead More