Cape Breton Regional Municipality

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

Defining “Affordable Housing”

Defining “Affordable Housing”

March 16, 2022 at 11:53 am

The mixed-income housing development proposed for the former Tartan Downs racetrack in Sydney will contain 55% “affordable housing” units — meaning 240 of the 430 units will be rented at 80% of market rent. Kent MacIntyre of the Urban Neighborhood Development Association (UNDA), the organization overseeing the project, is usingRead More

Dear Editor: Stop Picking On Cecil

Dear Editor: Stop Picking On Cecil

March 16, 2022 at 11:49 am

You claim that the Cape Breton Spectator has ambitious goals. Yet, you publish articles like this week’s “Where’s Cecil?,” which strikes me as the kind of gossipy story that one might find in a supermarket rag. Despite his status as a former mayor, Cecil Clarke is now a private citizenRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 11, 2022 at 12:17 pm

Only Rats and Horses I started writing about CBU’s proposed housing development for the former Tartan Downs harness racing track in Ashby but realized I have too much to say for a Fast & Curious item, so I’ll write about it at greater length next week. For now, I’d justRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

March 9, 2022 at 12:51 pm

Big thanks to the spectator who alerted me to the latest incarnation of former CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, who is now with the provincial department of Health and Wellness as  a “project executive” with “Health Capital Projects.” Clarke, whose updated LinkedIn profile states he is an “accomplished public sector leader;Read More

Talking Dollars and Sense with the CBRPS

Talking Dollars and Sense with the CBRPS

March 9, 2022 at 12:47 pm

I watched Monday morning’s Police Commission meeting and discovered that Chief Robert Walsh had had COVID (Commissioner Lloyd Bailey references it at the 1:30:23 mark, saying to Walsh, “So, thank you for all your hard work and I know you were off with COVID.”) According to what Walsh told theRead More