CBRM Council

FOIPOP Findings: Introduction

FOIPOP Findings: Introduction

January 20, 2021 at 12:50 pm

You know the story: back in July 2015 I submitted an access to information request to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality asking for all port-related communications between Mayor Cecil Clarke, CAO Michael Merritt, the mayor’s communications staff (basically, Christina Lamey) and port promoters Albert Barbusci and Barry Sheehy from 1Read...

FOIPOP Findings: Albert’s Global Rolodex

FOIPOP Findings: Albert’s Global Rolodex

January 20, 2021 at 12:49 pm

In putting a timeframe of 1 December 2013 to 29 June 2015 on my access to information request, I’d hoped to cast my net wide enough capture the earliest communications between port promoters Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci and CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, and if I haven’t done so, I thinkRead...

FOIPOP Findings: The Real McKeil Deal

FOIPOP Findings: The Real McKeil Deal

January 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm

The documents I received last week reveal some very interesting details about the 2015 McKeil deal, which saw the CBRM purchase land in the Sydport Marine Industrial Park to lease to Ontario-based marine services company McKeil Marine. The transaction was a very contentious piece of municipal legerdemain that troubled theRead...

Stuff and Nonsense: Notes from CBRM

Stuff and Nonsense: Notes from CBRM

January 13, 2021 at 12:21 pm

FOIPOP Update It’s been over two months — 71 days, to be exact — since Nova Scotia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Tricia Ralph recommended the CBRM release 890 pages of documents to me in response to a 2015, port-related, access to information request. Of those pages, 28 had been previouslyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 18, 2020 at 10:00 am

The McNeil Show As I write this morning, I’ve been watching Premier Stephen McNeil set a land-speed record for opening and closing a session of the Nova Scotia legislature. In addition to worrying about the Lieutenant Governor (who sounds like he ranks among those at highest risk from COVID), I’veRead More

What’s the Deal with School Gym Rentals?

What’s the Deal with School Gym Rentals?

December 16, 2020 at 12:53 pm

During this month’s meeting of the CBRM council,  49 minutes’ worth of discussion was devoted to a motion by District 6 Councilor Glenn Paruch that staff be directed to draft an Issue Paper on commissioning a study into the possibility of building a facility, somewhere in the CBRM, with twoRead More

Don’t We Have a Plan for Sports Facilities?

Don’t We Have a Plan for Sports Facilities?

December 16, 2020 at 12:51 pm

On 3 December 2014, almost exactly six years ago, CBRM awarded a $128,805 tender to TRACE Planning & Design of Moncton to create a Recreation Master Plan for the municipality. I did not think of this plan a week ago Tuesday, while listening to council discuss the need for aRead More

One More FOIPOP Thing…

One More FOIPOP Thing…

December 16, 2020 at 12:47 pm

As you may recall, I asked the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) for clarification on the use of outside legal counsel to handle municipal access to information requests (I was inspired to ask for this clarification by the discovery that my 2015 FOIPOP to the CBRM regardingRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 11, 2020 at 8:43 am

Editor’s Note: I didn’t have time to cover council properly this week, so today’s short takes will focus on random things from the most recent meeting of the Cape8 Breton Regional Council.   Dress Code District 5 Councilor Eldon MacDonald had himself gift-wrapped for Tuesday night’s meeting: This works inRead More

FOIPOP File 93

FOIPOP File 93

December 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm

I learned a few things from the discussion of my 2015 FOIPOP application during last night’s CBRM council meeting. I learned that Jim Gogan of Breton Law Group handled my initial request in 2015 and is now handling the review. Regional solicitor Demetri Kachafanas revealed this in response to aRead More