CBRM Council

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

Phelan Returns to Public Works as Library Stalls

May 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I just watched last week’s CBRM general committee debate over funding for the new central library and heard Mayor Cecil Clarke declare the project “dead” because the federal government has not come through with its share of the funding (either for a programming and internal operations study or for theRead...

Albert Barbusci joining a December 2016 Port meeting by phone. (Source: Twitter)

No Port News Dept: Where’s Albert?

May 8, 2019 at 11:38 am

You cannot make this stuff up. “No news, good news?” was the front page headline in Monday’s Cape Breton Post. Subhead: “Sydney port developer says he’s not prepared to reveal ‘secrets’ on proposed Novaporte terminal.” Reporter Chris Shannon actually spoke with the elusive Albert Barbusci: The CEO of Sydney HarbourRead...

No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry?

No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry?

May 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

Note: Polska Canada, the website cited in this article, has been offline since Wednesday.    As noted in Part I of this “No Port News Is Good News” series, the Cape Breton Post reported on Monday that: [Albert Barbusci] is working with port marketer Barry Sheehy to secure the businessRead More

Cossitt Heights: The Power Point Presentation

Cossitt Heights: The Power Point Presentation

April 24, 2019 at 10:06 am

Since writing last week about the delayed development of Cossitt Heights — a 350-unit, site-sensitive, sustainable housing development proposed seven years ago for a former Sydney industrial park — I’ve gotten my grubby little hands on a copy of the Power Point Presentation shown to council in 2012 as partRead More

Moving Meetings

Moving Meetings

April 3, 2019 at 11:51 am

Back in August 2018, I wrote an article about the CBRM’s fluid monthly council meetings in which I quoted an article I’d written in July 2017 about the CBRM’s fluid monthly council meetings. I’m a little early this year, but given that we’re barely four months into 2019 and twoRead More

Artist's rendering of new CBRL Central Library. 2019.

On the Waterfront Part I

March 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

I have been trying to determine how, exactly, we decided to locate the new CBRM central library on the Sydney waterfront and as best I can figure, it happened like this:   Architectural & Facility Planning In June 2011, the Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL) Board initiated a study toRead More

A wave hits a rock on Bengtskär, Finnish Gulf.(Pöllö [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

On the Waterfront Part II

March 27, 2019 at 12:26 pm

I need to begin by saying that despite my misgivings about the location of the planned new library and my dislike of the way it’s been tangled up in a private development, I am excited about it. I would just like to ensure that it’s around to excite future generationsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Budget This week, I’m going to focus on the federal budget tabled Tuesday by Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and discuss a couple of points of particular interest to Cape Bretoners. The first is the government’s decision to double (for one year only) the gas-tax revenue available for infrastructure spendingRead More

Archibald's Wharf sign, North Sydney, NS. March 2019. (S. Campbell photo)

Back to Archibald’s Wharf

March 20, 2019 at 10:24 am

Let me begin by saying I do not begrudge Richard Moore and Leslie Wilson, the owners of the Lobster Pound restaurant, their new waterside location in North Sydney. On the contrary, I congratulate them on the location. I think Archibald’s Wharf is a great spot for a restaurant. I thinkRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

Thin Blue Island Researching this week’s stories on the Cape Breton Regional Police Service (CBRPS) I ran across a (lengthy) profile of the service which included this amazing paragraph: Although only a small Island, Cape Breton’s beauty, hospitality and culture has made it one of the top vacation destinations worldwide.Read More