CBRM Council

CBRM Has Day in Court (and Loses)

CBRM Has Day in Court (and Loses)

September 18, 2019 at 1:58 pm

On Monday, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal dismissed the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s bid to reverse a UARB ruling overturning a CBRM Council decision that green lighted the development of a 211-site, lakeside RV park in Big Pond Centre. That was a lot to pack into a single sentence,Read...

Adirondack chairs, flowers and signage. Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS (Spectator photo)

You Can Always Go — Downtown!

September 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm

During last night’s CBRM council meeting, Jim Mountain and Robert Pajot of the National Trust for Canada reported on the results of a two-year pilot program to regenerate Sydney’s downtown. Mountain described the Trust to council as a “small charity based in Ottawa” that has been involved with main streetRead...

Okay, Stop: Right to Know Week Edition

Okay, Stop: Right to Know Week Edition

September 18, 2019 at 1:54 pm

During last night’s regular monthly meeting of the Cape Breton Regional Council, District 5 Councilor Eldon MacDonald moved that the week of September 23 to 29 be declared “Right to Know” Week in the CBRM. I laughed. I cried. And I thought of all the things I would like toRead...

Evaluating the Viability of the Viability Study

Evaluating the Viability of the Viability Study

July 10, 2019 at 11:23 am

It’s not like I had high hopes for that “viability” study Grant Thornton has just completed for the CBRM — frankly, I viewed it as a $219,000 hoop we had to jump through to get the province to recognize our difficult financial situation —  but I hadn’t expected to findRead More

Travel Expenses: Mayor vs Mayor

Travel Expenses: Mayor vs Mayor

June 19, 2019 at 11:51 am

The CBRM has posted its audited financials from fiscal year 2007-2008 to fiscal year 2017-2018 on the municipal website. From 2010-2011 on, they include travel expenses for elected officials and senior CBRM staff members. I wanted to compare Mayor Cecil Clarke’s travel expenses to those of his predecessor, Mayor JohnRead More

‘Hi Karan and Malcom’: The RV Park Correspondence

‘Hi Karan and Malcom’: The RV Park Correspondence

June 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

I FOIPOPed all correspondence between the CBRM planning department and Chris Skidmore — the Calgary-based developer who wants to establish an RV Park in Big Pond Centre — because I thought the planning department seemed to be rather decidedly in Skidmore’s corner on this project and I wanted to knowRead More

The Port File: Spin Vs Fact

The Port File: Spin Vs Fact

May 29, 2019 at 10:47 am

I was looking over some old files as I was writing the article on the fine line between reporting and enabling and I came across a list I compiled of dubious assertions by proponents of the CBRM container port project in December 2015, seven months after the CBRM signed itsRead More

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

Phalen 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 More

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

Clarification: On May 8th, 2019, the Cape Breton Spectator published a column entitled “No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry? that referred to Mr. Barry Sheehy’s role as a consultant to the Sydney Harbour Investment Partners.  The article expressed  a  concern about the lack of information from the Sydney Development CorpRead More