CBRM Council

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...

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

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 business required to move ahead with the construction of an international container terminal north of theRead 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