Cecil Clarke

Port Meets Council: Navigational Aids

Port Meets Council: Navigational Aids

June 9, 2021 at 3:06 pm

People, I watched that June 3 meeting between the Port of Sydney and the CBRM council and those are two hours of my life I will never get back, so I have to write something about it and I think the best thing for me to do would be toRead More

Pandemic Travel Expenses

Pandemic Travel Expenses

March 17, 2021 at 1:02 pm

The CBRM has published its latest travel expense data for council and senior staff and, as you might expect, given the pandemic, people weren’t traveling much. Council had begun meeting by video/teleconference in March 2020, the Atlantic Bubble was instituted on 3 July and popped on 26 November 2020, andRead More

Port AGM: High-End Shopping on the Great Circle Route

Port AGM: High-End Shopping on the Great Circle Route

March 3, 2021 at 12:23 pm

It’s been a while since I played a good old-fashioned game of “Okay, stop” with a written document, but last Saturday’s Cape Breton Post article about the Port of Sydney AGM cries out for a talking to. I’m going to cut the author, “political reporter” Ian Nathanson, some slack, becauseRead More

FOIPOP Findings: A Dundee Deal

FOIPOP Findings: A Dundee Deal

February 17, 2021 at 1:52 pm

I have now received almost all the port-related documents the Privacy Commissioner told the CBRM to release to me. All that seems to be missing are the documents the municipality has never produced, not even for the commissioner herself. On the one hand, this is great, full stop. The CBRMRead More

FOIPOP Findings: Feasibility

FOIPOP Findings: Feasibility

February 17, 2021 at 1:51 pm

The feasibility of developing a terminal for the world’s largest container ships in Sydney harbor is something you’d think the proponents would probably want to determine relatively early on in the process and yet, by 2014 — after the $38 million dredging of the harbor — the port team hadRead More

FOIPOP Findings: Hidden Agendas

FOIPOP Findings: Hidden Agendas

February 10, 2021 at 12:51 pm

I’ve been bellyaching for years about how little information we were ever given about Mayor Cecil Clarke’s travel in support of the port project. His expense reports were notoriously shy on detail, as illustrated by this 2018 entry in which he doesn’t even reveal the city in which his “PortRead More

FOIPOP Findings: Dear China…

FOIPOP Findings: Dear China…

February 3, 2021 at 11:17 am

Remember CBRM’s sister city, the Chinese port city of Dalian? I don’t blame you if you’ve forgotten, the relationship never really amounted to much and we basically stopped talking about it after our sister city (population: 6 million) sentenced a Canadian to death in 2019. But back in December 2015,Read More

CN train in Moncton, NB, 1971. (Photo by Marty Bernard from U.S.A., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

FOIPOP Findings: CN Needs ‘Real Live Shipper’

January 27, 2021 at 2:19 pm

By a strange confluence of events, I had already decided to cover the subject of rail this week before I read the Scotia Rail Development Society editorial in Saturday’s paper. The editorial simply served to spur me on (no pun intended). Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour InvestmentRead More

Campaign Contributions 2020: Follow the Money

Campaign Contributions 2020: Follow the Money

January 27, 2021 at 2:18 pm

When you’re living in a troubled economy, there’s nothing more interesting than following the money that influenced that economy’s election results. It’s even more interesting when you’re a failed, former candidate from the 2016 municipal CBRM election, who knows all about the donations (or lack thereof), the paperwork, the expenses,Read More

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 More