Cecil Clarke

Dear Editor: Stop Picking On Cecil

Dear Editor: Stop Picking On Cecil

March 16, 2022 at 11:49 am

You claim that the Cape Breton Spectator has ambitious goals. Yet, you publish articles like this week’s “Where’s Cecil?,” which strikes me as the kind of gossipy story that one might find in a supermarket rag. Despite his status as a former mayor, Cecil Clarke is now a private citizenRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

March 9, 2022 at 12:51 pm

Big thanks to the spectator who alerted me to the latest incarnation of former CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, who is now with the provincial department of Health and Wellness as  a “project executive” with “Health Capital Projects.” Clarke, whose updated LinkedIn profile states he is an “accomplished public sector leader;Read More

Q1 2021: FOIPOP Findings

Q1 2021: FOIPOP Findings

December 15, 2021 at 11:56 am

Full disclosure: I thought 2021 was going to be vastly different from 2020 but instead, it unfolded like we’d given 2020 a 12-month extension on its contract. The COVID pandemic continued to loom large in everyone’s lives although, as you’ll see, I modified my response to it. I spent muchRead More

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