Downtown Development

BCB Director’s Beer Garden Won’t Open This Season

BCB Director’s Beer Garden Won’t Open This Season

September 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

Sydney businessman Danny Ellis’ harborfront beer garden, the Portside, about which he’s apparently received “mostly positive feedback,” according to the Cape Breton Post (which has been providing a lot of that positive feedback) will not be opening until next spring. In what must be considered the public relations coup ofRead...

CBRM Council: Mayor Clarke Brings ‘Clarity’ to Port Report

CBRM Council: Mayor Clarke Brings ‘Clarity’ to Port Report

September 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

I begin with a caveat: I watched the CBRM Council livestream from 4:35 yesterday afternoon to 9 PM last night, at which point, I surrendered and switched to Netflix. I consider this a sign of weakness on my part — but I also blame whoever scheduled the economic planning andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

Lease released The first rule of accessing information from public bodies is “just ask for it,” and sometimes — hallelujah! — just asking is all it takes. For instance, I asked the CBRM for a copy of the lease signed between the municipality and Danny Ellis’s company, the catchily namedRead More

Should BCB Directors Ink Quiet Deals with CBRM?

Should BCB Directors Ink Quiet Deals with CBRM?

August 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Danny Ellis, who has signed a deal with the CBRM to rent property on the Sydney waterfront for a seasonal food and drink establishment, is a director of Business Cape Breton — the municipality’s designated economic development “entity.” According to his LinkedIn account, Ellis has been on the BCB boardRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

Year One The Cape Breton Spectator turned one on August 3! The anniversary almost slipped by unnoticed — I knew it was in August, but I’d convinced myself it was later in the month. Luckily for me, my family not only remembered it, they marked it. There was a cakeRead More

BCB Will Not Be Responding to Your Questions

BCB Will Not Be Responding to Your Questions

June 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I really didn’t think I’d be able to FOIPOP Business Cape Breton (BCB). Although the organization runs entirely on public money, I’d already been told by the office of the Privacy Commissioner that it doesn’t fit the definition of a public body under Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information/Protection of PrivacyRead More

Source: HAL shopping brochure

Shop Sydney! We Have Two Stores!

June 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

I write today as one of the 8,800 residents of Sydney — Nova Scotia’s third-largest city, urban heart of a rich coal-mining region, industrial hub of Atlantic Canada — to ask Holland America Line (HAL): WAT IS ER MIS MET JOU? (That’s Dutch for “What is wrong with you?” AtRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

Double vision? I promised to ask when and how Dennis Campbell of Ambassatours Gray Line got the nod to develop the property formerly occupied by the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club on Sydney’s harborfront and let you know what I found out. As you may recall, Campbell, whose firm operatesRead More

Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS, 29 March 2017

Dreaming Big in Downtown Sydney

March 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm

I do not own a car, so I have a rather cavalier attitude toward downtown Sydney parking — I’m that person, striding purposefully toward my destination, chuckling at you as you circle¬†the block, looking for a place to park (unless, of course, it’s raining, in which case there will beRead More