Downtown Development

Artist's rendering, new CBRL Central Library, Sydney waterfront.

Climate Change & Social Infrastructure

April 3, 2019 at 11:53 am

I have recently read two interesting descriptions of libraries. One is from Michelle Wilson, the executive director of the Sydney Downtown Development Association (formerly the Sydney Waterfront District), who sees the proposed new central library as a “quality product” that can enhance Sydney’s “brand.” In a letter to the editorRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 1, 2019 at 10:37 am

On the Waterfront (Not) The Sydney Waterfront District Association has changed its name back to the Sydney Downtown Development Association after experimenting with a rebranding for the past few years. (Cape Breton Post) I find this really funny because I’m the kind of person who finds rebranding failures funny. I’mRead More

Meeting to Discuss Future Meetings

Meeting to Discuss Future Meetings

December 5, 2018 at 12:38 pm

CBRM Council met this morning to decide what it’s going to discuss at future meetings. If I understand Mayor Cecil Clarke correctly, he has been compiling this list (which is not exhaustive) based on what he has been hearing from citizens. The topics are “in no order whatsoever” and thisRead More

And the Winner Is — Danny Ellis!

And the Winner Is — Danny Ellis!

November 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm

During last week’s CBRM Council meeting, council approved a plan — brought forward by John Phalen, manager of economic development and major projects — to lease the community room in the Civic Centre for a restaurant. The restaurateur was not named and Phalen’s Issue Paper was submitted too late toRead More

The Whalley Trail Part V: Archibald’s Wharf

The Whalley Trail Part V: Archibald’s Wharf

September 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

CBRM Council: Entrusting a Public Library to a Private Developer

CBRM Council: Entrusting a Public Library to a Private Developer

August 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

John Phalen, manager of economic development and major projects for the CBRM, went to council on Tuesday morning with a request for clarity on the municipality’s planned contribution to a new central library. His sudden need for clarity was driven not by the need for a new central library (althoughRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 8, 2018 at 9:16 am

Dining Out I’m tired of listening to my own cranky voice complaining about things, so I’m going to start today by talking about three things that have impressed me lately: specifically, meals I’ve had in three local restaurants. There was a time in my life when I dined out regularlyRead More

Fast & Curious: Port Days Edition

Fast & Curious: Port Days Edition

May 25, 2018 at 9:30 am

Shout out Let’s start this out on a positive note: the staff at the Port of Sydney are really great. CEO Marlene Usher referred to them as her “small but mighty” team during her opening remarks at Port Days on Thursday and it’s true, the entire operation — including cruise,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

Sydney City Hall? I will be the first to admit the name “Cape Breton Regional Municipality” does not roll mellifluously off the tongue, nor is “CBRM” any prettier. I think it would be good to have an actual name for our municipality and I would like to be able toRead More

"Learn how to code with Arduino and the Garoa Dojo Shield," makerspace Berlin, 2016. (Photo by re: publica from Germany CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’re Getting a Makerspace

April 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

This is an embarrassing confession for a reporter to make but here goes: sometimes, when I read news stories, they just wash over me in a wave of acronyms and quotes and dollar figures, leaving me no better informed than I was before I began reading. This is rarely aRead More