Downtown Development

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

Our Wild Downtowns?

Our Wild Downtowns?

April 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw, “Reinstatement of the Blossoming Program” on the agenda for the 27 March 2018 CBRM council meeting. Had Deputy Mayor Eldon MacDonald, who put the issue on the agenda, temporarily lost his mind? I think the short answer is, “Yes.” During the meeting,Read More

CBRM Council Meeting Highlights

CBRM Council Meeting Highlights

February 7, 2018 at 11:52 am

Port pay I always want to know what takes place at CBRM council in camera meetings, but I REALLY wish I’d been a fly on the wall for Tuesday’s discussion about renewing Port of Sydney CEO Marlene Usher’s $200,000 a year contract. Usher, once second in command at Enterprise Cape BretonRead More

Artist's rendition Sydney, NS, waterfront.

On the Waterfront

January 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm

The CBRM has received one response to its call for expressions of interest in developing the Sydney waterfront and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the only interest expressed came from a man who has been attempting to develop something on the Sydney waterfront for years. Sydney businessman Martin Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development LimitedRead More

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