Downtown Development

Aerial view of Downtown Sydney NSCC Marconi Campus site. (Source: "NSCC Marconi Campus: Sydney Relocation," Ekistics)

Marconi Part I: On the Waterfront

September 16, 2020 at 11:25 am

It’s taken over a year — I first requested a copy of the Ekistics Plan+Design report on the relocation of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Marconi Campus to downtown Sydney in April 2019 — and it ultimately required a FOIPOP to dislodge it and the censors have had aRead More

Marconi Part II: They Coulda Been Contenders

Marconi Part II: They Coulda Been Contenders

September 16, 2020 at 11:23 am

Since it was announced the NSCC Marconi Campus would move from its location next to Cape Breton University to the Sydney waterfront, I have been curious as to how the site was chosen — and what other sites were considered. Last week, I got the answer to the second partRead More

Downtown Sydney, NS. ("NSCC Marconi Campus Sydney Relocation, Ekistics Plan + Design,

Marconi Part III: Bonus Scenes

September 16, 2020 at 11:21 am

Here are some bits and bobs I gleaned from the Ekistics report on relocating the NSCC Marconi Campus to Sydney’s downtown but could not work into Parts I or II (I know, there has to be a more elegant way to introduce this but I am lazy, so have optedRead More

Top: Protesters call for public consultation on location of new Sydney Fire Station (2 March 2020). Bottom: Proposed site of new station. (IAFF report)

Station Location Petition Submission [Updated]

August 20, 2020 at 11:15 am

This, I have decided, is a story about how difficult it can be for citizens to have their voices heard in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. It begins in August 2019, when the province announced its intention to move the NSCC Marconi Campus to the Sydney waterfront. The land earmarkedRead More

Better Late Than Never: Council & Community Notes

Better Late Than Never: Council & Community Notes

July 22, 2020 at 11:24 am

My attention span has an inverse relationship with the temperature, so I’m just going to highlight a few items that have caught my eye on the local scene of late, one of which reminded me to send a FOIPOP, most of which just caused me to go “hmmmm.”   MarconiRead More

District Energy Part II: Biomass? Seriously?

District Energy Part II: Biomass? Seriously?

January 29, 2020 at 1:14 pm

Editor’s Note: Be sure to read the follow-up to this story in the 5 February 2020 edition.   Biomess The requirement in Nova Scotia is that emissions are reported as total emissions less the portion from biomass. For this reason, the contribution from a biomass plant to the project couldRead More

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

“I Don’t Know When This Business Development and the Library Became One”

December 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Something amazing almost happened during Tuesday afternoon’s (ir)regular monthly meeting of the CBRM council. As I predicted (call me Kreskin), Martin Chernin and Jim Wooder of Harbour Royale Development Limited (HRDL) asked for an 18-month extension to their exclusive agreement to develop the Sydney waterfront — a development that includesRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 11, 2019 at 10:07 am

Chief Paul responds… The press release Albert Barbusci issued last week announcing his plan to establish a waste plastic-to-fuels plant in his “logistics park” in Edwardsville included the following quote from Membertou Chief Terry Paul: As active partners in SHIP, the reduced carbon footprint of our facilities is key toRead More

Adirondack chairs, flowers and signage. Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS (Spectator photo)

You Can Always Go — Downtown!

September 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm

During last night’s CBRM council meeting, Jim Mountain and Robert Pajot of the National Trust for Canada reported on the results of a two-year pilot program to regenerate Sydney’s downtown. Mountain described the Trust to council as a “small charity based in Ottawa” that has been involved with main streetRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 21, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Sea change A spectator (you know who you are) pointed me to this item from the tender for architectural and engineering services for the new Marconi Campus on the Sydney waterfront (before, I might add, it was also picked up on by the Cape Breton Post): Climate risks include increasedRead More