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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...

CBRM Council: Second Berth Pangs

CBRM Council: Second Berth Pangs

July 11, 2018 at 11:42 am

CBRM councilors pushing for information on the progress of the second cruise ship berth ran into a wall during Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting (held on an irregular day and at an irregular time). District 10 Councilor Darren Bruckschwaiger tried his best to get Public Works Manager Wayne MacDonald to admit,Read...

About Last Night’s General Committee Meeting

About Last Night’s General Committee Meeting

June 6, 2018 at 11:56 am

Blurred lines I have to start from the end of last night’s general committee meeting because things took an unexpected (and quite fascinating) turn that has knocked everything else out of my head for the moment. If you have been following the Spectator’s “Where’s Cecil?” feature, then you’ll know I’veRead More

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About Last Night’s Council Meeting…

May 30, 2018 at 11:59 am

Tri-Council Meeting Let’s see if I have this straight: once a year, the elected councils of the CBRM, Eskasoni and Membertou meet…in private? These “tri-council meetings” have been going on for a number of years now, and I have never seen a pre-meeting announcement or agenda, just post-meeting reports likeRead 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

"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

Equalization: Thrust & Parry

Equalization: Thrust & Parry

April 25, 2018 at 11:28 am

Editor’s Note: Equalization has colonized a lot of space on the Op-Ed pages of the Cape Breton Post lately (and here in the Spectator too). Personally, I’m just delighted to see the issue get an airing — I feel like it got stored away in a cupboard when former CBRMRead More

Parsing the Business Cape Breton Post-Mortems

Parsing the Business Cape Breton Post-Mortems

April 18, 2018 at 11:20 am

This past week, we’ve heard Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall, BCB board chair Parker Rudderham, CBRM Economic Development Manager John Phalen and (former) BCB CEO Eileen Lannon Oldford explain what is going on with economic development funding in the Cape BretonRead...

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Jean Chretien are shown on Wednesday, March 22, 2018. McNeil tweeted the photo, saying 'we enjoyed sharing stories about our political and personal journeys.' (Stephen McNeil/Twitter)

When Former PMs Come to Call

April 18, 2018 at 11:18 am

Pity the poor former world leader. How do you follow up a first act like that? I mean, if you’re not former US President Jimmy Carter, who has dedicated himself to good causes (like Habitat for Humanity and world peace), making himself more popular in retirement than he ever was in office.Read...

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

April 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

Dear Premier McNeil: I am writing with regard to the issue of the Nova Scotia government’s distribution of the Federal Equalization Transfers,  public concern over which has now reached a critical level here on Cape Breton Island, and in other non-metropolitan areas of the province. I was part of aRead...