Economic Development

Bad for Business?

Bad for Business?

October 20, 2021 at 12:06 pm

This morning, I am going to take on some of the hot takes I’ve seen on CBRM council’s recent waterfront development decision. As you probably know by now, during last Tuesday’s meeting, council, rather than entertaining a new proposal from Martin Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development Ltd (HRDL), opted to issue…Read...

CBRM Council: Wither Waterfront Development?

CBRM Council: Wither Waterfront Development?

October 13, 2021 at 11:53 am

Last night’s council discussion regarding Harbour Royale Development Limited’s new Sydney waterfront proposal was fascinating in many ways but the most interesting aspect to me (besides the outcome, which was council refusing to entertain it and voting instead to issue a new request for proposals for CBRM-owned land on theRead More

Quietly Shrinking CBRM

Quietly Shrinking CBRM

October 6, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Maxwell Hartt’s book, Quietly Shrinking Cities: Canadian Urban Population Loss in an Age of Growth¬†really made me think. Hartt, an assistant professor in the department of geography and planning at Queen’s University, makes the case for cities accepting rather than fighting population decline and uses the Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityRead More

CBRM ‘Priorities’ List Has Gaps

CBRM ‘Priorities’ List Has Gaps

June 30, 2021 at 12:38 pm

CBRM council met this morning to discuss the results of its March 2021 closed-door, strategy-setting “workshops” at the Lakes Golf Club and Resort in Ben Eoin. Apparently, during the sessions, council articulated our vision: (I can’t wait until Tim Bousquet sees that — “vibrant” and “innovation” are two of hisRead More

Talking With ‘Closing Sysco’ Author Lachlan MacKinnon

Talking With ‘Closing Sysco’ Author Lachlan MacKinnon

April 28, 2021 at 1:04 pm

There’s a passage in Lachlan MacKinnon’s book, Closing Sysco: Industrial Decline in Atlantic Canada’s Steel City,¬†in which a former steelworker, Adrian Murphy, describes what it’s like to visit Open Hearth Park, the greenspace that’s replaced the plant in the heart of Sydney: I was there a couple of times withRead More

On the Waterfront? Not So Fast…

On the Waterfront? Not So Fast…

March 31, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Here are the important takeaways from this morning’s CBRM special council meeting on the proposed new CBRM Central Library:   Aurevoir, HRDL? Council took a major step toward ending the agreement that has given a private developer, Martin Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development Limited, control over the proposed new library. AtRead More

Forward, CBRM!

Forward, CBRM!

March 31, 2021 at 2:21 pm

I lost track of how many times participants in Tuesday’s “CBRM Forward” discussion used the words “excited” or “exciting.” Literally everyone who spoke was either excited to be there or excited at the prospect of overhauling the municipality’s planning strategy and land-use by-law or excited to be drafting an economicRead More

Thoughts on Downtown Development

Thoughts on Downtown Development

March 17, 2021 at 1:02 pm

I read with interest this past weekend Craig Boudreau’s “thoughts” — shared via Facebook but probably coming soon to an op-ed page near you — about the proposed new CBRM central library. Boudreau, who is vice chair of the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, owns multiple office buildings andRead More

FOIPOP Findings: A Dundee Deal

FOIPOP Findings: A Dundee Deal

February 17, 2021 at 1:52 pm

I have now received almost all the port-related documents the Privacy Commissioner told the CBRM to release to me. All that seems to be missing are the documents the municipality has never produced, not even for the commissioner herself. On the one hand, this is great, full stop. The CBRMRead More

The Latest on the Library

The Latest on the Library

February 3, 2021 at 11:21 am

Have you read latest CBRM Central Library study? Anyone outside CBRM reading about the private developer who has been given control over the project would probably write it off as fiction, but we know better, don’t we? The study in question is the service, programs and operational plan commissioned fromRead More