Economic Development

Photos of damage to CBNS rail line courtesy of CB Railway Victims Association

Keeping the Dream Alive

May 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Operating on the “better late than never” principle, I thought I’d discuss the Nova Scotia government’s decision to continue subsidizing the disused Cape Breton portion of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia (CBNS) short-line railway. In case you’ve just tuned in to this soap opera, the province has beenRead...

Centre 200, Sydney, Nova Scotia

What’s Up with Centre 200?

February 26, 2020 at 2:02 pm

  “Nobody is going to put their name on it, whether it’s TD centre, whether it’s Rogers centre, right now with the condition this place is in. I wouldn’t ask them to do it unless there’s a commitment from our government.” — Irwin Simon, majority owner, Cape Breton Eagles  Read More

District Energy Part I: Who Benefits?

District Energy Part I: Who Benefits?

January 29, 2020 at 1:16 pm

If you were a cash-strapped community of communities looking to cut your greenhouse gas emissions and had $100,000 to spend, how would you spend it? Would you blow the boodle on a preliminary study for a “district heating and cooling system” in Sydney’s downtown core? A system that would serviceRead More

Puzzling Over the Port File

Puzzling Over the Port File

January 15, 2020 at 1:36 pm

Each week, I pick a subject and do my research and try to give some sort of coherent account of what I’ve learned but this week — I give up. I’ve been trying to make sense of the latest developments in the Sydney container port saga and I am utterlyRead More

Monster, Chiller, Horror Budget

Monster, Chiller, Horror Budget

January 15, 2020 at 1:34 pm

I do not know what to make of Monday’s “pretend” budget-cutting workshop but I suspect it may be viewed in some quarters as a poor use of a cash-strapped municipality’s resources. To recap: as a prelude to the actual budget process this year, CBRM council held a session on MondayRead 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

When Housing is a Commodity, Not a Right

When Housing is a Commodity, Not a Right

December 11, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I moved to the Czech Republic in 1996, seven years after the Velvet Revolution (and three after the Velvet divorce, which saw the former Czechoslovakia split into its constituent Czech and Slovak parts). One of the favorite topics of conversation among ex-pats in those days was the quirkiness of CzechRead More

December Deadlines

December Deadlines

December 4, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Can you believe 2019 is almost over? I can’t — and do you know who else probably can’t? Martin Chernin of Harbour Royale Development Limited (HRDL) and Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP). Why is that, you ask? Well, because each of them faces a big deadline forRead More

The Best-Laid Strategic Plans of Mice and Men…

The Best-Laid Strategic Plans of Mice and Men…

November 6, 2019 at 2:23 pm

The executive of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) board has quit and I have to thank them for making that information public because if they hadn’t told us, we probably wouldn’t have noticed until next year’s AGM. The executive — chair Lucia MacIsaac, vice-chair John Khattar, treasurer JohnRead 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