Economic Development

Whalley vs CBRM Postponed to August

Whalley vs CBRM Postponed to August

March 28, 2018 at 11:57 am

Former CBRM economic development officer John Whalley’s civil suit against the municipality for constructive dismissal has been postponed to August. Whalley, who is represented by Blair Mitchell of Halifax, told the Spectator they requested the delay because his only witness, former CBRM CAO Jerry Ryan, was unable to attend courtRead More

Some Thoughts on Bill 85

Some Thoughts on Bill 85

March 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

When Municipal Affairs Minister (and Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA) Derek Mombourquette first expressed the notion that the province could find a way to facilitate the CBRM’s port project without rushing through a “phase one” CBRM Charter focused entirely on the deal, I thought it was a good sign. I was soRead More

What You Don’t Know Could Totally Hurt You

What You Don’t Know Could Totally Hurt You

March 21, 2018 at 11:21 am

I am rarely rendered speechless, but I am gobsmacked by the answers I just received from John Phalen, the economic development manager for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). Phalen, you’ll recall, organized last week’s secret meeting between port promoter Albert Barbusci, CBRM councilors (nine of whom attended), Mayor CecilRead More

Who’s Afraid of the UARB?

Who’s Afraid of the UARB?

March 14, 2018 at 9:34 am

The Big Pond RV Park debate (which, as the Allman Brothers would say, is over but ain’t through) raised a lot of interesting questions for me, about everything from the purpose of public consultation to the role of the Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board (UARB) to the responsibility ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

Equalize this Developments on the equalization front this week must be gratifying to the stalwart members of Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness (NSEF), a CBRM-based advocacy group that has been meeting monthly to discuss the issue of municipal financing for 15 long years. Against the backdrop of budget discussions, whichRead More

Developer Gets Zone Amendment for Big Pond RV Park

Developer Gets Zone Amendment for Big Pond RV Park

March 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Cape Breton Regional Municipal Council voted on Wednesday morning to approve a zoning by-law amendment to allow developer Chris Skidmore to establish a 211-site RV Park in Big Pond Centre. The vote was 7-6 with Councilors Clarence Prince, Earlene MacMullin, Steve Gillespie, George MacDonald, Darren Bruckschwaiger, Jim MacLeod and Mayor CecilRead More

Sign at Sydport wharves, 9 March 2016.

Shipbreaking in the Free Market

March 7, 2018 at 12:32 pm

You’ve got to love the free market. Look at the wonders it produces when simply left to its own devices: an Ontario-based shipbreaking outfit suddenly realizes it should be busting up old naval ships in Sydney harbor, so moves here and starts hiring.   Although, as the Cape Breton Post explainedRead More

CBRM Council: (None of Your) Business Cape Breton

CBRM Council: (None of Your) Business Cape Breton

February 28, 2018 at 12:40 pm

My favorite quasi-public organization, Business Cape Breton (BCB), was on the CBRM Council agenda last night. Seems BCB is broke — it needs another $34,000 to see it through to the end of March. It’s difficult to understand exactly what is going on here because CAO Marie Walsh was veryRead More

CBRM Council: RV Park Postponed

CBRM Council: RV Park Postponed

February 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm

CBRM planning staff seem really keen on this Big Pond RV Park idea. I don’t know how else to interpret the time and effort planning director Malcolm Gillis and planner Karen Neville have put it into Calgary developer Chris Skidmore’s project — first in their original recommendation that council amendRead More

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Mr. Bettens Goes to Ottawa

February 28, 2018 at 12:32 pm

One of the (many) messed up aspects of our access to information system here in Nova Scotia is that responses to municipal FOIPOP inquiries are not made public, unlike federal and provincial responses, which are published online. Fortunately, some civic-minded Cape Bretoners share the results of their municipal FOIPOPs withRead More