Economic Development

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

Has anyone else wondered why our political leaders at every level of government give lip service to representing the constituents they seek support from only when they are campaigning for office or forming the political opposition in the legislature? Ritually, leaders of political parties promise and promise and promise someRead More

BCB Director’s Beer Garden Won’t Open This Season

BCB Director’s Beer Garden Won’t Open This Season

September 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

Sydney businessman Danny Ellis’ harborfront beer garden, the Portside, about which he’s apparently received “mostly positive feedback,” according to the Cape Breton Post (which has been providing a lot of that positive feedback) will not be opening until next spring. In what must be considered the public relations coup ofRead...

CBRM Council: Mayor Clarke Brings ‘Clarity’ to Port Report

CBRM Council: Mayor Clarke Brings ‘Clarity’ to Port Report

September 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

I begin with a caveat: I watched the CBRM Council livestream from 4:35 yesterday afternoon to 9 PM last night, at which point, I surrendered and switched to Netflix. I consider this a sign of weakness on my part — but I also blame whoever scheduled the economic planning andRead More

CBRM Council: Short Takes on Random Agenda Items

CBRM Council: Short Takes on Random Agenda Items

September 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Here are some other items from last night’s Cape Breton Regional Council meeting that you might find of interest:   The Mayor Gets Political Cape Breton University (CBU) interim president Dale Keefe and vice president of finance and operations Gordon MacInnis presented to council on the past, present and futureRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

Shovel-ready Wednesday marked a momentous day in the history of Sydney port development: two First Nations Chiefs and a Montreal property developer came together to shovel…something. Part of me is ashamed at my inability to grasp the importance of Wednesday’s event, but part of me thinks that since neither BarryRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

Lease released The first rule of accessing information from public bodies is “just ask for it,” and sometimes — hallelujah! — just asking is all it takes. For instance, I asked the CBRM for a copy of the lease signed between the municipality and Danny Ellis’s company, the catchily namedRead More

‘Visioning for what exactly?’

‘Visioning for what exactly?’

August 23, 2017 at 11:53 am

I have been wading through pages of documents related to the CBRM and Business Cape Breton (BCB) and the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) searching for answers to questions about economic development funding and Glace Bay revitalization and the role of our economic development “entity.” While I still haveRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Economic Development: Who’s In Charge Here?

August 23, 2017 at 11:51 am

Why am I so interested in Business Cape Breton, the CBRM’s economic development “entity?” Because I just can’t get a grip on what it’s supposed to be — it’s neither flesh, nor fowl nor good, publicly accountable municipal body. It’s a non-profit society with a board made up of localRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 18, 2017 at 9:30 am

Glace Bay Revitalization You will not be able to tell from this article, but I am working busily behind the scenes trying to piece together the timeline on the Glace Bay Revitalization project — not the 20-year timeline attached to the actual project but the months-long timeline attached to theRead More

Should BCB Directors Ink Quiet Deals with CBRM?

Should BCB Directors Ink Quiet Deals with CBRM?

August 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Danny Ellis, who has signed a deal with the CBRM to rent property on the Sydney waterfront for a seasonal food and drink establishment, is a director of Business Cape Breton — the municipality’s designated economic development “entity.” According to his LinkedIn account, Ellis has been on the BCB boardRead More