Muncipal Elections 2020

Election Post-Mortem

Election Post-Mortem

October 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm

I read with interest the Post article about municipal candidates filing complaints against the CBRM’s returning officer with the provincial Ombudsman, although the first thing that occurred to me was that a call to declare an election “null and void” would probably have more weight coming from a mayoral candidateRead...

About Election Night…

About Election Night…

October 21, 2020 at 12:27 pm

The ballots are counted, the verdict is in — and it’s time to wonk-out with the numbers from Saturday’s municipal election in the CBRM! Amanda McDougall won the CBRM mayor’s race on Saturday, with 47.4% of the overall vote (24,319 votes). McDougall carried nine districts — 3, 4, 5, 6,Read More

Fall Brings Colors — and Change — to CBRM

Fall Brings Colors — and Change — to CBRM

October 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm

The coming of October goes not unheralded. Its harbingers are glorious – yellow, orange and red. They blaze across the hillside and flame against the sky. While summer, like September, has faded with a sigh. October has a beauty and a splendor that are rare. A crayon-colored prelude to November, bleakRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Voter Help?

October 14, 2020 at 1:51 pm

The problem with the voter assistance “kiosk” established in Eskasoni First Nation is not that it exists — the CBRM’s Alternative Voting By-law gives Returning Officer Deborah Campbell Ryan the power to establish as many polling locations as she likes (provided she has “at least one”) and to determine whereRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 9, 2020 at 9:50 am

Vote often? I spoke this week with a Sydney resident who lives in a household of three registered voters that received five PINs for online or telephone voting in the municipal election. One was for a brother who, she said, has not lived in the house for 18 months, andRead More

Election 2020: Mayor’s Chair

Election 2020: Mayor’s Chair

October 7, 2020 at 11:59 am

The mayor of the CBRM is, on the one hand, just one vote out of 13 on all matters that come before council, and as I’ve noted before in these pages, the position is barely defined in the province’s Municipal Government Act (MGA) which states: “mayor” means the council memberRead More

CBRM District 1 candidates, 2020 municipal elections

Election 2020: District 1

October 7, 2020 at 11:57 am

District 1 includes the former town of Sydney Mines and part of the former town of North Sydney, plus the communities of Alder Point, Florence and Little Pond. It’s shaped — well, I’m seeing a ghost, but I see a bat in the map of District 12 and am startingRead More

Election 2020: District 4

Election 2020: District 4

October 7, 2020 at 11:55 am

District 4 encompasses part or all of Coxheath, Westmount, Prime Brook, Sydney River and Edwardsville. It is shaped like a hand writing with a rather blunt pen. The district is home to 7,215 registered electors, 3,813 of whom cast ballots in 2016. Steve Gillespie captured 1,325 of them to winRead More

Election 2020: District 5

Election 2020: District 5

October 7, 2020 at 11:54 am

District 5 encompasses a big chunk of the former city of Sydney, including Boulderwood, the Shipyard, the Downtown and the North End. It also includes Membertou First Nation and part of Mira Road. It is shaped like an ankle boot or a duck’s head, depending, I guess, on what floatsRead More

Election 2020: District 7

Election 2020: District 7

October 7, 2020 at 11:53 am

District 7 encompasses too many communities to name, but let’s just say Big Pond, Ben Eoin, East Bay and all the Grand Miras — Upper, North and South — fall within its boundaries. It looks like one of the seven dwarves’ caps. District 7 is another of those CBRM districtsRead More