Municipal

Charter Weekend: The Consultation Continues

Charter Weekend: The Consultation Continues

January 24, 2018 at 1:08 pm

I begin with a confession: I did not attend Saturday’s public consultation session on the CBRM Charter nor did I watch the livestream of the event. At least, I didn’t watch it on Saturday — I did watch it on Monday and I also read all the submissions posted onRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

Eyking (and Clarke!) in China As reported in last week’s Fast & Curious, I requested a copy of Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking’s itinerary from his recent trip to China. I received a response from his office which I am pleased to share with you today. Eyking’s assistant Elizabeth Arsenault sentRead More

5 Things About Monday’s Charter Session

5 Things About Monday’s Charter Session

January 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Excuse the clickbait headline. I was sitting here trying to decide how to structure a report on last night’s public consultation session on a Cape Breton Regional Municipal (CBRM) Charter and it struck me that limiting myself to five notable items might help me focus on what matters. So hereRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 12, 2018 at 10:45 am

Chinese itineraries CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has yet to publish an itinerary for his November 30-December 6 trip to China on which he was accompanied by CAO Marie Walsh, Economic Development Manager John Phalen and his executive assistant Mark Bettens. As it happens, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was inRead More

CBRM council, 12 December 2017.

CBRM Council: So That’s How the Mayor Got the Port File

January 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Respect to District 2 Councilor Earlene MacMullin for trying to get some accountability and transparency on the Port of Sydney file during last night’s general committee meeting. On one level, she succeeded: I’ve been puzzled as to when, exactly, council tapped Mayor Cecil Clarke to head that file and lastRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

We Need Schooling on CBRM Charter

January 10, 2018 at 12:48 pm

District 11 Councilor Kendra Coombes had three items on the general committee meeting agenda last night (including a truly meta item about getting items on meeting agendas) but the one I watched most closely (from the comfort of my own home) referenced the CBRM Charter. Coombes began by reminding councilRead More

Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo by jgmorard (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jgmorard/3378917734/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Could Sydney Really Be a Transshipment Hub?

January 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm

I have to thank a¬†Spectator reader (he knows who he is) for pointing me toward port development issues in the province of Quebec (and my sister for reminding me that such issues are also discussed in that province’s French-language media). Things began bubbling there last December when the port ofRead More

Cruise ship in Bar Harbor, Maine. (Photo by Dana Moos from Southwest Harbor, Maine, USA, CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bar Harbor’s Novel Approach to Cruise Ship Berth: Ask Citizens

January 10, 2018 at 12:44 pm

A friend drew my attention to this New York Times article about the cruise industry in Bar Harbor. The gist of the story is that Bar Harbor — a town of 5,200 on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine — has been too successful in attracting cruise ships.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 5, 2018 at 8:27 am

Doggone generous CBC Cape Breton’s annual Light Up a Life campaign to raise money for Feed Nova Scotia makes me awfully uncomfortable. I know I sound like Scrooge, the Grinch and Donald Trump all rolled into one for saying it, but there it is. In fact, I get so uncomfortable,Read More

Cecil Clarke’s Chopstick Diplomacy & Other Seasonal Highlights

Cecil Clarke’s Chopstick Diplomacy & Other Seasonal Highlights

January 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm

The Cape Breton Post was very good to CBRM Mayor (and potential provincial Tory leadership candidate) Cecil Clarke this Christmas. It allowed him to “open up” about his publicly funded trip to China in back-to-back articles on December 19¬†and 20. It helped puzzled Cape Bretoners decide what they should buyRead More