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Civic Centre, CBRM

About Last Night…

November 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

I have a confession to make: I did not watch the full CBRM council meeting last night. I watched (with interest) the discussion of the proposed RV Park in Big Pond. (I spend my summers in Irish Cove, just a little further west along Route 4, so anything that happensRead More

Study Casts Doubt on Economic Impact of Cruise Industry

Study Casts Doubt on Economic Impact of Cruise Industry

November 29, 2017 at 1:44 pm

It’s a conundrum that’s puzzled me since I first began looking into the cruise industry in Atlantic Canada: why do we rely solely on numbers from the cruise lines for our economic impact calculations? Having read the work of cruise-skeptic Ross Klein, a professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland, IRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Another SHIP Show at the Civic Centre

November 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

Okay, here’s what we’re going to do: you’re going to give me your cell phones and I’m going to lock you in this room and let you read this article. You can take notes, but I’m going to take them away from you when you’re done and burn them becauseRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

Port secrecy CBRM Council met in secret camera on Thursday to discuss something related to the Port of Sydney. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which our mayor sometimes worries about and sometimes doesn’t (see the 31 unannounced in camera meetings held over 22 months in 2014-15 in flagrant violationRead More

CBRM Wastewater: What We’re Doing Right

CBRM Wastewater: What We’re Doing Right

November 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

As regular readers of the Spectator know, I have an affinity for document-based research — emails, letters, court records, consultants’ reports, council minutes, issue papers, doctoral theses — I am never happier than when up to my elbows in print. But sometimes when you have an issue that you want veryRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

FOIPOP Follies For the record: I received the response to my freedom of information/protection of privacy (FOIPOP) request to the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) for an “unedited” copy of Neil MacNeil’s rail fees report. I got bupkis. There are a couple of additional emails not includedRead More

Immigration: CBRM Councilor Calls for CB Nominee Program

Immigration: CBRM Councilor Calls for CB Nominee Program

November 1, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Editor’s Note: This is the first in what will be a series of articles on Cape Breton and immigration.  CBRM District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall thinks Cape Breton needs its own Nominee Program for immigrants and on October 16th, she shared that opinion with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on CitizenshipRead More

Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Letter to the Editor: Second Berth Due Diligence

November 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

As I read Mary’s article on the consideration of a second berth for cruise ships in the Sydney Harbour, I asked myself this question: If this proposal was taken to a bank, other than the bank of tax payers, what answer would CBRM get? The Executive Summary [of the CPCSRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 27, 2017 at 8:30 am

Exporting our ‘expertise’ So, this happened:   According to the article in the 23 October 2017 Cape Breton Post: Officials from the Cape Breton Partnership and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities completed their first mission to Vietnam in June. The officials will be providing their expertise to counterparts in VietnamRead More

Council Talks Wastewater, Green-lights $58M Project

Council Talks Wastewater, Green-lights $58M Project

October 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Writing about wastewater earlier this year, I raised the possibility that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke might not be worried about meeting a December 2020 deadline associated with new federal wastewater regulations because he’s already announced he won’t be seeking a third term — which means he will bid us farewellRead More