Municipal

Today, Cecil met with grassroots Progressive Conservatives in Cumberland County! Support is growing for a Cecil Clarke candidacy! (Source: Facebook)

Off and…Possibly Running?

December 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke wants to be the next leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party and has been touring the province trying to determine whether anyone else wants to see him in that role. I’m guessing this means he is running. The alternative — that he will announce publiclyRead More

Councilors Have Insulted Each Other Forever

Councilors Have Insulted Each Other Forever

December 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

Editor’s Note: While looking for captions for the photos in this week’s Faces from the Cape Breton Highlander feature, I ran across these accounts of City of Sydney council meetings from 1967. I think you’ll see why they struck me as being à propos.   Cape Breton Highlander, 4 October 1967Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

Out of Order As an armchair political scientist (we’re almost indistinguishable from the real thing until we open our mouths), I was quite happy to read what an actual political scientist, CBU’s Tom Urbaniak, had to say about the go-ahead at last Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting. In case you went to BostonRead More

CBRM council, 12 December 2017.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means To Council

December 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

There were ructions at CBRM Council yesterday and I was there to witness some of them. It all started at a 4:00PM in camera session, held under Section 22 (2) e of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) which allows municipal councils to go behind closed doors to discuss “contract negotiations.”Read...

Civic Centre, CBRM

Mayor Clarke and the December Hustle

December 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm

What is it about CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke and December? Does he hear that John Lennon song — And so this is Christmas/And what have you done? — and panic? Does he look at his lists of 200 “positive changes” for the municipality and scream? Because at a time whenRead More

SHIP: Cheep No More

SHIP: Cheep No More

December 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Whatever else our port promoters Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) have been up to these past few months, they’ve finally cleaned up their internet presence. These quotes, for example, have been removed from their revamped web page: They’ve also changed their logo. From this: To this: I could say moreRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

Resign to Run? Resign to run laws are pretty self-explanatory: if you hold public office and wish to run for another public office, you must first resign the office you hold.  Five US states (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and Texas) and several cities (including Dallas, Philadelphia and Phoenix) have them.Read More

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