Municipal

Dr. StrangeJob: That’s Not What Ivany Meant!

Dr. StrangeJob: That’s Not What Ivany Meant!

August 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dr. StrangeJob declared his candidacy for mayor of the CBRM on 1 April 2016—that’s right, April Fools’ Day. The Doctor is compelled to speak because of his frustration with the existing council’s apparent lack of transparency, potential misuse of municipal tax dollars, overuse of confidentiality agreements, excessive in-camera meetings, andRead More

Business Cape Breton Part I: Stop and Smell the Roses

Business Cape Breton Part I: Stop and Smell the Roses

August 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm

My quest to determine what exactly is up with Business Cape Breton (BCB, formerly the Cape Breton Small Business Centre, formerly the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority) began in June when CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke surprised his council with the news that the municipality was leaving the Cape BretonRead More

What is Up with Business Cape Breton?

What is Up with Business Cape Breton?

June 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Let me admit, up front, that whenever Mayor Cecil Clarke mentions “Business Cape Breton,” my ears perk up. BCB used to be the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority (CBCEDA). Eileen Lannon Oldford, the CEO of BCB, was also the CEO of CBCEDA. In that capacity, in 2011, she hiredRead More

Budgets, Transparency and What the Mayor Said

Budgets, Transparency and What the Mayor Said

May 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

What to make of that? I just attended Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Mayor Cecil Clarke’s special pre-budget meeting with the business community. I would estimate attendance at 40, including press, council members and “facilitators”—Mistress of Ceremonies Eileen Lannon Oldford of Business Cape Breton (BCB) and keeper-of-the-microphone Christina Lamey. TheRead More

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Welcome to Novaporte!

April 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Big news, fellow citizens of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality – no, Rodney MacDonald has not been re-elected premier, although you could be forgiven for thinking that, given the front page of today’s Cape Breton Post (11 February 2016):   The real news is tucked into the lower left handRead More

Does the CB Post know what ‘open’ means?

Does the CB Post know what ‘open’ means?

March 31, 2016 at 5:01 pm

  RANT & RAVE: For questionable business expenses. The Richmond County Council expense scandal, which involves charges for such goodies as airline ticket changes for a spouse, valet parking and liquor store charges, has now made its way to the Nova Scotia Ombudsman’s Office thanks to complaints issues by severalRead More

Whatever happened to the CBRM Council?

Whatever happened to the CBRM Council?

March 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Guys, I’ve figured out what’s wrong with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality: it’s the Council. There’s one exception: District 6 Councillor Ray Paruch. He tries to bring more transparency to proceedings but it’s like trying to make Lady Gaga wear pants. It all became clear to me at the PortRead More

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Port Governance (or the Lack Thereof)

March 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Governance is the process whereby societies or organizations make important decisions, determine whom they involve and how they render account.—Institute on Governance At the 17 February 2015 meeting of the CBRM Regional Council, Marlene Usher (in her new capacity as CEO of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation) and JimRead More

What’s Missing from Mayor Clarke’s Campaign Flyer

What’s Missing from Mayor Clarke’s Campaign Flyer

January 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

  And…he’s off! CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has fired his starter’s pistol and burst from the gates like a lone horse on a winter racetrack, taking a commanding lead in the 2016 mayoral election by beginning his run in 2015. He informed the public of his decision to re-offer byRead More

Harbor Port Development Partners: Who Are They?

Harbor Port Development Partners: Who Are They?

December 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has sneaked off to China without so much as a by-your-leave. It’s odd — most political leaders make hay out of their trips to the People’s Republic (some make operas) but our mayor prefers to steal away under cover of darkness after asking his deputy toRead More