Planning

Former train station, 75 Dodd Street, Sydney, NS.

Too Big to Tear Down?

July 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

The former Sydney train station, located at 75 Dodd Street, is no stranger to controversy, by which I mean, it used to have the name of a brand of beer emblazoned on one end in letters so large, puzzled travelers thought they’d arrived in the City of Olands. I knewRead More

When Housing is a Commodity, Not a Right

When Housing is a Commodity, Not a Right

December 11, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I moved to the Czech Republic in 1996, seven years after the Velvet Revolution (and three after the Velvet divorce, which saw the former Czechoslovakia split into its constituent Czech and Slovak parts). One of the favorite topics of conversation among ex-pats in those days was the quirkiness of CzechRead More

What the Court Said…

What the Court Said…

October 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm

A spectator drew my attention to the published decision in Cape Breton (Regional Municipality) v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General), 2019 NSCA 77. That was the CBRM’s attempt to get the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to overturn the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s (NSUARB) decision in the case ofRead More

CBRM Has Day in Court (and Loses)

CBRM Has Day in Court (and Loses)

September 18, 2019 at 1:58 pm

On Monday, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal dismissed the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s bid to reverse a UARB ruling overturning a CBRM Council decision that green lighted the development of a 211-site, lakeside RV park in Big Pond Centre. That was a lot to pack into a single sentence,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 24, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Print pairings I find a fun thing to do is to pair Cape Breton Post stories with other stories the way you pair wine and cheese. The idea behind pairing wine and cheese is that each tastes better when complemented by the other. Similarly, many Cape Breton Post stories areRead More

‘Hi Karan and Malcom’: The RV Park Correspondence

‘Hi Karan and Malcom’: The RV Park Correspondence

June 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

I FOIPOPed all correspondence between the CBRM planning department and Chris Skidmore — the Calgary-based developer who wants to establish an RV Park in Big Pond Centre — because I thought the planning department seemed to be rather decidedly in Skidmore’s corner on this project and I wanted to knowRead More

This Story Cost $478

This Story Cost $478

June 5, 2019 at 11:08 am

“Our dream is to work WITH the community to bring a new vibrancy to the area and to support the economy in a way that respects the land and the people,” — 22 February 2019 post on the Ceilidh on the Lakes Facebook page.   Here are some other interesting thingsRead More

Cossitt Heights: The Power Point Presentation

Cossitt Heights: The Power Point Presentation

April 24, 2019 at 10:06 am

Since writing last week about the delayed development of Cossitt Heights — a 350-unit, site-sensitive, sustainable housing development proposed seven years ago for a former Sydney industrial park — I’ve gotten my grubby little hands on a copy of the Power Point Presentation shown to council in 2012 as partRead More

This is the first duplex built in the Cossitt Heights subdivision. (George Mortimer/CBC)

Delayed Development

April 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Coverage of “developer” Jim Kehoe’s Cossitt Heights Park has made my eyes cross so firmly that typing has become a challenge, but I will persevere. It all started (the story, not the Kehoe coverage) in 1991 (pre-amalgamation) when the Cossitt Heights Industrial Park was established on Upper Prince Street inRead More

Artist's rendering, new CBRL Central Library, Sydney waterfront.

Climate Change & Social Infrastructure

April 3, 2019 at 11:53 am

I have recently read two interesting descriptions of libraries. One is from Michelle Wilson, the executive director of the Sydney Downtown Development Association (formerly the Sydney Waterfront District), who sees the proposed new central library as a “quality product” that can enhance Sydney’s “brand.” In a letter to the editorRead More