Police

Meanwhile, in the CBRM…

Meanwhile, in the CBRM…

September 30, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Hired guns CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s executive assistant Mark Bettens (he of the exorbitant travel expenses) and spokesperson Sheilah MacDonald have taken paid vacation to work on Clarke’s re-election campaign. I confirmed this with CAO Marie Walsh this week. There’s nothing to stop them doing this — other than theRead...

CBRM Council: Tow the Line

CBRM Council: Tow the Line

June 10, 2020 at 1:08 pm

Donkin During the Proclamations & Resolutions portion of Tuesday’s virtual CBRM council meeting, District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall presented a resolution outlining South Head residents’ environmental concerns about the Donkin coal mine, which is described as having ceased operations “permanently.” McDougall’s resolution asked council to make these concerns known toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 5, 2020 at 9:27 am

Police (de)funding Wednesday’s night’s “Take a knee to make a stand” demonstration in front of CBRM’s Central Police Station on Grand Lake Road attracted an estimated 1,500 people, despite the drizzle and cold. I didn’t attend (the people in my household bubble are both over 80 and I am –perhapsRead...

CBRPS Chief Peter McIsaac (Source: CBRPS website) and Acting Chief Robert Walsh (Photo by Tom Ayers, CBC)

Acting Police Chief

February 19, 2020 at 12:47 pm

CBRM Council approved the appointment of Deputy Chief Robert Walsh as acting police chief last night, during its regular monthly council meeting. The Spectator reported in September 2019 that McIsaac was on medical leave but that CBRPS spokesperson Desiree Magnus had declined to say how long he’d been off. McIsaacRead More

Police Commission to Discuss Personnel, Budget

Police Commission to Discuss Personnel, Budget

February 12, 2020 at 12:49 pm

The CBRM Police Commission was supposed to hold an in camera meeting Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM followed by its regular monthly meeting at “approx.” 10:30 AM. As I write this, it is snowing steadily and both meetings have been postponed to this afternoon, beginning at 1:30, so too lateRead...

Monster, Chiller, Horror Budget

Monster, Chiller, Horror Budget

January 15, 2020 at 1:34 pm

I do not know what to make of Monday’s “pretend” budget-cutting workshop but I suspect it may be viewed in some quarters as a poor use of a cash-strapped municipality’s resources. To recap: as a prelude to the actual budget process this year, CBRM council held a session on MondayRead More

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Cape Breton Regional Police Rolling Stock: Buying

November 27, 2019 at 11:08 am

Remember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It’s always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions. — Ford Police Vehicles website   I wrote the “rolling stock” headline for this article two weeks ago, when I first startedRead More

Cape Breton Regional Police Rolling Stock: Selling

Cape Breton Regional Police Rolling Stock: Selling

November 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

In addition to buying new police vehicles, the CBRM also sells old ones. Between 2012 and 2019 (the period for which I could access tender information on the provincial procurement website) there were seven such sales and I was able to find information about six of them. You’ll notice theRead More

CBRM Council Chambers, 2017. (Photo by WayeMason [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)

CBRM Notes from Last Night

November 20, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Between last night’s CBRM regional council meeting and the stories I’ve been working on but haven’t quite pulled together yet, there are a number of things I want to discuss briefly this week. So I’m going to discuss them briefly this week. (There are advantages to being the boss.)  Read More

While the Chief’s Away, the Force Stays Mum

While the Chief’s Away, the Force Stays Mum

October 23, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Peter McIsaac, chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Services, has been on medical leave for at least six weeks. CBRPS spokesperson Desiree Magnus told me in a September 10 email: The Chief is currently off for medical reasons. But she did not respond to an email asking how longRead More