Police

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...

Viability, Police and Absenteeism

Viability, Police and Absenteeism

September 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Editor’s Note: Dorian wreaked some havoc with my ability to work this week, so I am easing back into regular publication by noting some recent developments in stories I’ve already covered. The bottom line, though, is that I am back, I have bought new school supplies (I am not kidding,Read More

Fired CBRPS Cops Get Review Board Hearing

Fired CBRPS Cops Get Review Board Hearing

September 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Editor’s Note: Dorian wreaked some havoc with my ability to work this week, so I am easing back into regular publication by noting some recent developments in stories I’ve already covered. The bottom line, though, is that I am back, I have bought new school supplies (I am not kidding,Read More

In the Ashes of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club

In the Ashes of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club

June 12, 2019 at 11:23 am

On 13 May 2016, I submitted an access to information and privacy (ATIP) request to ACOA asking for information pertaining to the 2012 sale of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club (RCBYC) and adjacent lands to Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC). The request was transferred to Public Services and ProcurementRead More

CBRM Mobile Command Centre (Source: CBC)

How Mobile is the Mobile Command Center?

May 29, 2019 at 10:51 am

Almost exactly three years ago today, during Police Week 2016, the Cape Breton Regional Police Services (CBRPS) unveiled its new Mobile Command Center as part of a “Police Week display” at Centre 200. The CBC described the Mobile Command Center as a “custom-built, high-tech” vehicle for “fire and police servicesRead More

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part I)

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part I)

March 13, 2019 at 11:58 am

Note: This is the first of two articles about the recent firing of three Cape Breton Regional Police Service officers and I’m going to begin by saying there is much I do not know about this case — and I’m using the term “this case” to encompass both former ConstableRead More

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part II)

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part II)

March 13, 2019 at 11:56 am

Note: This is the second of two articles on the recent firing of three Cape Breton Regional Police Service officers. You can read Part I here — and you probably should because we’re just going to dive right in where we left off.   Were the cops involved the staffkenneyRead More

Paying for the PoPo Revisited

Paying for the PoPo Revisited

February 27, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Thanks to a Spectator reader for reminding me that this article — written last year during police budget discussions — remains pertinent in 2019. Last year at this time, Cape Breton Regional Police Service (CBRPS) Chief Peter McIsaac made the case for what he termed a “slight” $763,650 (2.9%) increaseRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 25, 2017 at 8:30 am

Mission creep This was the front page of Wednesday’s Cape Breton Post: “Wow” I thought. “They sure are creepy — I wonder who caught them?” Only it turns out the people lurking in the shrubbery in the skull balaclavas and sunglasses are not the creeps — they’re the creep catchers.Read More

Photo by Bogdan. [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Does Legal Pot = Bigger Police Budget?

June 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

I’ve got to start going to the CBRM board of police commissioners meetings. Thanks to Tom Ayers’ LocalExpress report, I got to experience Tuesday’s meeting secondhand and it was almost as good as being there — I could just about hear the excitement in Police Chief Peter McIsaac’s voice asRead More