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Business Cape Breton Part II: None of Your Business

Business Cape Breton Part II: None of Your Business

August 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Business Cape Breton (BCB) CEO Eileen Lannon Oldford left a special meeting of the CBRM council on 8 June 2016 in triumph—council had not only agreed that the CBRM should declare BCB its economic development arm, it had awarded the group a $115,000* “sustainability” grant to hang baskets of flowersRead More

What’s on the CBRM’s Shopping List?

What’s on the CBRM’s Shopping List?

August 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Given my love of resource materials, it’s a wonder I haven’t discovered the Nova Scotia Tender Notices website before now — it’s where, “as defined in the Nova Scotia Public Procurement Act, all public sector entities in Nova Scotia are required to post their tender notices.” So what is theRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part I

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part I

August 10, 2016 at 11:34 am

Raised a good Catholic boy, my initial point of reference to taking the pledge involves refraining from alcohol and going to meetings. So, imagine my confusion when I saw the invitation from Joe Citizen to take The CBRM Councillors’ Pledge. Granted, some of the gibberish spewing from local politicians isRead More

100 ‘Positive Changes’ and Transparency Ain’t One

100 ‘Positive Changes’ and Transparency Ain’t One

August 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Cecil Clarke, incumbent mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, kicked off his campaign for re-election at the Cambridge Suites Hotel last Friday with two CBRM employees at his side (see Tom Ayers’ account in the LocalXpress). In what may be a Nova Scotian first, there were more promises inRead More

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

Cruise ship docked in Sydney, N.S.

Muskrat Fails and Jive Cruise Ship Math

June 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm

  Halifax Examiner publisher Tim Bousquet and CBC Newfoundland commentator Drew Brown are both saying things of interest to Cape Bretoners today. Bousquet’s Morning File responds to the Cape Breton Post‘s front-page love letter to our “one millionth” cruise ship passenger (an apparently nice lady from Florida who seems to haveRead 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

‘2 lbs of Baloney in a 1-lb Bag’: The Mother Canada Letters

‘2 lbs of Baloney in a 1-lb Bag’: The Mother Canada Letters

April 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I’ve just waded through 811 pages of documentation received as a result of an access to information request to Parks Canada on the subject of the Never Forgotten National Memorial (Mother Canada, to you) and I have two things to report: By businessman Tony Trigiani’s own account, it was CapeRead More