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So…What is the CBRM REN?

So…What is the CBRM REN?

January 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Now that Business Cape Breton (BCB) has been consigned to the ash heap of history, it’s time to meet the CBRM’s new sidekick in economic development — the Cape Breton Partnership. Because it seems there is to be a Cape Breton Regional Municipality Regional Enterprise Network (REN) and the CapeRead More

Looking Back at 2018 with Mayor Cecil Clarke

Looking Back at 2018 with Mayor Cecil Clarke

January 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

What better way to begin 2019 than by looking back at 2018 with CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke? Clarke appeared on CBC radio’s Information Morning Cape Breton on January 3 to reflect on the year just passed and the Spectator listened with interest. In particular, it listened to the discussion ofRead More

No More Lip Service for George H. W. Bush (Part I)

No More Lip Service for George H. W. Bush (Part I)

January 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

Editor’s Note: Spectator contributor Sean Howard begins the New Year with a two-part consideration of the actual legacy — both domestic and global — of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. This month, in Part I, Howard considers Bush’s domestic missteps.   The death ofRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

January 16, 2019 at 11:56 am

This week, I decided to focus my attention on two (luckily related) stories I’m interested in. Stories I’ve been following for years (eight years for one, one year for the other) but following in a kind of hit-and-miss way. Like I was watching Game of Thrones, but only when IRead More

CBRM Solicitor Threatens Council With Legal Action

CBRM Solicitor Threatens Council With Legal Action

December 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm

This Spectator has learned that Regional Solicitor Demetri Kachafanas threatened legal action against District 11 Councilor Kendra Coombes “and all Council” after a radio interview Coombes gave the CBC on 27 November 2018. The interview (which I can no longer find online) was about the four in camera meetings duringRead More

All I Want for Christmas: Serious Action on Poverty

All I Want for Christmas: Serious Action on Poverty

December 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

The signs of Christmas are everywhere and I’m not referring to the lights, the decorations or the concerts. No, actually, I’m thinking more along the lines of the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign, the CBC’s Light Up A Life Campaign for Feed Nova Scotia, the Christmas Daddies Telethon — thoseRead More

Talkin’ Bout Remuneration (Part V)

Talkin’ Bout Remuneration (Part V)

December 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: Mayor Cecil Clarke’s contention that discussing council remuneration in camera (and treating elected officials as “personnel”) is a longstanding CBRM practice sent me scuttling to the “CBRM Mayor and Council” clippings file at the McConnell library, to research some of the remuneration (and related) issues council has dealt withRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year when the Spectator turns off the computer for a bit to focus on decking halls, trimming trees and eating all the best chocolates in the Quality Street tin. To facilitate this, we’re including Fast & Curious with the regular edition of the paperRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 14, 2018 at 10:50 am

The Spectator, Tree!Umphant I found Albert Barbusci! He’s in Kissimmee, Florida where “the Lemieux and Barbusci families” own and operate the Tree Trek Adventure Park! Okay, he may not actually be there right now (although why not be in Florida in December?) but he could be. When I stepped backRead More

Creditors’ Committee Will Do ‘Whatever They Can’ to Help ServiCom Workers

Creditors’ Committee Will Do ‘Whatever They Can’ to Help ServiCom Workers

December 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm

Jeff Sklarz is the New Haven, Connecticut-based attorney representing the unsecured creditors’ committee in the JNET Communications (parent company of ServiCom) bankruptcy case. I talked to him on Monday about the JNET bankruptcy and I’m combining what he told me with some information I dug up myself to help youRead More