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Mayor Clarke Takes Back the Port File?

March 13, 2019 at 11:52 am

When CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke began mulling a run for the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative Party back in December 2017, he appeared on the CBC’s Information Morning Cape Breton and was asked by host Steve Sutherland if a win would put progress on the Port of Sydney containerRead More

When the Emergency is Chronic

When the Emergency is Chronic

March 6, 2019 at 12:52 pm

On February 11, the government of Nova Scotia announced it was “pleased to see” that “Nova Scotia’s economic outlook continues to be positive.” The joy, expressed in a press release from Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey, was sparked by Statistics Canada’s January Labour Force Survey which showed theRead More

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Mount Cashel, 30 Years Later

March 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm

How many Catholics, I wonder, of those who continue to attend Mass at least weekly — praying, singing, listening to homilies and participating in the Eucharist — ever give serious thought to the ongoing and possibly greatest scandal in the Catholic Church’s history? Is it a case of “I’m alrightRead...

What News of Novazone?

What News of Novazone?

March 6, 2019 at 12:47 pm

“Hopefully, the [feasibility study by Chinese construction giant CCCC] will be completed by July and we will be able to fast-track construction for opening for business in 2019,” — Port of Sydney CEO Marlene Usher, April 2016 “If all goes well, we’ll be putting a shovel into the ground inRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

Lord of the Dance The Cape Breton Post devoted three pages — including the entire front page — to the late John Allan Cameron on Tuesday, inadvertently giving new meaning to the phrase “slow news day.” The hook for the multi-page extravaganza? It’s been 50 years since Cameron’s first albumRead More

Bad News About Child Poverty In NS

Bad News About Child Poverty In NS

February 27, 2019 at 12:55 pm

First, the good news: The Statistics Canada graph appeared in a Bloomberg story that attributed the reduction in child poverty directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s child benefit program, which was worth $25 billion to Canadian families in 2017 up from $19 billion in 2015. Statistics Canada itself says: InRead More

CBRM Appeals UARB RV Park Ruling

CBRM Appeals UARB RV Park Ruling

February 27, 2019 at 12:53 pm

The CBRM has asked the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to overturn the UARB’s decision in the case of a proposed Big Pond RV park. The papers were filed on February 21 but CBRM regional solicitor Demetri Kachafanas told the CBC it could be “months” before the case goes toRead More

CBHNP Moose Cull: What Next?

CBHNP Moose Cull: What Next?

February 27, 2019 at 12:51 pm

I’m writing today about what Parks Canada has said about the moose cull on North Mountain in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) and what it hasn’t said. The cull, we are told, is intended to preserve the park’s endangered boreal forest, which suffered severe damage from the spruceRead More

Ben Eoin Golf Club: ACOA Responds

Ben Eoin Golf Club: ACOA Responds

February 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm

As I mentioned in last week’s piece on The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin, I had asked ACOA, which holds a $3.5 million equity stake in the club, some questions about the sale. I was promised an answer by 5:00 PM last Tuesday, which was pushed to 11:00 AMRead 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