Provincial

Campaign Trail Mix: Saddle Up

Campaign Trail Mix: Saddle Up

July 28, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Election Fever? As I write, I am in the process of missing a Cape Breton appearance by NDP leader Gary Burrill, who is in Glace Bay this (Monday) morning. This past weekend, I pulled into a parking lot in St. Peter’s next to Tim Houston’s campaign bus and rather thanRead...

Public Housing and the Private Sector

Public Housing and the Private Sector

June 23, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Last week I wrote about the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission’s report, “Charting a new course for affordable housing in Nova Scotia,” sounding an alarm about its tendency to look to the private sector for solutions to the housing crisis. Days later, the federal government announced a $115.5-million, low-cost loanRead More

What NS Could Learn from Vienna’s ‘Red Housing’

What NS Could Learn from Vienna’s ‘Red Housing’

June 23, 2021 at 12:16 pm

When it comes to social (or “public” or “subsidized”) housing, Vienna really seems to have its act together. I am tempted to present this information as though I’ve long been an admirer of the social housing of Vienna, but the truth is, I hadn’t realized it was a claim toRead More

Housing as a Human Right?

Housing as a Human Right?

June 16, 2021 at 2:02 pm

“Charting a new course for affordable housing in Nova Scotia,” the report dropped by the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission this spring, is one of the most annoying things I’ve read this year — and I read The Codfathers. The pointless graphics, large photos and needless repetition (particularly with regardRead...

Library versus Sports Complex?

Library versus Sports Complex?

May 26, 2021 at 12:19 pm

I hope many of you tuned into Wendy Bergfeldt’s afternoon show (CBC Mainstreet Cape Breton) last Thursday and were just as surprised as I was to hear that the CBRM is seriously considering a sports complex add-on to Centre 200 rather than a new central library. I admit that itRead More

Budget 2021: Rolling Stock

Budget 2021: Rolling Stock

May 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm

Editor’s Note: I’m doing a deep dive into the CBRM’s 2021-22 budget and dragging you with me. Last week, I covered water, roads and facilities. This week, I pick up where I left off, starting with that generator for the police HQ.    As the afternoon session of the AprilRead...

Budget 2021: Country (and Other) Roads

Budget 2021: Country (and Other) Roads

May 12, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: I am doing a deep dive into the CBRM’s 2021-22 budget this week and dragging you with me. This is Part 2 of 3. You’ll find Part 1 here and Part 3 here.   The CBRM Engineering and Public Works Department has budgeted $17.5 million for roads and underground infrastructureRead...

2018 site preparation for proposed Goldboro LNG project. Photo: Alexander Bridge courtesy Halifax Examiner https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/province-house/the-goldboro-gamble/

Pieridae’s Goldboro Debacle

May 5, 2021 at 1:32 pm

Something the vast majority of Canadians don’t seem to realize is that we, as citizens, are on the hook for cleaning up billions (if not trillions) of dollars’ worth of environmental waste across the country. Industries continue dumping their waste into the laps of citizens, who are completely unaware ofRead More

Talking With ‘Closing Sysco’ Author Lachlan MacKinnon

Talking With ‘Closing Sysco’ Author Lachlan MacKinnon

April 28, 2021 at 1:04 pm

There’s a passage in Lachlan MacKinnon’s book, Closing Sysco: Industrial Decline in Atlantic Canada’s Steel City, in which a former steelworker, Adrian Murphy, describes what it’s like to visit Open Hearth Park, the greenspace that’s replaced the plant in the heart of Sydney: I was there a couple of times withRead More

Letter to the Editor: Flaws in Foster Care

Letter to the Editor: Flaws in Foster Care

April 28, 2021 at 1:02 pm

I have debated sending a letter for a few months now. I had honestly concluded that no one, literally no one, cares about these children. Then last week, a friend sent me the CBC story, “Overhaul to NS foster care system long overdue say some former foster parents,” by TarynRead More