Provincial

CBRM Council Part One: Quick Hits

CBRM Council Part One: Quick Hits

February 20, 2019 at 12:51 pm

I needed three electronic devices and one notebook to follow last night’s CBRM council proceedings from home. I tuned into the livestream on my phone and cast it to my television, but the image was flickering so badly I was afraid it might trigger a light-induced seizure, so I openedRead...

CBRM Council Part Two: Health Check

CBRM Council Part Two: Health Check

February 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm

CBRM Council held its regular monthly meeting last night and heard not one but two presentations on healthcare. All told, they spent almost an hour on the issue and if you think that means they heard interesting, concrete proposals for solving our healthcare problems then [SPOILER ALERT] you’ll be asRead...

Conflict? What Conflict?

Conflict? What Conflict?

February 13, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Have you seen that video clip of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioning witnesses during a recent hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Committee? The committee was considering strengthening ethics rules for the executive branch of government (i.e. the president) and Ocasio-Cortez used the opportunity to highlight how muchRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 8, 2019 at 11:00 am

Cone of Silence I’ve been thinking about the way Stephen McNeil has been quietly turning out the lights in any room in which his government might be held accountable to the public. Just this week, for instance, the Liberals limited the number of times the public accounts committee will meetRead More

Three Cheers for Corporate Welfare!

Three Cheers for Corporate Welfare!

February 6, 2019 at 11:38 am

On January 15, NSBI issued the following press release: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Canadian Maritime Engineering Limited. For over 30 years, the company has serviced a range of marine and industrial companies including machining, mechanical,Read More

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

Mine Safety (and Media Priorities)

February 6, 2019 at 11:36 am

I’m writing on Wednesday morning and the front page of the Cape Breton Post (print edition) features a story about the management of the Donkin coal mine failing to report a “massive roof cave-in,” in contravention of provincial regulations. To be completely factual: the front page of the Post features aRead More

Social Media Takes On RV Park Ruling

Social Media Takes On RV Park Ruling

February 6, 2019 at 11:32 am

I make New Year’s resolutions and this year, among other things, I’ve resolved to try and treat arguments solely on their merit — I will not worry about the identity or background or past statements or biases or level of information possessed by the person or persons making the argument,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 1, 2019 at 10:37 am

On the Waterfront (Not) The Sydney Waterfront District Association has changed its name back to the Sydney Downtown Development Association after experimenting with a rebranding for the past few years. (Cape Breton Post) I find this really funny because I’m the kind of person who finds rebranding failures funny. I’mRead More

Source: Alabama Rural Health Association https://arhaonline.org/

Rural Medical Scholars

January 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

The issue of healthcare on this island intimidates me so thoroughly that (as you have probably noticed) I largely avoid it. But recently I started thinking about what I could contribute to the debate and it occurred to me that if I approached reporting on the subject the way youRead More

Talkin’ Bout Remuneration (Part VI)

Talkin’ Bout Remuneration (Part VI)

January 30, 2019 at 11:49 am

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