Provincial

Audit, Actually

Audit, Actually

January 26, 2022 at 12:17 pm

I watched the Standing Committee on Public Accounts session last Wednesday during which it looked into what had happened at Island Employment (IE) — the session that ended with the PC majority on the committee voting against Dartmouth North NDP MLA Susan LeBlanc’s motion asking Auditor General Kim Adair to…Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 21, 2022 at 11:30 am

Annette’s Dream I listened to all 44 excruciating minutes of Episode 10 of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast, “A candid conversation with Cabot Co-Founder & CEO, Ben Cowan-Dewar,” — more accurately a “fawning exchange” with her “dear friend” — but I’m going to begin with my favorite line, whichRead More

Public Accounts Committee Talks Island Employment

Public Accounts Committee Talks Island Employment

January 19, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Nova Scotia’s Public Accounts committee met this morning to discuss this:     Witnesses included: Ava Czapalay – Deputy Minister, Labour Skills & Immigration (LSI) William A. (Bill) Smith — Ombudsman Nancy Hoddinott — Senior Executive Director, Skills & Learning Branch, LSI Jason MacLean — President, Nova Scotia Government &Read More

The Principal Is Your Pal

The Principal Is Your Pal

January 19, 2022 at 3:04 pm

You’ll think me mean spirited, no doubt, but I really found the choice of former Cape Breton Partnership President and CEO Carla Arsenault as principal of the Marconi Campus of the NSCC to be a head-scratcher. So much so that I asked the NSCC (via email) some questions about theRead More

The Strange Case of Island Employment

The Strange Case of Island Employment

January 5, 2022 at 12:21 pm

As 2021 drew to a close, Island Employment, a third-party provider of employment services funded largely by the provincial Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE), was making some rather startling headlines. The organization — which began life in 2000 as the Persons With Disabilities Association of Industrial Cape Breton,Read More

Q2 2021: COVID, Tattoos and Affordable Housing

Q2 2021: COVID, Tattoos and Affordable Housing

December 15, 2021 at 11:54 am

The Spectator‘s coverage this spring was varied, to say the least. From Albert Barbusci’s nuclear waste deal, to the workings of the Verschuren Centre to the province’s third wave of COVID with a variety of stops in between, including a feature I count among my all-time favorites — the oneRead More

Q3 2021: Extensions, Elections and Unicorns

Q3 2021: Extensions, Elections and Unicorns

December 15, 2021 at 11:52 am

My summer coverage focused on the August provincial election, although I also found time to read Barry Sheehy’s thoughts on ports and Martin Chernin’s case for extending his waterfront development contract (not exactly beach reading, but not entirely devoid of entertainment value either). September found me looking into the problemRead More

An Innovacorp Case Study

An Innovacorp Case Study

December 8, 2021 at 11:49 am

I’m going to keep picking away at the list of companies in which Innovacorp has invested to find out what happened to each of them, but I thought this week I’d show you how unnecessarily difficult this can be in some cases. My example is the first company in the…Read...

Whatever Happened to North Sydney?

Whatever Happened to North Sydney?

December 8, 2021 at 11:45 am

What happened to Cape Breton Island? In particular, North Sydney? It  used to  be a booming town. Fish plants, steel plant, coalmines, Marine Railway and CN workers in the thousands. Retail businesses all along Commercial Street. Thousands of workers making good money, cashing their checks on a Friday at theRead More

Turning Hospitals Into Affordable Housing

Turning Hospitals Into Affordable Housing

December 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Here’s an item from last week’s CBRM council session on affordable housing that I really wanted to follow up on:  Deputy Mayor (and District 2 Councilor) Earlene MacMullin proposed the municipality look into the possibility of turning the Northside General Hospital, scheduled for closure and demolition, into affordable housing —Read More