Provincial

Payday Loans Revisited

Payday Loans Revisited

September 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm

I had intended to update my payday loans story when I heard back from the provincial government and the local Sydney credit union on the subject. If you read the original piece, you’ll know much of it was devoted to a consideration of pilot projects being tested by credit unionsRead More

Pondering the P3 School Problem

Pondering the P3 School Problem

August 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Nova Scotia’s mania for public-private-partnership (P3) school construction was brief—more of an episode than an illness—but what an expensive episode it was. It started in 1997 and ended in 2000 officially, but the 39 schools built under the P3 banner were the subject of 20-year leases, so the P3 programRead More

Business Cape Breton Part I: Stop and Smell the Roses

Business Cape Breton Part I: Stop and Smell the Roses

August 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm

My quest to determine what exactly is up with Business Cape Breton (BCB, formerly the Cape Breton Small Business Centre, formerly the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority) began in June when CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke surprised his council with the news that the municipality was leaving the Cape BretonRead More

Cruise ship docked in Sydney, N.S.

Muskrat Fails and Jive Cruise Ship Math

June 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm

  Halifax Examiner publisher Tim Bousquet and CBC Newfoundland commentator Drew Brown are both saying things of interest to Cape Bretoners today. Bousquet’s Morning File responds to the Cape Breton Post‘s front-page love letter to our “one millionth” cruise ship passenger (an apparently nice lady from Florida who seems to haveRead More

That Time Sydport was a Free Trade Zone

That Time Sydport was a Free Trade Zone

January 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

Tucked into the F.A.S.T. Furniture flyer in the Saturday, 2 January 2016 edition of the Cape Breton Post was an eight-page update on the Port of Sydney. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend the graphic on the inside cover page: It shows the silhouettes of a number ofRead More