Provincial

Council Talks Wastewater, Green-lights $58M Project

Council Talks Wastewater, Green-lights $58M Project

October 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Writing about wastewater earlier this year, I raised the possibility that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke might not be worried about meeting a December 2020 deadline associated with new federal wastewater regulations because he’s already announced he won’t be seeking a third term — which means he will bid us farewellRead More

Second Berth Blues

Second Berth Blues

October 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Nancy King at the Cape Breton Post has been trying to pin down the component costs for the CBRM’s second cruise ship berth. King FOIPOPed the NS Department of Municipal Affairs asking for the breakdown of costs submitted by the CBRM in its request for provincial funding. The answer toRead More

Nothing Neutral About Quebec’s Bill 62

Nothing Neutral About Quebec’s Bill 62

October 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Quebec’s “religious neutrality” Bill 62 has passed the Quebec legislature and will come into effect immediately, although there are no specific guidelines for those who will have to enforce or administer said law, which, strangely enough, has neither penalties nor fines attached to it. Critics see the bill as aRead More

Father Greg Lecture Series to Embrace ‘Radical’ Ideas

Father Greg Lecture Series to Embrace ‘Radical’ Ideas

October 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

The invitation I received from New Dawn for the inaugural Father Greg MacLeod Lecture says the series, named for the late community advocate, will invite us to “love an idea — especially a distinct, hopeful, outside-the box, radical idea” about “the life we know in Cape Breton.” I have toRead...

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

October 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

Earlier this year, the idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) was in the news, including in The Cape Breton Spectator where yours truly wrote about Ontario’s plan to “launch a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes forRead...

Mark Furey

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Mark Furey

October 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

Dear Minister Furey, Re: The Race to Restrict our Human Rights Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Law Amendments Committee heard from seven different presenters about the issues, problems, and limits of the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act (Bill 16). The new Act is meant to replace the outdated and especially restrictiveRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

Paying for Information Maybe public information in Nova Scotia is of a slightly better quality than public information elsewhere. Maybe Nova Scotia Land Registry documents are carefully stored and aged and contain undertones of citrus and hints of oak that set them apart from generic land registry documents. Maybe theRead More

Weren’t We Supposed To Talk About Infrastructure?

Weren’t We Supposed To Talk About Infrastructure?

October 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

After the June 2013 floods that caused an estimated $400 million worth of damage to infrastructure in Calgary, the City: …determined that a broad investigation of flood mitigation issues and responses was required. The City also decided that the investigation should be carried out by an arms-length body of expertsRead More

Lose Your Job, Go to the Food Bank?

Lose Your Job, Go to the Food Bank?

October 11, 2017 at 11:51 am

This past Saturday found me driving along Route 4 listening to commercial radio. (I know what you’re thinking: did last Saturday also find you breathing and blinking at regular intervals? Did it find you wearing shoes? But you have to understand, I haven’t owned a car or listened to commercialRead More

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

Has anyone else wondered why our political leaders at every level of government give lip service to representing the constituents they seek support from only when they are campaigning for office or forming the political opposition in the legislature? Ritually, leaders of political parties promise and promise and promise someRead More