Provincial

99-Year Leases and Chinese Port Investments

99-Year Leases and Chinese Port Investments

March 28, 2018 at 11:55 am

On Monday, the Law Amendments Committee sent Bill 85, which grants new powers to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), back to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly without amendment. One of the powers Bill 85 will grant the CBRM is the ability to enter into a 99-year lease, which our mayorRead More

Some Thoughts on Bill 85

Some Thoughts on Bill 85

March 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

When Municipal Affairs Minister (and Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA) Derek Mombourquette first expressed the notion that the province could find a way to facilitate the CBRM’s port project without rushing through a “phase one” CBRM Charter focused entirely on the deal, I thought it was a good sign. I was soRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

March 28, 2018 at 11:49 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. I’m focusingRead More

Pipefitter/welder at work. (Photo by Brainass, own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

NOW Something Totally Different?

March 28, 2018 at 11:47 am

Remember I told you about the provincial government subsidizing the wages paid by Marine Recycling Corporation to some of its workers? The Ontario-based shipbreaking company operating out of Sydport is benefiting from a program called New Opportunities for Work (NOW) which, according to the Department of Labour and Advanced TrainingRead More

Letter to the Editor: Cape Breton District Assembly

Letter to the Editor: Cape Breton District Assembly

March 28, 2018 at 11:45 am

Unlike David Johnson’s March 23rd rhetorical spin-doctoring CB Post article citing me as an ill-founded separatist, I do indeed retort with a bold vision forward for Cape Breton Island (CBI), rooted in sound legal principles and a viable political structure which, to succeed, needs to be shaped and implemented by CapeRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

March 21, 2018 at 11:19 am

I am trying to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. I’m focusing on events scheduled for weekdays during businessRead More

Letter to the Editor: Equalization as Constitutional Right

Letter to the Editor: Equalization as Constitutional Right

March 21, 2018 at 11:15 am

As rural Nova Scotians are left trying to economically survive on their own, it should be noted that over the past two decades (1999-2019) the Nova Scotia government received over $30,000,000,000 ($30 billion) in equalization payments from the federal government. Based on government data – some of which the governmentRead More

Mayor, Council to Meet Barbusci at Holiday Inn Today

Mayor, Council to Meet Barbusci at Holiday Inn Today

March 14, 2018 at 9:40 am

Mayor Cecil Clarke and the CBRM council will meet port promoter Albert Barbusci on Wednesday afternoon in what was supposed to have been a secret session between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM at the Holiday Inn. Barbusci, of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP), flew into Sydney Monday night, according toRead More

With Greater Powers, Greater Transparency?

With Greater Powers, Greater Transparency?

March 14, 2018 at 9:38 am

Discovering, thanks to the reporting of Rick Grant, that the CBRM mayor and council are holding a secret meeting today with port developer Albert Barbusci sends a chill up my spine. The meeting is being held at the Holiday Inn to avoid the bother of calling a special in cameraRead More

Who’s Afraid of the UARB?

Who’s Afraid of the UARB?

March 14, 2018 at 9:34 am

The Big Pond RV Park debate (which, as the Allman Brothers would say, is over but ain’t through) raised a lot of interesting questions for me, about everything from the purpose of public consultation to the role of the Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board (UARB) to the responsibility ofRead More