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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 2, 2022 at 11:05 am

Key changes I know nothing about music but, as with pretty much all subjects, I like to hear what people who do know something about it  have to say, which is why this week I’ve been following a discussion about the demise of the key change in popular music. ToRead...

North End Residents Get Some Answers

North End Residents Get Some Answers

November 30, 2022 at 11:50 am

On Monday night, I attended the information session for residents of Sydney’s North End still waiting for answers about the leak at the Imperial Oil tank farm at 1 George Street on July 8. The leak occurred when a front-end loader rolled down a containment wall and punctured a largeRead...

Victor Dubreuil, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Poor Imperial?

November 30, 2022 at 11:48 am

In the wake of an accident that saw 600,000 liters of gasoline leak from a storage tank in Imperial Oil’s North End Sydney tank farm, the oil giant has been rather stingy with its compensation to residents, tossing nickels around like the proverbial manhole covers. It doesn’t require a veryRead...

Politics on the Edge: Remembering Paul MacEwan

Politics on the Edge: Remembering Paul MacEwan

November 30, 2022 at 11:45 am

In early April 1974, on an unusually pleasant morning that promised to help deliver a big voter turnout, Pat and Roy and I, young volunteers all, began working Polling Station 16 in Cape Breton Nova. The poll was at the bottom of Matilda Street in Whitney Pier, where I hadRead...

Civic Centre, CBRM

And Another Thing…

November 30, 2022 at 11:42 am

There’s a point I’ve been meaning to make regarding CBRM council’s in camera discussions of waterfront development, which Mayor Amanda McDougall defended to the CBC, telling reporter Tom Ayers: Discussions on the potential land deal have been held in camera for months, which is allowed under the Municipal Government Act,Read...

Holding the Line?

Holding the Line?

November 16, 2022 at 12:34 pm

Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) Canada Inc, owner of the Cape Breton & Central Nova Railway (CBNS), is restructuring its Nova Scotia holdings. In September, G&W Canada established a wholly-owned subsidiary called the Nova Scotia & Eastern Railway (NSERL). On October 17, G&W Canada President Rick McLellan—who also serves as presidentRead...

Having Fun, Wish You Were (Paid to Be) Here!

Having Fun, Wish You Were (Paid to Be) Here!

November 16, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Before we look at Tourism Nova Scotia’s “influencer” program—which involves paying social media personalities to visit and write about us—I thought I’d have a look at some tourism statistics and, as it happens, Tourism Nova Scotia provides stats going back to 2010 on its website. I focused on just threeRead...

The CFIB and the Disgruntled 2%

The CFIB and the Disgruntled 2%

November 16, 2022 at 12:30 pm

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has done a survey right here in the little old CBRM. The CBRM Business Environment Survey was conducted between December 2021 and February 2022 and published in April 2022. I missed it but a reader was kind enough to send it along, knowingRead...

Darryl McDonald, Paqtnkek director of administration; Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul; EverWind CEO Trent Vichie; CEO of Bayside Development Rose Paul and Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston.

Big Wind

September 21, 2022 at 12:26 pm

If you haven’t read Joan Baxter’s two-parter (Part II is here) on EverWind, the US-based company planning to turn Nova Scotia into a regional green hydrogen hub, you really must. Brief commercial break: the Halifax Examiner, like the Cape Breton Spectator, is reader supported and you can purchase a jointRead...

Thoughts on Active Transportation

Thoughts on Active Transportation

September 21, 2022 at 12:23 pm

I am an easily distracted human being who almost didn’t get beyond the second page of CBRM’s 2022 active transportation (AT) plan because it contained this quote:   I can’t remember whether I discovered the British writer and critic Leigh Hunt the summer I was obsessed with Victorian poetry (blameRead...