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Looking Back at 2018 with Mayor Cecil Clarke

Looking Back at 2018 with Mayor Cecil Clarke

January 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

What better way to begin 2019 than by looking back at 2018 with CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke? Clarke appeared on CBC radio’s Information Morning Cape Breton on January 3 to reflect on the year just passed and the Spectator listened with interest. In particular, it listened to the discussion ofRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 7, 2018 at 11:20 am

ServiCom There is absolutely no humor to be found in the announcement that 600 Cape Bretoners have lost their jobs  three weeks before Christmas with the closure of the ServiCom call center. Even Mayor Cecil Clarke’s mixing of metaphors (he’s hoping the potential sale of the local ServiCom branch willRead More

Weren’t We Expecting Big Port News This Year?

Weren’t We Expecting Big Port News This Year?

December 5, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Our port “developers” — Sydney Harbor Investment Partners (SHIP) formerly Harbour Port Development Partners (HPDP) — have been engaged in promoting the Port of Sydney as a “deep water, transshipment and intermodal mega hub” capable of handling Ultra-Large Container Vessels (ULCV) since 2014 (although we only made it official inRead More

Construction on CBRM boardwalk. 13 Nov 2018 (Spectator photo)

Under the Boardwalk…

November 14, 2018 at 11:17 am

I’ve been wondering what’s going on down on the boardwalk and yesterday I finally got off my duff and went down for a closer look. It’s rather startling:     I emailed CBRM spokesperson Jillian Moore on Tuesday to find out what exactly is being built and she sent thisRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

There’s Cecil

October 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Well, that’s all she wrote, folks. CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s pursuit of the provincial Progressive Conservative Party leadership ended after the first ballot on Saturday, when rival Tim Houston came within 54 points of winning and Clarke bowed out. It was an abrupt ending to a campaign that seemed likeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 26, 2018 at 10:45 am

OK, Stop Councilor! After reading Thursday morning’s Cape Breton Post, I have an overwhelming urge to speak directly to District 4 Councilor Steve Gillespie (In fact, I was speaking to him but I don’t think he heard me). I don’t think he’ll read this either, but for the sake ofRead More

Top: Halterm (Source Port of Halifax) Bottom: Truck traffic, Port of Halifax (CBC Photo)

Why Won’t the Feds Fund Halterm?

October 17, 2018 at 1:54 pm

On October 11, the CBC’s Paul Withers reported from “inside the failed fight for federal funding for Port of Halifax.” He’s referring to the Port of Halifax’s application for money from the $2 billion National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF), established by the feds in July 2017 to “help infrastructure owners andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Spin Class I like following the CBC’s Jean Laroche on Twitter precisely for moments like these, where he captures something about the way our political system works that you don’t get to see unless you happen to hang out in the halls of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly: ThisRead More

The Whalley Trial Part XI: ‘Mysterious Contract’

The Whalley Trial Part XI: ‘Mysterious Contract’

September 26, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trial touchedRead More

The Whalley Trial Part XII: Constructive Dismissal?

The Whalley Trial Part XII: Constructive Dismissal?

September 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trial touchedRead More