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Second Berth Delays

Second Berth Delays

April 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm

The deadline for bids for the construction of a second cruise ship berth in Sydney harbor has been pushed back from 29 March 2018 to 26 April 2018, according to an addendum to the original tender (the fourth such addendum) posted on the Nova Scotia government website. That is just the latestRead...

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

Shorter Chretien: Port Project Will Succeed…Unless it Doesn’t

Shorter Chretien: Port Project Will Succeed…Unless it Doesn’t

March 21, 2018 at 11:25 am

Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien says the Sydney container port project promoted by Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) has a 90% chance of success but “sometimes you don’t succeed,” so whatever happens, his reputation as a prophet is guaranteed. Chrétien spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the ThinkRead More

What You Don’t Know Could Totally Hurt You

What You Don’t Know Could Totally Hurt You

March 21, 2018 at 11:21 am

I am rarely rendered speechless, but I am gobsmacked by the answers I just received from John Phalen, the economic development manager for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). Phalen, you’ll recall, organized last week’s secret meeting between port promoter Albert Barbusci, CBRM councilors (nine of whom attended), Mayor CecilRead 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

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Mr. Bettens Goes to Ottawa

February 28, 2018 at 12:32 pm

One of the (many) messed up aspects of our access to information system here in Nova Scotia is that responses to municipal FOIPOP inquiries are not made public, unlike federal and provincial responses, which are published online. Fortunately, some civic-minded Cape Bretoners share the results of their municipal FOIPOPs withRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 23, 2018 at 10:30 am

Eating (some) crow I received a detailed response to last week’s Fast & Curious from CBC Cape Breton Information Morning panelist Stephen Tobin of the Horizon Achievement Centre. He took issue (see what I did there?) with my critique of his list of Nova Scotia mayors who remained in office whileRead More

Top: Kameron coal truck by Yvonne LeBlanc Smith, CBC Cape Breton.  Bottom: Lingan coal-fired generating station, Cape Breton (Photo by By Ken Heaton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: Trucks versus Trains

February 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

I have been keeping a jaundiced eye on the Cape Breton coal trucking story since the 1980s when my friend Leo Evans was shining a public spotlight on the decision by Devco to “rubberize” a part of its coal transportation system.   Made no sense then – makes no sense now.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

Rail Schmail Do my eyes deceive me, or has even the Cape Breton Post become a bit skeptical about the great Sydney container port project? All it took was port developer Albert Barbusci suddenly playing down the importance of a functioning railway to their project. As the paper reported Thursday:Read More

CBNS railway, Sydney. (Photo via Scotia Rail Development Society http://scotiarail.ca/)

Waiting for the Train

January 31, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Editor’s Note: The following article was produced with the Halifax Examiner, via our Joint Investigative Fund.   Upgrading the Sydney to Truro rail line to make it capable of handling double-stacked containers won’t come cheap, according to a study just completed for the Port of Sydney Development Corporation, but the fixRead...