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Port of Sydney: SHIP is NOT a Trade Name

Port of Sydney: SHIP is NOT a Trade Name

December 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP), the firm established by Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci to market the Port of Sydney, has become Sydney Harbour Investment Partners Inc. (SHIP). The name change was registered with Corporations Canada on 19 October 2016. Mayor Cecil Clarke wants CBRM council to extend HPDP’s existingRead More

Cruise Update: The Only Numbers We Have

Cruise Update: The Only Numbers We Have

November 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

The numbers connected to our cruise industry are as slippery as a quarterdeck in a Nor’easter (okay, I promise, no more nautical similes). It starts as the season opens and the Port of Sydney trumpets (in the Cape Breton Post, which has never met an economic impact number it didn’tRead More

Obligatory photo of Cabot Trail.

Cruise Update: Oh Look, Some Other Numbers

November 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

Don’t ever say I haven’t done my bit for transparency on the cruise file. I made an access to information (ATIP) request to Parks Canada to find out how much the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park have made from cruiseRead More

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

November 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

The only thing more expensive than running a railway, apparently, is not running a railway. That’s the justification offered by Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) — owners of the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS) and its all-but-defunct Sydney Subdivision — for the high fees they charge landowners needingRead More

By dbking (Flickr: MVC-005F) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cruise Ships & the Environment: The Sewage Edition

November 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

First, the good news. The cruise ship most seen in Sydney during the 2016 season, Holland America Line’s Veendam, got an A grade from the Friends of the Earth in their 2016 Cruise Ship Report Card. The bad news? Our second-most frequent visitor, the Veendam’s sister ship Rotterdam, got aRead More

Sarah Tessier Powell

Footnote to a Disappearance

November 2, 2016 at 6:57 am

I happened to be in Quebec last week as I was reading about the cruise ship industry in general and the incidence of “mysterious disappearances” in particular. One case really caught my eye because the woman in question—a 70-year-old from Baton Rouge, Louisiana named Sarah Tessier Powell—was last seen onRead More

We Need To Talk About the Cruise Industry

We Need To Talk About the Cruise Industry

October 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

I’ll say it again: we need to talk about the cruise industry. We need to talk about its actual impact on our local economy, its environmental impact on our coastal waters,  its questionable labor practices and its crime problem. And we have to do it right now, before we pumpRead More

About That Second Berth…

About That Second Berth…

October 26, 2016 at 11:08 am

My first reaction to the 2014 Sydney Cruise Market Assessment Report was: why are we talking about spending $20 million on a second berth and not talking about our ground transportation problem? (My second reaction was—how do people who cannot actually write get into the report-writing business? Why would youRead More

Norwegian Majesty in Sydney, N.S. harbor. Norwegian Majesty in Sydney, N.S. harbor (Photo by freshfighter9, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Port Report: A Little Bird Told Me Sydney Was Cheep

September 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm

I have never bought into the notion of Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci as port “developers.” I remain sternly old school in these matters, insisting that to be considered a port developer you must, at least once in your career, have developed a port. But I’ve also been doubtful aboutRead More

Albert Barbusci signing papers.

Albert Barbusci Likes to Sign Things

September 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm

Albert Barbusci of Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) likes to write his name. More specifically, he likes to write his name on documents, preferably with some attendant ceremony. That those documents should be meaningful or open to public scrutiny or of some use in court would be nice, but notRead More