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How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

December 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Not having been affected by the rain storm that hit the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this past Thanksgiving, I had the luxury of learning about the difference between “overland flooding” and “sewer backup” weeks later, over a beer with a friend whose basement had flooded. The woman sent by hisRead More

Canadian House of Commons (Photo via Wikiwand)

I’m Ready to Have My Say About Our Democracy!

December 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm

With all this talk of education in the air, is it any wonder I decided to prepare myself for the moment the Canadian government would consult my opinion on electoral reform? Folks, I READ THE REPORT. No word of lie, I played seasonal music, drank coffee and read the ReportRead More

The CBRM, Its Records and What the CBC Saw

The CBRM, Its Records and What the CBC Saw

November 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

Did you see that 28 October 2016 story by the CBC’s Paul Withers about the CBRM and its consultants? It was the oddest thing. The “news” was that the CBRM has no record of the work done for it by the first pair of consultants it hired to promote theRead More

Donald Trump, Las Vegas, Feb. 2016 By https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

US Election: Looking On In Disbelief

November 2, 2016 at 5:24 am

Perhaps the only thing uniting the electorate of the United States in the last days before our presidential election is a sort of bemused disbelief at where we are and how we got here. Calls for imprisoning political opponents, refusals to accept election results, and unabashed jingoism are actions AmericansRead More

Bishops’ Attitude To Assisted Death Un-Christian

Bishops’ Attitude To Assisted Death Un-Christian

October 12, 2016 at 7:36 am

It’s not surprising that the Archbishops of Alberta and the Northern Territories would take a stand against assisted death, as outlined in Bill C-14, passed by the Canadian House of Commons in June of this year. In so doing, they are upholding Catholic doctrine that life exists from conception toRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Fancy Outhouse Edition

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Fancy Outhouse Edition

August 24, 2016 at 1:30 am

What in God’s name enticed Joe Citizen to list 15 separate items in his CBRM Councillors’ Pledge? I was only required to follow 12 steps for the cure and a measly 10 to maintain my Catholic status. Speaking of God, he seems to be playing an outsized role in thisRead More

What’s on the CBRM’s Shopping List?

What’s on the CBRM’s Shopping List?

August 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Given my love of resource materials, it’s a wonder I haven’t discovered the Nova Scotia Tender Notices website before now — it’s where, “as defined in the Nova Scotia Public Procurement Act, all public sector entities in Nova Scotia are required to post their tender notices.” So what is theRead More

What is Up with Business Cape Breton?

What is Up with Business Cape Breton?

June 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Let me admit, up front, that whenever Mayor Cecil Clarke mentions “Business Cape Breton,” my ears perk up. BCB used to be the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority (CBCEDA). Eileen Lannon Oldford, the CEO of BCB, was also the CEO of CBCEDA. In that capacity, in 2011, she hiredRead More

‘Port of Call’ or How Did Marlene Usher Skip Grade 7 History?

‘Port of Call’ or How Did Marlene Usher Skip Grade 7 History?

January 7, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Port of Sydney Development Corporation CEO Marlene Usher has donned a new cap – that of “maritime historian” – for the first of what she promises will be a series of Cape Breton Post columns sharing “her thoughts” on the Sydney port development project. My first thought, on reading this,Read More

Harbor Port Development Partners: Who Are They?

Harbor Port Development Partners: Who Are They?

December 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has sneaked off to China without so much as a by-your-leave. It’s odd — most political leaders make hay out of their trips to the People’s Republic (some make operas) but our mayor prefers to steal away under cover of darkness after asking his deputy toRead More