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Poverty Reduction: Ending the Payday Loan Cycle

Poverty Reduction: Ending the Payday Loan Cycle

August 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been reading a document from the Tamarack Institute this week. It’s called 10—A Guide for Cities Reducing Poverty and it was presented during the Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead conference in Edmonton in February. I borrowed CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s copy. (JUST KIDDING! He didn’t attend. I haveRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part II

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part II

August 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dr. StrangeJob has not fallen off the wagon since starting the pledge last week, so he is still hoping to catch the CBRM gravy-train. Since Joe Citizen’s CBRM Councillors’ Pledge continues to raise a stink with CBRM taxpayers, there is now talk about a new rank in council. Hence, theRead More

CBRM Improves Financial Reporting to Province

CBRM Improves Financial Reporting to Province

August 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has been doing a much better job of submitting audited financial statements to the province on deadline each year. I know this because CBRM CFO Marie Walsh answered my queries — as did the spokesperson for the Nova Scotia department of municipal affairs — andRead More

Supreme Court of Canada building

Assisted Suicide Not ‘Death by Doctor’

August 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

If Murray Lewis, editor of Good Times, the magazine for retirees which comes 10 times a year with your Cape Breton Post subscription, wanted to introduce a little shock and awe into the assisted death debate, he probably succeeded in his editorial in the July/August edition. He strongly criticizes theRead More

Business Cape Breton Part II: None of Your Business

Business Cape Breton Part II: None of Your Business

August 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Business Cape Breton (BCB) CEO Eileen Lannon Oldford left a special meeting of the CBRM council on 8 June 2016 in triumph—council had not only agreed that the CBRM should declare BCB its economic development arm, it had awarded the group a $115,000* “sustainability” grant to hang baskets of flowersRead 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

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part I

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part I

August 10, 2016 at 11:34 am

Raised a good Catholic boy, my initial point of reference to taking the pledge involves refraining from alcohol and going to meetings. So, imagine my confusion when I saw the invitation from Joe Citizen to take The CBRM Councillors’ Pledge. Granted, some of the gibberish spewing from local politicians isRead More

Distaff Side with Dolores

Distaff Side with Dolores

August 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

“Here they are George. This is just the kind I was telling you about. Aren’t they great?” “Look, Mary. I don’t know the first thing about campers. I’ve never even seen one this close before. In fact, I don’t think I’ve really seen one before at all. Why in theRead More

Welcome to the Cape Breton Spectator!

Welcome to the Cape Breton Spectator!

August 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

There will be no hesitation to become involved in controversy if the outcome holds promise of constructive achievement for Cape Breton. — Prospectus, The Highlander Press Company Ltd., October 1962 I tried to dig the truth out of hearings, official transcripts and government documents, and to be as accurate asRead More

Japanese school children near Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome ("Genbaku Dome"). An exhibition hall, it was the only thing left standing in the area after the bomb. Photo by Catherine Campbell (June 2014)

Chain Reactions: Bad Faith and Bold Moves in the New Nuclear Age

August 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Seventy-one years after the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “the danger of some sort of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War, and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.” The warning comes not from a lonely peacenik prophet-of-doom but a chastened member ofRead More