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Port Governance (or the Lack Thereof)

March 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Governance is the process whereby societies or organizations make important decisions, determine whom they involve and how they render account.—Institute on Governance At the 17 February 2015 meeting of the CBRM Regional Council, Marlene Usher (in her new capacity as CEO of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation) and JimRead More

Got a minute? Get your Port Executive Certification

Got a minute? Get your Port Executive Certification

February 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

  I was very interested to read this profile of Abraham Somavarapha, the new business development manager at the Port of Sydney Development Corporation, in the January 22nd edition of the Cape Breton Post. I do not know Somavarapha nor do I have reason to think he is anything otherRead More

That Time Sydport was a Free Trade Zone

That Time Sydport was a Free Trade Zone

January 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

Tucked into the F.A.S.T. Furniture flyer in the Saturday, 2 January 2016 edition of the Cape Breton Post was an eight-page update on the Port of Sydney. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend the graphic on the inside cover page: It shows the silhouettes of a number ofRead More

What’s Missing from Mayor Clarke’s Campaign Flyer

What’s Missing from Mayor Clarke’s Campaign Flyer

January 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

  And…he’s off! CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has fired his starter’s pistol and burst from the gates like a lone horse on a winter racetrack, taking a commanding lead in the 2016 mayoral election by beginning his run in 2015. He informed the public of his decision to re-offer byRead 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

Transparency: What a Concept

Transparency: What a Concept

November 13, 2015 at 2:36 pm

  “[Cecil] Clarke is calling for greater transparency on the port development file by making all reports, documents and other correspondence on port issues, in particular the marketing of the municipally owned greenfield site, public at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Civic Centre and posted to the CBRM’s website,” CapeRead More

I FOIPOP’ed the CBRM and All I Got Was…

I FOIPOP’ed the CBRM and All I Got Was…

October 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

On 3 July 2015, I made a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) application to the clerk of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Deborah Campbell, requesting: Any communications between Mayor Cecil Clarke or his communications staff or CAO Michael Merrit [sic] and Barry Sheehy and/or Albert Barbusci and/or HarborRead More