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Budget Hack: Ground the Council, Improve Transit

Budget Hack: Ground the Council, Improve Transit

June 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Budget Hack is a recurring series in which the author takes money from one part of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Budget and puts it where she feels it can do more good. All attendant flak should be directed at the author, not the people whose causes she supports. InRead More

I Went to Sydney Harbor Ports Day (So You Didn’t Have to)

I Went to Sydney Harbor Ports Day (So You Didn’t Have to)

May 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Sydney Harbour Ports Day 2016 was held in a large, windowless auditorium in the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion on Thursday, May 19. In nautical terms, it was the equivalent of traveling steerage. This year’s theme was “Thinking Big: A New Home on the East Coast for Ultra Large Container Vessels,”Read More

Budgets, Transparency and What the Mayor Said

Budgets, Transparency and What the Mayor Said

May 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

What to make of that? I just attended Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Mayor Cecil Clarke’s special pre-budget meeting with the business community. I would estimate attendance at 40, including press, council members and “facilitators”—Mistress of Ceremonies Eileen Lannon Oldford of Business Cape Breton (BCB) and keeper-of-the-microphone Christina Lamey. TheRead More

‘2 lbs of Baloney in a 1-lb Bag’: The Mother Canada Letters

‘2 lbs of Baloney in a 1-lb Bag’: The Mother Canada Letters

April 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I’ve just waded through 811 pages of documentation received as a result of an access to information request to Parks Canada on the subject of the Never Forgotten National Memorial (Mother Canada, to you) and I have two things to report: By businessman Tony Trigiani’s own account, it was CapeRead More

Welcome to Novaporte!

Welcome to Novaporte!

April 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Big news, fellow citizens of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality – no, Rodney MacDonald has not been re-elected premier, although you could be forgiven for thinking that, given the front page of today’s Cape Breton Post (11 February 2016):   The real news is tucked into the lower left handRead More

Does the CB Post know what ‘open’ means?

Does the CB Post know what ‘open’ means?

March 31, 2016 at 5:01 pm

  RANT & RAVE: For questionable business expenses. The Richmond County Council expense scandal, which involves charges for such goodies as airline ticket changes for a spouse, valet parking and liquor store charges, has now made its way to the Nova Scotia Ombudsman’s Office thanks to complaints issues by severalRead More

Whatever happened to the CBRM Council?

Whatever happened to the CBRM Council?

March 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Guys, I’ve figured out what’s wrong with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality: it’s the Council. There’s one exception: District 6 Councillor Ray Paruch. He tries to bring more transparency to proceedings but it’s like trying to make Lady Gaga wear pants. It all became clear to me at the PortRead More

Sydney's ice-free harbor.

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