Post Tagged with: "access to information"

CBRM Gets Schooled by Privacy Commissioner

CBRM Gets Schooled by Privacy Commissioner

November 11, 2020 at 10:23 am

On 3 July 2015, over a year before I launched the Cape Breton Spectator, I made a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) application to the clerk of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Deborah Campbell — now Deborah Campbell-Ryan — requesting: Any communications between Mayor Cecil Clarke orRead More

Election 2020: Mayor’s Chair

Election 2020: Mayor’s Chair

October 7, 2020 at 11:59 am

The mayor of the CBRM is, on the one hand, just one vote out of 13 on all matters that come before council, and as I’ve noted before in these pages, the position is barely defined in the province’s Municipal Government Act (MGA) which states: “mayor” means the council memberRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 30, 2020 at 3:58 pm

NSP Someone (you know who you are) recently got me to thinking about the history of policing in Nova Scotia, which led me to this 1990 article by Greg Marquis (the author, more recently, of a book about the murder of Richard Oland). The piece, entitled “The History of PolicingRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Issues

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Issues

October 18, 2019 at 11:11 am

First of all, thank you to the candidates who took the time to respond to our questions — Michelle Dockrill, Lois Foster, Jodi McDavid and Kenzie MacNeil. As promised, we extended the deadline to Thursday at 5:00 PM for those candidates who had not yet replied, and here are theRead More

Okay, Stop: Right to Know Week Edition

Okay, Stop: Right to Know Week Edition

September 18, 2019 at 1:54 pm

During last night’s regular monthly meeting of the Cape Breton Regional Council, District 5 Councilor Eldon MacDonald moved that the week of September 23 to 29 be declared “Right to Know” Week in the CBRM. I laughed. I cried. And I thought of all the things I would like toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 24, 2019 at 8:30 am

Free the information CBRM Municipal Clerk Deborah Campbell Ryan got back to me Tuesday night about another FOIPOP I submitted back in April looking for information about a matter before council. Her original estimate of the fee I would be required to pay for this (public) information was $215 andRead More

Freedom of Information is a Joke in this Town

Freedom of Information is a Joke in this Town

May 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Acting on a tip from a reader, who seemed to think that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, his executive assistant Mark Bettens and (the now former) economic development manager John Phelan were doing an unusual amount of traveling on the public dime last fall, I sent a request under Section XXRead More

Hooray for Open Government!

Hooray for Open Government!

May 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

I have been debating how to mark Open Government Week in Nova Scotia (May 7-11). Sitting in the graveyard behind St. Patrick’s Church in the rain with a 40-ouncer of Captain Morgan was my first idea, but I don’t like watery rum and frankly, I always knew the week wouldRead More

Second Berth Blues

Second Berth Blues

October 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Nancy King at the Cape Breton Post has been trying to pin down the component costs for the CBRM’s second cruise ship berth. King FOIPOPed the NS Department of Municipal Affairs asking for the breakdown of costs submitted by the CBRM in its request for provincial funding. The answer toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

Paying for Information Maybe public information in Nova Scotia is of a slightly better quality than public information elsewhere. Maybe Nova Scotia Land Registry documents are carefully stored and aged and contain undertones of citrus and hints of oak that set them apart from generic land registry documents. Maybe theRead More