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Adirondack chairs, flowers and signage. Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS (Spectator photo)

You Can Always Go — Downtown!

September 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm

During last night’s CBRM council meeting, Jim Mountain and Robert Pajot of the National Trust for Canada reported on the results of a two-year pilot program to regenerate Sydney’s downtown. Mountain described the Trust to council as a “small charity based in Ottawa” that has been involved with main streetRead More

Stained-glass window, McConnell Library, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Spectator photo)

Phalen Returns to Public Works as Library Stalls

May 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I just watched last week’s CBRM general committee debate over funding for the new central library and heard Mayor Cecil Clarke declare the project “dead” because the federal government has not come through with its share of the funding (either for a programming and internal operations study or for theRead More

CBRM Council Part One: Quick Hits

CBRM Council Part One: Quick Hits

February 20, 2019 at 12:51 pm

I needed three electronic devices and one notebook to follow last night’s CBRM council proceedings from home. I tuned into the livestream on my phone and cast it to my television, but the image was flickering so badly I was afraid it might trigger a light-induced seizure, so I openedRead More

It’s Public Money — That Simple

It’s Public Money — That Simple

November 21, 2018 at 1:08 pm

CBRM Council approved a raise for itself last night in response to the federal government’s decision to end a tax break that allowed elected municipal officials to collect one-third of their salaries tax free. Councilors did it without a word of debate or discussion, presumably because they’d already debated andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 7, 2018 at 10:33 am

We’re baaaa…aaaaaaack How was your summer? Mine was fantastic. It was full of swimming and reading and barbecue and blackberries and crossword puzzles and G&Ts and cribbage and reunions with long-lost friends and rock-skipping sessions with visiting nephews and one glorious, heartfelt, bonfire sing-a-long to Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded MeRead More

Whalley Trial Part VI: The McKeil Deal

Whalley Trial Part VI: The McKeil Deal

September 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

About Last Night’s Council Meeting…

May 30, 2018 at 11:59 am

Tri-Council Meeting Let’s see if I have this straight: once a year, the elected councils of the CBRM, Eskasoni and Membertou meet…in private? These “tri-council meetings” have been going on for a number of years now, and I have never seen a pre-meeting announcement or agenda, just post-meeting reports likeRead More

5 Things About Monday’s Charter Session

5 Things About Monday’s Charter Session

January 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Excuse the clickbait headline. I was sitting here trying to decide how to structure a report on last night’s public consultation session on a Cape Breton Regional Municipal (CBRM) Charter and it struck me that limiting myself to five notable items might help me focus on what matters. So hereRead More

CBRM council, 12 December 2017.

CBRM Council: So That’s How the Mayor Got the Port File

January 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Respect to District 2 Councilor Earlene MacMullin for trying to get some accountability and transparency on the Port of Sydney file during last night’s general committee meeting. On one level, she succeeded: I’ve been puzzled as to when, exactly, council tapped Mayor Cecil Clarke to head that file and lastRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

Out of Order As an armchair political scientist (we’re almost indistinguishable from the real thing until we open our mouths), I was quite happy to read what an actual political scientist, CBU’s Tom Urbaniak, had to say about the go-ahead at last Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting. In case you went to BostonRead More