Post Tagged with: "CAO Michael Merritt"

‘Visioning for what exactly?’

‘Visioning for what exactly?’

August 23, 2017 at 11:53 am

I have been wading through pages of documents related to the CBRM and Business Cape Breton (BCB) and the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) searching for answers to questions about economic development funding and Glace Bay revitalization and the role of our economic development “entity.” While I still haveRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

Stealth staffing I heard Kathy Bell, director of primary health care, chronic disease and family practice with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, tell the CBC’s Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith on Thursday that while she was happy to announce Cape Breton would be receiving seven nurse practitioners, she was not at liberty to sayRead More

CAO’s Exit Merritts Better Explanation

CAO’s Exit Merritts Better Explanation

April 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Leaving? So soon? It seems the CBRM’s chief administrative officer (CAO) Michael Merritt is hightailing it back from whence he came. Merritt was hired in July 2014 and began work in October of that year, so when he leaves in April he won’t even have been on the job a fullRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 31, 2017 at 10:56 am

Editor’s note: As you may have noticed, Fast & Curious is being published on a Friday. It’s an experiment to see if it a) works for my readers and b) works for me. Feel free to send me your thoughts.   Port Hawkesbury Man Does it really make sense toRead More

Civic Centre to City Hall? The CAO Did It!

Civic Centre to City Hall? The CAO Did It!

March 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Remember that brief swirl of controversy around the mysterious renaming of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Civic Centre to “City Hall?” A front-page story in the Cape Breton Post on March 6 saying the issue would be on the agenda of that day’s General Committee Meeting (placed there by District 6Read More

Province Denied CBRM REN Request

Province Denied CBRM REN Request

February 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

On 8 June 2016, at a “special” CBRM Council meeting, Mayor Cecil Clarke surprised councilors with the announcement that the CBRM had withdrawn from Regional Enterprise Network (REN) 6, an economic development organization incorporated in October 2014 and including the CBRM, Richmond County, Victoria County and Inverness County. CBRM councilors,Read More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Port Financials, CAO Travels & the CBRM’s Shopping List

November 30, 2016 at 12:10 pm

This week I checked the Nova Scotia Tender Notices website and discovered the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is in the market for a number of things, including external auditors. The lucky winners will get to audit the CBRM, the CBRM Water Utility and — what fun! — the PortRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Transparency Has A Price In CBRM: It’s $42,804.50

October 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

Last March, a CBRM citizen decided he (or she, I’m not sure, so I’m just going to refer to him/her as “The Citizen”) wanted to know more about the expenses of Mayor Cecil Clarke, Port CEO Marlene Usher, CBRM Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt, the mayor’s executive assistant Mark BettensRead More

Port Report: Where Are Our Navigational Aids?

Port Report: Where Are Our Navigational Aids?

September 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm

The great $37 million Sydney harbor dredge was completed between October 2011 and January 2012. Over 4 million cubic meters of sedimentary material was removed from a 9-kilometer stretch of harbor channel in less than four months using trailing suction hopper dredge technology as opposed to traditional “clam bucket” dredgeRead 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