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Our Housing Crisis: Low Vacancies, High Rents, Damaged Stock

Our Housing Crisis: Low Vacancies, High Rents, Damaged Stock

May 31, 2023 at 11:20 am

CBRM council met on May 10 for a “Strategic Vision” workshop that, despite it’s rather vague title, actually had a clear—and important—purpose: councilors met to discuss quality of life, family recreation, public transit and affordable housing and homelessness. I’m going to focus on the latter because I think ensuring accessRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 12, 2023 at 11:39 am

Growth Back in 2021, the CBRM went looking for a consultant to: …complete a new Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS), Economic Development Strategy, Land Use By-law (LUB), and other related enabling by-laws including the Subdivision By-law. The contract, worth $217,391.30, was awarded to Dillon Consulting which subcontracted two additional consultants—David Campbell ofRead...

Houses by Juniper Littlefield via the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia

Still Thinking About Affordable Housing…

October 12, 2022 at 12:06 pm

My problem this week, as I got back to my regular publication schedule, was that my story ideas were all too big to turn around in time for this week’s edition. I don’t like scratching the surface of things, but while I dust off my shovel and get ready toRead More

All Around Town House

All Around Town House

April 13, 2022 at 12:21 pm

This week I had a chance to visit Glace Bay’s Town House to find out what they’ve been up to lately. I was intrigued by the organization but not well informed — I was aware of the clothing depot, but not much else. But in a wide-ranging conversation with ExecutiveRead More

Inheriting the Earth: Promise or Threat?

Inheriting the Earth: Promise or Threat?

March 2, 2022 at 10:49 am

I assumed my first 2022 contribution to the Spectator would be pretty upbeat, especially since New Year’s Eve was spent in a hilarious re-watching of various episodes of Father Ted that included a few I hadn’t seen before. And thanks to YouTube documentary introducing the actors, I got to seeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 4, 2022 at 10:15 am

Pet sounds Episode 12 of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast (“Prioritizing Purpose with Profits: Getting to know Ikdeep Singh, Regional President of Mars Pet Nutrition“) would have put me to sleep entirely had it not, at times, managed to annoy me so deeply. Her guest’s connection to Cape BretonRead More

Homelessness in CBRM, Rod Gale photo

“Forever” Homes

January 27, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Like so many during this long COVID period, I have found refuge in HGTV shows where older homes, often unfit for occupation, are snapped up, made over and sold for not-too-shabby profits. (I’m convinced that on many of these shows — and there are new ones sprouting seemingly daily —Read More

Rent control rally, Antigonish, NS, 7 November 2020 (Source: Twitter)

Housing in the Headlines

November 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

If writing about poverty, homelessness, food banks and the need for a guaranteed annual income (GAI) could solve any of the problems associated with such matters, I would surely have solved a few over lo! these many years I’ve been contributing to the Spectator. The battle cry at the momentRead More

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 30, 2020 at 11:11 am

Providing Coverage On Tuesday, October 27, at about 12:45 PM, police were contacted about a body discovered in the abandoned train station at 75 Dodd Street in Sydney. Writing about this on Wednesday, I guessed that over the next few days we’d be discussing the problem of homelessness in ourRead...

Former train station, 75 Dodd Street, Sydney, NS.

Dereliction of Duty

October 28, 2020 at 12:25 pm

The discovery of human remains in the derelict train station on Dodd Street in Sydney is a horrifying development in the debate about the building’s future that began in council this summer. But more importantly, it’s an indictment of our failure, as a community, to provide for the most vulnerableRead More