Post Tagged with: "Stephen McNeil"

Fool’s Gold: Bidding the DNR Adieu & Paying Lobbyists

Fool’s Gold: Bidding the DNR Adieu & Paying Lobbyists

July 25, 2018 at 11:36 am

A CAPE BRETON SPECTATOR/HALIFAX EXAMINER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION Editor’s Note: This is a follow-up to Joan Baxter’s four-part series on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. (Read Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.)   Cabinet shuffle Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is noRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 1, 2018 at 10:29 am

Call Mr. Campbell On Friday morning, I heard CBC reporter Tom Ayers’ interview with Shannon Campbell, Donkin Mine vice president, who attended a public meeting in Port Morien last night (organized by District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall) to discuss residents’ concerns about coal trucks traveling through their community. On theRead More

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Mr. Bettens Goes to Ottawa

February 28, 2018 at 12:32 pm

One of the (many) messed up aspects of our access to information system here in Nova Scotia is that responses to municipal FOIPOP inquiries are not made public, unlike federal and provincial responses, which are published online. Fortunately, some civic-minded Cape Bretoners share the results of their municipal FOIPOPs withRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 24, 2017 at 11:55 am

Marconi Campus I’m not sure when announcing that you’re going to do a feasibility study into the possibility of doing something became as good as actually doing something in this province, but that seems to be where we’re at. The latest example is Premier Stephen McNeil traveling all the wayRead More

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Equalization: The 800-Pound Gorilla in This Election

May 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Scratch any problem in almost any municipality in Nova Scotia and you will likely uncover the same root cause: the province’s underfunded equalization program. I see you over there, covering your ears and singing. And you, pretending you’re engrossed in that hardware store flyer you just fished out of aRead More

Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Federal Director Aaron Wudrick, seen here at the 17th annual Teddy Waste Awards. (Photo by Matthew Usherwood, iPolitics

Who’s Afraid of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation?

March 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I had CBC radio playing in the background on Monday and an item about property tax assessments in New Brunswick came on and the next thing I knew, I was listening to Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). I didn’t actually catch what he said but I can guess withRead More

Anatomy of a Bill: A Play in One Act

Anatomy of a Bill: A Play in One Act

February 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The Nova Scotia New Democratic Party made a freedom of information application to the Nova Scotia government last December requesting: All communication (including emails, letter and other electronic messages) briefing notes and other documents related to An Act Respecting a Teacher’s [sic] Professional Agreement. The request referred to legislation that Education MinisterRead More

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Dr. StrangeJob Finds a New Cause(way)

December 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Fresh off his near victory in the recent CBRM municipal election and plum out of long-term pension options, Dr. StrangeJob is now considering a shot at provincial politics. Not only is Nova Scotia in need of a new premier, but Cape Breton also requires a stronger voice at the provincialRead More

A (Small) Victory for the Right to Know

A (Small) Victory for the Right to Know

November 16, 2016 at 11:25 am

If I were the editor of the Cape Breton Post, which [SPOILER ALERT] I totally am not, I guess I would call what I’m about to write a rave/rant or a rant/rave (there isn’t even a good portmanteau word for that—all you’d get would be “rant” or “rave” which wouldRead More