Post Tagged with: "Transparency"

CBRM Says Enviro Report on Nickerson Land Is None of Our Business

CBRM Says Enviro Report on Nickerson Land Is None of Our Business

August 16, 2017 at 11:30 am

The CBRM has an environmental assessment of a property owned by local businessman Jerry Nickerson on which it hopes to construct a second cruise ship berth. We know the assessment exists, as Nancy King points out in the Cape Breton Post, because Mayor Cecil Clarke has referred to it, asRead More

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The Ethicist: Transparency (Part I)

January 25, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Here we are in 2017, and all around us we see signs of turmoil, angst and politicians running afoul of basic ethical principles! I was going to write about Justin Trudeau’s marvelous tropical Christmas vacation, but I have decided to tackle that topic next month instead, since I think thatRead More

CBRM Election Results: Cecil Clarke’s ‘Biggest Mandate’ Ever?

CBRM Election Results: Cecil Clarke’s ‘Biggest Mandate’ Ever?

October 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

It’s a facet of a healthy democracy that never fails to impress me: the final handshake. Two candidates who have fought a long, hard campaign shake hands — one graciously accepting defeat, the other graciously acknowledging victory. And then there’s what happened in the CBRM on Saturday night. As reportedRead More

The Positive Change Jar

Buddy, Can You Spare Some Positive Change?

October 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

Newly re-elected CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has promised “100 More Positive Changes for CBRM” and I, for one, am willing to trust that he will deliver — trust, but verify. I’m a little concerned that his immediate, post-election description of his plans included no reference to these positive changes. HeRead 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

Letter to the Editor: The 2016 Municipal Transparency Challenge

Letter to the Editor: The 2016 Municipal Transparency Challenge

September 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Dear Editor, After reading through the financial wasteland of the CBRM one simple fact became abundantly clear, both mayoral candidates have failed to address the elephant in the the room. That of course being our massively over-sized municipal government. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the real reason we have extremelyRead More

100 ‘Positive Changes’ and Transparency Ain’t One

100 ‘Positive Changes’ and Transparency Ain’t One

August 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Cecil Clarke, incumbent mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, kicked off his campaign for re-election at the Cambridge Suites Hotel last Friday with two CBRM employees at his side (see Tom Ayers’ account in the LocalXpress). In what may be a Nova Scotian first, there were more promises inRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: That’s Not What Ivany Meant!

Dr. StrangeJob: That’s Not What Ivany Meant!

August 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dr. StrangeJob declared his candidacy for mayor of the CBRM on 1 April 2016—that’s right, April Fools’ Day. The Doctor is compelled to speak because of his frustration with the existing council’s apparent lack of transparency, potential misuse of municipal tax dollars, overuse of confidentiality agreements, excessive in-camera meetings, andRead More

Business Cape Breton Part I: Stop and Smell the Roses

Business Cape Breton Part I: Stop and Smell the Roses

August 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm

My quest to determine what exactly is up with Business Cape Breton (BCB, formerly the Cape Breton Small Business Centre, formerly the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority) began in June when CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke surprised his council with the news that the municipality was leaving the Cape BretonRead More

Budgets, Transparency and What the Mayor Said

Budgets, Transparency and What the Mayor Said

May 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

What to make of that? I just attended Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Mayor Cecil Clarke’s special pre-budget meeting with the business community. I would estimate attendance at 40, including press, council members and “facilitators”—Mistress of Ceremonies Eileen Lannon Oldford of Business Cape Breton (BCB) and keeper-of-the-microphone Christina Lamey. TheRead More