Rants & Raves

We dis­cuss down­town de­vel­op­ment, aban­doned build­ings and more

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

RAVE: For cool down­town de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als. Syd­ney busi­ness­man Marty Ch­ernin wants to build an es­ti­mated $10-mil­lion, eight-storey mixed residential-com­mer­cial com­plex over­look­ing the har­bour at the cor­ner of Dorch­ester Street and the Es­planade. We say con­struc­tion can’t start soon enough. It’s a great idea and com­bined with the re­cent NSCC/li­brary pro­posal could help trans­form Syd­ney’s wa­ter­front into a much-more vi­brant lo­ca­tion.

RANT: For aban­doned build­ings. The ul­ti­mate ur­ban garbage dump, rat­ing at or near the top of the list when it comes to mea­sur­ing a com­mu­nity in de­cline. Cer­tainly, there are ar­eas of CBRM where they stand out like dan­de­lions on an early June morn­ing. We sym­pa­thize with the neigh­bours who have to look at such eye­sores, not to men­tion hav­ing to deal with the fall­out of lower prop­erty val­ues. C’mon peo­ple, make some ar­range­ments so that taxpayers are not stuck with the bill of clean­ing up your mess.

RAVE: For new ideas. Hats off to ev­ery­one in­volved with bring­ing the inau­gu­ral Ro­tary Ribfest to the Syd­ney wa­ter­front. The event at­tracted large crowds, the weather co-op­er­ated and the food was to die for. And best of all a good chunk of money was raised for the Hos­pice Pal­lia­tive care So­ci­ety of Cape Bre­ton County.

RANT: For coun­tries liv­ing be­yond their means. Take Greece, for in­stance, please. Here’s one shock­ing ex­am­ple of taxpayers’ money be­ing wasted: about 40,000 un­mar­ried or di­vorced daugh­ters of civil ser­vants get to col­lect their dead par­ents’ pen­sions. Huh? That’s an an­nual cost of around 550 mil­lion eu­ros or about $750 mil­lion Cana­dian. Want more? How about a law that pro­tects civil ser­vants from dis­missal and al­lows them to re­tire with a pen­sion in their 40s. And here’s another. Hun­dreds of state-ap­pointed com­mit­tees em­ploy staff though, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Reuters, it is not clear what they all do. Greece has a com­mit­tee to man­age Lake Kopais, which dried out in the 1930s. Un­be­liev­able, right? There’s more. Lots more. But it’s all too de­press­ing.

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