Rants & Raves
We discuss downtown development, abandoned buildings and more
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.