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Capers getting cosy: who's who in Ben Eoin

by Andrew Douglas
Capers getting cosy: who's who in Ben Eoin

 

It's just all so cosy. Every deal in Cape Breton is. Especially those involving government money (which is just about all of them-ed.)

Did you know that Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club commodore Darrell Cormier is Sampson & McDougall partner Robert Sampson's brother-in-law? Robert Sampson is president of the spanking new Ben Eoin Marina, which benefits from the RCBYC's decision to sell out to Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. for $280,000, as the new body (which is almost fully funded by ECBC) will be handed the RCBYC's coveted royal charter. There are only a handful of yacht clubs in the country with a royal charter, and, since an organization has to have at least 5,000 members and be financially sound in order to even be considered for one, the Ben Eoin Yacht Club wouldn't have a hope of coming by a royal charter honestly.

As you're likely already aware, Capers are up in arms about ECBC's funding of the Ben Eoin Marina to the tune of $4 million. Although officials swear it's an economically viable project that will bring kajillions in revenue to the island, most believe it's designed to simply provide benefits to the few (alleged-ed.) mucky-mucks who live in the area.

The C.B. Post reports today that a previously-existing "non-profit", Cape Breton Recreation, will oversee the promotion of the Ben Eoin Marina, The Lakes golf club and Ski Ben Eoin. It is interesting to note that no fewer than 16 of the 23-member Ben Eoin Recreation board currently sit on the board of Cape Breton Ski Club - which registered Ski Ben Eoin - a decidedly for-profit company. The two organizations share the same president (John R MacDonald), second vice president (Peter Trask) and treasurer (Peter Kupovics). Nothing like a shadow "non-profit" organization whose sole purpose it is to promote a for-profit business containing the same people.

Here's an accounting of the Cape Breton Ski Club board of directors, followed immediately by a list of the Ben Eoin Recreation board. For your convenience, those CBSC boardies who do double-duty on the BER board are marked with an asterix. Following those two lists are the members of the Ben Eoin Marina and The Lakes Golf Club. Robert Sampson is the recognized agent of both those organizations, and Robert's early-20ish son Scott sits on the Ben Eoin Marina board.

Cape Breton Ski Club/Ben Eoin Recreation second veep Peter Trask also sits on the Ben Eoin Marina board.

 

Cape Breton Ski Club (Ski Ben Eoin)

    

      *JOHN R. MACDONALD President 8268 EAST BAY HWY

      BIG POND CENTRE NS B1J 1Z6

 

      *ALAN PEDDLE Vice President 318 CHARLOTTE ST.

      SYDNEY NS B1P 1C8

 

      *PETER TRASK Second Vice President 40 AMBERWOOD CRES

      SYDNEY NS B1R 2J8

 

      *PETER KUPOVICS Treasurer 169 FATIMA DRIVE

      SYDNEY NS B1S 1L9

 

      KATHY GOUTHRO Secretary 21 MAPLE AVE.

      SYDNEY RIVER NS B1S 1J7

 

      SANDRA LEBLANC Director 159 MONTEITH AVE.

      SYDNEY NS B1R 1K9

 

      *BRUCE BARRINGTON Director 55 SCHALLER DR

      SYDNEY FORKS NS B1L 1A1

 

      *ALFRED DINAUT Director 4908 EAST BAY HWY.

      BEN EOIN NS B1J 1N9

 

      *JOHN LING Director 27 RANNI CRESCENT

      SYDNEY NS B1S 3E6

 

      GARY HUMPHREY Director 39 GREEN RIDGE DR

      HOWIE CENTER NS B1L 1H1

 

      ROBERT ANDERSON Director 252 SEAVIEW DR.

      NORTH SYDNEY NS B2A 3N4

 

      BOB PELLEY Director 3184 POINT EDWARD HWY

      BALLS CREEK NS B2A 4P5

 

      AARON WILSON Director 68 LORWAY AVE.

      SYDNEY NS B1P 4Z2

 

      DARREN MACDONALD Director 178 TERRACE ST.

      SYDNEY NS B1P 2L8

 

      BRIANNE LYNCH Director 80 HARBOURVIEW DR.

      SYDNEY NS B1S 2A9

 

      *GERRY BOUTILIER Director 1037 GRAND LAKE ROAD

      SYDNEY NS B1M 1A4

 

      *MARYLE "KAY" MOONEY Director 500‑1706 KING'S ROAD

      SYDNEY NS B1S 1B7

 

      *STEVEN SAXON Director SUITE 401‑45 WEATHERBEE ROAD

      SYDNEY NS B1M 0A1

 

      *BRIAN SPICER Director 3063 POINT EDWARD HIGHWAY

      POINT EDWARD NS B2A 4P3

 

      *J. VERN MACDONALD Director 56 ROSEMOUNT DRIVE

      SYDNEY NS B1S 1W5

 

      *HOOK MACISAAC Director 2985 KING'S ROAD

      SYDNEY FORKS NS B1L 1A4

 

      *STEVE BUTLER Director 589 NEVILLE ST

      RESERVE MINES NS B1E 1G4

 

      *CHAD DELVECCHIO Director 566 GRAND MIRA SOUTH ROAD

      MARION BRIDGE NS B1K 1G6

 

      *KRISTIN WHITING Director 95 SARAH DRIVE

      HOWIE CENTRE NS B1L 0A3

 

      TERRI CHAFE Director 45 BROWN ST.

      SYDNEY NS B1S 2M6

 

    

Ben Eoin Recreation:

 

JOHN R MACDONALD PRESIDENT 8268 EAST BAY HWY

BIG POND NS B1J 1Z6

 

STEVEN SAXON VICE PRESIDENT 45 WEATHERBEE RD., SUITE 401

SYDNEY NS B1M 0A1

 

PETER TRASK 2ND VICE PRESIDENT 40 AMBERWOOD CRES.

SYDNEY NS B1R 2J8

 

PETER KUPOVICS TREASURER 169 FATIMA DRIVE

SYDNEY NS B1S 1L9

 

VINCE CUNNINGHAM SECRETARY 289 CARTIER STREET

SYDNEY NS B1P 4B5

 

NORM GENTILE Director 20 BATHGATE STREET

GLACE BAY NS B1A 1A2   

 

GORDIE MACDOUGLALL Director 2010 KING'S ROAD

SYDNEY NS B1L 1C4

 

ALAN PEDDLE Director 20 LORWAY AVE.

SYDNEY NS B1P 4Z2

 

GERRY BOUTILIER Director     1037 GRAND LAKE ROAD

SYDNEY NS B1M 1A4

 

GARY HUMPHREY Director 39 GREEN RIDGE DRIVE

HOWIE CENTER NS B1L 1H1

 

BRUCE BARRINGTON Director 55 SCHALLER DR.

SYDNEY FORKS NS B1L 1A1

 

DAVID SAUNDERS Director 247 CABOT STREET

SYDNEY NS B1P 4E6

 

JOHN LING Director 27 RANNI CRES.

SYDNEY NS B1S 3E6

 

KRISTIN WHITING Director     95 SARAH DRIVE

HOWIE CENTRE NS B1L 0A3

 

LEONA DELVECCHIO Director 566 GRAND MIRA SOUTH ROAD

MARION BRIDGE NS B1K 1G6    

 

CHAD DELVECCHIO Director     566 GRAND MIRA SOUTH ROAD

MARION BRIDGE NS B1K 1G6    

 

STEVE BUTLER Director 589 NEVILLE STREET

RESERVE MINES NS B1E 1G4    

 

ALFRED DINAUT Director 4908 EAST BAY HWY

BEN EOIN NS B1J 1N9

 

KIRBY BARRINGTON Director 137 KINGS ROAD

SYDNEY NS B1S 1A3

 

MARYLE (KAY) MOONEY Director 500‑1706 KING'S RD

SYDNEY NS B1S 1B7

 

HOOK MACISAAC Director 2985 KINGS ROAD

SYDNEY FORKS NS B1L 1A4

 

BRIAN SPICER Director 3063 POINT EDWARD HIGHWAY

POINT EDWARD NS B2A 4P3

 

J VERN MACDONALD Director 56 ROSEMOUNT DRIVE

SYDNEY NS B1S 1W  

 

 

 

Ben Eoin Marina:

 

      A. ROBERT SAMPSON, Q.C. President 200‑66 WENTWORTH STREET

      SYDNEY NS B1P 6T4

 

      SANDY MACNEILL, CA Treasurer 4536 EAST BAY HIGHWAY

      BEN EOIN NS B1J 1N5

 

      DAVID BURKE SECRETARY 47 CROMARY STREET

      SYDNEY NS B1P 4V9

 

      SCOTT SAMPSON Director 101 WHITNEY AVENUE

      SYDNEY NS B1P 4Z8

 

      RODNEY COLBORNE Director 2088 KINGS ROAD

      SYDNEY NS B1L 1C4

 

      PETER TRASK Director 40 AMBERWOOD CRESCENT

      SYDNEY NS B1R 2J8

 

      DAN MCCARTHY Director 98 MACKINLEY DRIVE

      SYDNEY NS B1R 2E1

 

      RAYMOND CAMPBELL Director 60 FATIMA DRIVE

      SYDNEY NS B1S 1L8

 

      WILSON EAVIS Director 69 THOMPSON AVENUE

      SYDNEY NS B1S 1L2

 

The Lakes Golf Club is registered by Ben Eoin Golf Club Limited, whose directors are:

 

      RICK PREEPER President 41 RANNI CRESCENT

      SYDNEY RIVER NS B1S 3E1

 

      DWIGHT RUDDERHAM Vice President BRETON LAW GROUP

      SYDNEY NS B1P 1K5

 

      BRIAN PURCHASE 2ND VICE‑PRESIDENT C/O SCHWARZ & COMPANY

      SYDNEY NS B1P 5X1

 

      PATRICK LAHEY TREASURER C/O GRANT THORNTON 500 GEORGE PLACE

      SYDNEY NS B1P 1K6

 

      DOUG BUFFETT SECRETARY 1155 BRICKYARD RD

      ALBERT BRIDGE NS B1K 2V4

 

      VINCE MACGILLIVRAY Director 22 OXFORD ST

      SYDNEY NS B1P 4C5

 

      SEBASTIAN SHEPARD Director 188 PARK ST

      SYDNEY NS B1P 4W8

 

      DAVE HUNTINGTON Director 20 OAKFIELD DRIVE

      SYDNEY NS B1K 3N7

 

      DR. JEAN CROSBY Director 5360 EAST BAY HWY

      BEN EOIN NS B1J 1P4

 

      GLEN BRANN PAST‑PRESIDENT 126 ST. PETERS ROAD

      SYDNEY NS B1P 4P6

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