Landry’s Latest Gives Trauma Sufferers Their Say

Landry’s Latest Gives Trauma Sufferers Their Say

May 23, 2018

I don’t know if it’s really necessary to “disclose” that I attended journalism school with reporter and author Janice Landry but I am going to do so (and yes, I am well aware that there is a fine line between “disclosing” something  and “boasting about it;” I promise to walkRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 16, 2018

As a matter of fact… I just heard the CBC Cape Breton Information Morning “issue panel” discuss the PC leadership race — more specifically, whether Mayor Cecil Clarke should resign to run for the leadership. I was a vocal participant in that discussion, although you may not have heard me, asRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 26, 2018

Nova Scotia Represent I ran across references to Nova Scotia in two unexpected places this past week, which is always fun and makes me think, “The world DOES know we exist!” The first came as I was listening to the latest episode of The Zero Hour, a TV  and radioRead More

A Short History of Blame: Regulation by Internal Responsibility

A Short History of Blame: Regulation by Internal Responsibility

September 6, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth (and final) in a series of essays by Susan Dodd on Nova Scotia’s history of blaming coal mining accidents on the miners themselves — a history that finally changed in the wake of the Westray disaster. You can read the first and second andRead More

Defending DACA protest. Los Angeles, September 2017 (Photo by Molly Adams from USA (Defend DACA) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

How Should Canada Respond to Trump’s Immigration Policy?

May 16, 2018

Immigration is never an easy political discussion, but I believe that the Canadian government was moving in the right direction with its announcement in November 2017 that it was working to accept economic immigrants, families seeking reunification with relatives already in residence and refugees fleeing war and/or persecution in otherRead...

By U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt Araceli Alarcon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Ethicist: Moral Superiority at the Gym

May 16, 2018

One of the most interesting features of philosophy is that it forces practitioners to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary. Part of its charm lies in its power to make what we might be tempted to take for granted look strange and intriguing. For the philosopher, everything and anything isRead More

Helping the Homeless in CBRM

Helping the Homeless in CBRM

January 17, 2018

Fifteen years ago, my first assignment for The Cape Bretoner (a magazine that unfortunately ceased publication in 2006) was a story on homelessness in Cape Breton. I don’t recall if the 2003 winter was as severe as the past few weeks have been, but there were signs of hope andRead More

Fool’s Gold: Nova Scotia’s Myopic Pursuit of Metals & Minerals (Part II)

Fool’s Gold: Nova Scotia’s Myopic Pursuit of Metals & Minerals (Part II)

May 23, 2018

A CAPE BRETON SPECTATOR/HALIFAX EXAMINER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. You can find Part I here.   Going for gold The CEO and chairman of Vancouver-based Atlantic Gold Corporation, Steven Dean, aRead...

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Shows Promise

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Shows Promise

February 28, 2018

Perhaps one of Charles Dickens’ most famous lines was Oliver Twist’s “Please sir, I want some more.” First published in monthly installments from February 1837 to April 1839, Oliver Twist was pretty much an attack on Britain’s Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. As G.K. Chesterton wrote in an introductionRead More

Other News

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

May 16, 2018 at 11:47 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?,” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. I’veRead More

Lilacs (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips Week 18: Listen to Your Lilacs

May 16, 2018 at 11:45 am

What to do this week There is an old folk saying that one should not plant summer crops until the lilacs and apple trees are in full bloom. Cold, hardy crops are different. You can certainly plant things like onions, spinach, peas and kale this time of year (or earlier)Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

Equalization Nation Estimates put turnout for an equalization protest in front of the Provincial Building in Sydney on Wednesday at upwards of 600. Protest organizers, members of the advocacy group Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness, have to be happy with those numbers — their message is finally starting to resonateRead More

Port of Sydney Spending or The Greenfield Site Is Eroding

Port of Sydney Spending or The Greenfield Site Is Eroding

May 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

Back in April 2017, the Spectator asked the Port of Sydney Development Corporation for a breakdown of spending from its so-called Assumption Fund. The Assumption Fund is a trust fund containing monies (about $2.5 million originally) left over from the 2012 Sydney harbor dredge, a $37 million project funded by threeRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

May 9, 2018 at 11:36 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. I’mRead More

Syria: War, Law and Empire

Syria: War, Law and Empire

May 9, 2018 at 11:34 am

Part I: Sham Success and Ersatz Humanitarianism   On April 14 the US, UK and France launched missile and air strikes on three suspected chemical weapons (CW) facilities in Syria. The action was taken in response to an alleged chlorine and sarin nerve gas attack by government forces on AprilRead More

Hooray for Open Government!

Hooray for Open Government!

May 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

I have been debating how to mark Open Government Week in Nova Scotia (May 7-11). Sitting in the graveyard behind St. Patrick’s Church in the rain with a 40-ouncer of Captain Morgan was my first idea, but I don’t like watery rum and frankly, I always knew the week wouldRead More

McIntosh apple, half-inch green. (Source: UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/bud-stages/april-23-2013-bud-stages)

Gardening Tips Week 17: Spray It, Don’t Say It

May 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week This week is a good time to talk about spraying fruit trees because now is the time to do that. There are a couple of reasons that even an organic grower might want to spray. One would be to rid the trees of pests beforeRead More

BREAKING: Docs Show How Provincial Employees Cried ‘Hack,’ Misled Halifax Cops

BREAKING: Docs Show How Provincial Employees Cried ‘Hack,’ Misled Halifax Cops

May 8, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Highlights of this article: • Provincial government employees who were made aware of the security failure with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) website told Halifax police that the site had been “hacked” and that nearly 10,000 files “were taken” — which clearly overstated the nature ofRead More

How We Obtained the Search Warrant Documents

How We Obtained the Search Warrant Documents

May 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Here’s how we obtained the documents. First, a quick primer on search warrants. To get a search warrant, police have to go to a judge or Justice of the Peace and submit a document called an “Information To Obtain a Search Warrant,” or ITO. The ITO lays out the policeRead More