Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 17, 2019

More BullSHIP? In a bit of revisionist history that would probably secretly impress the government of the People’s Republic of China, Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) CEO Albert Barbusci has erased all mention of the Chinese from his latest Novaporte container terminal press release. I figure the next step willRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 17, 2019

More BullSHIP? In a bit of revisionist history that would probably secretly impress the government of the People’s Republic of China, Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) CEO Albert Barbusci has erased all mention of the Chinese from his latest Novaporte container terminal press release. I figure the next step willRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 24, 2019

Free the information CBRM Municipal Clerk Deborah Campbell Ryan got back to me Tuesday night about another FOIPOP I submitted back in April looking for information about a matter before council. Her original estimate of the fee I would be required to pay for this (public) information was $215 andRead More

Red dress, Potlotek First Nation, 9 June 2019

The Meaning of Genocide

June 12, 2019

“We recognized the need for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and we have commissioners who came back with findings of fact and with calls to action. “We thank them for their work, we applaud their work and we accept their findings, including thatRead...

Bill and Melinda Gates (source: The Giving Pledge website)

Sharing the Wealth

June 5, 2019

You may have noticed that some American billionaires are actually anxious to give away some of those billions to help those who fall, well, billions short of having a half-decent chance at something even close to the good life. Are the guys with the big bucks “bucking for the finals”Read More

Acedia By T.B. Jackson-Williams. CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27433194

Acedia and Me (and You)

June 12, 2019

Several columns ago, I considered the difficulties a number of students seem to be experiencing, and noted that, when I discuss their situation with my colleagues, they have identified many of the same issues with their own students. The two most marked features of stress some of my students displayRead...

Jail is…Great?

Jail is…Great?

April 17, 2019

When I saw the headline “Life in lockup“on the front page of Tuesday’s Cape Breton Post I was impressed — a full, front page story (and two additional pages inside) exploring life in the Cape Breton Correctional Facility? SaltWire actually doing a valuable “deep dive?” Excellent. And then I readRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 14, 2019

Grandstanding Okay, so on Tuesday, as I was burrowing through the documents I’d received from the feds relating to the 2012 sale of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club, I thought I might try to follow the CBRM Council meeting about the library at the same time. (You know howRead...

Bill and Melinda Gates (source: The Giving Pledge website)

Sharing the Wealth

June 5, 2019

You may have noticed that some American billionaires are actually anxious to give away some of those billions to help those who fall, well, billions short of having a half-decent chance at something even close to the good life. Are the guys with the big bucks “bucking for the finals”Read More

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Bill and Melinda Gates (source: The Giving Pledge website)

Sharing the Wealth

June 5, 2019 at 11:04 am

You may have noticed that some American billionaires are actually anxious to give away some of those billions to help those who fall, well, billions short of having a half-decent chance at something even close to the good life. Are the guys with the big bucks “bucking for the finals”Read More

Zucchini flower, photo: By net_efekt CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36613855

Gardening Tips: Zuke, Alors!

June 5, 2019 at 11:02 am

What to do this week The weather is still far from warm and settled and like the rest of Nova Scotia I am waiting on the apple blossoms to start planting my warm weather crops like beans, potatoes and tomatoes. Ideally, the blossoms will give us our marching orders whenRead More

Richard Uniacke, speech reprinted in Cape Breton Advocate

Letter to the Editor: Rouse Then From Lethargy

June 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

Richard Uniacke was from a prominent Halifax family which included his brother James, the first Premier of Nova Scotia following the institution of responsible government in 1848. After graduating from law school in 1810, young Richard moved to Cape Breton and in 1814 was appointed Attorney General of the island,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

Sino-Nova Scotian relations I honestly don’t know what to make of Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s apparently chummy relations with China at a time when Canada and the People’s Republic are barely speaking (and Port of Sydney promoter Albert Barbusci has been cruelly abandoned by his Chinese backers, a factRead More

What a Real Port Announcement Looks Like

What a Real Port Announcement Looks Like

May 29, 2019 at 10:55 am

My judgement of port announcements has been forever damaged by what passes for them at the Port of Sydney (where the word “partner” is applied so broadly it has lost all meaning) but Tuesday’s announcement by the Port Authority in Québec has the ring of actual development about it: TheRead More

Top: La Dune de Bouctouche; Bottom: Percé

On the Boardwalks of Bouctouche & Percé

May 29, 2019 at 10:53 am

The Spectator squeezed in a working holiday this past week, driving from Sydney to Québec City by way of New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast and the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s very early in the season, which has its positives — no crowds or blackflies — and its negatives — very little isRead More

CBRM Mobile Command Centre (Source: CBC)

How Mobile is the Mobile Command Center?

May 29, 2019 at 10:51 am

Almost exactly three years ago today, during Police Week 2016, the Cape Breton Regional Police Services (CBRPS) unveiled its new Mobile Command Center as part of a “Police Week display” at Centre 200. The CBC described the Mobile Command Center as a “custom-built, high-tech” vehicle for “fire and police servicesRead More

A quarter-inch-long parasitic wasp, Peristenus digoneutis, prepares to lay an egg in a tarnished plant bug nymph. (Photo by Scott Bauer, US Dept of Agriculture, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Friends & Foes

May 29, 2019 at 10:49 am

What to do this week Having got the early spring planting well underway, it is time for me to turn my attention to orchard chores. The trees are budding out and many are already at the green tip stage. It only takes a few days of warm weather for thingsRead More

The Port File: Spin Vs Fact

The Port File: Spin Vs Fact

May 29, 2019 at 10:47 am

I was looking over some old files as I was writing the article on the fine line between reporting and enabling and I came across a list I compiled of dubious assertions by proponents of the CBRM container port project in December 2015, seven months after the CBRM signed itsRead More

WestJet check-in, Regina Airport (Photo by Johnnyw3, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Letter to the Editor: Grounded

May 29, 2019 at 10:45 am

This past Wednesday I was to take a long-awaited flight from Sydney to Toronto. My daughter was getting married. On that particular day, I was flying early (5:45AM) so I could have a full day especially to meet my future son-in-law’s parents from India. My son-in-law has spent much ofRead...