Introducing: The Cape Breton Spectator (Cultural) Events Calendar!

Introducing: The Cape Breton Spectator (Cultural) Events Calendar!

November 8, 2017

With the modest aim of compiling a comprehensive list of Cape Breton cultural events (!), the Spectator has been working hard on an Events Calendar feature, which launches today. I’m using a WordPress plugin employed by many sites but I decided to spring for the “filter” add-on which makes theRead More

Introducing: The Cape Breton Spectator (Cultural) Events Calendar!

Introducing: The Cape Breton Spectator (Cultural) Events Calendar!

November 8, 2017

With the modest aim of compiling a comprehensive list of Cape Breton cultural events (!), the Spectator has been working hard on an Events Calendar feature, which launches today. I’m using a WordPress plugin employed by many sites but I decided to spring for the “filter” add-on which makes theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 17, 2017

Port secrecy CBRM Council met in secret camera on Thursday to discuss something related to the Port of Sydney. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which our mayor sometimes worries about and sometimes doesn’t (see the 31 unannounced in camera meetings held over 22 months in 2014-15 in flagrant violationRead 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

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...

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The Ethicist: Why a Feeling Is Not an Argument

January 10, 2018

Last month, I asked readers to consider the case of carnivorous Cleo, and her beloved feline friend, Hector, who ended up as her supper. I concluded by asking why it seems so wrong to eat Hector, especially if we are willing to eat other kinds of meat? This month, IRead 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...

5 Things About Monday’s Charter Session

5 Things About Monday’s Charter Session

January 17, 2018

Excuse the clickbait headline. I was sitting here trying to decide how to structure a report on last night’s public consultation session on a Cape Breton Regional Municipal (CBRM) Charter and it struck me that limiting myself to five notable items might help me focus on what matters. So hereRead...

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

November 15, 2017

The Calculus of Cold As part of my Northern Immersion experience, my daughter and I keep Nunavut CBC on all the time. This means that more than 50% of the programming is in Inuktitut, a language said to be the second most difficult in the world to learn, next toRead More

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Cruise ship in Bar Harbor, Maine. (Photo by Dana Moos from Southwest Harbor, Maine, USA, CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bar Harbor’s Novel Approach to Cruise Ship Berth: Ask Citizens

January 10, 2018 at 12:44 pm

A friend drew my attention to this New York Times article about the cruise industry in Bar Harbor. The gist of the story is that Bar Harbor — a town of 5,200 on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine — has been too successful in attracting cruise ships.Read More

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

January 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Editor’s Note: Today, Michelle and Madeline mark the beginning of year two of their gardening column. The plan is to build on the advice given last year so, where applicable, the new columns will begin with links to the previous year’s, to allow you to refresh your memory. If you’veRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 5, 2018 at 8:27 am

Doggone generous CBC Cape Breton’s annual Light Up a Life campaign to raise money for Feed Nova Scotia makes me awfully uncomfortable. I know I sound like Scrooge, the Grinch and Donald Trump all rolled into one for saying it, but there it is. In fact, I get so uncomfortable,Read More

Cecil Clarke’s Chopstick Diplomacy & Other Seasonal Highlights

Cecil Clarke’s Chopstick Diplomacy & Other Seasonal Highlights

January 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm

The Cape Breton Post was very good to CBRM Mayor (and potential provincial Tory leadership candidate) Cecil Clarke this Christmas. It allowed him to “open up” about his publicly funded trip to China in back-to-back articles on December 19 and 20. It helped puzzled Cape Bretoners decide what they should buyRead More

Women Versus the Bomb

Women Versus the Bomb

January 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

In 1729, the Irish satirist Jonathan Swift made “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick.” There was, Swift’s imperialist Protestant persona reasoned, a “fair, cheap and easy method”Read More

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Pope Francis: Advocating for the Poor, Making Enemies

January 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Pope Francis came to the papacy as an outsider, a non-European and the first Jesuit elected leader of the world’s Catholics. He very quickly gave up many of the traditional trappings of the papacy and encouraged — even required — those of us who have more to share with theRead More

A.H. Hoffman Seeds, Inc.; Boatman's Tennessee Nursery. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium (https://plantbio.cals.cornell.edu/hortorium). Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 52

January 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week: Now that winter is here it is time to start gathering seed catalogs, and planning the coming year’s garden. This week I am thinking about trees, bushes and berries. It is always a catch 22 because the prices are really good now, but it mayRead More

Canadian moose. (Source: CBC)

Letter to the Editor: Questioning Moose Cull Math

January 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm

I have always loved our CB Highlands National Park (CBHNP) and much of what is done there is cause for celebration. Park visitor numbers are up, new ideas are being tested and found to be positive and steps are being taken to try to bring back the boreal forest—at a faster rateRead More

Today, Cecil met with grassroots Progressive Conservatives in Cumberland County! Support is growing for a Cecil Clarke candidacy! (Source: Facebook)

Off and…Possibly Running?

December 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke wants to be the next leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party and has been touring the province trying to determine whether anyone else wants to see him in that role. I’m guessing this means he is running. The alternative — that he will announce publiclyRead More

Councilors Have Insulted Each Other Forever

Councilors Have Insulted Each Other Forever

December 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

Editor’s Note: While looking for captions for the photos in this week’s Faces from the Cape Breton Highlander feature, I ran across these accounts of City of Sydney council meetings from 1967. I think you’ll see why they struck me as being à propos.   Cape Breton Highlander, 4 October 1967Read More