Richard Keshen: ‘Reasonable Self-Esteem’ Revisited

Richard Keshen: ‘Reasonable Self-Esteem’ Revisited

June 14, 2017

Reasonable Self-Esteem by Richard Keshen, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Cape Breton University (CBU), was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 1996 to critical acclaim, including laudatory reviews in major academic journals like Ethics and Mind. The book sold out, not a frequent occurrence with academic works, and thisRead More

Gobblefest: Celebrating Local Music Since 1994

Gobblefest: Celebrating Local Music Since 1994

October 4, 2017

Twenty-three years, almost half my life, I’ve been involved in the Gobblefest music festival in one capacity or another. A lot of people give me credit as founder of the festival but I don’t see myself that way – the festival happened and continues to happen because there was aRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 23, 2017

Farewell, Pastor Mansbridge Peter Mansbridge is retiring as anchor of The National and I…really don’t care. I don’t watch The National. In fact, I don’t watch CBC television. I’m an enthusiastic CBC radio listener but I probably won’t be able to tune in again until Mansbridge is gone because I’ve alreadyRead 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

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

October 18, 2017

Earlier this year, the idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) was in the news, including in The Cape Breton Spectator where yours truly wrote about Ontario’s plan to “launch a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes forRead...

Friendship. (Photo by Rufino, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Ethicist: Ally, Role Model, Indifferent or Dementor?

October 11, 2017

I recently attended an ethics conference which addressed the question of how healthcare organizations and other social institutions should respond to cultural, religious, and sexual diversity in their patients, students and staff. One of the speakers was particularly interesting for me, because her talk was focused on ways in whichRead More

Public Housing & the Single, Non-Senior

Public Housing & the Single, Non-Senior

July 26, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is an article I’ve been working on for over a month now and it barely scratches the surface of the issue it deals with, namely, the housing problems faced by single, non-seniors in the CBRM. If you have information to add or angles you’d like to seeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 19, 2017

Kudos to the Post? Oh yeah, you read that correctly: this week, the cranky ol’ Spectator is congratulating the Cape Breton Post on its new website, which is crisp and clean and mercifully free of the clickbait ads that used to cover its home page like measles on the faces ofRead...

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

October 18, 2017

Earlier this year, the idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) was in the news, including in The Cape Breton Spectator where yours truly wrote about Ontario’s plan to “launch a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes forRead...

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 40

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 40

October 11, 2017 at 11:47 am

What to do this week Gardening is a year-round pleasure, or obsession, depending on how hard you have fallen. There is always something to do, whether it be preparing for winter, preparing for spring, preparing for summer…you get the picture. This time of year, most gardeners are busy between theRead More

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

Has anyone else wondered why our political leaders at every level of government give lip service to representing the constituents they seek support from only when they are campaigning for office or forming the political opposition in the legislature? Ritually, leaders of political parties promise and promise and promise someRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

No Cape Bretoners, please Halifax regional council has created an eight-member committee to consider the commemoration of Edward Cornwallis in the municipality. I can’t tell you who the members are because council has yet to make the names public, but if it heeded the advice of Councilor David Hendsbee ofRead More

90 Esplanade, former DFO building, Sydney, NS.

Watch This Space…

October 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

This three-story brick building at 90 Esplanade was built to house the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in 1976. The DFO sailed away in 1999 and the building found a new owner, JIJ Holdings, in 2001. It has been tenanted for most of the past 16 years, butRead More

Feds Rejected 100s of Mystery Canada 150 Projects

Feds Rejected 100s of Mystery Canada 150 Projects

October 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Okay, I’m exaggerating — but only slightly. The projects the federal government turned down for Canada 150 funding were not a mystery to the government, they’re just a mystery to me — and by extension, you — because their details have been redacted from the response to an access toRead More

The USS Bainbridge shown conducting a missile exercise. (US Navy photo, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Canada and the Great Missile Defense Temptation

October 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The recent dramatic spike in tensions on the Korean Peninsula has sparked fresh calls for Canada to join the American Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system. Proponents of the system claim it can either intercept and destroy a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking North America – a dreadRead More

Still life with fruit, roast, silver and glassware, porcelain and columbine cup, Abraham Hendriksz van Beyeren

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Time to Feast

October 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm

What to do this week Eat! You’ve put 38 weeks’ worth of hard and noble labor into your fall harvest, now it’s time to enjoy it. Michelle Smith and Madeline Yakimchuk are taking a well-deserved week off, so the Spectator decided to ask some of the people involved with theRead More

Gobblefest: Celebrating Local Music Since 1994

Gobblefest: Celebrating Local Music Since 1994

October 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Twenty-three years, almost half my life, I’ve been involved in the Gobblefest music festival in one capacity or another. A lot of people give me credit as founder of the festival but I don’t see myself that way – the festival happened and continues to happen because there was aRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 29, 2017 at 11:45 am

How to Spend $160 The September 27 edition of the Cape Breton Post was an exciting one for me. The front page featured a Canadian Press story about the provincial budget (prompting me once again to wonder why, if Saltwire is such a heavyweight Atlantic Canadian news presence, it can’tRead...

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

September 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

If there was one issue that dominated the 2017 provincial election in Cape Breton, it was healthcare. And it’s not like there was any one healthcare issue that stood out — poke the system just about anywhere and you’ll hit a sore spot, whether it’s lack of access to primaryRead...