Nova Scotia’s Road to Nowhere?

Nova Scotia’s Road to Nowhere?

July 27, 2022

I just read “Sustainable Prosperity,” the provincial government’s recently dropped 2022 Progress Report on the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act (EGCCRA) that, frankly,  lost me at the title. We need a new definition of “prosperity” before we can start talking about it in terms of “sustainability” because our…Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 10, 2022

Three Celebs and a Baby I recently swore off home reno shows after a friend pointed out to me that they are the worst thing you can possibly watch when you’re looking to improve your own living space because the key to their miraculous design transformations is the removal ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 10, 2022

Three Celebs and a Baby I recently swore off home reno shows after a friend pointed out to me that they are the worst thing you can possibly watch when you’re looking to improve your own living space because the key to their miraculous design transformations is the removal ofRead More

Westray: What If?

Westray: What If?

May 11, 2022

On Monday, we paused to remember the 26 men who died 30 years ago, when the Westray coal mine exploded in Westville, Nova Scotia. Westray is one of the low points in Canada’s history of patronage-driven job creation schemes and the failure of government to regulate corporate profit-seeking. Remembering thoseRead More

Pro-choice demonstration, Chicago 15 July 2019, (Photo by Charles Edward Miller, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

Reflections on Roe v Wade

June 29, 2022

My initial reaction to the recent US Supreme Court decision rendering Roe v Wade unconstitutional and giving individual states the right to regulate abortion was, as it was for millions, anger at the fact that men had once again prevailed in depriving women of their right to decide whether orRead More

To My Contributors, With Thanks

To My Contributors, With Thanks

December 15, 2021

The Cape Breton Spectator would be a shadow of itself were it not for the work of its regular contributors, each of whom writes with such clarity and focus and passion that reading, editing and formatting their work counts among the best parts of my job. I can’t thank themRead More

Photo by Don Clarke

Finding Your Footing

April 27, 2022

Pathways to Employment community organization based in Sydney, is probably best known for its wood shop, laundry services and other programs that attempt to reintegrate disenfranchised people with addictions or restrictions due to mental health issues into the community. Certainly, that’s the aspect of Pathways I was most familiar with;Read More

Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime News

Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime News

July 27, 2022

Summer, I have decided, is a time for experimentation. When the thermometer hits 30 degrees Celsius, the only thing I want to dive deeply into is the Bras d’Or Lake, so this week, I’m going to try something a little different. Instead of covering one topic in depth, I’m going…Read...

Doing Unto Others

Doing Unto Others

December 15, 2021

A recent celebrant on CTV’s local Mass for Shut-ins began his homily with this line: If you go out into the garage and stay there all day, it doesn’t make you a car. Similarly if you go to church every Sunday, it doesn’t make you a Christian. That statement threwRead More

Other News

Mocking the Tax System?

Mocking the Tax System?

June 29, 2022 at 11:23 am

During the period covering the offences, the accused filed false GST returns claiming a combined refund of $20,628,805. Of that amount, the CRA paid $275,960 in refunds and allocated an additional $81,399 as a credit to other amounts owing to the agency, meaning the family and their companies were paidRead More

How the End of Hero Pay Changed Canadian Law

How the End of Hero Pay Changed Canadian Law

June 29, 2022 at 11:21 am

It’s been just over two years since Canada’s biggest grocery store chains declared the pandemic over and canceled the premium they’d been paying their front-line staff for all of three months. On 13 June 2020, according to the Financial Post: …Canada’s top three grocery chains simultaneously cancelled their $2-per-hour “heroRead More

Pro-choice demonstration, Chicago 15 July 2019, (Photo by Charles Edward Miller, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

Reflections on Roe v Wade

June 29, 2022 at 11:19 am

My initial reaction to the recent US Supreme Court decision rendering Roe v Wade unconstitutional and giving individual states the right to regulate abortion was, as it was for millions, anger at the fact that men had once again prevailed in depriving women of their right to decide whether orRead More

Summer Hours

Summer Hours

June 29, 2022 at 11:17 am

Have you heard? It’s SUMMER and that means the Spectator is shifting into a lower gear for a couple of months. I will be publishing bi-weekly throughout July and August. I won’t be publishing Fast & Curious on Fridays (although I may include it in the bi-weekly issues). As always, IRead More

Top: Tomato seedlings by Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA (Tomato seedlingsUploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons) Bottom: Potato plants by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: You Say ‘Tomato,’ I Say ‘Get Planting!’

June 29, 2022 at 11:15 am

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 24 June 2020.   What to do this week Summer is here and we begin the frantic time of planting all the warm-weather crops as quickly as possible before too much of our very short season passes us by. Every year is different,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 24, 2022 at 9:00 am

Public Housing In 2017, a Spectator reader contacted me to express concern that public housing units near her home seemed to be remaining empty for an unusual amount of time. I looked into it and was told by the Department of Municipal Affairs that, as of that June that year,Read More

Electrifying Public Transit News

Electrifying Public Transit News

June 22, 2022 at 11:15 am

District 4 Councilor Steve Gillespie knows the electrification of CBRM’s transit fleet is inevitable as federal funding for diesel buses dries up, but he wants us to understand that he is adamantly opposed to it because it will be expensive and people in his district, who do not have busRead More

What Are the Neighbors Doing?

What Are the Neighbors Doing?

June 22, 2022 at 11:14 am

As noted in my earlier article about CBRM transit, the study that will guide the electrification of our system will consider the examples of other, comparable, municipalities. During their discussion of the matter earlier this month, some councilors expressed the concern that comparing us to Halifax—which ordered 60 electric busesRead More

Donkin: A Postscript

Donkin: A Postscript

June 22, 2022 at 11:12 am

I made my thoughts on the potential re-opening of the Donkin Mine pretty clear in last week’s Fast & Curious but I feel the need to return to the topic, thanks to a Cape Breton Post story under the headline: Coal’s last chance: It may be now or never forRead More

Flowering buckwheat cover crop. (Source: The Campus Community Garden http://web.uvic.ca/~ccgarden/buckwheat-covercrop/, University of Victoria)

Gardening Tips: Cover Crops

June 22, 2022 at 11:10 am

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 10 June 2020.   What to do this week This is the time of year when you might be starting a new garden bed — maybe your first, maybe an extension of your existing garden — which makes it a good time to talkRead More