Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 15, 2021

Backroom deals During Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting, CAO Marie Walsh revealed — very matter-of-factly — that she and regional solicitor Demetri Kachafanas had met with developer Martin Chernin after the expiration of Chernin’s waterfront pre-development contract to discuss a new proposal. She even admitted that she and Kachafanas had presentedRead More

Let Me Take You to the Beach

Let Me Take You to the Beach

October 20, 2021

One of the great fears of St. Lucians critical of Cabot Saint Lucia — Ben Cowan-Dewar’s newest golf, resort and real estate development — is that they will lose access to some of the island nation’s best beaches. Finola Jennings Clark, a sustainable travel writer and and vice-chair of theRead More

Banking on Food Banks?

Banking on Food Banks?

October 27, 2021

Does anyone go shopping for groceries these days without having at least one conversation with another shopper about the rising cost of what we are putting in our carts? Assuming, that is, we are among those who can continue to purchase the same items we have been using for years….Read...

John Crosbie and the Promise of Oil

John Crosbie and the Promise of Oil

January 22, 2020

“You have driven my husband wild with your book!” This is how Jane Crosbie welcomed me on my first visit to Government House in Saint John’s, Newfoundland in 2012. When my book The Ocean Ranger: Remaking the Promise of Oil came out, the then-Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador roaredRead More

Banking on Food Banks?

Banking on Food Banks?

October 27, 2021

Does anyone go shopping for groceries these days without having at least one conversation with another shopper about the rising cost of what we are putting in our carts? Assuming, that is, we are among those who can continue to purchase the same items we have been using for years….Read...

Time Travel and the Black Death

Time Travel and the Black Death

May 26, 2021

Author’s Note: In this series of columns (see the first one here and the second here) I am using various works of science fiction and fantasy to consider some of the ethical issues generated by our current situation.   As I write this, the weather is warming and the pandemicRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 8, 2021

Just say no The local CBC is running a multi-part series on “street drugs” and if I didn’t know better, I’d suspect it was being sponsored by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, because the stance it takes on drugs — they’re bad and people who do them die — seemsRead More

CBRM Council: District Energy

CBRM Council: District Energy

October 27, 2021

A district energy system proposed for Downtown Sydney has undergone a significant metamorphosis since the last time it was on my radar, in January 2020. This scheme — one of a number of initiatives arising from a partnership between CBRM and Efficiency Nova Scotia that dates to 2015 — has…Read...

Banking on Food Banks?

Banking on Food Banks?

October 27, 2021

Does anyone go shopping for groceries these days without having at least one conversation with another shopper about the rising cost of what we are putting in our carts? Assuming, that is, we are among those who can continue to purchase the same items we have been using for years….Read...

Other News

Bean There: Comparing Apples to Apples

Bean There: Comparing Apples to Apples

October 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: I’ve been enjoying my favorite apples — Gravensteins — this season and they reminded me of this great Michelle Smith column about apples which first appeared on 15 February 2017.   I have something to confess. For someone in my position it is, well, more than a littleRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 15, 2021 at 9:16 am

Backroom deals During Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting, CAO Marie Walsh revealed — very matter-of-factly — that she and regional solicitor Demetri Kachafanas had met with developer Martin Chernin after the expiration of Chernin’s waterfront pre-development contract to discuss a new proposal. She even admitted that she and Kachafanas had presentedRead More

CBRM Council: Wither Waterfront Development?

CBRM Council: Wither Waterfront Development?

October 13, 2021 at 11:53 am

Last night’s council discussion regarding Harbour Royale Development Limited’s new Sydney waterfront proposal was fascinating in many ways but the most interesting aspect to me (besides the outcome, which was council refusing to entertain it and voting instead to issue a new request for proposals for CBRM-owned land on theRead More

Glace Bay, Sydney and South Bar fire trucks.

CBRM Council: Fire Services a Hot Topic

October 13, 2021 at 11:51 am

Editor’s Note: I’m trying something new this week to see how it pans out: I’m writing the first part of this article based on the information attached to the CBRM council agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. I will then write the second part based on what actually unfolds during the meeting.Read More

Weighing the Worth of the Bishops’ Apology

Weighing the Worth of the Bishops’ Apology

October 13, 2021 at 11:49 am

Although the Residential Schools have come under attack over the years, the discovery of the graves of children in and around the former schools in May of 2021 resulted in a new and urgent call for apologies from the various churches involved in them. Almost immediately after the graves wereRead More

CBRM Council: Walkway in the Sky

CBRM Council: Walkway in the Sky

October 13, 2021 at 11:47 am

CBRM councilors last night approved an easement to enable the construction of a pedway across the Esplanade connecting an NSCC Marconi building to be located on Charlotte Street to the rest of the new waterfront campus. The pedway will be 33 feet above the street and planner Karen Neville saysRead More

Photo via Preparedness Advice https://preparednessadvice.com/gardening/protecting-your-garden-from-rodents/

Gardening Tips: Protecting Trees and Shrubs

October 13, 2021 at 11:45 am

Editor’s note: We are reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for tips that remain as timely now as when they were first published — which, in the case of today’s item, was 17 October 2017.   What to do this week This week is a good time to care for yourRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Just say no The local CBC is running a multi-part series on “street drugs” and if I didn’t know better, I’d suspect it was being sponsored by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, because the stance it takes on drugs — they’re bad and people who do them die — seemsRead More

Quietly Shrinking CBRM

Quietly Shrinking CBRM

October 6, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Maxwell Hartt’s book, Quietly Shrinking Cities: Canadian Urban Population Loss in an Age of Growth really made me think. Hartt, an assistant professor in the department of geography and planning at Queen’s University, makes the case for cities accepting rather than fighting population decline and uses the Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityRead More

Clockwise from upper left: Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh, Erin O'Toole, Annamie Paul, Maxime Bernier, Yves-François Blanchet

Canada’s ‘Small World’ Election

October 6, 2021 at 12:52 pm

The Known World how can something known become unknown in so little time Mi’kmaw poet Shalan Joudry   Which is in worse shape, the form or content of Canadian federal democracy? The shape it takes is doubly deformed, for while all ‘first-past-the-post’ systems are unfair, guaranteed to deliver only disproportionateRead More