Landry’s Latest Gives Trauma Sufferers Their Say

Landry’s Latest Gives Trauma Sufferers Their Say

May 23, 2018

I don’t know if it’s really necessary to “disclose” that I attended journalism school with reporter and author Janice Landry but I am going to do so (and yes, I am well aware that there is a fine line between “disclosing” something  and “boasting about it;” I promise to walkRead More

The Hat: "Tribute to the Rotary Show"

Another Openin’: The HAT Salutes The Rotary Show

June 13, 2018

The smiling faces on the sold-out crowd leaving the Highland Arts Theatre (HAT) last Friday night were proof positive they had been part of something truly wonderful. The HAT’s Tribute to The Rotary Show was an energetic and enthusiastic look back at the Rotary productions that were musical staples in SydneyRead More

In the Next Generation episode "Darmok," Picard became stranded on a planet with a Tamarian captain named Dathon, whose species only spoke in metaphors, and attempted to learn his language. "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra" was the crux of their communication. (Source: CBS)

The Ethicist: Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

June 20, 2018

As I write this column, I am struggling to make ethical sense of current events. How can politicians like Donald Trump shamelessly tell lie after lie, and still have a significant number of people willing to support them? How can men who make or act in sensitive and enlightened filmsRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 15, 2018

“No leasing land to China even for one day” I heard this story on Democracy Now as I was drifting off to sleep the other night and woke up the next morning thinking I’d dreamt it, but I looked it up and it was real. Here’s the Voice of AmericaRead More

By Milliped [CC BY 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Confronting a Culture of Secrecy — and Worse

September 12, 2018

Nobody denies anymore the culture of secrecy and cover-up in the Catholic Church, but what if it is simply part and parcel of an even worse culture, one of pedophilia? How else to explain what has been revealed again and again as common practice among clergy? Especially as, hard onRead...

Woman shopping for baby formula, Singapore. (By ProjectManhattan. CC0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Ethical Shopping: Spending Money, Making Change

July 25, 2018

My neighbor and I recently paid a visit to a new distillery that has just opened up in Sudbury. The distillery, called Crosscut, is located in a very industrial part of an already industrial city and has tried to capture this industrial element in its tasting room: the floor isRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 7, 2018

We’re baaaa…aaaaaaack How was your summer? Mine was fantastic. It was full of swimming and reading and barbecue and blackberries and crossword puzzles and G&Ts and cribbage and reunions with long-lost friends and rock-skipping sessions with visiting nephews and one glorious, heartfelt, bonfire sing-a-long to Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded MeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 14, 2018

Revelations The experience of covering John Whalley’s civil suit against the CBRM has been revelatory: it’s clarified for me my preferred style of journalism (slow) and the contribution I can make to coverage of a local news story (details, context, history). It’s been an incredible amount of work and yetRead More

Source: Campaign 2000

Sydney-Victoria: Leading the Province in Child Poverty

June 20, 2018

Sydney-Victoria figured in a Canadian Top-10 list this week but it’s nothing to celebrate: we’re one of the 10 federal ridings with the highest levels of child poverty in the country. The list is found in the latest report from Campaign 2000, a Canadian anti-poverty group that takes its nameRead More

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Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

September 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

“No policies in human history have more deserved to be recognized as immoral. Or insane. … Whether Americans, Russians, and other humans can rise to the challenge of reversing these policies and eliminating the danger of near-term extinction caused by their own inventions and proclivities remains to be seen. IRead More

Blackberries. (Photo by Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA, CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Week 33: Tidying Up

September 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

What to do this week This week can be all about tidying up in the garden, especially around your fruit trees and berry bushes. Of course you will be busy with harvest, that goes without saying, but these perennials also need some attention now. Let’s talk about apples first. YouRead More

The Whalley Trial: Introduction

The Whalley Trial: Introduction

August 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Dear Spectators, There’s an interesting new online publication out of Calgary called The Sprawl that characterizes itself as “pop-up journalism.” Rather than publishing regularly, to arbitrary deadlines, The Sprawl “pops up” when there’s a story it wants to cover in depth,  then disappears until the next big thing comes along. IRead More

The Whalley Trial Part I: Setting the Scene

The Whalley Trial Part I: Setting the Scene

August 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

The Whalley Trial Part II: Jerry Ryan Takes the Stand

The Whalley Trial Part II: Jerry Ryan Takes the Stand

August 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

The Whalley Trial Part III: Three (Not So Easy) Pieces

The Whalley Trial Part III: Three (Not So Easy) Pieces

August 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

The Whalley Suit: What’s It All About?

The Whalley Suit: What’s It All About?

August 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

If you are reading this after 10:00 AM on Wednesday morning, then I am currently in court, watching the proceedings in former CBRM Economic Development Manager John Whalley’s civil suit against the municipality for constructive dismissal. Given that the trial, which is being presided over by Justice Patrick Murray, isRead...

Bill Lahey. Photo by Jennifer Henderson

Lahey Report Calls for New Forest Management ‘Paradigm’

August 22, 2018 at 9:06 am

Bill Lahey’s prescription was sweeping: “We need a new paradigm to manage our forests.” That’s what the University of King’s College president told journalists after handing the McNeil government the results of a year-long review of forestry practices in Nova Scotia. McNeil appointed Lahey last August after choosing not toRead...

Hiroshima Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome (“Genbaku Dome”). An exhibition hall, it was the only thing left standing in the area after the bomb.. (Photo by Kiyokun [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons

Escaping the Nuclear Neither-Land

August 22, 2018 at 9:02 am

On 27 July 1953, the Korean War Armistice was signed, suspending hostilities (after 4 million deaths, mostly civilian, in three years) “until a final peaceful settlement” was “achieved at a political conference” to be convened “within three months.” Sure enough, less than 90 days later, a treaty was concluded: theRead...

Web or tent of Eastern tent caterpillar. Photo by Greg Hume (Greg5030), CC BY 2.5,  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)

Gardening Tips Weeks 31 & 32: Berries and Pests

August 22, 2018 at 9:00 am

What to do this week It is all about harvesting this time of year, and how to keep up — just don’t sleep, and you will do fine. But seriously (or continuing to be serious), it is likely time to be pulling up your garlic. It may even be aRead...