Fast  & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 1, 2019

Resigning woman Lucia MacIsaac resigned as board chair of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation last week prompting residents all over the CBRM to say, “Who?” MacIsaac has not been exactly high profile in her role but then, neither has the port board. In fact, the only thing I canRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 20, 2019

Picnic for the Planet News that 250+ media organizations have pledged to do a week of climate change coverage in the lead-in to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23 has made me vow to pull up my socks and make a point of includingRead More

War & Sports (Part I)

War & Sports (Part I)

November 13, 2019

Editor’s Note: This started out as an article about Don Cherry getting fired and turned into an exploration of the militarization of professional sports. You can read Part II here.   It hadn’t occurred to me to write about Don Cherry’s firing — I tend to avoid issues that areRead...

Red dress, Potlotek First Nation, 9 June 2019

MMIWG: Two-Eyed Seeing

August 21, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles about the conclusions of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry. You can read the first one here, the second here, the third here and the fourth here.   How might reclaiming the rightful “power andRead More

Source: Home Care, Nova Scotia

A Helping Hand at Home

October 30, 2019

A 6 September 1989 headline in the Cape Breton Post reading ‘Home care program finally reaches C.B.’ announced the arrival of home care in Cape Breton, with 10 designated agencies across the Island and provincial funding being provided for the first time. Colleen Chisholm, regional coordinator of the home careRead...

Minimalism: A (Pseudo) Ethical Lifestyle

Minimalism: A (Pseudo) Ethical Lifestyle

November 13, 2019

Last month, I considered the surprising popularity of the KonMari method of organizing our homes, and argued that the attractiveness of this approach to decluttering results, at least in part, from our recognition of our disordered relationship with our stuff, and that this disordered relationship negatively affects our lives. WhatRead...

Jail is…Great?

Jail is…Great?

April 17, 2019

When I saw the headline “Life in lockup“on the front page of Tuesday’s Cape Breton Post I was impressed — a full, front page story (and two additional pages inside) exploring life in the Cape Breton Correctional Facility? SaltWire actually doing a valuable “deep dive?” Excellent. And then I readRead More

War & Sports (Part I)

War & Sports (Part I)

November 13, 2019

Editor’s Note: This started out as an article about Don Cherry getting fired and turned into an exploration of the militarization of professional sports. You can read Part II here.   It hadn’t occurred to me to write about Don Cherry’s firing — I tend to avoid issues that areRead...

Source: Home Care, Nova Scotia

A Helping Hand at Home

October 30, 2019

A 6 September 1989 headline in the Cape Breton Post reading ‘Home care program finally reaches C.B.’ announced the arrival of home care in Cape Breton, with 10 designated agencies across the Island and provincial funding being provided for the first time. Colleen Chisholm, regional coordinator of the home careRead...

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By Matt MacGillivray from Toronto, Canada - Black-capped Chickadee, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74580795

Winter Preparations: A Slightly Lazy Gardener’s Guide

November 6, 2019 at 2:15 pm

What to do this week It’s time to wrap up the gardening season, but there doesn’t need to be a wholesale effort to rake and tidy up before winter. It’s always nice to save on work and if that laziness also encourages wildlife, then that’s a win as far asRead More

Fast  & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 1, 2019 at 9:42 am

Resigning woman Lucia MacIsaac resigned as board chair of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation last week prompting residents all over the CBRM to say, “Who?” MacIsaac has not been exactly high profile in her role but then, neither has the port board. In fact, the only thing I canRead More

RCGS Resolute (Image courtesy OOE)

One Ocean Cancels Expedition, Announces ‘Restructuring’

October 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm

This is literally just in: The Squamish Chief reported yesterday that One Ocean Expeditions, the niche cruise line founded by Cape Breton native Andrew Prossin — the one that was supposed to be making Sydney its home port — is “restructuring.” The information came from an October 29th post onRead More

On the Clock: Stress and the Cyborg Job

On the Clock: Stress and the Cyborg Job

October 30, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I was listening to Intercepted, a podcast from The Intercept news outlet, on Wednesday and heard an interview with Emily Guendelsberger, a Philadelphia-based journalist who has written a book called  On the Clock, What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane. The interviewer, Jeremy Scahill, explainedRead...

On the Clock: The Local Angle

On the Clock: The Local Angle

October 30, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Earlier this year, acting on a tip that ambulances were being called quite frequently to what is now known as the Sydney Call Centre (although for most of the period for which I requested figures, it was the ServiCom call center), I FOIPOPed the Nova Scotia Department of Health toRead More

Ultra-Processed Food (or What Happened to Chicken)

Ultra-Processed Food (or What Happened to Chicken)

October 30, 2019 at 1:51 pm

This month, I told Michael Milburn I wanted to dig deeper into the concept of “ultra-processed” food, which we’d touched on last month in our discussion of plant-based burgers. Milburn said that in one way, it was possible to sum up everything about ultra-processed food simply by looking at what’sRead More

Source: Home Care, Nova Scotia

A Helping Hand at Home

October 30, 2019 at 1:47 pm

A 6 September 1989 headline in the Cape Breton Post reading ‘Home care program finally reaches C.B.’ announced the arrival of home care in Cape Breton, with 10 designated agencies across the Island and provincial funding being provided for the first time. Colleen Chisholm, regional coordinator of the home careRead...

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 - Catholic plowshares activists who entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018. (via Facebook)

Peace Quest Condemns “Unjust” Conviction of Anti-Nuke Activists

October 30, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Editor’s Note: What follows is a press release from Peace Quest Cape Breton, which is headed by the Spectator‘s own Sean Howard. Howard has written in detail about the group here and again here. Peace Quest Cape Breton condemns the unfair trial and unjust conviction of the Kings Bay PlowsharesRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 25, 2019 at 8:30 am

Bad bidness Remember the business owner who accused me of breaking into their office and stealing their credit card? The one I chose not to name? Well, the story has taken an even stranger twist: I have now been accused of fabricating the whole thing to make business owners inRead More

While the Chief’s Away, the Force Stays Mum

While the Chief’s Away, the Force Stays Mum

October 23, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Peter McIsaac, chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Services, has been on medical leave for at least six weeks. CBRPS spokesperson Desiree Magnus told me in a September 10 email: The Chief is currently off for medical reasons. But she did not respond to an email asking how longRead More