Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 18, 2017

Glace Bay Revitalization You will not be able to tell from this article, but I am working busily behind the scenes trying to piece together the timeline on the Glace Bay Revitalization project — not the 20-year timeline attached to the actual project but the months-long timeline attached to theRead...

Local Photographers Explore Japan in New Exhibition

Local Photographers Explore Japan in New Exhibition

July 19, 2017

The Spectator is very pleased to report that two local photographers (who’ve both been featured right here in these very pages) are exhibiting their work at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. Japan: Two Perspectives, which opened officially on Monday, features the work of Chad Tobin and CharlieRead More

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O Canada: An Anthem for All?

July 5, 2017

David Wells, Conservative senator for Newfoundland and Labrador, has every right to his opinion that no change should be made to our national anthem. Wells is one of 20 senators who have tied up Bill C-210 — which would change the lyrics from “in all thy sons command” to the gender-neutralRead More

The Ethicist: Thinking and Feeling

The Ethicist: Thinking and Feeling

August 2, 2017

I recently read an article that fascinated me. It was about a conversation between President Donald Trump and the mayor of a small island off the coast of Virginia that is quickly disappearing beneath the water as sea levels rise. The article is accompanied by a short video that demonstratesRead More

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Vatican Takes Bold Pro-Gluten Stance

July 12, 2017

News the Vatican has banned the use of gluten-free hosts in the celebration of the Eucharist hit like a bombshell this weekend, but the rules re: gluten-free hosts go back at least to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVl) who in July 2003 declared gluten-free hosts “invalid.” In MarchRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: Equalize This!

Dr. StrangeJob: Equalize This!

May 24, 2017

Not all political parties are equal, but it appears that candidates from each of the three main provincial parties are equal in their use of social media. The Liberal party dropped a candidate over inappropriate Twitter comments. An NDP candidate was forced to resign because of inappropriate online statements, andRead More

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Bean There: Not a Vegetarian

July 19, 2017

This year my farm has seen a succession of middle to top predators with catastrophic consequences for the chicken population and, by extension, my livelihood. A raucous crowd of ravens was first, flying boldly into the barn and coming out with whole eggs in their beaks. I was sure they wereRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 18, 2017

Glace Bay Revitalization You will not be able to tell from this article, but I am working busily behind the scenes trying to piece together the timeline on the Glace Bay Revitalization project — not the 20-year timeline attached to the actual project but the months-long timeline attached to theRead...

Election 2017: What Did Cape Breton Just Say?

Election 2017: What Did Cape Breton Just Say?

May 31, 2017

What a night. Full disclosure: I went to bed at midnight, before everything was done and dusted but as the less interesting option — another Liberal majority — was looking very  likely. I say “less interesting” because the Danish television show Borgen has convinced me the only interesting governments areRead More

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Donkin Mine Violations: Failures of ‘Learning?’

August 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm

“It was tragedies like that, unfortunately, that led to better health and safety regulations in the mines and made it a lot safer for generations to come,” said Bob Burchell, the United Mine Workers of America’s (UMWA) interim international representative for Canada, on the eve of a July 25 ceremonyRead More

Compost tea. (Madeline Yakimchuk photo)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 31

August 9, 2017 at 11:55 am

What to do this week Gardens may have to be watered mid-summer, and maybe even fed, but not quite as much as you might expect. We have been having a rather dry spell, so the current rain is very welcome on my farm. I have drip irrigation in certain delicateRead More

Taking Out the International Garbage

Taking Out the International Garbage

August 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

Remember last week, when we were (re)celebrating luxury cruise provider One Ocean Expeditions decision to (maybe) establish a home port in Sydney, provided all its requirements could be met here? One of those requirements had to do with the disposal of “international waste” at the Sydney Marine Terminal. At the time,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

Year One The Cape Breton Spectator turned one on August 3! The anniversary almost slipped by unnoticed — I knew it was in August, but I’d convinced myself it was later in the month. Luckily for me, my family not only remembered it, they marked it. There was a cakeRead More

OOE: News So Good, They Announced it Again

OOE: News So Good, They Announced it Again

August 2, 2017 at 11:50 am

Friday at 3:58 pm is usually when people announce news they hope will be forgotten by Monday, so I thought it a bit odd to receive a media alert at precisely that time last Friday from Elyse Mailhot, a media relations person with One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). OOE is anRead More

The Ethicist: Thinking and Feeling

The Ethicist: Thinking and Feeling

August 2, 2017 at 11:45 am

I recently read an article that fascinated me. It was about a conversation between President Donald Trump and the mayor of a small island off the coast of Virginia that is quickly disappearing beneath the water as sea levels rise. The article is accompanied by a short video that demonstratesRead More

RCGS Resolute deck pool. (Photo courtesy OOE)

Like Shackleton, Only With Complimentary Fruit Baskets

August 2, 2017 at 11:40 am

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), purveyor of luxury Arctic and Antarctic wildlife cruises, hopes to make Sydney its home port, so I thought I’d try to get to know the company a little better. Obviously, the best way would be to take a cruise, but one look at the rates putRead More

Garlic. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 30

August 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week Let the serious harvest begin! (Depending, of course, on what you have planted.) Many of us plant garlic, and mine is about ready. You can tell for sure when the stalk is two-thirds yellow. You might want to do a test harvest, if you haveRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 2, 2017 at 11:30 am

The Mooch As brushes with celebrity go, it’s not much of one, but I almost interviewed Anthony Scaramucci. At the time, I didn’t much care when my boss decided it would be easier to do the interview herself, but in light of his meteoric political rise and fall —  IRead More

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Destination Cape Breton: More Money, No Strings

July 26, 2017 at 11:45 am

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) will continue funding Destination Cape Breton Association (DCBA), the island’s tourism organization, to the tune of $1.9 million over the next three years. The ACOA funding will match monies raised by a room marketing levy (imposed by the island’s municipalities) to a maximum ofRead More