Introducing: The Cape Breton Spectator (Cultural) Events Calendar!

Introducing: The Cape Breton Spectator (Cultural) Events Calendar!

November 8, 2017

With the modest aim of compiling a comprehensive list of Cape Breton cultural events (!), the Spectator has been working hard on an Events Calendar feature, which launches today. I’m using a WordPress plugin employed by many sites but I decided to spring for the “filter” add-on which makes theRead More

Introducing: The Cape Breton Spectator (Cultural) Events Calendar!

Introducing: The Cape Breton Spectator (Cultural) Events Calendar!

November 8, 2017

With the modest aim of compiling a comprehensive list of Cape Breton cultural events (!), the Spectator has been working hard on an Events Calendar feature, which launches today. I’m using a WordPress plugin employed by many sites but I decided to spring for the “filter” add-on which makes theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 17, 2017

Port secrecy CBRM Council met in secret camera on Thursday to discuss something related to the Port of Sydney. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which our mayor sometimes worries about and sometimes doesn’t (see the 31 unannounced in camera meetings held over 22 months in 2014-15 in flagrant violationRead More

A Short History of Blame: Regulation by Internal Responsibility

A Short History of Blame: Regulation by Internal Responsibility

September 6, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth (and final) in a series of essays by Susan Dodd on Nova Scotia’s history of blaming coal mining accidents on the miners themselves — a history that finally changed in the wake of the Westray disaster. You can read the first and second andRead More

Sexual Harassment: “Don’t Pay Any Attention to Him, He’s Harmless”

Sexual Harassment: “Don’t Pay Any Attention to Him, He’s Harmless”

November 22, 2017

She was probably 18 years old, had moved to Sydney from Antigonish, and with a Grade 10 education, applied for what were called “domestic” jobs — maids or housekeepers — that offered not only work, but often a place to live. Luckily for her, she landed such a job withRead More

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

December 6, 2017

I recently explored an intriguing thought experiment with my students. As we saw several columns ago, thought experiments are employed by philosophers because they offer us a way of making difficult philosophical concepts both accessible and concrete, changing them, in the process, from abstract ideas into ones that we canRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 17, 2017

Port secrecy CBRM Council met in secret camera on Thursday to discuss something related to the Port of Sydney. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which our mayor sometimes worries about and sometimes doesn’t (see the 31 unannounced in camera meetings held over 22 months in 2014-15 in flagrant violationRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 15, 2017

Out of Order As an armchair political scientist (we’re almost indistinguishable from the real thing until we open our mouths), I was quite happy to read what an actual political scientist, CBU’s Tom Urbaniak, had to say about the go-ahead at last Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting. In case you went to BostonRead...

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

November 15, 2017

The Calculus of Cold As part of my Northern Immersion experience, my daughter and I keep Nunavut CBC on all the time. This means that more than 50% of the programming is in Inuktitut, a language said to be the second most difficult in the world to learn, next toRead More

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The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I recently explored an intriguing thought experiment with my students. As we saw several columns ago, thought experiments are employed by philosophers because they offer us a way of making difficult philosophical concepts both accessible and concrete, changing them, in the process, from abstract ideas into ones that we canRead More

By S. Rae from Scotland, UK (Cavariella aphids on hogweed) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 48

December 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, it might be a good idea to check on the health of the plants you’ve taken in for the winter: it is time to check for pests. When you bring plants in from the outdoors you sometimes bring outdoor pests in as wellRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

Draft Cecil A “grassroots” campaign to draft CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke to run for the leadership of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives has begun. The web domain “draftcecil.ca” was registered on November 14, even as the CBRM council was meeting in camera, at Clarke’s behest, to discuss the option andRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

About Last Night…

November 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

I have a confession to make: I did not watch the full CBRM council meeting last night. I watched (with interest) the discussion of the proposed RV Park in Big Pond. (I spend my summers in Irish Cove, just a little further west along Route 4, so anything that happensRead More

Study Casts Doubt on Economic Impact of Cruise Industry

Study Casts Doubt on Economic Impact of Cruise Industry

November 29, 2017 at 1:44 pm

It’s a conundrum that’s puzzled me since I first began looking into the cruise industry in Atlantic Canada: why do we rely solely on numbers from the cruise lines for our economic impact calculations? Having read the work of cruise-skeptic Ross Klein, a professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland, IRead More

The Lost Art of Nuclear Arms Control

The Lost Art of Nuclear Arms Control

November 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm

On 8 December 1987, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty eliminating all ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometers. As the leaders shook hands in Washington, 2,692 such missiles were deployed across Europe, each armed withRead More

Worried About the Future of Canadian Media? Join Our Discussion!

Worried About the Future of Canadian Media? Join Our Discussion!

November 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Thursday night’s Cinema Politica screening of Shadows of Liberty and the subsequent panel discussion were always going to be interesting but events this week just cranked that “interesting” level up to 11. The 2013 documentary, which screens at 6:00PM at the McConnell Library in Sydney, is directed by Canada’s Jean-Philippe TremblayRead More

What Does Report on Atlantic Canadian Immigration Say About Cape Breton?

What Does Report on Atlantic Canadian Immigration Say About Cape Breton?

November 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) has digested months of hearings, testimony from 55 witnesses and briefs from 11 individuals or organizations into a final report on Atlantic Canadian immigration. The report itself has 24 recommendations but there is also a “dissenting opinion” from the Conservative membersRead More

Beans. (Photo by Nadia Talent)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 47

November 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm

What to do this week This week is a good time to get your seeds safely stored for winter. You may have seeds that you saved yourself, from your garden, or you may have leftover seeds you purchased but didn’t use. There are three things that effect the longevity ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 24, 2017 at 11:55 am

Marconi Campus I’m not sure when announcing that you’re going to do a feasibility study into the possibility of doing something became as good as actually doing something in this province, but that seems to be where we’re at. The latest example is Premier Stephen McNeil traveling all the wayRead More