Archive for October, 2016

We Need To Talk About the Cruise Industry

We Need To Talk About the Cruise Industry

October 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

I’ll say it again: we need to talk about the cruise industry. We need to talk about its actual impact on our local economy, its environmental impact on our coastal waters,  its questionable labor practices and its crime problem. And we have to do it right now, before we pumpRead More

About That Second Berth…

About That Second Berth…

October 26, 2016 at 11:08 am

My first reaction to the 2014 Sydney Cruise Market Assessment Report was: why are we talking about spending $20 million on a second berth and not talking about our ground transportation problem? (My second reaction was—how do people who cannot actually write get into the report-writing business? Why would youRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Dr StrangeJob’s Biased Post

October 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

The election is over, the votes are counted and I lost. It’s time to move on, but I can’t, because while Mayor Clarke claims the recent mayoralty campaign was the dirtiest of his career and Rankin MacSween remains stoically baffled by Clarke’s accusations, nobody is taking responsibility for the deplorableRead More

Dolores Campbell: Enlightening Summer Reading

Dolores Campbell: Enlightening Summer Reading

October 26, 2016 at 11:04 am

I recall once meeting a retired teacher and asking her how she had spent her summer. Her answer: “Eating, drinking cheap wine and reading trashy novels.” Now that’s a summer! Unfortunately for me, I know someone with a subscription to The New Yorker who drops a dozen copies in frontRead More

US Election: Release the Surrogates! (Part II)

US Election: Release the Surrogates! (Part II)

October 26, 2016 at 11:02 am

American presidential elections are not won at the base of either party. The dichotomy of the two major American parties has historically rested on a fairly centrist pivot, where roughly 40% of both Republicans and Democrats can be found. This loose crowd in the center, unpinned by party affiliation orRead More

CBRM Election Results: Cecil Clarke’s ‘Biggest Mandate’ Ever?

CBRM Election Results: Cecil Clarke’s ‘Biggest Mandate’ Ever?

October 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

It’s a facet of a healthy democracy that never fails to impress me: the final handshake. Two candidates who have fought a long, hard campaign shake hands — one graciously accepting defeat, the other graciously acknowledging victory. And then there’s what happened in the CBRM on Saturday night. As reportedRead More

The Positive Change Jar

Buddy, Can You Spare Some Positive Change?

October 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

Newly re-elected CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has promised “100 More Positive Changes for CBRM” and I, for one, am willing to trust that he will deliver — trust, but verify. I’m a little concerned that his immediate, post-election description of his plans included no reference to these positive changes. HeRead More

Dr StrangeJob: On Daft and Lying

Dr StrangeJob: On Daft and Lying

October 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

What were you doing when the CBRM election results were announced? I was reading an article about assisted death and ruminating on Kübler-Ross’s five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). Note to self: do not contemplate serious philosophical, moral, or ethical issues while reviewing municipal election results.Read More

4 A.M., Onni Nordmann, Oil on Canvas, 2013

Onni Nordman: Risking Failure For ‘The Good Stuff’

October 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

Cape Breton artist Onni Nordman is enjoying a growing reputation these days. His work is already popular in Nova Scotia, where it often appears in gallery shows and events like last month’s Lumière. And now Nordman is becoming known in Europe, where he recently had exhibitions in Munich and Helsinki.Read More

US Election: Release the Surrogates! (Part I)

US Election: Release the Surrogates! (Part I)

October 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

American presidential elections are not won at the base of either party. The dichotomy of the two major American parties has historically rested on a fairly centrist pivot, where roughly 40% of both Republicans and Democrats can be found. This loose crowd in the center, unpinned by party affiliation orRead More