Archive for November, 2016

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

November 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

Note: Fast & Curious will be a new weekly feature in which The Spectator will take a brief look at a number of stories that piqued its interest during the week.   Oh Readers! Oh Lovers of Books! First and foremost, Spectator contributor Sean Howard has published a new bookRead More

Lessons from Ben Eoin Part I

Lessons from Ben Eoin Part I

November 16, 2016 at 11:27 am

I recently received a batch of documents from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) as a result of an access to information request about the Ben Eoin Marina (Those of you who like your source material straight up will find it all here.) I didn’t learn much that was newRead More

Lessons from Ben Eoin Part II

Lessons from Ben Eoin Part II

November 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

I recently received a batch of documents from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) as a result of an access to information request about the Ben Eoin Marina. (Those of you who like your source material straight up will find it here.) I didn’t learn much that was new becauseRead More

A (Small) Victory for the Right to Know

A (Small) Victory for the Right to Know

November 16, 2016 at 11:25 am

If I were the editor of the Cape Breton Post, which [SPOILER ALERT] I totally am not, I guess I would call what I’m about to write a rave/rant or a rant/rave (there isn’t even a good portmanteau word for that—all you’d get would be “rant” or “rave” which wouldRead More

Republic of Dongcheng: Water

Republic of Dongcheng: Water

November 16, 2016 at 11:24 am

Dongcheng, the Eastern City, is a district in the center of Beijing. Its 40 square kilometers are home to nearly 1 million inhabitants and some of the main historical landmarks of the city. Spectator contributor Filip Noubel, who spent 10 years there, recounts a recent return to what he remembersRead More

What’s for Sale In Ben Eoin?

What’s for Sale In Ben Eoin?

November 16, 2016 at 9:46 am

As you no doubt recall, when ECBC ceased to exist and its employees were absorbed by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in 2014, its properties went to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to be sold, following Treasury Board guidelines that say the federal government should own only propertyRead More

Sydney VAO Re-Opening: A Victory for Vets

Sydney VAO Re-Opening: A Victory for Vets

November 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

Never having served in the military, I can only image what this victory must feel like. In 2014, Cape Breton vets, like veterans across Canada, lost a valued service and a much- needed lifeline, their Veterans Affairs Office (VAO). Faced with that devastating news, veterans responded to the challenge withRead More

Canadian troops returning from the trenches. November, 1916. Battle of the Somme. (Photo via the Library and Archives of Canada.)

Snapshot from Hell: A Day in the Life of the Great War

November 9, 2016 at 8:55 am

As we approach Remembrance Day, at the midpoint of the centenary of the First World War, it is instructive to consider a day in the life of that terrible time: Saturday, November 11, 1916. An online chronology documents the weather on the Western Front—“Rain, trace. 55°-32°, misty day with lowRead More

Mike MacKinnon: ‘The Veteran Helps the Veteran’

Mike MacKinnon: ‘The Veteran Helps the Veteran’

November 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

Mike MacKinnon of Sydney Mines remembers the First Gulf War (where he served with the 1st Canadian Field Hospital) and Bosnia (where he served with Quebec’s Royale 22nd Regiment, the Van Doos) like they were yesterday. Ask him what happened last Saturday, though, and he may struggle to respond, hisRead More

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

November 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

The only thing more expensive than running a railway, apparently, is not running a railway. That’s the justification offered by Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) — owners of the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS) and its all-but-defunct Sydney Subdivision — for the high fees they charge landowners needingRead More