Archive for January, 2017

Second Berth Info Session: You’re Doing It Wrong

Second Berth Info Session: You’re Doing It Wrong

January 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Saturday’s port meeting was more of a rally than an information session, a fact acknowledged by Port CEO Marlene Usher and CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, both of whom thanked everyone in attendance for their “support” of the second berth project. Which is not to say there weren’t some good questionsRead More

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Canada 365: Learn Something Canadian Every Day

January 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

If you weren’t fortunate enough over the holidays to receive a copy of Canada 365 – Every Day Tells A Story, you should know that it was published to mark the 150th anniversary of our country which, of course, we celebrate this year, 2017. On 1 July 1867, the ProvinceRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 2

January 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

What to do this week: The seed displays are not out yet at the local hardware store, but anyone who is serious about gardening, or wanting to be serious about gardening, should not be buying seeds there anyway. You may have been grabbing seeds there until now, and you mayRead More

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Chief McIsaac Invokes (and Ignores) the Sub Judice Rule

January 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

I’ve been doing some reading about the sub judice rule — you know it, I’m sure you do, it’s the rule invoked by public officials who say, “I can’t comment on that, it’s before the courts.” My research was inspired by Cape Breton Regional Police Services Chief Peter McIsaac, who bothRead More

Extra! Extra! Get Your Copy of the Second Berth Assessment Here!

Extra! Extra! Get Your Copy of the Second Berth Assessment Here!

January 13, 2017 at 11:28 am

I received a copy of Due Diligence Assessment of Plans for Second Berth at the Sydney Marine Terminal! Thanks, ACOA! I thought I’d have to wait for the movie. It’s the assessment prepared by management and consulting firm CPCS for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Nova Scotia DepartmentRead More

More Cops, Less Crime? Not Necessarily…

More Cops, Less Crime? Not Necessarily…

January 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has more police officers than it can afford. Don’t look at me, I’m not the one who said it—it’s the considered opinion of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Task Force, or The Mayor’s Task Force, a group formed in 2013 to “make recommendations regarding theRead More

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Film + Theater = Filmed Theater

January 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

I got my introduction to theater at the movies. There wasn’t much doing for us in Sydney, culture-wise, when I was in high school, apart from visiting the McConnell library and arguing the relative merits of Keith’s versus Moosehead beer. People watched a lot of television, but I didn’t enjoyRead More

Berthers, Unite!

Berthers, Unite!

January 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) REALLY wants you to turn out on Saturday to stamp your little feet and demand the federal government come through with its share of the funding for our $20 million second cruise berth (which, this week, we’re talking about solely in terms ofRead More

Divided Nations: Canada Ducks Disarmament Challenge

Divided Nations: Canada Ducks Disarmament Challenge

January 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

On December 23 – the day after US President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his intent to “greatly strengthen and expand” American “nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes” – the United Nations General Assembly voted to open negotiations next year on a treaty outlawingRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters Week 1

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters Week 1

January 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: This week marks the beginning of a new gardening feature by Michelle Smith, who will also write more broadly on agricultural and food issues for The Spectator in a regular monthly column that will launch next week. This week, we introduce Smith and present her first tip ofRead More