Archive for March, 2017

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 31, 2017 at 10:56 am

Editor’s note: As you may have noticed, Fast & Curious is being published on a Friday. It’s an experiment to see if it a) works for my readers and b) works for me. Feel free to send me your thoughts.   Port Hawkesbury Man Does it really make sense toRead More

Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS, 29 March 2017

Dreaming Big in Downtown Sydney

March 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm

I do not own a car, so I have a rather cavalier attitude toward downtown Sydney parking — I’m that person, striding purposefully toward my destination, chuckling at you as you circle the block, looking for a place to park (unless, of course, it’s raining, in which case there will beRead More

Painting by Mary Riter Hamilton, (cropped), “Isolated Grave and Camouflage, Vimy Ridge,” May 20, 1919 (Source: Library and Archives Canada, CC by 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Vimy Ridge: Victory or Vortex?

March 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm

On 9 April 2007, after a $20 million, two-year restoration project, the Vimy Monument, the centerpiece of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, was reopened to the public. In an elaborate ceremony also marking the 90th anniversary of the assault on Vimy Ridge, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told aRead More

Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Federal Director Aaron Wudrick, seen here at the 17th annual Teddy Waste Awards. (Photo by Matthew Usherwood, iPolitics http://ipolitics.ca/2016/02/27/canadian-taxpayers-federation-blasts-mps-for-voting-to-increase-office-budget/)

Who’s Afraid of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation?

March 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I had CBC radio playing in the background on Monday and an item about property tax assessments in New Brunswick came on and the next thing I knew, I was listening to Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). I didn’t actually catch what he said but I can guess withRead More

New Mystery section, Barnes & Noble via Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/328129522828199985/)

The Ethicist: Murder Mysteries & Moral Imagination

March 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm

In last month’s column, I argued, first, that ethics is concerned not with the world that we actually live in, but with the world that we ought to construct together–with, that is to say, the imaginary world that does not yet exist, but which we might yet create if weRead More

Seed envelopes. (Source: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/electrosara/seed-saving/)

Garden Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 12

March 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week Garden planning time is the perfect time to think about what is needed for saving your own seeds. Even at the home level you want to do it properly, which means, you want to have success. Otherwise the seeds you save won’t be true toRead More

By Frank J. (Frank John) Aleksandrowicz, 1921-, Photographer (NARA record: 8452210) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

That ’70s Crisis

March 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

“Tartan and coal” proclaimed the front page of the Cape Breton Post, rather cryptically, on Saturday and I couldn’t resist trying to guess what the headline referred to before I actually read the article: the world’s worst ice cream flavor? Sydney Academy’s Class of ’57 prom theme? Alexander Graham Bell’s terriers?  Read More

Organic produce, farmer's market, University of BC (Photo by Dllu, own work, [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: The Great Organic Divide

March 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

It may surprise you, as it surprised me, to find out that farming is a political act. And like other forms of politics, it has opposing sides and competing interests as well as philosophical divisions. Quite a lot of drama, really, for people who chose the work because they reallyRead More

Civic Centre to City Hall? The CAO Did It!

Civic Centre to City Hall? The CAO Did It!

March 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Remember that brief swirl of controversy around the mysterious renaming of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Civic Centre to “City Hall?” A front-page story in the Cape Breton Post on March 6 saying the issue would be on the agenda of that day’s General Committee Meeting (placed there by District 6Read More

By AnRo0002 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Garden Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 11

March 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm

What to do this week It is time to think about seeding lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, and other summer annuals, but we don’t plant before taking the first step of thinking about what varieties suit your taste — and your space. The first step is to take my Tomato Quiz:Read More