Archive for March, 2017

Bernie Sanders, Cape Breton's Magazine, Maggie MacDonnell

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Bernie in coal country McDowell County, West Virginia is coal country. Although they got into the game a little later than we did here in Cape Breton — their first large-scale mines were developed in the mid-1800s — they made up for lost time and by the 1950s were regularlyRead More

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke

Point of Order, Mr. Mayor

March 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s term as Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislature ran from June 2006 to October 2007 but in his head, I think it never ended. How else to explain an agenda item like this one, from the 7 March 2017 meeting of the CBRM General Committee:    Read More / Korean Culture and Information Service (Photographer name) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Dolores Campbell: Pope Francis and the First Four Years

March 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

Pope Francis marked the fourth anniversary of his election to the papacy on Monday of this week, and the debate is on as to what he has or has not accomplished in those four years. Aside from this important anniversary for Francis, it would appear that March 2017 arrived at theRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 10

March 15, 2017 at 10:50 am

What to do this week This week we are going to start our cold weather greens, things that you can start in the house and get into the ground even before the snow is gone. You will be able to transplant them into the garden as soon as you canRead More

Maggie MacDonnell, finalist, 2017 Global Teaching Prize (r) Dan Pallotta, activist and fundraiser.

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

Doing Well By Doing Good “Activist and fundraiser” Dan Pallotta will speak during the Community Impact Summit, an anti-poverty gathering to be held in Sydney next Wednesday and Thursday. The summit will bring together “business, government and non-profit sector leaders [emphasis theirs]” to “commit to specific, positive actions to helpRead More

Port of Sydney Development Corp AGM, 15 December 2016. (l to r: Board chair Michael Merritt, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, Port CEO Marlene Usher)

Port Board Drops Year’s Worth of Minutes

March 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I checked the Port of Sydney web site this week and did a spontaneous jig of joy around the old control center (which is what I call my office since I added the second desk and the map of the world): they’ve posted a whole year’s worth of board meetingRead More

NS Highways: Don’t Debate Tolls, Debate Twinning

NS Highways: Don’t Debate Tolls, Debate Twinning

March 8, 2017 at 11:50 am

Nova Scotia will be wrapping up its Highway Twinning Public Consultations roadshow with the last of 14 public meetings being held in Shelburne on Thursday. Those who made it out to meet the travelling panel of engineers and consultants would have noticed one peculiar thing: the meetings were less aboutRead More

White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Source: White House, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Does CBRM Need Another Communications Person?

March 8, 2017 at 11:45 am

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality, having survived into the early years of the 21st century without a communications person, suddenly needs two of them. Mayor Cecil Clarke, who made history (and by-passed municipal hiring rules) by tapping Christina Lamey as his own personal “Communication Advisor” now wants to hire a second flak forRead More

Doomsday Clock, 2.5 min to midnight.

Disarmament or Doomsday? UN Responds to Nuclear Emergency

March 8, 2017 at 11:40 am

On March 27, over 130 states will meet at UN headquarters in New York to commence negotiations, mandated by the General Assembly last December, on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This country, alas (see my January column, ‘Divided Nations: Canada Ducks Disarmament Challenge’), will be joining most of its NATORead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 9

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 9

March 8, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week I really think people shouldn’t have lawns. Lawns are for grazing sheep. So that is my rule of thumb: your lawn should be either big enough to graze sheep, or small enough to cut with a push mower. Everything else can be put to foodRead More