Archive for June, 2017

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

Farewell, Pastor Mansbridge Peter Mansbridge is retiring as anchor of The National and I…really don’t care. I don’t watch The National. In fact, I don’t watch CBC television. I’m an enthusiastic CBC radio listener but I probably won’t be able to tune in again until Mansbridge is gone because I’ve alreadyRead...

Source: HAL shopping brochure

Shop Sydney! We Have Two Stores!

June 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

I write today as one of the 8,800 residents of Sydney — Nova Scotia’s third-largest city, urban heart of a rich coal-mining region, industrial hub of Atlantic Canada — to ask Holland America Line (HAL): WAT IS ER MIS MET JOU? (That’s Dutch for “What is wrong with you?” AtRead...

At Ste. Anne de Beaupré, Mi’kmaq Pilgrims Honor an Elder

At Ste. Anne de Beaupré, Mi’kmaq Pilgrims Honor an Elder

June 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Today is Aboriginal Day in Canada so it is quite fitting that we tell the story of a group of happy pilgrims from Membertou First Nation who will be boarding a bus on Friday, June 23, having attended Mass at St. Ann’s Church at 8:30 a.m., to begin their annualRead More

Barley By Eugenereed1984 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: Graining the Fields

June 21, 2017 at 1:10 pm

King Corn, like most monarchs, is demanding of land and resources, requiring high inputs like fertilizer, water and pest control. True, it rewards the effort with impressive yields; so much so that in an age when we thought oil was forever, with the agrichemicals it provided, corn became the dominantRead...

Churchill, Manitoba viewed from a helicopter. By Peterfitzgerald (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Medic’s-Eye-View of Manitoba Air Ambulance System (Part 2)

June 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Editor’s Note: This article is the second of two (see Part One) on Manitoba’s private air ambulance service based on the experiences of a number of medics who work (or have worked) regularly with the service. The Spectator has agreed not to identify them, as some are still employed in theRead...

Tomato seedlings. (Photo by Priit Tammets, CC by 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 24

June 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

What to do this week If you are doing what I am doing this week, it has to do with tomatoes. By now your beans should be planted, or you are also planting them, but your squash, not yet. Squash will be bothered by the few cool days we areRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Lasso of Truth The box office success of Wonder Woman reminded me of the connection between her creator, William Marston, and the lie detector which reminded me that I’ve never received an answer from the Cape Breton Regional Police as to what sort of work their two “polygraph technicians” perform. ByRead More

Photo by Bogdan. [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Does Legal Pot = Bigger Police Budget?

June 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

I’ve got to start going to the CBRM board of police commissioners meetings. Thanks to Tom Ayers’ LocalExpress report, I got to experience Tuesday’s meeting secondhand and it was almost as good as being there — I could just about hear the excitement in Police Chief Peter McIsaac’s voice asRead More

Richard Keshen: ‘Reasonable Self-Esteem’ Revisited

Richard Keshen: ‘Reasonable Self-Esteem’ Revisited

June 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Reasonable Self-Esteem by Richard Keshen, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Cape Breton University (CBU), was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 1996 to critical acclaim, including laudatory reviews in major academic journals like Ethics and Mind. The book sold out, not a frequent occurrence with academic works, and thisRead More

Welcome to the CBRM (Sort Of) Free Trade Zone

Welcome to the CBRM (Sort Of) Free Trade Zone

June 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Welcome to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia’s second largest municipality with a population of 98,722 and home to the Port of Sydney. The Port of Sydney is the first port-of-call on mainland North America for vessels transiting the Suez Canal and acts as a gateway to the GreatRead More