Archive for December, 2017

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Today, Cecil met with grassroots Progressive Conservatives in Cumberland County! Support is growing for a Cecil Clarke candidacy! (Source: Facebook)

Off and…Possibly Running?

December 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke wants to be the next leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party and has been touring the province trying to determine whether anyone else wants to see him in that role. I’m guessing this means he is running. The alternative — that he will announce publiclyRead More

Councilors Have Insulted Each Other Forever

Councilors Have Insulted Each Other Forever

December 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

Editor’s Note: While looking for captions for the photos in this week’s Faces from the Cape Breton Highlander feature, I ran across these accounts of City of Sydney council meetings from 1967. I think you’ll see why they struck me as being à propos.   Cape Breton Highlander, 4 October 1967Read More

Chart of Cape Breton Island, 1767. Unsigned but presumed to be the work of Joseph Frederick Wallet Desbarres, modelled after Samuel Holland. (Source: Beaton Institute  https://beatoninstitute.com/)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part I)

December 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

“Unconstitutional and illegal” So declared 2,000 passionate and angry Cape Bretoners, in their eighth bid to get the British government to reverse its decision to annex Cape Breton to Nova Scotia in 1820. In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, I thinkRead More

Michelle Smith at Mabou Farmers' Market (Photo via Mabou Farmers' Market website) http://www.maboufarmersmarket.ca/

Bean There: Fairness & Generosity

December 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

“I‘ve been telling you for years your prices are too low!” My daughter was cross. I love her dearly but there are times when I wish she weren’t quite so adept at scolding me. Don’t know where she learned that skill. She wasn’t wrong. One of the downsides of beingRead More

"Last Judgment", Jan Mandyn, 1550 (Cropped)

It’s Christmas: Time to Talk About the Apocalypse

December 20, 2017 at 11:48 am

The Catholic Church divides the liturgical year into six seasons, the first of which, Advent, lasts four weeks (this year only three full weeks) and has what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops describes as a “twofold character”: a season during which Catholics prepare to celebrate the birth ofRead More

Trampoline, YMCA, Sydney, NS. May 1973.

Photo Feature: Faces From the Cape Breton Highlander

December 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

I’ve been going through old photos from the Cape Breton Highlander and decided to share some of them with you in this last Spectator issue of 2017. Many of them are the work of photographer Ray Doucet. I asked John Campbell, who was the editor of the Highlander (and isRead More

Display of garden tools at Bedford Museum's "Clocking In" exhibition at Bedford Gallery. (Photo by Simon Speed, own work, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 50

December 20, 2017 at 11:45 am

What to do this week This week, I would like to talk about taking care of your garden tools. This is a good week to do it. The best time to get your tools cleaned and in good working order for the next season, before you store them away, isRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

Out of Order As an armchair political scientist (we’re almost indistinguishable from the real thing until we open our mouths), I was quite happy to read what an actual political scientist, CBU’s Tom Urbaniak, had to say about the go-ahead at last Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting. In case you went to BostonRead More

CBRM council, 12 December 2017.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means To Council

December 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

There were ructions at CBRM Council yesterday and I was there to witness some of them. It all started at a 4:00PM in camera session, held under Section 22 (2) e of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) which allows municipal councils to go behind closed doors to discuss “contract negotiations.”Read...

By EFF-Graphics (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 us (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

You Can’t Be Neutral About Net Neutrality

December 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

There has been something of a battle raging in the headlines lately over Net Neutrality. I could not guess how many internet users know what Net Neutrality is or have a sense of what it means to them personally but I feel fairly confident in saying not enough people areRead More