Archive for January, 2018

CBRM council, 12 December 2017.

CBRM Council: So That’s How the Mayor Got the Port File

January 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Respect to District 2 Councilor Earlene MacMullin for trying to get some accountability and transparency on the Port of Sydney file during last night’s general committee meeting. On one level, she succeeded: I’ve been puzzled as to when, exactly, council tapped Mayor Cecil Clarke to head that file and lastRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

We Need Schooling on CBRM Charter

January 10, 2018 at 12:48 pm

District 11 Councilor Kendra Coombes had three items on the general committee meeting agenda last night (including a truly meta item about getting items on meeting agendas) but the one I watched most closely (from the comfort of my own home) referenced the CBRM Charter. Coombes began by reminding councilRead More

Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo by jgmorard (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jgmorard/3378917734/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Could Sydney Really Be a Transshipment Hub?

January 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm

I have to thank a Spectator reader (he knows who he is) for pointing me toward port development issues in the province of Quebec (and my sister for reminding me that such issues are also discussed in that province’s French-language media). Things began bubbling there last December when the port ofRead More

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The Ethicist: Why a Feeling Is Not an Argument

January 10, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Last month, I asked readers to consider the case of carnivorous Cleo, and her beloved feline friend, Hector, who ended up as her supper. I concluded by asking why it seems so wrong to eat Hector, especially if we are willing to eat other kinds of meat? This month, IRead More

Cruise ship in Bar Harbor, Maine. (Photo by Dana Moos from Southwest Harbor, Maine, USA, CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bar Harbor’s Novel Approach to Cruise Ship Berth: Ask Citizens

January 10, 2018 at 12:44 pm

A friend drew my attention to this New York Times article about the cruise industry in Bar Harbor. The gist of the story is that Bar Harbor — a town of 5,200 on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine — has been too successful in attracting cruise ships.Read More

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

January 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Editor’s Note: Today, Michelle and Madeline mark the beginning of year two of their gardening column. The plan is to build on the advice given last year so, where applicable, the new columns will begin with links to the previous year’s, to allow you to refresh your memory. If you’veRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 5, 2018 at 8:27 am

Doggone generous CBC Cape Breton’s annual Light Up a Life campaign to raise money for Feed Nova Scotia makes me awfully uncomfortable. I know I sound like Scrooge, the Grinch and Donald Trump all rolled into one for saying it, but there it is. In fact, I get so uncomfortable,Read More

Cecil Clarke’s Chopstick Diplomacy & Other Seasonal Highlights

Cecil Clarke’s Chopstick Diplomacy & Other Seasonal Highlights

January 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm

The Cape Breton Post was very good to CBRM Mayor (and potential provincial Tory leadership candidate) Cecil Clarke this Christmas. It allowed him to “open up” about his publicly funded trip to China in back-to-back articles on December 19 and 20. It helped puzzled Cape Bretoners decide what they should buyRead More

Women Versus the Bomb

Women Versus the Bomb

January 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

In 1729, the Irish satirist Jonathan Swift made “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick.” There was, Swift’s imperialist Protestant persona reasoned, a “fair, cheap and easy method”Read More

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Pope Francis: Advocating for the Poor, Making Enemies

January 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Pope Francis came to the papacy as an outsider, a non-European and the first Jesuit elected leader of the world’s Catholics. He very quickly gave up many of the traditional trappings of the papacy and encouraged — even required — those of us who have more to share with theRead More