Archive for March, 2018

Pope Francis at Pre-Synodal meeting with youth. Source: Vatican News

Pope to Youth: ‘Will You Cry Out?’

March 30, 2018 at 10:34 am

Sunday will mark the feast of Easter which, as we who call ourselves Catholic have always been taught, is the most important feast in the church calendar. Yes, more important than Christmas, since the cornerstone of the Catholic faith is the belief that Christ rose from the dead. Easter hasRead More

Whalley vs CBRM Postponed to August

Whalley vs CBRM Postponed to August

March 28, 2018 at 11:57 am

Former CBRM economic development officer John Whalley’s civil suit against the municipality for constructive dismissal has been postponed to August. Whalley, who is represented by Blair Mitchell of Halifax, told the Spectator they requested the delay because his only witness, former CBRM CAO Jerry Ryan, was unable to attend courtRead More

99-Year Leases and Chinese Port Investments

99-Year Leases and Chinese Port Investments

March 28, 2018 at 11:55 am

On Monday, the Law Amendments Committee sent Bill 85, which grants new powers to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), back to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly without amendment. One of the powers Bill 85 will grant the CBRM is the ability to enter into a 99-year lease, which our mayorRead More

Some Thoughts on Bill 85

Some Thoughts on Bill 85

March 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

When Municipal Affairs Minister (and Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA) Derek Mombourquette first expressed the notion that the province could find a way to facilitate the CBRM’s port project without rushing through a “phase one” CBRM Charter focused entirely on the deal, I thought it was a good sign. I was soRead More

Cold frame, James Gardens Toronto, 1974. (Photo by WayneRay, own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 12: Greenhouse-Keeping

March 28, 2018 at 11:51 am

What to do this week If you have a greenhouse, that perfect place that will be housing some of those seedlings from the crowded windowsills very soon, this week is a great time to get it cleaned up and organized. You may have done that in the fall. I didn’t.Read More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

March 28, 2018 at 11:49 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. I’m focusingRead More

Pipefitter/welder at work. (Photo by Brainass, own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

NOW Something Totally Different?

March 28, 2018 at 11:47 am

Remember I told you about the provincial government subsidizing the wages paid by Marine Recycling Corporation to some of its workers? The Ontario-based shipbreaking company operating out of Sydport is benefiting from a program called New Opportunities for Work (NOW) which, according to the Department of Labour and Advanced TrainingRead More

Letter to the Editor: Cape Breton District Assembly

Letter to the Editor: Cape Breton District Assembly

March 28, 2018 at 11:45 am

Unlike David Johnson’s March 23rd rhetorical spin-doctoring CB Post article citing me as an ill-founded separatist, I do indeed retort with a bold vision forward for Cape Breton Island (CBI), rooted in sound legal principles and a viable political structure which, to succeed, needs to be shaped and implemented by CapeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 23, 2018 at 10:21 am

Donkin Moncton-based Radio-Canada reporter Elissa Serret has done some great work tracking down and speaking to three of the miners fired from the Donkin Mine last fall. (Here’s the link to the original French television item, which features some rather over-dramatic effects and has French-speaking actors playing the miners, who did notRead More

Shorter Chretien: Port Project Will Succeed…Unless it Doesn’t

Shorter Chretien: Port Project Will Succeed…Unless it Doesn’t

March 21, 2018 at 11:25 am

Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien says the Sydney container port project promoted by Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) has a 90% chance of success but “sometimes you don’t succeed,” so whatever happens, his reputation as a prophet is guaranteed. Chrétien spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the ThinkRead More