Archive for May, 2018

Lilacs (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips Week 18: Listen to Your Lilacs

May 16, 2018 at 11:45 am

What to do this week There is an old folk saying that one should not plant summer crops until the lilacs and apple trees are in full bloom. Cold, hardy crops are different. You can certainly plant things like onions, spinach, peas and kale this time of year (or earlier)Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

Equalization Nation Estimates put turnout for an equalization protest in front of the Provincial Building in Sydney on Wednesday at upwards of 600. Protest organizers, members of the advocacy group Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness, have to be happy with those numbers — their message is finally starting to resonateRead More

Port of Sydney Spending or: The Greenfield Site Is Eroding

Port of Sydney Spending or: The Greenfield Site Is Eroding

May 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

Back in April 2017, the Spectator asked the Port of Sydney Development Corporation for a breakdown of spending from its so-called Assumption Fund. The Assumption Fund is a trust fund containing monies (about $2.5 million originally) left over from the 2012 Sydney harbor dredge, a $37 million project funded by threeRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

May 9, 2018 at 11:36 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’mRead More

Syria: War, Law and Empire

Syria: War, Law and Empire

May 9, 2018 at 11:34 am

Part I: Sham Success and Ersatz Humanitarianism   On April 14 the US, UK and France launched missile and air strikes on three suspected chemical weapons (CW) facilities in Syria. The action was taken in response to an alleged chlorine and sarin nerve gas attack by government forces on AprilRead More

Hooray for Open Government!

Hooray for Open Government!

May 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

I have been debating how to mark Open Government Week in Nova Scotia (May 7-11). Sitting in the graveyard behind St. Patrick’s Church in the rain with a 40-ouncer of Captain Morgan was my first idea, but I don’t like watery rum and frankly, I always knew the week wouldRead More

McIntosh apple, half-inch green. (Source: UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/bud-stages/april-23-2013-bud-stages)

Gardening Tips Week 17: Spray It, Don’t Say It

May 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week This week is a good time to talk about spraying fruit trees because now is the time to do that. There are a couple of reasons that even an organic grower might want to spray. One would be to rid the trees of pests beforeRead More

BREAKING: Docs Show How Provincial Employees Cried ‘Hack,’ Misled Halifax Cops

BREAKING: Docs Show How Provincial Employees Cried ‘Hack,’ Misled Halifax Cops

May 8, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Highlights of this article: • Provincial government employees who were made aware of the security failure with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) website told Halifax police that the site had been “hacked” and that nearly 10,000 files “were taken” — which clearly overstated the nature ofRead More

How We Obtained the Search Warrant Documents

How We Obtained the Search Warrant Documents

May 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Here’s how we obtained the documents. First, a quick primer on search warrants. To get a search warrant, police have to go to a judge or Justice of the Peace and submit a document called an “Information To Obtain a Search Warrant,” or ITO. The ITO lays out the policeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

The Case of the Disappearing Audit Request Several keen CBRM Council watchers on social media noted this next item this week. During the regular meeting of CBRM Council in February, as Council was discussing plans for a Viability Study ordered by Minister of Municipal Affairs Derek Mombourquette, District 2 CouncilorRead More