Archive for September, 2018

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 21, 2018 at 10:15 am

Ben Eoin Update A spectator (as I’ve come to think of my readers) alerted me to the sale price of The Birches at Ben Eoin Country Inn — it sold for $675,000 early in 2018. I’ve updated this week’s Ben Eoin story to add this piece of information and toRead...

The Ben Eoin Shuffle

The Ben Eoin Shuffle

September 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Four businessmen, a doctor and a physiotherapist walk into a bar… Just kidding! Actually, they walk into a small community in Cape Breton and buy up a number of recreational properties that, together, have been on the receiving end of hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. Under theRead...

My Issue Paper on Mayor Clarke’s Options

My Issue Paper on Mayor Clarke’s Options

September 19, 2018 at 12:08 pm

Although he’s now apparently entertaining the idea of remaining mayor even if he wins the PC leadership race, Mayor Cecil Clarke is on record saying precisely the opposite. It happens at the 09.42 mark of this February 6 interview with Steve Sutherland of CBC’s Information Morning Cape Breton. (Clarke hadRead...

Ethical Assertions vs. Statements of Fact

Ethical Assertions vs. Statements of Fact

September 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Earlier this summer, those of us living in Ontario suffered through a provincial election campaign filled with attack ads, ad hominem critiques, anger, angst and fear. Underlying the anger, angst and fear felt by a large percentage of the electorate was a queasy feeling that public services, particularly in theRead...

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

September 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

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. AsRead...

Old root cellar at Törnävä outdoor museum, Seinäjoki, Finland, March 2013. (Photo by Kotivalo CC BY-SA 3.0  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 35: Putting Food By

September 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week This week I want to talk about the best ways to store your veggies once you pick them, both long term and short term. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, for example, should not go in the fridge. They should be stored at room temperature. These vegetablesRead...

The Whalley Trial: Recess

The Whalley Trial: Recess

September 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 14, 2018 at 10:20 am

Revelations The experience of covering John Whalley’s civil suit against the CBRM has been revelatory: it’s clarified for me my preferred style of journalism (slow) and the contribution I can make to coverage of a local news story (details, context, history). It’s been an incredible amount of work and yetRead More

The Whalley Trial Part VII: Missing Documents

The Whalley Trial Part VII: Missing Documents

September 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

The Whalley Trial Part VIII: Resignation

The Whalley Trial Part VIII: Resignation

September 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

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