Archive for February, 2019

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 15, 2019 at 9:40 am

Better than a poke in the eye Does anyone else find it funny that our globe-trotting, international port promoter may be, even as we speak, sitting in a tree in Florida? I’ve been following Albert Barbusci’s progress in taking over a bankrupt extreme adventure course in Hernando County, Florida, and thisRead...

Ben Eoin Development Group Bags Golf Club

Ben Eoin Development Group Bags Golf Club

February 13, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Word out of Ben Eoin is that 3312636 Nova Scotia Limited — which became Ben Eoin Development Group Inc as of 17 December 2018 — has bought The Lakes Golf Club. Jerry Redmond, the treasurer of Ben Eoin Golf Club Ltd, which had owned the golf course, told me byRead...

Eyking Says Farewell

Eyking Says Farewell

February 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm

On Wednesday morning at 5:42 AM,  I (and 37 other news outlets and reporters) received an email from Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking announcing his decision not to seek re-election this fall. My first thought? Honestly? “How is CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke going to justify running for federal office so soonRead...

Skybox, Rogers Centre, Toronto. Source: Rogers Centre

The Ethicist: Five Reasons to Tax the Rich (#5)

February 13, 2019 at 12:34 pm

The Spectator’s Ethicist, Rachel Haliburton, provides convincing — and sometimes counter-intuitive — arguments as to why making the rich pay their fair share of taxes benefits us all. (Read Reason #1, Reason #2,Reason #3 and Reason #4. For proof the Ethicist is in tune with the current Zeitgeist, read about US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’sRead...

Conflict? What Conflict?

Conflict? What Conflict?

February 13, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Have you seen that video clip of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioning witnesses during a recent hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Committee? The committee was considering strengthening ethics rules for the executive branch of government (i.e. the president) and Ocasio-Cortez used the opportunity to highlight how muchRead...

Soil blockers. (Photo by Michelle Smith)

Gardening Tips: Making Mudpies

February 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm

What to do this week Back in the day, when I got ready to start my transplants, it meant rummaging through my collection of old flower pots, cell packs and cut-down milk cartons. Like all good gardeners I tried to recycle and my Scotch soul hated to buy new plasticRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 8, 2019 at 11:00 am

Cone of Silence I’ve been thinking about the way Stephen McNeil has been quietly turning out the lights in any room in which his government might be held accountable to the public. Just this week, for instance, the Liberals limited the number of times the public accounts committee will meetRead More

Three Cheers for Corporate Welfare!

Three Cheers for Corporate Welfare!

February 6, 2019 at 11:38 am

On January 15, NSBI issued the following press release: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Canadian Maritime Engineering Limited. For over 30 years, the company has serviced a range of marine and industrial companies including machining, mechanical,Read More

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery

Mine Safety (and Media Priorities)

February 6, 2019 at 11:36 am

I’m writing on Wednesday morning and the front page of the Cape Breton Post (print edition) features a story about the management of the Donkin coal mine failing to report a “massive roof cave-in,” in contravention of provincial regulations. To be completely factual: the front page of the Post features aRead More

President Reagan, Vice-President Bush meet with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev on Governor's Island, New York, 1988.

George H.W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Fails

February 6, 2019 at 11:34 am

  Editor’s Note: Spectator contributor Sean Howard begins the New Year with a two-part consideration of the actual legacy — both domestic and global — of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. This month, in Part 2, Howard considers Bush’s foreign policy failures. (Read Part I)  Read More