Archive for March, 2019

Ice Wall, Irish Vale, 2019. Cape Breton Spectator photo.

Ice Walls of Yesteryear

March 20, 2019 at 10:19 am

As of Saturday, the Great Ice Wall of Irish Vale (and the Lesser Ice Wall of Irish Cove) were still attracting visitors (although no one has yet had the sense to start selling hot chocolate and popcorn, a great entrepreneurial opportunity lost in my opinion). I had thought the mediaRead More

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare Funding Fiasco

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare Funding Fiasco

March 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

Whether it is inadequate healthcare services or inadequate equalization funding, the provincial government is sending a not-so-camouflaged message that this part of the province is not in its future development plans. For this discussion, however, I will focus attention to the healthcare issue — as I see it. As ourRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

Thin Blue Island Researching this week’s stories on the Cape Breton Regional Police Service (CBRPS) I ran across a (lengthy) profile of the service which included this amazing paragraph: Although only a small Island, Cape Breton’s beauty, hospitality and culture has made it one of the top vacation destinations worldwide.Read More

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part I)

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part I)

March 13, 2019 at 11:58 am

Note: This is the first of two articles about the recent firing of three Cape Breton Regional Police Service officers and I’m going to begin by saying there is much I do not know about this case — and I’m using the term “this case” to encompass both former ConstableRead More

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part II)

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part II)

March 13, 2019 at 11:56 am

Note: This is the second of two articles on the recent firing of three Cape Breton Regional Police Service officers. You can read Part I here — and you probably should because we’re just going to dive right in where we left off.   Were the cops involved the staffkenneyRead More

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Close the Pentagon, Feed the World!

March 13, 2019 at 11:54 am

In 2003, Peace Quest Cape Breton launched a modest campaign for a ‘Pentagon Vacation’: a two-week (336-hour) reduction in the US Defense Department’s annual budget of $379 million (all figures in US dollars)– a saving, calculating 14 days at a Pentagon Hour (PH) rate of $42 million/hour, of around $14Read More

Sydney's frozen harbor.

Mayor Clarke Takes Back the Port File?

March 13, 2019 at 11:52 am

When CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke began mulling a run for the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative Party back in December 2017, he appeared on the CBC’s Information Morning Cape Breton and was asked by host Steve Sutherland if a win would put progress on the Port of Sydney containerRead More

Glen Innes Soldiers' Settlement Estate - receiving instructions in pruning, 1921.(

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Gardening Tips: Pruning Time

March 13, 2019 at 11:50 am

What to do this week With the prolonged cold weather, there was some serious pouting going on in my house. I wasn’t sure there even should be a column this week and maybe I’m still not certain. But if, like me, you are greatly cheered by a few days ofRead More

Fast & Curious: International Women’s Day Edition

Fast & Curious: International Women’s Day Edition

March 8, 2019 at 11:12 am

Note: In honor of International Women’s Day, I set out to profile Women Unlimited, a women’s group founded in Sydney in the early ’80s. I discovered the group had been formed from the steering committee of a conference held in Sydney around that time and the conference itself was soRead More

When the Emergency is Chronic

When the Emergency is Chronic

March 6, 2019 at 12:52 pm

On February 11, the government of Nova Scotia announced it was “pleased to see” that “Nova Scotia’s economic outlook continues to be positive.” The joy, expressed in a press release from Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey, was sparked by Statistics Canada’s January Labour Force Survey which showed theRead More