Archive for April, 2019

Jail is…Great?

Jail is…Great?

April 17, 2019 at 12:23 pm

When I saw the headline “Life in lockup“on the front page of Tuesday’s Cape Breton Post I was impressed — a full, front page story (and two additional pages inside) exploring life in the Cape Breton Correctional Facility? SaltWire actually doing a valuable “deep dive?” Excellent. And then I readRead...

This is the first duplex built in the Cossitt Heights subdivision. (George Mortimer/CBC)

Delayed Development

April 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Coverage of “developer” Jim Kehoe’s Cossitt Heights Park has made my eyes cross so firmly that typing has become a challenge, but I will persevere. It all started (the story, not the Kehoe coverage) in 1991 (pre-amalgamation) when the Cossitt Heights Industrial Park was established on Upper Prince Street inRead...

Pope Benedict XVI

No Act of Contrition: Benedict XVI on Sexual Abuse

April 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm

I wonder how Pope Francis feels about having a 92-year-old armchair quarterback living in a neat little cottage somewhere behind the Vatican who suddenly decides to “unpack” the sexual abuse crisis, its causes and solutions? Retired Pope Benedict XVI has decided to share his enlightened version of the worst scandalRead...

Artist's rendering of Cape Breton Regional Hospital expansion.

Okay, Stop: Ministerial Edition

April 17, 2019 at 12:17 pm

One thing I feel absolutely no compulsion to print is op-eds by sitting politicians. My job is not to help elected officials get their carefully crafted messages to the electorate. My job is to hold elected officials accountable. So when I received a healthcare op-ed “written” by Energy and MinesRead...

Common Eastern Bumble Bee By Ryan Hodnett - CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77407413

Gardening Tips: Birds and Bees (and Berries)

April 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week If you are thinking about reducing the area of lawn you have to mow, or any other sort of larger landscaping project, you might want to do your bit to encourage biodiversity and incorporate native plants in your design. I am doing this myself thisRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 12, 2019 at 9:20 am

Caveat emptor So, this happened:   Ian Scott elaborated on the lawsuit in an interview with Ryan Ross of Charlottetown’s Guardian newspaper (also part of the SaltWire empire) saying: “If your counterparty is not being honest or is hiding things, there’s a lot of stuff that you can’t really determineRead More

Source: Cape Breton Post

We’re Funding the Birches at Ben Eoin Expansion

April 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm

What I will be watching for is to see if [Ben Eoin Development Group Inc] come back to the  public looking for further support — whether as a for-profit business or hiding behind the skirts of the not-for-profit Ben Eoin Recreation — because honestly, I think we’ve done our part.Read More

NSCC Marconi Campus (Source: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=7UWWSMK287E)

Marconi Move?

April 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Monday’s announcement about new capital projects at three Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses got me to wondering about the status of the feasibility study into moving the NSCC Marconi Campus to Downtown Sydney. In case you missed the announcement, the three projects — worth an estimated $24 million —Read More

Canary. (Photo by Juan Emilio [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Are Students the Canaries in Our Coal Mines?

April 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Over the last few decades, universities — or, at least, many university administrators, working in tandem with ministries of education —  have increasingly embraced the idea that the role of the university is to prepare students for jobs that already exist in the marketplace. This has left many traditional universityRead More

Lotus Head from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]

And Now, a Word from Your Planet

April 10, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Note:  Climate change is freaking me out. More to the point: our general refusal to acknowledge the threat of climate change is freaking me out. This province is cutting down trees and digging up coal and threatening the health of rivers like it was 1819, not 2019, so I’ve decidedRead More