Archive for May, 2019

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

Sino-Nova Scotian relations I honestly don’t know what to make of Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s apparently chummy relations with China at a time when Canada and the People’s Republic are barely speaking (and Port of Sydney promoter Albert Barbusci has been cruelly abandoned by his Chinese backers, a factRead More

What a Real Port Announcement Looks Like

What a Real Port Announcement Looks Like

May 29, 2019 at 10:55 am

My judgement of port announcements has been forever damaged by what passes for them at the Port of Sydney (where the word “partner” is applied so broadly it has lost all meaning) but Tuesday’s announcement by the Port Authority in Québec has the ring of actual development about it: TheRead More

Top: La Dune de Bouctouche; Bottom: Percé

On the Boardwalks of Bouctouche & Percé

May 29, 2019 at 10:53 am

The Spectator squeezed in a working holiday this past week, driving from Sydney to Québec City by way of New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast and the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s very early in the season, which has its positives — no crowds or blackflies — and its negatives — very little isRead More

CBRM Mobile Command Centre (Source: CBC)

How Mobile is the Mobile Command Center?

May 29, 2019 at 10:51 am

Almost exactly three years ago today, during Police Week 2016, the Cape Breton Regional Police Services (CBRPS) unveiled its new Mobile Command Center as part of a “Police Week display” at Centre 200. The CBC described the Mobile Command Center as a “custom-built, high-tech” vehicle for “fire and police servicesRead More

A quarter-inch-long parasitic wasp, Peristenus digoneutis, prepares to lay an egg in a tarnished plant bug nymph. (Photo by Scott Bauer, US Dept of Agriculture, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Friends & Foes

May 29, 2019 at 10:49 am

What to do this week Having got the early spring planting well underway, it is time for me to turn my attention to orchard chores. The trees are budding out and many are already at the green tip stage. It only takes a few days of warm weather for thingsRead More

The Port File: Spin Vs Fact

The Port File: Spin Vs Fact

May 29, 2019 at 10:47 am

I was looking over some old files as I was writing the article on the fine line between reporting and enabling and I came across a list I compiled of dubious assertions by proponents of the CBRM container port project in December 2015, seven months after the CBRM signed itsRead More

WestJet check-in, Regina Airport (Photo by Johnnyw3, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Letter to the Editor: Grounded

May 29, 2019 at 10:45 am

This past Wednesday I was to take a long-awaited flight from Sydney to Toronto. My daughter was getting married. On that particular day, I was flying early (5:45AM) so I could have a full day especially to meet my future son-in-law’s parents from India. My son-in-law has spent much ofRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 24, 2019 at 8:30 am

Free the information CBRM Municipal Clerk Deborah Campbell Ryan got back to me Tuesday night about another FOIPOP I submitted back in April looking for information about a matter before council. Her original estimate of the fee I would be required to pay for this (public) information was $215 andRead More

Akademik Ioffe, Gulf of Boothia. (Source: Nunatsiaq News https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/tsb-continues-its-look-august-2018-cruise-ship-grounding-in-nunavut/)

One Ocean, One Ship

May 22, 2019 at 11:08 am

If you were wondering why Andrew Prossin of One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), the Canadian cruise line specializing in Arctic and Antarctic cruises, canceled his keynote address at Sydney’s Port Days this year, you may have gotten your answer this morning: The Russian Academy of Sciences P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology,Read More

When Reporting Becomes Enabling

When Reporting Becomes Enabling

May 22, 2019 at 11:06 am

Reporters are constantly deciding which stories they will chase and which they won’t. They are always sizing people up and determining whether or not they are credible; doing background research to ensure what they’re being told is true; talking to people who might have another view of an issue orRead More