Archive for September, 2019

Okay, Stop: Right to Know Week Edition

Okay, Stop: Right to Know Week Edition

September 18, 2019 at 1:54 pm

During last night’s regular monthly meeting of the Cape Breton Regional Council, District 5 Councilor Eldon MacDonald moved that the week of September 23 to 29 be declared “Right to Know” Week in the CBRM. I laughed. I cried. And I thought of all the things I would like toRead More

Photo: Baden de, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59991987

Picking Up Post-Storm

September 18, 2019 at 1:52 pm

What to do this week Unsurprisingly, given this last week, I am in salvage mode. Few gardens escaped the effects of the hurricane, and autumnal frost warnings have started, so the rush has begun to reap and gather as much as I can. First off, I am assessing the damageRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

Dorian I begin with a shout-out to those of you who have yet to get your power back and are…unable to read this. Yeah, that didn’t really make much sense, did it? I want to be very cautious writing about Nova Scotia’s Dorian experience, given the Bahamas’ Dorian experience, whichRead More

American Factory, Canadian Port?

American Factory, Canadian Port?

September 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

I know I said I was going to hang this week’s content on “recent developments” in stories I’d already covered but this story is an exception: I’m hanging this one on the fact that there have been no recent developments in a story I’ve covered extensively (some might say obsessively)Read More

Viability, Police and Absenteeism

Viability, Police and Absenteeism

September 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Editor’s Note: Dorian wreaked some havoc with my ability to work this week, so I am easing back into regular publication by noting some recent developments in stories I’ve already covered. The bottom line, though, is that I am back, I have bought new school supplies (I am not kidding,Read More

Fired CBRPS Cops Get Review Board Hearing

Fired CBRPS Cops Get Review Board Hearing

September 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Editor’s Note: Dorian wreaked some havoc with my ability to work this week, so I am easing back into regular publication by noting some recent developments in stories I’ve already covered. The bottom line, though, is that I am back, I have bought new school supplies (I am not kidding,Read More

Troops of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade going ashore to establish a beachhead. Bernières-Sur-Mer, Normandy, June 6, 1945 By Tylerweatherill - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67783443

A Box Full of Books

September 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm

My summer 2019 reading followed a truly strange and definitely unexpected path, one with an interesting and educational, if horrifying, twist that saw me become absorbed in the devastation and death of war. It began with a paperback, torn into two pieces and lacking a back cover, hidden away amongRead More

McIntosh apple. (Photo by User:MarkusHagenlocher CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips from Septembers Past

September 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm

What to do this week The Spectator‘s gardening columnist will be back to her regular schedule next week. (Full disclosure: the Spectator forgot to tell her we were resuming the weekly publication schedule as of September 11. Sorry Michelle!) Luckily, she has written oodles of advice for September gardeners, andRead More

Irish Cove, Cape Breton, Spectator photo

About This Week’s Issue…

September 4, 2019 at 10:06 am

After a wonderful summer on a bi-weekly publication schedule, I had fully expected to be back to business as usual this week, but the universe had different ideas. On Sunday I lost one of my oldest and dearest friends — an actual “friend of my youth” — and I foundRead More

Toronto's Eaton Centre, facing south. (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Acedia and Consumerism

September 4, 2019 at 10:04 am

I am sitting in a board game café as I write this month’s column. I have my phone on the table in front of me, and I am surrounded by young people, most of whom are using computers and/or are holding phones in their hands. Our phones and our computersRead More