Archive for November, 2019

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 29, 2019 at 6:45 am

Seo muc The title of this item is Scots Gaelic for “This is a pig,” a phrase I just learned via a language app on my phone. I have always wanted to learn Gaelic and this just might be my ticket — I am a ridiculously competitive person and thisRead More

(Source: Police Car Web Site Source: Police Car Web Site

Cape Breton Regional Police Rolling Stock: Buying

November 27, 2019 at 11:08 am

Remember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It’s always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions. — Ford Police Vehicles website   I wrote the “rolling stock” headline for this article two weeks ago, when I first startedRead More

Cape Breton Regional Police Rolling Stock: Selling

Cape Breton Regional Police Rolling Stock: Selling

November 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

In addition to buying new police vehicles, the CBRM also sells old ones. Between 2012 and 2019 (the period for which I could access tender information on the provincial procurement website) there were seven such sales and I was able to find information about six of them. You’ll notice theRead More

Processed meats in a supermarket. (Photo by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

About That Meat Study…

November 27, 2019 at 11:04 am

“Our approach has been very different than previous approaches,” says Bradley Johnston, PhD, an author on all six papers and a co-founder of NutriRECS. “We’ve taken the individual approach rather than societal. We believe that people should be fully informed when they make health care decisions based on best estimatesRead More

Kim Campbell featured on the cover of Chatelaine Magazine as Woman of the Year. (Source:

Yes, Ms. Minister

November 27, 2019 at 11:02 am

The Halifax International Security Forum took place in Halifax this past weekend and raised a few eyebrows when it became public that an all-male panel would be holding forth on women’s contribution to that industry. Is it possible that those responsible for choosing participants for that particular panel decided thatRead More

While the Gardener’s Away…

While the Gardener’s Away…

November 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

Michelle Smith is taking a well-deserved break, leaving me with some space to fill for the month of December. Rather than choosing a theme and trying to stick to it, I think I will simply write about whatever strikes my fancy each week. This week is easy because something unusualRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 22, 2019 at 8:44 am

Boys’ night out Here’s the actual social note about that Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation “reception” Mayor Cecil Clarke co-hosted with Cape Breton Eagles owner Irwin Simon in Toronto on Wednesday. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I feel like there’s something missing from this photo: AccordingRead More

CBRM Council Chambers, 2017. (Photo by WayeMason [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons)

CBRM Notes from Last Night

November 20, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Between last night’s CBRM regional council meeting and the stories I’ve been working on but haven’t quite pulled together yet, there are a number of things I want to discuss briefly this week. So I’m going to discuss them briefly this week. (There are advantages to being the boss.)  Read More

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Water Part I: Bottled

November 20, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Two things inspired this week’s feature story: the first was an Agence France-Presse article about a Michigan township that is trying to fight a deal under which the Swiss-based food conglomerate Nestlé may be allowed to pump 400 gallons of water per minute from a local wellhead for an annualRead More

Source: Oregon Rediviva

Trade Promotion: 1890s Style

November 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is on yet another pilgrimage to China as I write, “engaging” with the Chinese rather than isolating them because, according to what he told reporters just prior to his departure, that’s how you show non-democracies “what democracies have to offer.” At first I thought heRead More