Archive for November, 2019

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...

CBRM Notes from Last Night

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...

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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 http://oregonrediviva.blogspot.com/2011/10/evaporated-vegetables.html

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...

Frozen Kale. Photo by Ruth Hartnup, Vancouver. CC BY 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80971596

Gardeners, Take Note(s)!

November 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm

What to do this week It’s time to hang up my gardening hat for the season. Oh, there are a few outstanding tasks, like tending the winter kale and putting away this year’s seed crop in tightly lidded mason jars. But like the garden, it is time for this columnRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 15, 2019 at 11:18 am

Any port in a storm? Lisa Raitt was a guest on Canadaland’s OPPO podcast this week (OPPO is sort of like Crossfire for millennials, pitting left-of-center reporter/pundit Justin Ling against right-of-center reporter/pundit Jen Gerson to discuss Canadian politics.) You can listen to what Raitt had to say about why sheRead More

War & Sports (Part I)

War & Sports (Part I)

November 13, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Editor’s Note: This started out as an article about Don Cherry getting fired and turned into an exploration of the militarization of professional sports. You can read Part II here.   It hadn’t occurred to me to write about Don Cherry’s firing — I tend to avoid issues that areRead More

War & Sports (Part II)

War & Sports (Part II)

November 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Editor’s Note: This is Part II of what started out as an article about Don Cherry getting fired and turned into an exploration of the militarization of professional sports. You can read Part I here.   Back in 2015, this relationship between the military and professional sports was the subjectRead More

Minimalism: A (Pseudo) Ethical Lifestyle

Minimalism: A (Pseudo) Ethical Lifestyle

November 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Last month, I considered the surprising popularity of the KonMari method of organizing our homes, and argued that the attractiveness of this approach to decluttering results, at least in part, from our recognition of our disordered relationship with our stuff, and that this disordered relationship negatively affects our lives. WhatRead More

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My Call Is Important to You?

November 13, 2019 at 12:52 pm

This is a quick follow-up to my October 30 articles about stress and call center jobs, the first of which was basically a review of On the Clock, What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane, by Philadelphia-based journalist Emily Guendelsberger, who took three low-wage jobsRead More