Archive for January, 2020

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 17, 2020 at 10:40 am

Hello hydro? Did you hear about the new Star Trek series? Star Trek: Atlantica? Here’s a still from the pilot. It shows the commander and crew of the starship Enterprise (now the Regional Enterprise) receiving communications from the Imperator of the Irving Hegemony. Inter-galactic protocols require they turn their backsRead More

Puzzling Over the Port File

Puzzling Over the Port File

January 15, 2020 at 1:36 pm

Each week, I pick a subject and do my research and try to give some sort of coherent account of what I’ve learned but this week — I give up. I’ve been trying to make sense of the latest developments in the Sydney container port saga and I am utterlyRead More

Monster, Chiller, Horror Budget

Monster, Chiller, Horror Budget

January 15, 2020 at 1:34 pm

I do not know what to make of Monday’s “pretend” budget-cutting workshop but I suspect it may be viewed in some quarters as a poor use of a cash-strapped municipality’s resources. To recap: as a prelude to the actual budget process this year, CBRM council held a session on MondayRead More

Why Do Climate Skeptics Distrust the Science?

Why Do Climate Skeptics Distrust the Science?

January 15, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Last month, I argued that, when we think in Marxist terms about the contradictions of capitalism, perhaps the most striking and important contradiction of all is that to make the goods bought and sold to keep the capitalist machine running we are destroying the very planet we depend upon forRead More

Drone shot of RCGS Resolute. Image credit: Island Aerial Media

OOE’s Sea of Troubles

January 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm

The voyage is apparently over for One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). The Polar cruise specialist founded by Westmount native Andrew Prossin, which had been canceling this season’s voyages one by one, has sent a letter to passengers stating it “will enter a formal process of business re-structure in accordance with CanadianRead More

Letter to the Editor: The Last Strike

Letter to the Editor: The Last Strike

January 15, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Editor’s Note: In January 2019, the federal government announced a plan to end the Cape Breton Development Corporation’s (Devco) coal operations — Phelan Mine was to close in late 2000 and Prince Mine to be sold. The original scheme, as reported by the Globe & Mail’s Kevin Cox, would seeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 10, 2020 at 10:15 am

SHIP Show Update Did you catch the latest episode in the SHIP Show? How many times can one program jump the shark? The CBC reported on Wednesday that Membertou Corporate has ” made an investment that gives it a 22.5 per cent stake in Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP),” aRead More

John Geiger, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke and OOE managing director Andrew Prossin in Sydney in August 2017.

One Ocean Expeditions in Hot Water?

January 8, 2020 at 12:51 pm

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), the Squamish, BC-based cruise line founded by Westmount native Andrew Prossin in 2007, has canceled eight of this season’s cruises, leaving angry customers — some of whom have paid as much as (or more than) $20,000 for their tickets —  in its wake. I’ve heard recentlyRead More

Port? What Port? Clarke Looks Back at 2019

Port? What Port? Clarke Looks Back at 2019

January 8, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Listening to Mayor Cecil Clarke’s year-end interview on CBC Information Morning made me feel like Dorothy waking up in Kansas at the end of The Wizard of Oz. Asked for highlights of 2019, Clarke pointed to the official opening of the second cruise ship berth,  which is actually scheduled toRead More

April 23, 2015: NASA and ESA are celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's silver anniversary of 25 years in space by unveiling some of nature's own fireworks — a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides inside a vibrant stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. The comparatively young, 2-million-year-old star cluster contains some of our galaxy's hottest, brightest, and most massive stars. The largest stars are unleashing a torrent of ultraviolet light and hurricane-force winds that etch away the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud. This creates a fantasy celestial landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys. (NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team [Public domain]

Earthlings Beware! Bloated US Defense Budget Includes ‘Space Force’

January 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm

The law I am signing today provides $738 billion – that’s with a “B”. That’s an all-time record. … That brings our total investment in national defense, since my inauguration, to almost two and a half trillion dollars. And what’s the good of a budget if you don’t have theRead More