Archive for May, 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update for 29 May 2020.

NS COVID-19 Update for 29 May 2020

May 29, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Daily briefing Premier Stephen McNeil began today’s briefing saying that almost 11 weeks (76 days) after the first briefing to announce Nova Scotia’s first COVID-19 cases, today there were “no new cases to report, zero, that’s exciting.” Dr. Robert Strang agreed, saying we’d reached “a significant and encouraging milestone” notingRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 29, 2020 at 10:41 am

The Thick of It [I must begin with a warning to the Spectator’s War and Peace columnist Sean Howard: do not read the following story while drinking a beverage of any description or there will be a spit-take in your future.] Earlier this week, I received an invitation from theRead...

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update for 27 May 2020

NS COVID-Update for 27 May 2020

May 27, 2020 at 5:55 pm

Daily briefing Dr. Robert Strang announced one new case of COVID-19 today. He also explained a discrepancy in the number of recovered cases, which went from 976 yesterday to 975 today, saying it reflected their ongoing efforts to review and update their data. The new case involved a resident atRead More

Council: Garbage, Gardens & Budget Shortfalls

Council: Garbage, Gardens & Budget Shortfalls

May 27, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Editor’s Note: I had to stop watching CBRM’s Tuesday council meeting to tune into the provincial COVID-19 update (full disclosure: I tried to watch both simultaneously with predictable results) and so can only report on half of the council meeting but I promise to watch and report on the restRead...

Photos of damage to CBNS rail line courtesy of CB Railway Victims Association

Keeping the Dream Alive

May 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Operating on the “better late than never” principle, I thought I’d discuss the Nova Scotia government’s decision to continue subsidizing the disused Cape Breton portion of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia (CBNS) short-line railway. In case you’ve just tuned in to this soap opera, the province has beenRead...

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

May 27, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Well, we’ve discovered at least two things since the COVID-19 cloud descended upon us, one being that we won’t be telling our grandchildren about the pandemic since they’re living through it with us and will have their own stories to tell. Secondly, a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) is not onlyRead 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 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written.   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.Read More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update for 26 May 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 26 May 2020

May 26, 2020 at 5:33 pm

Daily briefing Today’s briefing began with Premier Stephen McNeil acknowledging the province’s latest COVID-19-related death, a woman in her 80s in the Central Zone who was not a resident of a long-term-care facility (LTCF). McNeil then reminded viewers of the ongoing fire ban, in light of the wildfires that haveRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update for 22 May 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 22 May 2020

May 22, 2020 at 5:06 pm

Daily briefing Dr. Robert Strang announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, both of which are associated with Halifax’s Northwood long-term-care facility (one resident and one staff member). Both Strang and the premier acknowledged the death, on Thursday, of another Northwood resident, bringing total COVID-19-related deaths in theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 22, 2020 at 11:15 am

MAGAA So, this happened: “Make America Great Again, Again?” In case you’ve forgotten, that’s Anthony Marlowe, the Iowa businessman who bought the Sydney Call Centre in 2019. Julia Marlowe is his wife, who has been appointed deputy White House liaison in the US General Services Administration (GSA). Here’s a descriptionRead...