Archive for July, 2020

Better Late Than Never: Council & Community Notes

Better Late Than Never: Council & Community Notes

July 22, 2020 at 11:24 am

My attention span has an inverse relationship with the temperature, so I’m just going to highlight a few items that have caught my eye on the local scene of late, one of which reminded me to send a FOIPOP, most of which just caused me to go “hmmmm.”   MarconiRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 22, 2020 at 11:22 am

Managing expectations Students of local municipal politics! Given that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke seems to be pretty obviously running for a third term (despite announcing on election night in 2016 that he would do no such thing) I invite you to compare and contrast the following items: Exhibit A ARead More

New Zealand coastline. (Photo by Charmead Schella)

Letter from New Zealand: COVID a World Away

July 22, 2020 at 11:20 am

Editor’s Note: Many years ago in Prague, I had a very boring job, the silver of lining of which was the opportunity to meet a very good person — a fellow Canadian named Charmead Schella. She now lives in New Zealand, a country that has distinguished itself internationally by itsRead More

Tomato plant. Photo by Edukeralam (Navaneeth Krishnan S), CC BY-SA 3.0, from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Step Away from the Tomatoes!

July 22, 2020 at 11:15 am

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 This week is a good time to talk about pruning tomatoes and hilling potatoes. Perhaps the most talked about controversyRead More

Former train station, 75 Dodd Street, Sydney, NS.

Too Big to Tear Down?

July 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

The former Sydney train station, located at 75 Dodd Street, is no stranger to controversy, by which I mean, it used to have the name of a brand of beer emblazoned on one end in letters so large, puzzled travelers thought they’d arrived in the City of Olands. I knewRead More

MV Confederation departing Caribou NS for Wood Islands, PEI, 26 June 2020. (Photo by Rick Grant)

Paying the Ferryman

July 8, 2020 at 11:53 am

Many Nova Scotians grumble about the huge subsidies the provincial government pays to keep the Yarmouth Ferry running (or not running, as the case may be), but the combined bill for that service and two others in the province  might leave those same Nova Scotians gobsmacked — over the pastRead More

Color shot, Trinity nuclear test, 16 July 1945

Trinity’s Shockwave Rolls On

July 8, 2020 at 11:51 am

“It was an awesome spectacle; anyone who has ever seen an atomic explosion will never forget it. And all in compete silence; the bang came minutes later, quite loud though I had plugged my ears, and followed by a long rumble like heavy traffic very far away. I can stillRead More

Could New Halifax Crane End Sydney’s Port Dream?

Could New Halifax Crane End Sydney’s Port Dream?

July 8, 2020 at 11:49 am

Last week, PSA Halifax (formerly Halterm) took delivery of a piece of equipment that may signal the end of the Port of Sydney’s container terminal dream. The Singapore-based port operator — one of the largest in the world — received a Super Post Panamax (SPPX) crane ordered 18 months ago,Read More

Green Gardens at Gros Morne, Gulf of St. Lawrence Photo by Patrick Mueller from apex, usa / CC BY (

Letter to the Editor: Experiential Education

July 8, 2020 at 11:47 am

How did you learn best? How do we learn best about anything? How do we retain what we have learned best? Learning styles have been written about since the dawn of time. To see, hear, touch, smell, read, experience – which one do you learn best from? My Mom, DadRead...

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update, 6 July 2020.

NS COVID-19 for 6 July 2020

July 6, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Daily briefing I hadn’t expected to do a COVID-19 report today, but there was a surprise briefing with Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang (sporting what I believe was a Bugs Bunny tie), so I thought I’d catch you up. This will not be lengthy, because the point ofRead More