Archive for August, 2020

Top: Protesters call for public consultation on location of new Sydney Fire Station (2 March 2020). Bottom: Proposed site of new station. (IAFF report)

Station Location Petition Submission [Updated]

August 20, 2020 at 11:15 am

This, I have decided, is a story about how difficult it can be for citizens to have their voices heard in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. It begins in August 2019, when the province announced its intention to move the NSCC Marconi Campus to the Sydney waterfront. The land earmarkedRead More

B0NNRP Syringe and a bottle of morphine

Assisted Suicide: A Slippery Slope?

August 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized the prohibition on assisted suicide, a decision which led to the legalization of assisted suicide (when an individual ends her own life with the help of another, usually a physician) and voluntary active euthanasia (when someone gives permission to another person –Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 19, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Once more to the polls! I have yet to decide how to cover this fall’s municipal elections in the CBRM. Back in 2016 — the year I launched the Spectator  — I chose to focus on the women running for office in part because I am one person and couldRead More

Beets. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Getting to the Root of Things

August 19, 2020 at 2:45 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 This week, we are still on harvesting, and mid-season busy-ness. I am now digging up my early variety potatoes —Read More

Land for Sale

Summer of My German Property Developer

August 5, 2020 at 2:51 pm

I just paid €1 to subscribe to Der Spiegel for a month so I could read that Martin Doerry article about “right-wing conspiracy ideologists” luring “like-minded” Germans to Cape Breton, an island, as Doerry helpfully explains, connected to mainland Nova Scotia by “a dam with a swing bridge.” (I usedRead More

Family seated in a Kidde Kokoon, an underground fallout shelter manufactured by Walter Kidde Nuclear Laboratories of Garden City, Long Island. United Press photo (1955)

No Shelter from the Storm

August 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm

The New Yorker’s ‘Talk of the Town’ recently reported how, in the depths of the Big Apple’s COVID-19 lockdown, musician David Mansfield discovered a rusted hatch in his overgrown backyard. Prizing it open, he descended a ladder to a nuclear fall-out shelter, a claustrophobic capsule – or “David Bowie tinRead More

Back to the One-Room Schoolhouse?

Back to the One-Room Schoolhouse?

August 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm

As predicted, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s long-awaited plan for getting students back to school in September has been met with push-back and “yeah-buts” from both opposition parties, the NSTU and CUPE Nova Scotia, who feel it is short on details about how, exactly, it’sRead More

Garlic. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Harvesting Garlic

August 5, 2020 at 2:45 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 Let the serious harvest begin! (Depending, of course, on what you have planted.) Many of us plant garlic, and mineRead More