Archive for September, 2020

CBRM District 2 Candidates, Map. Jim Dunphy, Earlene MacMullin

Election 2020: District 2

September 30, 2020 at 12:36 pm

District 2 consists of most of the former town of North Sydney, plus all or part of Bras d’Or, Dalem Lake, Florence, Georges River, Groves Point, Hillside Boularderie, Little Bras d’Or, Mill Creek, Millville, Southside Boularderie, Point Aconi and Upper North Sydney. It is, like most CBRM districts, very oddlyRead More

Meanwhile, in the CBRM…

Meanwhile, in the CBRM…

September 30, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Hired guns CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s executive assistant Mark Bettens (he of the exorbitant travel expenses) and spokesperson Sheilah MacDonald have taken paid vacation to work on Clarke’s re-election campaign. I confirmed this with CAO Marie Walsh this week. There’s nothing to stop them doing this — other than theRead...

Angry Old Testament God

“God’s Will,” Thoughts on Providentialism

September 30, 2020 at 12:26 pm

“It’s God will” is a statement so often heard that when one personally decides s/he no longer accepts it as reasonable, practical, or —  let’s face it — believable, a statement from a high-ranking clergyman in the Catholic Church endorsing such a view, especially with regard to COVID-19, has toRead More

Gardening Tips: Garlic Revisited

Gardening Tips: Garlic Revisited

September 30, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published.   What to do this week I think we had better talk about planting garlic. It’s getting to be that time. I know it doesn’t feel like it because it’s warm, butRead...

Campaign Trail Mix: The Ripple Effect

Campaign Trail Mix: The Ripple Effect

September 26, 2020 at 11:41 am

Debate debacle I tried to watch the Ripple FX TV mayoral debate (by which I mean, the video of it the morning after the actual debate) but couldn’t get past the first few minutes during which both Mayor Cecil Clarke and candidate Chris Abbass were KICKED OUT. Clarke, who wantedRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 25, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Beggaring belief So, it’s done — Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) has completed his work and all that stands between the Port of Sydney and a multi-million dollar terminal for ultra-large container vessels is our decrepit railway. Barbusci told the Cape Breton Post‘s David Jala (who describedRead More

Fire in the Valley below at dusk. Photo by Vernon Wolf.

Letter from Bend: No More Denial

September 23, 2020 at 12:12 pm

The fires are still burning here in Oregon. There are eight confirmed dead with almost 5.000 structures lost. Whole towns were substantially destroyed (look up Detroit, Gates, Blue River, Phoenix, Talent). Forty-thousand people were evacuated. This was not an ordinary year and although there was a terrible nexus of conditionsRead More

CBRM District 3 candidates, 2020 muniicipal elections

Election 2020: District 3

September 23, 2020 at 12:08 pm

District 3 includes Eskasoni First Nation as well as all or parts of Balls Creek, Barrachois, Beaver Cove, Beechmont, Benacadie, Blackett’s Lake, Boisdale, Castle Bay, Christmas Island, Coxheath, East Bay, Edwardsville, Georges River, Gillis Lake, Grand Narrows, Ironville, Islandview, Leitches Creek, Long Island, MacAdam’s Lake, North West Arm, Northside EastRead More

CBRM District 6 Candidates and Map, Municipal Elections 2020

Election 2020: District 6

September 23, 2020 at 12:06 pm

District 6 is located almost entirely within the former city of Sydney — including the neighborhoods of Ashby and the Southend —  but also encompasses a section of Grand Lake Road. It’s shaped sort of like a single-cup coffee filter. (I’ve just realized that I’m probably telling you more aboutRead More

CBRM District 12 candidates, municipal election 2020

Election 2020: District 12

September 23, 2020 at 12:02 pm

District 12 covers part of Sydney (chiefly the Whitney Pier area) and all or part of South Bar, Lingan Road, Grand Lake Road and Victoria Mines. It is totally shaped like a bat: Since time immemorial, by which I mean, since amalgamation, the district has been represented chiefly by JimRead More