Archive for September, 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 9 September 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 9 September 2020

September 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, held one of their now-quite-rare COVID-19 updates on Wednesday. The premier had nothing in particular to announce, other than congratulating teachers, staff and especially students for “having the courage” to return to school yesterday. (IRead More

Clockwise from upper left: Cecil Clarke, Amanda McDougall, Chris Abbass, John Strasser, Archie MacKinnon, Kevin MacEachern.

Election 2020: Mayoral Candidates

September 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Tuesday, September 8, was a rather momentous day — not just the first day back to school after an extended absence for Nova Scotian students but Nomination Day in municipalities across the province! Did you feel the electricity? Qualified candidates had until 5:00 PM yesterday to file their nomination papersRead More

When MAID Meets Organ Donation

When MAID Meets Organ Donation

September 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Last month, I wrote about the ethical issues generated by the euphemistic and imprecise term Medical Assistance In Dying (or MAID) and the way in which the change in the law which led to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia had avid supporters (whom I have labelled “optimists”) andRead More

Gardening Tips: Saving Seeds 2.0

Gardening Tips: Saving Seeds 2.0

September 9, 2020 at 4:15 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, I’d like to give you a few tips on how to get started with seed saving. If youRead More

COVID-19/Back-to-School Update for 2 September 2020

COVID-19/Back-to-School Update for 2 September 2020

September 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Briefing Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill briefed reporters today (some in person, some on the phone) on the province’s plan to send students back to their classrooms on September 8. Churchill began by recapping previously announcedRead More

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.

Gardening Tips: Cover Crops

September 2, 2020 at 4:15 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 The main thing I am doing now, besides harvesting, is dealing with cover crops. I’m crimping or otherwise destroying theRead More

Here Come the Municipal Elections!

Here Come the Municipal Elections!

September 2, 2020 at 12:53 pm

I can’t resist. I have to start writing about the CBRM municipal election — beginning with the way the CBRM is providing information about said election to voters. If you go to the CBRM website — which looks like it was designed BEFORE they invented the internet — you’ll beRead More

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 2, 2020 at 12:51 pm

It’s toady time! I confess: I find Anthony Marlowe — CEO of MCI, savior of the Sydney Call Centre — fascinating. So much so that whenever things are slow, or I’m in need of distraction, I tune in to his Twitter stream to see what he’s been getting up to.Read More

David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

COVID Immunity? The Pentagon Budget’s Got It

September 2, 2020 at 12:49 pm

We live, do we not, in an age of chronic partisan dysfunction in Washington, a chasm unbridged even by the coronavirus crisis? But on one issue both sides can reach with ease ‘across the aisle’: the Pentagon budget. On July 21 and 23, the House of Representatives and Senate adoptedRead More

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

September 2, 2020 at 12:47 pm

The early burst of summer weather this COVID season also meant a jump start on my summer reading, thanks to the kindness of a couple of reader friends who offered two bags of books, including only one I had already read — Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín — which I wouldRead More