Archive for October, 2020

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 30, 2020 at 11:11 am

Providing Coverage On Tuesday, October 27, at about 12:45 PM, police were contacted about a body discovered in the abandoned train station at 75 Dodd Street in Sydney. Writing about this on Wednesday, I guessed that over the next few days we’d be discussing the problem of homelessness in ourRead...

NS COVID-19 Update for 28 October 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 28 October 2020

October 28, 2020 at 3:32 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil began today’s briefing by noting that in the two weeks since the last one, Nova Scotia has announced 10 cases of COVID-19, five of which remain active. No one is in hospital. Dr. Robert Strang said nine of those 10 cases were related to travel outsideRead More

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

Dereliction of Duty

October 28, 2020 at 12:25 pm

The discovery of human remains in the derelict train station on Dodd Street in Sydney is a horrifying development in the debate about the building’s future that began in council this summer. But more importantly, it’s an indictment of our failure, as a community, to provide for the most vulnerableRead More

Election Post-Mortem

Election Post-Mortem

October 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm

I read with interest the Post article about municipal candidates filing complaints against the CBRM’s returning officer with the provincial Ombudsman, although the first thing that occurred to me was that a call to declare an election “null and void” would probably have more weight coming from a mayoral candidateRead More

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Port of Halifax berth extension, 23 October 2020. HPA CEO Allan Gray is front row, center. (HPA photo)

Berth Announcement at Port of Halifax

October 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Editor’s Note: Rick Grant, who keeps an eye on all things port, attended a rare Open House at the Port of Halifax on Friday and offered to report on what he saw for the Spectator. I accepted, although Halifax is usually beyond the scope of my reporting, because Grant andRead More

The Shore Road Sessions stage. (Photo by Buddy MacDonald)

Shore Road Sessions: Bright Spot in a Dark Season

October 28, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Like many people since the advent of the coronavirus, Shauna Walters found herself with more downtime than usual this spring, so she used some of it to landscape the back yard of her home in Whitney Pier. Unlike many people, she looked around at the finished space and saw —Read More

Pope Francis, 25 October 2020. (Source: Vatican News)

Unpacking Francis’ “Same-Sex Union” Remarks

October 28, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Reporters and religious writers who cover the Vatican are already going to great lengths to make sure that Catholics, especially LGBTQ Catholics, realize that Pope Francis’ statement re “civil unions” changes nothing as far as the Catholic Church’s stand on homosexuality and its definition of “marriage” is concerned. (The latterRead More

(Source: ICAN, Twitter, @nuclearban)

UN Begins Countdown to Nuclear Ban Treaty

October 28, 2020 at 12:17 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator’s Sean Howard will be back next week with his regular, monthly column, but he sent along a press release from Peace Quest Cape Breton about an important development in the progress of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW):   On October 24Read More

By Matt MacGillivray from Toronto, Canada - Black-capped Chickadee, CC BY 2.0,

Winter Preparations: A Slightly Lazy Gardener’s Guide

October 28, 2020 at 12:15 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 It’s time to wrap up the gardening season, but there doesn’t need to be a wholesale effort to rake and tidy up before winter. It’sRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 23, 2020 at 10:33 am

Status quo Membertou voters are apparently content with the council they have — yesterday’s vote saw Chief Terry Paul and 10 councilors re-elected. And one of the “new” faces on council — Anthony (Ike) Paul —  served as a councilor previously (for 28 years, according to his bio). Electoral OfficerRead More