Archive for November, 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 27 November 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 27 November 2020

November 27, 2020 at 7:41 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil announced nine new cases of COVID-19 today in the Central Zone, one of which is a student at Bedford South School. McNeil said the school has been closed for a deep clean and contact testing is underway. Dr. Strang said there were 118 active cases (theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 27, 2020 at 10:30 am

Ahem… Back in May of 2019, I wrote a story with the headline, “This is what a REAL port announcement looks like,” in which I contrasted what was happening at the Port of Québec — which had announced a deal with CN and Hatchet Ports to build and operate theRead...

New Season of “CBRM Council” Debuts

New Season of “CBRM Council” Debuts

November 25, 2020 at 11:52 am

The first episode of the new season of CBRM Council was three hours long, featured a bunch of new characters and offered up at least one new twist in an old plot. It seems to have been filmed in a black light theater although, sadly, none of the councilors tookRead...

Embracing Winter: The Cold Club

Embracing Winter: The Cold Club

November 25, 2020 at 11:50 am

There is probably as much to do in Cape Breton in winter as there is in summer and fall, and this winter, what with COVID-19 and all, may be a great time to try out spending some time in our own great outdoors; you can do it without getting coldRead...

Homeless encarmpment, Northeast Portland (Photo by

Shelter from the Coming Storms

November 25, 2020 at 11:49 am

I don’t really know the situation today, but in the 1950s, working for the church especially as a secretary, I got to know those who were referred to as “stemmers.” They were the dedicated few who every so often rang the glebe house doorbell in search of a dollar orRead...

“Cape Breton’s Christmas” Survives COVID

“Cape Breton’s Christmas” Survives COVID

November 25, 2020 at 11:45 am

The Spectator heard from Breton Books this week and the news is good: the seventh edition of Cape Breton’s Christmas, publisher Ron Caplan’s annual book of seasonal stories and memories, has appeared this year despite the extenuating circumstances that have constituted pretty much everything related to 2020. Caplan says COVID-19Read More

NS COVID-19 Briefing for 24 November 2020

NS COVID-19 Briefing for 24 November 2020

November 24, 2020 at 7:39 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil began by announcing 37 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing active cases to 87. Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said that 72% of these active cases involve people in the 18-35 demographic. Of the 37 new cases, 35 are in theRead More

NS COVID Update for 20 November 2020

NS COVID Update for 20 November 2020

November 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang announced stricter COVID-19 measures in a targeted area of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and across the province as Public Health announced five new cases today (including one announced yesterday evening) and 28 active cases. That’s nine new cases since the lastRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm

In Praise of US Healthcare? All the things happening in this world — ALL THE THINGS — and I spend my morning worrying about Adrian White’s op-ed in Wednesday’s Cape Breton Post. What is wrong with me? It’s not like President-elect Joe Biden — to whom White directs a barrageRead More

Sydney’s Casino at 25: Membertou at the Table

Sydney’s Casino at 25: Membertou at the Table

November 18, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Editor’s Note: Sydney’s casino turned 25 this summer and to mark its quarter-century, Rob Csernyik has been taking an in-depth look at the promises — and realities — of casino gambling in Cape Breton. In this fourth and final piece, he contrasts the CBRM with a community (within its ownRead...