Archive for June, 2022

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 17, 2022 at 10:29 am

Coal Dreams Did you know that fluctuations in the market price of coal have a direct impact on the geological conditions in coal mines? When the price of coal rises, these conditions magically improve. It’s an economic-geologic phenomenon begging for further study, in place of which I am simply offeringRead More

Public Money, Private Gain?

Public Money, Private Gain?

June 15, 2022 at 12:36 pm

The Verschuren Centre, once part of Cape Breton University, now a standalone corporation, has received another injection of public money—$6.8 million, to be exact—from the federal and provincial governments. The funding includes: $2.5 million from the provincial government $2 million from ACOA via the Canada Coal Transition Initiative Infrastructure FundRead More

Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline 2020-2022

Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline 2020-2022

June 15, 2022 at 12:34 pm

I last updated my Vice-Admiral Mark Norman/National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) timeline back in 2019, but developments these past two weeks have motivated me to revisit it. Norman, you will recall, was the Canadian naval officer charged with one count of breach of trust for: …leaking cabinet secrets in relation toRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline 2004-2019

June 15, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Editor’s Note: I’ve added new items to the timeline below, but my real update can be found in this new article, for which I’ve written a new introduction. Rather than repeat myself, I thought I’d let the old intro stand because it still serves a purpose: it explains why IRead More

‘No Topic Off the Table’

‘No Topic Off the Table’

June 15, 2022 at 12:31 pm

Back in the March 30th issue of The Cape Breton Spectator, I wrote about the two-year process leading to the 2023 Synod of Bishops, called by Pope Francis in 2021, which asked Catholics across the world to join in “discerning and listening together to the voice of The Holy Spirit”Read More

Deep-planted tomato plant. (Photo by Dave Wallis / The Forum http://www.inforum.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/4261574-getting-tomatoes-fast-start)

Gardening Tips: Not-So-Deadly Nightshades

June 15, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 19 June 2019.   What to do this week It’s been a long time coming this spring, but the apples are in bloom and it’s time to start thinking about – nightshades! Not the deadly kind, of course, but a lot of myRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

Three Celebs and a Baby I recently swore off home reno shows after a friend pointed out to me that they are the worst thing you can possibly watch when you’re looking to improve your own living space because the key to their miraculous design transformations is the removal ofRead More

Affordable Housing Part I: Affordable How?

Affordable Housing Part I: Affordable How?

June 8, 2022 at 12:36 pm

It’s been roughly a year since I wrote about two Nova Scotia housing reports, one by the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission, the other by the Housing for All Working Group of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), NS Office, and after a flurry of “affordable housing” announcements fromRead More

Affordable Housing Part II: Just Like BC?

Affordable Housing Part II: Just Like BC?

June 8, 2022 at 12:34 pm

In a December 2021 article about the difficulties facing non-profit groups trying to develop affordable housing, the CBC’s Elizabeth McMillan spoke to Pauline MacIntosh of the St FX Extension Department who had spent nine months “gathering feedback through the Build Together project, a partnership with a national non-profit based inRead More

Bridging Finance Update

Bridging Finance Update

June 8, 2022 at 12:32 pm

There have been some developments—none that could be considered good—in the Bridging Finance story. As you will recall, the local angle on this tale of a Toronto-based private debt lender in receivership is that Membertou Corporate borrowed $6.8 million from Bridging to invest in Albert Barbusci’s Sydney harbor container terminalRead More