Archive for September, 2022

John Colin Campbell

John Colin Campbell: 1935-2022

September 23, 2022 at 12:34 pm

My father died on Wednesday. We’ve been trying to make the usual arrangements during a very unusual time and have finally realized we’ll simply have to wait and see how we weather this storm before announcing visitation and funeral plans. I had decided not to publish next week even beforeRead More

Darryl McDonald, Paqtnkek director of administration; Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul; EverWind CEO Trent Vichie; CEO of Bayside Development Rose Paul and Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston.

Big Wind

September 21, 2022 at 12:26 pm

If you haven’t read Joan Baxter’s two-parter (Part II is here) on EverWind, the US-based company planning to turn Nova Scotia into a regional green hydrogen hub, you really must. Brief commercial break: the Halifax Examiner, like the Cape Breton Spectator, is reader supported and you can purchase a jointRead...

Thoughts on Active Transportation

Thoughts on Active Transportation

September 21, 2022 at 12:23 pm

I am an easily distracted human being who almost didn’t get beyond the second page of CBRM’s 2022 active transportation (AT) plan because it contained this quote:   I can’t remember whether I discovered the British writer and critic Leigh Hunt the summer I was obsessed with Victorian poetry (blameRead...

Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS, 29 March 2017

Pole Positions

September 21, 2022 at 12:22 pm

Editor’s Note: CBRM resident Guy LaFosse wonders why the municipality is not burying the power lines as part of its $10 million Charlotte Street makeover. He shared his letter to councilors with the Spectator.   Good afternoon Councilors, I am writing to you out of a growing concern that aRead...

Kartoffeloptagning (studie) - 1911 By Jens Birkholm -, Public Domain,

It’s Harvest Time, You Tubers!

September 21, 2022 at 12:20 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 25 September 2019.   What to do this week With wind and cold in the forecast – and supposing you haven’t already been hit by frost – it’s time to get serious about the winter food supply. I mean, you‘d better start diggingRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 16, 2022 at 10:20 am

Coal Face “There’s no stone left unturned when it comes to safety with this company”—CBRM District 8 Councilor James Edwards on Kameron Collieries’ decision to reopen the Donkin Mine, CTV Atlantic News, 14 September 2022 The unfortunate reference to stones—the man is, after all, talking about a coal mine proneRead More

About Last Night…

About Last Night…

September 14, 2022 at 3:08 pm

CBRM Council’s regular meeting began last night with the usual mishmash of proclamations that left us with a “Maritime Kids Health Day” (September 14), a “Medic Monday” (September 26),  a “Cape Breton Classic Cruisers Fall Classic Show & Shine Weekend” (September 16-18), a Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15) and anRead More

Library News

Library News

September 14, 2022 at 3:06 pm

There was—even cynical old me has to admit it—good news on the CBRM Central Library file during last night’s CBRM council meeting. In a memo to Council and staff, Mayor Amanda McDougall explained that the old Cape Breton County Courthouse in Sydney’s Wentworth Park (otherwise known as 70 Crescent Street)Read More

Anti-nuclear arms protesters display a banner during the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) rally at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, 2011 by Brian Stansberry, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

State of the State in a Nuclear Age

September 14, 2022 at 3:04 pm

Author’s Note This month’s ‘War & Peace’ column is dedicated to the memory of Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-2022), the last leader of the Soviet Union, who grasped—as he told the United Nations in 1988—that in the nuclear age, “disarmament” is “the most important thing of all, without which no other issueRead More

The Case of the Vanishing Fiberglas Poles

The Case of the Vanishing Fiberglas Poles

September 14, 2022 at 3:02 pm

Spectator readers often have great ideas: case in point, Bill Roberts’ suggestion (contained in this August 24 Letter to the Editor) that it would be interesting to know how much the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) paid to bury utility lines as part of its revamp of Spring Garden Road. Roberts’Read More