Articles by: Spectator Reader

Letter to the Editor: High Price for Virtual Education

Letter to the Editor: High Price for Virtual Education

February 17, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Why are Canadian universities charging unconscionably high tuition fees for a virtual online education? It is bad enough that Canada, unlike the Western European Nations France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, does not offer free tuition to her beleaguered young citizens but Canadian universities (e.g. Dalhousie) areRead More

Letter to the Editor: Racism on the Water

Letter to the Editor: Racism on the Water

October 14, 2020 at 1:47 pm

On Thursday, September 25, in St. Peters on Cape Breton Island, Gilbert Boucher, president of the association that represents fishers in southern Cape Breton, commented on the Potlotek First Nations intention to begin a moderate livelihood fishery. The Chronicle Herald quoted him as saying “They are just exercising their right,”Read More

Green Gardens at Gros Morne, Gulf of St. Lawrence Photo by Patrick Mueller from apex, usa / CC BY (

Letter to the Editor: Experiential Education

July 8, 2020 at 11:47 am

How did you learn best? How do we learn best about anything? How do we retain what we have learned best? Learning styles have been written about since the dawn of time. To see, hear, touch, smell, read, experience – which one do you learn best from? My Mom, DadRead...

Letter to the Editor: Economic Pandemic

Letter to the Editor: Economic Pandemic

June 24, 2020 at 1:02 pm

In a circumstance where the whole world economy is based on debt, has the COVID pandemic given us any cause to consider the eventual economic one? Anybody who has been paying attention should know that from the smallest consumer to the largest sovereign economies (US/China) and every government in between,Read More

Change to Library Funding Formula Overdue

Change to Library Funding Formula Overdue

June 17, 2020 at 12:59 pm

To the patrons and friends of the CBRL network, Recently the board of the Cape Breton Regional Library has been encouraged to review the discussion regarding the new central library. We have also been happy to see discussion around what steps are currently underway to ensure progress is, in fact,Read More

Letter to the Editor: COVID ‘What Ifs?’

Letter to the Editor: COVID ‘What Ifs?’

June 10, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Historians will tell us that major social change is often the result of tragedy or catastrophe. As we struggle to overcome the ravages of the COVID virus and the resulting adjustments to our normal social interaction, what if it all could result in some real long-term benefit? Social media andRead More

Aerial view Donkin Mine. (Source: Morien Resources)

Yet More Donkin Debate

April 8, 2020 at 2:42 pm

We created Morien Resources to be a vehicle of prosperity for Nova Scotians. Its two primary assets, the Donkin Mine and the Black Point Aggregates Project, are located in communities with high unemployment. Many members of these communities have to choose between low paying seasonal jobs or travelling to otherRead More

NS Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, 30 March 2020

Letter to the Editor: Coverage Too Negative

April 8, 2020 at 2:40 pm

I have just finished reading, with an open mind, Mary Campbell’s article about the COVID update for this past weekend. As a former Cape Bretoner (I now live in the Annapolis Valley), I was dismayed at the very negative tone of the article. It is rife with sarcasm over anyRead More

Donkin Debate Continues

Donkin Debate Continues

April 3, 2020 at 10:21 am

It is unfortunate that Stephen Drake’s letter was published before our company, Morien Resources, distributed the truth of the situation in a press release this morning [April 2]. I would like to add some proper context to Drake’s letter and correct some inaccuracies. I am submitting this letter because thoseRead More

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery

Letter to the Editor: Donkin Mine Saga Continues

April 1, 2020 at 3:40 pm

I began my mining career in 1977 and have been an eye witness to the Donkin saga since the day Pierre Elliot Trudeau announced his National Energy Program (NEP) in the 1980s. The NEP earmarked $2 billion dollars for expansion of the Cape Breton coal industry and Donkin Mine wasRead More