Articles by: Spectator Reader

Canadian moose. (Source: CBC)

Cull of the Wild: The North Mountain Moose Harvest

August 8, 2018 at 11:34 am

It’s easy for people to not think about moose culls in our national park during the summer; however, for anybody wanting more details about the annual moose cull in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the 2017 Moose Harvest Summary Document can provide information. It is a short read, butRead More

Letter to the Editor: From Here to Diversity?

Letter to the Editor: From Here to Diversity?

August 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

I am writing this letter as a follow up to my letter printed in the Spectator on 6 June 2018 regarding staffing at CBRM. Since then, CBRM posted a call for expression of interest from citizens willing to serve on the CBRM Diversity Committee and as a result the followingRead More

"Fairy Island" from the book Elves and Fairies by Ida Rentoul, 1916. (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: In Search of Fairy Tales

July 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

About three years ago, I produced a show for CBC’s Land and Sea on Fairy Culture in Cape Breton. Fairies meaning “little people” or in Mi’kmaq culture “Wiklatmu’j.” It was so well received that I have decided to write a book about the same project. I have several publishers interested.Read More

Police line. (Photo by By Tony Webster [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: Compassion in Accident Coverage

June 13, 2018 at 11:58 am

I absolutely detest the lack of compassion the media have during tragic times. On 2 November 2014, my 20-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It was awful for us to repeatedly see my daughter’s overturned car posted and used in story after story. YesterdayRead More

Letter to the Editor: People Are Talking About CBRM Staffing

Letter to the Editor: People Are Talking About CBRM Staffing

June 6, 2018 at 11:50 am

There are two sides to a pancake; however, every day there are lots of chats on staffing at CBRM, whether it be in the coffee shops, taverns, living rooms or wherever. Sometimes they start with: “It’s who you know down there.” Or someone mentions a name of someone just hiredRead More

Source: Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttnNrEFkuVQ

Letter to the Editor: Defective TIR Record-Keeping

June 6, 2018 at 11:49 am

I recently had an experience with my first ever FOIPOP [freedom of information/protection of privacy] request, made in regard to the “Annual Condition Defects Report” which, according to Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (TIR) documents, is required to be formulated by November 30th of each year by eachRead More

Parks staff lighting a prescribed fire at La Mauricie National Park (Source: Parks Canada)

Letter to the Editor: Parks Canada, Protecting Wildlife?

May 30, 2018 at 11:45 am

At what point did Parks Canada develop such a callous disregard for the lives of living creatures? Moose, cormorants, deer, elk, coyote, wolves and other creatures have all caught the eye of Parks Canada management at various times. Recently, in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a prescribed fire wasRead More

Equalization: Thrust & Parry

Equalization: Thrust & Parry

April 25, 2018 at 11:28 am

Editor’s Note: Equalization has colonized a lot of space on the Op-Ed pages of the Cape Breton Post lately (and here in the Spectator too). Personally, I’m just delighted to see the issue get an airing — I feel like it got stored away in a cupboard when former CBRMRead More

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

April 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

Dear Premier McNeil: I am writing with regard to the issue of the Nova Scotia government’s distribution of the Federal Equalization Transfers,  public concern over which has now reached a critical level here on Cape Breton Island, and in other non-metropolitan areas of the province. I was part of aRead...

Letter to the Editor: Cape Breton District Assembly

Letter to the Editor: Cape Breton District Assembly

March 28, 2018 at 11:45 am

Unlike David Johnson’s March 23rd rhetorical spin-doctoring CB Post article citing me as an ill-founded separatist, I do indeed retort with a bold vision forward for Cape Breton Island (CBI), rooted in sound legal principles and a viable political structure which, to succeed, needs to be shaped and implemented by CapeRead More