Articles by: Spectator Reader

Letter to the Editor: The Province of CBI

Letter to the Editor: The Province of CBI

March 14, 2018 at 9:30 am

Cape Breton Island (CBI) was annexed in 1820 without the consent of the Governor of CBI or consent of the island residents. Annexation was in response to the Crown losing a tax case 1816-1820 to two CBI mine owners, over Crown tax demands of the residents of CBI. In response,Read...

Top: Kameron coal truck by Yvonne LeBlanc Smith, CBC Cape Breton.  Bottom: Lingan coal-fired generating station, Cape Breton (Photo by By Ken Heaton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: Trucks versus Trains

February 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

I have been keeping a jaundiced eye on the Cape Breton coal trucking story since the 1980s when my friend Leo Evans was shining a public spotlight on the decision by Devco to “rubberize” a part of its coal transportation system.   Made no sense then – makes no sense now.Read More

Letter to the Editor: President Dingwall’s Management-Speak

Letter to the Editor: President Dingwall’s Management-Speak

February 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Cape Breton University may need a new president but does it have to be David “Entitled to my Entitlements” Ding-wall? I thought he was good for a Senate pew. Instead of president, hire Ding-wall as a fundraiser and re-open the search for a leader. In spite of his history ofRead More

Canadian moose. (Source: CBC)

Letter to the Editor: Questioning Moose Cull Math

January 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm

I have always loved our CB Highlands National Park (CBHNP) and much of what is done there is cause for celebration. Park visitor numbers are up, new ideas are being tested and found to be positive and steps are being taken to try to bring back the boreal forest—at a faster rateRead More

NS Institution for Women, Truro, NS. (CBC Photo)

Letter to the Editor: Accessing Internet in Women’s Prisons

November 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Women’s Wellness Within is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer support to criminalized women and trans individuals who are pregnant or parenting young children. We advocate for access to housing, income, resources and healthcare. We are a collective of doulas, healthcare providers, lawyers, students, researchers and mentors. We have clearanceRead More

Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Letter to the Editor: Second Berth Due Diligence

November 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

As I read Mary’s article on the consideration of a second berth for cruise ships in the Sydney Harbour, I asked myself this question: If this proposal was taken to a bank, other than the bank of tax payers, what answer would CBRM get? The Executive Summary [of the CPCSRead More

Mark Furey

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Mark Furey

October 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

Dear Minister Furey, Re: The Race to Restrict our Human Rights Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Law Amendments Committee heard from seven different presenters about the issues, problems, and limits of the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act (Bill 16). The new Act is meant to replace the outdated and especially restrictiveRead More

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

Has anyone else wondered why our political leaders at every level of government give lip service to representing the constituents they seek support from only when they are campaigning for office or forming the political opposition in the legislature? Ritually, leaders of political parties promise and promise and promise someRead More

Letter to the Editor: Moose Cull

Letter to the Editor: Moose Cull

September 27, 2017 at 11:45 am

Summer is all but done and fall is just around the corner. Sadly, so too is the latest moose cull in the CB Highlands National Park. Generalities about the process and results of the previous two moose culls have been shared with the public by Parks Canada, but not manyRead...

Letter to the Editor: Doctors and Taxes

Letter to the Editor: Doctors and Taxes

September 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

This morning I was told by two doctors at the Pain Clinic at the Northside General Hospital in North Sydney that if the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau follows through with his new tax on incomes over 150-200 grand, the new younger doctor will move to a province that requiresRead More