Arts & Culture

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 3, 2021 at 10:30 am

Toll Road Hypocrisy alert: I literally just read an email from Amazon telling me I can expect delivery of my order on December 17. I try really hard to avoid using Amazon — I just checked my order history and this is the first time I’ve placed one since 2019…Read...

Turning Hospitals Into Affordable Housing

Turning Hospitals Into Affordable Housing

December 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Here’s an item from last week’s CBRM council session on affordable housing that I really wanted to follow up on:  Deputy Mayor (and District 2 Councilor) Earlene MacMullin proposed the municipality look into the possibility of turning the Northside General Hospital, scheduled for closure and demolition, into affordable housing —…Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 26, 2021 at 10:00 am

Green Hydrogen Remember when I took you on that guided tour of the new Novaporte website? (Honestly, I don’t blame you if you’ve suppressed the memory.) We spent some time pondering the claim that the adjacent Novazone logistics park will be a “green energy hub” with “planned hydrogen facilities” thatRead More

Remembrance Day: Changing the Metaphor

Remembrance Day: Changing the Metaphor

November 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm

This year, 2021, marks the centenary of the first appearance in Canada and Britain of the red poppy as the official emblem of war remembrance: a single symbol of sacrifice that has dominated the rites and rhythms of November 11, Armistice Day, each year since. The idea of selling artificialRead More

The Consul and the Director

The Consul and the Director

November 10, 2021 at 12:19 pm

This is an article about two things you may not have realized CBRM once had: an American Consul and a a film industry. From 1911 to 1924, the US State Department operated an American Consulate in Sydney (prior to this, Sydney was home to a lesser, Consular Agency). Very detailedRead More

Now Playing at the Cape Breton Multiplex

Now Playing at the Cape Breton Multiplex

November 10, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Nearly 100 years after the Maritime Motion Picture Company (MMPC) was making movies in Sydney, local filmmakers are achieving great success. Locally shot with homegrown actors, Werewolf (Grassfire Films: Nelson MacDonald, producer, Ashley McKenzie, director) was shown at many film festivals, featured in numerous reviews, including the Globe and MailRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 4, 2021 at 9:29 am

Munger Games Everywhere I look these days I see vanity projects — from billionaires propelling themselves into almost-space to local businesswomen producing 13-episode podcasts — but the story of Warren Buffet’s partner designing a dorm for the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) takes the proverbial vanity cake. AccordingRead More

Cabot Saint Lucia: Beach Access

Cabot Saint Lucia: Beach Access

November 3, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Editor’s Note: This week, I’m focusing on the concerns that have been raised in Saint Lucia over Ben Cowan-Dewar’s latest golf development, Cabot Saint Lucia. First up: beach access.     Finola Jennings Clark says when she first heard that Cabot, the golf resort company founded by Torontonian Ben Cowan-DewarRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 29, 2021 at 10:00 am

Yoga Mats Galore! Reading about the MV Zim Kingston shedding over 100 containers into the ocean off the coast of British Columbia put me in mind of the 1941 sinking that inspired Compton MacKenzie’s novel Whiskey Galore!  No, wait, that’s not strictly true — it put me in mind ofRead More

Banking on Food Banks?

Banking on Food Banks?

October 27, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Does anyone go shopping for groceries these days without having at least one conversation with another shopper about the rising cost of what we are putting in our carts? Assuming, that is, we are among those who can continue to purchase the same items we have been using for years.Read More