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(Clockwise from top left): René Descartes, Ursual K. Le Guin, J.S. Mill, Margaret Atwood, J.R.R. Tolkien, Immanuel Kant.

Distorted Mirrors: Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Philosophy

March 10, 2021 at 11:47 am

As I write this month’s column, Ontario, where I live, is still in the grip of the COVID pandemic. The government issued a stay-at-home order on Boxing Day, which closed restaurants for in-person dining, university classes remain virtual, and we have been told that we should only leave the houseRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 5, 2021 at 10:30 am

Low-rent Davos Last week found me feeling hopeful about our municipal government, reporting on CBU Prof. Tom Urbaniak’s suggestions for streamlining agendas and shortening meetings and involving the community on committees. And then, this happened: The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is readying a new strategic plan for the next fourRead More

The Latest on the Library

The Latest on the Library

February 3, 2021 at 11:21 am

Have you read latest CBRM Central Library study? Anyone outside CBRM reading about the private developer who has been given control over the project would probably write it off as fiction, but we know better, don’t we? The study in question is the service, programs and operational plan commissioned fromRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 22, 2021 at 9:45 am

Stealing time Rubina Ahmed-Haq and I had an argument that devolved into shouting and foot-stamping on Monday morning, although the shouting and foot-stamping were all on my side and she has yet to realize we had a disagreement. Ahmed-Haq is the CBC radio workplace columnist who, according to her website,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 15, 2021 at 10:45 am

Eureka! As you may recall from Wednesday’s edition, CBRM CAO Marie Walsh assured me I’d be receiving, that very day, the “lion’s share” of the 890 documents I’ve been waiting for as a result of the NS Privacy Commissioner’s ruling on my 2015 FOIPOP request. I received nothing on Wednesday.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 11, 2020 at 12:47 pm

Cruise News Monday was World Oceans Day and if you put your ear to a seashell,  you could hear a chorus of voices across the globe calling on the cruise industry to clean up its act. Environmental activists living in “port communities” marked the occasion with a virtual “Rally toRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

Shipping views Before Albert Barbusci (remember him?) entered our lives, I hadn’t thought much about container ships. I remember that one of the few times they impinged on my consciousness was when I saw a short film about one at a film festival — I was foggy on the detailsRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

Diverse diversions This week, my random things will all be things that can distract, amuse or entertain you while you’re self-isolating. Many of these things are found on the internet, as is my publication, so will be of no use to people who do not have an internet connection —Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 31, 2020 at 9:30 am

Animated I love traditional, hand-drawn animation and spent a very happy hour over the holidays reading this article by New Yorker film critic Richard Brody about early (meaning, silent era) animation and artists. Brody notes from the outset that all the works he’s talking about can be viewed on YouTube,Read More

Fast  & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 1, 2019 at 9:42 am

Resigning woman Lucia MacIsaac resigned as board chair of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation last week prompting residents all over the CBRM to say, “Who?” MacIsaac has not been exactly high profile in her role but then, neither has the port board. In fact, the only thing I canRead More