Literature

Artist's rendering of new CBRL Central Library. 2019.

On the Waterfront Part I

March 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

I have been trying to determine how, exactly, we decided to locate the new CBRM central library on the Sydney waterfront and as best I can figure, it happened like this:   Architectural & Facility Planning In June 2011, the Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL) Board initiated a study toRead More

Ice Wall, Irish Vale, 2019. Cape Breton Spectator photo.

Ice Walls of Yesteryear

March 20, 2019 at 10:19 am

As of Saturday, the Great Ice Wall of Irish Vale (and the Lesser Ice Wall of Irish Cove) were still attracting visitors (although no one has yet had the sense to start selling hot chocolate and popcorn, a great entrepreneurial opportunity lost in my opinion). I had thought the mediaRead More

Fast & Curious: International Women’s Day Edition

Fast & Curious: International Women’s Day Edition

March 8, 2019 at 11:12 am

Note: In honor of International Women’s Day, I set out to profile Women Unlimited, a women’s group founded in Sydney in the early ’80s. I discovered the group had been formed from the steering committee of a conference held in Sydney around that time and the conference itself was soRead More

Editorial Content

Editorial Content

March 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Many years ago, when I was in journalism school, we were taught that the Op-Ed pages were something to which reporters should aspire. Getting a column or being tasked with writing editorials was the reward for having paid your dues (and honed your craft) as a working reporter. Even theseRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 22, 2019 at 10:30 am

Extra! Extra! I think Tim Bousquet of the Halifax Examiner may just have done the children of South Africa a solid. Want to know how? You’ll have to read his amazing story: “John Risley’s South African Adventure.” And yes, the article is behind a paywall, but think about it: TimRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 2, 2018 at 11:58 am

Changing of the (Tourism) Guard A spectator alerted me to this job posting on Career Beacon: It appears longtime Destination Cape Breton Association (DCBA) CEO Mary Tulle will be leaving as of 1 February 2019. Destination Cape Breton is the “official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Cape Breton Island,” accordingRead More

Moses Coady from Coady by Donald Calabrese

Moses Coady, Graphic Novel

October 31, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Donald (Donnie) Calabrese is working on a graphic novel about Moses Coady and the Antigonish movement. That’s a complete oversimplification of the theme — I’ll get back to that in a moment — but when I spoke to Calabrese the other night about the project (which has been excerpted inRead More

Landry’s Latest Gives Trauma Sufferers Their Say

Landry’s Latest Gives Trauma Sufferers Their Say

May 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm

I don’t know if it’s really necessary to “disclose” that I attended journalism school with reporter and author Janice Landry but I am going to do so (and yes, I am well aware that there is a fine line between “disclosing” something¬† and “boasting about it;” I promise to walkRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

Equalization Nation Estimates put turnout for an equalization protest in front of the Provincial Building in Sydney on Wednesday at upwards of 600. Protest organizers, members of the advocacy group Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness, have to be happy with those numbers — their message is finally starting to resonateRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

FOIPOP Follies For the record: I received the response to my freedom of information/protection of privacy (FOIPOP) request to the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) for an “unedited” copy of Neil MacNeil’s rail fees report. I got bupkis. There are a couple of additional emails not includedRead More