Literature

Grab Bag

Grab Bag

February 12, 2020 at 12:45 pm

I spent so much time this week researching trams — past and present — and electricity that I’ve had little time to do much else. So I’m going to cheat and point you to some things other people have written or recorded that I think you might enjoy.   Wrasslin’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

On the Clock: Stress and the Cyborg Job

On the Clock: Stress and the Cyborg Job

October 30, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I was listening to Intercepted, a podcast from The Intercept news outlet, on Wednesday and heard an interview with Emily Guendelsberger, a Philadelphia-based journalist who has written a book called  On the Clock, What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane. The interviewer, Jeremy Scahill, explainedRead...

Troops of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade going ashore to establish a beachhead. Bernières-Sur-Mer, Normandy, June 6, 1945 By Tylerweatherill - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67783443

A Box Full of Books

September 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm

My summer 2019 reading followed a truly strange and definitely unexpected path, one with an interesting and educational, if horrifying, twist that saw me become absorbed in the devastation and death of war. It began with a paperback, torn into two pieces and lacking a back cover, hidden away amongRead More

The Mystery of the Closed Lane

The Mystery of the Closed Lane

August 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm

Two aspects of my summers past are relevant to the story I’m about to share: first, as a kid, I used to devour Nancy Drew mysteries (hence the title of this article) and always had a hankering to solve mysteries. Second (and more recently), for what seemed like a veryRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

More BullSHIP? In a bit of revisionist history that would probably secretly impress the government of the People’s Republic of China, Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) CEO Albert Barbusci has erased all mention of the Chinese from his latest Novaporte container terminal press release. I figure the next step willRead More

Source:  McKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

How Truro Got Its Library

May 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

During the recent CBRM general committee meeting about the current state of the new central library project, the subject of the new library in Truro was raised a number of times. I thought it would be worth looking at how the Town of Truro (population 12,000) managed to do whatRead More

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