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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 11, 2020 at 10:54 am

The pier, dear Premier Stephen McNeil officially opened Sydney’s new $20 million docking pier Thursday amid a gathering of politicians from all levels and stripes. McNeil said he’s confident the cruise industry will bounce back and that the new infrastructure, to be called Liberty Pier, will also help attract otherRead More

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

September 2, 2020 at 12:47 pm

The early burst of summer weather this COVID season also meant a jump start on my summer reading, thanks to the kindness of a couple of reader friends who offered two bags of books, including only one I had already read — Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín — which I wouldRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 19, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Once more to the polls! I have yet to decide how to cover this fall’s municipal elections in the CBRM. Back in 2016 — the year I launched the Spectator  — I chose to focus on the women running for office in part because I am one person and couldRead 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...

From Madame CJ to Modern America

From Madame CJ to Modern America

June 3, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Growing up, I had a good friend whose father, a barber, not only cut hair, but helped people who were having problems growing it. I don’t recall when I became aware of the business he ran out of his home because there were no signs posted on the house, andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 29, 2020 at 10:41 am

The Thick of It [I must begin with a warning to the Spectator’s War and Peace columnist Sean Howard: do not read the following story while drinking a beverage of any description or there will be a spit-take in your future.] Earlier this week, I received an invitation from theRead...

Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update for 13 May 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 13 May 2020

May 13, 2020 at 5:31 pm

Daily briefing Dr. Robert Strang announced three additional COVID-19-related deaths at the Northwood long-term-care facility in Halifax, bringing total deaths at the facility to 45 and total deaths province-wide to 51. Nova Scotia announced four new cases, all associated with Northwood — two staff and two residents. In response toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 24, 2020 at 8:15 am

Hail and Farewell I liked Ray Paruch. It was probably inevitable that a reporter constantly railing against municipal secrecy would feel a certain affinity with a district councilor doing the same, but I also just liked Ray Paruch. He was friendly and funny and had no problem talking to aRead...

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, COVID-19 Update, 23 April 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 23 April 2020

April 23, 2020 at 10:50 am

Daily brief Dr. Robert Strang announced four additional COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, three at the Northwood long-term-care facility (LTCF) in Halifax and one at the Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility in Sydney. This brings total COVID-19-related deaths in the province to 16. Shannex reported the death on its website today: ItRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, COVID-19 Update, 22 April 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 22 April 2020

April 22, 2020 at 6:40 pm

Daily brief Dr. Robert Strang announced two additional COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, bringing total deaths in the province to 12. Both occurred at the Northwood long-term-care facility in Halifax, the site of the province’s worst COVID-19 outbreak. That brings total deaths at the facility to eight. Strang said the majorityRead More