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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...

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, 15 April 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 15 April 2020

April 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Daily briefing Dr. Robert Strang announced 32 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Nova Scotia’s total to 549. Nine patients are in hospital, four of whom are in ICU. Strang was asked if he was encouraged by the low hospitalization numbers and he said he was and that the “many” ofRead More

NS COVID-19 Update for 1 April 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 1 April 2020

April 1, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Daily briefing Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced 26 new cases of COVID-19 in the province as of Wednesday, bringing the total to 173. The province is declaring just one confirmed case of community spread, but Strang said some cases remain under investigation and thatRead More

Detail from cover, "Great Cape Breton Storytelling," Breton Books

Letter to the Editor: Free CB Stories for Teachers

April 1, 2020 at 12:45 pm

To all Cape Breton Students and Teachers: I am grateful to have this opportunity to contact you about the book called Great Cape Breton Storytelling. Great Cape Breton Storytelling has been approved for use in all Strait Area, Cape Breton-Victoria and Mi’kmaw schools. This digital eBook is available at noRead More

COVID-19 Update for 29 March 2020

COVID-19 Update for 29 March 2020

March 29, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Editor’s Note: A story unfolding as rapidly as the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t lend itself to weekly coverage so the Spectator is going to experiment with a daily COVID-19 update. This content will not be paywalled, so if you find it useful, feel free to share it. I intend to continueRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 27, 2020 at 10:18 am

Timeline update I have realized that there is a better source for Canadian COVID-19 confirmed case totals than the one I used in compiling my initial COVID-19 timeline (I used the Wayback Machine to consult the page each day when I should have simply consulted the cumulative total tables maintainedRead More

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

Top: Protesters call for public consultation on location of new Sydney Fire Station (2 March 2020). Bottom: Proposed site of new station. (IAFF report)

Station Location Consultation?

March 4, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Exhibit A: “The fire department (both administration and frontline personnel), and the community should all have input and come to an agreement on where to place any new fire stations within the jurisdiction.” — IAFF report on location of new Sydney Central Fire Station.   Exhibit B: “For this particularRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 28, 2020 at 10:00 am

Reality TV The Real Councilors of Richmond County was always going to have a hard time topping the expense scandal arc of the 2016-2017 seasons, with its investigations and forensic audit and revelations of “opportunistic and self-serving” spending on “travel, alcohol, Valentine’s Day flowers even a taxi fare paid toRead More

Sydney Central Fire Station (Sydney City Station 1)

Alarums and Excursions

February 26, 2020 at 2:06 pm

“Alarums and excursions” is an Elizabethan-era stage direction, which Merriam-Webster defines as either “martial sounds and the movement of soldiers across the stage” or “clamor, excitement, and feverish or disordered activity.” I thought of it this week as I was reading about the CBRM’s decision to locate the new SydneyRead More