Arts & Culture

Occupy Wall Street, corporate zombies (By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

The Ethicist: Zombie as Allegory

April 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I have spent the last two weeks binge watching The Walking Dead, a strangely gripping series set in a decimated United States after the zombie apocalypse. All the things that make life in 21st century North America comfortable and safe are lost: abandoned cars clog highways, making travel difficult forRead More

Ed's Books and More, Sydney, NS (Photo via Facebook,

Ed’s Books: A Steelworker’s Next Chapter

April 26, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Ed’s Books and More on Charlotte Street in Sydney is a secondhand bookstore with wildly varied stock and many labelled bookshelves in lots of sections—rooms, corners, alcoves, a dead-end book alley. Last Wednesday, while I was there for this article, I almost collided with a customer hectically emerging from theRead More

Letters to the Editor: Kudos for Coverage

Letters to the Editor: Kudos for Coverage

April 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Margaret Young of Sydney writes: Thank you, Dolores Campbell, for your article on the mission begun by the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1885, now to be carried on — much altered, of course — by New Dawn. At the official announcement made by the premier, I was disappointed, althoughRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

Stealth staffing I heard Kathy Bell, director of primary health care, chronic disease and family practice with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, tell the CBC’s Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith on Thursday that while she was happy to announce Cape Breton would be receiving seven nurse practitioners, she was not at liberty to sayRead More

New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation

Convent As Arts Center? It Always Was…

April 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

It definitely wasn’t yesterday, but I vividly remember my mother guiding me through the door at the back of Holy Angels Convent and down the stairs to the gymnasium (a room larger than my six-year-old self had ever seen). Grade two was just across from the gym, and down theRead More

The McConnell: Upstairs and Down

The McConnell: Upstairs and Down

April 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

Librarians, in my experience, are often bearers of good news. For example, last year, while spending a day in the country, I dropped into the local library just to have a look around. The librarian was friendly and helpful, and not only informed me that I could borrow items thereRead More

Cape Breton Stories, Yours for the Asking

Cape Breton Stories, Yours for the Asking

April 12, 2017 at 11:55 am

Having lost several hours last week browsing the online archive of Cape Breton’s Magazine, I was pleased to hear from Ron Caplan, the founder of that publication, about his latest venture. Caplan’s Breton Books has (with the help of Canada 150) created an eBook called Great Cape Breton Storytelling and,Read More

Stained-glass window, McConnell Library, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Spectator photo)

The McConnell: More Than a Library

April 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm

It’s still a wonder to me that I can, from home or anywhere with internet access, go to the Cape Breton Regional Library’s website and search all Nova Scotia public library catalogs for a particular book I want to borrow, or just browse the collections to find something interesting, makeRead More

Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS, 29 March 2017

Dreaming Big in Downtown Sydney

March 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm

I do not own a car, so I have a rather cavalier attitude toward downtown Sydney parking — I’m that person, striding purposefully toward my destination, chuckling at you as you circle the block, looking for a place to park (unless, of course, it’s raining, in which case there will beRead More

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The Ethicist: Murder Mysteries & Moral Imagination

March 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm

In last month’s column, I argued, first, that ethics is concerned not with the world that we actually live in, but with the world that we ought to construct together–with, that is to say, the imaginary world that does not yet exist, but which we might yet create if weRead More