Arts & Culture

The Ethicist: Detectives, Spies, Zombies & Ethics

The Ethicist: Detectives, Spies, Zombies & Ethics

March 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm

The world we find ourselves in today is often difficult, sometimes frightening and frequently disturbing. It’s hard to watch the evening news and then sleep well at night or even follow our Facebook newsfeeds without realizing that our friends have sharply divergent and incompatible political views which mirror the disagreementsRead More

Lessons from Paducah, KY: Let Artists Revitalize Your Downtown

Lessons from Paducah, KY: Let Artists Revitalize Your Downtown

February 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

I’ve been trying to figure out what bugs me so much about the decision to rename Sydney’s downtown “The Waterfront District” and I’ve finally put my finger on it: coming up with a fancy name for a neighborhood should be the final step in a revitalization plan, not the first. Labeling theRead More

Municipal Charters & ‘Mayors Gone Bad’

Municipal Charters & ‘Mayors Gone Bad’

February 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Last Friday, as former Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz faced allegations of accepting kickbacks from a construction company and former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was found guilty on eight criminal counts including fraud and breach of trust, Philip Slayton’s phone was ringing off the hook. Slayton’s a lawyer by  training —Read More

Canada 365 cover, HarperCollinsCanada

Canada 365: Learn Something Canadian Every Day

January 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

If you weren’t fortunate enough over the holidays to receive a copy of Canada 365 – Every Day Tells A Story, you should know that it was published to mark the 150th anniversary of our country which, of course, we celebrate this year, 2017. On 1 July 1867, the ProvinceRead More

Cecil B. DeMille Theater. Photo by  Rclick-wiki (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Film + Theater = Filmed Theater

January 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

I got my introduction to theater at the movies. There wasn’t much doing for us in Sydney, culture-wise, when I was in high school, apart from visiting the McConnell library and arguing the relative merits of Keith’s versus Moosehead beer. People watched a lot of television, but I didn’t enjoyRead More

Art Imitates (Our) Life in ‘Trapped’

Art Imitates (Our) Life in ‘Trapped’

January 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Trapped is a new Netflix series set in Iceland. (Ófærð in Icelandic, produced by RVK Studios in 2015, created by Baltasar Kormákur). I binge-watched it over the holidays on the recommendation of my parents who told me I wouldn’t believe the sub-plot to the central story about a murder inRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

Say Something if You See Something “Say Something if You See Something” is the name of a new human trafficking and sexual exploitation “education and awareness” program launched by the Halifax Police and the RCMP and targeted at workers in the hospitality and transport sectors. The name of the campaignRead More

CBRM to Host Canada’s First Arena/Casino/Library?

CBRM to Host Canada’s First Arena/Casino/Library?

January 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

A gentleman of my acquaintance can’t watch CTV’s Steve Murphy deliver the news without yelling at the television screen. I have a similar relationship with The Cape Breton Post. I don’t necessarily yell, often I simply ask it questions, questions I think its reporters should ask but don’t. Take thatRead More

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

December 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Not having been affected by the rain storm that hit the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this past Thanksgiving, I had the luxury of learning about the difference between “overland flooding” and “sewer backup” weeks later, over a beer with a friend whose basement had flooded. The woman sent by hisRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes On Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes On Random Things

December 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

PR: You’re Doing it Wrong Christina Lamey, who is either CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s personal spokesperson or the CBRM’s official spokesperson, depending on what day of the week it is, gave a master class in public relations on Wednesday. Proving she is worth every penny of the $75,000 we payRead More

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