Arts & Culture

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

Rod Nicholls’ Pillowman: The Best Production I Never Saw

Rod Nicholls’ Pillowman: The Best Production I Never Saw

November 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm

In February of last year, I arrived back in Cape Breton after 10 years away. The first evening home, I picked up a newspaper from my sister’s kitchen table and saw a publicity photo for the Boardmore Theatre’s production of The Pillowman. The play, a celebrated and controversial black comedy,Read More

Sistine Chapel. (Photo by By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (The Sistine Chapel) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Robert Harris’ Conclave: To Pick a Pope

November 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Those of you who have long wished to get an inside look at how the Catholic Church elects a leader (the short line is to the left, or is that the right?) need wait no longer now that Robert Harris has written Conclave: The Power of God, The Ambition ofRead More

While You’re Re-Designing that Building, Why Not Make It Better?

While You’re Re-Designing that Building, Why Not Make It Better?

November 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Construction of Sydney businessman Marty Chernin’s mixed-use apartment building on the Sydney waterfront has been postponed again—Chernin told the Post  he now hopes to break ground in Spring of 2017. Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development intends to build on the harbor side of the Esplanade at the foot of Dorchester Street.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

November 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

Note: Fast & Curious will be a new weekly feature in which The Spectator will take a brief look at a number of stories that piqued its interest during the week.   Oh Readers! Oh Lovers of Books! First and foremost, Spectator contributor Sean Howard has published a new bookRead More