Television

Inheriting the Earth: Promise or Threat?

Inheriting the Earth: Promise or Threat?

March 2, 2022 at 10:49 am

I assumed my first 2022 contribution to the Spectator would be pretty upbeat, especially since New Year’s Eve was spent in a hilarious re-watching of various episodes of Father Ted that included a few I hadn’t seen before. And thanks to YouTube documentary introducing the actors, I got to seeRead More

A (Highly Idiosyncratic) Look at the Year in Entertainment

A (Highly Idiosyncratic) Look at the Year in Entertainment

December 15, 2021 at 11:45 am

I have never had the time to focus as much as I’d like to on local arts and culture and if I make any New Year’s resolutions for 2022, this might be it. But I am, in my personal life, an enthusiastic consumer of movies and TV and podcasts andRead More

Banking on Food Banks?

Banking on Food Banks?

October 27, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Does anyone go shopping for groceries these days without having at least one conversation with another shopper about the rising cost of what we are putting in our carts? Assuming, that is, we are among those who can continue to purchase the same items we have been using for years.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 24, 2021 at 11:24 am

Owl’s Head Thank you Michael Gorman of CBC Halifax for this story about Owl’s Head, the provincial park whose pending protected status was removed by the former Liberal government to open the way for its sale to a golf course developer. Gorman FOIPOPed documents that show that in late 2019Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 10, 2021 at 10:15 am

Shore Road Sessions I wrote last year about The Shore Road Sessions, Shauna Walters’ summer series of mini-concerts in her Whitney Pier backyard. The sessions returned this year with a whole new lineup of performers, and I was lucky enough to catch the final show on Tuesday night. I amRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 23, 2021 at 11:00 am

Wrong side of the tracks? I was walking home from the grocery store the other evening and as I passed the site of the former train station on Dodd Street, I remembered a tidbit of information I’d picked up during CBRM council’s special meeting on March 31, the one heldRead More

What If This Is A Computer Simulation?

What If This Is A Computer Simulation?

April 14, 2021 at 12:49 pm

There’s a wonderful pair of linked episodes in Star Trek: The Next Generation which, together, raise some deep and interesting philosophical questions with deep ethical implications. Both episodes take place within the confined space of the holodeck (a place in which the computer simulations are so real that crew membersRead...

Mass for Shut-Ins, CTV

Mass for Shut-Ins: Old School Virtual Services

March 24, 2021 at 11:52 am

In 1963, when Nate Nathanson, owner of CJCB radio and television, approached Rev. Frank Abbass with a plan to broadcast Mass for those unable to attend in person, I doubt either of them imagined the program would become the longest-running TV production in the country. Certainly, neither could have envisionedRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 12, 2021 at 9:28 am

Rousing endorsement I am amazed that, beyond the pages of SaltWire publications like the Cape Breton Post and the Halifax Chronicle Herald, a significant development in the Sydney container terminal project has failed to generate much buzz. The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce — THE ATLANTIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PEOPLE —Read More

(Clockwise from top left): René Descartes, Ursual K. Le Guin, J.S. Mill, Margaret Atwood, J.R.R. Tolkien, Immanuel Kant.

Distorted Mirrors: Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Philosophy

March 10, 2021 at 11:47 am

As I write this month’s column, Ontario, where I live, is still in the grip of the COVID pandemic. The government issued a stay-at-home order on Boxing Day, which closed restaurants for in-person dining, university classes remain virtual, and we have been told that we should only leave the houseRead More