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Imaginary Money

Imaginary Money

February 8, 2023 at 10:49 am

Over the past few months, I have been following various stories about crypto currencies with a mix of incomprehension, incredulity and interest. What will be the next crypto exchange to fail? Will another crypto titan mysteriously disappear or die in suspicious circumstances? But with the collapse of FTX, and theRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 2, 2023 at 12:16 pm

Working from home I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about this week and then I discovered that Craig Boudreau, head of  J. Francis Investments, vice chair of the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sage of Charlotte Street, had once again taken pen in hand to shareRead...

Encounters with an Actual Cruise Junkie

Encounters with an Actual Cruise Junkie

February 1, 2023 at 12:02 pm

As someone curious about the cruise ship experience but with zero desire ever to board a cruise ship, I was delighted to discover the existence of Emma Le Teace, a 28-year-old from the UK who took her first cruise at the age of 11 and now cruises professionally—as in, hasRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 27, 2023 at 1:15 pm

I (Not) Robot First of all, neither this paragraph nor any subsequent paragraphs will be generated by ChatGPT the artificial intelligence tool that can mimic human speech and write well enough that the Guardian believes “[p]rofessors, programmers and journalists could all be out of a job in just a fewRead More

Donkin Mine Racks Up More Safety Violations

Donkin Mine Racks Up More Safety Violations

January 25, 2023 at 3:45 pm

Kameron Coal Management Ltd, owner of the Donkin coal mine, has received 14 warnings, 19 compliance orders and eight administrative penalties or fines since re-starting operations in September 2022. The CBC published a full list of the violations and it is impressive: Orders:  Sept. 21 – Failure to designate qualifiedRead More

CBRM Council: Port Wants More Authority

CBRM Council: Port Wants More Authority

January 18, 2023 at 11:53 am

Port of Sydney CEO Marlene Usher and Port board chair James Kerr proposed to CBRM council last night that the Port move from the governance structure on the left (a not-for-profit company with the CBRM as its sole shareholder) to the one on the right: When I read this priorRead More

Seriously CBU, Stop

Seriously CBU, Stop

January 18, 2023 at 11:49 am

CBU President and Vice-Chancellor David Dingwall has issued ANOTHER open letter “to the Cape Breton Community,” this one occupying three full (expensive) pages in last Saturday’s Cape Breton Post, and it is another absolute dud of a PR exercise. It states: I want to assure you that I, as PresidentRead More

Not-So-Effective Altruism

Not-So-Effective Altruism

January 18, 2023 at 11:47 am

I read recently of the antics of two American billionaires with a kind of horrified fascination. The first was Elon Musk, who seems to be morphing from “a brilliant visionary” (at least in the eyes of some) to a cartoon-like James Bond villain, who fires thousands of people without aRead More

‘As Safe a Mine As There Is’

‘As Safe a Mine As There Is’

January 11, 2023 at 11:45 am

Editor’s Note: The subject line of this email was simply “Donkin Mine”   I am a retired psychiatrist who got to treat one of the men for PTSD who had brought out dead from the Westray mine disaster in ‘92. After the explosion the manager of that mine described itRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 16, 2022 at 9:45 am

Obtuse angles I don’t know who “Katy Jean” is but she made my week with her nutty Saltwire column about Elon Musk’s first Canadian job. The local angle is that Musk, while studying at Queen’s, was hired for the summer by a Nova Scotian working as principal assistant to theRead More