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Minimalism: A (Pseudo) Ethical Lifestyle

Minimalism: A (Pseudo) Ethical Lifestyle

November 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Last month, I considered the surprising popularity of the KonMari method of organizing our homes, and argued that the attractiveness of this approach to decluttering results, at least in part, from our recognition of our disordered relationship with our stuff, and that this disordered relationship negatively affects our lives. WhatRead...

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My Call Is Important to You?

November 13, 2019 at 12:52 pm

This is a quick follow-up to my October 30 articles about stress and call center jobs, the first of which was basically a review of On the Clock, What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane, by Philadelphia-based journalist Emily Guendelsberger, who took three low-wage jobsRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 8, 2019 at 9:30 am

Canso Spaceport Reading Joan Baxter’s account of the correspondence between Maritime Launch Services (MLS), the proponents of the Canso Spaceport, and public servants with the Municipality of the County of Guysborough (MODG) reminded me of the correspondence between Chris Skidmore, the proponent of an RV park in Big Pond, andRead More

The Best-Laid Strategic Plans of Mice and Men…

The Best-Laid Strategic Plans of Mice and Men…

November 6, 2019 at 2:23 pm

The executive of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) board has quit and I have to thank them for making that information public because if they hadn’t told us, we probably wouldn’t have noticed until next year’s AGM. The executive — chair Lucia MacIsaac, vice-chair John Khattar, treasurer JohnRead More

MS Carribbean Princess, at the dock in Sydney, NS.  2019. (Spectator Photo)

Jukin’ the Cruise Stats

November 6, 2019 at 2:21 pm

The Port of Sydney has posted its audited financials and a Community Update. I think of it as “Fact vs. Fiction.” The audited financials deal in fact and show how much money the port made in fiscal 2019 and how much it spent:   As of 31 March 2019, theRead More

Flooded farmland after Tropical Storm Lee, Campbell Hall, NY (Photo by Daniel Case [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bean There: Weathering Climate Change

November 6, 2019 at 2:19 pm

The cat and I huddled under the blankets in the dark as the wind outside made the whole house shudder. The power had been out for eight hours and would stay out for several days or longer for over 80% of the province, according to my battery-operated radio. “It’s okay,”Read More

Fast  & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 1, 2019 at 9:42 am

Resigning woman Lucia MacIsaac resigned as board chair of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation last week prompting residents all over the CBRM to say, “Who?” MacIsaac has not been exactly high profile in her role but then, neither has the port board. In fact, the only thing I canRead More

RCGS Resolute (Image courtesy OOE)

One Ocean Cancels Expedition, Announces ‘Restructuring’

October 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm

This is literally just in: The Squamish Chief reported yesterday that One Ocean Expeditions, the niche cruise line founded by Cape Breton native Andrew Prossin — the one that was supposed to be making Sydney its home port — is “restructuring.” The information came from an October 29th post onRead More

On the Clock: Stress and the Cyborg Job

On the Clock: Stress and the Cyborg Job

October 30, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I was listening to Intercepted, a podcast from The Intercept news outlet, on Wednesday and heard an interview with Emily Guendelsberger, a Philadelphia-based journalist who has written a book called  On the Clock, What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane. The interviewer, Jeremy Scahill, explainedRead...

On the Clock: The Local Angle

On the Clock: The Local Angle

October 30, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Earlier this year, acting on a tip that ambulances were being called quite frequently to what is now known as the Sydney Call Centre (although for most of the period for which I requested figures, it was the ServiCom call center), I FOIPOPed the Nova Scotia Department of Health toRead More