Food & Drink

Embracing Winter: Outdoor Dining

Embracing Winter: Outdoor Dining

December 9, 2020 at 12:47 pm

Start thinking about outside winter coffee shops, craft markets, food trucks, etc. Charlotte street has a number of tucked-in alleyways that larger cities would have some artisan or crafter in for part of the day. Plug in a little heater, burn a log, it can be done and will work.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 27, 2020 at 10:30 am

Ahem… Back in May of 2019, I wrote a story with the headline, “This is what a REAL port announcement looks like,” in which I contrasted what was happening at the Port of Québec — which had announced a deal with CN and Hatchet Ports to build and operate theRead More

Embracing Winter: The Cold Club

Embracing Winter: The Cold Club

November 25, 2020 at 11:50 am

There is probably as much to do in Cape Breton in winter as there is in summer and fall, and this winter, what with COVID-19 and all, may be a great time to try out spending some time in our own great outdoors; you can do it without getting coldRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update for 27 May 2020

NS COVID-Update for 27 May 2020

May 27, 2020 at 5:55 pm

Daily briefing Dr. Robert Strang announced one new case of COVID-19 today. He also explained a discrepancy in the number of recovered cases, which went from 976 yesterday to 975 today, saying it reflected their ongoing efforts to review and update their data. The new case involved a resident atRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 15, 2020 at 11:48 am

COVID as context I try not to write about COVID-19 in this space because it’s taking up so much other space but there are some stories that one cannot write in May 2020 without at least nodding in the direction of the virus. Or at least, I thought there were.Read...

CBRM Council Chambers, 2017. (Photo by WayeMason [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons)

About that General Committee Meeting…

February 5, 2020 at 1:36 pm

I watched yesterday’s CBRM General Committee meeting in its entirety and would like to give you a few highlights:   New Central Library First thought when I saw this item on the agenda: John Phelan is no longer on the library file. The former economic development manager (who returned toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 20, 2019 at 8:31 am

Season’s Meatings Alexandra’s Pizza is challenging patrons to eat a 12-pound donair in 90 minutes, the Cape Breton Post is treating it as “news,” and somehow, neither of those things is the funniest part of Thursday’s article about the contest. The funniest part, hands down, is the accompanying list ofRead More

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Water Part I: Bottled

November 20, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Two things inspired this week’s feature story: the first was an Agence France-Presse article about a Michigan township that is trying to fight a deal under which the Swiss-based food conglomerate Nestlé may be allowed to pump 400 gallons of water per minute from a local wellhead for an annualRead 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...

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And Now, a Word from Your Planet: Burgers

September 25, 2019 at 12:04 pm

In my most recent Fast & Curious column, I mused about my preference for non-meat burgers that don’t masquerade as meat and a spectator pointed out that what I was actually saying was that I preferred whole foods to processed foods and that we happen to have an expert onRead More