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Another SHIP Show at the Civic Centre

November 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

Okay, here’s what we’re going to do: you’re going to give me your cell phones and I’m going to lock you in this room and let you read this article. You can take notes, but I’m going to take them away from you when you’re done and burn them becauseRead...

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

UMWA’s Dukart on Donkin: ‘It Seems Everyone Is Scared to Talk’

November 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

Jody Dukart is the Auditor/Teller for Canada of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), a position he took up in October 2017, following the retirement of Cape Breton’s Bobby Burchell. Although the Donkin coal mine re-opened by Kameron Coal Management is famously non-union (it’s owned by the Cline GroupRead...

Berge family farm. Corey Coyle [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: Love and Business

November 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

I was busily sewing a new dress for my first date in 12 years. (Yeah, I know, so sophisticated, a homemade dress.) Anyway, I was struck suddenly by a thought: what if this guy was Mr. Right? What if he wanted to move in with me? I stopped sewing. Huh.Read...

Sexual Harassment: “Don’t Pay Any Attention to Him, He’s Harmless”

Sexual Harassment: “Don’t Pay Any Attention to Him, He’s Harmless”

November 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

She was probably 18 years old, had moved to Sydney from Antigonish, and with a Grade 10 education, applied for what were called “domestic” jobs — maids or housekeepers — that offered not only work, but often a place to live. Luckily for her, she landed such a job withRead...

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 46

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 46

November 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

What to do this week What a wonderful fall we have had, but winter is near, and this winter it might be even more important that you take the time now to mulch your trees, bushes and bulbs. We will very likely be getting heaving with the freezing and thawingRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

Port secrecy CBRM Council met in secret camera on Thursday to discuss something related to the Port of Sydney. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which our mayor sometimes worries about and sometimes doesn’t (see the 31 unannounced in camera meetings held over 22 months in 2014-15 in flagrant violationRead More

CBRM Wastewater: What We’re Doing Right

CBRM Wastewater: What We’re Doing Right

November 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

As regular readers of the Spectator know, I have an affinity for document-based research — emails, letters, court records, consultants’ reports, council minutes, issue papers, doctoral theses — I am never happier than when up to my elbows in print. But sometimes when you have an issue that you want veryRead More

Immigration: New Dawn’s Goal? 2,000 Newcomers Per Year

Immigration: New Dawn’s Goal? 2,000 Newcomers Per Year

November 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on immigration and Cape Breton. Erika Shea, vice president of development for New Dawn Enterprises, says the community development organization plays two roles when it comes to immigration in Cape Breton. The first is as the home of theRead More

The Ethicist: Our Animal Companions

The Ethicist: Our Animal Companions

November 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

My cat recently died. Although his life was relatively long (for a cat, anyway) and, I would like to believe, very happy, his death was sudden and unexpected and has left me feeling deeply bereft. I keep expecting to hear his meow at the door or see his intelligent faceRead More

Nothing Says ‘We Care’ Like Stock Photos

Nothing Says ‘We Care’ Like Stock Photos

November 15, 2017 at 11:32 am

Did you get that mailer about provincial budget 2017-18 this week? Did yours include a personal “note” from Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Derek Mombourquette? Mine did. He told me about the budget but he also told me that Sydney-Whitney Pier was a “vibrant melting pot of culture, optimism and most importantly,Read More