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CBRM Council: Selling Centre 200?

CBRM Council: Selling Centre 200?

May 25, 2022 at 1:33 pm

District 8 Councilor James Edwards placed an item on Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting agenda calling for a staff Issue Paper on the pros and cons of selling Centre 200. Opened in 1987, the 5,000-plus seat arena in downtown Sydney was built to mark the city’s 1985 bicentennial. It was home…Read...

Destination Cape Breton Presents (To Council)

Destination Cape Breton Presents (To Council)

May 25, 2022 at 1:31 pm

Terry Smith of Destination Cape Breton (DCB) appeared before CBRM council Tuesday morning and got a very easy ride from councilors, many of whom made a point of thanking Smith and his organization for all their “hard work” and complimenting him on his interesting presentation. District 8 Councilor James Edwards…Read...

Seed envelopes. (Source: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/electrosara/seed-saving/)

Reframing the GMO Debate

May 25, 2022 at 1:29 pm

A recent phone-in on CBC’s Maritime Noon on the issue of labelling products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) left me irritated and frustrated with both sides of the debate. As an enthusiastic and, dare I say, popular seed-saving educator, I never fail to be asked about my views on GMOs….Read...

Deacon Blues

Deacon Blues

May 25, 2022 at 1:27 pm

Recently, the deacons of Antigonish Diocese were honored on Mass For Shut-Ins for the generous and charitable services they perform in addition to their participation in religious services. The diaconate, as we have discovered since these ordained men were introduced into the diocese a few years ago, is open only…Read...

Lath house. (Source: Pinterest)

Gardening Tips: Seedling Safety

May 25, 2022 at 1:25 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 30 May 2018.   What to do this week This time of year many people are starting to move their seedlings from the house or greenhouse to the garden. Even if you have decided to run the risk of frost, your seedlings willRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 20, 2022 at 11:00 am

Talking Turkey I learned recently that in Scottish Gaelic, a turkey is a “cearc-fhrangach” or a French chicken. (Chicken is “cearc,” France is “An Fhraing.”) Turkeys, as you no doubt know, are native to the eastern part of North America, not France, so why did my ancestors think they wereRead More

EverWind: Powered by ‘Hopium?’

EverWind: Powered by ‘Hopium?’

May 18, 2022 at 2:04 pm

Having tried to understand the financing of the EverWind green hydrogen project in Point Tupper it’s now time to consider the science—or lack thereof—behind it. First, you need to understand that hydrogen does not come in a variety of colors. The color coding is used to denote how the hydrogenRead More

EverWind: Following the Money?

EverWind: Following the Money?

May 18, 2022 at 2:00 pm

An American company named EverWind Fuels has purchased the Point Tupper “energy storage center” (read: tank farm) from San Antonio, Texas-based NuStar Energy. EverWind paid $76.9 million for the facility (which includes the tank farm; rail-loading facilities; access to an ice-free, deep-water port; and “available electricity and fresh water”) with theRead More

Photo by Commander John Bortniak, NOAA Corps., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Into the Fog

May 18, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Real business news is good stuff. I say this as someone who used to read the Wall Street Journal regularly, after a co-worker gave me the sage advice to “throw out the op-ed section and focus on the articles.” The quality of such articles is high because businesspeople, although happyRead More

Where we are... (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips: Listen to Your Lilacs

May 18, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 16 May 2018 but I suspect the picture of the lilacs in full bloom was from the previous spring.   What to do this week There is an old folk saying that one should not plant summer crops until the lilacs and appleRead More