Don Clarke

Notes from Dominion & Environs

Notes from Dominion & Environs

December 21, 2022 at 1:17 pm

Editor’s Note: I asked Spectator contributor Don Clarke to write something about what’s happening in his neck of the CBRM these days and here’s what he had to say.   Making music Last week, I spoke to Glace Bay musician Aaron Turnbull about the local music scene and his personalRead More

A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach

May 4, 2022 at 1:02 pm

I love Dominion Beach. It’s not one of the world’s greatest beaches with endless, white (or even red) sand but it’s mine. I have often walked or jogged along the shore or the boardwalk, which has been built and rebuilt over the years after the waves have washed it away,Read More

Photo by Don Clarke

Finding Your Footing

April 27, 2022 at 1:49 pm

Pathways to Employment community organization based in Sydney, is probably best known for its wood shop, laundry services and other programs that attempt to reintegrate disenfranchised people with addictions or restrictions due to mental health issues into the community. Certainly, that’s the aspect of Pathways I was most familiar with;Read More

All Around Town House

All Around Town House

April 13, 2022 at 12:21 pm

This week I had a chance to visit Glace Bay’s Town House to find out what they’ve been up to lately. I was intrigued by the organization but not well informed — I was aware of the clothing depot, but not much else. But in a wide-ranging conversation with ExecutiveRead More

Teacher training, Shiva Tattva Yoga School, India. (Photo by Shivatattvayoga, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

Yoga To Be Kidding!

April 6, 2022 at 10:49 am

I don’t know about you, maybe you jog 3km a day, and regularly bench your weight, but I personally have not exercised enough during the pandemic. Oh sure, it started out well enough with the intention to “work out, eat right and read more” but it fizzled over time. LifeRead More

Community Cooking

Community Cooking

March 23, 2022 at 2:17 pm

Last week, I took a cooking class run by New Dawn Enterprise’s A Better Bite Community Kitchen. Called “Tomato Sauce Five Ways,” the class was held in A Better Bite’s facilities in the New Dawn Centre on Nepean Street in Sydney and led by dietician Jessica MacNeil. She taught usRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 11, 2022 at 12:17 pm

Only Rats and Horses I started writing about CBU’s proposed housing development for the former Tartan Downs harness racing track in Ashby but realized I have too much to say for a Fast & Curious item, so I’ll write about it at greater length next week. For now, I’d justRead More

Hawks Field: A Dream Coming True in Dominion

Hawks Field: A Dream Coming True in Dominion

March 9, 2022 at 12:49 pm

It may not look like much on a cold February day (see below) but the Hawks Field in Dominion is undergoing a serious make-over – from field to Dream Field. Having noticed the construction and wondered about the project, I contacted Councilor Darren Bruckschwaiger, whose District 10 includes Dominion. HeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 25, 2022 at 10:34 am

Fiddling while the world burns? I don’t know about you, but every time I find myself doing something that does not involve contemplating the darker aspects of the Freedom Convoy or the horrible developments in Ukraine or the increasingly obvious manifestations of climate change, I feel like I’m being aRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 18, 2022 at 10:30 am

Whirlwind Tours I signed up for emails from Entrée Destinations because they promised “stories” from all parts of Canada — including Nova Scotia — and I was curious to see how they’d portray us. (Okay, full disclosure: I wanted to see how trite and clichéd their portrayal would be whichRead More