Mary Campbell

Hark, the Herald’s Still on Strike!

Hark, the Herald’s Still on Strike!

January 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm

I was just a kid the first time I learned the word “scab” could be applied to something other than a rough patch of skin. I had gone with my father to visit his aunt in a nursing home up the street from our house. The staff were on strike, andRead More

Berthers, Unite!

Berthers, Unite!

January 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) REALLY wants you to turn out on Saturday to stamp your little feet and demand the federal government come through with its share of the funding for our $20 million second cruise berth (which, this week, we’re talking about solely in terms ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

Say Something if You See Something “Say Something if You See Something” is the name of a new human trafficking and sexual exploitation “education and awareness” program launched by the Halifax Police and the RCMP and targeted at workers in the hospitality and transport sectors. The name of the campaignRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Has Our SHIP Come In? My thanks to Tim Bousquet of the Halifax Examiner who has been trawling (not trolling) the NS Registry of Joint Stock Companies on a regular basis for new listings and found this one. Note the date of registration: I have contacted the registry in anRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes On Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes On Random Things

December 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

PR: You’re Doing it Wrong Christina Lamey, who is either CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s personal spokesperson or the CBRM’s official spokesperson, depending on what day of the week it is, gave a master class in public relations on Wednesday. Proving she is worth every penny of the $75,000 we payRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

December 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm

This Content Is Not Sponsored Running a fledgling online news operation on a subscription basis is not without its challenges but it has some big benefits — I don’t have to fill my pages with “sponsored content,” my entire front page will never be given over to an advertisement and IRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

November 30, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Repo Man I took a taxi from the airport recently (did I mention I was in Quebec? Quebec and Ottawa for 10 days in October). I got in late and didn’t like to ask anyone to take that drive out Grand Lake Road at 12:30 a.m. to pick me up.Read More

By Nicolas Perrault III (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Another Brick in the Paywall

November 23, 2016 at 9:08 am

This is not the best moment to be erecting a wall of any sort but the time has come to put a paywall — neither huge nor beautiful — around new content on The Cape Breton Spectator. My stats show me that there are enough people reading the Spectator eachRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

November 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

Note: Fast & Curious will be a new weekly feature in which The Spectator will take a brief look at a number of stories that piqued its interest during the week.   Oh Readers! Oh Lovers of Books! First and foremost, Spectator contributor Sean Howard has published a new bookRead More

Donald Trump, Las Vegas, Feb. 2016 By https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

About last night…

November 9, 2016 at 8:44 am

I had not planned to write about the US presidential election but my correspondent in Colorado is still trying to make sense of last night’s results and I am going to wait until he is able to sit up and take nourishment before asking his thoughts on the Donald TrumpRead More