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President Donald Trump or What the Hell Happened to America?

President Donald Trump or What the Hell Happened to America?

February 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

It’s only just begun, yet the whole world seems to be feeling the weight of Donald Trump’s presidency. Many more affected and more knowledgeable than myself have commented (boy have they commented) on where he will take the United States during the next four years, but there’s no doubt whatsoeverRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 4

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 4

February 1, 2017 at 2:05 pm

What to do this week: When you think about what seeds need to germinate, the main thing is soil, obviously. You want your soil to hold water, but not too much. Roots need air too, just like us. So you want something that holds water but doesn’t get soggy, holdsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Prince Rupert CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning had a very interesting interview with Herb Pond, mayor of Prince Rupert, British Columbia for two terms during which time the city’s struggling break-bulk port was developed into a successful container terminal, handling more than 600,000 containers a year and employing more than 3,000Read More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 3

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 3

January 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm

What to do this week: So now that the seeds are ordered, let’s plan those windowsills. Onions get the first rotation on the best windowsill. Best means warmth and light. You can plant onions by mid-FEBRUARY. You can also start new perennial flowers then. I tell you, compared to buyingRead More

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The Ethicist: Transparency (Part I)

January 25, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Here we are in 2017, and all around us we see signs of turmoil, angst and politicians running afoul of basic ethical principles! I was going to write about Justin Trudeau’s marvelous tropical Christmas vacation, but I have decided to tackle that topic next month instead, since I think thatRead More

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

Bean There: Check Your Pulse

Bean There: Check Your Pulse

January 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Editor’s Note: This week marks the launch of a new feature in the Cape Breton Spectator, “Bean There,” a monthly column by Cape Breton farmer and seed-saver Michelle Smith.  It’s only right that I came to the end of the United Nation’s Year of Pulses with a visit to Agriculture Canada’sRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 2

January 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

What to do this week: The seed displays are not out yet at the local hardware store, but anyone who is serious about gardening, or wanting to be serious about gardening, should not be buying seeds there anyway. You may have been grabbing seeds there until now, and you mayRead More

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Film + Theater = Filmed Theater

January 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

I got my introduction to theater at the movies. There wasn’t much doing for us in Sydney, culture-wise, when I was in high school, apart from visiting the McConnell library and arguing the relative merits of Keith’s versus Moosehead beer. People watched a lot of television, but I didn’t enjoyRead 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