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4 A.M., Onni Nordmann, Oil on Canvas, 2013

Onni Nordman: Risking Failure For ‘The Good Stuff’

October 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

Cape Breton artist Onni Nordman is enjoying a growing reputation these days. His work is already popular in Nova Scotia, where it often appears in gallery shows and events like last month’s Lumière. And now Nordman is becoming known in Europe, where he recently had exhibitions in Munich and Helsinki.Read More

US Election: Release the Surrogates! (Part I)

US Election: Release the Surrogates! (Part I)

October 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

American presidential elections are not won at the base of either party. The dichotomy of the two major American parties has historically rested on a fairly centrist pivot, where roughly 40% of both Republicans and Democrats can be found. This loose crowd in the center, unpinned by party affiliation orRead More

Does Convenience of E-Voting Outweigh Dangers?

Does Convenience of E-Voting Outweigh Dangers?

October 19, 2016 at 10:47 am

Talk of “rigged elections” is rife in the United States right now, thanks to one Donald J. Trump, but Susan Dodd, a professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, worries that the shift to electronic voting here in our own province has opened the door toRead More

Après Le Deluge…

Après Le Deluge…

October 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm

The Cape Breton Spectator has not failed to notice what is happening in the CBRM this week. Like so many of you, I woke on Tuesday to find the power out. But I was at the bungalow, and when I returned to Sydney, I found the lights at my houseRead More

The Ethicist: Public versus Private

The Ethicist: Public versus Private

October 12, 2016 at 7:40 am

Why do we allow our politicians and public servants to get away with elevated rhetoric that is not reflected in their actions? (Full disclosure: as a professor, I work in the public sector.) Why, when they are caught in an expense scandal or ignore their own promises, do we letRead More

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

US Election 2016: Riding the Roller Coaster

October 12, 2016 at 7:38 am

The roller coaster metaphor so often applied to US presidential campaigns has never been as apt as it is this season—the jerking motions, the nausea, the anxiety, the precarious swings from left to right, the tunnel-vision as one dives into a screaming chasm before lurching back up into the shrillRead More

Bishops’ Attitude To Assisted Death Un-Christian

Bishops’ Attitude To Assisted Death Un-Christian

October 12, 2016 at 7:36 am

It’s not surprising that the Archbishops of Alberta and the Northern Territories would take a stand against assisted death, as outlined in Bill C-14, passed by the Canadian House of Commons in June of this year. In so doing, they are upholding Catholic doctrine that life exists from conception toRead More

The CB Post Loves That Northside Shipyard

The CB Post Loves That Northside Shipyard

October 12, 2016 at 7:35 am

The Cape Breton Post sure does love a shipyard. And I mean that literally, it loves a shipyard —  the one run by Canadian Maritime Engineering (CME) in North Sydney. The one partially located on a former waterfront green space. Our paper of record never tires of visiting that shipyardRead More

Dr StrangeJob Predicts the Losers

Dr StrangeJob Predicts the Losers

October 12, 2016 at 7:33 am

“Old age and treachery always overcomes youth and skill.” – Waylon & Willie Dr StrangeJob is no loser, but he does concede he will not win the CBRM mayoralty race. Yes, he is statistically the most favored candidate, not to mention the only mayoralty candidate actually liked by goCapebreton.com. No,Read More

Why is She Only Profiling the Women?

Why is She Only Profiling the Women?

October 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

I was going to start this introduction to my interviews with all 10 women running in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality elections this fall by asking the rhetorical question: “Why do we need women on council?” I was then going to answer (I know, I know, you’re not supposed toRead More