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 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

Bernie Sanders (l), Dr. StrangeJob (r).

Dr StrangeJob Is Ready to Negotiate

October 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Don’t confuse passion for anger or polish for competence. I watched the big political debate everyone was talking about. The first candidate came across a bit smug, self-centered and more than a tad arrogant. Reminded me of a brazen Stephen Harper. The alternative candidate was more personable but left meRead More

Special nuclear materials convoy, Aldermaston. (Photo via AWPC)

Roads To Hell: Nuclear Waste on the Move

October 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm

“It was an awesome spectacle,” the Austrian physicist Otto Frisch wrote in 1979, recalling the world’s first atomic explosion, the ‘Trinity’ test at Alamogordo, New Mexico, 44 years earlier. What most struck him was not the lethal radiance of “what has become so well known as the mushroom cloud” butRead More

Artist's rendition of second cruise berth.

Did Port CEO Marlene Usher ‘Leave the Politics at Home?’

September 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Port of Sydney Development Corporation CEO Marlene Usher began her “port update” to the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday by assuring the roughly 85 people in attendance that the timing of the talk — smack in the middle of a municipal election campaign — was “purely byRead More