Onion seedlings planted in toilet paper rolls. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.)

Gardening Tips Week 6: Windowsill Planning

February 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: Our gardener is away this week, so we are reprinting her advice from roughly this time last year, which, she assures, us remains applicable. What to do this week: So now that the seeds are ordered, let’s plan those windowsills. Onions get the first rotation on the bestRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

Rail Schmail Do my eyes deceive me, or has even the Cape Breton Post become a bit skeptical about the great Sydney container port project? All it took was port developer Albert Barbusci suddenly playing down the importance of a functioning railway to their project. As the paper reported Thursday:Read More

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When One Elected Office Just Isn’t Enough

February 7, 2018 at 11:53 am

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has declared his candidacy for the provincial Tory leadership, which he intends to pursue while remaining mayor. Clarke points to Nova Scotia’s Municipal Government Act (MGA) which places no restriction on municipal officials seeking other offices. (Neither, it should be noted, does the Municipal Elections Act.)Read More

CBRM Council Meeting Highlights

CBRM Council Meeting Highlights

February 7, 2018 at 11:52 am

Port pay I always want to know what takes place at CBRM council in camera meetings, but I REALLY wish I’d been a fly on the wall for Tuesday’s discussion about renewing Port of Sydney CEO Marlene Usher’s $200,000 a year contract. Usher, once second in command at Enterprise Cape BretonRead More

Opening remarks during the summit  concerning the security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Vancouver Vaudeville: Much Ado about Nothing?

February 7, 2018 at 11:49 am

At times of heightened international tension the first duty of diplomacy is simple to define, harder to practice: providing a venue for the meeting of otherwise warring minds. In co-hosting, with the United States, the ‘Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula’ on January 16,Read More

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Off and Actually Running

February 7, 2018 at 11:46 am

One of the great advantages of citing I.F. Stone as an influence when you launch a news publication is that you never have to attend a political event — no press conferences, no port announcements, no chamber of commerce luncheons, no public meetings. Stone’s journalism was based entirely on theRead More

Gardening Tips Week 5: From Here to Maturity

Gardening Tips Week 5: From Here to Maturity

February 7, 2018 at 11:45 am

This time last year… What to do this week: This week I want to talk a bit more about days to maturity because it is a big factor in what you choose to grow in your garden. If you look at any single seed catalog, be aware that the daysRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 2, 2018 at 9:23 am

Mayor Clarke I have been critical of CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s high-handed style of governing, his penchant for secrecy and his preference for springing deals on council at the last minute, forcing them to digest reams of information and vote on important motions without adequate time for deliberation. I haveRead More

CBNS railway, Sydney. (Photo via Scotia Rail Development Society

Waiting for the Train

January 31, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Editor’s Note: The following article was produced with the Halifax Examiner, via our Joint Investigative Fund.   Upgrading the Sydney to Truro rail line to make it capable of handling double-stacked containers won’t come cheap, according to a study just completed for the Port of Sydney Development Corporation, but the fixRead...

Trip to China? What Trip to China?

Trip to China? What Trip to China?

January 31, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Here’s the most damning line from the CBRM’s response to a FOIPOP request for information about a recent trip to China by Mayor Cecil Clarke and three CBRM staffers. Municipal Clerk Deborah Campbell Ryan told the applicant: I have been advised that CBRM does not have any records relating toRead More