Rent control rally, Antigonish, NS, 7 November 2020 (Source: Twitter)

Housing in the Headlines

November 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

If writing about poverty, homelessness, food banks and the need for a guaranteed annual income (GAI) could solve any of the problems associated with such matters, I would surely have solved a few over lo! these many years I’ve been contributing to the Spectator. The battle cry at the momentRead More

85th Cape Breton Highlandes, WWI. (Source Beaton Institute

Give Peace A Chance: An Experiment in War Remembrance

November 11, 2020 at 10:15 am

Editor’s Note: To mark Remembrance Day, we’re republishing this 2018 article by our War and Peace columnist Sean Howard.   When you see millions of the mouthless dead Across your dreams in pale battalions go, Say not soft things as other men have said, That you’ll remember. For you needRead More

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Update for 9 November 2020

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Update for 9 November 2020

November 9, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil announced that since the last update on November 3, the province has identified 15 new cases of COVID-19, including the one announced today. The province has 16 active cases, and McNeil said they are “very concerned” about the number creeping up and the potential exposure thatRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 6, 2020 at 10:45 am

I Swear I discovered the CBRM was planning an in-person swearing-in ceremony for mayor and council not from CBRM communications but from a reporter for another news outlet I happened to bump into in front of Sobeys on Tuesday night. Honestly, as a form of communication, it’s not ineffective. TheRead More

All the Pretty Pictures

All the Pretty Pictures

November 4, 2020 at 10:25 am

I’ve been thinking about what constitutes “journalism” lately and I’ve decided it all boils down to asking one question — and asking it repeatedly — and that question is: “Is it true?” In no area is that question more appropriate right now than that of proposed “developments” for downtown Sydney.Read More

Sydney’s Casino at 25: Gambling Addiction

Sydney’s Casino at 25: Gambling Addiction

November 4, 2020 at 10:23 am

Editor’s Note: Sydney’s casino turns 25 this summer and to mark its quarter-century, Rob Csernyik has been taking an in-depth look at the promises — and realities — of casino gambling in Cape Breton. In Part III, he focuses on the question of addiction. (Read Part I here and Part IIRead...

French police fire teargas at anti-NATO protestors in Strasbourg in April 2009, ahead of a summit celebrating the 60th anniversary of the military alliance. (Photo by

Lies at the Heart of Europe

November 4, 2020 at 10:21 am

Thirty Novembers ago, leaders of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) met in Paris to inaugurate a post-Cold War order of peace and prosperity. The Conference – encompassing North America and Soviet Asia as well as Europe – had convened at Summit level only once before, inRead More

About Last (Election) Night…

About Last (Election) Night…

November 4, 2020 at 10:19 am

I, having predicted as late as 5PM on election day that Joe Biden would win “by a landslide,” have had my political analyst’s license (which was only a learner’s permit to begin with) revoked. Consider this me, staying in my lane.  

Indigenous lobster harvest, Saulnierville, NS, 2020.19.09. (Still from YouTube video by Bell Boys on Hawaii lobster harvest, Saulnierville, NS, 2020.19.09. (Still from YouTube video by Bell Boys on Hawaii

Philosophies of Resources

November 4, 2020 at 10:17 am

Europeans and others who arrived in North America adopted the idea of taking as much of the natural resources (lumber, minerals, fish, etc.) as they possibly could. They have continued to do exactly that for hundreds of years, thanks to individuals and corporations and the forces industrialization and capitalism. WhatRead More

Flooded farmland after Tropical Storm Lee, Campbell Hall, NY (Photo by Daniel Case [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bean There: Weathering Climate Change

November 4, 2020 at 10:15 am

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published and this week, we’re revisiting one of her lovely long-form essays, first published in November 2019.   The cat and I huddled under the blankets in the dark as the windRead More