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Small-scale crop rotation at the Ecological Garden at Odder. (Photo by Sten, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Beautiful Chaos

June 8, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 6 June 2018.   What to do this week You may think crop rotation is only for big farming operations, but you have a lot to gain from doing it too. It is just as important in a backyard garden. If you plantRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 3, 2022 at 10:32 am

Buy buy Writing about Destination Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Partnership these past couple of weeks has been like returning to earlier, simpler times when publicly funded agencies and their dubious achievements occupied a lot of my brain space. But it all feels a little darker these days. TourismRead More

The Cape Breton Partnership’s Missing Metrics

The Cape Breton Partnership’s Missing Metrics

June 1, 2022 at 11:51 am

I went back and watched Cape Breton Partnership President and CEO Tyler Mattheis’ May 10 presentation to CBRM council and came away with the distinct impression that, like Destination Cape Breton, the Partnership has no real idea whether its work is producing the desired results—in this case, encouraging new businessesRead More

Loose Ends: Green Hydrogen, Handwavium & More

Loose Ends: Green Hydrogen, Handwavium & More

June 1, 2022 at 11:49 am

SaltWire’s Aaron Beswick wrote recently about the plan to turn Point Tupper into a green hydrogen hub without raising any questions about the viability of the scheme from a scientific perspective, and I suspect that’s how the coverage of this latest Strait Area mega-project is going to go. Beswick spokeRead More

War’s Far-Reaching Effects

War’s Far-Reaching Effects

June 1, 2022 at 11:47 am

On April 21, Siegfried Hecker, a world-leading authority on nuclear security and proliferation, told John Mecklin, editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine constituted “a major hinge, a turning point in the nuclear world”: as “big a hinge as when the Soviet Union dissolved.”Read More

Zucchini flower, photo: By net_efekt CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36613855

Gardening Tips: Zuke, Alors!

June 1, 2022 at 11:45 am

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 5 June 2019, but I spoke with the gardener on Friday and she was, indeed, still waiting on her apple blossoms.   What to do this week The weather is still far from warm and settled and like the rest of Nova ScotiaRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 27, 2022 at 10:20 am

Talkin’ ’bout my generator I read Henry Maxwell’s letter to the editor of the Cape Breton Post about the apparently over-sized backup generator recently purchased by the CBRM for the Myles F. Burke Police Headquarters in Sydney with great interest. That particular item has bugged me since it appeared inRead More

CBRM Council: Selling Centre 200?

CBRM Council: Selling Centre 200?

May 25, 2022 at 1:33 pm

District 8 Councilor James Edwards placed an item on Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting agenda calling for a staff Issue Paper on the pros and cons of selling Centre 200. Opened in 1987, the 5,000-plus seat arena in downtown Sydney was built to mark the city’s 1985 bicentennial. It was homeRead More

Destination Cape Breton Presents (To Council)

Destination Cape Breton Presents (To Council)

May 25, 2022 at 1:31 pm

Terry Smith of Destination Cape Breton (DCB) appeared before CBRM council Tuesday morning and got a very easy ride from councilors, many of whom made a point of thanking Smith and his organization for all their “hard work” and complimenting him on his interesting presentation. District 8 Councilor James EdwardsRead More

Seed envelopes. (Source: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/electrosara/seed-saving/)

Reframing the GMO Debate

May 25, 2022 at 1:29 pm

A recent phone-in on CBC’s Maritime Noon on the issue of labelling products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) left me irritated and frustrated with both sides of the debate. As an enthusiastic and, dare I say, popular seed-saving educator, I never fail to be asked about my views on GMOs.Read More