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Globe artichoke. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 10: Time to Prune

March 14, 2018 at 9:32 am

What to do this week This week, we have a success report from Madeline about her globe artichoke overwintering experiment, and some encouragement to think about the early spring pruning of your trees and bushes. Let’s start with pruning. The little bit of snow we are getting this week mayRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

Equalize this Developments on the equalization front this week must be gratifying to the stalwart members of Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness (NSEF), a CBRM-based advocacy group that has been meeting monthly to discuss the issue of municipal financing for 15 long years. Against the backdrop of budget discussions, whichRead More

Map showing proposed site of RV park in Big Pond.

Developer Gets Zone Amendment for Big Pond RV Park

March 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Cape Breton Regional Municipal Council voted on Wednesday morning to approve a zoning by-law amendment to allow developer Chris Skidmore to establish a 211-site RV Park in Big Pond Centre. The vote was 7-6 with Councilors Clarence Prince, Earlene MacMullin, Steve Gillespie, George MacDonald, Darren Bruckschwaiger, Jim MacLeod and Mayor CecilRead More

President Donald J. Trump addresses service members during a Troop Talk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2017. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. – Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres

Trump’s Nuclear Posturing: More Weapons, Less Control

March 7, 2018 at 12:34 pm

On February 2, the United States released its first Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) since the 2010 study commissioned by then-President Barack Obama. The Obama NPR disappointed many disarmament advocates in its doctrinal timidity – it failed to declare the US would never use nuclear weapons first, and only ever use themRead More

Sign at Sydport wharves, 9 March 2016.

Shipbreaking in the Free Market

March 7, 2018 at 12:32 pm

You’ve got to love the free market. Look at the wonders it produces when simply left to its own devices: an Ontario-based shipbreaking outfit suddenly realizes it should be busting up old naval ships in Sydney harbor, so moves here and starts hiring.   Although, as the Cape Breton Post explainedRead More

Soil blocks. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 9: Playing in the Mud

March 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm

What to do this week I’m back after a short break. Thank you all for your patience. I hope your onion seedlings are started! If they are not, you can do them in soil blocks. If you have them already going, there will be other seeds to plant in theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 2, 2018 at 10:09 am

French lessons This week, I’ve run across three Quebec news stories that are oddly relevant to events here in the CBRM. That’s not as completely random as it sounds: I keep tabs on events in Quebec by starting each day listening to the first half hour of Quebec AM, the QuebecRead More

CBRM Council: (None of Your) Business Cape Breton

CBRM Council: (None of Your) Business Cape Breton

February 28, 2018 at 12:40 pm

My favorite quasi-public organization, Business Cape Breton (BCB), was on the CBRM Council agenda last night. Seems BCB is broke — it needs another $34,000 to see it through to the end of March. It’s difficult to understand exactly what is going on here because CAO Marie Walsh was veryRead More

CBRM Council: RV Park Postponed

CBRM Council: RV Park Postponed

February 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm

CBRM planning staff seem really keen on this Big Pond RV Park idea. I don’t know how else to interpret the time and effort planning director Malcolm Gillis and planner Karen Neville have put it into Calgary developer Chris Skidmore’s project — first in their original recommendation that council amendRead More

Seeking a Sustainable Future, One Interview at a Time

Seeking a Sustainable Future, One Interview at a Time

February 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Cape Breton writer Silver Donald Cameron’s latest undertaking, The Green Interview, is an ever-growing collection of videotaped interviews with “thinkers, writers and observers whose ideas and perceptions are leading the way to a new era of sustainability.” Cameron interviews people who would be considered Green Royalty if the kind of peopleRead More