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Mayor Clarke and the December Hustle

December 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm

What is it about CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke and December? Does he hear that John Lennon song — And so this is Christmas/And what have you done? — and panic? Does he look at his lists of 200 “positive changes” for the municipality and scream? Because at a time whenRead More

SHIP: Cheep No More

SHIP: Cheep No More

December 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Whatever else our port promoters Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) have been up to these past few months, they’ve finally cleaned up their internet presence. These quotes, for example, have been removed from their revamped web page: They’ve also changed their logo. From this: To this: I could say moreRead More

Cannabis (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 49

December 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, I have been thinking about four-season gardening and those greens you have in the yard that might be still alive. Kale will be fine, so long as you can find it under the snow, but you may even have some chard that hasn’tRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

Resign to Run? Resign to run laws are pretty self-explanatory: if you hold public office and wish to run for another public office, you must first resign the office you hold.  Five US states (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and Texas) and several cities (including Dallas, Philadelphia and Phoenix) have them.Read More

Premier Makes Mysterious Trip to Mysterious East

Premier Makes Mysterious Trip to Mysterious East

December 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Nova Scotia, in case you missed the memo, is now in year two of a five-year “strategy” to boost trade with China. That it’s a strategy with “no budget, target or goal,” as the CBC reported in April 2016, has the advantage, from Premier Stephen McNeil’s perspective, of allowing him toRead More

“Quad C” Buys Canadian Construction Company

“Quad C” Buys Canadian Construction Company

December 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: I feel the need to warn you, dear readers, that this article is really long. That’s what happens when you start writing about a company with annual revenue of US$55 billion and 100,000 employees. But since it’s also a company that has been cited in reference to notRead More

Mr. D. Buckley and another sports fisherman, salmon fishing the Margaree River, N.S., W.R. MacAskill, photographer, ca. 1927; NSA, W.R. MacAskill fonds, 1987-453 no. 3622 (scan 200311368)

Saving the Margaree: Skip the Helicopters, Do the Science

December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Editor’s Note: A version of this article has appeared in The Inverness Oran and the Nova Scotia Advocate. The last leaves have fallen to the forest floor, and as I look out across my little forested valley, I would like to take this time to respond to the Margaree Salmon Association’sRead...

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I recently explored an intriguing thought experiment with my students. As we saw several columns ago, thought experiments are employed by philosophers because they offer us a way of making difficult philosophical concepts both accessible and concrete, changing them, in the process, from abstract ideas into ones that we canRead More

By S. Rae from Scotland, UK (Cavariella aphids on hogweed) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 48

December 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, it might be a good idea to check on the health of the plants you’ve taken in for the winter: it is time to check for pests. When you bring plants in from the outdoors you sometimes bring outdoor pests in as wellRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

Draft Cecil A “grassroots” campaign to draft CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke to run for the leadership of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives has begun. The web domain “draftcecil.ca” was registered on November 14, even as the CBRM council was meeting in camera, at Clarke’s behest, to discuss the option andRead More