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US Election 2016: Red, Blue, Purple

US Election 2016: Red, Blue, Purple

August 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

The Spectator has recruited some actual Americans living in the actual United States of America to provide insight into the 2016 US presidential election. We kick off this week with a recap of the conventions and a discussion of the US electoral map with our eye in Denver, Colorado, ShayRead More

Meet the HAT’s ‘Particularly Excellent’ Hilary Scott

Meet the HAT’s ‘Particularly Excellent’ Hilary Scott

August 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Since its inception two years ago, The Highland Arts Theatre has featured topnotch dancing, acting and singing but a special joy for me has been the consistently delightful work of actor Hilary Scott. Her memorable recent performances include “a bewitching Robyn” in Wesley Crawford’s Dream and “a particularly excellent MarilynRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Fancy Outhouse Edition

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Fancy Outhouse Edition

August 24, 2016 at 1:30 am

What in God’s name enticed Joe Citizen to list 15 separate items in his CBRM Councillors’ Pledge? I was only required to follow 12 steps for the cure and a measly 10 to maintain my Catholic status. Speaking of God, he seems to be playing an outsized role in thisRead More

Election 2016: What Does the Mayor Do?

Election 2016: What Does the Mayor Do?

August 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm

There will be a mayoral race in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this fall and I for one, am glad. That’s partly because acclamations are no fun—who wants to watch incumbent Cecil Clarke debate himself?—but mostly because I don’t think they’re particularly healthy for a functioning democracy. Instead, Rankin MacSween,Read More

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part II

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part II

August 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dr. StrangeJob has not fallen off the wagon since starting the pledge last week, so he is still hoping to catch the CBRM gravy-train. Since Joe Citizen’s CBRM Councillors’ Pledge continues to raise a stink with CBRM taxpayers, there is now talk about a new rank in council. Hence, theRead More

Supreme Court of Canada building

Assisted Suicide Not ‘Death by Doctor’

August 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

If Murray Lewis, editor of Good Times, the magazine for retirees which comes 10 times a year with your Cape Breton Post subscription, wanted to introduce a little shock and awe into the assisted death debate, he probably succeeded in his editorial in the July/August edition. He strongly criticizes theRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part I

Dr. StrangeJob Takes the Pledge: Part I

August 10, 2016 at 11:34 am

Raised a good Catholic boy, my initial point of reference to taking the pledge involves refraining from alcohol and going to meetings. So, imagine my confusion when I saw the invitation from Joe Citizen to take The CBRM Councillors’ Pledge. Granted, some of the gibberish spewing from local politicians isRead More

Distaff Side with Dolores

Distaff Side with Dolores

August 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

“Here they are George. This is just the kind I was telling you about. Aren’t they great?” “Look, Mary. I don’t know the first thing about campers. I’ve never even seen one this close before. In fact, I don’t think I’ve really seen one before at all. Why in theRead More

Japanese school children near Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome ("Genbaku Dome"). An exhibition hall, it was the only thing left standing in the area after the bomb. Photo by Catherine Campbell (June 2014)

Chain Reactions: Bad Faith and Bold Moves in the New Nuclear Age

August 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Seventy-one years after the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “the danger of some sort of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War, and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.” The warning comes not from a lonely peacenik prophet-of-doom but a chastened member ofRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: That’s Not What Ivany Meant!

Dr. StrangeJob: That’s Not What Ivany Meant!

August 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dr. StrangeJob declared his candidacy for mayor of the CBRM on 1 April 2016—that’s right, April Fools’ Day. The Doctor is compelled to speak because of his frustration with the existing council’s apparent lack of transparency, potential misuse of municipal tax dollars, overuse of confidentiality agreements, excessive in-camera meetings, andRead More