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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Spin Class I like following the CBC’s Jean Laroche on Twitter precisely for moments like these, where he captures something about the way our political system works that you don’t get to see unless you happen to hang out in the halls of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly: ThisRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 21, 2018 at 10:15 am

Ben Eoin Update A spectator (as I’ve come to think of my readers) alerted me to the sale price of The Birches at Ben Eoin Country Inn — it sold for $675,000 early in 2018. I’ve updated this week’s Ben Eoin story to add this piece of information and toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 3, 2018 at 11:12 am

Berth of a Boondoggle? “As for why it’s 18 months after the funding announcement and the supposed shovel-ready project still hasn’t proceeded, [CBRM Mayor Cecil] Clarke said it may have been in the addition of extra features in the design process, but admitted “I don’t have an answer.” People mayRead More

A Father’s Day Gift to the Donkin Mine

A Father’s Day Gift to the Donkin Mine

June 20, 2018 at 12:08 pm

Is there no editor at the Cape Breton Post? Has the Saltwire Network, which owns the paper, instituted some sort of buggy, beta, artificial intelligence app to vet its stories? How else to explain a front-page Father’s Day feature that began like this: Just in time for Father’s Day, five setsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 1, 2018 at 10:29 am

Call Mr. Campbell On Friday morning, I heard CBC reporter Tom Ayers’ interview with Shannon Campbell, Donkin Mine vice president, who attended a public meeting in Port Morien last night (organized by District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall) to discuss residents’ concerns about coal trucks traveling through their community. On theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 23, 2018 at 10:21 am

Donkin Moncton-based Radio-Canada reporter Elissa Serret has done some great work tracking down and speaking to three of the miners fired from the Donkin Mine last fall. (Here’s the link to the original French television item, which features some rather over-dramatic effects and has French-speaking actors playing the miners, who did notRead 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

Queen Victoria's first meeting with the Privy Council, 1837. (Painting by Sir David Wilkie https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/404710/the-first-council-of-queen-victoria)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part III)

February 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. (You can read Part I here and Part II here.)    In this, the thirdRead More

Top: Kameron coal truck by Yvonne LeBlanc Smith, CBC Cape Breton.  Bottom: Lingan coal-fired generating station, Cape Breton (Photo by By Ken Heaton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: Trucks versus Trains

February 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

I have been keeping a jaundiced eye on the Cape Breton coal trucking story since the 1980s when my friend Leo Evans was shining a public spotlight on the decision by Devco to “rubberize” a part of its coal transportation system.   Made no sense then – makes no sense now.Read More

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

January 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. You can read Part I here.   “[T]he annexation was not legal according to BritishRead More