Fossil Fuels

Talk About Action: Climate Change & the CBRM

Talk About Action: Climate Change & the CBRM

January 22, 2020 at 1:51 pm

I watched most of Monday’s almost four-hour Climate Change Municipal Action Plan Update and will recap some of the highlights for you, but I have to begin. with District 7 Councilor Ivan Doncaster’s contribution to the proceedings which consisted largely — I could not make this up if I triedRead...

John Crosbie and the Promise of Oil

John Crosbie and the Promise of Oil

January 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm

“You have driven my husband wild with your book!” This is how Jane Crosbie welcomed me on my first visit to Government House in Saint John’s, Newfoundland in 2012. When my book The Ocean Ranger: Remaking the Promise of Oil came out, the then-Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador roaredRead More

Letter to the Editor: The Last Strike

Letter to the Editor: The Last Strike

January 15, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Editor’s Note: In January 2019, the federal government announced a plan to end the Cape Breton Development Corporation’s (Devco) coal operations — Phelan Mine was to close in late 2000 and Prince Mine to be sold. The original scheme, as reported by the Globe & Mail’s Kevin Cox, would seeRead More

Grand Narrows rail bridge, Cape Breton. (Spectator photo)

Letter to the Editor: End of the Line?

December 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm

In a letter to the editor dated 16 July 2002 I carefully set out some historic evidence on the long-predicted conversion of coal transportation from rail to road on Cape Breton Island. Given the pending government pronouncement on rail abandonment (or wink, wink “preservation”), I thought some factual background mightRead...

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Trade Promotion: 1890s Style

November 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is on yet another pilgrimage to China as I write, “engaging” with the Chinese rather than isolating them because, according to what he told reporters just prior to his departure, that’s how you show non-democracies “what democracies have to offer.” At first I thought heRead More

Fast  & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 1, 2019 at 9:42 am

Resigning woman Lucia MacIsaac resigned as board chair of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation last week prompting residents all over the CBRM to say, “Who?” MacIsaac has not been exactly high profile in her role but then, neither has the port board. In fact, the only thing I canRead More

Canadian House of Commons. (Photo by Sam [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

About Monday Night

October 23, 2019 at 1:36 pm

I’m going to keep this short because a) the Canadian landscape is flooded with election analysis at the moment and b) I’m not good at it. But I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t want to say something about the election results so here are my thoughts:   Voter TurnoutRead More

Climate strikers at Civic Centre, Sydney, NS. 27 September 2019. (Spectator photo)

Michelle Smith Asks About Climate Change

October 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Michelle Smith, the Spectator‘s resident gardener and expert on all things agricultural, asked this question of federal candidates in Cape Breton Canso and Sydney-Victoria: Increasingly extreme weather events due to climate change are challenging agricultural producers. Clearly, decisive action needs to be taken to slow or stop the process ofRead...

Major Plot Twist in the SHIP Show

Major Plot Twist in the SHIP Show

October 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm

I’ve been paying pretty close attention to this drama I think of as the The Albert Barbusci Show, but I must have missed the episode where we asked Barbusci, our port promoter and the CEO of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP), to identify a company with an untested method ofRead More

Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Plastics, Ben, Plastics

October 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Do you ever hear about a subject for the first time and think it must be a brand new thing and then do some googling and realize that, actually, people have been on about it for years? That’s what happened to me with port promoter Albert Barbusci’s scheme to establishRead More