Fossil Fuels

Artwork by Christine Gwynne.

The Chimney and the Cloud

October 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm

A more telling or ironic snapshot of endangered Mother Earth in the 21st century could scarcely be imagined: a naval war game by a nuclear-armed alliance delayed by a storm that drew its force from the human-caused warming of the oceans. The hurricane, of course, was Dorian, and the warRead More

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

Clarke on Climate Change

October 2, 2019 at 1:08 pm

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke was “not in the building” on September 27 when students (and others) from his community gathered in front of the Civic Centre to demand action on climate change. (His spokesperson tells me he “had meetings scheduled” in the morning and “a funeral” in the afternoon.) ButRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 10, 2019 at 11:17 am

Donkin The Donkin Mine saga took an unexpected turn last week with the sudden death of coal baron (and Kameron Collieries owner) Chris Cline in a helicopter crash. Weirdly, this was followed almost immediately by (yet another) rock fall in the mine itself. Fortunately — yet again — nobody wasRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 21, 2019 at 9:04 am

Complex systems Former Nova Scotia health minister Maureen MacDonald took to Facebook this week to express frustration with some of the recent criticism she’s seen leveled at the province’s healthcare system. She took particular issue with a speech given at a healthcare rally in Halifax by Paula Minnikin, a formerRead More

Okay, David MacKinnon, Stop

Okay, David MacKinnon, Stop

May 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

David MacKinnon worked in senior capacities in the Nova Scotia and Ontario public services. The Prince Edward Island native is a frequent commentator on Canada’s fiscal arrangements and currently lives in Wellington Ontario. — CB Post, 25 April 2019   That’s the bio that appears at the end of DavidRead More

And Now, a Word from Your Planet

And Now, a Word from Your Planet

April 24, 2019 at 10:02 am

The hook for this edition of “A Word from Your Planet” is not just weak, it’s downright imaginary — I’m hanging it on Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP)’s grand plans for our port, which I referenced this week in the Cossitt Heights article. In fact, I’m hanging it on aRead More

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

Mine Safety (and Media Priorities)

February 6, 2019 at 11:36 am

I’m writing on Wednesday morning and the front page of the Cape Breton Post (print edition) features a story about the management of the Donkin coal mine failing to report a “massive roof cave-in,” in contravention of provincial regulations. To be completely factual: the front page of the Post features aRead More

Clarke on Carbon Pricing: Ready to Lead?

Clarke on Carbon Pricing: Ready to Lead?

October 24, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Cecil Clarke is not the only anti-carbon tax politician in the current landscape; in fact, he’s arguably just the homegrown version of a familiar figure on the political scene — the “Canadian conservative” who, as Dalhousie economist Lars Osberg puts it, has “successfully framed” the federal government’s carbon-pricing system as aRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 12, 2018 at 9:15 am

Down the lazy river Thanks to an eagle-eyed spectator who alerted me to this gem: 🔊 Announcement! The @GlobeandMail is excited to officially announce the launch of the July 2019 #GlobeNormandyCruise with participating journalists @RoyMacG, @RobertFife, @taraobrady, @Beppi_Crosariol, and Margaret Wente. 🛳 ➡ To reserve your cabin: https://t.co/m8Gd4y2EIM pic.twitter.com/8y0AP9k4Ln —Read More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

October 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?,” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. AsRead More