Environment

Fool’s Gold: Nova Scotia’s Myopic Pursuit of Metals & Minerals (Part II)

Fool’s Gold: Nova Scotia’s Myopic Pursuit of Metals & Minerals (Part II)

May 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm

A CAPE BRETON SPECTATOR/HALIFAX EXAMINER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. You can find Part I here.   Going for gold The CEO and chairman of Vancouver-based Atlantic Gold Corporation, Steven Dean, aRead...

No Navigational Aids in Sydney Harbour? No Ship.

No Navigational Aids in Sydney Harbour? No Ship.

May 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm

I was very interested to hear the “news” on CBC on Tuesday that the deeper channel dredged in Sydney Harbour six years ago is not being used because the necessary navigational aids have never been put in place. The gist of the story is that there was not enough money forRead...

Cucumbers. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 19: Squash, Anyone?

May 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week is the perfect time to plant squash seeds, and hopefully you will consider starting them in soil blocks. I like using soil blocks for almost everything anyway, but for squash plants it is particularly important because they really, really don’t like their rootsRead...

Fool’s Gold: Nova Scotia’s Myopic Pursuit of Metals & Minerals (Part I)

Fool’s Gold: Nova Scotia’s Myopic Pursuit of Metals & Minerals (Part I)

May 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

A CAPE BRETON SPECTATOR/HALIFAX EXAMINER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION   Welcome to the Gold Rush There’s a 21st century gold rush starting in Nova Scotia, just as industrial gold mining is increasingly coming into disrepute around the world. It has been described as an “environmental disaster,” which often leads to contamination ofRead More

McIntosh apple, half-inch green. (Source: UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/bud-stages/april-23-2013-bud-stages)

Gardening Tips Week 17: Spray It, Don’t Say It

May 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week This week is a good time to talk about spraying fruit trees because now is the time to do that. There are a couple of reasons that even an organic grower might want to spray. One would be to rid the trees of pests beforeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 27, 2018 at 10:51 am

Maker Faire When I spoke to Kim Desveaux this week about our impending makerspace, she mentioned something I didn’t have room for in my article but that I wanted to touch on today. A makerspace is exactly what it sounds like: a space, equipped with tools and materials, in whichRead More

Chickens and Ticks and Lyme Disease and…Super Models?

Chickens and Ticks and Lyme Disease and…Super Models?

April 25, 2018 at 11:36 am

A recent conversation with a relative set me to researching chickens and ticks and what a long, strange trip it’s been. The conversation was about the efficacy of chickens in controlling tick populations. It struck a chord with me because I’ve been thinking of the advantages of backyard chickens latelyRead More

Dandelion

Gardening Tips Week 16: Into the Weeds

April 25, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week This week,  I have been trying to get a jump on the perennial weeds. My soil has dried up a bit with the sun and warmth we have had these past few days, so I have been able to walk about. Your soil should beRead...

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

April 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

What to do this week This is a great time of year to talk about soil structure. Whatever you have in your backyard, if it is in Cape Breton it is quite likely to be clay, sorry to say, unless you have been building it for a while. Clay predominatesRead...

Our Wild Downtowns?

Our Wild Downtowns?

April 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw, “Reinstatement of the Blossoming Program” on the agenda for the 27 March 2018 CBRM council meeting. Had Deputy Mayor Eldon MacDonald, who put the issue on the agenda, temporarily lost his mind? I think the short answer is, “Yes.” During the meeting,Read More