Environment

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 16, 2021 at 9:45 am

Shots! I’m betting when you read that you knew I was talking about COVID vaccine and not tequila. That is a sad but I hope not enduring effect of the ongoing pandemic. I got my first AstraZeneca shot on Monday. On Tuesday, I had a sore arm and fatigue seriousRead...

Biotech Dreams

Biotech Dreams

April 14, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Ever since reading Linda McQuaig on Connaught Labs — the “public” lab that McQuaig argues, convincingly, could have helped Canada fight the COVID-19 pandemic had it not been privatized by the Mulroney government in the ’80s — I’ve been thinking about the value of publicly owned businesses and looking atRead More

In Support of Biodiversity

In Support of Biodiversity

April 14, 2021 at 12:47 pm

It took public pressure to get the Lahey Report (“An Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia“) off the ground but once completed, it contained summaries like this one: My conclusion is that ecological forestry must be pursued on Crown and private lands with a combination of tools thatRead...

A compost bin in the garden of Feeringbury ManorBy Acabashi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Compost, Compost, Compost

April 14, 2021 at 12:45 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archives to provide timely tips for gardeners.   What to do this week It may seem sometimes like the gardener’s answer to everything is compost. Got sandy, light soil? Add compost to help absorb water and slow the leaching of nutrients. Your soilRead More

Albert Barbusci Goes Nuclear

Albert Barbusci Goes Nuclear

April 7, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Enquête, Radio-Canada’s investigative news show — think, Fifth Estate in French — on Friday dedicated part of its last episode of the season to a story involving a familiar face: It seems “Montreal businessman” Albert Barbusci, in addition to working tirelessly to promote the Port of Sydney (and his FloridaRead More

Students testing soil fertility, circa 1816. (Source: By OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Elementary, My Dear Gardeners

April 7, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archives to provide timely tips for gardeners.   What to do this week This week, we continue with the soil nutrients I introduced last week. We are left with N, P and K. I would like to give you an idea of whatRead More

Forward, CBRM!

Forward, CBRM!

March 31, 2021 at 2:21 pm

I lost track of how many times participants in Tuesday’s “CBRM Forward” discussion used the words “excited” or “exciting.” Literally everyone who spoke was either excited to be there or excited at the prospect of overhauling the municipality’s planning strategy and land-use by-law or excited to be drafting an economicRead More

Dolomite limestone (Source: minimal.com http://minmat.com/portfolio/dolomite/)

Gardening Tips: Fertilizing Periodically

March 31, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archives to provide timely tips for gardeners.   What to do this week As promised last week, here we go with a little bit of science. There are four main nutrients your plants look for in the soil, so you have to knowRead More

By AnRo0002 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Tomato Time

March 24, 2021 at 11:48 am

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archives to provide timely tips for gardeners.   What to do this week It is time to think about seeding lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, and other summer annuals, but we don’t plant before taking the first step of thinking about what varieties suitRead More

Letter to the Editor: Dirty Habits

Letter to the Editor: Dirty Habits

March 24, 2021 at 11:47 am

The only good thing about the snowstorm we recently experienced is that it buried the piles of coffee cups, fast-food containers, etc. that we fire out our car windows as we travel about. It wouldn’t take much effort to bring them home and place them in our house garbage orRead More