Environment

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 3

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 3

January 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm

What to do this week: So now that the seeds are ordered, let’s plan those windowsills. Onions get the first rotation on the best windowsill. Best means warmth and light. You can plant onions by mid-FEBRUARY. You can also start new perennial flowers then. I tell you, compared to buyingRead More

Bean There: Check Your Pulse

Bean There: Check Your Pulse

January 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Editor’s Note: This week marks the launch of a new feature in the Cape Breton Spectator, “Bean There,” a monthly column by Cape Breton farmer and seed-saver Michelle Smith.  It’s only right that I came to the end of the United Nation’s Year of Pulses with a visit to Agriculture Canada’sRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 2

January 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

What to do this week: The seed displays are not out yet at the local hardware store, but anyone who is serious about gardening, or wanting to be serious about gardening, should not be buying seeds there anyway. You may have been grabbing seeds there until now, and you mayRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters Week 1

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters Week 1

January 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: This week marks the beginning of a new gardening feature by Michelle Smith, who will also write more broadly on agricultural and food issues for The Spectator in a regular monthly column that will launch next week. This week, we introduce Smith and present her first tip ofRead More

CBRM to Host Canada’s First Arena/Casino/Library?

CBRM to Host Canada’s First Arena/Casino/Library?

January 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

A gentleman of my acquaintance can’t watch CTV’s Steve Murphy deliver the news without yelling at the television screen. I have a similar relationship with The Cape Breton Post. I don’t necessarily yell, often I simply ask it questions, questions I think its reporters should ask but don’t. Take thatRead More

Meet the Neighbors: The Crows of the CBRM

Meet the Neighbors: The Crows of the CBRM

December 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Crows fascinate me. Try as I might not to anthropomorphize them, I catch myself thinking of them as sly or wise or watchful or mocking, depending upon whether they’re emptying my bird feeder, dancing on my roof, poking around my recycling or crapping on my head as I walk down NorthRead More

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

December 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Not having been affected by the rain storm that hit the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this past Thanksgiving, I had the luxury of learning about the difference between “overland flooding” and “sewer backup” weeks later, over a beer with a friend whose basement had flooded. The woman sent by hisRead More

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Cruise Ships & the Environment: The Sewage Edition

November 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

First, the good news. The cruise ship most seen in Sydney during the 2016 season, Holland America Line’s Veendam, got an A grade from the Friends of the Earth in their 2016 Cruise Ship Report Card. The bad news? Our second-most frequent visitor, the Veendam’s sister ship Rotterdam, got aRead More

Amanda Peters at NS Mi'kmaq Energy & Innovation Summit 2016

Mi’kmaq Experiment with Green Energy

September 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

The Nova Scotia  Mi’kmaq Energy & Innovation Summit 2016 illustrated both how far the Province of Nova Scotia has come in the pursuit of green energy, and how far it has yet to go. Held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on September 26 and 27, the summit wasRead More

Cruise ship docked in Sydney, N.S.

Muskrat Fails and Jive Cruise Ship Math

June 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm

  Halifax Examiner publisher Tim Bousquet and CBC Newfoundland commentator Drew Brown are both saying things of interest to Cape Bretoners today. Bousquet’s Morning File responds to the Cape Breton Post‘s front-page love letter to our “one millionth” cruise ship passenger (an apparently nice lady from Florida who seems to haveRead More