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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 12, 2019 at 9:20 am

Caveat emptor So, this happened:   Ian Scott elaborated on the lawsuit in an interview with Ryan Ross of Charlottetown’s Guardian newspaper (also part of the SaltWire empire) saying: “If your counterparty is not being honest or is hiding things, there’s a lot of stuff that you can’t really determineRead More

Lotus Head from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]

And Now, a Word from Your Planet

April 10, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Note:  Climate change is freaking me out. More to the point: our general refusal to acknowledge the threat of climate change is freaking me out. This province is cutting down trees and digging up coal and threatening the health of rivers like it was 1819, not 2019, so I’ve decidedRead More

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 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm

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 soil is heavy, wet, clay? Compost will help the fine, sticky particles clump together and improveRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 5, 2019 at 11:25 am

Emera The Cape Breton Post is reporting changes to Nova Scotia legislation that will lift restrictions preventing foreign investors from holding more than 25% of voting shares in Emera, the parent company of Nova Scotia Power Inc (NSPI). The other change “reinforces Emera’s existing commitment to maintain its head officeRead More

Gary Stevens [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Gardening Tips: Tomato-Mania

April 3, 2019 at 11:45 am

What to do this week It’s about time to start tomato seedlings inside to have them ready for transplanting at the beginning of June. Each year I agonize over the wide variety of colors, textures and sizes available. I grow more than 50 different varieties for seed on a rotatingRead More

Artist's rendering of new CBRL Central Library. 2019.

On the Waterfront Part I

March 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

I have been trying to determine how, exactly, we decided to locate the new CBRM central library on the Sydney waterfront and as best I can figure, it happened like this:   Architectural & Facility Planning In June 2011, the Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL) Board initiated a study toRead More

A wave hits a rock on Bengtskär, Finnish Gulf.(Pöllö [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

On the Waterfront Part II

March 27, 2019 at 12:26 pm

I need to begin by saying that despite my misgivings about the location of the planned new library and my dislike of the way it’s been tangled up in a private development, I am excited about it. I would just like to ensure that it’s around to excite future generationsRead More

A ladybug, (Coccinella sp., probably C. septempunctata) with aphids on a weed. Photo by Greyson Orlando CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35279712

Gardening Tips: Put Down the Pesticide!

March 27, 2019 at 12:20 pm

What to do this week There may not be any garden insect pests in view just yet but they are still there. They’re slumbering in the soil or the half-rotten dropped fruit you didn’t get a chance to rake up last fall — all waiting for that first warm dayRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Budget This week, I’m going to focus on the federal budget tabled Tuesday by Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and discuss a couple of points of particular interest to Cape Bretoners. The first is the government’s decision to double (for one year only) the gas-tax revenue available for infrastructure spendingRead More

Blueberry bush. (Source: UConn Blueberry bush pre-pruning. (Source: UConn http://ipm.uconn.edu/documents/raw2/html/500.php?aid=500))

Gardening Tips: Isn’t Spring the Berries?

March 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

What to do this week The snow is melting slowly but surely during these sunny days. Many of my small fruit bushes and beds are almost completely uncovered. Small fruit is a term for any fruit not growing on a tree – strawberries, raspberries and the like. Now is theRead More