Environment

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 22, 2018 at 11:16 am

Makerspace update Remember I told you we were getting a Makerspace? It’s part of something called the Momentum Initiative — a cooperative effort between Innovacorp and a number of other organizations and entities, including New Dawn, Cape Breton Partnership, CBU, Navigate Start-Up House, NSCC, the National Research Council of CanadaRead More

Compost tea. (Madeline Yakimchuk photo)

Gardening Tips Week 23: Soil Fertility Rights (and Wrongs)

June 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, I would like to talk about adding fertility to the plants in your garden. Obviously the best way to have good fertility is to have good, rich soil to begin with. There is no substitute for good soil. But if your soil isRead More

Source: A Better Balance, MANS. http://tmans.ca/images/A-Better-Balance.pdf

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

June 13, 2018 at 12:08 pm

A CAPE BRETON SPECTATOR/HALIFAX EXAMINER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final article in a series on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. (Read Part I, Part II, and Part III.)   Sacred land On a cold day in late November 2017 a couple of dozenRead More

Flowering buckwheat cover crop. (Source: The Campus Community Garden http://web.uvic.ca/~ccgarden/buckwheat-covercrop/, University of Victoria)

Gardening Tips Week 22: Cover Crops

June 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This is the time of year when you might be starting a new garden bed — maybe your first, maybe an extension of your existing garden — which makes it a good time to talk about cover crops.  As with crop rotation, which we discussedRead More

Photo by Joan Baxter

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

May 30, 2018 at 11:55 am

A CAPE BRETON SPECTATOR/HALIFAX EXAMINER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. You can find Part I here and Part II here.   Cobequid Gold & Tatamagouche Water The news broke in November 2017Read More

Lath house. (Source: Pinterest)

Gardening Tips Week 20: Seedling Safety

May 30, 2018 at 11:47 am

What to do this week This time of year many people are starting to move their seedlings from the house or greenhouse to the garden. Even if you have decided to run the risk of frost, your seedlings will need a gradual introduction to the outdoors. It is important notRead More

Parks staff lighting a prescribed fire at La Mauricie National Park (Source: Parks Canada)

Letter to the Editor: Parks Canada, Protecting Wildlife?

May 30, 2018 at 11:45 am

At what point did Parks Canada develop such a callous disregard for the lives of living creatures? Moose, cormorants, deer, elk, coyote, wolves and other creatures have all caught the eye of Parks Canada management at various times. Recently, in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a prescribed fire wasRead More

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 More

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 More

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 More