Wildlife

Mother Canada: Refusing To Be Forgotten

Mother Canada: Refusing To Be Forgotten

July 24, 2019 at 12:23 pm

Like a Netflix reboot of a canceled TV series, Mother Canada has reappeared on my screen this summer. I’d all but forgotten the plan to build the 24-meter-high sad lady in Green Cove in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park — a plan that simultaneously flouted both the Parks CanadaRead More

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The Moose That Didn’t Need Culling

June 12, 2019 at 11:17 am

Kudos to the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry for providing information from the March 2019 moose population survey to the public in a timely manner, through stories in the media.  The 2019 survey in Cape Breton included participants from the Lands and Forestry, Parks Canada, the Unama’ki InstituteRead More

‘Hi Karan and Malcom’: The RV Park Correspondence

‘Hi Karan and Malcom’: The RV Park Correspondence

June 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

I FOIPOPed all correspondence between the CBRM planning department and Chris Skidmore — the Calgary-based developer who wants to establish an RV Park in Big Pond Centre — because I thought the planning department seemed to be rather decidedly in Skidmore’s corner on this project and I wanted to knowRead More

This Story Cost $478

This Story Cost $478

June 5, 2019 at 11:08 am

“Our dream is to work WITH the community to bring a new vibrancy to the area and to support the economy in a way that respects the land and the people,” — 22 February 2019 post on the Ceilidh on the Lakes Facebook page.   Here are some other interesting thingsRead More

Silent prayer at Lady Chapel, Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset., cropped. (Photo by Tiverton, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] via Wikimedia Commons

Brexit Reflections: Mayday from Glastonbury

May 8, 2019 at 11:34 am

Dear Spectator Readers, Mayday! Mayday! I send up this distress call from the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey (a Celtic-knot of history, myth, magic and legend; a place of long-lost glory) in a ‘United’ Kingdom rapidly losing structural and social integrity. In much of the world, today — May Day —Read More

Reading the ECBC/Ben Eoin Golf Club Contract

Reading the ECBC/Ben Eoin Golf Club Contract

April 24, 2019 at 10:08 am

As part of my coverage of the ructions in Ben Eoin, I submitted an access to information request to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for a copy of the contract between Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) and Ben Eoin Golf Club Limited. I also asked for any correspondence concerningRead More

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

CBHNP Moose Cull: What Next?

CBHNP Moose Cull: What Next?

February 27, 2019 at 12:51 pm

I’m writing today about what Parks Canada has said about the moose cull on North Mountain in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) and what it hasn’t said. The cull, we are told, is intended to preserve the park’s endangered boreal forest, which suffered severe damage from the spruceRead More

Map showing proposed site of RV park in Big Pond.

UARB Critical of CBRM Planners in RV Park Case

January 23, 2019 at 1:08 pm

I have to start by quoting myself. This is what I wrote about Chris Skidmore’s RV Park proposal for Big Pond back in February 2018 CBRM planning staff seem really keen on this Big Pond RV Park idea. I don’t know how else to interpret the time and effort planningRead More