Elections

Clockwise from upper left: Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh, Erin O'Toole, Annamie Paul, Maxime Bernier, Yves-François Blanchet

Canada’s ‘Small World’ Election

October 6, 2021 at 12:52 pm

The Known World how can something known become unknown in so little time Mi’kmaw poet Shalan Joudry   Which is in worse shape, the form or content of Canadian federal democracy? The shape it takes is doubly deformed, for while all ‘first-past-the-post’ systems are unfair, guaranteed to deliver only disproportionateRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 17, 2021 at 11:04 am

Board blessings A reader sent along an interesting piece of correspondence received from the Sydney Downtown Development Association (SDDA) just prior to the provincial election. Signed by board chair Jennifer Griffin, it concerns the executive director of the association, Michelle Wilson, and her foray into provincial politics. Griffin writes: Due…Read...

Housing By the Numbers

Housing By the Numbers

September 15, 2021 at 12:08 pm

There was a wonderfully wonky — yet important — item on the agenda of last night’s CBRM council meeting, and I am not talking about the CBRM declaring Paul’s Pizza Burgers the official food of the municipality for 2021. I am talking about an item that pleased me personally first,Read More

Climate Code Red

Climate Code Red

September 15, 2021 at 12:04 pm

During this week’s federal leaders’ debates, all participants verified they had worked together in a non-partisan way to battle COVID-19. COVID and its variants do not discriminate — everyone is vulnerable to some degree. And Canadians, because we were all at risk, pulled together in a way that mirrored whatRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 10, 2021 at 10:15 am

Shore Road Sessions I wrote last year about The Shore Road Sessions, Shauna Walters’ summer series of mini-concerts in her Whitney Pier backyard. The sessions returned this year with a whole new lineup of performers, and I was lucky enough to catch the final show on Tuesday night. I amRead More

Same Old Choir, Same Old Song

Same Old Choir, Same Old Song

August 25, 2021 at 2:19 pm

In the days leading up to the provincial election, all the usual suspects sharpened their pencils, marshaled their tired little troop of “facts” and wrote the editor of the Cape Breton Post in support of Albert Barbusci’s Novaporte project. Port Fest ’21 was kicked off at the end of JulyRead More

CBRM’s Electoral Districts

CBRM’s Electoral Districts

August 11, 2021 at 1:14 pm

In 2018, Nova Scotia appointed a committee which created a commission to review the province’s electoral boundaries — a process that must, by law, take place every 10 years. The electoral boundaries commission, chaired by Dr. J Colin Dodds submitted its final report to Attorney General Mark Furey in AprilRead More

Meet the Candidates: Cape Breton East

Meet the Candidates: Cape Breton East

August 11, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Cape Breton East was formerly known as Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg and before that as Cape Breton West (seriously — West has become East, please don’t ask me how). The district has gone back and forth between the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives but has been held by the Tories since 2006, whenRead More

Meet the Candidates: Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier

Meet the Candidates: Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier

August 11, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier was previously just Cape Breton Centre and, you will no doubt be surprised to learn, contained much less of the Sydney neighborhood known as Whitney Pier than it now does. Cape Breton Centre has been all over the map, politically, having elected New Democrats, Liberals, ToriesRead More

Meet the Candidates: Glace Bay-Dominion

Meet the Candidates: Glace Bay-Dominion

August 11, 2021 at 1:07 pm

Wikipedia informs me that in 1933, “the district of Cape Breton was divided into five electoral districts, one of which was named Cape Breton East. In 2001, the district name was changed to Glace Bay. In 2003, the district lost a small area at its southern tip to Cape BretonRead More