Provincial

Churchill, Manitoba viewed from a helicopter. By Peterfitzgerald (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Medic’s-Eye-View of Manitoba Air Ambulance System (Part 2)

June 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Editor’s Note: This article is the second of two (see Part One) on Manitoba’s private air ambulance service based on the experiences of a number of medics who work (or have worked) regularly with the service. The Spectator has agreed not to identify them, as some are still employed in theRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Lasso of Truth The box office success of Wonder Woman reminded me of the connection between her creator, William Marston, and the lie detector which reminded me that I’ve never received an answer from the Cape Breton Regional Police as to what sort of work their two “polygraph technicians” perform. ByRead More

King Air 200 air ambulance interior. (Photo Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Medic’s-Eye-View of Manitoba Air Ambulance System (Part 1)

June 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is going a little further afield than usual this week, with a report on Manitoba’s private air ambulance service. This article is the first of two based on the experiences of a number of medics who work (or have worked) regularly with the service. The Spectator has agreedRead More

Behold this July 2016 briefing note for PMJT, extolling Liberal govt's firm commitment to transparency and access-to-info reform (Dean Beeby via Twitter)

Free the Information!

June 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Dean Beeby is a former Canadian Press (CP) reporter who now works for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). I have never met him — in fact, the photos that now accompany his CBC articles are the first I’ve ever seen of him — but I’ve long admired his work: heRead...

All Hail the Business Sector Volunteer Vanguards!

All Hail the Business Sector Volunteer Vanguards!

June 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I was confused from the moment I read the subject line (which you can click to enlarge):   My best guess was that “Portege” was a typo and what Business Cape Breton had actually launched was an Entrepreneurial PORTAGE/Vanguard Program. This, I decided, would either involve entrepreneurs carrying canoes on their headsRead More

Election 2017: What Did Cape Breton Just Say?

Election 2017: What Did Cape Breton Just Say?

May 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

What a night. Full disclosure: I went to bed at midnight, before everything was done and dusted but as the less interesting option — another Liberal majority — was looking very  likely. I say “less interesting” because the Danish television show Borgen has convinced me the only interesting governments areRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

Double vision? I promised to ask when and how Dennis Campbell of Ambassatours Gray Line got the nod to develop the property formerly occupied by the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club on Sydney’s harborfront and let you know what I found out. As you may recall, Campbell, whose firm operatesRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: Equalize This!

Dr. StrangeJob: Equalize This!

May 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Not all political parties are equal, but it appears that candidates from each of the three main provincial parties are equal in their use of social media. The Liberal party dropped a candidate over inappropriate Twitter comments. An NDP candidate was forced to resign because of inappropriate online statements, andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

Confessions of a bad reporter I forgot about Ports Day — Port Days? Ports Days? — whatever it is, I forgot about it. I know, right? How does that happen? How does the most port-obsessed person in Sydney forget Port-a-palooza? I can only plead temporary sanity. This week, I was apparentlyRead More

Western lowland gorilla. (Photo By Jackhynes (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, cropped)

Equalization: The 800-Pound Gorilla in This Election

May 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Scratch any problem in almost any municipality in Nova Scotia and you will likely uncover the same root cause: the province’s underfunded equalization program. I see you over there, covering your ears and singing. And you, pretending you’re engrossed in that hardware store flyer you just fished out of aRead More