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Remembering a  Mysterious Summer of ’70 Tragedy  (Part I)

Remembering a Mysterious Summer of ’70 Tragedy (Part I)

July 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

n 10 July 1970, three young Cape Breton men — 20-year-old Terry Burt of Sydney, 17-year-old David Burrows of Sydney River and 15-year-old Kenny Novak of Sydney River — were run over by a freight train on a track in Maine, about 45 kilometers from the Canadian border. It happenedRead...

Portrait of Siegfried Sassoon by By Glyn Warren Philpot, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Siegfried Sassoon’s Great Refusal

July 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm

On July 28, 1917, the left-wing British newspaper Workers’ Dreadnought (founded as Woman’s Dreadnought by the suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst) published an Open Letter from an unlikely source: the highly-decorated, reputedly-fearless Infantry Officer Siegfried ‘Mad Jack’ Sassoon. Recuperating from a throat wound, and nursing secret doubts about the nearly three-year-oldRead More

Girls at Kamp Beaver. Photo Courtesy The Beaton Institute http://www.cbu.ca/campus/beaton-institute/

‘We Will E’er Remember Our Days at Beaver Cove’

June 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

There is a camp at Beaver Cove, Beaver Cove. And there we always love to roam, love to roam. And spend our time mid laughter free Where we were happy as can be. B- e-a-v-e-r beaver, we will never want to leave her To our happy days we’ll never wantRead More

At Ste. Anne de Beaupré, Mi’kmaq Pilgrims Honor an Elder

At Ste. Anne de Beaupré, Mi’kmaq Pilgrims Honor an Elder

June 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Today is Aboriginal Day in Canada so it is quite fitting that we tell the story of a group of happy pilgrims from Membertou First Nation who will be boarding a bus on Friday, June 23, having attended Mass at St. Ann’s Church at 8:30 a.m., to begin their annualRead More

Father Greg MacLeod: Growing Up In Sydney Mines

Father Greg MacLeod: Growing Up In Sydney Mines

May 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

In 2009, Richard Keshen, now professor emeritus at Cape Breton University, interviewed Father Greg MacLeod as part of a series of interviews with key figures in the history of the university. Keshen and MacLeod, who was 73 at the time, had a wide-ranging discussion which Keshen later divided into five sections.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

Economic Development I heard CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke discussing economic development with Steve Sutherland on CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning on Thursday. The mayor raised a number of issues I will write about in greater detail in next week’s edition — chief among them, his incredible admission that the CBRM has neitherRead More

‘Dishpan Parade’ Brings Back Memories of Radio

‘Dishpan Parade’ Brings Back Memories of Radio

May 3, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Folklorist Ian Brodie’s presentation last week at The Old Sydney Society on the locally produced CJCB program “Dishpan Parade” and its spin-off, the Cape Breton Songs Contest, brought back great memories of radio, especially its heyday locally in the ’40s and ’50s. CJCB was the only game in town then,Read More

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Convent As Arts Center? It Always Was…

April 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

It definitely wasn’t yesterday, but I vividly remember my mother guiding me through the door at the back of Holy Angels Convent and down the stairs to the gymnasium (a room larger than my six-year-old self had ever seen). Grade two was just across from the gym, and down theRead More

Property Taxes: Exemptions, PILs & Lord Durham

Property Taxes: Exemptions, PILs & Lord Durham

April 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

This week, in our ongoing exploration of property taxes in Nova Scotia generally (and the CBRM in particular), we’re going to look at exempt properties, payments in lieu of taxes (or PILs) and  stuff I forgot to tell you last week, not necessarily in that order. We’re doing this becauseRead More

The McConnell: Upstairs and Down

The McConnell: Upstairs and Down

April 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

Librarians, in my experience, are often bearers of good news. For example, last year, while spending a day in the country, I dropped into the local library just to have a look around. The librarian was friendly and helpful, and not only informed me that I could borrow items thereRead More