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Renovations at old Holy Angels Convent, Sydney NS. October 2018. (Spectator Photo)

A Peek Inside the New Dawn Arts Centre

October 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

I have undertaken to erect in the Town of Sydney a building intended for a Convent Boarding School for the county of Cape Breton. The need of such an institution is an acknowledged one. On several occasions during the last fifteen years I have been urged by persons from variousRead...

85th Cape Breton Highlandes, WWI. (Source Beaton Institute https://www.cbu.ca/campus/beaton-institute/)

Give Peace A Chance: An Experiment in War Remembrance

October 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm

When you see millions of the mouthless dead Across your dreams in pale battalions go, Say not soft things as other men have said, That you’ll remember. For you need not so. Charles Sorley (1895-1915)   On Friday, September 21 – United Nations International Day of Peace – Cape BretonRead More

Ben-Gurion in an undated photo. (Source: Handout from Windsor, NS commemorative ceremony)

Garry Leech: Nova Scotia Honors Architect of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

October 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

On September 23, the town of Windsor in Nova Scotia commemorated the 100th anniversary of the training of the Jewish Legion, a battalion of the British army that fought to liberate Palestine from the Ottoman Empire during World War I. In 1918, a young Jewish man named David Ben-Gurion wasRead More

Izumi Nakamitsu

Sean Howard Speaks with the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

June 20, 2018 at 12:12 pm

In a speech at the University of Geneva on May 24, UN Secretary-General (SG) António Guterres launched a new ‘Agenda for Disarmament’ – Securing Our Common Future – designed to revitalize and refocus efforts to achieve the core objective the UN Charter to “save succeeding generations from the scourge ofRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 15, 2018 at 9:30 am

“No leasing land to China even for one day” I heard this story on Democracy Now as I was drifting off to sleep the other night and woke up the next morning thinking I’d dreamt it, but I looked it up and it was real. Here’s the Voice of AmericaRead More

The Hat: "Tribute to the Rotary Show"

Another Openin’: The HAT Salutes The Rotary Show

June 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm

The smiling faces on the sold-out crowd leaving the Highland Arts Theatre (HAT) last Friday night were proof positive they had been part of something truly wonderful. The HAT’s Tribute to The Rotary Show was an energetic and enthusiastic look back at the Rotary productions that were musical staples in SydneyRead More

Constance Backhouse

Brunching with Constance Backhouse

May 30, 2018 at 11:51 am

Constance Backhouse spoke during a brunch sponsored by the Ally Centre of Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Inter-Agency on Family Violence on Friday. Backhouse is a legal scholar, historian, author, professor, activist and the sort of feminist I remember from my ’70s childhood — that is, an unabashed one.Read More

No Apology for Residential School Survivors

No Apology for Residential School Survivors

April 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

What do the Crusades, Slavery, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and the Sins of the Church have in common? All have been the subjects of apologies from popes on behalf of the Catholic Church. In Bolivia in July 2015, the current pope, Francis, apologized for “the grave sins committed against the nativeRead...

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

Dear Premier McNeil: About That Equalization…

April 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

Dear Premier McNeil: I am writing with regard to the issue of the Nova Scotia government’s distribution of the Federal Equalization Transfers,  public concern over which has now reached a critical level here on Cape Breton Island, and in other non-metropolitan areas of the province. I was part of aRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 6, 2018 at 10:30 am

Team Meucci I’m filing this one under, “Better Late Than Never.” It’s a Tom Ayers story that appeared in the Chronicle Herald on March 22 and about which I keep meaning to say something. On the surface, it’s a story about the descendants of Alexander Graham Bell disputing the $885,200Read More