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Back to the Ashes of the RCBYC

Back to the Ashes of the RCBYC

March 10, 2021 at 11:49 am

A spectator (you know who you are) recently referenced my June 2019 article about the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club (RCBYC), the 113-year-old building that graced the Sydney waterfront until 3 May 2013, when it was destroyed by fire. This reminded me that I had never properly followed up onRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 19, 2021 at 10:30 am

Old Don Cameron Donald Cameron became premier of Nova Scotia in 1991 the same way Iain Rankin is poised to become premier next Tuesday: by winning the leadership of his party (the Tories) after the elected premier (John Buchanan) stepped down. When Cameron did lead the party to the polls,Read More

Aerial view of Canso Causeway, 2007. (Photo by Swampfoot at English Wikipedia, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Rethinking the Causeway

February 17, 2021 at 1:49 pm

For thousands of years, the diverse marine life in the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence prospered as the waters of the Atlantic Ocean mixed with those of the Gulf. The ebb and flow of huge volumes of salt water brought food and myriad whales, fish, lobster, crabRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 11, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Nothing ventured… This week, I have a question for you: Women in this province have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. You want to help them. Do you: A) invest $5 million in an early-stage venture capital fund focused on women-led startups; B) tear $5 million into tiny shreds andRead More

Remembering Life on ‘Tin Can Alley’

Remembering Life on ‘Tin Can Alley’

February 10, 2021 at 12:47 pm

When Allie MacInnis (that would be the CBRM Town Crier) posted a picture of the Hoople Block on Facebook last week, I was surprised at all the memories that came flooding back. It’s been years since I left that Ferry Street-Armstrong Court neighborhood where our paternal grandfather settled when heRead More

A Drop of the Cure

A Drop of the Cure

December 9, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Back in April, CNN reported that the governor of the Kenyan capital city, Nairobi, was including small bottles of Hennessy cognac in COVID-19 care packages being distributed to citizens. He erroneously claimed the cognac would act as a “throat sanitizer” and help combat the coronavirus. Both the World Health OrganizationRead More

The Fish that Stopped the Ship?

The Fish that Stopped the Ship?

December 2, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Author’s Note: As this year unlike any other grinds to a bleak close, I offer – in the spirit not of prophecy, but satiric thought-experiment – ‘alternate universe’ visions of the near future. And bear with me, dear reader, as I first appear to lose my mind…   “The extremelyRead More

Homeless encarmpment, Northeast Portland (Photo by

Shelter from the Coming Storms

November 25, 2020 at 11:49 am

I don’t really know the situation today, but in the 1950s, working for the church especially as a secretary, I got to know those who were referred to as “stemmers.” They were the dedicated few who every so often rang the glebe house doorbell in search of a dollar orRead More

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

Give Peace A Chance: An Experiment in War Remembrance

November 11, 2020 at 10:15 am

Editor’s Note: To mark Remembrance Day, we’re republishing this 2018 article by our War and Peace columnist Sean Howard.   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 needRead More

Indigenous lobster harvest, Saulnierville, NS, 2020.19.09. (Still from YouTube video by Bell Boys on Hawaii  https://youtu.be/k6Q5nCWNmLs)Indigenous lobster harvest, Saulnierville, NS, 2020.19.09. (Still from YouTube video by Bell Boys on Hawaii  https://youtu.be/k6Q5nCWNmLs)

Philosophies of Resources

November 4, 2020 at 10:17 am

Europeans and others who arrived in North America adopted the idea of taking as much of the natural resources (lumber, minerals, fish, etc.) as they possibly could. They have continued to do exactly that for hundreds of years, thanks to individuals and corporations and the forces industrialization and capitalism. WhatRead More