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Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament demonstration, Westminster Abbey May 3, 2019 (source: Facebook)

Give Thanks for Weapons of Mass Destruction?

June 5, 2019 at 11:06 am

For he is our peace…and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility… And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near… Ephesians 2 …and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shallRead More

Richard Uniacke, speech reprinted in Cape Breton Advocate

Letter to the Editor: Rouse Then From Lethargy

June 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

Richard Uniacke was from a prominent Halifax family which included his brother James, the first Premier of Nova Scotia following the institution of responsible government in 1848. After graduating from law school in 1810, young Richard moved to Cape Breton and in 1814 was appointed Attorney General of the island,Read More

Sante’ Mawio’mi (Chapel Island Mission) in honour of St. Anne. photo: George Paul, Diocesan Communications Committee (via Diocese of Antigonish)

Antigonish Diocese Marks 175th Anniversary

May 22, 2019 at 11:04 am

The Diocese of Antigonish is marking its 175th anniversary this year although, so far, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of publicity surrounding the celebration. However, a history of the diocese from its establishment in 1844 to 2018 has been posted on the diocesan website, including narration and videos coveringRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

May 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Over a year ago, I began creating this timeline, intending to track two separate but connected stories: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and more particularly, the large-vessel component of the NSS. The criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The impetus was the upcoming trial — scheduled for August 2019 —Read More

No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry?

No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry?

May 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

Clarification: On May 8th, 2019, the Cape Breton Spectator published a column entitled “No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry? that referred to Mr. Barry Sheehy’s role as a consultant to the Sydney Harbour Investment Partners.  The article expressed  a  concern about the lack of information from the Sydney Development CorpRead More

2004 New York Renaissance Faire in the Maypole Meadow. KenL at English Wikipedia [Public domain]

A May Day Salute to Invisible Work

May 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm

May Day — the first day of May — was traditionally a day to wear flowers on your head, dance around a Maypole and welcome the arrival of spring. It became a day to celebrate workers in honor of the Haymarket Affair — a peaceful gathering in support of theRead More

Reading the ECBC/Ben Eoin Golf Club Contract

Reading the ECBC/Ben Eoin Golf Club Contract

April 24, 2019 at 10:08 am

As part of my coverage of the ructions in Ben Eoin, I submitted an access to information request to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for a copy of the contract between Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) and Ben Eoin Golf Club Limited. I also asked for any correspondence concerningRead More

Pope Benedict XVI

No Act of Contrition: Benedict XVI on Sexual Abuse

April 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm

I wonder how Pope Francis feels about having a 92-year-old armchair quarterback living in a neat little cottage somewhere behind the Vatican who suddenly decides to “unpack” the sexual abuse crisis, its causes and solutions? Retired Pope Benedict XVI has decided to share his enlightened version of the worst scandalRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 5, 2019 at 11:25 am

Emera The Cape Breton Post is reporting changes to Nova Scotia legislation that will lift restrictions preventing foreign investors from holding more than 25% of voting shares in Emera, the parent company of Nova Scotia Power Inc (NSPI). The other change “reinforces Emera’s existing commitment to maintain its head officeRead More

Berkhamsted Castle, March 2019. (Photo by Lee-Anne Broadhead)

Brexit Reflection: Letter from a Ruined Castle

April 3, 2019 at 11:49 am

For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poison’d… Richard II, Act 3 Scene 2 (‘A Castle in View’)   Dear SpectatorRead More