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Dear Editor: A Little Love for the Old Library?

Dear Editor: A Little Love for the Old Library?

April 7, 2021 at 12:15 pm

While our community contemplates the merits of replacing the aging McConnell Library, perhaps an appreciation of the existing institution is not unwarranted.  Certainly a 70-year-old structure whose principal purpose, as an educational avenue, is the availability and accessibility of books, is still up to the job?  What defects exist, noRead More

Letter to the Editor: Dirty Habits

Letter to the Editor: Dirty Habits

March 24, 2021 at 11:47 am

The only good thing about the snowstorm we recently experienced is that it buried the piles of coffee cups, fast-food containers, etc. that we fire out our car windows as we travel about. It wouldn’t take much effort to bring them home and place them in our house garbage orRead More

CBRM Council Chambers, 2017. (Photo by WayeMason [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: Bravo, Council!

March 24, 2021 at 11:45 am

Something absolutely wonderful happened Tuesday night. I’ve been following CBRM council for four years now and have been highly critical many times and I’ll stick to my guns on that. Last night, I watched an absolutely beautiful form of democracy from a well-oiled machine (mayor and council), considering they wereRead More

Letter to the Editor: High Price for Virtual Education

Letter to the Editor: High Price for Virtual Education

February 17, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Why are Canadian universities charging unconscionably high tuition fees for a virtual online education? It is bad enough that Canada, unlike the Western European Nations France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, does not offer free tuition to her beleaguered young citizens but Canadian universities (e.g. Dalhousie) areRead More

Letter to the Editor: Racism on the Water

Letter to the Editor: Racism on the Water

October 14, 2020 at 1:47 pm

On Thursday, September 25, in St. Peters on Cape Breton Island, Gilbert Boucher, president of the association that represents fishers in southern Cape Breton, commented on the Potlotek First Nations intention to begin a moderate livelihood fishery. The Chronicle Herald quoted him as saying “They are just exercising their right,”Read More

Green Gardens at Gros Morne, Gulf of St. Lawrence Photo by Patrick Mueller from apex, usa / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

Letter to the Editor: Experiential Education

July 8, 2020 at 11:47 am

How did you learn best? How do we learn best about anything? How do we retain what we have learned best? Learning styles have been written about since the dawn of time. To see, hear, touch, smell, read, experience – which one do you learn best from? My Mom, DadRead...

Letter to the Editor: Economic Pandemic

Letter to the Editor: Economic Pandemic

June 24, 2020 at 1:02 pm

In a circumstance where the whole world economy is based on debt, has the COVID pandemic given us any cause to consider the eventual economic one? Anybody who has been paying attention should know that from the smallest consumer to the largest sovereign economies (US/China) and every government in between,Read More

Change to Library Funding Formula Overdue

Change to Library Funding Formula Overdue

June 17, 2020 at 12:59 pm

To the patrons and friends of the CBRL network, Recently the board of the Cape Breton Regional Library has been encouraged to review the discussion regarding the new central library. We have also been happy to see discussion around what steps are currently underway to ensure progress is, in fact,Read More

Letter to the Editor: COVID ‘What Ifs?’

Letter to the Editor: COVID ‘What Ifs?’

June 10, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Historians will tell us that major social change is often the result of tragedy or catastrophe. As we struggle to overcome the ravages of the COVID virus and the resulting adjustments to our normal social interaction, what if it all could result in some real long-term benefit? Social media andRead More

NS Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, 30 March 2020

Letter to the Editor: Coverage Too Negative

April 8, 2020 at 2:40 pm

I have just finished reading, with an open mind, Mary Campbell’s article about the COVID update for this past weekend. As a former Cape Bretoner (I now live in the Annapolis Valley), I was dismayed at the very negative tone of the article. It is rife with sarcasm over anyRead More