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In Praise of Party Poopers

In Praise of Party Poopers

April 6, 2022 at 10:45 am

Dear Editor, You know what’s wrong with Cape Breton Island? It’s not the seniors, who have been accused of not wanting economic development and jobs here. It’s not the unions, who have been accused of wanting their unions on every construction development. It’s not the high residential taxes or highRead More

Dear Editor: Sandbar Belongs to Everyone

Dear Editor: Sandbar Belongs to Everyone

March 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm

One of my first memories is walking hand in hand with a giant down the South Bar sandbar road to the ocean. He wasn’t really a giant, he was my great grandfather, a veteran of the First and Second World Wars and a retired miner who didn’t say much andRead More

Dear Editor: Stop Picking On Cecil

Dear Editor: Stop Picking On Cecil

March 16, 2022 at 11:49 am

You claim that the Cape Breton Spectator has ambitious goals. Yet, you publish articles like this week’s “Where’s Cecil?,” which strikes me as the kind of gossipy story that one might find in a supermarket rag. Despite his status as a former mayor, Cecil Clarke is now a private citizenRead More

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Dear Editor: Coming Together to Heal

March 16, 2022 at 11:47 am

Over the last two years, Nova Scotians of all ages have been impacted by unprecedented grief and loss. The COVID-19 pandemic and public health restrictions have prevented people from coming together, supporting one another, or participating in many traditional rituals of mourning and celebration. Individuals have suffered physical, emotional, orRead More

Letter to the Editor: Keep the CAP

Letter to the Editor: Keep the CAP

February 23, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Finally we are seeing common sense being applied in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Darren Bruckschwaiger, Earlene MacMullin, Cyril MacDonald and Gordon MacDonald are using the God-given common sense that the CBRM taxpayers cannot afford higher taxes whether in the form of raising taxes or lifting the CAP. NowRead More

Whatever Happened to North Sydney?

Whatever Happened to North Sydney?

December 8, 2021 at 11:45 am

What happened to Cape Breton Island? In particular, North Sydney? It  used to  be a booming town. Fish plants, steel plant, coalmines, Marine Railway and CN workers in the thousands. Retail businesses all along Commercial Street. Thousands of workers making good money, cashing their checks on a Friday at theRead More

Recruiting and Retaining Rural Doctors

Recruiting and Retaining Rural Doctors

August 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Headhunters hired to solve our physician shortage? Give me a break! In 2019, The Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine published a ” systematic review of recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals in rural Canada.” The review explored “a pertinent issue for healthcare professionals and recruiters alike: which factors are mostRead More

Dear Editor: Phantom Container Terminal

Dear Editor: Phantom Container Terminal

June 2, 2021 at 1:17 pm

A ridiculous article appeared in the Cape Breton Post on 20 May 2021. It might have been entitled “Man Yells at Cloud.” The protagonist, a Mr. Jerry Gillis, was astonished at the gall of the CBRM in following procedure in the handling of its committees and not just rubber stampingRead More

Council of Canadians Calls for TRIPS Waiver

Council of Canadians Calls for TRIPS Waiver

May 12, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: This open letter from the Cape Breton West Chapter of the Council of Canadians to the prime minister is dated 11 May 2021.   Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We are writing to implore the Government of Canada to ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to hold an emergencyRead More

Letter to the Editor: Flaws in Foster Care

Letter to the Editor: Flaws in Foster Care

April 28, 2021 at 1:02 pm

I have debated sending a letter for a few months now. I had honestly concluded that no one, literally no one, cares about these children. Then last week, a friend sent me the CBC story, “Overhaul to NS foster care system long overdue say some former foster parents,” by TarynRead More