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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

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

Letter to the Editor: Donkin Mine Saga Continues

April 1, 2020 at 3:40 pm

I began my mining career in 1977 and have been an eye witness to the Donkin saga since the day Pierre Elliot Trudeau announced his National Energy Program (NEP) in the 1980s. The NEP earmarked $2 billion dollars for expansion of the Cape Breton coal industry and Donkin Mine wasRead More

Detail from cover, "Great Cape Breton Storytelling," Breton Books

Letter to the Editor: Free CB Stories for Teachers

April 1, 2020 at 12:45 pm

To all Cape Breton Students and Teachers: I am grateful to have this opportunity to contact you about the book called Great Cape Breton Storytelling. Great Cape Breton Storytelling has been approved for use in all Strait Area, Cape Breton-Victoria and Mi’kmaw schools. This digital eBook is available at noRead More

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

Reader Appreciates Drake’s Thoughts on Donkin

March 25, 2020 at 1:16 pm

Steve Drake’s informative piece on March 18th was revealing — an excellent explanation of why the roof-falls are continuing and of what might be the only ‘fix’ possible. It appears that supporting the roof at these depths is best done with the steel arches. It would be quite something ifRead More

Miner underground posing with coal digger, 1 December 1987.

Date: 1987

Photographer: Owen Fitzgerald

Credit: Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University

Reference no.:   Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University  Mines & Mining: 88-366-17876 (a)

Letter to Editor: Déjà Vu All Over Again

March 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm

If I get this right, Donkin Mine management, and our provincial Department of Labour, are calling in world-renowned ground control experts to assess the Donkin geology and shine a light on how Kameron Collieries can best proceed after its 12th roof fall. Scott Nauss, senior director of inspection and complianceRead More

Letter to the Editor: The Last Strike

Letter to the Editor: The Last Strike

January 15, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Editor’s Note: In January 2019, the federal government announced a plan to end the Cape Breton Development Corporation’s (Devco) coal operations — Phelan Mine was to close in late 2000 and Prince Mine to be sold. The original scheme, as reported by the Globe & Mail’s Kevin Cox, would seeRead More

Photo of Dr. Margaret Fraser by Norma Jean MacPhee, CBC

Letter to the Editor: Something ‘Very, Very Wrong’ with CB Healthcare

January 8, 2020 at 12:45 pm

On December 23, amidst all the busyness leading up to Christmas Day, I was privileged to hear an outstanding interview broadcast on the national radio network of the CBC. The program was the public affairs daily The Current and the guest was the president of the Cape Breton Medical StaffRead More

Grand Narrows rail bridge, Cape Breton. (Spectator photo)

Letter to the Editor: End of the Line?

December 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm

In a letter to the editor dated 16 July 2002 I carefully set out some historic evidence on the long-predicted conversion of coal transportation from rail to road on Cape Breton Island. Given the pending government pronouncement on rail abandonment (or wink, wink “preservation”), I thought some factual background mightRead...