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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 might…Read...

Canadian Senate Chamber (Photo by Mightydrake [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

Letter to the Editor: Where are Nova Scotia’s senators?

October 9, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Where the hell are our senators during our healthcare, child and senior poverty, unemployment and out-migration crises, to name just a few? Other than Senator Dan Christmas bringing up the hot topic of the separation of Cape Breton Island from the mainland, where are our other senators? Have they forgottenRead More

Airport sign, free stock photo.

Letter to the Editor: Port Hawkesbury’s Lobbyist

August 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Dear Editor, For the record, on June 17 the Town of Port Hawkesbury registered an Ottawa-addressed Greg Maceachern as a consultant lobbyist with respect to the Allan J. MacEachen Port Hawkesbury Airport regarding infrastructure and transportation matters concerning regional development. In essence, the mayor of Port Hawkesbury is using localRead 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

WestJet check-in, Regina Airport (Photo by Johnnyw3, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Letter to the Editor: Grounded

May 29, 2019 at 10:45 am

This past Wednesday I was to take a long-awaited flight from Sydney to Toronto. My daughter was getting married. On that particular day, I was flying early (5:45AM) so I could have a full day especially to meet my future son-in-law’s parents from India. My son-in-law has spent much of…Read...

Letter to the Editor: Think Before You Vote

Letter to the Editor: Think Before You Vote

May 1, 2019 at 12:15 pm

So I am 67 years old and have lived most of my life on Cape Breton Island. I have seen many politicians come and go. I have heard promises of better times ahead many times over the years. I have heard many political parties blame the others for past mistakes.Read More

Dear Editor: CBRM Planning Policy Overhaul Overdue

Dear Editor: CBRM Planning Policy Overhaul Overdue

January 30, 2019 at 11:53 am

I read your review of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) Big Pond RV park decision with interest. It is an excellent analysis of the decision, in my opinion. I have been reading Planning decisions from the NSUARB for over 46 years as well as some decisions from…Read...

Letter to the Editor: Mother Canada No ‘Rough Beast’

Letter to the Editor: Mother Canada No ‘Rough Beast’

December 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm

In a recent article, Mary Campbell raises some concerns regarding the Never Forgotten National Memorial (NFNM). To describe Mother Canada (which is, by permission of the Allward family, modeled after Walter Seymour Allward’s Mother Bereft at Vimy, France) as “some rough beast” is inappropriate — would she apply the sameRead More

Letter to the Editor: Breaching Governing Legislation

Letter to the Editor: Breaching Governing Legislation

November 14, 2018 at 11:15 am

In recent published comments, Mayor Cecil Clarke suggested that because the Municipal Government Act (MGA) was ignored in the past it is perfectly acceptable for our current elected representatives to continue thumbing a collective nose at a statutory mandate to follow the rules. What the Mayor and Council repeatedly did…Read...

Letter to the Editor: From Here to Diversity?

Letter to the Editor: From Here to Diversity?

August 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

I am writing this letter as a follow up to my letter printed in the Spectator on 6 June 2018 regarding staffing at CBRM. Since then, CBRM posted a call for expression of interest from citizens willing to serve on the CBRM Diversity Committee and as a result the followingRead More