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Climate strikers at Civic Centre, Sydney, NS. 27 September 2019. (Spectator photo)

Michelle Smith Asks About Climate Change

October 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Michelle Smith, the Spectator‘s resident gardener and expert on all things agricultural, asked this question of federal candidates in Cape Breton Canso and Sydney-Victoria: Increasingly extreme weather events due to climate change are challenging agricultural producers. Clearly, decisive action needs to be taken to slow or stop the process ofRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 7, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Air Inverness I read an interesting Inverness airport-related story in Friday’s Chronicle Herald (but not, inexplicably, in Friday’s Cape Breton Post — although as a Post subscriber explained to me, “It will probably be in tomorrow”). It seems the Province of Nova Scotia is continuing to evaluate an application toRead...

Photo: Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada - DGJ_5184 - Jelly Jars, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18729696

Garden to Table: Time to Eat What You Sow

July 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week It has been a slow start but with the recent heat and ample rain, the garden is starting to catch up. This column will spend as much time in the kitchen as outside, with tips on using the incoming bounty. Right now you should beRead...

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 ofRead...

Albert Barbusci joining a December 2016 Port meeting by phone. (Source: Twitter)

No Port News Dept: Where’s Albert?

May 8, 2019 at 11:38 am

You cannot make this stuff up. “No news, good news?” was the front page headline in Monday’s Cape Breton Post. Subhead: “Sydney port developer says he’s not prepared to reveal ‘secrets’ on proposed Novaporte terminal.” Reporter Chris Shannon actually spoke with the elusive Albert Barbusci: The CEO of Sydney HarbourRead...

Common Eastern Bumble Bee By Ryan Hodnett - CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77407413

Gardening Tips: Birds and Bees (and Berries)

April 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week If you are thinking about reducing the area of lawn you have to mow, or any other sort of larger landscaping project, you might want to do your bit to encourage biodiversity and incorporate native plants in your design. I am doing this myself thisRead...

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Mount Cashel, 30 Years Later

March 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm

How many Catholics, I wonder, of those who continue to attend Mass at least weekly — praying, singing, listening to homilies and participating in the Eucharist — ever give serious thought to the ongoing and possibly greatest scandal in the Catholic Church’s history? Is it a case of “I’m alrightRead...

Editorial Content

Editorial Content

March 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Many years ago, when I was in journalism school, we were taught that the Op-Ed pages were something to which reporters should aspire. Getting a column or being tasked with writing editorials was the reward for having paid your dues (and honed your craft) as a working reporter. Even theseRead...

Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Gardening Tips: Early, Leafy Greens

March 6, 2019 at 12:45 pm

What to do this week Right about now is when I finally get tired of frozen and winter root vegetables and start to crave a bite of some tender, fresh greens. Even diligent sprouting of lentils and cress do not assuage the appetite for leafy greens, though they are wellRead...

Eyking Says Farewell

Eyking Says Farewell

February 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm

On Wednesday morning at 5:42 AM,  I (and 37 other news outlets and reporters) received an email from Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking announcing his decision not to seek re-election this fall. My first thought? Honestly? “How is CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke going to justify running for federal office so soonRead...