Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 14, 2018 at 10:50 am

The Spectator, Tree!Umphant I found Albert Barbusci! He’s in Kissimmee, Florida where “the Lemieux and Barbusci families” own and operate the Tree Trek Adventure Park! Okay, he may not actually be there right now (although why not be in Florida in December?) but he could be. When I stepped backRead...

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 didRead...

Gardening Tips Week 36: Rotate & Separate

Gardening Tips Week 36: Rotate & Separate

September 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm

What to do this week From the chill in the air it seems that this week is a good week to talk about fall activities in the garden. Between now and the end of October is official root pruning season. If you have any plants you want to divide orRead...

Old root cellar at Törnävä outdoor museum, Seinäjoki, Finland, March 2013. (Photo by Kotivalo CC BY-SA 3.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 35: Putting Food By

September 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week This week I want to talk about the best ways to store your veggies once you pick them, both long term and short term. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, for example, should not go in the fridge. They should be stored at room temperature. These vegetablesRead...

The Whalley Suit: What’s It All About?

The Whalley Suit: What’s It All About?

August 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

If you are reading this after 10:00 AM on Wednesday morning, then I am currently in court, watching the proceedings in former CBRM Economic Development Manager John Whalley’s civil suit against the municipality for constructive dismissal. Given that the trial, which is being presided over by Justice Patrick Murray, isRead...

Bill Lahey. Photo by Jennifer Henderson

Lahey Report Calls for New Forest Management ‘Paradigm’

August 22, 2018 at 9:06 am

Bill Lahey’s prescription was sweeping: “We need a new paradigm to manage our forests.” That’s what the University of King’s College president told journalists after handing the McNeil government the results of a year-long review of forestry practices in Nova Scotia. McNeil appointed Lahey last August after choosing not toRead...

Hiroshima Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome (“Genbaku Dome”). An exhibition hall, it was the only thing left standing in the area after the bomb.. (Photo by Kiyokun [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Escaping the Nuclear Neither-Land

August 22, 2018 at 9:02 am

On 27 July 1953, the Korean War Armistice was signed, suspending hostilities (after 4 million deaths, mostly civilian, in three years) “until a final peaceful settlement” was “achieved at a political conference” to be convened “within three months.” Sure enough, less than 90 days later, a treaty was concluded: theRead...

Web or tent of Eastern tent caterpillar. Photo by Greg Hume (Greg5030), CC BY 2.5,, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)

Gardening Tips Weeks 31 & 32: Berries and Pests

August 22, 2018 at 9:00 am

What to do this week It is all about harvesting this time of year, and how to keep up — just don’t sleep, and you will do fine. But seriously (or continuing to be serious), it is likely time to be pulling up your garlic. It may even be aRead...

CBRM Council: Second Berth Pangs

CBRM Council: Second Berth Pangs

July 11, 2018 at 11:42 am

CBRM councilors pushing for information on the progress of the second cruise ship berth ran into a wall during Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting (held on an irregular day and at an irregular time). District 10 Councilor Darren Bruckschwaiger tried his best to get Public Works Manager Wayne MacDonald to admit,Read...

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

July 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?,” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. AsRead...