The Power of PISA

The Power of PISA

February 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

This space had been reserved for reporting the results of an interview I did last Thursday with Nova Scotia Education Minister Zach Churchill. I thought I’d have some new insight into the government’s determination to push through the recommendations in educational consultant Avis Glaze’s administrative review of the Nova Scotia educationRead...

United Nations headquarters interior, NYC. (Photo by Madison Goodliffe)

Front Row Seat: A CBU Student at the UN

February 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

This past fall, I boarded a one-way flight to New York City with two outrageously sized suitcases, a backpack and a yoga mat. I had a faint idea about what I would be doing in the Big Apple, but nothing could have prepared me for what lay ahead in theRead...

To RV, Or Not To RV?

To RV, Or Not To RV?

February 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Do you know what struck me most forcibly, watching the CBRM’s public hearings on the proposed Ceilidh on the Lakes RV Park for Big Pond yesterday afternoon? That if developer Chris Skidmore (who, God love him, looked like he was in the dock at his own trial when he spokeRead...

Queen Victoria's first meeting with the Privy Council, 1837. (Painting by Sir David Wilkie

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part III)

February 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. (You can read Part I here and Part II here.)    In this, the thirdRead...

Tomato seedlings. (Photo by Priit Tammets, CC by 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 7: Caring for Seedlings

February 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Author’s Note: This week, we are re-running the second in a series of three columns from 2017. They are perfect for this time of year, and will help you get ready for spring while Michelle deals with a few things that have her tied up right now. She did wantRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 16, 2018 at 10:45 am

As a matter of fact… I just heard the CBC Cape Breton Information Morning “issue panel” discuss the PC leadership race — more specifically, whether Mayor Cecil Clarke should resign to run for the leadership. I was a vocal participant in that discussion, although you may not have heard me, asRead...

CBNS railway, Sydney. (Photo via Scotia Rail Development Society

Waiting for the Train

January 31, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Editor’s Note: The following article was produced with the Halifax Examiner, via our Joint Investigative Fund.   Upgrading the Sydney to Truro rail line to make it capable of handling double-stacked containers won’t come cheap, according to a study just completed for the Port of Sydney Development Corporation, but the fixRead...

Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his field. Year unknown. (Dorothea Lange,, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bean There: Footsteps of the Farmer

January 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm

There is a country proverb that the best fertilizer is the footsteps of the farmer. Anyone who follows me through an average day could be forgiven for taking this literally, as I trot out to the barn a dozen times before noon to check on baby chicks or hop onRead...

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

January 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Editor’s Note: Today, Michelle and Madeline mark the beginning of year two of their gardening column. The plan is to build on the advice given last year so, where applicable, the new columns will begin with links to the previous year’s, to allow you to refresh your memory. If you’veRead...

CBRM council, 12 December 2017.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means To Council

December 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

There were ructions at CBRM Council yesterday and I was there to witness some of them. It all started at a 4:00PM in camera session, held under Section 22 (2) e of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) which allows municipal councils to go behind closed doors to discuss “contract negotiations.”Read...