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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

Farewell, Pastor Mansbridge Peter Mansbridge is retiring as anchor of The National and I…really don’t care. I don’t watch The National. In fact, I don’t watch CBC television. I’m an enthusiastic CBC radio listener but I probably won’t be able to tune in again until Mansbridge is gone because I’ve alreadyRead...

Source: HAL shopping brochure

Shop Sydney! We Have Two Stores!

June 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

I write today as one of the 8,800 residents of Sydney — Nova Scotia’s third-largest city, urban heart of a rich coal-mining region, industrial hub of Atlantic Canada — to ask Holland America Line (HAL): WAT IS ER MIS MET JOU? (That’s Dutch for “What is wrong with you?” AtRead...

Barley By Eugenereed1984 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: Graining the Fields

June 21, 2017 at 1:10 pm

King Corn, like most monarchs, is demanding of land and resources, requiring high inputs like fertilizer, water and pest control. True, it rewards the effort with impressive yields; so much so that in an age when we thought oil was forever, with the agrichemicals it provided, corn became the dominantRead...

Churchill, Manitoba viewed from a helicopter. By Peterfitzgerald (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Medic’s-Eye-View of Manitoba Air Ambulance System (Part 2)

June 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Editor’s Note: This article is the second of two (see Part One) on Manitoba’s private air ambulance service based on the experiences of a number of medics who work (or have worked) regularly with the service. The Spectator has agreed not to identify them, as some are still employed in theRead...

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

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 24

June 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

What to do this week If you are doing what I am doing this week, it has to do with tomatoes. By now your beans should be planted, or you are also planting them, but your squash, not yet. Squash will be bothered by the few cool days we areRead...

Behold this July 2016 briefing note for PMJT, extolling Liberal govt's firm commitment to transparency and access-to-info reform (Dean Beeby via Twitter)

Free the Information!

June 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Dean Beeby is a former Canadian Press (CP) reporter who now works for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). I have never met him — in fact, the photos that now accompany his CBC articles are the first I’ve ever seen of him — but I’ve long admired his work: heRead...

What’s Left In The Assumption Fund? We Know!

What’s Left In The Assumption Fund? We Know!

May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I submitted a Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) request to the Port of Sydney Development Corporation to ask for an account balance from the assumption fund — the trust containing monies left over from the 2012 Sydney harbor dredge. I was pleasantly surprised to receive the information from Port CEORead...

Nova Scotia Highway (Photo via CBC)

The $390 Million Highway Dodge

May 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm

After a few years of telling Nova Scotians what they can’t afford, the Liberal government appears to be breaking the bank to promise them exactly that. The province has announced an additional $390 million over seven years to twin 70 kilometres of 100 series highways and build a new four-lane dividedRead...

Semi-dwarf apple trees. (Photo via iowaorchard https://iowaorchard.wordpress.com/)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 17

May 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

What to do this week Okay, up off the couch! It’s time to plant trees. What’s that? It’s cold and rainy and the trees aren’t even leafing out yet, you whine? Perfect! The trees are still sleeping, they’ll barely suffer transplant shock. Yeah, I know you’re out of shape. DidRead...

Property Taxes: The Province’s Share

Property Taxes: The Province’s Share

April 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

Having established that property taxes are the domain of municipalities in Nova Scotia, I now have to admit that they are also, in some instances, the domain of the province. I know, right? Just when you think you’ve got a nice, black and white distinction going, someone has to comeRead...