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Wednesday Short Takes

Wednesday Short Takes

April 21, 2021 at 12:38 pm

Hail to the chief Robert Walsh, erstwhile acting chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service (CBRPS) has been named chief. I’m filing that under “O” for “Of course.” On the plus side, if they ever launch a Family Feud: Municipal Edition, we’re ready.   Something’s brewing We’re getting ourRead...

Canappalachia

Canappalachia

April 21, 2021 at 12:36 pm

I‘ve been learning about Appalachia (beginning with how to pronounce it) through a variety of means lately and what keeps jumping out at me are the similarities between that region and our own (by which I mean, variously, Cape Breton, the Maritimes and the Atlantic Provinces). These similarities include theRead...

Who’s Afraid of MAID?

Who’s Afraid of MAID?

April 21, 2021 at 12:34 pm

Ralph Surette’s April 3rd column in the Chronicle Herald hopes to convince us (especially those of us who are over the hill?) that now that a revised MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) law has passed, a large portion of our population, “the frail, the elderly, the poor and terminally ill”Read...

Unofficial Earth Day flag featuring The Blue Marble photo of Earth taken by the Apollo 17's crew. (Dcoetzee, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Earth Day Choice: Urgency or Complacency?

April 21, 2021 at 12:32 pm

Most people on the planet are trying to make a living one way or another. We all need the essentials of life and they all come from Mother Earth — food, clothing and shelter. Our current geologic time period has been called the Anthropocene because it is the age duringRead...

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 21, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archives to provide timely tips for gardeners.   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 encourageRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 16, 2021 at 9:45 am

Shots! I’m betting when you read that you knew I was talking about COVID vaccine and not tequila. That is a sad but I hope not enduring effect of the ongoing pandemic. I got my first AstraZeneca shot on Monday. On Tuesday, I had a sore arm and fatigue seriousRead...

What If This Is A Computer Simulation?

What If This Is A Computer Simulation?

April 14, 2021 at 12:49 pm

There’s a wonderful pair of linked episodes in Star Trek: The Next Generation which, together, raise some deep and interesting philosophical questions with deep ethical implications. Both episodes take place within the confined space of the holodeck (a place in which the computer simulations are so real that crew membersRead...

In Support of Biodiversity

In Support of Biodiversity

April 14, 2021 at 12:47 pm

It took public pressure to get the Lahey Report (“An Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia“) off the ground but once completed, it contained summaries like this one: My conclusion is that ecological forestry must be pursued on Crown and private lands with a combination of tools thatRead...

Station Location Revisited

Station Location Revisited

March 24, 2021 at 11:50 am

I think this issue should have been called “The Things That Make You Go Hmmmm” edition, because that’s what all my stories seem to be about this week. Take this one, for instance. It started when a reader contacted me to ask about a parking lot that has appeared atRead...

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

Gardening Tips: Early, Leafy Greens

March 10, 2021 at 11:45 am

Editor’s Note: This week, we are re-running the third 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.   What to doRead...