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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

Resign to Run? Resign to run laws are pretty self-explanatory: if you hold public office and wish to run for another public office, you must first resign the office you hold.  Five US states (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and Texas) and several cities (including Dallas, Philadelphia and Phoenix) have them.Read...

Premier Makes Mysterious Trip to Mysterious East

Premier Makes Mysterious Trip to Mysterious East

December 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Nova Scotia, in case you missed the memo, is now in year two of a five-year “strategy” to boost trade with China. That it’s a strategy with “no budget, target or goal,” as the CBC reported in April 2016, has the advantage, from Premier Stephen McNeil’s perspective, of allowing him toRead...

“Quad C” Buys Canadian Construction Company

“Quad C” Buys Canadian Construction Company

December 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: I feel the need to warn you, dear readers, that this article is really long. That’s what happens when you start writing about a company with annual revenue of US$55 billion and 100,000 employees. But since it’s also a company that has been cited in reference to notRead...

Mr. D. Buckley and another sports fisherman, salmon fishing the Margaree River, N.S., W.R. MacAskill, photographer, ca. 1927; NSA, W.R. MacAskill fonds, 1987-453 no. 3622 (scan 200311368)

Saving the Margaree: Skip the Helicopters, Do the Science

December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Editor’s Note: A version of this article has appeared in The Inverness Oran and the Nova Scotia Advocate. The last leaves have fallen to the forest floor, and as I look out across my little forested valley, I would like to take this time to respond to the Margaree Salmon Association’sRead...

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I recently explored an intriguing thought experiment with my students. As we saw several columns ago, thought experiments are employed by philosophers because they offer us a way of making difficult philosophical concepts both accessible and concrete, changing them, in the process, from abstract ideas into ones that we canRead...

By S. Rae from Scotland, UK (Cavariella aphids on hogweed) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 48

December 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, it might be a good idea to check on the health of the plants you’ve taken in for the winter: it is time to check for pests. When you bring plants in from the outdoors you sometimes bring outdoor pests in as wellRead...

Father Greg Lecture Series to Embrace ‘Radical’ Ideas

Father Greg Lecture Series to Embrace ‘Radical’ Ideas

October 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

The invitation I received from New Dawn for the inaugural Father Greg MacLeod Lecture says the series, named for the late community advocate, will invite us to “love an idea — especially a distinct, hopeful, outside-the box, radical idea” about “the life we know in Cape Breton.” I have toRead...

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

October 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

Earlier this year, the idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) was in the news, including in The Cape Breton Spectator where yours truly wrote about Ontario’s plan to “launch a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes forRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 29, 2017 at 11:45 am

How to Spend $160 The September 27 edition of the Cape Breton Post was an exciting one for me. The front page featured a Canadian Press story about the provincial budget (prompting me once again to wonder why, if Saltwire is such a heavyweight Atlantic Canadian news presence, it can’tRead...

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

September 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

If there was one issue that dominated the 2017 provincial election in Cape Breton, it was healthcare. And it’s not like there was any one healthcare issue that stood out — poke the system just about anywhere and you’ll hit a sore spot, whether it’s lack of access to primaryRead...