Society

Sydney’s Casino at 25: Municipal Jackpot?

Sydney’s Casino at 25: Municipal Jackpot?

October 21, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Editor’s Note: Sydney’s casino turns 25 this month and to mark its quarter-century, Rob Csernyik takes an in-depth look at the promises — and realities — of casino gambling in Cape Breton. In Part II, he focuses on the casino’s record for charitable contributions and job creation and explores theRead More

Fall Brings Colors — and Change — to CBRM

Fall Brings Colors — and Change — to CBRM

October 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm

The coming of October goes not unheralded. Its harbingers are glorious – yellow, orange and red. They blaze across the hillside and flame against the sky. While summer, like September, has faded with a sigh. October has a beauty and a splendor that are rare. A crayon-colored prelude to November, bleakRead More

Replacing Racism with Respect

Replacing Racism with Respect

October 21, 2020 at 12:17 pm

Many things about 2020 have been disconcerting, to say the least, but here in Nova Scotia we are faced with other issues of particular social significance – the racism revolving around the fishing industry. As per the Oxford Dictionary: Racism is prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person orRead...

CRISPR-Cas9 is a customizable tool that lets scientists cut and insert small pieces of DNA at precise areas along a DNA strand. This lets scientists study our genes in a specific, targeted way.
Credit: Ernesto del Aguila III, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH (Public Domain)

Genetic Scissors: Thoughts on Gene Editing

October 14, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Jennifer A. Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the gene-editing tool now known as CRISPR/Cas9. This award has drawn the public’s attention to a technique that has been of interest (and concern) to bioethicists for several years — certainly sinceRead More

Letter to the Editor: Racism on the Water

Letter to the Editor: Racism on the Water

October 14, 2020 at 1:47 pm

On Thursday, September 25, in St. Peters on Cape Breton Island, Gilbert Boucher, president of the association that represents fishers in southern Cape Breton, commented on the Potlotek First Nations intention to begin a moderate livelihood fishery. The Chronicle Herald quoted him as saying “They are just exercising their right,”Read More

No Escape from the Military Maze?

No Escape from the Military Maze?

October 7, 2020 at 12:01 pm

  “The labyrinthine design ensures the unfamiliar are quickly lost…”––Charles Kenny, Close the Pentagon: Rethinking National Security for a Positive Sum World “Between mouthfuls of wine the soldier keeps his eyes lowered on this disorderly network which becomes more complex every minute. He does not know what to say. …Read More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, 2020.10.06

NS COVID-19 Update for 6 October 2020

October 6, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang held one of their now-rare COVID-19 briefings on Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Strang began with the numbers — Nova Scotia has 3 active cases (including an essential worker who continues to be in ICU), all of which are related to travel outsideRead More

Angry Old Testament God

“God’s Will,” Thoughts on Providentialism

September 30, 2020 at 12:26 pm

“It’s God will” is a statement so often heard that when one personally decides s/he no longer accepts it as reasonable, practical, or —  let’s face it — believable, a statement from a high-ranking clergyman in the Catholic Church endorsing such a view, especially with regard to COVID-19, has toRead More

Aerial view of Downtown Sydney NSCC Marconi Campus site. (Source: "NSCC Marconi Campus: Sydney Relocation," Ekistics)

Marconi Part I: On the Waterfront

September 16, 2020 at 11:25 am

It’s taken over a year — I first requested a copy of the Ekistics Plan+Design report on the relocation of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Marconi Campus to downtown Sydney in April 2019 — and it ultimately required a FOIPOP to dislodge it and the censors have had aRead More

Marconi Part II: They Coulda Been Contenders

Marconi Part II: They Coulda Been Contenders

September 16, 2020 at 11:23 am

Since it was announced the NSCC Marconi Campus would move from its location next to Cape Breton University to the Sydney waterfront, I have been curious as to how the site was chosen — and what other sites were considered. Last week, I got the answer to the second partRead More