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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

Shovel-ready Wednesday marked a momentous day in the history of Sydney port development: two First Nations Chiefs and a Montreal property developer came together to shovel…something. Part of me is ashamed at my inability to grasp the importance of Wednesday’s event, but part of me thinks that since neither BarryRead...

Albert Barbusci Really Doesn’t Get the Interwebs

Albert Barbusci Really Doesn’t Get the Interwebs

September 13, 2017 at 11:42 am

To be a marketer in 2017 in North America is to be social media savvy: to think about things like interactive media, influencer content, mobile video, chatbots and augmented reality, to name just a few of the 2017 marketing trends I cribbed from this Forbes article. So when a guyRead...

Kim Jong-un briefed by generals. (Image released by North Korean state news agency)

High Noon on the Korean Peninsular?

September 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

At noon local time, September 3, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, an estimated 100-120 kiloton detonation – seven or eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima – of what it claimed was a two-stage (fission-fusion) thermonuclear hydrogen warhead small enough to fit in the coneRead...

Large Roman Missal with inlaid gold. (Photo by Ad Meskens, own work, GFDL http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html, via Wikimedia Commons)

In the Vatican, a Victory for the Vernacular

September 13, 2017 at 11:36 am

Catholics, especially those of us who’d like to see changes to much accepted as “Gospel” over the centuries, have always been informed that if changes in church doctrine or practice happened at all, they would not happen “in our lifetimes.” Of course, many changes followed Vatican II – altar railsRead...

Letter to the Editor: Doctors and Taxes

Letter to the Editor: Doctors and Taxes

September 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

This morning I was told by two doctors at the Pain Clinic at the Northside General Hospital in North Sydney that if the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau follows through with his new tax on incomes over 150-200 grand, the new younger doctor will move to a province that requiresRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

DNA Fail I grew interested in the subject of DNA evidence after a number of men convicted during the “John-Be-Gone” sting operation in Sydney were ordered to supply samples to the National DNA Data Bank. I wrote about some of the issues surrounding the collection and retention of DNA evidenceRead More

Clover Point wastewater outfall, Victoria, BC. Photo by Ray Smith, Victoria Times Colonist http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/new-sewage-treatment-cost-estimate-up-to-1-3-billion-1.2126845

While We’re Waiting for the CBRM’s Wastewater Answers…

September 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm

This was supposed to be a follow-up to last week’s article on wastewater in which I would present the response of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to concerns about its readiness to meet federal Wastewater System Effluent Regulations (WSER). But what with vacations and long weekends and short workweeks,Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

Lease released The first rule of accessing information from public bodies is “just ask for it,” and sometimes — hallelujah! — just asking is all it takes. For instance, I asked the CBRM for a copy of the lease signed between the municipality and Danny Ellis’s company, the catchily namedRead More

St. Augustine, painting by Antonello da Messina c. 1472, Italy.

Summer Reading: Vacationing with Saint Augustine

August 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm

  S. Augustine’s Confessions do not repeat DO NOT make for light summer reading but there are times when one must do what one must do, so the Confessions have been on my agenda for the past while. It all started with Stephen Greenblatt’s article in the June 19/2017 issueRead More

Journalism 101: First, Minimize Harm

Journalism 101: First, Minimize Harm

August 30, 2017 at 12:06 pm

I can’t stop thinking about that photo that appeared on the front page of the print edition of last Friday’s Cape Breton Post. It showed a young man standing outside the guardrail on the Sydney-Whitney Pier overpass, head in hands, under the watchful eye of a Cape Breton Regional PoliceRead More