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Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

UMWA’s Dukart on Donkin: ‘It Seems Everyone Is Scared to Talk’

November 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

Jody Dukart is the Auditor/Teller for Canada of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), a position he took up in October 2017, following the retirement of Cape Breton’s Bobby Burchell. Although the Donkin coal mine re-opened by Kameron Coal Management is famously non-union (it’s owned by the Cline GroupRead...

Sexual Harassment: “Don’t Pay Any Attention to Him, He’s Harmless”

Sexual Harassment: “Don’t Pay Any Attention to Him, He’s Harmless”

November 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

She was probably 18 years old, had moved to Sydney from Antigonish, and with a Grade 10 education, applied for what were called “domestic” jobs — maids or housekeepers — that offered not only work, but often a place to live. Luckily for her, she landed such a job withRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

Port secrecy CBRM Council met in secret camera on Thursday to discuss something related to the Port of Sydney. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which our mayor sometimes worries about and sometimes doesn’t (see the 31 unannounced in camera meetings held over 22 months in 2014-15 in flagrant violationRead More

The Ethicist: Our Animal Companions

The Ethicist: Our Animal Companions

November 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

My cat recently died. Although his life was relatively long (for a cat, anyway) and, I would like to believe, very happy, his death was sudden and unexpected and has left me feeling deeply bereft. I keep expecting to hear his meow at the door or see his intelligent faceRead...

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

November 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

The Calculus of Cold As part of my Northern Immersion experience, my daughter and I keep Nunavut CBC on all the time. This means that more than 50% of the programming is in Inuktitut, a language said to be the second most difficult in the world to learn, next toRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

FOIPOP Follies For the record: I received the response to my freedom of information/protection of privacy (FOIPOP) request to the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) for an “unedited” copy of Neil MacNeil’s rail fees report. I got bupkis. There are a couple of additional emails not includedRead More

Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN, with the signed UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 7 July 2017.
(Photo: Clare Conboy)

Will Canada Follow Where ICAN Leads?

November 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

As was noted in Fast and Curious on October 6, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recognized for its “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts toRead More

Photo by Bogdan. [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Counting Down to Cannabis Legalization in Victoria County

November 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: In a shining example of cooperation between independent news sources, the Spectator is pleased to present a story from this week’s Victoria Standard. If you like what you read, consider subscribing — you can even get a paper version.   With federal legalization of recreational cannabis less thanRead More

Farewell to a Good and Faithful Servant

Farewell to a Good and Faithful Servant

November 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Fr. Lloyd Dwyer, who passed away two weeks ago, was a man who made an impression on the many people whose paths he crossed during an interesting and meaningful life. Born in New Glasgow in 1931, one of seven children of John and Catherine Murphy, he graduated from Normal CollegeRead More

NS Institution for Women, Truro, NS. (CBC Photo)

Letter to the Editor: Accessing Internet in Women’s Prisons

November 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Women’s Wellness Within is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer support to criminalized women and trans individuals who are pregnant or parenting young children. We advocate for access to housing, income, resources and healthcare. We are a collective of doulas, healthcare providers, lawyers, students, researchers and mentors. We have clearanceRead More