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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

Quote of the week We’ve been at it for three-and-a-half years, I would say if you reference any of those major developments you’re looking at a 10-year cycle. We’re well within, and much shorter than one could imagine. I think we are in very good shape, I think we’re betterRead...

Remembering a  Mysterious Summer of ’70 Tragedy  (Part I)

Remembering a Mysterious Summer of ’70 Tragedy (Part I)

July 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

n 10 July 1970, three young Cape Breton men — 20-year-old Terry Burt of Sydney, 17-year-old David Burrows of Sydney River and 15-year-old Kenny Novak of Sydney River — were run over by a freight train on a track in Maine, about 45 kilometers from the Canadian border. It happenedRead...

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Mondays with Albert: Barbusci Updates Council

July 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Remember when Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) changed its name to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) and pressured CBRM council into extending its contract with the municipality for five years? It was last December, seven months ago, when the port file was so hot, what with terminal operator Ports AmericaRead More

Ambasssador Elayne Whyte Gómez, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) and President of the Conference. (Source: United Nations)

United Nations Bans the Bomb

July 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

At nearly the eleventh hour – 10:47:53 A.M. – on Friday 7 July,  122 states, two thirds of the UN General Assembly, voted to adopt a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a dramatic step which may prove instrumental in determining the fate of the planet. The Netherlands, theRead More

The Ethicist: Rawls, Hobbes & the Zombie Apocalypse

The Ethicist: Rawls, Hobbes & the Zombie Apocalypse

July 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Have you ever asked yourself why the world is the way it is? When I ask this question, I don’t mean to refer to what we consider to be scientific truths, such as the law of gravity or the existence of neutrinos; I mean questions like: Why are some peopleRead More

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Vatican Takes Bold Pro-Gluten Stance

July 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

News the Vatican has banned the use of gluten-free hosts in the celebration of the Eucharist hit like a bombshell this weekend, but the rules re: gluten-free hosts go back at least to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVl) who in July 2003 declared gluten-free hosts “invalid.” In MarchRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

Weapons of Math Destruction Ever since researching my stories on PowerSchool, the data gathering software used by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, I’ve been curious about the uses and abuses of Big Data. The goal is not simply to gather and store information but to mineRead More

Special Offer: Halifax Examiner + Cape Breton Spectator for $15!

Special Offer: Halifax Examiner + Cape Breton Spectator for $15!

July 5, 2017 at 12:25 pm

I’m pleased to announce a new joint-venture between The Cape Breton Spectator and Tim Bousquet’s Halifax Examiner. As of July 1, you will be able to subscribe to both The Examiner and The Cape Breton Spectator for $15 a month — a $5 savings off the regular price. (And yes,Read More

Portrait of Siegfried Sassoon by By Glyn Warren Philpot, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Siegfried Sassoon’s Great Refusal

July 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm

On July 28, 1917, the left-wing British newspaper Workers’ Dreadnought (founded as Woman’s Dreadnought by the suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst) published an Open Letter from an unlikely source: the highly-decorated, reputedly-fearless Infantry Officer Siegfried ‘Mad Jack’ Sassoon. Recuperating from a throat wound, and nursing secret doubts about the nearly three-year-oldRead More

By E Pluribus Anthony at en.wikipedia Later versions were uploaded by AThing, Heqs, Cogito ergo sumo at en.wikipedia. [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

O Canada: An Anthem for All?

July 5, 2017 at 12:05 pm

David Wells, Conservative senator for Newfoundland and Labrador, has every right to his opinion that no change should be made to our national anthem. Wells is one of 20 senators who have tied up Bill C-210 — which would change the lyrics from “in all thy sons command” to the gender-neutralRead More