Activism

Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament demonstration, Westminster Abbey May 3, 2019 (source: Facebook)

Give Thanks for Weapons of Mass Destruction?

June 5, 2019 at 11:06 am

For he is our peace…and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility… And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near… Ephesians 2 …and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shallRead More

Richard Uniacke, speech reprinted in Cape Breton Advocate

Letter to the Editor: Rouse Then From Lethargy

June 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

Richard Uniacke was from a prominent Halifax family which included his brother James, the first Premier of Nova Scotia following the institution of responsible government in 1848. After graduating from law school in 1810, young Richard moved to Cape Breton and in 1814 was appointed Attorney General of the island,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 24, 2019 at 8:30 am

Free the information CBRM Municipal Clerk Deborah Campbell Ryan got back to me Tuesday night about another FOIPOP I submitted back in April looking for information about a matter before council. Her original estimate of the fee I would be required to pay for this (public) information was $215 andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

More BullSHIP? In a bit of revisionist history that would probably secretly impress the government of the People’s Republic of China, Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) CEO Albert Barbusci has erased all mention of the Chinese from his latest Novaporte container terminal press release. I figure the next step willRead More

Freedom of Information is a Joke in this Town

Freedom of Information is a Joke in this Town

May 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Acting on a tip from a reader, who seemed to think that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, his executive assistant Mark Bettens and (the now former) economic development manager John Phelan were doing an unusual amount of traveling on the public dime last fall, I sent a request under Section XXRead More

Silent prayer at Lady Chapel, Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset., cropped. (Photo by Tiverton, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] via Wikimedia Commons

Brexit Reflections: Mayday from Glastonbury

May 8, 2019 at 11:34 am

Dear Spectator Readers, Mayday! Mayday! I send up this distress call from the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey (a Celtic-knot of history, myth, magic and legend; a place of long-lost glory) in a ‘United’ Kingdom rapidly losing structural and social integrity. In much of the world, today — May Day —Read More

2004 New York Renaissance Faire in the Maypole Meadow. KenL at English Wikipedia [Public domain]

A May Day Salute to Invisible Work

May 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm

May Day — the first day of May — was traditionally a day to wear flowers on your head, dance around a Maypole and welcome the arrival of spring. It became a day to celebrate workers in honor of the Haymarket Affair — a peaceful gathering in support of theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 26, 2019 at 8:00 am

‘Many or several’ A Tuesday night CTV news report about the cruise industry in Cape Breton (opening line: “It seems their ship has come in, once again, for the cruise industry in Cape Breton”), sent me scrambling for my secondary sources. First, because it seemed to contain confirmation that theRead More

And Now, a Word from Your Planet

And Now, a Word from Your Planet

April 24, 2019 at 10:02 am

The hook for this edition of “A Word from Your Planet” is not just weak, it’s downright imaginary — I’m hanging it on Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP)’s grand plans for our port, which I referenced this week in the Cossitt Heights article. In fact, I’m hanging it on aRead More

Pope Benedict XVI

No Act of Contrition: Benedict XVI on Sexual Abuse

April 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm

I wonder how Pope Francis feels about having a 92-year-old armchair quarterback living in a neat little cottage somewhere behind the Vatican who suddenly decides to “unpack” the sexual abuse crisis, its causes and solutions? Retired Pope Benedict XVI has decided to share his enlightened version of the worst scandalRead More