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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 14, 2021 at 11:15 am

Awards season (I) I first met Rob Csernyik in April 2019. We had coffee at Dr. Luke’s and he interviewed me for a J-Source article he was writing about the Cape Breton journalism scene. We went back and forth by email for months afterward because J-Source is serious to theRead...

Millie Brown’s Tattoo: Sydney’s Link to a Quebec Controversy

Millie Brown’s Tattoo: Sydney’s Link to a Quebec Controversy

May 5, 2021 at 1:36 pm

Were it not for the long-dead woman at its center, this story, about a researcher being denied access to items by Quebec’s Musée de la civilisation, might not have been an obvious Spectator story. But the items Jamie Jelinski, “an interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses on the history of Canadian visualRead More

Welcome to Crime Stoppers’ Corner

Welcome to Crime Stoppers’ Corner

March 17, 2021 at 1:04 pm

It’s Tuesday morning as I write and the digital “front page” of our local daily contains the following stories: Cape Breton Regional Police investigating stolen vehicle in Sydney Mines Police investigating two separate property damage incidents at hospice site in Membertou Cape Breton police asking for help in solving NeedsRead More

Back to the Ashes of the RCBYC

Back to the Ashes of the RCBYC

March 10, 2021 at 11:49 am

A spectator (you know who you are) recently referenced my June 2019 article about the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club (RCBYC), the 113-year-old building that graced the Sydney waterfront until 3 May 2013, when it was destroyed by fire. This reminded me that I had never properly followed up onRead More

Jean Vanier’s Feet of Clay

Jean Vanier’s Feet of Clay

March 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm

The news that Jean Vanier, who died in May 2019, sexually abused six women surely devastated his followers and admirers around the world, including, one assumes, the L’Arche community in Iron Mines, Cape Breton. (I made an effort to contact them but heard nothing back after leaving a message.) TheRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

December 4, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Over a year ago, I began creating this timeline, intending to track two separate but connected stories: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and more particularly, the large-vessel component of the NSS. The criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The impetus was the upcoming trial — scheduled for August 2019 —Read More

Red dress, Potlotek First Nation, 9 June 2019

MMIWG: Two-Eyed Seeing

August 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles about the conclusions of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry. You can read the first one here, the second here, the third here and the fourth here.   How might reclaiming the rightful “power andRead More

photo: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

A Game-Changing Inquiry

June 26, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles about the conclusions of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry. You can read the first one here.)   Why does the MMIWG inquiry declare a “Canadian genocide”? Why raise such a storm of controversy overRead 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

Jail is…Great?

Jail is…Great?

April 17, 2019 at 12:23 pm

When I saw the headline “Life in lockup“on the front page of Tuesday’s Cape Breton Post I was impressed — a full, front page story (and two additional pages inside) exploring life in the Cape Breton Correctional Facility? SaltWire actually doing a valuable “deep dive?” Excellent. And then I readRead More