Health

Paid Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave

April 7, 2021 at 12:21 pm

I’ve been meaning to discuss District 1 Councilor Gordon MacDonald’s attempt to get CBRM council to pass a motion in support of paid sick days since he first made it at the February 23 council meeting but I haven’t been able to do the necessary research until this week. MacDonaldRead...

Population and the Pandemic

Population and the Pandemic

March 30, 2021 at 2:17 pm

Statistics Canada says that 309,893 Canadians died in 2020, which means annual deaths surpassed 300,000 for the first time in the country’s history. As for the contribution of COVID, Stats Canada says: The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reported that 15,651 or 5.1% of deaths in 2020 were causedRead More

Port AGM: High-End Shopping on the Great Circle Route

Port AGM: High-End Shopping on the Great Circle Route

March 3, 2021 at 12:23 pm

It’s been a while since I played a good old-fashioned game of “Okay, stop” with a written document, but last Saturday’s Cape Breton Post article about the Port of Sydney AGM cries out for a talking to. I’m going to cut the author, “political reporter” Ian Nathanson, some slack, becauseRead More

Making Money From Affordable Housing?

Making Money From Affordable Housing?

February 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm

It was Monday morning as I began writing this and I had just heard Damian MacInnis explaining to the CBC’s Steve Sutherland how his “social enterprise” — Rural Cape Breton Enterprises — is going to build affordable housing on Cape Breton Island. (Its Facebook page specifies “low to medium incomeRead More

Letter to the Editor: High Price for Virtual Education

Letter to the Editor: High Price for Virtual Education

February 17, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Why are Canadian universities charging unconscionably high tuition fees for a virtual online education? It is bad enough that Canada, unlike the Western European Nations France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, does not offer free tuition to her beleaguered young citizens but Canadian universities (e.g. Dalhousie) areRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 11, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Nothing ventured… This week, I have a question for you: Women in this province have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. You want to help them. Do you: A) invest $5 million in an early-stage venture capital fund focused on women-led startups; B) tear $5 million into tiny shreds andRead More

Write On: Rod Gale Wants Action on Poverty

Write On: Rod Gale Wants Action on Poverty

February 10, 2021 at 12:49 pm

If you follow CBRM politics, are on social media or hold local elected office, you probably know the name Rod Gale. The South Bar resident (who has written for this publication in the past) doesn’t hesitate to share his thoughts, especially on matters about which he’s passionate — like poverty.Read More

COVID and the Meaning of Apocalypse

COVID and the Meaning of Apocalypse

February 10, 2021 at 12:45 pm

I recently had a strange dream. In it, I was moving through the crowded food court at my local mall. In my dream, I had visited my favorite haunts — the tea store and the bookshop — and was on my way out to the parking lot. Suddenly, the sleepingRead More

NS COVID Update for 16 December 2020

NS COVID Update for 16 December 2020

December 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

Briefing Both Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang began today’s briefing by expressing condolences to the families of the fishermen on a scallop vessel that went missing in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of southwestern Nova Scotia Tuesday. The body of one crew member of the ChiefRead More

What’s the Deal with School Gym Rentals?

What’s the Deal with School Gym Rentals?

December 16, 2020 at 12:53 pm

During this month’s meeting of the CBRM council,¬† 49 minutes’ worth of discussion was devoted to a motion by District 6 Councilor Glenn Paruch that staff be directed to draft an Issue Paper on commissioning a study into the possibility of building a facility, somewhere in the CBRM, with twoRead More