COVID-19

Cabot Saint Lucia (Part I)

Cabot Saint Lucia (Part I)

October 20, 2021 at 12:04 pm

Ben Cowan-Dewar and Mike Keiser, owners of Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, are building a luxury golf resort and real estate development on the island nation of Saint Lucia and the site they’ve chosen, in addition to abutting some of St. Lucia’s best beaches, sits atop an ancient Indigenous burial…Read...

Tracking a COVID Vax Rumor

Tracking a COVID Vax Rumor

September 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm

I heard a strange rumor this weekend about anti-vaxxers in Halifax paying a guy — the same guy, in the story I heard — to get vaccinated for them and provide them with proof of vaccination. My first thought was that this had “urban myth” written all over it (theRead More

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Labour Pains: Restaurants

September 22, 2021 at 4:47 pm

Did you catch local restaurateur Danny Ellis’ bellyaching tour of local media outlets this summer? Ellis, who operates four CBRM eateries (two of which — the Portside on the Sydney waterfront and the Boardwalk Tap Room & Eatery in what used to be the meeting room in the Civic CentreRead More

Let Me Say This About That

Let Me Say This About That

September 8, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Having been publishing bi-weekly — or, as I like to think of it, working at half-speed — all summer, I’ve been building up a store of opinions on a variety of subjects. In fact, my “two-cents’ worth” on such disparate issues as Annette Verschuren’s induction into the Business & PhilanthropyRead More

Short Takes — Wednesday Edition

Short Takes — Wednesday Edition

June 2, 2021 at 1:23 pm

I spent so much time on The Codfathers this week, I didn’t really have much left over to cover other issues but there are a few things I’d like to touch on, however briefly:   Affordable Housing I heard Catherine Leviten-Reid on CBC Information Morning Cape Breton today discussing aRead More

Time Travel and the Black Death

Time Travel and the Black Death

May 26, 2021 at 12:18 pm

Author’s Note: In this series of columns (see the first one here and the second here) I am using various works of science fiction and fantasy to consider some of the ethical issues generated by our current situation.   As I write this, the weather is warming and the pandemicRead More

Scenes From A Pandemic

Scenes From A Pandemic

May 19, 2021 at 2:02 pm

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about the pandemic with which we have all been living since March of 2020, but more ink and more airtime has been spent on COVID-19 than on any other topic I can recall over the past few years. Daily reports on case…Read...

Council of Canadians Calls for TRIPS Waiver

Council of Canadians Calls for TRIPS Waiver

May 12, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: This open letter from the Cape Breton West Chapter of the Council of Canadians to the prime minister is dated 11 May 2021.   Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We are writing to implore the Government of Canada to ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to hold an emergencyRead More

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID Update for 27 April 2021.

COVID-19 Update: NS Shuts Down for 2 Weeks

April 27, 2021 at 5:57 pm

During today’s COVID-19 Update, Dr. Robert Strang and Premier Iain Rankin announced a province-wide shutdown or circuit breaker that will go into effect as of 8:00 AM tomorrow (Wednesday, April 28) and remain in place until at least May 12. “We are in a race between the variant and theRead More

NS Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, COVID update 2021.04.26

NS COVID-19 Update for 26 April 2021

April 26, 2021 at 6:26 pm

The third wave is here and I thought it might be a good idea to bring together all the information I’ve been tweeting out piecemeal about COVID these past few days. Given the admirable job Tim Bousquet at the Examiner does covering the briefings — and the daily press releasesRead More