What NS Could Learn from Vienna’s ‘Red Housing’

What NS Could Learn from Vienna’s ‘Red Housing’

June 23, 2021 at 12:16 pm

When it comes to social (or “public” or “subsidized”) housing, Vienna really seems to have its act together. I am tempted to present this information as though I’ve long been an admirer of the social housing of Vienna, but the truth is, I hadn’t realized it was a claim toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 18, 2021 at 11:15 am

Mary Makes a Meme How it started:     How it’s going:   On the bright side, having let it it sit empty for two years (and catch fire once), the entrepreneurs who bought the building for $225,000 are hoping to sell it for $399,000.   Mary Makes Another Meme…Read...

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

Homelessness in CBRM, Rod Gale photo

“Forever” Homes

January 27, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Like so many during this long COVID period, I have found refuge in HGTV shows where older homes, often unfit for occupation, are snapped up, made over and sold for not-too-shabby profits. (I’m convinced that on many of these shows — and there are new ones sprouting seemingly daily —Read More

Homeless encarmpment, Northeast Portland (Photo by

Shelter from the Coming Storms

November 25, 2020 at 11:49 am

I don’t really know the situation today, but in the 1950s, working for the church especially as a secretary, I got to know those who were referred to as “stemmers.” They were the dedicated few who every so often rang the glebe house doorbell in search of a dollar orRead More

Rent control rally, Antigonish, NS, 7 November 2020 (Source: Twitter)

Housing in the Headlines

November 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

If writing about poverty, homelessness, food banks and the need for a guaranteed annual income (GAI) could solve any of the problems associated with such matters, I would surely have solved a few over lo! these many years I’ve been contributing to the Spectator. The battle cry at the momentRead More

All the Pretty Pictures

All the Pretty Pictures

November 4, 2020 at 10:25 am

I’ve been thinking about what constitutes “journalism” lately and I’ve decided it all boils down to asking one question — and asking it repeatedly — and that question is: “Is it true?” In no area is that question more appropriate right now than that of proposed “developments” for downtown Sydney.Read More

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 30, 2020 at 11:11 am

Providing Coverage On Tuesday, October 27, at about 12:45 PM, police were contacted about a body discovered in the abandoned train station at 75 Dodd Street in Sydney. Writing about this on Wednesday, I guessed that over the next few days we’d be discussing the problem of homelessness in our…Read...

Former train station, 75 Dodd Street, Sydney, NS.

Dereliction of Duty

October 28, 2020 at 12:25 pm

The discovery of human remains in the derelict train station on Dodd Street in Sydney is a horrifying development in the debate about the building’s future that began in council this summer. But more importantly, it’s an indictment of our failure, as a community, to provide for the most vulnerableRead More

Hugh Segal (Photo by Milan Ilnyckyj / CC0 https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/)

Hugh Segal Wants to Turn CERB to GAI

June 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

This past week, I listened to a podcast from the Conference Board of Canada’s “Bright Future” series featuring my old friend (meaning, someone I quote frequently), Hugh Segal, who has for years (since he “had hair”) been a fierce proponent of guaranteed annual income (GAI). Asked by host Michael BassettRead More