Inequality

Poverty Remains Long After Christmas is Gone

Poverty Remains Long After Christmas is Gone

December 16, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Christmas is nigh and the good and the generous have been hard at work throughout our communities, making sure that each and every family awakens to everything it takes to make the day a joyful one. They’ll have food and toys and clothing and all will be fine — forRead 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

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm

In Praise of US Healthcare? All the things happening in this world — ALL THE THINGS — and I spend my morning worrying about Adrian White’s op-ed in Wednesday’s Cape Breton Post. What is wrong with me? It’s not like President-elect Joe Biden — to whom White directs a barrageRead More

Pope Francis, 25 October 2020. (Source: Vatican News)

Unpacking Francis’ “Same-Sex Union” Remarks

October 28, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Reporters and religious writers who cover the Vatican are already going to great lengths to make sure that Catholics, especially LGBTQ Catholics, realize that Pope Francis’ statement re “civil unions” changes nothing as far as the Catholic Church’s stand on homosexuality and its definition of “marriage” is concerned. (The latterRead More

Fall Brings Colors — and Change — to CBRM

Fall Brings Colors — and Change — to CBRM

October 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm

The coming of October goes not unheralded. Its harbingers are glorious – yellow, orange and red. They blaze across the hillside and flame against the sky. While summer, like September, has faded with a sigh. October has a beauty and a splendor that are rare. A crayon-colored prelude to November, bleakRead More

Protestors run from tear gas, Denver. (YouTube screen grab)

Letter from Denver: ‘Less-than-Lethal’ Force

June 10, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Hello friends of the Spectator! My neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, USA is called Capitol Hill, and the golden dome of its namesake sits imperiously three blocks from my lovely 1918 building, with three stories of balconies overlooking Pennsylvania Street, next to the home of Molly Brown, Denver’s notable from theRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update for 2 June 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 2 June 2020

June 2, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Daily briefing Today’s briefing began with both Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang offering condolences to the family of the Northwood resident who died of COVID-19 over the weekend. The death brought the province’s total to 60 — 53 of which have been at Northwood. Strang announced no newRead More

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

May 27, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Well, we’ve discovered at least two things since the COVID-19 cloud descended upon us, one being that we won’t be telling our grandchildren about the pandemic since they’re living through it with us and will have their own stories to tell. Secondly, a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) is not onlyRead More

Seashore refugee camp, Chios, Greece, 2016. (Photo by Mstyslav Chernov / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Canada’s COVID-19 Experience in Perspective

May 20, 2020 at 12:02 pm

The lady was not happy. There was no mistaking that as she angrily asked the policeman why he was blocking the road she wanted to enter. Cars were lined up wanting to do the same but the policeman was adamant even as she told him in no uncertain terms howRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update, 28 April 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 1 May 2020

May 1, 2020 at 4:44 pm

Update Dr. Robert Strang announced the death of another resident of the Northwood long-term-care facility (LTCF) in Halifax, bringing total COVID-19-related deaths at the facility to 23 and total deaths in the province to 29. Strang also announced 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total cases in the province toRead More