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FH70 Howitzer in Ukraine. (Source: General Staff Ukrainian Armed Forces via Facebook)

Give Peace No Chance?

July 13, 2022 at 11:34 am

  1 Witch. When shall we three met again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? 2 Witch. When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won. Shakespeare, Macbeth   Shakespeare’s Macbeth opens in the “fog and filthy air” of an “open place,” a no-man’s-land where three witches – theRead More

Pro-choice demonstration, Chicago 15 July 2019, (Photo by Charles Edward Miller, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

Reflections on Roe v Wade

June 29, 2022 at 11:19 am

My initial reaction to the recent US Supreme Court decision rendering Roe v Wade unconstitutional and giving individual states the right to regulate abortion was, as it was for millions, anger at the fact that men had once again prevailed in depriving women of their right to decide whether orRead More

‘No Topic Off the Table’

‘No Topic Off the Table’

June 15, 2022 at 12:31 pm

Back in the March 30th issue of The Cape Breton Spectator, I wrote about the two-year process leading to the 2023 Synod of Bishops, called by Pope Francis in 2021, which asked Catholics across the world to join in “discerning and listening together to the voice of The Holy Spirit”Read More

Nova Scotia Power Vs. Pretty Much Everyone

Nova Scotia Power Vs. Pretty Much Everyone

February 2, 2022 at 1:16 pm

Full disclosure: I have not read Nova Scotia Power’s (NSP) application to the Utility and Review Board (UARB) for a 10% rate increase over the next three years — an application that apparently runs to 1,500 pages. I’ve read a lot about the application, though, beginning with NSP’s initial pressRead More

Doing Unto Others

Doing Unto Others

December 15, 2021 at 11:47 am

A recent celebrant on CTV’s local Mass for Shut-ins began his homily with this line: If you go out into the garage and stay there all day, it doesn’t make you a car. Similarly if you go to church every Sunday, it doesn’t make you a Christian. That statement threwRead More

Nova Scotia’s Failing Grades

Nova Scotia’s Failing Grades

November 24, 2021 at 12:49 pm

I didn’t really expect the 2021 Child and Family Poverty report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) to cheer me on a grey day, but I also didn’t expect it to be quite as bleak as it is. The report, by Dr. Lesley Frank, Laura Fisher and Dr.Read More

Goodbye to a Good Mayor

Goodbye to a Good Mayor

November 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm

I don’t know when I realized that former Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was a very different kind of politician — not only the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city, but one with some very progressive views. In an interesting and also entertaining interview with the host ofRead More

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 burialRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 1, 2021 at 10:30 am

Housing for the People? I want to write about the recent referendum on expropriating major landlords in Berlin, but before I do, I have to take you back in time, so you’ll better understand the context in which this referendum — which passed by a vote of 56.4% to 39%Read 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