Law

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...

Letter to the Editor: Racism on the Water

Letter to the Editor: Racism on the Water

October 14, 2020 at 1:47 pm

On Thursday, September 25, in St. Peters on Cape Breton Island, Gilbert Boucher, president of the association that represents fishers in southern Cape Breton, commented on the Potlotek First Nations intention to begin a moderate livelihood fishery. The Chronicle Herald quoted him as saying “They are just exercising their right,”Read More

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 2, 2020 at 12:51 pm

It’s toady time! I confess: I find Anthony Marlowe — CEO of MCI, savior of the Sydney Call Centre — fascinating. So much so that whenever things are slow, or I’m in need of distraction, I tune in to his Twitter stream to see what he’s been getting up to.Read More

B0NNRP Syringe and a bottle of morphine

Assisted Suicide: A Slippery Slope?

August 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized the prohibition on assisted suicide, a decision which led to the legalization of assisted suicide (when an individual ends her own life with the help of another, usually a physician) and voluntary active euthanasia (when someone gives permission to another person –Read More

In CAHOOTS, an Alternative to Regular Policing

In CAHOOTS, an Alternative to Regular Policing

June 17, 2020 at 1:02 pm

There has been almost too much to process from days of watching the Black Lives Matter marches spreading, not only across the United States, but to so many countries around the world, including Canada. But even as protesters call out police racism and brutality, like that displayed in the killingRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 30, 2020 at 3:58 pm

NSP Someone (you know who you are) recently got me to thinking about the history of policing in Nova Scotia, which led me to this 1990 article by Greg Marquis (the author, more recently, of a book about the murder of Richard Oland). The piece, entitled “The History of PolicingRead...

McNeil on Wet’suwet’en Support Actions: ‘It’s Not the Mi’kmaq’

McNeil on Wet’suwet’en Support Actions: ‘It’s Not the Mi’kmaq’

February 19, 2020 at 12:53 pm

Premier Stephen McNeil has been visiting Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce — Halifax, Yarmouth, Sydney — to discuss the State of the Province with people who have paid to listen to him. The Sydney event — a Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce “member-exclusive” gathering (billed as a ‘fireside’ discussionRead More

Photo of Dr. Margaret Fraser by Norma Jean MacPhee, CBC

Letter to the Editor: Something ‘Very, Very Wrong’ with CB Healthcare

January 8, 2020 at 12:45 pm

On December 23, amidst all the busyness leading up to Christmas Day, I was privileged to hear an outstanding interview broadcast on the national radio network of the CBC. The program was the public affairs daily The Current and the guest was the president of the Cape Breton Medical StaffRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

December 4, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Over a year ago, I began creating this timeline, intending to track two separate but connected stories: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and more particularly, the large-vessel component of the NSS. The criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The impetus was the upcoming trial — scheduled for August 2019 —Read More

What the Court Said…

What the Court Said…

October 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm

A spectator drew my attention to the published decision in Cape Breton (Regional Municipality) v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General), 2019 NSCA 77. That was the CBRM’s attempt to get the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to overturn the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s (NSUARB) decision in the case ofRead More