Law

Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

September 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

“No policies in human history have more deserved to be recognized as immoral. Or insane. … Whether Americans, Russians, and other humans can rise to the challenge of reversing these policies and eliminating the danger of near-term extinction caused by their own inventions and proclivities remains to be seen. IRead More

The Whalley Trial Part I: Setting the Scene

The Whalley Trial Part I: Setting the Scene

August 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

The Whalley Trial Part II: Jerry Ryan Takes the Stand

The Whalley Trial Part II: Jerry Ryan Takes the Stand

August 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

The Whalley Trial Part III: Three (Not So Easy) Pieces

The Whalley Trial Part III: Three (Not So Easy) Pieces

August 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Editor’s Note: John Whalley, the former Economic Development Manager of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is suing the CBRM for constructive dismissal. The case finally came to trial from 20-24 August 2018 and the Spectator was there. We’re presenting our coverage in a series of articles because the trialRead More

The Whalley Suit: What’s It All About?

The Whalley Suit: What’s It All About?

August 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

If you are reading this after 10:00 AM on Wednesday morning, then I am currently in court, watching the proceedings in former CBRM Economic Development Manager John Whalley’s civil suit against the municipality for constructive dismissal. Given that the trial, which is being presided over by Justice Patrick Murray, isRead...

For Catholics, Truth Often Stranger than Fiction

For Catholics, Truth Often Stranger than Fiction

August 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

Summer is considered the best time for light reading, not for serious books that could actually destroy a beautiful sunny day on the beach or the deck, but I recently dove into Crimes of the Father, the 2015 novel by the prolific Irish-Australian author Thomas Keneally. Right off the bat,Read More

Transforming Nova Scotia’s Social Assistance Program

Transforming Nova Scotia’s Social Assistance Program

July 25, 2018 at 11:40 am

I’ve been trying to think of an analogy for Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) program and so far this is the best I’ve come up with: The government decides that while 13 years of public school is optimal for Nova Scotian students, it is only going toRead More

Anthony Housefather, Bill C-404

Surrogacy: A Conversation Whose Time Has Come

June 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm

‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,’ is a line from Alexander Pope’s 1711 poem, “An Essay on Criticism,” although I first heard it as a line in a Johnny Mercer song recorded by Frank Sinatra. Perhaps I risk identifying myself as a fool by discussing a topic likeRead More

Constance Backhouse

Brunching with Constance Backhouse

May 30, 2018 at 11:51 am

Constance Backhouse spoke during a brunch sponsored by the Ally Centre of Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Inter-Agency on Family Violence on Friday. Backhouse is a legal scholar, historian, author, professor, activist and the sort of feminist I remember from my ’70s childhood — that is, an unabashed one.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

Equalization Nation Estimates put turnout for an equalization protest in front of the Provincial Building in Sydney on Wednesday at upwards of 600. Protest organizers, members of the advocacy group Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness, have to be happy with those numbers — their message is finally starting to resonateRead More