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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

March 20, 2019 at 10:22 am

This week, I decided to focus my attention on two (luckily related) stories I’m interested in. Stories I’ve been following for years (eight years for one, one year for the other) but following in a kind of hit-and-miss way. Like I was watching Game of Thrones, but only when IRead More

Ice Wall, Irish Vale, 2019. Cape Breton Spectator photo.

Ice Walls of Yesteryear

March 20, 2019 at 10:19 am

As of Saturday, the Great Ice Wall of Irish Vale (and the Lesser Ice Wall of Irish Cove) were still attracting visitors (although no one has yet had the sense to start selling hot chocolate and popcorn, a great entrepreneurial opportunity lost in my opinion). I had thought the mediaRead...

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part I)

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part I)

March 13, 2019 at 11:58 am

Note: This is the first of two articles about the recent firing of three Cape Breton Regional Police Service officers and I’m going to begin by saying there is much I do not know about this case — and I’m using the term “this case” to encompass both former ConstableRead More

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part II)

They Fire Whistleblowers, Don’t They? (Part II)

March 13, 2019 at 11:56 am

Note: This is the second of two articles on the recent firing of three Cape Breton Regional Police Service officers. You can read Part I here — and you probably should because we’re just going to dive right in where we left off.   Were the cops involved the staffkenneyRead More

Source: CBC

Mount Cashel, 30 Years Later

March 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm

How many Catholics, I wonder, of those who continue to attend Mass at least weekly — praying, singing, listening to homilies and participating in the Eucharist — ever give serious thought to the ongoing and possibly greatest scandal in the Catholic Church’s history? Is it a case of “I’m alrightRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 18, 2019 at 11:10 am

Sister City A sharp-eyed Spectator drew my attention to an odd little fact in that terrible story of the Canadian sentenced to death in China. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a 36-year-old from Abbotsford, BC, was arrested in 2014 and found guilty in 2016 of participating in a drug ring that soughtRead More

No More Lip Service for George H. W. Bush (Part I)

No More Lip Service for George H. W. Bush (Part I)

January 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

Editor’s Note: Spectator contributor Sean Howard begins the New Year with a two-part consideration of the actual legacy — both domestic and global — of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. This month, in Part I, Howard considers Bush’s domestic missteps.   The death ofRead More

Talkin’ Bout Remuneration Part IV

Talkin’ Bout Remuneration Part IV

December 5, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Editor’s Note: Mayor Cecil Clarke’s contention that discussing council remuneration in camera (and treating elected officials as “personnel”) is a longstanding CBRM practice sent me scuttling to the “CBRM Mayor and Council” clippings file at the McConnell library, to research some of the remuneration (and related) issues council has dealt withRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 30, 2018 at 11:33 am

Slouching toward Green Cove? I happened to visit the Never Forgotten National Memorial website in the course of  researching another story this past week, and was fascinated (and by “fascinated” I mean “terrified”) to discover that Mother Canada is still out there like some rough beast, waiting for its hourRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

In camera The CBC’s Tom Ayers doesn’t seem to like closed doors any more than I do and this week he kicked one open (figuratively, not literally) at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Ayers reported on Thursday that the CBRM Council has discussed its own compensation in secret four timesRead More