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Why Does CBRM Have A Partisan Political Spokesperson?

Why Does CBRM Have A Partisan Political Spokesperson?

January 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm

You may have heard that the Spectator locked horns this week with Christina Lamey, whose LinkedIn profile describes her as a “Communications Advisor at Cape Breton Regional Municipality – Mayor’s Office.” Lamey has a habit of ignoring my emails and when I confronted her about it at Saturday’s port meeting,Read More

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Chief McIsaac Invokes (and Ignores) the Sub Judice Rule

January 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

I’ve been doing some reading about the sub judice rule — you know it, I’m sure you do, it’s the rule invoked by public officials who say, “I can’t comment on that, it’s before the courts.” My research was inspired by Cape Breton Regional Police Services Chief Peter McIsaac, who bothRead More

More Cops, Less Crime? Not Necessarily…

More Cops, Less Crime? Not Necessarily…

January 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has more police officers than it can afford. Don’t look at me, I’m not the one who said it—it’s the considered opinion of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Task Force, or The Mayor’s Task Force, a group formed in 2013 to “make recommendations regarding theRead More

Divided Nations: Canada Ducks Disarmament Challenge

Divided Nations: Canada Ducks Disarmament Challenge

January 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

On December 23 – the day after US President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his intent to “greatly strengthen and expand” American “nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes” – the United Nations General Assembly voted to open negotiations next year on a treaty outlawingRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

Say Something if You See Something “Say Something if You See Something” is the name of a new human trafficking and sexual exploitation “education and awareness” program launched by the Halifax Police and the RCMP and targeted at workers in the hospitality and transport sectors. The name of the campaignRead More

Food Banks or Guaranteed Annual Income?

Food Banks or Guaranteed Annual Income?

January 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

In July 2011, Elaine Power wrote a scathing account of food banks in The Globe and Mail, declaring “they have become a serious obstacle in the fight against poverty” and “it was time to close them down.” Power, at the time an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology andRead More

Empty Classes: A Week in the Life of a Labor Dispute

Empty Classes: A Week in the Life of a Labor Dispute

December 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm

The most insightful comment I’ve heard about developments this week in the dispute between the Nova Scotia government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) came from a former union organizer of my acquaintance, who said the government’s decision to lock students out amazed her: One of the hardest things aboutRead More

‘Whatever Happened to Learning Being an Adventure?’

‘Whatever Happened to Learning Being an Adventure?’

December 7, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Before writing a word about the workplace conditions of Nova Scotia teachers, there is something I need to say: everything I know about the Nova Scotia school system is based on having passed through it as a student in the 1970s. In other words, I know bupkis (to borrow a termRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

December 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm

This Content Is Not Sponsored Running a fledgling online news operation on a subscription basis is not without its challenges but it has some big benefits — I don’t have to fill my pages with “sponsored content,” my entire front page will never be given over to an advertisement and IRead More

Protests in support of teachers at Nova Scotia's Province House (Photo via Twitter)

Dr StrangeJob: Corporal Punishment

December 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

We’d all do well to start over again, preferably with kindergarten. – Kurt Vonnegut The education system in Cape Breton needs a lesson plan. The P-12 system is in chaos, NSCC faculty are more than two years without a contract and the CBU Board of Governors has placed its presidentRead More