Society

Cecil Clarke’s Chopstick Diplomacy & Other Seasonal Highlights

Cecil Clarke’s Chopstick Diplomacy & Other Seasonal Highlights

January 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm

The Cape Breton Post was very good to CBRM Mayor (and potential provincial Tory leadership candidate) Cecil Clarke this Christmas. It allowed him to “open up” about his publicly funded trip to China in back-to-back articles on December 19 and 20. It helped puzzled Cape Bretoners decide what they should buyRead More

Women Versus the Bomb

Women Versus the Bomb

January 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

In 1729, the Irish satirist Jonathan Swift made “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick.” There was, Swift’s imperialist Protestant persona reasoned, a “fair, cheap and easy method”Read More

Source: Vatican News

Pope Francis: Advocating for the Poor, Making Enemies

January 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Pope Francis came to the papacy as an outsider, a non-European and the first Jesuit elected leader of the world’s Catholics. He very quickly gave up many of the traditional trappings of the papacy and encouraged — even required — those of us who have more to share with theRead More

"Last Judgment", Jan Mandyn, 1550 (Cropped)

It’s Christmas: Time to Talk About the Apocalypse

December 20, 2017 at 11:48 am

The Catholic Church divides the liturgical year into six seasons, the first of which, Advent, lasts four weeks (this year only three full weeks) and has what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops describes as a “twofold character”: a season during which Catholics prepare to celebrate the birth ofRead More

Trampoline, YMCA, Sydney, NS. May 1973.

Photo Feature: Faces From the Cape Breton Highlander

December 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

I’ve been going through old photos from the Cape Breton Highlander and decided to share some of them with you in this last Spectator issue of 2017. Many of them are the work of photographer Ray Doucet. I asked John Campbell, who was the editor of the Highlander (and isRead More

By EFF-Graphics (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 us (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

You Can’t Be Neutral About Net Neutrality

December 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

There has been something of a battle raging in the headlines lately over Net Neutrality. I could not guess how many internet users know what Net Neutrality is or have a sense of what it means to them personally but I feel fairly confident in saying not enough people areRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

Resign to Run? Resign to run laws are pretty self-explanatory: if you hold public office and wish to run for another public office, you must first resign the office you hold.  Five US states (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and Texas) and several cities (including Dallas, Philadelphia and Phoenix) have them.Read More

Mr. D. Buckley and another sports fisherman, salmon fishing the Margaree River, N.S., W.R. MacAskill, photographer, ca. 1927; NSA, W.R. MacAskill fonds, 1987-453 no. 3622 (scan 200311368)

Saving the Margaree: Skip the Helicopters, Do the Science

December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Editor’s Note: A version of this article has appeared in The Inverness Oran and the Nova Scotia Advocate. The last leaves have fallen to the forest floor, and as I look out across my little forested valley, I would like to take this time to respond to the Margaree Salmon Association’sRead...

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I recently explored an intriguing thought experiment with my students. As we saw several columns ago, thought experiments are employed by philosophers because they offer us a way of making difficult philosophical concepts both accessible and concrete, changing them, in the process, from abstract ideas into ones that we canRead More

The Lost Art of Nuclear Arms Control

The Lost Art of Nuclear Arms Control

November 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm

On 8 December 1987, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty eliminating all ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometers. As the leaders shook hands in Washington, 2,692 such missiles were deployed across Europe, each armed withRead More