Society

Dr. StrangeJob Is Mad as Hell

Dr. StrangeJob Is Mad as Hell

September 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

It just isn’t funny anymore Dr StrangeJob is angry! Every level of government—federal, provincial and municipal—is currently under scrutiny for questionable spending of taxpayer dollars: the recent federal staff relocation reimbursements, the latest provincial MLA frivolous self-promotional kitsch, the Guysborough County expense scandal and the ombudsman’s Richmond County expense claimRead More

Poverty Reduction: Poverty as Public Health Problem

Poverty Reduction: Poverty as Public Health Problem

September 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Is there a link between poverty and public health? “Definitely,” says Monika Dutt, a family doctor and medical officer of health with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in the CBRM. “It’s always been there, but I think now there’s more and more evidence to really show there is a clearRead More

Payday Loans Revisited

Payday Loans Revisited

September 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm

I had intended to update my payday loans story when I heard back from the provincial government and the local Sydney credit union on the subject. If you read the original piece, you’ll know much of it was devoted to a consideration of pilot projects being tested by credit unionsRead More

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Sacred Honor & Lizard Brains: Let’s Talk NATO

September 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Since the end of the Cold War, discussion of nuclear disarmament has been conspicuous by its absence from US politics—and, indeed, from debate and coverage in most countries. While the dangers of nuclear proliferation receive more attention, the intimate link between banning the Bomb and preventing its spread is rarelyRead More

Meet the HAT’s ‘Particularly Excellent’ Hilary Scott

Meet the HAT’s ‘Particularly Excellent’ Hilary Scott

August 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Since its inception two years ago, The Highland Arts Theatre has featured topnotch dancing, acting and singing but a special joy for me has been the consistently delightful work of actor Hilary Scott. Her memorable recent performances include “a bewitching Robyn” in Wesley Crawford’s Dream and “a particularly excellent MarilynRead More

Match of the Day: Derby vs. Flea Market

Match of the Day: Derby vs. Flea Market

August 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Let me be clear, right off the top: I am a big fan of the CBRM’s roller derby girls. They are that rare combination of fierce and kind, as Ali MacDougall (or Rollin’ Stone, as she’s known on the track) can attest: “Roller derby is the strangest sport,” says MacDougall.Read More

Pondering the P3 School Problem

Pondering the P3 School Problem

August 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Nova Scotia’s mania for public-private-partnership (P3) school construction was brief—more of an episode than an illness—but what an expensive episode it was. It started in 1997 and ended in 2000 officially, but the 39 schools built under the P3 banner were the subject of 20-year leases, so the P3 programRead More

Poverty Reduction: Ending the Payday Loan Cycle

Poverty Reduction: Ending the Payday Loan Cycle

August 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been reading a document from the Tamarack Institute this week. It’s called 10—A Guide for Cities Reducing Poverty and it was presented during the Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead conference in Edmonton in February. I borrowed CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s copy. (JUST KIDDING! He didn’t attend. I haveRead More

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Assisted Suicide Not ‘Death by Doctor’

August 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

If Murray Lewis, editor of Good Times, the magazine for retirees which comes 10 times a year with your Cape Breton Post subscription, wanted to introduce a little shock and awe into the assisted death debate, he probably succeeded in his editorial in the July/August edition. He strongly criticizes theRead More

Welcome to the Cape Breton Spectator!

Welcome to the Cape Breton Spectator!

August 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

There will be no hesitation to become involved in controversy if the outcome holds promise of constructive achievement for Cape Breton. — Prospectus, The Highlander Press Company Ltd., October 1962 I tried to dig the truth out of hearings, official transcripts and government documents, and to be as accurate asRead More