Society

While You’re Re-Designing that Building, Why Not Make It Better?

While You’re Re-Designing that Building, Why Not Make It Better?

November 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Construction of Sydney businessman Marty Chernin’s mixed-use apartment building on the Sydney waterfront has been postponed again—Chernin told the Post  he now hopes to break ground in Spring of 2017. Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development intends to build on the harbor side of the Esplanade at the foot of Dorchester Street.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

November 30, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Repo Man I took a taxi from the airport recently (did I mention I was in Quebec? Quebec and Ottawa for 10 days in October). I got in late and didn’t like to ask anyone to take that drive out Grand Lake Road at 12:30 a.m. to pick me up.Read More

Sydney VAO Re-Opening: A Victory for Vets

Sydney VAO Re-Opening: A Victory for Vets

November 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

Never having served in the military, I can only image what this victory must feel like. In 2014, Cape Breton vets, like veterans across Canada, lost a valued service and a much- needed lifeline, their Veterans Affairs Office (VAO). Faced with that devastating news, veterans responded to the challenge withRead More

Mike MacKinnon: ‘The Veteran Helps the Veteran’

Mike MacKinnon: ‘The Veteran Helps the Veteran’

November 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

Mike MacKinnon of Sydney Mines remembers the First Gulf War (where he served with the 1st Canadian Field Hospital) and Bosnia (where he served with Quebec’s Royale 22nd Regiment, the Van Doos) like they were yesterday. Ask him what happened last Saturday, though, and he may struggle to respond, hisRead More

The Ethicist: Taxpayers or Citizens?

The Ethicist: Taxpayers or Citizens?

November 2, 2016 at 7:44 am

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the spaces we move through as our days pass and our lives unfold. While we are all familiar with the concept of physical space—the space we navigate as we drive to work, or wheel our shopping carts through Sobey’s—philosophers also draw attention toRead More

Dolores Campbell: Enlightening Summer Reading

Dolores Campbell: Enlightening Summer Reading

October 26, 2016 at 11:04 am

I recall once meeting a retired teacher and asking her how she had spent her summer. Her answer: “Eating, drinking cheap wine and reading trashy novels.” Now that’s a summer! Unfortunately for me, I know someone with a subscription to The New Yorker who drops a dozen copies in frontRead More

The Ethicist: Public versus Private

The Ethicist: Public versus Private

October 12, 2016 at 7:40 am

Why do we allow our politicians and public servants to get away with elevated rhetoric that is not reflected in their actions? (Full disclosure: as a professor, I work in the public sector.) Why, when they are caught in an expense scandal or ignore their own promises, do we letRead More

Bishops’ Attitude To Assisted Death Un-Christian

Bishops’ Attitude To Assisted Death Un-Christian

October 12, 2016 at 7:36 am

It’s not surprising that the Archbishops of Alberta and the Northern Territories would take a stand against assisted death, as outlined in Bill C-14, passed by the Canadian House of Commons in June of this year. In so doing, they are upholding Catholic doctrine that life exists from conception toRead More

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