Poverty

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

November 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

The Calculus of Cold As part of my Northern Immersion experience, my daughter and I keep Nunavut CBC on all the time. This means that more than 50% of the programming is in Inuktitut, a language said to be the second most difficult in the world to learn, next toRead More

Female Deacons: Now or Never?

Female Deacons: Now or Never?

November 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Were you aware that St. Francis of Assisi was a deacon? He had never wanted to be ordained to the priesthood, and when he explained to those in charge exactly what he wanted to do, which was simply to serve the poor, he was advised that he should be ordainedRead More

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

October 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

Earlier this year, the idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) was in the news, including in The Cape Breton Spectator where yours truly wrote about Ontario’s plan to “launch a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes forRead...

Lose Your Job, Go to the Food Bank?

Lose Your Job, Go to the Food Bank?

October 11, 2017 at 11:51 am

This past Saturday found me driving along Route 4 listening to commercial radio. (I know what you’re thinking: did last Saturday also find you breathing and blinking at regular intervals? Did it find you wearing shoes? But you have to understand, I haven’t owned a car or listened to commercialRead More

Friendship. (Photo by Rufino, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Ethicist: Ally, Role Model, Indifferent or Dementor?

October 11, 2017 at 11:49 am

I recently attended an ethics conference which addressed the question of how healthcare organizations and other social institutions should respond to cultural, religious, and sexual diversity in their patients, students and staff. One of the speakers was particularly interesting for me, because her talk was focused on ways in whichRead More

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

Letter to the Editor: Myth of Representative Government

October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

Has anyone else wondered why our political leaders at every level of government give lip service to representing the constituents they seek support from only when they are campaigning for office or forming the political opposition in the legislature? Ritually, leaders of political parties promise and promise and promise someRead More

Public Housing & the Single, Non-Senior

Public Housing & the Single, Non-Senior

July 26, 2017 at 11:45 am

Editor’s Note: This is an article I’ve been working on for over a month now and it barely scratches the surface of the issue it deals with, namely, the housing problems faced by single, non-seniors in the CBRM. If you have information to add or angles you’d like to seeRead More

The Ethicist: Rawls, Hobbes & the Zombie Apocalypse

The Ethicist: Rawls, Hobbes & the Zombie Apocalypse

July 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Have you ever asked yourself why the world is the way it is? When I ask this question, I don’t mean to refer to what we consider to be scientific truths, such as the law of gravity or the existence of neutrinos; I mean questions like: Why are some peopleRead More

Hunger & Homelessness: Urban Answers to Urban Problems

Hunger & Homelessness: Urban Answers to Urban Problems

June 7, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Hunger and homelessness are urban problems being tackled in interesting ways in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. In Edinburgh, for example, “social entrepreneurs” Josh Littlejohn and Alice Thomson have launched Social Bite, a chain of soup and sandwich shops where customers can pay “for a coffee or a sandwichRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 2, 2017 at 11:17 am

B’Spoke Apparel: Addendum In this week’s edition, I reviewed some recently awarded CBRM tenders, including one for clothing for Transit Authority employees that was won by B’Spoke Apparel of Halifax. I noted that B’Spoke is owned by 180 Moda which is owned by Taura Lee (aka Taura Publicover). Here’s theRead More