Poverty

Hugh Segal (Photo by Milan Ilnyckyj / CC0 https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/)

Hugh Segal Wants to Turn CERB to GAI

June 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

This past week, I listened to a podcast from the Conference Board of Canada’s “Bright Future” series featuring my old friend (meaning, someone I quote frequently), Hugh Segal, who has for years (since he “had hair”) been a fierce proponent of guaranteed annual income (GAI). Asked by host Michael BassettRead More

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Failing the Homeless and Vulnerable

April 22, 2020 at 11:20 am

“We need firstly some very basic things happening. We need access to portable toilets in our communities, so people can at least go to the bathroom, with wash stations so they can sanitize.” — Janet Bickerton, Ally Centre of Cape Breton, 30 March 2020, CBC interview   As noted above,Read More

Timely Lessons from Ontario’s BI Trial

Timely Lessons from Ontario’s BI Trial

April 22, 2020 at 11:18 am

I had started to write this column before I’d heard news of the horrendous shooting incident in our province. Nothing I could write would have any effect on those whose lives have been lost, those who were injured or those who are left to mourn. Least of all, would anyRead More

COVID-19 Makes the Case for GAI

COVID-19 Makes the Case for GAI

April 8, 2020 at 2:44 pm

The key word heard most since the COVID-19 virus took over our lives is “together” and, in the final analysis, if we don’t overcome this “together” by strictly following all the rules that have been set out for us by competent people who struggle to make us aware of justRead More

Kentville Sanitorium and area. (Richard McCully Aerial Photograph Collection, NS Archives, 1931)

Self-Isolation Week 3: Remembering TB

April 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

All the discussion around the recent corona virus pandemic and the fallout from it that’s affected hundreds of thousands in all parts of the world got me thinking about a disease that struck my own family and was treated in a very different manner. That would be tuberculosis, and manyRead More

Dr. Martin Luther King, August 28, 1963. Photo by NARA - National Archives, CC0, By NARA https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60402418https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60402418

A Lift Out of Poverty, No Strings Attached

January 22, 2020 at 1:49 pm

The term ‘utopia’ — the way we use it today, to refer to an ideal but unattainable state — comes from the book of the same name, written by Sir (Saint) Thomas More in 1516. The form is political critique disguised as fantasy disguised as travelogue. More casts himself asRead More

St Jean-Baptiste et les pharisiens by James Tissot - Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008, 00.159.47_PS2.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10195815

Virtuous Vipers?

December 18, 2019 at 12:45 pm

On 7 November 2011, Pope Benedict XVI was presented with the first printed copy of the revised English edition of the Roman Missal by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. I have admitted to not being very happy with the translation and as the years have gone by I still hearRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

Don Mills I read Don Mills’ recent opinion piece in the Chronicle Herald because I thought Don Mills was a mixed-use neighborhood in Toronto and was intrigued by what it might have to say about well…anything. My disappointment in discovering Don Mills was actually just a person was lessened whenRead More

Minimalism: A (Pseudo) Ethical Lifestyle

Minimalism: A (Pseudo) Ethical Lifestyle

November 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Last month, I considered the surprising popularity of the KonMari method of organizing our homes, and argued that the attractiveness of this approach to decluttering results, at least in part, from our recognition of our disordered relationship with our stuff, and that this disordered relationship negatively affects our lives. WhatRead More

Top row: Jaime Battiste, Michelle Dockrill, Clive Doucet, Lois Foster. 
2nd row: Randy Joy, Billy Joyce, Mike Kelloway, Darlene LeBlanc, 
3rd row: Archie MacKinnon, Alfie MacLeod, Kenzie MacNeil, Jodi McDavid
4rth row Eddie Orrell, Laurie Suitor

The Election Issue: Introduction

October 16, 2019 at 12:06 pm

For the last regular edition of the Cape Breton Spectator before Monday’s federal election, I decided to ask each of my regular contributors to submit a question I could pose — along with one of my own — to all the candidates in the Sydney-Victoria and Cape Breton-Canso ridings. SomeRead More