Meta Faces Potential Class Action Lawsuit

Meta Faces Potential Class Action Lawsuit

January 12, 2022 at 12:49 pm

Since last we spoke of Dartmouth-based Meta Materials, it has become the target of both a scathing short-seller’s report and a potential class action lawsuit. Both developments were reported in the local mainstream press — by SaltWire’s Newfoundland-based Barbara Dean-Simmons and the CBC’s Paul Withers — which I note because neitherRead More

Meta Materials Goes to Vegas

Meta Materials Goes to Vegas

January 12, 2022 at 12:47 pm

CES 2022, this year’s iteration of the annual consumer electronics trade show that bills itself as “the most influential tech event in the world,” was a “beast,” according to Tech Crunch, despite COVID concerns that cut in-person attendance to 40,000 from 180,000 in 2019 and caused some major companies —Read More

Biotech Dreams

Biotech Dreams

April 14, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Ever since reading Linda McQuaig on Connaught Labs — the “public” lab that McQuaig argues, convincingly, could have helped Canada fight the COVID-19 pandemic had it not been privatized by the Mulroney government in the ’80s — I’ve been thinking about the value of publicly owned businesses and looking atRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

Editor’s Note: I had to make a trip to the Annapolis Valley on short notice yesterday and thought I’d simply be able to post Fast & Curious — which I’d written on Thursday — from the road. But time and circumstance worked against me, which is why you are seeingRead More

CRISPR-Cas9 is a customizable tool that lets scientists cut and insert small pieces of DNA at precise areas along a DNA strand. This lets scientists study our genes in a specific, targeted way.
Credit: Ernesto del Aguila III, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH (Public Domain)

Genetic Scissors: Thoughts on Gene Editing

October 14, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Jennifer A. Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the gene-editing tool now known as CRISPR/Cas9. This award has drawn the public’s attention to a technique that has been of interest (and concern) to bioethicists for several years — certainly sinceRead More

Artist's rendering of new CBRL Central Library. 2019.

On the Waterfront Part I

March 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

I have been trying to determine how, exactly, we decided to locate the new CBRM central library on the Sydney waterfront and as best I can figure, it happened like this:   Architectural & Facility Planning In June 2011, the Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL) Board initiated a study toRead More

Ice Wall, Irish Vale, 2019. Cape Breton Spectator photo.

Ice Walls of Yesteryear

March 20, 2019 at 10:19 am

As of Saturday, the Great Ice Wall of Irish Vale (and the Lesser Ice Wall of Irish Cove) were still attracting visitors (although no one has yet had the sense to start selling hot chocolate and popcorn, a great entrepreneurial opportunity lost in my opinion). I had thought the mediaRead More

Cold Takes: Pokémon Go

Cold Takes: Pokémon Go

January 30, 2019 at 11:47 am

Editor’s Note: In keeping with my chosen mode of journalism — slow — I’m starting a new feature called Cold Takes in which I’ll revisit a person, place, thing or issue that was at some point the subject of multiple media “hot takes” but has since vanished from the headlines. The idea struckRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 25, 2019 at 9:45 am

Deep Dives The banner across the top of this morning’s Cape Breton Post gave me pause, I’ll admit it: The SaltWire Deep Dives: Looking at the Doctor Shortage in Atlantic Canada. Today: Where are all the doctors? “Deep dives?” I thought. “That’s my thing.” I was nervous, but I hadRead More

Anthony Housefather, Bill C-404

Surrogacy: A Conversation Whose Time Has Come

June 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm

‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,’ is a line from Alexander Pope’s 1711 poem, “An Essay on Criticism,” although I first heard it as a line in a Johnny Mercer song recorded by Frank Sinatra. Perhaps I risk identifying myself as a fool by discussing a topic likeRead More