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Sculptor Timothy Schmalz with his work 'Angels Unawares' Photo: Facebook

Angels Unawares

October 2, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Timothy Schmalz, a renowned Canadian sculptor, has a reputation for producing pieces of art that are influenced by the Bible, including “Homeless Jesus,” a sculpture of a man sleeping on a park bench, wrapped in a blanket and identifiable as Jesus by the wounds on his bare feet. The workRead More

Red dress, Potlotek First Nation, 9 June 2019

MMIWG: Two-Eyed Seeing

August 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles about the conclusions of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry. You can read the first one here, the second here, the third here and the fourth here.   How might reclaiming the rightful “power andRead More

An unidentified man stands by stacks of pitchblende concentrate awaiting shipment at Port Radium in 1939. Photo: Richard Finnie via NWT Archives https://www.nwttimeline.ca/1925/Popups/photo3_eldorado.htm

Canada’s Uranium Highway: Victims and Perpetrators

August 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

On numerous occasions in recent decades, Canadian governments have apologized for a host of egregious wrongdoings. While such words of contrition are too often unaccompanied by adequate actions, they can help make visible, as Trudeau argued in his 2017 apology, the “hard truths” Canadian society needs to confront. Yet theRead More

Bishop Brian Dunn becomes Co-Adjutor Archbishop, Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, July 5, 2019 St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax. photo: Aurea Sadi, Archdiocese Halifax-Yarmouth http://www.antigonishdiocese.com/index.php/news-to-you/our-blog/156-papalappointment2019

In Search of A Bishop: Who Need Not Apply?

August 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm

Amid the visions of airports and helipads, plus suggestions that Cape Breton should be a new province, a new territory or a partner with Membertou, and the publication of the financial position in which the CBRM finds itself, CBU Professor Tom Urbaniak’s notion that the seat of the Diocese ofRead More

Girls heading to Kamp Beaver photo: Beaton Insitute Archives https://beatoninstitute.com/girls-go-to-camp-

Once a North Ender, Always a North Ender

June 26, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Believe it or not, summer is officially here and tourists, as well as former residents of our fair city, will be coming to Cape Breton. The latter group, especially if they grew up in the North End of Sydney, will definitely drive or walk around their old neighborhood during theirRead More

Acedia By T.B. Jackson-Williams. CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27433194

Acedia and Me (and You)

June 12, 2019 at 11:19 am

Several columns ago, I considered the difficulties a number of students seem to be experiencing, and noted that, when I discuss their situation with my colleagues, they have identified many of the same issues with their own students. The two most marked features of stress some of my students displayRead More

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The Moose That Didn’t Need Culling

June 12, 2019 at 11:17 am

Kudos to the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry for providing information from the March 2019 moose population survey to the public in a timely manner, through stories in the media.  The 2019 survey in Cape Breton included participants from the Lands and Forestry, Parks Canada, the Unama’ki InstituteRead More

Bill and Melinda Gates (source: The Giving Pledge website)

Sharing the Wealth

June 5, 2019 at 11:04 am

You may have noticed that some American billionaires are actually anxious to give away some of those billions to help those who fall, well, billions short of having a half-decent chance at something even close to the good life. Are the guys with the big bucks “bucking for the finals”Read More

Akademik Ioffe, Gulf of Boothia. (Source: Nunatsiaq News https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/tsb-continues-its-look-august-2018-cruise-ship-grounding-in-nunavut/)

One Ocean, One Ship

May 22, 2019 at 11:08 am

If you were wondering why Andrew Prossin of One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), the Canadian cruise line specializing in Arctic and Antarctic cruises, canceled his keynote address at Sydney’s Port Days this year, you may have gotten your answer this morning: The Russian Academy of Sciences P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology,Read More

Stained-glass window, McConnell Library, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Spectator photo)

Phalen Returns to Public Works as Library Stalls

May 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I just watched last week’s CBRM general committee debate over funding for the new central library and heard Mayor Cecil Clarke declare the project “dead” because the federal government has not come through with its share of the funding (either for a programming and internal operations study or for theRead More