Black mustard seed. Photo by Sanjay Acharya, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66997861

Winter Greens

November 9, 2022 at 12:45 pm

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 13 November 2019.   What to do this week The garden is just about done for the year, but already I want to keep the taste of something fresh in my kitchen. Fortunately this year it is not too late to bring someRead More

Showing the Flag?

Showing the Flag?

March 2, 2022 at 10:50 am

I mentioned in last week’s edition that I’d seen a video of Cape Breton Regional Police Services (CBRPS) officer distributing Canadian flags to a group of local “Freedom” protesters in front of MP Mike Kelloway’s office in Dominion. I asked CBRPS spokesperson Desiree Magnus about the incident last Wednesday morningRead More

NS COVID Update for 16 December 2020

NS COVID Update for 16 December 2020

December 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

Briefing Both Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang began today’s briefing by expressing condolences to the families of the fishermen on a scallop vessel that went missing in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of southwestern Nova Scotia Tuesday. The body of one crew member of the ChiefRead More

Sydney’s Casino at 25: Municipal Jackpot?

Sydney’s Casino at 25: Municipal Jackpot?

October 21, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Editor’s Note: Sydney’s casino turns 25 this month and to mark its quarter-century, Rob Csernyik takes an in-depth look at the promises — and realities — of casino gambling in Cape Breton. In Part II, he focuses on the casino’s record for charitable contributions and job creation and explores theRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, COVID-19 Update, 7 April 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 7 April 2020

April 7, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Daily briefing Nova Scotia has recorded its first COVID-19-related death, a woman in her 70s with underlying conditions. The provincial press release said only that the death was recorded in the Eastern Health Zone, but during the question period at today’s briefing, it became clear she was a patient atRead 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

Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (Source: Facebook)

Convictions: The Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

December 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Author’s Note: Since September 2018, I have been reporting on the extraordinary story of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven (KBP7), a group of veteran anti-nuclear Catholic activists currently awaiting sentencing for acts of non-violent ‘symbolic disarmament’ at the Kings Bay Trident submarine base in Georgia, home to America’s East CoastRead More

Kim Campbell featured on the cover of Chatelaine Magazine as Woman of the Year. (Source: www.kimcampbell.com)

Yes, Ms. Minister

November 27, 2019 at 11:02 am

The Halifax International Security Forum took place in Halifax this past weekend and raised a few eyebrows when it became public that an all-male panel would be holding forth on women’s contribution to that industry. Is it possible that those responsible for choosing participants for that particular panel decided thatRead More

Source: Home Care, Nova Scotia

A Helping Hand at Home

October 30, 2019 at 1:47 pm

A 6 September 1989 headline in the Cape Breton Post reading ‘Home care program finally reaches C.B.’ announced the arrival of home care in Cape Breton, with 10 designated agencies across the Island and provincial funding being provided for the first time. Colleen Chisholm, regional coordinator of the home careRead More

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