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The Poor We Have Always With Us?

The Poor We Have Always With Us?

February 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

First, some numbers: according to Statistics Canada, in 2016, Canadian households spent, on average, $8,784.00 on food, 26% of that on restaurant meals. In Nova Scotia last year, a single woman on social assistance received $532.00 for housing, $275.00 as a personal allowance and $36.00 for drugs, medical and transportation.Read More

Cecil Clarke (Source: http://www.cecilclarke.ca/)

Off and Actually Running

February 7, 2018 at 11:46 am

One of the great advantages of citing I.F. Stone as an influence when you launch a news publication is that you never have to attend a political event — no press conferences, no port announcements, no chamber of commerce luncheons, no public meetings. Stone’s journalism was based entirely on theRead More

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

January 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. You can read Part I here.   “[T]he annexation was not legal according to BritishRead More

Worried About the Future of Canadian Media? Join Our Discussion!

Worried About the Future of Canadian Media? Join Our Discussion!

November 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Thursday night’s Cinema Politica screening of Shadows of Liberty and the subsequent panel discussion were always going to be interesting but events this week just cranked that “interesting” level up to 11. The 2013 documentary, which screens at 6:00PM at the McConnell Library in Sydney, is directed by Canada’s Jean-Philippe TremblayRead More

What Does Report on Atlantic Canadian Immigration Say About Cape Breton?

What Does Report on Atlantic Canadian Immigration Say About Cape Breton?

November 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) has digested months of hearings, testimony from 55 witnesses and briefs from 11 individuals or organizations into a final report on Atlantic Canadian immigration. The report itself has 24 recommendations but there is also a “dissenting opinion” from the Conservative membersRead More

Photo by Bogdan. [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Counting Down to Cannabis Legalization in Victoria County

November 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: In a shining example of cooperation between independent news sources, the Spectator is pleased to present a story from this week’s Victoria Standard. If you like what you read, consider subscribing — you can even get a paper version.   With federal legalization of recreational cannabis less thanRead More

Senator Dan Christmas. (Photo by Stephen Brake courtesy of Ku'ku'kwes News http://kukukwes.com/)

TRC Symposium: Heeding the Calls to Action

September 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Three days of listening to the wide array of speakers at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Call to Action Symposium in Membertou from 12-15 September left me feeling hopeful for continued efforts and commitments to change in this province. As Chief Sidney Peters of Glooscap First Nation said, “WeRead More

RCGS Resolute deck pool. (Photo courtesy OOE)

Like Shackleton, Only With Complimentary Fruit Baskets

August 2, 2017 at 11:40 am

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), purveyor of luxury Arctic and Antarctic wildlife cruises, hopes to make Sydney its home port, so I thought I’d try to get to know the company a little better. Obviously, the best way would be to take a cruise, but one look at the rates putRead More

Obligatory photo of Cabot Trail.

Housekeeping: Please Re-Subscribe to Our Newsletter

February 8, 2017 at 7:47 am

It’s been brought to the Spectator’s attention that the weekly newsletter is getting caught in Gmail’s spam filter [waves fist in Google’s general direction, says “Why I oughta…”]. To solve the problem (and deal with other newsletter-related housekeeping matters), I’ve decided to start from scratch and ask people to signRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 3

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 3

January 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm

What to do this week: So now that the seeds are ordered, let’s plan those windowsills. Onions get the first rotation on the best windowsill. Best means warmth and light. You can plant onions by mid-FEBRUARY. You can also start new perennial flowers then. I tell you, compared to buyingRead More