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

Garden Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 3

Garden 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

Food Banks or Guaranteed Annual Income?

Food Banks or Guaranteed Annual Income?

January 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

In July 2011, Elaine Power wrote a scathing account of food banks in The Globe and Mail, declaring “they have become a serious obstacle in the fight against poverty” and “it was time to close them down.” Power, at the time an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology andRead More

CBRM to Host Canada’s First Arena/Casino/Library?

CBRM to Host Canada’s First Arena/Casino/Library?

January 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

A gentleman of my acquaintance can’t watch CTV’s Steve Murphy deliver the news without yelling at the television screen. I have a similar relationship with The Cape Breton Post. I don’t necessarily yell, often I simply ask it questions, questions I think its reporters should ask but don’t. Take thatRead More

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

How Calgary Floods Changed Canadian Insurance

December 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Not having been affected by the rain storm that hit the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this past Thanksgiving, I had the luxury of learning about the difference between “overland flooding” and “sewer backup” weeks later, over a beer with a friend whose basement had flooded. The woman sent by hisRead More

Canadian House of Commons (Photo via Wikiwand)

I’m Ready to Have My Say About Our Democracy!

December 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm

With all this talk of education in the air, is it any wonder I decided to prepare myself for the moment the Canadian government would consult my opinion on electoral reform? Folks, I READ THE REPORT. No word of lie, I played seasonal music, drank coffee and read the ReportRead More

The CBRM, Its Records and What the CBC Saw

The CBRM, Its Records and What the CBC Saw

November 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

Did you see that 28 October 2016 story by the CBC’s Paul Withers about the CBRM and its consultants? It was the oddest thing. The “news” was that the CBRM has no record of the work done for it by the first pair of consultants it hired to promote theRead More

Donald Trump, Las Vegas, Feb. 2016 By https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

US Election: Looking On In Disbelief

November 2, 2016 at 5:24 am

Perhaps the only thing uniting the electorate of the United States in the last days before our presidential election is a sort of bemused disbelief at where we are and how we got here. Calls for imprisoning political opponents, refusals to accept election results, and unabashed jingoism are actions AmericansRead More