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Okay, Stop: The Cruise Edition

Okay, Stop: The Cruise Edition

March 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Spring in this neck of the woods can mean robins and peepers and humming birds — they’re coming, don’t you know:   It can mean heavy garbage (the tender has been issued) or the re-opening of the Tasty Treat (Frosty’s now, I guess). But it’s also the time for theRead More

Women pallbearers in Flint, Michigan. Source: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RkYn5M14gY

Reinventing Rites of Passage

March 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm

The late Father Gerry Curry (1934-2019) was ordained in 1960 as a member of the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society and served 15 years in Japan, returning home to Canada in 1975 to become editor of Scarboro Missions Magazine, which he did from 1975-79 and again from 1989-2003. As his obituaryRead More

A ladybug, (Coccinella sp., probably C. septempunctata) with aphids on a weed. Photo by Greyson Orlando CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35279712

Gardening Tips: Put Down the Pesticide!

March 27, 2019 at 12:20 pm

What to do this week There may not be any garden insect pests in view just yet but they are still there. They’re slumbering in the soil or the half-rotten dropped fruit you didn’t get a chance to rake up last fall — all waiting for that first warm dayRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Budget This week, I’m going to focus on the federal budget tabled Tuesday by Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and discuss a couple of points of particular interest to Cape Bretoners. The first is the government’s decision to double (for one year only) the gas-tax revenue available for infrastructure spendingRead More

Archibald's Wharf sign, North Sydney, NS. March 2019. (S. Campbell photo)

Back to Archibald’s Wharf

March 20, 2019 at 10:24 am

Let me begin by saying I do not begrudge Richard Moore and Leslie Wilson, the owners of the Lobster Pound restaurant, their new waterside location in North Sydney. On the contrary, I congratulate them on the location. I think Archibald’s Wharf is a great spot for a restaurant. I thinkRead More

Cover "Get Billy the Kid!" by Caper Games

Get Billy the Kid!

March 20, 2019 at 10:24 am

Billy the Kid was born Henry McCarty in New York in 1859. He made his debut as an outlaw in 1875, stealing clothing from a Chinese laundry. He was arrested but escaped punishment by climbing up a chimney in the jailhouse. Afterward, writes Evan Andrews in “9 Things You MayRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

March 20, 2019 at 10:22 am

This week, I decided to focus my attention on two (luckily related) stories I’m interested in. Stories I’ve been following for years (eight years for one, one year for the other) but following in a kind of hit-and-miss way. Like I was watching Game of Thrones, but only when IRead More

University graduation ceremony, Ottawa. (Photo by Faustin Tuyambaze tfaustin [CC0] https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/
via Wikimedia Commons)

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Child’s Place in University

March 20, 2019 at 10:21 am

I have been thinking a lot about John Rawls’ theory of justice, in part because I am working with a fourth-year student on her honor’s thesis, but also because I’ve been watching the college admissions scandal unfolding in the United States (a scandal I find at once fascinating and appalling).Read 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

Blueberry bush. (Source: UConn Blueberry bush pre-pruning. (Source: UConn http://ipm.uconn.edu/documents/raw2/html/500.php?aid=500))

Gardening Tips: Isn’t Spring the Berries?

March 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

What to do this week The snow is melting slowly but surely during these sunny days. Many of my small fruit bushes and beds are almost completely uncovered. Small fruit is a term for any fruit not growing on a tree – strawberries, raspberries and the like. Now is theRead More