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And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

June 9, 2021 at 3:08 pm

The Atlantic Journalism Awards for 2021 were announced yesterday and the names of the gold winners in the Excellence in Digital Journalism: Enterprise/Longform category may sound familiar to you: Rob Csernyik/Mary Campbell – The Cape Breton Spectator – Sydney, NS – Sydney’s casino at 25. Yes, the Cape Breton Spectator,Read More

Port Meets Council: Navigational Aids

Port Meets Council: Navigational Aids

June 9, 2021 at 3:06 pm

People, I watched that June 3 meeting between the Port of Sydney and the CBRM council and those are two hours of my life I will never get back, so I have to write something about it and I think the best thing for me to do would be toRead More

Port Meets Council: Harbor Bottom Blues

Port Meets Council: Harbor Bottom Blues

June 9, 2021 at 3:06 pm

As I have explained elsewhere, I watched that two-hour, June 3 meeting between the CBRM council Port of Sydney staff and board members and need to write something about it to justify having lost that small chunk of my life, so have decided to try to provide some context forRead More

Money vs Money Management Course

Money vs Money Management Course

June 9, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Having written about guaranteed annual income (GAI) many times over the past five years, I was pleased to read Cape Breton-Canso MP Mike Kelloway’s May 10 opinion piece in the Cape Breton Post about the possibility of introducing such a plan in Canada, but rather taken aback by the bizarreRead More

The Case of the In Camera Email

The Case of the In Camera Email

June 9, 2021 at 3:02 pm

I know I’ve already devoted a lot of space to the Port of Sydney this week — it’s like old times — but I really want to cover the mildly scandalous issue raised during that June 3 meeting between CBRM council and Port board members and staff; namely, the mysteryRead More

Gardening Tips: Bean There

Gardening Tips: Bean There

June 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written. This column was first published on 12 June 2019.   What to do this week My plum and pear trees are blooming nowRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 4, 2021 at 11:30 am

Well played, Air Canada Remember back in December, when Cape Bretoners were signing petitions and sending video pleas to the prime minister to bail out the airlines and save our airport? And I warned that we were being played like a 12-string guitar? Well, listen to this music: Air CanadaRead More

Short Takes — Wednesday Edition

Short Takes — Wednesday Edition

June 2, 2021 at 1:23 pm

I spent so much time on The Codfathers this week, I didn’t really have much left over to cover other issues but there are a few things I’d like to touch on, however briefly:   Affordable Housing I heard Catherine Leviten-Reid on CBC Information Morning Cape Breton today discussing aRead More

Comic Relief: Reading ‘The Codfathers’ in 2021

Comic Relief: Reading ‘The Codfathers’ in 2021

June 2, 2021 at 1:21 pm

Had I read Gordon Pitts’ The Codfathers: Lessons from the Atlantic Business Elite when it first came out in 2005, I think it would have annoyed me — it’s just a collection of fawning portraits of wealthy Atlantic Canadian business types. But in 2021, post-financial crisis, mid-plague, as the worldRead More

NATO HQ Brussels

Too Late to Shake NATO Awake?

June 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm

It’s Stockholm, 14 December, 1992, and Russian Foreign Minister Andrei V. Kozyrev has begun to address over 50 of his counterparts at a summit meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), an institution widely considered instrumental in helping end the Cold War. Just two years afterRead More