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Empty Classes: A Week in the Life of a Labor Dispute

Empty Classes: A Week in the Life of a Labor Dispute

December 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm

The most insightful comment I’ve heard about developments this week in the dispute between the Nova Scotia government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) came from a former union organizer of my acquaintance, who said the government’s decision to lock students out amazed her: One of the hardest things aboutRead 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

Lockheed Martin & CBU: Green Energy or Blood Money?

Lockheed Martin & CBU: Green Energy or Blood Money?

December 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm

On  7 November 2011, to great fanfare, the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (CSEE) was officially opened at Cape Breton University (CBU). A prominent participant in the ceremony, and key partner in the venture, was Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons manufacturer. Tom Digan, then presidentRead More

‘Whatever Happened to Learning Being an Adventure?’

‘Whatever Happened to Learning Being an Adventure?’

December 7, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Before writing a word about the workplace conditions of Nova Scotia teachers, there is something I need to say: everything I know about the Nova Scotia school system is based on having passed through it as a student in the 1970s. In other words, I know bupkis (to borrow a termRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

December 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm

This Content Is Not Sponsored Running a fledgling online news operation on a subscription basis is not without its challenges but it has some big benefits — I don’t have to fill my pages with “sponsored content,” my entire front page will never be given over to an advertisement and IRead More

Protests in support of teachers at Nova Scotia's Province House (Photo via Twitter)

Dr StrangeJob: Corporal Punishment

December 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

We’d all do well to start over again, preferably with kindergarten. – Kurt Vonnegut The education system in Cape Breton needs a lesson plan. The P-12 system is in chaos, NSCC faculty are more than two years without a contract and the CBU Board of Governors has placed its presidentRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Port Financials, CAO Travels & the CBRM’s Shopping List

November 30, 2016 at 12:10 pm

This week I checked the Nova Scotia Tender Notices website and discovered the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is in the market for a number of things, including external auditors. The lucky winners will get to audit the CBRM, the CBRM Water Utility and — what fun! — the PortRead More

AG Slams Education Department’s Capital Planning

AG Slams Education Department’s Capital Planning

November 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Nova Scotia Auditor General Michael Pickup released his Fall 2016 report today (November 30), focusing on childcare centers, capital planning for schools, critical infrastructure resiliency and the AMANDA software used to manage licenses and permits. (Interestingly, the day the AG’s report dropped found Premier Stephen McNeil on his way to theRead More

Rod Nicholls’ Pillowman: The Best Production I Never Saw

Rod Nicholls’ Pillowman: The Best Production I Never Saw

November 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm

In February of last year, I arrived back in Cape Breton after 10 years away. The first evening home, I picked up a newspaper from my sister’s kitchen table and saw a publicity photo for the Boardmore Theatre’s production of The Pillowman. The play, a celebrated and controversial black comedy,Read More

Sistine Chapel. (Photo by By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (The Sistine Chapel) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Robert Harris’ Conclave: To Pick a Pope

November 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Those of you who have long wished to get an inside look at how the Catholic Church elects a leader (the short line is to the left, or is that the right?) need wait no longer now that Robert Harris has written Conclave: The Power of God, The Ambition ofRead More