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CBRM Gets Funding for Affordable Housing

December 21, 2022 at 1:23 pm

The CBRM is one of 41 Canadian municipalities “pre-determined” to receive funding (worth $5 million)  under the third round of the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), one component of its National Housing Strategy. The announcement, which I completely missed, was made on November 10, but council didn’t get aroundRead More

Is Rome Listening?

Is Rome Listening?

December 21, 2022 at 1:19 pm

I won’t even pretend to have been aware of the 60th anniversary of the opening of the  Vatican II council (1962-1965) in April of this year. Pope (now Saint) John XXIII called Vatican II almost 100 years after the previous such council, to the surprise (and often shock) of CatholicsRead More

Notes from Dominion & Environs

Notes from Dominion & Environs

December 21, 2022 at 1:17 pm

Editor’s Note: I asked Spectator contributor Don Clarke to write something about what’s happening in his neck of the CBRM these days and here’s what he had to say.   Making music Last week, I spoke to Glace Bay musician Aaron Turnbull about the local music scene and his personalRead More

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Another Year Over…

December 21, 2022 at 1:15 pm

Well, spectators, this is it, the final issue for 2022. I haven’t really had time to take stock yet, I’ve been too busy covering council meetings and tying up a few loose ends, to wit: I checked with Jennifer Stairs, acting executive director/director of communications with the Nova Scotia Judiciary,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 16, 2022 at 9:45 am

Obtuse angles I don’t know who “Katy Jean” is but she made my week with her nutty Saltwire column about Elon Musk’s first Canadian job. The local angle is that Musk, while studying at Queen’s, was hired for the summer by a Nova Scotian working as principal assistant to theRead More

Meta Materials Revisited

Meta Materials Revisited

December 14, 2022 at 11:53 am

Editor’s Note: I know what you’re thinking—the holidays are almost here, why am I not doing a year in review or some heartwarming, holiday-themed stories, or raising money for a food bank? Why am I on about that nano-materials company in Dartmouth again? The answer is a) because I haveRead More

SEC Says Influencers Pumped & Dumped Torchlight

SEC Says Influencers Pumped & Dumped Torchlight

December 14, 2022 at 11:51 am

On Tuesday, the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the following eight defendants: Edward Constantin aka MrZackMorris aka Edward Constantinescu Perry Matlock aka PJ Matlock Thomas Cooperman aka Tommy Coops Gary Deel aka Mystic Mac MitchellRead More

A Christmas Message from the Ghost of Labor Past

A Christmas Message from the Ghost of Labor Past

December 14, 2022 at 11:49 am

Editor’s Note: What follows is one of the earliest compositions attributed to the legendary Cape Breton labor leader of a century ago, J.B. McLachlan. Published in December 1906 as a letter to the editor in the Halifax Herald, it was sent along to the Spectator by David Frank, author ofRead More

Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his field. Year unknown. (Dorothea Lange, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Lange, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bean There: Footsteps of the Farmer

December 14, 2022 at 11:47 am

Editor’s Note: We’re re-running another of Michelle Smith’s timeless farming columns, this one originally published on 24 January 2018.   There is a country proverb that the best fertilizer is the footsteps of the farmer. Anyone who follows me through an average day could be forgiven for taking this literally,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 9, 2022 at 11:31 am

Eureka! I have been trying for some time now to articulate the problem with venture capital, especially as it was practiced in this province by Innovacorp—and now by Invest Nova Scotia, under the possibly capable but definitely expensive ($1,500 a day up to $18,000 a month) leadership of our premier’sRead More