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Plastics, Ben, Plastics

October 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Do you ever hear about a subject for the first time and think it must be a brand new thing and then do some googling and realize that, actually, people have been on about it for years? That’s what happened to me with port promoter Albert Barbusci’s scheme to establishRead More

Artwork by Christine Gwynne.

The Chimney and the Cloud

October 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm

A more telling or ironic snapshot of endangered Mother Earth in the 21st century could scarcely be imagined: a naval war game by a nuclear-armed alliance delayed by a storm that drew its force from the human-caused warming of the oceans. The hurricane, of course, was Dorian, and the warRead More

Gooseberry Photo: Pavel Leman - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4424742

Go Forth and Multiply: The Art of Propagation

October 9, 2019 at 1:47 pm

What to do this week Soon the autumn gales will strip the leaves off the trees and shrubs and the cold nights will send them into their winter slumber. That is the time for collecting stems of this year’s growth to propagate your favourite fruit and ornamental bushes. Some ofRead More

Canadian Senate Chamber (Photo by Mightydrake [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

Letter to the Editor: Where are Nova Scotia’s senators?

October 9, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Where the hell are our senators during our healthcare, child and senior poverty, unemployment and out-migration crises, to name just a few? Other than Senator Dan Christmas bringing up the hot topic of the separation of Cape Breton Island from the mainland, where are our other senators? Have they forgottenRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

The Irvings The latest installment of Dynasties, the Canadaland Commons series on Canada’s wealthiest families, focuses on the Irvings and, as my sister said, “It’s the plot of Succession!” She’s right — only the Irving saga is weirder than the HBO series about an “American global-media family that is notRead More

A Tale of Two Railways

A Tale of Two Railways

October 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm

This is a tale of two railways: neither has trains rolling over it and both are being eyed to serve container terminals that don’t exist. Nova Scotians pump thousands of dollars — up to $60,000 — a month into the Cape Breton section of Genesee and Wyoming’s (G&W) Cape BretonRead More

Climate strikers at Civic Centre, Sydney, NS. 27 September 2019. (Spectator photo)

Clarke on Climate Change

October 2, 2019 at 1:08 pm

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke was “not in the building” on September 27 when students (and others) from his community gathered in front of the Civic Centre to demand action on climate change. (His spokesperson tells me he “had meetings scheduled” in the morning and “a funeral” in the afternoon.) ButRead More

Sculptor Timothy Schmalz with his work 'Angels Unawares' Photo: Facebook

Angels Unawares

October 2, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Timothy Schmalz, a renowned Canadian sculptor, has a reputation for producing pieces of art that are influenced by the Bible, including “Homeless Jesus,” a sculpture of a man sleeping on a park bench, wrapped in a blanket and identifiable as Jesus by the wounds on his bare feet. The workRead More

The Positive Change Jar

What Happened to Our Positive Changes?

October 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Writing this week about CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s recent climate change op-ed, I had reason to go and look at his 2016 campaign platform — his “100 More Positive Changes” for the municipality. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the link — which I’d saved as part of thisRead More

Oak seed/leaf.  Photo: Supportstorm - Own work, Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8340734

Getting the Garlic In (And Other Pre-Freeze Garden Tasks)

October 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm

What to do this week With that nip in the air at night, it is time to think about planting bulbs. Especially those of the good Stinking Rose, otherwise known as garlic. You can plant garlic and other bulbs any time from now to the end of October. Sometimes youRead More