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A (Small) Victory for the Right to Know

A (Small) Victory for the Right to Know

November 16, 2016 at 11:25 am

If I were the editor of the Cape Breton Post, which [SPOILER ALERT] I totally am not, I guess I would call what I’m about to write a rave/rant or a rant/rave (there isn’t even a good portmanteau word for that—all you’d get would be “rant” or “rave” which wouldRead More

Republic of Dongcheng: Water

Republic of Dongcheng: Water

November 16, 2016 at 11:24 am

Dongcheng, the Eastern City, is a district in the center of Beijing. Its 40 square kilometers are home to nearly 1 million inhabitants and some of the main historical landmarks of the city. Spectator contributor Filip Noubel, who spent 10 years there, recounts a recent return to what he remembersRead More

What’s for Sale In Ben Eoin?

What’s for Sale In Ben Eoin?

November 16, 2016 at 9:46 am

As you no doubt recall, when ECBC ceased to exist and its employees were absorbed by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in 2014, its properties went to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to be sold, following Treasury Board guidelines that say the federal government should own only propertyRead More

Sydney VAO Re-Opening: A Victory for Vets

Sydney VAO Re-Opening: A Victory for Vets

November 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

Never having served in the military, I can only image what this victory must feel like. In 2014, Cape Breton vets, like veterans across Canada, lost a valued service and a much- needed lifeline, their Veterans Affairs Office (VAO). Faced with that devastating news, veterans responded to the challenge withRead More

Canadian troops returning from the trenches. November, 1916. Battle of the Somme. (Photo via the Library and Archives of Canada.)

Snapshot from Hell: A Day in the Life of the Great War

November 9, 2016 at 8:55 am

As we approach Remembrance Day, at the midpoint of the centenary of the First World War, it is instructive to consider a day in the life of that terrible time: Saturday, November 11, 1916. An online chronology documents the weather on the Western Front—“Rain, trace. 55°-32°, misty day with lowRead More

Mike MacKinnon: ‘The Veteran Helps the Veteran’

Mike MacKinnon: ‘The Veteran Helps the Veteran’

November 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

Mike MacKinnon of Sydney Mines remembers the First Gulf War (where he served with the 1st Canadian Field Hospital) and Bosnia (where he served with Quebec’s Royale 22nd Regiment, the Van Doos) like they were yesterday. Ask him what happened last Saturday, though, and he may struggle to respond, hisRead More

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

Trains Don’t Run, But the Bills Still Come

November 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

The only thing more expensive than running a railway, apparently, is not running a railway. That’s the justification offered by Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) — owners of the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS) and its all-but-defunct Sydney Subdivision — for the high fees they charge landowners needingRead More

Last Word On Women Priests?

Last Word On Women Priests?

November 9, 2016 at 8:46 am

Pope Francis has become the master of off-the-cuff answers to questions put to him by the reporters who travel with him, although the responses don’t necessarily reiterate certain dogmas or doctrines of the church he represents. There was no doubt, however, in his recent slam-dunk removal of any hope forRead More

Donald Trump, Las Vegas, Feb. 2016 By https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

About last night…

November 9, 2016 at 8:44 am

I had not planned to write about the US presidential election but my correspondent in Colorado is still trying to make sense of last night’s results and I am going to wait until he is able to sit up and take nourishment before asking his thoughts on the Donald TrumpRead More

By dbking (Flickr: MVC-005F) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cruise Ships & the Environment: The Sewage Edition

November 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

First, the good news. The cruise ship most seen in Sydney during the 2016 season, Holland America Line’s Veendam, got an A grade from the Friends of the Earth in their 2016 Cruise Ship Report Card. The bad news? Our second-most frequent visitor, the Veendam’s sister ship Rotterdam, got aRead More