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Dolores Campbell: Christmas Myths and Mysteries

December 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Those who proclaim, as do Christians all over the world, that “Jesus is the reason for the season” have had to accept that Santa Claus comes very close to usurping the Christ Child’s place in this most wonderful season of the year. Despite the myths that surround both figures, itRead More

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Dr. StrangeJob Finds a New Cause(way)

December 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Fresh off his near victory in the recent CBRM municipal election and plum out of long-term pension options, Dr. StrangeJob is now considering a shot at provincial politics. Not only is Nova Scotia in need of a new premier, but Cape Breton also requires a stronger voice at the provincialRead More

ILA’s Gillis: ‘We Got One Wicked Kick at the Can’

ILA’s Gillis: ‘We Got One Wicked Kick at the Can’

December 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm

“This is really big news for the CBRM, buddy.” Peter Gillis, president of Local 1259 of the International Longshoremen’s Association, is unequivocal in his response to Monday’s announcement that terminal operator Ports America would be involved in the promotion, development and ultimately management of the Novaporte container terminal in theRead More

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The Ethicist: This Looks Like a Job for Socrates!

December 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

I still remember my first encounter with the marvelous thing known as “the internet.” In the dark and murky past, when few of us owned computers and aImost no one could go on-line at home, we could go to the local mall, and find a store that allowed customers toRead More

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

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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