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Canadian flag. (Photo by By Makaristos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Celebrating in Song: Cape Breton Chorale Salutes Canada

May 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

What are your plans for the celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday? Do you even have any plans? Well, here’s a wonderful idea. Why not attend the Cape Breton Chorale’s Salute to Canada Concert on Sunday, May 28th at Sydney’s Highland Arts Theatre? Directed by Rosemary McGhee with Paula Jane Francis asRead More

Dr StrangeJob: Election Seasons Are Dangerous Times

Dr StrangeJob: Election Seasons Are Dangerous Times

May 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Elections are dangerous times. Don’t sit on your front yard or you may get skewered by a campaign sign. Don’t let your family pets near the street, lest they be spray-painted or asphalted over by zealous provincial road workers.  Fortunately for you, you are not alone during this perilous period: Dr. StrangeJobRead More

Lilacs (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 19

May 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm

What to do this week This is the time for tending to bushes and shrubs, or perhaps dividing them, so let’s talk about that. If you have lilac, or elderberry, currants of course, rose bushes very often (especially the rugosa roses) or anything that is sending up little clones ofRead More

Letter to the Editor: Profile of a Leader

Letter to the Editor: Profile of a Leader

May 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Dear Editor,  Recently there has been discussion initiated by voters who, believing that we need to do better, have started to review candidates for the next mayoral election. Though most would think that it is too early for that process, I would suggest that, with a provincial election in progress,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 12, 2017 at 10:50 am

Inspiration Village Great news, guys! Sydney is finally going to ship a sea container to Central Canada! Okay, strictly speaking, we’re not “shipping” it. According to its press release, Destination Cape Breton Association will “transform” a sea container “into a life-size depiction of the many unforgettable experiences Cape Breton Island has toRead More

Mayor Clarke And The Incredible Disappearing HST Issue

Mayor Clarke And The Incredible Disappearing HST Issue

May 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Economic development is the word on the street in the CBRM these days — CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke popped up on CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning on May 4 to speak to host Steve Sutherland about it and CBRM Regional Council has vowed to meet once a month to discussRead More

Property Taxes: Why NS Needs to Doff Its CAP

Property Taxes: Why NS Needs to Doff Its CAP

May 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Nova Scotia’s Capped Assessment Program (CAP) is a hot mess. The motivation behind it is laudable: no one should lose their house because its assessed value has skyrocketed and they can no longer afford the taxes. If you own a modest home along the Mira River, for example, and Ritchie McRitchfaceRead More

CBNS railway, Sydney. (Photo via Scotia Rail Development Society http://scotiarail.ca/)

Province Studying High Railway Fees

May 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

The Sydney Subdivision of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS) must be the most studied stretch of unused track in the country. The Subdivision was the subject of three different reports (with a total price tag of $152,600) in 2015. It’s to be the subject of a $460,000 studyRead More

Photos of damage to CBNS rail line courtesy of CB Railway Victims Association

As Studies Pile Up, CB Rail Line Deteriorates

May 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

While on the subject of the Sydney Subdivision of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia (CBNS) Railway, which I seem to be again this week, I’d like to take a moment to consider the state of said line. As the Spectator reported in the April 26th edition, the Port ofRead More

Rhubarb stalks (Photo by By Jeremy Keith from Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom (Rhubarb  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 18

May 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm

What to do this week Our original idea for this column was to write about what I am actually doing in the garden this week and this week, I am tending to my rhubarb. This is definitely the time to be doing it. Let’s suppose you have an old rhubarbRead More