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That ’70s Crisis

March 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

“Tartan and coal” proclaimed the front page of the Cape Breton Post, rather cryptically, on Saturday and I couldn’t resist trying to guess what the headline referred to before I actually read the article: the world’s worst ice cream flavor? Sydney Academy’s Class of ’57 prom theme? Alexander Graham Bell’s terriers?  Read More

Organic produce, farmer's market, University of BC (Photo by Dllu, own work, [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: The Great Organic Divide

March 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

It may surprise you, as it surprised me, to find out that farming is a political act. And like other forms of politics, it has opposing sides and competing interests as well as philosophical divisions. Quite a lot of drama, really, for people who chose the work because they reallyRead More

Civic Centre to City Hall? The CAO Did It!

Civic Centre to City Hall? The CAO Did It!

March 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Remember that brief swirl of controversy around the mysterious renaming of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Civic Centre to “City Hall?” A front-page story in the Cape Breton Post on March 6 saying the issue would be on the agenda of that day’s General Committee Meeting (placed there by District 6Read More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 11

March 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm

What to do this week It is time to think about seeding lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, and other summer annuals, but we don’t plant before taking the first step of thinking about what varieties suit your taste — and your space. The first step is to take my Tomato Quiz:Read More

Bernie Sanders, Cape Breton's Magazine, Maggie MacDonnell

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Bernie in coal country McDowell County, West Virginia is coal country. Although they got into the game a little later than we did here in Cape Breton — their first large-scale mines were developed in the mid-1800s — they made up for lost time and by the 1950s were regularlyRead More

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke

Point of Order, Mr. Mayor

March 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s term as Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislature ran from June 2006 to October 2007 but in his head, I think it never ended. How else to explain an agenda item like this one, from the 7 March 2017 meeting of the CBRM General Committee:    Read More

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Dolores Campbell: Pope Francis and the First Four Years

March 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

Pope Francis marked the fourth anniversary of his election to the papacy on Monday of this week, and the debate is on as to what he has or has not accomplished in those four years. Aside from this important anniversary for Francis, it would appear that March 2017 arrived at theRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 10

March 15, 2017 at 10:50 am

What to do this week This week we are going to start our cold weather greens, things that you can start in the house and get into the ground even before the snow is gone. You will be able to transplant them into the garden as soon as you canRead More

Maggie MacDonnell, finalist, 2017 Global Teaching Prize (r) Dan Pallotta, activist and fundraiser.

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

Doing Well By Doing Good “Activist and fundraiser” Dan Pallotta will speak during the Community Impact Summit, an anti-poverty gathering to be held in Sydney next Wednesday and Thursday. The summit will bring together “business, government and non-profit sector leaders [emphasis theirs]” to “commit to specific, positive actions to helpRead More

Port of Sydney Development Corp AGM, 15 December 2016. (l to r: Board chair Michael Merritt, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, Port CEO Marlene Usher)

Port Board Drops Year’s Worth of Minutes

March 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I checked the Port of Sydney web site this week and did a spontaneous jig of joy around the old control center (which is what I call my office since I added the second desk and the map of the world): they’ve posted a whole year’s worth of board meetingRead More