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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

What’s Left In The Assumption Fund? We Know!

What’s Left In The Assumption Fund? We Know!

May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I submitted a Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) request to the Port of Sydney Development Corporation to ask for an account balance from the assumption fund — the trust containing monies left over from the 2012 Sydney harbor dredge. I was pleasantly surprised to receive the information from Port CEORead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

Economic Development I heard CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke discussing economic development with Steve Sutherland on CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning on Thursday [The interview is no longer available online]. The mayor raised a number of issues I will write about in greater detail in next week’s edition — chief among them, hisRead More

CBRM Councilor Questions Port Payments

CBRM Councilor Questions Port Payments

May 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Information is a valuable commodity in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) — so valuable it’s kept under lock and key and even our elected representatives have trouble accessing it. Take the way the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) has been paying its “partners” in a hoped-for container terminal development,Read More

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The $390 Million Highway Dodge

May 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm

After a few years of telling Nova Scotians what they can’t afford, the Liberal government appears to be breaking the bank to promise them exactly that. The province has announced an additional $390 million over seven years to twin 70 kilometres of 100 series highways and build a new four-lane dividedRead...

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Radical Diplomacy & Resurgent Protest in Nuclear Age

May 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

On March 27 over 130 states, strongly supported by international organizations and civil society, convened at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to open negotiations on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons: the momentous goal set by the Assembly in its inaugural resolution of January 1946. In the interveningRead More

‘Dishpan Parade’ Brings Back Memories of Radio

‘Dishpan Parade’ Brings Back Memories of Radio

May 3, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Folklorist Ian Brodie’s presentation last week at The Old Sydney Society on the locally produced CJCB program “Dishpan Parade” and its spin-off, the Cape Breton Songs Contest, brought back great memories of radio, especially its heyday locally in the ’40s and ’50s. CJCB was the only game in town then,Read More

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Property Taxes: A Reader Explains Area Rates

May 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Note: In the Spectator’s ongoing series on property taxes, we have yet to touch on the subject of area rates, which are usually levied to provide services (like regional transportation or fire hydrants) to residents within a specific geographic area. Luckily, a reader has done the job for us, writing to explain the latest developments inRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: Premier Educator

Dr. StrangeJob: Premier Educator

May 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm

I’m back and ready to officially kickstart my campaign for Premier of Cape Breton.  Let’s talk education. Before I became a satirical blogger, I was a sardonic educator. In fact, I would still be employed in the field of education if not for losing a philosophical debate on the roleRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 17

May 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

What to do this week Okay, up off the couch! It’s time to plant trees. What’s that? It’s cold and rainy and the trees aren’t even leafing out yet, you whine? Perfect! The trees are still sleeping, they’ll barely suffer transplant shock. Yeah, I know you’re out of shape. DidRead...