Post Tagged with: "Cape Breton"

"Fairy Island" from the book Elves and Fairies by Ida Rentoul, 1916. (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Letter to the Editor: In Search of Fairy Tales

July 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

About three years ago, I produced a show for CBC’s Land and Sea on Fairy Culture in Cape Breton. Fairies meaning “little people” or in Mi’kmaq culture “Wiklatmu’j.” It was so well received that I have decided to write a book about the same project. I have several publishers interested.Read...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

Follow the Money Have you seen the “Follow the Money” database from Post Media? Do you have three days to spare? Because I promise you, once you start perusing its contents you will not be able to stop. It’s the work of reporter Zane Schwartz, Post Media’s annual Michelle Lang Fellow,Read More

Letter to the Editor: Cape Breton District Assembly

Letter to the Editor: Cape Breton District Assembly

March 28, 2018 at 11:45 am

Unlike David Johnson’s March 23rd rhetorical spin-doctoring CB Post article citing me as an ill-founded separatist, I do indeed retort with a bold vision forward for Cape Breton Island (CBI), rooted in sound legal principles and a viable political structure which, to succeed, needs to be shaped and implemented by CapeRead More

Queen Victoria's first meeting with the Privy Council, 1837. (Painting by Sir David Wilkie https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/404710/the-first-council-of-queen-victoria)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part III)

February 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. (You can read Part I here and Part II here.)    In this, the thirdRead More

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

January 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. You can read Part I here.   “[T]he annexation was not legal according to BritishRead More

Chart of Cape Breton Island, 1767. Unsigned but presumed to be the work of Joseph Frederick Wallet Desbarres, modelled after Samuel Holland. (Source: Beaton Institute  https://beatoninstitute.com/)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part I)

December 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

“Unconstitutional and illegal” So declared 2,000 passionate and angry Cape Bretoners, in their eighth bid to get the British government to reverse its decision to annex Cape Breton to Nova Scotia in 1820. In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, I thinkRead More

Old Sydney Society: The Complex History of Cricket in Cape Breton

Old Sydney Society: The Complex History of Cricket in Cape Breton

November 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Dr John Reid will speak at the next meeting of the Old Sydney Society on 23 November 2017, 7:30 PM at the Old Bank Building, 175 Charlotte St., Sydney. The title of the talk is: “The Grand Old Game: The Complex History of Cricket in Cape Breton, to 1914.” ​ThisRead More

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Counting Down to Cannabis Legalization in Victoria County

November 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: In a shining example of cooperation between independent news sources, the Spectator is pleased to present a story from this week’s Victoria Standard. If you like what you read, consider subscribing — you can even get a paper version.   With federal legalization of recreational cannabis less thanRead More

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

September 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

If there was one issue that dominated the 2017 provincial election in Cape Breton, it was healthcare. And it’s not like there was any one healthcare issue that stood out — poke the system just about anywhere and you’ll hit a sore spot, whether it’s lack of access to primaryRead...

Bean There: The Locavore’s Dilemma

Bean There: The Locavore’s Dilemma

September 20, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Inspiration for this column can come from the strangest places. This time, I was deep in the heart of my favorite blackberry patch, high canes arching above my head, hands and mouth stained as purple as my bucket. A flock of sparrows and finches were chirping and scolding me forRead More