In the Mi’kmaw calendar, June is Nipniku’s which translates to “trees fully leafed time.” Anyone who travels around the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere in early June will notice that there is a substantial difference in the degree of maturity of...
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of district 6 in Inverness County for your support and faith in my ability to represent you as your councillor. On October 15, I was humbled by the voice...
A recent turn of events in the contest to be the next leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party has made things very interesting. Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster announced during a meet and greet on the Port Hawkesbury waterfront...
The recent disagreement within a local School Options Committee (SOC) shows the inherent limitations of the private-public partnership (P3) model which financed school construction in the 1990s. The SOC examining the future of five schools in the Town of Antigonish...
I will always remember those times with a toddler. I’d be on my hands and knees on the hard tile floor, creeping from couch to coffee table to TV stand, looking for lost treasure. Tailing me (quite literally) was a...
Main Street Arichat 1935: On the water side of this street and approximately in the centre of the village is the vacant home of the late Dr. A.A. LeBlanc (who died in 1919 at age 54) of New Brunswick who...
At the core of police street checks is citizens’ personal information. After all, street checks are an intelligence tool meant to gather information that might be useful in future investigations. They are state-sponsored citizen surveillance. Information is...
September marks the beginning of the rutting season for moose (in Mi’kmaq it is called tia’m) in the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere. This time is exciting for the amorous moose and the hunters. The noisy antics of the excitable males...

Crock the vote

Over the past five years, three different governments – run by two different political parties – set out to change the way you vote. So far, only one of them succeeded in bringing about changes, and those alterations were just...

My notebooks

This week, if you can bear with me, I’m talking about some of the notebooks I have on my desk here at the newspaper office. Even in the digital age, having a fresh supply of paper to scrawl down details...
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