As always, when beginning a column about our public broadcaster, I’ll point out that I’m a freelance contributor to the Cape Breton edition of CBC Radio One’s Information Morning program. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I’d...
“Good afternoon. You’re watching the North American Headline network, or NAH for short. I’m Janine Generic-Anchorperson, and this is my colleague Winston Squarejaw. Winston?” “Thank you, Janine. Today, as we endeavour to bring you explosive testimony from both sides of...
Do the Academy Awards bore you? Do the speeches and the red-carpet chatter seem endless? Do you find it bizarre that the most-watched entertainment spectacle in the world didn’t, or couldn’t, find a host this year? Never fear – your...
I have turned down a lot of chocolate over the past 25 years. You see, it was a quarter-century ago that my family doctor and I jointly figured out that my skin couldn’t handle even trace amounts of the key...
Do you feel that, Strait area? Did you notice the tides of change washing through Port Hawkesbury as 2019 began, crashing through years – decades – of cynicism to bring a sea of new hope and optimism on the night...
There were two questions that I heard on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis when I worked at the tourist bureau in St. Peter’s as a teenager during the summer of 1992. They were: “Where’s the St. Peter’s Canal?” And: “Are...
Cathy and I just hit a milestone: January marked five years since we decided to buy a house in Port Hawkesbury. Our first five-and-a-half years of marriage saw us renting an apartment in the town, but we wanted to put...
It’s minus-12 outside, with a wind chill factor of minus-20. I’m pulling into the parking lot just outside Immaculata Hall, located in the building that also houses StFX’s long-running Mount Saint Bernard College, known on the Antigonish campus as “The...
We’re living in an uncertain world, where even something as wholesome as lettuce, or Tide Pods, can be deemed unhealthy and dangerous to the public good. With this in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you that I once again have a...

Shovelling out

He knew he had to do it. He and his wife had been struggling with the flu since the day after Boxing Day, leaving them both unable to give the driveway, the steps and the back deck the attention they...
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