With just over a year to go before “The Roaring Twenties” begin, I’m astounded that we’ve spent the run-up to Christmas arguing over a song written in 1944. The “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” debate, which has reared its head at...
For the first time in several months, I don’t have a single topic for my column, so I’ll hit on several things over the next 800 words. Mind you, these seemingly-random thoughts all have one common thread – they’re all...
Cathy and I have enjoyed CBC-TV’s comedy-in-a-small-town series Still Standing for quite awhile now, but we’ve never looked forward to an episode quite as much as the late-November edition saluting the community of Canso. That’s partly because each of us...
I’m finding myself oddly nostalgic these days – but not for the usual reasons. It’s not nostalgia for my childhood or young-adult years, or pop culture of days gone by. Thanks to YouTube and used-vinyl-album stores, I can wind the...

Heroes in red

Bear with me this week, friends, because I’m going to take a bit of a leap and draw a parallel between two very different people that we lost this fall – a comic-book mogul who enjoyed a full life...
Ninety-five per cent of me had been looking forward to this moment for months. That’s a sharp contrast to the last time I caught Newfoundland’s Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers at Sydney’s Highland Arts Theatre, 19 months ago. I...
“Good morning, everybody, and welcome to our weekly government caucus meeting. You might recall that we had a little surprise last week, when a couple of our MPs dressed up as those loveable old balcony hecklers from The Muppet...
In the days leading up to Halloween, we got an ugly reminder that few things are scarier than a coward with an agenda. Over a four-day span, packages containing pipe bombs showed up in the mailboxes, residences and workplaces of...
Congratulations, Canada! You did it! You not only survived Legalization Day, you’ve also done your part to bring down the national and provincial debt! And how did we do it, you ask? By purchasing so much recreational cannabis in a...
Midway through last week’s Celtic Colours schedule, a viral video from the Celtic Heart of North America program summed up the effect the festival has across Cape Breton. The carefully-staged clip features Mairi Rankin and Wendy MacIsaac playing fiddle tunes...
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