I have never felt so conflicted and rarely had such a clash of emotions upon hearing of the death of a familiar public figure. But last week’s passing of Phillip Riteman, a Holocaust survivor who found a new life in...
Nearly two weeks after we lost him, I find myself feeling a delayed wistfulness about the recent passing of Wally Ellison. I’m writing this column three days after I attended Wally’s funeral in West Bay Road. I was planning to...
There are times that I’m truly surprised that it took so long for farmer’s market culture to permanently take root in the Strait area. After all, agriculture is a huge part of our daily lives, particularly in Inverness and Antigonish...
“Oh, Bob, we couldn’t have picked a better time to visit your sister in Maine. What a beautiful summer this has become!” “Yeah, I can’t wait. Love the Maritimes but Maine has always felt like a second home to me....
I started this month the way I ended the month of July twenty years ago – by participating in a Port Hawkesbury theatre show. And, in a neat twist, I was one of the youngest people involved in each...
At this point of the year, many of us are hitting the road and getting a better, more intimate look at Cape Breton Island than we typically achieve during the wicked winter weather (or even this year’s late-spring, early-summer...
This column is appearing online and in print just as we leave the Canada Day long weekend behind, and just as our neighbours to the south erupt in their annual Stars and Stripes jamboree. So, as I write about the...
Faced with growing outrage about the separation of migrant children from their parents upon their entry into the United States, the governing Republicans took two dog-eared pages out of their party playbook: Blame their political opponents and hide behind...
I’m addressing this column to those of you who have lived in Port Hawkesbury, and the general Strait area, longer than the past decade. It’s surprising that so many of us still don’t recognize that this region has a significant...
If you read last week’s column, you might remember that I just made my first visit to Newfoundland and Labrador. Well, to be more accurate, I made my first two visits to Newfoundland and Labrador. They just happened to occur...
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