Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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...
As a grade-schooler in the early ‘80s, I frequently heard a country song with the following chorus spilling out of the CJFX AM Radio airwaves: “Everybody wants to live to be 100, everybody’s looking for the key…We all want to...
“Good morning, you must be my next patient.” “Doc, don’t you recognize me?” “Should I? Wait a minute. That accent – thick Acadian one minute, the Queen’s English the next. Is that really you, New Brunswick?” “Yeah, it’s me, Doc. You’ve got...
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