Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Given the uproar that followed NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s recent announcement that the NHL wouldn’t make any concessions to allow its players to participate in next year’s Winter Olympics, you might have assumed that the game as we know...
On the first Sunday morning in April, I found out that Jean McNamara had passed away the previous day. (Among other things, this means God shared her with us for precisely 72 years and one day.) Roughly six hours later,...
I’m winding down my tenth year of providing municipal council reports for CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning, and I may have hit a first – amazing the host. Sitting in for Steve Sutherland last week, Information Morning news anchor Yvonne...
There’s an air of familiarity to the Hawkesbury Room, located on the downstairs level of the Maritime Inn on Reeves Street, as we head into the final six hours of St. Patrick’s Day 2017. It’s partly because I’ve been here...

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...
International Women’s Day felt a little different this year. For one thing, there seemed to be an air of hopelessness to it. Women have made incredible strides over the past year, on the local, national and international scale, and yet...
I’ve followed the NHL for nearly three decades, but it’s pretty safe to say that I have never seen anything like the P.K. Subban phenomenon, on and off the ice. And that’s a statement that I could have made before,...
Regular readers of this column (officially known as “poor souls”) might remember me mentioning in early January that I was launching a blog to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. I knew that I wanted the “Canada Through My Eye” project...
I find this column hard to write, because in doing so I have to say goodbye to a pair of familiar faces – one on a local scale, the other at a national level – who touched me, and...

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...
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