Friday, October 19, 2018
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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...
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...
My year-long Canada 150 pledge to only play CDs by homegrown artists on our car stereo throughout 2017 recently reintroduced me to a pair of talented musicians and composers from my native L’Ardoise. And even though they were featured on...
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...
Even with so many streaming options available at your fingerprints, there’s still something special about the traditional fall launch period for new and returning network shows. So here’s my guide to all the fun that’s only a remote-click away, beginning...
“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....
This would not be a typical tourist stop, even though it was happening in one of the most historically and culturally significant parts of Atlantic Canada, and arguably, the entire country. There we were, me and Cathy and five members...

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...
This week, I’m going to revisit a youthful lapse of judgment to illustrate my feelings about the $10 million settlement the federal government recently awarded Omar Khadr. In the summer of 1990, shortly after graduating high school, I was the...
As we lumber into the final six weeks of 2017, I’m noticing a marked difference between the stories that have everybody talking this year and those that got us all fired up last year. From where I sit, 2016 wound...
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