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Strikes, Picketing, and Frustration

Posted By: James Faulkner · 1/27/2014 12:59:00 PM

Union strikes are a tricky thing. Some of the people on the picket line want to be anywhere but there, as they just want to do their job, while others would set up a tent village if they could. The rest, obviously, fall somewhere in the middle.

We’re into the first day of a strike by around 450 bus drivers, custodians, and tradespeople with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Parents across the region were waiting to hear the results of yesterday’s vote on the school boards last offer to see if they’d have to drive their kids to school or make other arrangements to get them into the classroom today.

As we now know, 54% of the 433 that voted yesterday rejected the CCRSB offer and members of CUPE, Local 3890 hit the picket lines this morning in front of the board office on Lorne Street in Truro.

I was ...

Who wants more plastic money?

Posted By: James Faulkner · 10/14/2013 8:49:00 AM

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say most people don’t like the new polymer bills. The design of the $20, $50, and $100 are pretty cool, I’ll give the Bank of Canada that much, but they’re a pain to handle. Well get ready, because the new $5 and $10 bills are on the way.

Remember when they launched and people were getting extra bills out of bank machines because they’d stick together? Have you been in a shop and handed the cashier a $20 only to find out you’d given them two? They’re a pain to count, as well, for that reason.

Sure, the whole idea is to make our money harder to counterfeit, and you have to say the Bank of Canada has at least accomplished that.

Here’s what we’ll be seeing when they go into circulation next month. At least the Canadarm2/space photo on ...

New Bearcats season on the horizon

Posted By: James Faulkner · 9/6/2013 9:00:00 AM

With the 2013-14 Maritime Hockey League regular season right around the corner, the Bearcats Insider is back for another season with Truro Head Coach Shawn Evans. In this first installment, the coach and I take a look at how preparations are going, and break down some of the new and returning faces for a team that enters the year as the defending Eastlink Division and Fred Cup champs.

A Canada Day Tribute

Posted By: James Faulkner · 7/1/2013 6:46:00 AM

This is what happens when I have time on my hands. Happy Canada Day folks!

The only way this could be more Canadian is if it was presented by a lumberjack in flannel holding a bottle of maple syrup, with a beaver and a moose by his side.

Wrapping up an exciting Bearcats season

Posted By: James Faulkner · 5/24/2013 8:57:00 AM

With the RBC Cup in the rear-view mirror, the 2012-13 season has come to an end for the Truro Bearcats.

While they didn't win the national title, it would be hard to say this wasn't a successful season for the club. A late-season surge gave the Bearcats the Eastlink Division title. After a few stumbles against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Amherst Ramblers, the team made the Kent Cup Final, where they lost in five games to Summerside but every game was close and Truro could have won as easily as they lost.

Then came the Fred Page Cup. On a personal note, this year's Eastern Canadian Jr. A Championship was the most exciting sports event I've been a part of. I was lucky enough to be able to do the play by play work for all of the games in the tournament and watch the Bearcats play, without ...