9 articles Cape Breton

Transforming Tumbles

On the cusp of 70, my mother has begun to slow down – but by her standards, that’s like down-shifting from the Indy 500 to the Autobahn. She was an indefatigable wife and mother and, after my parents divorced, an even more steadfast working single mom. Since her retirement, she has been globe-trotting routinely, starting…

Transforming Timmy’s

Edmonton recently had its hopes raised, then summarily dashed, by the Oilers’ adequate performance in the playoffs. For a brief moment, all Canadians threw in with the plucky underdogs. We were envisioning a uniting moment, not unlike the one we got in 2016, when the Hip played Kingston. In Canada, we are always a bit…

Transforming Deluges

When it rains, it pours. Cape Breton gave us a week or so of decent weather — that is, some clouds, some rain, or some wind, but not all at once — but apres ca, le deluge. For a week now, it’s been unrelenting, and the damp has dampened the excitement of our homecoming. Weather…

Transforming Departures

Last day in Edmonton; last coffee shop stop. Iconoclast Koffeehuis is every bit as pretentious as it sounds, but it’s the scrappy, warts-and-all pretention I mostly enjoy. It occupies a cavernous warehouse space that would fit three Second Cup locations, yet there are maybe 10 tables in all, and hardly any décor save for three…

A CBRM Election Issue: Arm’s Length Funding

An open letter to Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Mayor and City Council, regarding the future of arts funding in CBRM: The arts are inarguably key to Cape Breton’s tourist-based economy. They are also intrinsic in raising Capers’ quality of living, even in times of economic recession. The arts provide links to personal and cultural heritage;…

Transforming Political Schadenfreude

It took me awhile to figure out why I can’t stop clicking on Donald Trump-related links. It’s been a time-consuming distraction, especially since the national conventions, when Trump’s approval ratings really started dropping heavily. As a Cape Bretoner, I have a weird connection to Trump, thanks to an accidental viral tourist marketing campaign. But I…

New Chapters

“Are ya getting excited yet?” It has been a bumpy week at the Sharplin-Christie household, and there’s really only one consistent explanation: in exactly one week, the bumps we feel will be airplane turbulence. Transitions are tough at the best of times, and I speak as an expert on the subject—teachers and freelance artists are…