Rants & Raves

We dis­cuss rights wrongs, so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tions and more

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

RAVE: For women en­trepreneurs. An­nette Ver­schuren has built up quite a re­sume dur­ing the past 30 years, in­clud­ing stints as co-owner and pres­i­dent of Michael’s craft stores for three years and pres­i­dent of The Home De­pot Canada for 15 years. Now the North Syd­ney na­tive will join 10 busi­ness­women from Canada and the United States to form the Canada-United Coun­cil for Ad­vance­ment of Women En­trepreneurs and Busi­ness Lead­ers. An­other mem­ber of the coun­cil is former Judique res­i­dent Deborah Gil­lis. Two Cape Bre­ton­ers! How cool is that? They even spent time at the White House last week for a round­table dis­cus­sion that in­cluded Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and a cer­tain Twit­ter-happy U.S, pres­i­dent. Oh well, not ev­ery day can be per­fect.

RAVE: For right­ing wrongs. An old adage that states “it’s never too late to cor­rect a mis­take” was ex­hib­ited last week when the prov­ince par­doned and hon­oured former Mi’kmaq grand chief Gabriel Syl­li­boy of Why­co­co­maugh who had been con­victed of il­le­gal hunt­ing in the 1920s. Like the only post­hu­mous par­don in Nova Sco­tia his­tory, for civil rights pi­o­neer Vi­ola Des­mond, this ac­tion should serve as a pow­er­ful re­minder of the many con­tri­bu­tions our First Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties have made to this prov­ince. Ironic, too, that the par­don oc­curred on the same day that Dar­ren Googoo was ap­pointed chair of the Cape Breton-Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board, mak­ing him the first Mi’kmaq school board chair in the prov­ince’s his­tory. An­other en­cour­ag­ing sign of progress.

RAVE:: For so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion. Frankie MacDon­ald, Cape Breton’s world-fa­mous am­a­teur weath­er­man, re­ceived a Sil­ver Play Award from YouTube re­cently for hav­ing more than 100,000 sub­scribers to his “dogs-and-wolves” chan­nel. All told, his on­line weather videos have been viewed more than 24 mil­lion times and he has more than 46,000 fol­low­ers on Twit­ter. We’re not sure where the Whitney Pier celebrity would rank on a list of best-known Cape Bre­ton­ers but he has to be a lead­ing con­tender. Way to go, Frankie!

RAVE: For cool ideas. Loved Parks Canada’s out­door skat­ing party held at Fortress Louis­bourg last week­end. The weather co­op­er­ated and hun­dreds of peo­ple turned out for the oc­ca­sion. Hope­fully, it be­comes an an­nual event but if so here’s a sug­ges­tion, The ice sur­face may need to be a whole lot big­ger next time.

RAVE: For job well done. Plenty of snow fell in Cape Breton last week, in­clud­ing up­wards of 50 cen­time­tres last Mon­day and Tues­day. But credit goes out to all the snow­plow driv­ers who man­aged to keep the main ar­ter­ies rel­a­tively clear de­spite atro­cious weather con­di­tions. It’s the only rea­son our news­room man­aged to have all hands on deck the morn­ing af­ter the ma­jor storm. More white stuff fell mid-week but by the end of the week things were get­ting back to near nor­mal. At least un­til the next storm comes our way.

RAVE: For mu­seum sup­port. Great to hear about the $175,000 fed­eral fund­ing an­nounce­ment to help the Old Syd­ney So­ci­ety ren­o­vate the former BMO build­ing and turn it into a mu­seum and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity. The build­ing, lo­cated on Char­lotte St. in Syd­ney, was built in 1899 and is a reg­is­tered mu­nic­i­pal her­itage prop­erty. It could open as soon as April 1 and we pre­dict that in time it will prove ex­tremely pop­u­lar with tourists and lo­cal res­i­dents alike.

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