Tuesday's Word-of-the-Day, makebate, "one who foments discord," gave my heart a lift, illustrating, as it does, the disappearing word form sometimes called a tosspot, or more pedantically, an exocentric compound. These are compound nouns, often jocular and insulting, that take the form verb + object = subject....

Lest you think Spring has arrived, check out this photo, snapped yesterday by NASA's Aqua satellite. Lots of snow cover everywhere. Lots of drift ice on the west coasts of Cape Breton and PEI. Heck, you could practically walk to PEI from Mabou....

The following professions have organized themselves into professional regulatory bodies with statutory powers and duties enacted by the Nova Scotia Legislature: Agrologists, architects, barristers, chartered professional accountants, chiropractors, cosmetologists, counselling therapists, dental hygienists, dental technicians, denturists, dieticians, dispensing opticians, embalmers and funeral directors, engineering technicians and technologists, interior designers, land surveyors, licensed practical nurses, licensed professional planners, medical laboratory technologists, medical radiation technologists, midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists, paramedics, pharmacists, physicians and surgeons, physiotherapists, professional engineers, professional geoscientists, dentists, psychologists, public accountants, real estate agents, real estate appraisers, barbers, music teachers, registered nurses, professional foresters, respiratory therapists, social workers, stockbrokers, veterinarians. The following professions...

Seventeen months after its premiere at TIFF, the Cape Breton-made feature film "Werewolf" had its New York debut last week, screening at a 2nd Avenue art house. The New York Times and the New Yorker marked the occasion with accolades of startling warmth. Times reviewer Glenn Kenney wrote that contemporary films about drug addiction often affect a tone of grim austerity, but added, "[T]he particulars of [New Waterford director Ashley] McKenzie’s approach, and the excellent work of her lead actors, bring new value to the mode." (The actors in question are Cape Bretoners Bhreagh MacNeil and Andrew Gillis, pictured above.) The performers...

View of Cape Breton Island on Friday, March 2, from 710 km. This detail, from a much larger NASA Terra satellite image, was created by hydrologist Fred Baechler. The larger image shows northern Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Breton, and is well worth a look. Unusually for this time of year, the Bras d'Or Lake is largely ice-free aside from St. Patrick's Channel and the basins between Orangedale and Malagawatch. Lake Ainsley, Loch Lomand, Lake Uist, St. Ann's Harbour, Aspy Bay, South Harbour, and the Mira remain ice-covered. There's not much snow on Cape Breton, even less on the...