Today’s Morning File led off with a victory lap in which Editor Tim Bousquet proclaimed that, “as I predicted, [the Tuft's Cove spill] was much larger than originally reported.” I call B.S....

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...