Sherbrooke Village completes $1M reno
Massive project comes in on time and budget

By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHERBROOKE – It’s taken eight months and a million dollars, but Historic Sherbrooke Village has managed to paint the town red … and green … and brown … and, indeed, every restoration colour the living museum can conjure to bring tourists back in a post-pandemic world.



Government and locals at odds about fate of 100-year-old shipwreck
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

DRUM HEAD – Almost 100 years ago, the steamer Scotia caught fire and sank off the shores of Drum Head, Guysborough County, while hauling $75,000 worth of cargo from Halifax to Boylston, Guysborough County.

Also in this edition...

This week's editorial has some applause for how Nova Scotia is doing in the battle against COVID. Murphy's Law gets tied up in knots and it turns out that it's a good thing. Our coverage of the Desmond Inquiry continues. March 8 is International Women's Day and we have plenty of related and relevant content for you to partake in. Additional headlines include: Hines returns to transportation portfolio in Rankin’s cabinet; St. Mary’s faces 40 per cent hike in library fees; Provincial ‘green’ announcement in step with MODG’s renewable energy investments; New estimates change Anaconda project ‘dramatically and materially’; Campground prepares for second pandemic summer – and more. The latest edition of your Guysborough Journal awaits!





Desmond Inquiry

Families share impacts of tragedy
By Helen Murphy

PORT HAWKESBURY – Cassandra Desmond, Lionel Desmond’s sister, wrapped up her testimony at the Desmond Fatality Inquiry last Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16, when she spoke about the day Lionel killed their mother, Brenda; his wife, Shanna and their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, at a home in Upper Big Tracadie.

Council news

MODG concerned about library service
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

GUYSBOROUGH – What should have been a routine point on the monthly Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) council meeting agenda, a report on the recent Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) library board meeting, spurred a long discussion about the fate of the libraries in Canso and Guysborough.

Mulgrave program casts a wide net to reduce food insecurity during pandemic
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

MULGRAVE – One might say it was an ambitious plan, to create a meal delivery service to support older, vulnerable adults in Guysborough County experiencing challenges related to food security during the pandemic. Given that the county is geographically large and has a population of whom half are more than the age of 55, the idea took some planning to get off the ground. But with government funding – from the federal New Horizon Program, N.S. Dept. of Communities, Culture and Heritage Program and N.S. Department of Seniors – the board of directors of the Mulgrave and Area Medical Centre and a project advisory committee got Community Food Connections on the road delivering meals free of charge to the kitchens of more than 160 program participants.

Desmond Inquiry resumes

Family members’ testimony begins
By Helen Murphy

PORT HAWKESBURY – “When I read this, I hear my brother’s cry for help.” Lionel Desmond’s sister Cassandra reflected on reading her brother’s words from a 2015 document as she spoke at the Desmond Fatality Inquiry at the Port Hawkesbury courthouse Tuesday, Feb. 16. In the letter – part of an application to Veterans Affairs for disability benefits – Lionel Desmond wrote about head injuries he sustained in military service and his search for help.

Rankin readies to become 29th premier
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

GUYSBOROUGH – In less than a month, Iain Rankin will become the 29th Premier of Nova Scotia and, at age 37, the second youngest in the province’s history – the youngest was Rodney MacDonald, who became premier at age 34.


Sherbrooke Village completes $1M reno
Massive project comes in on time and budget

By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHERBROOKE – It’s taken eight months and a million dollars, but Historic Sherbrooke Village has managed to paint the town red … and green … and brown … and, indeed, every restoration colour the living museum can conjure to bring tourists back in a post-pandemic world.





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