Seniors use landlines as lifelines to family and friends

By Janice Christie, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

EASTERN SHORE – Three seniors living 35 kilometres apart on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore share their strategies for staying connected to family and friends with The Journal this week. The landline telephone is the tool helping many seniors stay connected.



Atlantic Gold, NOPE open new fronts in battle for public opinion
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHERBROOKE – With salvos of slick new media shot deep into Nova Scotia’s rural heart, the hot war of words between opponents and proponents of a proposed gold mine in St. Mary's just became hotter and wordier.

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Our editorial discusses the importance of appreciating all those who do so much to keep things going during this time of crisis ... even politicians! Murphy's Law discovers that one of the loneliest places to be during this age of isolation is in a spot that's usually crowded. Additional stories this week include: COVID-19 prompts historic agreement to keep taps running in eastern N.S.; Guysborough and Area Food Bank, here for the community; St. Mary’s expands online access to budget documents during COVID-19; Cermaq’s fish farm lease option deadline extended; First COVID-19 assessment centre opens in MODG – and more. Plus news and notes from Port Shoreham's own Jimmy Pirrello, updates on Authentic Seacoast and the Guysborough Marina and their responses to the pandemic as well as a new offering from Ray's Opinion. You might be stuck at home alone, but we're all in this together – so grab your copy of this week's Guysborough Journal to help keep in touch with what's going on in your community.





Caring in the age of a pandemic
By Lois Ann Dort

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has been subjected to fake news, occasional price gouging, and innovative con artists capitalizing on widespread fear of the unknown. In a reaction to the fearmongering that has often taken over social media in recent weeks, a new movement has taken root in Canada: “caremongering.”

Coping with COVID-19 in the retail sector
By Lois Ann Dort

GUYSBOROUGH – In the new reality of the COVID-19 crisis, grocery stores across the country have seen a large increase in demand for certain goods and an unfortunate hoarding mentally surrounding the availability of others; toilet paper and hand sanitizer being top of the list.

State of emergency declared in response to COVID-19

Nova Scotia has declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services, said Premier McNeil on March 22.

Results of gold mine poll clear as mud, critics say
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHERBROOKE – A poll that was supposed to clarify public opinion about a proposed gold mine along the St. Mary’s River appears to be having the opposite effect.

Indian Harbour Lake native member of Oscar nominated visual effects team
By Lois Ann Dort

From time to time Nova Scotians have a shot at an Oscar or are part of a team that has a shot at an Oscar. And this year was one of those years. Martin MacDonald, originally from Indian Harbour Lake, Guysborough County was a member of the visual effects team nominated for an Oscar for the film: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

MODG unveils Coronavirus Pandemic Plan
By Katherine Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – All municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice as MODG rolls out their Coronavirus Pandemic Plan. Aspects of the plan, like social distancing, were already being observed when it was presented at Monday’s regular monthly meeting as councillors and staff maintained a distance of two metres from one another.

St. Mary’s adopts raft of precautions due to COVID-19
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHERBROOKE – While passengers aboard the good ship St. Mary’s should keep calm and carry on, the message is loud and clear from the officers on watch: The time has come to batten down the hatches.

NSHA closes facilities to visitors as precautions against coronavirus
HRM closes libraries and recreation facilities

By Janice Christie, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHEET HARBOUR – Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital and Harborview Lodge long term care facility in Sheet Harbour are among healthcare facilities closed to patient visitors as directed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. With the arrival of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, visitors are banned until further notice.


Seniors use landlines as lifelines to family and friends

By Janice Christie, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

EASTERN SHORE – Three seniors living 35 kilometres apart on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore share their strategies for staying connected to family and friends with The Journal this week. The landline telephone is the tool helping many seniors stay connected.





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