Back-to-school plan: Parents’ reactions run the gamut

By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

GUYSBOROUGH – Local parents have more questions than answers when it comes to students returning to school in September. Last week the province announced its back-to-school plan for public school students. The plan would see a 100 per cent return to schools on Tuesday, September 8 and includes some of the expected public health precautions, such as frequent hand washing, but not others, specifically social distancing and the recently mandated requirement to wear non-medical masks in all public indoor spaces.



Masking in St. Mary's
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

To mask or not to mask is no longer the question across Nova Scotia. But the provincial government’s decision to require people to cover their noses and mouths in most indoor public places, starting July 31, isn’t causing much concern among St. Mary’s shop owners and restaurateurs. Not yet.

Also in this edition...

Our editorial has some thoughts on the recently announced 'independent review' – instead of the expected and requested public inquiry – that will be held as a means to find answers behind the horrific mass shooting this past April that left 22 Nova Scotians dead. Murphy's Law takes a walk in the woods and discovers that the path of marital stability is sometimes a muddy one. Other headlines include: Many questions remain for Eastern Shore parents; Back-to-school mandate leaves St. Mary’s parents nervous, hopeful; StFX’s reopening plan generates concern among students; Positive financial indicators for MODG and Mulgrave; Entrepreneur opens Eastern Shore art gallery in the midst of a pandemic – and many more! And don't miss a special feature from The Conversation, giving a little history to the usage of masks in times of health crisis. Stay informed of the news that matters to your community – with a little help from your Guysborough Journal.





Volunteers work to make new food bank a reality – one nail at a time
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

GUYSBOROUGH -- In mid-March the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) released its 2020-2021 budget which included $100,000 earmarked for the construction of a stand-alone building to house the Guysborough and Area Food Bank, which is currently run from office space in the local shopping plaza.

Construction shortage: home improvements strain supply
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

GUYSBOROUGH – About to start a staycation on your back deck only to discover the boards have rotted? The odds are not in your favour if you want to get it fixed this year. Some construction supplies, pressure treated wood in particular, are in very short supply throughout Atlantic Canada. The Journal turned to regional and local suppliers to determine the cause of the backlog on orders.

Fathoming St. Mary’s: Visioning workshops get underway
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

From Trafalgar to Port Bickerton and everywhere between, in places that have been settled for hundreds of years, St. Mary’s residents are faced with a new question: What do they want to be in the future?

Pieridae explores options after KBR pulls out of Goldboro LNG agreement
By Helen Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy confirmed Monday that it has received written notice from Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) that the global engineering and construction firm “is no longer prepared to negotiate and conclude a lump sum turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (“EPCC”) contract in relation to the proposed Goldboro LNG Facility.”

Emergency depts temporarily reopen
Short-term solutions to doctor shortage not enough, says foundation

By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Last week news that the Guysborough Memorial Hospital emergency department would close to nighttime service as of Thursday, July 9 due to a doctor shortage spread like wildfire through affected communities. With the Canso emergency department closed overnight as well, which it has been since May of 2019, there would be no overnight emergency coverage in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG).


Back-to-school plan: Parents’ reactions run the gamut

By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

GUYSBOROUGH – Local parents have more questions than answers when it comes to students returning to school in September. Last week the province announced its back-to-school plan for public school students. The plan would see a 100 per cent return to schools on Tuesday, September 8 and includes some of the expected public health precautions, such as frequent hand washing, but not others, specifically social distancing and the recently mandated requirement to wear non-medical masks in all public indoor spaces.





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