Saturday, February 24, 2024

MAKING HISTORY: The Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre (ACHFC) hosted its first African Heritage Month gala at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex Feb. 17. Despite the wintry conditions, a sell-out crowd of more than 100 people, including members of the Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy teaching staff – Angela MacKeen (front, left), Colleen Pelley, Patsy Borden, Tamara Borden (back, left), Barbara Avery, Amanda Millar, Liz MacIntosh, Tera Dorrington, Lori Wilson and Michael Wilson, attended. The event celebrated the 2024 African Heritage Month theme – Our Smiles, Our Joy, Our Resilience as African Nova Scotians. Full story in this week's edition.

 

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Canso fishers advised to learn from Scots’ mistakes in offshore wind

By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

CANSO — Leaving the busy English port of Newcastle upon Tyne last month, Ginny Boudreau could hear Elspeth Macdonald’s words ringing in her head as clear as a bell.

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MAKING HISTORY: The Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre (ACHFC) hosted its first African Heritage Month gala at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex Feb. 17. Despite the wintry conditions, a sell-out crowd of more than 100 people, including members of the Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy teaching staff – Angela MacKeen (front, left), Colleen Pelley, Patsy Borden, Tamara Borden (back, left), Barbara Avery, Amanda Millar, Liz MacIntosh, Tera Dorrington, Lori Wilson and Michael Wilson, attended. The event celebrated the 2024 African Heritage Month theme – Our Smiles, Our Joy, Our Resilience as African Nova Scotians. Full story in this week's edition.

 

  • Canso fishers advised to learn from Scots’ mistakes in offshore wind

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

    February 21 2024

    CANSO — Leaving the busy English port of Newcastle upon Tyne last month, Ginny Boudreau could hear Elspeth Macdonald’s words ringing in her head as clear as a bell. READ MORE



February 21, 2024

  • WSP hopes for early opening with three orcas

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

    SHERBROOKE — The Whale Sanctuary Project (WSP) is in discussions with French authorities for the transfer of three whales to a “fast-tracked” facility at its site near Port Hilford, as soon as spring 2025, says the organization’s co-founder Michael Mountain. READ MORE

  • Child poverty trends up sharply in Guysborough County

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

    GUYSBOROUGH — A new report outlining a sharp rise in childhood poverty rates in Guysborough County after the first year of the pandemic is renewing calls for a substantial shift in public policy. READ MORE



Also in this edition...

  • St. Mary’s council raises floor for low-income property tax exemption eligibility

    By Corey LeBlanc

    SHERBROOKE — Council for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has voted to expand the eligibility for a low-income property tax exemption.

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  • Public meeting to focus on proposed consolidation of Antigonish municipalities

    By Corey LeBlanc

    TRACADIE — An upcoming gathering – described by organizers as a “community information update and support meeting” – will focus on continuing opposition to the proposed consolidation of Antigonish town and county without a public vote.

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  • Guysborough’s first African Heritage Month gala huge success

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

    GUYSBOROUGH — Neither mountains of snow nor mid-winter darkness prevented more than 100 enthusiastic residents from attending the Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre’s (ACHFC) first gala at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex Feb. 17.

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February 14, 2024

  • Digging out

    By Corey LeBlanc

    GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY – In the aftermath of a multi-day, record-breaking winter storm that swept across the region Feb. 3-5, something else was left behind – other than seemingly mile-high piles of snow. READ MORE

  • Ecum Secum fire hall needs major repairs or replacement

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

    ECUM SECUM — Most days, Ecum Secum’s fire hall looks like any other unassuming public building in any other town along the Eastern Shore. But, on this day, under a clear, blue February sky, Mike Durnford and Tiffany Pye are having a hard time describing it as anything but shabby. READ MORE

  • Another abandoned wreck haunts Marie Joseph

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

    MARIE JOSEPH — Canadian marine authorities have, once again, trained their spyglasses on one of Marie Joseph’s abandoned ships – this time, a half-sunken fishing boat they say is a navigational hazard to this tiny Eastern Shore community. READ MORE



February 7, 2024

  • Desmond Inquiry calls for changes, but critics say recommendations fall short

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

    GUYSBOROUGH — The long-awaited report of the Desmond Fatality Inquiry, which took six years to complete and was released on Jan. 31, has found that “no one person” should shoulder the blame for the horrific triple murder-suicide that happened in Upper Big Tracadie on Jan. 3, 2017. That’s when Afghanistan veteran Lionel Desmond shot and killed his wife, Shanna; their daughter, 10-year-old Aaliyah; and his mother Brenda, before taking his own life. READ MORE

  • Multi-day storm puts wintry grip on Guysborough County, Eastern Shore

    By Corey LeBlanc

    GUYSBOROUGH – Since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. READ MORE

  • Desmond Inquiry report gets ‘F’ in understanding African Nova Scotian realities, says councillor

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

    GUYSBOROUGH — For suggesting new but “unworkable” mental health and social supports for rural African Nova Scotians, Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Councillor Mary Desmond is unequivocal about the Desmond Fatality Inquiry’s final report. READ MORE