Saturday, June 19, 2021

SHEET HARBOUR: Retired RCMP member Neil Parnell and his wife, Kim, an educational program assistant, read letters from students in Nunavut. Their daughter, Melissa Marshall, who teaches students in Grade 7, arranged a pen pal letter exchange between them and her students. It has proven to be an educational, exceptional and – in many ways – an emotional experience for the correspondents. Read their story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

Nature Trust protects more land along St. Mary’s River

By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ST. MARY’S – The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has purchased and protected 133 acres of environmentally sensitive land along the St. Mary’s River, the conservation organization announced last week.

READ MORE June 16 2021

SHEET HARBOUR: Retired RCMP member Neil Parnell and his wife, Kim, an educational program assistant, read letters from students in Nunavut. Their daughter, Melissa Marshall, who teaches students in Grade 7, arranged a pen pal letter exchange between them and her students. It has proven to be an educational, exceptional and – in many ways – an emotional experience for the correspondents. Read their story in this week's edition.

  • Nature Trust protects more land along St. Mary’s River

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    June 16 2021

    ST. MARY’S – The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has purchased and protected 133 acres of environmentally sensitive land along the St. Mary’s River, the conservation organization announced last week. READ MORE



June 16, 2021

  • Reimagining Stanfest: the show must go on

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    CANSO – For the second year in a row, Stanfest organizers have had to make the difficult decision to put the festival held in Canso on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are not throwing in the towel; just modifying the event to adhere to safety rules, while continuing to celebrate and share songs. READ MORE

  • Eat like a sailor: chief cook elevates dining at sea

    By Lois Ann Dort

    Barbecue grilled striploin steak, chicken jambalaya, beef stroganoff and cheese tortellini primavera: if you’re thinking this is a restaurant menu, you’d be wrong; these dishes are menu items, ones that can be found on the Canadian Coast Guard Service (CCGS) vessel Jean Goodwill. READ MORE



Also in this edition...

  • Whale sanctuary details multi-million-dollar costs

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    PORT HILFORD – The Whale Sanctuary Project’s (WSP) new refuge for a handful of formerly captive belugas on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore will cost $15 million to build and $2 million a year to run, the group’s executive director confirmed last week.

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  • Guysborough County celebrates Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medal award winners

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    Once again, due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, students across the province will miss out on attending the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medal award ceremony. The awards, announced at the end of May, are given to two Grade 11 students from each high school in the province, who have achieved high academic performance and demonstrated the qualities of leadership and service in their school and community.

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  • The power of song: Stanfest celebrates 25 years with book launch

    By Lois Ann Dort

    CANSO – How does one of the most unique music festivals in Canada celebrate its 25th anniversary? With a book of course. Last week, the team at Stanfest announced the launch of its first book: The Power of Song – 25 Years of Stanfest.

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June 9, 2021

  • Tourism operators face another season of uncertainty

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    CHARLOS COVE – It sure has felt like summer this past week. People are chomping at the bit to go somewhere; anywhere pandemic restrictions will allow. But tourism operators in Nova Scotia are worried that ‘somewhere’ may not be here. READ MORE

  • Greg Morrow to carry PC banner in Guysborough-Tracadie

    By Corey LeBlanc

    GUYSBOROUGH – A familiar voice to radio listeners in the Strait region is now the Progressive Conservative (PC) candidate for Guysborough-Tracadie in the next provincial election. READ MORE

  • Country Harbour ferry service delayed

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    COUNTRY HARBOUR – Those who want to take the cable ferry between Country Harbour and Port Bickerton, whether to enjoy the scenery or shorten commuting time, will have to wait a little longer. Due to a delay in obtaining equipment, the return of the service has been pushed to mid-July. READ MORE



June 2, 2021

  • Mixed reactions to schools reopening

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    GUYSBOROUGH – It’s back to in-school learning for local students – effective June 2 – but not everyone likes the idea. READ MORE

  • Sherbrooke woodworkers win Province House reno

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    SHERBROOKE – Fresh from their artisanal triumphs reconstructing Historic Sherbrooke Village, the living museum’s skilled woodworkers have landed prestigious gigs restoring two of Nova Scotia’s most important landmarks in Halifax this summer. READ MORE

  • MLS selects local firms to design, build spaceport

    Maritime Launch Services (MLS) has selected a number of Nova Scotian firms to advance design and preparations for construction of its rocket launch complex located near Canso. READ MORE