Tuesday, December 7, 2021

ROAD TO SUCCESS: After years of work, the volunteers behind the dream of rural transit in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough have finally met with success. The Transit Association of Guysborough (TAG) held its official launch at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre in Guysborough on Nov. 27. Pictured above are TAG board members and proponents, from left to right: Heather Brennan, Liz MacIntosh, Colin Campbell, Mary Desmond, Catherine Hartling, Sabrina Skinner, Donna Hochman, and Nancy O’Regan.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

TAG launch: Rural transit no longer just a dream in MODG

By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

GUYSBOROUGH – Discussions began a decade ago, and that’s a long time to wait for a drive, but it’s finally here: public transit in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG).

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ROAD TO SUCCESS: After years of work, the volunteers behind the dream of rural transit in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough have finally met with success. The Transit Association of Guysborough (TAG) held its official launch at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre in Guysborough on Nov. 27. Pictured above are TAG board members and proponents, from left to right: Heather Brennan, Liz MacIntosh, Colin Campbell, Mary Desmond, Catherine Hartling, Sabrina Skinner, Donna Hochman, and Nancy O’Regan.

  • TAG launch: Rural transit no longer just a dream in MODG

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    December 1 2021

    GUYSBOROUGH – Discussions began a decade ago, and that’s a long time to wait for a drive, but it’s finally here: public transit in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG). READ MORE



December 1, 2021

  • Soap Company of Nova Scotia burns to ground

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    CHERRY HILL – For a moment last Monday (Nov. 22), it felt like the end of the world. Standing in sock feet on her front lawn in a driving rainstorm, Leigh McFarlane watched as a fire reduced her home and business to a pile of char and rubble. READ MORE

  • MODG mourns the loss of District 7 Councillor Rickey McLaren

    By Lois Ann Dort

    GUYSBOROUGH – “He has always been part of this community and the rock we all lean on,” Mary Rhynold, former post mistress and local business owner in Country Harbour told The Journal, when she spoke of Rickey McLaren shortly after notice of his passing last week. READ MORE



Also in this edition...

  • Major rain storm impacts region

    By Corey LeBlanc, Alec Bruce (Local Journalism Initiative reporter) and Lois Ann Dort

    Don't miss our post-storm coverage featuring a trio of articles focusing on the aftermath in Guysborough, St. Mary's and Antigonish.

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  • Second quarter brings early gift for St. Mary’s

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    ST. MARY’S – Christmas has come early to the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s with two key revenue streams far ahead of expectations, according to financial statements for the second quarter of the fiscal year (ending September 20, 2021).

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  • Fun and fundraising: Murder mystery hosted by Sheet Harbour Legion

    By Janice Christie

    SHEET HARBOUR – Sandy Hatfield has several intentions when he directs murder mystery dinner theatre performances in Nova Scotia and beyond.

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November 24, 2021

  • MLS announces first customer, shares designs for spaceport

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    HALIFAX – “This is a project which will combine a perfect launch site, a perfect location and an excellent rocket,” said Volodymyr Taftai, head of Ukraine’s State Space Agency, at a press conference at the Halifax Security Forum on Nov. 19 announcing the first launch customer for Maritime Launch Services’ proposed spaceport for the Canso area. READ MORE

  • MODG honours former deputy warden Pelly

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    GUYSBOROUGH – At the regular monthly meeting of Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) council on Nov. 17, Warden Vernon Pitts presented former deputy warden Sheila Pelly with a certificate of appreciation for her 16 years as a councillor. READ MORE

  • Guysborough childcare centre one step closer to summer launch

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    GUYSBOROUGH – With blueprints for a modern and fully licensed facility in Guysborough now in hand, parents and educators are a big step closer to seeing the dream of high-quality childcare become reality as soon as next summer. READ MORE



November 17, 2021

  • New ferry makes a splash

    By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    ISAAC’S HARBOUR – “To tell you the truth, there’s no comparison,” said James Harpell, captain of the cable ferry that runs from Port Bickerton to Isaac’s Harbour, Guysborough County, of the new ferry officially launched Nov. 13. READ MORE

  • St. Mary’s attracting ‘incredible’ housing development interest, CAO says

    By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

    ST MARY’S – Riding high on the crest of a real estate boom, The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is receiving what one senior official here is calling “incredible interest” from land developers looking to build new housing in the area. READ MORE

  • A matter of class: lobster fishermen want DFO policy changed

    By Lois Ann Dort

    COOKS COVE – Chances are, if you looked out over the water between Cooks Cove and Dorts Cove during lobster season these past 70 years, you’d have seen James MacDonald. READ MORE