Saturday, September 23, 2023

September 20 2023

INSPIRED: Howard Byard receives art instruction from Moni Duersch (left) at Milford Haven Home for Special Care in Guysborough as part of the ArtWorks East seniors’ art program. Story in this week's edition.


Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

St. Mary’s coming up short on Truth and Reconciliation Day, says deputy warden
ST. MARY’S — Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Deputy Warden James Fuller is calling on his fellow councillors and staff to do “something substantial and honourable” apart from just flying the National Truth and Reconciliation Day flag on Sept. 30.

École à Torbé welcomes students
LARRY’S RIVER — The first day of school each year is always a special one. But, in 2023, for a group of more than 20 students in this region, it served as a history-making experience.

Smith excited about new cabinet role
SHEET HARBOUR — Eastern Shore MLA Kent Smith, who was appointed Nova Scotia’s new provincial minister of fisheries and aquaculture Sept. 14, says he’s more determined than ever to represent the interests of his constituents now that he’s a member of cabinet.

September 13 2023

HOT DOGS AND HOT RODS: District of St. Mary’s Lions Club members Andy MacKay and 85-year-old Keith Horton were amongst the volunteers who made sure that visitors to the 29th Sherbrooke Show and Shine weren’t hungry. The two-day event - which took place on Sept. 9 and 10 - is an initiative of the Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society. See more in this week's edition.


Photo Credit: Angelina Jack

MODG marks passing of long-time warden Lloyd Hines
GUYSBOROUGH — Flags on the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s (MODG’s) office on Pleasant Street were lowered to half-mast on Monday (Sept. 11), upon news of the passing of Lloyd Hines, who had served as MODG warden for 16 years, from 1997 to 2013.

MODG hears concerns about EverWind’s proposed windfarm
Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Isaac’s Harbour centre could soon be for sale
ISAAC’S HARBOUR — In May, this newspaper reported that the fate of the Isaac’s Harbour District Medical Centre – which has not provided medical services due to lack of staff for many years – depended on the formation of a new board to renew the lease for the property, which is owned by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG).

September 6 2023

CARDS FOR KIDS: Danica Fraser (left) and Georgia Bingley were a couple of the 18 children from St. Mary’s who received library cards earlier this summer, which allowed the group to borrow books for the first time from Sherbrooke Library. The initiative was a new partnership between the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s and the Eastern Counties Regional Library. Story in this week's edition.


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Mulgrave Road receives $500,000 for new creative centre
GUYSBOROUGH — The province of Nova Scotia announced further funding for the Mulgrave Road Theatre’s (MRT’s) The RoadHouse project on Sept. 1.

Small grants make big impact on community health
GUYSBOROUGH — What can a few thousand dollars achieve when granted to community organizations? A lot. Every year, the Guysborough Community Health Board (CHB), a non-profit volunteer organization funded through Nova Scotia Health (NSH), awards full funding for projects in the community that address the organization’s health plan priorities: food security, poverty, social inclusion and early childhood development.

Painting leaves indelible mark on Canso hospital
CANSO — There is an adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.

August 30 2023

PROUD BROADHORNS: Halle Worth (left) and Gracie Cleary were key contributors to the Guysborough Junior Broadhorns U13 girls’ fast pitch team that wrapped up a stellar season over the weekend at the Eastern Canadian Softball Championships (ECSC) in Cardigan, PEI. This was another highlight of a campaign that included capturing the Nova Scotia title earlier this summer. Read more about the Broadhorns ECSC appearance in this week's edition.


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Archibald Lake receives protected status
ST. MARY’S — The provincial government has declared 1,700 acres of pristine wetlands and old-growth forest in Guysborough County off limits to heavy industry, including a lake that one company had hoped would supply its planned gold mine with fresh water.

Preparing for the worst brings out the best in Goshen
GOSHEN — A new state-of-the-art generator for its community centre, extensive updates to its emergency plan and even ice rescue equipment are helping the tightly knit community of Goshen prepare for what the province’s increasingly unpredictable weather has in store for it.

Eastern Shore demands action on cell service
ECUM SECUM — Less than one month after she launched it, one woman’s petition for better cell service along the Eastern Shore has attracted more than 1,000 signatures, and an outpouring of citizen support from Sheet Harbour to Sherbrooke.

August 23 2023

REGATTA FUN: The ladies auxiliary of the Canso/Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department is always a crowd pleaser with their Canso Regatta parade float, including at the 2023 celebration that took place on Aug. 19. Gertie Snow, 94, is amongst the regular riders on the group’s attraction. See more Canso Regatta photos in this week's edition.


Photo Credit: Susan O’Handley

St Barbara confirms ‘commitment’ to Cochrane Hill gold mine
COCHRANE HILL – In the wake of a major reorganization last week of its Nova Scotia mining interests, Australia-based St Barbara says it remains “committed to the gold project at Cochrane Hill.”

St. Mary’s takes first step towards new active transportation plan
ST. MARY’S – Getting more people out and about is not only key to social well-being, for St. Mary’s – with communities scattered over a vast geographic area – it’s also good for business, says the consultant in charge of drafting the municipality’s new active transportation plan.

Municipality gauging interest in Goldboro Industrial Park lands
GUYSBOROUGH – In an effort to gauge ‘real’ interest in their Goldboro Industrial Park properties, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) recently issued a request for expressions of interest (REOI).

August 16 2023

LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE: Another successful Festival Savalette - the annual four-day event that celebrates the Acadian culture in the Tor Bay region - wrapped up on Sunday evening (Aug. 13). One of the popular traditions that takes place during the festival is the tintamarre, with participants winding their way along East River Rd. in Larry’s River early Saturday afternoon (Aug. 12). The first tintamarre was staged in 1955, as a way to commemorate the expulsion of Acadians from the Maritimes. Taken from a medieval French custom, participants are encouraged to make as much noise as possible as a way of marking a sad or, in this case, joyful occasion. Read more about Festival Savalette 2023 in this week's edition.


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Hundreds of acres of St. Mary’s River land protected
ST. MARY’S – The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is protecting 500 acres of land — including old growth forests and rare Acadian floodplains — in the vicinity of McKeens Brook pool, as the St. Mary’s River runs, north of Sherbrooke.

Federal minister endorses St. Mary’s affordable housing plans
ST. MARY’S – Thanks to its recent “leadership,” the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s now has access to a government pool of “billions of dollars” for Canadian communities determined to build affordable homes, says federal housing minister Sean Fraser.

Transit ridership up in Guysborough County
SUNNYVILLE – The Transit Association of Guysborough (TAG), a community-based organization that provides dependable, affordable and inclusive public transportation in Guysborough County, held its annual general meeting on Aug. 9 at the Sunnyville Community Centre.

August 9 2023

WATERFRONT WEDNESDAYS: Good weather and terrific music drew another large crowd to Waterfront Wednesday in Guysborough last week. Delivering a popular mix of country and East Coast music were performers (l-r) Neil DeCoff, Danny Rodgers, John Cox and Blair Horne, with Peter Lombardo helping out with sound.


Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Failure to launch – Grassy Island remains out of reach for visitors
CANSO – Standing at the visitor centre for the Canso Islands and Grassy Island Fort National Historic Site is the closest most people will get to Grassy Island, located approximately one kilometre offshore from Canso, this summer. Although the Parks Canada website for the historic site suggests you call ahead, “to ensure ferrying services are available,” it fails to disclose that no ferry has been available so far this season, even though a tender was awarded for the provision of that service.

School supplies initiative lightens back-to-school financial load
GUYSBOROUGH – Back-to-school supplies have been on for sale at big box stores for weeks. For those whose children go to school in Guysborough, the price tag for the new year will be a little lighter than expected due to a new initiative at Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy (CEC/GA).

Beanie’s owner ‘astounded’ by public support
SHERBROOKE – The owner of a Sherbrooke café that was the target of a controversial Facebook comment last month says that, despite some prank calls, she’s been “astounded” by the outpouring of public support she’s received.

August 2 2023

BOYS OF SUMMER: The 1974 Guysborough Jost softball team was inducted into the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s Wall of Fame on July 26. Team members Neil DeCoff (left), Jim Humphries, Eldon Halloran, Jim Power, Roy Williams, Earl Clyke, Gerry Jamieson, Keith David, Glen Chisholm and Philip Hochman were on hand for the celebration.


Photo Credit: Allan Murphy

Performance Centre to be renamed in honour of Miles MacDonald
GUYSBOROUGH – Last Tuesday, July 24, at the conclusion of the Miles MacDonald Appreciation Concert in Guysborough at the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre (CPPC), it was announced that the facility would be renamed the Miles MacDonald Performance Centre.

MODG marks Emancipation Day
GUYSBOROUGH – People in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) marked Emancipation Day, in recognition of the anniversary of the British Parliament’s decision to abolish slavery across its empire in 1834, on Tuesday, August 1 on the Guysborough waterfront.

St. Mary’s councillor sanctioned for violating code of conduct
SHERBROOKE – St. Mary’s Councillor Everett Baker has issued an apology to the owner of a Sherbrooke café for making a comment on Facebook that some felt was homophobic and was found to violate the municipality’s code of conduct last week.

July 26 2023

STANFEST: Canadian singer/songwriter Tara MacLean lit up the Main Stage at the 2023 Stan Rogers Folk Festival Friday night. Despite challenging weather over the weekend, this year’s Stanfest has garnered rave reviews. Full story and more photos in this week's edition.


Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Sherbrooke Legion facing shutdown by September
EASTERN SHORE – Residents here breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday (July 24), as sunshine finally chased a torrential rain system that could easily have wreaked more havoc than it ultimately did along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.

Historic downpour impacts Eastern Shore
EASTERN SHORE – Residents here breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday (July 24), as sunshine finally chased a torrential rain system that could easily have wreaked more havoc than it ultimately did along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.

MODG not satisfied with Bell’s response to cell service complaints
GUYSBOROUGH – “I was listening to you, and I was getting nauseous a little bit because…our people, our residents look to you guys for service,” Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s (MODG’s) CAO Barry Carroll said to representatives from Bell Aliant at the regular council meeting on July 19 in Guysborough.

July 19 2023

HAPPY 100th MULGRAVE: Several giant-size cakes were on display in the Scotia Days parade in Mulgrave last Saturday, as the town marks its centennial in 2023. Big crowds came out under sunny skies to enjoy the show of colour, decoration and community pride, including the Cape Breton Island Pipe Band. More photos in this week's edition.


Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Future of Melford Terminal project brightens; proponents seek federal funding
GUYSBOROUGH – In July, 2008, Melford International Terminal Inc. registered the proposed Melford International Terminal, a marine-rail container terminal to be built in the community of Middle Melford in Guysborough County, for environmental assessment with the provincial government in Nova Scotia.

New Eastern Shore Lifestyle Centre set for 2027
SHEET HARBOUR – Seven years in the making, the new Eastern Shore Lifestyles Centre (ESLC) should be up and running in 2027, says a senior member of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) planning team in charge of the $9 million project.

Signal Gold announces delayed start to construction on Goldboro project
GUYSBOROUGH – Construction of the Goldboro Gold project won’t begin as soon as proponents had hoped. Last week, Signal Gold issued a news release providing an update on their proposed project in Goldboro, explaining the delay.

July 12 2023

THE FINAL FRONTIER: Maritime Launch Services (MLS) held a pre-launch ceremony at the Spaceport Nova Scotia site near Canso on Wednesday, July 5 prior to the sub-orbital launch of a two-stage rocket on July 6. Featured above are Arbalest Rocketry team member Ariyanna Kresnyak (far right) with MLS President and CEO Steve Matier (left) and Adam Trumpour, president of Launch Canada (center) with an earlier prototype of the rocket used in the launch from the spaceport. In attendance at the ceremony, seated left to right, are Cape Breton-Canso MP Mike Kelloway and Guysborough-Tracadie MLA Greg Morrow. Story in the week's edition.


Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Replacement of Desmond Inquiry judge raises concerns
GUYSBOROUGH – The announcement on July 4 that Desmond Inquiry Judge Warren Zimmer would be replaced, when his final report was expected later this summer or early fall, has been met with surprise and disappointment.

Guysborough RBC further reduces business hours
GUYSBOROUGH – Guysborough residents found out last week that, once again, hours will be reduced at the only brick-and-mortar financial institution in the community, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) on Main Street.

St Barbara goes for gold at Cochrane Hill – again
ST. MARY’S – Australian mining company St Barbara is, once again, trying to find gold in Cochrane Hill, near Sherbrooke.

July 5 2023

MAJOR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Mackenzie Washburn from UNB student recruitment travelled to Guysborough on June 28 to present CECGA grad Hannah Kamogawa with the $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. See more on local high school graduations in this week's graduation.


Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Residents respond as carbon tax hits at the pump
GUYSBOROUGH – Nova Scotians got an unwanted Canada Day present this year with the implementation of the federal government’s carbon tax, which saw prices at the pump jump $0.16 per litre.

Big winners, big goodbyes at Guysborough grad
GUYSBOROUGH – Members of the Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy (CECGA) school community didn’t only bid farewell to the Class of 2023 at its graduation ceremony on June 28. Long-time teacher Chris Martins, an educator who played many leadership roles in the school over the past 10 years, is leaving CECGA for a teaching position in Antigonish County.

St. Mary’s grads lauded for their resilience, achievements
SHERBROOKE – Graduates, families, teachers and school staff gathered at St. Mary’s Academy on June 28 to celebrate the Class of 2023.

June 28 2023

A WALKER’S WELCOME: Community builder Jude Avery (left), innkeeper Mary Delorey and Robert Bradt on the steps of Murphy’s Inn in Larry’s River before the Lunenburg resident started a new day on his trek that is taking him across Nova Scotia. Read more about Bradt’s adventure in this week's edition.


Photo Credit: Contributed

New francophone school to open for Acadian region of Tor Bay
LARRY’S RIVER – The Tor Bay Acadian region received news on June 23 that the French first-language school they have been advocating for will become a reality in the coming school year.

Time is Now campaign reaches $20-million milestone
ANTIGONISH – In a time when much of the news around healthcare can be a tough pill the swallow, a dose of welcome medicine is making headlines in northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

Fibre Internet coming to MODG
GUYSBOROUGH – Over the past few months, Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) residents have seen a lot of work happening along highways and rural roads, from tree clearance to the erection of cables on power poles – but what is it all for?

June 21 2023

HISTORIC OCCASION: Premier Tim Houston (left) joins Guysborough-Tracadie MLA Greg Morrow (right) in presenting Mary Armstrong, curator of the Old Court House Museum in Guysborough, with a certificate of congratulations on the museum’s 50th anniversary on June 16.


Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Interview with Premier Tim Houston
GUYSBOROUGH – Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston visited the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) with Guysborough-Tracadie MLA Greg Morrow on June 16.

Landmark flood mapping report on St. Mary’s expected soon
ST. MARY’S – Councillors of the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s should soon get a peek at the finished draft of the landmark Eastern Shore Coastal Flood Line Mapping Project — part of a province-wide initiative to assess local risks of damage from climate change.

Speaking to the wind – wind phone helps in grieving process
PORT HILFORD – Churches, cemeteries and memorials – they all serve a purpose in the grieving process when a loved one is lost. So, too, does a wind phone and this spring, a second wind phone location has been added to the Nova Scotia map, located in Port Hilford, Guysborough County.

June 14 2023

PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE: Members of the 5th Canso Scout Troop participated in the annual Scout Trees for Canada event on June 10. The tree-planting contingent included Jason Stanton (cub scout), Lynzie Dixon (patrol leader), Harold Roberts (scouter), Sandra Anderson (parent helper), Cole DeWolfe (cub scout), Marlene Irwin (scouter) and Owen Jackson (cub scout). More photos in this week's edition.


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Country Harbour Marina dedicated to memory of Councillor McLaren
COUNTRY HARBOUR – For 10 years Rickey McLaren served as councillor for District 7 in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG), representing the areas of Country Harbour, Goldboro and Isaac’s Harbour. During that time, from 2012 until his passing in November of 2021, McLaren was a strong community advocate.

Offshore wind development plans alarm inshore fishery
GUYSBOROUGH – Fishers groups have seen a draft of the province’s plan for offshore wind developments – and they’re very concerned.

Review board approves smaller government in St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S – The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) has approved the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s bid to become a leaner, more streamlined local governing machine.

June 7 2023

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS: Over the weekend, the Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy (CECGA) junior girls captured the JAGAS district slow-pitch softball banner with a victory over Saint Andrew Junior School. CECGA championship team members including Isabella Sponagle (back, left), Ainslee Connolly, Ava-Belle Martins, Breanna MacPherson, Josie Rostule, Carrie Doiron, Nicole Cleary (coach), Halle Worth (front, left), Gracie Cleary, Katie MacDonald and Cassidy Myers.


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‘The first line of defense is prevention’
GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY – With wildfires continuing to burn – although rainy weather and the tireless effort of firefighters have helped dampen the threat – in communities across the province, including in northeastern Nova Scotia, preparedness remains at its peak.

Waterfront kiosks serve up summer
GUYSBOROUGH – This summer the Guysborough waterfront will welcome new business with the addition of two kiosks.

Lack of housing may cause healthcare worker shortage in St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S – A growing lack of available accommodations in St. Mary’s could soon cause a critical scarcity of healthcare workers for the area’s aging population, says the co-chair of the Guysborough County Housing Network (GCHN).

May 31 2023

TOP DOGS: The Canso Lions Club hosted its annual Walk for Guide Dogs fundraiser on May 28. More than 20 participants helped raise $1104 for the cause. After the event, which was chaired by Kyle MacDonald, walkers received treat bags and snacks from the club.


Photo Credit: Ray White

SMRA applauds long awaited Archibald Lake report
ST. MARY’S – The president of the St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) says a long-awaited provincial government report on Archibald Lake — an ecologically sensitive tract of land near Sherbrooke — is promising for the eventual wilderness designation of the area.

Sherbrooke Library gets new lease on life
ST. MARY’S – After months of intermittent closures, Sherbrooke’s public library appears to have a new lease on life, with new hours, staff and even paint job.

History in the making – Old Court House Museum celebrates 50th anniversary
GUYSBOROUGH – Home to thousands of stories, the Old Court House Museum in Guysborough is celebrating a special anniversary this year. Operated by the Guysborough Historical Society (GHS), the museum marks 50 years in 2023. Over the decades, the museum has become not only a font of information about community history but also a genealogical research hub, a visitor information centre and the source for unique books related to the history of Guysborough and surrounding areas.

May 24 2023

SPECIAL VISITORS: Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston (third, from right) and Eastern Shore MLA Kent Smith (right) visited the Sheet Harbour area on May 18. One of several stops included a meet-and-greet at the Tap Room, where this photo was snapped of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Councillor David Hendsbee; Marilyn Munroe, Sheet Harbour Marina Association chair; Janice Christie, Sheet Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce and Civic Affairs president; Senator Tom McInnis (retired); Houston; Greg Cross, Community Advisory Committee chair; and Smith.


Photo Credit: Cheryl MacLean

MODG proposes amendment to sidewalk bylaw
GUYSBOROUGH – At the regular monthly council meeting in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough on May 17, council passed the first reading of an amendment to its sidewalk bylaw.

Childcare shortage boosts enrollment in rec programs
ST. MARY’S – A pervasive shortage of affordable childcare is turning some recreational programs in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s into effective daycares, says Community Development Director Kerri Jack.

Canso Curling Club seeks MODG’s help to access funding
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) heard from Canso Curling Club representative Susan O’Handley at the municipality’s committee of the whole meeting on May 17 that the building’s roof and some other important components of the club, such as the ice-making plant and curling stones, needed repair or replacement. She told councillors that money for the necessary work is in short supply.

May 17 2023

WALK THIS WAY: Sidewalk construction has begun in Guysborough, which will see the village linked via sidewalks from Guysborough Memorial Hospital, to Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy, through to Chedabucto Plaza shopping centre.


Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Salmon return to St. Mary’s in droves
ST. MARY’S — New results from a multi-year research project by the federal government prove that the St. Mary’s River is now home to “arguably the largest population of salmon in mainland Nova Scotia,” says the province’s program director for the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Sheet Harbour’s urgent care centre exceeds expectations
SHEET HARBOUR – Two months after its introduction, the new urgent care centre at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital (ESMH) in Sheet Harbour is exceeding expectations, says the Nova Scotia Health (NSH) administrator in charge.

EverWind begins community consultations, Lincolnville area possible site for wind farm
LINCOLNVILLE – EverWind Fuels held a community information session in Lincolnville on May 15 to seek input from community members on its plans for major wind farm developments. It was the first of four sessions this week in areas where the company has been awarded Crown land leases for proposed wind projects that would power the company’s proposed green hydrogen and green ammonia production facility in Point Tupper, Richmond County.

May 10 2023

GRATITUDE AND BEST WISHES were extended to Rose Fitzgerald last Friday during a surprise open house to celebrate her 33 years of caring service to the local community through her shop, Rose’s Garden of Gifts. Close to 100 people came by to extend congratulations and share memories of the popular flower and gift shop on Main St. in Guysborough. Rose is pictured here with her husband, Gerald Fitzgerald.


Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Federal electoral boundary report meets with opposition
GUYSBOROUGH – The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Nova Scotia concluded its work of redrawing the province’s federal electoral map last month. The final report was tabled in the House of Commons on April 26, and met with dismay from some Members of Parliament, notably MP for Central Nova Sean Fraser and MP for Sydney-Victoria Jaime Battiste, whose ridings would drastically change under the new boundaries, as would the boundary for Cape Breton-Canso, represented by MP Mike Kelloway.

RCMP to increase profile in St. Mary’s communities
ST. MARY’S – In the wake of recent vandalism in Goshen and other areas of St. Mary’s, the RCMP hopes to be more visible in communities across the municipality in the coming year, says district commander for Guysborough County, Corporal Marc Michon.

Plans for childcare centres in Guysborough County moving forward
GUYSBOROUGH – Progress is happening on plans for new licensed daycare centres in Guysborough and Canso.

May 3 2023

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: The Municipality of the District of Guysborough celebrated local volunteers at a volunteer recognition ceremony on April 29. The event, held at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre, saw just fewer than 30 volunteers receive certificates of appreciation from the municipality for outstanding volunteer service to the community. Story in this week's edition.


Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Future of Isaacs Harbour centre in question
ISAACS HARBOUR – No small community wants to lose infrastructure but sometimes the cost of maintaining old buildings is too great and the population is too small to maintain the large, aging buildings that serviced communities for decades.

Home sweet home: applications open for Carleton Place Apartments
GUYSBOROUGH – The application process is open for potential tenants at The Carleton Place Apartments, the 36-unit, three-storey, apartment building under construction by Caper Developments in Guysborough.

St. Mary’s top official, Marissa Jordan, moves on
ST. MARY’S – After just more than a year on the job, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s top official is leaving to pursue other opportunities in her home province of Prince Edward Island.

April 26 2023

CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBRE: The 2610 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) of Sheet Harbour team of MCpl Karly Monk, WO Emily Wambolt, MCpl Ava MacDonald, CWO Ainsley Currie and Sgt. Savannah Pye hold the championship trophy for the Canadian Cadet Organizations Marksmanship Championship Series (CCOMCS) Stage III Provincial two-day competition, which took place on April 15 and 16 at Aldershot. See this week's edition for more.


Photo Credit: Capt. Poppy-Jo Currie

St. Mary’s to receive $300,000 for new infrastructure
ST. MARY’S — The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s will receive more than $300,000 to support sustainable infrastructure projects, council heard at its committee of the whole meeting on April 19.

Town, county will continue push for consolidation of Antigonish municipalities
ANTIGONISH — Despite being disappointed that its request for special legislation was not tabled during the recently completed spring sitting of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, officials with the Town of Antigonish and Municipality of the County of Antigonish are committed to moving forward with a proposed merger of the neighbouring municipalities.

New St. Mary’s community transit project gears up
ST. MARY’S — With five community meetings completed and one to go, organizers are optimistic they’ll soon have a formal, citizen-led non-profit society behind the wheel of St. Mary’s new community transit project.

April 19 2023

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE: The ceremony for the 2023 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award of Excellence for l’Acadie and Francophonie of Nova Scotia was held on April 12 in Halifax. Three people were honoured with the award in the categories of Francophone, Francophile and youth recipient. Featured above, from left to right: Sophie LeBlanc of Saulnierville, Digby County; Patsy LeBlanc, wife of Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor; Arthur J. LeBlanc, Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor; Glenda Doucet-Boudreau of Concession, Digby County; and Jennifer Delorey of Larry’s River, Guysborough County. Story below.


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Easter vandalism frustrates residents along Highway 347
ST. MARY’S — Two detachments of the RCMP are investigating at least two incidents of roadside arson along Highway 347, between the communities of Aspen and Garden of Eden, over the Easter weekend that have left residents worried and angry.

Waterfront Society readies for summer season with upgrades
GUYSBOROUGH — At the annual general meeting of the Guysborough Waterfront Development Society (GWDS) on April 17, society chairperson Paul Long outlined the numerous upgrades to the waterfront that are in progress this spring.

Larry’s River woman honoured for work promoting French language, culture
LARRY’S RIVER — For the second time in its brief history, a resident of Larry’s River has received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award of Excellence for l’Acadie and the Francophonie of Nova Scotia, which was created by Nova Scotia’s Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc in 2020.

April 12 2023

NEXT STOP, OUT OF THIS WORLD: Maritime Launch Services has completed the first phase of construction for Spaceport Nova Scotia near Canso including construction of access roads and a demonstration launch pad built for use this July. Pictured above are Lindsay Construction employees overseeing the first pour of concrete for the launch pad on March 20. See story below.


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St. Mary’s taxes up slightly amid rising costs
ST. MARY’S — The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s delivered a balanced budget of $3,866,344 for 2023/24 at its annual general meeting last week (April 4), representing an 11.6 per cent increase in both spending and revenue over the previous year’s $3,462,824.

MODG awards sidewalk tender, holds special meeting to approve increased cost
GUYSBOROUGH — Director of Public Works for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Glen Avery’s report to the monthly committee of the whole meeting on April 5 kicked off a lengthy discussion about spending, the need for sidewalks in the community of Guysborough and increased costs for capital projects.

MLS completes demo launch pad
CANSO — Maritime Launch Services (MLS) has completed construction of the launch pad for a demonstration launch at the project site slated for this summer. On April 4, MLS – the proponent of Spaceport Nova Scotia, the first commercial satellite launch facility in Canada – posted a video to Twitter depicting the construction of the pad.

April 5 2023

NEW BEGINNINGS: After 10 years running their beloved cafe, Beanie’s Bistro, Max MacDonald and Barbara Cameron are moving on. Says Max: “The restaurant business is pretty physical. Barb and I both intend to keep active; just not at this pace.” Beanie’s is under new ownership, with Wine Harbour resident Tammie Vautour determined to keep the establishment very much a community gathering place.


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End of an era for iconic Sherbrooke restaurant
SHERBROOKE — For what seems like an era, Beanie’s Bistro has anchored Sherbrooke’s tiny downtown with its homey charm, bespoke fare and constant conviviality, thanks to its owners. Now, after 10 years happily moored to their welcome mat, Max MacDonald and Barbara Cameron are moving on.

Loan forgiveness extended to Sheet Harbour doctors, nurses
SHEET HARBOUR — With a new federal policy that expands student loan forgiveness to include new doctors and nurses who choose to work in obviously rural, but technically urban, communities, Sam Stevens is smiling again. Almost.

MCC report recommends police reform, focus on gender-based violence prevention
GUYSBOROUGH — In April, 2020, Nova Scotia was the site of the largest mass casualty event perpetrated by a lone gunman in Canada’s history. In a 13-hour time span, the perpetrator travelled to several locations across the province, killing 22 people.

March 29 2023

BLUEFIN BONANZA: It has been a sensational season for the Canso Bluefins hockey program, one that has included several championship efforts. Most recently, the U13 team, which includes Khoie Isadore (back, left), Ben Parker, Mack Horne, Max Parker, Rowan Casey, Oliver DeWolfe, Isaac Nickerson, Jaedyn Bond, Halle Worth, Maelle Pellerin, Ryder Haines (front, left), Jacob Cook, Aiden Angers, Gavin Poirier and Gavin Snow, captured the Pictou County Minor Hockey League Challenge Cup on March 26. Trent Feltmate was unavailable for photo. A golden finish to a memorable campaign.


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Potential consolidation of Antigonish town, county stalled
ANTIGONISH – A proposed municipal marriage in the region has been left at the altar.

Goose Harbour Lake wind farm proposal receives EA approval
GUYSBOROUGH – Port Hawkesbury Wind, a branch of Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP), received environmental assessment (EA) approval for its proposed Goose Harbour Lake Wind Farm in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) from the province on March 20.

Internet issues plague local Bell customers
GUYSBOROUGH – For 18 days, Fraser Cook faced repeated drops in Internet service at his business, Cooks Gas Bar and Robin’s Donuts in Guysborough. For 18 days, he made inquiries and complaints to Bell Aliant Customer Care, saw Bell’s technical support team visit the store on two occasions and filed a complaint with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

March 22 2023

A HELPING HAND: The Municipality of the District of Guysborough capped off the passing of the 2023-2024 budget by announcing a slate of funding initiatives including the community care program which provided $5,000 to the Upper Big Tracadie Seniors Action Club food card program. Featured above, MODG councillors, back row, from left to right: Paul Long, Fin Armsworthy, Dave Hanhams, Deputy Warden Janet Peitzsche, Neil DeCoff and Hudson MacLeod. Front row: Catherine Hartling, representative of the Upper Big Tracadie Seniors Action Club accepting the cheque from Warden Vernon Pitts.


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SMRA awarded $1.56 million for habitat restoration
ST. MARY’S – The St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) has received $1.56 million from the federal government to further its decade-long work of restoring the fabled river, where Babe Ruth once cast a line for salmon.

Community group conducts phone poll regarding consolidation
ANTIGONISH – Anne-Marie Long says the results of a recent phone poll indicate it is “pretty clear” that residents want to vote on the potential consolidation of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and Town of Antigonish.

MODG tax rates unchanged in 2023-2024 budget
GUYSBOROUGH – Tax rates in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) will remain unchanged this fiscal year, while community grants and the low-income tax threshold will increase.

March 15 2023

GOLDEN PERFORMANCE: The Canso Bluefins skated to the U13 C championship over the weekend at the 2023 Birthplace of Hockey March Break Tournament in Windsor. The U18 contingent also captured gold. Read more about both teams and their winning ways in this week's edition.


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New French school could start in September
GUYSBOROUGH – Board members of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) – the Francophone school board for Nova Scotia – voted in favour of establishing a French language school in the Tor Bay Acadian region of Guysborough County last month.

Rising tide lifts all boats: GWDS begins fundraising campaign
GUYSBOROUGH – The Guysborough Waterfront Development Society (GWDS) has some big plans for this summer. To begin with, renovations at the marina and Jost building to perk up the curb appeal of the waterfront – finishing up with major repairs to the wharf and floating docks. But, work costs money and that’s where community members, local business and anyone who loves Guysborough comes into the story – the GWDS has started a fundraising campaign to pay for these much-needed renovations and repairs.

Local student heading for world rankings in ‘pi’ challenge
NEW CHESTER – Caitlynn Langille — a Grade 7 student at St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy, who likes to read, hang out with friends and draw detailed pictures of toadstools — may soon become only the 12th Canadian, officially, to recite by memory the transcendental number, known as pi, above 500 digits.

March 8 2023

HEARTWARMING EFFORT: Fifteen hearty participants, including Therese Hodgkinson (left), Pastor Derek Elsworth, Pastor Terry Rideout and Rosemary Hiltz, braved -22 degree Celsius temperatures - with the wind chill - during the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser, which took place on Feb. 25 in Port Bickerton, Guysborough County. Proceeds from the event - $3630 - will benefit Souls Harbour Rescue Mission and its effort to establish a drop-in centre in Sydney, Cape Breton. With plenty of volunteer help, Hiltz organized the successful event. Read more in this week's edition.


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Heroes rescue driver before vehicle goes up in flames
SHIP HARBOUR – A pair of Eastern Shore men are being praised for their bravery after removing a motorist from a vehicle involved in a crash moments before it went up in flames here earlier this month.

Sunken vessel removed from Tickle Wharf
GUYSBOROUGH – After months of waiting, the sunken fishing vessel tied to the Tickle Wharf in Canso has been removed.

Urgent care centre replaces ED at Sheet Harbour hospital
SHEET HARBOUR – Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital’s (ESMH’s) long-shuttered emergency department is no more. In its place, a new urgent care centre will handle non-life-threatening cases at least two days a week, Nova Scotia Health (NSH) announced on March 3.

March 1 2023

SUPPORTING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: The Guysborough Community Health Board (CHB), volunteers who work with Nova Scotia Health to support community-based projects that positively impact the social determinants of health, met on Feb. 21 at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre in Guysborough to award wellness fund cheques to community organizations. Four groups successfully applied for funding this year: ArtWorks East, Mulgrave and Area Medical Centre, Guysborough County Housing Network and the Strait Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia. Applications for the next round of wellness funds open on Monday, March 6. Pictured above, from left to right: Shaunna Scott, Mulgrave and Area Medical Centre; Natalie Stevens, Strait Chapter Autism Nova Scotia, Kim Avery, Guysborough County Housing Network; Nancy O’Regan, Guysborough County Housing Network; Catherine Hartling, CHB member; Paula MacIsaac, CHB member; Dorothy Bennett, CHB coordinator; Paul Long, CHB member; Tonya Pelly,CHB member; Jack Leonard, ArtWorks East and Hannah Kamogawa, CHB member.


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CSAP supports establishing French school
TOR BAY – A long-held dream for many residents of the Tor Bay area is one crucial step closer to becoming reality.

Melford Terminal gets construction deadline extension
MELFORD – Although it has been more than 15 years since the idea of a multi-million-dollar industrial development along the Strait of Canso in this Guysborough County community was pitched – and no ground has been broken – that doesn’t mean its supporters do not continue to have confidence in its future.

Sheet Harbour becoming centre for green marine dismantling
SHEET HARBOUR – With one project almost complete and two more getting ready to start, Sheet Harbour may be on its way to becoming a centre of excellence for green marine reclamation and recycling.

February 22 2023

SEEDS OF LITERACY TAKE ROOT: Sonia Morgan, coordinator of St. Mary’s Seeds of Literacy program, has been busy bringing her unique mix of reading, creative play and fitness to young (and old) across the district. The program, launched last year, is designed to help improve literacy in many areas other than reading, including nature and physical activity. Shown here is Sonia and (left to right) Ainsley MacDonald, Kenzie Cook and Simon MacDonald at the Port Bickerton Community Centre on Feb. 11. Story in this week's edition.


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MLS set to prepare suborbital launch pad
GUYSBOROUGH – Maritime Launch Services (MLS) celebrated Valentine’s Day by announcing on Twitter that they had completed the access roads to the horizontal integration facility – a large, hangar-like building where rockets are assembled before launch – and would now move to work on the launch pad for the first commercial satellite launch facility in Canada, Spaceport Nova Scotia, located near Canso.

Chamber gets $82,000 for doctor recruitment efforts
SHEET HARBOUR – The Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce and Civic Affairs will receive nearly $82,000 from the province for physician recruitment.

St. Mary’s councillors take aim at power hikes
ST. MARY’S – Nova Scotia Power was in the hot seat last week as members of council for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s questioned recent rate increases that could help nudge public finances into the red this year.

February 15 2023

VALENTINE’S TEA: Residents of High-Crest Home for Special Care in Sherbrooke enjoyed socializing at a Valentine’s Day tea on Tuesday afternoon. Pictured here are (l-r) Winnie Hawes, Bessie Snair and Helen Mitchell.


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Goshen Community Centre volunteers keep calm and carry on
GOSHEN – Vandals who damaged Goshen’s community centre on Jan. 27 may have broken doors and steps, but not hearts in this tiny, resilient St. Mary’s community.

EA approval means EverWind could start construction this spring
GUYSBOROUGH – A new hydrogen industry in the Strait region could start to take shape this year.

Engineering design to begin for planned Canso childcare centre
CANSO – The Canso and Area Childcare Association had good news to discuss at its first annual general meeting (AGM) on Feb. 9 at the Canso Library Resource Centre.

February 8 2023

AFRICAN HERITAGE MONTH: Municipality of the District of Guysborough council members, along with members of the African Nova Scotian community and the RCMP, marked the beginning of African Heritage Month by raising the African Nova Scotia flag outside of the municipal building in Guysborough on Feb. 1. Pictured above, from left to right: RCMP Constables Antony Fink and Nathan Sparks, Councillor Fin Armsworthy, Catherine Hartling, Councillors Neil DeCoff and Paul Long, Tonya Pelley, Councillor Dave Hanhams, Warden Vernon Pitts, Councillors Mary Desmond and Hudson MacLeod and Deputy Warden Janet Peitzsche.


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Action to address Sheet Harbour’s ER closures expected soon
SHEET HARBOUR – As Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital’s emergency department enters its second month of shutdown, the provincial government is expected to announce a short-term solution as early as next week, and longer-term plans for the facility soon after that, The Journal has learned.

Keeping Up With Katie Kelly
HALIFAX – Katie Kelly rarely spends the supper hour alone on weekdays, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Last bon voyage for the Caruso
MARIE JOSEPH – The final verse of the ballad of the MV Caruso is being written this week, as Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) officials and their private contractors begin hauling away the wreck that has stubbornly sat against this coastal village, like a giant piece of flotsam, for years.

February 1 2023

WANTON ACTS OF VIOLENCE: Goshen Community Centre was among many targets of vandals on Jan. 26. Police believe the individual or individuals responsible used a stolen Ford F-150 pickup truck — found burned and abandoned near Giants Lake early Friday morning (Jan. 27) — to commit the crimes along Highway 316 in northeastern St. Mary’s and Antigonish County.


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Vandals hit Goshen centre, ditch burnt-out truck
GOSHEN – Residents in northeastern Nova Scotia are still reeling after vandals hit everything from roadside mailboxes to a community hall during a highway spree that stretched from Antigonish to Goshen on Jan. 26.

St. Mary’s council supports Fraser’s criticism of federal boundary changes
ST. MARY’S – Council for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is endorsing Central Nova MP Sean Fraser’s criticism of proposed federal boundary changes that would extend his largely rural constituency into suburban Halifax.

Moving towards French language education: proponents for CSAP school hold info session in Larry’s River
GUYSBOROUGH – The Torbay Area Parent/CSAP Liaison Group held an information session for parents and community members interested in a proposed French language school for the area on Jan. 24.

January 25 2023

AWARD RECIPIENTS HONOURED: Eastern Shore MLA Kent Smith (right) hosted a celebration for residents of his constituency who received the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal on Jan. 22 in Chezzetcook. Eastern Shore honorees included Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Councillor David Hendsbee (left), Lorrie Boutilier, Janice Christie, Molly Gammon, Myrene Keating-Owen and Beverly Smith. Recipient Lisa Snyder was unavailable for the photo. The prestigious honour, which was created to mark the 70th anniversary of the late monarch’s ascension to the throne, recognizes those who have “demonstrated exceptional qualities and devoted outstanding service to others through their job, volunteer work or contributions to their community.”


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Plan to improve ER care lacks rural solutions
GUYSBOROUGH – The Houston government, which was elected on a platform to fix healthcare, announced a long list of actions meant to increase access to emergency care in the province and reduce wait times for care on Jan. 18.

Sherbrooke library opens after month of closures
SHERBROOKE – After a month of rolling shutdowns, the Sherbrooke library will resume public branch operations on Wednesday, Jan. 25, the board responsible for its administration announced on its website last week.

Sunken vessel remains tied to Tickle Wharf
GUYSBOROUGH – In mid-December, this newspaper reported that the RCMP was investigating the sinking of a fishing boat at Tickle Wharf in Canso, while the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was making plans for its removal. Much to the dismay of local residents and fishers, the sunken boat remains tied to the wharf.

January 18 2023

GUYSBOROUGH-TRACADIE RESIDENTS AWARDED QUEEN’S JUBILEE MEDALS: In a ceremony at Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough on Jan. 13, Guysborough-Tracadie MLA Greg Morrow honoured some of the residents who are recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal, which was created to mark the 70th anniversary of the late monarch becoming Queen of Canada. After the presentation, honorees Harold Roberts, Keith Horton, Walter Grant (accepting for the late Mike Breen), Donnie Fraser, Lorne MacDonald (accepting for the late Mike Breen), Neil DeCoff, Mary Desmond, MLA Morrow, Paul Long, Joe Jellow, Kaye Willliams, Bill Innis, Jude Avery, Lewis MacIntosh, Barb Bell and Donna MacDonald (accepting for her late husband, Miles MacDonald) gathered for a photo. Recipient Donald Dodge was unavailable. The medal, as a description of the program indicates “recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the province or to a particular region, community or field.”


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Sherbrooke library closings cause concern
ST. MARY’S – Sherbrooke’s public library has been shut tight since before Christmas and at least one resident is suggesting that the board which administers it start recruiting local volunteers to help keep it open.

Spaceport project’s momentum continues in 2023
GUYSBOROUGH – Maritime Launch Services (MLS), proponent of Spaceport Nova Scotia to be located at Canso, and Spaceflight Inc., a launch and in-space transportation services provider with headquarters in Seattle, has announced they’ve signed an agreement to launch up to five orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) aboard the Cyclone-4M rocket beginning in 2025.

Provincial budgets squeeze Sherbrooke Village
ST. MARY’S – Without a fresh infusion of provincial investment, Sherbrooke’s living museum runs the risk of becoming a shadow of its former self, says the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Deputy Warden James Fuller.

January 11 2023

COMMITTED TO COMMUNITY: The Guysborough Waterfront Development Society (GWDS) has worked tirelessly for more than two decades to increase the curb appeal and usage of the Guysborough waterfront. Those efforts were recognized last weekend during the ACOA funding announcement that supports the society’s mandate. Photo from left to right: GWDS board members Carmel Avery-MacDonald, Paul Long, Glenn Rees, Bill Innis, Donna Hochman; Municipality of the District of Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts, Cape Breton-Canso MP Mike Kelloway, GWDS board members David Connolly, Kate Jamieson and Glen Avery.


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New ‘hub and spoke’ model in the works for ESMH
SHEET HARBOUR — The emergency department at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital in Sheet Harbour may be closed this month, but provincial officials are hoping to keep it open for good, through a new healthcare model tailor-made for the area, as soon as this summer.

ACOA funding announced for Guysborough Waterfront
GUYSBOROUGH – It’s been some time coming, according to Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Warden Vernon Pitts, but on Jan. 5, Cape Breton-Canso MP Mike Kelloway came to Guysborough to announce a non-repayable contribution of $73,500 to the Guysborough Waterfront Development Society (GWDS).

St. Mary’s volunteer fire departments at risk, official says
ST. MARY’S – James Fuller, Deputy Warden of the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, is raising the alarm about the future of volunteer fire departments in the area, noting that many are stretched to the limit of their resources.

January 4 2023

WELCOME HOME: Jude Avery (left) with Stéphane Patoine on the wharf in Larry’s River where the Acadian community has welcomed the Quebecois sailor into their homes and their hearts this winter.


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Sailor finds warm winter welcome in Acadian enclave
LARRY’S RIVER – Sometimes you just happen to meet the right people at the right time. This fall, Stéphane Patoine – an artisan jeweller from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec – sailed into Canso on his sailboat ‘Trusquin’ and happened upon fellow sailor and Larry’s River native Neil Pellerin, who quickly convinced him to set sail for that community.

Emergency room shutdown stuns Sheet Harbour
SHEET HARBOUR – The sudden, month-long shut-down of the emergency room at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital (ESMH) in Sheet Harbour has left residents reeling and worried about the future of healthcare in their rural area.

Province to move on Archibald Lake wilderness designation
ST. MARY’S – The provincial government is now “taking the next steps” on the proposed designation of Archibald Lake Wilderness Area, according to a statement last week from Department of Environment and Climate Change Minister Timothy Halman.