April 14 2021

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE TO WIN—AGAINST COVID-19: Kaye Williams of Guysborough receives the Moderna vaccine at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough from experienced pharmacist Alison Myers. Read Kaye's vaccination story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

MODG offers $100,000 incentive for doctor recruits
GUYSBOROUGH – The emergency dept. closed sign has been posted at Guysborough Memorial Hospital with increasing frequency in recent months, and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) announced April 7 that it is prepared to make a bold move to reverse that trend; a move that puts hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table.

Fair or fowl
MULGRAVE – If you have ever attended a Town of Mulgrave council meeting you’ve likely heard about chickens.

Ship of dreams
ST. MARY’s – The chance to christen the new Country Harbour ferry, connecting the municipal districts of St. Mary’s and Guysborough, is bringing history alive for hundreds of school children and renewing community hopes for smooth sailing ahead.

April 7 2021

ICY EASTER: Julia Desmond poses for an Easter Sunday photo in less than springlike conditions. In Upper Big Tracadie, one of the results of a weekend storm that swept across the region was a heavy coat of ice that weighed down trees and power lines. Some communities experienced power outages that lasted 36 hours.

Photo Credit: Tara Lee Reddick

Status quo for St. Mary’s ratepayers
ST. MARY’S – Council in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has approved its budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, one highlighted by no tax increases and a multi-million-dollar surplus.

Easter ice storm knocks out power for 36 hours
BOYLSTON – “It won’t happen again,” is what Shelley McGee-Wilson said of her less than perfect preparation for the ice storm that hit parts of Guysborough County Easter weekend.

Vaccines not yet available in St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S – As pharmacies and clinics mobilize across the province this week to vaccinate residents against COVID-19, St. Mary’s residents will have to travel out of district to receive their shots, according to the most recent booking information from the province.

March 31 2021

SUGAR BUSH: Gary Simpson monitors sap production at the Lazy Maple Lodge in North Ogden, Guysborough County. The Simpson family has been tapping trees and making maple syrup in these woods for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Allegations of racism at CECGA
GUYSBOROUGH – Earlier this month, a student from Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy (CECGA) posted a note to social media stating that, although she was not Black or a person of colour, she had seen her friends face racism at the school. The post specifically highlights the bystander problem, alleging that some students made fun of other ethnicities, while other students and teachers heard the comments and ignored them.

How sweet it is
NORTH OGDEN – The sun’s out, the snow is melting and the sap is running fast in North Ogden, Guysborough County.

Lawton’s fully booked for first round of vaccinations
SHEET HARBOUR – Residents were quick to answer the call put out by Lawton’s Sheet Harbour pharmacist, Tanya Smiley, on March 25 for those 75 and over to book appointments for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

March 24 2021

NURSING HOME VACCINATIONS: Milford Haven Home for Special Care CCA Marianne Hendsbee receives her COVID-19 vaccination from RN Sarabjit Kaur, director of care, during a recent immunization clinic at the Guysborough facility. Since late February, staff members have been getting vaccinated, while residents have been receiving their first dose since March 15. Designated caregivers were scheduled to receive their vaccinations during a two-day clinic this week, which was coordinated by the Health Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) and the Guysborough Pharmacy.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Boylston fire deemed suspicious
BOYLSTON – An unoccupied mini home on Reddys Hill, near Boylston, Guysborough County was damaged by fire on the night of March 17. An RCMP news release on March 18 stated that, “The fire is believed to be suspicious and the investigation is ongoing.”

MODG raises taxes to help offset lost revenues
GUYSBOROUGH – “No council likes to put up taxes,” Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Warden Vernon Pitts said March 17, after council approved a $0.06 increase in taxes across the board in its 2021-2022 budget.

Residents frustrated with lab booking system
GUYSBOROUGH – It’s been four months since Nova Scotia Health (NSH) implemented the new lab appointment booking system and, according to some patients in the Guysborough area, the kinks haven’t been worked out yet.

March 17 2021

MOVING THROUGH MARCH BREAK: The Walk for the Soul event – sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough recreation department and the Guysborough and Area Community Health Board was held Sunday (March 14) at Boylston Park. The event brought out almost 20 participants – of all ages – for a walk around Priest Island. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Libraries close over March break
GUYSBOROUGH – “They should be open and providing programming for our kids. They are out of school for that week. It’s a lost opportunity for the library. There’s a lack of leadership there – there’s a definite lack of leadership.”

Library board seeks more money for same service
ST. MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is calling on the province to “investigate” Eastern Counties Regional Library’s (ECRL) recent request that the municipality pay $10,000 more per year for the same level of service, effective April 6.

Consultant proposes ‘flexible coverage model’ for local hospitals
GUYSBOROUGH – The communities of Guysborough and Canso got a look at health care consultant Mary Jane Hampton’s proposed health services delivery model for Eastern Memorial Hospital (EMH) in Canso and Guysborough Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Guysborough last week.

March 10 2021

PHARMACY ROLLOUT: The first COVID-19 vaccinations in a pharmacy in Nova Scotia took place Tuesday, March 9, at the Guardian Pharmacy in Spryfield. Jeanne Henneberry rolled up her sleeve and then gave a thumbs up. Vaccine clinics at various sites across the province, including Antigonish, will be operational the week of March 15 for those aged 80 and above.

Photo Credit: Communications Nova Scotia

‘We’ve got a site!’
PORT HILFORD – With an agreement in principle to purchase more than 100 acres of prime coastline near Wine Harbour, the Whale Sanctuary Project (WSP) took a giant leap forward last week in its plan to establish North America’s first wild refuge for formerly captive belugas.

Daycare for Guysborough?
GUYSBOROUGH – The community of Guysborough has a lot of great selling points for families looking for a rural lifestyle – pre-primary to Grade 12 education, full-service hospital, easy access to nature, reasonable house prices and a vibrant arts community – but it’s the thing Guysborough doesn’t have that can make or break the decision to settle in the area for some families.

Fitch Report released
GUYSBOROUGH – After calls from provincial opposition parties, the paramedics union and the public, the Fitch Report on the state and best practices for the Emergency Health Services (EHS) was released on March 8.

March 3 2021

RESTORATION: Craftsmen Allan MacKeen (left) and Keith Laybolt with one of the windows built in Historic Sherbrooke Village’s wood shop for the Exhibit Centre, part of a recently completed $1-million renovation project.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Sherbrooke Village completes $1M reno
SHERBROOKE – It’s taken eight months and a million dollars, but Historic Sherbrooke Village has managed to paint the town red … and green … and brown … and, indeed, every restoration colour the living museum can conjure to bring tourists back in a post-pandemic world.

Government and locals at odds about fate of 100-year-old shipwreck
DRUM HEAD – Almost 100 years ago, the steamer Scotia caught fire and sank off the shores of Drum Head, Guysborough County, while hauling $75,000 worth of cargo from Halifax to Boylston, Guysborough County.

Feds move to address polluting shipwreck
MARIE JOSEPH – The long and fateful sojourn of MV Caruso, beached below the highway outside this tiny St. Mary’s community, is coming to an end one way or the other.

February 24 2021

VACCINE ROLLOUT: Shelley Stewart, an ICU nurse, receives her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 from Public Health LPN Amanda MacDonald-Venedam Monday morning (Feb. 22) at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. It was the first of six days of scheduled vaccination clinics – three this week and three next week – at the Antigonish hospital. Provincial health officials say the plan is to vaccinate 550 people each week, including Phase 0 hospital staff from St. Martha’s and the surrounding areas, long-term care healthcare workers, paramedics, designated first medical responders and First Nation healthcare workers.

Photo Credit: Nova Scotia Health Authority

Families share impacts of tragedy
PORT HAWKESBURY – Cassandra Desmond, Lionel Desmond’s sister, wrapped up her testimony at the Desmond Fatality Inquiry last Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16, when she spoke about the day Lionel killed their mother, Brenda; his wife, Shanna and their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, at a home in Upper Big Tracadie.

MODG concerned about library service
GUYSBOROUGH – What should have been a routine point on the monthly Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) council meeting agenda, a report on the recent Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) library board meeting, spurred a long discussion about the fate of the libraries in Canso and Guysborough.

Mulgrave program casts a wide net to reduce food insecurity during pandemic
MULGRAVE – One might say it was an ambitious plan, to create a meal delivery service to support older, vulnerable adults in Guysborough County experiencing challenges related to food security during the pandemic. Given that the county is geographically large and has a population of whom half are more than the age of 55, the idea took some planning to get off the ground. But with government funding – from the federal New Horizon Program, N.S. Dept. of Communities, Culture and Heritage Program and N.S. Department of Seniors – the board of directors of the Mulgrave and Area Medical Centre and a project advisory committee got Community Food Connections on the road delivering meals free of charge to the kitchens of more than 160 program participants.

February 17 2021

HEARTS FOR HELPERS: The new Hearts in the Park display in Sherbrooke honours those who have been helping during Covid-19. It’s near one of the entrances to the new accessible public garden, which was completed last year with financial support from the province through the Village’s Rural Institute for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sustainability (RICHES) and an $8,000 grant from Accessibility Nova Scotia. Heart builders from left to right: Keith and Heather Laybolt, Brennon MacKay, Shannon O’Connell, Andy MacKay, Dana O’Connell (lead on park project), and Patricia MacKay. Story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Family members’ testimony begins
PORT HAWKESBURY – “When I read this, I hear my brother’s cry for help.” Lionel Desmond’s sister Cassandra reflected on reading her brother’s words from a 2015 document as she spoke at the Desmond Fatality Inquiry at the Port Hawkesbury courthouse Tuesday, Feb. 16. In the letter – part of an application to Veterans Affairs for disability benefits – Lionel Desmond wrote about head injuries he sustained in military service and his search for help.

St. Mary’s forestry facing collapse
ST. MARY’S – The forest industry – which once employed hundreds of men and women across this lightly populated, densely wooded district – is collapsing under the weight of government policy, market turbulence and public opinion, say local operators.

Rankin readies to become 29th premier
GUYSBOROUGH – In less than a month, Iain Rankin will become the 29th Premier of Nova Scotia and, at age 37, the second youngest in the province’s history – the youngest was Rodney MacDonald, who became premier at age 34.

February 10 2021

SNOW HERO: Even though school was cancelled Monday (Feb. 8) – in the aftermath of a winter storm that blanketed the province, including the Sheet Harbour area – seven-year-old Kayson Boutilier kept busy, continuing his tradition of shoveling the doorsteps of senior neighbours. One of those grateful recipients is Helen Walsh, who says the youngster – often accompanied by his brother, Brady – shovels for her and other widows, including Diane Hiltz and Muriel Chittick. Kayson’s mother – Erin – says he loves waking up on storm days, so he can get to work shovelling out his neighbours.

Photo Credit: Helen Walsh

Funding supports Canso Seafoods expansion
CANSO – The Canso Seafoods plant addition should be up and running in April, increasing production and expanding the product line, with funding support from the province and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

MODG still only unit with dedicated African Nova Scotian seat
GUYSBOROUGH – “It just seemed like the right thing to do,” says Lloyd Hines, who sits as the MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, but was a councillor in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) in 1994, when council applied to the Utility and Review Board (UARB) to create a seat to represent the Black communities in the municipality.

Addition to protected islands helps realize vision for Eastern Shore
SHERBROOKE – With protected status granted to 20 more sites across the province last week, one community leader here sees hope for what he calls the “sanctuary of the enlightened,” provided government continues to listen to its constituents.

February 3 2021

CROSSING THE BORDER FOR TREATMENT: Dale Pye, diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in May 2020, has a life-saving treatment waiting for him in Boston. His daughter, Shelly, will accompany him on the two-month excursion. His family and community are raising funds to help cover their expenses on this journey. From left Dale Pye, his grandson Jackson and daughters Shelly and Melissa (Jackson's mother).

Photo Credit: Wendy Pye

Atlantic Gold faces environmental charges
ST. MARY – Atlantic Gold, which intends to “mitigate any risks” associated with operating an open pit mine in the ecologically sensitive St. Mary’s River valley, has been arraigned on 32 counts of violating Nova Scotia’s Environment Act.

Family raising funds to send father to Boston for cancer treatments
PORT DUFFERIN – Diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in May 2020 – in the midst of the isolation period of the COVID-19 pandemic – 59-year-old Dale Pye of Port Dufferin is fighting a very aggressive and fast-growing type of cancer.

SMRA wants feds to back off Atlantic salmon
ST. MARY’S – With almost exquisite irony, the St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) has joined other conservation groups in eastern Canada to oppose a federal effort that could formally list their cherished Atlantic salmon as a protected “species at risk.”

January 27 2021

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: Derek LeBlanc, EHS regional manager for ground operations, addressed questions – via video link – from MODG council during its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 20.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

MODG unhappy with EHS answers
GUYSBOROUGH – Three times wasn’t the charm, so the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) invited representatives from ambulance provider Emergency Health Services (EHS) – Derek LeBlanc and Phil Stewart – to council, once again, to answer questions about the provision of service in the area.

Country Harbour ferry out of service until May
COUNTRY HARBOUR – Better now than during the summer is the general reaction from people in the Country Harbour area when it was announced last week (Jan. 20) that the Country Harbour ferry would continue to be out of service – due to mechanical problems – until May, when a new ferry comes into service.

Freedom of Information response ‘unacceptable’ – warden
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week (Jan. 21) the government relaunched its Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) online portal,

January 20 2021

LET FREEDOM RING: Grade 5 students at Chedabucto Education Centre celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday (Jan. 18). Here, special guest Constable Nathan Sparks of the RCMP recites King Jr.'s history-making I Have a Dream speech.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG sells nursing homes
GUYSBOROUGH – As of 1:01 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) was out of the nursing home business. That’s when a deal to sell Milford Haven Home for Special Care in Guysborough and Seaside Manor in Canso to GEM Health Care Group closed.

Spaceport plans delayed
CANSO – Maritime Launch Services (MLS) will not get liftoff as early as the company had hoped.

Special election boosts whales
ST. MARY’S – Riding a groundswell of support for a whale-friendly environment, and with just a hint of déjà vu, James Harpell became the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s newest council member Saturday night [Jan. 16].

St. Mary’s finances in the black
ST. MARY’S – Rural decline may be taking the stuffing out of public finances across Nova Scotia, but the Municipality of the District of Saint Mary’s is the picture of health thanks to sound financial management, says Chief Administrative Officer Marvin MacDonald.

January 13 2021

Community members gathered with District 2 Councillor David Hendsbee of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), highway employees and engineer Michael Balsom in October to discuss safety concerns regarding Atkins Point Road in Harrigan Cove. Work has been done to prevent vehicles from sliding into the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Plans for Cochrane Hill mine delayed
ST. MARY’S – Atlantic Gold Corporation has delayed the opening of its Cochrane Hill mine by as much as three years, putting the controversial facility at the bottom of its list of immediate priorities.

Residents call for urgent action on unsafe road
HARRIGAN COVE – Atkins Point Road is a secondary road in Harrigan Cove with 30 residents in 16 homes. Initially a loop connected by a bridge, it has been barricaded by DOT since 2015 due to the breakdown of the abutment at either end.

Local ER closures increasing
GUYSBOROUGH – While the world has been bracing for a health care crisis due to COVID-19, Nova Scotia has been coming to grips with a health care crisis in the ER.

January 6 2021

SPLASH TO THE FUTURE: A pair of 11-year-old friends from Canso made a splash to start 2021. Grade 6 students Marlee Rhynold (left) and Taylor Boudreau participated in a polar bear dip for the first time on New Year's Day. Although COVID-19 health guidelines forced adjustments to these chilly gatherings across the province - especially when it came to the number of people who could participate, and with social distancing in mind - many, like Marlee and Taylor, were able to continue the tradition. See more photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Melissa Richards

From trash to gas: Green things happening at landfill
The saying goes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. In this case, trash is gas and that, in turn, is power – of the electric kind.

Bringing back the Belmont
A couple from Guysborough County has brought the iconic Belmont Resort and Golf Course back to life, if only virtually.

Mulgrave still waiting for action on dangerous intersection
MULGRAVE – The intersection in Aulds Cove linking Highway 344 to the Trans-Canada Highway has been a safety concern for many years, especially for the Town of Mulgrave; it’s the chief means of egress from the community.

December 30 2020

MILD HOLIDAYS: It doesn’t really look like the Christmas holidays, but it’s a stunning scene all the same in this photo of The Tickle taken on Monday [Dec. 28]. A replacement to Tittle Bridge, which collapsed in July, is under construction, along with the temporary causeway built to connect residents to the mainland. Mild weather has meant a very different kind of Christmas for many in our area.

Photo Credit: Rob Carter / Lost Shores

Candidates differ on Atlantic Gold
ST. MARY’S – The race to fill a vacant council seat in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s officially launched last week, as two lifelong Port Bickerton and Harpellville-area residents hit the campaign trail with heads full of steam and straight talk.

New RCMP member’s first post in Canso
CANSO – Over the past year the Guysborough and Canso RCMP detachments have welcomed a few new faces. Among the new members is Cst. Jordan Bruce, who is starting his RCMP career in Canso.

Addressing local housing needs
“If you don’t have safe shelter, you don’t have anything,” said Nancy O’Regan, co-chair with Sheila Pelly of the recently formed Guysborough County Housing Network.

December 23 2020

NEW ICE: Former MODG councillor Miles MacDonald was first to hit the ice over the weekend as the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex’s skating facility opened for the season in Guysborough. This week’s balmy and rainy forecast doesn’t bode well for the ice, but residents are hoping to get a good freeze back soon for more outdoor winter fun.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Real estate boom spreads to St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S – A growing number of Canadian urbanites willing to buy properties sight unseen are snatching up homes in this COVID-free corner of the country, like pilgrims seeking sanctuary.

St. Mary’s addresses unsightly properties
ST. MARY’S – Though rare, complaints about unsightly properties in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s could become a more common feature of regular council business, as elected officials grapple with a new municipal planning strategy and land use bylaw expected as soon as next month.

Sheet Harbour Radio goes live
SHEET HARBOUR – After several years of broadcasting online – and more recently receiving an FM license – Sheet Harbour Radio is venturing into live broadcasts.

December 16 2020

GIVING SEASON: RCMP officers Cst. Justin Hall (left) and Cst. Dan Ronaghan, members of the Sheet Harbour detachment, coordinated a community-wide 'stuff the cruiser' initiative, accepting donations for the Rainbow Foodbank. They advertised their effort on Facebook, requesting donations of food items, gift cards or cash. The officers parked the cruiser in the lot at Foodland, from 11 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11. Manager Helen Asprey presented $500 to the officers on behalf of the East Coast Credit Union branch in support of the foodbank. The officers collected $1,925 in cash and gift cards, along with a fully-stuffed cruiser.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

Council calls on Irving to remediate former gas station property
GUYSBOROUGH – “It’s been in excess of 15 years since that facility had closed and in that period of time there has been very little done to improve the look of the lot,” Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Warden Vernon Pitts said, after the Dec. 9 regular council meeting, of the land left vacant on Main Street, Guysborough by Irving Oil Ltd.

Funding for community centres
ANTIGONISH COUNTY – The Municipality of the County of Antigonish will provide a one-time $10,000 operating grant to nine community centres.

Latest jobs report contradicts rural reality
ST. MARY’S – The Nova Scotia government’s latest job numbers paint a rosy portrait of the province’s economic buoyancy since the beginning of the global pandemic in March, but one senior analyst warns there’s more to the picture than meets the eye, especially in rural regions.

December 9 2020

Staff and volunteers at Gerald Hardy Memorial Society, which houses Rainbow Foodbank, are busy preparing Christmas gifts for a number of Christmas families and filling hampers with food for a Christmas dinner. Executive Director Catherine MacNeil expresses gratitude to residents, businesses and organizations for their outstanding contributions to bring a happy Christmas to so many. Pictured from left - Betty Ann Hartling, Susan Foote, Linda Fleet, Julie Adamson, Catherine MacNeil, Darlene Crosby and Janet McKinnon.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

Real estate boom spreads to Guysborough County
‘Location, location, location’ — that used to be the catch phrase in real estate – but realtors in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) say that’s changed in the recent COVID-driven housing boom to ‘high-speed Internet’.

NSHA responds to placement policy criticism
SHEET HARBOUR – Gloria McCluskey wants her 93-year-old sister, Marie Turner, transferred from Northwood Terrance in Halifax to Harbourview Lodge Continuing Care (HVL) in Sheet Harbour. As reported in last week’s Journal, HVL is close to Turner’s home of Moser River and near her children and grandchildren.

Municipality asks Halifax travellers to keep their distance
ST. MARY’S – Of the countless ways a tourist area can address the travelling public, “please move along” is not ordinarily one of them.

December 2 2020

SHEET HARBOUR: Santa, Mrs. Claus and two impish elves visited Marine Drive Academy in Sheet Harbour Nov. 30 to wave to students on buses on their way home. Santa was anxious to let kids know, especially if they've been good, he and the reindeer will be around this Christmas, as usual. Santa thanked his helpers -- Sherrilee Redden, Dorothy McGrath, Joni Josey Hubley and Dorthea Dearman -- for assisting with spreading happiness.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

Spike in HRM cases impacts MODG
“We need to flip the switch on COVID-19 right now,” said Premier Stephen McNeil last week after 37 people tested positive for the virus in one day.

McCluskey says nursing home placement lacks compassion
EASTERN SHORE – Former Moser River resident Marie Turner entered Northwood Continuing Care facility last November. While it was her first placement, it was not her first choice. When she applied, she selected Harbourview Lodge (HVL) in Sheet Harbour as her first choice, to allow her to live in the same community as her family.

Surprise upgrades set for Internet-deprived communities
HALIFAX – Boylston residents won’t be rocking Netflix around-the-clock anytime soon, but they and about 1,000 other rural residents of Antigonish and Guysborough counties are set for unexpected upgrades to high-speed Internet by 2023 – adding to communities announced by Develop Nova Scotia in September.

November 25 2020

PROTEST SONG: With the release of his new song, “For All The Gold,” last week, Pictou native and Canadian recording artist Dave Gunning added his voice to those against gold mining in the St. Mary’s River valley. The eight-time East Coast Music Award-winning singer-songwriter says Atlantic Gold’s proposal to build an open-pit mine near Sherbrooke is short-sighted. Gunning has given the St. Mary’s River Association the rights to use the song in perpetuity.

Photo Credit: Scott Beaver

MODG frustrated with EHS service
GUYSBOROUGH – “One complaint is too many complaints,” when it comes to ambulance delays putting patients at risk, Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Warden Vernon Pitts told media on Nov. 18, after the regular monthly meeting of council.

Fisheries heritage centre proposed for Canso waterfront
CANSO – The Canso Area Development Association (CADA) would like to bring a fisheries heritage centre to the Canso waterfront.

Songwriter pens new anthem to protest gold mine
ST. MARY’S – Pictou native and Canadian recording artist Dave Gunning has literally added his voice to a rising chorus of complaint against gold mining in the St. Mary’s River valley.

November 18 2020

SHEET HARBOUR: Makenna Boutilier, sporting a blue nose, proudly displays her medal after completing her 4K run during the first Bluenose Marathon Kids' Run held at Taylor Head Beach road. 18 Grade five and six students from Marine Drive Academy participated in the first annual event. Full story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Amanda Boutilier

Inquiry plans move to Port Hawkesbury
GUYSBOROUGH – Lawyers involved with the Desmond Inquiry have been told that hearings will resume on February 16, 2021, in Port Hawkesbury. To date all sessions have been held at the Municipal Building in Guysborough.

Housing boom in Antigonish
‘For sale’ signs continue to be quickly covered with the word ‘sold,” as the housing market in the Antigonish area maintains a recent boon.

Historic Sherbrooke Village submits $1M ask to ACOA
SHERBROOKE – Historic Sherbrooke Village officials are cautiously optimistic that the living museum will soon qualify for new federal funding worth about $1 million.

November 11 2020

LEST WE FORGET: The village of Guysborough has begun a new initiative to honour and remember local veterans by erecting banners bearing their photo, name, regiment and overseas service.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Banners honour Guysborough’s veterans
GUYSBOROUGH – As time marches on, the soldiers who once marched for us in the First World War and Second World War become fewer and fewer. This year, there are only two Second World War veterans living in Guysborough. To ensure that their sacrifices, names and faces are never forgotten, a new initiative has begun in the village – hanging banners representing those who served in the world wars. This year, banners representing Gerald Fitzgerald and Roy Simpson can be seen on Main Street near the Broad Street intersection.

Indigenous elder proud to have served
SHEET HARBOUR – James Howe is a proud Indigenous man who, at 87, is the oldest living resident of the Sheet Harbour satellite reserve of the Millbrook Band.

St. Mary’s expands public access to council meetings
ST. MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s council finally buried one of their peskier bones of contention last week by unanimously approving audio recordings of their public meetings, effective immediately.

November 4 2020

RED RIBBON DAY: Kaye Williams, one of the founders of the Guysborough and Area Food Bank, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the organization’s new location on Green Street, Guysborough. David Worth (front, left), MODG Warden Vernon Pitts, Myles Connolly, MLA Lloyd Hines, Morris Landry, Elizabeth Connolly (back, left) and Jack Hart also participated in the Oct. 31 ceremony.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Guysborough celebrates new home for food bank
GUYSBOROUGH – “This day is a day that we’ll never forget,” said Elizabeth Connolly, secretary of the Guysborough and Area Food Bank, to the crowd gathered on a chilly Oct. 31 to celebrate the grand opening of the new food bank location on Green Street, Guysborough.

Desmond Inquiry plans move
GUYSBOROUGH – The N.S. Judiciary announced on Oct. 28 that the Desmond Fatality Inquiry will move to a new location when proceedings resume, due “to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.” But the inquiry did not consult with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) about safety measures that could be taken to keep the inquiry in Guysborough. Hearings have so far been held at the Municipal Building on Pleasant St. in Guysborough.

Kaiser-Kirk resigns amid ‘rocky’ start for new St. Mary’s council
ST. MARY’S – Setting what could be a new land speed record for political change in St. Mary’s, after only two days on the job, freshly minted Warden Gregory Wier last week announced the resignation of long-serving councillor Peggy Kaiser-Kirk, the former rival for his new position.

School gyms to reopen for community activities, sports
The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has announced public school gyms will gradually reopen to community groups for physical activity and sports.

October 28 2020

Beverly and William Ledden sit at their kitchen table in Harrigan Cove as they advocate for reliable cell service on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. During a recent heart attack at 1 a.m. they were unable to make a landline call and had to drive to a neighbouring community before she got one bar on her cell and was able to make the 911 call.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

A heart attack in the middle of the night and no phone service: how one woman responded
HARRIGAN COVE – Beverly Ledden’s husband woke her at 1 a.m. on August 27 and said, “Ambulance. I am having a heart attack.”

Borden found guilty of breaching release order: assault trial scheduled for May
PORT HAWKESBURY – On Tuesday, October 20, John Arthur Borden of Sunnyville was found guilty by Judge Michael Sherar at the Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court of breaching a release order. The order stated that he must not go on the property or premises of the workplace of an NSLC employee in Guysborough.

Election Act violation complaints made in MODG
GUYSBOROUGH – Holding a municipal election during a pandemic was an uncertain prospect; candidates could not campaign as usual and voters were asked to vote online or by telephone instead of gathering at a polling station.

October 21 2020

MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR: Winter Light Productions visited the Old Court House Museum in Guysborough for their second season of production on the Eastlink Community TV series Maritime Museums. Above, host Paul Kimball (seated left). interviews Guysborough Historical Society Vice-President Mark Haynes (seated right) about the hundreds of years of history packed into the museum.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Newcomer Zinck defeats Mosher in St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S – Teacher and political newcomer Charlene Zinck won District 2 (Ecum Secum and Area) in Saturday’s municipal election, defeating incumbent and long-serving St. Mary’s Warden Michael Mosher by a margin of more than two-to-one.

Second time’s the charm – Desmond wins MODG dist. 2 seat
UPPER BIG TRACADIE – During the last municipal election cycle in 2016, Mary Desmond lost the Municipality of the District of Guysborough District 2 seat to incumbent Sheila Pelly by one vote. The near miss only served to make Desmond push harder to get the vote out during this election cycle – and it worked. On Saturday evening she was declared the winner in District 2, taking 73 votes to Pelly’s 47.

New protected provincial park for St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S – As the provincial government moved to expand its inventory of protected land along the St. Mary’s River valley with a new provincial park, Guysborough County gold mining interests watched their industrial horizons grow narrower last week.

October 14 2020

MAJOR BOOST: The planned Eastern Shore Lifestyle Centre for Sheet Harbour is getting $6.5 million in federal and provincial funding. Construction could begin on a 22-acre site as early as June. Pictured above at the announcement last week, from left to right: Tom McInnis, Chair, ESLCS Board; Sean Fraser, MP, Central Nova; Councillor David Hendsbee, Councillor, HRM District 2; Kevin Murphy, MLA, Eastern Shore; Lloyd Hines, MLA, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie.

Photo Credit: Brenda Mcinnis

$6.5 million for new Sheet Harbour community centre
SHEET HARBOUR – With $6.5 million in federal and provincial grants, the new Eastern Shore Lifestyle Centre (ESLC) is set to break ground along Sheet Harbour’s historic West River as early as June, says former Canadian Senator and ESLC board chair Tom McInnis.

Resident asks Province to investigate council
SHERBROOKE – A Smithfield man is demanding that Nova Scotia Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter hold St. Mary’s District Council “accountable” for what he calls “a clear violation” of the province’s Emergency Management Act.

Daily walk during pandemic leads to big plans for historic home
CANSO – In a grand two-story house located across from the Sailor’s Rest Park in Canso, a new business venture is taking shape -- thanks in part to COVID-19.

October 7 2020

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: More than 20 volunteers came together on Sunday in New Harbour to prepare the future site of a new baseball field. Work on the field is expected to be complete by summer 2021. Helen Luddington and two-year-old-year old Lucy Nickerson, the oldest and youngest volunteers who came out, cleared rocks from the land beside the Harbourview Community Centre.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Goldboro LNG gains momentum
GUYSBOROUGH – Marcus McLaren planned to make a trip home to Guysborough County this fall. But because of the ongoing health restrictions related to dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic – particularly the two-week self-isolation requirement upon returning to his home province – he has decided deer hunting with his younger brothers will not happen this year.

Liscombe Lodge starts $2-million makeover
LISCOMB – The likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers might never darken its doorstep, but that’s not stopping one of Nova Scotia’s iconic country resorts from putting on the ritz.

There’s something in the water: OCEARCH on the lookout for white sharks off Canso
CANSO – In June of 2019 The Journal reported on white shark sightings near the shores of Tor Bay Provincial Park. While many were surprised to learn the world-renowned predator was cruising near one of the most popular local beaches, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans told The Journal that the sighting, while unusual, wasn’t unprecedented; white sharks have been reported in Nova Scotian waters since the 1800s.

September 30 2020

TOSSING AROUND: MODG Recreation held a Seniors' Field Day at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre on Thursday, September 24. Community members from across the MODG took part in the games that included the ever-popular washer toss.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Canso Seafoods set to expand
CANSO – Construction is almost complete on a 35x80-foot addition to the Canso Seafoods plant, a branch of Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd., in Canso. Allan MacLean, senior operations manager for Louisbourg Seafoods told The Journal last week that the company is now in the process of creating the interior design and ordering equipment. New space, new equipment and a commitment to running the plant for years to come is welcomed as good news for the community.

Surging seas threaten crucial road in St. Mary’s
PORT HILFORD – For years, each morning, when they peered through their front window to cherish what was left of the beach where they first met in 1969, Rob and Kim McGrail wondered how long before they saw it finally vanish into the sea forever. Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Teddy, the question is more urgent than ever.

Marine Drive Academy opens new facility during pandemic
SHEET HARBOUR – There are 255 students registered at the brand-new Marine Drive Academy (MDA) in Sheet Harbour, from Pre-Primary to Grade 12. The school construction and finishing touches were put into high gear to welcome students and staff on time in September – despite an on-going global pandemic.

September 23 2020

NOVA SCOTIA BLOOMS: Janet Porter of Dorts Cove has been busy crafting Nova Scotia 'flowers' this summer. Since June she has made 100 flowers and has sent them far and wide; all over Ontario, some to Calgary and one order was even sent to the U.S. Each flower takes approximately six hours to complete. In the coming months she plans to start making flowers with the red and white Canada pattern.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

War of words erupts at St. Mary’s council
ST. MARY’S – In the pre-election push, when time is short and tempers can be even shorter, St. Mary’s Councillor Kaytland Smith and District Warden Michael Mosher treated colleagues and community spectators alike to a rare display of public pique last week.

Rodgers faces allegations of misconduct from Bar Society
GUYSBOROUGH – In October 2018, Jason Boudrot, managing partner of the Port Hawkesbury law firm Boudrot Rodgers, contacted the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (NSBS) to report that he had “some issues with his trust accounts,” as stated in a NSBS hearing committee document in 2019. That led to a suspension of Boudrot’s practicing certificate, a declaration of bankruptcy, and in 2019 the disbarment of Boudrot once it had become clear that he had stolen from clients’ trust funds.

Fin Armsworthy looking to hold MODG District 8 seat
CANSO – If you live in Canso, you know Fin Armsworthy. The manager behind the family-run transport company Al Son’s Cabs and Vans Ltd., has been a municipal councillor for 20 years; 12 with the former Town of Canso, eight with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. And once again, as an incumbent, he’s decided to throw his hat in the ring to represent the people of Canso and Canso Tickle in MODG District 8.

September 16 2020

COMMUNITY ESCORT: The Bluenose II passes by Grassy Island Fort National Historic Site on Tuesday, September 8, with a flotilla of local boats welcoming the iconic schooner to Canso. Residents of communities all along our shore enjoyed the lovely sight of the famed schooner in full sail as it passed by. The trip included anchored visits to Canso, Whitehead, Country Harbour, Liscomb and Sheet Harbour.

Photo Credit: Rob Carter / Lost Shores

Kay Chisholm marks 40 years with Marathon of Hope
GUYSBOROUGH – Kay Chisholm has been running or walking for Terry Fox every September for four decades. The retired 76-year-old Public Health Nurse who lives in Havendale, just outside of the village of Guysborough, told The Journal this week that she was always inspired by Fox’s determination to do good for others, despite the pain he must have faced over the long miles on the road.

Guysborough man sentenced to eight years for sexual assault
ANTIGONISH – A 52-year-old man from Guysborough, lately residing in Sydney, was sentenced to eight years by Justice Denise M. Boudreau in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Antigonish on August 28, 2020.

Antigonish County council provides land, funding for affordable housing initiative
ANTIGONISH COUNTY – As affordable housing remains a pressing need throughout our region, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish continues its strong support of the push for more affordable housing opportunities in its communities.

September 9 2020

GOING FOR THE GOLD: Participants of the Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (GOALS) summer program took part in a home-grown Special Olympics this past Wednesday, September 2 on the Steve Smith field in Guysborough. It gave everyone a chance to get out for some friendly competition after the annual games in Antigonish was cancelled last spring due to COVID-19. Geneva Clyke, above, was giving her best in the long jump event. Full story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Real estate boom on Eastern Shore
EASTERN SHORE – “I never would have thought real estate would be booming during a pandemic, but I believe what is driving the market in this area is the fact people can work from home. They want to be out of the city – they want personal space – to grow a garden and want a slower pace of life in a rural setting,” explains Deanna Parks, Century 21 Realtor, about the increase in houses sold along the Shore in the past several months.

MODG election heating up with race in District 2
GUYSBOROUGH – On the campaign trail you always hear the old saying, ‘your vote counts,’ or ‘one vote can make the difference’, but very few people actually think this is true. In the 2016 municipal election, one vote was all that stood between the two candidates running for the MODG District 2 seat, Sheila Pelly and Mary Desmond, with Pelly taking the win.

Back to school readiness: SRCE showcases Antigonish Education Centre
ANTIGONISH – As the return to school drew near, the Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) invited media to tour the Antigonish Education Centre (AEC) on Wednesday, September 2 to highlight for the public the steps they have taken to create a safe environment for students and staff during the pandemic.

September 2 2020

SUMMER FUN: The weather may have shifted towards fall but summer fun was still on the menu last Saturday in Guysborough when the first, and likely only concert of the 2020 season, was held at the Jost Building and the Guysborough Marina. The Smith Highland Dancers who typically perform during the Waterfront Wednesdays summer performance series, put their dancing shoes on much to the delight of those gathered for this welcomed afternoon of entertainment. Pictured from left to right: Yashita Ghore, Brenna MacPherson, Robyn Chisholm, Cara Sweet, and Abby Reid.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Rural fire brigades face volunteer shortages
ST. MARY’S – As their members age, and younger recruits are increasingly hard to come by, volunteer fire departments in St. Mary’s are fighting an uphill battle against time, say two of the district’s long-serving chiefs.

Student fails to self-isolate
Last week the public was informed that a student residing in Antigonish had been charged and ticketed by the RCMP under the Health Protection Act (HPA), but questions remain about privacy rules related to the case and messaging from StFX University.

Pieridae hires experienced lead for Goldboro LNG Project
GOLDBORO – Pieridae Energy has hired a veteran LNG industry professional, engineer Andy Mukherjee, as senior vice-president LNG to lead the development of its multi-billion-dollar Goldboro LNG Project. According to a company news release, Mukherjee has worldwide expertise in front-end engineering and design; detailed engineering, procurement, contracts, construction, and commissioning (EPCC); including module fabrication and construction related to mega LNG projects and oil and gas in North America and overseas.

August 26 2020

FLOURISHING FLOWERS: If you've passed along Lower Main St. in Guysborough recently, you may have taken notice of the abundance of beautiful blossoms in Jean MacKeen's flower boxes and wondered at their growth. Part of the secret, the 93-year-old might tell you, is daily attention that includes a little chat.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

EHS situation critical: concerns rise over system shortages
GUYSBOROUGH - No one ever wants to call an ambulance, but if the need should arise, you expect help to be on the way as soon as you dial 911. But these days in Nova Scotia you can never be sure what you’ll get or when you’ll get it when you call those three digits.

Even COVID can’t keep a good market down
SHERBROOKE – Proving that not even a pandemic can keep people home on a beautiful summer day, more than 200 socially distanced St. Mary’s residents attended Sherbrooke’s first community market of the year on Saturday, August 22.

For St. Mary’s future, the sky’s the limit
SHERBROOKE – As any Google night map will tell you, the District of St. Mary’s is a nighttime island of darkness in our province. But could this blackness be the key to a brighter economic future? Specifically, could it become an official UNESCO World Heritage Dark Sky Preserve, and open its doors to international stargazers seeking nocturnal vistas undiminished by electric lights?

August 19 2020

WREATHS LAID AT SEA: It was another warm, sunny Sunday for the laying of the wreaths in memory of those lost at sea this past Sunday. The boat parade and laying of wreaths completes the Lions’ Club Seamen’s Memorial event for this year. Pictured here is Rev. Susan Slater with a wreath laid on behalf of area churches.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Major beautification project for Canso
CANSO – The historic seaside community of Canso will soon benefit from a major beautification project. Last week the provincial government announced that 50 projects would receive beatification grants to create “beautiful and inviting spaces” that will encourage economic development and enhance quality of life for residents. For Canso, funds received under this project will be part of a far-reaching beautification initiative undertaken by the municipality that could be valued up to $500,000.

Rising policing costs a major challenge for rural municipalities
Earlier this year as the Town of Mulgrave set about the task of making a budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the town’s CAO spoke to media about the difficulty of dealing with the rising cost of policing. This is not a new problem and not one limited to the Town of Mulgrave.

Habitat healthy for whale sanctuary, new research shows
PORT HILFORD – When a handful of belugas rescued from captive isolation in North America finally arrive at this Eastern Shore harbour community, it’s likely their new marine home will already exhibit that lived-in look.

August 12 2020

REMEMBRANCE GOES ON: Sunny skies and social distancing were the order of the day for the 44th annual Seamen's Memorial service in Canso on Sunday. The provincial memorial ceremony for those lost at sea attracted elected officials and many local residents despite COVID-19 restrictions. Pictured here is RCMP Constable Jordan Bruce saluting after laying a wreath on behalf of the RCMP.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

McNeil steps down, eyes turn to Fraser
GUYSBOROUGH – The Premier of Nova Scotia Stephen McNeil made a surprising announcement on Thursday, August 6 – catching everyone off-guard by declaring he would step down from politics. McNeil has served as MLA for the riding of Annapolis since 2003 and as premier of the province since 2013. Over his years as premier he’s taken on unions and fulfilled a long-standing promise to close the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility. These and other tough decisions leave a somewhat contentious legacy, but McNeil also garners respect from many – inside and outside of his party -- for matching his actions to his words.

Warden Mosher will seek reelection in St. Mary’s
SHERBROOKE – After carefully considering the number of new challenges and opportunities currently facing St. Mary’s, longtime Warden Michael Mosher says he will reoffer as councillor for district two in the upcoming municipal election.

New group to help address doctor shortage
GUYSBOROUGH – In recent months, Guysborough and area citizens have woken up to the harsh reality that healthcare in the area is not what it used to be. In years past, people in this area would hear of ER closures in rural hospitals across the province and think, ‘That will never happen here.’ Those days are gone. As of this month a sign has been installed at the entrance to Guysborough Memorial Hospital to indicate whether the ER is open or closed. Service is intermittent and few residents can keep track of the ever-changing hours of service.

August 5 2020

MANDATORY MASKS: Staff at the Municipality of the District of Guysborough were ready for the new masks mandate when it came into effect last Friday, July 31. Masks are now required to be worn in most public places in Nova Scotia as an additional measure against the spread of COVID-19. Pictured here are MODG staff (l-r), Magdelyn Connolly, Angie Tavares, Debbie Torrey, Kate Jamieson, Jennifer Wittmann, Marina England, Anne Nagel, Shannon Avery.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Mandatory masks: so far, so good for local businesses
GUYSBOROUGH – Local businesses are reporting a fairly smooth transition during the first few days of mandatory wearing of masks in public places.

MODG proactive in addressing climate change: new mitigation plan adopted
GUYSBOROUGH – Last month the Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to accept a new Climate Change Mitigation Plan prepared over the past year by CBCL Limited of Halifax. The plan outlines and addresses the “risks and costs associated with flooding, extreme weather, and climate change on public safety, human health, environment, and infrastructure resilience are at the forefront of municipal planning discussions.”

July 29 2020

FOOD FOR ALL: Catherine Hartling helps set up the new food pantry in Upper Big Tracadie, Guysborough County on July 15. The project is a step towards fighting food insecurity in rural Nova Scotia. Full story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

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

St. Mary’s mourns passing of Deputy Warden Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Dort
Among the qualities people ascribe effortlessly to Jaqueline Dort – Deputy Warden of the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s who passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21 – indispensable tops the list.

July 22 2020

COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION: The new home for the Guysborough Food Bank is taking shape this week. The much-needed building is located near the entrance to Green St. from Rte. 16, close to Guysborough's schools and Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex. The project was made possible in large part because of $100,000 in assistance from the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Volunteers work to make new food bank a reality – one nail at a time
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
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
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?

July 15 2020

BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN CANSO: Construction crews were assessing the damage of the collapsed Tittle Bridge one day after a semi-truck hauling a crane fell into the tickle below.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Tittle Bridge collapses in workplace accident
CANSO – There was a collective gasp in the Canso area late afternoon on Tuesday, July 7 as Tittle Bridge, running over The Tickle from Durrell’s Island to the mainland, collapsed under the heavy load of a tractor trailer hauling a crane.

Pieridae explores options after KBR pulls out of Goldboro LNG agreement
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
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).

July 8 2020

TIME FOR A CRUISE: Hurricane Dorian may have delayed its opening, but repairs are mostly done at the Guysborough Marina and the last few finger piers are now being put into place. Many boats are already in their berths and summer students Emily Hart and Liam Avery, pictured here on Tuesday, are ready to lend a helping hand to seasonal and visiting boaters alike.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Overnight ER service at GMH stops
Last Friday, news broke that the emergency department at Guysborough Memorial Hospital would close overnight starting July 9. The reduction in hours is due to a physician shortage. This closure will result in emergency patients travelling to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish from both the Guysborough and Canso areas, a 45- and 90-minute drive respectively, as the ER at the Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso has been closed overnight since May 2019.

Province finally has buyer for Liscombe Lodge
LISCOMB – After years of combing the world for a suitable buyer, the Nova Scotia government expects to sell its iconic Eastern Shore resort property, Liscombe Lodge, to Hearthstone Hospitality of Dartmouth as early as this month.

Canso hospital's inpatient beds reopen
CANSO – In May of 2019 Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso closed its nighttime ER service and inpatient beds due to a nursing staff shortage. Just over a year later, the six-bed inpatient unit will reopen due to the successful recruitment of RNs to the area.

July 1 2020

CANSO'S CLASS OF 2020: A community celebration and parade was held on June 27 for Canso Academy graduates (l-r) Hanna Rhynold, Regan Parker, Rheanna Casey, Cassidy Fougere, Dominic Doyle, Hudson Bouchie, Madison MacKenzie, Brent Myatt, Connor Carrigan, Emily Parker, Brady Rhynold, Rylie MacLean.

Photo Credit: Susan O'Handley

'Off roading on the 347'
ASPEN – To get anywhere from the Garden of Eden you have to travel along what some residents are calling the “Highway from Hell,” also known as N.S. Rte 347. That’s the stretch of highway – also called the Sherbrooke Road – running from the TCH just east of New Glasgow to Highway 7 at Aspen.

SMRA pursues heritage status for river
SHERBROOKE – Hoping to discourage further encroachment by gold mining interests, the St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) is now seeking formal Canadian heritage status for the iconic Nova Scotia waterway, says the group’s president.

Sherbrooke Village seeks matching funds
SHERBROOKE – In a bid to expand its cultural tourism product, Historic Sherbrooke Village is attempting to persuade private donors and the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to match the $994,000 grant it received last week from the Nova Scotia government.

June 24 2020

THERE'S WORK TO BE DONE: Sherbrooke Village is getting a far-reaching facelift this summer thanks to $1 million in funding from the provincial government. The funds are part of a stimulus program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLA Lloyd Hines was in Sherbrooke Monday to make the announcement. Pictured here at the announcement are Neil Black, a director of the Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society; Lloyd Hines, MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie; and Stephen Flemming, executive director of Historic Sherbrooke Village.

Photo Credit: Alec Bruce

Sherbrooke Village receives million-dollar boost from province
SHERBROOKE – Historic Sherbrooke Village will receive $1 million from the provincial government over the next nine months to renovate its world-renowned heritage properties, Nova Scotia Minister for Transportation and Infrastructure Lloyd Hines announced on Monday.

Get used to sight of unique vessel in bay
GUYSBOROUGH – The view of Chedabucto Bay changed last week with the arrival of the Thialf, operated by Heerema Marine Contractors, a semi-submersible crane vessel that is supporting the final phase of decommissioning of the Sable Offshore Energy Project, which ceased production in December 2018.

MODG seeks answers from health authority
GUYSBOROUGH – At its regular monthly meeting on June 17, District of Guysborough council voted unanimously to invite N.S. Health Authority CEO Dr. Brendan Carr to provide an update to council on several pressing healthcare issues.

June 17 2020

ECUM SECUM: Scott Jewers, 32, of Ecum Secum on Nova Scotia's rural Eastern Shore felt compelled to share his voice with thousands of global peaceful protestors against systemic racism. Jewers stood alone, with his dog, Hawke, holding a handmade cardboard sign that read Black Lives Matter to passers by for five and a half hours on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

Ecum Secum man stands alone for peaceful protest
ECUM SECUM – Society is in the midst of a monumental shift due to the Black Lives Matter movement and one solidarity figure standing alone can be as powerful as thousands peacefully standing shoulder to shoulder.

Local nursing homes prepare for family visits
GUYSBOROUGH – It was the news thousands of Nova Scotians had been waiting for. On Wednesday, June 10, the province announced that some visitor restrictions in long-term care homes and homes for persons with disabilities would be eased effective Monday, June 15. While this was welcome news, it meant facilities had less than a week to prepare to enact these new measures. And some families were left feeling that the new measures weren’t enough after waiting three months to see their loved ones face-to-face.

Sherbrooke Village announces grand reopening
SHERBROOKE – As communities across St. Mary’s peek from under the COVID-19 blanket, Sherbrooke Village will officially reopen to the public during the second week of July, confirms Executive Director Stephen Flemming.

June 10 2020

ESCAPEE APPREHENDED: The inmate who escaped from the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility Friday was apprehended by RCMP in Harrigan Cove on Saturday morning. The escapee stole a side-by-side ATV from a residence in Guysborough County earlier in the day. Calls to 911 from local residents were credited with helping police locate the prisoner.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG moves to four-day workweek
GUYSBOROUGH – In what is a first for municipalities in N.S. and perhaps across Canada, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough will test out a four-day workweek for staff starting June 15.

Escaped inmate captured in Harrigan Cove
HARRIGAN COVE – On June 6th shortly after 9 a.m. a resident of Ecum Secum saw a bearded man matching the description of an escapee from the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in New Glasgow pass by on an ATV driving along Highway 7, and called 911. It was one of several calls from local residents that helped RCMP apprehend the man.

St. Mary’s makes move toward online voting
SHERBROOKE – In a first step toward the municipal election under COVID-19 social restrictions this fall, St. Mary’s Council has approved a provisional motion to permit telephone and internet voting across the district.

June 3 2020

GUYSBOROUGH TAKES A KNEE: More than 100 local residents gathered at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex track Monday evening to take a knee in solidarity with those protesting south of the border following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, at the hands of police. Organizers invited people to come out to show support and reflect on the lives lost due to racism and prejudice in the U.S., Canada and around the world. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Rescue at sea: Helping hands come to aid of baby whale
TOR BAY -- “A lady was exiting Tor Bay Branch Road and she flagged us down to use a cell phone,” Gourley Webber said of the incident that started a maritime adventure for he and his family last Friday, May 29 as they were driving near their cottage in the small community of Tor Bay in Guysborough County.

Man charged with sexual offences, police reach out to additional victims
COUNTRY HARBOUR – Charges which include several sexual offences have been laid against 49-year-old Kevin Craig Hart of Country Harbour following a complaint made to Sherbrooke RCMP.

CEO wants ‘boots on the ground’ soon for Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – With strong financial results, an eager customer and changing economic conditions, Pieridae Energy says now is the time for governments to get on board to help get its Goldboro LNG project built.

May 27 2020

ADRIFT NO MORE: Sherrie Gold and her husband Dan Goodsell are performers known as 24 Karat. This winter, the singers had a gig on The Carnival Splendor with the home port of Sydney, Australia. When COVID-19 was deemed a worldwide pandemic, ports of call started closing to cruise ships. After a long and arduous 63 days stranded at sea, the couple finally returned to their Sheet Harbour home. They are currently following the restrictions set by the Nova Scotia government and self-isolating for 14 days.

Photo Credit: Contributed

New marina coming to Country Harbour
GUYSBOROUGH – Recreational boaters will soon have more reasons to spend time in Country Harbour with a new marina slated to be built next to Salsman Provincial Park. At the May 20 regular council meeting of the District of Guysborough, council voted unanimously to provide $350,000 from the municipality’s Gas Tax Fund and another $150,000 in in-kind contributions to make the marina a reality. MODG will construct, own and maintain the marina.

Strange season: COVID-19 and rough weather impact lobster fishery
The lobster season in the eastern end of Guysborough County (Lobster Fishing Areas 31A and 31B) has reached the midway mark of the eight-week season. With an uncertain start due to COVID-19 concerns, the season has been less than ideal with high winds and, as of last week, falling prices.

Performers stranded at sea for 63 days during pandemic
SHEET HARBOUR – Sherrie Gold and Dan Goodsell, professionally known as 24 Karat, are in 14-day isolation in their home in Sheet Harbour after spending 63 days stranded at sea on a cruise ship off the coast of Sydney, Australia during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

May 20 2020

BEACH DAY: Victoria Day was a popular time for walks along the beach at Tor Bay Provincial Park. The province recently lifted restrictions on parks, trails and using backyard fire pits and, with spring weather finally arriving, local residents are taking full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors after weeks of lockdown.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Councillors question decision, ponder challenge of campaigning
SHERBROOKE – Running a municipal election campaign in the midst of a global pandemic will be “an experience,” “an adventure,” and even “weird,” according to some councillors from mainland Nova Scotia’s easternmost, rural ridings. What it won’t be is easy.

Tourism operators prepare for uncertain season
SHEET HARBOUR – As summer approaches, tourism businesses and organizations are making plans for the unknown. With variables such as border crossing still up in the air, they’re mapping out the tourist season with more questions than answers.

Council approves $3 million for Sheet Harbour recreation centre
SHEET HARBOUR – Despite some of the leanest times for public spending in recent memory, Halifax Regional Municipality has allocated $3 million from its hard-working capital budget for a new recreation centre in Sheet Harbour.

May 13 2020

COVID-19 CARE PACKAGES: This week Lion’s Club members prepared and distributed treats to frontline workers within the Municipality of St. Mary’s to show appreciation for their dedicated service during this difficult time.

Photo Credit: Patty McGrath

St. Mary’s looks to post-pandemic future
SHERBROOKE – With eyes firmly fixed on long-term economic development, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s will ask the award-winning urban-planning firm, Fathom Studio of Halifax, to help plot its post-pandemic future.

Local transportation service expands to destinations outside of HRM
SHEET HARBOUR – MusGo Rider Valley-Sheet Harbour Cooperative Ltd., has received a new licence which now includes coverage outside the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). “For people living in the rural communities - East Ship Harbour to Ecum Secum and the Musquodoboit Valley - we can now provide transportation to anywhere within Nova Scotia,” says Jessie Greenough, executive director for MusGo Rider, in an email interview with The Journal.

Local crafter’s charity ripples across Canada
SHERBROOKE – A Sherbrooke woman’s deliberate act of kindness towards the families of 22 Nova Scotians killed in a lone gunman’s rampage last month, is melting hearts and opening charitable pocketbooks across Canada.

May 6 2020

HOMEWORK: Lydia Josey, a Grade 7 student at Duncan MacMillian High School, concentrates on schoolwork provided by teachers to keep her on track during the provincewide school closures mandated by the government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic (left photo). Her sister Caris, age six, sets to work on Grade 1 material at the dining room table. She’s getting the job done but she said of virtual learning, “I just want things to be normal. It’s OK and it’s not hard. I don’t have a desk or my table or my friends and that’s kind of upsetting. I hate the coronavirus. I wish things would come back to normal.”

Photo Credit: Heather Josey

Rural internet service a riddle, wrapped in a mystery
SHERBROOKE – When British Prime Minister Winston Churchill characterized one of the greatest questions of the 20th century as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” he was talking about Russia.

Virtual education is a learning curve for all
SHEET HARBOUR – There’s no manual for education during a pandemic, but with students, families and teachers doing their best, we're finding a way through it.

Healthcare in the age of COVID-19
Last week The Journal printed a letter to the editor from Dr. Gary Ernest, of Liverpool, N.S, current president of Doctors Nova Scotia which asked Nova Scotians not to put their health on the back burner. The letter stated, “Patients are not seeing their doctors for routine appointments. You might think we’re not providing routine healthcare during the pandemic, but we are.”

April 29 2020

HONOURING THE FALLEN: Cst. Ashton Barter of the Sheet Harbour RCMP Detachment pays his respects in silent solitude during two minutes of silence held across Canada on Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m. AST in tribute to his colleague, Cst. Heidi Stevenson, who was killed in the line of duty.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Pandemic won’t stop Whale Sanctuary Project from going ahead
SHERBROOKE – Despite the global pandemic, plans to turn Port Hilford into North America’s first public sanctuary for beluga whales is “moving forward,” the project’s California-based organizers confirm.

Municipality adopts new alert system
GUYSBOROUGH – District of Guysborough residents will soon have the option of joining of new municipal alert system. Discussions about the need for a way to quickly alert residents about urgent or routine municipal matters emerged following Hurricane Dorian last fall, Shawn Andrews, MODG’s director of fire, emergency and IT services told The Journal Tuesday.

Local groups join forces to ease social isolation for elders at Harbourview Lodge
SHEET HARBOUR – The 32 elders at Harbourview Lodge Continuing Care in Sheet Harbour have been denied visitors since mid-March and are missing their loved ones – as are long-term care residents throughout the province. Two local organizations – the Sheet Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce and Lily’s Hill recreation group – are working hard to make them feel more connected to loved ones and the community.

April 22 2020

TASTE OF NOVA SCOTIA: Lobster fisher Chris Snow on dumping day, Monday, April 20, setting his lobster traps in Harrigan Cove.

Photo Credit: Ryan Kirker

Struggling through grief during pandemic isolation
GUYSBOROUGH – Across the province and coast to coast, Canadians are struggling to come to terms with the horror that unfolded in rural Nova Scotia this past weekend and grieve during a time of physical isolation.

Stanfest 2020 cancelled, vows to rise again for 25th anniversary in 2021
CANSO – As the reality sinks in that public health measures enacted to combat the spread of COVID-19 will not be reduced for many weeks and possibly months, many summer event organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel events scheduled for July and August. Last Wednesday, April 15, Stanfest organizers made the announcement that the annual festival would not go ahead this year.

Efforts to sell Liscombe Lodge continue as sector faces disastrous season
LISCOMBE MILLS – Facing an uncertain future, Liscombe Lodge is no closer today to finding a buyer than it was a year ago when Develop Nova Scotia hired an international broker to bring the provincially owned property to the global market.

April 15 2020

SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Store Manager Randy Avery stands outside Avery's Independent to help shoppers maintain the 10 person limit inside the store in order to adhere to physical distancing rules as required under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Market turmoil, COVID-19 push local forest producers to the brink
SHERBROOKE – Rocked by shuttered markets, battered by plunging demand at Nova Scotia’s only paper mill, and cratered by COVID-19, St. Mary’s independent forest sector is hanging on by a twig, area harvesters say.

Cermaq cites temperature profiles in decision to drop N.S. plans
GUYSBOROUGH – On Thursday, April 9, Cermaq, an international aquaculture company, announced that it would not move forward with plans to produce 20,000 tonnes of salmon in open pen fish farms across Nova Scotia.

St. Mary’s council seeks ways to shoulder burden of COVID-19
SHERBROOKE – Acknowledging that “people are hurting” under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal councilors in St. Mary’s have waived interest charges on area water bills for three months.

April 8 2020

EASTER PARADE: A familiar figure came to visit Canso and area residents one week early to spread a little joy during these uncertain and anxious times. Last Sunday’s bunny tour was the brainchild of the Roberts/DeWolfe family who have been busy coming up with ideas to safely lighten the self-isolation load in their community. Full story in the week's edition.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Roberts

Funeral homes at the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis
SHERBROOKE – So far, Shelley MacArthur considers herself lucky – if that is the right word. As an apprentice funeral director at G.W. Griffin in Country Harbour, she’s only had to deal with three bereaved families since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. And none of the deaths had anything to do with the virus.

Wedding bells are gonna chime...just not in May
LISCOMB – The bride and groom met through a friend in 2014 and were in love by 2016. In 2018 Kaitlyn Mitton and Robert McLean romantically got engaged in front of her family on Christmas morning. She said yes to the dress in early 2019 and May 2, 2020 was selected for their wedding day and planning was set into motion.

Anonymous donor gives $20,000 to local hospital foundation for COVID-19 response
GUYSBOROUGH – As the widespread impact of COVID-19 became clearer in recent weeks, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines was approached by a resident who wanted to help.

April 1 2020

DELIVERING KINDNESS: Rose Fitzgerald had to close her flower shop due to the state of emergency announced last week. On Monday, she prepared beautiful bouquets with her remaining flowers to deliver to essential workers and others in the community.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Seniors use landlines as lifelines to family and friends
EASTERN SHORE – Three seniors living 35 kilometres apart on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore share their strategies for staying connected to family and friends with The Journal this week. The landline telephone is the tool helping many seniors stay connected.

Quality of Life Survey results released; turns out we’re pretty happy
If you can remember as far back as May/June 2019, you might recall getting an envelope in the mail asking you take part in Engage Nova Scotia’s Quality of Life Survey. Eighty thousand such requests made their way into mailboxes across the province, over 12,000 citizens answered the call.

Atlantic Gold, NOPE open new fronts in battle for public opinion
SHERBROOKE – With salvos of slick new media shot deep into Nova Scotia’s rural heart, the hot war of words between opponents and proponents of a proposed gold mine in St. Mary's just became hotter and wordier.

March 25 2020

PANDEMIC UPDATE: Premier Stephen McNeil with the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang update the pubic on the spread of COVID-19 in the province of Nova Scotia at a press conference on Monday, March 23.

Photo Credit: Government of Nova Scotia

Extraordinary times call for ‘extraordinary measures’ – MP Sean Fraser
SHERBROOKE – Despite the social and economic havoc COVID-19 threatens to unleash, the Canadian government is determined to help Canadians meet the needs of everyday life.

Caring in the age of a pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has been subjected to fake news, occasional price gouging, and innovative con artists capitalizing on widespread fear of the unknown. In a reaction to the fearmongering that has often taken over social media in recent weeks, a new movement has taken root in Canada: “caremongering.”

Coping with COVID-19 in the retail sector
GUYSBOROUGH – In the new reality of the COVID-19 crisis, grocery stores across the country have seen a large increase in demand for certain goods and an unfortunate hoarding mentally surrounding the availability of others; toilet paper and hand sanitizer being top of the list.

State of emergency declared in response to COVID-19
Nova Scotia has declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services, said Premier McNeil on March 22.

March 18 2020

SPRING POPPIES: The Guysborough Poppy Project got off to a great start on Wednesday, March 11 when residents from the area came out to an event held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 81, Guysborough. The poppies produced will be used to decorate the Guysborough Legion on Remembrance Day, 2020. Pictured above from left to right: Elsie Wilson, Faye Shea and Valda George.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

MODG, contractors, volunteers to build new home for food bank
GUYSBOROUGH – Residents of MODG won’t see a change in tax rates or service fees in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The municipality released a balanced budget on Monday to the tune of $17 million. One big ticket item included in the budget is $100,000 allocated for the construction of a new food bank operations centre in Guysborough.

Results of gold mine poll clear as mud, critics say
SHERBROOKE – A poll that was supposed to clarify public opinion about a proposed gold mine along the St. Mary’s River appears to be having the opposite effect.

Indian Harbour Lake native member of Oscar nominated visual effects team
From time to time Nova Scotians have a shot at an Oscar or are part of a team that has a shot at an Oscar. And this year was one of those years. Martin MacDonald, originally from Indian Harbour Lake, Guysborough County was a member of the visual effects team nominated for an Oscar for the film: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

MODG unveils Coronavirus Pandemic Plan
GUYSBOROUGH – All municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice as MODG rolls out their Coronavirus Pandemic Plan. Aspects of the plan, like social distancing, were already being observed when it was presented at Monday’s regular monthly meeting as councillors and staff maintained a distance of two metres from one another.

St. Mary’s adopts raft of precautions due to COVID-19
SHERBROOKE – While passengers aboard the good ship St. Mary’s should keep calm and carry on, the message is loud and clear from the officers on watch: The time has come to batten down the hatches.

NSHA closes facilities to visitors as precautions against coronavirus
SHEET HARBOUR – Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital and Harborview Lodge long term care facility in Sheet Harbour are among healthcare facilities closed to patient visitors as directed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. With the arrival of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, visitors are banned until further notice.

Town of Mulgrave adopts strategies to cope with COVID-19
Like many other municipal units across the province, the Town of Mulgrave released plans on Tuesday, March 17, effective immediately, to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 11 2020

BRINGING HOME THE BANNER: The Guysborough Academy Senior Girls’ Curling team went undefeated in the Northumberland Regional Curling Tournament held from March 3 to 4 in Pugwash. That level of play won them the regional banner for the first time in the history of Guysborough Academy. Team members pictured above, from left to right are: Victoria Grady, skip; Vanessa Dort, mate; Hanna Manthorne, second; and Jenna Dort, lead. Missing from picture is team coach Alicia Mills. Get the full story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Atlantic Gold spat with St. Mary’s council turned ugly, document reveals
SHERBROOKE – Despite recent assurances that it “works with communities” where it operates, Atlantic Gold seriously considered imposing “legal remedies” on St. Mary’s Municipal Council only last year, a letter released through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) shows.

COVID-19 interrupts March Break travel plans for Guysborough Youth Travellers
GUYSBOROUGH – Next week sees the start of March Break and for many, COVID-19 has pulled the plug on vacation plans.

Citizen support “vindicating” for women’s conference, St. Mary’s councillor says
SHERBROOKE – It wasn’t the result she was hoping for, but St. Mary’s District 3/5 Councillor Kaytland Smith doesn’t bear a grudge. In fact, she says, “We respect every council’s right to discuss and decide on all ideas brought to them.”

March 4 2020

WE'LL ALWAYS BE TOGETHER: The Grade 10 drama class at Guysborough Academy performed the musical Grease to rave reviews in their second sold-out show on Feb. 28. Pictured above are the cast and crew, from left to right, top row: Ava Worth, Vanessa Dort, Matthew Connolly, Jesse MacDonald, Brent O’Handley, Aidan Bond, Jacob Cook, Avery Doiron, Dawson Lonergran, Sophie Imlay, Gabriella Mason, Slade Bailey, Lydia MacPherson, Marley MacKenzie, and Juliano Cueva Fox.  Bottom row, left to right: Madison LePage, Cheryl Cody, Olivia Hart, Emily Hart, Caroline MacKeen, Jake Grady, and Kayla Sangster.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

First session of Fatality Inquiry concludes
GUYSBOROUGH – The first evidentiary session of the Desmond Fatality Inquiry laid bare the problematic lack of information-sharing between medical professionals who treated Cpl. Lionel Desmond before he shot his wife Shanna, mother Brenda and daughter Aaliyah before turning the gun on himself on Jan. 3, 2017.

Without local fishers' support, whale sanctuary would not be coming
SHERBROOKE – Port Hilford’s selection as the first sanctuary on the continent for captive and injured beluga whales promises undeniable economic boons for the St. Mary’s area, but that’s not what anyone was talking about at a packed, post-announcement celebration in Sherbrooke last week.

Sherbrooke woodworkers create home away from home for 6,000-year-old visitors
SHERBROOKE – What do you get the mummy who has everything? How about a nice custom-made cabinet, courtesy of Sherbrooke Village's gifted woodworkers.

February 26 2020

CENTER ICE: Marlee Rhynold, Ocean Dunn, Bria Horne and Brooklyn Hanhams are getting ready for the Canso Flying Figure Skating Club’s annual ice show on March 1 at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Broadway on Ice” and the costumes as well as the performances are sure to thrill. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Contributed

There be whales here!
SHERBROOKE – Port Hilford Harbour, at the mouth of the St. Mary’s River, will be the new home of the first beluga whale sanctuary in North America as early as next year.

Doctor doubted Desmond would get firearms approval, signed off anyway
GUYSBOROUGH – In the comment section of Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s application to have his firearms licence reinstated, Dr. Paul Smith wrote: “not suicidal, stable,” adding he had no concerns about the former soldier, who suffered from PTSD, obtaining a firearm. As previously reported, Desmond applied for the reinstatement of his licence following the seizure of his rifles in November of 2015.

Local MP voices misgivings about Cochrane Hill gold mine
SHERBROOKE – Deploying some of the strongest language yet by a public official, Central Nova Member of Parliament Sean Fraser says he has “serious reservations” about the proposed Cochrane Hill gold mining project near Sherbrooke and that when it comes to protected spaces “we have to grow a backbone.”

February 19 2020

BREAKWATER BEAUTY: Improvements to local harbours by the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans have been a welcome – and frequent – sight in recent years, including this breakwater work being done Saturday at Half Island Cove. This particular contract, including the partial demolition of the old timber cribwork wharf and building the breakwater, was awarded to Dexter Construction in Nov. 2019 for $1.08 million.

Photo Credit: Rob Carter / Lost Shores Photo

Three new nurses coming to Canso
CANSO – Nine months after the nighttime closure of Eastern Memorial Hospital’s ER brought the community together to help find solutions to the nursing shortage behind the closure, there is hope on the horizon. The efforts of the Canso Stakeholders Group leading the local effort, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, are paying off, with three new Registered Nurses and their families – including school-age children – moving into the community this spring.

Major river groups join forces to fight Cochrane Hill mine
SHERBROOKE – With rare footage of wild Atlantic salmon spawning just metres from the site of a planned gold mine on the upper St. Mary’s River, three conservation groups in Nova Scotia have joined forces for the first time to send a clear message to industry and government, alike: The fish are here to stay, and so are they.

Antigonish therapist was kept in the dark about assessment of Lionel Desmond
GUYSBOROUGH – The federal Department of Veterans Affairs had crucial information about Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s mental health that it did not share with those involved in the former soldier’s treatment for PTSD in N.S. That troubling revelation was shared at the Desmond Fatality Inquiry in Guysborough on Thursday, Feb. 13.

February 12 2020

2020 STRAIT AREA BASKETBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: The Canso Academy Seahawks hosted the senior boys’ playoffs on Wednesday, February 5 and didn’t fail to thrill the hometown crowd. Coming from behind in the championship game against the Dalbrae Dragons, the Seahawks made headway in the second half taking the championship in a 69 to 54 victory. The championship winning team pictured above, back row, left to right: Jack Horne, Dawson Keefe, Tullee Erkidjuk-Schnare, Kobe Carrigan, Brady Rhynold, Logan Doyle, Chad Parker, Tyson Greencorn, Coach Brandon Dort, Noah Keefe, Asst. Coach John MacLean. Front row, left to right: Ashton Creamer, Zach Gloade, Druhan MacLean, Dana Rhynold.

Photo Credit: Amanda MacLean

Guysborough County on the critical list, according to new Vital Signs report
Last week the Strait Region Vital Signs report, an initiative of the Strait Region Society for Children, Youth and Families, supported by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, was released and the overall assessment for Guysborough County is far from positive. The report was developed through conversations across the Quad Counties and statistics gathered from the 2016 census that focus on children, youth and families across the region. A press release announcing the launch of the report, states that it “presents a call to action for the community on a number of fronts: Community Belonging, Economy/Employment, Housing, Food Security/Health Eating, Transportation/Communication, Health, and Growth/Development.”

Psychiatrist testifies on gaps in service, domestic conflicts
GUYSBOROUGH – As the Desmond Fatality Inquiry continued Monday in Guysborough, St. Martha's Hospital Psychiatrist Dr. Ian Slayter described apparent gaps in service when it came to the continued treatment of Cpl. Lionel Desmond after the former soldier left an Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) treatment centre in Montreal in August, 2016.

Community group working to address doctor shortage at ESMH
SHEET HARBOUR – Physician shortages are a reality across rural Nova Scotia and have had a big impact at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital in Sheet Harbour, in particular with frequent emergency department closures. Growing concerns and frustrations have sparked the formation of a community organization that hopes to help address the doctor shortage.

February 5 2020

SUNSET SKATE: Khasean Desmond of Lincolnville takes advantage of the lengthening light as we head into February to get some practice in at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex on Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

New electoral boundaries create ‘more manageable’ riding
SHERBROOKE – With a wave of its legislative wand, the Nova Scotia government has divided the vast and sprawling provincial riding of Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie into the somewhat less vast and sprawling Guysborough-Tracadie and the expanded riding of Eastern Shore

Hines to seek nomination in new Guysborough riding
SHERBROOKE – Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines, who once intimated he’d retire after finishing his current term of office, now says he wants to run in the next provincial election.

Desmond inquiry hears from St. Martha’s doctors
GUYSBOROUGH – Physicians from St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish started giving testimony in the Desmond Fatality Inquiry this week, shedding light on Lionel Desmond's overnight visit to the hospital on Jan. 1, 2017.

January 29 2020

DESMOND FATALITY INQUIRY: “I think that most reasonable people would understand that someone who is acutely mentally ill should not have access to a gun.” – N.S. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Matthew Bowes

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Should Lionel Desmond have been able to legally possess a gun? Inquiry hears differing views
GUYSBOROUGH – The first evidence of the Desmond Fatality Inquiry was heard as sessions resumed at the Guysborough Municipal Building on Monday, Jan. 27. Opening statements by lawyers representing various parties with standing at the inquiry gave a preview of testimony to come, and the first witness, N.S.’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Matthew Bowes, highlighted the pressing questions that he felt needed to be answered by the inquiry.

Fire chief at "wit's end" in urgent effort to recruit volunteer firefighters
SHEET HARBOUR – The stretch of Chief John Lowe's Halifax Fire District from Tangier to Moser River had 208 calls, including both medical responses and six house fires, during the 2019 fiscal year. It's a large geographic area to serve, with not enough volunteer firefighters to meet the need.

St. Mary’s municipality to expand economic planning
SHERBROOKE – Hoping to build more coherence into business planning for the St. Mary’s area, Chief Administrative Officer Marvin MacDonald expects to hire at least one economic development officer within the year.

January 22 2020

RIGHT ON THE BUTTON: At the January 16 Chedabucto Curling Club Junior Curling Program's coaching session, Gavin Dort, son of Donna and Doug Dort, demonstrated his enthusiasm after shooting his curling stone from the opposite-end hack down the ice to the sweet spot of curling: the button.

Photo Credit: Julie Fox

School closes due to ongoing water issues
SHEET HARBOUR – Parents are frustrated by persistent water issues at Duncan MacMillan High School in Sheet Harbour. Students were sent home on Wednesday, Jan. 15 because of no running water in the school, which houses 294 students and staff. Intermittent interruptions in water service in the 58-year-old building have been ongoing for the past two years.

Archibald Lake’s new status raises fresh questions
SHERBROOKE – When environmental advocate Scott Beaver learned that Archibald Lake and its environs had been added to the list of proposed Protected Wilderness Areas in Nova Scotia, he almost pulled his punches. Almost.

New dog bylaw finalized
GUYSBOROUGH – An updated bylaw concerning dogs is now in effect in the Municipality and District of Guysborough. The new rules remove reference to any specific dog breed and places the responsibility for the dog entirely on the owner.

January 15 2020

DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? Canso kids were getting into the ‘Frozen’ spirit and made the most of a snow day free from school.

Photo Credit: Renee Sagebear

Proposed protected area lies within planned Cochrane Hill mine site
SHERBROOKE – The St. Mary’s River Assoc. is thrilled to see the Archibald Lake area added to a list of proposed Protected Wildnerness Areas. Environment Minister Gordon Wilson launched public consultations on six new protected areas on Jan. 10.

Cermaq information session leaves fishers unsatisfied
GUYSBOROUGH – Cermaq Canada, a division of a multi-national salmon farming company, was granted a lease option by the provincial government last year to pursue open-pen farming in 20 sites throughout Nova Scotia including in Chedabucto Bay. Since that time the company has been investigating the feasibility of expansion, examining the business, environmental and social climate related to the proposed site areas.

The Journal hires two new reporters
GUYSBOROUGH – The Guysborough Journal has hired two new half-time journalists to expand its coverage in the District of St. Mary’s and the Sheet Harbour area. Both names will be familiar to regular Journal readers.

January 8 2020

JUMPING INTO THE NEW YEAR: The 30th annual Polar Bear Dip held at the Canso Marina drew a crowd of more than 150 spectators and 15 participants on New Year’s Day.

Photo Credit: Ray White

Mulgrave wants transparency, accountability from fire dept.
A strained relationship between the Town of Mulgrave and the local fire chief was laid bare at an emotionally charged meeting of Mulgrave Town Council on Monday night.

Minister responds to dangers at Exit 40
In a letter sent to the Town of Mulgrave, the Dept. of Transportation says the town’s concerns about dangers at Exit 40 are justified. Minister of Transportation Lloyd Hines' letter responding to safety concerns was shared with council at last night's meeting. After preliminary video monitoring was carried out at the TCH intersection with highway 334 in Auld’s Cove, the department concluded that there are challenges for turning vehicles.

Canso group sees progress in nurse recruitment efforts
CANSO – With two conditional offers out to prospective nursing hires for Eastern Memorial Hospital, the Canso Stakeholder Working Group is sounding more optimistic these days about finding solutions to the staffing crisis. It's been eight months since a shortage of nurses caused the nighttime closure of Eastern Memorial Hospital.

December 30 2019

GAME ON: Mild weather on Friday brought families out to the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex for a friendly pick-up game of shinny. The outdoor skating facility opened for the season on Dec. 21.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Victims file lawsuit against Fenwick MacIntosh
PORT HAWKESBURY – Six survivors of sexual abuse by convicted sexual predator Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh filed a civil lawsuit against him in N.S. Supreme Court in Port Hawkesbury on Dec 23. The claim was personally served on MacIntosh at his Montreal home on Dec. 24.

Winter sportfishing season opens New Year's Day
Anglers in the province or visiting can enjoy Nova Scotia's 2020 winter fishing season beginning Jan. 1.

December 23 2019

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Canso came out for a wonderful celebration of the Christmas spirit at the annual Christmas concert held at Fanning Education Centre / Canso Academy on Wednesday, December 18. Traditional carols as well as original interpretations of old favourites were performed by students and greatly appreciated by the audience.

Photo Credit: Contributed

"This is not 1960 anymore" - Stephen McNeil
PICTOU COUNTY – "We believe five years was long enough." That's how Premier Stephen McNeil summed up a very difficult situation for his government and the people of Nova Scotia as he announced the Jan. 31, 2020 deadline for Northern Pulp to stop pumping its effluent into Boat Harbour, at the Pictou Landing First Nations, will be enforced.

Province to provide schools with drinking water
GUYSBOROUGH – The provincial government announced Thursday, Dec. 19 that it will provide drinking water to 324 public schools in January, until lead testing in all schools can be completed. This includes 284 schools not yet tested for lead and 40 schools that have been tested and require drinking water.

December 18 2019

DEAR SANTA: On Thursday, Ms. Dort and Ms. Hayne’s Primary and Grade 1 classes from Chedabucto Education Centre visited the post office in Guysborough to send a letter to Santa Claus.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Residents rally to show support for whale sanctuary
SHERBROOKE – Could the legacy of Wilma the Whale be helping to drive community support for a proposed whale sanctuary – designed for belugas – being located at Port Hilford Harbour? Stephen Flemming, executive director of Historic Village and a local organizer of community support for the proposed sanctuary, thinks so.

Mixed response to proposed sanctuary in Sheet Harbour
SHEET HARBOUR – The Mushaboom site being considered for a new whale sanctuary along the Eastern Shore may have the ideal physical attributes that project proponents are looking for – including a deep harbour protected by islands – but community support may not be enough to bring the sanctuary here.

Pieridae announces 2020 budget for Goldboro
GUYSBOROUGH – In updating its financial projections for 2020 on Dec. 12, Pieridae Energy revealed its development expense budget for Goldboro LNG as the company moves closer to a Final Investment Decision (FID) for the project.

December 11 2019

CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE TO LIFE AT SEA: Neil Sullivan and Melanie Newell have created a new Christmas tradition in Canso with the first ever lobster pot Christmas tree constructed in their front yard. The tree, made of almost 100 wire lobster pots, is decorated with lights and buoys. Many of the buoys have been donated by community members in memory of loved ones lost at sea.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

New economic impact report to inform St. Mary’s decision
SHERBROOKE – The long-awaited report on the potential economic impacts of Atlantic Gold’s planned mine at Cochrane Hill, commissioned by the District of St. Mary’s in spring 2019, has been released.

Commemorative Christmas tree takes shape in Canso
CANSO – Many Nova Scotians are familiar with the lobster pot Christmas tree in the Municipality of Barrington on the South Shore. For 10 years, that community has been honouring those lost at sea from around the province with this fitting holiday tribute. In Canso, with its long and storied fishing history, it’s not surprising that a local family has taken it upon themselves to make a similar seasonal memorial constructing a lobster pot tree in their front yard.

December 4 2019

SENDING CHRISTMAS CHEER: The 5th Canso Scout Group made Christmas cards last week which will be sent to military personnel serving overseas during the Christmas season. The ‘Any Canadian Armed Forces Member’ morale mail campaign is a program the Scouts take part in every year.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Mulgrave digs in for action on Exit 40 at Auld’s Cove
MULGRAVE – The Town of Mulgrave is reaching out to neighbouring municipalities for support in its fight for changes to make Exit 40, the access point to Mulgrave from the Trans Canada at Auld’s Cove, safer. The exit is across from the Irving gas station and Circle K store.

CLC skating evolves for second season
GUYSBOROUGH – MODG’S recreation staff are hoping to have the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex’s shinny rink and figure-eight skating loop ready to go by Dec. 23 this year.

Man dies in three-vehicle collision in Antigonish
ANTIGONISH – A 41-year-old man from Toronto has died following a collision that involved three vehicles on Hwy. 4 in Antigonish.

November 27 2019

SANTA'S DESK: Five-year-old Lilah Pye from Addington Forks takes a seat at Santa's desk following the Children's Tea at Sherbrooke's Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday. The children's event featured a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Opening weekend was a big success, with 3500 attending the tree-lighting Friday night. Old Fashion Christmas continues Nov. 30, including a parade.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Video surveillance to tackle illegal dumping
GUYSBOROUGH – If you've been dumping illegally, you could be on Guysborough's version of Candid Camera. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has installed video cameras to catch those illegally dumping in various areas of the municipality.

MODG to transfer former NSLC property to MRT
GUYSBOROUGH – Mulgrave Road Theatre (MRT) is one step closer to moving into a new, more spacious home in Guysborough.

New dog bylaw gets first reading
GUYSBOROUGH – Guysborough is making good on its commitment to modernize its dog bylaw with first reading of a new bylaw at last Wednesday's monthly meeting.

November 20 2019

NECESSARY DELAY: Sheldon Borden, brother of Shanna Desmond, spoke to the media after Judge Zimmer announced his decision to grant the request for adjournment in the Desmond Fatality Inquiry on behalf of the family of the late Shanna Desmond on Monday, November 18.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Desmond family disappointed in adjournment
GUYSBOROUGH – The wait for answers around the tragic deaths of four members of the Desmond family in Upper Big Tracadie almost three years ago will last a little longer.

ECRL addresses concerns about staffing and use of funds
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week a letter to the Editor of this newspaper raised concerns about a reduction of staff hours for the month of November in Guysborough, the funding of the new Open Library system in Guysborough, and the use of funds left to the Guysborough library by the Jim Drysdale bequest. In addition to the reduction of hours in Guysborough, there was also an announcement on the Eastern Counties Regional Library website stating that the Mulgrave Branch of the library system would be closed until the summer of 2020; leading to questions about the closure of the facility over the winter.

Locals awed by Obama address
GUYSBOROUGH – It wasn't a far-away trip, but it was still a trip of a lifetime for three local residents who attended Barack Obama's address in Halifax on Nov. 13.

November 13 2019

HONOURING THOSE WHO SERVED AND CONTINUE TO SERVE: Canso marked Remembrance Day with a march along the street near the Royal Canadian Legion as well as a ceremony commemorating those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Canso and area communities have long been recognized for their service in the Canadian Armed Forces. That tradition continues among active service members who call Canso home and with the continued participation of area youth in the Canso Sea Cadets program.

Photo Credit: Ray White

Staffing cutbacks at local libraries cause concern
GUYSBOROUGH – Over the Labour Day long weekend of 2019, Guysborough became home to an innovative Open Library pilot project at the Cyril Ward Memorial Library. The project, announced in an Eastern Counties Regional Libraries (ECRL) press release in July of 2018, offered extended access to the library during non-staffed hours for adult patrons with a library card.

Retirement interrupted: Larry’s River couple converts former convent into inn
LARRY’S RIVER– For some, a retirement of rest and relaxation isn’t in the cards – and that’s by choice. This applies to Mary Delorey and Bob Weber of Larry’s River, who took on a huge challenge and entrepreneurial venture after ‘retiring’ from the regular workforce. But it’s something they didn’t plan on.

November 6 2019

COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND GRATITUDE: In honour of the 70th anniversary of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital members of the Guysborough Historical Society and the Guysborough Legion presented a card of thanks and celebration, signed by community members, to the hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Pictured from left to right: Edith Walker, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 81, Guysborough; Mary Armstrong, Guysborough Historical Society; Leona Purcell, Facility Manager, Guysborough Memorial Hospital; and Don Armstrong, Guysborough Historical Society.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Guysborough Memorial Hospital marks 70 years of service
GUYSBOROUGH – On November 5, 1949 Guysborough marked a milestone in area history: the opening of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital on Belmont Hill, in the former summer home of Henry Marshall Tory, donated to the community for that purpose.

Anaconda testing shows expanded resource at Goldboro
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining Inc. announced an update to its Mineral Resource Estimate on Oct. 31, with test results showing its Goldboro mine site the largest gold deposit in the province.

October 30 2019

HALLOWEEN HORTICULTURE: Davey Pye of Cooks Cove has a gruesome twosome taking care of his lawn during the spooky season.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

ECYA closes doors due to lack of funding
CANSO – The Eastern Communities Youth Association will shut its doors for good on October 31; a great loss for the community of Canso and the youth that call it home.

MODG gets extension in building new compost facility
GUYSBOROUGH – After only one bid came in to build a new compost facility for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough -- at a higher cost than council was comfortable with -- the municipality requested and has received at extension on the project to next year.

Pieridae sees 'nation-building' potential of Goldboro LNG project
GUYSBOROUGH – In a post-election period characterized by deepening East-West divisions in Canada, Pieridae Energy Ltd. sees the Goldboro LNG project as one way of building bridges.

October 23 2019

HOMEMAKERS: As part of continuing care month, the staff at Canso Seaside Manor enjoyed a barbecue and cake on Friday, October 18 in thanks for their commitment to the residents and facility.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Central Nova, Cape Breton-Canso stay Liberal red
GUYSBOROUGH -- Both ridings covering Guysborough County communities stayed Liberal red as Monday's election results came in, with Cape Breton-Canso seeing a tight race for the first time in many years.

Pieridae completes purchase of Shell properties
GOLDBORO – Pieridae Energy announced Oct. 17 that it has completed its purchase of all of Shell Canada Energy’s gas-producing facilities in the southern Alberta Foothills.

Exit 40 concerns raised at Mulgrave council
MULGRAVE – Access to the Town of Mulgrave from the Trans Canada Highway at Exit 40 in Auld's Cove is the site of many close calls, prompting residents and town council to call for action to make it safer. At the regular meeting of town council on Monday night, the issue was raised from the gallery and councillors discussed the dangers at the site, where Irving now has a service station.

Consultation on transportation needs moves to next phase
GUYSBOROUGH – On Wednesday night, Oct. 23, participants at a series of five community consultations in early Oct. are invited to a follow up meeting in Upper Big Tracadie to advance ideas for local transportation solutions.

October 16 2019

SWING YOUR PARTNER! Fifteen participates took part in the new Generations Dance Club's first dance session earlier this month. Danny Rodgers and Neil Decoff played and taught the seniors how to do a basic square set at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex. For the next two weeks, participants are prepping for the Witches Dance on Thursdays 1-2 p.m. at the CLC. Rehearsals are also held for all to join in on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the CLC.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Local fire depts get provincial funding
GUYSBOROUGH – First-responder organizations in Guysborough County and across Nova Scotia will be able to purchase necessary safety equipment with a $1.4 million investment from the province.

Woman dies in ATV collision
NEW HARBOUR – On October 10 at 8:35 p.m. Guysborough District RCMP responded to a call of an overturned ATV on Amos Gillies Rd. When police arrived on scene they found a woman had been pinned by the ATV which had left the roadway and gone over an embankment. The 62-year-old woman from New Harbour West was deceased. No one else was involved in the collision.

Cocaine seized after home searched
PORT HAWKESBURY – On Oct. 8 shortly after 1 p.m., Inverness District RCMP in Port Hawkesbury searched a home on Trainor Dr. Five people inside the home were arrested without incident.

RCMP investigates fatal collision at Barneys River Station
A dangerous section of the TCH between Antigonish and New Glasgow pegged for twinning saw another fatal accident on Saturday evening, Oct. 12.

October 9 2019

EMPOWER PARENTS, ENABLE BREASTFEEDING: Last Friday, October 4 World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated in Guysborough with a moms and babies play date held at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre in Guysborough. The event was hosted by the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Eastern Zone, MODG's Recreation Department and Guysborough County Kids First. The event, along with others across the province, aimed to empower families to meet breastfeeding goals and raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding. Pictured above, from left to right, moms and their respective babies are: Macy Delorey with Dallas, Kersten Carrigan with Josalynn, Rebecca George with Waylon, Chelsea Connolly with Warner, and Christina Bowie with Thomas.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Cape Breton-Canso debate introduces slate of new faces
PORT HAWKESBURY – For the first time in a long time the faces vying for the federal seat in the riding of Cape Breton-Canso do not include Roger Cuzner. Cuzner announced his retirement from federal politics last summer and this election cycle has brought out many new faces to the political arena in this area.

Central Nova candidates take part in 100 Debates on the Environment
ANTIGONISH – Approximately 150 people attended an all-candidates’ debate at StFX on Thursday, Oct. 3 for the riding of Central Nova. The debate, organized by the StFX Student Union, was one of the 100 Debates on the Environment series that took place across the country last week.

Ogden Wilderness Area to allow ATV access
GUYSBOROUGH – Most of N.S.’s protected wilderness areas do not allow ATVs, but an exception is being made for the trail system around Ogden Round Lake Wilderness Area near Guysborough.

October 2 2019

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER: The St. Mary’s River Association hosted a morning of construction, all for the love of wetlands and wood ducks in particular, last Saturday. As part of the Ducks Unlimited Treasured Wetland project, local citizens went to work building new homes for their fine feathered friends. Pictured, back row, left to right: Donald Gordon, Gwen Boutilier, Denise Sawlor, Fiona Brooks, and Kimberlee Gordon. Front row, left to right: James Sawlor, Scott Beaver, Maddie Beaver, Izzy Vautour, Tammie Vautour, and Chelsea Murray.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Local transportation needs focus of community consultation
GUYSBOROUGH – Community consultation meetings taking place this week will help identify the transportation needs of local residents. A group called Common Good Solutions has been contracted by the provincial Dept. of Communities, Culture and Heritage to work with the community to identify local transportation needs, with an initial focus on the African Nova Scotian communities of Lincolnville, Sunnyville and Upper Big Tracadie.

Project to address gender-based violence launches in Canso
HAZEL HILL – A new initiative to address gender-based violence is supporting community-based solutions in Canso and will soon come to other communities in MODG and the Strait Region.

September 25 2019

EMBRACING HISTORY: The Royal Bank of Canada’s Guysborough Branch celebrated its 137th birthday on Wednesday, September 18 with period costumes, cake and, at end of day, champagne. Local staff and visiting company representatives had a fun-filled day wearing period costumes graciously supplied by Sherbrooke Village Museum that amused local clients and community members. Pictured from left to right, outside the Guysborough RBC branch on Main Street: Kim Pelrine, RBC branch manager Guysborough; Dima Khalil, RBC client advisor; Lois MacDonald, RBC client advisor; Connor Perry, RBC client advisor; Aaron Bueckert, RBC client advisor; Michael MacInnis, RBC branch manager Antigonish and Todd Strickland, RBC regional vice president-Cape Breton and North East Nova Scotia.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Banking on time: Guysborough’s RBC branch celebrates 137 years
GUYSBOROUGH -- It’s not every day that customers head to the bank just to get a look at the sartorial splendour of the staff. But last Wednesday, September 18 wasn’t an ordinary day at the Royal Bank of Canada branch on Main Street, Guysborough; it was the 137th anniversary of the branch in question and staff were dressed in period costume to celebrate the day.

Anaconda continues shipping bulk sample
GOLDBORO -- Anaconda Mining has restarted the shipping of a 10,000-tonne bulk sample from its Goldboro Gold Project this past week, after an interruption caused by a dispute with its original shipper for the work.

Open Library launched in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Changes have been coming to the Cyril Ward Memorial Library in Guysborough for the last few months; security cameras, a self-checkout scanner for library materials and a self-access scanner to allow patrons –library card holders -- entrance to the facility when staff are not on site.

September 18 2019

SHINING IN SHERBROOKE: The 25th Annual Sherbrooke Show & Shine Antique & Custom Car Show was delayed for a week by Hurricane Dorian but went on as planned this past weekend. Organizers say numbers were much higher than expected and spirits were up. Pictured here is David Blanchard (right) with his grandson Jackson accepting the People's Choice award from longtime Show & Shine volunteer Craig MacDonald.

Photo Credit: Angie Jack

Anaconda Mining to file new EA application in coming months
GOLDBORO – Anaconda Mining says it will submit a new Environmental Assessment Registration Document (EARD) for the Goldboro Gold Project during the fourth quarter of 2019, the company said in a news release Tuesday. A new application was deemed necessary once the company’s plans for the project expanded because of higher-than-expected mineral deposits being identified during test drilling. Originally Anaconda planned to process ore from Goldboro at its mining operation in Newfoundland, but now it plans to do processing on site in Goldboro.

Fundraiser planned for marina repairs
GUYSBOROUGH – The Guysborough Waterfront Development Society met last week to discuss damage caused to the Guysborough Marina by Hurricane Dorian, and necessary repairs. The group decided to start fundraising efforts to help pay the $7500 insurance deductible with a variety show featuring local musicians at Chedabucto Performance Centre on Oct. 5, and possibly a larger fundraiser later in the year.

September 11 2019

AGROUND, LIFTED AND SAILING AGAIN: Donald Grant’s 40ft vessel Aboat Time was pushed ashore by waves and wind at Mussel Cove in Guysborough during Hurricane Dorian. The boat, normally moored at the Guysborough Marina, had been moved to the cove for more protection from the storm. When the winds shifted Saturday, it went aground beside a small dock. A crane was brought in to lift the boat, which seemed to suffer only minor damage, back into the water Monday. With considerable help from friends, family and neighbours, it made a successful transition.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy / Dawn Grant

Hurricane hits hard, could have been worse
GUYSBOROUGH – Many trees and wires are down throughout Guysborough County and the Eastern Shore this week following Hurricane Dorian passing through on the weekend, but property damage appears to be minimal. In some cases large trees had fortunate falls, narrowly missing homes and businesses.

Minimal damage at Sherbrooke Village
SHERBROOKE – Sherbrooke Village staff, local residents and supporters of the living museum are thankful this week that the impact of Hurricane Dorian to the historical buildings and trees was kept to a minimum.

September 4 2019

SAILING SCHOOL: StFX Human Kinetics students were lucky to have gorgeous late-summer weather for their four-day sailing course last week. The students and their instructors headed out on two boats Saturday morning, together with Guysborough Sailing School instructor Kate Tompkins.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Maritime Launch plans to award design contract soon
CANSO – Maritime Launch Services hopes to select a design team for site layout and construction planning for the Canso Spaceport Project in the next couple of weeks. The company issued a request for proposals for the work in June and is currently reviewing submissions.

Poor cell service limits health care options for New Harbour resident
NEW HARBOUR – Wayne Gillie has had a lot of restless nights this summer. The initial cause was an undiagnosed heart condition; the current source of his wakefulness is poor cellular service in his rural community of New Harbour, Guysborough County. One directly impacts the other; so much so that inadequate cell service could be a matter of life and death for Gillie.

Authentic Seacoast buys neighbouring property in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Authentic Seacoast Company Ltd. announced Tuesday its acquisition of 44 acres of undeveloped waterfront land adjoining its showcase distillery & brewery in Guysborough. “This investment further demonstrates its longstanding commitment to Guysborough and to Nova Scotia,” the company said in a release.

August 28 2019

WELCOME HOME? Last Thursday the Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation (GMHF), various members of the community and hospital staff hosted four physicians and their families on a site visit. This visit was part of the Practice Ready Assessment Program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). After spending the morning touring the hospital and meeting with our own physicians, they were able to tour the community and enjoy a boat tour of the harbour and Chedabucto Bay. Pictured here are Dr. Barbara Bell with three of the visiting physicians on board her and her husband Glen Rees’ boat in Guysborough Harbour.

Photo Credit: Charla Cosgrove

Burns swims Northumberland Strait for charity
ST. MARY’S — Some people walk or run for charity. Some cycle to fundraise. Jeff Burns of St. Mary’s River went a step further in terms of the physical challenge when he decided to swim the Northumberland Strait to raise money for a deserving children’s charity.

Funding for MODG’s new compost facility, Mulgrave water treatment facility announced
GUYSBOROUGH – The three levels of government announced funding for a new compost facility for MODG and wastewater treatment facility for Mulgrave at a press conference at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough on Aug. 23.

Summer residents swim across Chedabucto Bay
GUYSBOROUGH – On Friday, August 23 two summer residents of Port Shoreham swam 8.5km across the Chedabucto Bay from Halfway Cove to Port Shoreham Provincial Park. It isn’t known if this is a first; some local residents report they haven't heard of anyone who has completed the journey across the bay.

August 21 2019

MOVING MEMORIAL: Each year the Canso Regatta wraps up with a fitting tribute to those lost at sea over the years. Local boats line up to circle the harbour and then out through the channel to Chedabucto Bay where wreaths from the Seamen’s Memorial service are are laid on the ocean. Pictured here from Sunday’s event is Capt. Bill Bond from the lead boat, Melissa and Papa III, laying a wreath on behalf of local fishermen and woman. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

River takes centre stage at community meeting on gold mine
SHERBROOKE – A standing-room only crowd of over 150 people crammed into the Sherbrooke Lions Hall for a meeting organized by the St. Mary’s River Association and concerned members of the community. The meeting was organized to discuss plans for the Cochrane Hill gold mine proposed by St Barbara, the Australian company that recently acquired Atlantic Gold. A number of speakers detailed their concerns about placing the mine near the environmentally sensitive St. Mary’s River and its surrounding watershed.

37 boats take part in laying of wreaths
CANSO – There was a big turnout for the annual laying of the wreaths off Canso on Sunday afternoon. Amid cloudy skies the wreaths in memory of those lost at sea were moved from the Seamen's Memorial to Whitman's Wharf by Dave MacMillan, where Lions Ray and Judy White passed them out to participating boats.

Parks Canada seeks input on planning for Canso Islands
CANSO – Parks Canada is planning ahead for the future of Canso Islands National Historic Site and invites input from the community.

August 14 2019

HONOURING OUR PAST: Hon. Lena Diab, Nova Scotia's Minister of Immigration and Acadian Affairs presents a certificate of recognition to the Tor Bay Region Acadian Society. Accepting the honour on behalf of the committee members present was Society President Jude Avery.

Photo Credit: Allan Murphy

Place Savalette, a new National Historic Site, opens in Port Felix
The picturesque vista of the Atlantic Ocean across from the catholic church in Port Felix provided the perfect backdrop last Wednesday for the official opening of Place Savalette as a National Historic Site.

Big crowd attends Seamen’s Memorial ceremony
CANSO – There were blue skies and warm weather for this year’s Seamen’s Memorial ceremony in Canso on Sunday, and a very strong wind kept the Scout flag-bearers on their toes.

Lawsuit launched after arrest at Atlantic Gold meeting in Sherbrooke
HALIFAX – John Perkins has filed a lawsuit against Atlantic Gold Corporation and the RCMP stemming from his arrest at a public information session organized by the gold mining corporation at the Sherbrooke Fire Hall on May 23, 2019.

Op-Ed: MLS responds to meeting on Canso Spaceport
As some of you may be aware, there was a recent meeting in the area to discuss the proposed Canso Spaceport. Unfortunately, the meeting spread a great deal of misinformation that I’m hoping to correct.

August 7 2019

WATERFRONT WEDNESDAYS: Young and old alike flock to the Guysborough Waterfront for the weekly Ceilidh held every Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. Along with great singers, dancers, guitar pickers and perhaps a fiddler; people also enjoy catching up with friends, neighbours, and visitors. This summer staple is one of the many charms of Guysborough, with thanks to the performers and audiences that support the weekly summer concert series with evenings like these featured above on Wednesday, July 31.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Concerns about Canso Spaceport shared at community meeting
CANSO – Canso area residents had an opportunity to hear panelists from different areas of expertise express concerns about the planned Canso Spaceport project on Thursday, Aug. 1 -- and share their own concerns about the project.

New site to commemorate Savalette meeting Champlain
PORT FELIX – Community leaders in the Acadian communities of Larry's River, Port Felix and Charlos Cove have always celebrated -- and researched -- their storied past. A commitment to uncovering and sharing their centuries-old story led to a major project to correct an historical error, and properly commemorate a most historic encounter on their shores -- a meeting among Samuel de Champlain, Basque Captain Savalette and local Mi'kmaw in 1607.

Artist-in-Residence hosts monoprint workshop
PORT BICKERTON – A simple child’s pallet of watercolours was set on the table along with a rectangular sheet of plexiglass, two paintbrushes and some paper towel. That along with imagination was the only supplies necessary for the monoprint workshop held at the Port Bickerton Community Centre on August 3. That and the quiet yet skillful instruction of this year’s Artist-in-Residence at the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Cecil Day.

July 31 2019

WHEELS ON THE BUS: Little ones had lots of fun at Family Fun Day at Boylston Park as part of Guysborough Come Home Week last Wednesday. These youngsters from Afton, Tracadie and St. Andrews did their best to hold still for a photo in front of the play school bus: (l-r) Isla Myette, Brylinn Boyle, Lauchlin Myette, Sophie My- ette, Jack Myette, Ivy Myette and Jonathan Boyle.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Big sun, big energy shape Stanfest 2019
CANSO – Stanfest 2019 wrapped up to rave reviews Sunday night after three days of outstanding music, abundant sunshine and big crowds.

New Horizons funding announced for projects in Port Bickerton, Sonora, and Necum Teuch
The federal New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) provides funding for projects that engage seniors in their communities. This week MP for Central Nova Sean Fraser, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $57,449 for three new projects on the Eastern Shore through the NHSP.

July 24 2019

FUN FOR ALL AGES: Face painting for the youngsters (and those young-at-heart) is a yearly part of the Chedabucto Curling Club's (CCC) chicken BBQ. Wanting to show his steadfast loyalty to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Phil O'Regan (left) has Meagan Kettley (right), under the watchful eye of Deonna King (both from the MODG Recreation Department), apply her artwork at the CCC's July 21 annual event.

Photo Credit: Ray Bates

Mulgrave Road could find new home in old NSLC building
GUYSBOROUGH – At MODG's regular council meeting on Wednesday, July 17, council moved to prepare a letter of intent to purchase the recently vacated NSLC building from the province and flip it to Mulgrave Road Theatre. A request for the deal was made to council by the theatre company. Mulgrave Road, now located on Main St. in the heart of Guysborough, is seeking a bigger space in the community.

Part of Anaconda’s bulk sample subject of arrest warrant
GOLDBORO – The company transporting Anaconda Mining’s bulk sample from Goldboro to Point Rousse in Newfoundland for processing, NIL Group Limited, has filed a statement of claim alleging that Anaconda is responsible for some additional costs in relation to the shipment. As a result, NIL has issued and served an arrest warrant with respect to the approximately 800 tonnes which were yet to be discharged from the barge at the time of filing of the claim.

Community rallies to restore Bolyston Ballfield, playground
BOYLSTON – It all started with an offer by Shane Sceles to clean up the dilapidated dugouts, and clean out the snakes, at the ballfield in Boylston for the fifth annual Over-40 Overweight & Outta Shape Ball Tournament. Then volunteers decided to rebuild the dugouts. Next plans were made to take the sod off the field—and the enthusiasm grew as more people began to imagine their field of dreams.

July 17 2019

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT: Grey skies didn’t dampen the spirits of participants during St. Mary’s River Days at Sherbrooke Village over the weekend. Competitions, food and prizes were plentiful as were the laughs and friendly rivalries. Beluga whales in all forms were on hand as well. Pictured above are participants waiting for the start of the children's cardboard boat competition. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Next generation takes helm as artistic director
CANSO – Chris Greencorn stepped into his father Troy Greencorn’s shoes last fall as artistic director at Canso’s famous Stan Rogers Folks Festival. It’s a comfortable fit for the younger Greencorn, who grew up in Stanfest and is now pursuing a masters degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto.

Pieridae extends deadlines with German customer
GOLDBORO – Pieridae Energy Limited has negotiated extensions of the key deadlines under its 20-year agreement with German utility Uniper. These include expected commercial deliveries of gas to Uniper to start between November 30, 2024 and May 31, 2025; and the extension to September 30, 2020 of the deadline to make a positive financial investment decision (FID) for the company’s proposed Goldboro LNG facility. The 20-year agreement with Uniper is for half the liquefied natural gas produced at Goldboro.

The Fiddler gets Checked Off my Bucket List
My life, until I was 18 years of age, was happily tied to the Eastern Shore and specifically to the community of Port Bickerton, with all that it had to offer us. Growing up as a fisherman’s son, and living in a fishing village, so much of my youth revolved around the seashore and the myriad of opportunities that it afforded my friends and I. There was swimming in its cold, refreshing waters, beachcombing along the shoreline and discovering what the next high tide would offer us to forage. We caught a variety of fish off the wharf or the side of our father’s Cape Islanders and smelt on the spring spawning run in mid-June. It was always a priority struggle between doing that in the evening or studying for our final exams. Smelting often won out. There were vain attempts at hand-catching larger eels from under flipped over rocks and opening mussels to search for tiny, imperfect pearls…all of these free activities which nature afforded us kept us occupied and entertained for hours at a time.

July 10 2019

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: The Municipality of the District of Guysborough's (MODG) Mobile Day Camp (MDC) gather for fun and activities at numerous MODG locations daily (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) during July and August: Mondays at the Chedabucto Curling Club (CCC), Boylston; Tuesdays and Fridays at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex, Guysborough; Wednesdays at the New Harbour Community Centre and the Guysborough Intervale Hall; and Thursdays at the Country Harbour Community Centre and the Canso Arena. Participants, ages 4 -12 years, have the option to gather throughout the MODG on all or some days. Inquiries about participating in the Mobile Day Camp --- with no registration fees required --- contact the MODG Recreation Department: (782.452.4003). Looking forward to their day's activities at the CCC are Monday's participants, assistants, and the Day Camp Supervisors (front left, Meagan Kettley and far right, Keaton Lombardo).

Photo Credit: Ray Bates

Canso Electric Utility could transfer to NSPI for $1
CANSO – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough and Nova Scotia Power have applied to the N.S. Utilities and Review Board to transfer of the assets of the Canso Electric Light Utility from the municipality to NSP. The July 5 application says the sale for the nominal sum of $1 would be effective January 1, 2020.

Anaconda sends off bulk sample, does opinion polling
GOLDBORO – Anaconda Mining has started shipping off a 10,000-tonne bulk sample of ore from its Goldboro Gold Project to its facility at Point Rousse, Newfoundland. Processing of the ore sample will give the company a clearer idea of the production potential of its planned Goldboro mine.

July 3 2019

MARCHING TOWARDS THE FUTURE: Graduates from Guysborough Academy walk from a church service held in their honour, along Queen Street towards Chedabucto Place for their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 26. Following the grads was a parade of well-wishers in their automobiles, honking horns in celebration.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Shell deal gives Pieridae enough gas to start Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – The purchase of Shell Canada’s gas-production facilities in the Alberta Foothills for $190 million — combined with the earlier acquisition of Ikkuma Resources — will give Pieridae Energy enough supply for the first phase (Train 1) of its Goldboro LNG project.

Guysborough grads awarded $183,950
The first pre-primary class in Chedabucto Education Centre are now high school graduates. On Wednesday, June 26, twenty-five Guysborough Academy students received diplomas, awards, words of wisdom and, collectively, a lot of money.

Reviving rural volunteerism
GUYSBOROUGH – Volunteers are the heart of the community; that is a commonly touted phrase especially during Volunteer Week in April, but how often do we think about the recruitment of volunteers in rural areas? If you are a member of a volunteer organization, the answer is always.

June 26 2019

RELIVING THE PAST: The Grade 6 students of Duncan MacMillan High School spent three days at Historic Sher- brooke Village from June 17 to 19 with teacher Madame Power and parent chaperones to participate in the Hands-on-History Program. The students wore period costume and took part in the everyday life of 1867. They carried wood, baked cookies, made wooden toy Schooners, and visited the many artisans of the Village. Pictured from left to right: Madame Power (teacher); Lydia Josey, Bree Ronaghan, Savannah Pye, Keira Hutt, Ryleigh Muir, Kairi Rob- erts, Savanna Munroe, Brayden Logan, Keaton Gammon, Cody Lloyd, Jacob Owen, Alana Gammon (Chaperone). Missing from photo are parent chaperones: Shirley Munroe, Lisa Hutt, and Melissa Owen.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG pushes for tax incentive to attract health professionals
GUYSBOROUGH – As Canso’s Eastern Memorial Hospital nears the seven-week mark of nighttime closure, MODG is bringing its argument for a tax credit for rural healthcare professionals to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. At its June 19 monthly meeting, council voted unanimously to ask the FCM to lobby the federal government to implement a tax credit, similar to the Northern Residents Deduction, for medical personnel working in the healthcare field in rural community hospitals and long-term care facilities. The proposal aims to help municipalities with a population of 5,000 or less by creating an incentive to attract medical professionals.

Great white spotted off Tor Bay
TOR BAY – Summer brings flocks of tourists from south of the border and for the most part we expect to see them arrive starting in June. But some visitors are less expected such as the recent sighting of a great white shark approximately half a mile offshore from Tor Bay Provincial Park in Guysborough County.

Sherbrooke community gathers for local book launch
On Monday, June 17, 2019, inspirational author, Mandy Rudolph, was met with the same love and support in launching her new book, My Life Has Not Been Easy as she has received in her lengthy battle with leukemia and multiple strokes.

June 19 2019

GET A GRIP: Students in Grades 3 to 8 from Chedabucto Education Centre, Guysborough and Fanning Education Centre, Canso took part in Track and Field activities on a sunny Tuesday, June 18 on the Steve Smith Field at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre, Guysborough. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Community shares ideas for solving nursing crisis
CANSO – The people most impacted by the nighttime closure of Canso’s Eastern Memorial Hospital came out to help with solutions on Monday night. More than 100 people filled the Canso Lions Club for a “community conversation” hosted by the working group tasked with looking for solutions to the nursing shortage that resulted in a halt to hospital admissions and nighttime ER closure starting May 12.

Williams celebrates 90th birthday and looks back on career in Public Health
GUYSBOROUGH – Kaye Williams came to Guysborough as a newly minted Public Health Nurse in 1952. And she’s been here ever since. In that long stretch between now and then she saw changes in medicine reach our rural communities, including the first polio vaccine. She saw doctors come and go while one in particular stayed, and stayed and stayed. She started a family and raised four children; a working mom before that term gained recognition. And she watched families grow, providing a helpful hand and more along the way.

June 12 2019

MAKING HISTORY: The annual Provincial Heritage Fair was held at St. Mary's University in Halifax from June 6 to 7. Students from across the province displayed their projects on many diverse subjects. Category winners from the Strait Regional Centre for Education, as pictured above from left to right, were: Emma Snow for Environmental History, Fanning Education Centre / Canso Academy; Gianna Pellerin for Future Museum Interpreter, Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy; Ava-Belle Martins for Immigration History, Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy and Brenna MacPherson for Oral History, Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

MLS on track for first launch 2021
CANSO – Maritime Launch Services CEO Steve Matier says there are no deal breakers in the 14 pages of conditions in the Dept. of Environment’s approval of its Canso Spaceport Project released last week. The only real surprise, he told The Journal during an interview Monday, is the requirement to pay up to $100,000 annually for the province’s environmental monitoring of the project.

Community invited to discuss Canso hospital crisis
CANSO – A ‘community conversation’ is planned for Monday evening, June 17, to get residents’ input on work to address the nursing shortage that has resulted in nighttime ER closures and a halt to admissions at Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso.

June 5 2019

EIGHTY YEARS STRONG: Veterans and Legion members were in attendance at the Royal Canadian Legion Courcellette Branch #58 for the 80th anniversary celebration held on May 25. A hot turkey dinner banquet, catered by the Sheet Harbour Lions, was served by members of Cadet Corps 2610. The organizing committee had memorabilia and photographs on display throughout the Legion. The previous evening, an Open House was held and the community was invited to view the display and take part in the celebration. Above are Veterans and Legion members in attendance at the Saturday evening banquet and celebrations. Back row, left to right: Terry Findlay, Doug Hartling, Gary Scrivens, Jamie Briggs, James Scrivens, Craig Ruggles, Jacques Plouffe, Vance Thompson, Ed Douma, Wayne Henley, Neil Parnell, Gary Smith, Jean Josey, Paul Jones, Pete Richardson, Terrence Rutledge, Russ Main, Ron Munroe, Mark Snyder, and Sandy MacKenzie. Third row, left to right: Teddy Watt, Brenda MacIsaac, Marion MacDonald, Erna Balcom, Ollie Douma, Juanita Hussey, Rose Scrivens, Amanda Fleet, Linda Matwick, Bill Parks, Barby Cochrane, and Wendy MacKenzie. Second row, left to right: Pam Watt, Shirley Scrivens, Susan Boutilier, Margie Dow, Carol Lowe, Barb Henley, Linda Watt, Isabel Rutledge, and Catherine Burgoyne. Front row, left to right: Art MacKenzie, Al Dow, Lloyd Coady, Brian Smith, and Wayne Fleet. Missing from photo: Ruth Thompson, Trish Ruggles, and Joyce McNair.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

Canso spaceport gets environmental approval
GUYSBOROUGH – A planned rocket launch facility in the Canso area is much closer to reality now following the Dept. of Environment’s conditional approval Tuesday, June 4. The decision was based on the focus report submitted to the department by Maritime Launch Services (MLS) in March. The company plans to start construction this coming summer, with first launch in the last quarter of 2021.

Guysborough says goodbye to Dr. Anita Foley
GUYSBOROUGH – Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Dr. Anita Foley in Guysborough on Friday, May 31 both at St. Ann's Roman Catholic church and at the Chedabucto Performance Centre, where the service was live-streamed. Many others followed the proceedings from across the world via the internet.

Spring cleaning along the shore
CANSO – The motto 'think globally, act locally' has been a catch phrase in the environmental movement for decades. And last weekend some Canso-area residents took that adage to heart by heading out to Durell's Island with garbage bags in hand and a big goal in mind: return their much loved beach area to pristine condition.

May 29 2019

BLUE EAGLES ATTEND SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Students from Chedabucto Place took part in the Special Olympics in Antigonish on Friday, May 24. Participants were cheered on by Taylor Richards and Isabella Sponagle along with coaches Kendra Landry, Angela MacKeen, Deanna MacGillivray, Edna Simms, Amanda Millar, Cathy DeRabbie, Kathy Gosbee as well as Mr. Keay and his Fitness Leadership 12 class who helped with training. Featured above, front row, left to right: Calum Connolly, Calvin Hendsbee, Braden MacRae, Michaela Lefler-Dixon, Cowen MacRae, Carson Sponagle, and Angela Mackeen. Back row, left to right is: Blue Eagle mascot, Amanda Millar, and Kendra Landry.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Guysborough mourns loss of Dr. Anita Foley
GUYSBOROUGH – Role model, mentor, teacher, doctor; these are just a few of the words used to describe Dr. Anita Foley. The stalwart supporter of Guysborough and surrounding areas, who served the community as a family physician for over four decades, passed away on Saturday, May 25 leaving the community, friends and family bereft at such a loss.

Man arrested at Atlantic Gold info session in Sherbrooke
SHERBROOKE – Questions are being raised following the arrest of a man at an information session hosted by Atlantic Gold in Sherbrooke last Thursday, May 23. Two sessions were held at the Sherbrooke Fire Hall that day to discuss and answer questions about the company’s approach to tailings management facilities, in light of its plans for an open pit gold mine at nearby Cochrane Hill.

Working group plans way forward
CANSO – A new working group established to help find a solution to the nursing shortage impacting Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso held its first meeting Friday, May 24.

May 22 2019

DESMOND INQUIRY: Lionel Desmond's twin sisters Chantel, left, and Cassandra Desmond, at the Guysborough Municipal Building following Tuesday's hearings. The two lobbied hard for the Desmond Fatality Inquiry to take place. Katherine Murphy Photo

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Desmond Inquiry: Judge hears from potential participants
GUYSBOROUGH – For Cassandra Desmond, Tuesday marked a turning point in a long journey. Almost two and a half years after the tragic deaths of her brother, mother, sister-in-law and niece, preliminary hearings for the Fatality Inquiry into those deaths began in Guysborough.

New working group will meet Friday
CANSO – As the third week of service reduction at Eastern Memorial Hospital (EMH) approaches, a working group is being established to address the nursing shortage that caused a halt to admissions and nighttime ER starting May 12.

Country Harbour ferry to be replaced
COUNTRY HARBOUR – A new ferry is coming to Country Harbour. Bernadette Jordan, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development, and Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, announced support for two new ferry replacement projects in Nova Scotia on Friday, May 17.

May 15 2019

"I HAVE AN EPI-PEN, IF I HAVE TO USE IT WHERE DO I GO?" Taylor Boudreau raised a critical question at Sunday night’s rally outside of the Eastern Memorial Hospital. Taylor’s grandmother Gayle Richards, a concerned cancer patient, stands behind her granddaughter among the crowd gathered in support of restoring the hospital’s services. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Fight for Canso hospital
CANSO – The people of Canso and MODG are digging in to fight for the future of Eastern Memorial Hospital (EMH).

$1.2 million funding boost for eastern NS rivers
SHERBROOKE – Years of habitat restoration work along the St. Mary’s River received a major boost through a federal funding announcement in Sherbrooke on May 8. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson was at the St. Mary's River Association Interpretive Centre to announce $1.2 million over three years in funding to restore watersheds and coastal habitats in eastern Nova Scotia.

Mulgrave town office may move to former school
MULGRAVE – Town council is considering moving Mulgrave’s town office to the former school that it now owns. Town CAO Darlene Berthier Sampson told The Journal Monday that a motion was made to move operations to the school no later than July 1, 2019, and the town is now in talks with Canada Post to see if the local post office could be moved there as well.

May 8 2019

CONNECTING WITH OUR PAST: Last Friday students from across the Strait Region attended the annual Strait Regional Heritage Fair at the Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury. Among the many great pieces of our past on display was this entry by Brenna MacPherson, a Grade 5 student at Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy. MacPherson, along with seven other students who participated in the Regional Fair, were selected to participate in the Provincial Heritage Fair which will be held in Halifax from June 6 to 7. More photos in this wek's edition.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Shift reduction considered for Canso hospital
CANSO – The continuing nursing shortage at Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso could soon lead to the facility being cut back to a 12-hour daytime nursing shift only. If that happens, can the facility continue operating as a hospital? That’s a top-of-mind question for MODG Warden Vernon Pitts.

Congregation of Notre Dame honoured at StFX Spring Convocation
ANTIGONISH – As St. Francis Xavier University bestowed more than 900 degrees to students from all corners of the globe on Sunday, March 5, honorary degrees were conferred upon a trailblazer in mental health and a religious order well-regarded for promoting the education of women.

May 1 2019

COOKING UP FUN: The ECYA in Canso is currently holding Preteen Healthy Cooking Classes for Grades 4-6 after school at the Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy kitchen. Sessions are taught by cook Bernice Meade and are funded through the Guysborough County Community Health Board's Wellness Fund. Pictured from left to right: William MacNabb, Mya MacKenzie, Kendall Perry, Amber Bouchie, Taylor Anderson, Taylor Boudreau, Ocean Livingston Dunn, Miley Munroe, Khloe Myatt, and Kayla Dixon.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Cuzner announces he won't reoffer for Cape Breton-Canso
OTTAWA – After almost 19 years on Parliament Hill representing a riding encompassing seven municipal districts, three First Nations communities, four full provincial ridings and parts of three others, MP for Cape Breton-Canso Rodger Cuzner announced last Friday that he would not be reoffering in the upcoming fall election. Cuzner spoke to The Journal on Monday morning about his decision and years in office.

Pieridae highlights Goldboro LNG progress in year-end report
CALGARY – Pieridae Energy released its 2018 financial and operating report on April 24, highlighting the fact it took some key steps forward last year in advancing its Goldboro LNG project. In 2018, the company was issued a permit to construct the facility, received US$1.5 billion in additional conditional loan support from the German Government, closed its purchase of Ikkuma Resources to obtain a portion of the supply of natural gas for Goldboro’s first LNG facility (Train 1), and signed a sale and purchase agreement to supply Europe with additional LNG from Goldboro’s second facility (Train 2).

Residents discuss potential whale sanctuary
INDIAN HARBOUR LAKE / JORDANVILLE – A full house was on hand at a meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a beluga whale sanctuary along the Eastern Shore in Guysborough County on Sunday, April 28 at the Indian Harbour Lake / Jordanville Community Centre. Representatives from the Whale Sanctuary Project (WSP) and the local Rural Institute for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sustainability (RICHES) Steering Committee were on hand to talk about the potential project.

April 24 2019

CREATURE FEATURE: The touch tank in Ms. Dort's Primary classroom is always a draw at the annual CEC/GA Open House held on Tuesday, April 16 in Guysborough. Salamanders, tadpoles and various other pond inhabitants intrigue visitors of all ages. Pictured here are Levi and Jacob Webber and Sean and Malcolm Gosbee with mom Crystal Gosbee (back left). More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Following council debate, MODG changes bulk bins program
GUYSBOROUGH – A decision to increase the District of Guysborough's annual bulk garbage pick-up by one container would benefit those living in and around Country Harbour, but debate ensued at last Wednesday’s monthly council meeting after a question was raised concerning Little Dover, which was not scheduled to get a container. Residents of Little Dover currently travel just under five kilometres to the nearest bulk waste container.

Dr. Ackermann receives Rural Service Award
SHERBROOKE – There is no shortage of discussion and debate around how to recruit and retain medical professionals in rural Nova Scotia these days, as the province faces physician shortages in almost every municipality.

Quality of Life survey coming to Guysborough County
GUYSBOROUGH – Guysborough County residents are asked to check their mailboxes over the coming week for a survey on quality of life in their community. The research project by Engage Nova Scotia, in collaboration with the University of Waterloo and supported by NSCC, asks questions about how Nova Scotians can “work together to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled in all areas of our lives.”

April 17 2019

MEDAL-WORTHY PERFORMANCE: The U17 Strait Area Saints Club Volleyball team took home the bronze medal at the provincial T1 volleyball championships, held at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax on Sunday, April 14. Back row from left; Emma Foster, Brea Campbell, Kali Bona, Coach Heather Brennan, Natalie Cameron, Allison Pluta, and Molly Ellingbo. Front row from left; Regyn MacDonald, Kristen Hadley, Sara Pluta, Abbie Warner, and Kailey Brennan.

Photo Credit: Contributed

District 4 elects Hanhams to MODG council in by-election
GUYSBOROUGH – The four-way race for the District 4 seat on MODG council was definitively decided on Saturday, April 13; the final voting day for the municipal by-election for the seat left vacant by the accidental death of Councillor Blair George in January. Dave Hanhams, owner / operator of the Hanhams Gas & Convenience in Half Island Cove, won a majority of the votes cast; almost more than all other candidates combined.

Petition supporting Canso Spaceport tabled in legislature
CANSO – The Canso Area Development Assoc. (CADA) is pleased with the results from a petition it led in support of Maritime Launch Services’ proposed Canso Spaceport. The petition garnered 753 signatures and was tabled in the provincial legislature on April 11 by the MLA for Guysborough - Eastern Shore - Tracadie and Minister of Transportation Lloyd Hines.

MacMaster grills Delorey on departure of St. Martha’s doctors
ANTIGONISH – Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster had some pointed questions for Minister of Health and Wellness and Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey in the legislature on April 9 about the number of doctors who have left St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish in the past year, including the departure of surgeon Dr. Jeannie MacGillivray, who had sought better work-life balance.

April 10 2019

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Protesters rally in Sherbrooke against Atlantic Gold's proposed open pit gold mine on nearby Cochrane Hill on Thursday, April 4 outside of the company's office.

Photo Credit: Rob Wolf

SMRA protests at Atlantic Gold office opening
SHERBROOKE – Placards and chants greeted visitors to Atlantic Gold’s open house at their new Community Outreach Office on Main Street in Sherbrooke Thursday, April 4 — but they weren’t there in support of the company’s efforts to put at open pit gold mine on nearby Cochrane Hill.

Bond case against pharmacy moves forward
CANSO – In May of 2016 Bernice Bond of Canso was given a prescription for methotrexate which was dispensed by the Canso Pharmacy. The instructions and packaging of the prescription were incorrect, resulting in an overdose that the medical examiner found to be the direct cause of Bond's death in June, 2016. In the months following her death, Bond's son Carlton Bond launched a legal action to pursue a civil case of negligence under the Fatal Injuries Act.

Voters hear from District 4 candidates
QUEENSPORT – Wind and rain didn’t keep constituents of District 4 in MODG away from the opportunity to get to know the candidates before casting their vote in the upcoming by-election next week.

April 3 2019

GIRLS ROCK: After hard-fought games from March 28 to March 30, at the Truro Curling Club in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) Bonspiel, Team Grady from the Guysborough Academy/Chedabucto Curling Club, won the third-place girls bronze medal in competition against teams from throughout Nova Scotia. Proudly displaying their medals are, back row, left to right: Victoria Grady (skip), Alicia Mills (coach), and Hanna Manthorne (second). Front row, left to right: Vanessa Dort (mate) and Jenna Dort (alternate lead). Absent for photo: Brooklyn Jordon (alternate lead).

Photo Credit: Contributed

St. Mary’s balances budget without dipping into surplus
SHERBROOKE – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has been trying to get to a balanced budget without dipping into its operations surplus for the past few years. With its 2019-2020 budget, adopted at a council meeting last Wednesday, March 27, that goal was realized.

Desmond Inquiry to begin in May
GUYSBOROUGH – It has been more than two years since the tragic shooting deaths of Shanna, Aaliyah, Brenda and Lionel Desmond in Upper Big Tracadie. Starting in May, Judge Warren Zimmer will lead a public inquiry in Guysborough to address unanswered questions surrounding the deaths.

Pieridae signs new engineering deal
CALGARY – Pieridae Energy announced Monday that it has engaged global engineering firm Kellogg Brown & Root Limited (KBR) to review its latest front-end engineering and design study for the proposed Goldboro LNG facility. KBR will also provide the estimate necessary for “entering into a lump sum turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract,” according to Pieridae’s news release. It anticipates signing that contract in the coming months.

March 27 2019

UNITED NATIONS ON ICE: They came for the curling experience; nineteen students enrolled in the Nova Scotia International Students Program (NSISP) enjoyed their first curling games and turkey shoot on Saturday, March 23, at the Chedabucto Curling Club (CCC), Boylston. Organized by Shelly McGee-Wilson and Denee Mattie, NSISP Home-Stay Coordinators; and under the direction of Jim Muise, CCC member; youngsters from Columbia, China, Germany, Brazil, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, France, Thailand, Italy, Spain, and Canada participated in an afternoon of curling. The international students were provided with instructions by CCC members: Jim Muise, Maurice Landry, Ray Bates, Gary Neufeld, Clare Bridge, Holly Nahrebecky, George Nahrebecky; and youth from the CCC Junior Curling Program: Aidan Halloran, Ryan Sangster, Jenna Dort, Vanessa Dort and Brooklyn Jordan.

Photo Credit: Maurice Landry

Staff shortages mean delay in vacation approvals for local nurses
GUYSBOROUGH – Nurses at Guysborough and Canso hospitals may have to put vacation plans on hold. On Friday, March 15 a memo was distributed to the nursing staff of Guysborough Memorial Hospital and Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso stating that summer vacation requests could not currently be approved due to staffing shortages at the hospitals. Shortly after the memo was posted on social media and media outlets across the province picked up the story.

Petition aims to show community support for Canso Spaceport
CANSO – The Canso Area Development Assoc. (CADA) has started a petition to show the provincial government the high level of local support for Maritime Launch Services’ planned Canso Spaceport.

Five-cent hike in MODG tax rates
GUYSBOROUGH – As part of a five-year plan to respond to a significant drop in revenues with the decommissioning of the Sable Offshore Energy Project, the District of Guysborough's new budget includes five-cent increases in both the residential and commercial tax rates. The 2019-2020 budget, tabled at last Wednesday's regular monthly meeting of council, brings the residential tax rate to $0.71 per $100 of assessment. The commercial rate will be $2.68 per $100 of assessment.

March 20 2019

MARCH INTO FUN: Schools Plus and MODG Recreation brought a day of fun and adventure to children in the Guysborough area at the Chedabucto Education Centre on Tuesday, March 19; one of many activities scheduled over March Break.

Photo Credit: Contributed

ESREN expected to close
SHERBROOKE – The Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network is expected to cease operations in the near future.

St. Mary’s invites input on streetscape plan
SHERBROOKE – Local residents had an opportunity to share their ideas for a new streetscape plan for Sherbrooke during a workshop on Feb. 25, and a “pop-up workshop” at the municipal offices. The municipality is also hoping to engage higher-grade students at St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy in the planning process after they return from March Break.

Spaceport hosts Canso open house
CANSO – Maritime Launch Services (MLS) held an open house at the Canso Firehall on Thursday, March 14 to update residents on its Canso Spaceport project and answer questions. MLS CEO Steve Matier provided information on Spaceport progress, along with several partners who were available to discuss specific aspects of the project.

March 13 2019

INAUGURAL AWARD: The new Lea Place Women's Resource Centre Founding Mothers Award was announced at an International Women's Day event at the Eastern Shore Wildlife Association Clubhouse in Sheet Harbour on Saturday, March 9. The first recipient of the award was Alana Gammon, a well-known local volunteer who was nominated for the award due to her many contributions to organizations in the area. Pictured above is Tammy DeWolfe (left), award recipient Alana Gammon (center) and Catherine MacNeil, board chair and emcee of the event. More pictures in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

Anaconda gets $5M RBC loan to complete pre-construction activity at Goldboro
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining Inc. announced Tuesday that it has entered into a $5 million term loan from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to help finance its work on the Goldboro Gold Project. The loan will give Anaconda “enhanced financial flexibility and allow it to complete all pre-construction activity at its 100 per cent-owned Goldboro Gold Project..without further equity financing,” the company said in a news release.

Lea Place founders' award announced
SHEET HARBOUR – To celebrate local women in honour of International Women's Day, the Board members of Lea Place have developed an award named 'The Lea Place Women's Resource Centre Founding Mothers Award', to honour the women, who over three decades ago, developed the organization that has grown and developed into Lea Place Women's Resource Centre. The first annual award was presented to Alana Gammon in recognition of her volunteerism and commitment to her community at an event held at the Eastern Shore Wildlife Association Clubhouse on Saturday, March 9.

Connector Program introduces local NSCC students to networking skills
CAPE BRETON – Students of the Nova Scotia Community College’s Strait Area Campus will be mingling with local industry experts and NSCC alumni on March 14. Co-hosted by the Cape Breton Partnership’s Connector Program and the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) Connector Program, the ‘Strong Networks / Strong Communities’ Networking Event is exclusive to the Campus’ Social Services and Behavioral Intervention programs.

March 6 2019

ROOM TO GROW: Anna Moran (at podium), Tourism Nova Scotia’s director of research and policy, addresses those in attendance at the Tourism Strategy Committee's workshop held at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 26. TNS aims to make tourism a four billion dollar industry over the next five years. Pictured seated from left to right: Kelli MacDonald, Director of Communications; Michele Saran, CEO; and Darlene MacDonald, Director of Sector Development.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Tourism planning advances with Guysborough workshop
GUYSBOROUGH – Guysborough-area tourism operators gathered at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex on Feb. 26 for the third in a series of workshops by the new local Tourism Strategy Committee.

Pieridae raises $17.9 million for operating costs
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy announced Feb. 28 that it has raised $17.9 million for operating costs from its recent private placement of common shares.

February 27 2019

REMEMBRANCE: The Upper Big Tracadie Seniors Action Club and the Upper Big Tracadie / Lincolnville Education Committee hosted an afternoon of remembrance to celebrate African Heritage Month at the Tracadie Community Centre on Saturday, February 23. The event, emceed by Mary Desmond (left) and Scotia MacEachern (right) included the premiere screening of Tara Reddick's documentary The History of Tracadie.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Anaconda now plans full processing facility at Goldboro mine
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining’s success in expanding the known gold deposits at its Goldboro Project site — and its confidence in further expanding the estimated deposit — has led it to change its plan for the mine. Originally Anaconda planned to ship concentrate to its Pine Cove Mill in Newfoundland for processing. Now it intends to develop a full-scale milling facility at Goldboro.

Spaceport’s Focus Report to be submitted late March
CANSO – Maritime Launch Services (MLS) CEO Steve Matier is sounding optimistic these days, after a setback last year when the company was required to submit a more detailed Focus Report in its pursuit of environmental approval for a spaceport to launch commercial satellites near Canso. During an interview Tuesday, he told The Journal the company plans to file its Focus Report with the Dept. of Environment in late March.

Reddick's documentary History of Tracadie premieres during African Heritage Month
UPPER BIG TRACADIE – The voices of the elders not only inform us about the past but can guide future endeavours and help us understand our history. This was the take-away message at the remembrance event held at the Tracadie Community Centre in Upper Big Tracadie on Saturday, February 23.

February 20 2019

BASKETBALL PLAYERS RISE TO THE OCASSION: Guysborough Academy Blue Eagles can jump as well as soar as demonstrated in last weekend’s Northumberland Regional Championship hosted in Guysborough. Pictured above, Blue Eagles teammates Tyrese Borden #4 and Liam Avery #14 rise up to secure a loose ball. Full story and more pictures in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Immigration battle finally over for Inferrera
GUYSBOROUGH – It has been a very long time coming but after eight years of paper work, legal wrangling, living under threat of deportation, and a distraught trip across the Canadian-U.S. border in November of 2012, Nancy Inferrera –a 79-year-old U.S. citizen--is finally free to live out the rest of her days in Guysborough with her long-time friend Mildred Sanford (aged 89).

Residents weigh in on Cochrane Gold at public meetings
SHERBROOKE – Close to 100 people attended each of last week’s two public meetings in Sherbrooke on Atlantic Gold’s plans for an open pit gold mine at Cochrane Hill in the District of St. Mary’s. The meetings, hosted by the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, followed two earlier consultations for residents and property owners within a five-kilometre radius fo the proposed site, and bring the total attendance at the four consultations to nearly 300.

Bear Head LNG signs agreements with unions and Mi'kmaq Chiefs
HALIFAX – Bear Head LNG announced Tuesday that it signed agreements with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association Limited and Cape Breton Unions that support its commitments to ensuring local benefits and meaningful Mi’kmaq participation from its planned LNG project.

February 13 2019

HOCKEY SCHOOL: Students from SAERC play pick-up hockey on the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex shinny rink on Tuesday afternoon. The Port Hawkesbury school is just one of many education centres in the region booking ice time in Guysborough – with at least one other school planning on visiting the area this week. Last week, students from East Antigonish Education Centre bussed down to take advantage of the ice surfaces.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

St. Mary’s continues with library upgrades
SHERBROOKE – At it’s regular monthly meeting Monday evening, St. Mary’s council agreed to proceed with repairs to the basement of the Sherbrooke Library. Warden Michael Mosher told The Journal there are some issues with insulation in the basement that the municipality wants to address. The cost estimate for the repairs is $5000 - $6000. This follows other upgrades the municipality has done at the library over the past few years, including a new roof last year, new windows and siding.

New pictorial genealogy of the Antigonish movement launched
ANTIGONISH – A new book, The People’s Photo Album, is a tribute to the Extension Department of St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) on its 90th anniversary. “The People” in this case are the individuals, families and organizations from around the world who are connected to the Antigonish Movement and opened up their albums and scrapbooks and shared with Harp Publishing their collections from Facebook, Flickr and Instagram. “The photos came with stories of struggle and triumph, charting the legacy of social justice,” says the publisher.

It's TIANS and WITAP and RICHES, oh my!
No, it's not the Wizard of Oz or an alphabet soup convention but a chance to enrich your tourism IQ and contribute to Guysborough County's future. On February 26, Guysborough will play host to the third tourism strategy workshop with the senior management team from Tourism Nova Scotia (TNS) and representatives from the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) in attendance.

February 6 2019

BLUE EAGLES SOAR TO VICTORY: Guysborough Academy's Blue Eagles Boys Senior Basketball team have had an outstanding year; celebrating an undefeated season by winning the Strait Regional Centre for Education league championship last weekend. Pictured after the victory are Blue Eagles back row, left to right: Coach Joe LeBlanc, Matthew Connolly, Jacob Sceles, Ben Vansteinburg, Patrick Gammon, Liam Avery, AJ Pelley, Tyrese Borden, and Ross Vansteinburg. Front row, left to right: Callum Connolly, Aidan Bond, Jaylin Boutillier, Nolan Rimney, Cole Worth, and James Thornley. Missing from picture: Jesse MacDonald. Full story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Public meetings to help inform St. Mary’s decision on Cochrane Gold
SHERBROOKE – Following two recent meetings with owners of property in close proximity to the proposed Cochrane Hill Gold Project, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has scheduled two public meetings to help it decide whether to take a position for or against the Atlantic Gold mine.

Pieridae finalizes benefits agreement with NS Mi’kmaq
GUYSBOROUGH – On Monday, Feb. 4, Pieridae Energy announced that the benefits agreement it had negotiated with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs for the Goldboro LNG project has been ratified.

Mulgrave finalizes tennis court purchase, makes ESREN decision
MULGRAVE – The Town of Mulgrave has finalized its purchase of the property that has long been used for the community’s tennis court. The land was purchased from the Diocese of Antigonish.

January 30 2019

RESCUE ME: The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Sunday morning for the Three Top Volunteer Fire Department to practice their ice rescue technique. They gathered at Fire Chief Tino Winter’s residence on Big Lake in Whitehead for their annual training. Hopefully no one will ever need their service, but this group of dedicated volunteers are ready should the need arise.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Community shocked, saddened by sudden death of Councillor Blair George
GUYSBOROUGH – Family, friends and constituents of longtime MODG Councillor Blair George are in mourning this week after his sudden passing on Saturday, Jan. 26. The 30-year councillor for district four died as a result of an ATV accident.

Health Board celebrates Wellness Fund recipients
GUYSBOROUGH – The Guysborough County Community Health Board (CHB) hosted a Wellness Fund cheque presentation celebration Wednesday at The Guysborough Legion.

Benefit held for couple impacted by house fire
SHEET HARBOUR – Sheila Briand and Francis Josey recently lost everything in a house fire that levelled their home in Spry Harbour. The community responded quickly to the tragedy by setting up an account at Scotiabank to receive donations and a Benefit was held at the local Legion this past Saturday.

Guysborough agency launches podcast on rural innovation in Canada
GUYSBOROUGH – Broadhorns Communications in Guysborough launched on Jan. 29 a weekly podcast, Rural Spark, that explores rural innovation across Canada, both social and economic.

January 23 2019

ROCK ON: Little Rockers Curling, a new division within the Chedabucto Curling Club (CCC) Junior Curling Program — enabled by efforts from CCC club members, supporters, and financial assistance from the Municipality of the District of Guysborough Recreation Department — got off to an exciting January start with the registration of 17 Little Rockers. Showing their curler's pride are 16 Little Rockers along with their CCC coaches. Back row, left to right: Assistant Coach and Junior Curling member Jenna Dort. To Jenna's left is Coach Charla Cosgrove. Back row, right to left is Coach Gary Neufeld with Assistant Coach and Junior Curling member Vanessa Dort to Gary's right.

Photo Credit: Ray Bates

St. Mary’s consults residents about Cochrane Hill Gold Project
SHERBROOKE – As it continues to assess the benefits and risks of Atlantic Gold’s proposed Cochrane Hill Gold Project, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s consulted with residents in close proximity to the proposed open-pit mine site recently.

Strong Goldboro results continue for Anaconda
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining released more encouraging results on Jan. 14 from its drilling work at its Goldboro property.

Mulgrave plans for sustainable future
MULGRAVE – In the face of financial constraints and a lack of amalgamation options, the Town of Mulgrave is planning for a more sustainable future.

ESREN presents to MODG council
GUYSBOROUGH – At Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the District of Guysborough council, the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network's (ESREN) Economic Development Officer Maria Ludlow spoke about the agency's newly created Regional Tourism Group.

January 16 2019

FAST BREAK: Tyrese Borden of the Guysborough Blue Eagles pushes the ball up the floor versus Pugwash this past Saturday morning at the Guysborough Invitational Basketball Tournament. Full story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Angela MacKeen

Funding announced for Sherbrooke streetscape project
SHERBROOKE – Main St. in Sherbrooke will soon undergo a facelift to attract more visitors. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser and Guysborough - Eastern Shore - Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines were in Sherbrooke Monday for the announcement of federal and provincial funding for the initiative to transform Sherbrooke into a "tourism gateway."

New interchange opens in Paqtnkek
A new interchange on Highway 104 will provide safe access to and create economic opportunities for the Paqtnkek First Nation, Antigonish County.

Tourism planning momentum continues in Sherbrooke
Last week’s workshop on the road to shaping the future of the tourism industry in Guysborough County continued to build on the great momentum already underway and saw an equally impressive turnout.

January 9 2019

ICE IN THEIR VEINS: The 29th Annual New Year's Day Polar Dip in Canso brought out a small but brave crew on an exceedingly cold and wintery New Year's Day. The hearty Polar Dip participants are pictured above from left to right: Lucy Avery (29th year), Mario Corti, Alex Pfaff, Bobby Pfaff, Mike Geddes (29th year), Kaleb Rhynold, and Marissa Fraser.

Photo Credit: Sheri Geddes

SMRA brings gold mine concerns to premier
SHERBROOKE – The St. Mary’s River Assoc. is bringing its concerns about Atlantic Gold’s proposed Cochrane Hill gold mine to Premier Stephen McNeil. Representatives of the SMRA planned to meet with the premier late Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Mulgrave gets new CAO
MULGRAVE – Darlene Berthier-Sampson has been hired as Mulgrave’s new CAO, replacing Jim Davis as he retires. A native of L’Ardoise, Richmond County, Berthier-Smith has returned to the Strait Area after 10 years working in Newfoundland. She started in her new position, which includes the role of financial manager for the town, on Jan. 7.

Road work, bridge at Clam Harbour River on DoT's emergency list
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week a letter to the editor by Ralph Sams raised concerns about road safety on Hwy. 344, specifically the section between Manchester and Port Shoreham where culverts allow for passage of the Clam Harbour River. The bridge over the culverts is currently down to one lane due to issues with the culverts.

January 2 2019

A BEAUTIFUL BOXING DAY: Families flocked to the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex on Boxing Day to take in the sunshine and skating surfaces. The outdoor shinny rink and skating trail have been busy places since the ice opened on Christmas Day. Pictured here is Wesley Cook getting laced up for a skate with help from mom Julie. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Pieridae completes purchase of Alberta gas producer
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy Ltd. has completed its acquisition of Alberta's Ikkuma Resources Corp. The sale was approved at a special meeting of Ikkuma shareholders on December 17.

Municipality of the District of Saint Mary’s
2018 was an eventful year with a number of activities, completion of projects, announcements of new initiatives that show promise for the next several years and unfortunately the sale and closure of a major employer in the area.

December 27 2018

INAUGURAL FLOOD: Steve O’Handley resurfaces the new ice as it was being installed at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex’s shinny rink last week. Thin layers of ice were built up over multiple days to create a solid foundation ahead of the outdoor rink and figure-eight’s debut skating season.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Founding GOALS manager retires
GUYSBOROUGH – When you walk in the door of the Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (G.O.A.L.S), located in the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex on 60 Green Street, Guysborough, you'll know you've come upon something unique.

New executive director for SRCE in new year
PORT HAWKESBURY – Ford Rice, currently the Regional Executive Director for the Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE), has accepted a position as Executive Director of the recently formed Public School Administrators Association of Nova Scotia (PSAANS).

McNeil bottoms out national job approval ratings in new Angus Reid poll
It's always good to know where you stand even if that standing is at the bottom of the pack—that may be what Premier McNeil of Nova Scotia is thinking as he muses over the latest Angus Reid Poll, released December 20, which places him dead last in the electorates' premier job approval ratings across the country.

December 19 2018

A WARM TRADITION: For the past three decades the Canso Lions Club has shared yuletide cheer with clients of GOALS in Guysborough. On Dec. 11, 12 members of the Lions Club travelled with Santa to Guysborough to bring gifts. Gertie Grant led the group in singing Christmas songs and everyone enjoyed pizza donated by Guysborough Recreation. For more on recent activities of the Canso Lions Club, check out this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Ray White

MODG to increase compost capacity
GUYSBOROUGH – The two compost buildings at the District of Guysborough’s Waste Management Facility are nearing the end of their service life, and don’t have the capacity to maximize diversion of organics from the municipal landfill. That’s why MODG council asked staff to apply for provincial and federal funding to help with the cost of a new compost facility in 2019, at its regular monthly council meeting Dec. 12.

St. Mary’s issues RFP for streetscape project
SHERBROOKE – The District of St. Mary’s is hoping to entice travellers along Highway 7 to stop for a while and visitors to Historic Sherbrooke Village to expand their visit with a new streetscape development project.

December 12 2018

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Beth Tate (left), Scott Beaver and nine-year-old Madeline Beaver (centre) proudly stand by their NOPE (No Open Pit Excavation) sign indicating their opposition to an open pit mine in the District of St. Mary's.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Law office closes after discovery of $1.5 million in debt
PORT HAWKESBURY – Last Friday many were shocked by the announcement that Rodgers Law Group, formerly Boudrot Rodgers Law Office, was closing its doors, putting 15 employees out of work. The announcement came after the new managing partner, Guysborough native Adam Rodgers, discovered a staggering $1.5 million debt after former partner Jason Boudrot had been suspended from practicing law in the province of Nova Scotia at the end of October for allegedly misappropriating funds from clients' trust funds.

Preparations made for start of Desmond inquiry at municipal building
GUYSBOROUGH – Council chambers have been wired for live-streaming and a temporary judge’s platform has been added in preparation for the long-awaited fatality inquiry into the shooting deaths of four members of the Desmond family of Upper Big Tracadie in Jan. 2017. The inquiry is expected to begin in January.

St. Mary’s hears updated presentation on SMRA’s opposition to Cochrane Hill Gold Mine
SHERBROOKE – The St. Mary’s River Assoc. is ramping up its opposition to Atlantic Gold’s proposed Cochrane Hill Gold Project this month. Members of the SMRA made their second presentation to St. Mary’s council at its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, Dec. 10.

December 5 2018

PREPARED FOR THE WORST: Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue took part in mock rescue operations on Sunday, December 2 near their headquarters in Monastery. The scenario involved retrieving a missing hunter from a wooded area; a situation the organization has encountered numerous times since its inception in 1980.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Mulgrave needs new fire truck
MULGRAVE – At Monday night’s regular meeting of Mulgrave council, Fire Chief Mike Breen presented on the need for a new fire truck to replace an existing vehicle. Breen noted that no provision was made over the years in the annual operating budget for transferring funds to a reserve for this kind of equipment purchase. He said the price of a new truck keeps increasing, currently at around $350,000 for replacement cost.

Search and Rescue revived with new building
MONASTERY – Three years ago Strait Area Search and Rescue had only half the money it required to purchase a building needed for its headquarters — and a looming deadline to come up with the other half. The situation looked bleak. Volunteer numbers were down and ongoing funding challenges were wearing on the small core group trying to keep things going.

November 28 2018

SEASON'S GREETINGS: The annual Old Fashioned Christmas at Sherbrooke Village, November 23 to 25 and December 1, is a highlight of the season for many across the province. The Village dons festive decorations and hosts a wide variety of activities sure to bring the Christmas spirit to visitors of all ages. Joey Jordan, above, demonstrated his craft during the open house tours this past weekend. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Angelina Jack

Case against local pharmacy in overdose death will move forward
CANSO – On June 16, 2016 Bernice Bond of Canso died at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish after being admitted on May 24, 2016. The medical examiner's report cited the cause of death as “acute overdose of medication”, namely Methotrexate. A month after that report was released, and six months after 90-year-old Mrs. Bond's passing, her son Carlton Bond retained a lawyer and started civil proceedings against the pharmacist who prescribed the Methotrexate, Alexandra Willson, her unnamed assistant (referred to as John/Jane Doe in court documents) and Canso Pharmacy Ltd. under the Fatal Injuries Act.

Local teacher named Soccer NS's Regional Volunteer of the Year
GUYSBOROUGH – “It's a great recognition for all the work that those in the club are doing,” Brandon Dort told The Journal on Sunday upon his being named regional volunteer of the year by Soccer Nova Scotia. He said that although he was the individual receiving the recognition, it was a reflection of the work that all those in the recently formed Guysborough County United Minor Soccer Club — volunteer Board members and coaches — have done in the past year.

Council votes down pay increase
GUYSBOROUGH – MODG council voted unanimously not to increase councillors’ remuneration during its Nov. 21 regular monthly meeting. Municipal councils across the country have been dealing with the question of whether to adjust councillors’ pay in response to CRA changes coming into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

November 21 2018

MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS: It's been a long time coming, but the episode of the popular CBC television show Still Standing that shot in Canso in the fall of 2017 will broadcast next week. During the week-long taping process, show star Jonny Harris took in all the sights and sounds of Canso including outings on the water. Pictured above are Canso area locals Troy Delorey (left) and Alen Newell (right) with Jonny Harris (centre).

Photo Credit: Chris Armstrong

Chinese group interested in expanding natural health business to St. Mary's
SHERBROOKE – A Chinese business may soon set up shop in the District of St. Mary's. On November 9, the municipality and the Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) signed a development Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a "natural health enhancement company," according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Still Standing’s Canso show to air Nov. 27
CANSO – The rich history, community life and spirit in Canso will be showcased across Canada with CBC’s Still Standing episode of Nov. 27.

Residents, groups call for full federal review of Cochrane Hill Gold Project
ST. MARY’S – The overwhelming majority of submissions to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s review of Atlantic Gold’s proposal for an open-pit gold mine at Cochrane Hill in the District of St. Mary’s raises concerns over the environmental impact of the project and calls for a full federal environmental review. Some of the submitted comments were from residents in the immediate vicinity of the planned gold mine, along Highway 7 at Melrose.

November 14 2018

BELLS FOR PEACE: At dusk on Remembrance Day, communities around Guysborough took part in the Royal Canadian Legion initiative Bells For Peace; sounding a bell 100 times to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice. Paul Long helped organize the ringing of the bell at St. Ann's church in Guysborough (above). Other locations in the area that took part in Bells for Peace were; the Baptist church cemetery in Boylston, rung by Wayne Simpson and the Wesley United church in Guysborough.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

St. Mary's stresses environmental safeguards for Cochrane Hill Gold Mine
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary's is advocating for a careful balance between environmental protection and economic development in its submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) about Atlantic Gold's proposal for the Cochrane Hill Gold Mine.

Melford plans to clear site when ground freezes
GUYSBOROUGH – The planned site for the Melford International Terminal project will be cleared as soon as the ground freezes, Richie Mann, the company's vice president marketing, told The Journal Tuesday. The company intended to clear land along the Strait of Canso in MODG, with Port Hawkesbury Paper contracted for the work, when the birding season was done, but Mann said it makes sense now to wait until the ground freezes.

Blair George honoured for 30 years on council
GUYSBOROUGH – Blair George, councillor for district four in the Municipality of Guysborough, was honoured last week at the annual conference of the N.S. Federation of Municipalities for his 30 years of service to local government.

November 7 2018

LEST WE FORGET: Jim Kennedy and Isabell Cameron cut the cake during the Remembrance Week service held at the Goshen Community Centre on Sunday, November 4.

Photo Credit: Lewis MacIntosh

Permit to Construct brings Pieridae nearer to FID for Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – With its Permit to Construct now in hand, Pieridae Energy is focused on the final steps needed to reach a final investment decision (FID) to build the $10 billion Goldboro LNG project.

Mulgrave to search for new CAO
MULGRAVE – The Town of Mulgrave will be advertising for a new CAO soon, with Jim Davison stepping down from the role at the end of Dec.

MODG, partners discuss preparations for Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – “I think we’re well ahead of the ball when it comes to planning.” That's how Warden Vernon Pitts of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough describes the municipality's preparations for industrial development in our area -- in particular the planned Goldboro LNG project.

October 31 2018

A NEW BEGINNING: Sherbrooke Opportunities Society celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, October 27 with clients, staff and elected representatives on hand for the occasion which was eight years in the making. SHOPS programming for adults with disabilities from the Sherbrooke area currently runs three days a week with a projected five-day-a-week schedule in the future. Pictured from left to right: Mandy Rudolph, Sherman England, Brooke Smith, Steve Smith, Willie Taillon, Colleen Coady, MP Sean Fraser, Lyndsay Keefe, Mike Mosher, Tristan Chambers, Justin Pearo, and MLA Lloyd Hines.

Photo Credit: Rob Wolf

Lincolnville home destroyed by fire
LINCOLNVILLE – On the evening of Thursday, October 25 a house fire was reported in Lincolnville. The Tracadie and District Volunteer Fire Department answered the call and arrived at the home of Wilfred "Wolf" and Ardella Desmond. The home was seriously damaged but all occupants of the residence escaped without harm.

SHOPS Grand Opening in Sherbrooke
SHERBROOKE – The Sherbrooke Opportunities Society (SHOPS) held its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 27 at their bright new workshop in the community wing of St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy. Dignitaries from all three levels of government, as well as SHOPS Manager and Facilitator Lyndsay Keefe, the SHOPS Executive Board, including Chair and emcee Keith Gallant, Vice-Chair Lynda Clarke, Treasurer Helen Gallant and Secretary Lisa MacDonald were joined by a standing-room-only crowd of community members in celebrating the opening of the facility – which was eight years in the making.

Pieridae eligible for additional $1.5 billion loan guarantee from German government
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy welcomed news this week that the company’s request for access to $1.5 billion more in loan guarantees from the German government for its Goldboro LNG project has been approved. Confirmation of Pieridae’s eligibility for the guarantee satisfies a “critical condition” for the company’s acquisition of Ikkuma Resources, an Alberta gas producer, Pieridae said in a news release Monday, Oct. 29. It also “marks an important milestone” in reaching a final investment decision for the $10 billion project.

Government should support emerging space industry, including Canso Spaceport – MacKay
GUYSBOROUGH – Peter MacKay, former MP for Central Nova and federal cabinet minister, has been out of elected politics for three years now, but he has taken a keen interest in the plan for a new industry in an area he used to represent, in the former riding of Pictou-Antigonish-Guysborough. In an interview with The Journal last week, MacKay said he had an opportunity to meet with the proponents of the Canso Spaceport in advance of their recent presentation before Parliament’s Finance Committee, and sees many reasons for government to get behind this and other aspects of an emerging space industry in Canada.

October 24 2018

FIELD WORK: On Thursday, October 18 both of Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy's soccer teams, Boys and Girls, won their respective, season's end, JAGAS tournaments held at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre in Guysborough. JAGAS Girls, back row, left to right: Sarah Mohrez, Coach Christina Bowie, Kayla Sangster, Hannah Kamogawa, Brooke Rennie, Hailey Childs-Avery, Shayla Reddick, Emily Hart, Ava-Belle Martins, Cassidy Myers, and Chasity Lumsden. Front row, left to right: Hailey George, Vanessa Dort, Kendall Doiron, Caroline MacKeen, Suki Kamogawa, and Gianna Pellerin. JAGAS Boys; back row, left to right: Matthew Connolly, Brent O'Handley, Jacob Cook, Jesse MacDonald, Ryan Sangster, and Coach Olivia Hart (other coach Cheryl Cody missing). Middle row, left to right: Noah Bond, Aidan Bond, Tristan Kieley, Khasean Desmond, and Daniel Sangster. Front row, left to right: Graeson Buchanan, Brandon Sangster, and Kyle Delorey.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG would welcome cannabis production
GUYSBOROUGH – Following the legalization of cannabis across Canada last week, producers and retailers are having trouble keeping up with demand. As some producers look to expand their operations and new production enterprises are considered, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough wants it known that the welcome mat is out.

Shepherd’s Lake gets restocked with trout
Shepherd’s Lake is a big, beautiful lake in Lincolnville, near Route 16. On Monday, October 15, both Shepherd’s Lake and Meagher’s Lake were restocked with approximately 2000 small trout from the Fraser’s Mills Fish Hatchery.

Collision claims three lives
DAGGER WOODS – At 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20 Antigonish District RCMP responded to a three vehicle collision on Highway 104 in Dagger Woods.

October 17 2018

FALL IS IN THE AIR: Throughout Guysborough County fall scenes are leaving residents and visitors alike speechless. This view of Cutlers Cove at the head of Guysborough Harbour is but one example of the splendour on display.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Federal agency seeks public input on Cochrane Hill gold project
GUYSBOROUGH – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is seeking input from the public and Indigenous groups as it determines whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Cochrane Hill Gold Project, near Melrose in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s.

St. Mary’s River Assoc. opposes proposed gold mine
SHERBROOKE – During the Municipality of St. Mary’s regular monthly council meeting on Oct. 9, Scott Beaver, President of the St. Mary’s River Assoc. made a presentation regarding Atlantic Gold’s proposed mine site on Cochrane Hill, roughly 14kms from Sherbrooke.

Spaceport CEO presents to parliamentary committee
GUYSBOROUGH – While work continues on a more detailed environmental report requested by the Province as part of its review process, proponents of the Canso Spaceport project had an opportunity to bring their plans before the parliamentary finance committee on Sept. 25 in Saint John, N.B. Maritime Launch Services CEO Steve Matier presented to the committee as part of its cross-Canada consultations in preparation for Budget 2019.

October 10 2018

ROLLERBLADES, BONFIRE AND BBQ: Friday’s pop-up party hosted by MODG Recreation at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex proved to be a great way for many to spend a fall evening outdoors with family and friends. Pictured here, taking a break from rollerblading by the bonfire, from left to right: Brooklyn Jordan, Lola Sangster, Adalin Watt, Sarah Mohrez and Bianca Surette.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Feathered friends on agenda at Mulgrave Council
MULGRAVE – It seems ducks and chickens have been ruffling feathers in the Town of Mulgrave lately, but not their own.

ECCU’s Board of Directors support community during the #EastCoastCUCares initiative
ANTIGONISH – East Coast Credit Union is holding its 2nd annual #EastCoastCUCares campaign, where the credit union staff, management and board members give back to the communities they serve through random acts of kindness.

October 3 2018

Last look at summer 2018: It's been a tremendous summer season with lots of blue skies and many tranquil scenes in Guysborough County including this view overlooking the New Harbour Baptist Church caught this past week; a last glimpse of the fully green canopy before fall colours erupt into a riot of colour.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh’s return to Canada leaves victims with questions
GUYSBOROUGH – Bob Martin, a Port Hood photographer, says the Nepalese government did its part by imprisoning convicted pedophile Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, a former Strait Area businessman. But Martin, who says MacIntosh abused him in the 1970s, is wondering what the Canadian government will do now that the pedophile is returning to Canada.

First Nation community withdraws objection to Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – Sipekne'katik First Nation has withdrawn its complaint to the Nova Scotia UARB that it was not properly consulted by the Crown with regards to the planned Goldboro LNG project.

September 26 2018

READY, SET, WRITE: The Sherbrooke Village Writers Guild organized a Writer's Camp in the Village from September 13 to 16 with instructors Harry Thurston, Sheree Fitch, Clary Croft and Whitney Moran. They, along with 22 registered participants, celebrated creativity both on and off the page over four fun and productive days. Pictured above, the inaugural class of Writer's Camp 2018.

Photo Credit: Angelina Jack

Anaconda disappointed with EA response
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining suffered a setback in its plans to establish a gold mine in Goldboro last week, with the Minister of Environment asking for a more detailed "focus report" as the company pursues environmental approval.

Off-highway vehicles pilot project launched
Nova Scotia is launching a pilot project, effective Oct. 1, in six communities to enhance trail connections for off-highway vehicles.

St. Mary’s discusses environmentally sustainable economic development
SHERBROOKE – Halfway through its mandate, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s council did a check-in with the community this past weekend, with an eye to strategic planning for the future.

September 19 2018

IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE: Vanessa Dort proudly holds the 14U Girls Baseball Atlantic championship banner on September 9 in Newfoundland after her team, Baseball Nova Scotia 14U Girls, won gold. Dort pitches and plays centre field for the team and calls Cooks Cove home.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Chase the Ace dispute comes to an end
PORT HAWKESBURY – It's been an arduous process but the dispute over the proper dispensation of the $1.2 million Chase the Ace jackpot won in Margaree last July was resolved during a judicial settlement conference held on Monday, September 17 at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Port Hawkesbury.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend
GUYSBOROUGH – Vanessa Dort of Cooks Cove has been a regular on the baseball diamond since she was a four-year-old. This summer the Grade 9 student at Chedabucto Education Centre logged her second year with the Baseball Nova Scotia 14U Girls team, which won gold at the Baseball Atlantic Championship in Newfoundland on September 9.

First Nation group says it wasn't properly consulted on Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – Sipekne'katik First Nation claims it wasn’t properly consulted by the Crown regarding Pieridae Energy's application for a permit to construct its planned LNG facility at Goldboro. In response -- and following objections from Pieridae on the UARB's jurisdiction in the matter, and a request from the CEO of the N.S. Office of Aboriginal Affairs to comment -- the UARB has convened a hearing at its Halifax offices for Oct. 15.

September 12 2018

READY TO ROLL: Cyclists from all over Canada lined up to participant in the third annual Gran Fondo in Guysborough on Saturday, September 8, making a splash in this year’s bright yellow jerseys. Cyclists had several route options with a variety of distances from 30 km to 120 km and were fortunate to have the weather on their side the day of the event. Article and more pictures in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Fairyland found near Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH—Those who live in and around Guysborough know that our natural environment is a magical place. But this week, the quotient of magic moved up a notch as a Fairy Forest community was found on the Cooks Cove portion of the Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail).

Local group asks German government not to grant loan guarantee for Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – A local group is signatory to a letter to the German government asking it not to grant a loan guarantee requested by Pieridae Energy, proponent of the $10 billion Goldboro LNG project.

Little Liscomb wharf gets upgrade with federal funds
LITTLE LISCOMB – The fishing community of Little Liscomb is welcoming a federal investment in its wharf.

September 5 2018

PLAY BALL: Last week the Guysborough Transfer Broadhorns took part in the Senior Men’s National Fastpitch Championship held in St. Croix, Nova Scotia. For many on the team, this was their first experience competing at the national level. They found themselves playing against well-seasoned teams and gave their best effort in every game. Front row, left to right: Trent MacDonald, Connor Hilton, Ryan King, Tristan Richard, Alex Chisholm, Aaron Long, Matt Anthony, and Noah Hawes. Back row, left to right: Paul Long, James Connolly, Andrew MacIsaac, Joe LeBlanc, Rene d' Entremont, Cory Avery, Bryan Gillis, Geoff Jamieson, Pat Berrigan, Elliott Wright, and Paul King.

Photo Credit: Contributed

500 expected at Saturday’s Gran Fondo
GUYSBOROUGH – For some local residents, putting out the welcome map for 500 cyclists making their way to Guysborough this weekend for the third annual Lost Shores Gran Fondo includes making a bed available.

ATVers call for ‘Share the Road’ pilot to begin
The All-Terrain Vehicle Association is calling upon the government of Nova Scotia to immediately implement the long-planned Share the Road OHV pilot project. Announced over 16 months ago, the pilot program will enable OHV users to ride along the shoulder of the road in nine specific locations — including routes in the Sherbrooke and Country Harbour areas.

Guysborough Transfer Broadhorns compete at fastpitch nationals
GUYSBOROUGH – Being back at the Senior Men’s National Fastpitch was a learning experience for many first-time participants at the national level. The Guysborough Transfer Broadhorns finished the preliminary round with a 1–5 record, but the record was not indicative of the teams’ ability to compete.

August 29 2018

GOLDEN YEARS: The Guysborough County 55+ Games are held every year at Liscombe Lodge. The event is the highlight of the summer calendar for many in the county. It's a chance to meet and compete with friends, neighbours and new acquaintances from the area. This year the games were held on August 22 and 23. Pictured above is this year's first place team from Zone 2. Full event results and more photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Pieridae 30-45 days from final investment decision
GUYSBOROUGH – Alfred Sorensen, CEO of Pieridae Energy, says the company is “on the cusp” of making its final investment decision for the $10 billion (US) Goldboro LNG project. During a telephone interview with The Journal Monday, Sorensen said getting a construction permit before the end of September is key to moving forward.

SHOPS programming begins in Sherbrooke
GUYSBOROUGH – After many years of wishing, planning, fundraising and organizing, the Sherbrooke Opportunities Society (SHOPS) day program has opened in St. Mary’s. The first five clients arrived at the group’s new space at St. Mary’s Academy / Education Centre last week.

Canso Spaceport CEO disappointed with EA response, says rocket launch still on schedule
GUYSBOROUGH – Maritime Launch Services (MLS) CEO Steve Matier says he’s disappointed with the ministerial response to his company’s Environmental Assessment (EA) application for its Canso Spaceport project, but a first rocket launch in summer of 2021 is still “achievable.”

Judge grants application to freeze Chase the Ace prize money
PORT HAWKESBURY – The Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled in favour of the application to freeze Tyrone MacInnis' access to Chase the Ace prize money on Monday, August 27.

August 22 2018

LOBSTERS ON PARADE: The annual Canso Regatta parade was a fun-filled event held on the morning of August 18. Floats included scenes familiar to those that live along the coast and some not so familiar such as these Rockin' Lobsters. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Renee Sagebear

Goldboro LNG makes strides toward final investment decision
GUYSBOROUGH – The prospect of Pieridae Energy greenlighting its $10 billion Goldboro LNG project soon seems more likely following recent announcements.

Kindness rocks Sherbrooke
SHERBROOKE – There's nothing like an act of kindness to brighten the day. That is the essence of the idea behind Kindness Rocks, a movement that started in the United States a few years ago and was recently taken up by a family living in the Sherbrooke area.

Massive yacht attracts attention in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Regular guests at the Guysborough Marina were dwarfed by the 130-ft Sarabeth during her visit over the weekend. Rumours were rampant about who was on board and who owns it, but no, the luxury vessel is not owned by Eric Clapton. The passengers were an older couple from Virginia, with the vessel staffed by a crew of eight.

August 15 2018

AHOY LANDLUBBERS: Fierce-looking pirates prepare to set sail as part of the boat parade that greeted the Bluenose II when it dropped anchor in Whitehead last Friday. The Bluenose participation at Whitehead Days last weekend was a highlight of the community’s 300th anniversary celebrations. These young pirates are (left to right) Daniel Sangster, Dante Garon, Isabella Burry and Lola Sangster. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Oland family gives RICHES major boost with 660 acres of land
SHERBROOKE – Richard Oland decided that a morning breakfast with Premier Stephen McNeil and St. Mary’s council on Aug. 2 was a good time to announce his family’s donation of 660 acres of land to support rural sustainability efforts. The donation will boost the efforts of a new initiative called the Rural Institute for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sustainability (RICHES).

Hometown hero
SUNNYVILLE – Winning gold at a National Basketball Championship isn't something you get used to but each time Tyrese Borden of Sunnyville plays on the Nova Scotia Boys Basketball team at nationals, he's come home with a championship ring.

Chase the Ace case begins court process
GUYSBOROUGH – The other side of the Chase the Ace dispute is now being heard. Through an affidavit presented to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court – in regards to the petition for an order of preservation of funds sought by Barbara Reddick of Sunnyville against her nephew – Tyrone MacInnis’s side of the story has been presented.

August 8 2018

FLIPPIN’ CHICKEN: The technique for flipping dozens of quarter-chickens on the BBQ at once has been perfected over the years by members of the Chedabucto Curling Club, with the meal a popular draw at their annual Duckie Race fundraiser. This year’s Curling Chefs were: (from left, clockwise) Jim Muise, George Luddington, Brian MacDonald (lead cooker) and Don Armstrong.

Photo Credit: Chris West

50 to work on Anaconda's bulk sample
GOLDBORO – Anaconda Mining has received permits to extract a 10,000-tonne underground bulk sample at its Goldboro Gold Project. The company applied for provincial environmental assessment (EA) of its planned Goldboro Gold Project on Aug. 1.

St. Mary’s Youth Council bridges gap
SHERBROOKE – Last winter the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's launched a pilot project to engage local youth in municipal governance by instituting a Youth Council comprised of 10 students attending St. Mary's Academy.

August 1 2018

SINGING STAN: Newfoundland band Rum Ragged was among the many popular performers on stage Sunday afternoon for the annual session of singing Stan Rogers’ songs at the Canso folk festival bearing his name. With a new date and beautiful summer weather, the 2018 edition of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, July 26-29, was a resounding success. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Anaconda just “scratching the surface” of Goldboro potential – CEO
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining is launching a second phase of test drilling at its Goldboro property following excellent results of the first phase, which started May 2017 and wrapped up this past spring. The initial drilling expanded the breadth and depth of the known gold deposit at the site.

Chase the Ace winners heading to court
PORT HAWKESBURY – The declared winners of the $1.2 million Chase the Ace jackpot drawn last month in Margaree, Barbara Reddick of Sunnyville and her nephew Tyrone MacInnis of Glace Bay, will be heading to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court this month to resolve the dispute over who has a rightful claim to the money.

‘He’s the glue of the festival’
CANSO – Some people aren’t easily rattled. And that disposition comes in pretty handy when you’re inviting a few thousand people to spend the weekend in a field.

July 25 2018

BIG WHEEL KEEP ON TURNING: The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike fundraiser for heart health research made its way through Guysborough on Monday, July 24. Local participants contributed to the cause while getting a little group exercise on the route from the Guysborough Legion to the intersection of Main and Queen and back again.

Photo Credit: Katherine Murphy

Sheet Harbour residents concerned about ER closure
SHEET HARBOUR – Six days is a long time to wait especially when what you are waiting for is urgent care. Last week the people of Sheet Harbour were informed that the emergency department at their local hospital, Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital, would be closed from Thursday, July 19 at 8 a.m. to Wednesday, July 25 at 8 a.m. due to a physician shortage. This is not the first time the ER has been closed in Sheet Harbour, there was a similar closure in April, but it is the longest period without ER service in recent memory.

Justice for Coal
SUNNYVILLE – A large dog was seen roaming free in the community of Sunnyville on Friday, July 13. Shortly after noon, the dog attacked a small dog, a 3-year-old Maltese Terrior mix named Coal, belonging to Emily Borden and family in its home yard.

New apartments, NSLC coming to Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – It's only been a few short weeks since construction started on an apartment building behind the Gas Bar and Robin's Donut shop in Guysborough on Route 16, but citizens are excited about soon having more housing options in the area.

July 18 2018

HART'S DELIGHT: Sarah Scott, oldest daughter of Diane MacPherson, hugging Audrey MacPherson aka "Mum" in the recently reopened Hart's General Store in Boylston. Products available (inset photo) include an assortment of Nova Scotia made cheeses such as smoked gouda and the award winning Dragon's Breath Blue Cheese. Story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Reddick open to mediation to resolve family dispute over $1.2M lottery win
SUNNYVILLE – A $1.2 million lottery prize dispute has divided a local family and fuelled a torrent of social media response and news coverage -- across Canada and internationally. One of the two key players in the dispute, Barb Reddick of Sunnyville, told The Journal she is now open to mediation with her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis, and his parents. But if they are unwilling, she plans to take Tyrone to court.

New dates, big East Coast line-up for Stanfest 2018
GUYSBOROUGH – Ticket sales are going strong as Stanfest steams toward its new mid-summer dates for 2018. Artistic Director Troy Greencorn tells The Journal organizers are getting positive feedback on the change from early to late July.

413 Squadron marks 12th anniversary of Cormorant helicopter crash
CANSO – While conducting routine training near Canso on Friday, July 13, 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron (T&R) based at 14 Wing Greenwood participated in an intimate memorial to mark the 12th anniversary of the CH149 Cormorant helicopter crash that occurred there on 13 July, 2006.

July 11 2018

CATCH OF THE DAY: Gary Negus and crew aboard the Miss Ella J. caught these rare beauties (inset) within 10 days of each other near the Sable Gas pipeline off the coast of Guysborough County. One has a 50/50 split in pigmentation, another is blue and iridescent, and the third could be described as khaki. Although the crew felt lucky to have such a collection to display, they released these exceptional critters back into the ocean. These colourful carapaces are likely the result of genetic mutations. The full crew of the Miss Ella J., from left to right are: David Levesque, Athena Negus, Ben Grant, and Gary Colin Negus (Captain).

Photo Credit: Contributed

Spaceport EA decision expected by Aug. 23
GOLDBORO – Maritime Launch Services CEO Steve Matier calls last week's filing of the environmental assessment for the Canso Spaceport "our most important milestone to date."

Squid die-off part of natural life cycle
GUYSBOROUGH – Last Wednesday a curious and troubling sight was seen along the shores of Chedabucto Bay near the communities of Guysborough and Boylston; dead squid.

MODG's dog bylaw to be revised
GUYSBOROUGH – A Canso family and their supporters were prepared to dig in for a long battle with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough to be able to keep their beloved family pet, a dog named Chico, but in the end a fight wasn't necessary. Council voted to send its dog bylaw to staff for review and recommendations for changes at its committee of the whole meeting on July 4.

July 4 2018

HEADING FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE: Guysborough graduates parade through the village after attending a service at St. Ann's church before heading to receive their diplomas in the Chedabucto Place Theatre.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Lifestyle Complex opening draws big crowd, special guests
GUYSBOROUGH – The multi-purpose room at the new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex was alive with laughter and applause for the grand opening of the $11 million facility on Thursday, June 29.

Former teacher reminds grads that opportunity can happen anywhere
GUYSBOROUGH – Former Guysborough Academy teacher Greg Hadley does research on the health of rural communities in Nova Scotia as part of his work as a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at StFX University. He shared some of the insights he’s gained along the way as guest speaker at Guysborough Academy graduation on June 27.

June 27 2018

SHERBROOKE VILLAGE SET TO EXPAND WITH NEW CUTURAL INSTITUTE: Last week the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage announced an award of $68,000 for Sherbrooke Village's new initiative; the Rural Institute for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sustainability. Gathered for the funding announcement Saturday, from left to right: Max MacDonald, proprietor of Beannie's Bistro; Lloyd Hines, MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie and Stephen Flemming, Historic Sherbrooke Village's Executive Director.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG to start collecting methane from landfill
GUYSBOROUGH – The time is right for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough to start collecting methane gas from its regional landfill site, says CAO Barry Carroll. At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 20, council awarded a tender to Zutphen Contractors Inc. in the amount of $4,397,090 for a cell cap and landfill gas collection project at MODG's waste management facility.

Maria MacDonald wins prestigious Wessex Scholarship
The Wessex Scholarship is presented annually to commemorate the visit by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex to the IWK Health Centre in November 2015. A $5,000 award, this scholarship recognizes the important role community service has played in supporting the IWK in providing exceptional care. The Wessex Scholarship is awarded to a deserving individual each June by the IWK Board of Directors and the IWK Foundation Board of Trustees.

New cultural institute gets provincial funding
Sherbrooke Village, under the leadership of Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Flemming, is currently in the planning stages to bring a new project to the Eastern Shore; the Rural Institute for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sustainability (RICHES). Last week, the project received funding from the provincial Culture Innovation Fund. The Honourable Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, attended a dinner in Sherbrooke to announce the province's $68,500 investment in the project.

June 20 2018

PAY TO PLAY: Jack Farnsworth, a Grade 2 student at SMECA, brought a homemade pledge sheet and funds he raised in support of a new school/community playground to the school office on Monday, June 18. Family and friends contributed to Farnworth's fundraising efforts, in addition to which, he added $2.35 from his piggy bank. The SMECA PTA continues to raise funds for the project.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Donors, communities to be celebrated at CLC grand opening
GUYSBOROUGH – Every part of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough will be made to feel welcome and given a sense of ownership over the new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex — and that’s not just because of the warm welcome from staff and comfortable surroundings. At the grand opening of the new facility on June 29 and 30, a wall saluting each individual community in the district will be unveiled.

Van Zupten responds to trucking concerns
MULGRAVE – In response to complaints about heavy trucks traveling from Martin Marietta to the Superport in Mulgrave, Harvey Van Zupten appeared before town council at its regular meeting on June 18 to discuss his company's safety measures. He emphasized that Zutphen's is safety conscious and uses a GPS tracking system to track each vehicle's speed within different speed-limit zones. He heard from council that the town has received complaints from residents that trucks sometimes cut people off. Van Zupten said he would look into any specific concerns that have arisen.

Promising drill results continue for Anaconda’s Goldboro Project
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining released more encouraging assay results this week from six drill holes as part of its ongoing drilling program at the site of its proposed gold mine in Goldboro. The drilling program, started in October 2017, aims to confirm the size and quality of gold deposits as the company pursues plans for its Goldboro Gold Project.

June 13 2018

KEEPING ART LOOKING SMART: Members of Cadet Corps 2610 set to work in Sheet Harbour last week to maintain the sidewalk mosaic that was installed last year as part of the Streetscape Project. Pictured back row, left to right: Lieutenant Mike Asprey, Jake Scrivens, Nahum Ronaghan, Katie Gammon, Dylan Logan, Genevieve Daniels, Miguel Luis, Liam Verge, Kyle Connors, Matt Hogg, Madison DeWolfe, Hannah Glawson, and Austin McLaughlin. Middle row, left to right: Brittany Hartling, Erin DeWolfe, Phil Graham-Larue, Emily Wombolt, Breana Boutilier, Ally Pye, Abby McLaughlin, Chris Ruggles, Emily Logan, and Cheyanne Lucas. Front row, left to right: Amber Crowell, Dominic Logan, Damian Toney, Connell Verge, Patrick Ruggles, Mia Boutilier, Shila MacDonald, Ameyla Currie, Kiersten Naugler, Becca Ronaghan, and Ainsley Currie.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

RCMP investigate racist graffiti on Canso bus shelter
CANSO – Racist graffiti found on a Canso bus shelter last week prompted an RCMP investigation and a note home to all students of Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy.

New art, photography gallery to open in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Local artists and photographers will have a new place to showcase and sell their works in early July, with the opening of an art and photography gallery at 102 Main St. in Guysborough. The Loft Gallery will be located upstairs from Rose’s Garden of Gifts in the historic old bank building.

Mulgrave votes to join ESREN
During the Town of Mulgrave’s regularly scheduled council meeting of June 4, 2018, council voted in favour of joining the Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The motion to join ESREN was made by Councillor Russell and seconded by Councillor Chisholm.

June 6 2018

TESTING OUT THE TURF: The new soccer field at Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex had a good warm up on Monday with several classes from Chedabucto Education Centre enjoying outdoor activities. The CLC’s official opening will be celebrated on June 29 and 30 with a variety of activities.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Desmond inquiry to be held in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Staff from the Nova Scotia Judiciary were in Guysborough on May 29 as part of preparations to hold the fatality inquiry into the deaths of Lionel Desmond and his family here, close to the community where the tragedy occurred in Upper Big Tracadie on Jan. 3, 2017.

Guysborough Journal takes top honours for best news story
GUYSBOROUGH – The Guysborough Journal took first place honours in the category of best news story at Newspapers Atlantic’s 2018 awards night in Halifax on June 1.

May 30 2018

PICNIC SHELTER COMMUNITY BUILD: On Saturday May 19, more than 25 volunteers erected a 14 by 20 foot picnic shelter at the Guysborough District Fish and Game site on the shores of MacPherson Lake. The material for the shelter was donated by the late Ted Sceles and his wife Marilyn. Volunteers also built a 12 by 12 floating dock, cleaned up brush, stained a shed, planted grass, cleaned siding, painted a window, fixed a deck railing and repaired the septic system. A great day was had by all including a wonderful lunch of barbecued hot dogs, ham, ribs and cake. The picnic shelter was completed in the dark with the aid of a flashlight and the night ended with a little musical entertainment. The work was in preparation for the group's 31st Annual Fishing Derby to be held June 16. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and weigh-in is at 1:30 p.m. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

St. Mary’s River Smokehouses to close
St. Mary’s River Smokehouses, an important year-round employer in Sherbrooke, will close on June 22, 2018. The salmon-producing operation is being relocated to Charlottetown, P.E.I. Cooke Aquaculture purchased the operation last year and is moving it to its bigger seafood processing facility — Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd. — on the Island.

Melford signs engineering, land-clearing contracts
GUYSBOROUGH — Melford International Terminal recently inked two important agreements as it advances plans for a container terminal in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. The company awarded a contract for engineering design services to Colorado-based BergerABAM, and site-clearning contract to Port Hawkesbury Paper.

Mulgrave holds the line in 2018/19 budget
MULGRAVE – Town council made no change to municipal tax rates in passing the annual budget at its regular monthly meeting on May 22. The residential rate stays at $1.18 per $100 of taxable assessment, and the commercial rate at $4.32.

May 23 2018

STUDENT SCIENTISTS COMPETE AT NATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR: Strait Regional Centre for Education students Ozan Ürkmez, Lyza Ells, Guysborough's Caroline MacKeen and Taylor Smith (front left to right) were joined by Nathan Cormier, teacher, Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School and Tracy MacIsaac, teacher, SAERC at the Canada Wide Science Fair 2018 held in Ontario last week. Story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Local residents save old growth forest
GUYSBOROUGH – The Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) admits that it allowed old growth forest to be harvested in Guysborough County -- in contravention of department policy. Minister Margaret Miller, in reaction to a Forest Technical Note on the Lawlor Lake area in Guysborough County released on May 9, acknowledged the error.

Rocket-launch construction could start in fall
GUYSBOROUGH – Steve Matier, CEO of Maritime Launch Services, was in Guysborough last week to meet with the community liaison committee (CLC) for the company's rocket-launch project, and other meetings. Matier updated the community group on the project's progress, outlining that the finishing touches are now being put on the project's environmental approval application. As well, the Dept. of Natural Resources is conducting a resource review related to the company's request to lease Crown land for the launch site near Canso.

Police warn against vigilante justice following fishing dispute in St. Mary's
ST. MARY'S – Boat-ramming, assault and uttering threats -- these are among serious incidents alleged to have occurred in relation to a fishing dispute in the Ecum Secum area of the District of St. Mary's last week. As a result, charges have been laid against four men.

May 16 2018

LIONS PRIDE: The Canso Lions gather for a photo after taking part in one of their many volunteer projects. With 50 years under their belt, the Canso Lions have made many significant contributions to the community and will continue to do so for many years to come. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Canso Lions celebrate 50th anniversary
CANSO – The Canso Lions Club is celebrating a major milestone this spring; their 50th anniversary. The club received its charter on April 25, 1968 with 21 members. One of that number, who is still an active club member today, is Buzz Lumsden.

Pieridae signs new customer for Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy Limited has signed on another European customer for the purchase of LNG from "Train 2" of its planned Goldboro liquefaction plant.

Marina drops prices to attract more boaters
GUYSBOROUGH – If you’ve been thinking about buying a boat or wondering where to tie up your vessel this year, the Guysborough Marina has a deal for you.

May 9 2018

FRIENDS ON THE RUN: Jimmy Ryves (back) & Jarrod Boddy (front) tackled the the 5K route with enthusiasm at the second annual Eastern Lobster Run in Canso on Saturday, May 5. Run results and more photos of the event in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Marina, dumping concerns discussed in Mulgrave
MULGRAVE – At its regular meeting on Monday, May 7, Mulgrave town council discussed concerns over the use and management of the local marina because of safety and operations issues.

Love for Leo
SHERBROOKE – Last June Robert and Holly Cook of Sherbrooke lost their 18-month-old son, Leo. This past Saturday, the community gathered to celebrate the young boy's love for life, fun and play by hosting a family fun day in his memory.

Girls Summit held in Sherbrooke
SHERBROOKE – Today’s youth face many challenges, including finding a space to call their own — where they can be themselves and speak freely about their concerns, issues and feelings. The Girls Summit held in Sherbrooke on May 5 provided just such a space, as well as instructive workshops to help the girls of today become the great women of tomorrow.

May 2 2018

HANDS ON LEARNING: One of the most popular rooms for visitors at the Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy Open House on Thursday, April 26 was Ms. Dort's Grade Primary classroom where young and old alike could discover pond life and cool creatures that can be found in their own back yard. Pictured above are, from left to right: children --Silas Rodgers, Piper Carr, Wyatt Carr, Lachlan Casey, Westin Casey, Brea Tavares, Connor Tavares and Alexis Snider. Parents Christina Rodgers, Angie Tavares and Ashley Casey.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Dreams Take Flight to Disney
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week the charity Dreams Take Flight made the dreams of four children – Bianca Surette, Aeryn Chalcraft, Noah Livingston, and Marissa Fraser --from the Municipality of the District of Guysborough come true with a whirlwind trip to Disney World in Florida.

Home-based tech training benefits rural residents
Guysborough County residents recognize the familiar @ sign as an indicator of public internet access. The Community Access Program (C@P), rebranded this year as @NS, which provides this service free to the public, also provides training in everything from word processing, digital photography and general computing in rural communities across the county.

Maritime Launch Services to start construction in coming months
The company planning to start construction of a rocket launch facility in the coming months is now submitting its environment assessment report for the Dept. of Environment. Strum Consulting completed all the data collection required for the assessment for Maritime Launch Services and has compiled the report. Once accepted by the department, the government conducts a 50-day review which includes a 30-day period for public input.

April 25 2018

TEAMWORK GETS THE JOB DONE: Badminton bronze medal winners Brent O’Handley (left) and Jesse MacDonald (center), students from Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy, with coach Mrs. Angela MacKeen (right) at the NSAAF Provincial Badminton Tournament held in Halifax last weekend.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Busy wharf at Larry’s River needs attention
LARRY'S RIVER – Last week lobster season started in Larry's River. For fishers that meant not only preparing gear but also honing their steering skills as it continues to be a tight fit for boats that tie-up at the wharf in Larry's River.

Funding for seniors’ spaces in St. Mary’s
On Saturday, April 14, MP Sean Fraser visited the Port Bickerton Community Centre to announce a federal grant through the New Horizons for Seniors Program of $24,000 for the centre’s green space project, which includes a new playground area, a gazebo, and upgrades to the parking lot.

CECGA news and notes
GUYSBOROUGH – Students at Chedabucto Education Centre/ Guysborough Academy have been busy in April. They've taken part in many extracurricular events, bringing recognition of excellence to themselves and their school.

April 18 2018

SHINY, NEW FIRE HALL: On Saturday, April 14 Sherbrooke celebrated the grand opening of its new fire hall on Old Road Hill. Many community members were on hand for the event as were the following, pictured above, taking part in the official ribbon-cutting, from left to right: Wayne Feltmate, building committee; John Cameron, fundraiser; St. Mary's Warden Michael Mosher; MLA Lloyd Hines; Wayne Auton, fire chief; Ed Weir, building committee and fundraising chair; MP Sean Fraser, Laura Banks, building committee and fire dept. treasurer; and Herb Scott, building committee. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Marian Fraser

Sherbrooke celebrates opening of new fire hall
SHERBROOKE – Close to 200 residents, joined by MP Sean Fraser and other special guests, came out to celebrate the official opening of the new Sherbrooke and Area Fire Hall on Saturday.

Pieridae applies for permit to construct Goldboro LNG
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy has applied to the Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board for a "permit to construct" its planned $10 billion (US) Goldboro LNG project.

A cat's tale
MULGRAVE – Cats are known to have nine lives, and one little kitten in Mulgrave likely spent a few last week when she took an unexpected trip to the the Waste Management Facility in Guysborough via the garbage truck.

April 11 2018

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CAPTURES FIRST PLACE: Linh Tran, an international student from Vietnam who is attending Guysborough Academy, captured first place at the New Glasgow Music Festival on Saturday, April 7. She received a mark of 94 for her very emotional performance of ‘I Still Believe’ from the Broadway Musical ‘Miss Saigon. In her remarks, adjudicator Shelley Neville said Miss Tran has a beautiful, smooth voice and had ‘guts’ to perform such a challenging selection. Linh received many wonderful comments from audience members, teachers and other participants. She is staying with her host family, Jess and Greg Favaro and is a vocal student of Ursula Ryan. Tran will be receiving a special award at the Festival of the Stars in Pictou at the end of the month and the adjudicator has recommended that Linh move on to the Provincial Music Festival in June.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Group fails to get town hall meeting with MODG council
GUYSBOROUGH – Last Wednesday's meeting of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough was unusually raucous. A group of residents looking to address what it says is a lack of transparency and accountability from the MODG council failed to get agreement for a town hall meeting following its presentation to council on April 4.

Province celebrates volunteers
Volunteers from across Nova Scotia, including representatives from Mi'kmaw communities, were honoured at the province's 44th annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony on April 9, at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax.

April 4 2018

SWEEPING ENDS: The Nova Scotia Amateur Athletic Federation (NSAAF) held its regional juniors curling schools’ divisional bonspiels at the Chedabucto Curling Club, Boylston, on March 27. Girls and boys teams from Truro Junior High, South Colchester Junior High, Central Colchester Junior High, Pictou Academy, West Pictou Consolidated and Chedabucto Education Centre met for their matches at the Chedabucto Curling Club. The NSAAF Regionals were made possible through the assistance of the respective schools, the NSAAF and the efforts of volunteers. Financial assistance from the Municipality of the District of Guysborough and AA Munro Insurance assist the Chedabucto Curling Club Junior Curling Program. Guysborough’s Chedabucto Education Centre’s Team Grady, who curl out of the Chedabucto Curling Club, were the recipients of the third-place bronze win in the girls’ division. Pictured left to right are: Alicia Mills (coach), Victoria Grady (skip), Vanessa Dort (third), Hanna Manthorne (second) and Brooklyn Jordon (lead).

Photo Credit: Phil O’Regan

Bill favouring CBRM port development passes; MLA Hines responds
GUYSBOROUGH – Contentious Bill 85 passed third reading in the provincial Legislature last Thursday. The legislation, which faced strong opposition from the Strait Area, gives special powers to Cape Breton Regional Municipality in support of port development -- and specifically a container terminal. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough and Strait Area Chamber of Commerce were among organizations publicly opposing the bill and bringing their concerns to the Law Amendments Committee.

Citizens’ group petitions MODG for town hall meeting
GUYSBOROUGH – A group of local residents will make a presentation to MODG council at its meeting on Wednesday, April 4, to ask council to agree to a town hall-style meeting.

March 28 2018

HEROES' WELCOME: The Canso Atom Bluefins came home with the gold on Saturday, March 24 after winning the final in the Atom C Northern League. The team was met by a parade including fire trucks, RCMP cruisers, and 20 other vehicles welcoming the winners home. The streets of Canso were lined with people carrying signs of congratulations and providing vigorous applause for the returning champions. Pictured above, back row, left to right: Jamie Delorey, Brian Sangster, Donnie Horne and Erica Hanhams. Middle row, left to right: Skye MacKenzie, Owen Parker, Blake Doyle, Noah Delorey, Kyle Delorey, Cayden Rhynold, Jack Horne, and Lucas Swaine. Front row, left to right: Anthony Parker, Mya MacKenzie, Damien Hammons, and Daniel Sangster.

Photo Credit: Wanda Kavanaugh

MODG hikes taxes by 5¢ in response to Sable project wrap up
GUYSBOROUGH – Ratepayers in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough will see their tax rate go up by five cents -- to 66 cents per $100 of residential assessment -- for the first time in eight years. The tax increase was approved with a six-to-two vote at council's regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 21. The commercial rate has also increased by five cents to $2.63 per $100 of assessment.

Fight against legislation to favour CBRM in port development goes to law amendments committee
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough and the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce were among those appearing before the N.S. Legislature’s law amendments committee on Monday to argue against proposed changes to the Municipal Government Act that would favour Cape Breton Municipality in port developments. The changes would allow CBRM to sell land at below market value for industrial projects at the port, such as a proposed container terminal, and offer tax concessions to developers.

March 21 2018

BUOY OH BUOY: The sea and a strong nor'easter brought three marine fenders to shore at the mouth of Guysborough Harbour last week. The Journal's Lois Ann Dort, pictured above, hiked the shoreline to get a closer look at the fenders which could be seen from many vantage points along the coast.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Anaconda readies for environmental assessment application
GUYSBOROUGH – Ananconda Mining will soon submit its environmental assessment application, after wrapping up its third open house for a planned Goldboro gold mine at the local community centre on Feb. 27.

Mulgrave joins MODG in opposing legislation that favours CBRM in port development
MULGRAVE – At its regular monthly council meeting on Monday evening, March 19, town council voted in favour of adding its voice to growing opposition to the McNeil government's proposed changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) that give advantages to developments at the Port of Sydney.

Marine fenders come ashore in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week residents of Guysborough awoke to a strange sight; three large marine fenders, a bumper used to absorb the energy of a boat as it docks with a wharf or another boat, stranded on the sand spit at the mouth of Guysborough Harbour.

March 14 2018

ROCKIN' THE WORLD: They came for the curling; thirty-one students enrolled in the Nova Scotia International Students Program (NSISP) enjoyed their first curling experience on Sunday, March 4, at the Chedabucto Curling Club, Boylston. Organized by Jim Muise, NSISP Home Stay Coordinator, Guysborough Academy, youngsters from Taiwan, China, Turkey, Germany, Brazil, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, France, Thailand, Ecuador, Austria and Spain, participated in “Host to the World”, a day of socialization and recreational curling. The international students were provided with curling instruction from Chedabucto CC members, youngsters within the Chedabucto CC Junior Curling Program and Coach Teagan Lombardo. The NSISP is active in nine schools in the Strait Regional School Board and invites inquiries about hosting international students as part of the “Welcome the World to your Home” program.

Photo Credit: Ray Bates

Legislation favouring port development in CBRM criticized in Strait Region
GUYSBOROUGH – Giving one municipal unit a competitive advantage over another for business development is dangerous territory for a provincial government, but that’s exactly where the McNeil Liberals have ventured this past week.

Community reacts to racist graffiti at local school
UPPER BIG TRACADIE – Last week racist graffiti was found on and around the Antigonish East Education Centre in Monastery. Concerned citizens from nearby African Nova Scotian communities and the Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation held a meeting on Saturday, March 10 in Upper Big Tracadie to discuss the response by the community, the Strait Regional School Board and the RCMP.

Mill addresses public concerns on wood harvest; fails to satisfy critics
Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) reacted to recent concerns about forest management in a news release on March 10. The release stated that the forest cut in the Loon Lake area had not been designated as old-growth by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as has been claimed by some members of the public in recent media accounts including in an interview with Scott Cook in this paper last month.

March 7 2018

BLUE EAGLES SOAR AT NSSAF: The Guysborough senior boys basketball team competed at NSSAF last weekend. While they didn't come home with a banner, they did come home with some great experiences under their belts. Pictured above, back row, left to right: Liam Avery, Ben Vansteinburg, Tyrese Borden, Cole Worth, Patrick Gammon, James Thornley, and coach Joe LeBlanc. Front row, left to right: Jacob Sceles, Nolan Rimney, Kirkland David, Nathan Sangster, and Matthew Connolly. Story in this week's Journal.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Goldboro LNG signs up financing partners
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy continues to make advances towards its final investment decision for Goldboro LNG in June.

Plumbing woes at CEC / GA
GUYSBOROUGH – In recent weeks plumbing issues at Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy have reduced access to some bathrooms in the school.

Harvesting on Crown land gets second look
In an interview last month with The Journal, Scott Cook expressed concerns about the harvest of old-growth stands in the county and called for the practice to be stopped. He said the best value for the wood taken from Crown land in Guysborough County was not being realized this way. At the time of that story, a request for an interview with the Department of Natural Resources was not answered in time for publication. Mark Pulsifer, the regional resource manager for DNR, addressed Cooks' concerns and others recently raised in the media by local woodsmen Danny George, in an interview with The Journal on Monday.

February 28 2018

CELEBRATING AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN'S COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION: On Sunday, February 25 African Nova Scotian communities in Guysborough County honoured teachers past and present at an event in Upper Big Tracadie. A plaque was unveiled listing the names of many teachers who had served in the area. Pictured above are educators who attended the event and whose names are included on the plaque; from left to right: Paul Ash (superintendent Tri-County Regional School Board originally from Upper Big Tracadie), Tera Dorrington (vice-principal of Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy from Sunnyville), Jennifer Desmond (teacher at St. Andrews Consolidated School from Upper Big Tracadie) and Earl Clyke (retired, former principal Nelson Whynder Elementary in North Preston, originally from Sunnyville).

Photo Credit: Contributed Photo

Mulgrave seeks help for school demolition costs
MULGRAVE – Already in a tight spot financially, the Town of Mulgrave could soon be saddled with a major bill for the demolition of the Mulgrave Education Centre.

Confidence on and off the court
GUYSBROUGH – A tall, lean youth in sweat pants walks into the Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre in Guysborough with an air of ease, self-confidence and modesty. Tyrese Borden, at the age of 16, has earned that demeanour by showing time and time again that he has what it takes to play at the highest levels of basketball in the province for his age group. For the third year in a row, Borden has been selected to play on the provincial boys basketball team, this year in the under 17 category.

Councillor DeCoff hears residents’ concerns on fracking
GUYSBOROUGH – Residents of District Three in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough had an opportunity to share their concerns about hydraulic fracking — and the municipality’s recent call for the provincial ban on the process to be lifted — at a town hall meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 21.

February 21 2018

CRUEL CUT: Robert Carter, proprietor of Lost Shores, got an all day tour with Danny George and Scott Cook (pictured above) last week of old-growth forest in Guysborough County. George and Cook object to seeing old-growth hardwood forests on Crown land being clearcut.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Minister defends education overhaul
The province’s plan to implement the Glaze report — with major changes to the education system — has resulted in a furor of opposition from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and other stakeholders. On Thursday, February 15 the Minster of Education and Early Childhood Development Zach Churchill spoke to The Journal about the province's plan and addressed concerns raised about the recommendations over the past week.

Old-growth clearcutting in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is home to one of, if not the oldest, stand of old-growth forest in the province. In the Loon Lake area just outside the community of Guysborough stands a hardwood tree that is rumoured to be 600 years old, with a 18-foot circumference at its base.

February 14 2018

The Strait Regional School Board held their monthly meeting in Guysborough at the African Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre on Wednesday, February 7 to celebrate African Heritage Month. The Chedabucto Education Centre Choir led by music teacher Mandy Reid welcomed board members, staff and those assembled for the event. The SRSB has often held its February board meeting in Guysborough to mark African Heritage Month but with the dissolution of local boards on the provincial to do list, this may be the last such event.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Captain lost off Canso
CANSO – On Tuesday, February 6 at approximately 8 p.m. the fishing vessel Fisherman's Provider II ran aground four kilometres off Canso on what is locally known as the Frying Pan Shoal. A local vessel, the Miss Lexi, rescued three of the crew -- Roy Campbell, Anthony Cooke and Brian Sinclair --on Tuesday night. The Captain of the stranded vessel, Roger Stoddard, chose to stay aboard the floundering ship, which is owned by Fisherman's Market based in Halifax.

Encouraging results from Anaconda’s test drilling at Goldboro
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining has received more good news from test drilling at its Goldboro property, where it hopes to establish a gold mining operation.

February 7 2018

NATURAL WORK OF ART: This time of year passersby cannot help but notice the beautiful ice sculptures created by nature on the rock face overlooking Highway 16 in Dorts Cove. One of the many wonders of Guysborough County.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Fanning closed due to leaks
HAZEL HILL – On Monday morning heavy rainfall hit the Canso area after a recent snowfall, resulting in significant stress on the roof infrastructure of Fanning Education Centre / Canso Academy. Leaks began to appear in parts of the facility in the morning, resulting in large puddles on the floor in some areas by the time students arrived for classes at 8:30 a.m. The school board and school administration assessed the situation and decided to send all students home due to safety concerns at 11 a.m.

Mulgrave will ask province to end fracking ban
GUYSBOROUGH – Following the recent move by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough to ask the provincial government to end a ban on fracking and allow a pilot project in Nova Scotia, the Town of Mulgrave followed suit at its monthly meeting Monday evening, Feb. 5.

Nominations for Nova Scotia's Medal of Bravery are now open
Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate individuals who courageously put themselves at risk to help others.

January 31 2018

BAND TOGETHER: The Chedabucto Curling Club recently held a fundraising concert at the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre, Guysborough, as a fundraiser for the club's ongoing renovation/expansion of its Boylston facility. Organized by Chedabucto Curling Club member Neil DeCoff, 20 musicians donated their talents and time to entertain those in attendance. Gertie Grant and her accompanists were amongst the musicians that shared music with the audience. Pictured from left to right: Roger Grant, Gertie Grant, Jim Richards and Eldon Munroe. For more information about the renovation/expansion, visit

Photo Credit: Phil O'Regan

SRSB disappointed with dissolution decision
GUYSBOROUGH – Although the Strait Regional School Board is disappointed with the decision and swift action to dissolve elected school boards in the province, the board chair says the SRSB will work with the province during the process.

Goldboro LNG site prep gets ahead of nesting season
GUYSBOROUGH — Pieridae Energy will clear the site of its planned Goldboro LNG project from trees and scrub from February to April. Thom Dawson, president of the company’s LNG division, told The Journal that environmental permitting requires this work be done before the nesting period for birds begins.

As Sable project winds down, MODG works on challenging five-year budget
GUYSBOROUGH – Commercial tax revenues from the Sable Offshore Energy project did a good job of filling municipal coffers over the past two decades, but that revenue stream is starting to wind down. Without counting on revenue from proposed industrial projects, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough needs to plan on a leaner budget for the years ahead.

January 24 2018

VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATED: Where would we be without the volunteers that keep rural communities running? Hopefully we'll never know and in recognition of all volunteers do Sherbrooke Village held a volunteer appreciation party last week. In attendance were volunteers, their friends and family and local political representatives. Pictured above, from left to right: Municipality of the District of St. Mary's Warden Mike Moser, Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and Charlene Moser.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG calls for end to fracking ban
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough believes fracking should be allowed in Nova Scotia and it’s writing to the premier and others to make its position clear.

Laurentian Bank providing stock analysis on Pieridae Energy
GUYSBOROUGH – Have you every wondered how Goldboro LNG may look as a stock market investment? Well Laurentian Bank Securities is now providing analysis and advice for investors on the project proponent, Pieridae Energy.

Great turnout for Sherbrooke Village Volunteer Appreciation Party
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Sherbrooke Village hosted their annual “Volunteer Appreciation Party” at the St. Mary’s Lions Hall.

January 17 2018

HURRAY HARD: Junior curlers from the Highlander Curling Club (St. Andrews), Chedabucto Curling Club (Boylston) and Bluenose Curling Club (New Glasgow) gathered at the Highlander CC's rink on Saturday, January 13 to participate in the Highlander Curling Club Mixed Doubles Jamboree. Under the guidance of Brian Nicholson (Highlander CC), Teagan Lombardo (Chedabucto CC) and Crystal Cameron (Bluenose CC), the junior curlers played games of mixed doubles with only two curlers per team thereby giving the juniors opportunities to apply their curling skills. Nicholson, Lombardo and Cameron are looking forward to more interaction between junior curlers at future events. Pictured back row, left to right: Hanna Manthorne (Chedabucto), David Nicholson (Highlander), Joel Lazzuri (Highlander), Aidan Halloran (Chedabucto), Nathaniel Smith (Highlander), Tristan Kieley (Chedabucto), Benjamin Hingley (Bluenose), Brooklyn Jordan (Chedabucto), and Victoria Grady (Chedabucto). Front row, left to right: Conrad Robertson (Bluenose) and Elinor Ryves (Chedabucto).

Photo Credit: Denise Halloran

Second knife incident of school year at SMECA
SHERBROOKE – On the first day back to school after the Christmas break, students at St. Mary's Education Centre / St. Mary's Academy were involved in the second knife-related incident of the school year. In October, students were also witness to threats made with a knife on a school bus. That incident resulted in charges laid against a 16-year-old male who can't be identified due to his age.

Shellfish closure explanation not acceptable -- warden
GUYSBOROUGH – Last month an opinion column in The Journal questioned why there continues to be shellfish closure signs posted around Guysborough Harbour. The author of that column, Ray Bates, called the number on the posted warning but found no further information available on the issue.

January 10 2018

WINTER IS HERE: It seemed like it might not arrive, with above average temperatures in December, but January has brought the true meaning of winter home to Nova Scotia; wind, snow and ice. Be prepared and enjoy the beauty of the season such as this wintery scene from Monday, January 8 on Main Street, Guysborough.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Benefit for Harpellville family
SHERBROOKE – On the morning of January 4, Michael and Sharon Porter lost their home of 33 years in Harpellville to fire. The couple and their pets escaped the fire without injury but the house, where the family had raised their now adult children, was destroyed.

Promising conditions have Goldboro LNG on track for final investment decision in 2018
GUYSBOROUGH – Gas supply was long thought to be the main challenge for the proposed Goldborog LNG project, followed by the $8-$10 billion price tag to build the facility. But as Pieridae Energy inches closer to a final investment decision, the remaining challenges relate to government regulations.

January 3 2018

MAKING THE SEASON BRIGHT: Christmas dinner guests at The Lakeside Restaurant in Indian Harbour Lake enjoyed a home cooked meal and plenty of good cheer on December 25. Full story in this week's Journal.

Photo Credit: Debbie Jordan

Inquiry into Desmond deaths could save others
GUYSBOROUGH – As the one-year anniversary of the shooting deaths of four members of the Desmond family in Upper Big Tracadie approached, relatives welcomed news that a provincial inquiry will be held into the tragedy.

Two more rural stores close
Whether small town or big city, the closure of any business is always a blow to the people who call themselves customers. This past month has seen a number of local business closures, starting with Central Building Supply in West Cooks Cove.

Melford calls for engineering services, aims to start construction in 2018
GUYSBOROUGH – Melford International Terminal, with its partner SSA Marine, is taking steps to prepare for possible construction of the $300 million facility at the Strait of Canso later this year. The company recently issued a “Request for Qualifications” for engineering and design work for the terminal.

December 27 2017

SUPPORTING OUR NATURAL ADVANTAGE: Last week MLA Lloyd Hines announced $50,000 would be granted to the Guysborough County Trails Association in support of the group's rebuilding initiative for the Trans Canada Trail. The funding announcement was a boost to local volunteers who have worked tirelessly since 1996 to enhance our natural advantage through a system of connected trails that currently runs 56 kilometres. Trail volunteers recently completed construction of a new bridge on the portion of the trail that runs near Salmon River Lake at the location known as the Hippy Camp. Volunteers pictured above from right to left: Clinton Porter, Steve Smith, Raymond Layes, Irving Allen, Richard Dumas, Dermott Chisholm, and Charlie Hallett.

Photo Credit: Rob Walsh

Antigonish town votes against $5000 contribution to CLC
GUYSBOROUGH – Guysborough council was disappointed to learn this week that the Town of Antigonish voted against a proposed $5,000 contribution to the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.

Province announces support for Guysborough trails
It was a busy time of year, but on December, 22 people from all over Guysborough County came to the village of Guysborough for an important funding announcement made by Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines.

Municipality of the District of Guysborough
2017 was a very busy and productive year in MODG with the following highlights:

Municipality of the District of Saint Mary’s
2017 was a busy year for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's:

December 20 2017

CHRISTMAS JOY: The annual Christmas Parade of Lights was recently held in Sheet Harbour sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Sheet Harbour Lions. Dufferin Gold Mine and the Grinch (Chris Snow) and Cindy Lou Who (Jenna Snow) were just some of the fun-loving participants. Councillor David Hendsbee and the HRM float and many of Santa's elves travelled the parade route. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus pulled up the rear of the parade on Santa's sleigh. Santa and his Mrs. were at MacPhee House where the annual tree lighting took place and the couple had visits from children who were anxious to share their Christmas wishes with Santa. Hot chocolate and cookies were donated by Foodland and the Lions Club. Brent Boutilier from Sheet Harbour Radio was the MC and kept the program on point. The event was coordinated by Cathy Farris from the Chamber of Commerce and Meryl Atkinson from the Lions Club (more photos in this week's edition).

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

Council supports broadband effort, gets CLC update
GUYSBOROUGH – At last Wednesday's regular meeting of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, council voted unanimously to support the efforts of Seaside Communications to safeguard its access to the "radio frequency spectrum" needed to increase bandwidth to service rural communities, including Guysborough County.

StFX powerful economic contributor to NS
ANTIGONISH – An economic report released today reveals that St. Francis Xavier University contributed $481 million in 2016-17 directly into the Nova Scotia economy.

December 13 2017

GOALS clients share their holiday spirit this season by packing and wrapping Christmas gifts of warm mittens, socks, hats, toothbrushes and more to be sent to the Out Of The Cold Shelter in downtown Halifax.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Rocket launch plans in “ramp up” mode as Ukrainian engineers visit
DARTMOUTH – A “major ramp up” of plans to build a rocket launch site in the Canso/Hazel Hill/Little Dover area is now underway, Maritime Launch Services President Steve Matier said at a meeting to start the facility design process on Monday in Dartmouth. A team of rocket engineers from Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye State Design Office joined representatives of Lindsay Construction and other project consultants for two days of design meetings.

December 6 2017

SHERBROOKE SETS THE FESTIVE SCENE: Santa’s Buddies Steven Neil (left) and Ethan Neil (right) from Truro teamed up with Dana O’Connell in the Ultimate Santa Race on Sunday, December 3; one of the many events that made this year’s Old Fashioned Christmas at Sherbrooke Village a great success.

Photo Credit: Heather Lamboldt

MLS bringing Ukraine crew to spaceport site
GUYSBOROUGH – Plans for development of a rocket launch site in the Canso/Hazel Hill/Little Dover area are proceeding quickly. Maritime Launch Services CEO Steve Matier will be in the Canso area and Dartmouth next week for a series of events, meetings and activities to help move the project forward and share information with local residents.

Guysborough’s Shop Local campaign underway
On December 1, brightly coloured boxes appeared in many local Guysborough retailers heralding the start of another Guysborough and Area Board of Trade Shop Local campaign.

November 29 2017

ROAD WORK AHEAD: Construction moves forward on the Seal Harbour bridge on Highway 316. Thanks to the commitment and persistence of the Highway 316 Advocacy Group, many much needed road repairs have already been completed

Photo Credit: Contributed

Local activists get results on roadwork
On some rural roads around the province, one might think about applying for danger pay for travelling on them. While many locals complain bitterly about the state of secondary roads, some have found a path that leads to progress and better roads for all.

St. Mary’s creates Youth Advisory Committee
SHERBROOKE – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is celebrating Municipal Awareness Week by announcing the creation of a new Youth Advisory Committee. The Committee will be made up of youth ages 13-18 in its inception year who will provide feedback to Municipal Councillors on issues of the day. In its pilot year, the Youth Advisory Committee will be made up of members of the St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy Student Council along with class representatives from Grades eight to 12.

November 22 2017

DECK THE HALLS: Crafters from across Guysborough County came to sell their wares at the Christmas Craft Market held in Guysborough at the Legion on Saturday, November 18. Linda Ryan and Cathy Seward were among the many vendors who turned out for the event.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort Photo

Guysborough ER closure
GUYSBOROUGH – Last Friday the emergency room at Guysborough Memorial Hospital was closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. An announcement about the closure was made on Thursday much to the surprise and consternation of the community that the hospital serves. Dependable ER service has always been a point of pride and relief in the catchment area of the local hospital, while other hospitals across the province are faced with doctor shortages that cause temporary or permanent ER closures. This recent closure indicates that Guysborough is no longer immune to the problem of staffing shortages in Nova Scotia’s emergency rooms.

Central leaving Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – On December 31, 2016 Central Building Supplies officially changed ownership from the entrepreneurial hands of Steve Smith of Antigonish to the Kent Building Supplies chain, owned by J.D. Irving Ltd. of New Brunswick. This past week, word spread around Guysborough that the Central location that serves the area would be closing in the near future; staff had been given notice.

Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas
SHERBROOKE – Lights, hot chocolate, action—and a whole lot more are in store for visitors who gather for the Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas this year. The annual celebration of rural Nova Scotia Christmas traditions will be held for two weekends; November 24 to 26 and December 2 and 3. Activities will include caroling, festive dining, craft workshops, craft market, house tours, concerts, and ecumenical service. And, as always, Christmas is a magical time for children, and the Village will host a variety of children’s crafts, activities, entertainments and visits from Santa.

November 15 2017

LEST WE FORGET: Cadet Emily Logan of Royal Canadian Cadets Corp #2610, lays a wreath in Sheet Harbour.

Photo Credit: Judy Josey

Spaceport plans on track for May groundbreaking
GUYSBOROUGH – “We are precisely where we hoped to be.” That’s how Steve Matier, President of Maritime Launch Services (MLS) described progress on his company’s plans for a satellite launch facility in the Canso, Hazel Hill and Little Dover area during an interview with The Journal Monday.

Time to revisit approach to protected lands
GUYSBOROUGH – Recently, the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) proposed changes to the Province of Nova Scotia’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan.

Vulcan Materials meets with stakeholders in Halifax, Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – As plans for Black Point Quarry move closer to a final investment decision, project proponent Vulcan Materials was in our area recently for discussions with government departments and local community representatives.

November 8 2017

LEST WE FORGET: A number of the early Remembrance service attendees accompany veteran Jim Ostewig (left) for the laying of the wreath at the cenotaph in Goshen. “We will remember.”

Photo Credit: Lewis MacIntosh

Anaconda gets promising results from Goldboro drilling
GUYSBOROUGH – Prospects for the development of Anaconda Mining’s Goldboro property look more promising this week with the announcement of a new 6,000-metre diamond drill program and completion of the the first drill hole.

Illegal dumping: put trash in its place
GUYSBOROUGH – Compliance Officer for Eastern Region Solid Waste Management Kevin O’Handley is constantly on the look out for illegal dump sites. Unfortunately, he doesn’t usually have to look very hard or far before he finds bags of garbage, broken appliances and hazardous waste deposited on isolated stretches of road throughout Guysborough County. Some of it dumped less than 10 kms from the Waste Management Facility on Highway 16, which accepts all of the above items for free and provides correct disposal.

November 1 2017

GUYSBOROUGH STUDENTS DIG IN: A group of volunteers from Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy and the local garden club set to work last week at the Milford Haven Home for Special Care in Guysborough preparing a flower bed for the coming spring and planting perennials for the pleasure of the residents. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Local centennial paddlers honoured by Governor General in Ottawa
GUYSBOROUGH – For 50 years the three men from Guysborough who participated in the Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant were called upon infrequently to tell the story of their epic paddling adventure from B.C. to Expo 67. But celebrations for Canada’s sesquicentennial brought accolades and inquires out of the woodwork in surprising succession, culminating in an invitation to Rideau Hall to meet with the Governor General of Canada Julie Payette on Thursday, October 19.

A better balance: protect jobs and land
The Mining Association of Nova Scotia has just released a new report about the provincial government’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan which highlights, among other things, how the plan is harming Guysborough County.

October 25 2017

CANSO LIONS AT WORK IN THE COMMUNITY: Lions Joe Parker, Mike Bouchie, Dave MacMillian, Barry Lumsden, John Rhynold, and Paul Horne lower the memorial flag pole at the Seamen’s Memorial in Canso last Friday as part of renovations to the site.

Photo Credit: Ray White

Still Standing wraps up shoot in Canso
CANSO – Last week Canso and surrounding communities got their 15 minutes of fame when the cast and crew of the CBC television show Still Standing came to town. The show, led by comedian and actor Johnny Harris, highlights the potential of Canadian towns and villages that have weathered rough times but are now looking forward to the future and opportunities on the horizon. After five days in the community and heading out for another taping session, Harris answered some questions about his experience in Canso in an email interview with The Journal.

Local firefighters undergo intense training
GUYSBOROUGH – If you have been in Guysborough this week you probably noticed that the Milford Haven Fire Department was a hive of activity. Fire trucks from departments across the Municipality of the District of Guysborough were on site as well as firefighters dressed in full gear and a long, fire-scorched trailer parked in the driveway. All this action was part of an important training opportunity for local firefighters provided by the Mobile Burn Unit (MBU) from the Nova Scotia Firefighters School from Tuesday, October 17 to Sunday, October 22.

October 18 2017

FUN FOR ALL: From Highland Dance to pony rides and painting; there were fun activities for every interest at the Young Artist Day held at Hope Ridge Retreat on Sunday, October 15. Young Leila McRae of Erinville took a moment out between costume changes to pose for a picture at the event.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

St. Mary’s students threatened on school bus
DISTRICT OF ST. MARY’S – On Tuesday, October 10, Sherbrooke RCMP were called as a result of four youth being threatened with a knife on a school bus. According to RCMP, no one was hurt in the incident and a 16-year-old youth has been charged with assault with a weapon.

Guysborough Creates showcases local talent
GUYSBOROUGH – Painting, dancing, singing and so much more was on display this past weekend as the Guysborough Celebrates Canada 150 committee wrapped up a year’s worth of birthday celebrations in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday with an Arts and Culture weekend.

October 11 2017

CANADA’S BIRTHDAY BASH CONTINUES: The Upper Big Tracadie Community Hall held a celebration for Canada 150 last weekend. People from the surrounding communities attended the event including those pictured above; MODG councillor Miles MacDonald, Tracadie United Baptist Church Deacon Alonzo Reddick and MODG Deputy Warden Sheila Pelly. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Nancy MacLean

Local survivors of Las Vegas shooting are grateful
QUEENSPORT – “We were waltzing to Jason Aldean...and just finished saying this was the best vacation of our lives,” said Michelle Hendsbee, when minutes later the shooting started. A gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel opened fire on thousands of people below attending the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1.

Weather a factor in change-of-date for Stanfest
As we age we change, and it seems this axiom holds true even for music festivals. Last week the Stan Rogers Folk Festival announced that, after 21 years, the event would change its date from the first weekend in July to the last weekend of the month. Long perceived as a harbinger of summer, the festival has been plagued by difficult weather – hurricane winds and lashing downpours-- which in large part led to a change of date for the festival.

October 4 2017

BRIDGING THE GAP: The Kids First Grandfriends program brings young children and seniors together for fun, games and community building. Pictured above are Cole DeWolfe and Jude Baker having some parachute fun with Theresa Lewis and Amanda Rossong, the recreation director at Canso Seaside Manor while Bertha Grover, Evie Keith and Rita Grover look on. Full story in this week's Journal.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Land ownership program gives hope to local African Nova Scotian communities
Last week the province of Nova Scotia announced $2.7 million in funding directed toward the clarification of land ownership in the following communities: East Preston, North Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville and Sunnyville. The monies will be used over the next two years to pay for legal costs and other costs incurred in the clarification of land ownership.

MLS making progress on planned spaceport
This week Maritime Launch Services Ltd., the company proposing a commercial spaceport in the Canso / Hazel Hill / Little Dover area, released an update on project development and announced a second open house.

Cash crunch in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – In an interview with The Journal last summer RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, when commenting on the phone service interruption that garnered Guysborough attention across the province, said it was important to always keep a half tank of gas in your car and a moderate amount of cash at hand in case of unforeseen circumstances. If Guysborough and area residents didn’t hear his message then, they certainly will heed it now as the village’s only bank machine has been out of service for the past six days; days which included the weekend when the Royal Bank of Canada branch was not open to clients.

September 27 2017

OPEN FOR ART: Sherbrooke Village Cooperative Art Gallery President Wilda Kaiser sets up shop during the gallery’s grand opening on Saturday, September 23.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Sherbrooke Village Cooperative Art Gallery opens to an enthusiastic public
SHERBROOKE – Sherbrooke Village Executive Director Stephen Flemming welcomed an appreciative crowd to the grand opening of the new Sherbrooke Village Cooperative Art Gallery on Saturday under blue skies and unseasonably warm weather.

Farris and family: It’s a wonderful life
SHEET HARBOUR – Josephine Farris was born October 2, 1933 in South Branch, Newfoundland. She was the ninth child of Narcis and Julia Aucoin, who later had five more children. “My father worked in the woods and ran a farm to feed the 16 of us…He raised chickens, and cows and had a vegetable garden. My mother did the cooking and cleaning for the family.”

September 20 2017

LIVING LOCAL: Aspen, Guysborough County native and StFX instructor, Donnelly Archibald visits a vanilla bean farmer in Andapa village, northern Madagascar while conducting research for his PhD. in Geology. More photos in this week's edition

Photo Credit: Contributed

CBC’s Still Standing lands in Canso
As CBC television’s Still Standing enters its fourth season it will pay a visit to Canso, Nova Scotia; a fishing community with deep historic roots that has survived numerous transitions over the decades and centuries.

Guysborough student chosen for 14 U team
Baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, curling, Taekwondo; these are the sports that Vanessa Dort, a Grade 8 student at Chedabucto Education Centre from Guysborough, takes part in throughout the year. This summer, baseball became her main focus when she was chosen to play on Baseball Nova Scotia 14 U Girls team. The Atlantic Championship, held in Bedford, Nova Scotia, wrapped up the season on the second weekend in September. Dort talked to The Journal about the experience.

StFX geologist Donnelly Archibald pursues research in Madagascar
ANTIGONISH – Readers of the Guysborough Journal may recognize the name Donnelly Archibald; he’s been a steady feature in sporting news recently as pitcher for the Pomquet Acadians, the AGR Fastpitch League champions of 2017, and recently part of the national championship winning East Hants Mastodons. But the Aspen, Guysborough County native has yet another passion: geology, and it has taken him places beyond his wildest dreams, to the famed island of Madagascar off the southeast coast of Africa.

September 13 2017

RIDERS AMONG US: Colin MacDonald, originally from Guysborough, came home to take part in the second annual Lost Shores Gran Fondo on Saturday, September 9.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Lost Shores Gran Fondo logs a second year of success
GUYSBOROUGH – After a wet and windy week, a calm day arrived with fog that burned off into a bright blue day as cyclists travelled the roads of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough for the second annual Lost Shores Gran Fondo on Saturday, September 9.

Broadhorns take EC Fastpitch Championship for second year in a row
The Guysborough Broadhorns captured the Eastern Canadian Men’s Intermediate Fastpitch Championship in Sydney this past weekend, making it two straight EC championships for the local team.

September 6 2017

HISTORIC LANDMARK COMES DOWN: After years of efforts to save and restore it, the historic Commercial Cable Building in Hazel Hill was demolished on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The structure posed a safety hazard, its deterioration advancing beyond the possibility of restoration in recent years. Earlier volunteer efforts to restore the structure had garnered some government support but could not advance because of the inability to find an anchor tenant to make a restored building sustainable in the future. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Supply challenges could be Goldboro LNG’s ‘Achilles heel’
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy has raised $50 million in support of the next phase of its Goldboro LNG project. In an interview with The Journal Monday, company president and CEO Alfred Sorensen said the funds will pay for work to meet environmental conditions for the development, and to undertake the engineering work needed to determine a final project cost.

Local family ready to help Houston on road to recovery
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS – On Sunday morning when The Journal spoke to Lori MacDonald Salsman at her home in The Woodlands, a suburb of Houston, Texas, the rain had finally stopped. But the recovery from Hurricane Harvey was just beginning.

It’s show time for Gran Fondo 2017
GUYSBOROUGH – It’s here. Hundreds of cyclists from near and far are about to descend upon Guysborough for Saturday’s second annual Lost Shores Gran Fondo.

August 30 2017

MARKING TIME: Guysborough area residents gathered on Sunday, August 27 to celebrate Heritage Day at the Old Court House Museum and take part in the ceremony preceeding the sealing of the Guysborough County time capsule.

Photo Credit: Contributed

St. Paul’s slated for demolition
BOYLSTON – Reduced congregation numbers in rural churches across Nova Scotia have lead many denominations to make hard decisions regarding the future of those small churches. In 2013 the Anglican Diocese decided to deconsecrate St. Paul’s church in Boylston and put the building up for sale.

Celebrating Canada 150 on two wheels
LARRY’S RIVER – Bob Weber and Mary Delorey of Larry’s River are no strangers to the open road, so it’s not much of a surprise when they spend their summers on two wheels touring distant corners of the continent. It’s a freeing time; no schedules, no deadlines -- just the wind in your hair, so to speak. This year the couple, who have logged more than 300,000 kilometres together on a motorbike, decided to set themselves a schedule and be directed by a theme. In light of Canada’s 150th birthday, they set out to travel across Canada, hitting memorable stops on the road to Confederation and arrive in Victoria, B.C. for a grand Canada Day celebration.

Guysborough Journal gets new home
GUYSBOROUGH – The Guysborough Journal newspaper is moving down the street. Local residents may have noticed work being done at the old bank building at 102 Main St., home to Rose’s Garden of Gifts, in recent weeks. Publisher Allan Murphy said the business wanted to give the historic building a facelift in making the move, painting the previously white building an historic red.

August 23 2017

DORY STORY: The always-popular dory races were a highlight of this past weekend’s Canso Regatta activities. Pictured here are sisters Marie Parker and Martha Rhynold in one of the ladies’ heats. More Regatta photos page six.

Photo Credit: Susan O’Handley

Gran Fondo brings woman back to her roots
HALF WAY COVE – Last year when Charlotte Rogers retired she couldn’t have imagined that doors to the past would open, and be constructed – nor that the key would be a bicycle.

Guysborough time capsule soon to be sealed
GUYSBOROUGH -- Will there be flying cars in 2167? Or Jetson-esque robot butlers? We can only speculate, but the Guysborough Historical Society is making an effort to ensure that future residents of Guysborough County will not have to speculate about life in this county in 2017. The society is constructing a time capsule on the front lawn of the Old Court House Museum in Guysborough and invites residents across the county to make a contribution to this project.

August 16 2017

HONOURING THOSE LOST AT SEA: On Sunday, August 13 the 41st Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service was held in Canso. Pictured at the ceremony, from left to right: Melissa Richard, HH&CVFD; Mulgrave Mayor Ralph Hadley, MLA for Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie Hon. Lloyd Hines, MODG councillor Janet Peitzche, St. Mary’s Warden Michael Mosher, and MC Lion Ray White.

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Sobey family protects land on St. Mary’s River NSNT conservation legacy grows
SHERBROOKE – At a special public celebration in Sherbrooke on Saturday, David and Faye Sobey entrusted their 30-acre property on the St. Mary’s River to the care of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. The property provides critical habitat for several endangered species but is also steeped in memories for the Sobey family who have been visiting this part of the river for over 80 years.

Canso hosts 41st Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service
CANSO – The Seamen’s Memorial in Canso is the host site for the Annual Provincial Seamen’s Service held on the second Sunday in August which is Seamen’s Memorial Day in Nova Scotia. The Seamen’s Memorial Day Act was promoted by former Mayor of Canso Ray White and the Canso Lions Club and was proclaimed in 1989.

After six years, new contract should get Mulgrave water plant operational
MULGRAVE – At its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 8, town council awarded a tender for booster pumps at its new water treatment plant to L & R Construction Ltd. of Stewiacke, at a cost of $114,875. This project, plus some valve work by the same company, is expected to finally get the plant up and running. The new facility was expected to come into operation in 2011, but has been plagued with problems.

August 9 2017

AHOY: The Mist of Avalon made a big impression on sailors and landlubbers alike when it tied up at the Guysborough Marina on Wednesday, August 2. The two-masted schooner is part of the Tall Ships RDV 2017 event continuing throughout the Maritimes this summer.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Bell outage puts RCMP on the move
GUYSBOROUGH – The Guysborough detachment of the RCMP set up an impromptu office at Robin’s Donuts and Cook’s Gas Bar on Friday, August 4 when they discovered their cell phones and office landline were out of service due to a Bell Aliant infrastructure failure. Fraser Cook, proprietor of the donut shop/gas bar, spoke to The Journal on Tuesday about the incident.

Tall ship arrives in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Just as the citizens of Guysborough sat down to catch their collective breath after a whirlwind of Come Home Week activities, news of tall ships brought everyone to the Guysborough Waterfront on Wednesday, August 2 to see the majestic Mist of Avalon.

Officer springs into action while on vacation
CANSO – Burns Anderson was in the right place at the right time last Tuesday, Aug. 1, and his quick actions may have averted a tragedy. Burns and his wife were on vacation and arrived at White Point Lodge in Queen’s County a little too early to check in, he told The Journal Sunday. They decided to go to Liverpool for lunch but didn’t get far from the resort when they encountered a car driving erratically coming toward them.

August 2 2017

REMEMBERING A DEDICATED PLAYER AND COACH: Members of the Guysborough Broadhorns fastball team were joined by former players who played alongside the late Wayne Avery on various teams for a tribute to him on Sunday. The local softball community and visiting teams remembered Wayne for his dedication to the sport in Guysborough County and his work developing local players. More photos in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

Emotional win for Guysborough Broadhorns
GUYSBOROUGH – Current and former athletes who played ball with or were coached by the late Wayne Avery gathered at the Drysdale Ballfield in Guysborough Sunday to pay tribute to him as a driving force behind the development of fastball -- and many athletes -- in Guysborough County. The tribute, led by Paul Long of the Guysborough Amateur Athletic Assoc., took place between the semi-final and final championship of the 43rd Annual Billy Kennedy Memorial Fastball Tournament, a popular part of Guysborough Come Home Week.

Cause of Guysborough house fire officially deemed undetermined
GUYSBOROUGH – Early on Thursday morning a stately old home in the community of Guysborough was destroyed by fire. At 1:45 a.m. the call went out to four fire departments in the area to respond to a house fire on the corner of Pleasant and Main Street.

July 26 2017

PADDLING THROUGH TIME: An appreciative crowd gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant of 1967 and the three men from Guysborough -- Gerry Jamieson (r), Shawn Hadley (l) and Richard Gerrior -- who took part in the historic event. Paul Long (centre), representing the Guysborough Waterfront Development Association, emceed the commemorative gathering last Saturday.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Sherbrooke and Canso to get pre-primary programs
GUYSBOROUGH – Forty-three locations across the province have been selected to offer pre-primary programming to four-year-olds this fall, including new programs for the St. Mary’s and Canso areas.

1967 canoe adventure commemorated in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Fifty years ago, three young men from Guysborough applied to be part of the Nova Scotia team making a great canoe journey to celebrate Canada’s centennial. Gerry Jamieson, Shawn Hadley and Richard Gerrior traveled over 104 days from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta to Montreal as part of Expo 67 celebrations. The historic Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant honoured the explorers and traders that traversed the country in its early days.

Working for you: Nova Scotia Works celebrates 1st year
GUYSBOROUGH – Last year the government of Nova Scotia amalgamated numerous employment service organizations to create a streamlined, one-stop shopping experience for job seekers and employers. The aptly named Nova Scotia Works is the new entity, comprised of formerly independent contracted offices across the province offering career services.

July 19 2017

WELCOME BOATERS: Canso’s Harbourview Walkway and the historic homes along Union Street and up to Carleton Terrace paint a lovely summertime picture for boaters entering the harbour. The large homes at Carleton Terrace were originally built for Western Union Workers in Canso.

Photo Credit: Susan O’Handley

St. Mary’s sees promising activity on derelict vessels
SHERBROOKE – After raising concerns last month about derelict vessels tied up at the wharf in Marie Joseph , St. Mary’s council is pleased to see that an old crane at the site has been removed by the Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Development. The old equipment had to be taken apart in pieces to be loaded onto trucks for disposal, St. Mary’s CAO Marvin MacDonald told The Journal Tuesday.

MODG makes interim payments to CLC contractor
GUYSBOROUGH – At the July 12 regular monthly meeting of council, MODG approved two progress payments for Marco Construction, the lead contractor for building the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex. The interim payments amounted to $1,050,000. Warden Vernon Pitts told The Journal that council is pleased with progress at the site so far. “It’s on budget and on schedule.”

July 12 2017

PLENTY O’ FISH: The mackerel are in abundance in Guysborough Harbour this week and Aeryn Chalcraft took full advantage. We caught up with the 11-year-old from Erinville at the marina on Friday morning, after he had already landed several fish.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Commercial Cable Building soon to be demolished
HAZEL HILL – The decision to demolish the historic Commercial Cable Building in Hazel Hill was made three years ago, but the cost of doing so has been beyond the resources of the Commercial Cable Rehabilitation Society. Now ownership is transferring from the community group to the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, which will contract the demolition.

Lost Shores Gran Fondo enjoys strong early registration
GUYSBOROUGH – On Saturday, Sept. 9, hundreds of cyclists will head out on some of Guysborough County’s most beautiful cycling routes. Less than two months from now, they’ll converge in Guysborough for the 2017 Lost Shores Gran Fondo. And after pedalling through spectacular vistas, cheered on by local residents, they’ll enjoy cold beverages, BBQ ribs and live music back in Guysborough.

July 5 2017

CANSO WELCOMES C3: Rain couldn’t hold back the welcoming party that came out to Whitman Wharf in Canso on Sunday, July 2 for the arrival of Canada C3. The vessel is part of Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebrations sailing for 150 days from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Guysborough grads take home $150,000 in prize money
More than $150,000 in scholarships and bursaries were was awarded to graduates of Guysborough Academy on June 28. Karla Nickerson was the top award winner, with $41,100 in prize money. Rounding out the top three were Aaron Mason with $14,525 in awards and Spencer MacKeen with $14,400 worth of awards.

Fifteen grads celebrated in Canso
CANSO – Valedictorian Deonna King took her fellow graduates on a walk down memory lane during Canso graduation on June 28. “During our Grade eight year, our class was the last class to have a grade eight graduation. We all walked these gym floors, crying...because we were nervous about going to high school. Four years later, we realized that our Grade 12 graduation would be much harder.”

St. Mary’s Grads take home $72,000 in prizes
SHERBROOKE – More than $72,000 was awarded to St. Mary’s Academy graduates at the Academy’s graduation ceremony on June 28. Top award winners included Governor-General’s Medal winner Nicole Burns, queen Elizabeth Ii Medal winner Grace Baker, and Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recipients Angela Rudolph and Logan Kennedy. The Kadray Trophy for highest standing for a male student went to Dylan MacDonald and the A. Anderson Award for the highest standing female grad went to Nicole Burns. Winner of the Walter Dugan plaque was Dylan MacDonald.

June 28 2017

HE’S GOT GAME: Tyrese Borden is on the court this summer playing center for Basketball Nova Scotia’s U16 team. He brings experience to the team represented by his championship ring from last year’s U15 National title (photo inset).

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

St. Mary’s pursues action on derelict vessels
MARIE JOSEPH – The District of St. Mary’s has heard complaints about derelict vessels at the harbour in Marie Joseph and is pushing for action to resolve the problem. The issue started in 2011 when the former Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker, the Sir Charles Tupper, was towed into the harbour, destined for a salvage operation. The vessel remains there today tied against the shoulder of the Number 7 Highway on the main route for tourist traffic into the area.

Sunnyville teen’s basketball success story
SUNNYVILLE – Last year The Journal brought you the story of Tyrese Borden who, at that time, had just been chosen to play in the provincial basketball U15 team. That was just the beginning of this basketball odyssey. By the end of the summer, Borden’s team had won the the gold in the National Basketball Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This year Borden continues to make strides on the court, holding the position of forward on the Nova Scotia Basketball U16 team.

St. Mary’s approves community grants
SHERBROOKE – Before the summer season took hold, St. Mary’s council approved funding grants for numerous organizations across the municipality at the regular council meeting on June 12.

June 25 2017

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Stay and Play at Stanfest winner!
We have a winner for our Stay and Play at Stanfest contest ... and that winner is Remy Chisholm!

June 21 2017

FRIENDS INDEED: Grade 1 and 2 students from St. Mary’s Education Centre took part in a walk-a-thon to support the Grandfriends program at High-Crest Sherbrooke Nursing Home last week. Story and more photos in this week's Journal.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Funding gets St. Mary’s SHOPS across the finish line
SHERBROOKE – Federal funding of $66,700 will help complete a program space for Sherbrooke Opportunities Society (SHOPS), which could start operating as early as September.

CLC construction on schedule
GUYSBOROUGH – At last Wednesday’s regular monthly council meeting, councillors learned that the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex (CLC) construction is proceeding according to specifications and on schedule. As well, councillor Blair George reported that the community fundraising initiative is now at $350,000, with a goal of $500,000.

Hines returns to cabinet as Transportation Minister
Nova Scotia’s new Executive Council is in place after Premier Stephen McNeil and 16 other cabinet ministers were sworn in during a ceremony at Pier 21 in Halifax on June 15.

June 14 2017

COMING CLEAN: Local youth lent a hand at the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up event held at Dorts Cove Beach on Saturday, June 10. The cleaning crew of six individuals gathered 10 pounds of garbage from the 8.5 acres of the beach. Pictured above from left to right: Hannah Kamogawa, Brooke Rennie, and Suki Kamogawa.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Conviction overturned four years after altercation in Sunnyville
John Arthur Borden’s conviction for assault and sentence to five years’ jail time following an altercation outside a Sunnyville home on June 28, 2013 has been quashed by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Judge Duncan Beveridge found the trial judge’s failure to charge the jury about how to deal with prior statements was inadequate. He allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial, to be undertaken at the discretion of the Crown.

Recount confirms Hines elected
A judicial recount of the ballots in the riding of Guysborough–Eastern Shore–Tracadie was conducted June 9 in Halifax under the supervision of Associate Chief Justice Deborah K. Smith of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Incumbent Liberal Lloyd Hines was confirmed as winning the seat.

UARB orders MODG to pay $304,000 for fees related to Goldboro expropriation
GUYSBOROUGH – A company that appealed the value the Municipality of the District of Guysborough applied to its interest in expropriated land in Goldboro filed a claim of $581,043 in legal and other costs. Last Thursday, June 8, the UARB released its decision in the case, ordering MODG to pay $303,912 for costs incurred by PEV International Research and Development Inc. in its appeal of the expropriation payment decision.

June 7 2017

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: The Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (GOALS) clients competed in the Eastern Highland Special Olympics last week in Antigonish. Pictured back row, left to right: Ricky Avery, Geneva Clyke, Rose Andrews, Robert Pettipas, and Brandon LeBlanc. Front row, left to right: Michael Rudolph, Kim Smith and Colleen Coady. Missing from picture is Ian Pellerin.

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Rob Wolf requests recount in Guysborough - Eastern Shore - Tracadie
GUYSBOROUGH – After a hard-fought battle, long election night and narrow loss, Rob Wolf had no plans to apply for a recount of last Tuesday’s vote in Guysborough - Eastern Shore - Tracadie. But this past weekend supporters asked him ‘why not?’ and the Progressive Conservative candidate, who came up 71 votes short against Liberal incumbent Lloyd Hines, has decided to do his “due diligence” and applied for the recount by the 5 p.m., June 5 deadline.

St. Martha’s reaching out to community
GUYSBOROUGH – With the “Time is Now” fundraising campaign for St. Martha’s Hospital at 60 per cent of its 10-year target of $20 million after eight months, spring outreach has begun to try to get closer to the goal.

Mulgrave rejects sewer line tenders, will do work in-house
MULGRAVE – At the regular town council meeting on Monday, June 5, councillors reviewed tenders for Mulgrave’s force main sewer line project and found all three bids too high. Council rejected the bids and has decided to move the force main to the other side of road so a sidewalk does not have to be replaced. With the change, the project will be done in-house.

May 31 2017

PILING UP: Wharf upgrades are underway in communities across Guysborough County including the wharf in Little Dover, featured in this aerial photo taken on May 29. Fishing remains a major economic driver in our communities and investment in wharf infrastructure bodes well for the future of the fishery.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Hines wins squeaker
GUYSBOROUGH – Voters voiced displeasure at the governing Liberals in the provincial election Tuesday, reducing the McNeil government's seats from 34 to 27, but incumbent Liberal Lloyd Hines pulled off a razor-thin win to keep his seat in Guysborough - Eastern Shore - Tracadie.

‘Business as usual’ budget passes in Mulgrave
MULGRAVE – It will be the status quo for residential and commercial tax rates in the Town of Mulgrave following council’s approval of its new budget last week.

Council approves active living plan, water rates study
SHERBROOKE – St. Mary’s council wants residents to get moving. At May’s regular monthly meeting, council approved a new Active Living Plan. This strategy is aligned with the recent reinstatement of the active living coordinator position, which is cost-shared with the province.

May 24 2017

GETTING IN ON THE ACT: The Guysborough Players are back this spring and summer with a riotous new comedy that everyone is sure to enjoy. Players featured, back row, left to right: Ken Kingston, Maria Van Vonderen, Ervin Rafter, and Kate Tompkins. Front row, left to right: Mandy Reid, Gianna Pellerin, and Jackie Briand. Absent: Ralph De Coste. Fulls story in this weeks Journal.

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Mulgrave exploring options for governance, finances
MULGRAVE – Following the failure of efforts to amalgamate with the District of Guysborough, the Town of Mulgrave is looking at other options, including shared services with neighbouring municipalities.

Antigonish District RCMP investigates armed robbery
ANTIGONISH – On the afternoon of May 17 at 1:35 p.m., a man entered a pharmacy in Antigonish, approached the pharmacy counter, showed the pharmacist a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants, and demanded narcotics. The pharmacist did as she was asked, and the man fled the area on foot with a quantity of drugs. He was later picked up in a silver coloured Chrysler Sebring driven by another man.

RCMP concludes investigation into local and international lobster theft and fraud
BARRINGTON – The Nova Scotia RCMP has charged three Shelburne County men following a 22-month investigation into allegations of lobster theft and fraud totalling approximately $3 million.

May 17 2017

SHOVEL READY: A few short weeks after funding was announced by federal and provincial partners, the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough is moving forward by leaps and bounds. Despite the wet weather, concrete has been poured laying a solid foundation for local recreation activities for years to come.

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Simmons stands for NDP in Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie
“I am deeply concerned about the way the other two major parties have undermined the very foundations of this province,” said NDP candidate for the Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie riding Marney Simmons when asked why she decided to throw her hat into the ring this election season.

Pieridae gains financing options with merger
GUYSBOROUGH – Joining forces with a Quebec oil and gas exploration firm will give Pieridae Energy more financial options as it advances toward a final investment decision for the Goldboro LNG project. Pieridae announced Monday that it plans a reverse takeover of Petrolia Inc., allowing the amalgamated company to tap into public markets as a “fully integrated energy company, from upstream production to the sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG).”

Green Fund supports community projects
GUYSBOROUGH – At last Wednesday’s regular monthly council meeting, 19 green community projects were funded through proceeds of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s Green Fund. These monies are generated through a 20-cent per tonne levy at MODG’s waste management facility. Projects ranged from flower beds to fish stocking and waste containers.

May 10 2017

HOMETOWN HEROES: Spencer Barron of Country Harbour and Dylan MacDonald of Indian Harbour Lake bring the Telus Cup home to St. Mary’s Education Centre / Academy last Thursday. Story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Marsha Barron

Wolf carries banner for PCs
GUYSBOROUGH – The standard political pedigree in Nova Scotia often includes a background in law or medicine, but that has been changing in recent years and Rob Wolf is a prime example. This teacher and high school guidance councillor has parleyed his desire to work for the public good into the political arena, as the PC candidate for the Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie riding in the upcoming provincial election on May 30. The Journal met with Wolf in Guysborough last week to discuss his campaign.

PC Leader Baillie puts infrastructure renewal at top of agenda
The 2017 provincial election is PC Leader Jamie Baillie’s second run as party leader vying for the top job as provincial premier. The Journal spoke to him last week about the party platform and what the PC Party promises to bring to rural Nova Scotia if elected to govern at the end of May.

Youth faces charges after near-miss at race
LITTLE DOVER – During the Lobster Run road race on May 7, runners were proceeding around a curve on Dover Rd. when a car, coming from behind, attempted to pass a fire truck which was positioned at the end of the race. A pickup truck was proceeding slowly past the runners in the opposite direction, and the car struck it head on. The car lost control, came very close to hitting one of the runners, then struck the pickup truck. The collision occurred just before 10 a.m.

May 3 2017

CAPTURING THE MAGIC: A painting by Sharon Epic of Main Stage Stanfest action was donated to the Canso Library and Resource Centre last week. Pictured above are Stanfest General Manager, Wanda O’Handley along with board members Bill MacMillan and Mary LeBlanc with Library and Resource Society members, Carla Armsworthy, Tish Murphy, Renee Albrecht,  Joe Walsh, David Lewis, and Librarian Janet Delorey.

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Hines seeks second term in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie
GUYSBOROUGH – Lloyd Hines is a household name in Guysborough County. With over 30 years in political life, there is little surprise that he has chosen once again to throw his hat in the ring for this, his 13th election run. Hines sat as councillor and warden in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough and was first elected as provincial MLA in October 2013. The Journal spoke with him at the official opening of his election headquarters in Guysborough on Monday.

McNeil makes early campaign stop in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – A few short hours after the provincial election was called Monday, Premier Stephen McNeil’s campaign bus pulled up in Guysborough. He joined MLA Lloyd Hines at the opening of the Liberal incumbent’s campaign headquarters at Chedabucto Shopping Centre. The Journal spoke with McNeil about the current campaign, the government’s record to date and the path ahead.

Rocket team visits launch site
CANSO – When you go beyond a map and actually get your feet on the ground, that’s when you learn exactly where the bog is. This was one of the key pieces of information that proponents of a spaceport for the Canso, Hazel Hill and Little Dover area discovered during a late-April site visit.

April 26 2017

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: The new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex will include a new home for the Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (GOALS). Clients from GOALS attended the funding announcement in MODG Council Chambers on Wednesday, April 19. Pictured from left to right, front row: GOALS clients Brandon LeBlanc, Rose Andrews, Michael Rudolph, Geneva Clyke, and Ricky Avery. Back row, from left to right, elected officials: MODG Warden Vernon Pitts, MP Rodger Cuzner and MLA Lloyd Hines.

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Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex moves forward
GUYSBOROUGH – After years of waiting, partnership funding has finally come through for the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough. On Wednesday, April 19 Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner joined Guysborough- Eastern Shore – Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines at a meeting in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough Council Chambers to announce funding for the project. Both provincial and federal governments will fund the CLC to the tune of $1.5 million; total investment of $3 million.

Trans Canada Trail hiker reaches Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Out of the dark on Highway 16, headlights pick up an odd brilliance in the distance. As the car continues down the highway, movement can be discerned and soon a figure can be seen in the dark; it’s Trans Canada Trail hiker Sarah Jackson making her distance for the day, from Country Harbour to Guysborough.

Ombudsman’s report calls for tighter controls on credit cards, travel advances at MODG
GUYSBOROUGH – The report of the provincial Ombudsman on finances at the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, released last Friday, makes five recommendations for MODG, including ensuring that hospitality spending is clearly defined and preauthorized, and that policy on travel advances be reviewed and strengthened.

April 19 2017

BRIGHT HORIZONS: District of St. Mary’s councillors, Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and local citizens gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion in Sherbrooke for a funding announcement from Central Nova MP Sean Fraser on April 15. Six projects in the District of St. Mary’s will receive funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program with more announcements to come for other communities in the Central Nova riding in coming weeks. Taking part in the announcement were: back row (left to right): Ian MacKeen, Keith Horton, Jim Mills, St. Mary’s Warden Michael Mosher, Lewis MacIntosh; middle row: Councillor Kaytlan Smith, Eileen Beiswanger, MLA Lloyd Hines, Kelly Kaiser, Don Dunbar, Loretta Lamborne, Rosalee Kaiser, Ardyth Dodge, Councillor Jackie Dort, Teresa Grover; front row: Audrey Jordan, Marsha MacGrath, Sandra Robinson, Jim Michaud, Carole Michaud, MP Sean Fraser, Rickie Grover, Jean Cummins; seated in front: Milton Jordan.

Photo Credit: Nicole LeBlanc

Province, federal government to support Lifestyle Complex
GUYSBOROUGH – The provincial and federal governments are expected to show their support for the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough at a funding announcement on Wednesday, April 19. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has invited residents to the afternoon “infrastructure announcement” by Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner.

Town of Mulgrave to hold special election on June 3
There will be a special election on Saturday, June 3 to fill two vacancies on Town Council. The first vacancy has been in existence since the regular election in October 2016 when only three candidates were nominated for four positions. The second vacancy occurred when Deputy Mayor Evangeline Breen gave notice that she would be resigning for personal reasons. The Deputy Mayor intends to serve until May 4, if permitted by the Municipal Government Act.

Federal support for six seniors projects in St. Mary’s
SHERBROOKE – Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced on April 15 that 11 seniors organizations and projects in Central Nova will receive a combined total of over $192,000 -- including six projects in the District of St. Mary’s. These funds will be used for a variety of local projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

April 12 2017

LADIES IN RED: The Canso / Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary celebrated 56 years of service on Saturday, April 8. As a group these ladies in red represent 600 years of community service. More photos in the weeks edition.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Rural libraries at risk
GUYSBOROUGH – This month an unsettling notice has been posted on the Eastern Counties Regional Library website. It states that inter-library loans will be unavailable from the end of March until the beginning of May due to a staff shortage. Another notice on the webpage asks patrons to contact their MLA to request support -- in the form of dollars, not talk -- for rural libraries which are hardest hit by the current funding formula for this public service. The Journal spoke with ECRL Chief Librarian Laura Emery, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage about library funding and the future of rural libraries.

Tax rates up in St. Mary’s
SHERBROOKE – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s passed the 2017 – 2018 budget at a special council meeting on Monday, April 10 raising taxes three cents across the board for residential, resource and commercial properties. The commercial tax rate now stands at $2.23 per $100 of assessment, while residential and resource tax rates are now .92 cents per $100 of assessment.

Canso / Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary celebrate community service
CANSO – What has over a hundred hands, has a combined 1500 years of service and sits at the heart of several coastal communities? This isn’t an unsolvable riddle, the answer is the Canso / Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the associated Ladies Auxiliary. Last Saturday, both these organizations came together to celebrate 90 and 56 years, respectively, of service to the community. There were laughs, tears and an abundance of goodwill in the room as Fire Department members, Auxiliary members, friends, family and invited guests gave recognition to those that have served.

April 5 2017

ISLAND DREAMS ON THE EASTERN SHORE: Federal, provincial and municipal leaders met last week to announce funding for the 100 Islands tourism initiative on the Eastern Shore. Pictured above, from left to right: Councillor David Hendsbee; Gordon Hammond; Ryan Murphy; Sean Fraser, MP; Lloyd Hines, MLA; HRM Mayor Mike Savage; Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Warden Michael Moser; Karen Wenus; and MLA Kevin Murphy.

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$261,000 for Eastern Shore tourism project
SHEET HARBOUR – Federal funding will help unlock the tourism potential of the Eastern Shore’s 100 Wild Islands area. The $261,000 in ACOA funding, announced by Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, will help Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Nova Scotia Association (DEANS) conduct research on the history, places and culture of the 100 Wild Islands area, a unique gathering of islands that has remained virtually untouched for 10,000 years. It provides one large ecosystem and encompasses a mosaic of every coastal habitat found in Nova Scotia.

Local hockey players off to national championship in B.C.
MONCTON – Four Guysborough County hockey players are celebrating a highlight of their athletic careers this week. Their part of the Cape Breton West Islands Major Midget team that took the Atlantic Championship in Miramichi this past Sunday, April 2. The team will fly to B.C. to play in the national midget championship, the Telus Cup in Prince George, later this month.

March 29 2017

SHENANIGANS ON ICE: The Green Group, including Bria Horne, Brooklyn Hanhams, Mya MacKenzie, Miley Munroe and Taylor Boudreau; all participants in the CanSkate program, get ready to hit the ice in full costume at the Canso Flying Figures Skating Club Carnival 2017. Story and more photos in this week's Journal.

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Unanimous vote for MODG budget, tax rates
GUYSBOROUGH – The new 2017-18 municipal budget and status quo tax rates received unanimous support from Municipality of the District of Guysborough councillors at a special meeting last Wednesday, March 20.

Budget 2017 looks to the future
OTTAWA – On Wednesday, March 22 the Trudeau Government released its second budget. Unlike the Liberals’ first budget after the resounding mandate they received in election 2015, this one was a little light on fireworks. Last year’s budget resulted in changes that could be felt immediately in the pocketbook by many Canadians; those who receive the Child Tax Benefit and others who benefited from a middle class tax cut.

Funding to improve rural Internet access
HALIFAX – Rural communities across Nova Scotia will soon have better access to high-speed Internet. The Liberal government has announced $1.44 million for 22 municipal and community high-speed Internet projects, including the following in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie:

March 22 2017

SWEEPING THE HOUSE: Four members of the Chedabucto Curling Club’s junior league attended a training session on March 18 at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling --- Elite 10 in Port Hawkesbury. The young curlers from Boylston’s Chedabucto Curling Club, having received curling instructions from Donalda Mattie, Turning Point Curling School, take a break from their training session to pose with the Sweden’s national curling team: Team Edin. Back row, left to right: Vanessa Dort, Jenna Dort, Hanna Manthorne and Victoria Grady.

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Special by-election fills seat in St. Mary’s District 3/5
SHERBROOKE – It has been almost half a year since residents in District 3/5 (Melrose-Aspen-Caledonia area) in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s have had a representative at the council table. After last Saturday’s by-election there will finally be a new face at the council table this spring, Kaytland Smith.

Vulcan addressing EA conditions in preparation for early 2018 decision
GUYSBOROUGH – The various conditions attached to environmental approval (EA) of the Black Point Quarry project are keeping Vulcan Materials Company busy as it progresses toward a final investment decision in early 2018.

March 15 2017

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: Members of the St. Mary’s District Lions Club, Sherbrooke were pleased to present a donation of $5000 to the Sherbrooke and Area Volunteer Fire Department. This donation is toward their Ladder Up Campaign for renovations to their new Fire Hall. Pictured receiving the donation from King Lion Donnie Fraser is Fire Chief Wayne Auton, Ladder Up Campaign Chairman Ed Weir, and Fire Department member Herbie Scott.

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MLS chooses Hazel Hill site for proposed launch complex
GUYSBOROUGH – A company looking to develop a commercial operation to launch satellites into space looked at 14 potential sites in North America and Tuesday, March 14, it announced its final selection is a site near Canso and Hazel Hill.

Hines pushes for public meeting on EHS relocation
The relocation of the Emergency Health Services base in Sherbrooke is on hold -- for now. Last week the Progressive Conservative candidate for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, Rob Wolf, said current MLA Lloyd Hines needed to provide clarity on rumoured plans to shut down the Emergency Health Services depot in Sherbrooke and move it to Melrose.

Local officer among crime prevention award recipients
GUYSBOROUGH – The province paid tribute to those who prevent crime and make Nova Scotia communities safer with the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention on March 9. The three winners of the policing award included Const. Nathan Sparks of the Guysborough RCMP detachment. Const. Sparks championed a hybrid hub model for youth intervention in Guysborough County, which has been instrumental in helping troubled youth before they end up in court.

No amalgamation for Mulgrave with MODG
GUYSBOROUGH – At a special meeting last Wednesday, Mulgrave council voted to withdraw its application to the UARB for dissolution. The town had been pursuing amalgamation with the neighbouring Municipality of the District of Guysborough. UARB hearings were scheduled to start next week.

March 8 2017

BRINGING BACK A CURLING TRADITION: The late Cecil Otis Boyd of Canso began an annual competition in the 1965-66 curling season with his purchase of a trophy that would be awarded to the winner of a recreational bonspiel played over a weekend with one day at the Chedabucto curling rink and another at the Canso curling rink. The curling rink with the most accumulated points would receive the coveted Cecil Boyd trophy and proudly display it within their rink until the next year’s competition. For reasons unknown there was a break in playing for the Cecil Boyd trophy after the 1992-93 season; however, the friendly inter-community competition was revived in 2016. Surrounded by members of both curling rinks, Chedabucto Curling Club member Kenny O’Leary (centre) proudly holds the Cecil Boyd trophy on behalf of his rink which received the most accumulated points this year.

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Company plans to ramp up development of Goldboro mine with new deal
GUYSBOROUGH – With Anaconda Mining’s pending purchase of Orex Exploration, it hopes to accelerate development of a gold mining operation at Goldboro.

Strait Area facing “tsunami” in health care needs -- Steve Smith
GUYSBOROUGH – “If we can’t replace equipment, we lose doctors.” That’s the simple message campaign chair Steve Smith says is behind a $20 million campaign for St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.

March 1 2017

WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY: Your Independent Grocer store owner Randy Avery presents Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (G.O.A.L.S.) clients Harvey Pellerin and Geneva Clyke with a cheque for $757.85 last week. The money was raised through an in-store fundraising campaign last summer. Avery says the store is currently running a President's Choice Children’s Charity campaign which helps fund community organizations and projects such as the breakfast program at Chedabucto Education Centre. All funds raised through in-store campaigns stay in the community.

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Mulgrave, Guysborough prepare for contested hearing
GUYSBOROUGH – The amalgamation of Mulgrave with the District of Guysborough may not go as smoothly as Canso’s amalgamation with MODG did in 2013. While there is still the possibility of reaching an agreement in the coming weeks, the Town of Mulgrave, MODG and the province are preparing for a contested hearing with the UARB in late March.

RCMP resumes search for missing Antigonish man
Antigonish District RCMP resumed their search for 23-year-old Craig Joseph Perry on Sunday. Favourable weather and ice flow conditions have allowed for the search to resume after it was suspended on February 20. The search is assisted by Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue, Larry’s River and District Volunteer Fire Department, Pomquet Fire and Emergency Services Department and a helicopter from Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

February 22 2017

TEACHERS UNITE: Guysborough Local NSTU members hit the picket line on Friday, February 17 and took their concerns to the people through a walk around town. Teachers across the province went on strike last Friday to send a message to Premier McNeil that Bill 75 was not a suitable solution to the problems that exist in public education in Nova Scotia.

Photo Credit: Norm MacKinnon

Full house for presentation of petition
GUYSBOROUGH – Community debate around the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex has stirred up engagement with local government to a level rarely seen in Guysborough County. This was particularly evident at last Wednesday’s committee-of-the-whole meeting in Guysborough.

Guysborough kicks off Canada 150
GUYSBOROUGH – The Heritage Day holiday in Guysborough was spent by many at the Guysborough Legion where plans for a year’s worth of celebrations and activities were unveiled for the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canada.

February 15 2017

YOUTH ROCK: Ten teams played in the Chedabucto Curling Club’s 2017 MacLeod Lorway Valentines FUNspiel at the curling rink’s Boylston location. The youngest team participating in the MacLeod Lorway Ladies Valentine’s FUNspiel was a team from the Chedabucto Curling Club’s Junior League. Proudly displaying their enthusiasm is Team Grady from left to right: Jenna Dort (lead), Vanessa Dort (mate), Victoria Grady (skip) and Hanna Manthorne (second).

Photo Credit: Phil O’Regan

Melford could see construction in 2017
GUYSBOROUGH – If a few key pieces come together soon, construction could begin on Melford International Terminal (MIT) in 2017. “That would be our goal, our target,” Richie Mann, MIT’s VP of marketing, told The Journal Monday.

Community campaign reaches $310,000 for Lifestyle Complex
GUYSBOROUGH – The community fundraising initiative in support of the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex has enjoyed a successful run in recent months and now sits at $310,000. Municipality of the District of Guysborough council received an update on the campaign at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 8 from councillor Blair George, who sits on the community fundraising committee. The group is chaired by local businessman Randy Avery.

February 8 2017

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK: Members of the Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department and representatives from three levels of government came together last week for an announcement regarding funding for a new fire hall for the community. Pictured left to right: Ed Weir, Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department Building Committee Chairman; Wayne Auton, Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief; Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova; Michael Mosher, Warden for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s; the Honourable Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources and MLA for Guysborough–Eastern Shore–Tracadie.

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SRSB kicks off African Heritage Month in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – The regular monthly meeting of the Strait Regional School Board was held at the Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre at Chedabucto Place in Guysborough on Wednesday, February 1. School Board members were drummed into the meeting by Wayne Hamilton, executive director of African Nova Scotian Affairs, and he was joined by Board Member Joanne Reddick in the singing of the Black National Anthem.

Rocket launch open house attracts interest and skepticism
GUYSBOROUGH – More than 140 local residents attended an open house on Jan. 31 to learn about plans to potentially establish a rocket launch facility in the Canso - Hazel Hill area.

Sherbrooke building repurposed as new fire hall
Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced Feb. 3 a $242,000 contribution through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) to assist the Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department renovate an existing community building.

February 1 2017

SUPPORTING NEW HOME FOR GOALS: Lenny Rhynold is donating $100 to the planned Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough. He is pictured here with his brother Adam from Little Dover, who attends the GOALS program. GOALS -- Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living -- is to have a new home in the complex.

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Petition calls for more consultation
GUYSBOROUGH – A petition calling for more consultation with citizens about the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough is now circulating online and at various businesses in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. There are two versions of the petition, one -- which includes an online version -- was launched by Susan O’Handley of Canso.

The bumpy road -- after you hit a pothole
GUYSBOROUGH – Who do you call after your vehicle hits a big pothole and suffers significant damage? That question was on the mind of Jenny Kaiser of Port Bickerton last July 28, when she was driving her motorcycle along the Nine Mile Woods Road.

January 25 2017

CHANGE OF POST: Rose Sullivan (left) and Brenda Hall close up shop at the old Post Office on 120 Main Street, Guysborough on Friday, January 20. The Post Office has relocated, across the street, to its new home at 115 Main Street.

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Saying goodbye to the old Post Office
GUYSBOROUGH – The ending was bitter sweet but after 115 years of service as the Post Office in Guysborough, the grand brick building on Guysborough’s Main Street bid farewell to her final customers and moved into a graceful retirement as a family get away. Friday, January 20 was the last working day in the building on 120 Main Street and Post Mistress Brenda Hall and long-time postal worker Rose Sullivan were there to turn the key for the last time.

Canso-Hazel Hill could host rocket launch pad
GUYSBOROUGH – Is the Canso - Hazel Hill area the ideal spot in North America to launch rockets carrying satellites into space? A company based in New Mexico thinks it just might be.

January 18 2017

COZY QUILT: The Chedabucto Bay Quilters made and donated a beautiful quilt for the Quiet Room at Milford Haven. Picture above from left to right: Bernadette Murray, Evelyne Jamieson, Doreen Roberts (accepting the quilt), Dale O’Connor, and Irene MacChesney. Missing - Dawn Chubbs, Janet Grant and Elizabeth Connolly.

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St. Mary’s District 3/5 heads to polls in March
SHERBROOKE – On Tuesday, January 10 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia made available its decision on the October 15 municipal election in District 3/5 in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s. Due to irregularities at two polling sites in the District, the municipality had filed an application to the court to nullify the election results in that District. In his decision Justice Scaravelli agreed with the municipality that the election in District 3/5 had not been held in accordance with the Nova Scotia Scotia Elections Act and nullified the results.

St. Mary’s moves forward with infrastructure project
SHERBROOKE – On Monday, January 9 the District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s held their regular council meeting and discussed the replacement of municipal water lines on the east side of Sherbrooke in the coming year. The lines, which were originally laid in the 1960s, will be replaced as part of infrastructure funding from the federal government under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

New Lifestyle Complex goes to tender
GUYSBOROUGH – Contractors will be invited to bid on construction of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex starting Friday, Jan. 20.

MODG touts renewable energy potential
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) is, once again, seeking to expand its renewable energy investment portfolio as a result of Emera Inc.’s recent call for parties interested in supplying access the New England Renewable Energy market.

January 11 2017

VIGIL FOR DESMOND FAMILY IN UPPER BIG TRACADIE: People from Antigonish and Guysborough counties, as well as others from across the province, came together on the evening of Saturday, January 7 to mourn the loss of four community members; Shanna Desmond, Aaliyah Desmond, Brenda Desmond, and Lionel Desmond. Among those gathered at the vigil was Kahlil Bower of Antigonish pictured above. Additional coverage in this week's Journal.

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A community in mourning
GUYSBOROUGH – The shooting deaths of four members of the Desmond family in Upper Big Tracadie on Jan. 3 has devastated the local community and sent shock waves across the country.

Tragedy raises complex questions as community deals with loss
There is no manual for dealing with the unthinkable. Families and communities in our area are treading unknown territory in the wake of the tragic events of Jan. 3. They are grieving and seeking answers where few are available.

“It’s something that nobody should ever see”
GUYSBOROUGH – Lionel Desmond was young and new to combat when he joined a 10-man section in fighting the Taliban in Afghaniston back in 2007. Fellow soldier Trevor Bungay first got to know Desmond during the year-long training program in advance of their service overseas.

Did local mental health services fail Lionel Desmond and his family?
GUYSBOROUGH – Relatives of Lionel Desmond say the former soldier who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sought help at St. Martha’s hospital in Antigonish the day before he shot his wife, their daughter and his mother at the family home in Upper Big Tracadie, Jan. 3. They say Desmond was turned away by the hospital, either because there were no beds available or because the hospital did not have his file.

January 5 2017

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Guysborough school community mourns student, family
As students and teachers returned to Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy on Thursday morning, they were offered support services to help them deal with the sudden death of 10-year-old student Aaliyah Desmond.

10-year-old among victims in Upper Big Tracadie shooting
RCMP says three females, ages 52, 31 and 10, and a 33-year-old male died of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in Upper Big Tracadie yesterday. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to confirm cause of death. The male’s gunshot wounds appear to be self-inflicted, according to an RCMP statement. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence.

January 4 2017

COME BACK SOON SANTA: The man in the red suit has retired for another year and it’s time to welcome old man winter. But before Santa headed North he stopped in at Milford Haven Home for Special Care in Guysborough to spread some seasonal cheer. He’s pictured here with resident Eva Abbott. More pictures of Santa’s visit in this week's Journal.

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CRTC goal for high-speed Internet welcome in rural NS
Last week it took Bill Carpan, former Guysborough Journal column contributor Stillwater Slim, of Stillwater, Guysborough County six minutes to download a copy of the Guysborough Journal. This snail’s pace high-speed Internet service story is common in rural Nova Scotia but a recent policy announcement by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) offers some hope for the future of high-speed Internet in rural communities across Canada.

RCMP find four dead in Upper Big Tracadie home
Shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Jan. 3, Guysborough RCMP responded to call at a residence in Upper Big Tracadie. Upon arrival officers found four people dead inside a residence.

Municipality of the District of Saint Mary’s
2016 was another active year for the District of Saint Mary’s. We completed our strategic plan and have started a number of initiatives to help move forward with the goals and objectives identified in the plan.

December 28 2016

WISHING ALL A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON: The Lincolnville Community Development Association celebrated Christmas and the New Year ahead at a Christmas tree lighting event in the Lincolnville Community Centre last week.

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St. Mary’s council seat in legal limbo
SHERBROOKE – In October irregularities in contradiction to the Nova Scotia Municipal Elections Act were found at two polling stations for the District 3/5 council seat in the District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s during the October 15 municipal election. Upon learning of these irregularities, council decided to make an application the the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to nullify the election results in that district.

Getting the mail through for five decades
The drive from Antigonish to Canso can be long and, at certain times of year, treacherous. And that’s with new roads that have eliminated the many twists and turns of the past. But Hughie Farrell, who has been driving the mail from Antigonish to Canso since 1967, says he’s had a pretty good run. He’s finally ready to hang up his mail cap and will make his last official mail run on Friday, December 30, 2016.

Municipality of the District of Guysborough
2016 was a very busy and productive year in MODG with the following highlights: The Municipality moved forward this year in a very strong fiscal position, with financial statements adopted in July, showing an accumulated surplus on our consolidated financial statements including cash and tangible assets in excess of $47 million dollars. We have money in cash reserves in excess of $25 million which includes more than a $1 million dollars surplus from the last fiscal year.

December 21 2016

SMOKE ON THE WATER: Sea smoke rises off Canso Harbour on Saturday morning, Dec. 17; a sure sign of winter.

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Sable Wind generates $234,000 in November
GUYSBOROUGH – We may not praise those November winds, but they came with a cha-ching sound for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough as the Sable Wind project generated $234,000 in revenue. That figure was part of a financial report presented to council at its committee-of-the-whole meeting last Wednesday, Dec. 14.

December 14 2016

MIGHTY SPARTANS: St. Mary’s Academy girls volleyball team, The Spartans, once again did themselves proud, bringing home the silver from the Provincial Tournament held recently in Halifax. Back row, left to right: David MacDonald (coach), Nicole Burns, Jessica Ashley, Olivia Pye, Jordan Laing, Laura Smith, Tara Spears, and Grace Baker. Front row, left to right: Eryn Archibald, Megan Turner, Emma Tibbo, and Cameron Muise.

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MODG fights back on salary info request
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is getting behind its employees in fighting a Freedom of Information request for salary information. In response to the request from a resident, MODG surveyed staff in its municipal offices, as well as its nursing homes in Guysborough and Canso to see if they consented to salary information being released.

Desmond announcement uplifting for African Nova Scotians
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz announced that the first Canadian woman to be featured on the $10 bill would be Viola Desmond, a civil rights activist from Nova Scotia.

December 7 2016

WELCOME TO CLASS: Canso and area residents gathered at Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy on Monday morning to show their support for teachers during contract negotiations with the province. Principal Jeff George lead teachers into the school and they were greeted by signs of support such as those held by Noah Delorey and Jacob Cook featured above.

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Parents and students support teachers
GUYSBOROUGH – Through the many twist and turns in the contract negotiations between the province and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, one thing has remained constant; support for teachers by parents and students.

Dates set for amalgamation hearings
MULGRAVE – The UARB has set dates for public hearings into the proposed dissolution of the Town of Mulgrave and amalgamation with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. Hearings will be held March 20-23, 2017, with an evening session on March 20. A second evening session will be held in Guysborough on March 21.

Fortress Rum barrels shape new Glynnevan Cabot Triple Barrelled Whisky
SYDNEY – Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd. launched the newest member of their award-winning Glynnevan Whisky family, a triple barrelled Canadian rye whisky finished in Fortress Rum barrels from the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site on Cape Breton Island this week. Glynnevan Cabot Triple Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky is Authentic Seacoast’s continued tribute to magnificent Cape Breton and to its traditions, beauty and people.

November 30 2016

BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS: Three-year-old Kenzie from Sherbrooke got an early audience with the man in the big red suit at the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration in Historic Sherbrooke Village last weekend.

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ATVers complain about trail barricades
MULGRAVE – Two residents came to Mulgrave’s town council meeting last week to complain about barricades the town installed along a trail through the town.

More than 6000 attend Old Fashioned Christmas opening night
SHERBROOKE – Old Fashioned Christmas had its best opening weekend so far with well over 6,000 visitors on opening night and close to 2,000 on Saturday taking part in activities.

Funding boost for Stonewall Leisure Park
SHERBROOKE – Government funding will be used to replace an existing boardwalk and improve signage and trails at Stonewall Leisure Park in Sherbrooke.

November 23 2016

CELEBRATING CHRISTMASES OF YESTERYEAR: A lovely Victorian Tea was held at the Gun Club in Country Harbour on Saturday afternoon, put on by the local Holy Trinity Anglican Church. The building was beautifully decorated for Christmas with a Victorian theme. Christmas carols were sung and Santa paid a visit much to the delight of the children. The finishing touch to the pleasant afternoon was a luncheon of dainty sandwiches and sweets enjoyed by all. Judy and Shane Gay with their grandchildren Leander, Percy and Charlotte pose in front of the stage which was transformed into a Victorian parlour.

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Guysborough CAO addresses expense criticisms
GUYSBOROUGH – In his monthly report to MODG council last week, CAO Barry Carroll addressed what he said are “misrepresentations” in social media about expense reimbursements. “We have also found ourselves to be a target on social media by primarily a couple of residents who regularly post incorrect or one-sided information on a Facebook site,” he wrote in his report.

Report on terminals “defies logic”, says Mann
GUYSBOROUGH – The leadership of the proposed Melford International Terminal says a recent report that recommends the provincial government focus on supporting the Port of Halifax, and not other proposed ports in Nova Scotia, is an “amateur” piece of work.

Small Things brings laughter and other gifts to Guysborough
Last week the Mulgrave Road Theatre brought their latest show, Small Things by Daniel MacIvor, home to the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre in Guysborough. Local audiences were not disappointed.

MODG pursuing new strategic plan
GUYSOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for consulting services to assist it in developing a new strategic plan.

November 16 2016

GATHERED IN REMEMBRANCE: Veteran Earl Jewers surrounded by those who honour the sacrifices made by all veterans at the Remembrance Day service held at the Country Harbour Gun Club. Featured front row, left to right: Warrant Officer Katherine Luten, Earl Jewers, Corporal Brenda Stansfield; back row, left to right: Katherine’s mother Laurie Luten and Earl’s daughter Joan Lewis.

Photo Credit: Susan MacCulloch

Pieridae working on key supply deal
GUYSBOROUGH – Alfred Sorensen isn’t too worried about Donald Trump’s election affecting prospects for Goldboro LNG. When The Journal asked the president and CEO of Pieridae Energy if potential investors might be spooked by the surprise win, Sorensen said he thinks those post-election jitters “are going away.”

St. Mary’s elects new deputy warden
SHERBROOKE – Jacqueline Dort councillor for District 6, Goshen and Area, was chosen as the new deputy warden for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s at the regular council meeting held on Monday, November 14. Dort has been the councillor for District 6 for over 10 years and was the only councillor nominated for the position. The previous deputy warden, David Clark, did not re-offer for a seat on council in the recent municipal elections held in October.

MODG continues negotiations with province on Highway 344
GUYSBOROUGH – “We’re are still talking; the municipality, Mulgrave and the province,” said Municipality of the District of Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts Monday about the dissolution negotiations for the Town of Mulgrave.

November 9 2016

SUPPORTING THE DREAM: Shirleen Webb sponsored a successful annual Merchandize Bingo for the Children’s Wish Foundation at the Mushaboom Fire Hall. This was the 10th year Webb held the Bingo and she, with the support of Scotiabank who matched funds raised, was successful in raising a grand total of $4,731.45. Webb canvasses the local businesses, organizations, family and friends who are extremely generous with their donations. This event is hosted every year in memory of Webb’s nephew, Catlin Boutilier, who made a trip to Disney World with members of his family, made possible through the Children’s Wish Foundation. Shirleen Webb’s husband’s cousin and his wife, John and Donna Webb, and their daughter Carly were guests at the Bingo and they spoke about the Foundation and their wish for 13-year-old Carly to visit Disney World. Pictured from left to right: Donna Webb, Carly Webb, John Webb, Jason Muis, Scotiabank manager; Ena Spears and Leeanne Cooper, Scotiabank employees.

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MODG passes new policy on travel expenses
GUYSBOROUGH – Transparency and municipal spending among Nova Scotia's municipalities have garnered media attention over the past year, including for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. Last week MODG held a special council meeting where new policies were adopted, including one that will see councillor expenses published online on a monthly basis.

St. Mary’s municipal election results still unsettled
SHERBROOKE – The constituents of District 3/5 in the Municipality of St. Mary’s will have to wait a little longer to see who will represent them on municipal council. On November 1 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia agreed to hear the case put forward by the municipality to nullify the October 15 election results in that district due to a number of irregularities that were in contradiction of the Municipal Elections Act.

November 2 2016

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AT WORK: Staff members at Days Gone By Bakery and Restaurant wore their Dress for the Cause bra stickers to increase awareness of breast cancer last week. They donated money to the Dress for the Cause campaign and also decorated cupcakes with the breast cancer awareness ribbon to raise funds for Cathy’s Place Cancer Resource Room at St. Martha’s Hospital. Shown, left to right, are Anne Cleary, Debbie Archibald, Marg Farrell and Lucina Rose.

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Guysborough Legion looks for support
GUYSBOROUGH – The Royal Canadian Legion in Guysborough has long been a mainstay in the community; a refuge for veterans, a venue for community events and the Emergency Response Centre for the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. But members of the Legion, which now number 41, are fearful that a lack of support will see this important community hub close its doors.

Mulroney’s StFX homecoming brings big changes
ANTIGONISH – For a small university, StFX has always had a large national profile. The institution has churned out many national and provincial leaders, perhaps none more recognizable than the 18th Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney.

October 26 2016

GREEN THINKING WINS AWARD: The Municipality of the District of Guysborough received Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Bright Business Community Award last week. With projects like Sable Wind, solar panels at municipal pools and other green initiatives—Guysborough is a leader in green thinking at the municipal level of government in Nova Scotia. Pictured from left to right: Carol MacCullouch, Efficiency One Board Member; Stephen MacDonald, EfficiencyOne, CEO; Deborah Torrey, MODG staff; and Vernon Pitts, MODG, Warden.

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St. Mary’s election results heading to court
SHERBROOKE – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s held a special meeting on Monday, October 24 to discuss election irregularities in the District 3/5 poll held on October 15. Rennie Beaver and Kaytland Smith ran for the seat left open when incumbent David Clark didn’t re-offer. Council passed a motion, based on a number of irregularities, to make an application to have the election results in District 3/5 voided under section 152 of the Municipal Elections Act.

Guysborough wins Bright Business Award
HALIFAX – Five winners were awarded Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Bright Business awards last week. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough took home the Community Award. The Community award recognizes a Nova Scotia community that has excelled in energy efficiency campaigns or projects.

October 19 2016

PLAYING THEIR CARDS RIGHT: Last week the Mulgrave Volunteer Fire Department presented community organizations with cheques for $1000 from the profits made from the Department’s Chase The Ace fundraiser. Instead of starting the next round of Chase the Ace with a big cash kitty, the Department decided to give back to the community in recognition of their support. The following recipients, pictured above, are accepting the cheques on behalf of: Trinity United Church, Dot O’Leary; Mulgrave & Area Resting Place, Gail Freer; Royal Canadian Legion, Cambrai Br. 37, Keith MacDonald; St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Ft. Allan MacPhie; Michael Breen - Fire Chief, MVFD presenting the cheques; St. James Anglican Church, Walter Crant. Two major projects are also planned for fire hall. Chase the Ace will continue every Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m.

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MODG council unchanged; St. Mary’s welcomes new faces
When MODG council meets for the first time after last weekend’s municipal election, familiar faces will be seated around the table. Only four of the eight councillors in the MODG faced elections: Miles MacDonald, Sheila Pelly, Ricky McLaren and Fin Armsworthy. All of whom won their seats. All other councillors held their seats by acclamation.

Outgoing Mulgrave Mayor lays out future of town
MULGRAVE – The coming year will see big changes in Mulgrave with a new mayor following Saturday’s vote and the anticipated amalgamation with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough on the drawing board. Outgoing Mayor Lorne MacDonald says that is something positive that mayor-elect Ralph Hadley has to look forward to. MacDonald says of Hadley, “The people would like to see Hadley be on the council of Guysborough when we go...they will have a strong voice at the table to make sure Mulgrave is dealt with fairly.”

Pieridae reaches tentative agreements with labour unions
HALIFAX – Pieridae Energy Ltd. continues to meet major milestones for the proposed Goldboro LNG processing facility.

October 12 2016

STEERING TOWARDS MENTAL HEALTH: Jacob Halloran met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on board the Pacific Grace in Victoria, B.C. as part of a delegation for, a youth-led organization working to end the stigma associated with mental health.

Photo Credit: Canadian Heritage

Hurricane season hits Guysborough County
GUYSBOROUGH – Over 100 mm of rain fell on Monday, October 10 in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. Rain, the monthly average for October falling in one day, caused basement flooding and turned roads into rivers, washing out shoulders and undercutting pavement. Following the rain was wind; trees toppled over and after several hours of sustained gusts, power lines failed, leaving many without electricity from Monday night into Tuesday.

Pieridae on track for final investment decision
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy had predicted it would make its final investment decision for the $8 billion Goldboro LNG project by the end of 2016. The company confirmed to The Journal this week at it is still on track to meet that target.

Guysborough student takes mental health message to Royalty
HALIFAX – “I hope that they went away with a sense of the passion that Canadian youth have for ending the stigma that surrounds mental health particularly youth mental health,” said Jacob Halloran after meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a member of the delegation in Victoria, B.C. on October 1.

October 5 2016

BRIDGING BACK TO NATURE: Craig Jamieson and Cecil Cashin inspect a bridge on a section of trail located between Queensport and Cole Harbour. This section of multi-use trail was previously a road for for vehicular traffic up until 50 years ago when the bridge failed. After 15 years, volunteers, with the aid of municipal and provincial governments, brought the trail back to life with the construction of a new bridge.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Water troubles continue in Mulgrave
MULGRAVE – In 2010 the Town of Mulgrave decided to develop design plans for a new water treatment plant. Construction began shortly thereafter and was completed in 2013. Since then problems have plagued the plant resulting in a failure to bring the new system online.

Student hit by dumptruck in Monastery
MONASTERY – Tuesday morning a student from East Antigonish Education Centre and Academy was hit by a dumptruck on Hwy. 4 in Monastery near the school. The accident happened at 8:11 a.m. The child was transported to the IWK in Halifax via LifeFlight with serious injuries.

Sexual Violence Network brings 90 service providers together
PORT HAWKESBURY – Ninety local service providers gathered in Port Hawkesbury Monday to learn more about how to support victims and survivors of sexual violence. Seeking Safety is a counselling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse by introducing a variety of coping skills and strategies.

September 28 2016

WORKING TOGETHER: The Antigonish Guysborough Black Development Employment Resource Centre and the Guysborough County Career & Job Counselling Centre recently merged with the Antigonish Career Resource Centre and Career Connections in New Glasgow under the umbrella of Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centres. An open house was held at the Guysborough office on September 16. Pictured from left to right: The Honourable Lloyd Hines, MLA Guysborough - Eastern Shore – Tracadie; Donna Hochman, Nova Scotia Works – Career Practitioner; Kim Avery, Nova Scotia Works – Career Practitioner; and Dorothy Bennett, Nova Scotia Works – Career Practitioner.

Photo Credit: Contributed

PM tells Antigonish refugee family story at UN
ANTIGONISH – What happens when the Prime Minister of Canada tells your story at a United Nations Summit? Your phone starts ringing. That is what happened to Tareq Hadhad last Tuesday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the UN at the Leaders Summit on Refugees in New York, relaying the recent history of the Hadhad family of Antigonish to the summit participants and to the world.

Guysborough teen dies after Richmond County collision
LOUISDALE – An 18-year-old woman from Guysborough died after being air-lifted to hospital following an accident in Richmond County Friday morning. RCMP say the vehicle she was a passenger in left the road and hit a concrete culvert just after 8:30 a.m. The 23-year-old driver sustained serious injuries as well. The vehicle was travelling West on Highway 104 near Louisdale at the time of the collision.

The autumn garden
GUYSBOROUGH – Typically when we think of the garden at this time of year we think of the harvest. It’s time to get all of the vegetables in before frost starts to nibble at the leaves. But if harvest is the only gardening chore you can think to do in September and October, Sharon Bryson, the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs director for the Eastern District, has some news for you: harvest is just the beginning. On Monday, September 26 Bryson spoke to the Guysborough and Area Garden Club on the topic of fall gardening.

St. Martha’s kicks off ambitious fundraising campaign
On September 27, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation launched their most ambitious and important Campaign to date with a Press Conference/Kick-Off Event at Clare Marie Gathering Place at the hospital. The Foundation has set a goal of increasing its Endowment Fund to $20 million by 2026 under a campaign entitled “St. Martha’s and you. The time is NOW…”

September 21 2016

TERRY’S MARATHON OF HOPE CONTINUES: The 36th annual Terry Fox Run was held in Sheet Harbour on Sunday with twelve participants. The event, sponsored by the Sheet Harbour Lions, is coordinated by Bev Smith assisted by Anne Marie Perry and this year, Bev’s nine-year-old granddaughter, Hailee Pelletier. Hats off to Terry’s Team member, cancer survivor, Elmer Josey who raised $1,477 for the cause. Collectively, the total raised by local runners was $3,457 through sponsors and t-shirt sales.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

MODG asks neighbouring municipalities to help fund recreation complex
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has voted to ask for a helping hand from nearby municipalities in raising funds for the proposed Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough.

St. Mary’s adopts 10-year strategic plan
SHERBROOKE – At last week’s regular council meeting, St. Mary’s councillors voted unanimously to adopt the St. Mary’s 2026--10 year strategic plan. Warden Michael Mosher said council and staff have been working on the formulation of the plan for over a year.

Rob Wolf to run for PCs in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie
GUYSBOROUGH – Rob Wolf has secured the PC nomination for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie. Wolf, a teacher and counsellor, says he decided to get involved in politics because he tired of seeing so many young people having to leave their homes to find opportunities elsewhere.

September 14 2016

ROAD READY: A beautiful sunny Saturday morning greeted cycling enthusiasts as they prepared to leave the starting point on Green Street, Guysborough to participate in the first Gran Fondo ever held in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough last weekend. The ‘big ride’ brought out cyclist of all ages and abilities who were encouraged by onlookers as they wheeled their way through coves and communities. More photos on pages 8 and 9.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Gran Fondo a grand success
GUYSBOROUGH – Gran Fondo is now part of the vernacular in Guysborough County. Loosely translated from Italian as “big bike ride”, the growing worldwide phenomenon now has firm footing in Nova Scotia, after the inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo on Saturday, Sept. 10. Three hundred cyclists (organizers hoped for 200) choose among four routes – all featuring some of Nova Scotia’s most impressive scenery.

Official opening of Ellis Bridge along Trans Canada Trail
ASPEN – The official opening of the new Ellis Bridge, part of The Great Trail, took place in Aspen this past Saturday, Sept. 10. This is the third bridge installed by St. Mary’s Trail Association volunteers and a crucial connection for Nova Scotia within The Great Trail’s national network, as Canada 150 celebrations in 2017 draw closer.

Bond announces candidacy for MODG District 8
The municipal election is starting to heat up with the announcement of a second candidate, Carl Bond, now running for the District 8 seat.

Bear Head LNG and Bear Paw Pipeline partner with NSCC
HALIFAX – Bear Head LNG Corporation Inc., Bear Paw Pipeline Corporation (Bear Paw) and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on training solutions to ensure Bear Head LNG and Bear Paw have access to the skilled workforce needed for its natural gas pipeline and proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the Strait of Canso in Richmond County.

September 7 2016

LET THE GRAN FONDO BEGIN! A cyclist makes his way over the hill in Port Felix. This is just one of the many beautiful seaside vistas awaiting hundreds of cyclists during Guysborough’s inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo bike event on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Sexual assault story was fabricated -- RCMP
SHERBROOKE – Labour Day weekend was an uneasy one in Sherbrooke and surrounding communities. On Saturday RCMP issued a news release about a disturbing attack the evening before. The story was that a stranger drove up to a home where a woman was outside. They had a brief conversation and then the man sexually assaulted her. He then fled in his car.

Canso and Area Food Bank closes
CANSO – The Canso and Area Food Bank Association ceased operation on Wednesday, August 31, and now begins the search for an alternative way to provide emergency food support in the community.

Community pitches in to host Lost Shores Gran Fondo
This Saturday, September 10 promises to be an exciting one in Guysborough as 300 cyclists gather to ride the inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo.

Break, enter, and theft into residence
CANSO – Guysborough District RCMP are investigating a break, enter and theft into a private residence in the community of Canso. Some time between July 16 and August 16, person or persons unknown entered a residence and stole a number of musical instruments.

August 31 2016

A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY: Don MacEachern, driving Yogui, with Ruthanne Hart as groom received a participant prize from Don Wescott at Sherbrooke Village last Saturday after the traditional driving day competition concluded.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Mill Pond tour highlights local flora
GUYSBOROUGH – The Mill Pond, located just outside of the village of Guysborough on Hwy. 16, is a local landmark frequented by anglers and enjoyed by recreational users of the TransCanada Trail, which skirts the property. In recent years changes have been afoot, changes that have left many locals curious. Last Saturday the proprietor of Fern Ridge Landscaping, Sean James, led a public tour of the property detailing the landscaping philosophy used to develop the site. The group was accompanied by property owner Robert Mayfield, who is pleased with the results.

A sporting day of traditional driving in Sherbrooke
SHERBROOKE – Another fine day of driving, horse and cart, in Sherbrooke Village was held on August 6, 2016. Seventeen teams participated including Leo from the Village driving a Canadien pair.

August 24 2016

“THAT PROUD, FAST QUEEN OF THE GRAND BANKS FLEET, PORTRAYED ON EVERY DIME”: The Bluenose II passes historic Grassy Island last Thursday, making its way to Canso for the annual Canso Regatta and becoming part of the beautiful scenery that inspired singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, who wrote and made famous the song “Bluenose”.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Bluenose, great weather make for memorable Regatta
CANSO – A spirited parade, fabulous fireworks and special visit by the Bluenose II made Canso Regatta 2016 one to remember. The annual summer festival has been run by the Eastern Communities Youth Association (ECYA) for the past 15 years. General Manager Marie Lumsden has held the reins for the past seven years. In an interview with The Journal on Tuesday, she said the Bluenose reported more than 1000 visitors in eight hours, for a very successful day at the dock.

Charges laid by RCMP Child Exploitation Unit
PORT HAWKESBURY – The RCMP Provincial Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) has arrested and charged a Port Hawkesbury man following an online child exploitation investigation.

RCMP investigates Break and Enter with Violence
FLEET SETTLEMENT – The Guysborough County RCMP’s Sherbrooke detachment is investigating a robbery with violence in Fleet Settlement.

August 17 2016

FLOWERS OF REMEMBRANCE: The placing of flowers and wreaths is one of the tangible ways people from near and far demonstrate their remembrance of loved ones lost at sea, during the annual Seamen’s Memorial in Canso. Pictured here is Blake Doyle with the flowers he will place at the altar during the Seamen’s Memorial Service on Sunday. See more on the ceremony pages two, six and seven.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG welcomes glowing audit report
GUYSBOROUGH -- The audit is in and the news is good for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. On Tuesday, August 9, representatives for the firm Grant Thornton presented the 2015/2016 financial statement to council. “You’re doing something right, that’s for sure. It is a very positive statement. It is not often that you see financial assets in a municipality. And to that degree, it is quite substantial,” said Grant Thornton representative Kim Livingston at the end of the presentation.

Monument to ‘church in the wildwood’
MELFORD – There is a small clearing in the forest nestled close to the waters of the Strait of Canso in Melford, just off route 344. When you travel the short gravel path to the place where the Melford United Church once stood you can feel the peacefulness of the location, which led to the foundation of the church on that spot in the early 1900s. To this day, walking among the gravestones with familiar community names engraved upon them, it is certain that the deceased are resting in peace.

Armsworthy to reoffer for District 8
CANSO – “I’m not taking no for an answer,” said Fin Armsworthy of his record on standing up for the people in his constituency. “Sometimes they put me in the penalty box but I get out.”

August 10 2016

HAPPY FEET: Michelle Fougere 1st place female (26:22) at the ‘Between the steeples 5 K’ with daughter Malin Fougere (2 years old) who was the youngest participant in the Kids Fun Run.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG honours Guysborough and Area Garden Club
GUYSBOROUGH – As you walk the streets of Guysborough you may notice a flower box or bed here and there and you’re sure to stop and take in the beautiful flower garden at the entrance of the Old Court House Museum on Church Street. All those wonderful blooms did not sow themselves; they had lots of help from the committed green thumbs that make up the Guysborough and Area Garden Club. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the club’s inception and that milestone was marked by a presentation to club members from the warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, Vernon Pitts, last Sunday, August 7 at the Old Court House Museum.

Jr. Broadhorns take provincial gold
GUYSBOROUGH – This past weekend the U12 Jr. Guysborough Broadhorns made their hometown proud by claiming the league’s top title in the province at the St. Croix, Hants County tournament. The team, made up of 11- and 12-year-olds from across the county, is led by coaches Shane Cook, Fabian Dorion and Edward Connolly.

Honeywell to be key contractor for Goldboro LNG
HOUSTON – Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced on Aug. 1 it will provide full automation and safety systems and serve as integrated main automation contractor for Goldboro LNG. Honeywell technology is currently being used in more than 40 similar LNG import and export terminals around the world.

August 3 2016

WHO YA GONNA CALL? These Ghostbusters used squirt guns to attack bystanders along the Guysborough Come Home Week parade on Saturday morning. The local Liberal Association’s award-winning entry fit in well to the theme of Rockin’ the 80s.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

DeCoff and MacDonald re-offer for MODG council
GUYSBOROUGH – Two long-time community volunteers and educators had a chance to experience municipal government in recent years and both have decided they would like to continue to serve the community as municipal councillors. Miles MacDonald and Neil DeCoff told The Journal this week they will both be re-offering in October’s municipal election.

Police investigate death of 21-year-old man in Sheet Harbour
SHEET HARBOUR – Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man that occurred Sunday night in Sheet Harbour.

StFX shut out of federal infrastructure funding
ANTIGONISH – St. Francis Xavier University will not be receiving funding from the new federal Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).

July 27 2016

FUN ON THE RUN: Guysborough area children aged 3 to 12 took part in the annual Kids Fun Run on Saturday, July 23. The Kids Fun Run is just one of many events that take place every year during Guysborough Come Home Week.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Locals act to save history
BOYLSTON – Bessie Reddick (nee Lawrence) has a lifetime of memories surrounding the Baptist church that stood until recently in the seaside community of Boylston. As a young girl in the late 1940s she attended services regularly at the Boylston Baptist Church with her family, one of a handful of African Nova Scotians families that were part of the predominantly white congregation. It was through her efforts, with the aid of like-minded local citizens, that a piece of the church remains in a nearby cemetery to preserve the history of the church in the memory of the people: the church bell.

Fishermen’s friend
STILLWATER – Many Journal readers are familiar with the name if not the face of Chris Sinclair of Stillwater. He has been a contributor to this newspaper on behalf of the St. Mary’s River Association for the past four summers. Some may have been wondering where his commentary on the river has gone this fishing season. The answer is much further afield.

Coming to a screen near you
GUYSBOROUGH – “I have always been interested in video production,” said Justin MacDonald of Lesterdale in Guysborough last Thursday night. He had just finished screening two short films he produced this past year as part of his course requirements at the Humber School of Media Studies & Information Technology in Toronto. The films, Goldfish, a 10-minute drama and Breath of Life, a short documentary were both warmly received by the hometown audience.

July 20 2016

FOR THE LOVE OF WALKING: Miguel Love spent a lovely July evening in Guysborough last week as part of his his trek through the Maritime provinces. Watch for Love pulling his homemade rickshaw throughout the region this summer. Read the full story in this week's Journal.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Search and Rescue could dissolve without funding support
GUYSBOROUGH – The volunteer organization that rescues people who are lost could use a little rescuing of its own. Without funding support, the group may dissolve at the end of this year. In that case, those needing help could wait hours for a team from another area of Nova Scotia to arrive.

Boylston man charged after threatening RCMP with firearm
BOYLSTON – A 20-year-old man arrested after threatening citizens and RCMP officers in Guysborough District on July 13 has been remanded to the East Coast Forensic Hospital for assessment. William Anthony Pius George appeared in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on Friday. He is scheduled to be back in court on August 5 to answer to the charges.

Mulgrave Road Theatre opens window to memories
GUYSBOROUGH – Everybody has a story to tell, even if they don’t know it. That is the premise behind the newest offering from the Mulgrave Road Theatre Company, Generations, arriving just in time for Guysborough Come Home Week.

July 13 2016

GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY PROJECTS were front and centre at Superport Days ‘16 held in Dundee last week. Attending the meetings were from left to right, Chris Ridgway, Vulcan Materials; Michael MacDonald, Morien Resources; Mark Brown, Goldboro LNG; Mike Uberoi, Melford International Terminal (MIT); MODG Warden Vernon Pitts; Richie Mann, MIT; MODG Councillor Myles MacDonald; MODG Councillor Neil DeCoff and Bob Stevens, MIT.

Photo Credit: Vibe Communications

Melford poised to become North America’s first port of call with SSA Marine partnership
GUYSBOROUGH – A new partnership to develop the planned marine terminal at Melford, along the Strait of Canso, is being described as a game-changer in getting the project built. SSA Marine, Melford International Terminal and Cyrus Capital Partners L.P. announced their joint venture and investment in the Melford Atlantic Gateway last Wednesday.

Excitement at Superport Days as major projects near milestones
DUNDEE – There was a new energy at Superport Days ‘16 in Dundee last week as projects that have been in the works for years are coming fast to decision points and Melford International Terminal presented details on an exciting new partnership.

Government of Canada invests in seven fishing harbours in Central Nova
OWL’S HEAD – On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $10.8 million over the next two years in the repair and maintenance of harbour infrastructure at seven small craft harbours in Central Nova.

July 6 2016

STANFEST FRIENDS: The Stan Rogers Folk Festival family is made strong by dedicated volunteers and the fan favourites who come back year after year, including Valdy. The popular singer-songwriter is pictured here with the performer relations crew in the Green Room, from left to right: Michelle Richards, Laura Mercer, Sheri Andrea and Liz Murray.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

20 years on: The tradition grows
CANSO – It’s been a fun-filled, song-filled, sun- and rain- and wind-filled 20-year journey. And not without some notable bumps along the way. For two decades now the seaside community of Canso has played host to thousands of music fans, accomplished artists and up-and-comers for the annual Stan Rogers Folk Festival. A volunteer-driven success story, the team behind Stanfest could take a generous measure of satisfaction this past weekend in reaching such a significant milestone with yet another successful event.

Province announces fund to celebrate Canada 150
In 2017, Canadians across the country will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Nova Scotia has launched the 150 Forward Fund to help communities and groups create programs and events to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

Theft of art from Stan Rogers Folk Festival
CANSO – Guysborough District RCMP are investigating the theft of items from a vendors site located at the Home Made Village, Crafter’s area of Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, NS. The theft occurred between 2100 hours on July 2 and 1120 hours on July 3, 2016.

June 29 2016

HONOURING 40 YEARS OF SERVICE: Dr. Anita Foley stands proudly in front of the new Health Services Centre in Guysborough that bears her name on the day of the grand opening and official naming of the new wing of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital on Saturday, June 25.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Guysborough celebrates opening of Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre
GUYSBROUGH – “How long is a lifetime?” asked MLA Lloyd Hines at the grand opening and naming ceremony of the Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre in Guysborough on Saturday, June 25. “Because that is what this woman has given us; a lifetime,” he stated, referencing the guest of honour, Dr. Anita Foley, who sat with friends and family at the front of a large gathering celebrating the new wing of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital and honouring her for her long service to the people of Guysborough and surrounding communities.

Stanfest over the years, looking through the lens
GUYSBOROUGH – Pam and Alan Sampson have had a unique point of view on the Stan Rogers Folk Festival over the past 20 years. They are both volunteer photographers for the annual music festival, and they’ve had a special visual insight into the evolution of Stanfest over the years.

June 22 2016

WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF: Authentic Seacoast proprietor Glynn Williams with a bottle of his locally produced spirits at the grand opening of the Authentic Seacoast Distillery and Brewery on Saturday, June 18 in Guysborough.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Spirits rise in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – The day of the grand opening of the Authentic Seacoast Company’s newest venture, a distillery and brewery, could not have been more perfect: sunny skies with a few drifting clouds and a strong but pleasant breeze kept event-goers comfortable. Between 300 and 400 people, both local and from across North America turned out for the opening day event on Saturday afternoon and were treated to a scrumptious array of finger food, a taste of the locally made spirits and a few speeches to put the day in context.

Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre
GUYSBOROUGH – Dr. Anita Foley will be honoured this weekend with the grand opening and official naming of the new Health Services Centre located in the new wing of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. While many citizens throughout the Guysborough area lobbied to have the new wing named after Foley, she is humbled by the honour and accolades. A long-time health practitioner in Guysborough there are many who owe Foley their health if not their lives and feel the new Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre is a fitting tribute for all she has done for healthcare in Guysborough and surrounding areas. Foley sat down with The Journal last week to talk about her years in practice and the opening of the new hospital wing.

Volunteers make the festival go round
CANSO – This year sees the 20th anniversary of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso; a milestone few believed possible when the idea for a music festival first sprouted in this small fishing community. And it would have been an impossible feat if volunteers were not willing to get the event off the ground with what could be calculated as thousands of work hours volunteered on a yearly basis. The saying, it takes a village to raise a child, can be extended to the festival where a majority of the population of Canso have had a hand in the success of Stanfest year upon year.

June 15 2016

CUPCAKE WALK TO SUMMER: As the year winds down at the Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society clients celebrated summer with creatively crafted and scrumptious cupcakes on Monday, June 13. Left photo features Kim Smith and Adam Rhynold. Right photo features Geneva Katherine Clyke.

Photo Credit: Contributed

No “knee-jerk” reaction on travel expenses
GUYSBOROUGH – The regular council meeting held for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough on Wednesday, June 8 did not include any discussion on the travel expenses claimed by council and staff that were released as part of a Freedom of Information request submitted by CBC earlier this month. When questioned after council adjourned about the MODG policy response to the released expenses Warden Vernon Pitts stated, “As far as I am concerned, I don’t think the Municipality of the District of Guysborough is doing anything wrong. I, for one, do not want a knee-jerk reaction. Council has a mandate, we have a budget, and we go forward based upon that.

St. Mary's council supports Fort Mac
SHERBROOKE – The District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s voted in favour of donating $1000 to the Canadian Red Cross for the Fort Mac relief effort at Monday’s regular council meeting. Like many other Nova Scotian municipalities there are few residents who have not been touched by the wildfire disaster.

Authentic Seacoast Distillery and Brewery grand opening
GUYSBOROUGH – The first distillery in the world located at a golf course opens June 18 in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. The state-of-the-art distilling and brewing facility is home to Authentic Seacoast’s award-winning spirits and craft beer brands, including GLYNNEVAN Whisky, Sea Fever Rum, Fortress Rum and Rare Bird Craft Beer.

June 8 2016

TREES FOR CHANGE: Each spring since 1972, thousands of Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts have planted trees through the Scoutrees Program. Scoutrees give all scout members the opportunity to demonstrate, through action, their concern for the environment. By planting trees, youth learn about the important role trees have in our lives, the critical need for conservation, the impact of climate change and how scouts can do their part to create a better world. Last weekend the 5th Canso Scout Troop planted approximately 500 trees as part of the annual Scoutrees for Canada Project. Pictured from left to right: Crissy Robar, Kelsey Pellerin, Marissa Fraser, Kiera Newell, Ava Sampson, Bradley Pellerin, Connor Feltmate, Tullee Erkidjuk-Schnare, Sheila Luddington and Harold Roberts.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Mulgrave prepares to face UARB on amalgamation
MULGRAVE – The Province of Nova Scotia has submitted and signed its Letter of Intent to the Utility and Review Board (UARB) regarding the dissolution of the Town of Mulgrave and amalgamation with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. But the terms put forth by the Province are not agreeable to either municipal unit involved.

District 8 Councillor looks for review of council spending policies
CANSO – Last week when news of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s spending on business trips was revealed by a Freedom of Information request by the CBC, District Councillor Fin Armsworthy knew none of the receipts would be his. Armsworthy has been effectively banned from travel since he voted against the municipal budget in April of 2014. He has not attended out-of-province conferences and told The Journal last week that his lack of travel has not interfered with his ability to represent his constituents and do his work as a councillor.

Canso Regatta future organizers sought
CANSO – “The ECYA board is sort of burnt out. It has been 15 years and that is a quite a long stint for one organization to run the regatta,” said Marie Lumsden, general manager of the Eastern Communities Youth Association. That is why a meeting has been set for 4:30 on Sunday, June 12 at the ECYA Youth Centre on Telegraph Street, Canso to discuss the future of the regatta and the role local groups can play in organizing the annual summer event.

June 1 2016

HONOURING THOSE WHO SERVE: The Mulgrave Fire Department  recently congratulated three of its members on their 25 years of service and dedication. Honorees Seward Benoit, Jimmy Spencer and Basil Benoit are pictured here. A fire fighters watch was presented to each of these department members on May 20, 2016

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG defends conference spending
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has been identified as the biggest spender among Nova Scotia municipalities on travel to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual conference in 2014. On Tuesday, May 31 CBC news released figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request pertaining to the monies spent by Nova Scotia municipalities on trips to recent FCM meetings.

An international education
GUYSBOROUGH – For those that know him, Kittitee Vanuptikul, better known by his nickname TM’m, is touted as the poster boy for the Nova Scotia International Student Program in the Strait Regional School Board. The soon-to-be 18 year old is outgoing, polite, talkative, active in extracurricular activities, and can boast many new friends at his new school. Vanuptikul came to Nova Scotia from Nonthaburi, Thailand, near Bangkok two years ago and is now getting ready to graduate from Guysborough Academy and head off to Ontario to follow a passion for cooking at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute. Before the final Grade 12 crush overwhelms him, Vanuptikul sat down with The Journal at home in Guysborough to talk about his experience as an international student in rural Nova Scotia.

Discover Guysborough’s Lost Shores at inaugural Gran Fondo
Mark your calendars for Sept. 10 and plan to explore the Lost Shores of Guysborough on two wheels. Join a few hundred other bicyclists to soak up some undiscovered oceanfront scenery for the day.

May 25 2016

PADDLES AT THE READY: The Canso Barrens Outdoor Recreation Program went kayaking on Back Lake, Hazel Hill, last week with Jan Sebastian LaPierre and Chris Surette of A for Adventure. The session was sponsored by the MODG (use of equipment) and funded by NS Health and Wellness.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG wants better deal from Province
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough isn’t in the business of maintaining highways. Council would like that recognized in a deal from the Province in support of Mulgrave’s amalgamation with the municipality. Who will pay for the refurbishment and maintenance of the 6.2 kms of highway 344 that run through the town, post-amalgamation, isn’t the only stumbling block in getting a deal MODG can live with, but it is a significant one. The municipality says there is a $14.2 million infrastructure deficit in the Town of Mulgrave, and while it doesn’t expect to get all of those costs covered by the Province, the additional $6.9 million price tag for bringing that stretch of highway 344 up to an acceptable level of maintenance is a big problem.

St. Mary's budget passed
SHERBROOKE – Taxes in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s will go up this year by two cents for both residential and commercial properties. On Wednesday, May 18 council passed the 2016 – 2017 budget setting new tax rates at $0.89 per $100 of assessment for residential rate payers and $2.20 per $100 of assessment for commercial rate payers. Water and sewer rates remain unchanged at $205 per unit. Warden Michael Mosher said the tax increase will bring an additional $34,000 into the municipal revenue stream.

Canso student takes action on cold-water coral conservation
CANSO – Something as simple as a child’s love for animals can make change in the world. Mya MacKenzie, a Grade 1 student at Fanning Education Centre, has taken her love for animals and translated that into a fundraising campaign to save cold-water coral with the help of Earth Rangers, a not-for-profit kids’ conservation organization. Last weekend MacKenzie walked the Gully Trail in Canso for pledges as part of her fundraising efforts. She sat down and told The Journal about her interest in saving animals the day after her walk earned $160 in pledges.

May 18 2016

IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE: The second annual Tool Box Challenge event was held at the SAERC gymnasium last week and with a field of 12 schools competing, was won by the team from Chedabucto Eduction Centre/Guysborough Academy. Pictured above, from left to right, are team members Rebecca MacKeen, Hunter Poirier and Dylan Pinkham with Jeremy Samson, member of the SRSB Tool Box Challenge Committee.

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MODG sends relief to Fort Mac
GUYSBOROUGH – “That’s the easiest money I’ve ever spent,” quipped Municipality of the District of Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts after a unanimous vote to donate $5,000 to the relief effort in Fort McMurray. And why was that? According to Pitts, Fort Mac and the western oilsands have brought a lot of money into the MODG over the years and it was an easy decision to give back in their time of need.

GOALS celebrates 20 years
GUYSBOROUGH – Time flies when you’re having fun. That may be the old cliche that comes to mind for some as clients, staff, and community members celebrate Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society’s (GOALS) 20th anniversary this week. But it has not all been fun and games and the perennially favourite Friday meals for the public; there’s been a lot of work, personal development and love put into this venture in the past two decades. There is also commitment to keep this much-needed program running in the community for decades to come. Last Friday, just as the weekly lunch crowd thinned out, The Journal sat down with GOALS manager Donna Cook to talk about the organization -- past, present and future.

Guysborough Academy students win Tool Box Challenge
GUYSBOROUGH – The transition from classroom learning to real world application is often difficult to demonstrate but the Tool Box Challenge brings together aspects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into one hands on learning experience. Last week students from schools in the Strait Regional School Board met to compete in the challenge where they were required to work in teams with provided materials to build a machine that would propel a tennis ball at a target. Out of twelve participating schools, the Guysborough Academy team took home the top honour winning first prize in the competition. The Journal met with the winning Guysborough Academy Grade nine students-- Rebecca MacKeen, Hunter Poirier and Dylan Pinkham -- their teacher Kevin Chisholm and Principal Barbara Avery to discuss the event.

May 11 2016

QUILT DISPLAY AT SHERBROOKE VILLAGE: The Compass Rose Quilt Guild recently got together for their annual Show & Tea at the Sherbrooke Village Exhibit Centre. The event raised $500 which was generously donated to the Sherbrooke and Area Fire Department’s “Ladder Up Campaign”. “Each quilt is a true piece of art and it is very fitting and fortunate for us to have them at the Exhibit Centre to display,” says Sherbrooke Village Executive Director, Stephen Flemming. Pictured from left to right: Bonnie Fraser, Emma Harpell (Compass Rose Quilter’s President), Jo-Ann MacGrath (Compass Rose Quilter’s member), and Chelsea Stone.

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Fleeing Fort Mac
SPRUCE GROVE, ALTA – As the wildfire that devastated Fort McMurray continues to burn out of control, residents and workers from the area are trying to come to grips with the harrowing ordeal and uncertain future. Amidst all the facebook updates and news stories streaming through to the East Coast, where many Fort Mac residents claim roots, there was one that was widely read in Eastern Nova Scotia; a post of gratitude and hope from John Craig MacIsaac who hails from Goshen. In the early Alberta hours of Friday morning, MacIsaac spoke to The Journal about his experience of the Fort McMurray evacuation and his hope to generate support for those affected by the fire through his story.

Suncor worker heads home as workcamps open to evacuees
EDMONTON – “It is very surreal because you watch this on TV all the time, like when there are floods or hurricanes in the US, and you think, ‘That’s awful,’ but you really don’t grasp it until your in the midst of it,” said Carolyne Hadley when asked if she had ever been in a natural disaster before her brush with the Fort McMurray wild fire last week.

Mulgrave draft budget predicts surplus
MULGRAVE – Last week Mulgrave town council was given an overview of the draft budget for 2016 - 2017 by the interim CAO. “The predictions we have are for a $99,000 surplus after March 31, 2017. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 it looks like there is a small surplus of $15 to $20,000. That’s not too bad,” said Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald. The budget will not be finalized for approval until the CAO meets with department heads to discuss the upcoming year.

May 4 2016

OPEN TO BUSINESS: Members of the Community Liaison Committee for the Black Point Quarry Project met with Vulcan Materials and Morien Resources officials at DeBarres Manor last week to review the decision by Environment Minister Margaret Miller to grant environmental approval for the 355-hectare quarry. Those gathered included front row, left to right: Amy Ridgeway, Donna Hochman, Charla Sullivan-Cosgrove and Mary Jucina-Taylor. Back row, left to right: Councillor Blair George, Rob Carter, Mike MacDonald, Shawn Leith, Warden Vernon Pitts, Frank Leith, Atisthan Roach and Chris Ridgeway.

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The future is digital -- and print
GUYSBOROUGH – Back in 1996, the small team at this newspaper debated whether they should invest very limited resources in this new thing called email. That was when one of the staff positions was a typist. News items were sent by mail and typed into the one computer. Cutting and pasting had a more literal meaning then, as news stories and ads were printed out, trimmed, run through a wax machine to get sticky and then positioned onto large layout pages. Logos were physically pasted onto the ads.

Hospital campaign thanks community with donor wall
GUYSBOROUGH – This week marks the end of the Enhancing Our Health Services Campaign with the unveiling of a donor wall acknowledging the funds raised by the community. When asked in February 2015 about the challenge of a small community raising $700,000, Honorary Campaign Chair Kaye Williams replied, “Just watch us!” The people of Guysborough responded generously and the donor wall is in recognition of their dedication and support for the Guysborough Memorial Hospital.

Final plans for Lifestyle Complex unveiled
GUYSBOROUGH – Residents wanting to get up close and personal with plans for the new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough had their opportunity last Thursday, April 27. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough held an open house at the Municipal Building to share its final plans for the recreational and social complex -- a $10.92 million facility to include a 17,000 square foot community centre, artificial turf soccer field and four-lane track, refrigerated outdoor shinny rink and a 1,000 foot refrigerated skating trail.

Vulcan gets environmental approval
GUYSBOROUGH – Proponents of the Black Point Quarry project were in a celebratory mood last week when Environment Minister Margaret Miller gave environmental approval to the plan for a 355-hectare granite quarry, with a marine terminal and loading facility alongside in Chedabucto Bay.

April 27 2016

SPRING CLEANING: Guysborough Sparks, Brownies and Guides made a meaningful contribution to the community by celebrating Earth Day on April 22 with their spring clean up. The girls did their outdoor spring cleaning along the Shore Line Trail.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Seawind Landing hosting country / folk duo
CHARLOS COVE – Feeling a little country, or perhaps a little folk? Fortunately two outstanding lights from the Canadian Country/ Folk music scene-- Cindy Church and Susan Crowe-- are now on tour in Nova Scotia. Originally from Nova Scotia, these artist have been nominated for Junos and numerous other awards.

RCMP lay charges in fatal motor vehicle collision
NEWTOWN – Port Hawkesbury RCMP have laid charges in a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred last October in Newtown.

Final sentencing from Port Bickerton home invasion
ANTIGONISH – A violent home invasion in Port Bickerton on March 6. 2015, has led to prison time for the last of the three accused to be sentenced. Codi James Scott Bungay-Lloyd, 22, was sentenced to four years and 10 months in jail at Supreme Court in Antigonish last Tuesday, April 19.

April 20 2016

HARD CHOICES: Members of the Strait Regional School Board in consultation on a motion before the board calling for the permanent closure of Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre.

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MODG pleased with repeal of “must-run” requirement at biomass facility
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week this paper reported that the province amended the Renewable Electricity Regulations removing the “must-run” requirement for the biomass facility at Point Tupper. The “must-run” stipulation had legally required the plant to run at full electricity generation capacity at all times. This amendment will result in fewer trees harvested in Guysborough County for biomass; welcome news for local municipalities who have, in the past, voiced their concerns to Nova Scotia Power about the impact biomass harvesting was having on local forests.

SRSB votes to close Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre
PORT HAWKESBURY – After months of lobbying from the community of Mulgrave to save Mulgave Memorial Education Centre, the Strait Regional School Board voted to close the school at a tension-fraught meeting in the SAERC auditorium on Wednesday, April 13. After several motions amending the original motion, from a P to Grade 4 school as of September 2016 with complete closure in June 2017 to a P to Grade 6 school with complete closure in June 2018, the final vote was overwhelmingly in favour of the motion for closure with one dissenting vote cast by District 10 board member Mallori Nickerson.

April 13 2016

WELCOME HOME: The ECYA celebrated the opening of their new centre on Telegraph Street in Canso on Sunday, April 10 with an open house. Youth from the Canso area, as well as local dignitaries, came out to experience what the new centre has to offer. Pictured back row, left to right: Tullee Erkidjuk-Schnare, Ava Sampson, Marissa Fraser, Emma Snow, MLA Lloyd Hines, Noah Livingston, Ashton Creamer, Arianna Rhynold, and Andrew O’Handley. Front row, left to right: Dawson Keefe, Lucas Swaine, Mya MacKenzie, Maria MacKenzie, Kelsey Pellerin, and Oliver DeWolfe.

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St. Mary's moves forward on infrastructure improvements
SHERBROOKE – The District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s passed a motion to move forward with paving work and sewer and water line upgrades on Court Street at the regular council meeting on Monday, April 11. The motion was passed after an agreement was reached with the Department of Transportation to cost share the paving project; 50 per cent from each partner. The sewer and water line upgrades will be funded solely by the municipality.

Pothole repair season begins
As the weather warms, provincial highway crews are starting to shift operations from snow clearing to repairing potholes.

Amalgamation schedule hits snag
MULGRAVE – The UARB meetings planned for May 24 and 25 to hear the plans for amalgamation between Mulgrave and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough will be postponed to the end of June. Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald told The Journal on Tuesday that the province had yet to provide the MODG with a letter of intent. The letter of intent from the province, Department of Municipal Affairs, will outline provincial funding for the amalgamation of Mulgrave with the MODG.

April 6 2016

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Spring Fling in Canso
CANSO – Nova Scotia has been hit this week by what could be called the worst part of our winter yet this year, the worst because it is officially spring. In light of the season pronounced on the calendar, if not by mother nature, the Canso Library and Resource Centre held a Spring Fling event on April 3, a few short hours before old man winter came knocking on the door again. Fortunately Sunday afternoon started out sunny and cool in Canso and many community members turned out for the event which featured an art sale, performances by The We’koqma’qewiska drummers from Waycobah First Nation, and a reading by renown artist Alan Syliboy from his new book The Thundermaker.

School lock-down at Chedabucto Place
GUYSBOROUGH – On Friday, April 1, a code blue was initiated at Chedabucto Place resulting in a lockdown of the entire school shortly before 2 p.m. In a release to parents the reason given for the lockdown was a medical emergency incurred by one of the students.

Province celebrates local volunteers
Volunteers from around Nova Scotia were honoured at the province’s 42nd Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony on April 4.

A Hockey Hart
GUYSBOROUGH – Not everyone gets to be part of a history-making hockey team, let alone have that experience while they are still in elementary school, but Emily Hart of Guysborough had just such an experience on the weekend of March 26.

March 30 2016

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County residents invited to town hall meetings
Residents of Guysborough County are being invited to provide their input on how police resources are allocated this year in Guysborough County.

Fraser highlights budget's impact on Central Nova
OTTAWA - Last week the new Liberal Government under Justin Trudeau tabled its first budget. The budget is a true test of the government's ability to deliver on campaign promises and Central Nova MP Sean Fraser told The Journal in an interview over the weekend that he thinks the government has succeeded on that front.

MODG passes budget
GUYSBOROUGH - No hike in tax rates and an increase in the income eligibility for the low income tax exemption is good news for the citizens of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. At a special council meeting on Wednesday, March 23 council passed the budget for the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year with near unanimous support. Councillor Fin Armsworthy, District 8, voted against the budget stating that he wasn't voting against what was in the budget but against what wasn't in the budget.

March 23 2016

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Project encouraging participation in local government
The province is working with the Springtide Collective, a non-profit group, on a project to encourage Nova Scotians to get involved in local government.

Drysdale legacy aids local firefighters
GUYSBOROUGH - On a wet, Wednesday afternoon last summer, a plaque was unveiled on the Guysborough waterfront to commemorate the giving spirit of the late Jim Drysdale. When Drysdale passed away in 2012 he bequeathed a significant portion of his wealth to community organizations in the Guysborough area. One of the nine recipients named in the Drysdale legacy was the Guysborough Volunteer Fire Department. At the end of January the Fire Department purchased and received a new fire truck, in large part with the money they received from the bequest.

Canso Lions Fishing for Sales
The Canso Lions Club are taking orders for the popular spring fish sale. Orders will be taken until Friday, March 25 with delivery on Friday, April 1. To order contact Lion Barry Lumsden 318-0062, Lion Bill Roberts 366-2625, Lion Paul Horne 366-2870 or Lion Alvin Winmill 366-2797; proceeds from the fish sale will assist the Canso Lions Club tax bill.