Bon voyage to Marie Joseph’s wrecks?
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

MARIE JOSEPH – Two marine wrecks, which have been tethered and tied to a highway shoulder in the picturesque fishing community of Marie Joseph for years, could soon slip their landlocked moorings and finally disappear onto the scrap heap of history.

MODG proactive in addressing climate change: new mitigation plan adopted
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

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.”

Also in this edition...

Our editorial has some thoughts about where we currently sit in the ever-evolving age of COVID timeline. Murphy's Law experiences a three dog night that goes on for days. Additional headlines include: Pieridae Energy funds new “Stillwater Shrub Swamp”; Eastern Shore residents comply with mask order, but have questions and concerns; Petition mounted to pave Lower Whitehead Road; Thunder Rally 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19; Guysborough area features prominently in 86-year-old’s first novel; Owner seeks funding to help repair heritage post office; Country Harbour RV park continues to thrive during pandemic – and more! Plus part one of a two-part feature from Gardening with Goutweed and The Conversation takes a look at the line between accountability and legal rights for students planning to return to university this fall.





Back-to-school plan: Parents’ reactions run the gamut
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

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
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

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.

Volunteers work to make new food bank a reality – one nail at a time
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

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
By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

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
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

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?



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