Sunday, August 14, 2022



August 10 2022


CELEBRATING ACADIAN HISTORY AND TRADITION: Festival Savalette returned to Larry’s River last week after a two-year intermission due to COVID-19. On Aug. 6, festival guests participated in the tintamarre – a noisy march – around the river concluding at the community’s historic footbridge.

 

Photo Credit: Jude Avery

Signal Gold gets environmental approval for Goldboro Gold
GOLDBORO – Confidence is high with the company proposing construction of an open-pit mine and ore processing facility in Goldboro. That’s partly due to the project receiving environmental approval, subject to terms and conditions, from the province last week.

Mediator in library dispute calls for public comment
SHERBROOKE – The consultant appointed by the provincial government to mediate in a dispute between the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s and Eastern Counties Regional Library Board is looking for public input.

Flower fracas shakes up Sherbrooke, RCMP called
SHERBROOKE – The police report left nothing to the imagination – or everything.


August 3 2022


RECOGNITION OF COMMUNITY COMMITMENT: Philip Hochman (left) was very happy to learn that his commitment to the Guysborough County Trails Association would be recognized by the naming of a section of the trail in his honour. Association member Ira Corkhum (right) presented Hochman with a mock-up of the sign at the Wall of Fame induction ceremony held in Guysborough on July 27. Story below.

 

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Nurse, doctor shortages leading to local ED closures
GUYSBOROUGH – As residents in the Guysborough area start marking off the days the emergency department (ED) is closed on their calendars for the first two weeks of August, many are left wondering why the department is closing when the Guysborough Memorial Hospital (GMH) currently has five doctors on staff.

Philip Hochman, Country Harbour Gun Club honoured at Wall of Fame ceremony
GUYSBOROUGH – “Being recognized in your own community with your family and friends, colleagues, trail workers…it’s really a very special moment for me. It’s something that I’ll always appreciate,” said Philip Hochman at the Wall of Fame induction ceremony at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre in Guysborough on July 27.

King wins Mulgrave council seat
GUYSBOROUGH – The Town of Mulgrave held a special election on July 30 to fill the council seat left vacant when Crystal Durling resigned in May.

Sponsored Article: 8 Reasons to Support Local Businesses
Small local businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. However, many of them have struggled in the recent years because of the COVID pandemic. Over 50% of small business reported lower revenues in 2021 compared to 2019. Two-thirds of small businesses will not see their fifth birthday.


July 27 2022


SINGING STAN: Canso native Chris Lumsden takes his turn during the popular Singing Stan session at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival Sunday afternoon. Lumsden was introduced as the “hardest working” person at the festival site and “an integral part” of the event. More photos in this week's edition.

 

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

$2.6M announced for theatre’s expansion plans
GUYSBOROUGH – Mulgrave Road Theatre’s (MRT’s) vision for the future got a major boost on July 22, with $2.6 million in funding announced to support its expansion plans.

RCMP delegation presents yearly report to MODG council
GUYSBOROUGH – A delegation from the RCMP spoke to the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) council at its regular monthly meeting on July 20.

Future of Old Fashioned Christmas in doubt
SHERBROOKE – Without new volunteers from its major stakeholders, Sherbrooke’s Old Fashioned Christmas – which has attracted thousands of people from across Nova Scotia and beyond – could become a thing of the past as soon as next year, warns the chair and treasurer of the iconic event’s volunteer committee.


July 20 2022


RECOVERING LOST STORIES: Executive members of the Guysborough Historical Society – Chris Cook (back, center) and Shane Sceles (back, right) – recently visited the cemetery in Birchtown, Guysborough County, with Steve Wright (back, left), Jennifer Desmond (front, left) and Shomari Matthew, as part of the beginning of a multi-faceted project aimed at cataloguing the community's history and rejuvenate the site. See story below.

 

Photo Credit: Andrea Frazee

Province hires consultant to help resolve library dispute
ST. MARY’S – The provincial government has agreed to pay a Halifax consulting firm nearly $40,000 over three months to help settle the 16-month dispute over fees between the Municipality of the District of St Mary’s and Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL).

Project will help preserve local African Nova Scotian history
GUYSBOROUGH – This summer sees the launch of a three-year collaboration between the Upper Big Tracadie Seniors Action Club and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) to erect historic panels in African Nova Scotian communities in the municipality. This year, the focus is on the community of Sunnyville, located off Highway 16, adjacent to the shiretown of Guysborough.

MLS condemns attack on aerospace partner
GUYSBOROUGH – The Yuzhmash Aerospace Plant in Dnipro, Ukraine was attacked by Russian missiles on July 15. The BBC reported that three people died in the attack. That same day, Global News posted eyewitness accounts of the attack on Dnipro on YouTube. A segment of the video included a Dnipro resident who stated that there’d been a missile strike near Yuzhmash. She went on to say that she’d seen a video of the facility on fire with explosions.


July 13 2022


ENERGY SOLUTIONS: Nova Scotia Finance Minister Allan MacMaster highlighted the Strait region's potential for green hydrogen production from wind energy during his Superport Days address in Dundee July 7. Several other industry representatives spoke of their plans around wind energy in this area, while Maritime Launch Services and Signal Gold updated attendees on their project plans in Canso and Goldboro, respectively See story in this week's edition.

 

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

ED closures in Canso expected to continue
GUYSBOROUGH – Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso has been experiencing a shortage of physicians that has resulted in a pattern of overnight emergency department (ED) closures for at least one week per month. And that problem is about to become worse now that a second of the hospital’s former complement of four doctors retired this summer.

St Barbara presentation on Cochrane Hill mine raises more questions
ST. MARY’S – For the second time in as many months, at least one councillor for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has been left with more questions than answers about the expected economic benefits of the proposed Cochrane Hill gold mine near Sherbrooke.

MODG keeps doctor incentive, asks NSH to communicate better on hospital closures
GUYSBOROUGH – “At the outset, it was a little confusing whether or not the MODG could offer their incentive at the same time as that offered from Nova Scotia Health,” Barry Carroll, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s CAO, told council when he gave his report at the monthly committee of the whole meeting on July 6.


July 6 2022


CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2022: Students from Guysborough Academy gathered for the last time on the school steps minutes before they walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas. Pictured above, front row, left to right: Ava Worth, Kailey McKinnon, Madison LePage, Kelsey McKinnon, Vanessa Dort, Lydia MacPherson, Gabriella Mason, and Kayla Sangster; middle row, left to right: Jesse MacDonald, Matthew Connolly, Ethan Keizer, Emily Hart, Caroline MacKeen, and Jake Grady; back row, left to right: Juliano Cueva Fox, Cody George, Avery Doiron, Dawson Lonergan, Brent O’Handley, Jacob Cook and Sophie Imlay.

 

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Class of 2022 saluted for resiliency during COVID-19
GUYSBOROUGH – Across our region the Class of 2022 was celebrated this past week – in particular for achieving their goals despite the setbacks of COVID-19. With the uncertainty of the past few years, Guysborough Academy’s graduating class was thankful to be a part of a ‘normal’ graduation ceremony on June 28.

Sheet Harbour Radio builds a new home
SPRY BAY – From the streets of New York City to a shipping container atop a hill on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore, Mark Krause might agree: What a strange and beautiful trip it has been.

Province lifts remaining COVID-19 restrictions
As summer temperatures begin to heat up, there is a cool down, of sorts, coming – at least when it comes to remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Nova Scotia.


June 29 2022


PROM ON PARADE: Emma Snow and Druhan MacLean were amongst the members of the Class of 2022 honoured on June 25 during the Canso Academy prom parade that wound its way through the seaside community. See more memories of the celebration in this week's edition.

 

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Housing project slated to break ground this summer in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – “It’s a sure thing,” Andrew Boudreau, owner of Caper Developments Ltd. and Atlantic Edge Properties Inc., told The Journal on June 24 about his plans to develop a 36-unit apartment building, for ages 55-plus, in the community of Guysborough.

Gran Fondo 2022 cancelled due to low registration
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s (MODG’s) recreation department announced on June 22 that this year’s Gran Fondo, scheduled for August 27, would be cancelled.

Atlantic Gold threatens to shut down mine
ST. MARY’S – Atlantic Gold’s parent company says it may be forced to shut down its near-capacity operations in Nova Scotia if the province doesn’t allow a stop-gap measure to raise the height of the wall it uses to contain its Touquoy mine’s waste within the next few weeks.


June 22 2022


HONOURING THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE: A celebration to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day was held at the Old Court House Museum in Guysborough on Tuesday, June 21. Elder and Knowledge Keeper Marie Pictou from Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation said the opening prayer followed by speakers representing municipal and provincial governments as well as members of the Acadian and African Nova Scotian community. Pictured above, from left to right: Catherine Hartling of Upper Big Tracadie, Elder Marie Pictou, Karla Stevens, and Blake Julian all of Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation. Full story next week.

 

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

St. Mary’s council takes its meetings on the road
ST. MARY’S – For the first time, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s will host its regular meeting outside the administrative seat of Sherbrooke, taking it on the road to communities across the district.

Rental car scarcity impacts summer tourism
GUYSBOROUGH – “We were very disappointed,” said Marie Celeste about having to cancel her summer travel plans due to an extreme shortage in rental vehicles across Nova Scotia.

Lions Club, community fundraising brings portable ultrasound to EMH
CANSO – More than 50 people gathered at the Lions Club in Canso on June 18 for a funding announcement that will impact everyone served by the Eastern Memorial Hospital (EMH).


June 15 2022


CELEBRATING SCOUTS: Guysborough-Tracadie MLA and provincial agriculture minister Greg Morrow (right) recently presented the 5th Canso and Area Scout Troop with a certificate marking 50 years of scouting, one that representatives Alicia Rhynold (left), William McNabb (Scout), Jada Myatt (Scout), Brooke Rhynold (Scout), Juanita Dort (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 46 vice president) and Harold Roberts (Scouter) proudly accepted. More photos in this week's edition.

 

Photo Credit: Contributed

Sheet Harbour marina reaches major milestone
SHEET HARBOUR – The Facebook post from one resident of this Eastern Shore community of 800 says it all: “I’ve always thought Sheet Harbour could be like Mahone Bay. Well Done!!”

Tourism strategies, plans and funding take shape for this season and years to come
GUYSBOROUGH – “The thing we would like to emphasize is the importance of community in tourism,” said Stephen Flemming, president of Tourism Guysborough County Association, when asked what he’d like to see in the province’s new strategic plan for tourism.

Ecum Secum moms close to securing new playground for next generation
ECUM SECUM—A group of moms who fondly remember their carefree days frolicking in this small community’s playground have received $60,000 from the provincial government to rebuild the facility for the benefit of local children.


June 8 2022


PLANTING IT FORWARD: Scout Brooke Rhynold holds some of the more than 500 trees recently planted by the 5th Canso Scout Troop members during Scoutrees – a Scouts Canada annual event designed to give members the opportunity ‘to demonstrate – through action – their concern for the environment.’ The Canso group thanks everyone in the community for their pledges, along with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, which provided the trees. Over the past 30 years, the 5th Canso Scout Troop has planted approximately 18,000 trees in the area. For more memories from the event, see this week's edition.

 

Photo Credit: Contributed

Guysborough sells landfill
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) hadn’t put its waste management facility up for sale, but a buyer came knocking anyway.

Overweight load caused Tittle Bridge collapse
GUYSBOROUGH – On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 7, 2020, a tractor trailer hauling a crane was on Tittle Bridge, the span that connects Durrell’s Island with the communities of Canso and Hazel Hill, when the bridge collapsed.

Country Harbour residents want convicted sex offender out of area
GUYSBOROUGH – Just more than a week ago, the community of Country Harbour learned that recently released child sex offender Gerald Paul Ward, who has no known ties to the area, has taken up residence there.


June 1 2022


COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Newcomers to the Guysborough area were invited to a community welcome event on Thursday, May 26 at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex on Green Street, Guysborough. The event included door prizes, refreshments and tables set up by local businesses and organizations including the local chapter of the Antigonish Women’s Resources Centre project Circles of Support and Change with project staff, from left to right: Karla Stevens, project coordinator; Tonya Pelley, community facilitator and Alicia Clyke, community facilitator. Story in this week's edition.

 

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Council asks province for relief on gas prices
ST. MARY’S – Skyrocketing prices at the pump are prompting councillors for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s to ask Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston to hit the brakes on fuel costs for district residents.

Statue of St. Theresa stolen from church
Guysborough County District RCMP is seeking public assistance in a break-in investigation at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Giants Lake, which included the theft of a four-foot statue of Saint Theresa.

NSPI speaks to outages in St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S – Some of the worst weather ever to afflict the province’s power grid, runaway levels of copper wire theft along the Eastern Shore and a secret contact number solely for municipal officials highlighted a presentation by no fewer than five Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) officials during a video presentation to St. Mary’s council last month.


May 25 2022


SALMON DAYS OF SUMMER: St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) Director Alan MacDonald volunteers with DFO at the smolt wheels on May 11.

 

Photo Credit: Deirdre Green

Health of St. Mary’s River on the rise again this year
ST. MARY’S – Ever watchful for signs of riparian health, volunteers from the St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) are joining aquatic scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to track Atlantic salmon in the storied river this spring. So far, say officials, the signs are good.

Guysborough supports French school
GUYSBOROUGH – A delegation representing stakeholders who propose to open a French language school in the area — François Rouleau, regional director for the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP), and Jude Avery, a community champion of Acadian culture —gave a presentation to the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) council at its regular monthly meeting on May 18.

Mark the date: Bluenose II will set sail for Guysborough this summer
GUYSBOROUGH – In recent years the Bluenose II has thrilled Municipality of the District of Guysborough residents by visiting Canso and Whitehead. This summer, the iconic schooner is scheduled to be at anchor in the entrance of Guysborough Harbour on Thursday, August 25.


May 18 2022


VOICING CONCERNS: This banner delivers the message that there are residents of Antigonish town and county who want the chance to have their say on a possible municipal consolidation of the neighbouring units. This group attended the Municipality of the County of Antigonish committee of the whole meeting on May 10, with a couple of residents having the opportunity to raise their concerns with the consolidation process. Story in this week's edition.

 

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Land-based project back on the table for Goldboro LNG
GOLDBORO – Sparked by the federal government’s increasing interest in Canadian energy options to help address European needs, proponents of the Goldboro LNG project have a renewed focus on their original plan to construct a land-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Guysborough County.

Council delays decision on Archibald Lake for six months
ST. MARY’S – Finding themselves stuck ‘between a rock and a hard place,’ councillors for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s have again kicked the can down the road on the contentious issue of wilderness protection for Archibald Lake.

‘Lack of transparency’ growing problem at ECRL, says St. Mary’s council
ST. MARY’S – Councillors for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s are raising concerns about the apparent lack of transparency at the Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL), noting that too many board meetings there are being conducted secretly.


May 11 2022


PANCAKES FOR UKRAINE: Members of the Canso Lions Club, including Barry Lumsden (left), Ray White, Juanita Dort, Susan MacKeough, Marie Sullivan, Cathy DeRabbie and Mary Lou Bond recently hosted a pancake breakfast, which raised $937 for the continuing Canadian Red Cross relief effort for war-torn Ukraine. Here, project chairs Dort and MacKeough present the cheque to Past King Lion White.

 

Photo Credit: Judy White

New marina prepares for first season
GUYSBOROUGH – It’s been almost a decade since the idea for a marina in the Country Harbour area was floated – and this summer that idea will finally set sail with the soon to be open Salsman Park Marina.

Part-time residents cheer property tax cancellation
ST. MARY’S – If non-resident property owners in Guysborough County break their piggy banks this summer, it may be to pay for home improvements, not new taxes, thanks to a stunning reversal of provincial policy last week.

13 beds empty at Milford Haven as staffing shortages continue
GUYSBOROUGH – The number of vacant beds at Milford Haven Home in Guysborough has grown in recent months as a staffing shortage continues.


May 4 2022


WHALE OF A TIME: Hudson was one of the many youngsters who had the opportunity to share a chuckle with the whales during the Whale Sanctuary Project’s (WSP’s) Easter wonderland celebration on April 16. Read more in the WSP update in this week's edition.

 

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Spaceport update
GUYSBOROUGH – Last Wednesday, April 27, Maritime Launch Services (MLS), the company behind the proposed rocket launch facility in Canso, announced its debut on the NEO -- Canada’s Tier 1 stock exchange for the innovation economy.

Province changes course on non-resident property tax
SHERBROOKE – Premier Tim Houston announced changes to the new non-resident property tax during the State of the Province address on May 3.

Provincial department to conduct ‘external review’ of St. Mary’s, ECRL stalemate
SHERBROOKE – The next chapter in the ongoing conflict between the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s and Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) will include an “external review” of their fractured relationship by provincial officials.


April 27 2022


THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR: Dwayne (left) and Logan Dort unload lobster pots on Cooks Cove wharf in Guysborough County on Monday, April 25 to make ready for the start of fishing season in LFA 31A on Friday, April 29.

 

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Francophone school proposition moves one step closer to reality
GUYSBOROUGH – The culmination of the Acadian revival in the Tor Bay region, the creation of a French school in the area, is one step closer to reality.

MODG supports solar project, amends waste collection schedule
GUYSBOROUGH – Solar energy was the topic of discussion at the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s (MODG’s) regular monthly council meeting on April 20. Council heard a 40-minute presentation from proponents of the Harbour Solar Inc. project, which, if it is approved by the province’s request for proposals for rate-based procurement, would be located near Country Harbour.

St. Mary’s Memorial seeking new staff to meet workload demands
ST. MARY’S – To help manage “workload demands,” St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital hopes to hire up to six new people in its general medical, emergency, and rehabilitation departments over the next month, according to Nova Scotia Health (NSH).


April 20 2022


EGGS-CITED: Amelia Jordan (left) and Mackinley Jack, friends from daycare, had a great time hunting for Easter eggs at the Port Bickerton Community Centre on a sometimes-rainy Easter Sunday morning, April 17.

 

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

MODG comes out strongly against non-resident property tax
GUYSBOROUGH – On April 8, Nova Scotia’s Finance Minister, Allan MacMaster, tabled the Finance Measures Act, which levied a provincial tax of $2 per $100 of assessed value on non-resident property owners effective April 1, 2022.

Desmond Inquiry hears closing submissions
PORT HAWKESBURY – The Desmond Fatality Inquiry is hearing closing submissions at the courthouse in Port Hawkesbury on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. On Tuesday morning, inquiry lead counsel Allen Murray made his closing remarks, to be followed by other lawyers representing inquiry participants.

Phone, Internet cable vandalized
BOYLSTON – Residents of East Side Harbour and Parker Hart roads in Guysborough County – near Boylston – were without landline or Internet service from Bell Aliant on the evening of April 12.


April 13 2022


FAMILY VALUES: Community counts in Canso, that’s why three generations of the Delorey family are active volunteer firefighters with the Canso/Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Justin (left), Jerrod and Bernard Delorey are always ready to answer the call of duty. Story in this week's edition.

 

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MODG establishes Guysborough District Business Partnership
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District Guysborough (MODG) has launched a private sector-led organization that it says will focus on “advancing tourism offerings and small business opportunities.”

St. Mary’s delivers balanced budget with no new taxes
SAINT MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s delivered a balanced budget for 2022/23 at its annual general meeting (AGM) last week, with no new taxes and no raid on the operating surplus to balance the books.

New property tax hits non-residents hard
GUYSBOROUGH – Non-resident owners of properties in Guysborough County say sharply higher taxes imposed by the province earlier this month have left them feeling perplexed and even stymied about their immediate and long-term futures “down home.”


April 6 2022


LAST SNOW? The forecast for snow on Monday wasn’t well received but the transition of the seasons was on beautiful display Tuesday morning along Guysborough’s Shoreline Trail, in both sights and sounds. A lighter-than-expected snowfall dusted the rocks while the birds’ singing reconfirmed spring’s arrival.

 

Photo Credit: Holly Pyle

Canso Regatta rises again
CANSO – Much like the waters that run along the shore of our seaside communities, the Canso Regatta experienced some choppy waters over the past week or so, but it now seems like smooth sailing, when it comes to the highly anticipated return of the annual celebration.

Nova Scotia Power Inc., two others charged in death of dam worker
SHEET HARBOUR – Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) and two other companies are facing provincial charges related to the on-the-job drowning death of a civil engineer at a dam near Sheet Harbour two years ago, according to information filed in court last week.

Mackerel closure causes bait concerns as fishers prepare for lobster season
GUYSBOROUGH – Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Joyce Murray announced on March 30 that there would be no directed commercial or bait fishing for southern gulf spring herring and a closure of the Atlantic mackerel commercial and bait fisheries this year in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.


March 30 2022


MELLOW YELLOW: Behr Nixon was one of the yellow group skaters that performed Walking on Sunshine during the recent Canso Flying Figure Skating Club’s Let’s Get Loud ice show at the Canso Arena. See more about the celebration in this week's edition.

 

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Province invests $400,000 in Mulgrave Road Theatre
GUYSBOROUGH – The little theatre that began life 40 years ago, renown for taking its storytelling art on the road, has just received a huge boost – a $400,000 provincial grant to expand its performance space in Guysborough.

St. Mary’s looks to fill vacant economic development position
ST. MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is in the market for an economic development officer (EDO). Again.

Mulgrave hears concerns, approves limit of dozen hens
MULGRAVE – The longstanding fracas over farm animals and poultry in the Town of Mulgrave concluded on Monday night (March 28) when council passed an amendment to the land-use by-law regulating the keeping of such animals within the residential zone of the town.


March 23 2022


GIVING FOR UKRAINE: Nevaeh Falkenham of Sheet Harbour, nine, made a trip to the Red Cross in Halifax on Mar. 21 to make a donation of $1,085 she raised to go towards the Ukrainian relief effort. She raised the money through a read-a-thon, where family, friends and others donated funds for every book she read. See story in this week's edition.

 

Photo Credit: Sasha Falkenham

St. Mary’s wants out of ECRL
ST. MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is asking the provincial government for permission to divorce from the Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL).

Cost of policing St. Mary’s expected to rise by $76,000
ST. MARY’S – It wasn’t what anyone around the council table wanted to hear, but Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Director of Finance Marian Fraser wasn’t mincing words.

No tax increase in MODG budget for 2022-2023
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) council passed the 2022-2023 budget at its regular monthly council meeting on March 16.


March 16 2022


BACK AT THE RINK: Members of the Canso Bluefins U9 hockey team, including Meara (left), Charlie, Weston, Cole and Rory, skated in the prestigious Joe Lamontagne Memorial March Break Tournament over the weekend in Dartmouth. The group received plenty of compliments from fans and other coaches for their skill level and sportsmanship. See more photos in this week's edition.

 

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Aerospace city of Dnipro attacked
GUYSBOROUGH – Russian forces attacked the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, which is the location of the state-owned aerospace manufacturer, Yuzhmash, the company that has partnered with Maritime Launch Services (MLS) to supply rockets for the proposed spaceport in Canso.

Eastern Shore eligible for new doctor incentive program
SHEET HARBOUR – Despite a communications foul-up on their eligibility, Eastern Shore communities stand to gain new doctors under the province’s Primary Care Physician Incentive Program announced last week, the area’s MLA Kent Smith has told The Journal.

Fraudsters target Guysborough County
ST. MARY’S — Guysborough County residents lost more than a quarter-million dollars to phone, text and email scammers in 2021, according to statistics compiled for The Journal by the Financial Crime Unit of the Nova Scotia RCMP.


March 9 2022


GAS PRICES SKYROCKET: The NSUARB enacted the interrupter clause again on Monday night (March 7), bringing record high gas – $1.87 per litre – and diesel – $2 per litre – prices to the pump. Fraser Cook (above), owner of Cook’s Gas Bar & Robin’s in Guysborough, changes his sign on Tuesday (March 8) morning. Cook predicts the trend in pricing will continue, noting that diesel has gone up 40 cents in a week.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Hike in gas prices a blow to rural residents
GUYSBOROUGH – The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) invoked the interrupter clause for gas and diesel prices on March 4, paving the way for severe hikes that have drivers, particularly rural ones, over a barrel.

MODG pledges $25,000 to support Ukraine
GUYSBOROUGH – A special council meeting was unexpectedly called after the committee of the whole in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) on March 2 to deal with time-sensitive issues related to the Russian attack on Ukraine.

GMH welcomes new doctors, need continues
GUYSBOROUGH – With spring comes new life, new vitality and, for Guysborough Memorial Hospital (GMH), new doctors.


March 2 2022


STOPPING BY WOODS: Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy students from Pre-Primary to Grade 12 took part in the Polar Bear Walk on Feb. 25, a symbolic walk to celebrate International Polar Bear Day. The day was also designated Winter Walk Day, a program promoted by the Ecology Action Centre, a salute to outdoor winter fun and activity. The local walk centred on the lakeside trail near the school.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompts concern for MLS spaceport partners
GUYSBOROUGH – Maritime Launch Services (MLS), the company proposing to build Canada’s first rocket launch facility at Canso, is concerned for its Ukrainian partners, based in one of several cities under attack by Russian forces.

As COVID restrictions lift, questions remain
GUYSBOROUGH – Ready or not, Nova Scotia announced pandemic restrictions would be eased at the end of February, and rescinded as of March 21, if the trend in case counts and hospitalizations continues.

St. Mary’s releases salary details after privacy commissioner’s rebuke
ST. MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s released details last week of the salaries for its employees, after receiving a sharp rebuke from Nova Scotia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Tricia Ralph last month for “blatantly disregarding” her authority under the Municipal Government Act (MGA).


February 23 2022


FAMILY FARM FROLIC: The Boylston area is home to several family-run farms including Thrill Hill Farm in Manchester, where the Grace family produces grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, pasture raised pork, free range eggs and seasonal vegetables. Farming is a labour-intensive endeavour but, in between chores, there’s time for fun as Charlotte Grace and her father, Andrew, demonstrate.

Photo Credit: Melissa Grace

MLA’s office receives suspicious package
GUYSBOROUGH – A suspicious package has been found in the mail for Guysborough-Tracadie MLA Greg Morrow’s constituency office.

Unclear how new childcare plan will impact planned Guysborough centre
GUYSBOROUGH – To help defray rising costs, the Nova Scotia government has topped up its fund for the province’s 330 licensed childcare centres, including those it said, “were previously unfunded or partially funded,” by $1 million.

St. Mary’s projects surplus
ST. MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is projecting a surplus for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022, thanks to big increases in both local deed transfer taxes and the equalization payments it receives from the provincial government.


February 16 2022


FUN AT THE POST OFFICE: Postmaster Roxie Wilson, left, is joined by rural route driver Marsha Veinotte as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with a tree in the Liscomb Post Office. Wilson, who enjoys decorating the post office for various occasions, chose to update her Christmas tree – complete with red lights, ribbons and hearts. She says the cheerful decorations give customers a lift when they stop in to pick up their mail.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Local MPs targeted as political discontent linked to vaccination mandate grows
GUYSBOROUGH – More than weeks into the truckers’ protest against the vaccine mandate that’s disrupted life in downtown Ottawa and blocked border crossings, Nova Scotia MPs were subjected to comparisons to Nazi Germany and received packages which required police intervention.

Province invests in CCAs, moves forward with re-opening
GUYSBOROUGH – At the COVID-19 briefing on Feb. 9, Premier Tim Houston announced an investment of approximately $65 million in health authorities, long-term care and home care to increase pay for continuing care assistants (CCAs), which will make them the highest paid in Atlantic Canada.

Census 2021: Numbers bring good news to Nova Scotia
GUYSBOROUGH – Statistics Canada released the earliest available data from the 2021 census, which was conducted over the summer of 2021, last week. The data, which focuses on population only — additional information on age, sex at birth and gender will be available in April — still has an interesting story to tell.


February 9 2022


COTTAGE AND VEHICLE DESTROYED: Volunteer firefighters from Goshen, St. Mary’s and East River St. Mary’s responded to a structure fire on West Side Lochiel Lake Road on Feb. 5. According to St. Mary’s Deputy Warden James Fuller, a volunteer firefighter with the Goshen brigade, the cottage and truck parked in the driveway were fully engulfed. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.

Photo Credit: James Fuller

MODG hears concerns of African Nova Scotian community
GUYSBOROUGH – A joint meeting of members of the African Nova Scotian community and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) council was held at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough on Feb. 2. The meeting, which will be an annual event, was set to hear directly from community members about their concerns and issues.

GMH set to welcome new doctor next month
GUYSBOROUGH – Guysborough Memorial Hospital (GMH) is meant to have a compliment of four full-time physicians, but it has been years since the facility has been fully staffed.

Atlantic Gold pleads guilty
ST. MARY’S – The Atlantic operations of Australian mining company St Barbara has pleaded guilty to breaches of provincial and federal environment laws at its Touquoy gold mine near Moose River, Nova Scotia.


February 2 2022


HEALTH ON WHEELS: Public Health is conducting mobile vaccination clinics across the province for anyone five years of age and up; offering first, second and third (if eligible) doses of COVID-19 vaccines. As of Jan. 31, 91.2 per cent of Nova Scotians had received their first dose, and 83.7 per cent had received their second dose. Here, Public Health staff unload supplies for a mobile vaccination clinic at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre in Guysborough on Jan. 27.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

St. Mary’s CAO David Hutten resigns
ST. MARY’S – Frustrated with what he describes as the “rural mentality” of some members of council and staff, the chief administrative officer (CAO) of the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has quit after only six months on the job.

Outrage grows over Sheet Harbour bank closure
SHEET HARBOUR – Facing intense public pressure over the closure of its Sheet Harbour location, Scotiabank confirmed last week that it will retain an automated banking machine (ABM) in the soon-to-be branchless community to “assist customers through the transition.”

Beautification project coming to Canso
CANSO – Upgrades are coming to Canso to encourage area residents and visitors to explore the community and attract potential investors.


January 26 2022


WINTER PEACE: Guysborough’s Shoreline Trail is popular year-round. Here is its winter tranquility on Jan. 23.

Photo Credit: Elaine Williams

Milford Haven struggles with staff shortages
GUYSBOROUGH – The Nova Scotia government issued a press release last week asking healthcare workers not in the workforce to fill positions in long-term care facilities to address staffing shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing vacancies.

Canso post mistress retires after more than 45 years of service
CANSO – When Theresa Casey graduated from high school, she couldn’t have imagined that her first job as a newly minted adult would be the job she would retire from 46 years later.

Soap Company moves to former Smokehouses’ property
SHERBROOKE– Seven weeks after losing her operation in a fire that left nothing but embers and ash, Leigh McFarlane has persevered and found a permanent home for her business, The Soap Company of Nova Scotia, at the former St. Mary’s River Smokehouses in Sherbrooke.


January 19 2022


SAFETY FIRST: Charles Morris (left) and Clair Byard made sure the first steps back to school on Monday (Jan. 17) would be safe ones - salting the walks at Chedabucto Place in Guysborough on Sunday (Jan. 16) afternoon.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Scotiabank to close Sheet Harbour branch
SHEET HARBOUR – Scotiabank’s announcement last week that it will shut down operations in Sheet Harbour this summer is earning widespread rebukes from municipal, federal and civic leaders; fuelling a grassroots movement to remind the third-largest financial institution in Canada of its roots and encourage it to reconsider the move.

Owner wants justice for Buster
MARIE JOSEPH – The RCMP is investigating the shooting death of a dog on Jan. 7 in the Eastern Shore community of Marie Joseph, as its bereaved owners continue to receive hundreds of expressions of sympathy from across Canada and around the world.

Forgotten settlement: Canso Islands National Historic Site shows signs of neglect
CANSO – Very little has changed at the Canso Islands National Historic site in the past 25 years, and an interview with Matthew Cook, acting national historic site manager at Parks Canada Cape Breton Field Unit, indicates that is unlikely to change, unless local stakeholders come forward to invest in the future of the site.


January 12 2022


MOM POWER: The Ecum Secum Playground Fundraising Group includes (left to right) Rocky and Jennifer Pye; Natasha and Harper Hagen; Tiffany Pye, Finley and Hudson Jewers; Chelsea Herrmann, Winston and Lincoln Jamieson; Nicole, Blake, Darcy and Madison Keefe; Peyton and Jennifer Pye; Courtney Keefe, Sadie and Rory Timmons. Bentley and Skylar Pye were unavailable for photo. Story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Cody Jewers

Anaconda, MODG announce community benefits agreement
GUYSBOROUGH – Anaconda Mining Inc. recently formalized further its commitment to Guysborough County, including pledging to make a sizeable financial contribution to community groups as part of its proposed Goldboro Gold Project.

Lions in South Africa: email mix up results in kindness across continents
SHERBROOKE -- “I know this email might look like spam, but please read it,” began an email Nancy Chaston, secretary for the St. Mary’s District Lions Club, received shortly after Christmas from an address on her Lions’ mailing list.

St. Mary’s Food Bank opens new location
SHERBROOKE – The St. Mary’s Food Bank is launching the new year with a new storage and packing facility big enough to meet the monthly needs of the 25 families it serves, and more.


January 5 2022


SUPPORTING SURVIVORS: As part of the Canso and Area Circles of Support and Change project’s campaign ‘Taking Down Walls to Remove Barriers’, community members spread signs of support and knowledge addressing gender-based violence throughout the community. Pictured above, top row, from left to right: Susan O’Handley, Madison MacKenzie, Renee Sagebear, Mia MacKenzie, Neil Sullivan, and Janna MacKenzie. Bottom row, from left to right: Amber Dunn and Kelsey Taylor. Story in this week's edition.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Omicron means difficult start to 2022
GUYSBOROUGH – This week Nova Scotia has seen new active case numbers of COVID-19 move from hundreds a day into the territory of 1,000-plus per day – which is still considered an undercount, as testing is limited. The spike in cases is due to the Omicron variant, which has taken the province and country by storm, as no other variant has during the pandemic.

New ‘strategic’ role for St. Mary’s CAO Hutten
ST. MARY’S – New year, new jobs. That’s how things are shaping up in leadership roles at the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s.

Lucille Harper named to Order of Canada
ANTIGONISH – An unrelenting champion for women and their families and advocate for social change has been named to the Order of Canada.