British Home Child Day being marked in sesquicentennial international tribute

To the Editor: From 1869 right up to 1948, over 100,000 children of all ages were emigrated right across Canada, from the United Kingdom, to be used as indentured farm workers and domestics. Believed by Canadians to be orphans, only two percent truly were. These children, known as the British Home Children (BHC) and Child...

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The solution to pollution is not dilution

To the Editor: “The solution to pollution is dilution. It is very logical that if a chemical is bothering you, you should increase the flow of good air to dilute the level of the chemical.” Quote from Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, MD, author of ‘Detox or Die’ first published in 2002. This makes sense when...

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Nails in the coffin

To the Editor: During the winter months many political buffs, and even those not so inclined, were somewhat enthralled with the SNC Lavalin conundrum and the backdoor politics it encompassed. For many of us in rural Nova Scotia, we likely felt immune to these questionable antics in Ottawa, so far removed. But it only took...

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Northern Pulp: Thinking outside the current plan

To the Editor: There seems to be one word that describes the current situation respecting Northern Pulp – ADAMANT. The dictionary defines “adamant” as “refusing to be persuaded or to change one’s mind”. Northern Pulp is adamant that it is going to run its treated effluent pipe along the Route #106 to Caribou and out...

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Consider vegan options at ribfests

To the Editor: Re: Ribfest Makes it to Pictou County When compassionate, empathetic, caring people put those values on the shelf, it’s a sad thing. The wonderful charities involved in this Ribfest Event exude these traits and make their communities better. To overlook the needless suffering and early deaths of the nonhuman animals served up...

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Townsend columns send reader on trip down Memory Lane

To the Editor: I just recently started reading the Pictou Advocate! At 80 years young, I got the courage to see what a computer is all about. Read two articles by Hugh Townsend — one about the tearing down of the New Glasgow Stadium and just now the article about a dinner with his friend....

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Learn more about harm prevention during International Overdose Awareness Day

To the Editor: Last week, people who use substances, community organizations, health care professionals, and families will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day. It’s a time to remember, and a time to act. Events took place in Halifax and Sydney on Aug. 30, and in Truro and Amherst on Aug. 31. International Overdose Awareness Day aims...

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Candidate may be singing the blues

To the Editor: Wow, George Canyon as the new Conservative candidate! I heard they really wanted Mick Jagger but couldn’t get him. Who ordained George? I am pretty sure it wasn’t Wes Surrett. It must have been that Ottawa Conservative “think tank” that sent Fred DeLorey last time. I think there is strong possibility George...

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Volunteers needed for Viola’s Place Homeless Shelter

To the Editor: Giving shelter, food, clothing — the basics — to those who find themselves with insecure housing; this is one of the kindest acts a community can offer. Since Oct. 2018, Viola’s Place Society Homeless Shelter has opened its doors to those in need. The shelter is much busier than anyone anticipated, often...

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Water crisis not as bad as it could have been

NO WATER (Inspired by events on August 19 and Bob Naylor’s affinity for submissions to the Advocate) Our dear town had no water, For less than 24 hours, And the way the town’s people came together, Was so incredibly sour. It’s 2019, and we’re enduring climate change, It’s time for people to adapt, innovate and...

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