A master boat builder …

Vincent Turple Sr. (1909-1980) was considered the master boat builder of Pictou Island. Besides being a seasonal fisherman and farmer, Dad built two iceboats, which were used for winter island mail delivery and 22 wooden lobster boats for himself and other fishermen on the island. He began his boat building with the iceboats in the […]

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FONS says Northern Pulp reneges on commitment to hold open houses before filing new plan for environmental assessment

Concerned citizens and fishermen say they are appalled that Northern Pulp does not plan to hold any open houses or public consultation before filing for environmental assessment. Consultants for Northern Pulp have confirmed that key information, including the Receiving Water Study (RWS) for the new pipe route and outfall location and all studies required for […]

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Pipe opponents rally; NP gets injunction

PICTOU – Opponents of Northern Pulp’s plans to pump effluent into the Northumberland Strait remain determined to support closing Boat Harbour on schedule and oppose effluent discharge into the Strait. Friends of the Northumberland Strait member Nicole MacKenzie declined comment on the court decision late Tuesday afternoon that granted Northern Pulp a temporary injunction to […]

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Painting Protest

By Crystal Murray Last spring when delivering a series of paintings of the fire that engulfed Pictou Lighthouse to the community where it belonged, artist Steven Rhude and his son Sam stopped and took in the view of Abercrombie Point. They drove back to their home in Wolfville and Steven started a painting. He questioned […]

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Counting sheep

I recall when at least 15 families raised sheep on Pictou Island. Some had as few as six sheep while others had as many as 40 or more. The main requirement of the sheep was for their wool although mutton was also a delicacy. Every islander had their own personal markings on their sheep’s ears. […]

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