The Local Climate – Finding Baseline

It was the 3rd of June, 2018, when I drove a rental car four hours into the central wilds of Vancouver Island, searching for a single gigantic tree. Stories of this arboreal titan came to me from locals who, at least on the surface, weren’t all that excited or impressed that I was going out...

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Hockey sadness brings community together

By Ray Burns Mt. WILLIAM — The thread of hockey is firmly woven into the fabric of Canadian life — pull a string here and it’s felt there, the heartache of one is shared by all. So, on a night when the Pictou County Wellness Centre usually hosts hundreds of fans for a Jr. A...

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Hockey team remembered

Fatal crashes occur so infrequently that it is easy for them to shock people. A collision last Friday between a tractor trailer carrying peat moss and a bus carrying members of a hockey team has had a harrowing effect on Humboldt, Sask., where the team is based, and throughout Canada and the hockey world. The...

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Pictou Advocate sports

Pictonians know sports tragedies

Six and a half decades of writing sports and news have not shielded this old journalist from the grievous emotions of tragedy. Like millions of others from coast to coast and beyond, I was continually wiping tears from my eyes. I couldn’t help it. As I learned more and more about the horrific highway crash...

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