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Low water levels concern Pictou fire chief

PICTOU – The town’s fire chief is concerned that low water levels leave the town’s fire department in a water crisis. Paul Janes acknowledged that the department has asked other departments for portatankers in case they need water pumped into them at a fire scene. “We reached out to Scotsburn and Caribou District (fire departments)...

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Town begins road, sidewalk projects

PICTOU – The town’s summer infrastructure work has begun in earnest. Crews have been working on a number of sidewalk and street projects to help restore the infrastructure into better repair. Work on Wednesday included pouring and leveling cement for sidewalk at the corner of Church and James streets. Some gutter work along James Street...

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Students rally for water

PICTOU – Middle and high school students from local schools gathered last Friday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre for an historic WE Walk for Water Day rally to promote clean water sources around the world. The rally was among many similar events that took place across Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain to celebrate...

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Be prepared when your power goes out this winter

Living in Canada, we’ve all experienced a bad winter storm, such as the one expected today. Freezing temperatures, piles of snow and, every so often, the power goes out. This begs the question: Is your home ready for a power outage? Laura Litchfield, executive director HPBAC, provides useful tips on how to use wood and...

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Boating accident claims life of 33-year-old man

Ballantynes Cove – A boating incident on November 7 has claimed the life of a Cape George man. At 11:54 p.m. on November 7, Antigonish District RCMP responded to a missing person call at Ballantynes Cove Wharf Road. The caller reported a man had been out fishing, and had docked his boat, but the caller...

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Diving into water rescue

I don’t think I’ve ever been motion sick or sea sick in my life, but as we rolled with the waves of a windy day on the Northumberland Strait, I couldn’t have been happier to hear the sound of a boat engine. During last Thursday’s Coast Guard training exercise, I tested my sea legs and...

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Young man’s body recovered

SUTHERLANDS RIVER – The body of a young man was located Friday night at a popular swimming hole. At approximately 9 p.m. Friday, a 19-year-old Pictou County man was located deceased in the waters at Park Falls by the Pictou County Ground Search and Rescue Team. At 3:36 p.m. Friday, the RCMP responded to a 911...

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Indigenous leaders and allies unite in Antigonish to stop Alton Gas project

ANTINGONISH – Frontline water defenders shared stories of corporate trickery, modern impacts of colonization and struggles to protect their communities from the expansion of a toxic industry on Wednesday. They were talking about the Alton Gas project. The speakers, including Sipekne’katik elder Dorene Bernard, Truckhouse organizer Dale Poulette and earth scientist Carrie-Ellen Gabriel described the...

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ICY COLD DIP

MELMERBY BEACH – Bill MacEachern had plenty of company when he completed his annual New Year’s Day polar dip. MacEachern and more than a dozen other swimmers braved the strong winds and cold rain on New Year’s morning at Melmerby Beach to run into the water, get completely under and scamper back to shore to...

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Healing waters

PICTOU LANDING – The full moon has provided an opportunity to cleanse the polluted waters around Boat Harbour. A number of women from Pictou Landing First Nation  gathered on Monday to perform a water ceremony. “It’s a cleansing of the spirit and rejuvenation with the full moon,” explains Tonya Francis, who organized the ceremony. “I...

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