Good riddance, 2020!

Community Featured

It was a year dominated by COVID-19 globally, and punctuated by tragedy in Nova Scotia. We are not sad to see it behind us!

As in previous years, we’ve put together a list of the past year’s top news stories, those picked by staff and those picked by our readers, from Facebook.

Read on for the highlights of the first two months of 2020 …

JANUARY

Staff Pick: MacKay returns to politics

Former Central Nova MP Peter MacKay had the county talking as he threw his hat in the ring for the national Tory leadership race after former leader Andrew Scheer stepped down. The election was set to take place on June 27, although MacKay announced his intention to run in January. He eventually lost to Erin O’Toole.

Website Pick:

Robin Wilber, an appointed member of the Northern Pulp Transition team, was let go from the position after sharing information about the possibility of a hot idle for the plant that at the time was not yet shut down. On January 6 Wilber spoke to media outlets mentioning the possibility of a hot idle for the plant to keep the boiler functioning. The next morning in an interview on the Rick Howe radio show Wilber revealed that he had been fired from the team. He later confirmed this with The Advocate. Andrea Paul of the Pictou Landing First Nation shared that there had not been any consultation of this with her and Jill Graham-Scanlan of Friends of Northumberland Strait shared that this solution would not be possible due to the Boat Harbour Act.

FEBRUARY

Staff Pick: German hockey team announces visit

Team Germany, the national women’s hockey team was to visit Pictou County and use the Pictou County Wellness Centre as practice ice during the month of April while the Women’s World Championship tournament would be taking place at the Scotia Bank Centre in Halifax and the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro from March 31 to April 10. Possible exhibition games were also in the works. The team never made it to Nova Scotia after the tournament was canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Website Pick:

RMD Environmentals was nearly ready to set up shop producing biomass pellets at the former Daewoo Property in Trenton after interest from international businessman Richard Spinks over the property. At the time of the announcement the businessman was thrilled to set up shop in the small town and after learning about the closure of Northern Pulp believed that the timing for the business in the county would be perfect. In the end, the project did not end up happening.