Continuing on our theme of bring you the top locals news stories of 2020, here are the results from May and June …
Staff Pick: Quilts for Portapique
Pictou’s Glady Knowles sets out to send comfort to the families of the Portapique shooting tragedy by community sourcing as well as creating quilts to send. She has taken on similar projects in the past as well for other tragedies in Canada.
After a long hiatus and what seemed like longer isolation for many, local business owner Eric Barker planned to re-open the former Empire Drive In theatre as the Highland Drive In. The drive-in had been closed for a number of years. Only one of three in the whole province, the drive-in was a hub of nostalgia for many and a lot of positive feedback was shared about excitement for the re-opening.
Staff Pick: Black Lives Matter rally
Hundreds turned out for a Black Lives Matter rally that began at Viola’s Place Homeless Shelter in New Glasgow and ended at the Africentric Heritage Park on the Vale Road. The rally was in response to the outcry for support and justice for what was happening in the United States as riots and protests took place over the death of George Floyd. Stories from elders, poems, and more were shared at the rally hitting home the fact that Pictou County was and still is not free of racism.
Residents of Little Harbour and the Pictou Landing First Nation community were asked to stay away from beaches and waters in the area after medical syringes that appeared to have been used washed ashore. Pictou County RCMP as well as Pictou County Solid Waste Management staff worked with Chief Andrea Paul to clean the areas safely.