Loneliness

Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray “All the lonely people, Where do they all come from?” — Eleanor Rigby, by Paul McCartney ^ When former prime minister Theresa May of Great Britain appointed a Minister of Loneliness, she said it was recognizing one of the greatest public health challenges of our age. If you...

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That’s a novel idea

Dorothy MacIntosh is an inspiration. The spunky 86-year-old (soon to be 87), who has already written several books – what she calls “stories for the family” – has just had her first novel published. The novel is called The Old Violin, published by Friesen Press. It is quite a departure for the Lyons Brook resident...

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Waiting with open arms

Brand new wooden tables and chairs are empty, new toys are waiting to be loved and little child-height sinks and commodes stand waiting to be used. Samantha MacDonald is in a holding pattern. The director of child care for the YMCA of Pictou County’s High Street Child Care Centre in New Glasgow has a brand...

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YMCA begins Phase 1 of re-opening

You know business is staring to return to usual when the YMCA of Pictou County opens its doors again. This is the case now during Phase 1 of the Y re-opening, but anyone who is using the expansive facilities will notice a number of changes. In an effort to keep patrons safe during these days...

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First social justice award aimed at changing lives

The past 10 months have been filled with wonder, travel, hard work and recognition for a New Glasgow graduate. Patience Mpenzi came to New Glasgow with her parents and four siblings less than a year ago after spending 14 years in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa. Within the short...

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The power of positivity

Travis Francis has absolutely no room in his busy life for negativity of any sort. He started his own business, Lucrative Apparel, just three months ago and it is taking off like a speeding bullet. “It was one of my dreams.” He had been lobster fishing prior to COVID-19. In an effort to keep his...

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‘Miles’-stone achieved

Runner Billy MacEachern completes 100th marathon — the Johnny Miles Eighty-five thousand miles or approximately 136,795 kilometres. That’s the approximate distance Billy MacEachern has run in his lifetime. So far. To put that into perspective, that’s the equivalent of running 24 hours a day for two and half years. Father’s Day wasn’t the event he...

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Medical needles found in Pictou Landing waters and beaches

Pictou Landing First Nations Chief Andrea Paul has been spreading the word to be careful and avoid the water on beaches around the Pictou Landing Reserve after dozens of syringes have been found scattered across beaches. Paul found out about the issue when she received a Facebook message about needles being found by some walkers...

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Grateful patient gives back

NEW GLASGOW – In 2019 during a visit on PEI, Cathy Boswell slipped and took a tumble with severe consequences. She was advised to see her doctor and set up orthopedic and physiotherapy treatments when she returned to Nova Scotia. Once home however, in pain and extreme discomfort, she decided it was best to go...

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Local companies turning heads with START[2020] nominations

Two local companies are among those named as finalists in START[2020], announced by IGNITE, the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub, and BioNB. Green Oil Solutions (https://greenoilsolutions.ca/) and Cultivated EcoSystems (https://cultivatedeco.ca/) are among the five nominated for START[2020], a partnership between IGNITE, The Innovation Hub, and BioNB to support sustainable innovation in Atlantic Canada and to highlight...

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