Keeping truckers fed on the road

Restaurant owner near Debert offering meals to drivers for free “You’re my angel.” That’s a sentence Crystal Blair has heard on more than one occasion over the last 12 days while offering free meals to truckers amid the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. It was almost two weeks ago when Blair was given the go-ahead by...

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Fun inside

As March Break has extended for schools and some daycares closed, parents working from home and children are spending a lot of time in the house as part of social distancing and even more now that a state of emergency has been called. So much time indoors can get tedious. The Advocate spoke to someone...

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Police warn: Fines can result from not following public health directives

New Glasgow Regional Police are issuing a stern warning that strict fines can result to those who do not follow directives issued by the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer. Const. Ken MacDonald, public information officer said, “With the COVID-19 pandemic evident in the community, everyone needs to take these directives outlined in the Emergency Measures...

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How can we help?

Couple steps up to help vulnerable population Chris Lewis and Lauralee Pentz wanted to help the vulnerable in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. So they did. Lewis is a business consultant and a business teacher; his wife, Pentz owns and operates The New Glasgow Foot Clinic so has access to medical supplies. They are...

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FAST weighing options for upcoming season

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre announced its 2020 summer season in January; now it is considering its options in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. A public decision regarding the season is expected to be announced by the end of April. Questions that are being considered include all available options for form, scale, content, and delivery...

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Potential exposure to COVID-19 in New Glasgow

The Nova Scotia Health Authority is advising residents of a potential public exposure to COVID-19 in two local places: March 11 – Highland Eye Care at 193 Dalhousie St., New Glasgow March 12 – Charles V. Keating Millenium Centre at 1100 Convocation Blvd., Antigonish (event was Bantam AAA Provincial Hockey Championship) “People who may have...

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Conservative Party leadership race postponed

COVID-19’s next victim: The Conservative Party leadership race. The Conservative Party has suspended its leadership race in the face of the ongoing crisis caused by the global pandemic. Leadership candidate and former Central Nova MP Peter MacKay tweeted earlier today: “My team and I respect the decision of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee. I want...

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Party possible culprit for COVID-19 exposure

HALIFAX – It may have been a St. Paddy’s Day to remember. NSHA Public Health is advising of a potential public exposure to COVID-19 on March 14 at Lake Echo Community Centre (3168A Highway #7, Lake Echo).  The gathering was a public event related to St. Patrick’s Day with approximately 50 people in attendance. Public...

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New COVID-19 cases in province, but all connected to returning travellers

Dr. Robert Strang says there are now 17 news cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, bringing the total to 68. Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health said they are all travel related and several are connected to groups or families returning from vacation.  “We anticipated this,” Strang said at the press conference this afternoon....

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Pictou County REMO working with province in state of emergency

(Editor’s Note: This story has been altered slightly to reflect more up to date information) Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Organization is working closely with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Organization as the province declared state of emergency in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Co-ordinator John Davison said, “The state of emergency...

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