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Farm Safety Nova Scotia plants mental health awareness campaign

Aligning with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week this week, Farm Safety Nova Scotia is introducing a new awareness campaign, “We Talk. We Grow.” According to a press release received from Farm Safety Nova Scotia, the campaign is aimed at amplifying the need for a culture within the Nova Scotia farm community where...

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#NSStrong Bursary established by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County

NEW GLASGOW — One year after the worst mass killing in Canadian history took place, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County wanted to do something to recognize the incredible show of support that followed and highlight the positivity that came out of the tragedy. The hashtag #NSStrong became a representation for the caring people...

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Day of Mourning April 28

The resurgence in the number of cases of COVID-19 has cancelled the formal ceremonies for the annual International Day of Mourning to honour those killed or seriously injured at work on April 28th.  Formal ceremonies will not be held and instead, everyone is encouraged to take the opportunity to reflect on how these needless deaths...

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MHL postpones hockey indefinitely

The six MHL teams – including the Weeks Crushers – will not be seeing hockey action this week. The Government of Nova Scotia has asked all Nova Scotians not to travel outside their local community unless it is for essential travel, such as work, school, child care, or medical or legal appointments. Sunday’s announcement also...

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UPDATE: Local businesses among places possibly exposed to COVID-19

As the numbers of those infected with COVID-19 continue to rise across the province, Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at various locations, including one in the Northern Zone. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures. A press release from Nova Scotia Health...

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Women’s World Hockey Championship cancelled

The world health pandemic has brought about the cancellation of yet another event. The 2021 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship, scheduled for May 6-16 in Halifax and Truro, is being cancelled due to concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. A press release from the Premier’s Office says Premier Iain Rankin...

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Battle of Culloden memorial ceremony cancelled for 2021

The annual Culloden Memorial ceremony that takes place annually in Knoydart has been cancelled for this year. Every year, hundreds of people visit the cairn to remember the Battle of Culloden which happened in Scotland on April 16, 1745.     According to Bill MacVicar, Culloden Committee member, the traditional event has been cancelled for 2021 due...

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Emotions remain raw one year later

Anniversary of Portapique mass shooting approaches PORTAPIQUE — A global health pandemic isn’t usually seen as a blessing, but it has been to one small community in Nova Scotia over the past year. As the first anniversary approaches for last April’s senseless tragedy that claimed 22 victims, plus an unborn child, a municipal councillor representing...

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Centennial celebrations include commendation to “Mother of Tartan Day”

St. Andrew’s Society of Pictou County is marking its centennial this year and has plans in place to celebrate all year long. One of the ways in which the 100-year-old organization plans to highlight the occasion is with a special presentation to Jean MacKaracher Watson who is referred to by the local group as “the...

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Stellarton pharmacy offering COVID-19 vaccine

Pharmacy First in Stellarton is among the pharmacies in the province that will be offering a COVID-19 vaccine to those age 80 and older. Anyone 80 and older and born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, can start to book their vaccine as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. “We are honoured and excited...

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