RCMP arrest four people under Health Protection Act

DARTMOUTH – Nova Scotia RCMP charged four people under the Health Protection Act, in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Two people were charged on March 31 for failing to self-quarantine or self-isolate after returning from out of country. Two others were charged for failing to maintain a social distance of two metres or six feet....

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CEO of seniors care facility urges implementation of safety measures

NEW GLASGOW – The CEO of one of Pictou County’s largest seniors homes, urges people to make a difference and stay home. Glen Haven Manor’s Lisa M. Smith said, “This is our time to make a difference. Not tomorrow. Not next week, but today! The only way to prevent the spread of this virus is...

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Walk-up pharmacy service in Tatamagouche, River John

RIVER JOHN – It’s business as usual for C.G. Fulton Pharmacy in both Tatamagouche and River John during the novel coronavirus pandemic, but with an added twist. Chris MacLean, who owns the business with his wife, Wendy, said both pharmacies are open to the public for whatever their needs, they’re just doing business through a...

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New Glasgow police chief retires, new chief appointed

There will be a change of command with the New Glasgow Regional Police Department. After 44 years with the New Glasgow force, Chief Eric MacNeil has announced his retirement.  MacNeil served in the role of chief for the last three years and served the previous 10 years as deputy chief.  “We wish Eric and his...

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Blue Lobster launches $50,000 hospitality industry support fund #thebigtip

STELLARTON – Nova Scotia Spirit Co. and Blue Lobster Vodka Soda are launching a hospitality support fund with $50,000 going to those in the industry affected by COVID-19 closures. While the days of meeting on Fridays for an adult beverage at our favorite local bars and restaurants have come to an end for now, the...

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Canadian Geographic Education launches online initiative to reach self-isolating students

In response to a need for online educational resources, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) is launching Canadian Geographic Education’s #OnlineClassroom, which will offer its free, bilingual learning tools to all Canadians to support teachers, parents and students isolating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Our new #OnlineClassroom provides Can Geo Education with a great...

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At-home learning to take place while schools remain closed until at least May 1

Students will find a new way of learning since schools across the province will remain closed until at least May 1. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill sent a notice to parents on Monday informing them of the closure during these “extraordinary times.” To keep students learning for the next four weeks, an...

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Private Spaces art show opening in Truro

Truro, NS. Saturday, Apr 4, 2020  –  Visual Voice Fine Art gallery Visual Voice Fine Art will reopen for 2020 with Private Spaces, a show of new artworks by Rosemary Clarke Young and Kit Clarke. “We hope the virus doesn’t curtain people’s enjoyment of this great exhibit, this is the culmination of a year of...

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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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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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