Play inspired by Viola Desmond makes its world debut at Neptune

The world premiere of Controlled Damage, written by Canadian playwright Andrea Scott, in association with Toronto’s b current performing arts, runs Feb.4-23 at Neptune Theatre. The play explores the life of Viola Desmond and how her act of bravery started a ripple effect throughout society. The play shines a light on how her actions impacted different cultural...

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Lucky winner

Do you love to watch Crushers hockey live at the Pictou County Wellness Centre? All season long, we find someone in the crowd at a game and make them a lucky winner of a pair of tickets to any Crushers regular season home game. Some tickets have yet to be claimed. All you have to...

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A boat SO big …

It was the autumn season of 1960 and my father was preparing to build himself another boat. The planking for his boats had to be of perfect choice and without any knots. He knew of a lumber yard in Merigomish that would provide such materials and he took a load of this planking in his...

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The Local Climate – Lights Out

Hurricane Dorian struck down a great many power lines this past September, including the one which electrified my house, saddling me with the indignity of a small generator while some neighbours had to abandon their homes altogether, seeking warmth and water where the grid hadn’t yet failed. This was the case for hundreds of thousands...

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MacKay announces bid for Conservative party leadership

Former Central Nova MP Peter MacKay has made it official: He will run for the Conservative Party leadership. A native of Pictou County, MacKay made his announcement official earlier today at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, the same place where he announced his withdrawal from politics in 2015. At that time, he wanted to...

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Ticket winner

Do you love to watch Crushers hockey live at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Thursday nights? All season long, we find someone in the crowd at a game and make them a lucky winner of a pair of tickets to any Crushers regular season home game. Some tickets have yet to be claimed. All...

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Mill files Supreme Court challenge

ABERCROMBIE  – Northern Pulp filed a motion in Supreme Court of Nova Scotia today. The company is challenging Environment Minister Gordon Wilson’s decision requiring an Environmental Assessment Report for the company’s proposed effluent treatment facility. It filed a request with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for a judicial review of Wilson’s Dec. 17, 2019,...

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Northern Pulp issues layoff notices to salaried employees

ABERCROMBIE – Northern Pulp Nova Scotia (Northern Pulp) has started issuing layoff notices to salaried employees at its kraft pulp facility. Earlier this month, Northern Pulp began the orderly wind down of operations to meet the impending deadline of Jan. 31, 2020, imposed by the Boat Harbour Act following Premier Stephen McNeil’s decision to honour...

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Look up, look waaay up …

Jay Fulton is riding high. In a tree top, that is. Fulton is working in a yard between Prince and High streets in Pictou taking down an old poplar tree. Work began on Wednesday and he expects to have the tree down by the weekend....

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Premier shares Boat Harbour closure plans

HALIFAX – Premier Stephen McNeil reconfirmed Boat Harbour will officially close on January 31. However, he shared in a teleconference on Tuesday how the effluent pipe leading from Northern Pulp to the treatment facility will be flushed and cleaned so that it can be disconnected and removed by the end of April. “There will be...

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