Winter isolation …

I struck up a great friendship with a young man from Cape Breton named Gerald Campbell when I became employed at Michelin Tires in 1972. Gerald and I worked the same crew and naturally became best of friends.  I married my high school sweetheart, Joann Taylor, in 1973 with Gerald being my best man. Gerald,...

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Ashley MacIsaac bringing his unique sound to deCoste stage

There’s no doubt that Cape Breton Island has turned out many very talented musicians. Most tend to favour Celtic music, with the fiddle being the instrument of choice. So, it’s no surprise that Ashley MacIsaac, who grew up in a musical family, took to the instrument at an early age. It has had a major...

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Rockin’ the Lobster, all weekend long

Are you ready to rock the lobster with Jimmy Rankin? How about with the Barra MacNeils? How about with Charlie A’Court and Garrett Mason? Unfortunately, due to a family emergency Matt Minglewood, who was originally scheduled for tonight, will not be able to perform so A’Court and Mason will fill that role. The Good news,...

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New family medicine residents begin training

Nova Scotians will have access to more family doctors as new residents begin their training this month. The new North Nova Family Medicine Teaching Site in Truro is welcoming six residents. Two will work in Truro, two in New Glasgow and two in Amherst. “These new residency spaces are an important part of our plan...

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North Atlantic Right whale necropsy in Petit Étang

Following the report of a dead North Atlantic right whale on June 20, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been working with marine mammal response partners on the issue. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel CCGS Cpl. Teather located the whale June 24 and is towing it toward Cape Breton. They are working with marine mammal experts...

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Impaired driver arrested, passed out behind the wheel

Pictou District RCMP arrested a 66-year-old Cape Breton man for impaired driving after a caller reported him passed out behind the wheel of a truck on the side of the highway.   The call was received at approximately 8 a.m. on June 1. Pictou District RCMP responded and located the vehicle near Exit 19 on Hwy. 104 in Saltsprings. The driver...

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Inaugural Antigonish Craft Beer Festival coming up

ANTIGONISH – Craft beer fans in Antigonish have something exciting to celebrate! Three local organizations – CACL Antigonish, Legion (Branch 59), and Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre – are collaborating in a unique partnership to co-host the inaugural Antigonish Craft Beer Festival on March 30. This event, taking place at the recently opened Credit Union Social...

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The Local Climate – Peregrine

In 1955 the last of Nova Scotia’s peeregrine falcons was plucked from its nest on the cliffs of Cape d’Or, probably sold to falconers in the midst of the species’ collapse. We’ve all heard the name peregrine, even if a precious few of us have actually seen one. They’re famous, not only for their formidable...

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County man charged for obtaining sexual services from youth

PLYMOUTH – A local man has been  charged for obtaining sexual services from youth. Between March 2018 and November 2018, a 30-year-old man from Stellarton was contacting three females under the age of 18 from Pictou County, and making arrangements to pay them for sex. All of the incidents, except for one that happened in Cape Breton, occurred...

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The Local Climate – A Rebellion in the Making

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Advocate is pleased to welcome journalist, columnist and author Zack Metcalfe to our online edition. He will be writing about the environment. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its most recent special report this past October, I could tell who’d read it by the looks on their faces. The...

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