Artist aims to put smiles on faces

In these dark days of uncertainty, a local artist is making it her mission to share a bright ray of sunshine. And it’s going straight to the inboxes of all of her email contacts — all 400 of them. Jaye Ouellette lives in Arisaig with her husband and two dogs. Every week until the chaos...

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Fate of lobster season still up in the air

It looks like there will be rough waters ahead for the future of the lobster fishing season in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Northumberland Strait this year. The season would normally open on May 1, but the interim president of the Northumberland Fisherman’s Association describes this year as “the perfect storm.” Challenging current market...

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Our Pictou Island nurse

It is a known fact that those of us who lived on Pictou Island during earlier years had our own Florence Nightingale. I had always known her as Margaret Jack, wife of Jack (Happy) MacDonald. Margaret was born in 1897 to Charles and Ann MacCallum of Pictou Island. Her ambition as like many young girls...

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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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Premier to make decision on Boat Harbour on Friday

Premier Stephen McNeil will reveal his decision on the fate of Northern Pulp and Boat Harbour on Friday. In a press release issued this morning in response to Minister of Environment Gordon Wilson’s decision on Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment plant, McNeil said: “According to the regulator, Northern Pulp has provided some of the scientific...

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PLFN happy with announcement

There were a few happy tears shed and some relief on the faces of Pictou Landing First Nations Band Council as it was announced by the provincial Environment Department on Tuesday morning that more information would be needed before approval or denial of Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent pipe could be announced. Council and members of...

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No pipe. Not yet

Northern Pulp’s effluent pipe proposal continues to remain in limbo. Environment Minister Gordon Wilson has sought an environmental assessment report from Northern Pulp for its proposed effluent treatment plant, which will delay his decision. Wilson announced his request on Tuesday morning as part of a media teleconference. A copy of his letter to Northern Pulp’s...

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No federal assessment of pulp mill’s pipe proposal

PICTOU – Stakeholders have begun reacting to the federal decision not to assess Northern Pulp’s effluent treatment proposal. Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson released his decision on Monday “not to designate the Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation project to a federal impact assessment.” He was responding to the proposal to build a new effluent treatment...

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Andrea Paul re-elected chief

PICTOU LANDING – Andrea Paul says she’s pleased to have been returned as chief of Pictou Landing First Nation. Paul received 186 of the 294 ballots counted during the election that took place on Thursday to defeat challenger Jonathan Beadle. There were three spoiled ballots. “It feels good,” said Paul, who won her fifth term...

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… traps and rope piled everywhere …

I received a call some years ago from a Laura Graham who lives in Sunnybrae. She has been reading my stories in the Pictou Advocate and has seen Harold Bennett’s name mentioned a time or two. She had known of a Harold Bennett back many, many years ago and was wondering if perhaps this gentleman...

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