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Northumberland Strait fishermen, boaters wanted

… for experiential tourism initiative PICTOU — A new initiative is getting underway in Pictou County and its creator is seeking fishermen, sailors and recreational boaters interested in dipping their toes in the marine tourism business. “Discover the Strait brings local boat owners together on one platform to offer visitors authentic Nova Scotia experiences on...

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Charges laid following shooting in Pictou Landing

PICTOU LANDING – One man has been charged following a report of shots being fired in December. A press release from the Pictou District RCMP says they have charged a Caribou man following the incident which took place in Pictou Landing on December 13. At approximately 5:30 p.m. on December 13, Pictou District RCMP responded to a report...

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Roundup of top news stories of 2020 concludes

We’ve brought readers the top news stories from 2020 in PIctou County for January through to October. Read on to see how the year ended … NOVEMBER Staff Pick: Dustin’s Pantry Local man, Dustin Madden took it upon himself to help out others who might be in a tough spot by self-funding a free pantry...

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Four men arrested following reports of shots fired

PICTOU LANDING – Four men have been arrested after shooting at a fisherman from Pictou Landing First Nation. A press release from Pictou District RCMP issued this afternoon has confirmed the arrests. The press release notes that at approximately 5:30 p.m. on December 13, RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the Northumberland...

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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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