MacMillan, Davey Academy medal winners

DITOR’S NOTE: The Class of 2020 is one for the history books. The threat of COVID-19 has cancelled graduation cemeonies across the province and beyond. While traditional graduation ceremonies could not be held, grads at each of the high schools in Pictou County were given their moment in the sun… The smiles on the faces...

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Loneliness

Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray “All the lonely people, Where do they all come from?” — Eleanor Rigby, by Paul McCartney ^ When former prime minister Theresa May of Great Britain appointed a Minister of Loneliness, she said it was recognizing one of the greatest public health challenges of our age. If you...

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Academy graduate unsung hero of the 1918 Spanish Influenza

By Dr. T. Jock Murray Special to The Advocate The pandemic of influenza in 1918-1919, known as the Spanish flu, killed 40-50 million people worldwide. Nova Scotia had a low rate of deaths compared to other areas in North America and it is important to look at the factors that may have helped, and the...

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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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Academy students chat with Gov. Gen. Payette

PICTOU — Students at Pictou Academy enjoyed a special Skype session recently with Governor-General Julie Payette. The students and staff assembled in the auxiliary gym and viewed Payette on a wide screen, thanks to a lap top and technicians brought in to present the session. Academy principal Starr Pettipas said she did not know what process...

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Learning abroad

PICTOU — A Pictou Academy student is taking a special trip to Mexico in March. Katrina Bate, who is in Grade 11, is among 21 students travelling to the state of Campeche from March 6 to 21 as part of the Nova Scotia-Campeche International Learning Camp and service learning project for 2020. She is among...

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Remembering … and teaching

Pictou Academy observed the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women with a special presentation and ceremony organized by the local chapter of the Interagency on Family Violence which alternates holding the ceremony each year at different high schools in the area. The day of remembrance is held each year to mark...

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Remembering …

Lynn Gallant Blackburn speaks about her sister Paula Gallant who was murdered by her intimate partner during a day of remembrance ceremony at Pictou Academy. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Friday, Dec. 6, on the 30th anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at L’École Polytechnique...

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PA grads celebrate successes

It was a bittersweet evening for the 2019 graduates of Pictou Academy last week as they bid their school farewell and became ready to start the next chapter of their life. The weather may not have been sunny and bright but the mood of the graduates was cheery none the less. This year, the graduates...

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Meet the Creeps

Left, Sophie Heighton as Tarantula, Kyle McDowell as Sinbad and Myla Briand as Nana prepare to for Meet the Creeps, a Pictou Academy play at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre this weekend. Shows will take place Thursday and Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. with tickets available at the deCoste website or at the box office....

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