Dishing up a shining success

“Meet me at Maggy’s.” That phrase is heard more and more often today as business heats up at Maggy’s Diner, located inside the Water Street Market and Bakery on Water Street, Pictou. The diner opened at the beginning of May, just when the COVID-19 crisis was ramping up. “The plan was to open the diner,...

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Planning for a healthier community: The determinants of health

By Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate In a previous column I talked about the opportunities to reform the health care system in the post Covid-19 pandemic. We have to focus on the determinants of health. The medical care model concentrates on better health outcomes for the individual, but the determinants...

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Soybean spill concerns River John resident

River John resident Catherine Hughes wants people to be aware of a spill of treated soybeans in the Sunrise Trail-River John and surrounding areas. Hughes says she noticed the spill on Friday and she believes the beans were coming from PEI to a farm not far from her home. “It’s a big spill,” she informs....

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Two women arrested for impaired driving

Pictou County District RCMP have arrested a 45 year old woman and a 46 year old woman for impaired driving during the weekend. On May 29th at approximately 8:45 p.m.,  Pictou District RCMP received a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Durham.  Police located the vehicle in Pictou and investigation at the scene resulted in the...

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Local fisherman catches rare albino lobster

It was a once in a lifetime catch for AJ Francis on Wednesday when he pulled his lobster traps out of the water and found an albino lobster nestled among the other lobsters. Albino lobsters are often referred to as a one in a million chance or one in a million catch so it certainly...

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Ready for ‘lift’ off

Blocking is in place for the Ship Hector as part of The #GreatBigLift. Preparations are well under way to life the Ship Hector out of the water for repairs and restoration. Last week, the lower level of the Quay site was readied for for the blocking for the ship. The iron gates, wooden sides and...

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SHINE ON

Together we shine brighter Michelin, WearWell Garments, MacGregor’s Industrial Group… local businesses are making a difference every day in the fight against COVID-19. And Advocate Media wants shine a light on them and all businesses that are making a difference. In an effort to do that, Advocate Media launches the Shine On campaign, which aims...

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Another fire in Pictou

It’s beginning to be a habit for the Pictou Fire Department to be called to a fire at night. The latest one occurred last night, around 10:30 p.m. at the former Pictou Golf course. Fire Chief Paul Janes confirms his department was called to extinguish a grass fire at the former golf course. “We got...

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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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Four judges appointed to Supreme Court Family Division

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court welcomes four new judges to its Family Division, the first step in the move toward a single, unified court for all family law matters in the province. Federal Justice Minister David Lametti made the announcement in a news release Monday morning. The Hon. Justice Raymond A. Morse was appointed to...

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