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International School Strike for Climate – Fridays for Future Rally this week in Pictou

Youth around the world declared May 24, 2019, as an international climate strike day. Through Pictou County Climate Strikes, the youth of Pictou County are joining the worldwide Fridays for Futures movement. The goal is to empower the youth of Pictou County to let their voices be heard as they confront one of the most...

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Postal workers picket

Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in New Glasgow were on the picket line this morning as part of CUPW’s rotating strikes. CUPW gave strike notice in late October and have been participating in rotating strikes across the country. The local picket line began at midnight Wednesday and is expected to last at...

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Protest at Northern Pulp for new contract

Operating engineers of the local 721 Stood outside the woodlot entrance to Northern Pulp Wednesday morning in protest of the new contract that they have received. (Brimicombe photo)...

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Young and old honour miner’s memory

STELLARTON — It’s not often that you associate school children with a fallen coal miner, but it was fitting that the G.R. Saunders Elementary School choir was on hand for the 93rd William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day ceremony on Monday. For, as guest speaker John Ashton said in his remarks, children were also victimized by...

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Bowl for kids strikes up $53,000

It was a rocking good time at this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid’s Sake with the organization managing to raise more than $53,000 to help county youth. With a rock and roll theme, the Heather Lanes bowling alley was packed with rock stars of all kinds having a good time and out...

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Teachers reject tentative agreement

Nova Scotia’s 9,300 public school teachers have voted to reject a third tentative agreement reached between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development since the opening of negotiations on September 29, 2015. In a province-wide electronic vote held Thursday, more than 100 per cent of NSTU’s public school...

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NSTU ends strike action

Friday’s announcement that the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union strike has — for now — been averted has generated a share of mixed feelings and uncertainty. Cindy-Lee MacLean, who has a son and two grandchildren in school — spent Friday protesting on East River Road in support of teachers and students, only to hear the announcement...

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NSTU ends strike action as teachers and Province reach tentative agreement

The province and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), representing public school teachers, have reached a tentative agreement for about 9,300 public school teachers in Nova Scotia. The current work-to-rule strike action will be suspended and phased out beginning January 23. “We know that this has been a difficult time for teachers, students, parents, and...

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Students walk out in support of teachers

Local students stood in solidarity with their teachers on Friday afternoon when they walked out of class. The notion of a walkout was first raised by Grade 12 student Steven Cook via Facebook the week prior. The Northumberland Regional High School student said from there it was taken by Grade 11 student Colin Gillis to...

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Children would suffer if teachers strike

To the Editor: I work in a school and am surrounded by great teachers and wonderful co-workers. I work with people who put in long hours, some arriving long before school buses and staying well after any planned (or unplanned) parent meetings and activities they have scheduled after regular school hours. They organize and run...

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