Pictou County shows: Black Lives Matter

The message was clear in New Glasgow this weekend: Black Lives Matter. A couple of hundred people showed up in support of the movement on Saturday afternoon for a peaceful march through the streets of New Glasgow showing Pictou County that members of the local black community, as well as allies, are here to ensure...

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New Glasgow native to receive honorary doctorate from King’s

Accolades are pouring in for New Glasgow native Sherri Borden Colley. The CBC journalist will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of King’s College. “I am at a loss for words,” said the daughter of Ruth and the late Hugh (Sparky) Paris of New Glasgow. “I am so grateful to the University of Kings’s...

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Play inspired by Viola Desmond makes its world debut at Neptune

The world premiere of Controlled Damage, written by Canadian playwright Andrea Scott, in association with Toronto’s b current performing arts, runs Feb.4-23 at Neptune Theatre. The play explores the life of Viola Desmond and how her act of bravery started a ripple effect throughout society. The play shines a light on how her actions impacted different cultural...

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Tribute to a tee

Inspired by the new $10 bill featuring the image of Viola Desmond, Cedric and Syna Smiley have paid tribute to the Nova Scotian woman with their own line of T-shirts. Showing off not only the history and the significance of Desmond and her courage to stand up to authority, Cedric and his wife created a...

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New vertical $10 bank note featuring iconic Canadian Viola Desmond now in circulation

The Bank of Canada has issued the new vertical $10 bank note featuring the portrait of social justice icon Viola Desmond, during a ceremony at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. Canadians will start to see this new note over the coming weeks and months as it gradually enters into circulation alongside...

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2nd Desmond concert coming up at Glasgow Square

NEW GLASGOW – The African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) has partnered with the Town of New Glasgow for the 2nd Annual Viola Desmond Heritage Concert. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Glasgow Square Theatre, beginning at 6 p.m. “We couldn’t be happier that this has become an annual event...

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New Viola’s Way sign for downtown street

NEW GLASGOW — Tributes were directed last week toward Viola’s Way that now occupies downtown New Glasgow. A Viola’s Way sign replacing the lower part of Forbes Street was unveiled last Friday to honour the memory of businesswoman and civil rights activist Viola Desmond. The new street name and location of the ceremony has a...

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Senator promotes empowerment, inclusion

The Pictou County Women’s Resource and Sexual Assault Centre started International Women’s Day off with some inspiration from Senator Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard. The senator spoke during the breakfast event that took place at Summer Street last Thursday morning. Bernard took to the podium to talk about the roots of gender-based violence as well as...

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Memory living on through art

It was just two years ago the former Roseland Cabaret and former movie theatre on Provost Street, New Glasgow, was condemned and nearing demolition. That is when local lawyer and property manager Jamie MacGillivray took ownership of the property with the intent of restoring it to its former glory. Two years later, the roof of...

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History in the making

The nation’s newest $10 bank note was unveiled at the Halifax Central Library last week, and it featured a New Glasgow connection. Viola Desmond, a pioneering figure in civil rights in Canada known for refusing to give up her seat in a whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, was honoured by the...

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