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Wheadon, MacCuish top athletes

NEW GLASGOW – Darryl Wheadon and Tori MacCuish are North Nova Education Centre’s top athletes for 2014.
Wheadon was named male athlete of the year and MacCuish was named female athlete of the year last Friday during the school’s annual non-academic awards presentations.
Wheadon was the male varsity hockey team’s top forward and share the most valuable player award with Cole Livingstone on the male rugby team.
MacCuish was the top forward on both the female hockey and rugby teams.
Although North Nova was denied provincial championships,
Gryphons teams won eight regional banners in baseball, female junior varsity basketball, senior boys’ snowboarding, female and male Division I hockey, male and female rugby and Division girls’ fast pitch.
North Nova athletes also did well in provincial track and field, taking home eight medals in the intermediate division.
Kaelan Schmidt won gold medals in boys’ high jump and triple jump and silver in long jump, while Alyssa MacNeill won gold in 100-metre and 200-metre sprint finals.
MacNeil, Jordan Landry, Megan Graham and Erin Washburn combined to win gold medals in the 4×100-metre relay, while Graham, Landry Washburn and Naomi Zentner combined to win the 4×400-metre relay.
Landry also won a bronze medal in her 80-metre hurdles event.
Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Exemplary Participation certificates were also presented to Meredith Hynes, left, and Ian MacDonald.
Among other major athletic awards, Campbell DeMont was the male recipient and Jessie MacIntyre the female recipient of the Neil MacKinnon True Grit award presented to the male and female athletes to best personifies the qualities of a team player, competitor, role model and leader on and off the field.
Male hockey coach Dale Robertson received a NNEC Athletes Appreciation Award for his years of service to the team.

Cross-country: outstanding achievement – Jessica Zentner; coach’s award – Caitlyn Sandluck; leadership award – Spencer MacDonald
Badminton: MVP – Navee Sarawanangoor; coach’s award – doubles team of Jacob Pentz and Brycen Jenkins
Baseball: MVP Lukas MacDonald; top pitcher – Blair Dewtie; rookie of the year – Rinaldo Yanes; coach’s award – Joel MacLean
Volleyball: co-MVP: Hannah Williams, Chandler Miller; coach’s award – Meredith Hynes
Golf: MVP Devan MacDonald; rookie – Chad Lumsden

Female junior varsity: MVP – Hannah Williams; most improved – Rebecca Taylor; rookie of the year – Megan Graham, coach’s award – Brianna Jobe
Female varsity: MVP: Jamie McCarron, leadership award – Meredith Hynes, Jaya Sood; top defensive player – Caitrin Sobey-Skelton
Male junior varsity: MVP – Anfernee Amon; most improved player – Kaelan Schmidt; coach’s award – Caleb Archibald’ rookie of the year – Wayne Desmond
Male varsity: MVP – Campbell DeMont; rookie of the year – J.C. MacRae, Jalen Johnson; coach’s award Daniel Johnson
Lacrosse: MVP offence – Campbell DeMont; MVP long pole – Spencer MacDonald

Male varsity: offensive MVP: Eric MacLeod; defensive MVP – Vinny Muller; rookie of the year – Ashton Forsyth; most dedicated athlete – Campbell DeMont
Female varsity: MVP – Randi Fraser; rookie of the year – Rebecca MacKenzie; coach’s award – Jamie McCarron
Female junior varsity: leadership award – Kaitlynn Board, Kelsey Sharpe; rookie of the year – Melissa MacPherson; comeback kid award – Haley MacDonald
Female hockey: top forward – Tori MacCuish; top defence – Taylor Perry; rookie of the year – Meghan Fox; coach’s award – Jessie McIntyre
Male hockey: MVP – Joel MacLean, Lukas MacDonald; top forward – Darryl Wheadon; rookie of the year – Jacob Pentz

Male varsity: MVP; Darryl Wheadon, Cole Livingstone; coach’s award – Christian Frosst and Mark Vokey
Female varsity: Top backs: Caroline Straub, Keeley MacCuish; top forward – Tori MacCuish; rookie of the year – Hailey Conley
Snowboarding: male rider of the year – Scott Anderson; female rider of the year – Haley MacDonald; coach’s award – Myles Bernard
Ski team: top female skier – Kennedy MacKinnon; top male skier – Gerry Holle
Female softball: MVP – Hannah Williams, Kelyn Palmer; best all-round player – Hillary Taylor; coach’s award Jeana Searle
Track and field: male MVP Kaelan Schmidt; female MVP – Alyssa MacNeil; team impact award – Ian MacDonald, Megan Graham
Table tennis: coach’s award Jessica Zentner, Jennifer Corkum

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Ali, Langille, top athletes

ALMA – Julianna Ali was named female athlete of the year and Josh Langille was named top male athlete last Thursday during the Northumberland Regional High School’s non-academic awards presentations.
They were among major sport award winners who received awards.
Jamie Crocket received the Cathy Currie Memorial Award presented annually to the most valuable player of the varsity female volleyball team.
Brennan Snell earned the Dan Dorrington Memorial Award presented annually to the most valuable player of the varsity male hockey team.
Cara MacIvor and Johnny Skinner were presented with the Haughan Memorial Sportsmanship Award that is given to a male and female graduating student who has made an outstanding contribution to school athletics.
Isabelle Bennett and Nick MacNeill received the Jared Ryan Memorial Award given to a male and female graduating student who has shown outstanding dedication in two or more sports.
Jordan Johnson and Nick MacCallum earned the NRHS Athletic Banner awarded annually to a male and female graduating student who has exhibited outstanding aptitude and passion for competitive sports.
Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation awards were also presented. They included International Students Participation Award recipients Sarah Rabiega, Two Hasdee, James Tripipat, Shark Hasdee, Lacin Poroy , Maria Torvanger and Carlos Acevedo.
Exemplary Participation Awards were presented to female athlete Cara MacIvor, male athlete Nick MacCallum and coach Colin Todd.
Hannah Mertin and Tyler MacLennan received Good Sport awards.
Tatum McLean was also cited for the gold medals she won in shot put and discus at the 2014 NSSAF provincial track and field championships on June 6 and 7 in Sydney.

Other awards:
Badminton: Player of the year – James Tripiat
Baseball: MVP – Evan MacDonald; Top fielder – John Lewis; top hitter – Kane Hemphill
Male Varsity: MVP – Nick MacNeill; most dedicated player – Jonah Haight; coach’s award – Nick MacCallum
Female Varsity: MVP – Sally Bates; most improved player – Hannah Mertin
Female Junior Varsity: top offensive player – Brandan Sharpe; top defensive player – Jessica Deagle; most improved player Marianne Torvanger
Cross-country: top male athletes – Dylan Hiltz; top female athlete – Katie Warren; coach’s award Gabriel Riberio
Curling: most dedicated player Caitlyn Gray; most improved player Paige Mathias; coach’s award – Jessica MacKenzie
Field Lacrosse: MVP Andrew Vale; leadership and dedication – Johnny Skinner; coach’s award – Sam Elliot
Golf: female MVP – Emily Cyr; male MVP – Ryan Sutherland, coach’s award – Ryan Lochead
Male varsity: top defensive player – Josh Langille; top offensive player – Dallas MacDonald; top rookie Lance Emery
Female Varsity: MVP – Annika Mason; top rookie – Karlee Carson; coach’s award – Lindsey Cheek
Male Rugby: MVP forward – Brady Williams; MVP backs – Jacob Reid; top rookie – Maynard Wilson
Female Rugby: MVP offence Jessica Deagle; MVP defence – Victoria MacKenzie; heart award – Areta Boone
Skiing: top male – Thomas Bucher; coach’s awards – Dylan DeYoung, Cara MacIvor
Snowboarding: coach’s award – Aldo Orsi; top female – Olivia Langille; top rookie – Lexie Trevors
Male varsity: leadership – Devon Cook; heart and soul – Reilly Fortune; unsung hero – James MacKenzie
Male junior varsity: MVP – Colin Bain; most valuable rookie – Jacob Read; Bruce Wheadon Memorial – Ricky Sutherland
Female varsity: MVP – Lauren Hale, most dedicated – Julianna Ali; coach’s award – Cara MacIvor
Female junior varsity: MVP Caitlyn Gray; most improve – Marianne Torvanger; sportsmanship – Kelsey Robson
Softball (female varsity): MVP Kara Mason; top offensive player – Brandan Sharpe; top defensive player – Hannah Richards
Track and Field: coach’s award – Tatum McLean; heart and soul – Sally Bates; dedicated effort – Sean MacNeill
Female varsity: best offensive player – Arianna Gammon; most dedicated player – Rylee McLean; MVP provincials Katie Nickerson
Grade 9: MVP Tatum McLean; most improved – Lacey Allen; coach’s award Courtney Cruickshank

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Locals win share of awards

PICTOU – The 36th annual Nova Scotia Closed Championship and Selection Meet was held on May 10th at Recliff Middle School in Valley, N.S.
Sixteen Pictou County dancers were among the 70 taking part in this prestigious event vying for a spot on the provincial team.
Twenty-one representatives were chosen with only the top three from each age group earning a place on the team. These dancers will compete in July at the Canadian championship in Vancouver.
This year, two members of the Pictou County Highland Dance Association have achieved this honour.

–Annika Murray, N.S. Champion in the 7 and under 10 years, is the 9 year old daughter of Nicole Boutilier, Greenhill, and Kent Murray, New Glasgow. Murray attends the Holly MacDonald-Bent School of Dance; this is her 2nd year representing the province at the Canadian Championship.
–Emma Hines, N.S. Champion in the 14 and under 16 years category, is the 14 year old daughter of Steve and Michelle Hines, Durham. Hines also attends the Holly MacDonald-Bent dance school in Pictou.
This is her 4th year representing the province.
Judges for the selection meet were: Betty Sutherland, Scotland; Diane Krugh, Texas and Rebecca McKinnon, Alberta.
Piper for the day’s event was Robyn Whitty, Nova Scotia.

Results for the day are as follows:
–7 & under 10 years: Annika Murray: Fling 3rd, Sword 1st; Seann Truibhas 1st, Reel 2nd-Champion and Provincial Representative, Amelia Parker: Fling 2nd; Seann Truibhas 4th,Reel 4th. 3rd Runner Up
–10 & under 12 years: Ainslie Salter: Fling 4th, Sword 6th; Seann Truibhas 2nd, Reel 3rd. 4th Runner Up
–14 & under 16 years: Emma Hines: Fling 4th, Sword 1st; Seann Truibhas 1st, Reel 1st NS Champion and Provincial Representative
–16 & under 18 years: Christina Chudley: Fling 4th, Sword 5th; Seann Truibhas 2nd, Reel 3rd. 3rd Runner Up; Allyson Parker: Fling 6th, Seann Truibhas 6th, Reel 6th. 5th Runner Up
–21 years and over: Gwendolyn Henderson: Fling 4th, Sword 4th, Reel 3rd. 3rd Runner Up
(Submitted by Susan MacConnell)

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He learned nets from a master

Kenny Watters died in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish a week and a half ago at the age of 81. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather and a brother who, according to his obituary, had a deep love for his family. Those are not uncommon traits for a man who enjoyed a long and rewarding life.
But the Kenny Watters that I remember best – and thought of the moment I read of his death in the morning paper – was a teenaged hockey player who wore the big pads for the Trenton Scotias when they won the Maritime junior B championship in the 1951-52 season. That was the achievement that opened hall of fame doors for him.
First, though, let’s acknowledge some of the other fine aspects of his life.
For instance, he worked a long time in the dairy food business. He was involved with his church and several community groups, he volunteered with organizations designed to help others and those in need. He loved the church, he loved to hunt and fish, and he loved nature and its many opportunities to enjoy worldly surroundings. It was obvious, you see, that he was a man who loved everything that life had to offer.
Add it all up and you get a summation of a good man, a good person.
But since this is a sports column, I will single out hockey and what he did in that sport those 60-plus years ago.
That story began to be written the previous winter – in 1950-51 – when Hughie MacDonald, one of Trenton’s greatest contributors to the game, began to assembly a junior team that would represent the steeltown in a league that also had teams in Stellarton and New Glasgow.
There was no rink in Trenton, of course, when that season was shaping up in the fall of 1950. And, at the time, New Glasgow was still awaiting the doors to be opened at the new stadium that was under construction in the south end. So Hughie MacDonald booked ice time at Stellarton Memorial Rink, a facility that was just three years old and ideal for junior hockey.
There really isn’t any specific thing to underline about that ’50-51 season, other than to say MacDonald rounded up some budding young players from Trenton and got the program fully launched. Oh there were some truly promising kids available for sure, in the steeltown and neighbouring communities – probably one of the factors that prompted Hughie to assemble a junior lineup.
Ralphie Cameron, brothers Jimmy and Babs MacNeil, Blinker Callaghan, Dempie and Donnie Murray, Danny Dorrington, Jack MacArthur, Jack MacDonald, Hughie Murray and others accepted the challenge. If you’re old enough to have lived through that era, you can visualize how good many of those young fellows were getting.
Goaltending may have been the big question mark at the start. Dempie Murray could play the position, but he really wanted to play up front, not between the pipes. That’s when the coach looked to Westville for goalie help.
Enter Kenny Watters.
If there was a weakness to Kenny’s portfolio at that time it was the fact he had very limited experience in competitive hockey. But he was quite prepared to give the opportunity a good try. And, make no mistake, it was a wonderful chance for him.
Not only was Hughie MacDonald going to be his coach, Kenny knew what Hughie had achieved in his own playing days and knew he would benefit greatly from Hughie’s teachings. In other words, he was going to be able to learn the position from a master.
Hughie and his brother Sonny were both goaltenders and they were so talented in nets that, at one time, they were the two best netminders in the old Maritime Big Four, a very high-level brand of senior hockey in the 1940s.
What was learned by Watters and the rest of those teenagers in 1950-51 helped make the 1951-52 Scotias a championship contender.
By 1951-52, New Glasgow Stadium was in business and the Scotias made it their home.
Hockey schedules weren’t as long in those times as they are now and the Pictou County Junior Hockey League adopted a 24-game slate that year. The Scotias were a title threat from the word go. They lost only four times in those two dozen outings.
The playoffs were no different, other than the fact that the Stellarton Royals gave the Scotias a real battle in the early stages of the league’s title series. But, when facing elimination, Trenton scored and scored often.
That put the Scotias up against the Halifax Monarchs in the Nova Scotia finals. Watters had busy – and successful – nights in goal as Trenton took the provincial crown. Same story when the guys opposed the Moncton Bruins and won the Maritime championship.
When I think back to that Trenton team of so many years ago, I realize what a big offensive role players like Cameron and Jim MacNeil played. Players who went on to long and great careers in senior ranks. But I also realize, when reflecting on those Scotias, that the Nova Scotia and Maritime titles would not have been achieved had it not been for Kenny Watters in goal.
The honours bestowed on those Scotias of 1951-52 didn’t end with the final victory on the ice that winter long ago.
Just about four decades later – in 1991 to be precise – they were inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame, taking a pew alongside many of the county’s finest sports franchises.
Now, with Kenny Watters’ death, we not only acknowledge the loss of a good family and community man, we remember how he became a champion goaltender under the tutelage of the old master.

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Pipes of War incredible, smell in Pictou not so much

To the Editor:
Thank you Cathie Urquhart MacIntosh for the video “Pipes of War” Amazing Grace (FB). I wish to express my enjoyment on the program that was performed in honour of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day; it was truly amazing.
The time and effort from all who took part in this wonderful evening is a profound statement of the local talent and the willing to share your talents with your community.
We have all benefited from the great sacrifice made by our brave men and women more than 70 years ago, but it’s truly an honour to have our local talent create a forum affording us the opportunity to express our deepest feelings of thanks and respect.
I personality watched D-Day ceremonies on TV most of the day June 6th, and to close that evening with the Pipes of War at the deCoste Centre was memorable.
Thank you Robbie MacInnes and all your participants for a wonderful tribute. Again Cathie, thank you for your video. I only wish it was longer!!
The only negative aspect of the whole evening experience was the stink over the Town of Pictou, compliments of Northern Pulp. This stink probably was comparable to the stink on the Beaches of Normandy 70 years ago. We have our own silent killer here in Pictou County and it’s not called Hitler. It’s called Northern Pulp.
A thank you shall be given to the new up and coming leaders of Pictou County when they free us of this pollution. Obviously our current leaders have been overcome by the smell.

Josie Green
Pictou Landing

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ALS walk a great success

To the Editor:
On behalf of the 2014 Pictou County Walk for ALS held June 7, 2014 in Westville, I would like to express our extreme gratitude to everyone who helped in making this event such a great success.
To all who volunteered to help with the Walk, to those who attended, and to all of the businesses that sponsored the Walk with donations and prizes, your support is remarkable. A special thanks to the Town of Westville for the generous use of their facilities, to the Westville Fire Department members who handled the barbecue, to Don Hill and Scott Coleman who so kindly entertained those attending the Walk, and to the staff of all of the local media for their promotion of the event.
Through the generosity of those mentioned, we were able to raise in excess of $8,500 for breakthrough ALS research and services to support ALS patients and their families. Since beginning in 2012, the event has been able to raise over $32,000 for these valuable resources. It is extremely important to remember that every dollar raised in Nova Scotia stays in Nova Scotia. Sixty percent of funds raised go to patient care, and 40 percent goes to research taking place at Dalhousie University.
Despite poor weather conditions, there was a great turnout for the Walk, enabling us to raise not only funds, but awareness of this terrible disease. Once again, the committee wants to thank the entire Pictou County community for your support in making the third year a huge success. We are so grateful, and we look forward to next year!

Sara Watters

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Bill C-442: One more step along the way for Lyme

To the Editor:
May was Lyme disease awareness month and it is now behind us; every month we must be aware of the danger of Lyme and other vector borne illnesses.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 was the third reading of Bill C-442 in the House of Commons and it passed unanimously as a result of extraordinary levels of non-partisan co-operation and it now moves on to the next stage to bring it into law.
In the fall, Bill C-442 will move to the Senate were Conservative Senator Janis Johnson from Manitoba will sponsor the bill. The act calls for a national strategy in public education, prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of Lyme disease.
The province of Nova Scotia introduced a Lyme disease strategy act in April to mirror the national bill. I hope things can move forward on the national and provincial level so people can finally get help in their own country and have this illness recognized.
Nova Scotia is endemic for blacklegged ticks with areas of higher concentration. We are all at risk and the need to have increased education for our doctors and public alike is evident.
There is no surveillance program in Nova Scotia at this time and if you are bitten by a tick it is disposed of. It would be helpful to have removed ticks from people identified and tested if they are blacklegged ticks. The current treatment protocol that is being followed is out dated and is putting people at risk for developing chronic illness.
We are moving towards change and it can’t come fast enough.
Each year more people are exposed to Lyme disease and even when we have effective early diagnosis, we still have the problem of appropriately diagnosing and treating those people who were exposed in years past and have now reached the more difficult to treat stage of late or chronic Lyme disease.
Education is key!

Brenda Sterling Goodwin
New Glasgow

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Pictou’s smell is getting worse

To the Editor:
I was honoured and impressed to appear on the front page of your newspaper when the Hector was turned around and we had a brief conversation about Pictou.
My last visit was about 18 months ago and I have to say that I was shocked to see how the town had deteriorated: empty shops, eating places and inns either shut or for sale and of course, the everlasting view of the filth and horrible smelly paper mill.
In all my 14-15 years of visiting, I cannot ever remember such a terrible smell and think it cannot be healthy or even legal for the people of the town to have to live under such conditions. Surely someone, somewhere can do something.
My other impression was that the people of the town are working very hard to market their lovely little town but it would seem that they do not receive much outside help. I would have thought it was quite easy in view of the great historical link between Scotland, England and the town. Surely the various tourist boards should be doing more in this direction (I have written to them with my feelings).
I have a very great affinity with your town and it saddens me to see this happening, so if you can think of anyone else I can write to, please let me know.

John Niblett

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New Glasgow’s tax rate alarming

To the Editor:
Our Town of New Glasgow’s tax rate has remained the same on an $18.4 million budget and it is shocking to say the least. Our small town with a budget of $18.4 million is a sure sign we are in serious financial trouble and sure tells me we need amalgamation now! With a budget like this we could be running a town three times our size.
My taxes go up close to $75 each year and they say we don’t increase the taxes but the assessment sure goes up and then so go our taxes. They now want to drop the cap so they can increase them even more.
I read recently Queens County amalgamated with all agreeing to savings and efficiency, their taxes are now 26 per cent lower. Wow!
What is the real story on all the gobbly gook of Memorandum of Understanding with Pictou and the Municipality? Personally, I want full disclosure for the tax payers of New Glasgow.
Where is Municipal Affairs on this problem? They want all the towns to agree on amalgamation and you know as well as I that it is difficult to get two Scotsmen to agree, so only with Liberal Government help will we ever see the much needed amalgamation.
Just look at our peaceful town with a low crime rate and we are spending $4.46 million on protection. Our police are very well trained and very respected by all of us yet they could be policing a much larger area for the same or close to it. Yes this is one force for an amalgamated region but not just for New Glasgow.
Our town general government is costing us $1.66 million, wow! They are extremely capable and I like them all and yes they are all capable to run an amalgamated Pictou County as they are over governing New Glasgow at the price of $1.66 million!
In my opinion, we are long overdue for amalgamation and our civic leaders are dragging their feet; just what is wrong with them? I am only one person; it is up to all of you to say something.

Lloyd P. MacKay
New Glasgow

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Resident alarmed by proposed prostitution legislation

To the Editor:
An open letter to Peter MacKay, Member of Parliament for Central Nova.
I am alarmed by Bill C-36, your proposed prostitution legislation, and would encourage you to scrap it and start over. “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons”, an act keeping with this government’s convention of naming acts by what people want rather than what they do, is a laudable objective, but you can reduce human enslavement and trafficking without effectively prohibiting prostitution, which you are in fact doing, given that you would have communication, advertising, and purchasing all banned.
With regards to prostitution, you use the word ‘inherent’ frequently, saying things like “inherent harms of prostitution.” Inasmuch as inherent means “existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute”, what, exactly, are these? I am especially eager for you to enumerate dangers related to prostitution itself that are indivisible from prostitution, not just ones that stem from the legal climate that has held sway until now.
Instead of ‘inherent’, it would be nice if you would use the more precise words ‘innate’ or ‘intrinsic’ because then we would know you’re talking about attributes indivisible from the thing itself. For example, if we’re talking about alcohol prohibition, a hangover is an innate and intrinsic harm, while getting gunned down by the mob is an extrinsic harm – though, in the wrong legal regime, perhaps a ‘characteristic’ one.
I believe sexual rights are far more important than alcohol rights – sexuality is baked into us and our countless predecessors, while alcohol is a relatively recent discovery and can be lived without, which is not to say it should be prohibited. Yet comparing our attitudes to sex and alcohol may help expose the inconsistencies in our thinking.
Imagine for a moment that we are still living under alcohol prohibition, and a politician is making a case for continuing the prohibition on the basis of alcohol’s inherent harms. She points to the violence and mob activity that is centered around alcohol. She uses the extrinsic harms of alcohol – the ones related to its prohibition – as justification for its continued prohibition.
How is what you mean to do with prostitution any different?
It is true that alcohol does have innate dangers. As does sex – two primary ones being unwanted babies and sexually-transmitted infections. But the miseries of banning alcohol or sex are, in our portion of the world, considered worse than the misery of allowing them, and I think for good reason. And since we don’t think of alcohol as being poisoned by the exchange of money for it, why should we have this attitude for sex?
You also fail to adequately consider that sex work is something that someone may want to do, or if you do consider this, you have determined that you know better. Yes, some “prostitutes” are really trafficked slaves. But if sex work were a more open activity, there would be fewer places for people to hide such slaves, and less need for them. Your legislation will drive it even further into the shadows, where it’s much harder to ensure freedom and safety.
Most alarming of all, you demonize the purchasers of sexual services as “perverts” and “perpetrators”. You fail to consider the conscionable reasons that we, as sexual beings, would have for seeking them. I’m tempted to encourage you to seek out meetings with people who work as sexual surrogates. This type of work is legally protected in the United States when performed under licensed therapeutic supervision. I suppose it is similar to getting a doctor’s prescription for alcohol under the alcohol prohibition regime, but in both cases you would be able to see that the thing you’re trying to prohibit isn’t typically equivalent to a nuke in the face.
You say you are “threading the needle on a complex social issue”. How can you conscionably say this while you insist on treating all prostitutes as victims for the sake of the ones that are? I believe you will not come close to such a threading so long as you continue to pound the needle with a sledgehammer.
I would like to see the government get entirely out of regulating consensual sexual expression, but I suppose I represent a minority at this time.
Having said all this, I am sympathetic about the actual complexities, the ones that you have ‘addressed’ by trying to legislate prostitution out of existence. It is certainly hard to square prostitution with our present public norms. If prostitution were as legal as selling fruit, what would keep it out of shopping malls? I believe I could live in a world where sexual services were available so openly, but in this I probably also represent a minority. More importantly, if you determined that prostitution must be meaningfully permitted (including the ability to communicate and advertise, of course), but left it to provinces and municipalities to zone, how could you ensure that such zones were meaningfully available?
Finally, you are careful to cite the imperative of protecting children, but in a way that assumes their heads would explode if they knew prostitution existed. You shouldn’t presume that everyone shares your sense of what is appropriate or shameful. You are the minister of justice for all of Canada, not just its social conservatives. As a person holding significant political power, you should be morally obliged to tell the entire truth about prostitution and not simply the horror stories that fit the perceptions you wish to cultivate. You must tell Canadians that the real difficulty with prostitution is fitting it into our expectations. Please put this legislation in the recycling bin and start working on finding a way to do that.

William Matheson
Sherbrook, NS

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Boat Harbour: It’s time to act

A ruptured pipe that carries effluent from Northern Pulp in Abercrombie Point to treatment lagoons at the head of Boat Harbour, Pictou Landing, is considered by some people to be a blessing in disguise.
Given the recent history of Boat Harbour, it’s very well disguised.
Members of the Pictou Landing First Nation dismantled a blockade on Monday. This came shortly after Premier Stephen McNeil announced an agreement with the band that would mandate legislation by June 30, 2015 to trigger discussion on how to end Boat Harbour’s life as a ecological slave to industry and restore it to the tidal estuary that was enjoyed by people inside and outside the First Nation, before an effluent treatment facility was established there.
The combination of the pipe break, and the blockade that only allowed pump trucks in and out of a lane leading to the cleanup area, created an interesting scenario – cleaner, clearer air and the pulp mill’s future hanging in the balance.
That’s the rub.
For years, the discussion has been about balance, how we balance the environment and the economy of regions like Pictou County.
It is not about balance, and never was. It’s about thresholds, what the earth’s ecology and societies can endure before the signs say, “Enough.”
That is where we are today concerning Boat Harbour.
When the opportunity came to bring in the pulp mill and the jobs that came with it in the 1960s, the government of the day took on the responsibility for finding a place to deposit and supposedly treat the waste from the mill. We’ve seen the results.
Boat Harbour was the easy way in 1967 for one government. Extending a pipe into the Northumberland Strait also was for another government in the 1990s.
Not this time.
People want Boat Harbour back, and this government has been mandated to give it back to them.
Governments and industry sometimes think they have unbridled access to potential economic activity. It was the mindset that gave us Boat Harbour as we know it today. It’s the mindset that may establish a rock quarry at Black Point, near Canso, and along a fabled waterway the late Stan Rogers wrote a song about – Fogarty’s Cove. A family whose roots span six generations is trying to fight that. Given what has happened at Boat Harbour, they’re facing steep odds.
We’ve been through that. We can’t go back to the way it was without going ahead. However Boat Harbour is remediated, the treatment plant is replaced and the waste is diverted elsewhere will be expensive and won’t happen soon enough.
Time starts now.
Our premier and environment minister are among those in this government who claim they can put Boat Harbour right again.
Let’s hold them to it.

Steve Goodwin

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Trail cleanup a matter of pride for local man

PICTOU – Blane Ferguson walks the Jitney Trail every morning. That’s where he gets his exercise and time to himself.
For the last month, he has been spending some extra time on the trail trying to clean it up for the other users.
“I’ve been cleaning up the brush because it doesn’t look so good,” he says. “I decided to do this on my own because I walk here all the time.”
Ferguson started the cleanup the last day of April near the Consulate Inn and he is making his way to Brown’s Point.
“People tell me how much better it looks,” he says. “I always wanted to do this and I have the time so I thought, why not?”
Ferguson asked Coun. Bob Naylor if it would be all right to take on this task and the town has provided him with work gloves but he uses his own sheers, taking his time on each piece of brush.
“The town sends someone out every day to pick up the piles of brush.”
He has been working on average, five days a week every afternoon.
“I get to talk to people and it’s become a pastime for me,” says Ferguson. “I would just be sitting around doing nothing, so this is something for me to do in the afternoons.”
He expects the project will take him all summer to complete because he wants to make sure it looks perfect.

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River John: It’s magic!

Sharpen your magic wands and brush off your wizard hats, because River John, It’s Magic! is the theme for this years’ annual River John Festival Days.
The festival, running from Friday, July 18 to Saturday, July 26 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Find detailed information on the Facebook site for River John Festival Days or the website
The schedule is now being finalized, but most of the popular events are back. The Lobster Crate Run, Kayak Festival, Music on the Veranda, Run By the Sea, dances, breakfasts and lawnmower races are all in the works.
Don’t forget the events for the kids, like the childrens’ parade, drive in theatres, cup cake decorating, and the Scrabble Walk. New events include the Antique Car Show, Beach Rock Sculptures and Scavenger Hunts.
To top it all off, in true wizard style, are the fireworks that anyone will say are absolutely magical. There’s lots to see and do at this years’ River John Festival Days.

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AHF’s CAS Endowment Fund benefits local groups

NEW GLASGOW – Three local organizations are the latest recipients of funding from the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s CAS Endowment Fund.
Kids First Association, Pictou County Early Intervention, and Tearmann Society will all receive funds to support projects that alleviate risk, prevent crisis, and enhance the potential for healthy outcomes for children, youth, and families in Pictou County.
The CAS Endowment will provide funding so Kids First can purchase new, evidence-based parenting resources, which they will use in their parent education programs. Current, relevant parenting resources create opportunities for teaching and learning, and create opportunities for outcomes to change.
Kids First provides free programs and services to all families with children up to age 6, and to pre-natal moms and their partners. Last year, Kids First had a total program attendance of 22,000.
Pictou County Early Intervention will also receive funding for education workshops for families of children with developmental delay or disability, their caregivers, and service providers. Workshop topics will range from understanding the legal options available to support special needs children, and strategies to assist with language development, to learning about certain disorders and the supports available to families.
Tearmann Society will receive funding to deliver an innovative new program to facilitate healing among children and youth who have or are experiencing violence. “Me I Am” will provide holistic support for young people to heal from the experience of violence through the use of creative and artistic tools. A group environment will provide peer support and community building for these young people, while giving them an opportunity to learn and use new mediums of art expression.
“These longstanding organizations have been making a big difference to children and families in our community for many years,” says Foundation Director and CAS Endowment Committee chair Robyn Eaton.
“I am certain that those who were involved with the former Children’s Aid Society of Pictou County will be very pleased to see these groups supported through the Children’s Aid Endowment Fund of the Health Foundation.”
The Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Children’s Aid Society (CAS) Endowment Fund was established through a $1 million gift from the former Children’s Aid Society of Pictou County. Continuing the legacy of Children’s Aid, the fund will support projects that protect children, and enhance supports and services for families at risk in the community. Applications are accepted twice per year, February 28 and October 1.
The Aberdeen Health Foundation is the leading charitable organization for health care in Northern Nova Scotia. Since 1986, some $15 million in capital, equipment, program and service improvements have been funded by the generosity of donors through the Aberdeen Health Foundation, enhancing health care in Pictou County.
More information on project eligibility and application forms are available by contacting Susan Malcolm, executive director of the Aberdeen Health Foundation at 752-7600 x. 4600, or by visiting

Children’s Aid Society Endowment (CAS)
The CAS Endowment was created by a $1 million gift from The Children’s Aid Society of Pictou County, which operated as a private agency since 1913, until the Province integrated it into the Department of Community Services in 2010. Its Board of Directors wanted to ensure that the numerous donations and bequests they had soundly invested and grown over the last 97 years of private operation would continue to serve the people of Pictou County. They have established this endowment fund as a way to honour and continue the legacy of the organization in the community.

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Davis Day: Safety must be a priority

STELLARTON – Safe working conditions must be a priority of all levels of government, Rev. Aidan Kingsbury says.
The keynote speaker at the annual Davis Day ceremony last Wednesday in Stellarton said the task is an important as people observe William Davis Miners Memorial Day, which takes place on June 11 each year in Nova Scotia coal mining communities to recognize miners killed while working in coal mines.
“We need to know and understand the risks,” Kingsbury said. “We need our leaders . . . to make industry in general safer for all workers.”
Davis was a coal miner who was killed on June 11, 1925 during a mining strike near New Waterford, N.S. Many other miners were injured, when striking miners were charged by the company police force, whose officers fired over 300 shots.
“Those events inspired Nova Scotian coal miners into solidarity in their battle for safe workplace standards, wages, benefits and fair living conditions,” said Coun. Judith MacLellan, who emceed the ceremony. “Our mines are now closed but we can never forget our mining history.”
Kingsbury reminded those present to prepare for the 90th anniversary of Davis’s death in 2015.
“A year from now, Davis Day needs to be a special event in this town and this province,” he said. “Bill Davis stood up for the rights of miners and all workers… because working conditions that were unacceptable.”
Kingsbury cited Stellarton Memorial Rink, Albion Athletic Field, Christ Anglican Church and the town’s other churches and some residences as symbols of the contributions by coal miners who have been among Stellarton’s citizens over the years.
The ceremony in Stellarton takes place at the Miners’ Monument that was dedicated on Labour Day, Sept. 5, 1921 after workers took the initiative to place a permanent memorial to miners who died in the 1918 Allen Shaft explosion.
More than 600 miners in Pictou County and about 2,500 Nova Scotians have died from mining disasters.
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan, updated steps taken to improve workplace safety at the annual Davis Day ceremony in Sydney Mines.
More safety inspectors are on the job and surprise inspections in high-risk industries have increased to better protect workers.
Five new safety inspectors are completing inspections and increasing education in workplaces. The new inspectors took part in a recent construction safety blitz that targeted high-risk workplaces. During the blitz, inspectors increased their random, unannounced inspections over the previous blitz held last fall.
In 2012-13, province conducted 2,500 job-site inspections. It plans to double the number of targeted this year.
The Public Prosecution Service is close to hiring an additional prosecutor to focus on occupational health and safety offences, while education campaigns are under way to raise awareness about the importance of safety in dangerous industries, like fisheries.

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Derailment work continues after residents return home

WEST RIVER STATION – Cleanup at a train derailment site has progressed enough for nearby residents to return home.
Don MacKenzie, Pictou County’s co-ordinator for the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) confirmed on Monday the decision on Sunday for the families to return home after spending six nights at a local hotel.
He said gas from the six tank cars that derailed on June 9 has been pumped out of them, but some flaring was done to dissipate all the gas. All six cars were carrying flammable gas when they left the tracks, prompting the evacuation of the families.
“They’re glad to be back, and I think they were looked after well,” MacKenzie said. “Now it’s a construction site.”
He said the railway damaged by the derailment has been restored. Some of the tank cars plunged 10 to 15 metres below the railway bed when they derailed, he said.
Three of the tank cars contained butane, and the other three had propane onboard, MacKenzie said.
“They flare off the remaining gas,” he said.
The Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the derailment.
Calls to officials with the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway, which operates the short line between Truro and Sydney, were not returned.
Roads into the train derailment site were blocked off in all directions by police on June 9 while the investigation proceeded. Barricades blocked entry into the site after that, including one several kilometres up Lansdowne Road from Route 289 and another near the end of Montreal Road.

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MacLennan wins 10th Miles Marathon

NEW GLASGOW – The weather was not a perfect 10, but winning a 10th Johnny Miles Marathon felt perfect for Dave MacLennan.
The seemingly ageless Scotsburn distance running legend ran one of his strongest marathons in years on one of the rainiest days in years for the Johnny Miles Running Event weekend to capture the race in a chip time of two hours, 47 minutes, 26 seconds.
MacLennan attributed his win to the weather which, while ideal for the runners, at times discouraged spectators from staying around to cheer runners on to the finish line.
“I feel great,” MacLennan said after crossing the finish line 58 seconds ahead of runner-up Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth. “It was in the back of my mind that I could win. I’m really happy with my time, but again, it was the weather that really helped.”
Walter Linthorne of Stellarton was the next local finisher, coming in eighth.
With rain forecast for Sunday, downtown New Glasgow, where the start and finish lines were located, was deserted before the marathoners wandered from the open tent where meals were served through the morning.
Then, with a reprieve of about three hours before rain resumed, hundreds of people began filling the finish area and generating the enthusiasm that has transformed Provost Street into a sea of humanity each year for the marathon and related races.
In the half marathon, Dana White of Halifax was first in 1:16:10, while Colin Shannon of New Glasgow was second in 1:18:15.
Abbey Shaw of New Glasgow was top local female finisher and 19th overall.
In the 5-K student challenge, Peter Corbin of Thorburn was second to Keigan Thorpe of Truro in the 5-K student challenge.
Graydon Snider of Halifax won the 10-K Classic, while Dylan Hiltz was top local and 17th overall.
Besides the marathoners, 286 runners completed the half marathon, while 539 finished the 10-K Classic and 532 finished the 5-K run.
There were also 377 runners in the 5-K student challenge.

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Attacker gets 10 years in prison

The final chapter in the attack last October in downtown New Glasgow that shook the county to its core has come to a close.
Shane Edward Matheson, 20, of Trenton, was sentenced in Supreme Court last week by Justice Nick Scaravelli in the attempted murder of Scott Jones on October 12, 2013.
Matheson was given 10 years in prison for the stabbing.
The proceeding began with Jones reading a victim impact statement. “On October 12, 2013, my life was changed forever. I was stabbed in the back, paralyzed and hospitalized for five months,” said Jones.
He went on to detail how the things he loved to do the most are no longer options, like running, swimming, hiking or even using the pedals on the piano.
“As a pianist, this is devastating.”
Jones noted that he is now prone to infections and must be on medication; because of this his life expectancy has also decreased.
Jones stated that he has had great financial hardship bearing the cost of medications and assisting devices.
“This attack has affected all of my passions… my whole self has been taken away. I suffer from depression and anxiety.”
His friends and family have also been affected by this incident, he said.
Prior to the attack, Jones was a server at a restaurant and played the organ and conducted a choir at First Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow; now he lives with constant pain from the paralysis.
The 28-year-old victim said this attack has shaken him to the core, but he was still able to say this to his attacker: “Shane, nothing can justify what you’ve done to me, but I forgive you for what you have done.”
During the statement of facts, Crown Prosecutor Jody MacNeill read that at 2:25 a.m. on October 12, 2013, New Glasgow Regional Police Service responded to a call of a stabbing in downtown New Glasgow. When they arrived, they found Jones lying on his back in a pool of blood near the Roseland Cabaret. He suffered two stab wounds to the back and two slashes to the neck.
Jones had been transported to the Aberdeen Hospital and subsequently to Halifax where the doctor noted that with the trajectory of the stab wounds there was potential for fatality.
Witnesses saw two men fleeing the scene and two knives were found in the JR Raheys parking lot, one a kitchen knife.
After the incident, Matheson told his girlfriend that something bad happened and that he really hurt someone.
He also had a conversation with his sister and told her that he ran up and sliced a guy’s neck and stabbed him.
Matheson has been in custody since October 13, 2013 when he turned himself in to police.
He has a prior record as a youth, dating back to January 2011.
Defence lawyer Steve Robertson told the court, “Mr. Matheson knew as soon as he did this, that it was wrong.”
Robertson noted Matheson’s troubled past, alluding to the three times in his life where he was taken away by the Department of Social Services at age 2, 3 and 10 and his living conditions, being subject to domestic abuse and mental illness issues.
“Had he been sober, not taken pills, he may have seen Mr. Jones and walked on by,” said Robertson.
Before the sentencing was handed down, Matheson requested a moment to speak.
“Mr. Jones,” he said, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry I put you in that chair. I didn’t even know you; I don’t know why I did it…”
Scaravelli referred to this attack as an unprovoked assault.
“(Matheson) is 20 years old with a Grade 9 education. At the time of the offence he was on income assistance and was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.”
Scaravelli noted that Matheson had a difficult childhood and began using drugs at an early age, but also noted the devastating consequences this incident has had on the victim and continues to have.
The defence sought nine years imprisonment while the Crown sought 10.
Based on the brutality of the attack on a public street in downtown New Glasgow and the use of a kitchen knife, to which Scaravelli questioned, “Why would someone go out for the evening in possession of a kitchen knife?” he handed down the sentence of 10 years in prison.
Matheson has been in custody since October 13, 2013 with each day in remand counting as one and a half days, so he was given 365 days served with nine years remaining on his sentence. He must also provide a DNA sample and is prohibited from owning weapons. Matheson, upon release, must also pay restitution to Jones in the amount of $11,251.37 for medical bills incurred.
“Mr. Matheson, I recognize you had a troubled upbringing and prison will not be easy,” said Scaravelli. He told Matheson that he had the choice of leaning on his past as an excuse or accepting the services provided to him in prison for rehabilitation.
After the sentencing was handed down, MacNeill said he was very pleased with the result and even more pleased with Jones’ courage.
Jones added, “I’m grateful that Shane was able to be remorseful for what he did; that gave me a lot of relief. And in terms of the sentence I don’t… nothing’s going to bring back my ability to walk, so this idea of justice kind of confuses me and whether he got 25 years or seven it’s, you know, it’s not going to bring justice.”
He noted that his journey to forgiveness has been paved with love and kindness.
“My journey, it’s been a journey surrounded by people who care about me and love me and are so supportive and when you have that love around you and then you consider someone who hasn’t had that love around him at all in his whole life I think it’s pretty easy to arrive at forgiveness I think. I don’t think you’re born that way, I don’t think you’re born with the ability to try to kill someone… there’s still good in Shane and I really hope that he has rehabilitation in prison and realizes the full extent what he has done and leaves prison a better person.”
When the incident first occurred, Jones stated that he felt it was a hate crime, although McNeill said there was not enough evidence to prove that. Jones concluded, “I know how I felt that night and unless you are standing in my shoes you might not understand it, but my encounter with Shane prior to running into him on the street and just how he was coming towards me in that way that leads me to believe it was a hate crime. Whether it was an hour-long motive or just one that came out of two minutes of just seeing me on the street, I don’t know but again that’s my opinion and it might be wrong.”
Jones is now getting involved in rowing and possibly track and field while living in Halifax and has been working with a choir that formed out of the Don’t Be Afraid campaign as well as with the Nova Scotia Youth Choir as one of the resident conductors.
He said Don’t Be Afraid was a good thing to come out of this.
“I’m surprised by the growth of Don’t Be Afraid, it’s a testament to the amount of love I had around me. I feel like I’m riding a wave of love and the campaign is like the surf board it’s like helping me and it’s been very good with emotional recovery.”
Jones is now living in Halifax and noted that because of the accessibility there, he has no plans at this time of returning to New Glasgow.

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Agreement reached

PICTOU LANDING – The Boat Harbour issue has been resolved.
Premier Stephen McNeil announced on Monday that the Pictou Landing First Nation community and the province have reached an agreement in principal to end the blockade of a side road leading to a broken effluent pipe on the Pictou Landing side of the East River.
Under the agreement, the McNeil government has until June 30, 2015 to introduce legislation providing timelines for diverting the Northern Pulp Mill’s effluent from Boat Harbour and commits the government to remediate Boat Harbour.
“This agreement in principle underscores government’s commitment to make real progress on Boat Harbour,” McNeil said. “I am pleased constructive work is under way, and I’m very optimistic that the province is on track to a solution that works for everyone.”
First Nation members blockaded a road leading to a source of an effluent spill from the pulp mill across the East River at Abercrombie Point. It came to a head last Saturday at the Michael Wayne Recreation Centre in Pictou Landing with a meeting over how to satisfy its demands to close a treatment facility at the head of Boat Harbour and return it to its original function as an open tidal waterway.
Members from within and outside the First Nations community gathered for the meeting that was closed to media to hear the province’s plan to address the issue.
Chief Andrea Paul, who could not be reached after the agreement announced on Monday, said an offer was presented to the First Nation community after weekend meetings with Environment Minister Randy Delorey but at the time did not reveal it, or whether a decision was made to accept it. But another source revealed the province offered to draft legislation that would include closing the current treatment facility and remediating Boat Harbour, if the band agrees to the proposal and abandons its blockade in “a few days.”
“Yes,” she said when asked if she felt better about the prospect of a resolution than she did two days earlier.
The pulp mill has been shut down since the leak was discovered on June 9.
The band has also been concerned about an ancient burial ground in the area where effluent is being pumped out by trucks and transported to the treatment facility and needs more time to examine the proposal.
Chief Paul said she appreciates the support from inside and outside the First Nations community.
“We’ve had a lot of support from them,” she said.
Some of those supporting a resolution to the effluent problem have visited the protest site. They include MLA Tim Houston, who represents Pictou East where the treatment plant and First Nations community are located.
“There’s a place for the pulp mill, but it can’t be the polluter it’s been,” he said.
Sue Fraser, who has 53 acres of property bordering Boat Harbour, said she has welcomed the First Nation’s response to the effluent spill.
“I’m glad,” she said. “It’s been going on for far too long. This is finally bringing attention to this issue.”
She said the stench from the waste matter transferred and treated at Boat Harbour and the air emissions from the pulp mill’s stacks has been intolerable.
“We get both,” she said.
Dave Delorey also attended the protest to provide support for the First Nation’s cause.
“It’s a health issue for Pictou County and beyond,” he said. “It’s not just a First Nations issue. Hopefully, this is a turning point to get something done.”
Delorey said the agreement fulfill the government’s commitment since taking office nine months ago to clean up Boat Harbour, although negotiations on timelines on ending effluent treatment at Boat Harbour are supposed to being in the next few weeks.
“Building trust among the First Nations community and the broader Pictou area community is going to take time,” he said. “It will only grow as tangible action takes place.”

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Canada Post revives Canadian-made ghost tales with collection of stamps including Phantom Ship of the Northumberland Strait

Today is Friday the 13th and Canada Post has issued five stamps that are sure to get the hairs raising on the back of your neck. The collection is the first in a multi-year series telling some of the country’s most inexplicable and popular ghostly tales.
In every region across Canada, there are reports of apparitions, eerie sounds, phantom lights and spirits trapped between this world and the next. The five stamps feature the Maritimes’ Northumberland Strait; Quebec’s Count Frontenac; Ontario’s Fort George; the St. Louis Ghost Train in Saskatchewan; and Alberta’s Ghost Bride.
“This collection of five Haunted Canada stamps brings ghost stories well-known in specific regions to a broader Canadian audience,” says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services.
“It is the first in a three-year series bringing fun and entertainment with fascinating believe-it-or-not tales.”
• The Northumberland Strait: The tale has been told by residents for at least 200 years of a vision of a burning ship on the waters between New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. On several occasions, onlookers have tried to rescue the ship but as soon as rescuers come close, the ship disappears into the mist.
• Fairmont Le Château Frontenac: Legend has it that Count of Frontenac, for whom the hotel is named, has been spotted wandering the hotel halls, sitting on windowsills or floating through the ballroom, dressed in his 17th-century garb.
• Fort George: Due to battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath, spirits are said to still be seen or heard wandering within its stone walls. Cold spots, crying, moaning and the sound of footsteps have all been reported. Tales are told of people having being poked or having their hair pulled, only to turn around and find no one there.
• St. Louis Ghost Train: There are tales of a ghostly glowing light, known as the “St. Louis Light,” in the Saskatchewan River Valley. Those who believe in the ghost train claim it’s the long-dead CNR conductor who literally lost his head back in the 1920s to a passing train while examining the track with his lantern.
• Ghost Bride of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel: Employees and guests have reported seeing a figure with a long, flowing dress descending the stairs. She is believed to be a bride who tripped and fell to her death on her wedding day.
About the stamps
The stamps measure 32 mm x 32 mm and are available in booklets of 10. They were printed by Lowe-Martin Group and designed by Lionel Gadoury. The souvenir sheet of five stamps measures 191 mm x 113 mm. The Official First Day Cover cancellation site is Gorrie, ON. To purchase philatelic products visit

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Two-vehicle crash claims life of county man

PONDS – Pictou County District RCMP and Eastern Traffic Services responded to a motor vehicle collision yesterday that claimed the life of a county man.
At approximately 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, RCMP, Emergency Health Services, Merigomish and New Glasgow Fire Departments responded to a two-vehicle crash on Shore Road. The head-on collision involved an SUV and a tractor trailer.
Roy Archibald Cameron, age 78, of Thorburn, was killed when his SUV collided with a tractor trailer. Traffic was diverted for several hours while emergency responders cleared the scene. The collision remains under investigation.
The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt.

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Traffic Advisory: Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, June 13-15

NEW GLASGOW – The Johnny Miles Running Event will take place June 13, 14 and 15. The following traffic advisories will be in effect:
The general public, participants and spectators are encouraged to park at the free parking lot behind Glasgow Square Theatre on both Saturday and Sunday or to walk when possible. There will also be free parking at Glasgow Square on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday: Provost Street will remain open all evening for vehicle traffic except parking spots between the Bank of Montreal and Town Hall, which will be blocked for delivery and putting up of grandstands. Traffic will be able to flow through as usual. Glasgow Square Theatre parking lot will be closed for the day on Friday.
Saturday: Provost Street will be closed to traffic from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Provost Street, from George Street to Forbes Street, including Dalhousie and MacLean streets. Provost Street will re-open on to vehicle traffic on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Provost Street will remain closed, from George Street to Forbes Street, and will re-open to vehicle traffic at 5 p.m. The George Street Bridge will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. to ensure the safety of all runners. Terrace and Clyde streets will also be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The north bound lane from intersection of Stellarton and Abercrombie Roads in New Glasgow to Foord Street and Bridge Avenue, Stellarton will be closed with only southbound traffic allowed from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Trans-Canada Highway Exit 24 Eastbound ramp will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

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Investigation into spill at Northern Pulp continues

Environment Department inspectors continue to investigate an effluent spill at Northern Pulp that happened Tuesday.
The mill was shut down and the effluent flow from the pipeline stopped. Part of the investigation includes determining the source of the spill and how much untreated effluent went into the environment.
The department has also hired Strum Engineering to conduct independent tests.
“Our first priority is to protect the health of residents and the environment,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey.
“Staff are focused on identifying what damage has been done, and what Northern Pulp will need to do to clean up the spill.”
Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are also investigating, and Northern Pulp has hired Stantec Consulting to develop a plan for cleaning up the spill.

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Gunning, Stinson, Fitch & Fitzpatrick headline WordPlay 2014

Celebrating 15 years, Read by the Sea’s WordPlay will come to the Creamery Square in Tatamagouche on Saturday, June 21.
For the first time in its history, Read by the Sea Literary Festival is holding the children’s component on a separate day and in another North Shore location. WordPlay 2014 will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., coinciding with the Farmer’s Market. Expect a fair-like atmosphere at various locations within the Creamery Square site, with music, readings, hands-on activities, face painting. Everyone is welcome to this free, family-oriented event.
On Senator’s Stage, Dave Gunning, 2014 ECMA award winning Songwriter of the Year, will be singing and reading from These Hands, which was the first place winner in the Great American Song Contest. Two iconic and beloved children’s authors, multi-award winners who have delighted generations of children, will share the stage twice during the morning. Kathy Stinson, Ontario writer of Red is Best fame, will read from her latest book, The Man With the Violin, and has promised to put some red into the morning with old favourites, too. River John’s Sheree Fitch will twist your tongue and colour your imaginations with her latest book, Singily Skipping Along, as well as favourites like Mabel Murple, in all her purple-ness.
The Heritage Centre will be the place to meet Deanne Fitzpatrick, Amherst rug hooking artist and author, who will offer a taste of rug hooking through a hands-on-activity and share her first experience of illustrating a children’s book, Singily Skipping Along.
For those who like their festivals lively, Trudy Carey, a Halifax Music and Movement specialist, will get children of all ages grooving to songs inspired by books on both Senator’s Stage and the Deck of the Farmers’ Market. The Wild City Roses, musicians Anne Simmonds and Bev Caswell, will bring fiddle, guitar, harmonica and voices to spread the music around to one and all throughout the festival site.
To top off the morning, don’t miss the Red and Purplicious Picnic at 12:15 p.m. on the Deck of the Farmers Market. Purchase delicious snacks from one of the Farmers’ Market Vendors then join everyone on deck to celebrate words and have a slice of WordPlay Cake.
In in the event of rain, readings and activities will be held inside The Grain Elevator. Book sales and signing will be located just outside the Heritage Centre. Parking will be restricted to the upper parking lot during WordPlay to ensure the safety of young families.
For the complete WordPlay Schedule go to On June 21, visit the Read by the Sea Information Table at WordPlay or ask one of our Festival Jesters who will be on hand to direct you to different events.

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