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To the Editor: Chinese researchers have discovered a new type of virus in pigs that can infect humans and is capable of causing a pandemic, according to a new study; it’s called a G4 virus and is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu. They also found that the G4 virus can be passed from […]

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To the Editor: My daughter is a homeowner in the Town of Pictou. She recently experienced a sewer problem and had to get a plumbing company in to find her issue. The problem was determined to be somewhere between her basement and the sewer line. The plumbing company notified the Town of Pictou Works Department […]

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To the Editor: Summer is here and an Atlantic bubble has opened up allowing travel between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is important to follow the guidelines for COVID-19 in order for safety to be maintained for all. People are planning vacation time and personally, I think staying in your own […]

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To the Editor: In 2017 all of Nova Scotia was declared to be at risk for Lyme disease. What do you do if, after following all the precautions, you are bitten? Or have symptoms? The first thing to do if you find an attached tick is to have it safely removed. Follow the information for […]

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To the Editor: The time spent in self isolation has allowed wildlife to move into new areas and drop ticks. This year has already been viewed as a bad years for ticks. This means we will all have to be extra vigilant to protect ourselves, our children and our pets. I have had contact with […]

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To the Editor: We find ourselves in a very discouraging place in 2020. I hope, as a population, we learn some important lessons as a result of the anguish caused by the Dartmouth denturist. Too often we spend time looking for someone, a service provider or sometimes just anybody, to blame. Most recently, there has […]

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To the Editor: The federal equalization program as administered does raise some of the following questions for citizens in the economically struggling areas of Nova Scotia: Why is the town of Mulgrave probably the next town to dissolve? Why have five towns already disappeared as a municipal unit? Why is this federal tax money handed […]

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To the Editor: The Advocate of June 03, 2020 displays a picture of several vehicles lined up for service at the newest legal psychoactive drug outlet in Pictou County. Slow week? A note regarding the 21-sec-ond lag in response by our P.M. to a question about the actions of President B. S.: Is it still […]

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To the Editor: Despite the restrictions imposed because of the COVID pandemic we, in Abercrombie, have noticed small acts of kindness that have brought joy to many people, especially those on the Abercrombie Loop and Viggo Holm Road. An unknown good Samaritan has placed beautifully painted rocks on doorsteps and alongside mail boxes with short […]

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To the Editor: My name is Barry Shears and I am a highland piper originally from Glace Bay, NS, now living in BC. I have already published six books of pipe music and bagpipe history from Nova Scotia but my research is far from complete. More info and a short bio can be found at […]

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To the Editor: Isn’t this the way for governments to prepare to be “unprepared” for any health care issue like the Covid-19 pandemic now facing Canadians and the world? Why did the Harper Conservative Government severely cut the federal percentage increase in the 2014 Health Accord funding by 50 per cent from the six per […]

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To the Editor: Human activity during the past number of months has drastically changed due to the COVID-19 shut down with many staying home. Wildlife is moving in and are somewhat confused by the change in human activity. I recently spoke with a friend who lives in Mississauga and she told me of a wild […]

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To the Editor: May Lyme Disease Awareness Month is drawing to a close but please remember to be aware every month. Ticks are out there year round depending on the weather. Lyme disease is a vector-borne disease as are so many other diseases carried by ticks as well as some other disease spreading insects. According […]

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To the Editor: In these times of despair and uncertainty our minds are probably not focused on what used to be just another normal day. Here in Nova Scotia we have experienced so much tragedy that it’s hard to move forward without thinking about others who have had the rest of their lives disrupted by […]

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To the Editor: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to May 11, Nova Scotia has identified 1,018 positive cases which has resulted in 48 deaths (42 of them at Northwood), 767 recoveries and 204 active cases outstanding (of which Northwood has 174 and two other nursing homes have one each). This leaves 28 cases […]

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To the Editor: We are travelling through challenging times at the moment with hope that this, too, shall change. There are those who believe and speak of things being a myth, hoax, scam or conspiracy such as global warming, COVID-19, Lyme disease and many others things including the flat earth vs round earth. Some of […]

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To the Editor: I read with interest your article on the success of the local long term care homes in combating the COVID pandemic. The local management and staff at Glen Haven and Valley View did very well with implementing their plans early and deserve our thanks for the care provided for their residents. I […]

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To the Editor: As we follow the Federal Government announcing various financial assistance plans for industry we read that big oil and gas, centred within Alberta, are looking for massive financial support for expensive tar sands oil. This comes as the market for light crude oil has dropped to very low prices and to half […]

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To the Editor: It seems some are referring to our time with COVID-19 as the ‘new normal’. The question is, what is ‘normal? The only thing constant in life is change so we may as well get ready for the ride. Remember, you are not the person today that you were yesterday. Change is difficult […]

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To the Editor: In the late 1940s, syphilis was given the title of “the great impostor” or “the great imitator” of other diseases. Lyme is called the new ‘great impostor’ as it can mimic so many conditions and is often undiagnosed/misdiagnosed. As with syphilis, Lyme is caused by a spirochete, or corkscrew-shaped bacterium. There are […]

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To the Editor: Extraordinary times in history. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus; Andrew Mark Cuomo, governor of New York, said he was disappointed with the stimulus bill passed and called actions of the Senate “irresponsible” and “reckless;” he is very disgusted with the lack of aid in the COVID-19 crisis. In […]

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To the Editor: April 19-25, 2020 was National Volunteer Week in Canada. This is when we would typically gather to recognize supportive individuals in our community and the many contributions and achievements of our volunteer organizations. On behalf of Pictou Town Council, and the citizens of our community, I want to take this opportunity to […]

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To the Editor: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month but I feel every month could/should be for Lyme disease awareness. Lyme is now worldwide, a pandemic that has been ignored. COVID-19 is also a pandemic infection but is different from Lyme in the way that these infections behave. COVID-19 is a virus that began as […]

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To the Editor: Doctors are worried about your health. In the wake of COVID-19, waiting rooms across Nova Scotia are empty. Patients are not seeing their doctors for routine appointments. You might think we’re not providing routine health-care during the pandemic, but we are. In fact, we’ve expanded our offerings so we can now do […]

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To the Editor: We are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of a Coronavirus vaccine. So far, this virus has killed about 130,000 people world wide. But did you know that every year, 1.5 million children die from vaccine-preventable diseases? We are fortunate in Canada to have easy access to these vaccines and as a country, […]

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To the Editor: Of late it is very difficult to think of what better days will be like. However, with great courage, solace, calm, and peace each of us must do our part. Wisdom and peaceful thought in such times as we are experiencing are of most need. The saying “our darkest times will show […]

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To the Editor: As residents of Nova Scotia, we are needing to summon the kind of strength we did not know we had in order to face the atrocities of this week.  News of a mass shooting is always devastating. News of a mass shooting that took place in your neighborhood is a nightmare. News […]

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To the Editor: The world is currently travelling in uncharted waters with COVID-19 as we all try to find our way through to a brighter time. Listen to the information from our government and medical leaders and stay the ‘blazes’ home. We are all part of this global pandemic and must take it seriously; unfortunately […]

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To the Editor: Each year April is deemed Sexual Assault Awareness month around the world to challenge societal beliefs, raise awareness and education, and prevent sexualized violence in our communities. With the growing statistics, sexualized violence impacts us all, either directly or indirectly. This year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month’s theme is “I Ask”. This theme […]

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To the Editor: Back in the days of the Great Depression, a Missouri man named John Griffith was the controller of a great railroad drawbridge across the Mississippi River. One day, in the summer of 1837, he decided to take his eight-year-old son, Greg, with him to work. At noon, John Griffith put the bridge […]

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To the Editor: Stay home, stay safe. This is the message we are being given at this time, yet not everyone is listening. COVID-19 is a zoonotic infection that is now pandemic; it is worldwide. Working together is the only way to stop this invisible invader. Please do what we are being told! Self-isolation is […]

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To the Editor: I just wanted to thank you for continuing to produce a great paper while the world is reeling from this pandemic. Each week you seem to have created ‘something from nothing’ and made it the paper we know and love. The articles are a fabulous mixture of current information, along with uplifting […]

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To the Editor: My name is Richard Baldwin and my wife’s grandfather came from England on a boat as a very young boy; born 1899, and stayed with a family, I believe named MacQueen, from 1911 to 1919 as a indentured servant. He was sent over to Nova Scotia through the Middlemore Children Home. Believed […]

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To the Editor: This April, while respecting social-distancing measures, local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , along with 16 million members worldwide, will celebrate online the 200th anniversary of a pivotal moment in their history: the First Vision of the prophet Joseph Smith. The restored religious tradition born from this […]

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Editor’s Note: This letter was written before the closure of public places) To the Editor: I was out for a walk with Billy, my Aussie shepherd, today on the Jitney (Great or Trans Canada) Trail and I can honestly say it was perfect. Anyway, hiking is now probably the very best way to deal with […]

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To the Editor: Corona COVID-19 is a zoonotic infection that is new and little is known about it. I have spoken with many including nurses about zoonotic diseases and have found few who know what zoonotic means. Zoonotic means a disease that normally exists in animals then can be transmitted from animals to humans and […]

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To the Editor: Garth and I live at 57 Denoon Street and as such, had a front row view of the fire. Having grown up in town and having seen tremendous losses by fires, I was probably not as calm as I should have been. Having said that, I was totally impressed with how the […]

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To the Editor: Gold is an essential material that we all use every day. It’s in all electronics. It’s used to treat cancer and HIV. It’s in pacemakers, heart stents and other medical equipment. We need it. Gold mining is creating jobs for Nova Scotians, especially in rural areas. About 300 people work at the […]

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To the Editor: As Canadians from coast to coast celebrate and recognize International Women’s Day, you might see the hashtag #BecauseOfYou appear on social media. It’s a fitting theme, and as a Progressive Conservative, one that encourages us to highlight the trailblazing women who have shaped not only our party, but our province. I often […]