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Alternative routes to healing in Inverness County

Alternative routes to healing in Inverness County

Health | Wellness

To say Kelly Bernard wears many hats is an understatement.

By Josefa Cameron, June 3, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 34 views

Local hiking trails a growing draw for tourists

Local hiking trails a growing draw for tourists

Nature | Ecology
People
Recreation

Visitors to Inverness County are increasingly leaving a trail behind them – a hiking trail that is.

By Dave MacNeil, May 28, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 53 views

Committed membership bolsters Lake Ainslie VFD

Committed membership bolsters Lake Ainslie VFD

Communities
People

If you live in the area served by the Lake Ainslie Volunteer Fire Department (LAVFD), and you’ve got nine friends who are not members of the department, the math says you’re likely a member yourse...

By Dave MacNeil, May 21, 2024 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 43 views

Food security stakeholders come together at landmark Municipality of Inverness County conference

Food security stakeholders come together at landmark Municipality of Inverness County conference

Cape Breton Economy
Food
Municipal Projects

More than 40 delegates from local, Island-wide and provincial organizations came together in Mabou on Friday, May 3, to discuss the complex and urgent topic of food security in the Municipality of...

May 8, 2024 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 120 views

Suas leis a’ Ghàidhlig! | Up with Gaelic!

Suas leis a’ Ghàidhlig! | Up with Gaelic!

Arts | Culture
Communities
Heritage

‘S e Mìos nan Gàidheal a th’ ann agus tha Siorramachd Inbhir Nis toilichte a bhith a’ togail na brataich Gàidhealaiche air an taigh-cùirte eachdraidheil ann an Seastago. Its...

May 1, 2024 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 56 views

Project to shore up salmon spawning area

Project to shore up salmon spawning area

Nature | Ecology

The Margaree Salmon Association (MSA) plans to install 2,000 tonnes of armour rock this summer to help save one of the main salmon spawning areas of the Margaree River.

By Dave MacNeil, April 30, 2024 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 320 views

Host families building lifelong relationships

Host families building lifelong relationships

Communities
People

With their second of two daughters leaving for university and their son graduating high school, the Clarks of Margaree Forks weren’t quite ready to be empty nesters.

By Dave MacNeil, April 23, 2024 | Reading Time: 5 minutes | 110 views

Always exceptional: Meat Cove plays host to total solar eclipse

Always exceptional: Meat Cove plays host to total solar eclipse

Communities
Nature | Ecology
Recreation

It was quite the day in Nova Scotia’s most northerly settlement on Monday, April 8, 2024. Hundreds of people made the pilgrimage up to Meat Cove, Inverness County, one of only 2 communities in...

April 9, 2024 | Reading Time: 1 minutes | 142 views

Gaelic song preservation: A grandmother’s gift

Gaelic song preservation: A grandmother’s gift

Arts | Culture
Communities
Heritage

“I suppose it’s all nanny’s fault,” laughs Sheena Anderson-Geiger, thinking back to how her passion for Gaelic song came to be.

April 2, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 190 views

Beinn Mhàbu opens doors, looks to become economic catalyst

Beinn Mhàbu opens doors, looks to become economic catalyst

Arts | Culture
Cape Breton Economy
Heritage
People
Recreation

As Beinn Mhàbu enters the second half of its first year in operation, Gaelic College president Rodney MacDonald recalls a plan he envisioned 25 years ago to someday establish a school in Mabou.

By Dave MacNeil, March 24, 2024 | Reading Time: 6 minutes | 80 views

Local students up to musical challenge

Local students up to musical challenge

Arts | Culture
Communities
People

The Canadian Music Class Challenge is the CBC’s salute to music education, so naturally educators and students from Canada’s Musical Coast had to get involved! Every year music instructors and...

March 17, 2024 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 226 views

Chéticamp’s Mi-Carême, a centuries-old tradition, still sparks joy and celebration

Chéticamp’s Mi-Carême, a centuries-old tradition, still sparks joy and celebration

Arts | Culture
Communities
Heritage
People
Recreation

The Acadians of the Chéticamp region love to share their heritage and culture. Mi-Carême – which mean mid-Lent, and marks the mid-point between Ash Wednesday and Easter eve – is one of...

February 29, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 163 views

An acupuncturist’s new beginnings in Inverness County

An acupuncturist’s new beginnings in Inverness County

Health | Wellness

Gerber became fascinated with acupuncture after a friend convinced her to try it for her chronic pain. “I walked in with a lot of pain, and I walked out pain-free,’” she recalled.

By Josefa Cameron, February 27, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 111 views

A fun and informative snowy riverside walk

A fun and informative snowy riverside walk

Nature | Ecology
Recreation

Informative watershed walks are becoming a seasonal favourite in Inverness County. Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Cape Breton hosted another event as part of a recently established...

February 16, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 185 views

New society at StFX promoting Inverness County on the mainland and beyond

New society at StFX promoting Inverness County on the mainland and beyond

Communities
People

Inverness County students attending StFX University have always enjoyed a special bond.

By Dave MacNeil, February 9, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 190 views

Hope for Wildlife opens Inverness County clinic

Hope for Wildlife opens Inverness County clinic

Nature | Ecology
People

Hope for Wildlife, a Nova Scotian wildlife rehabilitation and education non-profit, is looking for local volunteers to support its recently opened drop-off and veterinary clinic for injured and...

January 29, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 245 views

Hunkering down for winter

Hunkering down for winter

Nature | Ecology
Recreation

For the benefit of the last-minute Christmas shoppers, or for next year, I can’t pass up a chance to talk about plants as gifts. Here is some guidance on some popular gift plants.

By Caroline Cameron, January 16, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 87 views

Local event organizer releases fictional book about girls’ hockey

Local event organizer releases fictional book about girls’ hockey

Arts | Culture
Communities
People
Recreation

With his first book under his belt, Mabou’s Wesley Beaton says he hopes to someday get the story on the big screen. “I wanted to make it a TV show, that was my end dream,” Beaton says of Beer...

January 10, 2024 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 201 views

Blood sugar 101

Blood sugar 101

Health | Wellness

by Glenna calder, ND You may not be too interested in learning about blood sugar, but I would encourage you to read on and see how it affects your mood, weight, and hormones. I think everyone should...

By Glenna Calder, January 2, 2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 126 views

‘That MacInnis feller in Halifax’ has his say

‘That MacInnis feller in Halifax’ has his say

Arts | Culture
People

Those were the old days. Compared to today, filming was a clumsy business. The members of the crew, I recall, were fascinated by the character, the hospitality, and the musical ability of the people t...

December 22, 2023 | Reading Time: 5 minutes | 142 views

Remonter dans le temps pour découvrir les anciens habitants du Cap-Rouge

Remonter dans le temps pour découvrir les anciens habitants du Cap-Rouge

Arts | Culture
Communities
Heritage
People
Recreation

By Daniel Aucoin Read an english version of this article La Société Saint-Pierre et Les Amis du plein air, avec l’appui financier de Parcs Canada, ont organisé des sessions d’animation et des...

December 19, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 242 views

Back in time to meet the settlers of Cap-Rouge

Back in time to meet the settlers of Cap-Rouge

Arts | Culture
Communities
Heritage
People
Recreation

Each Wednesday evening this past July and August, the interpretation centre of the Mkwesaqtuk/Cap-Rouge campground at Ruisseau des Maurice in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park played host...

December 19, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 259 views

ACAP Cape Breton’s environmental education programming comes to Inverness County

ACAP Cape Breton’s environmental education programming comes to Inverness County

Municipal Projects
Nature | Ecology
Recreation

Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Cape Breton is an environmental non-profit organization that offers the knowledge that Cape Bretoners need to make greener choices, and works directly on...

December 12, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 623 views

Phase one of multicourt project to ramp up in 2024

Phase one of multicourt project to ramp up in 2024

Municipal Projects
Recreation

Pickleball enthusiasts in Inverness County could have three new courts on which to enjoy their sport as early as 2024.

By Dave MacNeil, December 9, 2023 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 86 views

Christmas markets draw crowds as a social hub, cultural showcase and economic driver

Christmas markets draw crowds as a social hub, cultural showcase and economic driver

Arts | Culture
Cape Breton Economy
Communities
People

The holiday season got underway in fine style this past weekend as Christmas markets across Inverness County drew crowds eager to browse and buy a huge range of crafts, art, fresh produce and...

December 6, 2023 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 1114 views

A shed to the rescue

A shed to the rescue

Communities
Municipal Projects
People

The Chéticamp Fire Department doesn’t just serve the community it’s named after, but rather a region that stretches all the way from French Mountain to MacKenzie Mountain. In other words, these v...

By Oisin Curran, November 28, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 1079 views

What to eat before exercise to optimize your workout at any age

What to eat before exercise to optimize your workout at any age

Food
Health | Wellness

With the school year back and kids gearing up for winter sports I wanted to talk about fueling up to feel and perform their best.

By Glenna Calder, ND, November 17, 2023 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 677 views

Stage, film actor putting county on the map

Stage, film actor putting county on the map

Arts | Culture
People

Allister MacDonald doesn’t remember when he became a performer.

By Dave MacNeil, November 8, 2023 | Reading Time: 5 minutes | 1117 views

Dream job brings healthcare professional back home

Dream job brings healthcare professional back home

Communities
People
Recreation

Lauren Boyd has always been an active person and is always looking for ways to give back.

By Josefa Cameron, November 1, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 212 views

Shopping for free! First swap and repair event hosted by municipality during Waste Reduction Week

Shopping for free! First swap and repair event hosted by municipality during Waste Reduction Week

Cape Breton Economy
Communities
Municipal Projects
People
Recreation

For over 20 years, all across Canada, the 3rd week in October is Waste Reduction Week. Everyone knows that it’s becoming more and more urgent that we humans stem the tide of waste that we produce....

October 26, 2023 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 619 views

Patience pays off with announcement of trail project

Patience pays off with announcement of trail project

Cape Breton Economy
Municipal Projects
Nature | Ecology

Design work is already underway, after the Nova Scotia government announced $6.4 million for the long-awaited Seawall Trail at an announcement in Meat Cove in late June. The multi-day hut-to-hut...

October 24, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 765 views

Wind policy review – what do you think?

Wind policy review – what do you think?

Cape Breton Economy
Municipal Projects
Nature | Ecology

Dozens of Inverness County residents came out earlier this week to hear about the planned update to the municipality’s wind turbine policy, and to discuss their views on what shape that policy...

October 20, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 503 views

Hope remains for an endangered species in West Mabou

Hope remains for an endangered species in West Mabou

Nature | Ecology
People
Recreation

Not much bigger than a sparrow, there’s a yellow legged master of disguise whose natural habitat includes the fine sand and pebbles that line the dunes of certain Inverness County beaches. While the...

October 16, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 887 views

Writers Festival celebrates 15 storied years

Writers Festival celebrates 15 storied years

Arts | Culture
Communities

On the weekend of September 22-24, lovers of music, stories, and words will gather at an extra festive Cabot Trail Writers Festival, celebrating this highlight cultural event’s 15th anniversary an...

October 12, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 91 views

Steer towards sustainability!

Steer towards sustainability!

Cape Breton Economy
Health | Wellness
Nature | Ecology
Recreation

Folks from Clean Foundation brought electric vehicle test drives to Inverness County during August to show residents that plugging in to a cleaner, greener future is becoming more accessible. Nova...

October 11, 2023 | Reading Time: 1 minutes | 785 views

L’Arche gives reclaimed wood a beautiful new lease on life

L’Arche gives reclaimed wood a beautiful new lease on life

Communities
Municipal Projects
Nature | Ecology
People

Turning trash into treasure: l’Arche Cape Breton is part of an international federation of people with and without intellectual disabilities living together to celebrate the unique value of every pe...

By Joe Carew, September 20, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 2217 views

Age Well Academy sessions in full swing in Inverness County

Age Well Academy sessions in full swing in Inverness County

Communities

Over the past few months, the municipality has been holding a host of information sessions in various community settings around Inverness County. With our county’s seniors being the target audience,...

By Brandon MacNeil, September 19, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 789 views

Seeing her passion come to life

Seeing her passion come to life

Cape Breton Economy
Communities
Nature | Ecology
People

“Landfills are a waste solution that has limits as it is one direction. And once the landfills are full where do we go next?”

By Joe Carew, September 12, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 706 views

Filmmaker “had it right”

Filmmaker “had it right”

Arts | Culture
Communities
Heritage
People

It was 30 minutes that altered two generations. As the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association (CBFA) celebrates 50 years, it owes it origins to a half-hour program on CBC more than half a century ago.

By Dave MacNeil, September 6, 2023 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 253 views

Fall reckoning – the opportunities offered by a full bounty

Fall reckoning – the opportunities offered by a full bounty

Food
Recreation

Weather and luck play such a large part in how well the farmers have done this year, and, if we have our own little gardens, how well they have faired. We may have ended up with a modest harvest, or i...

September 4, 2023 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 87 views

’Tis the season…to move

’Tis the season…to move

Health | Wellness
Recreation

THIS is the time of the year to start exercising if you aren’t already in a regular routine. The conditions and light are right!

By Glenna Calder, ND, July 16, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 154 views

Roses charm with their looks, scent and stories

Roses charm with their looks, scent and stories

Nature | Ecology
Recreation

In the last century, older country homes with the space for a few precious garden showpieces would typically have peonies, mock orange, lilac, a rose, maybe tiger lilies, and of course, a clump of daf...

By Caroline Cameron, July 3, 2023 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 261 views

Lilith Fair event hits right note

Lilith Fair event hits right note

Arts | Culture
Communities
People
Recreation

The Lilith Fair Tribute Concert, a fundraiser for the Inverness Education Centre/Academy music program, marked its 12th annual event on June 15 and 16 at the school.

By Dave MacNeil, June 23, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 217 views

van Zutphen family “Always there” for hospital

van Zutphen family “Always there” for hospital

Communities
Health | Wellness

“Always there” It’s the campaign slogan used by Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital (ICMH) Charitable Foundation in 2008

By Dave MacNeil, June 23, 2023 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 168 views

Major infrastructure project slated for a 2024 start-time

Major infrastructure project slated for a 2024 start-time

Municipal Projects

The municipality will embark on a historic project this year to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in the village of Inverness, but don’t expect to see shovels in the ground until 2024.

By Dave MacNeil, June 12, 2023 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 203 views

Volunteers are lifeblood of culture and heritage sector

Volunteers are lifeblood of culture and heritage sector

Arts | Culture
Communities
Heritage
People
Recreation

For many cultural and heritage organizations in Inverness County, the winter season is a time to take stock, in between the rush that tourism brings. It’s a time when the sector can get together...

June 3, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 278 views

Mabou’s own Kate Beaton shines brightly across her North American tour

Mabou’s own Kate Beaton shines brightly across her North American tour

Arts | Culture
People

The year 2023 has already been an abundant year full of success for Mabou’s Kate Beaton. In the month of January alone, her book Ducks: Two Years in the Oilsands was shortlisted as one of five...

By Josefa Cameron, May 2, 2023 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 204 views

Cream rises to the top with community support

Cream rises to the top with community support

Cape Breton Economy
Food
Recreation

Their dream was their own dairy farm. What they’ve found is a community, whose support has exceeded even their wildest dreams. As Skye Glen Creamery celebrates its first anniversary in late August,...

April 26, 2023 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 464 views

Inverness County businesses can pitch for funding

Inverness County businesses can pitch for funding

Cape Breton Economy

A rising tide lifts all boats. That is the hope of a fund established earlier this year to help Cape Breton businesses...

April 24, 2023 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 274 views

New Cheticamp branch joins ECRL family

New Cheticamp branch joins ECRL family

Arts | Culture
Communities
Municipal Projects
People
Recreation

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a library,” reflected the great Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges. Borges was a librarian himself and it says a great deal that a man who...

April 2, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 283 views

Dr. Pillai retires after half century in ‘the right place’

Dr. Pillai retires after half century in ‘the right place’

Communities
Health | Wellness
People

He came to Inverness for two or three years. He’s stayed for 51. Known to a few medical colleagues, family and friends as Gopi, the man most Inverness County residents know simply as Dr. Pillai...

By Dave Macneil, April 2, 2023 | Reading Time: 5 minutes | 370 views

New rotary design aims to improve access

New rotary design aims to improve access

Cape Breton Economy
Communities
Municipal Projects

At first glance, the redesign of the Port Hastings rotary can seem rather complicated, but the province’s lead highway designer says motorists shouldn’t have any problem navigating the...

By Dave Macneil, April 2, 2023 | Reading Time: 6 minutes | 323 views

New Inverness County doctor is ready to help make positive change

New Inverness County doctor is ready to help make positive change

Health | Wellness
Nature | Ecology
People
Recreation

Inverness County is now home to Dr. Jasmine Lowry, a family medicine specialist, new to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital alongside Dr. Kathryn Binnersley. Lowry grew up in southern Ontario....

By Josefa Cameron, April 2, 2023 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 462 views

March – a month to plan and to prune

March – a month to plan and to prune

Nature | Ecology
Recreation

Winter-bearing shrubs help wildlife get through the winter In my gardening choices, I want to get the widest benefits. With a shrub, not only can I have flowers, but I can attract wildlife that come...

By Caroline Cameron, March 6, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 218 views

After the storm, the sun shines on Cabot trail writers festival

After the storm, the sun shines on Cabot trail writers festival

Arts | Culture
People
Recreation

Last September, as the Cabot Trail Writers Festival prepared to return to a full-capacity festival for the first time in two years, they got wind of a brand-new challenge… a weather forecast...

December 2, 2022 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 210 views

Judiquers show their true colours

Judiquers show their true colours

Arts | Culture
Communities
People
Recreation

Judique’s new tartan was on full display this week as the community celebrated the awarding of the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award for 2022. The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc was the...

October 26, 2022 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 255 views

MacDonald looks back on 30 yrs with the municipality

MacDonald looks back on 30 yrs with the municipality

Arts | Culture
People
Recreation

Playing a part in helping Inverness County communities reach their true potential is the legacy left by Donna MacDonald as she looks back on 30 years working with the Municipality. MacDonald retired...

October 26, 2022 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 231 views

Fall routines for a healthier winter

Fall routines for a healthier winter

Food
Health | Wellness

This is my favorite time of year. To me it is the season of routine, crisp weather, sweaters and lattes! As you read this we are well into Fall and perhaps have started to skip our walks, becoming...

By Glenna Calder, ND, October 26, 2022 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 187 views

Society trying to get Seawall Trail project over finish line

Society trying to get Seawall Trail project over finish line

Cape Breton Economy
Nature | Ecology
People
Recreation

The Seawall Trail will be a five-day, 48-kilometer wilderness hike. The main coastal route will travel from south to north and will expand upon existing, historical trails (with plenty of new trail...

By Dave Macneil, October 26, 2022 | Reading Time: 5 minutes | 169 views

Four county beaches added to erosion study

Four county beaches added to erosion study

Nature | Ecology

Four Inverness County beaches have been added to a coastal erosion study as a result of a recent funding announcement. Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently announced more than $200,000 in...

October 26, 2022 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 230 views

A whale of a tale(tail) to tell

A whale of a tale(tail) to tell

Communities
Municipal Projects
Nature | Ecology
Recreation

Visitors to the Whale Interpretive Centre in Pleasant Bay no longer have to wait to board a boat to catch a glimpse of a whale tail. The Municipality of the County of Inverness recently commissioned...

October 26, 2022 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 194 views

New We’koqma’q CEO grateful for ‘big picture’

New We’koqma’q CEO grateful for ‘big picture’

Communities
Nature | Ecology
People

Gioia Usher says she’s thankful every day for the opportunity to learn about the challenges facing First Nations communities. Usher, who took over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at We’koqma’q...

By Dave Macneil, October 26, 2022 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 402 views

Gardening as a team sport

Gardening as a team sport

Communities
Nature | Ecology

Community gardens have been popping up all over Inverness County to answer to people’s needs and gardening interests. A garden, and a sunny yard for that matter, can be a luxury for young families...

By Caroline Cameron, October 13, 2022 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 247 views

5 Tips to make your summer menu healthier!

5 Tips to make your summer menu healthier!

Food
Health | Wellness

Summer time enjoyment often means more delicious barbecues and social eating! With a few adjustments we can make our barbecuing safer and keep your plate healthy all year long. Grill Foods Safely...

By Glenna Calder, ND, August 25, 2022 | Reading Time: 3 minutes | 174 views

Big Belle finds her jam

Big Belle finds her jam

Arts | Culture
Nature | Ecology
People

Blueberry Jam started in 2019 as an Outdoor Concert at Big Belle Farm, a 170 year old heritage farm owned by Paul Meagher and Adele MacInnis-Meagher on Mabou Ridge, NS. The event, formed through a...

August 25, 2022 | Reading Time: 6 minutes | 261 views

Retired business owner wins District 1 vote

Retired business owner wins District 1 vote

People

Housing is looking to eclipse roads as the main issue as Claude Poirier gets to work as councillor for Inverness County’s most northerly district. Poirier won a special election in March to...

August 25, 2022 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 138 views

Newly elected Cllr Phillips quickly getting up to speed on District 2 concerns

Newly elected Cllr Phillips quickly getting up to speed on District 2 concerns

People

Blair Phillips says he’s quickly getting up to speed on issues as he takes his seat representing District #2 on Inverness County council. The newly-elected Phillips, recently forced by an injury to...

August 25, 2022 | Reading Time: 2 minutes | 148 views

Old and new ways meet in gardening

Old and new ways meet in gardening

Arts | Culture
Food
Nature | Ecology

Many of us mark the coming and going of the seasons by the appearance of the violets, the hummingbirds, the lobster feeds, the fireflies, the strawberries, and the first greens and beans from the...

By Caroline Cameron, July 26, 2022 | Reading Time: 4 minutes | 205 views