GUYSBOROUGH – International Women’s Day (IWD) is Monday, March 8. This global day of celebration honours the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and promotes gender parity. In Guysborough County, there are many women to celebrate – from small business owners, front-line workers, women in trades, to stay-at-home mothers and many more. In this year of pandemic, one line of work most parents have come to appreciate, perhaps more than ever, is the role of educator. This year The Journal is highlighting the women leading the team at Chedabucto Education Centre /Guysborough Academy (CECGA): Principal Barbara Avery and Vice Principle Tera Dorrington. What follows is an online interview with Avery and Dorrington discussing their careers and the importance of female role models. Journal: What is your position and how long have you been in that position? Avery: I have been in administration at CECGA for a little over eight years, six of those as a Principal. … [Read more...] about CECGA administrators reflect on their career journey for International Women’s Day
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DRUM HEAD – Almost 100 years ago, the steamer Scotia caught fire and sank off the shores of Drum Head, Guysborough County, while hauling $75,000 worth of cargo from Halifax to Boylston, Guysborough County. In the intervening years, what was left of the vessel has sat in the shoals off Harbour Island, within sight of Drum Head residents. Jason Langley grew up looking out over those waters, the same ones he fishes today. He told The Journal last week that the wreck of the Scotia was a part of local history, a landmark in the community. And he, as well as many others, was shocked to hear the news last week that the government planned to move what remained of the vessel as part of the Abandoned Boats Program. “I heard it on the radio when I went to the store yesterday (Feb. 22) and I was thunderstruck,” said Langley. Why the government would decide to move the Scotia now, a century after it sank is a mystery to Langley, who said the wreck posed no threat to navigation. He told The … [Read more...] about Government and locals at odds about fate of 100-year-old shipwreck
GUYSBOROUGH – One of the first announcements to come out of Premier Iain Rankin’s office outlined the province’s commitment to the environment and fighting climate change through an investment of “$19 million in rebates to support low-income families in making their homes more comfortable and energy-efficient and help Nova Scotians buy clean, reliable electric vehicles.” The news release, issued Feb. 24, also stated the province would “move toward a new renewable energy standard, with 80 per cent of Nova Scotia’s energy coming from renewable sources by 2030.” While the new premier is showing signs that he’s sticking to his environmental platform with this announcement, that’s a playbook the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) has been following for the last decade. Guysborough has been going green on a number of fronts for years. MODG warden Vernon Pitts said, “We as a municipal unit, have been blazing trails the last number of years in regard to renewables.” He … [Read more...] about Provincial ‘green’ announcement in step with MODG’s renewable energy investments
GUYSBOROUGH – As Nova Scotia ushered out the month of February, the province also ushered in a new premier. On Feb. 23, Iain Rankin was sworn in as the 29th Premier of Nova Scotia. The change at the head of the table brought a new 16-member cabinet with some new faces and revisions to roles and names of departments. Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines holds his position in cabinet as the minister for the Department of Transportation and Active Transit (formerly Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal). Hines said of his appointment, “I am so very humbled to rejoin Premier Rankin’s cabinet as Minister of Transportation and Active Transit. I look forward to working with our communities and the department’s great staff to provide safe efficient transport for all Nova Scotians.” Speaking to the change in the department’s mandate, Hines told The Journal that over the past four years a “significant portion of my responsibility and a massive amount of … [Read more...] about Hines returns to transportation portfolio in Rankin’s cabinet
NEW YORK: Facebook's plan to hire professional journalists instead of relying solely on algorithms to deliver news is a positive step but is unlikely to shake up an embattled media industry, analysts say. The social media giant said on Tuesday (Aug 20) it would build a small team of journalists to select the top national news of the day "to ensure we're highlighting the right stories". READ: Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab It comes as the US media landscape is plagued by job losses and newspaper closures, with organisations trying to figure out how to record profits in the age of free news. Stories will appear in a section called the "news tab", which will be separate from the traditional news feed that displays updates and content from users' friends and relatives. "In theory, I see this as a really positive development. It is something quite promising," Danna Young, a communications professor at the University of Delaware, told AFP. … [Read more...] about What does Facebook’s plan to hire journalists mean for media industry?