CALGARA, Alta. - It’s official – Stephen Harper is leaving politics.
CALGARA, Alta. - It’s official – Stephen Harper is leaving politics.
LAWRENCETOWN - The 90th edition of the Annapolis Valley Exhibition August 15 to 20 drew a lot of competitors in various categories – from baby contests and Exhibition Idol, to cooking, photography, fruits and vegetables, and flowers and art.
TRURO, N.S. – An east end Truro woman fears a man seen wandering in her backyard this week had plans to steal her dog.
TRURO, N.S. – One of the toughest challenges T.J. Smith ever faced was talking to his parents about his suicidal thoughts and then watching tears run down their faces.
BOLZANO, ITALY – A group of young hockey players and their family members from Yarmouth County were in Italy Aug. 24 when a large earthquake hit the country.
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL – A waterfront redevelopment project just got $657,078 in cash from three levels of government – and work could begin as early as this fall.
BAY ROBERTS, N.L. - Over the last 42 years, Frazer Smith rarely talked about the night he helped a group of women escape a burning building. It’s not even a story his wife Bev was aware of before The Compass published an article this week about the fire and the 14 women who were inside at the time.
NEW WATERFORD, N.S. — Culprits have sunk to a new low in New Waterford.
WEST PARADISE - They’ve packed a lot of golf into 75 years – and a lot of memories.
Over his 15 years stationed with the RCMP Detachment in Gander, Wayne Warren of Gambo had an opportunity to see a number of famous faces.
Gordie Howe, best known for his career with the Detroit Redwings, has died. He was 88.
MIDDLETON - There was a catch when local multi-sport athlete Mason Smith recently travelled to Quebec for nationals. He'd have to compete blindfolded. The sixteen-year-old's athletic ability is undeniable. He thrives on the ice, field, court - you name it. Not one to shy away from new things, Smith accepted an invite to give goalball a go a little more than a year ago. The sport, predominantly played by people with visual impairments, forces blindfolded athletes to rely on their senses of touch and hearing to navigate a volleyball-sized court while attempting to block or throw a ball with a bell inside of it. The objective is to throw the ball into a net defended by the centre and two wings on the opposing team. “I kind of just took it on as a challenge,” said Smith, who lives with central vision loss as a result of Stargardt's disease. Goalball athletes wear blindfolds to level the playing field, which allows players with various degrees of vision loss to participate in the sport. Raised tape helps the athletes pinpoint their position on the court. Smith admits his first goalball practice was a tad overwhelming, but his teammates encouraged him to keep honing his skills. “I didn't want to just go to one practice and stop,” he said, noting that the team practices every week. “I couldn't throw the ball to save my life a year ago” The persistence paid off. Smith has since travelled to Finland, Montreal, Calgary and Ontario to compete in high-level goalball tournaments. And he almost went to Colarado Springs to play for Team Canada's junior national team. “Four days before my flight, I went downhill skateboarding and broke my collar bone,” he said, turning to Bonny Hubley, one of his teachers at Middleton Regional High School, with a smirk. “Nobody was really pleased with me,” Smith added. Smith tends to be a little too modest, considering everything he's accomplished at such a young age, Hubley said. “What he can learn through listening - when he actually listens - is really fascinating. His mental math is incredible,” she said. “He's quite a kid. He's soon going to start taking me everywhere he goes when he becomes rich and famous.” Smith, a recruit for Team Nova Scotia's U18 rugby squad, was recently listed among a handful of athletes to receive Sport Nova Scotia's Sport Chek Athlete of the Month honours for his performance at the 2016 Goalball Championships in Quebec City. His team downed British Columbia in a close 2-0 final to win the championship game and bring home the gold. He hopes to one day compete at the Paralympic Games level with a teammate from Nova Scotia. “They're the reason I keep playing,” he said.
LAWRENCETOWN - The Annapolis Valley Exhibition’s 90th edition ran from August 15 to 20 in Lawrencetown. Staying true to its agricultural roots, it was all about farming, people, crops, and animals.
LAWRENCETOWN - There seems to be an increased interest in agriculture these days, says Rachel Taylor, and that bodes well for the Annapolis Valley Exhibition that will mark its 90th birthday when the gates open August 15.
MIDDLETON - When they started building Old Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Middleton, George Washington had just become President of the United States. Its first service was conducted 76 years before the Confederation of Canada. And slavery was still legal north of the 49th parallel.
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL - Former CBC archivist Ern Dick is coordinating a special oral history project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the grand opening of Port-Royal National Historic Site.
YARMOUTH, N.S. – The discovery of several dozen live lobsters in Swedish waters earlier this year is jeopardizing future imports to Europe from North America.
BRIDGETOWN- A new building marks a fresh direction for Nova Scotia's first chartered bank.
WOLFVILLE- Nova Scotia’s craft beverage scene will soon boast the first cidery to open in the Annapolis Valley.
ANNAPOLIS COUNTY - Old-school style frugality is paving the way in a new economy as people use their wits to create new opportunities from stuff that’s all around them - whether it’s by sea or by land.
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL - Everybody dances. Usain Bolt does a little victory samba on the track. Our Prime Minister has dabbled in Bhangra. Astronaut Chris Hadfield tripped the light fantastic on-stage at the National Arts Centre.
LAKE LAROSE – Lisa Proulx has a house full of baby monarch Butterflies.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Gary Hand’s words are still crystal clear in his son Rod’s memory 46 years later.
CAPE JOURIMAIN, N.B. – It may not have gone as planned, but organizers of the BIG SWIM 2016 say it was a resounding success nonetheless, having fallen just short of their fundraising goal, at least for the moment.
When I was in my teens, we had a family dog that looked like a miniature Doberman pinscher and hated both the postman and the mail he delivered. (I think my mother got it because she lost a bet.)
“Do I dare eat a peach?” – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot
Hardly a day goes by in the Canadian media when you can’t find a reference to a think-tank — the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the Fraser Institute, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Pembina Institute, the Macdonald Laurier Institute.
“He attacks other religions and ethnic groups, inflaming domestic tension and foreign terrorist rage.” — David Ignatius, American journalist