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The Infamous Nova Scotia Toit

Garry Leeson It was a long time coming and there was a lot of excitement when they finally got it. Men and women alike had been waiting for years to get it. They couldn’t have got it at a better time. The Toit, the round version being most preferable, turned out to be the currency of a revolution. People everywhere were getting it and as soon as they got it, things began to change. Suddenly all those things that should have happened began to actually happen and untold numbers of old promises were being kept. Renovations and small building projects…
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Dinner Out: Cumin Kitchen and Drinks

Scott Campbell From the creators of Le Caveau at Grand Pre Winery comes a brand new casual dining experience. With Chef Jason Lynch creating a phenomenal new menu that is both creative and delicious this new gem promises to be sparkling addition to the culinary landscape in the Valley. Cumin Kitchen and Drinks is located in the new building at 21 Roy Avenue in New Minas. Chef Lynch describes Cumin Kitchen and Drinks as an urban café and eatery based on locally sourced and supportive agriculture with fresh and honest food prepared simply. They offer dine-in, take-out, or take-home and…
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Budget 2021 supports Nova Scotia’s Wine Sector

Kody Blois As your Member of Parliament, I’m proud to champion the robust agriculture sector that exists in Kings-Hants—including our grape and wine sector, which also serves as a tourism destination, generating jobs and supporting our local economy. There has been tremendous growth in our wine sector since 2007. This is largely in part due to the entrepreneurial spirit of our wine growers and vineyard operators, but also because of the 100% Canadian Excise Exemption. However, this exemption was deemed non-trade compliant by the World Trade Organization following a challenge from Australia in 2018. In working closely with stakeholders in…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Invasive Plants

Samuel Jean, Conservation and Education Assistant I am writing these lines on the International Day for Biological Diversity and I hope that it will inspire landowners, and gardeners especially, to act on a threat to biodiversity: invasive plants. Invasive plant pulling is part of the daily work at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Despite continuous monitoring, several plant species that are not native to the province and that are known to shade, crowd, and overwhelm native plants find their way into the Gardens. Unlike native plants, invasive plants did not evolve for thousands of years along with the wildlife that…
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Mike Uncorked: OSCAR GOLD PICKS 2021

Mike Uncorked: OSCAR GOLD PICKS 2021 By Mike Butler  Hi Everyone! Is it Academy Awards time already? After an extremely wonky 2020, with very little happening in theatres, we all turned to live streaming and online methods of film watching, and just when I thought the Awards season looked dismal to non-existent because of the lack of films being released, studios began doing online campaigns to get films out and honour them as usual. The Golden Globes, SAGs, Baftas, and Emmys all turned to hybrid awards shows and it’s boosted the spirits of the arts community. The Oscars are doing…
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Get Outside: Maritime Dog First Aid and Hiking Safety

Emily Kathan Tracey Buchanan is the owner and operator of Maritime Dog First Aid and Hiking Safety. She also teaches (human) first aid courses for BraveHeart First Aid in Coldbrook. Owning a dog (or two) means getting outside is part of your daily routine. We asked Tracey about how her training courses and hikes help dogs and their people stay safe and healthy while exploring and enjoying trails around the Valley: The Grapevine: Tell our readers a little about yourself and where you’re from (and a little about your dogs too!):Tracey Buchanan: I grew up in Baddeck, Cape Breton, and…
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Transition Wolfville Area’s Poetry Project

LocaVisions and Alter-narratives to Seed our Near Good FutureSubmitted by Transition Wolfville Area It’s been a year of emergency measures, lockdowns, and increased general anxiety. We have all had some time to reflect on the state of human affairs on our precious planet. Transition Wolfville Area is excited to embrace the promise of spring renewal. We are promoting a people-powered and physical “Local Visioning” project in poetic form this April. April is national poetry month with Earth Day at its core on the 21st. In Wolfville, this will be celebrated as Earth Week. This project invites us all to dream…
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Nova Scotia’s Natural Ice Season

Joel Hornborg, Nor’Easter Natural Ice Our winters are definitely changing. Drastic temperature fluctuations throughout the season have made it increasingly challenging to plan ahead for winter adventures, and it is rare that good snow or ice conditions last for more than a few days. Luckily, you usually don’t have to wait very long before the next window of great conditions returns. Nordic skates, kicksleds, fat bikes, skis, and snowshoes are all useful tools to have ready in your quiver. For those prepared with the right equipment and knowledge of conditions, winters are filled with opportunities for incredible adventures in frozen…
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Mike Uncorked: Bees and Thank You!

Mike Butler Our Valley is filled with gardening, wildlife, and nature enthusiasts, and for good reason: we live in such a beautiful area with so much to be thankful for. Over the last few months, I’ve been presented with concerns and issues involving environmental change and sustainability and its impact on honey bees and other pollinators. I love honey, beeswax candles, and honestly, I love bees. I wasn’t aware of the plight of pollinators and so, with some help from my bee friends, here is a helpful list of things we all can do this spring, and down the road,…
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Writer Jake Lewis on Representation and Autism Awareness

Dana Mills Friday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. Recently local author Dana Mills joined writer and autism advocate Jake Lewis for a virtual discussion about representation and writing bravely in the face of personal struggle. Dana Mills: How do you identify as a writer, Jake? Would you call yourself an “autistic writer”? Jake Lewis: To me, I’m just a guy who just so happens to have autism. It doesn’t really have much of an effect on who I am as a writer, I don’t think. DM: I admire your honesty in your piece, My Take on Mental Health for Autistic People, where you…
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