Beach cleanups attract waves of volunteers

Ocean Warriors pull trash from seashores Amid the solitude of pandemic-era beach walks, Angela Riley found not just solace, but a mission that became a province-wide movement. In 2020, Riley was on one of her daily walks on the beach near her home in Eastern Passage when the idea hit her. She noticed the same…

How Nova Scotia communities are changing history

Lunenburg County
Stella Bowles got the media to pay attention to pollution in the LaHave River. When a philanthropist and a local politician got involved, the issue was finally addressed.

Annapolis County
Philanthropist Jane Nicholson established Annapolis Investments in Rural Opportunity (AIRO) –– sparking 14 grassroots business ideas and transforming the local economy at the same time.

Pictou and Digby Counties
The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s recent projects offer examples that can be copied across the province to tackle the affordable housing crisis.

Cape Breton
The Eskasoni First Nation is becoming a leader in green energy thanks in part to a strong culture of cooperation and stewardship over nature

Kings County
Cindy Lou Oulton didn’t know anything about growing and marketing luffa sponges when she started her business. Her gamble seems to have paid off.

Nova Scotia-wide
East Coast Credit Union (ECCU) has launched the #EastCoastCUCares Grant Program, providing $100,000 annually in grants from $5,000 to $30,000 for local initiatives.

Kings County
Sean Myles and Gina Haverstock drew on their expertise to found the Annapolis Cider Company. It quickly grew into one of Canada’s leading premium cider brands.

Colchester County
Over $2 trillion in business assets owned by boomer-era small business owners will be up for grabs over the next decade, but only 1 in 10 business owners have a formalized succession plan in place.

Hants, Colchester, Cumberland Counties
The Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Geopark has been created to protect and promote the unique Bay of Fundy coast, becoming a boon for local businesses, promoting the area’s unique geology, tides, history and indigenous stories.

Shelburne County
Cruise ships have returned to Shelburne after a two-season hiatus due to Covid-19. A community initiative is providing passengers with a world-class experience during their stay.

Yarmouth, Hants, Kings, Annapolis Counties
Communities in Nova Scotia are taking innovative measures to attract health professionals.

Cape Breton-wide
New Dawn Enterprises is a Cape Breton non-profit that has been helping people become more self-reliant in areas such as health and housing for 45 years.

Pictou County
When the River John School closed in 2015, the Bigney family stepped in and turned the building into a gathering place and a focal point for the community.

Luneburg County
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) has implemented measures to respond to climate change, committing to a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 through the use of solar panels, EV charging stations, and a community garden on municipal property.

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