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Nova Scotia is a wonderful place to live, work and visit.  However, the news tends to be all gloomy and depressing.  Only good news stories located here!
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Home - Taproot Fibre Lab - Nova Scotia

Home - Taproot Fibre Lab - Nova Scotia | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
TapRoot Fibre Lab is devoted to creating long line flax fibre processing equipment that can generate localized economic growth in rural communities.
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Tourism is booming in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia

Tourism is booming in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Nova Scotia, one of the lesser-known provinces of Canada however, is emerging as a major destination and has been breaking its own records for tourism.
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ANTHONY EL-CID

Welcome to the world of Anthony El-cid. Discover our Haute Couture and Ready to Wear Collections; Experience our Fall Winter 2015/2016 Look-Book.
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Maritime firefighter breaks record

Maritime firefighter breaks record | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
A 60-year-old firefighter from Nova Scotia is the World Champion in what is described as “the hardest two minutes in sports”.
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Former PM unveils details of Mulroney Institute in Antigonish

Former PM unveils details of Mulroney Institute in Antigonish | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Canada's 18th Prime Minister is in Antigonish this morning to unveil previously announced plans for the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Francis Xavier University, and construction of Mulroney Hall.
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13 Breathtaking Places To View Fall Colours In Nova Scotia

13 Breathtaking Places To View Fall Colours In Nova Scotia | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Be sure to take in some of these incredible canopies.
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A Toast to the East Coast: Touring Nova Scotia's Unique Wineries | Billy

A Toast to the East Coast: Touring Nova Scotia's Unique Wineries | Billy | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Only by visiting the province itself can you sample most of the interesting, unique offerings of Nova Scotia
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SCARECROW FESTIVAL

SCARECROW FESTIVAL | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Join us for the 20th Annual Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair where a fun-filled, family weekend awaits your arrival… Each year the town comes to life with over 150 hand-made
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Mahone Bay has their act together. Love the Scarecrow Festival!
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Transgender N.S. student making an impact on and off the football field

Transgender N.S. student making an impact on and off the football field | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
A transgender teenager at Halifax West High School says the most nerve-wracking part of tryout for the football team wasn’t whether or not he’d make it – it was actually signing up.
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Ottawa to invest $93.7 million in ocean research centre in Halifax

Ottawa to invest $93.7 million in ocean research centre in Halifax | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The federal government is investing $93.7 million over seven years in an ocean research project involving three universities in Atlantic Canada.
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Peace By Chocolate - Antigonish, NS

Meet the Hadhad family, owners of Peace By Chocolate and one of more than 1500 vendors that sell their products at farmers' markets in Nova Scotia. Isa
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Calling all chowderheads: 10 tastings on Nova Scotia’s chowder trail - The Boston Globe

Calling all chowderheads: 10 tastings on Nova Scotia’s chowder trail - The Boston Globe | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Nova Scotia brings something special to the table — chowder made with plump Digby scallops, shrimp, smoked haddock, salmon, mussels, and lobster, or some combination of them, all pulled from local waters.
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Watch Sidney Crosby and local NHLers play shinny in Bedford

Watch Sidney Crosby and local NHLers play shinny in Bedford | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Nova Scotia hockey stars challenge each other to shinny games at local rinks during the off-season, and one independent sports reporter has been there to record it.
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Glow-in-the-dark rope could be a high-seas lifesaver

Glow-in-the-dark rope could be a high-seas lifesaver | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Matthew Moore, who has spent a lifetime sailing Nova Scotia's waters, has come up with a life-saving rope that glows in the dark.
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Live blog: Follow Boston’s 2016 Christmas tree on its 700-mile journey from Nova Scotia

Live blog: Follow Boston’s 2016 Christmas tree on its 700-mile journey from Nova Scotia | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
For 45 years now, Nova Scotia has provided Boston the city's Christmas tree, free of charge.
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Wanda Thomas Bernard appointed to the Senate of Canada

Wanda Thomas Bernard appointed to the Senate of Canada | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Dr. Bernard, professor in the School of Social Work and the university's special advisor, diversity and inclusiveness, was one of nine Canadians announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as new appointments to the Senate of Canada this week.
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'This is too good to be true,' flood victim says of free help

'This is too good to be true,' flood victim says of free help | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Christopher Lee was unemployed and looking for work when the Thanksgiving night storm hit Sydney. He wasn't personally affected, so he offered to help friends and family with the clean up.
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Riding the World’s Highest Tides

Riding the World’s Highest Tides | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The Bay of Fundy is deemed as one of the seven wonders in North America and home to the world’s highest tides! Imagine the incredible ebb and flow of one hundred billion tonnes of water making its way upstream against …
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Cape Breton teen hailed a hero after saving woman from choking

Cape Breton teen hailed a hero after saving woman from choking | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
A Cape Breton teen is being hailed a hero after his quick-thinking saved a woman from choking. Alexander MacRae recently started working as a part-time server at the Three Doors Down Diner in Baddeck, N.S. He was working the lunchtime shift when a customer started choking on a piece of ham from her Western sandwich.
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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: 32 Tips for a Great Trip - Solo Traveler

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: 32 Tips for a Great Trip - Solo Traveler | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The Cabot Trail, Louisbourg, the best golf in Canada, ceilidhs and more. Get the tips you need for a great trip to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
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Syrian refugee families embrace life in Halifax

Syrian refugee families embrace life in Halifax | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Syrian refugees have arrived in Halifax since December of last year. While other cities are struggling to find ways to make them stay, Halifax seems to be doing all the right things.
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Welcome to The Skyline Trail -The Most Scenic Hike on an Epic Drive

Welcome to The Skyline Trail -The Most Scenic Hike on an Epic Drive | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The Skyline Trail of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia is the most scenic hike on Canada's most epic driving route, The Cabot Trail.
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LIVING THE CAPE BRETON LIFE - Q&A with Alan Arkin

LIVING THE CAPE BRETON LIFE - Q&A with Alan Arkin | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
“Q&A: Tiffany Thornton”

Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin has been entertaining film audiences
for decades in movies ranging from “Catch-22” to "Argo" and "Little Miss
Sunshine". With his distinctive voice and chameleon like-style, he embodies
each character he portrays with vitality. Yet a little known fact is
Arkin’s love for Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, where he spends several
months a year cultivating a quieter life. Local Connections Halifax chats
exclusively with the actor on natural beauty, culinary musts and how he got
his start.  LCH: I heard you have had a place on Cape Breton Island for
years, and you head there every summer?

Arkin: We've been there for about twenty years. We spend several months a
year in Cape Breton. It’s my favorite place on earth.

LCH: Being American, living out in Los Angeles who would have thought you
would buy a place in Cape Breton… Why not Maine or Cape Cod? How did it
come to be?

Arkin: I really don't know. I felt for decades and decades that I had some
business in Nova Scotia and I had no idea why? The only thing I can think
of is that people told me it was similar to Scotland. From the time I was
in my teens I had a strong feeling about Scotland, and loved a movie that
had different names in different countries. It was either "Whiskey Galore"
or “Tight Little Island”. I fell in love with the people from that area in
the films I had seen. 

I heard that Nova Scotia, particularly Cape Breton, had some of that same
character. I finally met somebody who had a place in Cape Breton and he
invited us up. I remember going across the causeway and I just felt like I
was in Shangri-La. I went to his place; I fell in love with his place! I
took a walk down the bluff and I said to my wife, “Were going to have a
house right here”. 

LCH: It is truly a magical part of the world. Is it hard for you to get
here?

Arkin: It’s a daunting trip from where we are. We are not even in Los
Angeles so it’s harder for us to get there. By the time we get there after
the four-hour drive from Halifax. I say nothing in the world is worth this
- nothing! I say it every year and then I get there and I say it’s worth
everything. We stay until about October unless some kind of work
commitments come up that I can't say no to.

LCH: What does Cape Breton represent to you when you spend time there?

Arkin: It represents peace and a very, very dramatic connection with
nature. It represents being with some of the most genuine people I have
ever met in my life. 

We have made some very close friends there; people that I hold very dear to
me and of course the best seafood on the planet! Also in the last four tO
five years there are a lot of changes going on that are helpful to the
island, like different kinds of foods are being introduced. There are a
couple of restaurants down in the area that are kind of adventurous that we
love going to. We love the Dancing Goat - they have wonderful food. The
soups are so good that I got slightly depressed, that they make soups that
are better than mine. We also love the Herring Choker, which is near
Baddeck, They do wonderful breads and pastries.

LCH: Something people may not know about you is that you started your
career in a music band.

Arkin: It was kind of an offshoot. I had wanted to act since I was a kid
and as a hobby I played the guitar and sang for some pocket money, but I
got connected with a group and it took off. We did very, very well for a
few years. That was my first success, but it wasn't what I really wanted to
do. I wanted to get into film and theater. I left the band when I was still
on a high, but I managed somehow to make a living as an actor.

LCH: Cape Breton has such a strong Celtic music scene. Do you listen to
live music on the island? 

Arkin: Yeah we do, when we can find Natalie MacMaster or Ashley MacIssac 

LCH: Any new projects coming up for you that we can anticipate in the next
while?

Arkin: I finished a film a few months ago called "Going in Style" with
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Ann Margret. We’re waiting to find out
when that comes out. 
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'He's in my house!': Sidney Crosby makes a housecall

'He's in my house!': Sidney Crosby makes a housecall | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
A Nova Scotia man was surprised and delighted when Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby dropped by his house to fulfill a request he’d made on a handmade roadside sign.
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