Easing barriers to beach days
Three communities in Newfoundland and Labrador - Pasadena, Deer Lake and the Eastport Peninsula - are rolling out welcome mats to help everyone access their beaches.
Specialized mats will provide access to the beach and water not just for people using wheelchairs, but also those with other mobility issues, such as those who use walkers, and even parents with strollers.
SaltWire's Diane Crocker discovered that the towns could apply for funding under the federal government's accessibility fund for the Mobi-Mats.
Pasadena has also purchased two wheelchairs that make travelling along the beach easier, and they can go into the water.
Recreation director Wanda Wight told Crocker that the purchases were a key piece of the puzzle to making the Pasadena's beaches accessible to all of its residents.
“We’ve got lots of good comments and some stories on it,” says Wight, who added the mats have allowed some people to go to the beach for the first time in years.
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Making hay while the sun shines
The air so heavy with water he almost could drink it, Angus Gillis chugged along on his half-century-old Massey Ferguson on Monday afternoon.
Speireag Hendra followed with a borrowed truck, leading in-laws and out-laws building precarious architectures on their homemade trailer from the square bales her husband left behind.
The Chronicle Herald's Aaron Beswick describes the process of learning how to cut, bale and store hay for a new farm family in Nova Scotia:
It’s hard to find a comparable milestone in an urban life with which to relate making your first cut of hay on your own land with your own equipment.
So just come along for the read with the understanding that Monday was a big day for Hendra and Gillis.
Crayons, backpacks and masks?
While provinces' plans for September differ, one thing that is common across the continent is some serious back-to-school worries about the coronavirus.
How are parents and students in Atlantic Canada getting ready this year?
Trying to stay calm, practising wearing masks and making tough decisions about what the right educational setting for their kid is, if they do have a choice.
“I am nervous, but my son is very excited,” Jessica Gorrill of Kinkora, P.E.I., whose son is getting ready for his very first school year. “I try not to take away from that excitement with my own nervousness.”
Some gifts go beyond what money can buy.
A Nova Scotia woman says she owes her life to her sister on P.E.I.
Almost 30 years after being diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, Cheryl Castellani, 53, of Hammonds Plains, N.S., says she owes her life to her sister, Heather Blouin, 47, of Grand River, P.E.I.
On July 23 at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, Castellani received a healthy kidney from Blouin.
Castellani struggles with her emotions as she describes what her sister’s gift means to her.
“I get to thank my donor and show my donor how much this is appreciated," an emotional Castellani told The Guardian's Dave Stewart.
“What I do with my life will always be in the best interest of what she did for me. It’s overwhelming when I stop to think about it. When I sit and think about it, I really do lose it.’’
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