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  1. Cautionary Tails…

    What if the Pinta Island Galapagos giant tortoise and the Yangtze giant softshell turtle — each currently estimated to have a population of one — go the way of the dodo? Does this mean that they couldn’t cut it in an evolutionary sense; that they were unfit, and therefore extinction is somehow acceptable?

  2. PEI Loves Burgers

    Last month, PEI beef lovers were in hamburger heaven as restaurants competed to create the ultimate burger made with 100 per cent PEI beef. An extensive marketing campaign called “PEI Burger Love” encouraged Islanders to get out and taste burgers from 22 restaurants. Each person who sampled a burger was then asked to “rate their love” online. The burger with the highest “love” rating won the crown.

  3. Not a Mug’s Game!

    We probably don’t need to tell you that Saltscapes magazine has some talented contributors. Writer Jack MacAndrew won gold at last weekend’s Atlantic Journalism Awards (held in Fredericton) in the category Best Magazine Profile for his story on Catherine MacLellan (Mar/Apr, 2011); Sara Jewell took home silver in the category Best Magazine Article for her story “Circle of Life” (Sept/Oct, 2011). Photographer John Sylvester won an award in the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) Awards, also held in Fredericton last weekend, in the category Best Evocation of a Place Photo for his image that opened the story “Torngat Safari,” Nov/Dec 2010. And raise a glass to our Drinks columnist, Natalie MacLean, who is a finalist in the National Magazine Awards’ How-To category for her story “Grapes of Laugh,” May/June, 2011 Good Taste. Go, team!

  4. Join the Club

    Experience is the best teacher when it comes to photography. Whether you have been taking pictures for years or you just bought a new camera and don't have a clue how to use it, joining a photography club is a wise move. I joined the Sackville, NS, photography club to help me feel more at ease taking photos, to learn more about my new Canon G12 camera and to share my passion with like-minded people.

  5. Bravo, Alain!

    Saltscapes' food editor wins first-ever Culinary Ambassador of the Year award.

    The Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards were handed out last week during the Annual Tourism Summit in Halifax. (Taste of Nova Scotia is a province-wide marketing program, whose members have met and are committed to maintaining the program's quality standards for food, service and hospitality.)

  6. World Famous Snowblower

    Saltscapes contributor Alec Bruce steps up to buy the snowblower that wowed the world

    By now, you've probably heard about the cleverly worded snowblower ad on the online classified site, Kijiji was written by a Moncton man, Weh-Ming Cho.

  7. Winners all round

    This has been a banner time for awards! Faith Drinnan, our defacto circulation director at the Oyster Group, received a Women of Excellence award on November 16 at the World Trade and Convention Centre, in Halifax. The annual event is organized by the Canadian Progress Club as a fundraiser primarily for Phoenix Youth Programs (Phoenix is a non-profit organization that provides shelter and resources for homeless and at-risk youth). More than 600 people were at the $150/plate dinner to celebrate extraordinary women nominated in six business sectors. "In the 22 years we've been doing this we've raised close to $1 million," says event co-chair, Jacqueline Gallagher.

  8. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 24

    Today dawned a beautiful sunny morning after a rainy and windy evening and overnight at the Stonehame Chalets in Pictou County NS. From a vantage point of 800 feet, the view from this location, especially on such a morning, is simply outstanding. A great swath of Pictou County, including Pictou Island, is visible with PEI off in the distance.

    We left the main highway at Masstown for a Fundy Shore visit to Parrsboro and environs. It has been a while. We had, perhaps, forgotten just how pretty this area is - with stunning views out across the bay in front and a backdrop of tree covered hills.
    There's a great deal of local anticipation about the upcoming Bay of Fundy positioning in the new seven wonders of the world vote.

  9. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 22

    This was to be a long day.

    We left Margaree Harbour on a gorgeous morning (Lord knows we deserved it) for a scenic drive across western Cape Breton Island, up along Lake Ainslie and down to the western end of Bras d'Or through the Isle Madame area where French replaces gaelic on bilingual road signs. This was a new experience for us both: very pleasant communities.

    We had the usual wait at the causeway (where 100 vehicles line up to allow two boats to pass) and turned left near Monastery for the pretty little drive down to Guysborough - just a charming town.

  10. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 21

    Still in sunny Cape Breton thus morning: fingers crossed.

    Departed Ben Eoin Campground after a great breakfast on the deck overlooking the mirror flat Bras d'Or Lakes; pretty magical.