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SaltWire Selects August 4: Check your pronouns, meet newlyweds, visit North Preston and take a P.E.I. road trip

Newlyweds Tara and Richard Barry, after their wedding at the Wesley United Church on Saturday. – Andrew Waterman/The Telegram
Newlyweds Tara and Richard Barry, after their wedding at the Wesley United Church on Saturday. – Andrew Waterman/The Telegram - Andrew Waterman

These stories about Atlantic Canadians and their communities are worth your time

Pronouns and pride

As part of The Cape Breton Post's coverage of Pride, Greg McNeil spoke with Veronica Merryfield about why using people's preferred pronouns matters. 

Merryfield, who mentors LGBQT+ youth (as well as tech entrepreneurs) in Cape Breton, told McNeil pronouns "gauge your identity." 

"Incorrect use can be triggering and the devastating impact of that can be suicide, especially among youth," he reports. 

“That’s why pronouns matter," Merryfield said. "The repeated denigration of individuals by using the wrong pronouns is going to head them down that road.” 

Veronica Merryfield is shown marching in last year’s Pride Cape Breton parade in Sydney. - MIKE WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Veronica Merryfield is shown marching in last year’s Pride Cape Breton parade in Sydney. CONTRIBUTED - MIKE WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY - Contributed

Wedding bells

Postponed weddings and elopements are dual themes of 2020's wedding season.

However, Tara Thistle and Richard Barry went in the opposite direction. 

“Some people are just like, ‘No, I want the big wedding, I want the whole thing … but (we) just want to get married," Tara (Thistle) Barry said after the ceremony. 

Find out what they told The Telegram's Andrew Waterman about why their 2021 wedding became an in-person, church ceremony in 2020 and why the minister was thrilled. 

As he waited on his bride before the ceremony, Richard Barry’s nerves were a little on edge. But once the ceremony was over, he became noticeably more relaxed. - Andrew Waterman
As he waited on his bride before the ceremony, Richard Barry’s nerves were a little on edge. But once the ceremony was over, he became noticeably more relaxed. – Andrew Waterman/The Telegram - Andrew Waterman


Too long a wait for equality

SaltWire columnist Jim Vibert went to North Preston, an historic African Nova Scotian community, Aug. 1.

That was Emancipation Day, which marks the 1834 end of slavery in the British Empire on Aug. 1, 1834 – and a rally was held to protest anti-Black racism and inequality that goes right back to the community's founding when Black Loyalists were not given title to their land, as white Loyalists were. 

"Every African Nova Scotian there could relate personal experiences with systemic racism that deny them equality – equality of opportunity, equality in the eyes of the law, equal access to and treatment from their governments, who take their taxes but seem to return little. There isn’t a sidewalk anywhere in the community of 4,000." 

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A drone shot of the community from the documentary This Is North Preston. - Contributed
A drone shot of the community from the documentary This Is North Preston. - Contributed


Road trip 

Now for some staycation fun! 

The Guardian's Daniel Brown took on the challenge of SaltWire's One-tank Trip – an occasional series where journalists explore a destination they can reach on one tank of gas – with an adventure in Tignish, P.E.I. 

Follow along in video, photos and words. as Brown visits Stomping Tom, fishing harbours, wind turbines and ice cream! 

(ICYMI - you can visit St. Vincent's, N.L. and its whales and beaches with The Telegram's David Maher.) 

Have a suggestion for a one-tank trip? Let us know in the comments below. 

Try a bowl of Udderly Divine ice cream from Dairy Royal in Saint Anthony. - Daniel Brown/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Try a bowl of Udderly Divine ice cream from Dairy Royal in Saint Anthony. - Daniel Brown/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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