The former Minacs Call Centre building located on Queen Street Extension in Port Hawkesbury could soon be home to a Breton CannaPharms Ltd. craft cannabis production facility putting a primary focus on the medical treatment of patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Breton CannaPharms Ltd. has recently applied to Health Canada to become a licensed producer of cannabis under the Cannabis Act.

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Drake Lowthers has been a community journalist for The Reporter since July, 2018. His coverage of the suspicious death of Cassidy Bernard garnered him a 2018 Atlantic Journalism Award and a 2019 Better Newspaper Competition Award; while his extensive coverage of the Lionel Desmond Fatality Inquiry received a second place finish nationally in the 2020 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards for Best Feature Series. A Nova Scotia native, who has called Antigonish home for the past decade, Lowthers has a strong passion in telling people’s stories in a creative, yet thought-provoking way. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2016, where he played varsity football with the Hurricanes. His simple pleasures in life include his two children, photography, live music and the local sports scene.