With great sadness, the Nova Scotia Advocate is announcing the sudden passing of Robert Devet, owner, publisher, head writer and editor on Monday September 27, 2021 in Annapolis Royal. For over five years, the Advocate was Robert’s passion and reflected his vision of providing a voice to the many Nova Scotians who were too often ignored.
Few people knew that Robert ran the Advocate as a one-person, one-cat operation out of a spare bedroom. Journalism was his labour of love. Robert’s death is a terrible loss for Simon, his son, Bonnie, his girlfriend, and all his entire family. It is also a great loss for the communities, writers, and colleagues he tirelessly supported for so long.
This marks the end of the Advocate, but we trust that it is not the end of this form of journalism. Robert showed that journalism can be accessible to anyone, regardless of training or budget. We look forward to seeing what comes next.
The work that the Nova Scotia Advocate has published is too important to lose, so the site will remain accessible as an archive. However, there will be no new articles published. Comments on old articles have been disabled.
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There are plans for a memorial in Robert’s honour, and a way to make donations to causes he believed in. We’ll provide more information soon.