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Legion and CACL settling in to their new home

Posted on February 22, 2018

Two new signs are eye-catching for anyone driving on St. Ninian Street in Antigonish. And they just happen to be on the same building. The Antigonish Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 are settling into their new digs, at the former philatelic centre, after relocation from their respective former homes, last month. “There were two moves actually; the CACL came in the first […]

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Mental wellness focus for St. F.X. student-led group

Posted on February 22, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

St. F.X. student-athletes continue to tackle mental health and wellness. This year, they formed a campus chapter of the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI), a charitable organization “dedicated to promoting wellness and mental health, and supporting student-athletes who may suffer from a mental health problem or illness.” Beth Lawrence (track and field) and Nicole Halladay (hockey) are co-presidents of St. F.X.’s SAMHI, which includes participation from 47 student-athletes. “We are […]

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Archbishop originally from Sydney dead at 93

Posted on February 22, 2018 CAPE BRETON POST STAFF SYDNEY

A Sydney native who went on to become Archbishop of Edmonton has died. Most Rev. Joseph N. MacNeil died Feb. 11 at age 93. He died at Grey Nuns hospital in Edmonton after suffering a stroke. MacNeil was ordained a priest in 1948 for the Diocese of Antigonish, and went on to earn a doctorate in canon law in Rome. He was named Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John […]

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Oncology team recognized for communications efforts

Posted on February 22, 2018 Cyndy Henderson

We are fortunate to have a collaborative oncology and palliative care team at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. Working together, they have recognized an issue, did a study that corrected the issue and are developing the study into a research project that may change communication strategies in cancer care throughout Nova Scotia. The fourth floor of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital is a special place. The community based cancer clinic is there. […]

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StudentNS’s hopeful budget considerations

Posted on February 22, 2018

Feb. 7, StudentsNS released its submission for the 2018 Nova Scotia Budget. The submission was developed by students from post-secondary institutions across the province and makes recommendations on student financial aid, international students, student employment, mental health, and open educational resources. “StudentsNS continues to provide government with well-researched policy solutions for student challenges. Our recommendations aim to improve the overall quality of students’ post-secondary experiences and help to retain recent […]

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U.S. based company purchases Antigonish’s Levy’s Leathers

Posted on February 16, 2018 James Risdon, SaltWire Network

A U.S.-based maker of hard guitar cases and seller of musical equipment is taking over Antigonish’s Levy’s Leathers after buying the long-time Nova Scotia company for an undisclosed amount. The deal closed at the end of January. Under the terms of that deal, Gator Cases has picked up 100 per cent ownership in Levy’s Leathers from the company’s founder, 71-year-old Dennis Levy. According to him, Gator Cases’ plans include expanding […]

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Ice and water create serious concerns in the downtown

Posted on February 15, 2018 richard mackenzie [email protected]

“It’s receding.” Those were the good news words Town of Antigonish CAO Jeff Lawrence used late Monday (Feb. 5) afternoon to describe the flooding situations around town which started Friday (Feb. 2) evening with ice and water overflowing into a popular downtown parking lot and was reenergized overnight Sunday and into Monday by heavy rains. “The flooding is starting to recede in most areas of town; we did a site […]

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Lecture looks at NHL integration

Posted on February 15, 2018 richard mackenzie [email protected]

A passion for hockey put filmmaker Kwame Mason on the path to exploring the challenges black players have faced in pursuing their NHL dreams. Mason was the guest speaker for the annual Dr. Agnes Calliste African Heritage Lecture Series event, which took place Feb. 5 at the Gerald Schwartz School of Business auditorium. Mason spoke about his documentary film Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future, and started by talking about […]

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Oland Centre renovation initiative continues

Posted on February 15, 2018 corey leblanc [email protected]

St. F.X. is in the midst of an estimated $30-million initiative – one aimed at improving health and wellness facilities housed at the Oland Centre (OC). “It is a building that was put up in the [19]60s and it has served us well, but it is really at that stage where it needs a refresh,” Andrew Beckett, St. F.X. vice president, finance and administration, said. He talked about the project’s […]

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Young entrepreneur hatches award-winning idea

Posted on February 8, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

A young entrepreneur has hatched a business idea that is garnering a great deal of attention. Eggcitables – a chickpea-based vegan egg replacement – is the brainchild of Hannah Chisholm, a native of Heatherton, Antigonish County. “There was a recipe that I had been using myself,” she said, in reflecting on the beginnings of what has now becoming an award-winning idea. A visit to a Halifax restaurant, one with – […]

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Partnership filling a transportation gap

Posted on February 8, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

A partnership between VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) Antigonish and Antigonish Community Transit (ACT) is helping to offset the costs of traveling to medical appointments, for community members in Antigonish town and county. Community support co-ordinator with VON Antigonish, Dayna Overmars, said the program, titled Community Subsidy Transportation Program, fills a gap that was recognized a couple of years ago. “So we applied last year to [Municipality of the County […]

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Great turnout for Engage Antigonish session

Posted on February 8, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

More than 140 people gathered for a conversation about the future of the Town of Antigonish. The first Engage Antigonish session took place Jan. 31 at St. Ninian Place. “We are overwhelmed with the support,” Mayor Laurie Boucher said in her closing remarks. The initiative is one started by the Town of Antigonish, in collaboration with Engage Nova Scotia, which is facilitating the process. The mandate for Engage Nova Scotia […]

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Award for youth volunteer seeking nominations

Posted on February 8, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Town of Antigonish has put the call out for nominations for 2018 Youth Volunteer of the Year. A notice on the town’s website speaks to the new award. “If you are a school, community group, non-profit organization or Mi’kmaq band, you have the capacity to nominate an individual for the newly established Youth Volunteer of the Year,” the statement reads. Qualifications listed include; a resident of the Town of […]

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Gathering thoughts on BID proposal

Posted on February 8, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Work to gather opinions and thoughts on a proposed Business Improvement District model for Antigonish continues, and included open-house type sessions, with Town of Antigonish special projects co-ordinator Steve Scannell, during the week of Jan. 22 to 26. “I would say, overall, it was a pretty productive week,” Scannell said about the meetings, which took place in the new home of the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, beside town hall, […]

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Town deals with flooding situation

Posted on February 5, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

“It’s receding.” Those were the good news words Town of Antigonish CAO Jeff Lawrence used late Monday (Feb. 5) afternoon to describe the flooding situations around town which started Friday (Feb. 2) evening with ice and water overflowing into a popular downtown parking lot and was reenergized overnight Sunday and into Monday by heavy rains. “The flooding is starting to recede in most areas of town; we did a site […]

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Town of Antigonish closes Church Street due to flooding

Posted on February 5, 2018

Town enforcement officers are going door-t0-door Monday morning Feb. 5 asking people to move cars away from Church Street. Town officials are concerned about rising waters from Brierly Brook and have closed Church Street from Main Street to St. Ninian Street. Ice, coupled with heavy rains, has increased worries after a flash flood caused waste high waters Friday night in the town parking lot off Creighton Lane which stranded more […]

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Soul on Ice

Posted on February 2, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Never has a screensaver played more of a role in the creation of a history-making documentary. The image on Kwame Mason’s laptop – one of him and Herb Carnegie – served as inspiration, especially during challenging times, while making Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future. “I would look at my screensaver and say ‘you can’t stop.’ I knew that I couldn’t give up and that I had a duty […]

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Inglis receives Senate of Canada 150 Medal

Posted on February 2, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

There was a special celebration in Lochaber Jan. 20 as resident Robert ‘Bob’ Inglis was presented with a Senate of Canada 150 Medal. Inglis was presented with his medal by Nova Scotia Senator Michael L. MacDonald at the Lochaber Centre, during an afternoon event. “I was surprised by the crowd,” Inglis said humbly. “Somebody had counted around 110 people, which was unbelievable. According to the senator, it was the biggest […]

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Local wellness programs receive funds

Posted on February 2, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

You could call it a belated Christmas gift … by about a month. Eleven local organizations received Wellness Fund grants Jan. 22, during an afternoon event at the People’s Place Library’s community room, hosted by Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board (CHB). “Grants are offered each year to advance community health board priorities using a population health-based approach,” a release, to accompany the event, noted. “These funds support work […]

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ESREN launches investment database tool

Posted on February 2, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The St. Mary’s Municipal Chambers in Sherbrooke was the site as Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) launched its new investment database tool – Economic Development Investment Mapper (EDIM), Jan. 22. It’s noted, in a release to accompany the launch, the initiative was conducted in partnership with the municipalities ESREN serves; the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, Municipality of the District […]

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