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SOC now supporting AEC closure

Posted on March 23, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

With a couple of members changing their votes, the School Options Committee (SOC) for the Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional Feeder System School Review has turned their preferred scenario of ‘status quo’ for the feeder system into a recommendation, to the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB), that Antigonish Education Centre (AEC) be closed. At their Feb. 21 working committee meeting, the committee took a vote on supporting the closure of AEC, [...]

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Lindhout presentation caps a week of activities

Posted on March 23, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Amanda Lindhout was back at St.F.X., March 10, for a presentation which proved a fitting conclusion for International Women’s Week activities locally. Lindhout, from Red Deer, Alberta, is the journalist who was kidnapped by Islamist insurgents in southern Somalia, Aug. 23, 2008, and held hostage for more than 15 months. She was released on Nov. 25, 2009. Now known for her humanitarian work and public speaking, as well as a [...]

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Company plans to launch commercial satellites from Strait area

Posted on March 23, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The space race, at least when it comes to commercial satellites, is landing in the Strait area. Earlier this month (March 14), Maritime Launch Services Ltd. (MLS), a Halifax-based company that is a joint venture of three U.S.-based firms, unveiled plans to construct and operate a launch complex in the Canso-Hazel Hill area of Guysborough County. “While we have a number of challenges ahead to work through the regulatory processes, [...]

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Mulgrave withdraws application to dissolve

Posted on March 23, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Town of Mulgrave – for now – will remain a town. At a special meeting earlier this month, council for the historic community that nestles the Strait of Canso voted to withdraw its application to dissolve, and then become part of the neighbouring Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG). The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board had been scheduled to hear that proposal Monday, March 20. The Mulgrave [...]

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BurMac Cup put on ice

Posted on March 23, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The BurMac Cup is back on ice, but not in the way fans would like. In a joint statement released March 14, by St. F.X. Students’ Union president Taylor Chase and St. F.X. interim head of student services Bob Hale, they announced the traditional hockey game between Burke and MacIsaac residences would not face-off this year. In February, Chase announced the event had been, tentatively, scheduled for the afternoon of [...]

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Council to Improve Classroom Conditions begins meetings

Posted on March 23, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Fourteen Nova Scotians who will be tasked to improve the teaching and learning environment in Nova Scotia classrooms have been selected to form the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. The nine classroom teacher positions on the council were chosen by school board superintendents, who worked with board staff in selecting candidates. The superintendents submitted their selections to the government and the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union March 7. Amongst the nine [...]

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President’s colloquium focuses on social justice from an African heritage perspective

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Social justice from an African heritage perspective was the theme of the latest in the St. F.X. President’s Colloquium Series.     The public gathering, which took place Feb. 28 at Lane Hall, featured panelists Augy Jones, LaMeia Reddick and Tendai Handahu, along with facilitator Michael Fisher, St. F.X. African Descent Student Affairs co-ordinator.     Titled Living the Legacy: Social Justice from the African Heritage Perspective, the event coincided with the [...]

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To toll or not to toll

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

To toll or not to toll – that was the question during a recent consultation session in Antigonish.     Hosted by the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) to a full house at the Claymore Inn, the gathering aimed to gather public opinion regarding the proposed use of tolls to pay for twinning eight sections of major Nova Scotia highways.     After an overview of the process [...]

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International Women’s Day celebrated

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

A week-long celebration of women was punctuated Wednesday March 8 with International Women’s Day 2017. In Antigonish, two events organized by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) took centre stage; starting with a rally and march which began at the Coady International Institute, weaved its way through the downtown core and back to St. F.X.’s campus with another small rally in front on the Bloomfield Centre. “I think it was [...]

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Regional Occupational Centre Society to expand facility

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc

The ROC continues to roll.     A remodeling and expansion project for the Regional Occupational Centre (ROC) Society on MacQuarrie Drive Extension in Port Hawkesbury is scheduled to begin April 1.     “It is very exciting,” Diana Poirier, ROC executive director, said in a March 7 interview.     The society unveiled plans for the initiative a few days before – March 2 – with an announcement that included a $500,000 [...]

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St. F.X. Sustainability campaign launched

Posted on March 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

St. F.X. has launched a campaign to help in growing its commitment to a more environmentally-friendly campus community. The lobby of the university’s Physical Science Building was buzzing, March 1, with the launch of St. F.X. Sustainability. “I have never seen so many reusable mugs in my life,” St. F.X. President Kent MacDonald quipped during his opening remarks, as he cradled one emblazoned with the university’s logo in his hand. [...]

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Town moving ahead with accessibility committee

Posted on March 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Antigonish Town Council moved ahead with the formation of an Accessibility Committee by passing a motion regarding the terms of reference for the committee, during its regular monthly public meeting Feb. 27. “It was accepted as presented; staff worked very hard on it over the last few weeks,” Mayor Laurie Boucher told reporters after the meeting. “We were part of those discussions and are very pleased with what has come [...]

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Paqtnkek Expo 2017 taking place March 20

Posted on March 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

A first-time event is coming to Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation Monday, March 20. The Paqtnkek Expo 2017 will take place starting at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Paqtnkek Multi-purpose Community Centre. A promotional poster encourages all to attend the event. “Come join us for an information session and brunch, followed by a networking session with local employers as exhibitors,” it reads. “We’ll introduce you to the Paqtnkek Lukwaqn Project; [...]

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Fleury focusing on helping others

Posted on March 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

“Me too.” A simple two word sentence former NHL star Theo Fleury said helped changed his life. Fleury told the story during his Raising Awareness on Sexual Abuse talk, Feb. 16 at the Keating Centre, about being in Toronto for a book signing after having just released Playing with Fire, his 2009 autobiography which told the tales of how he was continually sexual abused by former junior hockey coach Graham [...]

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SOC recommends status quo for feeder system

Posted on March 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

During a third public meeting held Feb. 22 at St. Andrew Junior School, the School Options Committee (SOC) for the Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School feeder system, announced the recommendation they have chosen is ‘status quo’ meaning no proposed school closure in the feeder system. Schools in the system include Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School, St. Andrew Junior School, Antigonish Education Centre, H.M. MacDonald Elementary School and St. [...]

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Petition requests more consultation for complex concept

Posted on March 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

A concerned citizens group from the District of the Municipality of Guysborough (MODG) presented a petition to municipal council, during a committee of the whole meeting Feb. 15, asking for a temporary halt to the activity in progress to construct the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in the Shiretown of Guysborough. Group spokesperson Mary LeBlanc said council accepted the petition but she wasn’t sure if any action was going to be [...]

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Sewer system on agenda for second joint meeting

Posted on March 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

On the agenda for the second official Municipality of the County of Antigonish and Town of Antigonish joint council meeting was a presentation by town engineer and director of public works, Ken Proctor, on “town/fringe sewer system assessment.” County Warden Russell Boucher, who chaired the meeting, talked about the presentation. “We had the initial information given to us in regard to where the studies are for the new sewer treatment [...]

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Council talks planning, arena commission

Posted on March 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

John Bain from the Eastern District Planning Commission gave a presentation to Municipality of the County of Antigonish council during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday (Feb. 21) evening. “It’s a normal thing that happens each year where he comes in and, usually, gives his suggestions as to what is happening, what is there,” Warden Russell Boucher said when asked if there was a special reason for Bain’s presentation. “Perhaps, this [...]

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Twinning meeting March 2

Posted on March 1, 2017

The public consultation session on highway twinning, originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13, in Antigonish but postponed due to a winter storm, is set for tomorrow evening – Thursday, March 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Claymore Inn on Church Street.

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Brilliant sun shines on Keppoch fun day

Posted on February 24, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Mother Nature smiled down on Keppoch Mountain Feb. 12 and provided the perfect weather for Winter Family Fun Day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a myriad of activities, for all ages, took place at the popular Antigonish County location including; kids’ activities, adaptability activities, snowshoe hikes, fat-tire bike demonstrations, kick-sled demonstrations and tobogganing. Amongst those partnering with Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society members to help make the day [...]

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