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This is Family Violence Prevention Week

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

With Family Violence Prevention Week Feb. 12 to 18, now is an opportune time to emphasize the valuable resource provided in the community by the Naomi Society. “People in all communities are likely to live with, work with or know someone who has experienced, or is experiencing, family or intimate partner violence. We all share a responsibility to do something about it. Everyone has the right to live free from [...]

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Fraser announces funding to aid fire department relocation

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

A strong turnout at the St. Mary’s District Lion’s Club building, Feb. 3, heard the good news delivered by Central Nova MP Sean Fraser regarding the local volunteer fire department’s goal for a new building. Numerous members of the Sherbrooke and Area Volunteer Fire Department were amongst those on-hand to hear Fraser announce a contribution of $242,000, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure program, to help the department renovate the [...]

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Author talks about changing the system

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Just prior to his speaking appearance at St. F.X. Feb. 8, author Todd Leader – RSM (registered social worker)/RPsych (registered psychologist), spoke about his talk which, he noted, is based on his book, It’s Not About Us, which was released this past fall. Leader emphasized the book presents a unique perspective. “It’s a how-to-guide to improving the mental health and addiction system in Canada,” he said of his book which [...]

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CHB Wellness Funds presented

Posted on February 17, 2017

Throughout the month of January, local Community Health Boards (CHB) awarded ‘Wellness Fund’ grants to successful community groups to help them plan and implement a wide variety of community health promotion projects. Each year, the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) designates funds for CHB in the province to distribute as Wellness Funds. The fund is for non-profit groups working to improve health in their communities and must support the [...]

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A celebratory launch for African Heritage Month

Posted on February 10, 2017

African Heritage Month was officially launched in Antigonish during a ceremony Jan. 30 at Bloomfield Centre’s MacKay Room, on the campus of St. F.X. February is recognized, internationally, as African Heritage Month; “a time to recognize and salute the many contributions and ongoing achievements of people of African descent from all over the world.” The local annual ceremony, which has seen constant growth in numbers over the last few years, [...]

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Theo Fleury giving two talks in Antigonish

Posted on February 10, 2017

Well-known former NHL star Theo Fleury is coming to Antigonish, Feb. 15 and 16, where he’ll be giving a couple of talks. Presented by the Antigonish RCMP and the Naomi Society, the Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal winner will be at the Schwartz School of Business auditorium at 7 p.m., on the 15th, giving a talk titled Don’t Quit Before the Miracle. It’s a free event focused for university [...]

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St. F.X. students elect new leaders

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

St. F.X. students have elected new leadership. Annie Sirois and Patrick Panet-Raymond are the president-elect and vice president-elect (academic), respectively, of the St. F.X. Students’ Union for 2017-18. “I have always been someone who wanted to get involved, but never really had the courage to,” Panet-Raymond said, when asked about his decision to run in the January election. He noted, after the first-round call for candidates, there were none for [...]

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Twinning public sessions coming to Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The public consultation process on the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s (TIR) highway twinning report will be making stops in the region. The sessions, which run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will take place Monday, Feb. 13, at the Claymore Inn in Antigonish, and Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury. “Nova Scotians have asked us to have this conversation and we want to [...]

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Affordable housing application being accepted

Posted on February 10, 2017

The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS) has hired a community navigator for Riverside Estates, its new housing development designed to meet the needs of persons living on low income in Antigonish town and county. Carleton MacNeil will support social sustainability and work with the residents of Riverside Estates to turn the housing units into homes, and together, create a community. He will help with tenant selection for the units, provide [...]

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St. F.X. launches inaugural scholarship report

Posted on February 4, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The first St. F.X. Scholarship Report has been unveiled. “We didn’t do any celebration of research at St. F.X.,” Kevin Wamsley, St. F.X. Vice President, Academic and Provost, told the Casket, when asked about the genesis of the initiative. “When I arrived, I said – as part of our celebration of faculty achievements and teaching research and service – that we need to celebrate research.” He added one way to [...]

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Siemens Canada CEO visits St. F.X.

Posted on February 4, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Robert Hardt, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with Siemens Canada, was at St. F.X. Jan. 17 for an afternoon “fireside chat” session with selected students and then an evening public talk at the Schwartz School of Business auditorium. Siemens Canada is a global company that, in Canada, employs 4,800 people in industry, energy, health care and infrastructure sectors. “For more than 100 years Siemens Canada has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, [...]

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Continuing the tradition

Posted on February 2, 2017 Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The seventh Dr. Agnes Calliste African Heritage Lecture will take place Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., in the St. F.X. Schwartz School of Business Auditorium.     “We are excited,” Patricia Cormack, one of the series organizers, told the Casket.     Robert S. Wright, a noted African Nova Scotian social worker and sociologist, will deliver ‘Race and Justice:  R. v. X. and the Advent of Cultural Assessments.’     Cultural assessments, [...]

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Wind farm, fire truck and accessibility discussed

Posted on January 27, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Following Town of Antigonish council’s regular monthly public meeting Jan. 16, Mayor Laurie Boucher provided reporters with an update on the growing wind farm development the town is a partner in, as a member of AREA (Alternative Resource Energy Authority). Antigonish is a 60 per cent owner of the Ellershouse Wind Farm, located in West Hants, along with the towns of Mahone Bay and Berwick. “They [the province] asked for [...]

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StFX for SAFE launches Pause for the Cause

Posted on January 27, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

StFX for SAFE (Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace) began a fundraising campaign Jan. 15, a day the Catholic Church identifies as the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Kristian Rasenberg, president of StFX for SAFE, noted the campaign, Pause for the Cause, was something they started last year which was “mildly successful.” “This year we’re hoping it’s much bigger,” Rasenberg said in conversation with the Casket Jan. 13. “In an online world, [...]

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County reminds residents of assessment appeal deadline

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

[Editor's Note - Wed., Jan. 25 at 3 p.m.: Representatives from PVSC have provided the following clarification on the appeal process. "A property owner cannot call and have an appeal put into an 'appeal cue.' An appeal must be signed and submitted in writing. An appeal form, with PVSC contact information, is attached to the assessment notice or can be downloaded from the PVSC website, www.pvsc.ca. We do encourage property owner to [...]

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St. F.X. student-athletes part of Bell Let’s Talk initiative

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

They may play different sports, but Chuck Wall and Mia Furlong are now teammates.     The St. F.X. student-athletes are the 2017 participants, as part of an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) initiative, in the Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign.     “I have always thought it is an important issue and an issue that I have felt personally related to. I was excited about the chance to participate,” Wall, an X-Men [...]

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Knights wrap up another successful toy drive

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The Monsignor Hugh MacPherson Council of the Knights of Columbus, along with other supporters, has put the bow on another successful Christmas toy drive.     “We were able to help 139 families – more than 300 kids – in Antigonish town and county,” Clarence Deyoung, one of the organizers, said.     Up until Christmas Eve, there was plenty of hustle and bustle at the ‘toy house’ at Antigonish Market Square. [...]

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St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation campaign gaining momentum

Posted on January 20, 2017 Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Although it launched less than four months ago, representatives are pleased with the progress of the ‘St. Martha’s and you: The time is NOW…’ campaign, which aims to increase its endowment fund to $20 million by 2026.     “We are really pleased with the campaign to date; obviously, the Christmas break causes a pause and now people are back to work and back to the day-to-day,” St. Martha’s Regional Hospital [...]

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Antigonish councils hold first formal joint committee meeting

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

It is a new era for the two Antigonish municipal councils.     Elected officials from the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and the Town of Antigonish held their first formal joint committee meeting, Jan. 10, at People’s Place Library.     At the opening, Mayor Laurie Boucher, who chaired the session, outlined the evolution of the process, which began almost three years ago, with “very informal” meetings between both councils, [...]

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Tragedy in Upper Big Tracadie

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie richardmac@thecasket.ca

The small community of Upper Big Tracadie, Guysborough County, was shaken last Tuesday (Jan. 3) as news started to come to light about a murder-suicide at a residence located off Highway 16. In a 2:30 p.m. press conference the following day in Antigonish, RCMP Major Crimes Unit Inspector Lynn Young confirmed that four persons were found deceased in the residence. “Shortly after 6 p.m. last evening, RCMP officers in Guysborough [...]

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