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Public engagement dealing with development

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

The Town of Antigonish held a public engagement session, April 10 in council chambers, which dealt with “adding flexibility” to commercial fringe areas. In a release announcing the session, “high housing demands” were noted as a concern as well as Antigonish’s “strong entrepreneurial spirit” lacking, in many cases, “appropriately sized commercial spaces to suit their business needs, while some larger commercial spaces, throughout our commercial areas, have struggled to find [...]

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Delorey putting finishing touches on provincial budget

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Nova Scotia Finance Minister Randy Delorey will deliver his budget April 27.     The Antigonish MLA and his department are putting the finishing touches on the provincial financial forecast; a process, he noted, began last fall.     “In October and November [2016], we launched the consultation process, asking Nova Scotians to reach out and let us know – via writing, social media, email or direct email – what their thoughts [...]

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Battle of Culloden commemoration set for April 22

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The 36th annual Battle of Culloden commemoration ceremony will take place Saturday, April 22, at the Culloden Memorial Cairn in Knoydart, Pictou County.     The celebration, which attracts visitors from across Nova Scotia, will begin with the traditional march from the highway to the cairn, beginning at 11 a.m.     “Things are coming together very well,” Bill McVicar, one of the event organizers, said of preparations for the celebration.     [...]

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For the children

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

[Editor's note: In our print edition, Connie Beaton was incorrectly identified as Clarence Deyoung in the photo. We apologize for the error.] It was a “trip of a lifetime” – one well worth the wait – for Connie Beaton.     Earlier this year, the Antigonish Landing resident travelled to Kenya as part of a Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) contingent.     “It has always been a wish of mine [...]

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Province supporting ROC initiative

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Following an announcement of a federal contribution early last month, the provincial government announced, April 10, they’re also providing funding for an initiative by the Regional Occupational Centre (ROC) in Port Hawkesbury. “The funding will help the Regional Occupational Centre Society with its $800,000 fundraising initiative,” a press release regarding the announcement, reads. “The money will be used for renovations and enhancements, as well as expanding programs.” Cape Breton Richmond [...]

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Future of Antigonish Education Centre focus of SRSB meeting

Posted on April 17, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The possible closure of Antigonish Education Centre (AEC) dominated the monthly meeting of the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB), which took place April 5 at neighbouring Saint Andrew Junior School (SAJS). At that session, the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional Feeder System School Options Committee (SOC) presented its report, which recommends closing the P-4 school, when the lease on the facility expires in 2021. AEC is one of the schools [...]

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Supporting energy efficiency for First Nation communities

Posted on April 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Cape Breton-Richmond MLA and Nova Scotia energy minister Michel Samson was in Paqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation, March 31, to make an announcement regarding a new program to help First Nations communities, across the province, save money by making their homes more energy efficient. Joined by colleague Randy Delorey – Antigonish MLA and finance minister – for the announcement, Samson noted the provincial government is investing $1.5 million to create the program. [...]

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month launches in Antigonish

Posted on April 17, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is underway in Antigonish. The month-long focus on information and awareness began March 31 with a launch gathering, hosted by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) at the People’s Place Library. Heather Blackburn, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program co-ordinator, who emceed the event, opened with an overview of sexual assault, which she described as a “broad term.” “It is so pervasive that it has [...]

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Antigonish resident appointed to provincial bench

Posted on April 17, 2017

An Antigonish resident is one of four recent appointments to the bench of the Nova Scotia judiciary. Sam Moreau joins Rickcola Brinton, Amy Sakalauskas and Rosalind Michie as the province’s newest judges. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the selections, March 31, which brings the numbers of full-time provincial and family court judges to 38, including 18 women. “This is an exciting moment. We have never had so many women on the [...]

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Eastern Auto adds OK Tire to their team

Posted on April 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Eastern Auto added a well-known and respected partner last month which is bound to enhance their already high-quality service. In mid-March, they added OK Tire with the note; “to offer our customers a full line of tire products and services.” “It’s a national company which started in B.C. in the mid-1950s … they’ve been spreading east,” Eastern Auto owner/general manager Garrett Sears said. “I think we’re the eighth or ninth, [...]

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Raising concerns about possible AEC closure

Posted on April 6, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

A group of parents are concerned about the possible closure of Antigonish Education Centre (AEC). They will deliver their message to Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) members, April 5, during its regular monthly meeting, which will take place at Saint Andrew Junior School (SAJS), beginning at 7 p.m. Spokesperson Matthew Boyd said the group came together after a recent decision, by the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional Feeder System School [...]

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Affordable Housing Society opens doors on phase one

Posted on April 6, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

It was a celebration many years in the making as the board of directors with the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society held an official opening, March 25, for phase one of Riverside Estates. The opening was for the first four units of the society’s two-phase plan to create 14 affordable rental units which will become homes for people living with low incomes. Riverside Estates is located just off Vincent’s Way in [...]

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Province pitching in more than $500,000 to CACL-Legion move

Posted on April 6, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

A partnership between two not-for-profit organizations, which includes plans to share a new location, has reached a milestone. During a March 27 press conference at the Antigonish Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) workshop, MLA and finance minister Randy Delorey announced a $508,000 investment in the purchase and renovation of the former National Philatelic Centre on St. Ninian Street. When modifications are completed, the former federal government building will become [...]

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Flags help with crosswalk safety

Posted on April 6, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Those using the crosswalk at Hawthorne and Brookland streets in Antigonish will notice a safety aid, conveniently attached to the adjacent pole next to them, as they’re about to cross. Crosswalk flags at the location is a pilot project being undertaken by the town at the suggestion of resident Debbie Horne who saw the flags in use in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Horne brought her suggestion to the town’s police [...]

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A presentation and proposal

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

The second X-Talks event of the semester took place March 21 and featured, amongst its speakers, St. F.X. graduate and former X-Men basketball player Riiny Ngot. Ngot, a native Dinka of South Sudan, surely has one of the most amazing journeys to the St. F.X. campus in the long history of the university. A brief outline of that story was provided during the event. It notes; “the second Sudanese Civil [...]

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Province provides funding to Special Olympics Games

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

 There are sure to be a lot of big moments leading up to Antigonish hosting the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games. One of them happened March 20. On that day, Antigonish MLA and Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince, announced the province is providing $1 million to one of the Games’ main venues, St. F.X., to enhance accessibility [...]

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Marvellous Maggie

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

We can all learn a lesson – many lessons – from Maggie MacDonnell.     The Afton, Antigonish County native has made headlines around the world in recent weeks, culminating in her selection as the recipient of a coveted $1-million Global Teacher Prize.     She bested approximately 20,000 applicants for the prestigious honour.     We have been filled with great pride, as we have learned of the educator’s seven-year experience in [...]

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Minority report from members opposing closure

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

The four members of the School Options Committee (SOC), for the Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional Feeder System School Review, who voted against the recommendation to close Antigonish Education Centre (AEC) have compiled their own report which they’ll submit to the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB). The members; Allan Armsworthy – Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional advisory council chair, John Blackwell – Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional advisory council parent representative, Karla Chisholm [...]

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Antigonish County earmarks funding for Canada 150 legacy project

Posted on March 31, 2017

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish has set aside funding for a legacy project to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday.     At its monthly meeting, March 21, council approved $45,500 for the initiative.     After the session, Warden Russell Boucher said the plan is to place the “pavilion” on the property of a Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) school located in Antigonish County.     “They have been approached [SRSB] and [...]

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Town agrees to museum financial request

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

As they did earlier with the Antigonish Fuel Fund group, Antigonish Town Council has decided to reconsider an earlier grant to a local organization and award them with their full ask from last year’s community grant applications. Representatives of the Antigonish Heritage Museum Board made a presentation during the February town council regular monthly public meeting, asking council to reconsider their award of $25,000 when their ask was $31,500. At [...]

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