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‘Inspirational’ day at St. F.X.

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

“This is indeed a day to celebrate learning, commitment, achievement and contributions … this is a day of real inspiration.” And with those words, St. F.X. Chancellor Susan Crocker closed the afternoon spring convocation ceremony and, with it, time at the university for many grateful graduates. Amongst those grads, Hannah Herbert-Robertson, Bachelor of Business Administration with Advanced Major recipient, who delivered the ‘acknowledgement of the graduating class’ speech. “The Class [...]

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Alan Syliboy receives St. F.X. honorary degree

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Victoria Sandre described “an incredible mosaic of students,” one with myriad talents and abilities, when she addressed the morning ceremony of St. F.X. spring convocation.     The Ottawa native was senior class speaker for a group of the newest Xaverian alumni, who received degrees and diplomas in Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Human Nutrition, Human Kinetics and Engineering at the Keating Centre.     St. F.X. Chancellor Susan Crocker opened the May [...]

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Conferences bringing around 750 visitors to town

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Two economic conferences coming to St. F.X., at the start of June, could mean positive economic spin-offs for the town and region. St. F.X. professor Greg Tkacz, the local organizer for the conferences, said attendance for the Canadian Economics Association Conference, June 1 to 4, and the Atlantic Canadian Economics Association Conference, June 4 and 5, is “looking around 750 people, give or take.” “There is overlap between the two [...]

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Nursing is in her blood

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Her eyes light up when she talks about her profession, something that many people never find – that passion for what they do.     Laura Burns, a native of North Grant, Antigonish County, is embarking on her career in healthcare, after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with First Class Honours during St. F.X. spring convocation.     “I knew that I wanted to go into nursing back when I [...]

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Proponents sky-high over plans for Port Hawkesbury Airport

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The finishing touches are being put on an agreement that will soon take flight involving the Port Hawkesbury Airport.     Late last month, officials with the Town of Port Hawkesbury announced the development of “an innovative partnership” with Celtic Air Services, including the recent signing of a letter of intent.     Company president David Morgran, in a May 8 interview, talked about the plans for the initiative.     “We want [...]

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Federal government invests $29.9 million towards Xaverian Commons

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

When words like ‘transformative’ and ‘remarkable’ are being used over and over again, you know the announcement is big. April 28, at the Schwartz School of Business, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser announced his government is investing $29.9 million towards St. F.X.’s Xaverian Commons project. The commons is described as a threefold project which, as noted on a release to accompany the announcement, “will see St. F.X. construct two strategically-aligned [...]

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Council to Improve Classroom Conditions releases report

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions released their report, which contains 40 recommendations, April 28. Amongst the recommendations by the council, which includes local teachers Sean Barker of Antigonish Education Centre and Melanie Mélanie Belliveau from École Acadienne de Pomquet, is to expand class caps to junior/middle schools as well as high schools. The 14-person council, put together in March and made up mostly of teachers (nine), as well as [...]

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St. F.X. adopts flag policy

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

St. F.X. has adopted a flag policy, which includes a decision to fly the Mi’kmaq Nation flag year-round on campus.     Andrew Beckett, St. F.X. vice-president finance and administration, said discussions related to the issue started last fall.     “We had a group of students that raised the issue and felt that it was important for the university to have the Mi’kmaq flag flown permanently,” he added.     Beckett noted, [...]

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Province presents budget prior to election call

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Just prior to the election call for the end of this month, Nova Scotia Finance Minister and Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey presented the province’s budget for 2017-18 April 27. “Government introduced its second straight balanced budget today, April 27, while making strategic investments to create a better economy, improving the health and well-being of Nova Scotians, and reducing taxes for the middle class, those who need it most, and small [...]

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X Athletes for Charity fundraiser benefits KidSport in Antigonish

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

St. F.X. student-athletes continue to give back to the Antigonish community.     Representatives of the St. F.X. Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) recently presented a cheque to Antigonish KidSport.     “I think we chose this one because it would stay with local youth, making sure that kids got opportunities to play – that was the biggest reason,” SAAC member Dylan Bell, of the X-Men football team, said of the charity selection. [...]

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No school closures for Regional feeder system

Posted on May 5, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

There will be no school closures in the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School feeder system. During an April 26 special meeting at the SAERC Auditorium in Port Hawkesbury, in front of more than 200 people, the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) wrapped up a more than six-month review of the five-school group in Antigonish. The conclusion of that process centered on two motions voted on by elected members [...]

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Sutherland’s River to Antigonish is a go

Posted on May 5, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The verdict is in; no to tolls but, still, a yes to highway twinning of the section of Hwy.104 from Sutherland’s River to Antigonish. During an April 26 announcement, provincial minister for Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) Geoff MacLellan announced the province is investing $390 million in capital funding for four highway projects across the province, to be completed in the next seven years. The much talked about section just [...]

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Bayfield resident frustrated with illegal dumping on property

Posted on May 5, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

It is a spring ritual that Martha MacDonald could do without. Each year, the Bayfield resident conducts a clean-up, waging a battle against the constant illegal dumping taking place on her rural property. It is not just paper cups and potato chip bags that she collects; her refuse lists includes everything from car parts to furniture. The pick-ups are nothing new – her family has being doing them since they [...]

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Council passes motion for net metering

Posted on May 5, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Residents in the Town of Antigonish are being encouraged to go green in producing their own energy via solar panels. During their regular monthly public meeting April 24, Antigonish Town Council passed a motion regarding net metering for residents which is something that was, Mayor Laurie Boucher noted, first brought forward to the town “about two years ago.” “This is exciting,” Boucher said. “I know the Town of Antigonish, and [...]

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Let the sunshine in

Posted on May 5, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The provincial energy departed has flicked the switch on a new solar pilot program. With the Municipality of the County of Antigonish building serving as the backdrop, Minister Michel Samson pulled the shade on the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. “I couldn’t think of a better place to makes this announcement,” the Richmond MLA said, April 24, in front of more than 30 people. Samson noted the province cannot [...]

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Complex receives federal and provincial funding

Posted on May 5, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex received a huge financial boost April 19 with the announcement of $3 million, in joint-funding, from the federal and provincial governments. Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner and Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines made the announcement that each government would contribute $1.5 million to the project under the Small Communities Fund. “Residents of Guysborough and neighboring communities will benefit from the construction of a new multi-purpose lifestyle [...]

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‘Shock’ with motion to close H.M. MacDonald school

Posted on April 27, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The future of H.M. MacDonald Elementary School in Maryvale will be decided Wednesday (April 26). During a special meeting of the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) at SAERC in Port Hawkesbury, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., elected members are expected to vote on a motion proposing the closure of the more than half-century-old school. SRSB superintendent Ford Rice, as part of the ongoing Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High [...]

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Bystander intervention program receives support

Posted on April 27, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser made a funding announcement, April 18 in Antigonish, which will support the bystander intervention program as a way of dealing with sexual violence. The announcement was made at St. F.X.’s Schwartz School of Business and was followed by a panel discussion. Included among the panelists were; Lucille Harper – executive director Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association, Nancy Forestell – co-ordinator of [...]

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Pub night to support Helping the Helpers

Posted on April 27, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

A pub night fundraiser, in support of the Helping the Helpers initiative, is set for May 19, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Piper’s Pub in Antigonish. “It is getting bigger each year,” John Garth MacDonald, one of the organizers, said. This year, LeeBoy (Liam Brophy) will highlight the musical line-up, which also features Dennis Hull and Josée Champoux. It will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. “It is [...]

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Good signs for a strong season

Posted on April 27, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

With setting day just around the corner, the Managing Director Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board (GNSFPB), Leonard LeBlanc, said things are looking good for a strong lobster season locally. Talking to the Casket April 19, LeBlanc, also president with the Gulf of Nova Scotia Fishermen’s Coalition, said he believes all the “stars” are lining up “on the positive side for harvesters.” “There is low inventory, the demand is high [...]

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