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Posted at 1:51 pm on August 20, 2014

Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald is welcoming news of a major upgrade planned for its largest employer. Royal DSM of the Netherlands announced this week it will invest at least 30 million dollars in new capital into its fish oil processing plant in the town.  MacDonald says it’s not only good news for the town but for the area as well.  MacDonald says he was aware the company was looking at a major capital improvement at one of its properties; he’s happy Mulgrave was given the nod.

Royal DSM purchased Ocean Nutrition, the previous owner of the plant in 2012.

The Mulgrave facility has been operational for 15 years, producing more than 175 billion servings of Omega 3 healthy fish oil.

Posted at 1:46 pm on August 20, 2014

The Antigonish Town and County Library has been nominated in a national contest.  The Peoples’ Place is in the running for the Great Places in Canada competition.  The library is nominated in the Public Spaces category. In the nomination the library is described as  a wonderful community gathering space, representing a collaboration of organizations and local governments.  The nomination points out the library, opened in 2011, also features several community offices and resources including free internet access and hosts variety of social activities from an open mike night to movies.

The annual contest is sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners.  Voting begins today and continues until September 25th.  Finalists will be announced on October 21st, and winners will be declared on November 7th.


Posted at 7:50 am on August 20, 2014

Dozens of concerned citizens met with oyster harvesters and government officials Tuesday night in Downtown Antigonish.  Three presentations were made for leases in Antigonish Harbour, Tracadie West Arm and Harve Boucher.  The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture are collecting feedback before any decisions are made.  Some residents wonder if the bottom culture leases will impede recreational activities or negatively affect the environment.  The operators say they are willing to work out arrangements with residents so that both groups can enjoy their activities.  Harve Boucher’s James Brow says residents should also be able to collect oysters in areas permitting.  Brow says the process of collecting feedback before making decisions is beneficial for everyone.

Officials with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture were unable to comment after last night’s meeting.  They say their minister will make the final decision and information gathered from other government agencies will be included.

Posted at 4:48 pm on August 19, 2014

An investigation continues for a two vehicle collision in Pomquet on the weekend.
Three people were transported to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
RCMP say charges are pending against a 64 year old woman for failing to yield right to highway traffic.

Posted at 4:47 pm on August 19, 2014

An 18 year old man will remain in Antigonish RCMP custody until at least next month.  The suspect was involved in a minor vehicle collision.  Police allege he was in possession of a stolen vehicle and a stolen weapon.  They also believe he is responsible for a break in at an Antigonish County residence.  He faces several charges.  His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 24th.

Posted at 2:04 pm on August 19, 2014

Baddeck RCMP say two people were taken to hospital following a crash involving two motorcycles in South Haven.  The collision occurred shortly after 8 this morning

Police say preliminary investigation shows the leading motorcycle was slowing down and pulling over to stop when the motorcycle traveling from behind failed to stop in time.  Police says the two male riders, aged  63 and 78 were both transported to Baddeck Hospital by EHS with non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

Posted at 2:03 pm on August 19, 2014

An eight time Grammy award winning musician will be visiting St. FX University this fall.  Legendary Jazz Trumpeter and Composer Randy Brecker will be at the university next month, working with music students and playing in an intimate concert with St. FX Jazz Faculty.  Brecker’s visit is part of the Music Department’s Visiting Artist Series.

Music Professor Paul Tynan says having someone of Brecker’s calibre is a big deal.

Brecker’s concert with St. FX Music Faculty will be held on September 23rd at 8 p.m. in Nicholson Hall.  Tickets are available at the St. FX Music Department.  Brecker will also be giving a master class to music students that afternoon in Gilmora Hall.

Posted at 1:56 pm on August 19, 2014

A Dutch company that owns a fish oil processing plant in Mulgrave is says it is investing at least $30 million in new capital into the facility.

Royal DSM says it looked at a number of locations to expand its nutritional products division.  It says Nova Scotia was the right choice for this investment.

A provincial Crown agency, Nova Scotia Business Incorporated says it will  provide to up to 6.2 million dollars in subsidies to Royal DSM.

NSBI says it will give 1.2 million dollars to the firm if it creates 50 jobs over five years .

In addition, the Crown agency says it will hand over 5 million dollars to the company if  Royal DSM completes its investment.

The firm is expected to maintain two hundred jobs over five years.

The Mulgrave facility has been operational for 15 years, producing more than 175 billion servings of Omega 3 healthy fish oil.

Royal DSM purchased the facility from Ocean Nutrition in 2012, and is now one of the province’s largest employers in the life sciences industry.

Posted at 1:54 pm on August 19, 2014

Inverness County RCMP have released the name of the First Nations resident who died in a bicycle accident over the weekend.

Thirty-four-year-old David Joseph Paul of Reservation Road in Waycobah died in the accident on Sunday.

He died when falling off his bicycle and striking his head on the pavement in Waycobah.

Paul was a former resident of Eskasoni.   He had lived in Waycobah since 2001

Posted at 12:32 pm on August 18, 2014

Pictou County District RCMP are investigating a collision between a pick-up truck and an all terrain vehicle in Thorburn last night.

Police say preliminary investigation revealed the ATV entered the intersection at a high rate of speed and was unable to negotiate a turn.

The two adult male riders of the ATV were brought to the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow with serious injuries. One of the men was later airlifted to Halifax for further medical treatment. Neither man was wearing a helmet.
A four-year-old child in the truck received minor injuries. The two adult occupants of the truck were not injured.
A collision analyst from Pictou District RCMP was called into examine the scene.