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Posted at 2:21 pm on November 21, 2014

 A spin-off company from St. FX University’s Chemistry Department has reached a significant distribution deal.  G-M-S, founded in 2011,  develops biodegradable, non-toxic and scent-free products has signed an agreement with Acco to distribute their products nationally and internationally.  The product line for G-M-S, sold primarily for institutional use in places like schools and hospitals includes an electronic screen cleaner, a whiteboard cleaner, a lens cleaner and a glass cleaner.
Company co-founder Dr. Gerry Marangoni, says it’s an exicting development.
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Marangoni says this agreement with Acco will help G-M-S reach deeper in the institutional market and eventually the consumer market.  The company’s products are produced in Nova Scotia at Bebbington Industries of Dartmouth


Posted at 2:04 pm on November 21, 2014

Pictou County’s five towns are banding together to encourage development and find municipal effenciencies.  New Glasgow, Pictou, Stellarton, Trenton and Westville are working towards developing an inter-muncipal Planning Strategy and a uniform Land Use By-Law,
Each town intends to adopt a single planning policy doucment, outlining common development polices for all communities.  Along with a new regional Land Use Bylaw and planning policy, the towns are also proposing several new planning initiatives.
Four Open Houses are being planned, beginning next Wednesday at Westville Town Hall from 2 to 8 p.m.


Posted at 1:33 pm on November 21, 2014

The town of Antigonish warns motorists should expect delays in the James and West Street areas early Saturday evening.  The annual Christmas parade is taking place.  James and West Streets will be the starting point for the parade.  Traffic delays will be experienced from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Motorists can also expect traffic delays on Church Street as the parade floats make their way up Church Street to the Antigonish Mall.
Santa will continue to travel down Main Street to the Tree Lighting at Columbus Field.


Posted at 1:32 pm on November 21, 2014

There’s been a delay in the resumption  of X-Ray services at St. Anne Centre in Arichat. The  X-Ray has been down since Monday to allow for the installation of a new elevating table.  That work was expected to have been completed this week.
However centre officials say the service won’t be back in operation until next Wednesday, the 26th.  The centre’s electrical system has presented some challenges to the installation of the table.  However, officials say those challenges have been overcome with a little extra time needed.
The table was purchased from fundraising by the St. Anne Centre Ladies Auxiliary.
The new table will assist young and elderly patients with mobility challenges,  and will accommodate a higher weight limit.
In the interim, patients requiring  X-Rays can go to the Strait Richmond Hospital. To make an appointment, call (902) 625-7222.


Posted at 1:30 pm on November 21, 2014

The price at the pump keeps falling.   The Utility and Review Board set weekly gas prices this morning.  For the eastern mainland, the minimum price for a litre of regular unleaded is $1.17.3, while on Cape Breton it’s $1.18.1.  That’s a drop of two-and-a-half cents a litre.
Diesel prices are also down this week, by 3.4 cents a litre.  The minimum price for diesel in the eastern mainland is $1.25.4 a litre, while on Cape Breton it’s $1.26.2.


Posted at 5:37 pm on November 20, 2014

The mercury rose to nearly 17 degrees Tuesday in Antigonish, one of the highest temperatures in the country for that day.  Grand E’tang saw it climb even higher.   Meteorologist Tracey Talbot explains.

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Talbot says they are predicting normal to above normal temperatures for the next three months in this region.  Meanwhile– weather experts say 2014 could go into the books as the hottest year in the planet’s history.


Posted at 5:28 pm on November 20, 2014

The coach of the Antigonish Bulldogs says they don’t have to be pretty goals, but Richard Mac Kenzie says they’d like to put more pucks in the net.  Mac Kenzie says he’s proud of the young players because they are working hard, in a tough league.  He says some fine tuning will allow them to put more points on the board and they’ll continue to work on the fundamentals.

The Bulldogs have two home games this weekend.  Mac Kenzie says the team appreciates the support from the loyal fans.  Tomorrow night, the Pictou County Scotians are in town.  The Bulldogs welcome the Strait Pirates Sunday night. Both games start at 7:30.   The Mothers Against Drunk Driving Antigonish Chapter kicks off its annual project, Red Ribbon Campaign, at the Bulldog’s game tomorrow night.  A number of dignitaries will be on hand for the presentation.


Posted at 4:43 pm on November 20, 2014

A Pomquet Community Leader says home-grown support is a driving force for a major community project.  Clarence Deyoung says they are counting on local residents to chip in for their vision of building a new community centre.  People voted overwhelmingly to move forward with their plans to break ground.  Deyoung says other levels of government are more likely to invest in projects that receive support at the local level. He says the follow up support is also crucial.
The Capital Campaign kicks off on Sunday with pledge packages being dropped off to residents between 2 and 4 pm.
More information about the capital campaign is available on the committee’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/PomquetCommunityCentre


Posted at 1:32 pm on November 20, 2014

Inverness Conservative  MLA Allan MacMaster says he’s disappointed.  MacMaster introduced a bill this week to remove the statute of limitations for existing victims of sexual abuse to pursue civil litigation.  His bill was intended to amend the government’s Limitation of Actions Act passed Friday which removes the statute of limitations for any future victims of sex abuse as well as a number of other changes to civil litigation. MacMaster says his bill came before the Legislature yesterday during Opposition day, asking the house to offer unanimous consent to pass the bill.  However, MacMaster says the Liberals refused.

He says the legislation needs to go further to include past victims of sexual abuse.
MacMaster is urging Nova Scotians who feel strongly on this issue to write the premier demanding the change.  The Tories have demanded Justice Minister Lena Diab’s resignation over her handling of the issue.


Posted at 11:35 am on November 20, 2014

A St. FX coach is paying tribute a former student-athlete who’s currently ranked as the best female rugby player in the world.  Former X-woman Magalie Harvey has been nominated for the International Rugby Players’ Association Try of the Year.  It was an 87 meter hunt for the try-line as she ran the gauntlet against France at the World Cup.   Mike Cavanagh says Harvey’s like a phantom when she carries the ball.
Cavanagh is now trying to recruit Harvey’s younger sister, hoping she’ll play for St. FX.  The family is from Quebec City.