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Posted at 4:30 pm on September 30, 2014

A downtown Antigonish business leader says it’s an annual positive ripple effect for the local economy.  Mark Gabrieau, of Gabrieu’s Bistro,  says the community gets a significant boost from the blue fin tuna fishery.  Monster game-fish are swarming off the coast of the Antigonish area drawing people from all over the world to the North Atlantic.   Gabrieau says the enthusiasts, who are often extremely wealthy, are very generous when they return to shore.   He says the spinoffs are limitless.

Gabrieau says August was the busiest month of the year before the local industry took shape, but now it’s September.   One tuna can weigh hundreds of pounds, sometimes more than a ton.  Those involved with the industry say the catch and release sport is safe for the big fish, they use what’s called `circle hooks,` which are apparently much easier to remove, resulting less harm.

Posted at 3:20 pm on September 30, 2014

The St. FX University President says it’s surreal.  Dr. Kent Mac Donald is attending his first home-coming at the helm of the university.  As a student, he would have never imagined sitting in the president’s office, although back in the day, he says he was setting the stage for his future.
The Installation of StFX’s 18th President, Dr. Kent MacDonald, is set to start at 2:30 Friday afternoon at the Schwartz School of Business Auditorium.

Posted at 3:14 pm on September 30, 2014

The federal representative for this riding has little to say about his Liberal counterpart on the campaign trail.  Central Nova MP and Justice Minister Peter Mac Kay salutes Canadian Forces Veteran David Mac Leod.  Mac Leod was nominated to represent the Liberals during a weekend vote in Stellarton. Mac Kay reacts by saying:  “I commend him for his service to Canada and we welcome everyone to the democratic process.“  Mac Kay is a former minister of defense and Mac Leod, who has roots in Antigonish, served in the military for nearly 30 years.

Posted at 2:52 pm on September 30, 2014

One again the Inverness MLA gets a bird’s eye view to a showdown in the province’s capital.  Debate over the Nova Scotia government’s plan to merge bargaining units in the health-care sector has spilled onto the streets outside the legislature.  Allan Mac Master got more than he bargained for when he took a peak out of his office window.

It seems Mac Master has an acute sense of timing for being on the sidelines of political dust-ups.  He was asked to provide a police statement after witnessing an altercation between a cabinet minster and opposition MLA last year.  Charges of assault and uttering threats were eventually dropped.

Posted at 2:44 pm on September 30, 2014

St. FX athletes are making their mark on the national stage.  The CIS is out with its latest top 10 rankings.  The women’s rugby team is holding the number two spot in the country and the men’s cross country team takes the number 10 spot.  The CIS rankings show level of performance from the student athletes and coaches all across Canada.  They are among more than 11-hundred student athletes, 700 coaches, 56 universities competing for championships in 12 different sports.

Posted at 2:25 pm on September 30, 2014

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is looking to preserve another parcel of land along Guysborough County’s St. Mary’s River.
The Trust is seeking to raise 260-thousand dollars to protect the 54  acre site near Glenelg.  It’s home to an old growth Eastern Hemlock forest, wetlands, brooks and more than four kilometres of undisturbed river shoreline.  It also provides habitat for three animals on Canada’s endangered species list, the Wood Turtle, the Olive-sided Flycatcher and the Canada Warbler .
The deadline to raise the money is November first.  This property would be added to five other conservation sites already protect along the river.

Posted at 5:37 pm on September 29, 2014

X-Women soccer midfielder Margaux Fraser is the university’s female athlete of the week.  X-Men hockey goaltender Drew Owsley was named the StFX Male Athlete of the Week for the week.   And Donald Tabor, Ron Omara and Demetrius Ferguson are the players of the week for the football team.

Posted at 11:07 am on September 29, 2014

Corridor Resources has a new President and CEO. Steve Moran will take the reins for the oil and gas Halifax based company. Phil Knoll resigned last month after four years in the position. Moran has also been appointed to the board of directors. Stellavista Capital Corporation, a privately run company in Calgary.

Posted at 11:01 am on September 29, 2014

Central Nova Liberals have chosen their candidate for the next federal election.  Canadian Forces veteran David Mac Leod, who has roots in Antigonish, will face veteran politician and Justice Minister Peter Mac Kay on the campaign trail.  Mac Leod says the environment and job creation are among his priorities.

Mac Leod defeated Liberal hopeful Derek Hawes at a weekend nomination convention in Stellarton.  The next Federal election is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 2015.

Posted at 10:39 am on September 26, 2014

That visit to your local gas station will cost you a little more today.  The price at the pump jumped 3.7 cents a litre overnight.  That puts the minimum price for a litre of regular unleaded at $1.35.5 in the eastern mainland and $1.36.3 in Cape Breton.

While gasoline went up, Diesel is on the deline, down 1.6 cents this week.  The minimum price for diesel is now $1.27.4 on the eastern mainland and $1.28.2 in Cape Breton.