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Posted at 3:37 pm on June 30, 2016

Antigonish native Suzan MacLean is part of a team that won a national award for public safety innovation.  MacLean, the daughter of the late Dr. Cecil MacLean, a former sports broadcaster at CJFX is part of a group of provincial government employees that developed a radio communications platform for first responders and 14 government departments.  The common mobile radio system they used, called TMR2 won the Gold Award for Innovative Management  from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.
Earlier this month,  MacLean’s implementation team were named one of 12 recipients of the Premier’s Award of Excellence.

Posted at 3:35 pm on June 30, 2016

There’s been a drug bust in Bayfield, Antigonish County.  RCMP say on Monday, officers stopped a pick up truck with an insecure load on Highway 4 near Bayfield.  Police discovered 28 marijuana plants among the other cargo in the truck.  That led officers to search a home on Bayfield Cross Road, where more marijuana plants were found in various stages of growth.  RCMP also seized some drug paraphernalia at the site.
Police arrested a 43-year-old Bayfield woman and a 57-year-old Merland man.  They were released from custody later in the day.  They are scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on August 31st to face two counts each of Production of Marijuana.

Posted at 3:34 pm on June 30, 2016

A major summer event in Northeastern Nova Scotia is almost here.  The 153rd Antigonish Highland Games is next week.  Games week activities officially opens on Sunday with the Cape George Bike Race at 9 a.m. and the Opening Church Service at St. James United at 10:30 a.m.
Antigonish Highland Society Executive Director Traci Despatis  says there’s a few new features in this year’s games, including a bonus Ceilidh, next Friday night, July 8th.
Despatis says it’s also extending its Tir Nan Og offerings with Cultural and Arts Workshops. There will also be Art Workshops in partnership with Antigonish Culture Alive.

Posted at 3:32 pm on June 30, 2016

Antigonish native Bruce MacKinnon will be become a recipient of Canada’s highest civilian honour.  MacKinnon, the editorial cartoonist for the Chronicle Herald is one of 113 new appointments to the Order of Canada.  The announcement was made this morning by Governor General David Johnston.
MacKinnon is being honoured for his contributions as one of Canada’s most skilled, empathetic, and provocative editorial cartoonists. A formal investiture ceremony will announced later.
MacKinnon’s work was also recognized by the province; he was named to the Order of Nova Scotia in 2011.
MacKinnon started drawing cartoons for the Antigonish Casket newspaper when he was 14 and continuing working for publications in high school and university.  He started drawing a weekly cartoon for the Chronicle Herald in 1985.  His work has also drawn awards from his peers regionally and nationally.

Posted at 3:31 pm on June 30, 2016

While full-time students at St. FX are away for the summer, the university is conducting a number of upgrades on campus.  The University’s Director of Facilities Management, Leon MacLellan, says the price tag for all the work on campus is 32 million dollars.  He says one large project involves the university’s Nursing program and residences at Mount Saint Bernard.
MacLellan says it’s also doing a 12 million dollar greening project, which includes new lighting, controls and replacing air handling units in a number of buildings.  MacLellan says it’s expected the change will reduce the university’s energy use by about 25 per cent. Most of the greening project will be completed this summer, the rest will be finished in the summer of 2017. Other projects include roof replacements on several buildings, and additional parking behind Lane Hall.

Posted at 3:28 pm on June 30, 2016

There’s an agreement that makes it easier for Licensed Practical Nurses to acquire a Nursing degree at St. FX University.  As part of the Nova Scotia Nursing Education Review, the Departments of Labour and Advanced Education and Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia’s University Schools of Nursing, the Nova Scotia Community College and the College of Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia have been working to together to recognize previous education and experience for qualified LPN’s who choose to enter BScN programs in the province.
St. FX and Cape Breton University have been collaborating to determine options on giving LPN’s credit for education and work experience and bridging courses that would allow them to apply for an Accelerated BScN program.  St. FX will offer the first program for the Accelerated BScN programs to qualified LPN’s in May of next year with 20 seats available.  Information onthe application process can be found at the St. FX admissions department web site.  Applications will be accepted until August first.

Posted at 3:27 pm on June 30, 2016

It’s viewed a major step in anti-psychotic medications for Schizophrenia.  Health Canada has approved Invega Trinza, an injection medication that lasts three months.  It’s the longest timing available between doses.  Up to now, the longest injection medication can last is one month.
The Director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program in Halifax, Dr. Philip Tibbo, says the new formulation is welcome.
Tibbo says improving outcomes is key, and this new medication will be helpful to patients living with Schizophrenia
It’s expected the new medication, produced by Janssen will be on the market soon.

Posted at 2:56 pm on June 30, 2016

Antigonish RCMP are investigating a theft from a local farm.   Police say between June 11th and June 18th, a fence with 65 posts were removed from a property on the school road in Brierly Brook, Antigonish County.
If you have any information, call the RCMP (902) 863-6500 or  Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Posted at 8:56 am on June 30, 2016

The parent company of the Sobeys grocery store chain is facing continuing difficulties with it’s Safeway Canada unit in the west. Stellarton-based Empire Company says it is taking a 1.3 Billion dollar impairment charge in the fourth quarter on its western business for goodwill and long-lived assets.  That’s on top of the 1.73 Billion dollar impairment charge it took in the third quarter for troubles at Safeway.  Sobeys bought Safeway Canada for 5.8 billion dollars several years ago.
That write down contributed to a loss of 942.6 million dollars in the fourth quarter.    Empire Company President and CEO Marc Poulin says say challenges in Western Canada has had a negative impact on its results for the past three quarters; deepening in the fourth quarter, with impacts felt across other banners in the west.  Poulin says it’s also seeing some early evidence of a softening sales trend in other regions of the country.  He says management is focused on reversing the trend by cutting costs, and “relevant pricing” for its customers.

Posted at 12:15 pm on June 29, 2016

Master’s degree students at St. FX wanting to pursue a PhD can continue their studies at the Antigonish school, thanks to a new agreement.  St. FX has signed a five year deal with Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies.  It allows students to enroll in doctoral programs at MUN, while staying a resident at St. FX.
St. FX Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Richard Isnor says it gives students some flexibility.
Isnor says this is a good interim step as St. FX is looking at advancing its own graduate program.