News from our own backyard and around the world. Visit our Submissions page to send us your news stories and tips.

Posted at 2:02 pm on November 28, 2014

It’s a snapshot on the health status of residents of Northeastern Nova Scotia. The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority has just completed a month-long survey of the local population. Some 14-hundred people participated in the 40 minute telephone survey, conducted for the authority by Forum Research. The Health Authority’s Director of Public Relations & Community Engagement, Sarah MacDonald says information gathered will assist in targeting programs that meet community needs.


The Health Authority conducted similar surveys in 2005 and 2010.

Posted at 1:58 pm on November 28, 2014

The Cabot Links Golf Course in Inverness has received another major honour.  At the Canadian Tourism Awards in Ottawa this week, Cabot Links was named recipient of the Visa Canada Traveller Experience of the Year.  The award  recognizes a tourism business or organization that creates the year’s most exceptional tourism product, service or experience.
This continues of what is becoming a long list of accolades for the course, built on a former coal mining staging area.  In September, a leading international on-line travel web site, travel-pulse-dot-com named Cabot Links to its list of “The World’s 10 Most Spectacular Golf Course Views”.   The Inverness Course was ranked second in the globe.
In April, Golfweek listed Cabot Links as Canada’s Best Modern Golf Course in its annual rankings.

Posted at 9:20 am on November 28, 2014

The cost of filling up continues to fall.  The Utility and Review Board set weekly gasoline prices overnight.  The minimum price for a litre of regular unleaded in the eastern mainland is now $1.15.5, while in Cape Breton  it’s $1.16.3.  That’s a drop of 1.8 cents a litre.
Diesel was up this week, up six tenths of cent.  The minimum price is $1.26 in the eastern mainland and $1.26.8 in Cape Breton.

Posted at 7:45 am on November 28, 2014

A medical professional says Strait Area parents should be concerned.   The provincial government released the first Early Development Instrument results today from data collected by Grade Primary teachers in 2012-13.  The teachers completed a questionnaire for each child in their class about five developmental areas, including physical health and well-being, emotional maturity, communications skills and general knowledge, social competence, and language and cognitive development.   Dr. John Le Blanc, a pediatrician at the IWK Health Centre, and associate professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie medical school says the percentage of Strait Regional School Board students starting school with a vulnerability in at least one area is 33.6 per cent.  He says that number is high.

The Halifax Regional School Board has the lowest at 23.1 per cent.   Minister responsible Karen Casey says the information will help government, school boards and communities know what they can do to make sure every child receives the support they need to help them succeed.

Posted at 7:19 am on November 28, 2014

The Strait Regional School Board will be well represented in the provincial capital for an international, educational event Friday.  Over 450 local grades six to 12 students, staff and chaperones will join thousands of others at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax for “We Day Atlantic.“  The school board’s Deanna Gillis says it’s an inspiring event focused on “positive change.“

Since 2007,  countless Canadian students have attended We Day events, which feature speeches and performances from global leaders, social activists and public figures.

Posted at 7:15 am on November 28, 2014

The Cape Breton Canso Tory Candidate says stimulating local economies will pave the way to success.  Adam Rogers says rallying behind the mega projects in the Strait Region is crucial.  He says you can also make improvements by staying connected to the entrepreneurs in your own back yard.  Rogers says, “Buy Local Campaigns“ are a driving force.  He says these items have been on his mind for a while and he was inspired to put his name on the ballot for the upcoming federal election.
Rogers is hanging up his Strait Area Chamber of Commerce President’s hat for now because of the campaign.  He says it’s just one other way to serve his community.

Posted at 7:09 am on November 28, 2014

A Pomquet community leader is applauding residents for stepping up to the plate.  Clarence Deyoung says he’s proud of everyone who contributed in one way or another for a future community centre.  Deyoung says volunteers are returning to the homes in Pomquet to collect the Capital Campaign pledge forms on Sunday.

Deyoung says this is an integral part of the project.  He says local support must be demonstrated in order to get attention from Ottawa and the province.  Deyoung says it’s been a busy year

Posted at 2:03 pm on November 26, 2014

There’s been another delay in the resumption  of X-Ray services at St. Anne Centre in Arichat. The  X-Ray has been down since last Monday to allow for the installation of a new elevating table.  The work was expected to take a week, but that was pushed back and was expected to resume today.
However centre officials now say the service won’t be back in operation until next Monday, December 1st.  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 2:02 pm on November 26, 2014

A 38-year-old Frankville, Antigonish County man has been sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of Possession of Child Pornography.  Trevor Jon Austen entered the guilty plea to the charge this morning.  A second charge of Distribution of Child Pornography was withdrawn by the Crown.
Austen was charged in April after Antigonish RCMP and members of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, Technological Crime Unit and Antigonish/Guysborough Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched his home in Frankville. Police seized three laptops, one external hard drive and one cell phone. Court was told this morning officers found 26-hundred and 92 child pornography images and 29 child porn videos.
Once he completes his sentence Austen will be placed on one year of probation.

Posted at 2:01 pm on November 26, 2014

A Paq’tnkek woman facing five charges including Fraud, Theft over Five Thousand Dollars, Forgery and Uttering a Forged Document made a brief appearance in Antigonish Provincial Court this morning.  The case of 38-year-old Dawn Marie Johnson was adjourned until January 7th.
Johnson was charged following an investigation by Antigonish/Guysborough Street Crime Enforcement Unit.  Police were contacted last December after the Paq’tnkek First Nation discovered a misappropriation of funds in excess of 50-thousand dollars involving the Mi’kmaq Employment and Training Secretariat.  Police later discovered more than 350-thousand dollars was embezzled between 2010 and 2013.