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Posted at 10:38 am on August 31, 2015

The Stanley Cup is coming back to Antigonish this week.   Al Mac Isaac and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lighting in the NHL final to claim the league’s championship trophy this past season.  Mac Isaac says he’s honoured to bring it home again.  He gets a lot of joy when young people see the trophy and inspires them to work hard in getting to the NHL. He says it’s important to note– you don’t have to be a player to be part of the “big show.“

Meanwhile, Mac Isaac says he is a big fan of the CACL, and he’s proud to know the Stanley Cup visit is supporting them.  A public viewing Sept. 3 at the Bloomfield Centre takes place from 2-5pm and again 7-9 in the evening at the Pipers Pub.  Donations for the CACL are being accepted.  The CACL is selling tickets on signed Patrick Kane and Jonathon Toews jerseys.   Meanwhile, you can fill out a ballot at 989 XFM for a Corey Crawford signed jersey.

Posted at 10:37 am on August 31, 2015

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant is saluting a late well known Inverness County man.   Writer Alastair Mac Leod of Dunvegan is being invested into the Order of Nova Scotia in the Fall posthumously.  Grant, Chancellor of the Order, made the announcement Friday.  He says it makes him proud to be a Nova Scotia resident because of the all talented people from one end of the province to the other.

Growing up in Inverness County had a lasting impact on Mac Leod’s wrirings.  Many of the characters and settings in his stories were based in Cape Breton.

Posted at 10:35 am on August 31, 2015

The provincial PC leader says the government ambushed the film industry in Nova Scotia.  Jamie Baillie, during a visit to Antigonish Friday,  said he is not surprised to hear people in the industry are moving elsewhere for work.  He says it’s a terrible shame because of all the talent available right here in Nova Scotia.  Baillie says this province is unique when it comes to filming, but not in a positive way.

On Friday, the premier said his government is willing to meet with representatives of the film industry, but it won’t change its revamped tax incentive program.  Screen Nova Scotia has requested an emergency meeting with Stephen McNeil in light of the impending closure of industry suppliers PS Atlantic and SIM Digital, which it linked to the decision to replace the province’s film tax credit.

Posted at 10:29 am on August 31, 2015

 Fire damaged a bungalow in Trenton Sunday night.  The family was away at the time of the fire, so no one was hurt.  The fire was reported on Egypt Road around 7 p.m.
Disaster volunters with the Canadian Red Cross provided emergency lodging for a couple until insurers can assess the damage.  Their teenage sons are staying with friends for now.

Posted at 10:28 am on August 31, 2015

There will be no change in the size of St. Mary’s District Council following elections next year.   In a decision late last week, the Utility and Review Board has confirmed that the number of council seats for the municipality will remain at seven.   However, there will be some changes in the polling districts to achieve better voter parity.
While the board agreed to keep their number of councillors at seven, it suggested the municipality may want to closely examine the issue in the next review due to a declining population.

Posted at 1:19 pm on August 28, 2015

A proposal for a regional government in Pictou County is now in the hands of provincial regulators.  The Pictou County Municipality and the Towns of New Glasgow, Stellarton and Pictou have submitted a conditional application to voluntarily amalgamate.  The application has been filed now in order to meet targets for municipal elections next year.
Approval of the application will be subject to the outcome of public consultation, including a plebiscite scheduled for May of next year.  Pictou County Warden Ron Baillie says the proposed new regional council will be much smaller that the combined four municipal governments.
Baillie says it’s time for a new model of governance because the status quo isn’t working.

Posted at 10:48 am on August 28, 2015

Relief agency World Vision is reaching out to Maritimers.  It’s launched a campaign this summer, urging residents to consider sponsoring a child in the developing world.  More than 20-thousand people in Atlantic Canada are World Vision sponsors, including more than 140 in the Antigonish area.
Spokesperson Sarah Bartley says when you sponsor a child, it impacts the entire community.
The goal of this campaign is one thousand sponsors, to date 787 people have come forward.  The campaign wraps up next week.  More information on sponsorships can be found on the agency’s web site,

Posted at 6:21 am on August 28, 2015

 Gasoline prices in the province have fallen for the second time this week. The price at the pump dropped 4.4 cents a litre overnight.  The minimum price for a litre of regular unleaded is now 99.8 cents in the eastern mainland and $1.00.6 in Cape Breton.  On Wednesday, the Utility and Review Board imposed its interrupter clause to drop gasoline prices by five cents a litre.
Diesel is also down, by 5.5 cents.  The minimum price for a litre of diesel is now 91.8 cents in the eastern mainland and 92.6 on Cape Breton.

Posted at 7:22 pm on August 27, 2015

A local MLA says the Liberal government is dragging its feet when it comes to railway updates.  The Pictou Centre MLA Patt Dunn says the transportation department should be providing details about the activity around the rail line in New Glasgow concerning derailments and improvements.  Dunn says all of the tracks across the province should be in tip-top shape.
Dunn says he wrote a letter to the minister last October asking for immediate attention to alarming flaws in the rail line.

Posted at 7:21 pm on August 27, 2015

An Antigonish company says partnerships with First Nations communities are win-win situations.  Nova Construction is responsible for a highway project in Potlotek. Ten per cent of the workers must come from the local community according to the contract.  Jo-Anne Ortega is the safety-education and special projects coordinator for Nova Construction.  She says it’s a great idea.
Ten per cent of the workforce equals 1-point-2 employees.  Ortega says they surpassed that number by hiring five from Potlotek, and that number could increase too as the project grows.