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Posted at 9:50 am on May 5, 2016

The Strait Regional School Board has passed it’s Education `Draft` Business Plan for the next school year.  Two key points remain to be improving student achievement and to strengthen safe and inclusive school environments.  Superintendent Ford Rice says consistency across Nova Scotia is crucial.

The document will be submitted to the minister responsible following the board’s stamp of approval which could take place at the August regular monthly meeting.

Posted at 9:48 am on May 5, 2016

Transgender and gender-nonconforming students are getting more support from the province and school board officials.  During last night’s Strait Regional School Board Monthly meeting– officials discussed improvements in how the Lieutenant Governor’s Medals are awarded.  The gender criteria, typically one male and one female, is being removed.  In other words, two students will receive the award regardless of gender.  Superintendent Ford Rice says this rolls well with their efforts of providing accommodations for all students– such as gender neutral washrooms.   Rice says it doesn’t matter how many students will utilize them, rather it’s important to have a suitable environment across the board.

By the way– the next local Lieutenant Governor Medal Presentation Ceremony is taking place at Dr. JH Gillis Regional High on May 20th.

Posted at 8:41 am on May 5, 2016

An Inverness County native says it’s hard to describe the fallout as an inferno destroys Fort Mc Murray.  Camella Murphy of Cheticamp was working at an area camp but is safe now after escaping to Edmonton.
If you’d like to assist in the relief effort you can find a link on the 989 web site at 989XFM.CA.

Posted at 8:23 am on May 5, 2016

The Cape Breton Canso MP is shocked and saddened to see his old stomping ground go up in flames.  Rodger Cuzner went to work in Fort Mc Murray in the mid 70s with a group of friends.  He says the Alberta urban service centre still has a special place in his heart.  Cuzner says threads of “Fort Mac“ run through nearly every community.

Inverness County native Camella Murphy was working at an area camp but made it safely to Edmonton.  She’s part of a group helping evacuees to find a temporary home.

Posted at 8:18 am on May 5, 2016

The Finance Minister and Antigonish MLA says the talented youth of Nova Scotia are second to none.   Randy Delorey says that’s why helping them build a path to a successful career is a wise investment for the province– as more than 12-million dollars will go towards connecting young people with meaningful work.  Delorey says a previous career also gave him an interesting vantage point of the province’s talent pool.
The investments include:   funding for employers to create new positions for recent grads, co-op and summer work experiences, scholarships and apprenticeship terms.

Posted at 8:16 am on May 5, 2016

An Inverness County Councillor says a friendship dating back hundreds of years continues to bear fruit.   Jim Mustard and Steven Googoo are the co-chairs of the the Third Annual Engage Inverness County Conference.  Mustard says working with the First Nations community results in benefits for everyone.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Welcome.“   This year’s event is being held May 13th and 14th at the We’koqma’g First Nation School.

Posted at 7:23 am on May 5, 2016

An annual spring tradition in Antigonish will be held this weekend.  It’s Mayfest, a major fund-raiser for the St. Martha’s Hospital Auxiliary.  It will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. FX University’s Bloomfield Centre.
Spokesperson Judy MacKenzie says a lot of the popular attractions will be there, including the Teddy Bear Clinic, where health care professionals will treat your child’s stuffed animal.
Anyone wanting to donate items for Mayfest can drop them off at Bloomfield Centre from 9 to 5 on Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Posted at 6:41 am on May 5, 2016

RCMP say a high risk offender being monitored by the Ottawa Centre for Probation and Parole is relocating to Antigonish.

Gavin Griffiths

Gavin Griffiths

Twenty-nine year old Gavin Sean Griffiths has completed a sentence for sexual assaults and has a record of criminal convictions dating back to 2005 that includes convictions for sexual assault and other offences.  His victims have been adult females with whom he had no previous relationship.  Griffiths will be on probation for two years and will be required to follow strict conditions.   RCMP is warning that any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct will not be tolerated.

Posted at 10:35 am on May 4, 2016

The Town of New Glasgow has signed a five year extension of an agreement to provide police services for the town of Trenton.
Signing the agreement was New Glasgow’s Mayor Barrie MacMillan, Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon, the CAO’s of the two communities, the chair of the New Glasgow Police Commission Nancy Dicks and Ivan Baker, a provincial appointee to the commission.  The deal was signed at the Police Commission’s meeting Monday night.
MacMillan says the agreement up to now has been very successful and saves Trenton significant costs for policing.  MacKinnon says Trenton has been pleased with the service provided by New Glasgow Police and is happy the agreement has been extended.

Posted at 10:32 am on May 4, 2016

Talented Creignish native Ashley Mac Isaac says his opinion about the “Donald“ may be unusual.  Mac Isaac says people on both sides of the border are talking the possibility of Americans relocating to the island if Donald Trump becomes president.  Mac Isaac says, although there are several reasons to dislike Trump– so far– he’s on board.

Mac Isaac says meanwhile,  the recent ECMA Awards were a huge success….he and Mabou native Heather Rankin hosted the event.