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Posted at 5:34 pm on December 18, 2014

Antigonish County civic officials want to make it easier for new businesses to break ground in the fringe area. Warden Russell Boucher says this can be achieved by making changes to some land use bylaws. But a local developer is raising some concerns.  Boucher says the bylaws can’t be revamped until the developer’s issues are addressed. Boucher says it’s time consuming.

The concerns raised during a public hearing this week focused on what’s allowed for building designs. The developer also has questions about signage.

Posted at 5:32 pm on December 18, 2014

The Inverness MLA says the province should put the brakes on a proposed gas regulation study.  Allan Mac Master says it’s unnecessary because people already know gas regulation works well.  He says consumers and retailers will find real relief if the gov’t scraps the tax on tax.
Meanwhile, the price of gas dropped again in New Brunswick, by more than five cents.  Nova Scotia sets its weekly price tonight but usually follows the trend of its provincial neighbour.

Posted at 5:31 pm on December 18, 2014

A local turkey processor says he feels helpless. Gordon Fraser of Pictou County and another man from Antigonish County are among those ordered to stop slaughtering turkeys.  They usually make some extra money at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but not this year.

MLA Karla Mac Farlane is urging the minister responsible to step up to the podium and help people like Fraser. She says small turkey processing is critical for rural Nova Scotia.

Posted at 5:29 pm on December 18, 2014

The RCMP raided two homes in Port Hawkesbury last night.  Special police units teamed up and executed two separate search warrants on Church Street.  RCMP say they seized cocaine, cannabis marijuana, money and drug equipment.  Three males and one female were arrested.  The investigation continues.

Posted at 2:26 pm on December 18, 2014

The St. Martha’s Garden Apprenticeship program  has been declared a success.  This is the first year for the program, an initiative of the Sisters of St. Martha, aimed at helping new gardeners considering a career in agriculture.  Two apprentices, Michael Overmars of Antigonish and Sean Saunders of Chester were guided through one year of production by Hants County Organic Farmers Jen and David Greenberg.  David Greenberg says both of this year’s apprentices leaned a lot, and plan to continue work in gardening.
Greenberg says raised beds were used this year.  He says the results were positive, growing a number of vegetables.  Plans are already underway for next year’s apprenticeship program.

Posted at 5:35 pm on December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014   Water Rates     BM
Antigonish County civic officials are applying for a water rate increase.  A special provincial board will decide if the request gets a stamp of approval.  Warden Russell Boucher says Lower South River and fringe area residents would be affected.
Boucher doesn’t know when the board will respond or how much the water rates would increase.

Posted at 2:10 pm on December 17, 2014

L’Arche Antigonish’s 2015 “A Year in Art” calendar has hit store shelves on main street. It features the work of artists who participate in L’Arche’s “Hearts and Hands” art program.


“Hearts and Hands” promotes creative exploration through music, drama, dance, and visual arts. Steffi Drechsler is the program’s coordinator and says producing the calendar has become an important annual event.



Calendar sales help the organization pay for art supplies, purchase frames for the pieces on display in their studio’s gallery, and to inviteFrontBackCoverForFBSmall professional artists to work with the group. The group’s art studio is open to the public for anyone interested in seeing the work on display.


Drechsler [DREKS-LA] says they sold over 300 calendars last year and hope to do even better this time around. Calendars can be purchased at the Five to a Dollar and the Plum Tree Gift Shop.

Posted at 1:56 pm on December 17, 2014

Antigonish Town council is taking additional steps to insure openness and transparency when performing building inspections.


In responding to complaints from tenants about rental unit conditions, the town will now provide hard copies of their findings. And not only to landlords, but to the complainants as well.


Councillor William Cormier says the new policy will keep Antigonish renters informed when they raise concerns about building conditions.

Cormier says it’s important that people know they don’t have to go directly to the tenancy board, they can bring complaints directly to the town which will, in turn, send an inspector to the site.


Cormier says the addition of a permanent student representative on the town’s planning advisory committee is another way the town is working to get the message out about tenants’ rights.

Posted at 1:53 pm on December 17, 2014

There’s been an adjournment in the case of a 48-year-old former Antigonish taxi driver charged with sexual assault.  The matter, involving William Roger MacLellan came before  Antigonish Provincial Court briefly this morning and was adjourned until January 21.
MacLellan was charged after two women told police they were touched inappropriately for a sexual purpose by a taxi driver.  One incident is alleged to have occurred in October, the other in February.

Posted at 1:52 pm on December 17, 2014

The County of Antigonish is weighing in on an exercise that could change how municipal affairs are dealt with in the province.  The government wants to red flag municipalities facing a possible financial crisis.  Municipalities are reflecting on more than 40 recommendations on how the province can better meet their needs.
The municipality’s Glen Horne says one item deals with provincial contracts for road maintenance in rural areas.

Tax base and infrastructure are other crucial items in the list.  Horne says it’s difficult to say who the winners and losers will be because each municipality will be impacted differently although the goal is to move all communities forward.