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Posted at 6:27 pm on April 23, 2014

The Inverness MLA says new hospital equipment should arrive by the Fall.   Allan Mac Master tabled a petition in the provincial legislature demonstrating overwhelming support from his community.  Over 15-hundred people signed up urging the government to provide a CT Scanner for the Inverness Hospital.

Mac Master credits two students who were a driving force is creating momentum for the petition.  He says it’s an excellent example of a community banding together for progress.

 


Posted at 6:22 pm on April 23, 2014

A Port Hawkesbury Town Councillor hopes the feds are not getting side-tracked when it comes to rail safety.   Ottawa has announced that they are  pulling five thousand older tank cars off the rails immediately as it adopts the major rail safety recommendations of the Transportation Safety Board.  Joe Janega says it’s a positive step forward, but the rails and infrastructure also need improvements.  Otherwise, it’s like driving a brand new car on a bumpy pot-hole riddled road.

The transportation department says the least crash-resistant of the older tank cars will be removed from the rails immediately and older tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol must be phased out or retrofitted within three years.


Posted at 1:45 pm on April 23, 2014

The man who led a five member panel that wrote a provincial economic development report says he’s pleased with how Nova Scotians are reacting to its findings.  The report, released earlier this year says  the province is doomed to endure an extended period of decline unless population and economic trends are reversed and suspicious attitudes about business are changed.  Ray Ivany talked about the report and its findings during a presentation to the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce this morning.  Ivany says the report has prompted discussions about the challenges facing the province at the local level.

 

Ivany, the President of Acadia University says in order to turn the province’s fortunes around, economic activity and population need to rise.  He says increasing the population can be achieved by attracting more immigrants and repatriating Nova Scotians who are living elsewhere

Ivany says the road to recovery could take a decade or more.

 

Ivany says government can play an important role in the province’s economic recovery, but much of the work will have to be driven by Nova Scotians


Posted at 5:31 pm on April 22, 2014

An X-men football player is garnering some attention from the CFL.  Devon Bailey is ranked number 5 in the league’s scouting bureau.  Bailey is the only wide receiver on the list of 15.  It’s the final list of eligible prospects for the upcoming season.


Posted at 5:27 pm on April 22, 2014

A former assistant hockey coach at St. FX says he is humbled to be inducted into the Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame.  Norm Batherson is referred to as one of the best players to come out of the North Sydney Minor Hockey system– and he has extensive experience in the AHL as well as the pros in Germany.

The late Robert MacKenzie, former X-men Hockey player, is also being inducted.  The ceremony is taking place in Sydney on May 17th.


Posted at 3:24 pm on April 22, 2014

The Strait Regional School board and GASHA are signing up for the Health Promotion Partnership Agreement.  The aim is to improve cooperation, advocacy and information-sharing between school boards and district health authorities.  The renewed program also involves the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and the Cape Breton District Health Authority.  Local school board superintendent Ford Rice says it will help them educate students on making healthy lifestyle choices today, that will have a lifelong positive impact.


Posted at 12:27 pm on April 22, 2014

A clinical psychologist with a forensic background, based in Antigonish, is putting the microscope on the relationship between social media and the courtroom.  Dr. Margo Watt of St. FX University and her students are studying the impact of live tweeting.  She says people are often eager to get a peak behind the curtain of high profile cases– and social media is helping them accommodate their curiosity.

Dr. Watt says her her team is conducting a public survey.  She says they were compelled to start the research following the recent Chris Falconer murder trial.  The judge allowed live tweeting during the trial.  The ruling allowed readers to be provided with details as they unfolded.  Falconer was found guilty earlier this year of murdering a young woman– Amber Kirwan.

If you prefer to complete the survey using pen-and-paper rather than online, please contact Catherine Gallagher (x2008mzd@stfx.ca) to request a copy of the survey and a self-addressed envelope.    Completed pen-and-paper surveys will remain completely confidential.


Posted at 11:53 am on April 22, 2014

Antigonish RCMP were busy over the weekend targeting drivers.   A 20 year old man from Antigonish was stopped on Highland Drive and arrested for alleged impaired driving.  He returns to court in July.  Another incident involves a 29 year old Trenton woman who refused to comply with a demand for a roadside screening.   She appears in court in June.  Two people were charged for driving while suspended.   And fifty-three written warnings were issued for speeding and intersection related offenses.


Posted at 11:46 am on April 22, 2014

An Antigonish County woman crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon in winning fashion.  Charlene Druhan came in first in her 60-64 age group. It took Druhan just over three hours and 31 minutes to complete the 26 mile journey.  She says it was getting rough near the end and her `quads` were getting worn.  But she explains how she received a sudden injection of inspiration related to last year’s tragedy.

This is Druhan’s best finish after competing in six Boston Marathons.  Mathew Mac Kinnon, Lisa Mc Graw, Kathy Langille and Amanda Stanic, all from Antigonish,  also participated in the historic race.


Posted at 11:44 am on April 22, 2014

A local fire chief says twinning the highway between Pictou County and Antigonish should be a provincial priority.   Barney’s River Fire Chief Joe Mac Donald says it’s a dangerous stretch that has claimed too many lives– most recently this past winter.

 

Pictou East MLA Tim Houston echoes the chief’s concerns.  He’s asking the government to consider all the traffic on the highway, including local residents, tourists and St. FX students travelling back and forth.