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Posted at 3:30 pm on July 29, 2016

Construction will soon begin on affordable housing units in Antigonish.
At a news conference today, Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced the provincial and federal governments will jointly provide 100-thousand dollars towards the construction of four new affordable housing units. Two of the apartments will be barrier-free for persons with disabilities.   Antigonish Affordable Housing Society Chair Colleen Cameron will be the first phase of what will be known as Riverside Estates.
The Town of Antigonish donated land for the project.  The County of Antigonish has committed 60-thousand dollars to the development, with another 40-thousand over the next two years.  The Sisters of St. Martha has also committed 100-thousand dollars to the development.

Posted at 3:22 pm on July 29, 2016

The proponents of a Liquefied Natural Gas Export Facility in Bear Head, Richmond County have received approval from the Utility and Review Board to build a pipeline to the plant.
In its submission, Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas  Limited, through its subsidiary Bear Paw Pipeline proposed its natural gas pipeline would interconnect with the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline near Goldboro.  The Bear Paw pipeline would ship offshore natural gas to the Bear Head LNG facility, expected to open in 2019.
The pipeline would be 62 kilomtres long and would cross several waterways, including the Strait of Canso.
The Utility and Review Board approved the application, subject to several conditions.

Posted at 10:26 am on July 29, 2016

Gasoline prices are holding steady this week, but there’s been a drop in what you pay for diesel fuel.
The Utility and Review Board set its weekly petroleum prices overnight, and for the second straight week, gasoline prices didn’t move.  The minimum price for a litre of regular unleaded remains at 96.1 cents in the eastern mainland and 96.9 cents in Cape Breton.
Diesel prices have fallen below the 90 cent mark, dropping 1.9 cents a litre. The minimum price for a litre of diesel is now 88.3 cents in the eastern mainland and 89.1 cents in Cape Breton.

Posted at 9:56 am on July 29, 2016

St. FX University brass are disappointed with some decision-makers in Ottawa.  Andrew Beckett, Vice President of Finance, says he and his colleagues are concerned after learning that a couple of initiatives are not getting a share of the Federal Government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Fund.
Beckett says the proposal highlights included:  The creation of 400 well-paying jobs over the two-year construction period while generating millions of dollars for the local economy.

Posted at 8:54 am on July 29, 2016

New programs to attract more students, increasing online and blended delivery courses and offering more opportunities for faculty professional development and research.  These are among the goals listed in St. FX University’s new five year Strategic Plan, released this week.
The 27-page document also lists objectives for expanding services for under-represented students, including Indigenous and African Nova Scotian,  and students with low income.  Another target is an Experience Program to help new students make the transition from high school to university.
St. FX President Dr. Kent MacDonald says this plan will be acted on, with regular updates.
Another goal of the five year vision is more collaboration and class options, including select Coady Institute and Extension courses for credit in undergraduate degree programs.

Posted at 8:52 am on July 29, 2016

The Antigonish NDP Electoral District Association is announcing the nomination of its candidate for the next provincial election.  Moraig Macgillivrary is a St. FX grad, writer and business owner.  She says these are exciting times for the party, and she is humbled to be on the front lines.  Macgillivray says the New Democrats want to work with the other parties instead of settling for a one track mind.
Local New Democrats and members of the public are invited to attend a nomination meeting and social get together on August 4th starting at 6:45pm at St. James United Church Community Hall on Main Street.  NDP Leader Gary Burill will speak at the event.

Posted at 7:40 am on July 29, 2016

Former Antigonish MLA and deputy premier Angus Tando Mac Isaac says you may be interested to see how debates in the provincial capital have been watered down since the late 1860s.   Officials are providing online access to the historical exchanges in the House up to to 1993.  Mac Isaac says in the early years of the house — there was thoughtful, articulate and detailed discussions, but that has changed.   Mac Isaac describes a similar example stemming from a book he’s now reading,  about US President Abraham Lincoln’s rise to power in the 1800s.
Mac Isaac says the legislative library may display modern political comments that are recycled or borrowed from earlier times.  He says it’s just like what happened south of the border with Melania (mah-LAWN-ee-ah) Trump and the First Lady.

Posted at 7:20 am on July 29, 2016

The annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert this weekend in Inverness County marks a milestone. This weekend marks the 60th annual concert.  The concert begins at 3 Sunday afternoon and features Coig (Coh-ig), and Gillian Boucher with Mary Jane Lamond.
A long time volunteer is John Dan MacIsaac, who is a member of the Talent Committee.
MacIsaac says when the first concert was organized in the 1950’s, it was intended to be a one time event.
Some special events Saturday to mark the anniversary include an historic walk/run in the morning through Dunvegan.  In the afternoon there will be old photos on display, videos of previous concerts, a heritage tartan, and an opportunity to learn more about Gaelic Verse and song, step dancing and square sets.  For more information visit

Posted at 7:15 am on July 29, 2016

The province’s police watchdog agency says Stellarton Police acted appropriately during a robbery investigation that resulted in a young man injuring his leg.   Police say they responded to a report of a robbery at  a Needs Store in New Glasgow in March.   Stellarton police were waiting at a nearby intersection for a dog services officer when they observed three men in their early 20s departing a home.  A brief foot chase occurred but ended when a suspect went over a snowbank.  The police dog soon located the man under the deck of a home.  He surrendered and said he didn’t realize he was being chased by police, rather, he thought it was a person who was earlier making threats.  The suspect said he injured his leg when he fell down.  One of the three men has pleaded guilty to the robbery, while the injured man is awaiting trial.

Posted at 10:41 am on July 28, 2016

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has agreed to place three schools under review.  Accepting a staff recommendation, the board will include Pictou Elementary, Dr. Thomas McColloch Junior High in Pictou and Pictou Academy in the School Review Process.  Northumberland Regional High School in Alma has also been included in this review because it could potentially receive additional students.
The School Review was ordered after the board received notification late last month from the Education Minister that it needs a final decision on the future of Pictou Elementary School by next April.  Pictou Elementary is a school under a public private partnership lease.  It’s one of a number across the province where the leases will be expiring soon.  The future of Pictou Elementary could have an impact on the other schools included in the review.
A School Options Committee that will conduct the review is expected to be formed in the next month.