Posted at 8:38 am on July 21, 2015

The Pictou Landing First Nation is getting assistance from the federal government in the construction of a new multi-purpose building.  Central Nova MP Peter MacKay has announced the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will provide 650-thousand towards the cost of the facility.  The new six thousand square foot structure will house the Band office, as well as a learning facility for skills and employment training, and programming related to health and other life skills.
The First Nations community, with help from the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, is partnering with MacGregors Industrial Group, a metal fabrication company; and renewable energy engineering company Solar Global Solutions to construct the energy efficient modular building.
The facility will be used as a marketing tool to generate sales for similar projects in Canada’s North where energy and construction costs can both be challenging.

Posted at 6:23 am on June 24, 2015

Antigonish County Warden Russell Boucher says the “arena dilemma is broadening.“  Boucher says it’s frustrating because people are wondering when they can use the Antigonish Arena– but officials are not able to give them answers just yet.  Workers encountered about 12 feet more frost than expected as efforts were underway for renovations at the facility.  Dealing with that surprise would translate into about 720 thousand dollars more than expected on the final bill.



Boucher says once the results are provided by Dalhousie University– officials from the town and county should meet to discuss their next move.  The warden says the issue of federal funding is also in Limbo.  He says ACOA has indicated that they also want the Dalhousie University test results before they discuss possible funding any further.