Posted at 1:23 pm on May 28, 2015
The lights at an Inverness County performing arts centre could soon go dark. The excecutive director of Strathspey Place in Mabou, Tracey MacNeil, says the 488 seat facility is facing serious financial challenges. MacNeil says it’s the cumulative affect of years of losses and inadequate revenue. MacNeil say unless it’s financial situation improves, it probably will be forced to close in the next couple of months.
MacNeil says a community meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, June 4th at 7 p.m. at Strathspey Place to discuss its future.
MacNeil says if it can keep the doors open, the Strathspey Place Association has developed a Strategic Plan that will allow it to grow. It touches on six stragetic items with action plans, including Partnering with the Community, Financial Stability, Youth Mentorship, Human Resource Capacity, Program Development and Marketing Plan.
Posted at 5:37 pm on February 25, 2015
An Inverness County Councillor says it’s a breath of fresh air and a walk down memory lane in Creignish. But Dwayne Mac Donald says giving a glimpse of the past like this is no walk in the park. A descendent of a Scottish immigrant, who built a home in the early 1800s, has revitalized the stone cottage. Ian Mac Master broke ground on a hillside overlooking the waters off the coast of Creignish more than two centuries ago. The residence is now known as the Moidart House. His great, great, great granddaughter of Ontario was at the helm of the restoration project– which has recently garnered a heritage award. Mac Donald says it’s a remarkable achievement given the challenges involved.
Mac Donald says he speaks from experience. He just finished trying to renovate a home constructed in the 1870s in the area. Mac Donald adds, it’s just not his “kettle of fish anymore“
Posted at 12:40 pm on February 17, 2015
RCMP officers rescued a baby seal from a home on Highway 19 in Inverness County and returned it to the Strait of Canso. On Saturday morning, RCMP received a call of a seal near the highway at Newtown.
Officers retrieved the seal and placed him in the back of an RCMP truck and took him to the Port Hawkesbury Wharf where he was released.
Posted at 2:37 pm on January 15, 2015
Hopes for expanding the Margaree Airport have suffered a setback. The Inverness County Municipality is looking to undertake a 9.3 million dollars upgrade, which includes doubling the length of the runway to 15-hundred metres. The municipality’s CAO Joe O’Connor says the county was hoping it would quality under the Build Canada fund, where the project would be cost shared with the other two levels of government. However, O’Connor says the application has been turned down.
O’Connor says the municipality is confident it will receive funding for the project. The idea of expanding the airport was first suggested by the nearby Cabot Links Golf Course in Inverness.
Posted at 1:18 pm on January 15, 2015
The province has announced seven new projects from its Community Feed-in Tariff program. It allows smaller, renewable energy projects to move forward, aimed at helping the province achieve renewable electricity targets of 25 per cent by this year and 40 per cent by 2020. Among the seven that were approved by the province, three were local, and all biomass projects, with an expected power output of 0.5 megawatts.
Two are in Antigonish County, T-E Boyle Farm and Forestry Limited in Tracadie, and Afton Hills Farm Limited in Antigonish. The third is in Inverness County, Fire Blade Holsteins in Port Hood.
To date, more than 90 projects have been approved under the program. However, the province says will now pause and evaluate the program to ensure it continues to be community based, innovative and contributes to the province’s future energy needs. New applications won’t be processed pending the review and the release of province’s electricty plan next fall.
Posted at 1:11 pm on January 14, 2015
The Cape Breton District Health Authority is imposing visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals, community health centres and continuing care facilities. That includes Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Cheticamp and Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck.
Health Authority officials say the measure is being taken due to increased cases of the flu, flu-like and respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses in the community.
Under the restrictions visitors must be family or next of kin of patients or residents. Visitation is limited to only one patient or resident at a time. You must also your hands before and after your visit Children under the age of 12 cannot visit.
Similar restrictions have also been imposed by the Nursing home at St. Anne Centre in Arichat and Inverary Manor Nursing Home in Inverness, also because of the presence of the flu in the local area. Visitation is limited to only immediate family members.
Posted at 2:11 pm on January 12, 2015
The Cabot Trail has made a select list. An international travel web site has named the Cabot Trail to its Top 20 list of “What to Do in Canada”. The website, www.traveltherenext.com
places the roadway through Inverness and Victoria Counties second on the list.
The web site says the Cabot Trail “serves up one of the greatest road trips in the world”. It recommends travel to the Cabot Trail in the fall, adding “the fusion of light and colour has to be seen to be believed”. Whister, B-C’s Blackcomb area topped the list
Other destinations listed include Lake Louise, Alberta; Hudson Bay, Dawson City, Peggy’s Cove, Niagara Falls, and the Charlottetown Festival.