Inverness County

Posted at 1:56 pm on November 25, 2014

The future of two summer camps for at-risk youth and disenfranchised individuals, including one in Inverness County is in doubt because of provincial funding cuts.  Staff at ReachAbility in Halifax, the non-profit agency that operates the camps have been told by the Community Services Department it will no longer receive the 480-thousand dollars to operate the summer camps in Orangedale and Paradise, Annapolis County.  ReachAbility’s director of business and human development, Sharon Rutland says the cut is disappointing.
Rutland says it’s reaching out the public and community leaders, asking for financial support, sponsorships and partnerships to keep at least one of the camp locations running.  Rutland says if only one can stay open, it would likely be Paradise, because it’s centralized and supports a large population.

Posted at 7:22 am on September 10, 2014

Port Hawkesbury Town Council is sticking to its refusal to provide funding to Strait Area Transit until the service can secure long-term financial commitments from the province.

Mayor Billy Joe MacLean confirmed the town’s position at the end of a presentation at last night’s town council meeting by the transit cooperative’s acting chair, Jim Mustard,

It’s a contrast to the position taken by Inverness County, which increased its funding commitment to help launch a new set of regular routes in the county, including S-A-T’s first routes to Whycocomagh, Lake Ainslie and Scotsville.

Port Hawkesbury is once again part of these Inverness County runs, with the Nova Scotia Community College Strait Area Campus included as a pick-up and drop-off point.

But Mayor MacLean says the town would rather see a five-year or ten-year financial commitment from the provincial government, as opposed to the one-year funding commitments that it typically provides to community transit services.

Following the council meeting, MacLean told reporters that council may take another look at the S-A-T request during next spring’s budget talks.

Posted at 8:13 am on August 25, 2014

Legendary Cape Breton fiddler Buddy Mac Master will be laid to rest today

MacMaster,who  performed for over six decades, with appearances in Canada, the USA and Scotland died last week at the age of 89.  His funeral will be held in Judique this morning at 11 at St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church.  Hundreds paid their last respects to MacMaster at the iconic fiddler’s wake in Judique Saturday and Sunday.

He  was born into a Gaelic speaking family in Timmons, Ontario in 1924.  His family returned to Judique four years later.

He played his first professional gig at the age of fifteen.

He  recorded his first album, Judique on the Floor, a year after he retired in 1988.  MacMaster was honored by his country, his province and his peers, receiving the Order of Canada, the Order of Nova Scotia and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the East Coast Music Association and Folk Alliance International.   He was also conferred honourary degrees from St. FX and Cape Breton Universities.

Posted at 1:54 pm on August 19, 2014

Inverness County RCMP have released the name of the First Nations resident who died in a bicycle accident over the weekend.

Thirty-four-year-old David Joseph Paul of Reservation Road in Waycobah died in the accident on Sunday.

He died when falling off his bicycle and striking his head on the pavement in Waycobah.

Paul was a former resident of Eskasoni.   He had lived in Waycobah since 2001

Posted at 12:30 pm on August 18, 2014

Inverness County RCMP say a 34-year-old cyclist has died after a crash at the Waycobah First Nation Saturday night.  Police says preliminary investigation has determined the rider lost control of his bike, and then fell,, landing on the pavement.  The victim, a resident of Waycobah was not wearing a bicycle helmet

Posted at 1:34 pm on August 15, 2014

RCMP in Inverness County say they have determined the whereabouts of  a Quebec motorcyclist reported missing yesterday. and as a result have concluded their ground and air search.

François Brodeur  was last seen at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the North Mountain / Big Intervale / Cape North area. He was traveling south to Ingonish from Pleasant Bay with another rider who was on a different motorcycle ahead of him.
Police say they have confirmed that Brodeur was in the Oromocto area Friday morning.  RCMP says they’d like to speak to Brodeur to confirm what happened after he was reported as missing yesterday.