Inverness County

Posted at 12:59 pm on December 1, 2014

A new report prepared by two Sociology professors at St. FX University say business owners in Northeastern Nova Scotia are having problems in succession planning. The issue is raised by Professors Lynda Harling Stalker and John Phyne in a new report on the social impact of out-migration in Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond Counties. The report states succession issues exist in construction, fisheries, forestry and retail. Phyne says it may be the result of children of business owners not interested in taking over the enterprise. Phyne says a potential solution is identifying students in post-secondary institutions who could be mentored into the business, with a view to possibly taking it over.

The report says there has been significant population declines in the four counties. From 1996 to 2012, Guysborough County’s population has dropped 24 per cent, while in Inverness and Richmond Counties, it s down 15 per cent. For Antigonish County, it’s down 3.9 per cent. The report’s findings are published in the Journal of Rural and Community Development.

Phyne says rural areas tend to have an average age that’s older than the province average. Phyne says that creates problems.

Phyne says a more difficult statistic to assess is the impact of the commuting worker, a local resident who works out west, while the rest of the family stays in this region. He says they aren’t officially calculated as part of the region’s out-migration, because they maintain their home here. The report, “The Social Impact of Out-Migration” is published in the Journal of Rural and Community Development

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.