Inverness County

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, 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.

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.