Inverness County

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.

Posted at 10:40 am on July 25, 2014

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea brought the government’s chequebook when she visited Cape Breton Thursday.  She announced four million dollars in harbour improvement projects at four harbours on the Island.

Among the projects to receive funding is for the completion of constructon of a new breakwater wharf at Cheticamp.  Other projects receiving assistance is basin re-dredging at New Waterford, a dredge disposal site in the Glace Bay area and construction of a new breakwater wharf at Port Morien.

Posted at 8:41 am on July 7, 2014

Port Hawkesbury RCMP say they issued a seven day driving suspension to a local motorist and impounded his vehicle for a week.  Police say the measure was taken after receiving a report of a possible impaired driver leaving the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Store on Reeves Street in Port Hawkesbury Saturday night.  Officers later pulled over a car on Reeves Street near the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

Police say the male driver of the car was ordered to provide a breath sample to an Approved Screening Device.  As a result of the sample the 71-year-old man from Troy was issued a seven day driving suspension.  His vehicle was also towed.

Posted at 2:10 pm on June 11, 2014

Several local communities are in the hunt for the TSN Kraft celebration tour.  They are vying to be among the 10 finalists in the competition, who are guaranteed 25-thousand dollars to go towards upgrades of their sports facilities and a live TSN broadcast.  The 10 will then go in a head to head battle to decide the grand prize winner, and 100-thousand dollars.  One of nominees is Positive Action for Keppoch Society, a local group behind converting a former Antigonish County ski hill into a year-round recreation facility.  Group member Dale Vogel says any funds it may receive in this competition would be put to good use.

The top ten finalists will be announced July First.  Other local nominees include the Cranton Crossroads Community Centre in Margaree, the Baseball Field in Louisdale and the Westville Miners Sports Centre