Inverness County

Posted at 9:14 am on July 21, 2017

The Creignish Youth, Adult and Seniors Wellness Club has received $36,000 for improvements to their ballfield, tennis court and playground. Work includes improvements to fencing, drainage and resurfacing of playing areas.
MLA for Inverness, Allan MacMaster says he is pleased to see upgrades to these well used spaces within the area. The ball field in particular is a local hotspot for residents:
MacMaster says this links in well with the Trans-Canada Trail, which is located right below the ball field. MacMaster hopes that the upgrades will be done by the end of the summer months.

Posted at 12:43 pm on July 20, 2017

A former Inverness County educator and provincial politician has died. John Archie MacKenzie of Belle Cote, who represented Inverness North in the Legislature for 14 years beginning in 1970 was 82.  MacKenzie also taught for 26 years.
MacKenzie was also an avid volunteer in his area, serving on several boards, including the Margaree Co-op, Margaree Credit Union, Sacred Heart Hospital, Cheticamp Arena, Central Inverness Palliative Care, and Cancer Care Nova Scotia.  He was also a past member of the Margaree Fire Department.

Posted at 8:23 am on July 19, 2017

 The province’s new Pre-Primary Program has unveiled 43 locations across the province for classes this fall. This includes 8 schools within the Strait Regional School Board, and one within the town of New Glasgow. The program will also be offered at Ecole Beau-Port in Arichat.
Bayview, Cape Breton Highlands, Chedabucto, East Antigonish, Fanning, Felix Marchand, Inverness and St. Mary’s school’s will offer this new, free pre-primary for four-year-olds.   In Pictou County, New Glasgow Academy has been selected.
Sites were selected based on greatest need, which included if there are few to no current regulated child care options, and if space is available within schools. The province will continue to add pre-primary classes across the province over the next four years

Posted at 6:16 am on July 12, 2017

RCMP in Antigonish and Inverness Counties are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing boater.  Police say 32-year-old Jason William MacGrath left the Cape

Jason MacGrath

George area of Antigonish County around noon on Sunday in a kayak.  The kayak was found around 5:30 Tuesday night on the Western shore of Inverness County near Gillis Pond in Judique Interval.

 RCMP have been searching for MacGrath with the help of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Pictou and Strait Ground Search and Rescue as well as RCMP Dog Services and a Helicopter.  An extensive ground search has been underway since 8 Tuesday night in the Judique Interval area.
Jason MacGrath is described as a white male, with light brown hair and hazel eyes. He is five foot 8 and 155 pounds. He was wearing a a black t-shirt and beige shorts.   Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Antigonish RCMP at (902) 863-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Police are continuing their investigation.

Posted at 10:22 am on July 7, 2017

A body of a farmer in Inverness county who was reported missing on Tuesday has been found. Just prior to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Inverness District RCMP responded to a call of an overdue person.
A 70-year-old man from Long Point had been on his working on his farm and failed to return home at end of day. As a result, an extensive search of the 400+ acre farm was conducted.

Early Thursday morning the remains of the 70-year-old man were located on the property. The investigation is continuing.

Posted at 9:42 am on June 12, 2017

One of the top stories during the election involved two small, fuzzy twins. Midway through May, PC Elect, Allan MacMaster heard that two bear cubs had lost their mother, and they were at risk of being euthanized.
MacMaster and company worked hard to save the cubs, who were separated and placed at Hope for Wildlife, and the other at a wildlife park in Mira. Department of Natural Resources rules say the bears cannot be released to the wild. MacMaster wants that to change:
Nova Scotia is one of only two provinces where bear cubs cannot be rehabilitated and released to the wild. MacMaster hopes that he can spark a change for this

Posted at 9:39 am on June 12, 2017

After a year of waiting, detours and delays, residents who utilize the Crowdis Bridge in Inverness County have their wishes heard. The structure was originally damaged when a car struck the bridge in May 2016. This has resulted in a lengthy detour for locals and tourists. The detour is 16kms and results in a 25 – 45 minute delay for people’s daily commute.
PC elect for Inverness, Allan MacMaster worked hard to speed the process along for the bridge. He says he is pleased to finally hear that the bridge is repaired:
MacMaster says he ironically was campaining in the Valley Mills area the day the bridge was re-opened. MacMaster tabeled a petition in November with 1,100 names pleading for bridge repairs.

Posted at 1:30 pm on June 5, 2017

RCMP have laid charges in connection with a shooting in Skye Glen, Inverness County over the weekend.  Police say shortly before before 11:30 Friday night, there was a call to 9-1-1 indicating a 34-year-old man had been shot in the leg at a home on Highway 252.
Police later arrested a 27-year-old man near where the shooting took place.  On Saturday afternoon, a 33-year-old man was also arrested as he was walking out of a wooded area about two kilometres from the scene.
One man is charged with aggravated assault and the other  is facing firearms and drug related counts.
The victim was treated for his injuries and released from hospital.   All those involved in this incident are known to each other.  RCMP say there’s no risk to the public.

Posted at 2:02 pm on May 17, 2017

According to a release sent out by the Department of Natural Resources, two bear cubs found orphaned in Inverness county are safe, for now. DNR says in an email, that one cub has bee placed at Two Rivers Wildlife Park in Mira, which is already housing an orphaned cub. The other is being moved from the DNR office in Whycocomagh to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, which has experience housing and helping bears.
Inverness PC Candidate Allan MacMaster brought attention to social media after he heard that the mother of the cubs died after being electrocuted when climbing a pole. He worries about DNR bear handling policies moving forward however:
MacMaster calls this solution a ‘band-aid’ and he hopes that a permanent solution can be found so bears and their cubs aren’t euthanized.

Posted at 7:18 am on May 8, 2017

A routine traffic stop Wednesday on Route 19 has led to The District RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit of Inverness arresting two men after seizing over 400 grams of cocaine, marijuana and cash.

28 year old Brennan Watts and 24 year old Neil MacDonald, both from the port hood area, have been charged with three counts each of trafficking marijuana and three counts of Possession of Cannabis Marijuana and Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Both men were held overnight and appeared in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court yesterday.
RCMP say the investigation is ongoing.