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Posted at 9:32 am on January 22, 2018

 A St. FX University professor and researchers in Australia have developed a compound that could prevent  invasive organisms from fouling structures immersed in water such as marine sensors and underwater cameras.  Chemist Truis Smith-Palmer spent a year-long sabbatical conducting research at the University of Sydney.  The compound is a non-toxic slippery surface material that prevents organisms from attaching themselves.  Smith-Palmer says it’s a Teflon-type coating that holds Silcone oil, like a polymeric material.
Smith-Palmer says there will  be further testing in the chemistry lab before going out to the field this summer in some aquaculture sites.  The summer research will involve both chemistry and biology students.
Smith-Palmer says modifications will be made to the compound during the research to attempt to optimize it and make it last longer.

Posted at 7:39 am on January 22, 2018

The MLA for Inverness is hoping that a bridge will be repaired to working order rather than torn down for good. The Cranton Bridge in Margaree Centre

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster

is permanently reduced to one lane, unless the bridge has to be closed because of it’s location on a flood plain.

Allan MacMaster says there is a plan to eventually replace the bridge, but there has also been some discussion of closing the old wood pier bridge, which is located close to a fire station. MacMaster says recent work to the Crowdis Bridge is good, but he wants to see more improvements to bridges in the area:
MacMaster says the old style of the bridge means that it takes a lot of damage when water levels rise, and he’d like to see a new structure built that doesn’t use wood piers for support. MacMaster adds that the bridge doesn’t need another band-aid; it should be replaced.

Posted at 7:12 am on January 22, 2018

Police say they are looking for a man following the abduction and assault of a woman in the New Glasgow area. Police say around 8:45 Saturday night, a man assaulted a woman at the Aberdeen Business Centre near Giant Tiger and forced her into a 2017 white Dodge Durango with New Brunswick license plates.

Police say the suspect then immediately left the area in the vehicle travelling north on East River Road, then on to Washington Street, Marsh Street, Vale Road and onto Sherbrooke Road, heading to Blue Mountain.

Pictou County RCMP are also investigating an assault in Blue Mountain in connection with the abduction. Police say the suspect fled the scene in another vehicle, a small four door sedan parked nearby. The suspect is described as a white male, in his mid-30’s to mid-40’s, clean shaven and wearing a baseball cap.

The victim was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit and the Pictou County District RCMP’s General Investigations Section are investigating. If you have any information on this incident call the RCMP at (902) 755-4141, the New Glasgow Police at (902) 752-1941 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Posted at 2:21 pm on January 19, 2018

 The Coordinator of Communications for the Strait Regional School Board confirms that there was an incident involving a knife earlier in January. A student

St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy

exposed a knife in a threatening manner toward another student at St. Mary’s Education Centre on January 3rd.

Deanna Gillis says that the incident is under investigation by both school administration and the RCMP. Gillis says that proactive measures are being taken regarding this incident:
Gillis adds that the school administration adhered to protocol and continues to work with partnering agencies and the community in regards to the incident

Posted at 2:16 pm on January 19, 2018

One of the provincial parties has a new interim leader with Antigonish connections. It was announced earlier this week that Ryan Smyth has been appointed Interim Leader for the Atlantica Party. In the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election, Smyth ran as the Atlantica candidate for Antigonish.

Smyth takes over the position from Jonathan Dean, who ran the party for the past 10 years. In the 2017 election, the Atlantica party ran 15 candidates across the province.

Posted at 2:15 pm on January 19, 2018

The Pictou Landing RCMP Community Policing office is moving, meaning their current office will be closed for a few weeks. The current office located at 49 Maple Street will be relocating to a new location at 6606 Pictou Landing Road.

For this move to happen, the office will continue to be closed to the public for approximately three weeks. For non-emergency police services, criminal record checks and routine inquiries, the public can contact the Stellarton RCMP Detachment at 902-755-4141. For emergencies, call 911.

Posted at 12:48 pm on January 19, 2018

The price of gasoline is up today. The Utility and Review Board set its weekly fuel prices overnight. Gasoline rose 2.5 cents a litre. The minimum price for a litre of regular self serve unleaded is now $1.17.4 in the eastern mainland and $1.18.2 in Cape Breton.

Diesel prices are unchanged this week.

Posted at 9:48 am on January 19, 2018

The town and county of Antigonish are working to create a new management structure for the arena in town they co-own. The Antigonish Arena’s commission board is one area that could see some changes.
County Warden, Owen McCarron says that both councils are looking at possible options for making the next step:
McCarron says that it’s important for town and county councils to remain on the same page when working through any changes. McCarron adds that it is wise to have a wide range of people on the commission that reflects the user groups of the facility.

Posted at 9:29 am on January 19, 2018

A 54 year old Antigonish man has been charged after a number of weapon offenses. On January 12th in the afternoon, Antigonish RCMP responded to a complaint of a man who threatened a woman by saying he had a gun in his vehicle. RCMP responded and located a man outside a home on Braemore Ave.

RCMP located a handgun in a backpack in a car  along with ammunition, a baseball bat and a knife.   John Francis Gerrior has been charged with several firearms offences, along with two counts of criminal harassment and one count of uttering threats. He has been remanded into custody and will return to provincial court in February.

Posted at 9:26 am on January 19, 2018

The RCMP have released a statement regarding a sexual assault that was reported to have occured early on January 6th. Antigonish RCMP are currently investigating a sexual assault that occured at a residence on Fairview St, where a woman alleges she was sexually assaulted by the male passenger of a vehicle after being offered a ride home.

The RCMP were able to locate the truck and the male suspect was arrested. He has been released, and faces charges of: Assault, Sexual Assault, and Uttering Threats. The 49-year-old man from Antigonish is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on March 21