Antigonish County Council

Posted at 9:20 am on September 20, 2017

It was the first day on the job for Neil Corbett on Antigonish County Council.  Corbett was officially sworn in as the councilor for District 9 at last night’s regular

District 9 Councillor Neil Corbett (left) takes the oath of office from Warden Owen McCarron (right)

council meeting by Warden Owen McCarron.  Corbett was the winner in a special election last month.    Corbett thanked his constituents for their support in the August election.  Corbett says he’s proud and excited to be following in the footsteps of long-time councilor Russel Boucher.  Boucher died earlier this year.

Posted at 8:46 am on June 7, 2017

It was an emotional evening as the County of Antigonish called for a special council meeting to select the new Warden after the sudden passing of longtime councillor and Warden, Russel Boucher. It was decided unanimously that Deputy Warden Owen McCarron take on the role of Warden.
Warden McCarron says the past few weeks have been difficult while everyone processes the loss of Russell; who had a large presence in council and life. McCarron says council must push forward, even during these difficult times:
With McCarron stepping up to become warden, it was motioned that long time councillor Hugh Stewart fill the role of Deputy Warden. A special election date for District 9 has been called for August the 19th.

Posted at 2:22 pm on May 17, 2017

An accessibility proclamation was signed during Tuesday’s Antigonish County Council meeting showing a commitment to addressing a new bill signed by the province. The Province is in the process of passing Bill 59, which addresses accessibility and hopes to assist persons with disability in their day to day life.

County Warden Russell Boucher signed the proclamation saying that the county is prepared to move along in making Antigonish a more accessible place for its residents and visitors:


Boucher says the county knows the bill is coming, so they are making proactive financial plans to ensure the county is ready to build any infrastructure necessary.

Posted at 6:21 am on April 26, 2017

A joint town and county council meeting was held at St. Andrew Jr. School in order to have more discussions around school closures in the Antigonish area. Council, the school board and it’s school options committee had open conversations regarding the possibility of a school being closed – an issue brought to the forefront after H.M MacDonald was put on the chopping block at an SRSB Working Committee Meeting.


Last night’s meeting featured a motion from council to not close H.M MacDonald, or any other school for the time being. Mayor Laurie Boucher and Warden Russel Boucher were both pleased by the vote:



A Strait Regional School Board Meeting will be held tonight to vote on the Dr. JH Gillis feeder system and if any closures will happen. This meeting happens at 7:00 tonight at the Strait Regional School Board Office.

Posted at 8:49 am on April 25, 2017

A special joint meeting will be held tonight to discuss the talks regarding school closures in Antigonish area. It was announced last week during a working committee meeting for the school board that the school in Maryvale is at risk of being closed.


Mayor Laurie Boucher discussed the meeting at last night’s town council meeting. She says the town doesn’t want to see a school close, but she understands why the SRSB is in this position.  Boucher says tonight’s meeting will be an opportunity to share information among members of the school board, the School Options Committee and the two councils.



Tonight’s meeting will be at 6:30 at the St. Andrew Junior School cafeteria.

 Boucher says the council will express concerns on how this would affect the community.

The meeting is open to the public, but there will no opportunity for residents to speak at the session.