Antigonish County

Posted at 1:30 pm on April 10, 2018

Antigonish County RCMP are seeking the public’s help in identifying thieves who took three Automated Teller Machines.

On Saturday, officers received a call from a Brierly Brook resident who found three ATM’s on their property. They were found down an embankment on School Road. It’s believed they were left there sometime between 4 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.

Police had to get a tow truck to retrieve the machines and bring them back to the detachment to be examined by Forensic Identification Technicians.

If you have any information on this incident call the RCMP at (902) 863-6500 or 1-800-803-RCMP. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Posted at 9:50 am on March 21, 2018

During last night’s regular monthly council meeting, members of Antigonish County Council expressed concerns over changes to the Municipal

A copy of the bill amending the Municipal Government Act

Government Act which would allow the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to reduce taxes and sell land to companies under market value.

Warden Owen MacCarron said the county is very concerned because they see it as changing the dynamics of the province, adding most municipalities are currently on a level playing field. He said they will be sending a letter to the minister, premier and our local MLA.

He added the county will be contacting the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities on this matter.



Several other local muncipalities have expressed concern about this bill and intend to contact the province to indicate their opposition to the legislation including the Town of Antigonish and the District of Guysborough.

Posted at 7:21 am on March 21, 2018

During last night’s regular monthly meeting, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish approved an inter-municipal agreement between the town and county to create the Antigonish Arena Corporation.

Warden Owen McCarron said this change modernizes the agreement and makes it something that the town and county has control over.



McCarron said the new corporation will include two members from each council, as well as two members at large from the town and county. He added he feels that will be a wide representation to address concerns people may have with the arena.

Antigonish Town Council approved the agreement last month.

Posted at 7:10 am on March 21, 2018

            With the end of the fiscal year in sight, Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron said the county could be left with a small surplus for the current year.

Most funding applications for the new year are in and being looked at, MacCarron said, adding there are more application this year than they’ve had in the past.



McCarron said this year’s light snowfall has helped put the county into a surplus position. He added council’s goal is to have the budget set by the May’s regular monthly meeting.

Posted at 9:46 am on February 2, 2018

A new program aimed at reducing homelessness in Antigonish and Guysborough Counties has been launched.  The program is called “A Roof Over Your Head”.  It is getting more than 100-thousand dollars in federal funding to assist with start up.
Former RCMP officer Dale Bogle will lead the project.
The idea was developed by Nova Scotia Health Authority Public Health educator and promoter Dana Mason.  Further expertise was provided by the Affordable Housing Society of Nova Scotia.

Posted at 10:38 am on January 23, 2018

A search is underway for a missing man in Antigonish County. Police say 53-year-old Patrick MacDonald was last seen on Sunday afternoon at 2:30. His family and

Patrick MacDonald

police are concerned for his well-being. MacDonald’s truck was located near Ballantyne’s Cove wharf last evening, and a search team is in the area today, in efforts to locate him.

Patrick MacDonald is described as white, 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds. He has brown eyes, short black hair, and his face is clean-shaven. He was wearing navy blue coveralls, green rubber boots, a black toque, and a hoody.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Patrick MacDonald is asked to contact Antigonish District RCMP at 902 863-6500 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Posted at 9:08 am on January 23, 2018

A psychology professor with strong roots to the Antigonish area is trying to understand the differences in culture in relation to “babytalk”. Tanya Broesch works at

Tanya Broesch (From Simon Fraser University web site)

Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and has been looking into how mom and dads talk to their babies in Western and Non-Western Culture.

Broesch says the research has taken her to locations in the South Pacific like the Republic of Vanuatu, where she discovered that men do alter their voices when talking to babies, while men in Canada do not. Broesch says the question now is: “how does this alter development for the child”?:
Broesch says the findings are very interesting, given that women from across cultures do alter the way they talk to children, meaning they raise the pitch of their voice and change tempo. Broesch is embarking on sabbatical next year, where she will return to Nova Scotia and continue her research on human development.

Posted at 12:32 pm on December 20, 2017

Last evening during the monthly County Council meeting, 5 municipal employees were recognized for their service. 5, 10, 15 and 25 year service awards were handed out by Warden Owen McCarron for the first in councils history.
McCarron says that this new idea to recognize long serving employees of the municipality shows that council appreciates time served by it’s employees:
McCarron adds that while this is the first year that they’ve recognized it’s workers in this way, council intends to do this on an annual basis going forward. A picture with the 5 recognized employees can be found on the 989 XFM Facebook page.

Posted at 11:11 am on December 20, 2017

The Warden for the Municipality of the County of Antigonish says it was welcomed news to hear that the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society won a national

Riverside Estates

award. At the start of December, the society was awarded $100,000 through the Aviva Community fund in the community development category.

Owen McCarron says that the county has worked closely with the society and he was very pleased to see that they won. McCarron is excited to see what the future now holds at Riverside Estates:

The society is hoping to have a foundation poured before winter hits, with completion of the 1.5 million dollar project next September.

Posted at 10:28 am on December 20, 2017

A presentation was made to Antigonish County council Tuesday night regarding slow internet speeds that many residents experience. Parker Donham from Seaside communications provided updates and information regarding work the company is doing to improve internet service in certain communities, such as Heatherton, Pomquet and Lochaber.
Warden, Owen McCarron says that every councillor gets comments from residents about poor or no internet service in the county. McCarron says council wanted to hear about potential upgrades:
McCarron says that a meeting is planned with another internet service provider Wednesday to discuss ways to improve rural internet service. Most members of council mentioned a community that they wish to see connectivity improvements in.