Posted at 12:44 pm on November 3, 2017

The winners for the 2017 Spark Innovation Challenge have been announced, with 18 winners province wide receiving up to $50,000 in funding. The goal is to find and support high potential, early stage knowledge-based companies, and encourage entrepreneurial activity in the province.
In the Cape Breton region, Hydrotroniks based out of Cheticamp was awarded $25,000 for their carbon neutral alternative to fossil fuel boat engines.
In the North region, Sean Sears with iCrowdX based out of Antigonish was given $50,000 of funding for a natural, fruit based drink with health benefits.
And finally, Bid-Squid Online Marketplace, centered in Scotsburn, Pictou County received $25,000 for their online marketplace for local food where farmers can reach new buyers.

Posted at 8:48 am on October 23, 2017

A the body of a person who was reported missing Thursday has been discovered. Barry Courtemanche of Cheticamp had been missing since Wednesday morning, and he was found deceased Thursday at approximately 3:30 PM.
Foul play is not suspected. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death. The RCMP were assisted by a DNR helicopter, the RCMP police dog services and several search and rescue teams.
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Posted at 1:04 pm on September 26, 2017

It’s being called the formalization of a decade-long relationship in sharing and preserving Acadian History and Culture in the Cheticamp area.  Parks Canada and La

Left to right, Maria O’Hearn, External Relations Manager, Parks Canada Cape Breton; Joseph Henri Poirier, President, La Société Saint-Pierre; Éric Le Bel, Superintendent, Cape Breton Highlands National Park; and Lisette Aucoin-Bourgeois, Executive Director, La Société Saint-Pierre.

Société Saint-Pierre signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding in Cheticamp.  The agreement was signed Monday at the historical society’s annual general meeting, marking its 70th anniversary.

The society’s executive-director, Lisette Aucoin-Bourgeois says they’re currently working with Parks Canada on a couple of projects.
Aucoin-Bourgeois says with a new campground due to open in 2019 in the park where Acadians used to live, it’s working with Parks Canada to recognize that.

Posted at 2:04 pm on September 25, 2017

 The Cheticamp Water System is changing hands.  The provincial government, the owner of the water system, has reached an agreement to sell it to the Inverness County Municipality for one dollar.
 As part of the agreement, the province will provide the municipality  up to $400,000 in funding for repairs and maintenance to the system.  Over the past decade, the province has spend $1.5 million in capital upgrades.  The transfer is expected to be complete by October first.  The county plans to merge the water system into its water utility within three months.
In preparation for the change in ownership, the Utility and Review Board has approved interim water rates for customers in Cheticamp.  The quarterly base rate for most residential customers been set at 47 dollars and two cents.

Posted at 9:11 am on April 10, 2017

Plans for a performing arts academy in Cheticamp is getting a boost from several sources.  Over the weekend, Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner announced the federal government will provide $500,000 to the Cheticamp Arts Council for that project.  Funding comes from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund. The province is also contributing $400,000  toward this project.  The County of Inverness and the French Language School Board are also partners in this project.
Plans include an outdoor classroom, theatre and boardwalk, a cafe, office and common areas.  Students will be recruited both regionally and internationally.  The arts academy is aimed at filling a need for arts education in  the area and raise Cheticamp’s profile as an arts destination.