The Town of Antigonish will officially join the Eastern District Planning Commission on July 3rd.
The announcement was made in a joint release by the town and the commission this morning.
The commission provides planning, subdivision and building inspection services for the town of Port Hawkesbury and the counties of Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Antigonish.
The town began exploring the move to the district planning commission several months ago.
The town partners with a number of regional organizations that involve members of the District Planning Commission, including the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, and Eastern Regional Solid Waste Management.
The town will host a meet and greet with Eastern District Planning Commission staff on July 3rd in the Council Chambers from 2 to 5 p.m.
A new female hockey zone has been created in the province, bringing together players from a number of communities in Northeastern Nova Scotia. Hockey Nova Scotia says it’s the seventh female hockey zone in the province. It includes female hockey players from the Guysborough County, Antigonish, Strait Richmond and Inverness County areas. Earlier this year, the Cape Breton West, Antigonish, Strait Richmond and Canso Minor Hockey Associations signed an agreement fully supporting the creation of the new zone.
Last year, Antigonish area parents had expressed concerns with attempts by Hockey Nova Scotia to place female hockey players from the town and county into the Fundy Highland Zone.
Richmond District RCMP say a 90-year-old man has been charged with 12 historical sexual offences against children alleged to have occurred between 1966 and 1986 on Isle Madame. Police say the charges against Delmore Boudreau of Petit-de-Grat were laid following an eight month investigation. Police began looking into the case after a victim came forward. The RCMP say nine victims have been identified, and investigators expected more to come forward. Police say the victims were between the ages of four and 12 at the time of the offences. Boudreau is scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court May 28th.
Anyone with information on these offences is asked to contact the RCMP in Arichat at (902) 226-2533.
With some help from facilities locally, Nova Scotia Power says it set a new record for the amount of electricity it generated from renewable energy.
N-S-P says 29 per cent of its electricity came from renewables last year. The previous record of 28 per cent was set in 2016.
Wind power takes up the largest share of renewable energy generated at 19 per cent, followed by hydro and tidal at 8 per cent, and biomass at 2 per cent.
Some of the contributors locally to renewable energy includes a number of community based wind projects, as well as larger operations such as the Glen Dhu, Sable, Point Tupper and Wreck Cove wind farms. There’s also the Biomass facility at Port Hawkesbury Paper.
Residents in Inverness and Richmond counties will be happy to hear that the RCMP are making an impact in their communities. In a review of 2017, the RCMP say that the Inverness/Richmond RCMP executed 33 Controlled Drugs and Substances warrants and charged 45 people with 100 drug related charges.
Fifty of the drug-related charges also included Criminal Code charges. Additionally, officers seized a number of items such as 37 long guns, two hand guns, five vehicles, approximately $150,000 in cash and various drugs. Drugs seized include cocaine, oxycodone, morphine and many more.
Richmond County RCMP say one man is dead following an ATV crash on Christmas Eve. Police say shortly after 10 Sunday night, officers were called to the scene on Highway 347. A 38-year-old man from Lower L’Ardoise was found dead at the site. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner has announced more than $730,000 in federal funding for four tourism-related projects in Inverness and Richmond Counties.
There’s more than $525,000 in federal loans from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for infrastructure improvements at the Dundee Resort and Golf Club and MacLeod’s Beach and Campsite.
Another 205-thousand dollars will go for projects at the Inverness Development Association and Societe Mi Careme.
Many halls on Cape Breton Island will be receiving upgrades as a result of government funding announced today. The Province is putting $900,000 towards community halls and other public spaces, including buildings in Victoria, Richmond and Inverness Counties.
In Richmond County, Rocky Bay Irish Club, Louisdale Irish Club and Friends of Notre Dame de l’Assomption will split $78,000 for various upgrades. St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Société Saint-Pierre, Société Mi-Careme, Friends of Whale Watching Cape Breton and the Broad Cove Scottish Concert in Inverness County are receiving $143,000 while St. Andrew’s Church in Victoria County will get $25,000.
The program will fund up to 75 per cent of actual project costs, to a maximum of $50,000 for non-profit groups to improve existing facilities and public spaces.
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
The Richmond County Literacy Network is getting a boost from the province. Cape Breton-Richmond MLA and Energy Minister Michel Samson has announced the network will receive 25-thousand dollars for community outreach services.
With this funding, a community outreach and support worker will assist older adults and others find and access government services, such as housing and efficiency grants, continuing care support and disability services. This position is part of a pilot project.
The Richmond County Literacy Network provides adult learning, literacy and skills programming.