Town Of Antigonish

Posted at 6:53 am on January 17, 2018

Recent discussions between St.FX Univeristy and the town and county of Antigonish were positive, and all groups are looking for ways to improve student life in the

area. The topic was brought up during last evening’s county council meeting, where Warden Owen McCarron says he attended a meeting with members of both councils and university officials.

McCarron says topics varied, but discussion around Homecoming spurred a great deal of conversation from every side of the table. McCarron says that the university is looking at ways to build a framework around the week long celebrations:
McCarron says he was pleased to see the groups meeting and looking for improvements even after the hustle and bustle of home coming has wrapped up. McCarron says that everyone wants to find ways to make the event safe for students and residents of Antigonish.

Posted at 10:27 am on November 14, 2017

It was announced on Friday that the Town of Antigonish was granted approval to partake in a new solar energy program. Solar panels will be installed at the Antigonish water treatment facility, which means the town has been approved to generate up to 50 kilowatts of solar electricity.
Town mayor, Laurie Boucher says thanks has to be given to the Antigonish Community Energy Co-operative, who have pushed for sustainable energy. Boucher says the town is already thinking towards the future:
In the town, St.FX will also participate in the program by adding solar panels to the Physical Science Complex.

Posted at 6:51 am on July 28, 2017

 Thursday morning at Town Hall, the signing of Collective Agreements for both the Electric Utility and Public Works and Facilities were completed by town officials. Negotiations went smoothly for both agreements, and Town Mayor, Laurie Boucher says all parties left feeling satisfied.
Boucher says some language had to be changed or updated in the agreement, but there are no major changes otherwise:
Representatives from Public Works say that they were pleased with how negotiations went, and both agreements were settled within two days.

Posted at 9:29 am on July 24, 2017

In accordance with a council policy, the Town of Antigonish has revealed the Community Grants Program Funding for 2017/18. 24 local groups and organizations received a combined one hundred and three thousand dollars through community grants.
Some of the largest confirmed amounts were given to:
Positive action for Keppoch
The Highland Society
Festival Antigonish
Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (DEANS)
These groups received amounts ranging from ten thousand to fifteen thousand dollars from the town.

Posted at 12:15 pm on June 19, 2017

The Town of Antigonish is appealing a decision of the Utility and Review Board over supplying electrical service to a seniors care facility being built by Shannex Group near the Bethany Motherhouse.  The Sisters of St. Martha will move into the new building once it’s completed.  Shannex had expressed a preference to to deal with Nova Scotia Power.  The Antigonish Electric Utility currently services the Motherhouse, which straddles the town boundary.
In its decision last month, the UARB concluded the new facility is within the service territory of Nova Scotia Power and NSPI should provide service.
In its appeal to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the town argues the board erred in law by ruling Nova Scotia Power was the rightful service provider to the new facility.
The Town is asking the court to rescind the UARB order and have the dispute referred to a differently constituted Board for re-determination.

Posted at 10:34 am on April 25, 2017

Plans are already underway for Canada’s big birthday celebration for the 150th anniversary this year. Town council is already in the stages on organizing the celebration that is planned to happen on July 1st.

Mayor Laurie Boucher says council is excited about the summer months and celebrations around Canada 150. Planning for the July 1st weekend has been in the works now for months:



No official plans have been unveiled for Canada Day weekend, but Mayor Boucher says there will be more to announce soon.

Posted at 11:39 am on April 5, 2017

There is a new, comprehensive way to find out when community events are taking place through Antigonish Town and County. Local groups have decided to work together on a unified events calendar that highlights events happening throughout Antigonish.

Tricia Cameron is the Director of Recreation & Special Events for the Town of Antigonish. She says the Downtown Business Association, Culture Alive, The Antigonish Art Fair, St.FX and Town and County will all use the same community events page. Cameron says it seemed very sensible to work together as a group:


The site is continuing to be updated, and Cameron says more events will be added as the groups confirm dates for Spring and Summer events. A link to the new community events calendar can be found on

Posted at 1:15 pm on February 28, 2017

A call for better accessibility in Antigonish is coming. After Monday night’s Town council meeting, Mayor Laurie Boucher discussed the next step towards the town’s accessibility plan. At the January town council meeting, the mayor said she and councillors want to make the town more accessible to all residents and visitors. It has now been decided that a committee will form.

The committee will include two councillors, the mayor and 4 members of the community with at least two having some accessibility issues. Boucher says accessibility issues are not simply limited to people who utilize a wheelchair or crutches:


The next step will be advertising to the public to fill the positions on the committee and having the first meeting, once the committee is struck, in the next couple months. Boucher says the newfound action towards accessibility is in reaction to concerns heard during campaigning for the last municipal election, and also because it is 2017.

Posted at 1:12 pm on February 28, 2017

A question was brought up after Monday night’s town council meeting to Mayor Laurie Boucher regarding the municipal snow removal budget. The large amount of snow experienced in February has put a substantial dent into the funds; nearly 60% used already.
Boucher says a mild weekend and a forgiving January has the budget close to where it needs to be at this stage in the winter, although a snowy March could lead to worries around the snow removal budget.

Posted at 8:55 am on February 22, 2017

The creation of joint meetings between the Town of Antigonish and Antigonish County has been a positive after the first few meetings. In the past, town and county councils have butt heads over issues, but the creation of the joint meetings will allow for better concersations and collaborations.
Antigonish County Warden Russell Boucher says the two meetings have been great chances for information sharing and overall have been positive for both town and county. Boucher says the joint meetings boil down to cohesion:
Items discussed at the previous joint meeting included the discussion of an ‘off-leash’ dog park and conversation of an accessibility awareness day.