ANTIGONISH: News report list Wafic Said, Victor Dahdaleh, Wilbur Ross, and David Koch as donors to StFX University’s Mulroney Institute of Government and Xaverian Commons, a multi-million dollar project on the Antigonish school’s campus for which the former Canadian Prime Minister helped fundraise.
Peter McInnis, chair of StFX’s History Department, said he feels the school generally does a good job when it comes to receiving funding. He said there are serious questions about some of the donors and suggested the school may need to scale back projects or fundraise longer.
A release from the StFX explained that Mulroney took on the challenge to fundraise at the university’s request.
ANTIGONISH: Andrew Beckett, head of student services and VP of finance, said two students accused of sexual assault were since denied of all student privileges, including participation in any athletics programs. Becket also stated one of the accused is denied access to campus and the other is only allowed to attend classes.
A release from Antigonish RCMP stated they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault following a complaint made by an 18-year-old woman on November 22. The alleged incident occurred on StFX campus during the weekend of November 18-19. On November 22, RCMP arrested two men in connection with the complaint.
Charges have been laid against a 19-year-old Halifax man for three counts of sexual assault. He is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on January 10, 2018. Charges are pending against an 18-year-old Truro man, and he is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on January 24, 2018. Both men have been released on conditions.
ARICHAT: Richmond council defeated a motion from district 4 councillor Gilbert Boucher to remove the time limit for the submission of travel expense claims. Deputy Warden Jason MacLean did not vote, declaring a conflict.
District 2 councillor Alvin Martell voted against the motion because he said the forensic auditors and the Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman were satisfied with the 30-day time limit.
Martell said the municipality has allowed for a 60-day period and have a pre-approval policy in which the CAO’s executive assistant sends municipal officials confirmation they have been registered to attend an event. Martell said the municipality also requires a copy of the agenda from any meetings or conferences, as well as receipts for any expenses.
PORT HAWKESBURY: Celtic Air Services announced that the newly dubbed The Honourable Allan J. MacEachen Regional Airport will host Air Show Cape Breton on May 30. The event will feature the Canadian Force’s Snowbirds 431 Air Demonstration Squadron. David Morgan, president of Celtic Air Services Limited, called it the first air show in Cape Breton in recent memory.
PORT HAWKESBURY: The Strait regional school board approved its budget for 2017-2018 at the board’s regular monthly meeting on December 6.
Following the meeting Chris Grover, director of finance for the SRSB, said the total budget of $81,002,811 saw approximately a 2.6 per cent increase from last year. The board saw several increases due to funding initiatives implemented by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions.
Grover said the board also saw additional investment in literacy, which increased approximately $257,900 over last year, enabling the board to create three additional reading recovery positions. The SRSB also received funding to support a class size cap in junior high and high school classrooms, resulting in four new positions. Additional math and literacy support for junior high schools also added four new teaching positions.
ANTIGONISH: Aviva Canada announced Housing for Hope in Antigonish as one of the $100,000 winners in the Aviva Community Fund contest.
Housing for Hope, which won in the community development category of the contest, is an initiative of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS). The society is building 10 affordable housing units and the $100,000 will go towards a community room. This will be in addition to the four affordable housing units already in place as part of Riverside Estates.
The price tag for the final 10 units and the community room is around $1.5 million.
STRAIT AREA: In early December, Nova Scotia Power began installing electrical lines on the six new transmission lines they built across the Strait of Canso before an incident delayed the work.
In an e-mail, NSP senior communications officer Tiffany Chase stated installing the new lines is a complex process that requires a significant coordinated effort by a number of personnel and different types of equipment. She said one of the electrical lines fell to the ground and water below while it was being pulled to the next tower, adding no one was injured as a result of this incident.
Work on the installation of the six towers for the project began last February. The company delayed the line installation, other than to remove and secure the pilot line, to review what happened and take whatever steps are required before the work can safely resume. Chase said they don’t have a definite date as to when the work will resume. Marine traffic restrictions were lifted on December 12.
WE’KOQMA’Q: The Mi’kmaq community is mourning the recent loss of a long-serving leader.
Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy was laid to rest in We’koqma’q on December 9. The service was attended by friends and community members, as well as Mi’kmaq chiefs and government leaders from across Canada.
Originally from We’koqma’q, Sylliboy served as a band councillor for 18 years. He became part of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council as a Keptin, or spiritual leader, of his community in 1968, 24 years before becoming Grand Chief in 1992. In this role, he served as a head of state to the Mi’kmaq nation.