PETIT DE GRAT: Doug Keefe, the head of the commission tasked with consulting Acadians, Francophones and African Nova Scotians on effective representation, said it’s clear Richmond County residents want their former electoral riding restored.
A number of people who spoke shared a number of the same issues, primarily a feeling of disrespect on the part of the government regarding electoral boundaries, how there is more than one culture in the province, fears of assimilation, and how they want every voter to have the same feeling of representation. There were also more general questions relating to outmigration and trying to maintain the area’s cultural identity.
ARICHAT: During a meeting of Richmond Municipal Council in Arichat, councillors unanimously voted to post on-line, retroactive to January 1, 2017, the final report of the organizational review; VISA statements; the municipal budget; and monthly cheque lists.
Councillors agreed with reimbursing only the most inexpensive options (airfare, parking, travel) for out-of-province travel and setting mileage at the provincial rate, but the decision to allow for reimbursement up to 90 days after a returning from a trip had its detractors with District 1 councillor James Goyetche questioned why that was not set within a shorter period of time.
GUYSBOROUGH: The provincial government announced an investment of around about $2.7 million, over two years, to help African Nova Scotians residents gain clear title to their land.
Government representatives stated the money will go toward assisting residents in Lincolnville and Sunnyville in Guysborough County with legal fees and costs related to estate administration and migration, and new full-time positions dedicated to the land title clarification areas.
ARICHAT: During a council meeting for the Municipality of the County of Richmond, members voted in favour of a tax deal with Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, the parent company behind Bear Head LNG. Details of the agreement were kept confidential but, in an e-mail, warden Brian Marchand stated many hours went into the negotiations.
Paul MacLean, strategic and regulatory affairs advisor for Bear Head LNG, also said he couldn’t get into the details of the agreement though he also confirmed they reached a tax agreement with the municipality. MacLean said the agreement is important to the company as it provides certainty over that aspect of the project.
CANSO: Maritime Launch Services hosted a public open house set for the October 12, at the Canso Fire Hall. Last March, MLS selected Canso as the site of a rocket launch base after looking at several communities in North America.
MLS president Steve Matier said the meeting is part of the environmental review process required by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment. Matier said the company wanted to learn the public’s areas of concern and what they want to learn more about.
PORT HAWKESBURY: An announcement at the October 3 town council meeting by Russ Adams of Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) drew concern from the mayor and members of council.
Adams cited both fiscal and efficiency reasons for the decision to close their office in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The region served by the office included Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough, and Cape Breton counties. Adams told council that, in recent years, more and more people have chosen to access these services by phone, e-mail, or through the PVSC’s Web site, rather than by visiting the office.
Despite assurances that service delivery would remain intact, Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda said she was very concerned with the lack of consultation prior to the announcement. She feels that municipalities should have had more input in the decision, and pointed out that PVSC receives funding through the municipalities that it serves.
BADDECK: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced it protected three extraordinary habitats totaling 274 hectares (676 acres).
These conservation areas are NCC’s first in Cape Breton in more than a decade, and the first in the organization’s long-term plan to protect some of the unique habitats and ecosystems in central Cape Breton.
The new conservation areas include locations near Lake Ainslie and around the northwestern shore of Bras d’Or Lake.
AFTON: Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso and Lloyd Hines, Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, announced up to $15.3 million in federal-provincial funding for the Highway 104 Paq’tnkek Interchange Project.
The federal government is contributing over $6.4 million through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component (BCF-MIC), with the Government of Nova Scotia providing up to $8.9 million.
This collaborative project, in partnership with the Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, involves the construction of a large diamond interchange, including new north and south connector roads and highway underpass.
CAP AUGUET: Father and son duo Adolphe and Shawn Boudreau completed construction on the fishing vessel All Segments, which was purchased by the Everett family of Digby. The hulking 50-foot by 30-foot boat weighs in at 90 gross tonnes (45-50 tonnes).
The Boudreaus started with a Grizzly fibre glass hull from Wedgeport Boats, which was floated from Yarmouth, to the Petit de Grat wharf, then to the Isle Madame Boat Club in Robin’s, from where it was placed in Shawn’s backyard.
Another member of the Boudreau family, Kenny, was tasked with backing the boat into the water.
With the major construction phase complete, moving the boat from Shawn’s home to the wharf in Cap Auguet, just minutes down the road, took more than two hours.