StFX grads to attend X-Ring Ceremony
Friday, 02 December 2016 15:37
A StFX official says graduating students will form bonds with thousands of others once they receive their X-Rings.
The 2016 X-Ring Ceremony is being held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Keating Centre.
Only the 985 students who are getting the ring will be attending the ceremony.
Alumni Affairs Director Mary Jessie MacLellan tells The Hawk that having the ring links the grads to people around the world.
"Wherever you go, you're wearing that ring, you know that someone has shared the same experience with you," she says, "whether they've been here 50 years ago or just one year. That ring unites everyone."
MacLellan says Saturday's ceremony marks the end of a lengthy wait for the students, some of whom have been counting down to it since their first year.
She says the senior class will host the roughly two-hour-long event, and that StFX Business lecturer Mark MacIsaac (Class of '91) will be the guest speaker.
MacLellan says it's possible that some students who get rings Saturday do not end up graduating, but she says she thinks most would come back to finish off their degrees.
Forestry discussion to be held in Inverness
Friday, 02 December 2016 10:25
A woman organizing a panel discussion on the province's forests says she and others are concerned about the impact of practices like clearcutting.
Members of the Inverness Co. chapter of the Council of Canadians are hosting a discussion at the Inverness Fire Hall 2 p.m. Sunday.
Representatives from Port Hawkesbury Paper, the Department of Natural Resources and even the horse logging industry are all scheduled to speak and answer questions.
Johanna Padelt, one of the organizers of the event, tells The Hawk she and others have many questions about the province's trees.
"I live on Rte. 19 and I'm seeing one truck after another full of wood heading to who knows where," she says. "I think people want to know where are all those trees are going- people are seeing clearcuts around them and they want to know what's going on."
Padelt says the discussion could lead to others with different speakers in the future, depending on the response.
Sunday's scheduled speakers include Andrew Fedora, leader in sustainability and outreach for Port Hawkesbury Paper, Sam Ainsworth, an old-fashioned horse logger, Allan Eddy, the associate deputy minister of the Department of Natural Resources, Bob Bancroft, the former regional biologist for eastern Nova Scotia and the president of Nature Nova Scotia, and Kari Easthouse, who represents Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers.
Padelt says the title of the discussion is "What is Happening to our Nova Scotia Forests?"
She says they tried to get a representative cross-section of people who could answer that question from different viewpoints.
Padelt says each speaker will talk for roughly 10 minutes, then a Q&A session will last for approximately an hour.