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StFX Students in Hospital following car accident

StFX Students were among those taken to hospital after a single-vehicle crash near Truro.

RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae says the car was travelling north on Highway 102 when it left the road around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

MacRae says the vehicle rolled several times and ejected two passengers before coming to rest in the southbound lane.

He says a 20-year-old woman was airlifted to a Halifax hospital in critical condition.

Four others, two men and two women, were taken to Colchester Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Four were International students attending StFX, the fifth is a graduate from the University.

The University issued the statement below.

MacRae says a section of the highway was closed for several hours as police investigated.

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Below is the inter university email issued by StFX:

To the StFX Community,

Early today StFX’s Residence Life staff were informed of a single car accident in Truro that involved four current StFX international students and one StFX graduate. Four of the five injured were sent to the hospital in Truro for treatment, while one was airlifted to hospital in Halifax in serious condition.

Upon learning of this event, appropriate steps were taken to notify parents, and representatives from our International Advisor Office and Residence Life travelled to Truro and Halifax to assist.

We have since learned that the four being treated in Truro have serious, but non life-threatening injuries. It is our understanding that three of the four victims being treated in Truro will be released within 24 hours, the 4th within 48 hrs. The fifth victim remains in the Intensive Care Unit in Halifax.

As members of the StFX family, our concerns are first and foremost for the well being of our students, their friends, and the families involved. We are committed to keeping the StFX campus community informed and will post updates as they become available.

In the meantime, should students want to speak to someone, the Student Life staff have arranged for counselors to be available. The Alumni Lounge will also be available for students to gather this evening from 7 – 9 pm. For more information, please contact:

 

Premier makes a stop in the Quad Counties

Premier Stephen McNeil has made a stop in the Quad Counties.

McNeil was the guest speaker at an Antigonish Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday.

After, he said universities and community colleges are a draw to bring people to the province.

McNeil said the Strait Area Campus is a good example of turning research into job creation.

"Strategically we're seeing some creative stuff happening in some of the universities," he said. "I know in the Strait Area around the community college there is a tremendous amount of stuff in and around the oceans; we're encouraged by that and we're going to continue to work with them."

McNeil said government officials often feel post-secondary institutions are a budget liability; but they need to do a better job partnering with their university counterparts on research.

He said he and members of the government are working to stop out migration from the province.

McNeil said government officials made one difficult decision aimed and keeping recent grads at home.

"A very controversial (decision we made) was eliminate the Graduation Retention Rebate program because it was actually supporting a student who already had a job," he said. "We were trying to use that money with an employer to provide opportunities to those (who don't have jobs)."

McNeil said one of the biggest challenges his government is dealing with is decisions made by the former NDP government.

He says provincial officials are now starting to reset some of those issues including labour negotiations.

 

Man charged after Aulds Cove break-in back in court next month

A suspect arrested following a break-and-enter at a local business has had his case adjourned.

Antigonish RCMP say a man stole two cash drawers with a small amount of cash from the Petro Canada in Aulds Cove early one morning in April.

A man was caught on tape; police say they identified him after they posted his pictures on social media.

Chad David Sparks has been charged with break-and-enter; the 38-year-old had his case transferred from Antigonish in June.

Sparks was expected for an application hearing for mental health court in Dartmouth Provincial Court Thursday, instead it was adjourned until October 2.

It was also adjourned twice in July, and twice last month.

   

Antigonish Co. man appealing case after fatal crash denied bail

A 33-year-old man found guilty in a two-vehicle crash that killed two teens in Antigonish Co. will not be released from custody ahead of his appeal.

Byron Fogarty of Antigonish was charged after a 2011 crash in Tracadie that killed Kory Mattie, 16, and Nico Landry, 17,.

The Antigonish man was convicted of four charges; two each of impaired driving by drugs causing death, and dangerous driving causing death.

He was sentenced to six years in prison and a ten-year driving ban in September of last year.

Fogarty is appealing the guilty verdict; he applied to be released from custody until his December 3 appeal date.

A judge denied his application in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Thursday.

 

Energy officials host consultations in Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury

You'll have a chance to have your say on the province's electricity system review in the Quad Counties.

Officials with the provincial energy department are holding public consultations across the province as part of their review into the long-term future of the province's electricity system.

Those sessions are underway; there's one at the Keating Centre in Antigonish Sunday.

Andrew Younger, the province's energy minister, tells The Hawk what they learn from the public consultations will be put together in a report as they move forward.

"We're then going to do some more statistical type of engagement with the public- focus groups, polling, that sort of thing- to see if what we heard in the meetings is reflective, on a statistical level, across the province," he says. "From that, we'll start putting that together with some of the expert reports."

Younger says they have to report back to the legislature with their recommendations for changes to the system by May.

He says they cover a variety of topics at the meetings, including how Nova Scotia Power officials make their profit, and if that needs to change.

"There's a lot of utilities going toward what's called a performance-based system, where the utility is measured based on its performance in areas from cost to reliability to environmental targets and so forth," he says. "We want to talk to people about the options around that."

Younger says people seem to be more engaged in the process because of post-tropical storm Arthur and rate hikes.

There will also be a meeting at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre Tuesday night.

   

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