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Inverness MLA still concerned about problem road after minister's visit

The MLA for Inverness says he's not optimistic regarding work to a bad road in the riding following a meeting with the province's transportation minister and area residents.

Allan MacMaster says transportation minister Geoff MacLellan met with residents from the Deepdale Road and other parts of the riding Friday night.

He says a lack of upkeep to the road has led to concerns from residents for years.

MacMaster tells The Hawk MacLellan told them they're working on a plan, but he hasn't seen money for repairs in the Liberals' latest budget.

"It may mean we're going to have wait another year for work to be done, and that will be a small amount of work done, I'm sure," he says, "but not the kind of work that's needed to address the problem to people's satisfaction."

MacMaster says residents have no choice but to keep pressuring officials with the provincial government.

He adds that Deepdale Road and other roads that need work may have to wait until next year's budget for repairs.


Woman hospitalized following single-vehicle Antigonish crash

A woman was sent to hospital with undetermined injuries following a single-vehicle crash in Antigonish.

Police say the woman's vehicle went over the curb, off the road and hit a tree.

It happened on West Street near one of the entrances to the StFX campus just after 10 a.m. Sunday.

Members of emergency crews responded.

Paramedics took the driver to hospital.

There's been no update on her injuries or condition.

RCMP say they believe she had a medical issue to led to the crash.

The car sustained significant damage.


Warden says he's pleased proposed quarry has passed assessments

The warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough says municipal councillors are looking forward to a major mining project now that it has passed federal and provincial environmental assessments.

Officials with Black Point Aggregates Inc., an Alabama-based company, say they want to build a 355-hectare granite quarry with a marine terminal and loading facility in Chedabucto Bay.

Vernon Pitts, the municipality's warden, tells The Hawk the project will help satisfy two of the area's most pressing needs.

"It's going to increase employment by about 60-plus people," he says. "It's also going to increase our population (and) in an increased population, they utilize more of our services."

Pitts says conditions attached to the environmental assessments are all common-sense, and should not be difficult to achieve.

Black Point representatives need to present plans for water and wetlands protection as part of their provincial approval; they must also manage light, noise and dust at the site.

Company reps are also obligated to create a community liaison committee and complaint-resolution plan, and must demonstrate continued engagement with members of the Mi'kmaq community.

Pitts says everyone in the municipality stands to benefit from the project.

"This is one time where we're going to get some value added out of this- they're going to take big rocks, make little rocks, which generates employment and taxation, and that, in turn, they'll ship offshore," he says. "We'll get some value added there- everyone gets a little piece of it."

Pitts says he expects construction will start within a year, and the site will become operational a year later.


1,000 StFX students receive degrees, diplomas

Graduation day at StFX is in the books.

Spring convocation ceremonies were held at the university in the morning and the afternoon Sunday.

Roughly 1,000 students received degrees and diplomas in a number of fields, including science, arts, business administration, education, nursing, human kinetics and engineering; 13 students received medals and awards to recognize their academic achievement.

University officials also presented a pair of honorary degrees to Ray Ivany and Dr. Alex Jadad.

Ivany (pictured below), who is the president of Acadia University, is responsible for the One Nova Scotia Report that became known as the Ivany Report.

Jadad, a physician, educator, researcher and public advocate, tries to improve health and wellness through information and communication technologies.


DFO officials announce rules for striped bass fishery

DFO officials have issued a release to remind anglers that the recreational striped bass fishery will begin on Sunday throughout the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

In Nova Scotia, this region includes the Northumberland Strait coast and western Cape Breton.

Anglers are allowed to keep one striped bass per day during certain periods (May 9 to 29, July 30 to Aug. 21, Sept. 2 to 5, and Oct. 22 to 30) if the fish is between 50 and 65 cm long.

Striped bass can also be caught and released throughout the fishing season, which runs from Sunday until Oct. 31.


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