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Breaking News - Federal Election called for October 19th

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has asked Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, touching off an 11-week campaign in advance of an election on October 19th.

Harper made the announcement today outside Rideau Hall, square in the middle of the August holiday weekend, ending months of speculation and conjecture about when the campaign would begin.


Granville Green hosts Tim Chaisson Sunday

The second-last show of the 21st annual Granville Green concert series takes place Sunday night.

The fifth of six free outdoor concerts features Tim Chaisson.

Town of Port Hawkesbury Marketing Director Paula Davis tells The Hawk the fiddler and singer-songwriter from PEI is no stranger to the Quad Counties.

"Beautiful gentleman, we've had him perform the Shannon Studio (and) at Granville Green as an opener," she says. "Great vocals, and his career has just taken a big rise right now."

Ria Mae is the opening act, things get started at 7 p.m.

Breabach, Sarah Harmer, Hey Rosetta!, and Fortunate Ones have already performed as part of this year's summer concert series.

Gordie Sampson wraps up the series for the summer next Sunday.


Harness racing set for Inverness Sunday

Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing returns to the Quad Counties Sunday afternoon.

Three-year-old pacing fillies will take part in a pair of "A" division events and one "B" division event at Inverness Raceway.

It's the third race featuring fillies this season; Three Pink Bows is the current points leader.

First race post time is 1:30 p.m.


Pictou Co. fire chief says he hopes federal support aids in effort to get Hwy 104 twinned

A Pictou Co. fire chief concerned about safety on Hwy 104 says he's reached out to federal candidates in Central Nova for support.

Joe MacDonald says 14 people have died due to crashes on the 37-kilometre stretch of the highway between Antigonish and Sutherland's River since 2009.

He's been urging provincial officials to improve the situation by twinning the highway.

MacDonald tells The Hawk he's reached out to the newly nominated candidates in Central Nova to see if they support the twinning.

"I've personally asked them to come out and endorse the need for twinning and (to put their) support behind the twinning."

MacDonald says two of the three candidates he's spoken with have said they support the initiative.

"It is a provincial matter, but with the backing of federal officials hopefully it will become a reality."

Provincial officials have committed to conducting a feasibility study to determine if tolling the highway is a good option to get the road twinned.

Federal officials say there are programs available for infrastructure funding, but nothing extra outside that money.


Antigonish RCMP investigating Bayfield break-in

Police say they're investigating an Antigonish Co. break-and-enter.

They say someone went into a Bayfield home on the Bayfield-Summerside Rd. through a second story patio door.

RCMP say they climbed to the second story of the home using a ladder on the property.

They say it happened when the home was empty between Friday night two weeks ago, and the following Monday morning.

Nothing was taken.

You're asked to call Crime Stoppers or police if you have any information.


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