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Antigonish International Film Festival returns for 10th anniversary

The 2016 Antigonish International Film Festival is underway.

The 10th edition of the festival started Friday afternoon; it continues Saturday and wraps up Sunday.

One of the organizers says the festival was only two days in past years, but they decided to expand into a third day for their 10th anniversary.

Bernadette Lancaster told The Hawk Morning Show there are 33 award-winning documentaries.

"These films are international and national. They're not all dreary and depressing, as some people think," she said. "You come away feeling invigorated, and you're ready to tackle any issue in your life. You've seen other people tackle it and succeed."

Lancaster said films are being shown in three venues: the Cineplex Theatre, the People's Place Library, and town council chambers.


MODG officials receive energy efficiency award

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has received an efficiency award.

Municipal officials were presented with the Community Award during Efficiency Nova Scotia's Bright Business Awards on Wednesday.

The award recognizes a community in the province that excels in energy efficiency campaigns or projects.

Municipal officials say they completed a number of different green initiatives, including major energy upgrades and retrofits.

They say they're also the first municipal unit in the province to own and operate a large-scale wind farm.


Meteorologist says rate of rainfall in storm could be concern

A meteorologist with Environment Canada says an upcoming storm won't bring the same amount of rain as the Thanksgiving storm, but the rain will fall quickly.

Tracey Talbot says that for the Quad Counties, the heaviest rains will start after midnight on Saturday and then taper off Saturday afternoon or evening.

She says the tropical moisture in the coming storm could bring 40 to 60 millimetres of rain.

However, Talbot tells The Hawk it's the rate of rainfall that's a bigger worry.

"Our main concern is not even so much the rainfall amounts, but the fact that it could come down pretty heavy at times," she says, "and that might be more what causes the issues than the actual rainfall amounts."

Talbot says the rain could fall as fast as 20 millimetres an hour.

She says this could lead to hydroplaning on roads, and that people should make sure their gutters and sewers are clear of leaves in order to give the water a path.

Talbot says that within Nova Scotia, the storm will be most intense in the southwest.

She says that while the rainfall amounts seen during the Thanksgiving storm were extreme, it is not uncommon for tropical moisture to give way to fall storms.


Roadside safety law to be promoted through checkpoints

A police spokesperson says he and counterparts from other agencies will try to raise awareness of a roadside safety law with checkpoints throughout Antigonish Co.

Morgan MacPherson, the Antigonish RCMP's community policing officer, says they'll hand out pamphlets on the Keep Me Safe law Friday.

The law requires drivers to reduce their speed to 60 km/h, or follow the speed limit if it's below 60 km/h, when they pass a stopped emergency vehicle with lights flashing; drivers are also asked to leave an open lane between them and the stopped vehicle if they can do so safely.

MacPherson tells The Hawk more people need to be made aware of the law.

"It is a section of the law that's violated quite frequently, and I think a lot of it is due to a lack of education," he says. "I don't think it's a matter of people knowingly wanting to break the law, and that's what we're going to address, hopefully, through these checkpoints."

MacPherson says first-time offenders can be fined as much as $685 for failing to slow to the designated speed or not moving over, and fines are doubled for drivers speeding past a stopped emergency vehicle with lights flashing.

He says the law covers many more agencies other than police.

"It's not just a police matter- we have got Department of Fisheries (and Oceans) officers that are out on the road, Department of Natural Resources officers, paramedics of course, the fire departments and vehicle compliance," he says. "This is something that affects all of those agencies."

MacPherson says Antigonish RCMP officers, representatives from Nova Scotia Vehicle Compliance, Antigonish Co. Volunteer Fire Department members, and Emergency Health Services personnel will all take part in Friday's initiative.

He says the date for the checkpoints was picked because that's when members of all of the various agencies are available.


No charges, tickets after crash at Antigonish Co. school

Emergency crews responded to a motor vehicle collision at a local school.

In a letter sent home to parents Thursday, officials at East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy say two students were travelling to the Monastery school when they were involved in the crash near the entrance Thursday morning.

They say they called 911, and RCMP, firefighters and paramedics responded; paramedics assessed the students at the scene, and they left with family members.

Police say the mother was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

They say no tickets were issued.


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