Premier makes a stop in the Quad Counties
Friday, 19 September 2014 17:53
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
Friday, 19 September 2014 16:52
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.