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Local high school students walk out in support of teachers

Students at local high schools have left their classes to show support for their teachers.

Dr. John Hugh Gillis High students walked out shortly after noon time Friday and marched to the Antigonish office of provincial Minister of Finance and local MLA Randy Delorey.

Students also walked out at Ecole Beau-Port, and there was a sit-in at East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy.

Talen Repko was one of a dozen SAERC students who walked out Friday afternoon to picket on Reeves Street.

Repko told The Hawk he thinks teachers deserve more credit.

"Everyone talks about how the teachers have all these days off, but there's all the stuff teachers do in between," he says, "like the amount of work they have to correct, the amount of time they spend filling out forms on Gradebook, all that."

Repko said the teachers seemed "really cool" with him and others walking out, and he thinks the teachers know that the students are trying to support them with the walkout.

Organizers had said students from more than 50 high schools in the province would participate.

The province's 9,000 public school teachers are expected to start a work-to-rule campaign Monday.


StFX grads to attend X-Ring Ceremony

A StFX official says graduating students will form bonds with thousands of others once they receive their X-Rings.

The 2016 X-Ring Ceremony is being held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Keating Centre.

Only the 985 students who are getting the ring will be attending the ceremony.

Alumni Affairs Director Mary Jessie MacLellan tells The Hawk that having the ring links the grads to people around the world.

"Wherever you go, you're wearing that ring, you know that someone has shared the same experience with you," she says, "whether they've been here 50 years ago or just one year. That ring unites everyone."

MacLellan says Saturday's ceremony marks the end of a lengthy wait for the students, some of whom have been counting down to it since their first year.

She says the senior class will host the roughly two-hour-long event, and that StFX Business lecturer Mark MacIsaac (Class of '91) will be the guest speaker.

MacLellan says it's possible that some students who get rings Saturday do not end up graduating, but she says she thinks most would come back to finish off their degrees.


Forestry discussion to be held in Inverness

A woman organizing a panel discussion on the province's forests says she and others are concerned about the impact of practices like clearcutting.

Members of the Inverness Co. chapter of the Council of Canadians are hosting a discussion at the Inverness Fire Hall 2 p.m. Sunday.

Representatives from Port Hawkesbury Paper, the Department of Natural Resources and even the horse logging industry are all scheduled to speak and answer questions.

Johanna Padelt, one of the organizers of the event, tells The Hawk she and others have many questions about the province's trees.

"I live on Rte. 19 and I'm seeing one truck after another full of wood heading to who knows where," she says. "I think people want to know where are all those trees are going- people are seeing clearcuts around them and they want to know what's going on."

Padelt says the discussion could lead to others with different speakers in the future, depending on the response.

Sunday's scheduled speakers include Andrew Fedora, leader in sustainability and outreach for Port Hawkesbury Paper, Sam Ainsworth, an old-fashioned horse logger, Allan Eddy, the associate deputy minister of the Department of Natural Resources, Bob Bancroft, the former regional biologist for eastern Nova Scotia and the president of Nature Nova Scotia, and Kari Easthouse, who represents Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers.

Padelt says the title of the discussion is "What is Happening to our Nova Scotia Forests?"

She says they tried to get a representative cross-section of people who could answer that question from different viewpoints.

Padelt says each speaker will talk for roughly 10 minutes, then a Q&A session will last for approximately an hour.


Gas prices increase for second straight week

The price at the pump is up for the second week in a row.

Gas prices climbed as much as 1.7 cents a litre during the regular price adjustment at midnight, which means the new minimum price for a litre of regular self-serve in the Quad Counties is $1.05.5, while the new maximum price is $1.08.4.

It's the second straight week the price has increased following a five-cent-a-litre increase the previous week.

Diesel is up less than a cent- as much as 0.7 cents a litre; the new range in the Quad Counties is between $1.03.8 and $1.06.8.


Cape Breton Christmas tree to be lit in Boston Thursday

Nova Scotia's latest tree for Boston will be lit Thursday evening.

Premier Stephen McNeil will be on Boston Common for the event, and The Town Heroes of Inverness Co. will be performing.

The tree for 2016 is a 47-foot white spruce from Ainslie Glen; it's the first tree for Boston to come from Cape Breton.

This is the 45th year that Nova Scotia officials have given a tree to Boston, in thanks for the city's help following the 1917 Halifax Explosion.



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