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New StFX president says there won't be major cuts

The new president of StFX says there are ways to balance the university's budget without deep cuts.

Kent MacDonald officially replaced Sean Riley as the university's President and Vice-Chancellor today.

The StFX grad's most recent role was President and CEO of Algonquin College in Ontario.

MacDonald tells The Hawk the university is in a deficit situation for the current fiscal year but that will change.

"We're going to be working very diligently on moving that into a balanced position."

MacDonald says the answer isn't necessarily cutbacks.

He says there have been some cuts because of the budget.

MacDonald says he has other ideas of how to get the budget on track.

"I see innovation, new program development, further growth and enrollment," he says. "Those are the ways that we can continue to move forward and make sure our financial footing is strong."

MacDonald says the challenges he faces are no different than the ones he faced in previous role at Algonquin College.


Police reminding people to lock their doors after woman finds unwanted visitor

Antigonish RCMP say they're investigating after a woman arrived home and found a drunk man in her house.

Police say the woman left the door to her home on Northview Drive unlocked when she left for a short time Wednesday night.

They say she returned and noticed the man, she confronted him and he left right away.

Police say they believe his level of intoxication made him confused and he thought he knew the house.

They say they looked for the man after they were called but couldn't find him.

You're asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers with any information.


Local group gets funding for a flood-prevention project

A project in Richmond Co. is getting some provincial funding to help fight flooding.

Members of the Little Anse-Sampson's Cove Social Action Centre are getting more than $26,000 dollars for armour stone.

Provincial officials have announced more than $344,000 in funding for six projects through the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program.

The money is to help municipal officials and residents reinforce and stabilize existing streets, rivers, channels and banks against the risk of floods.

The program contributes as much as 50 per cent of a project's costs.


Two Quad County transit groups receive funding

Officials with a pair of local community transit organizations have received provincial funding for new accessible vehicles.

Antigonish Community Transit is getting more than $58,000 toward a 16 seat accessible bus.

Strait Area Transit gets almost $40,000 for a seven passenger van.

Eight community transit groups received a total of almost $413,000 dollars in provincial government funding through the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program.

The program provides as much as two-thirds of eligible costs to a maximum of $70,000 for new vehicles and $15,000 for used vehicles.


Provincial officials provide funding for Inverness facade development strategy

The plan to improve the main street in Inverness has received some provincial funding.

Officials with the provincial government have announced more than $18,000 in funding for the development of a strategy to make improvements to the community's main street.

Residents and municipal officials are developing a plan to make improvements to the street's facade, including better signage, banners and a community kiosk.

Michel Samson, the province's minister of economic and rural development and tourism and the MLA for Cape Breton-Richmond, says the project is a great initiative designed to strengthen the community and help generate benefits to the local economy.


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