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Local emergency department closing for two days

A local emergency department will shut down for a couple of days.

Nova Scotia Health Authority officials say the ER at the Strait Richmond Hospital in Evanston will be closed Thursday and Friday.

They say it will re-open at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Health authority officials say physician unavailability to cover the shift is the reason for the closure.

You're asked to go to another ER or call 911 with a medical emergency; you can call 811 for any non-urgent issues.


MacMaster says he's hearing concerns about attestation

A local MLA says he's been hearing concerns from people uncomfortable with a requirement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding summer grants.

Allan MacMaster, the MLA for Inverness, says constituents fundamentally have the right to have their conscience and have it respected, so they feel uncomfortable swearing an attestation to be eligible for student employment grants.

MacMaster tells The Hawk it sounds like you're expected to be on the same page as federal officials.

"What I've been hearing from people is that they're not comfortable making the attestation in favour of reproductive rights, which requires them to say that they're ok with taking the life of an unborn child."

MacMaster says applications are thrown out if the box isn't checked.

He says it's created a conflict.

"It's been very simple- some people have felt uncomfortable (and) they've chosen not to check the box, and some of them have written an explanation why," he said. "There are also people who felt like they had to lie and check the box to gain access to be able to apply."

MacMaster says he's listening to concerns, and the issues will be brought up to officials with the federal government.

He says it also needs to be discussed in the provincial legislature.


Man charged following reported gun threat in Antigonish expected back in court

A suspect arrested after police responded to a complaint of a threat that involved a gun in Antigonish is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.

RCMP say a man threatened a woman in the town one afternoon in January.

They say he told her he had a gun in his vehicle.

Police say they seized a .22 calibre handgun, ammo, a baseball bat and a knife.

They say officers arrested John Francis Gerroir, 54, outside a home on Braemore Ave.

Gerroir, who has been in custody since his arrest, has been charged with several firearms offences, two counts of criminal harassment and one count of uttering threats; he's expected for a fitness hearing in Antigonish Provincial Court.


Antigonish drug bust suspects scheduled to return to court

The cases of two men arrested following a drug bust in Antigonish are expected back in court Wednesday.

Police say members of the Antigonish/Guysborough RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched a home on Hawthorne St. in November.

They say officers seized a large amount of cocaine, marijuana and cash.

RCMP say two Antigonish men have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Michael Charles Benoit, 49, of Antigonish and Coty Weston Leblanc, 23, made their first court appearances in the case in January; Benoit is expected for an election-and-plea hearing in Antigonish Provincial Court, while Leblanc, who remains in custody, has a bail hearing.


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