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Vigil at StFX as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance

A vigil is being held at StFX for the memory of those who have lost their lives in acts of anti-transgender violence Monday night.

Bre O'Handley, Gender and Sexual Diversity Student Advisor for StFX, says Transgender Day of Remembrance started Nov. 20, 1999.

She says it's a big problem that gets overlooked- over 150 people have been murdered in transphobic acts across the world this year; 23 of those occured in the US, 21 were people of colour.

O'Handley tells The Hawk more attention needs to be brought to the topic.

"It's to commemorate those who have lost their lives and also to just spread awareness," she says. "These deaths usually aren't very well publicized; in a lot of cases, they're not even reported as the hate crimes that they are."

O'Handley says it's a very important event to have at a small university in a small town; they might not be as aware as they'd like to be about transgender and non-binary issues.


Police ask for your help in search for missing Monastery man

RCMP are asking for your help in the search of a missing Monastery man.

Police say Jacob Spin, 24, was last seen leaving his home on the Old Mulgrave Rd. in Monastery before 10 p.m. Sunday.

They say the Monastery man is described as white, 5'10'', 160 lbs., with short brown hair, blue eyes and black glasses.

RCMP say Spin was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with a picture of the original Nintendo controller on the front and blue jeans.

They say a helicopter and RCMP Police Dog Services have been used in the search; the operator was contacted to do a flyover at around 8 a.m.

They say they're concerned for his well-being; you're asked to contact them or Crime Stoppers with any information.


Police say no threat to public after helicopter was used for investigation

RCMP say they used a helicopter to assist in an investigation in the Quad Counties Monday morning.

They say the operator was contacted to do a flyover at around 8 a.m.

The helicopter was seen in the Monastery area.

Strait Regional School Board officials say RCMP contacted administration at East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy- they implemented hold-and-secure procedures as a precaution for an investigaion in the larger community.

SRSB officials say staff were dismissed around noon; no students were present as it was a Regional In-service Day.

RCMP say there is no threat to the public.


Construction progressing on We'koqma'q community centre

The chief of the We'koqma'q First Nation says progress is being made on their new community hall and fire department.

Rod Googoo says construction on the facility has been underway for a few months, and the roof has been installed.

Band members lost their former building in a fire in Dec. 2015.

Googoo tells The Hawk everyone is excited for the opening of the new structure.

"They're all excited, they're looking forward to seeing it; they see it going up piece-by-piece every day," he says. "They're looking forward to having a community centre available to the community again- everybody's excited, we only build something like that once in our lifetime."

Googoo says the new building will have lots of space and Wi-Fi, which the old location didn't.

He says the building is essential for band members.

"It's really the hall that has been the heart and soul of our social gatherings," he says. "Weddings, birthdays, Halloween parties, you name it- everything like that has always taken place at our community hall."

Googoo says the cost of the facility is expected to be roughly $2 million.

He says they've had a lot of other work in the area, so they didn't have people to take on the job, but they hope to have a grand opening in March.


Local artists earn folk music awards

There were some local winners at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in Ottawa.

Antigonish's Cassie and Maggie won the Traditional Album of the Year award for "The Willow Collection."

They were nominated in four categories.

Scott MacMillan and Colin Grant were named Instrumental Group of the Year for "Good2Go"; Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy were also nominated in that category.

Photo credit: www.CassieandMaggie.com


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