St. Mary’s District 3/5 heads to polls in March

By Lois Ann Dort

SHERBROOKE – On Tuesday, January 10 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia made available its decision on the October 15 municipal election in District 3/5 in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s. Due to irregularities at two polling sites in the District, the municipality had filed an application to the court to nullify the election results in that District. In his decision Justice Scaravelli agreed with the municipality that the election in District 3/5 had not been held in accordance with the Nova Scotia Scotia Elections Act and nullified the results.



St. Mary’s moves forward with infrastructure project
By Lois Ann Dort

SHERBROOKE – On Monday, January 9 the District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s held their regular council meeting and discussed the replacement of municipal water lines on the east side of Sherbrooke in the coming year. The lines, which were originally laid in the 1960s, will be replaced as part of infrastructure funding from the federal government under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

New Lifestyle Complex goes to tender
By Helen Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – Contractors will be invited to bid on construction of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex starting Friday, Jan. 20.

MODG touts renewable energy potential

GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) is, once again, seeking to expand its renewable energy investment portfolio as a result of Emera Inc.’s recent call for parties interested in supplying access the New England Renewable Energy market.

Also in this edition...

MODG to meet with the Department of Health to discuss funding parity for local special care homes, Murphy's Law tries to escape from Trump overload in the news - but it isn't easy - and an update on the habitat restoration taking place along the St. Mary's River.





Deaths of four Desmond family members shocks community, country

A community in mourning
By Helen Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – The shooting deaths of four members of the Desmond family in Upper Big Tracadie on Jan. 3 has devastated the local community and sent shock waves across the country.

Former comrade says Desmond’s time in Afghanistan was full of death, destruction

“It’s something that nobody should ever see”
By Helen Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – Lionel Desmond was young and new to combat when he joined a 10-man section in fighting the Taliban in Afghaniston back in 2007. Fellow soldier Trevor Bungay first got to know Desmond during the year-long training program in advance of their service overseas.

Health minister says information being gathered

Did local mental health services fail Lionel Desmond and his family?
By Helen Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – Relatives of Lionel Desmond say the former soldier who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sought help at St. Martha’s hospital in Antigonish the day before he shot his wife, their daughter and his mother at the family home in Upper Big Tracadie, Jan. 3. They say Desmond was turned away by the hospital, either because there were no beds available or because the hospital did not have his file.

SRSB offers support and counselling

Guysborough school community mourns student, family

As students and teachers returned to Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy on Thursday morning, they were offered support services to help them deal with the sudden death of 10-year-old student Aaliyah Desmond.

Breaking News update

10-year-old among victims in Upper Big Tracadie shooting

RCMP says three females, ages 52, 31 and 10, and a 33-year-old male died of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in Upper Big Tracadie yesterday. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to confirm cause of death. The male’s gunshot wounds appear to be self-inflicted, according to an RCMP statement. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence.


St. Mary’s District 3/5 heads to polls in March

By Lois Ann Dort

SHERBROOKE – On Tuesday, January 10 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia made available its decision on the October 15 municipal election in District 3/5 in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s. Due to irregularities at two polling sites in the District, the municipality had filed an application to the court to nullify the election results in that District. In his decision Justice Scaravelli agreed with the municipality that the election in District 3/5 had not been held in accordance with the Nova Scotia Scotia Elections Act and nullified the results.



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