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REN TAKES FLIGHT: Representatives from eastern mainland Nova Scotia and Strait area municipalities met in Antigonish on Wednesday, April 8 to officially launch the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network. Pictured from left to right: Stephen Feist (Town of Antigonish CAO); Gerald Post (NSERDT); Russell Boucher (Warden Ant Co.); Miles MacDonald (Councillor MODG); David Clark (Deputy Warden St. Mary’s); and Robert Frost (NS Mun Affairs). Contributed Photo


Guysborough court to close

By Helen Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – The provincial government's recent announcement that seven of 12 satellite courts in Nova Scotia will close -- including Guysborough, Port Hood and Baddeck -- is being seen as more service erosion in rural communities.


Fisherman's Harbour family heading to Disney with Make-A-Wish

By Lois Ann Dort

FISHERMAN'S HARBOUR – Brooks Cole is six years old and a Grade primary student at St. Mary's Education Centre. He has three older siblings. He likes the Disney show Wreck-It Ralph. He's like many other kids his age except for one very important thing -- he has a life threatening illness, a genetic disease called cystinosis. He was diagnosed with the rare condition shortly after his second birthday and has lived with the consequences of that diagnoses ever since. Some of those consequences involve frequent trips to the doctor and lots of needles. Life isn't always easy for Brooks and his family but thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation they are all soon going to enjoy a family vacation to Disney World, where Brooks will meet his favourite character Wreck-It Ralph. Brooks' mother, Ashley Jack, spoke to The Journal on Monday about Brooks and trip they are planning for next fall.


Councillor unhappy with unchanged tax rate

By Lois Ann Dort

GUYSBOROUGH – On Wednesday, April 1 the Municipality of the District of Guysborough passed its 2015-2016 budget. Although the tax rates are unchanged from last year -- the residential rate stands at $0.61/$100 of assessment and the commercial rate remains at $2.58/$100 of assessment -- councillor Fin Armsworthy, representing District 8, the former town of Canso, is not pleased with the budget. His main complaint is that the tax rate for his area, in the form of an area rate applied on top of the base municipal rate, is higher than any other tax rate in the MODG. He voiced his disapproval of the tax rate at the regular monthly council meeting held on Wednesday, April 8.

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