GUYSBOROUGH – After years of waiting, partnership funding has finally come through for the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough. On Wednesday, April 19 Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner joined Guysborough- Eastern Shore – Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines at a meeting in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough Council Chambers to announce funding for the project. Both provincial and federal governments will fund the CLC to the tune of $1.5 million; total investment of $3 million.
GUYSBOROUGH – Out of the dark on Highway 16, headlights pick up an odd brilliance in the distance. As the car continues down the highway, movement can be discerned and soon a figure can be seen in the dark; it’s Trans Canada Trail hiker Sarah Jackson making her distance for the day, from Country Harbour to Guysborough.
GUYSBOROUGH – The report of the provincial Ombudsman on finances at the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, released last Friday, makes five recommendations for MODG, including ensuring that hospitality spending is clearly defined and preauthorized, and that policy on travel advances be reviewed and strengthened.
Besides being the subject of one of our front page stories this week – the recently released Ombudsman's report is also the topic of choice for our editorial. Murphy's Law tries a hand at gardening only to discover that it can also plant the seeds of neighbourly interaction. It's Volunteer Week and we celebrate it by covering the Province's honouring of a few of the area's selfless individuals. Plus two Guysborough County natives travel South to participate in this year's Boston Marathon and photos from local Earth Day celebrations.
GUYSBOROUGH – The provincial and federal governments are expected to show their support for the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough at a funding announcement on Wednesday, April 19. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has invited residents to the afternoon “infrastructure announcement” by Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner.
There will be a special election on Saturday, June 3 to fill two vacancies on Town Council. The first vacancy has been in existence since the regular election in October 2016 when only three candidates were nominated for four positions. The second vacancy occurred when Deputy Mayor Evangeline Breen gave notice that she would be resigning for personal reasons. The Deputy Mayor intends to serve until May 4, if permitted by the Municipal Government Act.
SHERBROOKE – Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced on April 15 that 11 seniors organizations and projects in Central Nova will receive a combined total of over $192,000 -- including six projects in the District of St. Mary’s. These funds will be used for a variety of local projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
GUYSBOROUGH – This month an unsettling notice has been posted on the Eastern Counties Regional Library website. It states that inter-library loans will be unavailable from the end of March until the beginning of May due to a staff shortage. Another notice on the webpage asks patrons to contact their MLA to request support -- in the form of dollars, not talk -- for rural libraries which are hardest hit by the current funding formula for this public service. The Journal spoke with ECRL Chief Librarian Laura Emery, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage about library funding and the future of rural libraries.
SHERBROOKE – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s passed the 2017 – 2018 budget at a special council meeting on Monday, April 10 raising taxes three cents across the board for residential, resource and commercial properties. The commercial tax rate now stands at $2.23 per $100 of assessment, while residential and resource tax rates are now .92 cents per $100 of assessment.
CANSO – What has over a hundred hands, has a combined 1500 years of service and sits at the heart of several coastal communities? This isn’t an unsolvable riddle, the answer is the Canso / Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the associated Ladies Auxiliary. Last Saturday, both these organizations came together to celebrate 90 and 56 years, respectively, of service to the community. There were laughs, tears and an abundance of goodwill in the room as Fire Department members, Auxiliary members, friends, family and invited guests gave recognition to those that have served.