Interim Senior Safety Coordinator named

Posted on January 26, 2017

There’s an Interim Senior Safety Coordinator for Antigonish Town and County.  Shannon Thornhill is taking over the position while Karen Armstrong is on leave.  Thornhill started on January 9th.  She’s looking forward to the challenge.

Thornhill says she’s encouraged about the growth this winter with the Aging Antigonishers Walking Club.  She says another popular program offers basic computer skills to seniors.  The program operates through the People’s Place Library.  To register, call the Library to make an appointment at (902) 863-4276.

Public Talk By Dr. Elaine Craig – Sexual Violence and the Legal System

Posted on January 25, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017 -12:00pm to 1:30pm

Dennis Hall, Coady West Building.

Light refreshments to follow the talk. Co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association, and the Office of the Academic Vice-President.

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Public Lecture – Mental Health and Addictions: A Matter of Priority

Posted on January 25, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 -7:00pm to 8:30pm

Public Lecture by Todd Leader (R. Psych, RSW) at the Schwartz Auditorium

‘Mental Health and Addictions: A Matter of Priority’

Everyone is welcome.  Light refreshments will be available after the talk.

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Updated feasibility study release on 100 Series Highway Twinning with Tolls

Posted on January 25, 2017

The provincial government has released updated information on a feasibility study on twinning sections of 100 series highways using tolls.   This information will be considered in upcoming public consultations, with the first one tomorrow in New Glasgow.  A section of the 104 between Sutherland’s River and Antigonish, is ranked third.

It’s estimated twinning along that section would mean almost 12 fewer accidents per year.  Audrey Muir of consultant CBCL also offered some additional details on costs and potential tolls for this section at a technical briefing in Halifax today.

Another section between Taylor’s Road and the Canso Causeway is ranked 5th.  Two other local sections between St. Peter’s to Sydney is 7th and from Port Hawkesbury and Port Hastings is 8th.

Provincial Transportation Department spokesperson Bruce Fitzner say  feedback from the 12 public sessions and online will be considered by government when a final decision is made.

At the public consultations, the public will be asked their opinions on the current condition of the 100 series highways.  They will also be asked whether they think twinning is the only option to improve the highways  and if they would support paying tolls to get the roads built sooner.

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Atlantic Provinces and Bell Let’s Talk partner on $2 million funding program for child and youth mental health

Posted on January 25, 2017

Ant CP: Let's TalkGovernments of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island match $1 million Bell Let’s Talk donation to Strongest Families Institute

A $1 million donation by Bell Let’s Talk will be matched by provincial government funding in each Atlantic province over a 4-year period. With $2 million in new funding, the Strongest Families Institute will expand its existing services in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and launch its services in New Brunswick. This initiative will reach approximately 2,000 children, youth and families across the region.

“Strongest Families has a proven track record of providing evidence-based mental health services for children and youth, and Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to partner with the provinces to expand their reach to more families across the Atlantic region,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “We commend our government partners for their leadership and commitment to mental health. Working together, we can provide significant support for more young people and their families throughout Atlantic Canada.”

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