Premier names new Cabinet

Nova Scotia’s new Executive Council is in place after Premier Stephen McNeil and 16 other cabinet ministers were sworn in during a ceremony at Pier 21 in Halifax today, June 15. “I am excited to get to work with this team and Nova Scotians from one end of this province to the other to build...

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How does your garden grow?

What started as a hobby has ‘grown’ into something much larger for those involved with the Pictou County Continuous Learning Association. It’s a garden, or more specifically, a community garden, that started because two of PiCCoLA’s instructors are avid gardeners. Deanna Ferguson, program manager and part-time instructor at PiCCoLA, explains that both she and Carollynne...

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Pantry outgrows space

What started out as a single, generous donation has taken flight and turned into a growing movement. Last month, the Pictou County Continuous Learning Association (PiCCoLA) was the beneficiary of a $300 donation from Amanda MacIntosh and her music students, proceeds from their Christmas recital. The money was earmarked for PiCCoLA’s Pantry. Before that donation,...

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NSTU ends strike action

Friday’s announcement that the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union strike has — for now — been averted has generated a share of mixed feelings and uncertainty. Cindy-Lee MacLean, who has a son and two grandchildren in school — spent Friday protesting on East River Road in support of teachers and students, only to hear the announcement...

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It’s about more than education

It would be helpful if all Nova Scotians and their government had to concern themselves with is education. In reality, the Liberal government of Premier Stephen McNeil cannot focus on resolving its labour dispute with school teachers, in isolation from other issues. But the government needs to speak and act in a way that conveys...

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SOC in favour of P-12 option for Pictou schools

Nearly 100 people attended the latest School Options Committee meeting in the Pictou Academy gym on December 1. The meeting served as an update on the process of the SOC’s decision with what to do with the Pictou Schools post review process. As the SOC made a few presentations on relevant topics such as optimization,...

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Children would suffer if teachers strike

To the Editor: I work in a school and am surrounded by great teachers and wonderful co-workers. I work with people who put in long hours, some arriving long before school buses and staying well after any planned (or unplanned) parent meetings and activities they have scheduled after regular school hours. They organize and run...

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$5 million investment at St. FX aimed at spurring local economy

ANTIGONISH – A $5 million investment to help create the Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Francis Xavier University will help attract research and spur the local economy. Announced Wednesday, Oct. 26, by Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan, the institute will support research...

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StFX Alumni Council gives boost to Xaverian Fund

ANTIGONISH – StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald’s initiative to establish a $50 million Xaverian Scholarship and Bursary Fund received a big boost during Homecoming weekend when 100 per cent of the StFX Alumni Council, representing alumni chapters from across Canada, agreed to make a personal donation to the Xaverian Fund. This endorsement comes on the...

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Work Smarts helps grads get foot in door

Graduating from post-secondary education these days is not as easy as it once was. Thirty years ago, a degree guaranteed a great paying job. Now all it guarantees is a huge debt load. Work Smarts is helping recent graduates get their foot in the door by helping to place them in their related fields by...

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