Op-Ed: Benefits and Challenges of a Growing Community

Antigonish is a growing community. It is an amazing place to live, work and raise a family. Both County and Town Councils have been working hard to attract development to the area and making infrastructure decisions to support this growth.

However, with growth comes challenges.

Let’s talk about water

I love my community. I have dedicated a significant amount of my personal and professional time to the beautification of Antigonish, in particular Main Street, and making it a destination and a public space to be enjoyed by residents and visitors. This includes considering everything from benches, garbage cans, and landscaping, to signage and murals. It also includes flowers.

Op-ed: Antigonish: History on Hold

Antigonish provides us with an interesting example of forward thinking. The councils representing the town and county unanimously voted, in September 2021, to embark on a journey to explore what a merger could look like for Antigonish. This self-initiated process provided an opportunity to have meaningful discussion about the past and the future, especially one that is focused on addressing the serious aforementioned issues.

Antigonish: The Future of Municipal Modernization in Nova Scotia

When Hurricane Fiona blew into Antigonish, staff from the Town of Antigonish and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish worked around the same table for 10 full days responding to the needs of the entire community. There were no municipal boundaries in our emergency response. The needs of one jurisdiction were never put above another. That’s because Antigonish is one community.

We are one community and should be governed by one municipality.

A Letter to the Community

We understand and respect the varying views, differences of opinion and strong emotions some residents feel with respect to consolidation. However, we feel obliged to speak up concerning the disrespect, taunting, intimidation and threats shown towards several Town & County Councillors, Warden McCarron, and especially Mayor Boucher.

Antigonish Town & County Council Vote to Move Forward with Consolidation

At two Special Council Meetings held on Thursday, October 20, 2022, both Town and County Councils voted to move forward with consolidation. Both councils passed a motion that stated: Municipal /Town Council requests the provincial government consolidate the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and the Town of Antigonish into one municipal unit through special legislation.

Town And County Extend Deadline For Feedback On What We Heard Report

The Town of Antigonish and Municipality of the County of Antigonish have extended the deadline for feedback to the What We Heard Report related to the Exploration of Consolidation until October 6, 2022. The Report was released to the public on Thursday, September 15. The original deadline for feedback was Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Town and County Share Public Engagement Themes From Exploration of Consolidation

The Town of Antigonish and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish have released the What We Heard Report, a summary document from the extensive community engagement sessions that details the key themes and discussions around exploration of consolidation. The release of the report comes one year after both Councils voted unanimously to explore consolidation.