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Showing news for the month of May , 2017

LACK OF PHYSICIAN LEADS TO ANOTHER ER CLOSURE IN TATAMAGOUCHE
Monday 29th May 2017
Nova Scotia Health Authority wishes to advise the public that there will be a temporary Emergency Department closure at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Collaborative Emergency Centre in Tatamagouche on Tuesday, 30 May, 2017. The CEC will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care. The overnight coverage (8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) provided by the paramedic, registered nurse and oversight physician team will be available as usual. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167. Anyone who is unclear about the availability of services may also contact the hospital at 902-657-2382.


CBSA SEIZES STOLEN VEHICLES
Monday 29th May 2017
The Canada Border Services Agency says it intercepted eight shipments containing 19 stolen vehicles at the port of Halifax in April. The agency says officers searched three containers destined for export on 11 April and determined that four vehicles were stolen. More than a week later, officers found another four stolen vehicles in two export containers, while a third container examined the next day had six stolen vehicles. The agency says its export unit searched two other shipments on 27 April, finding five more stolen vehicles, bringing the total value of the 19 vehicles to about $650,000. They have all been handed over to Halifax police as part of an ongoing investigation. The agency says it has seized 39 vehicles valued at $1.5 million between 1 January, 2017, and 30 April. 


PARLIAMENT MAY PULL 'ALL-NIGHTERS' TO PASS LEGISLATION
Monday 29th May 2017
MPs and senators are preparing for some long work days as Parliament resumes. Government House Leader Bardish Chagger has already warned MPs of the government’s plans to extend daily sitting hours for the House of Commons until midnight, starting today, in an effort to pass legislation before the summer break. It’s unclear how much success the government will have in the coming weeks; the House is set to rise on June 23 and the Senate on June 30. A more independent Senate, established by the Liberals a year ago, means that bills have come back to the House of Commons for reconsideration after amendments in the Red Chamber, eating up sitting time. Among the bills the Liberals hope to pass are the budget implementation bill, which includes the creation of a $35 Billion Infrastructure Bank; a transgender-rights bill; a bill to repeal the harsher parts of the Harper government's citizenship legislation; and late Liberal MP Maurice Belanger's bill to make the lyrics to O Canada gender-neutral.


NEW GLASGOW CHIPPING IN FOR TRENTON PARK
Monday 29th May 2017
New Glasgow is on board with Trenton Park's big upgrade. New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks says the town is committing $33,000 towards the capital costs. Dicks says that Trenton Park is a valued asset to the region. Trenton has committed $100,000 of its own money to the revitalization project, and is applying for funds from all levels of government, including other municipal units in the county. They’re also planning a community fundraising campaign to help cover the expected $2.6 million cost. The proposed features include a new playground, a re-modernized pool, a dog park, landscaping, a picnic area, and a splash pad, all universally accessible.


FIRES HIT TRURO APT BUILDING, NEW WATERFORD SCHOOL
Monday 29th May 2017
A fire late Sunday night on Laurie Street in Truro has left several people displaced after it caused extensive damage to an older two-storey house, which contains four apartments. The Canadian Red Cross says volunteers arranged emergency lodging for one woman, while a man from another apartment went to stay with relatives or friends. The organization says it will assess other urgent needs later today.  The other apartments were vacant or the tenants were away at the time.  
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Police are treating a fire that burned down an unused school in New Waterford as suspicious. Cape Breton Regional Police say around 10:45 a.m., officers were called to the vacant St. Agnes School to find it engulfed in flames. Police are citing the lack of a power source within the school for why it’s been deemed suspicious. There were no injuries and police say the investigation remains ongoing.


MOUNTIES INVESTIGATE FIREARM THEFT IN COLCHESTER COUNTY
Monday 29th May 2017
Thieves took 15 firearms in a break-in Friday in Colchester County. RCMP said the break-in occurred at a home in West St. Andrews between 8:15 am and 3:30 pm.  After prying open the front door, the thieves entered a bedroom and broke into a locked gun cabinet. They took handguns and long guns from the cabinet, as well as knives, a hatchet and a BB gun from another bedroom. Colchester District RCMP ask anyone with information to call them at 902- 893-6820, or 1-800-803-7267.  


WITH ONE DAY LEFT BEFORE ELECTION, MORE PEOPLE ARE VOTING EARLY
Monday 29th May 2017
Today is the last full day for candidates to rally voters in the provincial election before ballots are cast on Tuesday. The party leaders will criss-cross the northeast region of the province and Halifax to fight for every last vote in key competitive ridings. But such last-minute events are having less and less of an effect: according to Elections Nova Scotia, more and more people are beating the rush and voting in advance polls. By the end of Saturday, more than 112,900 Nova Scotians had cast their votes, not including mail-in advance votes that are yet to be counted. That breaks the previous record of 100,698 people who voted in advance polls in 2013. On election day tomorrow, polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. We'll have election coverage beginning after the polls close.


STRIKING QUEBEC CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FACE BACK TO WORK LEGISLATION
Monday 29th May 2017
An alliance of construction trade unions has broken off negotiations with the group representing employers on the fifth day of Quebec's construction strike. The union says it will wait for the province to adopt back-to-work legislation on Monday. About 175,000 workers launched the strike on Wednesday, crippling activity on major projects such as the Champlain Bridge and a Montreal superhospital. Work schedules and overtime are believed to be at the heart of the dispute regarding the industrial side, while salaries are the main stumbling block in the residential sector. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has called for all members of the legislature to be present on Monday as the government begins pushing through the back to work bill.  This is the second general strike in the Quebec construction industry in four years.


MORE THAN $600K RAISED FOR FAMILIES OF MEN KILLED BY PORTLAND WHITE SUPREMACIST
Monday 29th May 2017
More than $600,000 has been raised for the families of the three US men attacked while defending a Muslim teenager and her friend on a train. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best were killed and Micah David-Cole Fletcher was severely injured in Portland, Oregon on Friday. They all intervened after a man launched into a verbal tirade against the teens, one wearing a hijab. The suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, was later arrested. The 35-year-old is due to appear in court on Tuesday, charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon. The FBI said it was still unsure if Christian - who allegedly said "all Muslims should die" during the attack - will face charges for hate crime.


SPORTS MAY 29 *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Monday 29th May 2017
The Nova North Storm took home Gold in the PeeWee Minor Division at the Atlantic Cup this past weekend.  The spring hockey team, made up of players from Pictou and Colchester Counties, went 3-1 in round robin play and faced off against the PEI Xtreme for Sunday’s championship game at the Civic Centre in Halifax.  It was the capper to a really successful season that also saw them win bronze in previous tournaments held in Summerside and Moncton.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Andrew Cashner allowed one run over seven innings to help the Texas Rangers beat Toronto 3-1 and end the Blue Jays' season-high five-game winning streak.
N.Y. Yankees 9 Oakland 5
Cleveland 10 Kansas City 1
Seattle 5 Boston 0
Houston 8 Baltimore 4
Chicago White Sox 7 Detroit 3
Tampa Bay 8 Minnesota 6, 15 innings
National League
Cincinnati 8 Philadelphia 4
San Diego 5 Washington 3
Milwaukee 9 Arizona 5
Colorado 8 St. Louis 4
San Francisco 7 Atlanta 1
L.A. Dodgers 9 Chicago Cubs 4
N.Y. Mets 7 Pittsburgh 2
Interleague
Miami 9 L.A. Angels 2
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Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 to give Andretti a second consecutive victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." An Andretti driver has now won the 500 three times in the last four years.


ANDREW SCHEER NEW CONSERVATIVE LEADER
Sunday 28th May 2017
The new leader of the Conservative party says his party is strong and united and he called on supporters to start preparing for the next election. Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer eeked out a narrow victory in a field of 13 candidates this weekend. He was declared the winner at the party's leadership convention in Toronto, barely beating out Quebec MP Maxime Bernier. Scheer was quick to take aim at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying the Liberals don't care if their policies hurt the middle class. He said sunny ways don't pay the bills, a reference to Trudeau's famous election night comment. This weekend's vote suggested a substantial showing of social Conservatives, but Scheer refused to say what he would do to accommodate their concerns. He would only say he would try to find consensus on issues that all members of the party can agree on.


FLOUR RECALL EXPANDED
Sunday 28th May 2017
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has added more brands to its recall list of flour and flour based products, over further fears of E. coli contamination. The latest recall includes durum atta flour, a flour used to make South Asian flatbreads, and sooji flour, which is used in Indian and Pakistani desserts. Also added to the list are bread flours, including whole wheat and multigrain bread flours. Although the bacteria may not cause contaminated food to look or smell spoiled, the CFIA says it can still make you sick. The flour recall has been ongoing since April.
A list of the recalled flours:
Creative Baker, all purpose flour, 10 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 285 SK and 2017 OC 11; 6 286 SK,and 2017 OC 12; 6 312 SK and 2017 NO 07; 6 313 SK and 2017 NO 08.
Creative Baker, all purpose flour, 20 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 293 SK and 2017 OC 19; 6 309 SK and 2017 NO 04.
Creative Baker, whole wheat flour, 20 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 280 SK and 2017 AL 06; 6 307 SK and 2017 MA 02; 6 308 SK and 2017 MA 03; 6 28622 10131 0
Brodie, self raising cake & pastry flour, 1 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 313 548 and 2018 FB 08; 6 314 548 and 2018 FB 09.
Brodie, self raising cake & pastry flour, 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 294 548 and 2018 JA 20; 6 294 548 and 2018 JA 21.
Golden Temple, No. 1 fine durum atta flour blend, 9 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 286 548 and 2018 JA 12; 6 287 548 and 2018 JA 13; 6 299 548 and 2018 JA 25; 6 300 548 and 2018 JA 26.
Golden Temple, durum atta flour blend, 9 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 286 548 and 2018 JA 12; 6 287 548 and 2018 JA 13; 6 299 548 and 2018 JA 25; 6 300 548 and 2018 JA 26.
Golden Temple, atta wheat flour, 9 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 279 548 and 2018 JA 05; 6 280 548 and 2018 JA 06; 6 292 548 and 2018 JA; 18 6 293 548 and 2018 JA 19.
Golden Temple, sooji creamy wheat, 2 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 293 548 and 2018 JA 19; 6 312 548 and 2018 FE 07; 6 313 548 and 2018 FE 08.
Purity, wheatlets, 550 g: Lot codes containing: 6 317 548 and 2018 FE 12; 6 318 548 and 2018 FE 13.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original, 1 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 312 548 and 2018 MA 07; 6 313 548 and 2018 MA 08.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original, 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 278 548 and 2018 AL 04; 6 279 548 and 2018 AL 05; 6 280 548 and 2018 AL 06; 6 296 548 and 2018 AL 22; 6 297 548 and 2018 AL 23; 6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24; 6 310 548 and 2018 MA 05; 6 311 548 and 2018 MA 06 6 319 548 and 2018 MA 14.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original, 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 305 548 and 2018 AL 30; 6 306 548 and 2018 MA 01; 6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12; 6 318 548 and 2018 MA 13.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original, 10 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 292 548 and 2018 AL 18; 6 295 548 and 2018 AL 21; 6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24; 6 301 548 and 2018 AL 27; 6 305 548 and 2018 AL 30; 6 306 548 and 2018 MA 01; 6 308 548 and 2018 MA 03; 6 309 548 and 2018 MA 04; 6 312 548 and 2018 MA 07; 6 313 548 and 2018 MA 08; 6 314 548 and 2018 MA 09; 6 319 548 and 2018 MA 14.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, unbleached, 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 297 548 and 2018 AL 23; 6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24; 6 308 548 and 2018 MA 03; 6 309 548 and 2018 MA 04.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, unbleached, 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 302 548 and 2018 AL 28; 6 303 548 and 2018 AL 29; 6 304 548 and 2018 AL 30; 6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, whole wheat, 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 285 548 and 2018 JA 11; 6 286 548 and 2018 JA 12; 6 295 548 and 2018 JA 21; 6 296 548 and 2018 JA 22; 6 309 548 and 2018 FE 04; 6 310 548 and 2018 FE 05.
Robin Hood, best for bread flour homestyle, white, 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 303 548 and 2018 AL 29; 6 314 548 and 2018 MA 09; 6 316 548 and 2018 MA 11; 6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12.
Robin Hood, best for bread blend multigrain 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 302 548 and 2018 JA 28; 6 303 548 and 2018 JA 29.
Robin Hood, best for blending flour 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 319 548 and 2018 FE 14; 6 320 548 and 2018 FE 15.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, whole wheat, 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 302 548 and 2018 JA 28.
Robin Hood, bread and roll mix homestyle white, 1.36 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 293 548 and 2017 AU 19; 6 294 548 and 2017 AU 20; 6 295 548 and 2017 AU 21; 6 298 548 and 2017 AU 24; 6 299 548 and 2017 AU 25.
Robin Hood, easy blend flour, 450 g: Lot codes containing: 7018628 and 2018 AL 18; 7019628 and 2018 AL 19; 7020628 and 2018 AL 20; 7022628 and 2018 AL 22; 7023628 and 2018 AL 23; 7024628 and 2018 AL 24; 7025628 and 2018 AL 25.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original 1.8 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 334 623 05 and 2018 MA 29 6 335 623 05 and 2018 MA 30 6 336 623 05 and 2018 JN 01 6 337 623 05 and 2018 JN 02 7 024 623 05 and 2018 JL 24 7 026 623 05 and 2018 JL 26. Creative Baker, all purpose flour, 20 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 293 SK and 2017 OC 19; 6 309 SK and 2017 NO 04.
Creative Baker, whole wheat flour, 20 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 280 SK and 2017 AL 06; 6 307 SK and 2017 MA 02; 6 308 SK and 2017 MA 03; 6 28622 10131 0
Brodie, self raising cake & pastry flour, 1 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 313 548 and 2018 FB 08; 6 314 548 and 2018 FB 09.
Brodie, self raising cake & pastry flour, 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 294 548 and 2018 JA 20; 6 294 548 and 2018 JA 21.
Golden Temple, No. 1 fine durum atta flour blend, 9 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 286 548 and 2018 JA 12; 6 287 548 and 2018 JA 13; 6 299 548 and 2018 JA 25; 6 300 548 and 2018 JA 26.
Golden Temple, durum atta flour blend, 9 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 286 548 and 2018 JA 12; 6 287 548 and 2018 JA 13; 6 299 548 and 2018 JA 25; 6 300 548 and 2018 JA 26.
Golden Temple, atta wheat flour, 9 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 279 548 and 2018 JA 05; 6 280 548 and 2018 JA 06; 6 292 548 and 2018 JA; 18 6 293 548 and 2018 JA 19.
Golden Temple, sooji creamy wheat, 2 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 293 548 and 2018 JA 19; 6 312 548 and 2018 FE 07; 6 313 548 and 2018 FE 08.
Purity, wheatlets, 550 g: Lot codes containing: 6 317 548 and 2018 FE 12; 6 318 548 and 2018 FE 13.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original, 1 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 312 548 and 2018 MA 07; 6 313 548 and 2018 MA 08.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original, 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 278 548 and 2018 AL 04; 6 279 548 and 2018 AL 05; 6 280 548 and 2018 AL 06; 6 296 548 and 2018 AL 22; 6 297 548 and 2018 AL 23; 6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24; 6 310 548 and 2018 MA 05; 6 311 548 and 2018 MA 06 6 319 548 and 2018 MA 14.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original, 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 305 548 and 2018 AL 30; 6 306 548 and 2018 MA 01; 6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12; 6 318 548 and 2018 MA 13.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original, 10 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 292 548 and 2018 AL 18; 6 295 548 and 2018 AL 21; 6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24; 6 301 548 and 2018 AL 27; 6 305 548 and 2018 AL 30; 6 306 548 and 2018 MA 01; 6 308 548 and 2018 MA 03; 6 309 548 and 2018 MA 04; 6 312 548 and 2018 MA 07; 6 313 548 and 2018 MA 08; 6 314 548 and 2018 MA 09; 6 319 548 and 2018 MA 14.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, unbleached, 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 297 548 and 2018 AL 23; 6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24; 6 308 548 and 2018 MA 03; 6 309 548 and 2018 MA 04.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, unbleached, 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 302 548 and 2018 AL 28; 6 303 548 and 2018 AL 29; 6 304 548 and 2018 AL 30; 6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, whole wheat, 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 285 548 and 2018 JA 11; 6 286 548 and 2018 JA 12; 6 295 548 and 2018 JA 21; 6 296 548 and 2018 JA 22; 6 309 548 and 2018 FE 04; 6 310 548 and 2018 FE 05.
Robin Hood, best for bread flour homestyle, white, 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 303 548 and 2018 AL 29; 6 314 548 and 2018 MA 09; 6 316 548 and 2018 MA 11; 6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12.
Robin Hood, best for bread blend multigrain 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 302 548 and 2018 JA 28; 6 303 548 and 2018 JA 29.
Robin Hood, best for blending flour 2.5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 319 548 and 2018 FE 14; 6 320 548 and 2018 FE 15.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, whole wheat, 5 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 302 548 and 2018 JA 28.
Robin Hood, bread and roll mix homestyle white, 1.36 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 293 548 and 2017 AU 19; 6 294 548 and 2017 AU 20; 6 295 548 and 2017 AU 21; 6 298 548 and 2017 AU 24; 6 299 548 and 2017 AU 25.
Robin Hood, easy blend flour, 450 g: Lot codes containing: 7018628 and 2018 AL 18; 7019628 and 2018 AL 19; 7020628 and 2018 AL 20; 7022628 and 2018 AL 22; 7023628 and 2018 AL 23; 7024628 and 2018 AL 24; 7025628 and 2018 AL 25.
Robin Hood, all purpose flour, original 1.8 kg: Lot codes containing: 6 334 623 05 and 2018 MA 29 6 335 623 05 and 2018 MA 30 6 336 623 05 and 2018 JN 01 6 337 623 05 and 2018 JN 02 7 024 623 05 and 2018 JL 24 7 026 623 05 and 2018 JL 26.


SPORTS MAY 28
Sunday 28th May 2017
A former member of the Weeks Crushers will be playing for a World Championship next month, but he needs some help in getting there. Former Captain Nick Parker has been selected to be a part of Team Canada in the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championship in Czech Republic in June. He is currently fundraising to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations, and you can help him out by going to his GoFundMe page linked here.
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Westville Minor Baseball is holding registration today at the Pioneer Field from 6:30 to 8pm.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Jose Bautista's three-run homer was all the offence the Toronto Blue Jays would need as they extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre.
N.Y. Yankees 3 Oakland 2
Chicago White Sox 3 Detroit 0, 1st game
Minnesota 5 Tampa Bay 3
Boston 6 Seattle 0
Kansas City 5 Cleveland 2
Detroit 4 Chicago White Sox 3, 2nd game
Houston 5 Baltimore 2
National League
Philadelphia 4 Cincinnati 3
Washington 3 San Diego 0
Milwaukee 6 Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 5 Chicago Cubs 0
Pittsburgh 5 N.Y. Mets 4, 10 innings
St. Louis 3 Colorado 0
San Francisco 6 Atlanta 3
Interleague
L.A. Angels 5 Miami 2


LOCAL WEEKEND SPORTS
Saturday 27th May 2017
All Pictou County soccer scheduled for today has been postponed until Tuesday evening.

A former member of the Weeks Crushers will be playing for a World Championship next month, but he needs some help in getting there.
Former Captain Nick Parker has been selected to be a part of Team Canada in the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championship in Czech Republic in June.
He is currently fundraising to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations, and you can help him out by using google to search “Go Fund Me Nick Parker Weeks Crushers”



LATEST POLLING NUMBERS AHEAD OF TUESDAY'S VOTE GOOD NEWS FOR THE LIBERALS
Saturday 27th May 2017
With election day coming up next week, it appears Thursday night's debate kept people paying attention, and the latest numbers show it was a good event for Liberal Leader Stephen MacNeil.
The Liberals are looking confident with a solid 10-point lead in the Chronicle Herald’s CRA daily tracking poll.
They’re at 41 per cent in terms of decided voters this weekend. The Tories are still in 2nd spot at 31 per cent.
And the NDP remains in third spot among decided Nova Scotians of voting age, at 24 per cent.
Pollsters say the Liberal support appears to be broad-based as the number one choice province-wide, while the weak spot for the Tories seems to be the Halifax area.


KIMBERLY DICKSON LEAVING TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW POST
Saturday 27th May 2017
After 16 years, New Glasgow’s Director of Marketing and Communications Kimberly Dickson has announced her retirement from the Town of New Glasgow.
Dickson says she’s very grateful to have been part of the New Glasgow team and to have had the opportunity to work with so many dedicated and talented colleagues, officials, and volunteers. She says she’s very excited to explore new creative interests and to have more time to spend with her family and to travel.
Town CAO Lisa MacDonald says Kim Dickson will be greatly missed. Her resignation takes effect on July 1st.


GUNS AND CASH INVOLVED IN CRIMES AT TATAMAGOUCHE, NEW GLASGOW, BIBLE HILL AND ANTIGONISH - LOCAL CRIME REPORT
Saturday 27th May 2017
Local police say a New Glasgow woman is facing charges in connection with an armed robbery and a truck theft.
New Glasgow Regional Police say a Dodge Ram was stolen from an home on Acadia Street in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Officers spotted the vehicle on Abercrombie Road about 40 minutes later and tried to stop it, but ended the chase for safety reasons.
Just before 6 a.m., Mounties say it appears a woman driving that truck stopped to get gas at a service station on Main Street in Tatamagouche.
They say the woman entered the store, told the female employee she had a gun, and then took off with some cash.
About an hour later, police located her and the stolen vehicle on Merigomish Road after receiving a 911 call. Investigators say the 32-year-old woman is facing 12 charges, including robbery, wearing a disguise, theft under $5,000, theft of a motor vehicle, flight from police, and assault with a weapon.
She's due in front of a Pictou County judge on Monday.


_ Cape Breton Regional Police say four Glace Bay men are facing charges in connection with five armed robberies throughout the province over the last month, including one in Bible Hill and another in Antigonish.
Mounties say a man entered Fraser's Guardian Pharmacy in Bible Hill last Saturday, showed the employee a gun tucked into the waistband of his shorts and demanded narcotics.
The suspect fled the scene on foot with a quantity of prescription drugs.
Police say two of the men – Bryan Joseph Conron, 32, and George Thomas MacIsaac, 55 – are charged in connection with the incident.
Both are also charged in relation to a robbery at the Haliburton Pharma-Choice in Antigonish, while Conron is also accused of robbing the Circle K Irving in Sydney, Jack's Place in Glace Bay, and Lawton's Drugs in Lower Sackville.
If that's not enough, Glenn Thomas Perry, 39, is charged in connection with the robberies at Jack's Place and the Circle K Irving, while Allen Herman Brown, 50, is charged in relation to the robbery at Lawton's.
The judges who hear their cases will also have to consider that Conron and Perry are charged in the theft of golf clubs from the Lingan Golf Course earlier in May.
Police say they've seized the weapon believed to have been used in the robberies, as well as several sets of stolen golf clubs.


TEEN FINDS HISTORIC COIN AT THE BEACH
Friday 26th May 2017
A Trenton teen has made an historic discovery while at the beach. Kieran Bent was looking for sea glass near his grandparents’ home in Abercrombie last Saturday when he saw a greenish object that caught his eye. The 15-year-old told NG News that he realized his find might be a coin, but he wasn’t sure. After about four hours of cleaning it, he was able to see letters and the date 1765 clearly visible on one side, allowing him to try to identify it online. He learned that it’s a five kopek coin from the old Russian Empire. Bent said that worn ones sell for around $25, but ironically would have been worth more if he hadn't cleaned it. Bent said he’s happy with the find and plans to keep it.


FUEL COSTS MORE TODAY
Friday 26th May 2017
The price at the pump has jumped for the second time in as many weeks. A litre of regular self-serve gas is $1.119, while diesel is over a dollar again at $1.034 per litre.


NO CHARGES COMING AFTER RICHMOND COUNTY EXPENSE INVESTIGATION
Friday 26th May 2017
No criminal charges will be laid in the Richmond County expense scandal which revealed, according to Nova Scotia's ombudsman, a "culture of entitlement" as well as systemic abuse of municipal funds. In a letter to Richmond County council released Thursday, the RCMP said "the likelihood of obtaining a criminal conviction is extremely low." The Mounties began an investigation in October, days after the damning ombudsman's report was released. The report showed the former county warden, Steve Sampson, and then-chief administrative officer Warren Olsen spent tens of thousands of dollars inappropriately. When county financial staff questioned the expenses — often filed without detailed receipts or justification — they were told to "just pay it," the report stated. Sampson, who also sat as a municipal councillor after leaving his position as warden, did not run for re-election last fall and Olsen resigned in October. Current Richmond County Warden Brian Marchand said Thursday the municipality has to abide by the Mounties' decision.


SAFETY CONCERNS AT BURNSIDE JAIL
Friday 26th May 2017
A plan to move corrections workers at the province's largest jail inside the inmate common room in order to monitor those inmates has the union flagging serious safety concerns. Guards at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside currently stand behind a glass wall. But Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union president Jason MacLean says the change to a direct supervision model could be implemented as soon as this weekend. About two dozen employees and family members held a protest against the change on Thursday. The system is already in place at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in New Glasgow. The Department of Justice said in a statement it has been successful, and is now considered a best practice in corrections. But MacLean, a former corrections officer himself, said there's a distinct difference between the two jails. In New Glasgow, he said workers can stand behind a metre-high barrier in the room and work at a desk. He said it's an essential safety measure in case guards are confronted by an inmate. The department said New Glasgow doesn't have a barrier but a "v-shaped workstation made of cinder block and a wooden desktop", which is being considered for Burnside. The statement said the safety of inmates and employees is a priority. But that's not good enough for MacLean, who wants a barrier installed immediately.


HEALTH AUTHORITY TO ACT ON RECOMMENDATIONS IN JACK WEBB CASE
Friday 26th May 2017
Health authorities will act on recommendations stemming from the case of a man who languished for six hours in a Halifax ER hallway while dying from pancreatic cancer. Dr. Mark Taylor, a medical director with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said the draft recommendations regarding the treatment of 68-year-old Jack Webb will be provided to Webb's widow and ``will be implemented and will lead to positive change.'' Kim D'Arcy has said her husband's final days included his uncomfortable wait in the ER, having an intravenous that wasn't functioning left in his arm for hours, being bumped from a room by another dying patient and overhearing a health worker say he shouldn't be resuscitated if his heart failed. She said in his final hours her husband became so frustrated he gestured at his hospital identification tags and urged her to cut them off and take him home. After the story was published by The Canadian Press last month, Health Minister Leo Glavine told reporters he'd ask his department and the health authority to look into Webb's case and provide information to the family. Taylor said he has formally apologized to D'Arcy on the hospital's behalf and will provide her with a copy of the review's recommendations, but the details of the factual findings by the report are protected from disclosure.


NINE ARRESTED IN MANCHESTER BOMBING PROBE
Friday 26th May 2017
British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 concert-goers. Eight other men are in custody, with police and security agencies working to prevent further attacks. Authorities are chasing possible links between the bomber, Salman Abedi, and militants in Manchester, elsewhere in Europe, and in North Africa and the Middle East. Abedi was known to security services because of his radical views. He reportedly was in contact with family members just before the attack. The name of the man arrested in the early hours Friday and those of the eight others in custody were not released.


CANADA TO HOST NEXT G7 SUMMIT
Friday 26th May 2017
Canada will play host to next year's meeting of G7 leaders at a remote luxury resort in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, The Canadian Press has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make the announcement at some point during this year's G7 meetings, which get underway today in Sicily. Officials in the Prime Minister's Office would neither confirm nor deny that Quebec will play host to the 2018 meeting. Caroline Simard, the Liberal MP for the region, said she obtained "unofficial confirmation," while a second source told The Canadian Press that the event would take place in the town of La Malbaie, 150 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. The G7 comprises the seven richest economies in the world, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. It would mark the sixth time since 1981 that Canada has hosted the meetings, including Halifax in 1995.


TRUMP'S SON-IN-LAW UNDER INVESTIGATION BY FBI
Friday 26th May 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe. The Washington Post reports Kushner is being investigated because of his interactions with Russians, including the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow. The FBI, several congressional committees and a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department are looking into allegations of meddling by Russia in the 2016 U.S. election and possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian officials seeking to influence the election. The controversy has engulfed Trump's administration since he fired FBI Director James Comey on May 10. Officials said the interest in Kushner does not mean investigators suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him. Officials said Kushner is in a different category from Flynn and former Trump aide Paul Manafort, who are formally considered subjects of the investigation. It is not known whether Kushner has received any requests from the FBI for records.


SPORTS MAY 26
Friday 26th May 2017
A former member of the Weeks Crushers will be playing for a World Championship next month, but he needs some help in getting there. Former Captain Nick Parker has been selected to be a part of Team Canada in the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championship in Czech Republic in June. He is currently fundraising to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations, and you can help him out by going to his GoFundMe page linked here.
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Westville Minor Baseball is holding registration this weekend at the Pioneer Field from 10 am until Noon Saturday, and 6:30 to 8pm Sunday.
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The next Subway Stingers Female Fastball Registration will be held on Saturday from 9am to 12pm upstairs at the Dorrington field clubhouse on 175B North Foord Street Stellarton (behind RCMP detachment). For additional registration information go to the Stinger website and click on the document section tab under 2017 registration - www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz scored in the second overtime period, bringing the Ottawa Senators' storybook spring to an end after a 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.
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NBA Playoffs
LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 in Game 5 to advance to the NBA Finals where they will meet the Golden State Warriors.
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MLB
American League

Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, ppd.
Tampa Bay 4 L.A. Angels 0
Boston 6 Texas 2
Houston 7 Detroit 6
National League
Pittsburgh 9 Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 2 Colorado 1 (11 innings)
Chicago Cubs 5 San Francisco 1
San Diego 4 N.Y. Mets 3
Arizona 4 Milwaukee 0
L.A. Dodgers 7 St. Louis 3
Interleague
Cincinnati at Cleveland, ppd.
Seattle 4 Washington 2


NO WAY TO REASON WITH HURRICANE SEASON
Thursday 25th May 2017
The US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the east coast of North America needs to be prepared for a rougher-than-normal hurricane season this year. Acting NOAA administrator Ben Friedman says the season, which officially runs from 1 June to 30 November, has the potential for plenty of activity, in part because of a weak or non-existent El Nino. NOAA forecasters are predicting a 45 per cent chance of having an above-normal season, a 35 per cent chance of a near-normal season and only a 20 per cent chance of a below-normal season. They say there's a 70 per cent chance of having 11 to 17 named storms this season. Named storms have sustained winds of 63 km/h. Of those, five to nine storms could become hurricanes, which have sustained winds of 119 km/h or higher. That includes two to four major hurricanes of Category 3, 4 or 5 with sustained winds of 179 km/h or higher.


INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS SEE TEACHERS CALL FOR ACTION
Thursday 25th May 2017
The Canadian Press has received documentation through a Freedom of Information request that shows that schools in the province are the scene of more than one thousand incidents of violence either committed or threatened each month. The figures are prompting teachers to call for an increase in support staff and a clearer and more meaningful discipline process. The documentation defines an act of violence as "using force, gesturing, or inciting others to use force to injure a member of the school community.'' In the 2015-16 school year, there were a total of 11 thousand, seven hundred and 40 cases, and in the first seven months of the current year there were 75-hundred cases. Some teachers say the figures are concerning because they include cases of teachers facing attacks by troubled young people who can't easily be removed from classrooms they're disrupting.


LOBSTER FISHERMEN BAND TOGETHER AFTER STORM
Thursday 25th May 2017
Lobster fishermen in Cape Breton who saw hundreds of traps destroyed by heavy winds early in their season are getting some key help from their friends and neighbours. The high winds last weekend hit the eastern coast of Cape Breton from Bay St. Lawrence to Smelt Brook, resulting in some lobster fishermen losing well over half of the traps they had laid just days before. Osborne Burke of the Victoria Co-operative Fisheries says lobster fishermen have just a two-month window to generate a full year's livelihood and the first week of the season is often the most important one for catch sizes. Some fishermen are offering used traps for five dollars each, while others have donated 100 traps and used gear.


WOMAN HIT BY CAR SUFFERS LIFE THREATENING INJURIES
Thursday 25th May 2017
Halifax Regional Police have taken a 52-year old man into custody for questioning after a woman was hit by a car on Farrell Street in Dartmouth this morning. Police say the woman, whose name and age have both been withheld, suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit around 6:30 this morning. Police blocked off the road while their investigation is ongoing. Police have not indicated whether the woman was in a crosswalk at the time of the incident, and say they will continue to investigate further before any decision is made as to whether charges may be laid.


PROSECUTION RESTS IN CLOW MURDER CASE
Thursday 25th May 2017
The prosecution has wrapped up its case in the first-degree murder trial of a Prince Edward Island man accused of killing a woman originally from Pictou County. The final witness in the prosecution's case against Joel Clow in the death of Traci Lynch was RCMP officer Erwin VanWesterneng. VanWesterneng testified about forensic evidence found in and around Clow's home , after the body of Lynch was found on the property in July, 2015. A total of 21 witnesses testified in the prosecution's case against Clow, including RCMP officers, family and friends of the accused and the victim, as well as expert testimony on autopsy results and on drug and alcohol analysis of blood samples from the victim and accused. Clow's defense team have indicated that a toxicology expert will testify in their case, although there is no indication as of yet how many other witnesses will be presented.


SECOND LEADERS DEBATE TONIGHT
Thursday 25th May 2017
The second and final leaders' debate before Tuesday's provincial election is taking place tonight on CTV. Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill will take part in a roundtable format before an audience at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. In the first contest, all three party leaders held their own in a discussion that focused on health care, education and the economy. Those issues, especially health care, are expected to be prominent again. The debate is scheduled to begin tonight at 6:30.


DNR NOT PLANNING CLEARCUTS NEAR GULLY LAKE AFTER ALL
Thursday 25th May 2017
The Department of Natural Resources has backed away from clearcutting the forests beside the Gully Lake Wilderness Area. The Truro Daily News published a story on Tuesday revealing that DNR was proposing to clearcut 13 hectares of forest along the northeastern boundary of the wilderness area near Dalhousie in the Cobequid Mountains of Pictou County. DNR was also proposing another 4-hectare clearcut about 300 metres from the boundary in the same area. DNR staff changed the plan for all three blocks May 24 from proposed clear cuts to proposed partial cuts. DNR did admit earlier this month that they were in talks with the Department of Environment about policies regarding forest harvests near protected spaces. The public can make comments on the proposed Gully Lake clear cuts until May 31.


SIRT CLEARS HALIFAX COP IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
Thursday 25th May 2017
The Serious Incident Response Team says the crash of a car being pursued by Halifax police in January was solely caused by the actions of its driver. The Jan. 6 incident began shortly after 3:30 a.m. when a Halifax Regional Police officer, parked in the parking lot of a car dealership on Robie Street, observed a speeding car driving north on the street. In a statement, the officer told investigators he pulled out behind the car, caught up to it and activated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop. The car turned onto North Street, appeared to be pulling over, but instead entered Agricola Street and appeared to be pulling over once again when it suddenly accelerated and drove into a power pole at the intersection of McCully and Agricola streets. The officer also told investigators that the driver attempted to flee, but was arrested a short distance away. The driver faces various charges, including impaired driving causing bodily harm. A male passenger in the car did not suffer serious injuries, but a female passenger, who was in the back seat, had both legs and a wrist broken, as well as a concussion. SIRT says the officer's actions during the chase were "entirely appropriate". The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia.


JUSTICE MINISTER'S FATHER VENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT INQUIRY
Thursday 25th May 2017
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's father is calling the national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women a "bloody farce." Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief, says the commissioners have "failed miserably." The justice minister's office has yet to comment on Wilson's remarks posted on social media. Last week, chief commissioner Marion Buller held a news conference in Vancouver to respond to criticism from advocates and indigenous leaders who raised concerns about the inquiry's progress. She pledged more communication about the inquiry, adding its main focus is public hearings set to begin in Whitehorse next week. The Liberal government has earmarked two years and $53.8 million for the study. Buller says more time and money will be required but the commission has yet to apply for a formal extension. Ceremonies will be held in Whitehorse in Monday followed by public hearings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


BC STILL HAS A MINORITY GOVERNMENT
Thursday 25th May 2017
The final count of the B.C. election has concluded, and the result remains just as uncertain as it was on election night, with the Liberals just short of a majority. With all absentee ballots counted in Courtenay-Comox, NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard has won by 189 votes over B.C. Liberal candidate Jim Benninger.  It means the final seat count is 43 for the Liberals, 41 for the NDP, and 3 for the Green Party.  It also leaves the Liberals one seat short of a majority in the legislature, leaving a variety of scenarios in play, including a possible NDP government with the support of the Green Party. Provincewide, Liberals won the popular vote count by 1,566 ballots — the closest result in British Columbia's history. NDP Leader John Horgan told reporters that his party and the Greens have been in negotiations. For his part, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said that his party was negotiating with both the NDP and the Liberals, and was hopeful the situation would be clarified by next Wednesday, when the premier notifies the lieutenant-governor of her intentions about forming a government.


BRITISH OFFICIALS "FURIOUS" AFTER MANCHESTER BOMBING INFO LEAKED TO US MEDIA
Thursday 25th May 2017
The BBC is reporting that police investigating the Manchester Arena bomb attack have stopped sharing information with the US after leaks to the media. UK officials were outraged when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times. It came after the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to US media just hours after the attack, which killed 22 and injured 64. Theresa May is to raise concerns with Donald Trump at a NATO meeting later. The Greater Manchester Police - which is leading the investigation on the ground - gives its information to National Counter-Terrorism, which then shares it across government and, because of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement, with the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In total eight men are now in custody following the attack, carried out by Manchester-born Abedi, a 22-year-old from a family of Libyan origin. It has also emerged two people who had known Abedi at college made separate calls to a hotline to warn the police about his extremist views. Home Secretary Amber Rudd had said she was "irritated" by the disclosure of Abedi's identity against the UK's wishes and had warned Washington "it should not happen again". UK officials believe that US law enforcement rather than the White House is the likely culprit for the leaks.


SPORTS MAY 25
Thursday 25th May 2017
The Atom Wolves took home the silver medal placing them 2nd in Nova Scotia. To get there, they had to defeat the Sackville Bulldogs by more than 3 goals, and did so winning 8-1. Wolves' goals came from Ethan Mackay 2, Ethan Maclean 2, Derrick Mackay, Gage Connors, Landon Martin and Cole Bryden. Assists came from Maclean 2 , Derrick and Ethan Mackay, Nicholas Duff, Cam Pitts, Ethan Barker, Bryden, Thomas Hillier and Cole A Miller. That advanced the Wolves to the gold metal game where they took on the first place Yarmouth Bulls. The Wolves fell short 8-4. Goals came from Derrick Mackay 2, Ethan Mackay and Cam Pitts. Assists from Ethan Mackay, Ethan Maclean, Gage Connors and Cole Bryden. John Mason got the Wolves there between the pipes.
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A former member of the Weeks Crushers will be playing for a World Championship next month, but he needs some help in getting there. Former Captain Nick Parker has been selected to be a part of Team Canada in the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championship in Czech Republic in June. He is currently fundraising to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations, and you can help him out by going to his GoFundMe page linked here. 
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The next Subway Stingers Female Fastball Registration will be held on Saturday from 9am to 12pm upstairs at the Dorrington field clubhouse on 175B North Foord Street Stellarton (behind RCMP detachment). For additional registration information go to the Stinger website and click on the document section tab under 2017 registration - www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
Interleague

Ryan Goins hit his first career grand slam, and the Toronto Blue Jays teed off with four homers against the Milwaukee Brewers in an 8-4 win. The Blue Jays swept the two-game interleague series and wrapped up a seven-game road trip with three straight wins.
Oakland 4 Miami 1
Arizona 8 Chicago White Sox 6
Cincinnati 4 Cleveland 3
Washington 5 Seattle 1
American League
Minnesota 4 Baltimore 3
N.Y. Yankees 3 Kansas City 0
Tampa Bay 5 L.A. Angels 2
Boston 9 Texas 4
Detroit 6 Houston 3
National League
Colorado 7 Philadelphia 2
San Diego 6 N.Y. Mets 5
Pittsburgh 12 Atlanta 5 (10 innings)
Chicago Cubs 5 San Francisco 4
St. Louis 6 L.A. Dodgers 1


POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY ASK FOR HELP FROM PUBLIC
Wednesday 24th May 2017
At approximately 8:50 p.m. on May 23, Colchester District RCMP received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery in progress at a convenience store near Plains Rd. Two men, one of whom had a firearm, entered the store and demanded money, cigarettes, and lotto tickets. The two female employees in the store attempted to stop the men from stealing, and were assaulted by them. The men fled the store with a quantity of money. The employees had minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment. The suspects were described as Caucasian and were wearing darking clothing and gloves. Their faces/heads were covered with bandanas and toques. One man wore sunglasses. One of the men is described as approximately 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2 tall, with a thin build and a round face. The second man is described as 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 with a heavier build. The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a newer model blue Ford Focus. The car did not have a licence plate. Colchester District RCMP is continuing the investigation and is asking for the public's assistance. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Colchester District RCMP at 902-893-6820, or 1-800-803-7267. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


DNA EVIDENCE LINKS VICTIM TO APARTMENT AND FARM OF ACCUSED IN SANDESON MURDER TRIAL
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Testimony in the trial of William Sandeson on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Taylor Samson DNA evidence tying the victim to two locations directly related to the accused. Florence Celestin, a DNA expert working at the RCMP forensic lab in Ottawa where the samples were tested, says Samson's DNA was confirmed to have been on a gun, a chair, and a piece of flooring in Sandeson's apartment. Celestin went on to testify that the victim's DNA was found on a shower curtain, duffel bag, and some garbage bags at the Truro area farm of Sandeson's family. Sandeson is charged with the first-degree murder of Samson, who was last seen alive the night of Aug. 15, 2015. His body has never been found.


LITTLE DYKE RESIDENTS DON'T WANT A GRAVEL PIT EXPANSION
Wednesday 24th May 2017
People living in the community of Little Dyke say last week’s submission by Irving-owned OSCO Aggregates to register a 75-acre gravel pit on the shores of a Colchester County swimming and wildlife area should be rejected by the province. Known to locals as the Glenholme Ready Mix-OSCO Pit, the Irving-owned company behind the operation wants permission to expand into a large tract of land located along Little Dyke Road. Worried residents say the main problem is that the pit would encroach along the shores of Symphony Pond and is asking to operate up to 22 hours a day. According to the Atlantic Conservation Data Centre, there are 5 species at risk in the general area of the planned gravel pit. The adjacent pond also feeds directly into Cobequid Bay, using McCurdy Creek, which has been known to be a habitat for Atlantic Salmon. Ian MacFadden of the Little Dyke Residents’ Association says the list of flaws in the company’s pitch means the provincial Environment Department would be wrong to even consider it.  He says a moratorium is what’s really needed, until residents’ concerns are properly taken into account. MacFadden and his group are calling on the Provincial Environment Department to reject this application and re-set the clock for a new submission from OSCO-Irving.  He says “this time, taxpayers would like to see the real concerns of residents included in the document.”


NEW GLASGOW MURDER SUSPECT WANTS NEW LAWYER
Wednesday 24th May 2017
A New Glasgow man charged with second-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Nicole Campbell is looking for a new lawyer. 37 year-old Robert Jason MacKenzie appeared in Pictou provincial court via videolink Tuesday afternoon as lawyers David Mahoney and Lee Seshagiri told Judge Del Atwood that MacKenzie recently said he no longer wants to be represented by them. MacKenzie requested an adjournment of an upcoming preliminary inquiry, set to begin on 1 June, in order to find a new lawyer. Atwood granted a “short-term adjournment” until June 5. He stated it’s important for MacKenzie to have representation, but also noted the lateness of the request, as the preliminary inquiry dates were set nine months ago. In addition to the second-degree murder charge, MacKenzie is also accused of stealing prescription medication while armed with a knife in a separate incident, and charged with carrying a weapon with the purpose to commit a crime. MacKenzie remains in custody.


SCHOOL BOARD HANDS OUT LONG SERVICE AWARDS
Wednesday 24th May 2017
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board paid tribute to its dedicated employees at the annual 25-Year Service Awards Ceremony. Gary Adams, CCRSB Superintendent and CEO, thanked the employees for their dedicated service and commitment to students. This year 26 employees were recognized for 25 years of service. Those honored included Rose O’Hagan of Dr. W A MacLeod Elementary, Allan MacQueen of G R Saunders, Andrew Bell of North Nova Education Centre, Angela Gagnon and Kathleen Reid from Northumberland Regional High, Ethel Slaunwhite of Pictou Elementary, Elizabeth Craig from Scotsburn Elementary, Heather Arbuckle of Walter Duggan Consolidated, and Erin Cormier, who works at the Westville Road Office.


HRM COUNCIL TO LINK SALARY INCREASES TO INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Councillors in HRM voted Tuesday to link salary increases to the provincial industrial wage average, replacing a policy that linked it to council salaries in other municipalities. Councillor Waye Mason said the old formula was outdated, adding that a 3.5 per cent raise would put city politicians at the same rate as MLAs. The new formula considers what Nova Scotians are making. If the industrial average falls, councillor wages would be frozen. The change will take effect in November. Council also asked municipal staff to talk to the province about giving councillors a three-month transition allowance if they lose an election or decide not to reoffer. MLAs and MPs get a transition allowance. Council also made it so mayors and councillors who are 71 or older, and therefore can't join the municipal retirement plan, can now contribute to a non-registered retirement program, with the municipality matching contributions.


TRUDEAU HEADED FOR NATO SUMMIT
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves today for Brussels for the NATO leaders' summit, the alliance's first such meeting since U.S. President Donald Trump moved into the White House. The future of military alliances, the fight against climate change and even free trade are all expected to be on the agenda as Trump sits down with his NATO and G7 counterparts. But officials and experts expect the spotlight to shine brightly on the fight against terrorism after the suicide-bomb attack at a music concert in Manchester, England on Monday, which killed 22 people and injured 59. Much of the emphasis at the NATO summit in Brussels is also expected to be on the amount allies spend on defence. Canada spends only about one per cent of GDP, which is half of NATO's stated target, and puts the country among the bottom third of allies. Following Brussels, Trudeau will jet to Taormina, Italy, for this year's G7 gathering, before ending his foreign tour with a stop in Rome to meet Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and the Pope.


OTTAWA CRACKING DOWN ON DERELICT BOATS
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Canada's transportation minister is vowing to crack down on abandoned boats languishing in the country's oceans. Marc Garneau says Ottawa will announce a new program soon that will support the removal of abandoned or wrecked boats posing a hazard in Canadian waters. There are about 600 boats ranging from small pleasure crafts to larger ships that have been ditched on Canada's coasts. He says some of the vessels pose a navigation hazard while others with residual fuel or other contaminants aboard put the environment at risk. He says the federal government will work with the provinces and some funding will be available to address the "backlog" of abandoned and derelict vessels. Garneau says Canada's new Oceans Protection Plan will ensure liability will remain with the owner of a boat from the moment they purchase it until it's disposed of properly.


BC VOTE COUNTS TO BE RELEASED TODAY, MAY NOT SETTLE ELECTION
Wednesday 24th May 2017
The outcome of B-C’s provincial election may still not be decided today. The final vote counts will be known today, but the possibility of a judicial recount could delay the official results for weeks. The current totals show the incumbent Liberals one seat from a majority, with the Greens potentially holding the balance of power.


BRITAIN STEPPING UP SECURITY IN WAKE OF MANCHESTER BOMBING
Wednesday 24th May 2017
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the man who carried out a suicide attack in Manchester "likely" did not act alone. Salman Abedi killed 22 and injured 64 when he blew himself up at the Manchester Arena on Monday night. 20 people are in critical care. The UK terror threat level is now up to its highest level of "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent. Rudd has said she "absolutely" expects the raising of the threat level to critical to be temporary. She also said the bomber was known "up to a point" by the intelligence services. Prime minister Theresa May said soldiers would be placed in key public locations to support armed police in protecting the public. These include Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, embassies and the Palace of Westminster. Military personnel may also be seen at other events over the coming weeks, such as concerts, May said, working under the command of police.


SPORTS MAY 24
Wednesday 24th May 2017
A former member of the Weeks Crushers will be playing for a World Championship next month, but he needs some help in getting there. Former Captain Nick Parker has been selected to be a part of Team Canada in the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championship in Czech Republic from June 1 to 6. He is currently fundraising to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations, and you can help him out by going to his GoFundMe page linked here.
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The next Subway Stingers Female Fastball Registration will be held this Saturday May 27th from 9am to 12pm upstairs at the Dorrington field clubhouse on 175B North Foord Street Stellarton (behind RCMP detachment). For additional registration information go to the Stinger website and click on the document section tab under 2017 registration - www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Senators goalie Craig Anderson makes 45 saves against to Penguins to force Game 7 as Ottawa defeated the Pittsburgh 2-1.
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NBA Playoffs
Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
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MLB
Interleague

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3.
Washington 10 Seattle 1
Cleveland 8 Cincinnati 7
Arizona 5 Chicago White Sox 4
Miami 11 Oakland 9
American League
Kansas City 6 N.Y. Yankees 2
Minnesota 2 Baltimore 0
L.A. Angels 4 Tampa Bay 0
Boston 11 Texas 6
Houston 6 Detroit 2
National League
Chicago Cubs 4 San Francisco 1
Colorado 8 Philadelphia 2
N.Y. Mets 9 San Diego 3
Atlanta 6 Pittsburgh 5
Los Angeles Dodgers 2  St. Louis 1 (13 innings)


SECOND DEGREE MURDER TRIAL BEGINS IN HALIFAX
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
The jury trial of a man accused of killing a 19-year old woman six years ago began in Supreme Court in Halifax earlier this afternoon. The prosecution is delivering its opening statements in the second-degree murder trial of Demaqus Shane Beals. Beals allegedly stabbed Keya Simon at her sister's apartment in Dartmouth in January, 2011. Simon was found unresponsive inside the front doors of the apartment building. Simon's sister was also stabbed, but survived.


MAN CHARGED AFTER ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON TRANSIT BUS
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
A 23-year old Halifax man is facing two counts of sexual assault, plus other charges in relation to an alleged incident on a Halifax Transit bus late Saturday night. Halifax Regional Police say Zachary Thomas Richard is accused of approaching two 13-year old girls on the bus and touched them in a sexual manner. They say one of the victims called a parent, who then called police. Richard was arrested without incident within moments of police receiving the report. He was held in custody over the weekend pending a court appearance today.


RESIDENTS CALL FOR INCREASED SIGNAGE IN WAKE OF TRAGEDY
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
A tragedy heading into the long weekend that took the life of 19-year old Kale Mason is leading several residents in the Park Falls area to ask why there is not better signage warning of the dangers of diving into the swimming hole. Mason was swimming with friends on Friday when he reportedly dove into the water and did not resurface. His body was found several hours later. Residents of the area say the Falls are known to be dangerous, and there needs to be better signage to try to stop people from diving off of the high rocks. A funeral for Mason is scheduled for this Saturday.


SUICIDE BOMBER IDENTIFIED AS BRITISH-BORN MAN
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
A British born man of Libyan descent has been named by Manchester Police as the person responsible for the attack yesterday at a concert by Ariana Grande. Twenty-two year old Salman Abedi is believed to have blown himself up, killing himself and 22 others, as well as injuring 59 at Manchester Arena. Armed police have also arrested a 23-year-old man in Chorlton, south Manchester, in connection with the attack.


THREE MEN CHARGED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LOBSTER SCAM
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Three Shelburne County men have been charged following a 22-month investigation into allegations of lobster theft and fraud totalling approximately $3 million. In July 2015, information came forward to Barrington RCMP indicating that a Shag Harbour man had defrauded a Shelburne County lobster company of $175,000 during the 2013/14 lobster fishing season. The Shelburne County Street Crime Enforcement Unit and the Yarmouth Federal Serious & Organized Crime Section began a lengthy and complex investigation.  During the course of the investigation, evidence indicated that during the 2014/15 lobster fishing season, a Clark’s Harbour lobster company was defrauded of over $500,000. During the 2015/16 lobster fishing season, a Barrington company was defrauded of over $500,000, a Shelburne County company was defrauded of $1.7 million and a Taiwan company was defrauded of over $250,000. Last Wednesday, Fifty-one year-old Terry Dale Banks of Shag Harbour was charged with 4 counts of Fraud over $5,000 and three counts of Theft over $5,000. Sixty-nine year-old Wayne Lawrence Banks of Shag Harbour has been charged with three counts each of Fraud and Theft over $5,000, and Fifty-one year-old Christopher Olen Malone of Port Clyde has been charged with Fraud & Theft over $5,000. RCMP Superintendent Martin Marin says the three men were running a complex and sophisticated operation that had substantial reach and influence on the local, national and international seafood market. All three men were released on conditions and are scheduled to appear at Shelburne Provincial Court on August 24.


BOND ACTOR SIR ROGER MOORE DEAD AT 89
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing master spy James Bond, has died. His family announced in a statement that Moore passed in Switzerland following a brief battle with cancer. He came to fame on television as Simon Templar in The Saint, and played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me. He was also an ambassador for UNICEF for many years. Moore was 89.


BIBLE HILL MAN CHARGED IN CHILD PORN INVESTIGATION
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
A 24 year-old Bible Hill man appeared in court today following an investigation into child pornography. On May 18, the RCMP’s ICE Unit searched a home in Bible Hill. Evan James Nelson was charged with Making Available Child Pornography and Accessing Child Pornography. He was released on strict conditions, and will return to Truro Provincial Court on May 31st. The RCMP remind the public that in Nova Scotia, it's mandatory for citizens to report suspected Child Pornography. Any suspected offences can be reported to local police or by using Canada’s National tip line for reporting sexual exploitation of children at www.cybertip.ca.


BAILLIE, MCNEIL ATTACK EACH OTHER'S RECORDS WITH A WEEK TO GO BEFORE VOTE
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
With a week to go before the vote, the Liberals and Tories are turning their rhetorical guns on each other. PC Leader Jamie Baillie criticized Premier Stephen McNeil's refusal to say there is a crisis in the health-care system, pointing to a growing list of doctors speaking out and a recent community meeting in Cape Breton that drew hundreds of people. McNeil accused Baillie of fearmongering to get votes, and accused the Progressive Conservatives of not having a fiscally accurate platform. McNeil says the Tory's platform assumes there will be hundreds of millions of dollars from Ottawa for health-care infrastructure, which Ottawa has said as recently as this month would not be coming.


FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE MANY WILDFIRES ON LONG WEEKEND
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
A rash of wildfires on the mainland kept firefighters busy over the long weekend. By mid-afternoon Monday, a dozen fires were reported in woodlands around the province. It was a restricted burn day for the entire province, meaning burning is only permitted after 7 p.m. and before 8 a.m.  The biggest fire dealt with was Sunday evening in Cook's Brook, 15 kilometres east of Shubenacadie. Helicopter crews helped firefighters put out a 2.5-hectare blaze that was spotted at 4:45 p.m. in an area where land was being cleared.


SECOND PERSON JOINING CHALLENGE TO ASSISTED DYING LAW
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
A constitutional challenge to the Trudeau government's restrictive law on assisted dying has been bolstered with the addition of a second plaintiff: a B.C. woman who suffers unbearable pain from a debilitating, incurable disease but can't get medical help to end her life because her death is not imminent. Robyn Moro, a 68-year-old retired retail business owner, joins Julia Lamb in challenging the year-old law, which allows medically assisted dying only for individuals whose natural death is "reasonably foreseeable." Moro suffers from Parkinson's disease. Her condition is exacerbated by the fact that she's allergic to many of the medications normally prescribed for the disease and for pain relief. Moro meets all the other eligibility criteria for an assisted death set out in the law, but she's been denied her request for medical assistance in dying because she is not near death. The law was enacted last June in response to a landmark 2015 ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada, which struck down the prohibition on assisted dying as a violation of an individual's right to life, liberty and security of the person. However, the law is much more restrictive than what the top court envisaged. The court directed that medical assistance in dying should be available to consenting, competent adults with “grievous and irremediable” medical conditions that are causing enduring suffering that they find intolerable. There was no requirement that the condition be terminal or that a person be near death. The case is not expected to be heard until next year.


22 DEAD AFTER APPARENT SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK IN MANCHESTER *UPDATED 8:10 AM*
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Twenty-two people have been killed and 59 injured in what British PM Theresa May called an "appalling, sickening, terrorist attack" at Manchester Arena. The attack happened in the foyer at the end of a concert by singer Ariana Grande when a lone male set off a homemade bomb. Relatives are using social media to hunt for loved ones, and an emergency number has been set up. The first victim has been named as student Georgina Callander. She was studying health and social care at Runshaw College in Lancashire. In a statement in Downing Street, the prime minister said that security services believe they know the attacker's identity but are not yet able to confirm it. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said police are working to establish whether the attacker "was acting alone or as part of a network". Shortly after May spoke, police arrested a 23 year-old man in Manchester in relation to the attack. No further details are being reported as yet. Eyewitnesses described seeing metal nuts and bolts among the debris, and spoke about the fear and confusion that gripped the concertgoers.


SPORTS MAY 23
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon is on Sunday May 28. Kids Tri is open to kids 12 and under with 3 divisions. All participants will receive a finishing medal and a race bib. Registration fee - $10.00 Adults can enter in 2 divisions: Standard and Sprint. Race kit - official race t-shirt, souvenir race bib, snacks and refreshments. Registration fee - $25.00  Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
The Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 to win the Western Conference final in 6 games.
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NBA Playoffs
Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.
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MLB
American League

Minnesota 14 Baltimore 7
N.Y. Yankees 4 Kansas City 2
L.A. Angels 3 Tampa Bay 2
Houston 1 Detroit 0
National League
Colorado 8 Philadelphia 1
Atlanta 5 Pittsburgh 2
San Francisco 6 Chicago Cubs 4
Arizona 5 Chicago White Sox 1
Interleague
Cincinnati 5 Cleveland 1


RESULTS FROM THE JOE EARLE MEMORIAL ROAD RACES
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Baxter MacArthur Memorial One Mile Men 16 & over
1.    Peter Corbin, Linacy, 4:56
2.    Scott Langille, New Glasgow, 5:19
3.    Matthew Fraser, New Glasgow, 5:41
Hartling Family Memorial One Mile Girls 10-15 years
1.    Siera Chisholm, Antigonish, 5:43
2.    Emma Cameron, Antigonish, 5:44
3.    Allie Sandluck, MacPhersons Mills, 5:55
Gloria Clark Memorial One Mile Women 16 & over
1.    Brenna Sandluck, MacPhersons Mills, 5:46
2.    Kali Caulier, Bedford, 6:20
3.    Amanda Earle, Trenton, 8:16
Carl MacDougall Memorial One Mile Boys 10-15 years
1.    Ethan MacDonald, New Glasgow, 5:53
2.    Lagan Horton, Little Harbour, 6:08
3.    Conrad Robertson, New Glasgow, 6:10
Jessie Smith Memorial 1/8 Mile Boys/Girls 2 & under
1.    Connor Hale, Westville
2.    Ella Fanning, Trenton
3.    Ashton Sylliboy, Stellarton
The Boyles Memorial 1/8 Mile Boys 3-4 years
1.    Euan Lawson, Trenton
2.    Connor Warren, New Glasgow
3.    Carson Atwater, New Glasgow
The Elda Earle Memorial 1/8 Mile Girls 3-4 years
1.    Clara Walsh, New Glasgow
2.    Mylie Hale, Westville
3.    Ava Anderson, Trenton
Donald Gabby MacDonald Mem. 1/4 Mile Boys 5-6 years
1.    Gavin MacCallum, Thorburn, 1:48
2.    Spencer Anderson, Abercrombie, 1:51
3.    Jaxon MacDonald, Thorburn, 1:53
Mackie Jenkins Memorial 1/4 Mile Girls 5-6 years
1.    Caley Jo Lafferty, Trenton, 1:49
2.    Piper Findlay, Eureka, 1:51
3.    Madeleine Hendsbee, Abercrombie, 1:52
Doug McInnis Memorial ½ Mile Girls 13-14 years
1.    Mairim Canning, Antigonish, 2:38
2.    Malia Astibell, Antigonish, 2:40
3.    Siona Chisholm, Antigonish, 2:51
Jim MacArthur Memorial ½ Mile Boys 13-14 years
1.    Ethan MacDonald, New Glasgow, 2:38
2.    Lagan Horton, Little Harbour, 2:56
Bobby Gill Memorial ½ Mile Boys 7 years
1.    Gavin MacDonald, Lyons Brook, 3:12
2.    Tanner Hayden, New Glasgow, 3:26
3.    Wyatt MacDonald, Thorburn, 3:36
The Cromwell Memorial ½ Mile Girls 7 years
1.    Ashtyn MacHattie, Coalburn, 3:47
2.    Isabelle Fraser, MacPhersons Mills, 3:57
3.    Danika Gillis, Kenzieville, 4:06
Paul MacDonald Memorial ½ Mile Boys 8 years
1.    Silas Meier, Scotsburn, 3:09
2.    Issac Cameron, Antigonish, 3:20
3.    Carter Anderson, Abercrombie, 3:24
William Tanner Memorial ½ Mile Girls 8 years
1.    Chloe Ferguson, Westville, 3:34
2.    Katelyn Haynes, Greenhill, 3:37
3.    Gabrielle MacDonald, Stellarton, 3:45
The MacNeil Family Memorial ½ Girls 9 years
1.    Amelia MacCallum, Thorburn, 3:18
2.    Mya MacDonald, Pictou, 3:33
3.    Milly Kyle, New Glasgow, 3:47
Johnny Cooke Memorial ½ Mile Boys 9 years
1.    Neal MacFarlane, New Glasgow, 3:15
2.    Braydon Linthorne, Stellarton, 3:36
3.    Jacob Gillis, Kenzieville, 3:42
Burton Luddington Memorial ½ Mile Girls 10 years
1.    Hayden Rogers, Westville, 3:28
2.    Lily Perrin, New Glasgow, 3:35
3.    Anna Kennedy, Bridgeville, 3:36
Charlie Stevens Memorial ½ Mile Boys 10 years
1.    Kysac MacDonald, Hammonds Plains, 2:56
2.    Austin Earle, New Glasgow, 3:10
3.    Braydon Johnson, Pictou, 3:11
Andre Roussy Memorial ½ Mile Girls 11-12 years
1.    Cara MacDonald, New Glasgow, 2:42
2.    Emma Cameron, Antigonish, 2:44
3.    Mya Artibell, Antigonish, 3:03
Jock Wilson Memorial ½ Boys 11-12 years
1.    Conrad Robertson, New Glasgow, 2:53
2.    Lucas MacDonald, Stellarton, 2:56
3.    Jake Henderson, Braeshore, 3:01
Five Mile – Joan Carrigan Memorial Women 14-25 years
1.    Breanna Sandluck, MacPhersons Mills, 34:13
2.    Allie Sandluck, MacPhersons Mills, 35:42
3.    Jessica Zentner, Woodburn, 35:42
Five Mile – Raymond Pentz Memorial Women 36 & over Masters
1.    Melanie MacCara, New Glasgow, 38:48
2.    Angela Fogarty, Westville, 42:24
3.    Cindy Fraser, Merigomish, 42:46
Five Mile – Nonnie Morgan Memorial Men 14-35 years
1.    Peter Corbin, Linacy, 28:36
2.    Ryan MacDonald, Greenhill, 28:41
3.    Aiden Canning, Antigonish, 30:42
Five Mile – Doucette Family Memorial Men 36-49 Jr. Masters
1.    Walter Linthorne, Stellarton, 31:17
2.    Kevin Waller, Stellarton, 35:22
3.    Tony Corbin, 39:44
Five Mile - Dennis Lawless Memorial Men 50 & over Sr. Masters
1.    Daev MacLennan, Scotsburn, 31:21
2.    Darrell Spears, New Glasgow, 35:45
3.    Greg Zentner, Woodburn, 36:19
Five Mile – Douglas V. MacDonald Mem. Canadian Armed Forces Award
Harvey Stiles, Abercrombie, 39:09


CRA'S LATEST POLITICAL POLL SHOWS LIBERALS HAVE SIGNIFICANT LEAD
Monday 22nd May 2017
A public opinion poll is suggesting the race between Liberals and Progressive Conservatives isn't as close as the Forum Research survey indicated on Friday. That poll suggested a dead heat, but the latest survey results released by Corporate Research Associates has the Liberals squarely in the lead with 42%, the Progressive Conservatives trailing by 11 percentage points with 31% support, and the NDP remaining steady with 24% support. With a poll this size, the results are considered accurate to within five percentage points. Nova Scotians head to the polls on May 30.


MURDER TRIAL OF JOEL CLOW CONTINUES
Saturday 20th May 2017
The murder trial of a man accused of killing a former Pictou County resident on Prince Edward Island continued yesterday, as the court heard about the relationship between the accused and the victim in the months before her July 2015 death. Court heard from a friend of the victim that Joel Clow had tried to run down Traci Lynch with his vehicle, so Lynch had run away. Rachel Decourcey also testified Lynch showed her a roll of money Clow had given Lynch. Lynch told Decourcey Clow had damaged windows in her car. and the money was to cover the repairs. This afternoon, lawyers were debating the admissibility of that and other testimony from Lynch's friends. Justice Nancy Key will rule Tuesday on the admissibility.


YOUNG MAN DROWNS AT LOCAL SWIMMING HOLE
Saturday 20th May 2017
RCMP divers attended the scene of a drowning at Park Falls, near Sutherlands River yesterday evening. Cpl. Andrew Joyce says a young man jumped into the popular Pictou County swimming hole by the waterfall around 3:30 p.m. The man did not resurface. The 19-year old man was swimming with a group, who called 911. The RCMP underwater recovery team, EHS and the Thorburn and New Glasgow fire departments were all at the scene yesterday. The body was located around 9pm. Police have not released the name of the victim, citing privacy for the family.


MAN AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER THREE VEHICLE COLLISION
Saturday 20th May 2017
A three vehicle motor collision on North Provost Street yesterday resulted in a 26-year old motorcyclist being airlifted to the QE2 Hospital in critical condition. New Glasgow Regional Police say their preliminary investigation indicates that a truck was attempting to turn left when it collided with the motorcycle. The motorcycle ended up hitting a second car that was travelling behind the truck. The 34-year old driver of the car received non-life threatening injuries. New Glasgow Fire Department and Emergency Health Services and New Glasgow Regional Police Traffic Unit and Identification Unit also responded. The traffic was closed in both directions on North Provost Street for several hours. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 20 MAY
Saturday 20th May 2017
The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association will hold its first registration for the season on Saturday. It will be upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info can be found on the Stingers’ website: www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. Additional registration dates and times will be posted.
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour begins Saturday at Scotia Speedworld. George Koszkulics of Little Harbour and Pictou’s King Freight racing team are tenatively set to race in the Lucas Oil 150. Qualifying gets underway at 4 p.m. The Maritime League of Legends will kick off their 2017 campaign with a 50-lap feature prior to the Pro Stock season opener. Sunday will launch the 2017 season for Scotia Speedworld’s CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series; racing starts at 2 p.m. with all six divisions slated for competition.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
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The Pittsburgh Penguins got a 24-save performance from Matt Murray in his first start of the postseason as they evened-up the Eastern Conference final at 2 wins each with a 3-2 victory last night in Ottawa. The Pens scored the first three goals of the game before Ottawa fought their way back into it. Game 5 of the Best-of-7 goes Sunday in Pittsburgh.
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NBA
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The Cleveland Cavaliers remain perfect in the post season with another dominant victory over the Boston Celtics, 130-86. The Cavs are now 10-0 in the post season, and have a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final heading home for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.
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MLB
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MIL 6 @ CHC 3
TOR 3 @ BAL 5
PHI 7 @ PIT 2
COL 12 @ CIN 6
LAA 0 @ NYM 3
NYY 4 @ TBY 5
TEX 5 @ DET 3
WAS 4 @ ATL 7
CLE 5 @ HOU 3
KCT 3 @ MIN 4
SFR 6 @ STL 5
BOS 2 @ OAK 3
ARI 10 @ SDG 1
CWS 2 @ SEA 1
MIA 2 @ LAD 7


POLICE INVESTIGATE STRING OF INCIDENTS POSSIBLY RELATED
Friday 19th May 2017
Earlier this week, Halifax Regional Police and the Halifax Region RCMP responded to three separate serious incidents that they now say they believe are connected. Just before 10pm on Wednesday evening, police received a call about a kidnapping and vehicle theft in the Upper Hammonds Plains area. Upon arriving at the scene, there were no witnesses to either incident and the family was not willing to cooperate with police. A short while later, another call was received regarding a man suffering injuries and covered in blood walking along White Hills Run in Hammonds Plains. Before police arrived, he was picked up by another person and taken to hospital. Roughly one hour later, police were called to the scene of a home invasion and unlawful confinement in Lucasville. The call indicated the victims had been tied up and robbed. The suspects left the scene before police arrived, and the owners of the home were located nearby. They did not want to co-operate with police. The home on Lucasville Rd. was secured overnight Wednesday as police conducted their investigation. Police were on scene during the day yesterday. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and is being led by the Integrated General Investigation Section. Police are asking anyone with information about what happened in either of the three locations to call Halifax District RCMP or Halifax Regional Police at 902 490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


PREMIER CAMPAIGNING IN PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 19th May 2017
Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil is making his first visit to Pictou County during the campaign. He'll be at Summer Street Industries at 11:30, Cross Roads Market in Thorburn at 12:45, and Stone Soup in Pictou this afternoon at 1:45, followed by stops this evening in Pugwash and Parrsboro.
Meanwhile, PC Leader Jamie Baillie is campaigning in the Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage and Dartmouth areas. The NDP's Gary Burrill is in Dartmouth and Halifax.


GAS WAY UP, DIESEL UP TOO
Friday 19th May 2017
Shocking absolutely nobody, the price of gas has gone up before the Victoria Day weekend. A litre of regular self-serve went up more than four cents to $1.096 per litre. Diesel also got a boost to 99.7 cents per litre.


NO KNOCKOUT PUNCHES IN LEADERS' DEBATE
Friday 19th May 2017
Stephen McNeil fended off multiple attacks on his record as the major party leaders clashed over health care, education and the economy during the first televised leaders debate of the campaign. During the 90-minute back-and-forth, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill targeted McNeil’s broken promises on doctors and the film tax credit. But McNeil brushed off the barrage with confidence, a generally calm demeanour and an ability to hold the floor. He pointed to his achievements while in office. Still, his opponents pointed to what they painted as his penny-pinching, top-down style with teachers and other public-sector unions while in government. Both Baillie and Burrill wove into the debate their disapproval over McNeil’s handling of issues while in power, especially on health care.


DRIVER IN HRM FINED AFTER DOGS RESCUED FROM HOT CAR
Friday 19th May 2017
A driver has been handed a hefty fine after Halifax police rescued two small dogs left in a hot car as temperatures soared. Cindy Bayers, a spokesperson for the Halifax Regional Police, said officers who arrived on the scene at 12:40 p.m. used a partially open window to unlock the car and free the dogs. Police gave the driver three tickets: two $697.50 tickets for leaving animals in an unattended vehicle in conditions that could cause distress and one $250 ticket for owning an unlicensed dog.  Bayers said people should call 911 if they see an animal in distress.


TRUMP TRIGGERS NAFTA RENEGOTIATION PROCESS, PREPARES FOR OVERSEAS TRIP
Friday 19th May 2017
President Donald Trump has triggered the 90 day consultation window required before they can begin renegotiating NAFTA. Trump’s letter to congress cited a need to modernize the 23 year old trade deal and need for new provisions relevant to the modern economy.  The U-S says it has seen its manufacturing industry decimated, factories shuttered, and people lose their jobs since 1993, and that will change with the renegotiations.
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As President Donald Trump prepares for his first international trip, he’ll be followed by fallout from his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of a special counsel to probe the president’s campaign ties with Russia. In addition, U.S. allies have been rattled by his warnings about pulling back from the world. Last week, he added new layers of complication by disclosing classified intelligence to a longtime adversary. The itinerary, which begins Saturday in Saudi Arabia, is a startlingly ambitious excursion for a president who dislikes travel and has displayed a shaky grasp of foreign affairs.


SPORTS MAY 19
Friday 19th May 2017
One of the Weeks Jr Crushers from this past season is turning pro. Keven Larouche has signed to play for a professional team in France this coming season. Larouche played 33 regular season games as a Crusher after being acquired in a mid-season deal. The announcement comes just a couple of days after goaltender Daniel Vautour announced that he would be attending Royal Military College in Kingston and suiting up for the Paladins of the OUA.
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M. U. Rhinos Midget AAA Spring ID camp begins Friday with check in and registration at the Wellness Centre from 3:30-5:30 and ice time beginning at 6pm. If you wish to tryout for the new team and you are 15 or 16 years old, contact the team at 902-890-8344 or register at the Wellness Centre on Friday. Cost of the camp is $125 and you must attend spring camp to move to their final tryout in August.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association will hold its first registration for the season on Saturday. It will be upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info can be found on the Stingers’ website: www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. Additional registration dates and times will be posted.
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour begins Saturday at Scotia Speedworld. George Koszkulics of Little Harbour and Pictou’s King Freight racing team are tenatively set to race in the Lucas Oil 150. Qualifying gets underway at 4 p.m. The Maritime League of Legends will kick off their 2017 campaign with a 50-lap feature prior to the Pro Stock season opener. Sunday will launch the 2017 season for Scotia Speedworld’s CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series; racing starts at 2 p.m. with all six divisions slated for competition.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Corey Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory that evened the Western Conference final at 2-2.
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IIHF Hockey
Mark Scheifele and Jeff Skinner scored to lead Canada to a 2-1 win over Germany in quarter-final action at the world hockey championship. They have a tough opponent coming, as they face Russia in the semi-final.
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MLB
Marcus Stroman threw 5 2/3 strong innings and hit the second homer by a pitcher in Blue Jays history to lead Toronto over Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves 9-0.


ALBERTA PARTIES REPORTED TO HAVE MADE DEAL TO UNITE THE RIGHT
Thursday 18th May 2017
The Canadian Press is reporting that sources have told them the two conservative parties in Alberta provincial politics have agreed to a tentative meerger deal. The two leaders, Wildrose Party's Brian Jean and PC Jason Kenney, are expected to make a formal announcement later this afternoon. The deal still needs to meet with the approval of the majority of members of both parties. The Wildrose has previously said it will need 75 per cent or more of its members to OK the deal, while the Progressive Conservatives say they will require a simple majority of 50 per cent plus one. A group of representatives from both parties has been meeting for the last two months to hammer out a deal. Kenney won the PC party leadership in March on a platform to merge and both Kenney and Jean have said they'll run for the leadership of a consolidated party.


DOCTOR ACCUSED OF VOYEURISM TO GO TO PRELIMINARY INQUIRY THIS FALL
Thursday 18th May 2017
A Pictou County doctor accused of voyeurism in an alleged incident at his workplace has exercised his right to a preliminary inquiry. Dr. Rafid al-Nassar did not personally appear in court earlier today in Pictou, but made the election through his lawyer. al-Nassar was arrested last fall in relation to the allegations that a camera had been found in the staff washroom at the clinic where he practiced on the west side of New Glasgow. The preliminary inquiry will take place in November.


TRANSPORT BOARD DELIVERS REPORT ON HFX AIRPORT PLANE CRASH
Thursday 18th May 2017
The Transportation and Safety Board has found that approach procedures, poor visibility and reduced airfield lighting led a plane crash at Halifax Stanfield International Airport that injured more than two dozen people. The report was released this morning at a news conference in Halifax. Just after midnight on Mar. 29, 2015, Air Canada Flight 624 approached the airport in gusty winds and heavy snowfall. The twin engine Airbus 320, carrying 133 passengers and five crew, then hit some power lines and slammed into the ground 200 metres short of Runway 05. The jet then tore through a navigation antenna and hit the ground a second time, about 70 metres before the runway threshold. One of its engines and its landing gear were torn off as it skidded along the runway for another 570 metres, according to the Transportation Safety Board. In its report, investigators say the flight crew had set the autopilot to fly the "appropriate constant descent flight path angle." Because the procedure did not require the crew to monitor the plane's altitude and distance from the runway, they didn't notice changes in the wind that caused the jet to move further back from the expected flight path.  In addition, investigators found the runway lights were not turned to their maximum setting, despite the flight crew's request to do so. The report also said the tower controller was "preoccupied" with snow plows on the runway and the nearby aircraft on the taxiway. "It was only in the last few seconds of the flight, after the pilots disengaged the autopilot to land manually, that they then realized that the aircraft was too low and too far back," reads the report.  Lawyer Ray Wagner filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of many of the passengers in the spring of 2015.


TEACHERS GOING TO COURT OVER BILL 75
Thursday 18th May 2017
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has filed a Charter Challenge against Bill 75. The union says the two-month notice of application contends the Liberal government repeatedly engaged in activities that violated public school members’ rights to freedom of association and expression guaranteed under the Charter. The Liberal legislation imposed a contract in February that restricted wage increases to three per cent over four years and freezes a long-service award as of July 2015. The province has responded that it negotiated three contracts with the union executive but all of them were voted down by the membership. The news release says with the notice of application, NSTU president Liette Doucet will not speak publicly about its details.


DROPPED TORY CANDIDATE SAYS SHE'LL RUN AS INDEPENDANT
Thursday 18th May 2017
A Tory provincial candidate ejected by the party is trading barbs with the party's leader, and says she is running as an independant. Jad Crnogorac was dropped as the Tories' Dartmouth South candidate over a Twitter joke she made about a date-rape drug known as "roofies," and other social media postings. She complains the Tories have a double standard because they stood by a male candidate who jokingly acted out what he called a "Chinese fire drill" in an online video. But Jamie Baillie maintains the latest case differs from one involving Matt Whitman, who Baillie says apologized and had no intent to hurt anyone. Baillie says it is never funny to make light of a date rape drug. He says Crnogorac had "numerous other posts that were close to the line, if not over." Crnogorac's name remains on the ballot because the nomination deadline has passed.


OTTAWA GIVES PROVINCES DEADLINE TO CREATE CARBON PRICING PLAN
Thursday 18th May 2017
Provinces have until the end of next year to introduce a price on carbon or Ottawa will impose its own model instead. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will make public a technical paper which proposes to give provinces three options for pricing carbon: legislate their own levy on emissions starting at $10 a tonne, legislate their own cap-and-trade system which can show it will produce equivalent cuts in emissions as a carbon tax, or use a hybrid model largely based on Alberta's program which Ottawa will impose itself. The carbon tax, or cap-and-trade equivalent, will have to go up by $10 a year, rising to $50 a tonne by the end of 2022. McKenna intends to introduce legislation in the fall. The plan is part of the Pan Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change. Canada has agreed to cut its emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. That requires a reduction of almost 200 million tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions in 13 years, or the equivalent of taking every car in Canada off the road, twice. Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the most likely candidates for having the federal carbon-price scheme imposed on them. B.C. and Alberta have carbon taxes, Ontario and Quebec have cap-and-trade systems and Nova Scotia intends to create a cap-and-trade system in 2018. The other Atlantic provinces are looking at whether to join Nova Scotia's plan or go it alone. Manitoba intends to introduce a climate change strategy later this year, but hasn't committed to including a price on carbon. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is the loudest opponent to a carbon tax and has threatened to sue to prevent it from being imposed on his province.


FEDERAL LIBERALS TO EXPAND INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS LAW
Thursday 18th May 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government has agreed to create a so-called Magnitsky Act that would expand Canada's international sanctions law to target gross human rights violators. Freeland announced the decision Wednesday night in the House of Commons. The move comes after the Commons foreign affairs committee agreed last month to support amending Canada's sanctions regime to include the rights violators "in honour" of the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after accusing officials of a $230-million tax fraud. The decision is bound to further strain relations with Russia, which has reacted strongly to the imposition of Magnitsky-style legislation elsewhere.


SPORTS MAY 18
Thursday 18th May 2017
M. U. Rhinos Midget AAA Spring ID camp begins Friday with check in and registration at the Wellness Centre from 3:30-5:30 and ice time beginning at 6pm. If you wish to tryout for the new team and you are 15 or 16 years old, contact the team at 902-890-8344 or register at the Wellness Centre on Friday. Cost of the camp is $125 and you must attend spring camp to move to their final tryout in August.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association will hold its first registration for the season on Saturday. It will be upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info can be found on the Stingers’ website: www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. Additional registration dates and times will be posted.
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Registration is open for all ages for the 53rd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton on Monday 22. The deadline to enter your name is Friday. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, visit Joe Earle Road Race on Facebook, or phone 902-755-4426. Please include your name, age, gender, town, school (if applicable) and the events you wish to enter.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
The Ottawa Senators exploded out of the gate, scoring four goals in the opening 13 minutes en route to an easy 5-1 Game 3 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Penguins forwards Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust, along with defenceman Justin Schultz, did not play because of injuries.
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NBA
LeBron James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 117-104 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
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MLB
Interleague

The frustration of a three-game losing streak boiled over for the Toronto Blue Jays in two bench-clearing incidents in their 8-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Colorado at Minnesota, ppd.
Houston 3 Miami 0
Texas 9 Philadelphia 3
Boston 5 St. Louis 4 (13 innings)
American League
Tampa Bay 7 Cleveland 4
Detroit 5 Baltimore 4
N.Y. Yankees 11 Kansas City 7
Seattle 4 Oakland 0
L.A. Angels 12 Chicago White Sox 8
National League
Arizona 5 N.Y. Mets 4 (11 innings)
L.A. Dodgers 6 San Francisco 1
Pittsburgh 6 Washington 1
Chicago Cubs 7 Cincinnati 5
Milwaukee 3 San Diego 1


NDP FOCUS ON CAPE BRETON WHILE LEADER CAMPAIGNS IN HALIFAX
Wednesday 17th May 2017
NDP leader Gary Burrill is spending today in the Halifax area, but the media release from the party focussed on benefits for Cape Breton. They are highlighting the fact that the NDP is promising to make investments in health care, education, and opportunities for young people in Cape Breton.


ATLANTICA PARTY GOES ON OFFENSIVE OVER LACK OF COVERAGE
Wednesday 17th May 2017
the Atlantica Party is questioning the role the media is playing in the treatment of both themselves and the Green Party in this campaign. Atlantica Party Leader Johnathan Dean wrote an open letter to the media today questioning the exclusion of both himself and Green leader Dr. Thomas Trappenberg from the two scheduled televised debates. It should be noted that here in Pictou County there are no Atlantica Party candidates in any of the ridings here in Pictou County, while the Green Party is running one candidate – Cecile Vigneault in Pictou West.


LIBERALS LAST OF THREE MAJOR PARTIES TO RELEASE PLATFORM
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Stephen McNeil unveiled the Liberal's election platform this afternoon in Halifax. It holds many of the same items that were in the budget that was introduced but not voted upon prior to the dropping of the writ late last month. Included in the platform are over one-billion dollars in tax cuts and new spending over the next four years, with a projected surplus in each year of the mandate. One signifcant change includes doctors being able to determine for themselves where they wish to practice. We have linked to the Liberal platform here.


MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN CRASH WITH PICKUP TRUCK
Wednesday 17th May 2017
RCMP have identified a motorcyclist killed this morning when he collided with a pickup truck as a 42-year old man from Hammonds Plains, however his name is not being released citing privacy for the family. Police say the crash occurred this morning at roughly 10:00 on Rocky Lake Drive in Bedford. The road remains closed at this time while an analyst works at the scene. Police indicate it is expected to open later this afternoon. Police say the driver of the truck was not injured in the collision.


MADD FLAG FLIES AHEAD OF NATIONAL IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DAY
Wednesday 17th May 2017
This coming Saturday will mark National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. In recognition of that day, the Town Of Westville raised the flag of MADD Pictou County earlier this afternoon. Crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. On average, approximately 4 people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. For information on how you can get involved email maddpictou@gmail.com.


VIMY PILOTS TO FLYOVER HOPEWELL AND TRENTON THIS AFTERNOON
Wednesday 17th May 2017
The men who flew at the 100th anniversary of the Vimy Ridge battle are doing a flyover in Pictou County today as part of a national tour. The group of retired and working pilots include David Wilson, the Operations Manager and Chief Pilot with Eastern Air Services. The flyover will be in the Hopewell and Trenton areas beginning at 3pm, with a static display of the Vimy Flight aircraft beginning at 4 in Hopewell. They will also be in Debert on Saturday, and in PEI on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday.


PROTEST OVER FLY ASH AT NS POWER GOES TO CONSTITUENCY OFFICE
Wednesday 17th May 2017
The Trenton Hillside Environment Watch Association took the opportunity to get their message out to the candidates for the provincial election today by holding an information protest. The group gathered outside Sean Fraser's constituency office in New Glasgow, delivering the message that the federal government should be pressuring the province to act onsituation at the Nova Scotia Power Generating Station in Trenton. Peter Boyles, spokesperson for the group, says that the issues with fly ash have not significantly changed, and the health impacts are both obvious and detrimental. Pat Dunn, Pictou Centre candidate for the Progressive Conservatives, told Boyles that PCs have put the creation of a Clean Energy Act into their platform, and assured him that there would be significant penalties for industries that fail to comply.


SENATOR BOOTED FROM TORY CAUCUS - BECAUSE HE DINED WITH TRUDEAU
Wednesday 17th May 2017
A Nova Scotia senator has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus over his decision to attend dinner with the prime minister. Justin Trudeau held dinner with senators who have sponsored government legislation in the Senate, including Stephen Greene, whose bill was to enact a taxation agreement with Taiwan and Israel. Greene says his now-former Tory colleagues presented him with an ultimatum during Tuesday's caucus meeting, prompting him to quit caucus. In a statement, Greene calls the situation ``beyond silly,'' asking why Conservative senators wouldn't want him to hear Trudeau's plans for the Senate. Instead, Greene says he now plans to sit as an independent Reform senator. Greene was appointed by former prime minister Stephen Harper. He previously was chief of staff to Preston Manning, and is currently the Nova Scotia chair for Maxime Bernier's leadership campaign.


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RAISE MONEY FOR LGBTQ BURSARY
Wednesday 17th May 2017
A group that gives support to students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer at North Nova Education Centre is offering a bursary to graduating students for post-secondary studies. Jessica Campbell, co-chairperson of the Gender Sexuality Alliance, tells NG News said the bursary was established last year, and was presented to two applicants. The bursary is open to any students at North Nova who identify as LGBTQ. GSA members have been busy raising money for the prize, with a goal of raising $500. Last week, the Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health presented a cheque to the group to assist with their fundraising efforts.


PROVINCIAL LEADERS WILL HOLD SECOND TELEVISED DEBATE
Wednesday 17th May 2017
A second leaders debate has been scheduled before the May 30 vote. CTV will host a Leaders Roundtable and Town Hall on Thursday, May 25 beginning at 6:30. The CBC will hold its own debate this Thursday, also beginning at 6:30.


ORPHANED BEAR CUBS WON'T BE EUTHANIZED, HAVE BEEN PLACED IN WILDLIFE PARKS
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Two orphaned bear cubs whose survival briefly became a Nova Scotia election issue Tuesday have been placed in wildlife parks and will not be euthanized. Tory candidate Allan MacMaster said the bear cubs were found Monday trying to hide in Inverness County woods after their mother died. MacMaster, the incumbent in the Inverness riding, said in an open letter to the Department of Natural Resources' deputy minister that there is overwhelming support to change the province's current policy on rehabilitation for bears in this type of situation. He said Nova Scotia is one of only two provinces that do not allow bears to be saved and re-introduced to the wild. But Bob Petrie, director of DNR's wildlife division, said Tuesday one cub has been placed at Two Rivers Wildlife Park in Mira, while the other will be at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. Petrie said DNR policy allows for the rehabilitation of orphaned wildlife, and the province has qualified facilities to hold and rehabilitate wildlife for release.


PROVINCIAL PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS OPENING ON LONG WEEKEND
Wednesday 17th May 2017
With the Victoria Day long weekend ahead, almost all Nova Scotia provincial day-use parks and several camping parks will open on Friday. Reservations for camping sites can be made by phone, toll free, at 1-888-544-3434. Bookings may also be made through the provincial parks website. Almost a hundred recreational and interpretive events are scheduled for the parks' season. 


DEBATE NEEDED ON WHEN TO FORCE MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT: QUEBEC PSYCHIATRISTS
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Quebec psychiatrists say it may be time to change the criteria defining who can be forced to get treatment, in the wake of a recently released coroner's report into the police shooting of Martin Couture-Rouleau in October 2014. Couture-Rouleau slammed his Nissan Altima into three people, two of whom were wearing army fatigues, in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He killed Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, and before he was shot dead, he called 911 to send a message to Canada to stop fighting the Islamic State overseas. In his report, Coroner André-H. Dandavino highlighted how Couture-Rouleau's father tried in vain to get treatment for his 25-year-old son as he descended into mental illness. The coroner directed three of his five recommendations to the Quebec Association of Psychiatrists, which put the matter at the top of its agenda during a meeting of its board of directors last Friday. The association's president, Dr. Karine Igartua, says research into the connection between individual radicalization and mental illness is a burgeoning field, but it is already on her association's radar. Child psychiatrists will devote a day this June to discussing radicalization and how to prevent it, in the lead-up to the association's annual congress. A multicultural, multidisciplinary team of specialists is also coaching mental health teams around the province on the issue. Igartua said the Couture-Rouleau case highlights the fact that police cannot force a person with mental illness to get professional help against their will, unless that person poses an imminent danger to themselves or others. Igartua said it is time to debate whether it's time to change the legal criterion of imminent danger, which prioritizes the right of individuals to make decisions themselves. She says with some mental illnesses, especially psychotic disorders, people may not recognize that they have a problem.


FEDERAL JUDGES EXPRESS CONCERN OVER NEW LEGISLATION DEALING WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT LEGAL TRAINING
Wednesday 17th May 2017
The Canadian Judicial Council is pushing back against the idea of having sexual assault survivors and support organizations help develop training for aspiring and sitting judges, fearing it could interfere with the independence of those on the bench. The requirement was a recent change to proposed legislation introduced by Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose, whose Bill C-337 calls for would-be federally appointed judges to first undergo comprehensive training in sexual assault law. The Canadian Judicial Council issued a statement Tuesday saying it still believes the bill, which was sent to the Senate with all-party support Monday, goes too far. Many are concerned that too many groups will try to influence what will be taught to judges, while others are worried that reporting the number of judges who have not yet undergone training would be unfair. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said in a statement emailed by a spokesman that the Liberal government supports the amendments, including adding “social context training to help ensure judges fully appreciate the unique circumstances of victims when considering the evidence before them.”


SPORTS MAY 17
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Registration is open for all ages for the 53rd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton on May 22. The deadline to enter your name is Friday. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, visit Joe Earle Road Race on Facebook, or phone 902-755-4426. Please include your name, age, gender, town, school (if applicable) and the events you wish to enter.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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The countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in their first-ever home game in the Western Conference finals.
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IIHF Hockey
Mitch Marner scored twice and the power play continued to roll as Canada finished out its preliminary round at the world hockey championship with a 5-2 win over Finland. Their quarter-final match will be against Germany.
Belarus 4 Norway 3
Switzerland 3 Czech Republic 1
Sweden 4 Slovakia 2
United States 5 Russia 3
Germany 4 Latvia 3 (SO)
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NBA
Stephen Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in three quarters and the Golden State Warriors trounced on the Spurs missing Kawhi Leonard, running away from San Antonio for a 136-100 rout and 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
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MLB
Interleague

Dansby Swanson's seventh-inning home run helped the Atlanta Braves defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5.
Houston 12 Miami 2
Texas 5 Philadelphia 1
Colorado 7 Minnesota 3
Boston 6 St. Louis 3
American League
Tampa Bay 6 Cleveland 4
Baltimore 13 Detroit 11 (13 innings)
N.Y. Yankees 7 Kansas City 1
L.A. Angels 7 Chicago White Sox 6 (11 innings)
Oakland 9 Seattle 6
National League
Washington 8 Pittsburgh 4
Chicago Cubs 9 Cincinnati 5
Arizona 5 N.Y. Mets 4
Milwaukee 6 San Diego 2
San Francisco 2 L.A. Dodgers 1


NDP AND PC BOTH LOSE CANDIDATES OVER SOCIAL MEDIA SLIP UPS
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Two candidates have fallen by the wayside today after past transgressions on social media came to light. Dartmouth East NDP candidate Bill McEwen resigned after admitting to publishing sexist content on a website he hosted several years ago and using rude language to describe people who are gay. McEwen said he is supportive of equal rights and apologized for what he called misogynistic comments that reflect poor judgement. And the Progressive Conservatives released a statement this afternoon saying that Jad Crnogorac has been removed as their candidate for Dartmouth South effective immediately. The statement says the move is as a consequence of social media posts, and no other details were given. Elections Nova Scotia says it is too late to remove their names from the ballots.


MARITIME LINK SUBSEA CABLE CONNECTED
Tuesday 16th May 2017
The longest subsea electricity cable in North America is now connected between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The 170km cable, which is part of the 1.6 billion dollar Maritime Link project, will send renewable energy from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador to Nova Scotia. The link was anchored on Sunday by a subsea contractor working for a subsudiary of Nova Scotia Power's parent company, Emera Inc. A second cable will be installed beginning next month, and Emera has said it plans to have electricity flowing before the end of the year, but the Muskrat Falls project itself is two years behind schedule and won't be operational until 2020. Each 10-centimetre-thick cable can carry 250 megawatts of high voltage direct current.


POLICE SEEK HELP IN FINDING MISSING TEEN
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Police are asking for assistance from the public in finding a missing 16 year old girl from the Annapolis Valley. Miranda Young went missing from a Mill Road location in Round Hill, although police say she may now be in the Halifax area. Young is 5-foot-2 and 134 pounds. She is white, with long blond hair, brown eyes, and has a piercing in her lower lip on the right. Although no foul play is suspected, police are concerned for her safety and are requesting assistance to locate her. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Miranda Young is asked to contact the RCMP at 800-803-RCMP. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


FIRE DAMAGES CLASSROOM IN SOUTH SHORE SCHOOL
Tuesday 16th May 2017
It was a short day of classes for students and staff at the Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay today. South Shore Regional School Board says the 430 students had to be dismissed at 10:45am after a small fire in the school. They indicated through social media that no students or staff were injured in the incident. The damage was contained to one classroom, and the extent of the damage in that room was not disclosed. There is also no indication at this time as to the cause of the fire.


PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS INTRODUCED IN PARLIAMENT
Tuesday 16th May 2017
The new passengers bill of rights was introduced in parliament today by Transport Minister Marc Garneau. The legislation is being packaged into a broader group of changes to the Canada Transportation Act, and will give travellers a clearer picture of what is expected from airlines regarding a number of issues including booking of flights, cancellation and flight delay policies, and lost or damaged baggage. The legislation follows on the heels of multiple incidents in the United States where passengers have been mistreated on airlines, and Garneau has made it clear that such incidents cannot be allowed to occur on Canadian carriers.


PROVINCIAL PARK SEASON OPENING THIS WEEKEND
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Almost all Nova Scotia provincial day-use parks and several camping parks will open on Friday, 19 May. Reservations for camping sites can be made by phone, toll free, at 1-888-544-3434. Bookings may also be made through the  provincial parks website. Almost a hundred recreational and interpretive events are scheduled for the parks' season. More than a million people visit Nova Scotia's provincial beaches and parks each year.


CHARGE LAID IN ALLEGED INDECENT EXPOSURE INCIDENT
Tuesday 16th May 2017
A man stands accused of indecent exposure after an incident involving an 11-year old girl in New Brunswick last week. The 20-year old man, whose name has not been released by police, allegedly was in his vehicle when he pulled up beside the girl as she was walking her bike on the side of the road. Police allege that he exposed himself to her, at which time the girl immediately ran to her home and informed her parents as to what happened. The girl then described the man to police, which led to his arrest. He is scheduled to appear in Saint John Provincial Court in August.


LOCAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO ATTEND FLY ASH INFORMATION PROTEST
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Candidates from all three constituencies in Pictou County have been invited to attend an information protest outside Sean Fraser's Central Nova constituency office in New Glasgow tomorrow between 10am and 12noon. Trenton Hillside Environment Watch Association spokesperson Peter Boyles says this will be a chance for all of the candidates in the upcoming provincial election from all three local ridings to share their thoughts on the fly ash situation from the Nova Scotia Power generating station in Trenton.


REPORT ON HALIFAX AIRPORT CRASH COMING THURSDAY
Tuesday 16th May 2017
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will release their report Thursday on the Air Canada crash landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport two years ago that injured more than two dozen people. Flight 624 hit the ground about 200 metres short of runway 05 at the Halifax airport shortly after midnight on March 29, 2015, as it approached in gusty winds and heavy snowfall. The twin-engine plane bounced into the air and crashed near the runway threshold before careening along the tarmac for another 570 metres. One engine and the plane's landing gear were torn from the airframe, but there was no fire and the fuselage remained largely intact. The report will be released by TSB chair Kathy Fox as well as Doug McEwen, the lead investigator, and Yanick Sarazin, the TSB's manager of standards and quality assurance for air.


NEW GLASGOW HOLDING ANOTHER ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Wednesday night at Glasgow Square, the Town of New Glasgow is hosting its second Engage and Empower sessions to increase community involvement, and a familiar face will be one of the people leading the way. A conversation between Danny Graham of Engage Nova Scotia and former New Glasgow Mayor Ann MacLean will kickstart the larger conversation during the session tomorrow evening beginning at 7pm. MacLean says there is a great community spirit in New Glasgow, and one of the roles of these sessions is to harness that energy to maximize its potential. The session tomorrow night will include round table discussions to continue to generate ideas and build off of the successes of the previous session earlier this spring. Current New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks says the previous session, with Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood, led directly to a new initiative underway in the town. Dicks says Shawn MacLean came up with the idea that became the Random Acts of Beauty initiative.


LOCAL MAN LOSES HIS HAIR FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Tuesday 16th May 2017
A local Wal-Mart employee has done his part for the IWK in Halifax in a relatively simple way - by getting a haircut. Ken, one of the employees in the Electronics section of the New Glasgow Wal-Mart is easily recognizable by the long mane he has grown in recent months, but no anymore, as he received a very public haircut right in his workplace. For losing his locks, Ken raised $164.50 for the IWK Foundation.


ONE MAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER TRURO APT FIRE
Tuesday 16th May 2017
The Red Cross says one man was sent to hospital after he and eight others were forced out of their apartments after a fire in their three-storey building in Truro overnight. The nature of the man's injuries haven't been reported. The Red Cross provided emergency lodging for eight of the tenants. The fire broke out around 1 a.m this morning in a building at the corner of Revere and Prince Streets. There are nine separate apartment units in the building, and it's not clear when the residents may be allowed back. The ground floor houses offices and a club run by the Colchester East Hants branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. 


AMBROSE STEPPING DOWN AS INTERIM CONSERVATIVE LEADER
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is expected to announce today that she will resign her seat in the House of Commons this summer. The longtime Alberta MP has been serving as the temporary head of the party since the fall of 2015. Sources tell The Canadian Press she intends to outline her plans in a farewell breakfast speech Tuesday ahead of a planned tribute in the Commons. The Conservative party is currently in the process of picking a new leader, with the winner to be announced May 27. Ambrose had always intended to stay serving as an MP during the transition period, though she is already moving out of the Official Opposition leader’s residence of Stornoway. Ambrose was first elected an MP in 2004 and served in several cabinet positions under previous Conservative leader Stephen Harper.


OTTAWA READYING AID PACKAGE TO SOFTWOOD LUMBER INDUSTRY
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Ottawa's aid package for the softwood lumber industry is expected to go before cabinet today for final approval. The package contains nearly a billion dollars to help the sector struggling to cope with new tariffs recently imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sources tell CBC News the aid package will likely include money for employment insurance benefits for workers in affected regions. It will also contain funds to help companies innovate, including transitioning into other value-added products, rather than simply exporting raw lumber. The final package could yet change based on input from cabinet. There is one controversial issue that will be left for cabinet to decide — whether or not Ottawa should offer loan guarantees to help producers pay duties. The Ontario and Quebec governments have asked the federal government to set up a program to help companies offset the tariffs, which range from three per cent to 24 per cent for five major importers, with all other companies facing countervailing duties of 19.88 per cent. There are concerns that federal support may be seen by U.S. officials as further subsidization of the industry, which could then in turn lead to further tariff hikes on Canadian products.


PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HOT WATER OVER PASSING CLASSIFIED INFO TO RUSSIANS
Tuesday 16th May 2017
The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, prompting strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans. Three White House officials who were in the May 10 meeting strongly denounced the story, saying no intelligence sources and methods were discussed — but they didn’t deny that classified information was disclosed. Citing current and former U.S. officials, the Post said Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. The anonymous officials told the Post that the information Trump relayed during the Oval Office meeting had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. They said it was considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. Government. The Post story — which was later confirmed by The New York Times and BuzzFeed News — does not claim that Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered. Still, it will only heighten Trump’s strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who view Russia as an adversary.


SPORTS MAY 16
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Registration is open for all ages for the 53rd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton on May 22. The deadline to enter your name is Friday. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, visit Joe Earle Road Race on Facebook, or phone 902-755-4426. Please include your name, age, gender, town, school (if applicable) and the events you wish to enter.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
The Pittsburgh Penguins have drawn even with the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference final after a 1-0 win.
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World Hockey Championship
Denmark 2 Italy 0
Russia 5 Latvia 0
Canada 5 Norway 0
France 4 Slovenia 1
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NBA Playoffs
Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Kelly Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points and the Boston Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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MLB
Interleague

Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman drove in six runs to lead the Braves as Atlanta defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 at Rogers Centre.
Houston 7 Miami 2
American League
Cleveland 8 Tampa Bay 7
L.A. Angels 5 Chicago White Sox 3
Seattle 6 Oakland 5
National League
Arizona 7 N.Y. Mets 3
San Diego 6 Milwaukee 5 (10 innings)
San Francisco 8 L.A. Dodgers 4


CONTRACTOR GIVEN JAIL TIME FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY VIOLATIONS
Monday 15th May 2017
A contractor will spend four months in jail for his tenth conviction under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. John Isenor was sentenced on Friday after entering a guilty plea last November for failing to ensure his employees were using proper fall protection while working for his company, United Roofing, Inc. This incident occurred last August, just three months after Isenor served 15 days for a previous similar conviction. Along with the four months in custody, Isenor must comply with a number of conditions for the next two years.


MELVIN MURDER TRIAL POSTPONED FOR DAY DUE TO LAWYER ILLNESS
Monday 15th May 2017
The defense lawyer in the Jimmy Melvin Jr. murder trial was unable to attend court today due to an illness, so the jury was dismissed for the day with a caution from Justice Jamie Campbell that they should not take advantage of the day to go to work. Campbell told the jurors that it might be easier to avoid talking about the trial with family, while co-workers would be more likely to draw them into a conversation. Melvin is on trial for the 2009 killing of 34-year old Terry Marriott Jr. in Harrietsfield. The trial is expected to run until June 9.


TWO INCIDENTS OF STUNTING ON HIGHWAY 104 IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS
Monday 15th May 2017
A 19-year old Newfoundland man was charged with stunting on Highway 104 this morning. RCMP clocked his vehicle driving at 178 km/hr in the James River area. The man was charged for Stunting under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act, and fined $2,422.50. This follows less than a day after a 74-year old man was clocked going 165kph in a 110kph zone at Pine Tree, Pictou County. That incident occurred yesterday afternoon around 5pm.


MOUNTIE WATCHDOG SAYS RCMP CAN'T SOLVE HARASSMENT PROBLEMS ON THEIR OWN
Monday 15th May 2017
The RCMP has done so little to reform its dysfunctional workplace culture that the Mounties' watchdog is calling on Ottawa to introduce civilian governance of the national police force. Ian McPhail, chair of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, wrote in his report that bullying and abuse of authority is so bad, it threatens the RCMP's very ability to police the country. The report highlights how preoccupied many Mounties are with being subject to reprisals for reporting harassment. While the commission reports only a small number of complaints about sexual harassment, McPhail wrote it is a seriously under-reported problem inside the RCMP. The commission suggests three potential models for civilian oversight, but they all require an overhaul of the RCMP Act. 


NDP PLATFORM NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Monday 15th May 2017
Gary Burrill unveiled the NDP's election platform this morning. The party has plans for investments in health care, education, and renewable energy. Burrill says that while there will be several years of deficits, the money spent will help to grow the economy. The full platform is available here. Last week, the Progressive Conservatives released their election platform, while the Liberals will release theirs on Wednesday.


LOCAL CANDIDATES PART OF MEET & GREETS THIS WEEK
Monday 15th May 2017
Pulse Pictou County are hosting Meet and Greet events this week where you can ask questions of the candidates in the three Pictou ridings. Tuesday night, the Pictou Centre candidates will be at Summer Street Industries. On Wednesday, the Pictou West candidates will be at Fat Tony's in Pictou. And in Westville, the Pictou East candidates will be at the White Tail on Thursday. All sessions are from 6-8pm.


NEW GLASGOW CADET TOPS IN HER CLASS
Monday 15th May 2017
An officer cadet from New Glasgow was named Top Candidate when she graduated from a Basic Military Qualification course in Truro. Officer Cadet Devon Greene serves with the Nova Scotia Highlanders, a company in Pictou and was chosen by training staff for the honour based on her final marks, fitness, skills and leadership qualities. Greene tells the Truro News that she hopes to continue her officer studies so she can eventually qualify as an infantry officer like her father. In fact, her mother and father met in the Nova Scotia Highlanders and her brother is now a sergeant with the unit.


ONE MAN DEAD AFTER ATV CRASH IN TATAMAGOUCHE
Monday 15th May 2017
Colchester District RCMP is investigating a fatal ATV crash that occurred in Tatamagouche. Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m., RCMP responded to a report of an unresponsive man on South Tatamagouche Road. When Emergency Responders arrived on scene, they located a deceased 50-year-old man. An RCMP Collision Analyst attended the scene to assist with the investigation. Preliminary indications are the victim was driving his ATV through the ditch when he lost control. The investigation continues.


LIBERALS COULD REVIEW SCHOOL BOARDS OVER RAISES IF ELECTED
Monday 15th May 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil is accusing school boards of being out of step by voting themselves increases to their stipends while cutting classroom resources. McNeil told The Canadian Press that a proposed 24 per cent stipend increase approved by all but the Chignecto Central Regional School Board sends the wrong signal. McNeil says if his government is re-elected, he'll launch a review of school board administration to look for savings. The Liberals say they'll freeze school closures while reviewing whether board decisions are in line with the province's commitments to classroom conditions. McNeil says wants to make sure schools have the space to put a tighter rein on class sizes in junior and senior high schools, provide universal pre-primary care and add 100 new teachers. The new policies come at the recommendation of the council looking at classroom conditions. McNeil says the review will wrap up by the end of the year and that school closures that have been slated will still go through.


NDP PLEDGE MORE SUPPORT FOR MIDWIVES
Monday 15th May 2017
NDP Leader Gary Burrill says his government will invest $6 million over four years to give more expectant mothers access to midwives. The investment would allow the province to double its number of practicing midwives and create a training program for people who want to become midwives. Currently, there are 10 working midwives in the province, according to the NDP: six in the Halifax area, two on the South Shore and two in Antigonish. A 2011 external report prepared for the then-NDP government on the state of Nova Scotia's midwifery program recommended that the province have 20 full-time midwives by the end of the 2017 fiscal year. Stephen McNeil told reporters on Sunday that midwifery would be part of an overall health service plan under his government, but he could not provide details.


QUEBECERS BEGIN COSTLY CLEANUP AS FLOOD WATERS RECEDE
Monday 15th May 2017
A massive cleanup operation is underway for many Montrealers affected by recent floods. The city has lifted its state of emergency but water is still visible on some roads and in many basements. Citizens are gradually being allowed to return home as flood waters recede in most parts of the province. Many say the damage will cost tens of thousands of dollars and government aid won't cover most of it. As of Saturday night, Quebec's emergency management department said almost 4,600 residences were struck by flooding and almost 3,900 people have been moved out of their homes.


CYBERATTACK A "WAKE-UP CALL": MICROSOFT
Monday 15th May 2017
Microsoft says a cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call". It blamed governments for storing data on software with vulnerabilities which could be accessed by hackers. It says the latest virus exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows identified by, and stolen from, US intelligence. There are fears of more "ransomware" attacks as people begin work on Monday, although few have been reported so far. Many firms have had experts working over the weekend to prevent new infections. The virus took control of users' files and demanded payments to restore access. The spread of the WannaCry ransomware attack slowed over the weekend but the respite might only be brief, experts have said. More than 200,000 computers have been affected so far. BBC analysis of three accounts linked to the ransom demands suggests about $38,000 had been paid by Monday morning. However, the ransomware warning said that the cost would double after three days, so the payments may increase. It threatens to delete files within seven days if no payment is made. The effect in Asian nations so far on Monday has been limited. Microsoft said it had released a Windows security update in March to tackle the problem involved in the latest attack, but many users were yet to run it.


SPORTS MAY 15
Monday 15th May 2017
The game yesterday between the Jamaican National U20 hockey team and a team of Nova Scotian U20 players ended in a 5-1 win for the Caribbean squad. The game in Halifax - dubbed Bobsleds to Blades, included two members of the Weeks Crushers and one Weeks Major Midget on the Nova Scotia roster. Jacob Hickey, Michael Dill, and G Blackmore were all part of the local squad. The ultimate goal for the Jamaican Ice Hockey Federation is to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2022.
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Registration is open for all ages for the 53rd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton on May 22. The deadline to enter your name is Friday. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, visit Joe Earle Road Race on Facebook, or phone 902-755-4426. Please include your name, age, gender, town, school (if applicable) and the events you wish to enter.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks roared back from an early two-goal deficit to even the Western Conference finals with a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2.
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World Hockey Championship
Sweden 4 Denmark 2
United States 6 Slovakia 1
Czech Republic 5 France 2
Finland 3 Switzerland 2 (OT)
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NBA Playoffs
Stephen Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from way down after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle injury to beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
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MLB
American League

Kevin Pillar hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Blue Jays over the Seattle Mariners 3-2 for Toronto's fifth consecutive win and a sweep of the four-game set with Seattle.
Cleveland 8 Minnesota 3
Tampa Bay 11 Boston 2
N.Y. Yankees 11 Houston 6, 1st game
Houston 10 N.Y. Yankees 7, 2nd game
Kansas City 9 Baltimore 8
Texas 6 Oakland 4
L.A. Angels 4 Detroit 1
National League
Miami 3 Atlanta 1
Philadelphia 4 Washington 3, 1st game
Washington 6 Philadelphia 5, 2nd game
Milwaukee 11 N.Y. Mets 9
St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 0
Colorado 9 L.A. Dodgers 6
San Francisco 8 Cincinnati 3
Pittsburgh 6 Arizona 4 (10 innings)
Interleague
Chicago White Sox 9 San Diego 3


NDP PLEDGES MORE MONEY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES
Sunday 14th May 2017
The NDP leader says his party would invest $2 million to improve services to help sexual assault victims if elected. Gary Burrill pledged to spend $1 million to double the number of sexual assault therapists in the province. He says an NDP government would add $1 million in funding for organizations the provide sexual assault services and women's centres. Burrill says his party also push for legislation requiring colleges and universities to develop sexual assault policies. Burrill will release the full NDP platform tomorrow.


LIBERALS PROMISE TO EXPAND EXPORT PROGRAMS
Sunday 14th May 2017
The Liberals pledge to invest more than $5.3 million dollars over four years to support export programs, putting more people to work, and creating more opportunities for Nova Scotians. Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil says that since 2013 provincial exports grew by 23 per cent, and he wants to build on that with a four year plan that includes a $3.55 million investment to double the Export Growth Program, and $1.76 million to create the Export Accelerator Program.


ROAD CLOSURES FOR THIS MORNING'S MISS MILES
Sunday 14th May 2017
The Miss Miles 5K Mother’s Day Classic is today, and so there will be several road closures in downtown New Glasgow. Riverside Parkway from MacLean St to George Street will be closed from 8am until 2pm, and the George Street Bridge will be closed from 8am until 10:30am. Northbound lane on Abercrombie Road from George Street to Canary Drive will be closed from 8 am to 10:30am. The Glasgow Square Theatre parking lot is closed until 4. There will be no parking allowed on either side of Provost Street, from George Street to Dalhousie Street from 8 am-10:00am.


USING THE PEI-NS FERRY FOR MEDICAL TRIP? YOU COULD BE REIMBURSED
Sunday 14th May 2017
Residents of P.E.I. travelling to Nova Scotia for medical services can now apply to have the cost of their ferry ride covered. Health PEI says the program is for those in financial need. The passes from Northumberland Ferries will be paid for by Hope Air and Health PEI. The government and Hope Air have collaborated on out-of-province travel support since 1988, offering flights and passes for the Confederation Bridge.


TWO OFFICIAL RECOUNTS TO BEGIN IN BC ELECTION
Sunday 14th May 2017
Elections BC has rejected four of the six requests for recounts in ridings where the outcome in the provincial election was determined by less than 600 votes. Two requests were submitted for the riding of Vancouver-False Creek, and one for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, Courtenay-Comox, Maple Ridge-Mission, and Richmond-Queensborough. Recounts will go ahead for Vancouver-False Creek and Courtenay-Comox between May 22 and 24. Recount requests are accepted if the difference between the top two candidates is 100 votes or less, or if there were errors with accepting votes, rejecting ballots or discrepancies between the ballot count and number of votes for a candidate. Elections BC said not all requests provided enough evidence that ballots were improperly accepted or recorded. For Vancouver-False Creek, Liberal incumbent Sam Sullivan was elected by 560 votes ahead of New Democrat Morgane Oger. Although Oger’s request for a recount was denied, Elections BC said it accepted a request from BC Citizens First Party candidate Phillip James Ryan because of evidence of discrepancies in counting. An advanced voting ballot account recorded 403 votes for one candidate but the tally sheet and parcel envelope containing ballots for that candidate lists 399. The Courtenay-Comox recount was accepted because the difference between the top two candidates was a mere nine votes. Any changes discovered through recounts could have a significant effect on the results of the election. Christy Clark’s Liberals are one seat shy of a majority government with 43 seats, while John Horgan’s New Democrats have 41 and Andrew Weaver’s Greens hold the balance of power with three. The final count, which will include 176,000 absentee ballots, could also swing the results. Applicants can still request a judicial recount up to six days after the final count is released on May 24.


NORTH KOREA HOLDS YET ANOTHER MISSILE TEST
Sunday 14th May 2017
North Korea on Sunday test-launched a ballistic missile that flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, according to the Japanese and U.S. militaries. The launch, which Tokyo said could be of a new type of missile, is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president and comes as U.S., Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific. It wasn’t immediately clear what type of ballistic missile was launched, the seventh such firing this year, although the U.S. Pacific Command said that “the flight is not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile.” South Korea, Japan and the U.S. swiftly condemned the launch, which jeopardizes South Korean leader Moon Jae-in’s willingness for dialogue with the rival North. While Pyongyang regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland. Past North Korean missiles have flown farther than Sunday’s test, landing closer to Japan, but this launch follows a series of high-profile failures.


RANSOMWARE VIRUS STRIKES WORLDWIDE: EXPERTS RECOMMEND IMMEDIATE SECURITY UPGRADES
Sunday 14th May 2017
Security experts warn another major cyber-attack could be imminent. Friday's spread of the Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry virus has infected more than 200,000 computer systems in 150 countries, according to the chief of Europol. After taking computers over, the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user. BBC analysis of three accounts linked with the global attack suggests the hackers have already been paid the equivalent of more than $44,000 US. A hacker nicknamed MalwareTech, who wants to remain anonymous, was hailed as an "accidental hero" after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which actually ended up halting it. The 22-year-old says it's very important that people upgrade their computers with the latest security patches now. He warns hackers could upgrade the virus to remove the "kill switch" that helped to stop it. The virus exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software, first identified by the US National Security Agency.


SPORTS MAY 14
Sunday 14th May 2017
Registration is now open for all ages for the 53rd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton on May 22. The deadline to enter your name is Friday, May 19. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, visit Joe Earle Road Race on Facebook, or phone 902-755-4426. Please include your name, age, gender, town, school (if applicable) and the events you wish to enter.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
The Ottawa Senators took a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 overtime victory.
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IIHF World Hockey Championship
Fabrice Herzog's second goal of the game was the overtime winner as Switzerland stunned Canada 3-2 on Saturday at the world hockey championships.
United States 5 Latvia 3
Russia 6 Slovakia 0
Germany 4 Italy 1
Finland 3 Norway 2 (OT)
Belarus 5 Slovenia 2
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MLB
American League

Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Blue Jays to a 7-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners for Toronto's fourth straight win.
Boston 6 Tampa Bay 3
Minnesota 4 Cleveland 1
Kansas City 4 Baltimore 3
Texas 6 Oakland 5
Detroit 4 L.A. Angels 3
Houston at N.Y. Yankees, postponed
National League
St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 3
San Francisco 3 Cincinnati 1
Washington 6 Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 3 Miami 1
Milwaukee 11 N.Y. Mets 4
L.A. Dodgers 4 Colorado 0
Pittsburgh 4 Arizona 3
Interleague
Chicago White Sox 5 San Diego 4


MORE HONOURS FOR VIOLA DESMOND
Friday 12th May 2017
Another honour is about to be bestowed upon civil rights activist Viola Desmond. The city of Montreal has indicated in a letter to Desmond's sister Wanda Robson that a formal vote will take place next month to name a street in the La Salle and Verdun area of the city Rue Viola Desmond. The city of Halifax, which has already named a ferry after Desmond, also has plans to name a street after her. Recently, the Canadian Mint also indicated that Desmond would replace Sir John A MacDonald on the face of the ten-dollar bill.


HALIFAX POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING TEEN
Friday 12th May 2017
Police in Halifax are asking for help from the public in finding a missing teen. Fifteen year old Ashanti Izzard was last seen near Eric Graves Memorial Junior High School in Dartmouth on Tuesday. Halifax District RCMP describe Izzard as an African-Nova Scotian girl with brown eyes and black hair, which may have a purple tint. She is five-foot-three with an average build and was last seen wearing a green hoodie with gold writing and black pants or leggings. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Halifax District RCMP at the Cole Harbour office at 902-426-8130 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.


LIBERALS PROMISE EXPANSION TO APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
Friday 12th May 2017
Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says if the Liberals are elected to a second term at the end of the month, they will create over 700 new apprenticeship opportunities through an expansion of the START Apprenticeship Program. McNeil made the announcement this morning, which would see the Liberals invest 18.2 million dollars into assisting Nova Scotians will skills training. This would see a dramatic increase to support for women, aboriginals, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities and new Canadians. The enhanced program will increase employer incentives from $10,000 to $30,000 for those who hire from these diverse groups. They also plan to eliminate tuition for apprentices in technical training programs, and a previously announced intention to creating Expanding Skills Trades Centres in seven high schools across the province.


JUBILEE LINEUP RELEASED
Friday 12th May 2017
We've got the full line-up for this year's Jubilee, straight from the source! Friday night’s lineup has filled out nicely, with the addition of Haywire headlining the night. Haywire formed three decades ago in Charlottetown, PEI. They are an award-winning band that has sold more than half a million records, and spawned a dozen hit songs. In 2006, Haywire received the Music P.E.I. Lifetime Achievement Award and again in April 2011 when the band was honoured by the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown with the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award. Friday night will have Pictou County Pop Classic’s will have the best of the 60’s and 70’s rock, and Haywire will bring their hits of the 80’s and 90’s! Friday night Grooveback will break in the 2017 stage, kicking off the August 4, 5, 6th weekend for the Riverfront Jubilee. A group of close friends, raised in rural mainland, Nova Scotia, Grooveback shares a love for music as strong as our Atlantic winters. The band shares their personal experiences in life and music with those who listen, including those who attended the Jubilee late night stage in 2016 where Grooveback performed. Friday night also features local favourites, Andrea Pettipas & the Giants. This three-piece rock band raised in Antigonish Nova Scotia, brothers Andre and Travis have been playing together for roughly six years. The band also welcomes Pictou County drummer Marcus Cosh. From folk rock to 90s alternative rock to catchy pop songs, this versatile band is ready to let their hair down and leave it all on the stage. Saturday night kicks off with The Town Heroes, a 4-piece alternative-rock band known for crafting catchy, thoughtful songs. They've toured the world, released three critically acclaimed albums and won an array of industry awards. On stage they move like intense caricatures – soaked in sweat, pushing every chord, note and beat to the limit. A structured wall of sound emerges; familiar yet distinctive. Their music is a perfect soundtrack for contemplating life with a bounce in your step. The Town Heroes will be joining Saturday night co-headliners, Wintersleep and Matt Mays. Closing out the weekend, as previously announced is Fortunate Ones, Matt Anderson & The Bona Fide and Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies. Tickets for the show are available online at jubilee.ns.ca or ticketpro.ca and any TicketPro Outlet. Ticket price for an Adult Advance Weekend pass are now on sale for $85, Youth (13-18) Advanced Weekend passes are $40, and VIP Advanced Weekend passes are on for $150 prices in effect until June 15th. For more information on tickets, sponsorship, full band bios and event details, please visit jubilee.ns.ca.


NDP PLEDGE NO TUITION FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CUTS TO UNIVERSITY TUITION
Friday 12th May 2017
The NDP are promising to eliminate tuition for Community College students. Leader Gary Burrill says this would help 1,000 full-time students and over 11,000 part-time students at all NSCC campuses. Burrill also pledged to work with universities to reduce tuition in the province by 10 percent over 4 years.


GAS, DIESEL DOWN AGAIN
Friday 12th May 2017
The price at the pump continues to decline. Regular self-serve is down over a cent to $1.052 per litre, and diesel dropped two cents to 96.9 cents per litre.


LOBSTER FISHERMEN EXPECTED TO GET TOP DOLLAR FOR THEIR CATCHES
Friday 12th May 2017
Lobster prices will be higher than usual this year. Ron Heighton, president of the Northumberland Fishermen’s Association, tells NG News that lobster taken from the waters in the Northumberland Strait are expected to fetch between $7 and $7.50 per pound at the wharf. Heighton said based on the higher-than-normal prices being paid elsewhere, wharf prices are expected to be up along the north shore. Part of the reason for the higher prices is the increased demand for lobster in China and other Asian markets. Lobster has been selling recently in local supermarkets at $15/lb. for markets and $16/lb. for selects.


RCMP INVESTIGATING TWO ROADSIDE FATALITIES
Friday 12th May 2017
Colchester District RCMP say a man has died following a single vehicle crash on Highway 224 in Pine Grove on Thursday afternoon.  In a news release, RCMP Sergeant Jeff West says the vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.  The release says both the man, who was driving the vehicle, and the woman, who was a passenger, were transported to hospital by EHS.  West says the man was pronounced dead upon arrival and the passenger remains in criticial condition.  The investigation is continuing.  
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Digby RCMP say they are investigating a single vehicle crash that happened on Highway 217 in Digby on Thursday night. They say a vehicle had gone off the roadway and struck a tree.  In a news release, RCMP Sergeant Jeff West says the woman, who was driving the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The release says traffic on Highway 217 between Timpany Lane and Gullivers Cove Road was reduced to one lane following the accident.


YARMOUTH FERRY OPERATOR SAYS PASSENGER LEVELS APPROACHING THE NUMBERS FOR THE PREVIOUS SERVICE
Friday 12th May 2017
Operators of the passenger ferry between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth say advance bookings are up compared to last year. Bay Ferries Ltd. President Mark MacDonald tells the Portland Press Herald that advance ticket sales are up at least five-fold from 2016. About 35,500 passengers rode the ferry last year, far below the ridership of 90,000 to 100,000 in 2007-2008. MacDonald said that if the bookings hold, then passenger volumes could attain levels reached before the ferry service was cancelled in 2009. MacDonald said he views the early ticket purchases as an ``extremely encouraging sign'' but he acknowledges the data from January through April isn't an apples-to-apples comparison because of the late start last season.


CREWS WORKING TO FIX CABOT TRAIL AFTER MAJOR DAMAGE
Friday 12th May 2017
One of the province's most iconic roads is in need of major repairs weeks before the high tourist season gets underway. Days of heavy rain and snow melt off the Cape Breton highlands have eroded sections of the Cabot Trail, leaving extensive damage and washed out shoulders. The roadway has reopened to traffic but the Department of Transportation says crews are working around the clock to fix more than 20 sections. The Cabot Trail Relay Race, a two-day, 17-stage course that draws over 1,200 runners from around the world, starts May 27. A number of other secondary highways in the region were also washed out and two roads remain closed. The department hopes to have most of the repairs completed ahead of the relay race. Meanwhile, Sydney-area residents continue to keep vigil over their basements. Cape Breton Regional Municipality spokeswoman Christina Lamey said a week of steady rain has saturated the ground and water levels are high, but no roads in the Sydney area have been washed out.


PM NAMES NEW HEAD OF CSIS
Friday 12th May 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the new head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. David Vigneault, currently serving as the assistant secretary to the cabinet on matters of security and intelligence, will assume his new role on June 19.  He replaces current CSIS Director Michel Coulombe, who is retiring from the public service after a 36-year career. The outgoing director was the eighth to lead the service, but was the first to assume the role from within CSIS.  Coulombe leaves his post at the end of May, with Jeffrey Yaworski, CSIS's deputy director of operations, filling the director role until Vigneault lands in his new position. Vigneault has previously worked for CSIS. From 2006 to 2010 he held the position of assistant director before moving to the Canada Border Services Agency to serve as an associate vice-president of the programs branch. 


MOST KNEE SURGERIES NOT USEFUL, SAY EXPERTS
Friday 12th May 2017
An international expert panel says a common, minimally invasive surgery is largely useless for knee problems stemming from arthritis. Yet most arthroscopic knee surgeries in Canada are performed for this common condition. The panel of physicians, physiotherapists, academics and patients reviewed 13 randomized trials with control groups and found patients who underwent the procedure had the same outcomes as those who didn't. McMaster University's Dr. Reed Siemieniuk, who chaired the panel, said the ease of the procedure makes it an attractive option for physicians who want to alleviate their patients' chronic knee pain. Siemieniuk said arthroscopic surgery has been shown to be effective in only a small subset of patients such as those who've had a sports injury or experienced sudden knee trauma from an accident. But the panel's research found that in Ontario alone, of the 27,000 people who had the procedure on their knees in 2013, about 90 per cent were due to arthritis. With an average cost of $1,300 per procedure, the figures suggests $31 million in health-care spending that likely had no long-term benefit to the patient. In its new clinical guidelines published in The British Medical Journal, the panel recommend against arthroscopy for these symptoms. Long term, they say people with arthritis and chronic knee pain eventually go on to needing knee replacement surgery.


SPORTS MAY 12
Friday 12th May 2017
Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull could be part of Team Canada at next year's Winter Olympics. Hockey Canada's National Women’s Team has announced the 28 players that will be in Calgary in preparation for the games in PyeongChang, South Korea and Turnbull is one of two Nova Scotians on the list. The centralization roster features 14 players who won gold at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. It also includes 21 players who captured silver at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Mich. The roster was selected by head coach Laura Schuler alongside Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, and included support from Hockey Canada regional scouts, assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk and Troy Ryan (who formerly coached the Weeks Jr. A Crushers), and goaltending coach Brad Kirkwood. All 28 players named to Canada’s National Women’s Team centralization roster will begin their preparation with fitness testing later this month. Details on the location of camp will be announced next week. Canada’s final 23-player roster is tentatively scheduled to be determined in late December.
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Pictou County Midget AA Baseball will be holding tryouts on Saturday at the Sample Fields in Stellarton at 4pm. Prior to the tryouts beginning, there will be a players and parents meeting to discuss the process and the upcoming season. Please contact Bruce Wheadon for more information at bklwheadon@gmail.com or 902-759-8551.
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The Miss Miles 5K is sold out, but come down and cheer on the runners on Sunday. The run begins at 9am at Glasgow Square. Runners can pick up their race kit Saturday from 4 to 6 pm at the YMCA gym in the Pictou County Wellness Centre, or Sunday at Glasgow Square from 7 to 8:30 am.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – is pleased to announce tryouts for the U-12 and U-14 Rep teams for the upcoming 2017 Competitive Fast Pitch Season. The Subway Stingers U-14 team will be having tryouts on Saturday and Sunday at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Tryouts are from 10 am - 11:30 am on both days. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.  The Subway Stingers U-12 team will be having tryouts on Monday May 15th and Wednesday May 17th from 7 pm - 8 pm at the Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.
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Registration is now open for all ages for the 53rd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton on May 22. The deadline to enter your name is Friday, May 19. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, visit Joe Earle Road Race on Facebook, or phone 902-755-4426. Please include your name, age, gender, town, school (if applicable) and the events you wish to enter.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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IIHF World Hockey Championship
Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the winner as Canada survived a scare in a tight 3-2 win over co-host France at the world hockey championship.
Czech Republic 1 Norway 0
Russia 3 Denmark 0
Sweden 2 Latvia 0
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NBA Playoffs
San Antonio 114 Houston 75 (Spurs win series 4-2)
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MLB
American League

Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer and Marco Estrada had eight strikeouts over six innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-2 at Rogers Centre.
Kansas City 6 Tampa Bay 0
Boston 4 Milwaukee 1
Houston 3 N.Y. Yankees 2
Minnesota 7 Chicago White Sox 6
Detroit 7 L.A. Angels 1
National League
Colorado 10 L.A. Dodgers 7
Arizona 2 Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 3 San Francisco 2
Interleague
Boston 4 Milwaukee 1
Texas 5 San Diego 2
Baltimore at Washington, postponed


EXPERTS PREDICT PRICE DROP FOR GAS TONIGHT
Thursday 11th May 2017
If you can hold off on filling up your car until tomorrow, it may well be worth it. After the New Brunswick regulators dropped the price of gas slightly last night, many experts are expecting a similar move by the Utility and Review Board at midnight tonight. With the Victoria Day weekend upcoming, a drop would go against the grain, but analysts say the conditions still point to a drop somewhere in the neighbourhood of two cents.


VALUE VILLAGE OPENS TO GOOD CROWD
Thursday 11th May 2017
A large crowd withstood the less than ideal weather this morning to attend the grand opening of a new store in the Aberdeen Shopping Centre. Value Village has opened its doors to the delight of shoppers, and for the benefit of non-profit organizations in the region. Value Village takes donated, recycled items, including clothes, furniture, and more, with a portion of the proceeds going to various non-profits. Today's ribbon cutting ended the waiting that had been going on since the store was first announced last summer.


NDP PROMISE INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH
Thursday 11th May 2017
The NDP in Nova Scotia says it will double the funding for a mental health strategy and cut wait times in half for people who can't get care for up to a year in some parts of the province. Leader Gary Burrill made the announcement on Thursday in Halifax, saying his party would spend 49.5 million dollars over four years to improve access to community based mental health care if his party wins the May 30th election. He says 21.5 million of that would go to a second mental health strategy that picks up where the previous NDP government's left off. Burrill says he would also spend 25 million on three pilot mental health hubs in emergency rooms to speed up access to care and alleviate overcrowded emergencies. Those would be located in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. He says young people sometimes have to wait 165 days to see a mental health specialist in Halifax, while Cape Breton residents can wait up to a year for care. The N-D-P is also promising to reverse 600-thousand dollars in cuts to community based care groups, while investing another 150-thousand dollars in them.


PC PARTY UNVEILS FULL ELECTION PLATFORM
Thursday 11th May 2017
Tory leader Jamie Baillie unveiled his party's platform today. The platform includes $2 Billion over 10 years, cost-shared between Ottawa and Halifax, to invest in infrastructure; increasing the Small Business tax threshold from $350,000 to $500,000 to ease the tax burden for business; and recruiting more doctors and other medical professionals to underserviced areas. The full Progressive Conservative platform can be found on the PC website.


SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS VOTE THEMSELVES SALARY INCREASES, OVER PROVINCE'S OBJECTIONS
Thursday 11th May 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil says that a 24 per cent salary increase for elected school-board members is "unacceptable" and "alarming," but he can't block it. Instead, McNeil has promised to change the law if his party forms the next government so that the minister of education would have final say on salaries and expenses. Almost every school board has accepted the recommendations of a report last June that called for substantial increases to stipends. Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has not yet dealt with the report. The amount paid or reimbursed to elected school board members is reviewed every four years. The province refused to increase the budget for school boards to cover the new stipends, which means the boards have to find money to cover off their salary increases from other sources. McNeil said it was up to board members to explain where the money would come from. Lavinia Parrish-Swicker, chair of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, tells CBC that the stipend and expenses of the board are barely more than one quarter of one percent of their overall budget.


203 NAMES ON THE BALLOTS FOR THE PROVINCIAL VOTE
Thursday 11th May 2017
Nominations for the provincial election are closed. Elections Nova Scotia says 203 candidates have been nominated in the province's 51 electoral districts. While the Liberals, Tories and NDP have candidates in all 51 ridings, the Green Party nominated 32 candidates, the Atlantica Party is running 15, and there are three Independents.


TRENTON PARK GETTING MAJOR UPGRADES
Thursday 11th May 2017
Trenton Park is celebrating 50 years with some major upgrades. At a press conference Wednesday night, Mayor Shannon MacInnis said that Trenton will be committing $100,000 to a revitalization project expected to cost $2.6 million. The proposed features include a new playground, a re-modernized pool, a dog park, landscaping, a picnic area, and a splash pad, all universally accessible. Trenton town council has been in consultation with the Hemlock Group, a volunteer group of 11 who have been working on the project for several years. Trenton will apply for funds from all levels of government, including other municipal units in the county. They’re also planning a community fundraising campaign. Upgrades are expected to begin next spring.


FORMER COUNCILLOR FIELDING SMITH HAS PASSED AWAY
Thursday 11th May 2017
A former county councillor is being remembered as a fair-minded man who worked hard for his constituents. Fielding Smith passed away Monday in the Aberdeen Hospital following an illness.  He was 69. Smith served on Pictou County council for 18 years representing District 14, and served a term as deputy warden. Councillor David Parker, who has served alongside Smith, tells NG News he believes Smith’s work as union representative with the United Steelworkers gave him to skills to work well with people and see both sides of an issue. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Springville Presbyterian Church.


SEARCH CONTINUES FOR TODDLER SWEPT AWAY IN GASPE FLOODS
Thursday 11th May 2017
Firefighters in the Gaspé Peninsula's Sainte-Anne-des-Monts have found a car that was washed away into a river Sunday night, but the search continues for one of the passengers inside, a two-year-old girl. On Sunday night, 37-year-old Mike Gagnon, his girlfriend and her two-year-old daughter were swept into the Sainte-Anne River. They had taken their SUV onto a road that was closed because of flooding. The woman survived. Gagnon's body was recovered the next day. Searchers will resume the search for the missing two-year-old girl Thursday morning. Motorboats, Zodiacs and a helicopter will be deployed for the search. With receding water levels, officials on the ground will be able to search a larger area. About 100 people gathered at the shore of the river Wednesday evening to hold a vigil in honour of Gagnon and the toddler.


TENSIONS BEHIND THE SCENES AT ARCTIC SUMMIT
Thursday 11th May 2017
Canada's foreign minister is joining her Russian and U.S. counterparts Thursday for an intimate gathering to discuss environmental concerns in the north. But the conversations on the sidelines of the Arctic Council meeting will likely be of great interest, given the growing political tensions between the three largest participants. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are among the eight political representatives attending the meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. The sit-down comes at a time of growing international instability. A government source with direct knowledge of the summit said Canada is keen to stick to the issues on the agenda, but acknowledged there will likely be opportunities for "real conversations" in private on other topics. The ongoing investigation of Russian involvement in the U.S. election could easily become a source of friction in Alaska, but there are also concerns involving Canada that could emerge.  Ottawa's relationship with Moscow certainly hasn't grown cozier in the wake of Freeland's appointment as foreign minister. Before she even took on the role, she was already subject to Russian sanctions, which ban her from travelling to the country. In 2014, Russia announced a series of retaliatory measures against Canadian officials after Canada levelled sanctions against Russia for its actions in Crimea. Meanwhile, the Canada-U.S. relationship has changed dramatically. Since Donald Trump took office, Ottawa launched an intensive charm offensive to ensure key aspects of the Canada-U.S. relationship, like trade, continue to thrive. Despite those efforts, Canada has been on the receiving end of Trump's anti-trade rhetoric. Whatever political tensions emerge at the summit, the government official said Canada is more than willing to co-operate with all Arctic nations on issues of mutual interest.


RULES SAY RESIGNED SENATOR STILL GETS HIS PENSION
Thursday 11th May 2017
Treasury Board officials say Don Meredith is eligible to collect his parliamentary pension because he resigned from the Senate before facing an expulsion vote. His resignation became official Wednesday as Gov. Gen. David Johnston received a hard copy of his resignation letter and sent it on to the Red Chamber to begin the process of removing Meredith from the membership list, recouping Senate resources, and vacating his office. Conservative Senator Leo Housakos, the chair of the powerful internal economy committee, called on Treasury Board President Scott Brison to block future pension payments to the disgraced senator — a request that was dismissed by Brison Wednesday. Brison said pensions are governed not by Treasury Board policy, but by legislation amended by the former Conservative government: the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act. Per the legislation, if a parliamentarian resigns and has at least six years of pensionable service, they are entitled to receive a pension. Any changes to the act would require a legislative amendment by Parliament, but Brison said changes could not be applied retroactively to Meredith.


SPORTS MAY 11
Thursday 11th May 2017
A former Crusher is now an Olympian. Former Head Coach Troy Ryan was named to Team Canada's Women's Hockey Team for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyongChang, South Korea. Ryan will be an assistant coach with Head Coach Laura Schular, and fellow assistant Dwayne Gylywoychuk  (gil eh WOY chick).
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Pictou County Midget AA Baseball will be holding tryouts on Saturday at the Sample Fields in Stellarton at 4pm. Prior to the tryouts beginning, there will be a players and parents meeting to discuss the process and the upcoming season. Please contact Bruce Wheadon for more information at bklwheadon@gmail.com or 902-759-8551.
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The Miss Miles 5K is sold out, but come down and cheer on the runners on Sunday. The run begins at 9am at Glasgow Square.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – is pleased to announce tryouts for the U-12 and U-14 Rep teams for the upcoming 2017 Competitive Fast Pitch Season. The Subway Stingers U-14 team will be having tryouts on Saturday and Sunday at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Tryouts are from 10 am - 11:30 am on both days. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.  The Subway Stingers U-12 team will be having tryouts on Monday May 15th and Wednesday May 17th from 7 pm - 8 pm at the Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.
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Registration is now open for all ages for the 53rd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton on May 22. The deadline to enter your name is Friday, May 19. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, visit Joe Earle Road Race on Facebook, or phone 902-755-4426. Please include your name, age, gender, town, school (if applicable) and the events you wish to enter.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7, advancing to the Western Conference final. Anaheim will play the Nashville Predators in the next round.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned back the clock with a brilliant 29-save shutout, Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist scored and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa.
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IIHF World Hockey Championship
USA 3 Italy 0
Germany 3 Slovakia 2 (SO)
Switzerland 3 Belarus 0
Finland 5 Slovenia 2
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NBA Playoffs
Boston 123 Washington 101 (Celtics lead series 3-2)
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MLB
American League

Ryan Goins singled with the bases loaded to score Ezequiel Carrera and give the Toronto Blue Jays an 8-7 walkoff victory over the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre.
Oakland 3 L.A. Angels 1
Tampa Bay 12 Kansas City 1
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, postponed
National League
San Francisco 6 N.Y. Mets 5
Colorado 3 Chicago Cubs 0
St. Louis 7 Miami 5
L.A. Dodgers 4 Pittsburgh 3 (10 innings)
Interleague
Seattle 11 Philadelphia 6
Houston 4 Atlanta 2
Washington 7 Baltimore 6
Texas 4 San Diego 3
Milwaukee 7 Boston 4
Arizona 7 Detroit 1


BUS FLIPS ONTO SIDE TAKING STUDENTS HOME
Wednesday 10th May 2017
A bit of a scary experience for 24 junior high school students this afternoon, as their bus ended up on its side in a ditch. Truro Daily News is reporting that RCMP responded to the scene of an accident on the Shore Road shortly before 2:30pm today. Police say the bus driver swerved to avoid a pothole, and ended up on the soft shoulder which resulted in the bus ending up on its side, although the investigation is still ongoing. EHS attended the scene to exmine three students. Two were cleared at the scene, while a third with arm pain was taken to hospital. Another bus was dispatched to the scene to pick up the students and bring them home.


SECTIONS OF CITIZENSHIP ACT RULED TO VIOLATE BILL OF RIGHTS
Wednesday 10th May 2017
A decision handed down today by the Supreme Court of Canada has determined that several sections of the Citizenship Act violate the Bill of Rights. Justice Jocelyne Gagné wrote in the decision that three sections of the previous government's Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (SCCA) become inoperative. Gagne wrote that the sections do not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, despite going against the Bill of Rights. As a result of the decision, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration will no longer have the power to decide on their own, to revoke someone's citizenship if they feel it was obtained by lying or concealing information. The government will also no longer be able to revoke someone's citizenship without a hearing. 


QUEBEC FLOODS WON'T END ANYTIME SOON
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Though water levels are gradually starting to go down, officials are warning it's going to be awhile before things are truly back to normal for flood victims in Quebec. The latest numbers show 3,882 homes are flooded, 1,000 more than on Monday. Some 2,721 people have been forced from their homes. Both Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux have expressed hope that, weather permitting, water levels will be back to normal by month's end. But the weekend forecast may see winds whipping up waves that could cause further damage in some areas.


FEDERAL GRITS DEFEND PROPOSED ANTI-IMPAIRED DRIVING LAWS
Wednesday 10th May 2017
The federal Liberals are expected to table a charter statement today that will defend its sweeping reforms on drug- and alcohol-impaired driving in Canada. The statement, scheduled to be tabled in the House of Commons this afternoon, will explain why Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould believes the legislation upholds Canadians' constitutional rights. The bill was tabled last month at the same time as legislation to legalize marijuana, and includes tougher penalties and new powers for police. The government has maintained it is charter-proof, but many legal experts say new provisions go too far. One of the biggest challenges will come over proposed mandatory roadside breath samples. Currently, police must have reasonable grounds to suspect a driver is impaired before demanding a breathalyzer. Under the bill, anyone could be required to blow after being lawfully stopped in their car. To confront drivers impaired by pot or other drugs, the legislation allows police to demand a driver provide a saliva sample if there's a suspicion that they are impaired by drugs. 


GIRLS FELT PRESSURED TO SEND NUDE PICTURES, COURT TOLD
Wednesday 10th May 2017
A Nova Scotia court has been told that girls as young as 13 felt pressured to send intimate photos to boys and were unaware they were being shared. Six boys were charged in July 2016 in Bridgewater after allegations the students had distributed intimate images of at least 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 17. An agreed statement of facts submitted in Bridgewater provincial court Tuesday says one 13-year-old girl was repeatedly asked for sexual photos over several days and felt pressured to send them, as she felt a rumour would be spread about her if she did not. The document says the girl felt ``horrible'' and ``guilty'' after sending four or five intimate photos that she did not give permission to distribute and was told would not be saved. It says two Dropbox accounts were created for the purpose of sharing intimate images of girls aged between 13 and 17 in various states of undress. The document says most photos were sent through an app called Snapchat, in which images disappear after 10 seconds, but the boys circumvented the time limit by using other phones to take a picture of the photo.


WASHOUTS IN CABOT TRAIL AREA WILL TAKE WEEKS TO FIX
Wednesday 10th May 2017
The Department of Transportation says it could be a few weeks before a section of secondary road off the Cabot Trail is reopened after being damaged by flooding Monday. Stephen MacDonald, the area manager for Inverness and Victoria counties, said his department is working with provincial environment officials to determine what type of culvert needs to be installed on Middle River West Road. On Monday, a section of the Cabot Trail about 20 kilometres northwest of Baddeck was closed after the shoulder washed out. One lane has since reopened. But a part of Middle River West Road — an 18-kilometre, paved, secondary road — remains closed. The road has about 40 seasonal homes, 80 year-round homes and three businesses. Some locals say the road hasn't been repaired for 35 years.


MANY RECOUNTS EXPECTED AS BC ELECTS A MINORITY GOVERNMENT
Wednesday 10th May 2017
The BC Liberals have won a minority government, but the official results won't be sure for some time. As of midnight Tuesday, the Liberals were elected in 43 of B.C.'s 87 ridings, compared to 41 for the NDP and three for the Green Party. It is B.C.'s first minority government result since 1952, but several ridings will undergo mandatory recounts, and absentee ballots have not been fully counted. The final count by Elections BC is slated to take place between May 22 and 24. The Green Party, which currently hold the balance of power, is being cagey as to how it will proceed. But leader Andrew Weaver did say that any party looking for the Greens' support would have to agree to abolish corporate and union donations. 


TRUMP FIRES FBI DIRECTOR COMEY
Wednesday 10th May 2017
President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the election that sent him to the White House. In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI. Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his public comments on an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year’s campaign. Trump made no mention of Comey’s role in the Clinton investigation, which she has blamed in part for the election result. But in announcing the firing, the White House circulated a scathing memo, written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, criticizing Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe, including the director’s decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing “derogatory information” about Clinton. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the bureau’s Trump-Russia probe, Rosenstein has been in charge. Democrats slammed Trump’s action, comparing it to President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” decision to fire the independent special prosecutor overseeing the Watergate investigation in 1973, which prompted the resignations of the Justice Department’s top two officials. The Democrats expressed deep skepticism about the stated reasons for Tuesday’s firing, raising the prospect of a White House effort to stymie the investigations by the FBI and congressional panels. Trump will now appoint Comey’s successor. The White House said the search for a replacement was beginning immediately.


SPORTS MAY 10 *UPDATED 10:30 AM*
Wednesday 10th May 2017
The Miss Miles 5K is sold out, but come down and cheer on the runners on Sunday. The run begins at 9am at Glasgow Square.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – is pleased to announce tryouts for the U-12 and U-14 Rep teams for the upcoming 2017 Competitive Fast Pitch Season. The Subway Stingers U-14 team will be having tryouts on Saturday and Sunday at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Tryouts are from 10 am - 11:30 am on both days. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.  The Subway Stingers U-12 team will be having tryouts on Monday May 15th and Wednesday May 17th from 7 pm - 8 pm at the Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.
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Registration is now open for all ages for the 53rd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton on May 22. The deadline to enter your name is Friday, May 19. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, visit Joe Earle Road Race on Facebook, or phone 902-755-4426. Please include your name, age, gender, town, school (if applicable) and the events you wish to enter.
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The YMCA Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon returns Sunday May 28. Open to Y members and non-members, there will be both youth and adult categories this year. The triathlon starts with the youngest participants first, with swim heats at 8 am. Following the swim, children will exit the pool and hop on their bicycles for a designated distance around the Wellness Centre. Once the bike route is completed, they will run, or walk a similar marked loop on the premises. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to support participants along the way. Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all. For the adults, the swim heats start following all of the youth swimmers, with two distance options. After that, participants will exit the pool and enter the gym to complete a designated spin bike challenge, then will run outside along a marked course in the Stellarton Industrial Park. Funds raised will support the YMCA Strong Kids Program. Online registration is required through Race Roster, and is open until May 24. For more information, visit the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Erik Karlsson scored and added an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. The Sens now advance to the Eastern Conference final.
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IIHF World Hockey Championship
Latvia 2 Italy 1
Denmark 4 Slovakia 3 (SO)
Norway 5 Slovenia 1
France 4 Switzerland 3 (SO)
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NBA Playoffs
San Antonio 110 Houston 107 (OT) (Spurs lead series 3-2)
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MLB
American League

Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer and Carlos Carrasco threw seven shutout innings as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0.
Minnesota 7 Chicago White Sox 2
Kansas City 7 Tampa Bay 6 (12 innings)
L.A. Angels 7 Oakland 3
National League
Colorado 10 Chicago Cubs 4, 1st game
Chicago Cubs 8 Colorado 1, 2nd game
N.Y. Mets 6 San Francisco 1
St. Louis 6 Miami 5
L.A. Dodgers 4 Pittsburgh 3 (10 innings)
Interleague
Texas 11 San Diego 0
Baltimore 5 Washington 4 (12 innings)
Seattle 10 Philadelphia 9
Cincinnati 5 N.Y. Yankees 3
Houston 8 Atlanta 3
Milwaukee 11 Boston 7 (13 innings)
Detroit 7 Arizona 3


LIBERALS REPLACE MACKNIGHT WITH JOHN FRASER IN PICTOU EAST
Tuesday 9th May 2017
The Liberal Party have found a replacement for dismissed candidate Matthew MacKnight in Pictou East. Just hours after MacKnight was removed over a post on his twitter account from four years ago, the flag was handed to John Fraser. Fraser is a reitred teacher and former Michelin employee, and father of six including current Central Nova MP Sean Fraser. He joins incumbent Progressive Conservative Tim Houston and NDP candidates Deborah Stiles on the ballot in Pictou East.


SPRING WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED ON PAVED ROADS ONLY
Tuesday 9th May 2017
As of midnight tonight, spring weight restrictions will be lifted on paved roads in much of the province, including here in Pictou County. However, because of the recent heavy rains, spring weight restrictions remain in effect for all gravel roads. For more information on the spring weight restrictions, you can check out the department's website.


LEADERS' DEBATE SET FOR NEXT THURSDAY
Tuesday 9th May 2017
There will be a televised election debate. The three main party leaders will debate on CBC next Thursday 18 May from 6 to 7:30pm. It will also be livestreamed on their Facebook and Youtube pages.


"CONQUERED PEOPLE" LAWYER SUING PROVINCE
Tuesday 9th May 2017
A former provincial government lawyer is suing the Premier, Justice Minister, and the attorney general's office. According to Alex Cameron's affidavit, he intends to sue for defamation, abuse of public office, constitutional violation and constructive dismissal. Cameron is asking for a publication ban on evidence at the trial because, as a former Justice Department lawyer, the court case could raise issues normally kept confidential through solicitor-client privilege. Cameron was acting as a lawyer on behalf of the province last year in a case where the Sipekne'Katik First Nation appealed approval of a plan to store natural gas in salt caverns near the Shubenacadie River, saying the government had not appropriately consulted with the First Nation. During the case, Cameron presented a brief that said the Crown was only obliged to consult with "unconquered people," and that a band's submission to the Crown in 1760 negated its claim of sovereignty, meaning the government did not have a constitutional duty to consult. After the brief was presented, Premier Stephen McNeil apologized for it and the defence was later removed. Cameron was also taken off the case. The justice department has not commented on the lawsuit as it is a matter before the courts.


FISHERIES DEPT WINS CASE OVER "CONTROLLING AGREEMENTS"
Tuesday 9th May 2017
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has won a court decision upholding its right to regulate the inshore fishery in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. Justice Cecily Strickland of the Federal Court of Canada ruled the federal fisheries minister was entitled to strip a snow crab fishing licence from Labrador fisherman Kirby Elson after he refused to exit a controlling agreement with two fish processors. The federal government contended the agreement was an effort to get around long-standing policies to preserve the fishery's independence. Although the licence was in Elson's name, the 2003 agreement gave Quinlan Brothers and Labrador Sea Products Ltd. total control. The companies provided the vessel, the crew, financed the boat and reaped the profits. Even in the event of Elson's death, his estate would have been compelled to transfer his licences to a designate of the fish processors. Elson was the only fisherman in Atlantic Canada to formally refuse to leave his controlling agreement by a May 2014 deadline. Since 2015, the department has launched audits and investigations of licences it considers suspicious and last fall, DFO disclosed two Maritime fishermen lost their licences as a result. No word yet if the decision will be appealed.


LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER RESIGNS
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Another member of the Liberal campaign is leaving, this time voluntarily. Kyley Harris has resigned as communications director. Harris pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in a domestic dispute in 2014. While Premier Stephen McNeil last week said he deserved “a second chance” after being handed a conditional discharge, in his resignation letter Harris said “while I can readily accept that I continue to be punished for my actions on that night in 2014, I will not allow my colleagues, this organization or its leader Stephen McNeil to bear that burden any longer.”


SEVERAL WESTRAY MEMORIAL SERVICES TO BE HELD TODAY
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Several ceremonies are taking place in Pictou County to mark the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine explosion. There will be a memorial march and service this morning at 6:45 am at Summer Street Industries. From there, people will proceed to the Westray Miners Memorial Park. Author Tom Sandborn will read from his book, “Hell’s History” at 4:30 pm at the New Glasgow Library. There will also be a memorial service at the Miners Memorial Park tonight from 7 to 8pm, and a Celebration of Life at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton beginning at 8pm. The Museum is opening its exhibit “Remembering the Tragedy of Westray”.


PICTOU EAST LIBERAL CANDIDATE DROPPED OVER OFFENSIVE TWEET *UPDATED 10:05 AM*
Tuesday 9th May 2017
The Liberal candidate for Pictou East has learned the hard way that the Internet is forever. Matthew MacKnight has been dropped by the party after a four year old tweet was unearthed in which he made a derogatory reference to Down Syndrome. Liberal campaign chair Chris MacInnes said in a statement that the “highly inappropriate” comments run contrary to the values of the party. MacKnight has apologized, saying he takes full responsibility for the comments on Twitter and didn't intend for them to be derogatory or hurtful. It is not known if the party will name a replacement for MacKnight before tomorrow afternoon's deadline to file.


DID HALIFAX POLICE DELETE A CELLPHONE VIDEO OF AN ARREST?
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Nova Scotia's independent police watchdog is probing allegations that Halifax police deleted a cellphone video of an arrest outside a downtown bar last month. The Serious Incident Response Team said today a man told them last week that he had taken video of a friend's April 27th arrest for public intoxication. The second man said he was also arrested on the same charge, and when his phone was returned to him the next morning, the video had been removed. SIRT director Ron MacDonald said the independent unit decided the complaint raised issues of ``significant public interest'' under its mandate. MacDonald said it is investigating whether the video existed, and whether a police officer tampered with it. He said SIRT is not investigating either arrest, although Halifax police are handling a complaint internally about the initial arrest.


TRAFFIC SLOWDOWNS ON THE CANSO CAUSEWAY THIS WEEK
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Note for those heading to Cape Breton: for the next few days, traffic will be stopped intermittently at the Canso Causeway to allow for commissioning and testing of equipment for the swing bridge. The work takes place from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Traffic control people are on site. The work is expected to be complete by next Monday afternoon.


SENATE WANTS OTTAWA TO SPEND MUCH MORE ON DEFENCE
Tuesday 9th May 2017
The Senate's defence committee is recommending the Trudeau government forget about buying an interim fleet of Boeing Super Hornet jet fighters and focus all of its energy on replacing the air force's entire fleet of CF-18s. And the committee's report, released Monday, strongly suggests the replacement warplane should be the controversial F-35 stealth fighter, which the governing Liberals specifically rejected in the last election campaign. Aside from putting itself at odds with current government policy, the report is recommending a sweeping military buildup that far outstrips what the previous Conservative government recommended during its decade in office. Significantly, the report is receiving bipartisan approval, with senators appointed under Liberal administrations giving it their blessing. The report lays down a political marker ahead of the planned release of the Liberal government's new defence policy review and this month's NATO leader's summit, where U.S. President Donald Trump is expected arm-twist allies into approving bigger defence budgets. A previous analysis by the same committee released a few weeks ago, noted that Canada is currently at an historic low in defence spending — at roughly .88 per cent of gross domestic product. It recommended the federal government lay out a plan to increase that spending to two per cent of GDP over an 11-year period. The report is not binding on the federal government and previous administrations have made a habit of ignoring what Senate committees say. But in the current political context, with a new U.S. administration ready to push allies hard on defence policy, the Senate committee has handed opposition parties in Ottawa, and perhaps critics in Washington, fresh ammunition.


SPORTS MAY 9
Tuesday 9th May 2017
The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – is pleased to announce tryouts for the U-12 and U-14 Rep teams for the upcoming 2017 Competitive Fast Pitch Season. The Subway Stingers U-14 team will be having tryouts on Saturday and Sunday at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Tryouts are from 10 am - 11:30 am on both days. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.  The Subway Stingers U-12 team will be having tryouts on Monday May 15th and Wednesday May 17th from 7 pm - 8 pm at the Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Andre Burakovsky scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom got his sixth of the playoffs and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 to force a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference semifinal.
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IIHF World Hockey Championship
Canada 6 Belarus 0
Czech Republic 4 Finland 3 (shootout)
At Cologne, Germany
Russia 6 Germany 3
United States 4 Sweden 3
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NBA Playoffs
Golden State 121 Utah 95 (Warriors win series 4-0)
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MLB
American League

Marcus Stroman threw six shutout innings and Ryan Goins hit a two-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-2 at Rogers Centre.
Kansas City 7 Tampa Bay 3
Oakland 3 L.A. Angels 2 (11 innings)
National League
Chicago Cubs at Colorado, postponed
N.Y. Mets 4 San Francisco 3
St. Louis 9 Miami 4
L.A. Dodgers 12 Pittsburgh 1
Interleague
Baltimore 6 Washington 4
N.Y. Yankees 10 Cincinnati 4
San Diego 5 Texas 1


NDP TO INVEST IN PRIMARY CARE IN PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 8th May 2017
NDP Leader Gary Burrill was in Pictou County this afternoon to make a campaign announcement regarding the lack of physicians in the county. Burrill pledged to spend 5.5 million dollars over 4 years, out of the 120 million province-wide, to ensure that every resident of the county has access to primary care. Burrill says the problem with the current system lies with the one-size-fits-all model that a single centralized bureaucracy in Halifax is trying to implement province wide. He says the model the NDP will bring in will be based on local solutions created by listening to the health-care providers and residents of the county.


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS PROMISED BY LIBERALS ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Monday 8th May 2017
The Liberals promised new laws and studies on Monday aimed at protecting coastlines and the diversity of species. Premier Stephen McNeil re-announced a pledge made in the recent budget to appoint an independent review of forestry practices, and promised the extension of a moratorium on fracking. The province's main environmental group says prior provincial studies have already established the province's forestry practices are poor and regulatory change is needed, including a reduction in the amount of clearcutting. The Ecology Action Centre welcomed the Liberal promise to bring in a Coastal Protection Act and a Biodiversity Act, but centre director Mark Butler said it's hard to say much about the merits of the new laws without specifics.


FISHERMEN RESCUED IN MIRAMICHI BAY AFTER VESSEL RUNS AGROUND
Monday 8th May 2017
Three fishermen had to be rescued early this morning after their vessel ran aground late last night in Miramichi Bay near Neguac. The mayday call was sent around 10:30pm last night, and the crew were rescued by a Cormonant helicopter from 14 Wing Greenwood at about 6:30am this morning. The three men were hoisted into the Cormorant and taken to a nearby baseball field, from where they were taken by ambulance to hospital. No word at this time as to the condition of the men.


GREEN PARTY ADD CANDIDATE TO PICTOU WEST BALLOT
Monday 8th May 2017
The ballot in Pictou West will have a fourth name on it come 30 May. Hector Broadcasting has received word from the Green Party of Nova Scotia that they have named a candidate for the riding. Cecile Vigneault will be joining Karla MacFarlane of the Progressive Conservatives, Liberal Ben MacLean, and Shawn McNamara of the NDP on the ballot. Vigneault will be filing her nomination papers with Elections Nova Scotia tomorrow. The Green Party is still looking to add candidates in Pictou East and Pictou Centre to take on the three parties that have full slates.


PICTOU COUNTY MARKS WESTRAY'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Monday 8th May 2017
Several ceremonies are taking place in Pictou County to mark the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine explosion. Tonight, the United Steelworkers of America District 6 will meet with local mayors and the warden at the Stellarton Town Hall at 6:30 pm for a short presentation about Westray, followed by recognition awards. There are health and safety presentations and Westray commemorations being held at the area's three local high schools. Tomorrow, there will be a memorial march and service beginning at 6:45 am at Summer Street Industries. From there, people will proceed to the Westray Memorial Park. Author Tom Sandborn will read from his book, “Hell’s History” at 4:30 pm at the New Glasgow Library. There will also be a memorial service at the Miners Memorial Park Tuesday night from 7 to 8pm, and a Celebration of Life at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton beginning at 8pm. The Museum is also opening its exhibit Remembering the Tragedy of Westray on Tuesday.


TEACHERS UNION JOINS NS FEDERATION OF LABOUR
Monday 8th May 2017
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union have voted 77 per cent in favour of joining the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. In a news release, the union says some 263 voting delegates cast their ballots over the weekend during their 96th annual council. Union President Liette Doucet says NSTU members want to collaborate more with other unions to advance the cause of all workers in the province. She says the support they received from the Federation of Labour during their recent contract dispute with the province was unprecedented, highly appreciated, and won't be forgotten.


FLOODS ACROSS CANADA: QUEBEC HARDEST HIT
Monday 8th May 2017
With water levels still rising, additional Canadian military personnel have been deployed in Quebec's vast flood zone to help exhausted residents battle the rising waters. Quebec has been devastated, with nearly 1,900 flooded homes in roughly 130 municipalities, from the Ontario border in the west, to the Gaspe peninsula — and there's still no relief in sight. National Defence said approximately 800 additional troops were deployed in the province on Sunday, joining more than 400 Canadian Armed Forces members already assisting with the flood effort. The troops, along with aircraft and a dozen boats are aiding communities across Quebec, several of which are under states of emergency. Montreal declared a state of emergency Sunday after three dikes collapsed in the north end of the city. Mayor Denis Coderre said about 220 residents had been evacuated and that officials were prepared to remove any people who ignored evacuation orders. Some parts of eastern Ontario have also been hit hard by flooding, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the federal government was responding to a request from the Ontario government for "additional flood mitigation resources." Goodale noted the request did not include military help. In Atlantic Canada, some parts of New Brunswick recorded more than 150 millimetres of rain after a nearly 36 hour non-stop downpour. And while the rain finally tapered off early Sunday, the Saint John River had spilled its banks, forcing several road closures. Meanwhile in British Columbia, two men remained missing as flooding continued to plague province's Interior.


LIBERALS TO LOOK AT REFORMING MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES
Monday 8th May 2017
The Liberal government is set to begin tackling mandatory minimum sentences this spring, but advocates for reform have been waiting a long time for the promise to play out. The Liberal campaign platform was silent on mandatory minimum sentences, but then Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tasked Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould with reviewing changes to the criminal justice system and sentencing reforms the previous Conservative government brought in as part of its tough-on-crime agenda. Many of those changes involved imposing — or increasing — mandatory minimum penalties for dozens of offences, which critics decried for taking away the ability of judges to use their discretion in handing down a punishment that fits not only the crime, but also the person convicted of committing it. The push to finally begin introducing legislative amendments on that front came as part of the response to the worsening problem of backlogs in the courts, which took on new urgency after the Supreme Court of Canada last year imposed strict limits on the length time an accused can wait to stand trial. Changes to bail, preliminary inquiries and the reclassification of offences are other policy areas where the federal government is looking for solutions to that problem. The last overhaul of the sentencing provisions in the Criminal Code happened in 1996.


DOCTORS UNVEIL NEW GUIDELINES FOR TREATING PAIN WITH OPIOIDS
Monday 8th May 2017
Updated opioid-prescribing guidelines released Monday encourage doctors to avoid giving the powerful narcotics as a first-line treatment to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain and instead try other medications or non-pharmaceutical therapies to prevent a host of potential harms associated with the widely used drugs. Those harms include physical dependence or addiction, as well as the increasingly common risk of fatal overdoses. An estimated 2,000 Canadians died of opioid overdoses in 2015 alone, and initial 2016 data still being tallied suggest the number of fatalities linked to the drugs — both prescription and illicit — could far exceed that figure. In a related CMAJ commentary, Dr. Andrea Furlan of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Dr. Owen Williamson of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, say the updated guidelines must be supported by a national pain strategy and “evidence-based alternative treatments for the one in five Canadians currently living with chronic pain” from such conditions as back problems, fibromyalgia and arthritis.


SPORTS MAY 8 *UPDATED 8:00 AM*
Monday 8th May 2017
Fighters with the Albion Boxing Club showed their stuff on Saturday night at Summer Street Industries. 13 year old Tyvor Stewart won a unanimous decision over Braydon Collins in his first amateur bout. Jonathan Hay was stopped in his match against Aiden Callaghan of Hubtown Boxing Club in Truro, but did make it a tough fight. Cameron MacDonald lost a split decision to Josh Prince of Tri-Town, Ben Minehan defeated Jeremiah Mosher of Hubtown, Riley Sheehan defeated Mason MacKeigan of Tri-Town, while Westville’s Norma Marshall lost in a split decision against Charlie Cavanugh, a two-time national champion from New Brunswick. The Albion club will next travel for a card in late May, and will finish up the season with a busy month of June, when they are scheduled to participate in three cards.
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The Pictou County Atom Wolves took 3 of 4 points with a win and a tie in Halifax past weekend vs Halifax Jaguars. In game 1, the Wolves defeated the Jaguars 7-2. Scoring for Wolves was Ethan Mackay(3), Cole Bryden (2), and Cameron Pitts and Landon Martin. Assists came from Derrick Mackay (2), Ethan Barker, Brett Butler and Thomas Hillier. John Mason was the winning goalie. In the 2nd game the Wolves and Jaguars fought to a 3-3 tie. Scoring for the Wolves were Cole Bryden and Cameron Pitts, Derrick Mackay firing the tying goal with 3 mins left in the match with a pass from his brother Ethan Mackay . Cole Bryden got an assist as well.
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Pictou County Peewee Stars went 2-0 this weekend in Sydney. In the first game they defeated the Cape Breton Bruins 8-1. Dawson Mackay led the Stars with 5 goals. Jarad Langille, Kaleb Malonson and Bauer Brophy all added singles. Assists came from Langille (2), Malonson (2), Frankie Hayman (2), Luke Hayman and Jake Henderson. Ethan MacLaren got the win in nets for the wolves. Game 2 saw the Stars defeated the Sackville Maple Leafs 7-2. Dawson Mackay had 4 goals, Carter Dauphine 2 and Jarad Langille 1. Assists from Garrett Williams (2), Daniel Seymour (2), Jarad Langille (2), Nick Macmullin (2), Frankie Hayman and Kaleb Malonson. Winning goalie was Jeffery Quinn.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – is pleased to announce tryouts for the U-12 and U-14 Rep teams for the upcoming 2017 Competitive Fast Pitch Season. The Subway Stingers U-14 team will be having tryouts on Saturday and Sunday at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Tryouts are from 10 am - 11:30 am on both days. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.  The Subway Stingers U-12 team will be having tryouts on Monday May 15th and Wednesday May 17th from 7 pm - 8 pm at the Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is seeking head coaches for competitive level teams for the 2017-2018 season. They are also looking to create a pool of coaches/volunteers for IP, Novice and Recreational level “C” teams at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level. Please refer to the PCMHA website or Facebook page for details on applying. All submissions must be received by May 26th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
The Edmonton Oilers are forcing the Anaheim Ducks to face their Game 7 playoff demons. Their Western Conference semifinal is going the distance after Edmonton's decisive 7-1 victory Sunday.
Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal 3:15 into the third period, and the Nashville Predators advanced to their first Western Conference final in franchise history Sunday by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to take the series in six games.
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IIHF World Hockey Championship
Nathan Mackinnon had a hat-trick and an assist as Canada routed Slovenia 7-2. on Sunday in Paris, improving Canada's record to 2-0.
Russia 10 Italy 1
USA 7 Denmark 2
France 5 Finland 1
Latvia 3 Slovakia 1
Switzerland 3 Norway 0
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NBA Playoffs
The Toronto Raptors' season has come to an end — but they didn't go down without a fight. Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, while DeMar DeRozan added 22 and the Raptors took Cleveland to the last few couple of minutes before dropping a 109-102 decision to the Cavaliers.
Washington 121 Boston 102 (Series tied 2-2)
Houston 125 San Antonio 104 (Series tied 2-2)
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MLB
American League

Joe Biagini and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, Darwin Barney hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1.
Baltimore 4 Chicago White Sox 0
Boston 17 Minnesota 6
Cleveland 1 Kansas City 0
Houston 5 L.A. Angels 3
Seattle 4 Texas 3
Oakland 8 Detroit 6
National League
Miami 7 N.Y. Mets 0
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, ppd.
Miami 7 N.Y. Mets 0
Milwaukee 6 Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 6 Atlanta 4 (14 innings)
Philadelphia 6 Washington 5 (10 innings)
Colorado 5 Arizona 2
Cincinnati 4 San Francisco 0
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 5 Chicago Cubs 4 (18 innings)


SPORTS SCORES SATURDAY, MAY 6TH
Saturday 6th May 2017
Fred Page Cup (in Terrebonne, Quebec)
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Carleton Place 3 Truro 1
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NHL Playoffs
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Second Round
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Anaheim 4 Edmonton 3 (OT) (Ducks lead series 3-2)
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St. Louis 2 Nashville 1 (Predators lead series 3-2)
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IIHF World Hockey Championship
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Canada 4 Czech Republic 1
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Russia 2 Sweden 1
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Finland 3 Belarus 2
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Germany 2 United States 1
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NBA Playoffs
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Second Round
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Cleveland 115 Toronto 94 (Cavaliers lead series 3-0)
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San Antonio 103 Houston 92 (Spurs lead series 2-1)
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HIGHWAY 104 ACCIDENT AT BARNEY"S RIVER CAUSES CLOSURE, TRAFFIC DIVERTED
Saturday 6th May 2017
A note to motorists as we kick off this newscast – Corporal Shannon Fear of the Antigonish RCMP says a section of Highway 104 at Barney's River has been closed due to an accident. Traffic is being diverted through Highway 245 at Exit 27 Eastbound and at Exite 32 Westbound. Corporal Fear couldn't release any details on the accident this morning but indicates the RCMP will issue a news release about the incident later today. So, if you're travelling around Barney's River, expect delays due to diverted traffic.


LIBERALS PROMISE INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Friday 5th May 2017
The Liberals say they will invest 34-million dollars over the next four years to address the “very fractured” mental health system in the province if re-elected. Stephen McNeil made the announcement today that includes over 100 new hires of mental health professionals and support staff. McNeil says the investment will also include a central intake system to help triage patients. The plan also includes the passing of post-traumatic stress disorder legislation first introduced last month, and the development of an opiod addiction action plan.


BODY FOUND NEAR BATHURST IDENTIFIED AS MAN REPORTED MISSING
Friday 5th May 2017
RCMP in Bathurst, NB are investigating after the body of a 23-year old man reported missing earlier this week was found by a man riding his ATV last night. The man, whose name has been withheld, was found in a wooded area in Rosehill. Police are not indicating whether they suspect foul play in the man's death. The investigation is continuing


MANSLAUGHTER VERDICT UPHELD IN DEATH OF TEACHER
Friday 5th May 2017
The Calgary man convicted of killing a teacher originally from Glace Bay after stabbing him 37 times will not be acquited, nor will he be retried, after the Alberta Court of Appeal turned down appeals from both the Crown and the Defense. The decisions came down earlier today that the manslaughter conviction of Nicholas Rasberry will stand. Rasberry, who admitted to killing Craig Kelloway in May 2013, argued at trial that he did so in self defense. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Robert Hall rejected that argument, however, he did conclude that Raspberry was provoked, which led to the murder charge being reduced to manslaughter. Rasberry must now turn himself in to corrections officials to begin serving a seven year sentence.


NDP ANNOUNCE PLANS TO REINSTATE FILM TAX CREDIT
Friday 5th May 2017
Gary Burrill says he intends to bring back the film tax credit if he becomes Premier at the end of the month. The NDP leader made the promise this morning at a campaign stop in the Halifax area. Burill says an NDP government would re-establish a 23-million dollar yearly film tax credit, with an extra 10 million dollars in the first year. He says the goal of the extra funding in the first year is to re-stabilize the industry after it was "decimated" by the Liberal cut to the credit in 2015. Burrill says reviving the tax credit would ensure the film industry's future by attracting productions to the province and providing work for local film crews.


FEDS LOOKING AT NEW MODEL OF FERRY OPERATIONS, AND NEWER BOATS
Friday 5th May 2017
Ottawa is looking to change the way three of the ferry services operate in the Maritimes. The government made the announcement in eastern P.E.I. this morning. The affected services are Wood Islands to Caribou, Digby to Saint John, and Souris to the Magdalen Islands. Ottawa is looking to move away from the current model where it owns the ferries and leases them to companies to operate the service. Instead, companies would own the ferries and sign long-term contracts of up to 20 years to provide the service. The proposal is currently at a request for information stage. Government plans to see at least of three of the four ferries on the three routes replaced within the next three years. Vessels new to the routes would be no more than 10 years old – currently the vessels range in age from 25 to more than 40 years old.


PC PARTY PROMISE TO TWIN HIGHWAYS INCLUDING 104
Friday 5th May 2017
Details regarding some of the projects to take place under the Progressive Conservative REbuild Nova Scotia Fund were announced this morning by Party Leader Jamie Baillie. Baillie says that three sections of 100-series highway, including the 104 from Sutherland's River to Antigonish, will be twinned with a total cost of 729-million dollars over a 7-year period. An additional 30-million would be spent to increase safety measures on other untwinned sections of highway. Baillie used the announcement to accuse Premier Stephen McNeil and the Liberals of using trickery to try to get tolls included in the construction projects.


MISSING TEEN FOUND
Friday 5th May 2017
The search for a missing McGrath's Mountain boy has ended. Pictou District RCMP say sixteen-year-old Travis Hilliard has been located and is safe.


DIESEL, GAS DROP IN PRICE
Friday 5th May 2017
A drop in fuel prices across the board this week. The price of regular self-serve is down three and a half cents to $1.066 per litre. Diesel is down below a dollar for the first time in a while, at 99 cents per litre.


FLOODS EXPECTED IN MANY PARTS OF COUNTRY WITH A WET WEEKEND AHEAD
Friday 5th May 2017
A forecast of heavy rain in many parts of the country has residents and emergency officials bracing for flood conditions through Friday and the weekend. Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for much of southern and eastern Ontario, where some communities could be soaked with 50-90 millimetres of rain through Saturday, with the ground already saturated after weeks of rain and spring runoff. Environment Canada is also watching much of Quebec, where numerous communities are already coping with overflowing rivers, particularly north and south of the Montreal area and in western Quebec. Environment Canada says large parts of southern B.C. due could see severe thunderstorms. The wet weather will also take aim at Atlantic Canada starting tonight. Environment Canada warns 50-to-100 millimetres of rain could fall in Nova Scotia through the weekend while southwestern New Brunswick can expect around 50 millimetres of rain and northwestern areas may receive 20 to 30 millimetres. The agency the additional rain will exacerbate current flooding and advises residents near the Saint John River and its tributaries to remain on alert.


PRIVACY COMMISSIONER TO LOOK INTO ISSUE OF HACKED SCHOOL WEBCAMS
Friday 5th May 2017
Nova Scotia's privacy commissioner is investigating after images of students on surveillance cameras at a Cape Breton school were streamed on the Internet. Catherine Tully says a brief look at the website insecam.org suggests dozens of other webcams in the province are also streaming there. The website registered in Russia bills itself as the largest directory of online surveillance security cameras that aren't blocked by passwords. The regional school board says it has changed passwords for cameras at the Rankin School of the Narrows, which were installed in the last two years to help catch vandalism. Tully and other privacy watchdogs say the incident highlights broader issues around reasonable video surveillance. Privacy lawyer Karen Eltis says schools must clearly define the intent of security cameras and use them within those bounds. Eltis says excessive video surveillance is an intrusion, and that basic steps such as password safeguards are vital.


DELAYS, CANCELLATIONS AT PEARSON AIRPORT DUE TO RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION
Friday 5th May 2017
Travellers through Pearson Airport in Toronto are dealing with flight delays, cancellations and confusion among passengers due to a revamping of one of the country's busiest runways. Airlines were warned about disruptions prior to construction but passengers said they've been kept in the dark about resulting delays and cancellations and are getting little help. The GTAA's construction project on Runway 05-23 has been going on since late March. Crews are laying down a new surface along with the series of re-bar dowels. It is one of the airport's biggest projects since 2005 and the GTAA says it expects it to be finished before the busy summer travel season. Both Air Canada and Westjet said they are expecting delays to continue until the project is finished in a couple of weeks and are changing their flight schedules to reduce demand on Pearson airport. The second phase of rebuilding the runway is expected to start in October. 


SPORTS MAY 5
Friday 5th May 2017
New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball are holding Mosquito and Pee Wee tryouts for the rep teams at the Kinsmen field. Tryouts for Mosquito- for players born in 2006 or after – will be Friday May 5 from 6-7:30. Tryouts for PeeWee - players born in 2004/2005 – will be Monday May 8 from 6-8. Please check the Kinsmen Baseball website for more details.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday, May 5th From 6pm until 9pm at the Westville town gym. The gym is located at the Town Office Building on Queen Street. If you're interested, contact Rob Snell at rob.snell@ns.sympatico.ca with any questions.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is seeking head coaches for competitive level teams for the 2017-2018 season. They are also looking to create a pool of coaches/volunteers for IP, Novice and Recreational level “C” teams at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level. Please refer to the PCMHA website or Facebook page for details on applying. All submissions must be received by May 26th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Oscar Lindberg scored two goals, Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves and the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.
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NBA Playoffs
Washington 116 Boston 89 (Celtics lead series 2-1)
Golden State 115 Utah 104 (Warriors lead series 2-0)
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MLB
American League

Cleveland at Detroit, ppd.
Oakland 8 Minnesota 5
Texas 10 Houston 4
Chicago White Sox 8 Kansas City 3
Baltimore 8 Boston 3
Seattle 11 L.A. Angels 3
National League
N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, ppd.
Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 4
Cincinnati 4 Pittsburgh 2
Washington 4 Arizona 2
Chicago Cubs 5 Philadelphia 4 (13 innings)
Colorado 3 San Diego 2 (11 innings)
Interleague
Tampa Bay 5 Miami 1


PICTOU RCMP ASK FOR HELP IN SEARCH OF MISSING TEEN
Thursday 4th May 2017
Pictou District RCMP is asking for the public to assist in locating sixteen-year-old Travis Hilliard. He was last seen on May 2 at approximately 3 p.m. in McGrath's Mountain area. Hilliard is white, 5-foot-7 and 90 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black and lime green hooded jacket, dark blue jeans, and orange boots. There is no indication Hilliard has met with foul play, however his family is concerned for his safety. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Travis Hilliard is asked to contact Pictou District RCMP at 902 485 4333. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


FORMER NOVA SCOTIA MAN CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Thursday 4th May 2017
Police have made an arrest of a 31-year old Ontario man, formerly from Nova Scotia, after a yearlong investigation into human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  Lorenzo Trevor Thomas is facing a total of 17 charges related to incidents involving an undisclosed number of female victims, all of whom are said to be from Nova Scotia. Thomas was arrested as a result of Operation Hellbender, which was a joint operation between RCMP in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland, along with Halifax Regional Police and the Niagara Regional Police Service. The operation began in April 2016, when Nova Scotia RCMP were informed that men originally from Nova Scotia had relocated to Ontario and were trafficking and exploiting women from Nova Scotia in the sex trade across Canada. Lorenzo Thomas is scheduled to make an appearance in Niagara Provincial Court next week.


SOBEYS LAUNCHING MAJOR COST-CUTTING PROGRAM
Thursday 4th May 2017
The new chief executive officer of Sobeys is launching a three-year, half-billion dollar cost-cutting initiative to revive the troubled grocer, although the extent of the job cuts won't be finalized until the end of the year. Michael Medline says the company is launching “Project Sunrise” to simplify the business and generate $500-million in annual savings by 2020, allowing it to reinvest in its business to improve sales and the bottom line. Medline, a former Canadian Tire CEO who began in the top job at Sobeys and its parent, Empire Co. Ltd., in January, said the grocer will move to restructure the organization by eliminating “regional duplication and complexity in decision making and operations.” He said the cuts will focus on office staff only rather than “front-line” store employees or distribution centre employees. Medline said management expects to record significant one-time costs in adjusted earnings for severance, relocation, retaining, minor systems development and third-party support. The initial one-time costs will begin to be expensed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, which ends this week, but the majority of the costs will be expensed in the first half of fiscal 2018. Some additional costs will be expensed through the remainder of 2018. The company will release more details of the costs in its fourth-quarter financial results in June. Among those retiring from the company are Francois Vimard, executive vice-president, who was with Sobeys for 22 years and served last year as interim president and CEO. As well, Yves Laverdiere, president of the Quebec division, will retire after 21 years helping build the retailer’s IGA business in that province. Medline said the company’s structure will be largely national and “functionally led.” Sobeys has suffered by not having a discount chain outside of Ontario while its key rivals have beefed up their low-cost formats to respond to growing price sensitivity among consumers.


PEI-NS FERRY ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW MORNING
Thursday 4th May 2017
There is going to be a major announcement for the Caribou to Woods Islands ferry service tomorrow. The Charlottetown Guardian reports the news conference will be at 10 am Friday at the Belfast Rec Centre. Cardigan MP and federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay will be making the announcement, alongside PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Central Nova MP Sean Fraser. There is speculation that at a new ferry will be announced, although there have been no comment from the government or Northumberland Ferries Ltd., which operates the ferry service. The 45 year-old MV Holiday Island spent last year in dry dock in Quebec undergoing repair, which led to a reduced crossing schedule and long lines. The ferry service got some good news in March when the federal budget announced $273 million over five years for eastern ferry services, which includes the P.E.I.-N.S. and Souris-Magdalen Islands runs.


BAILLIE SLAMS PREMIER MCNEIL OVER CAMPAIGN HIRE
Thursday 4th May 2017
Jamie Baillie says the premier has shown terrible judgement for reinstating a communications director who pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in 2014. Kyley Harris was a spokesman for Stephen McNeil at the time, but was fired for waiting four days to tell the government he was facing an assault charge stemming from a domestic dispute. Months after being given a conditional discharge, Harris was hired back to do research in the Liberal caucus office. He's now listed as director of communications for the provincial campaign. Baillie said returning Harris to the inner circle sends a bad message to victims of assault. Federal Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose also weighed in, tweeting on Wednesday that re-hiring Harris sends a "terrible message" and that Liberal leaders "need to walk the talk on violence against women."


MILITARY EXERCISES IN TRURO & PICTOU THIS WEEKEND
Thursday 4th May 2017
There's going to be more military vehicles on the road beginning tomorrow. Exercise STAGED RESPONSE 2017 will bring Canadian Army members and equipment from the Canadian Army’s 36 Canadian Brigade Group and 37 Canadian Brigade Group to the Truro and Pictou Armouries this weekend to conduct training. Approximately 150 Canadian Army members will be setting up and utilizing temporary facilities at these locations. No weapons or explosives training are planned during the exercise.


TORIES WILL INVEST IN RURAL INTERNET: BAILLIE
Thursday 4th May 2017
PC leader Jamie Baillie is promising to spread high-speed internet province-wide. As part of his billion dollar Rebuild Nova Scotia Fund, Baillie has pledged to invest $150 Million over 10 years to build more high-speed internet lines in rural areas. He says high-speed internet is an essential service that helps to grow the economy, and should not be out of reach for anyone.


NEW GLASGOW LAUNCHES BEAUTIFICATION FOR CANADA 150
Thursday 4th May 2017
The town of New Glasgow is celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with a new initiative to bring more beauty to the community. The project is called Random Acts of Beauty, and begins this week. Mayor Nancy Dicks says that acts of beauty encompass anything from a storefront beautification, to a presentation of art, to an act of kindness for a stranger. Recently, a new mural commissioned by developer Jamie MacGillivray was painted on Dalhousie Street. People can share their acts through social media using the hashtag #NGRandomActsofBeauty. More details on the theme for New Glasgow’s 150 events and more Random Acts of Beauty will be announced in the coming weeks.


SUPREME COURT TO HEAR APPEAL IN CROSS-BORDER LIQUOR CASE *UPDATED 12:35 PM*
Thursday 4th May 2017
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal of a case dealing with limits on the amount of alcohol people can take between provinces. At the centre of the case is Gerard Comeau of Tracadie who was acquitted by a provincial court judge of exceeding the provincial importation limits on beer and liquor that can be brought into New Brunswick. Comeau was charged in 2012 after RCMP stopped him after he entered New Brunswick from Quebec with 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor. New Brunswick's Liquor Control Act sets a personal importation limit of 12 pints of beer or one bottle of alcohol or wine. Provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc ruled the liquor restriction was unconstitutional because Section 121 of the 1867 Constitution states products from any province "shall … be admitted free into each of the other provinces." The provincial prosecution service sought leave to appeal LeBlanc's ruling directly to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, but the province's highest court declined to hear the case. The prosecution service says the Comeau case is of "national significance”, and could have implications in inter-provincial trade.


NEW NAME COMING SOON FOR PICTOU ELEMENTARY
Thursday 4th May 2017
Suggestions are being collected for renaming of Pictou Elementary School. The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board announced last month that Pictou Elementary would become a P-8 school, with grades 9-12 going to Dr. Thomas McCulloch, to be renamed Pictou Academy. It was suggested at the school board meeting that Pictou Elementary be renamed Dr. Thomas McCulloch since he was an important historic figure in the town. However, the board’s lawyer referred to a renaming policy that has to be followed, so a committee was struck to take suggestions.  The policy doesn’t apply to Pictou Academy because provincial legislation states that there must always be a Pictou Academy in the town so the name was automatically transferred to the junior high building. Submissions will be accepted at the elementary school until Friday and the committee will make its recommendation to the school board’s operations department on May 18.


ALBERTA & BC IN SPAT OVER COAL TARIFF
Thursday 4th May 2017
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says British Columbia likely doesn't have the authority to slap a $70-per-tonne tax on thermal coal shipments proposed by B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Clark, in the midst of a provincial election campaign, has said she wants Ottawa to ban thermal coal shipments from the U.S. as retaliation against new tariffs on softwood lumber imposed by the Trump administration. If her B.C. Liberals are re-elected next week, Clark vowed Tuesday she will impose a $70-per-tonne carbon levy on thermal coal if the federal government refuses to take action. Clark said the levy would also apply to shipments from Alberta as well as the U.S. because it wouldn't make sense to single out coal from one place. The two provinces have clashed in the past over the Northern Gateway pipeline, that would have stretched from Alberta through B.C. but was rejected.


PRINCE PHILLIP TO STEP AWAY FROM ROYAL DUTIES
Thursday 4th May 2017
Prince Phillip is retiring from his royal duties as of this fall, according to a news release from Buckingham Palace. The release also says that the monarch, who turns 96 next month, has the full support of Queen Elizabeth in this decision. A report by Britain's Daily Mail of an unusual meeting of royal household staff had sparked speculation about their health.


SPORTS MAY 4
Thursday 4th May 2017
The Albion Boxing Club will be hosting their final event of the season on Saturday at Summer Street Industries. Local talent such as Norma Marshall will be heading up the main event. Doors open at 6, the event starts at 7. Tickets available at Big Al's or through any member of the Albion Boxing Club.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball are holding Mosquito and Pee Wee tryouts for the rep teams at the Kinsmen field. Tryouts for Mosquito- for players born in 2006 or after – will be Friday May 5 from 6-7:30. Tryouts for PeeWee - players born in 2004/2005 – will be Thursday May 4 from 6-8 and Monday May 8 from 6-8. Please check the Kinsmen Baseball website for more details.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday, May 5th From 6pm until 9pm at the Westville town gym. The gym is located at the Town Office Building on Queen Street. If you're interested, contact Rob Snell at rob.snell@ns.sympatico.ca with any questions.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is seeking head coaches for competitive level teams for the 2017-2018 season. They are also looking to create a pool of coaches/volunteers for IP, Novice and Recreational level “C” teams at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level. Please refer to the PCMHA website or Facebook page for details on applying. All submissions must be received by May 26th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots and rookie Jake Guentzel took advantage of a fortunate bounce to earn his league-leading eighth goal of the playoffs and the defending Stanley Cup champions held off the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Penguins lead the series 3-1.
Jakob Silfverberg scored the overtime winner for the Anaheim Ducks in a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers to even their playoff series 2-2.
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NBA Playoffs
A rattled DeMar DeRozan, another sizzling three-point shooting night from Cleveland, and the Toronto Raptors dropped a 125-103 decision to the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers. The Cavs lead 2-0 in the series.
San Antonio 121 Houston 96 (Series tied 1-1)
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MLB
American League

Aaron Judge hit another long drive for his major league-leading 13th home run, singled to start the go-ahead rally and had the first three-hit game of his big league career, helping the New York Yankees rally from an early deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6.
Boston 4 Baltimore 2
Cleveland 3 Detroit 2
Houston 10 Texas 1
Minnesota 7 Oakland 4
Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 1
Seattle 8 L.A. Angels 7
National League
Arizona 6 Washington 3
Pittsburgh 12 Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 9 N.Y. Mets 7
Chicago Cubs 8 Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 2 Milwaukee 1
San Diego 6 Colorado 2
L.A. Dodgers 13 San Francisco 5
Interleague
Tampa Bay 3 Miami 1


INDEPENDENT INCUMBENT ANDREW YOUNGER WITHDRAWS FROM RACE
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Staying with the Election, Dartmouth East incumbent MLA Andrew Younger, who was re-offering as an Independent, has withdrawn from the race, citing personal and medical issues. Younger moved from the governing Liberals, where he had been a cabinet minister, to sit as an Independent in 2015. In a post on his Facebook page, Younger said “A medical issue on the weekend resulted in a brief period of hospitalization and identified a previously unknown health issue that will require my full attention.” He had been an MLA since 2004.


PRINTING WORK FOR ELECTIONS NOVA SCOTIA SHIPPED OUT OF PROVINCE
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Elections Nova Scotia, the non-partisan agency that conducts the business of making elections happen, is getting into its own hot water for outsourcing work to Ontario. CTV is reporting that Gilmore Doculink, based out of Kanata, has been contracted to print hundreds of thousands of voter information cards, without going through a tendering process. This will be the first time in several election cycles that the work will not be done in province. Elections Nova Scotia spokesperson Andy LeBlanc told CTV there was not enough time to go through a tendering process. The ballots to be filled out on election day will be printed in Nova Scotia.


BODY FOUND ON BEDFORD SHORE IDENTIFIED AS MISSING MAN
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
A body found along the shore in Bedford this weekend has been identified as a man reported missing last week. Halifax Regional Police confirmed the body found early Sunday morning is that of 40-year old Troy Richter. Richter had last been seen the previous Sunday afternoon, as he was walking in the area of Rocky Lake Drive in Bedford, he was reported missing two days later. Police say foul play is not suspected.


POLICE SAY MISSING WINDSOR MAN FOUND SAFE
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Earlier today we ran a story about a missing man from the Windsor area. Windsor District RCMP are saying that they have found the man, safe and secure.


LIBERALS PROMISE PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
ova Scotia's Liberals outlined details Wednesday of its plans to provide a pre-primary education program for about 750 four-year-olds across the province. Premier Stephen McNeil said if elected on May 30th his plan is to begin the program this fall in 30 locations, mostly in existing schools. The first year of the pre-schoolers program, already announced in a budget last week that didn't go to a vote, envisions having 25 children in each class with two early childhood educators per class. McNeil says the program can mean cost savings of up to $10,000 a year for parents who would otherwise have to pay for child care. The program will be play-based, and encourages the development of skills such as speaking, socializing and listening. The Liberals say that once the pre-primary program is fully implemented after four years, it will cost about $49.4 million each year.


TRENTON MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT OF SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STOLEN CONSTRUCTION GEAR
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police have arrested and charged a Trenton man with two counts of Possession of Stolen Property. On Friday April 21, New Glasgow Regional Police were called to investigate a break and enter on High Street. On Monday, New Glasgow Regional Police, assisted by New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit and the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, executed a search warrant on a Maple Street residence in Trenton, and seized construction equipment and tools ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 in replacement value. The 29-year old was also on parole and was remanded into custody. The accused will appear in Pictou provincial court on May 15.


PC PARTY WILL WORK HARD TO RECRUIT DOCTORS: BAILLIE
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
The Progressive Conservative leader has released a plan to recruit more doctors. Jamie Baillie says his party will invest $13.5 million to bring more doctors to underserviced areas, double the tuition relief program to $6 million to keep new family doctors here, and work to get credential recognition for Canadians who study medicine abroad.


BURRILL: NDP WILL WORK TO SOLVE OVERCROWDING IN THE ER
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
NDP Leader Gary Burrill expanded on his party's plans to improve the healthcare system. This morning in Dartmouth, Burrill announced that the NDP will implement the recommendations of the “Code Critical” report that was released in March by the NSGEU, outlining the problems with overcrowding and frequent closures of provincial emergency rooms. Burrill accused Premier Stephen McNeil of being more concerned with centralizing healthcare administration than dealing with the problems of front-line care.


LONGTIME CAPE BRETON MLA PAUL MACEWAN DIES
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
A long-serving and colorful Cape Breton MLA has died. Paul MacEwan died on Tuesday at age 74. MacEwan was first elected in 1970 as the NDP candidate for Cape Breton Nova, which included a part of Sydney and the community of Whitney Pier. In one memorable moment from the legislature 44 years ago, MacEwan was punched in the face by fellow Cape Breton MLA Mike Laffin. It happened after the two got into a heated argument over water problems in New Waterford.  Following MacEwan's expulsion from the NDP in 1980 for criticizing a party executive member, he established the Cape Breton Labour Party and was re-elected under that banner four years later. In subsequent years, he was re-elected as an independent and then a Liberal. He retired from the legislature in 2003.


PICTOU EAST AND WEST LIBERALS TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES TONIGHT ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
The Liberal website has candidates listed for Pictou East and Pictou West, and tonight those candidacies will become official. Ben MacLean will carry the red banner in Pictou West, as he was the only nominee to put his name forward for vetting. The formal nomination meeting takes place in Pictou tonight at 6:30pm. Similarly, in Plymouth at 7pm, Matt McKnight will be handed the reins for the Liberals in Pictou East. Both have been on the Liberal website as their candidates since at least the beginning of the week.


PICTOU LOBSTER CARNIVAL ANNOUNCES MUSICAL ACTS
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
The headliners have been confirmed for this year's Pictou Lobster Carnival. Rain Over St. Ambrose will kick off the Carnival weekend, Matt Minglewood headlines on Saturday, with EmiSunshine and Rawlins Cross to close on Sunday night. And there's plenty more: Friday night also has Kitchen Criminals along with Andre Pettipas and the Giants. Sunday is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for the whole family including acts like John Spyder MacDonald and other local acts. More details will come in the weeks ahead.


PREMIER SAYS PC INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM WON'T GET THE FEDERAL DOLLARS THEY WANT
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
The Liberals and Tories spent much of yesterday taking shots at each other on the campaign trail. As Jamie Baillie was taking Stephen McNeil to task for his comments about women running “in meaningful ridings”, the premier says a PC promise to spend $2 billion on roadwork, high-speed internet and a new hospital will fall well short because the Tories are counting on federal money to build new health facilities. McNeil said his government tried to convince Ottawa to kick in funding to replace the aging Victoria General and Centennial hospital buildings in Halifax, but was turned down flat. On Monday, Baillie promised to spend $2 billion on infrastructure over 10 years, with half of that money coming from Ottawa. But a spokeswoman for Infrastructure Canada says hospitals are not eligible for funding.
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Gary Burrill spent time reaching out to the province's seniors, as the NDP leader promised to reverse cuts made to nursing homes under the Liberal's over the last four years. Burrill pointed out the 8-million dollars in cuts to nursing homes over the last two years, and promised to return that money to those facilities. Burrill says Stephen McNeil does not care, or does not understand the impact the cuts are having on seniors, and on the working conditions for the people who care for them.


FORT MAC MARKS 1 YEAR SINCE "THE BEAST"
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Residents are marking a year since a ferocious wildfire hit Fort McMurray and swept through 10 per cent of its buildings. A low-key, dawn-to-dusk event that includes yoga, dance, art and meditation is planned at a riverfront park in the northern Alberta city. The fire started deep in the bush on May 1 of last year and exploded into a ferocious blaze that forced the evacuation of the entire city two days later. It was nicknamed "the beast" because it was so fierce and unpredictable. The majority of Fort McMurray was spared, but the flames consumed about 1,600 structures. That amounted to nearly 2,600 dwelling units, which were mostly residential. The municipality says that as of April 27, 652 rebuild permits have been approved. In early April, almost three dozen families had moved into new homes.


WIDESPREAD PROTEST IN VENEZUELA
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
People blocked streets in Caracas with broken concrete, twisted metal and flaming piles of trash Tuesday to protest the socialist president's bid to rewrite the constitution amid a rapidly escalating political crisis. President Nicolas Maduro signed a decree Monday to begin the process of rewriting the charter. Opposition leaders called the planned constitutional assembly a ploy to put off regional elections scheduled for this year and a presidential election that was to be held in 2018. Polling suggests the socialists would lose both those elections badly at a time of widespread anger over triple-digit inflation and shortages of food and other goods. On Tuesday, the opposition-majority congress officially rejected Maduro's move to call a constitutional congress, saying the idea should first be put to a vote of Venezuelans. It was a symbolic gesture because the legislative body has no power to block a constitutional assembly. The president was vague about how members of the assembly would be chosen. He hinted some would be selected by voters, but many observers expect the selection process to favor the socialists. Venezuela's constitution was last rewritten in 1999, early in the 14-year presidency of the late Hugo Chavez, who launched a socialist revolution in the oil exporting nation.


BREXIT WON'T COST 100 BILLION, INSISTS UK
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Brexit Secretary David Davis insists the UK will not pay a €100bn "divorce bill" to leave the EU. It comes amid claims by the Financial Times that the financial settlement sought by the EU has risen from €60bn. Davis said the UK treated its EU "rights and obligations" seriously but it had "not seen any number", adding the EU was playing "rough and tough". The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier is due to publish his guidelines for the talks later although they are not likely to include any financial demands. An EU source has told the BBC that officials in Brussels will not enter into a discussion about potential figures for a final bill, likely to be one of the hardest-fought and most sensitive areas of the Brexit process. Davis said the negotiations had not started in earnest but indicated the UK would set down a marker when it came to talks over the separation.


SPORTS MAY 3
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
More accolades are coming out for Crushers' rookie sensation Dylan Riley. Riley was named the MHL rookie of the Year, and is one of the five finalists for the CJHL National Rookie of the Year Award. The 18-year-old from Falmouth, N.S., scored 25 times and registered 69 points leading all MHL rookies in both categories. The winner will be announced next week.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball are holding Mosquito and Pee Wee tryouts for the rep teams at the Kinsmen field. Tryouts for Mosquito- for players born in 2006 or after – will be Wednesday May 3 from 6-7:30, and Friday May 5 from 6-7:30. Tryouts for PeeWee - players born in 2004/2005 – will be Thursday May 4 from 6-8 and Monday May 8 from 6-8. Please check the Kinsmen Baseball website for more details.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday, May 5th From 6pm until 9pm at the Westville town gym. The gym is located at the Town Office Building on Queen Street. If you're interested, contact Rob Snell at rob.snell@ns.sympatico.ca with any questions.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is seeking head coaches for competitive level teams for the 2017-2018 season. They are also looking to create a pool of coaches/volunteers for IP, Novice and Recreational level “C” teams at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level. Please refer to the PCMHA website or Facebook page for details on applying. All submissions must be received by May 26th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa leads the series 2-1.
James Neal scored the game-winning goal with 6:57 left, and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says captain Sidney Crosby has a concussion and has been ruled out of tonight's Game 4 against Washington.
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NBA Playoffs
Boston 129 Washington 119 (OT) (Celtics lead series 2-0)
Golden State 106 Utah 94 (Warriors lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League

Aaron Judge hit two more home runs after destroying a flat-screen television with a long drive during batting practice, and Brett Gardner also went deep twice to power the New York Yankees past the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5.
Boston 5 Baltimore 2
Detroit 5 Cleveland 2
Houston 8 Texas 7
Minnesota 9 Oakland 1
Chicago White Sox 6 Kansas City 0
L.A. Angels 6 Seattle 4 (11 innings)
National League
Arizona 6 Washington 3
Pittsburgh 12 Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 9 N.Y. Mets 7
Chicago Cubs 8 Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 2 Milwaukee 1
San Diego 6 Colorado 2
L.A. Dodgers 13 San Francisco 5
Interleague
Tampa Bay 3 Miami 1


COMMITTEE CALLS FOR SENATOR TO BE AXED FROM UPPER CHAMBER
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
The Senate ethics committee is recommending that Don Meredith be given the boot. The committee issued the recommendation after the 52-year old Senator was deemed to have been in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. The full Senate must now decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation. However, a vote on that can not occur until at least next week, as Meredith has five sitting days in which he he can respond to the report. The recommendation comes on the heels of a scathing report by Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard earlier this year. Meredith, a married Pentacostal minister, admitted that he had a relationship with the girl, calling it a moral failing, but says it did not become a sexual relationship until after she turned 18.


DEATH IN PENITENTIARY WAS PREVENTABLE
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
An investigation into the death of an inmate at the Dorchester Penitentiary in May, 2015 has concluded that the death was preventable. Matthew Ryan Hynes was killed after being pepper sprayed repeatedly at close range. The report, released today, says correctional staff used unnecessary physical and chemical force, and failed to properly respond to the medical emergency. Ivan Zinger, the author of the report, says Hines' death came as a result of acute asphyxia due to pulmonary edema -- a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs. The report makes 10 recommendations, some of which are aimed at addressing systemic gaps in how Correctional Service Canada staff respond to medical emergencies. Hines had been serving a five-year sentence for offences including robbery.


NDP PROMISE TO REVERSE SPENDING CUTS TO SENIOR CARE FACILITIES
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Gary Burrill is spending time today reaching out to the province's seniors, as the NDP leader promised to reverse cuts made to nursing homes under the Liberal's over the last four years. Burrill pointed out the 8-million dollars in cuts to nursing homes over the last two years, and promised to return that money to those facilities. Burrill says Stephen McNeil does not care, or does not understand the impact the cuts are having on seniors, and on the working conditions or the people who care for them. He says the return to investment will allow seniors to be treated with the dignity they deserve.


MOOSE LICENCE LOTTERY UNDERWAY
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
The application process has begun for this year's moose licence lottery. There are 345 licences available in the province's five moose-management zones, all of which are in Victoria and Inverness counties in Cape Breton. To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of Nova Scotia, have a valid Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources Card and be at least 18. Hunters who held a moose-hunting licence in the last five years (between 2012 and 2016) cannot apply this year. The application process closes at midnight, May 31st. Online and phone applications cost $9.25 including HST, while application by mail are $13.45. For all details on how to apply go to the Department of Natural Resources website or visit your nearest Natural Resources office.


PREMIER CLARIFIES "MEANINGFUL RIDINGS", WHILE BAILLIE OFFERS MORE MONEY TO ENCOURAGE FEMALE CANDIDATES
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
PC leader Jamie Baillie is making more hay out of the Premier's comments. Baillie wants an apology from Stephen MacNeil, who yesterday defended having so few female candidates by saying his party "has stood beside women to have them elected in meaningful ridings.” Baillie went even further, with a controversial pledge to encourage more women and minority candidates by increasing the per vote funding parties receive in an election for votes cast for women, African Nova Scotian and Indigenous candidates if the PC's form the next government. MacNeil clarified his remarks at a campaign stop this morning, flanked by several female members of cabinet. He said that all ridings are important, and that he's appointed more women to cabinet than any other provincial government.


CASE OF MAN ACCUSED OF DRAGGING MOUNTIE WITH HIS CAR ADJOURNED TO NEXT MONTH
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
An 18-year-old Pictou County man charged after a police officer was dragged 15 metres during a traffic stop in Alma appeared in court on Monday. Michael Jacob Taylor’s case was adjourned until May 23rd to allow for further discussions between his defence lawyer and the Crown. It was his first court appearance since the incident at a checkpoint on Highway 4 near Hamilton Road on February 25th. RCMP said a driver talked briefly with an officer before fleeing the scene, catching the officer's shoulder and arm and causing minor injuries. Taylor faces charges including assaulting a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and evading police, as well as an impaired driving charge from an alleged February 23rd incident in New Glasgow.


FEDERAL TORIES RAKING IN THE CASH, EVEN WITH LEADERSHIP RACE
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
The federal Conservatives showed off their fundraising prowess during the first three months of the year, raking in almost twice as much as the governing Liberals despite being in the midst of a leadership contest that could be siphoning off potential donations to the party. When the leadership contestants' money haul is added in, the Conservatives raised more than three times the Liberal take. According to financial returns filed with Elections Canada for the first quarter of 2017, the Conservative party pulled in $5.3 million from almost 42,500 donors, compared to just $2.8 million from 31,812 donors who gave to the Liberals. Tory leadership contenders took in another $4.6 million, with front-runner Maxime Bernier raking in the most, barely ahead of celebrity candidate Kevin O'Leary, who pulled out of the race last week and threw his support to Bernier. Since winning power in 2015, the Liberals have been giving Conservatives, long the undisputed fundraising champions, a run for their money. They've virtually matched or slightly exceeded the Tory donations in most quarterly fundraising reports. The first quarter results for 2017 appears to signal renewed interest in the Conservative party as its leadership race heads for the finish line later this month.


OPPOSITION ACCUSES DEFENCE MINISTER OF CREDIT-HOGGING
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his embattled defence minister endured a withering question-period offensive Monday as opposition MPs accused Harjit Sajjan of “stolen valour” for overstating his role in planning a 2006 battle in Afghanistan. Opposition parties trained their sights squarely on Sajjan, who apologized again in the House of Commons for having described himself as the architect of Operation Medusa, one of the bloodiest and most pivotal battles of the Afghan war. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose went so far as to accuse Sajjan of stealing credit for the actions of others — a cardinal sin in military circles. In a speech in Delhi on April 18, Sajjan told the Indian think tank Observer Research Foundation that he had been the “architect” of Operation Medusa, which the minister has since acknowledged was wrong. Conservatives say Sajjan is guilty of a pattern of misleading statements, including his assertions about the urgent need for Super Hornet fighter jets and that allies didn’t object when Canada withdrew its CF-18s from Iraq.


NEW CENSUS DATA SHOWS AS MANY SENIORS AS YOUNG PEOPLE
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
The next batch of numbers from last year's census is expected to show that thanks to aging baby boomers, there are as many seniors in Canada as young people, if not more, for the first time in Canadian history. There is also likely to be a jump in the number of people who are at least 100 years old. The new data is likely to trigger discussions over how best to serve the growing needs of the elderly, how to make sure the younger generations don’t get swamped in the wake of the boomers and how far government policy should go when it comes to keeping people in the workforce. The new data is due out tomorrow.


SPORTS MAY 2 *UPDATED 9:10 AM*
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
More accolades are coming out for Crushers' rookie sensation Dylan Riley. Riley was named the MHL rookie of the Year, and as such was one of ten semi-finalists for the CJHL National Rookie of the Year Award. Yesterday, the CJHL announced the five finalists for their awards, and Riley made the top five. The 18-year-old from Falmouth, N.S., scored 25 times and registered 69 points leading all MHL rookies in both categories. A back-to-back winner of the MHL Rookie of the Month Award in January & February, Riley recorded points in nine of his first 11 MHL games add added on from there. His 21 multi-point outings, including a six-point effort on Feb. 26, helped drive the Crushers to the top of the MHL regular season standings. The winner will be announced next week.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball are holding Mosquito and Pee Wee tryouts for the rep teams at the Kinsmen field. Tryouts for Mosquito- for players born in 2006 or after – will be Wednesday May 3 from 6-7:30, and Friday May 5 from 6-7:30. Tryouts for PeeWee - players born in 2004/2005 – will be Tuesday May 2 from 6-8, Thursday May 4 from 6-8, and Monday May 8 from 6-8. Please check the Kinsmen Baseball website for more details.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday, May 5th From 6pm until 9pm at the Westville town gym. The gym is located at the Town Office Building on Queen Street. If you're interested, contact Rob Snell at rob.snell@ns.sympatico.ca with any questions.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is seeking head coaches for competitive level teams for the 2017-2018 season. They are also looking to create a pool of coaches/volunteers for IP, Novice and Recreational level “C” teams at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level. Please refer to the PCMHA website or Facebook page for details on applying. All submissions must be received by May 26th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Kevin Shattenkirk scored 3:13 into overtime and the Washington Capitals overcame a late collapse in regulation to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Pittsburgh leads the series 2-1. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left the game after taking a hit to the head from Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen.
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NBA Playoffs
Cleveland 116 Toronto 105 (Cleveland leads series 1-0)
Houston 126 San Antonio 99 (Houston leads series 1-0)
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MLB
American

Ryan Goins hit a two-run sacrifice fly, the first in Toronto's 40-year history, to go along with a two-run homer that led Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 7-1 for their season-high third straight win.
Baltimore 5 Boston 2
Detroit 7 Cleveland 1
Houston 6 Texas 2
Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 1
National League
Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 3, 10 innings
N.Y. Mets 7 Atlanta 5
Philadelphia 10 Chicago Cubs 2
Milwaukee 7 St. Louis 5, 10 innings
San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
Interleague
Tampa Bay 4 Miami 2


CONDITIONAL DISCHARGE FOR LIVING OFF PROCEEDS OF CRIME OVERTURNED BY COURT OF APPEAL
Monday 1st May 2017
A woman found guilty of possession of the proceeds of crime and money laundering will no longer have her record wiped clean, after the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruled a conditional discharge to be a manifestly unfit sentence. Jacqueline Christine Garnett granted the conditional discharge with three years probation after living what was described as a lavish lifestyle off of funds generated by her husband's drug dealing. Following an appeal by the Crown, Garnett was instead given a conditional sentence of two years less-a-day, with 8 months of that to be served under house arrest, followed by strict curfew conditions. The appeal by the Crown was heard earlier this month, and the written decision was published earlier today.


MORE RAIN IN NEW BRUNSWICK AS WATER IS AT NEAR-FLOOD LEVELS
Monday 1st May 2017
As rain is once again in the forecast in New Brunswick, residents of that province will be closely watching the level of the water. Emergency Measures Organization officials say the water level is expected to stay near or just above flood levels in many parts of New Brunswick in the coming days. Robert Duguay, an EMO spokesperson, told the CBC that levels in the Fredericton, Maugerville, Jemseg and Grand Lake areas are already high, and will likely remain there. The EMO is asking New Brunswickers to remain vigilant to potentially changing conditions.


FIRE AT CAR DEALERSHIP IN BRIDGEWATER
Monday 1st May 2017
A fire at a car dealership in Bridgewater this morning resulted in the evacuation of the building. CBC is reporting that the fire started around 10:00 this morning, and the blaze has raised concerns over chemicals and other substances in the body shop on site. Bridgewater Police are rerouting traffic away from the area. Fire crews expect to be on the scene throughout the afternoon. No word as to the cause of the blaze.


McNEIL UNDER ATTACK OVER COMMENT ABOUT "MEANINGFUL RIDINGS"
Monday 1st May 2017
The slings and arrows are coming out early in the election campaign for the Nova Scotia Legislature. Premier Stephen McNeil is under attack from the Progressive Conservatives after a comment he made about “meaningful ridings” in a press conference earlier today. McNeil was responding to a question about the number of female candidates on the Liberal slate, and when on to say that "it's one thing for parties to go out and identify people to run in ridings that they don't think they have a great shot in, it's quite another thing when you actually go out and elect based on people so you can get them elected and put them in the House of Assembly." Cumberland North PC candidate Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says she is disgusted by Stephen McNeil’s suggestion that campaigns of some women aren't meaningful.


IN ELECTION MODE, LEADERS PLEDGE TO SPEND, SPEND, SPEND
Monday 1st May 2017
On the first full day of the provincial election campaign, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie unveiled his new action plan to improve Nova Scotia’s infrastructure and create thousands of jobs. He says the Rebuild Nova Scotia Fund will grow the economy and create jobs by investing $2 billion over 10 years on roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. Baillie says the $2 Billion will be half funded by the province, with the other half provided by Ottawa. The Fund's priorities include highway twinning, high speed internet in rural parts of the province, doubling the fund for upkeep of gravel roads, and a new building for the Victoria General Hospital.
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Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil, meanwhile, announced an extra $60 million a year in infrastructure spending. McNeil says the Liberals would spend $50 million on new schools and improvements to main streets, and an extra $10 million to improve the province's gravel roads.
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NDP leader Gary Burrill announced today millions in funding for healthcare. Burrill says his party will invest 120 million over four years to hire more doctors, nurses and front line healthcare workers.


IT'S FINALLY OFFICIAL: WE VOTE MAY 30
Monday 1st May 2017
It was the worst kept secret in Nova Scotia: we're going to the polls on May 30. Premier Stephen McNeil dropped the writ Sunday afternoon after meeting with Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant at Government House in Halifax. The Premier arrived shortly after 1 p.m., emerging with a smile and a thumbs-up about 20 minutes later, telling reporters Grant had agreed to dissolve the legislature. The Liberals will be seeking their second consecutive mandate from voters after winning power in 2013. At dissolution the Liberals held 34 seats in the 51-seat legislature, the Progressive Conservatives had 10 and the NDP 5. There was one Independent and one seat was vacant.
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All three party leaders were in Halifax for the campaign's launch — including NDP Leader Gary Burrill, who is trying to win a seat in Halifax-Chebucto from Liberal backbencher Joachim Stroink. Burrill said an NDP government would tackle issues like hunger, access to education and hospital overcrowding, rather than prioritize a balanced budget. Tory Leader Jamie Baillie pitched himself as a sunny alternative to four years of Liberal austerity, which he said has hurt rural communities, allowed infrastructure to crumble and sent doctors and young people away in "droves." McNeil told a Liberal rally his government "had to make tough choices ... that weren't always popular," but said the province is in better shape for them.


TRUDEAU GOV'T SHELVING SOME PROPOSED REFORMS
Monday 1st May 2017
The Trudeau government is backing down from some of its most controversial proposals for reforming the way the House of Commons operates in the face of opposition filibustering that has tied parliamentary business in knots for weeks. Government House leader Bardish Chagger has written to her opposition counterparts, announcing that she intends to proceed with only those reforms promised in the Liberal election platform — including having the prime minister answer all queries in one question period each week, as Justin Trudeau has already begun doing. Chagger is dropping other more contentious proposals, which opposition parties have unanimously denounced as a bid by the Liberals to control the parliamentary agenda and hamstring their efforts to hold the government to account. That includes a proposal to adopt the British practice to use "programming motions" to set in advance the amount of time to be devoted to debate and committee study of each bill introduced in the Commons. Also being abandoned is a proposal to limit MPs' speeches during committee hearings. However, Chagger warns in her letter that without those reforms the government will be forced instead to impose time allocation to limit debate and get legislation passed. Chagger is also dropping a proposal to test electronic voting, rather than forcing MPs to stand in the Commons for all votes. And she's deferring a proposal to eliminate sparsely-attended, half-day Friday sittings of the Commons, asking opposition parties to consult their respective MPs on the idea of reallocating the time now spent on Fridays to other days or weeks in the parliamentary calendar.


US GOV'T FUNDING BILL PASSED
Monday 1st May 2017
Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, denying President Donald Trump funding for a border wall and rejecting his cuts to popular domestic programs. Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks announced the agreement after weeks of negotiations. It's expected to be made public early Monday. The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during Trump's short tenure in the White House. While losing on the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump won a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military. The measure funds the remainder of the 2017 budget year, rejecting cuts to popular domestic programs targeted by Trump, such as medical research and infrastructure grants. Successful votes later this week would also clear away any remaining threat of a government shutdown — at least until the Oct. 1 start of the 2018 budget year. Trump has submitted a partial 2018 budget promising a 10 per cent increase for the Pentagon, financed by cuts to foreign aid and other non-defence programs that negotiators on the pending measure protected. Democrats were quick off the mark to praise the deal. While the measure would peacefully end a battle over the current budget year, the upcoming cycle is sure to be even more difficult. Republicans have yet to reveal their budget plans, and battles between Trump and Congress over annual agency budgets could grind this summer's round of spending bills to a halt.


SPORTS MAY 1
Monday 1st May 2017
At its annual Hiking Summit held in Tatamagouche on the weekend, Hike NS presented Dr. Gordon Young and the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society with Summit Awards. The Summit Award is presented to an organization or individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the growth and development of hiking in Nova Scotia. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Young has logged countless hours providing leadership to and nurturing the development of trails and growing a hiking movement throughout the Pictou County region. He helped to create the Cape to Cape Trail concept, a long distance trail now under construction with the aim to link Cape Chignecto and Cape George. The Cobequid Eco-Trails Society (CE-TS) was formed in 2007 and focuses on the development and promotion of non-motorized trails in Colchester County. It has an emphasis on environmental appreciation and stewardship.  CE-TS and community volunteers have designed and developed the Gully Lake Trail system creating over 30 kilometres of hiking trails. The Awards were part of the annual Hiking Summit, a celebration of Nova Scotia's hiking culture. 
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Pictou county Atom Wolves went one and one this weekend at the Wellness Centre. The Sackville bulldogs defeated the Wolves 3-2 in the opening game. Goal scorers for were Landon Martin and Ethan Barker, Ethan MacKay getting the lone assist. In the 2nd game the Wolves defeated the Bulldogs 7-4. Scoring for the Wolves were Cole Bryden with a hat trick, Ethan Mackay with 2 goals, Derrick Mackay & Gage Conners adding singles. Assists came from Ethan MacKay 2, Derrick Mackay 2, and Cameron Pitts and Braden Mackinnon with 1 each. Winning goalie was John Mason.
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Pictou county Peewee Stars went 1-1 this weekend at the Wellness Center. First they faced the Bedford Oilers and defeated them 5-1. Scoring for Stars was Dawson Mackay with 2, Luke Hayman, Bauer Brophy and Jake Henderson all adding singles. Assists from Garrett Williams, Kaleb Melanson, Daniel Seymour and Henderson. Winning goalie was Jeffry Quinn. In the 2nd game Stars fell short to the Dartmouth Canadians 4-3. Stars' goal scorers were Dawson Mackay with 2, Garrett Williams adding a single. Assists came from Brennan Dalton 2 and Kaleb Melanson.
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For the first time in the history of the event, the Canadian Major Midget hockey champion is from Atlantic Canada. The Cape Breton West Islanders won the  2017 Telus Cup with a 5-4 come from behind overtime win over the St. Francois Blizzard in Prince George, BC. And the team has a pair of Crusher connections. One of the assistant coaches, Willie MacDonald, is a former Crusher player, while defenseman Keenan Gillis is a possibility to be part of the Crusher lineup next season as Pictou County owns his Jr. A rights. 
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball 18U team recently finished their season with a silver medal at the Volleyball Nova Scotia championships. The tier two team defeated Dartmouth, West Hants, Highland CB, and Cape Breton Attackers. They faced the Middleton Magic team in the championship game.  The team, coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young, had their most successful season thus far, winning their first gold medal at the Antigonish Storm tournament, bronze at the Bedford Blizzard tournament and finishing with provincial Silver. The team consists of Lydia Tobin, Janelle Young, Lauren Kellock, Roshan Ghafari, Victoria Robertson, Danielle Farrell, Mckayla Symons, Olivia Murray, and Abby MacLean. Farrell and Ghafari were named tournament all stars.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball are holding Mosquito and Pee Wee tryouts for the rep teams at the Kinsmen field. Tryouts for Mosquito- for players born in 2006 or after – will be Wednesday May 3 from 6-7:30, and Friday May 5 from 6-7:30. Tryouts for PeeWee - players born in 2004/2005 – will be Tuesday May 2 from 6-8, Thursday May 4 from 6-8, and Monday May 8 from 6-8. Please check the Kinsmen Baseball website for more details.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday, May 5th From 6pm until 9pm at the Westville town gym. The gym is located at the Town Office Building on Queen Street. If you're interested, contact Rob Snell at rob.snell@ns.sympatico.ca with any questions.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – will be hosting Tryouts for the 2017 U-16 team on the following dates and times at the W.M Sobey Indoor Sports Complex 120 Old FoxBrook Road, Stellarton: Monday May 1st 8 pm - 9 pm; Wednesday May 3rd 8 pm - 9 pm; Sunday May 8th 7 pm - 8 pm. Tryouts are open to women born in 2001, 2002 interested in playing competitive fast pitch softball. Fee is $30.00 which includes Softball NS insurance. Players must attend at least 2 out of the three sessions to be considered. For further information and to register please contact Rob at robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is seeking head coaches for competitive level teams for the 2017-2018 season. They are also looking to create a pool of coaches/volunteers for IP, Novice and Recreational level “C” teams at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level. Please refer to the PCMHA website or Facebook page for details on applying. All submissions must be received by May 26th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
The Anaheim Ducks wrested some momentum back in their playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers with a 6-3 win. Edmonton still leads the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series two games to one.
Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
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NBA Playoffs
Utah 104 L.A. Clippers 91 (Utah wins first round series 4-3)
Boston 123 Washington 111 (Boston leads series 1-0)
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MLB
American League

Russell Martin drove in the winning run with a single in the eighth as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday after losing starter Aaron Sanchez to a finger injury in the first inning. It's the Jays first back-to-back wins of the season.
Baltimore 7 N.Y. Yankees 4 (11 innings)
Detroit 7 Chicago White Sox 3
Cleveland 12 Seattle 4
Houston 7 Oakland 2
Minnesota 7 Kansas City 5
L.A. Angels 5 Texas 2
National League
Miami 10 Pittsburgh 3
Washington 23 N.Y. Mets 5
Milwaukee 4 Atlanta 3
Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 4
San Diego 5 San Francisco 2
Arizona 2 Colorado 0
L.A. Dodgers 5 Philadelphia 3
Interleague
Boston 6 Chicago Cubs 2