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Showing news for the month of November , 2017

UP TO 3 CUPS OF COFFEE A DAY WORK BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH, SAY BRITISH RESEARCHERS
Friday 24th November 2017
People who drink no more than three or four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain.
That's according to scientists at Britain's University of Southampton.
Their research, which collated evidence from more than 200 previous studies, also finds coffee consumption is linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia and some cancers.
Three cups of coffee a day seem to work best, and after that, although there's no serious harm reported by the experts, but the health benefits don't increase either.
In the study, coffee is also associated with a lower risk of several cancers, including prostate, skin and liver cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, gallstones and gout. The greatest benefit was seen for liver conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver. The team is noting that because their review included mainly observational data, no firm conclusions cab be drawn about cause and effect. But they point out their findings support other recent reviews that spent several years focusing on coffee intake.


GAS DOWN, DIESEL UP
Friday 24th November 2017
It's a mixed bag at the fuel pumps in this part of Nova Scotia this morning. The price per litre of regular self-serve gas dropped 2.3 cents overnight to $1.15.3 across the Pictou County zone. But if you drive a diesel, that fuel is up by 1.4 cents to $1.16.7.


HEALTH AUTHORITY SAYS THERE ARE NO PLANS TO MOVE ADDICTION SERVICES
Friday 24th November 2017
The Nova Scotia Health Authority has responded to concerns expressed by the Town of Pictou at their monthy Council meeting earlier this week. Council was discussing reports that they had received from a highly credible source, that the Addiction Services facility I nthe town was being moved to Truro. Kristen Lipscombe, spokesperson for the NSHA, says that is not the case. Lipscombe says all service delivery is under review, but there are no plans in place at this for any relocation of any services. During the council meeting on Monday, Deputy Mayor Dan Currie, who prior to joining council had been on the board for the Addiction Services facility, said keeping the service in the town was critical to residents of the county.


NDP TAKE SHOT AT HOUSTON OVER PARADISE PAPERS
Friday 24th November 2017
The provincial NDP say they have concerns about Pictou East MLA Tim Houston possibly becoming the next leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. The NDP say that Houston is named in the recently released Paradise Papers. Houston, who lived in Bermuda for more than a decade before returning to Nova Scotia in 2007, is listed as Vice-President or Director of at least four companies included in the database.  NDP Leader Gary Burrill says he questions whether it is appropriate “that the wealthiest citizens avoid paying their taxes while low-income and middle-income individuals pay their fair share to support health care and other public institutions?” The Paradise Papers were recently provided to journalists and contain over 13 million electronic documents. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the database of the Papers earlier this month.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 24 NOVEMBER
Friday 24th November 2017
It may not have been the ending the Crushers were looking for last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, but they picked up a valuable point in the standings with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Miramichi Timberwolves. Jake Martin continued his hot streak, getting his ninth assist in the last five games as he got the helper on a goal by Evan MacLennan. Jacob Hickey also scored for the Crushers, while Luke Melanson stopped 36 of 39 shots. The Crushers look to make it a 3 point weekend tonight when they head to Yarmouth for their first meeting of the season with the Mariners. That game will not be on East Coast FM. Our next broadcast is from St. Stephen on 9 December.
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This week the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will have two games against teams from the Fred Fox Division. Tonight they head to Cole Harbour to face the Colts, then on Sunday they wrap up November with a home game at Trenton Arena against the Valley Maple Leafs.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of home games this weekend against the South Shore Mustangs. Both games will be played at the Wellness Centre. Puck drop for the first game is set for 8pm Saturday, followed by game two at noon on Sunday.
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4th Annual Jingle Walk/Run with 5km & 10km options takes place on Sunday, November 26 beginning at 9:30 am.  This event is for the whole family. No matter if you are a competitive runner, a family looking to get active or just want to have a bit of Christmas fun.  They have packages for families (up to three members),  youth, 5 & 10k options as well as a new “No Frills” option this year that just allows you to go for a run, without any of the add-ons! Atlantic Chip will be on site again this year with bib chips! The first 100 registered will get a free, custom made Jingle Walk/Run Toque! Call Kerri Penney at 902-522-2598 for more information. Register online at www.raceroster.ca. Just Fun, Family & Individual rates available. Timed by Atlantic Chip. Register online at http://raceroster.com/ It's part of Sherbrooke Village's Old Fashion Christmas.
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open today from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins next week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Minnesota 30 Detroit 23
LA Chargers 28 Dallas 6
Washington 20 NY Giants 10


DRUGS AND WEAPONS SEIZED FROM STELLARTON HOME
Thursday 23rd November 2017
On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, at approximately 10:00 AM, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Stellarton Police Service, executed a search warrant at a residence on Pleasant Street, Stellarton. As a result, police seized a quantity of ammunition, cannabis marihuana, and unidentified substances. Subsequently, police have arrested one 36 year-old male from Stellarton. The male has been charged with failing to comply with a conditional sentence order, failing to comply with a prohibition order, unsafe storage of ammunition, production and possession of a controlled substance. The male remains in custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.


CARLTON MUNROE 1969-2017
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Pictou County has lost one of its icons in the music scene. Carlton Munroe, who most recently had been the Program and Events Manager for the Town of New Glasgow and Executive Director of the Jubilee, succumbed to glioblastoma yesterday. Prior to working for the town, Carlton was the Assignment Editor and News Director with CKEC/East Coast FM, New Glasgow leading a four  person news team.  During 15 years of news broadcast, Carlton delivered local news covering community and recreational events and festivals and served as news anchor for coverage of municipal, provincial and federal elections. Carlton was also instrumental in  helping grow the region’s music scene and contributed towards the development of Pictou County as a music destination. In 2004, Carlton created the East Coast Road Trip, a one hour radio music magazine program spotlighting the East Coast music scene he loved so much. The show was nominated for the ECMA Broadcast of the Year in 2007 and 2009 and in 2008 it earned a Nova Scotia Music Award Nomination for Radio Program of the Year, and Carlton himself was nominated for the Media Person of the Year honors’. In 2007, he was also nominated for the Pictou County Tourist Association Ambassador Award. Born in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Carlton graduated from West Pictou District High School in 1987. Carlton Munroe was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, last November.  This is the same cancer as Gord Downie-lead singer of the Tragically Hip, who died last month. He was a musical hero to Carlton. In January a loving network of family, friends and co-workers known as  "Carlton's Crew" came together to hold a fundraiser called "The Big Bash for Carlton" which helped raise $64,000 for the Munroe family. Carlton is survived by his wife Taryn and two sons, Noah and Nate, and  daughter Layla.


WINDS CREATE POWER OUTAGES IN PICTOU COUNTY, CLOSE FERRY SERVICE AND PROBLEMS ON CONFEDERATION BRIDGE (***updated 7 am)
Thursday 23rd November 2017
More than a thousand homes and businesses are without power in Pictou County this morning in the area around Tony River, River John and the Three Brooks area. Police and our listeners are reporting trees down on roadways, so watch for those. The power in those areas along the Sunrise Trail should be back on by 8:45 this morning. Across the rest of the province, there are smaller outages in Antigonish, Colchester, Cumberland and Halifax Counties. In addition, ferry crossings from here to PEI are cancelled because of the high winds.


NEW JOBS FORECAST IN STELLARTON FROM CANNABIS GROWING COMPANY
Thursday 23rd November 2017
There's an optimistic prediction about jobs in Stellarton this week. Hot on the heels of news that four vacant building lots are being negotiated for sale in the Albion Business Park comes news of Cannabis jobs for the town.
A national company known as Zenabis operates the 280-thousand square foot cannabis-growing facility in Stellarton. Now that they've signed a $40 to 50 million dollar deal to sell product to the government of New Brunswick, their next move is to get approval from Ottawa for production in Stellarton.
May Nazair speaks for Zenabis and says when the Health Canada approval comes in, the locals jobs could easily run into the hundreds.
Nazair says that'll start with a few dozen new hires, likely within the next 9 months to a year.
After that, she says hiring should increase to at least 200 people, and maybe more.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 23 NOVEMBER
Thursday 23rd November 2017
This week the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will have two games against teams from the Fred Fox Division. On Friday they head to Cole Harbour to face the Colts, then on Sunday they wrap up November with a home game at Trenton Arena against the Valley Maple Leafs.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will host the Miramichi Timberwolves for the second consecutive week this Thursday at the Wellness Centre. It is the final meeting of the season between these two teams, after the Crushers won the first two and Miramichi took the third meeting just last Friday. After that game, the Crushers head to Yarmouth on Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will not be available on East Coast FM this Friday night.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of home games this weekend against the South Shore Mustangs. Both games will be played at the Wellness Centre. Puck drop for the first game is set for 8pm Saturday, followed by game two at noon on Sunday.
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4th Annual Jingle Walk/Run with 5km & 10km options takes place on Sunday, November 26 beginning at 9:30 am.  This event is for the whole family. No matter if you are a competitive runner, a family looking to get active or just want to have a bit of Christmas fun.  They have packages for families (up to three members),  youth, 5 & 10k options as well as a new “No Frills” option this year that just allows you to go for a run, without any of the add-ons! Atlantic Chip will be on site again this year with bib chips! The first 100 registered will get a free, custom made Jingle Walk/Run Toque! Call Kerri Penney at 902-522-2598 for more information. Register online at www.raceroster.ca. Just Fun, Family & Individual rates available. Timed by Atlantic Chip. Register online at http://raceroster.com/ It's part of Sherbrooke Village's Old Fashion Christmas.
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Winnipeg 2 Los Angeles 1
Florida 2 Toronto 1 (SO)
Edmonton 6 Detroit 2
Nashville 3 Montreal 2 (SO)
Vancouver 5 Pittsburgh 2
Columbus 1 Calgary 0 (OT)
Washington 5 Ottawa 2
N.Y. Rangers 6 Carolina 1
Minnesota 5 Buffalo 4
N.Y. Islanders 4 Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Boston 3 New Jersey 2 (SO)
Tampa Bay 3 Chicago 2 (OT)
Colorado 3 Dallas 0
San Jose 3 Arizona 1
Vegas 4 Anaheim 2

NBA
New York 108 Toronto 100
Charlotte 129 Washington 124 (OT)
Cleveland 119 Brooklyn 109
Philadelphia 101 Portland 81
L.A. Clippers 116 Atlanta 103
Miami 104 Boston 98
Dallas 95 Memphis 94
Houston 125 Denver 95
Minnesota 124 Orlando 118
New Orleans 107 San Antonio 90
Oklahoma City 108 Golden State 91
Milwaukee 113 Phoenix 107 (OT)
Utah 110 Chicago 80
Sacramento 113 L.A. Lakers 102


AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS IN HEALTH DEPARTMENT **UPDATED** 8:20am
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
The province has issued a press release ahead of Auditor General Michael Pickup's press conference later today looking into the work of the Health Department. In the release, Pickup's performance audit of family doctor resourcing, mental health services, and home care contract management points out several deficiencies. In the report, he says government is doing a poor job of explaining to Nova Scotians how it plans to provide primary health care, including family doctors. As well, it has not clearly defined expectations around recruiting new doctors. He also says that the Nova Scotia Health Authority does not have a provincewide plan for providing mental health services, and services across the province varied significantly. As well, a lack of policies risks the effective delivery of the services. He found the Department of Health and Wellness has still not completed promises to address eight recommendations it accepted as part of a 2008 audit. Overall, he found that steps to ensure home support services contract terms were lacking. The full report and videos are available on the auditor general’s website.
The Health Department issued a response to the auditor general roughly one hour after the original press release. It reads: “The Department of Health and Wellness is working closely with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to address recommendations outlined by the auditor general today, Nov. 22.  The auditor general's findings highlight some of the challenges in three of government's priority areas - primary care, continuing care and mental health. The report identifies areas for improvement and also validates the work underway to better plan, co-ordinate and deliver health services to Nova Scotians.  Everyone agrees changes are needed in the health-care system. We want Nova Scotians to get the care they need, when they need it - whether it is provided by doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, or others. We're making progress on several fronts and we're committed to addressing concerns.”


HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED AFTER GARBAGE CAN FIRE
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Students at Avon View High School were evacuated briefly yesterday after a fire in one of the bathrooms. Windsor Fire Department responded to the call shortly after 11:00am yesterday. Police and EHS also attended the scene, although there is no indication of any injuries. Windsor Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Juteau says the fact that the fire was in a garbage can makes it suspicious, and the police are investigating. The evacuation lasted roughly an hour.


MISSING ANTIGONISH-AREA MAN LOCATED SAFE
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
The RCMP have indicated that a man reported missing earlier this week has been found. Jacob Spin, who has been missing since November 19, has been located and is safe. Out of privacy concerns, no further details are being released. The RCMP say they would like to thank the public for their assistance, shares and retweets on social media.


HALIFAX SHOOTING DEATH ADDED TO UNSOLVED CRIMES PROGRAM
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
One year after the shooting death of 23-year-old Tyler Ronald Joseph Keizer, Halifax Regional Police are once again issuing a call for help from the public in solving the case. Keizer was found in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds after police responded to a report of gunshots in the area of Falkland and Gottingen streets just before 11pm on 21 November, 2016. He later died of those injuries in hospital. Keizer’s death has been ruled a homicide and police believe there are people who have information that could help solve his murder. Keizer’s homicide has been added to Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, which offers up to $150,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in certain cases. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact police.


TESTIMONY BEGINS AT GARNIER TRIAL (Sensitive Content)
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Some difficult opening testimony at the Christopher Garnier Murder trial. He's the Halifax man accused of killing off-duty police officer and Stellarton native Catherine Campbell. Crown prosecutor Carla Ball says he "heard her last breaths" as he strangled her and later dumped her body using a green compost bin. Ball told the newly-chosen jury that “this is a case about a man who loses control.” Garnier is alleged to have punched and strangled Campbell. Ball told the jury “We allege he then put her lifeless body into a green compost bin and dumped her over a bank." 29-year-old Garnier is also charged with interfering with a dead body. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges. The 36-year-old Campbell's remains were found near Halifax's Macdonald Bridge in September 2015, just days after she failed to show for her job as a constable with Truro Police. Ball told the jury that Garnier —who was staying with a friend in north end Halifax after breaking up with his girlfriend — met Campbell at the Halifax Alehouse bar early on Sept. 11, 2015. She told court that Garnier and Campbell left the bar together at about 3:30 am., and took a cab back to his friend's place. Ball alleges that Garnier "hit her in the face and she bled from the head area leaving a stain on the mattress the size of a piece of paper." She then told the jurors, he placed his hands around her neck. One of the most difficult moments for family members was when she told the panel, “You will also hear that he heard her last breaths.” She says “Garnier then "moved quickly" to get rid of any evidence, including Campbell's body, car keys and the bloody mattress. The jury was later shown video from inside Campbell's apartment building. McCulley identified Campbell as a woman in police uniform in an elevator, and also identified her as a woman dressed in civilian clothes leaving the building in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015. Members of Campbell's family sobbed as Campbell was shown in what are alleged to be her last hours alive. A taxi driver also testified that he picked Campbell up in the early hours of Sept. 11th and drove her to the Halifax Alehouse.


NEED A DOCTOR? BE READY FOR A PHONE CALL
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
The nearly 40-thousand Nova Scotians who are currently without a family doctor or nurse practitioner will be getting phone calls from the Nova Scotia Health Authority in the coming days and weeks. The NSHA will be conducting these calls as part of the process to check that they have up to date contact information for everyone on the Need a Family Practice registry. Shannon Ryan Carson, Director of Primary Health Care for the NSHA, says the automated call will show up on caller ID as coming from 000-000-0000, and will be an automated call taking people through options to allow people to let the registry now that they are still looking for a health care provider. Ryan Carson said three call attempts will be made and if the person doesn't pick up on the third call, a voicemail will be left. If contact information has changed since originally registering for the Need a Family Practice registry, the health authority said people can call 811 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to update their information. Those who are not registered can sign up online. 


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 22 NOVEMBER
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
The Peewee AA Crushers are showing their might early in the season in NS Mainland League play with a record of 5 Wins, 1 Loss and 2 ties. November 11th and 12th they completed a home and home match up with the Cumberland County Ramblers. On Saturday the 11th, the Crushers tied 3-3 with the Ramblers at the Oxford Arena. The Crushers were leading 3-0 after 2 period only to have the Ramblers come back with 3 unanswered goals in the 3rd to pull off a tie. Scoring for the Crushers were Levon Walst, Cole Thompson & Wyatt Spence with singles, assists coming off the sticks of Spence and Colby Nichol. On the Sunday the 12th the Crushers soundly defeated the Ramblers 5-3 at the Westville Sports Centre. Scoring for the home squad were Walst with 2, Spence, Thompson and Steele with singles and assists coming from Zachary MacInnis with 2 and singles helpers from Steele and Walst. The Crushers next faced the Acadian Axemen in Kentville for a game Saturday afternoon November 18th. The game seen the Pictou County offence explode for 7 goals in a 7-0 win. Scoring for the home squad was Mac Wallace, Blake MacLennan, Clint MacLaughlin, John K Martin, Levon Walst, Colby Nichol and Landon Steele. Assists going to Walst, Wallace & Wyatt Spence with 2 each and singles helpers coming from, MacLennan, MacLaughlin and Zachery MacInnis. The Crushers defense all played a tight game while being backed up with solid goaltending from Jacob MacLeod earning the shutout. The second game of the weekend saw the Crushers faceoff again the West Hants Warriors for a battle for 2nd place in the Mainland Peewee AA League at the Brooklyn Arena. The Crushers won the contest 4-1. Scoring for the Crushers were Blake MacLennan, Wyatt Spence, Levon Walst and Colby Nichol with assists coming from Spence, Mac Wallace, Nichol, and John K Martin. Cole Battist was solid between the pipes for the Crushers in the win. The Peewee AA Crushers next see action this weekend when they participate in the Riverview Minor Hockey Fall Classic Tournament in Riverview, NB from November 24th-27th.
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This week the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will have two games against teams from the Fred Fox Division. On Friday they head to Cole Harbour to face the Colts, then on Sunday they wrap up November with a home game at Trenton Arena against the Valley Maple Leafs.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will host the Miramichi Timberwolves for the second consecutive week this Thursday at the Wellness Centre. It is the final meeting of the season between these two teams, after the Crushers won the first two and Miramichi took the third meeting just last Friday. After that game, the Crushers head to Yarmouth on Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will not be available on East Coast FM this Friday night.
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There is one games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League at Stellarton Rink 9:00 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Durham Bucks.
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4th Annual Jingle Walk/Run with 5km & 10km options takes place on Sunday, November 26 beginning at 9:30 am.  This event is for the whole family. No matter if you are a competitive runner, a family looking to get active or just want to have a bit of Christmas fun.  They have packages for families (up to three members),  youth, 5 & 10k options as well as a new “No Frills” option this year that just allows you to go for a run, without any of the add-ons! Atlantic Chip will be on site again this year with bib chips! The first 100 registered will get a free, custom made Jingle Walk/Run Toque! Call Kerri Penney at 902-522-2598 for more information. Register online at www.raceroster.ca. Just Fun, Family & Individual rates available. Timed by Atlantic Chip. Register online at http://raceroster.com/ It's part of Sherbrooke Village's Old Fashion Christmas.
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Monday November 20 from 6-9, Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Vancouver 5 Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 8 Edmonton 3
Dallas 3 Montreal 1

NBA
L.A. Lakers 103 Chicago 94

Major League Soccer
Eastern Conference Final

First leg
Toronto 0 Columbus 0
Western Conference Final
First leg
Seattle 2 Houston 0


SCHOOL BOARD UPDATES PROGRESS AND CONTRACTS FOR LOCAL "SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OFFICERS"
Tuesday 21st November 2017
The Chignecto-Central School Board has completed an analysis of which schools will benefit the most from the province's new school attendance officers.
Development Supervisor Chris Boulter says managers have looked at attendance records on a school-by-school basis.
He says the next steps include a solid comparison of class make-up and how schools are configured.
Some of that will be done sooner, rather than later.
The Chignecto-Central School Board is getting 3 of the 14 attendance officers being mandated province-wide. Their terms of employment permit in-home visits with students and families, in addition to other attendance-boosting methods.
The first set of attendance officers will be offered contracts that last until June of 2019.


POLICE SEEK MISSING MAN FROM ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Tuesday 21st November 2017
Antigonish RCMP are searching for a 24-year-old Monastery man. Jacob Spin was last seen just before 10 o'clock Sunday when he left his home on the Old Mulgrave Rd. in Monastery. He's described as white, standing 5'10" and 160 lbs, with short brown hair, blue eyes and wears black eye glasses. Spin was wearing a black t-shirt with a picture of the original Nintendo controller on the front and blue jeans. RCMP Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services are assisting with that investigation.


STELLARTON MOVES DEPUTY MAYOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Tuesday 21st November 2017
Garry Pentz is the new Deputy Mayor of Stellarton. Town Council made the change at their meeting last night, ending Councilor Simon Lawand's term as Deputy Mayor. Council had decided after first being elected last fall that each of the four councillors would serve a one-year term in the role, so this announcement is just part of that natural process of rotating the responsibility through the membership.


FIRE CHIEF AND DEPUTY CHIEF BOTH RENEWED
Tuesday 21st November 2017
There may be a major issue for the Town of Pictou Volunteer Fire Department five years from now, and Town Council is going to begin now to see if there is anything they can do about it. At the monthly meeting of Council on Monday, Fire Chief Paul Janes and Deputy Chief Blake Sarson were both renewed for new five year terms. However, due to recent changes in the policies for the town, both men will be in their final term and will not be eligible to apply to renew those roles in 2022. Deputy Mayor Dan Currie expressed concern that a succession plan be put in place to help with the transition to new people when that occurs.


LETTERS OF INTENT SIGNED FOR ALBION BUSINESS PARK LOTS
Tuesday 21st November 2017
The Town of Stellarton says two new letters of intent have been signed for the Albion Business Park, bringing the total to four since the prices for the lots were reduced recently. Mayor Danny MacGillivray says lots 63X and 67B are the latest two parcels to be discussed, although because they are still in the early stages of the process, no other details are being released at this time.


ADDICTION SERVICES MAY POSSIBLY LEAVE PICTOU
Tuesday 21st November 2017
A topic of concern at the monthly meeting of Pictou Town Council last night was the potential relocation of Addiction Services programming from Pictou to Truro. While Councilor Malcolm Houser and Mayor Jim Ryan were both quick to point out that the move has not been confirmed, the source they received this information from was described as highly credible. Deputy Mayor Dan Currie suggested that Council should act quickly to assure that the move does not take place. Currie described the presence of the Addiction Services facility in Pictou is absolutely critical, not only to the town, but for the people of the county as a whole.


JURY SELECTION NEARS MIDPOINT
Tuesday 21st November 2017
After day one of jury selection in the trial of Christopher Calvin Garnier in relation to the death of off-duty officer Catherine Campbell, less than half of the positions on the jury have been filled. Two men and three women have been selected to this point to fill the 12 jury positions and two alternate jurors who will hear the evidence in the case. Garnier is facing charges of second-degree murder and interference with human remains in the 2015 death of the Stellarton native and Truro Police officer.


JUNIOR B TEAM GETS REQUEST FOR FUNDING DENIED
Tuesday 21st November 2017
The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will not be getting any money from the Municipality of the County of Pictou either. After a much publicized approval of a one-thousand dollar donation for the Jr. A. Weeks Crushers at the Financial Services Committee stage was then sent to the regular council meeting for final approval but denied, the local Jr. B club thought they would try their luck. The Scotians put forward a request for assistance in dealing with their operating expenses for the same one-thousand dollar total, however the Financial Services Committee voted this one down by a vote of 6-4. Councillors on both sides of the issue argued that there were many similarities between the two requests, and the resulting vote ended in the same way.


STELLARTON INFRASTRUCTURE GRADED
Tuesday 21st November 2017
Residents of Stellarton will soon see exactly where their streets, sidewalks, and water and sewer lines fit in to the town's long term capital plans. The town recently completed a survey of those pieces of infrastructure, and says the results of the survey have been tabulated. From that, a map has been created showing all sidewalks, roads, water mains and sewer mains with each item color coded by its state of repair. Anything in red is a high priority to get repaired as soon as possible, items in yellow would be the next priority, while items in green are currently in a good state. Mayor Danny MacGillivray says the information is available on the Town of Stellarton website, and will be migrated on to the new website when it is launched next year.


PICTOU NAMES NEW CAO
Tuesday 21st November 2017
The Town of Pictou has found its new Chief Administrative Officer. During the monthly meeting of Pictou Town Council last night, it was announced that Dan Troke will be taking over the position vacated by Scott Conrod earlier this year. Troke brings over 20 years of experience within multiple levels of government in Nova Scotia and Canada to the position. He is currently the CEO of Naigara Regional Housing in Ontario. Troke will begin effective 8 January, 2018. Mayor Jim Ryan says there were many strong candidates to choose from, and Troke was the 'person most able to support us as we move The Town of Pictou toward the implementation of our long term plan.’


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 21 NOVEMBER
Tuesday 21st November 2017
This week the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will have two games against teams from the Fred Fox Division. On Friday they head to Cole Harbour to face the Colts, then on Sunday they wrap up November with a home game at Trenton Arena against the Valley Maple Leafs. There was one game last night in the NSJHL – Valley defeated Sackville 5-2.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will host the Miramichi Timberwolves for the second consecutive week this Thursday at the Wellness Centre. It is the final meeting of the season between these two teams, after the Crushers won the first two and Miramichi took the third meeting just last Friday. After that game, the Crushers head to Yarmouth on Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will not be available on East Coast FM this Friday night.
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Staying with the MHL, five players from the league have been named as pasrt of the 40 who will attend the selection camp for Team Canada East at this year's World Junior A Hockey Challenge to be played in Truro next month. Players from the MHL that have been named to the selection camp roster include goaltender Jacob Stewart of the Valley Wildcats, defenseman Francis Thibeault of the Campbellton Tigers and forwards Logan Johnston of the Edmundston Blizzard, Logan O'Neil of the South Shore Lumberjacks and Ben Reid of the St. Stephen Aces. ​Additionally, Truro Bearcats Head Coach Shawn Evans will be an Assistant Coach for Team Canada East, Steve Lindsay (Truro Bearcats) and Mark Francisco (Valley Wildcats) have been named as Equipment Managers and William Marr (Yarmouth Mariners) will join the squad as its Athletic Therapist. The team's Director of Operations is former MHL Coach and Executive Paul Currie.
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Angela Anderson’s two goal output led the Leafs to a 5-4 win over the Rangers in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports center last night. Other Leaf goalscorers were Samantha Wiliams, Rachael Mattison and Dawn MacKay. Replying for the Rangers were Stephanie Heighton, Bethany Martin, Julie Anderson and Charlene Conrad.
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Bantam AA Crushers lost both games this weekend, 5-4 against Strait Richmond and 5-2 versus Antigonish.  Goals were by Ross Martin, Cam MacKinnon(4), Covey Cameron.  Assisted by Tanner Steele(2), Myles Farnsworth(2) and Brent Chapman.  Next weekend the Bantam AA travel to Acadia for their first meeting this year and Sunday they will be home for an exhibition game against Sackville.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers took part in the Ossie Fraser Memorial Tournament in Sydney last weekend and played three games at the Cape Breton County Arena. The Crushers got off to a strong start on Friday with a four nothing shutout win over the Cape Breton West Islanders in game one followed by a three all tie versus Halifax Black in game two. Saturday however saw the Crushers hopes of advancing past the round robin portion of the ten team tournament end with a six to nothing loss to eventual tournament champion East Hants Penguins. Chloe Stroud had the shutout in game one and goal scorers for the Crushers included Reilly Grant, Gavin Bourque, Cailan MacLellan, Dawson MacKay, Kirk Turnbull and Will Woolcock. Player of the game awards were given to Gavin Bourque, Dawson MacKay and Chloe Stroud. The Bantam A Crushers resume their league play next weekend with a home and home series versus the first place Antigonish Bulldogs. Their home game goes at 11:30 Saturday morning at the Wellness Center.   
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The Peewee AAA Crushers had three games over the weekend that ended with two losses and a tie.  The team traveled to Canning on Saturday to play Acadia at the Glooscap District Arena.  The Crushers lost 5-2.  Kaden Smith and Reese Smith had singles while assists went out to Dominic MacKenzie, Reese Smith and Logan Crosby. Sunday the triples hosted the South Shore Sharks for a pair of games at the PCWC.  The first game ended with a 4-1 loss.  Kaden Smith had the Crushers lone goal assisted by Reese Smith and Keagan Dalton.  The second game ended with a 4-4 tie.  Goals went to Seth Gallant, Ben Wallace, Eastyn Cameron and Reese Smith.  Helpers went to Jayden Duplessis with two, Brendan Avery and pair for Lane Lochead. The team will host Antigonish and Truro this weekend.
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There are two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League. At Stellarton Rink at 8:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD. Then, at Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Durham Bucks. There is also one game tomorrow night at Stellarton Rink 9:00 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Durham Bucks.
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4th Annual Jingle Walk/Run with 5km & 10km options takes place on Sunday, November 26 beginning at 9:30 am.  This event is for the whole family. No matter if you are a competitive runner, a family looking to get active or just want to have a bit of Christmas fun.  They have packages for families (up to three members),  youth, 5 & 10k options as well as a new “No Frills” option this year that just allows you to go for a run, without any of the add-ons! Atlantic Chip will be on site again this year with bib chips! The first 100 registered will get a free, custom made Jingle Walk/Run Toque! Call Kerri Penney at 902-522-2598 for more information. Register online at www.raceroster.ca. Just Fun, Family & Individual rates available. Timed by Atlantic Chip. Register online at http://raceroster.com/ It's part of Sherbrooke Village's Old Fashion Christmas.
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Monday November 20 from 6-9, Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Arizona 4 Toronto 1
Calgary 4 Washington 1
Columbus 3 Buffalo 2
Nashville 5 Winnipeg 3
New Jersey 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
Anaheim 3 San Jose 2 (SO)
  
NFL
Atlanta 34 Seattle 31
   NBA
Charlotte 118 Minnesota 102
Cleveland 116 Detroit 88
Indiana 105 Orlando 97
Philadelphia 107 Utah 86
New York 107 L.A. Clippers 85
New Orleans 114 Oklahoma City 107
Portland 100 Memphis 92
Washington 99 Milwaukee 88
Boston 110 Dallas 102 (OT)
San Antonio 96 Atlanta 85
Denver 114 Sacramento 98


PICTOU MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER ASSAULT INVOLVING A LOADED HANDGUN NEAR PICTOU SOBEYS
Monday 20th November 2017
RCMP have a 31-year-old man in custody after they say he assaulted a 23-year-old woman near Sobey's store on the Pictou Rotary this morning. Corporal Dal Hutchinson says it happened mid-morning. The suspect entered the grocery store where police located him, arrested him without incident and seized a loaded handgun. Luckily, employees at the Veteran's Drive Sobey's location provided some help and the woman was not hurt. The man is now in police custody. RCMP say they want to assure the public that this was an isolated incident. Hutchinson says the suspect is facing a number of different charges, including assault with a weapon. The suspect will appear before a Pictou judge this afternoon. The man's home address is listed as being in Pictou.


HOUSTON MAKES IT OFFICIAL
Monday 20th November 2017
A large and enthusiastic crowd lined up to get into Glasgow Square for Sunday's big announcement from local MLA Tim Houston that he's running to lead the provincial P-C's. His campaign kick-off announcement brought out a host of Tory faithful, including local MLA's Pat Dunn and Karla MacFarlane, who says it's easy for her to put her faith in Houston. The Pictou East MLA is the first to enter the race.


SOUTH SHORE WOMAN KILLED IN NEW BRUNSWICK CAR CRASH
Monday 20th November 2017
A South Shore woman was killed in a single vehicle crash on the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick over the weekend when the car in which she was a passenger left the road and landed in a ditch. The 80-year old Lunenburg woman was pronounced dead at the scene according to reports from the RCMP. The driver and two other passengers were taken to a nearby hospital and are expected to recover. Police say the investigation into the crash, which occurred Saturday afternoon in Tabusintac, N.B., is still ongoing, although they do not believe that either speed or alcohol were factors.


ACTOR BEST KNOWN FOR ROLE IN COSBY SHOW DEAD AT AGE 91
Monday 20th November 2017
Tony and Emmy nominated actor Earle Hyman passed away Friday at the age of 91. Hyman began his acting career on Broadway as a teenager in 1943, and was a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theatre. He received a Tony nomination in 1980 for his role in The Lady From Dubuque. However, Hyman's most famous role was that of Cliff Huxtable's father, Russell, on The Cosby Show, for which he received an Emmy nomination in 1986.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 20 NOVEMBER
Monday 20th November 2017
The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians earned three of a possible four points this weekend, defeating the Cumberland County Blues 6-3 in Springhill on Friday night, then falling the East Hants Penguins 4-3 last night in a shootout at Trenton Arena. The three point weekend means the Scotians are 7 points back of the Kameron Jr Miners for top spot in the Sid Rowe Division, but they are also five points ahead of the third place Strait Pirates. This week the Scotians will have two games against teams from the Fred Fox Division. On Friday they head to Cole Harbour to face the Colts, then on Sunday they wrap up November with a home game at Trenton Arena against the Valley Maple Leafs.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers split a pair of games this weekend, falling at home on Friday night to the Miramichi Timberwolves by a score of 9-5, before bouncing back with their first win in November, a 4-3 decision over the Summerside Western Capitals. The Timberwolves will be back in Pictou County again this Thursday for their final meeting of the season, then the Crushers head to Yarmouth on Friday for their first meeting with the Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will not be available on East Coast FM this Friday night.
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The Weeks Major Midgets made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Monctonian Tournament this weekend, going a perfect 3-0 in the Round Robin by defeating teams from Saint John, Quebec and Ontario. They then got past the TriPen Osprey of Newfoundland 8-1 in the Quarter-Finals before losing in the semis to the only Nova Scotia opponent they saw all weekend, the eventual tournament champions - Dartmouth Steele Subaru.
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The WearWell Bombers were also at the Monctonian this weekend, competing in the Bantam AAA Division. The Bombers defeated the Central Attack based out of PEI, by a score of 2-1. They tied the Western Hurricanes 2-2, and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Fredericton Blues. The Bombers missed out on a spot in the playoffs by a single point.
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This past weekend saw the Atom AA Selects play two home games at the Hector Arena. The first game was held on Saturday at 3:30 facing Metro West White.  The Selects took an early lead in the first with a goal by Reese Murray assisted by Hailey Taylor.  The end result was a 1-1 tie game. The second game was held on Sunday at 5:30 facing Metro West Red for the first time this season.  The Selects took the lead again in the first with a goal by Sidney Keay assisted by Acelyn Potter and Avery Henderson.  Murray scored back to back unassisted goals in each of the second and third periods to push the Selects to their 3-1 win.  Kenli Ross had the win in nets. 
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects maintained their stranglehold on first place in the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League earning three of four points in their weekend games. The Selects lead NSFMH league with 23 points and are unbeaten in twelve straight league games. They hold a six point advantage over second place Moncton Rockets in the seven team maritime loop and have two games in hand on the Rockets. This past weekend the Selects took on Metro Boston Pizza in a home and home series. On Saturday at the Wellness Center, the Selects got out to a 1-0 lead early in the second period on a goal by KJ Emery before the Boston Pizza tied it two minutes later. Heath Miller gave the Selects a 2-1 lead on the power play mid-way through the second and took that lead into the third. Boston Pizza scored two quick goals in the third period to take a 3-2 lead before Camryn Halliday  tied it up on a strong individual rush midway through the final frame. Lily Currie held the fort in goal and helped the Selects earn a single point in the 3-3 tie.  On Sunday the Subways traveled to Bedford for the return match and again got out to a 1-0 lead on a power play marker from Eva Wornell. The Selects would add three more unanswered in the final stanza on a pair of goals by Maddie Quinn and a single by Mariah Linehan before Boston Pizza got on the board.  Wornell rounded out the scoring with her second of the game making the final 5-1. Jenna Landry was solid between the pipes in the victory keeping the Selects unbeaten streak at 12 straight league games. The Northern Selects travel to Bathurst this weekend where they will play a pair of road games against the Northern Panthers of the Miramichi  hoping the keep the streak alive.
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Monday November 20 from 6-9, Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
N.Y. Rangers 3 Ottawa 0
Carolina 4 N.Y. Islanders 2
Colorado 4 Detroit 3 (OT)
Anaheim 3 Florida 2
Vegas 4 Los Angeles 2
CFL PLAYOFFS
East Final
Toronto 25 Saskatchewan 21
West Final
Calgary 32 Edmonton 28
NFL
Baltimore 23 Green Bay 0
Detroit 27 Chicago 24
Minnesota 24 L.A. Rams 7
Jacksonville 19 Cleveland 7
Houston 31 Arizona 21
Tampa Bay 30 Miami 20
N.Y. Giants 12 Kansas City 9 (OT)
New Orleans 34 Washington 31 (OT)
L.A. Chargers 54 Buffalo 24
Cincinnati 20 Denver 17
New England 33 Oakland 8
Philadelphia 37 Dallas 9
NBA
Toronto 100 Washington 91
Indiana 120 Miami 95
Golden State 118 Brooklyn 111
Detroit 100 Minnesota 97
Phoenix 113 Chicago 105
L.A. Lakers 127 Denver 109


LOCAL POLICE YOUTH TROOPER PROGRAM TAKES PART IN ATLANTIC POLICE ACADEMY TRAINING THIS WEEKEND
Sunday 19th November 2017
The New Glasgow Regional Police Youth Trooper program is offering a rare opportunity to attend training at the Atlantic Police Academy. 15 Youth from the program are getting a glimpse of how police recruits train this weekend in Summerside, PEI. Constable Ken Macdonald says the training will give members a true taste of what basic training is all about and give them possible career options. Police Youth members will have the chance to experience several levels of police basic training.


TOP US GENERAL SAYS HE WOULD PUSH BACK AGAINST 'ILLEGAL' NUCLEAR STRIKE ORDER
Sunday 19th November 2017
The top commander of U.S. nuclear forces says he would push back if President Donald Trump asked him to carry out an order he deemed "illegal." Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten spoke at the Halifax International Security Forum yesterday and says that he and Trump have discussed what would happen if the president ordered a nuclear strike he believed to be unlawful under international law. Hyten made the remarks while participating on a panel called "Nukes: The Fire and the Fury," an apparent reference to Trump's threats to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea this summer.


MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX CRIMES TURNS HIMSELF IN
Saturday 18th November 2017
Halifax Police say a 27-year-old man wanted for several sex offences against children is now in custody.
RCMP say Aaron Byron Cumberland, who previously worked as a children's tennis coach in the Kentville area, turned himself in to Halifax Regional Police last night and they're processing the charges against him.
Cumberland was wanted on an outstanding warrant and was charged Thursday with three counts of child luring, making sexually explicit material available to a child and invitation to sexual touching.


HEALTH AUTHORITY AND HEALTH CONSULTANT IN WAR OF WORDS
Saturday 18th November 2017
The Nova Scotia Health Authority is disputing a claim that bureaucracy is slowing down plans to help with the physician shortage.
Health Consultant Mary Jane Hampton is making the allegations. She told CBC she thinks the huge elephant in the room is that the health authority, which is responsible for managing delivery of health care, ""doesn't seem, for whatever reason, to be able to make the decisions or implement the plans that everyone is crying for.”
Hampton says it becomes really problematic when the people who have the least amount of content knowledge seem to have the most decision-making power.
On top of that, there's more bureaucracy.
That's because the Health Department controls the money, so it needs to approve any changes requested by the health authority. For example, the health authority is still waiting for a response on a recent pitch that could help people with chronic illnesses who have no family doctor.
Janet Knox heads up the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
She's downplaying Hampton's comments, saying there is no reason for the public to be worried. Knox points out some important changes have been made since all the health boards were amalgamated, and even though she'd like change to come more quickly, there have been steps forward. Knox says one example would be access to MRIs in this province.
As head of the Health Authority, she's say they've been able to move resources around and reduce the waiting times for MRI's by 12 per cent.


WOMAN FLIPS CAR ONTO ITS ROOF FRIDAY NIGHT IN STELLARTON
Saturday 18th November 2017
A close call, but listeners tell us there were no serious injuries when a driver flipped her car onto its roof in downtown Stellarton Friday night.
Police had lots of curious onlookers when it happened, but luckily, the female driver of the flipped over car in was able to walk away without needing any hospital treatment.
Our listeners are praising people who were at the scene for their skills and patience in helping her out of the car.
We've shared a photo of that car on its roof this morning on our Facebook page.


FISHERMEN GIVE A HARD NO TO NORTHERN PULP'S EFFLUENT PIPE
Friday 17th November 2017
The Northumberland Fishermen’s Association has weighed in on Northern Pulp's proposed effluent treatment project. In a statement released this morning, the group demands that the Provincial Environment Minister Iain Rankin, approve a waste water treatment facility with a closed loop system, which would be totally contained on land. The fishermen say under no circumstance will they accept an open-ended pipe releasing effluent into prime fishing grounds and spawning habitat in the Northumberland Strait. The fishermen stress they do not want Northern Pulp to close, however they say pollution created by the pulp and paper industry should not be a fisheries problem.


GAS IS DOWN, FOR A CHANGE
Friday 17th November 2017
It's cheaper to fill up your tank this morning. The price per litre of regular self-serve gas dropped 3 cents overnight to $1.17-point-6 in the Pictou County area. Diesel remains unchanged at $1.15-point-3.


AUTHOR PENS HISTORY OF LOCAL PULP MILL
Friday 17th November 2017
A new book has been written about the history of the Abercrombie pulp mill, and the controversies around it. Author Joan Baxter spent nearly a year and a half researching her new book, The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp & Protest, and she says there was a wealth of material to draw on. The book will officially launch on Tuesday night at the Museum of Industry at 7pm. You can hear the complete interview with Joan Baxter on this weekend's edition of Sunday Report on East Coast FM.


NS POWER ORDERED TO GIVE CUSTOMER DATA TO EFFICIENCY GROUP
Friday 17th November 2017
Nova Scotia Power has been ordered to turn over the names, addresses and electricity usage data of its 400,000 residential customers to EfficiencyOne, the non-profit entity created to deliver energy savings programs. Wednesday's decision from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board capped a lengthy privacy battle. In June, EfficiencyOne applied to the board to compel Nova Scotia Power to disclose the data. The company provided EfficiencyOne with general energy usage data to help them design their energy-efficiency programming, but balked when it was asked for customer usage and contact information including names and emails, claiming that doing so would put it at risk of violating privacy and anti-spam laws. The regulator said there was no evidence to back up Nova Scotia Power's claims releasing customer information violated privacy laws. It found that Efficiency One was entitled, under the Public Utilities Act, to data "necessary" to better deliver money- saving programs. The utility told regulators it will use the data to tailor programs based on consumption levels, building types and location. Customers can opt out of these marketing programs and EfficiencyOne will have to maintain a no-contact list. It also must indemnify Nova Scotia Power if disclosure is ever found to violate privacy laws. Nova Scotia Power has 60 days to provide the data.


LAWSUIT COULD CLARIFY MARSHALL DECISION ON INDIGENOUS FISHERY
Friday 17th November 2017
Exactly 18 years after the Supreme Court of Canada issued a clarification of its ruling on Indigenous peoples' right to fish, a Mi'kmaq fisherman from New Brunswick's lawsuit against the Crown will be in court — hoping to clear it up again. Legal counsel for Joseph Hubert Francis of Elispogtog First Nation will appear in Halifax Federal Court Friday for the first part of the lawsuit filed in March of this year. In 1999, the Supreme Court's controversial ruling on R. v. Marshall affirmed a 240-year-old treaty right allowing Indigenous peoples to earn a "moderate livelihood" through commercial fishing in Atlantic Canada. After months of criticism from non-Indigenous fishermen, the court issued a clarification on Nov. 17, 1999, which reinforced the federal government's power to regulate the fishery. Francis's lawyers hope his case will lead to a ruling that will clearly define a "moderate livelihood" and could set a precedent on Indigenous peoples' access to natural resources.


KEYSTONE PIPELINE SPRINGS MAJOR LEAK
Friday 17th November 2017
TransCanada Corp. said its original Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 795,000 litres of oil in Marshall County, South Dakota, just days before Nebraska is set to decide the fate of plans to expand the pipeline network. The company said its crews shut down the Keystone pipeline system Thursday morning between Hardisty, Alta. to Cushing, Okla., and a line to Patoka, Ill. The line is expected to remain shut while it responds to the spill. The leak comes as the Nebraska Public Service Commission is set to vote on the Keystone XL sequel on Nov. 20 to clear the last major regulatory hurdle for the $8 billion project. Keystone XL would route the pipeline on a more direct path through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries. American environmental groups seized on the spill as evidence that their warnings against Keystone XL would come to pass.


ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FOOD DRIVE
Friday 17th November 2017
The 2017 Pictou County Food Drive was a great success as things were tallied up last night, with a total of cash and food donations working out to the equivalent of 22,000 pounds. Donations continued to come in though as the fundraiser was wrapping up, so that amount will probably be a bit more. This year’s total broke previous year's records, almost doubling last year’s total of 12,000 pounds of food. That's with cash donations worked in to the grand total. Stats from the Pictou County Food Bank, say it serves more than 600 hungry people each month.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 17
Friday 17th November 2017
The Canadian Football League confirms that talks are underway to bring a team to Halifax, but says talks are in their early stages. The league said in its statement that talk of adding a 10th CFL franchise in Atlantic Canada has been long discussed before this present bid, with a handful of preseason games played in The Maritimes since 1986.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are back in action tonight, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Tomorrow, the Crushers are back in Summerside PEI to play the Western Capitals, and that game will be broadcast live on 94.1 East Coast FM. Pre-game with Michael Petter begins at 6:45.
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The Bantam AA Crushers will be home with an exhibition game against  Strait Richmond  Saturday and a league game versus Antigonish on Sunday. 
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Two games were played in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League yesterday.
Game 1 - Brazil 2 vs Canada 1
Brazil: Kingsley Austin 1, Lane Colburne 1
Canada: Landon Gladney

Game 2 - France 2 vs Britain 1
France: Colton Cameron-MacNeil 1, Griffin Farrell 1
Britain: Mikey Gaudaur 1
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Monday November 20 from 6-9, Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
William Nylander scored with 2.2 seconds to play in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the New Jersey Devils 1-0 for their fifth straight win.
Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel scored second-period goals Thursday as the Pittsburgh Penguins hung on for a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Derek Stepan and Christian Fischer scored power-play goals in the third period as the visiting Arizona Coyotes came from behind to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 to earn their first regulation victory of the season.
Brayden Schenn had two goals and an assist as the St. Louis Blues snapped a rare two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Bryan Little scored the deciding goal in a shootout as the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.
Erik Haula scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as part of a two-point night in the Vegas Golden Knights' 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
N.Y. Islanders 6 Carolina 4
Tampa Bay 6 Dallas 1
Minnesota 6 Nashville 4
Colorado 6 Washington 2
Florida 2 San Jose 0
Boston 2 Los Angeles 1

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  NBA
Boston 92 Golden State 88
Houston 142 Phoenix 116
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  NFL
Pittsburgh 40 Tennessee 17


WINDSOR MAN FACES CHARGES RELATED TO SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TEENS
Thursday 16th November 2017
A Windsor man convicted of a prostitution-related charge in 2015 is facing new charges related to four girls under the age of 16. The RCMP say 24-year-old Myles Walter Card was arrested earlier this week after the mother of one of the alleged victims contacted police. Card faces multiple charges including aggravated sexual assault, administering a stupefying drug to assist him in committing a sexual assault, and luring for a sexual purpose. He was placed on nine months probation in October, 2015 after pleading guilty to one charge of keeping a common bawdy house. 


GMC AND CHEVY TRUCKS RECALLED
Thursday 16th November 2017
General Motors is recalling nearly 49,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks from 2011 through 2015 with two fuel tanks. The worldwide recall is to fix a fuel tank problem that increases the risk of a fire. GM says owners will be notified starting December 18th and that dealers will replace the rear tank fuel pump, update software, and inspect the front tank. 


MacFARLANE SEEKS ANSWERS FOR PATIENTS TO BE LEFT WITHOUT A PSYCHIATRIST
Thursday 16th November 2017
With the only psychiatrist based in Pictou County leaving at the end of the month, Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane is demanding answers from Health Minister Randy Delorey. MacFarlane says the mental health service crisis in the County has gotten out of control, and is questioning the Liberal government's handling of the situation. She says the McNeil government is not taking this most important health issue seriously. There are 45,000 residents living in Pictou County. One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness throughout their lifetime. In a press release issued by the Progressive Conservatives, a patient is quoted as saying the doctor cited ‘being overworked’ and ‘having vacation time rejected by the health authority’ as two of the reasons he’s leaving. The NSHA has been approached for a comment, and we are hoping they will get back to us shortly.


TIM HOUSTON TO MAKE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON SUNDAY
Thursday 16th November 2017
Could MLA Tim Houston be taking the big step? In light of Jamie Baillie's recent announcement that he's stepping down as leader of the Progressive Conservatives, it's widely expected that Houston will make an announcement about his political plans this weekend. Houston has scheduled an event at Glasgow Square Theatre on Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock. His Facebook invitation says he's “ready to share his vision for the future of Nova Scotia's P-C party” at that weekend event.


SCHOOL BOARD'S BUDGET TRIMS CONSULTANTS
Thursday 16th November 2017
A closer examination of this year's local school board budget is showing us a back to basics approach. The Chignecto-Central Board is spending just under $231 million to educate close to 20-thousand students and is cutting back on consulting. The board has hired 16 new educational assistants this year at a cost of $268-thousand. And while it's cutting back on early literacy interventions, more teachers are being moved into reading recovery, resource and learning center positions.


NUMBERS SHOW OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF STUDENTS BUSED TO SCHOOL
Thursday 16th November 2017
An added reason to pay attention on your drive to work this morning. Almost 88 per cent of Chignecto Central students ride to class aboard a school bus each day. Put another way, 17,500 students depend on public school buses, with just over two-thousand living close enough to walk to school. The local school board operates 196 school buses as they travel to and from 70 schools each weekday. Those numbers are available in the board's latest Superindendent's Report.


NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR VOLUNTEER AWARDS
Thursday 16th November 2017
If you know somebody who's making a real difference, nominations have opened for the 2018 Provincial Volunteer Awards. Nova Scotians can nominate in three categories: volunteer representative award, volunteer youth award and volunteer family award. The rep. recipients are selected by their municipalities, while the volunteer youth and family award winners are selected by a review committee. The awards themselves are presented at a ceremony in April. Nomination forms are available at novascotia.ca/volunteerawards.


CONCERNS ABOUT FUTURE FLOODING ALONG TANTRAMAR MARSH
Thursday 16th November 2017
There are fears that rising sea levels could prove too much for the dikes along the Tantramar Marsh. The dikes were built by the Acadiens in the 1700's to keep the highest tides in the world at bay. They protect the only land corridor between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Amherst Mayor David Kogon tells CTV News $50 million in trade crosses the provincial border every day, and if the dikes gave way in a major storm, it would be an economic disaster. Kogan, along with mayor of Sackville, N.B., and the warden of Cumberland County, have written letters to both provinces and Ottawa asking for a meeting to develop a plan to strengthen the dikes.


CB PSYCHIATRIST SHORTAGE TYPICAL OF HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS: NDP
Thursday 16th November 2017
A Nova Scotia Health Authority memo released Wednesday by the provincial NDP reveals a major shortage of psychiatrists in Cape Breton. There are supposed to be 16 psychiatrists on the island, but only seven full-time and one part-time psychiatrist are currently operating there. The memo says the area has lost seven psychiatrists since December 2014, four in the last year alone. The memo also outlines barriers to obtaining temporary relief because the department has more than four members, making it ineligible for the provincial locum program. The memo calls for family doctors and nurse practitioners in Cape Breton to help treat more stable patients, as the first priority needs to be caring for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. NDP Leader Gary Burrill said this is the latest example of differing levels of health-care services across the province. The memo notes that 122 psychiatrists are working in Halifax. Burrill said the province needs to make providing health care to people everywhere in Nova Scotia a priority and make the investments for that to happen.


FEDS TO SUPPORT NEW TREATMENTS FOR ADDICTS
Thursday 16th November 2017
Ottawa will support new treatment options for drug addicts, including giving them prescription opioids or pharmaceutical grade heroin, backing quality testing of street drugs and helping provinces set up overdose prevention sites in emergencies. Federal health minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor made the announcement in Calgary, where she was attending the Issues of Substance Conference being held by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. The federal government has already streamlined the process that groups use to apply for a supervised drug injection sites. A few years ago, only two existed in Canada, while today there are over 25. Petitpas Taylor says the application process can take some time, so the government is committing today to work with provinces to make it easier for communities to set up a temporary, or pop-up site, while the formal application goes through the process.


LONDON POLICE LIST GRENFELL TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 71
Thursday 16th November 2017
Seventy one victims of the Grenfell Tower fire have been formally identified and police believe that all those who died have now been recovered. The identities of the last two bodies found in the west London apartment building were confirmed by the coroner on Tuesday. In June, the Metropolitan Police had a list of 400 missing people - some of whom were reported a number of times under different names or spellings, with one person in particular recorded 46 separate times. The Met said work to investigate and locate all those reported as missing was only concluded in the last few weeks. While the final stage of the search operation is not expected to conclude until early next month, police said in a statement that based on the work carried out and on expert advice, it is highly unlikely there is anyone who remains inside Grenfell Tower. Officers have examined more than 15 tonnes of debris, helped by forensic anthropologists, archaeologists and forensic dentists, or odontologists.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 16
Thursday 16th November 2017
In Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports center on Monday evening, the Canadians and Bruins played to a 2-2-tie. Debbie MacLean and Dawn MacKay tallied for the Canadians while Carla Dumeresq scored twice for the Bruins.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League at the Maverick Gymnasium.
First Game - Brazil  3 vs Britain 2
Scoring
Brazil :  Elara Ehler1, Logan Walker 1,   Nick Duff 1
Britain: Patrick MacNeil 1, Lily LeBlanc 1
Game 2 - Germany 3 vs Yugoslavia 1
Scoring:
Germany: Mason MacIntosh 1, Jacob Murray 1, Ayden Brezinski 1
Yugoslavia: Leland Kontuk 1
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are back in action Friday, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Note the date change – this week's home game will be on Friday night at the Wellness Centre.
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The Bantam AA Crushers will be home with an exhibition game against  Strait Richmond  Saturday and a league game versus Antigonish on Sunday. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Monday November 20 from 6-9, Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou each scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings routed the Calgary Flames 8-2.
Chicago 6 N.Y. Rangers 3
Anaheim 4 Boston 2
NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors kept hitting 3s to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-116. The Raptors shot 16 for 34 on 3-pointers, with C.J. Miles going 5 for 9.
Atlanta 126 Sacramento 80
New York 106 Utah 101
Washington 102 Miami 93
Cleveland 115 Charlotte 107
Indiana 116 Memphis 113
Milwaukee 99 Detroit 95
Minnesota 98 San Antonio 86
Oklahoma City 92 Chicago 79
Portland 99 Orlando 94
Philadelphia 115 L.A. Lakers 109
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The World Anti-Doping Agency hurt Russia's hopes of competing at next year's Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation. At its meeting Thursday in South Korea, WADA said two key requirements for reinstatement had still not been fulfilled: That Russia publicly accept results of an investigation that detailed state-sponsored doping, and that the country allow access to urine samples collected during the time of the cheating. Russia has depicted the doping program that marred the Sochi Games in 2014 as the work of individuals, not the government. The IOC has ultimate say on Russia's status at next year's Olympics. Before last year's Summer Olympics, the IOC refused to issue a blanket ban on the Russian team, instead allowing individual sports federations to determine eligibility of the athletes. In the case of the Winter Games, the IOC has already vacated results of six Russian athletes from the Sochi Olympics and banned them from next year's Pyeongchang Games, with several more cases still to be decided.


DESMOND INDUCTED TO WALK OF FAME TONIGHT
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Viola Desmond will be added to Canada's Walk of Fame tonight at a gala event that also includes the induction of environmentalist David Suzuki, sprinter Donovan Bailey, actress Anna Paquin, business leader Ted Rogers, and country crooner Stompin' Tom Connors. This year's Canada's Walk of Fame additions bring the number of inductees to 173. This year's gala is expected to be broadcast next year, but a spokesman says no date has yet been set.


POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO FATAL CRASHES ON PROVINCIAL HIGHWAYS
Wednesday 15th November 2017
RCMP are investigating a pair of fatal crashes on Nova Scotia highways that occurred about seven hours apart. The first incident around 6:30 yesterday evening occurred on highway 103 near Exit 25 in Jordan Branch. RCMP attended the scene to find a vehicle in fire in the ditch. The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. No identifying characteristics, including age or gender, have been released. Roughly seven hours later, around 1:30 this morning, RCMP in Springhill attended the scene of a pickup truck in the ditch off Highway 142. In that case, police believe the driver lost control and came to rest after striking a tree. The man driving the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. His name and age have also not been released.


NEW ONLINE HEALTH SERVICE WILL SET YOU BACK AT LEAST 49 DOLLARS A POP
Wednesday 15th November 2017
We're learning more this morning about the cost of the online health-care company. Tele-health company Maple says it instantly connects users with doctors for online medical care from a phone, tablet or computer. It says visits can include diagnosis, sick notes and prescriptions. Consultations can cost between $49 and $99 depending on the day and time. But the president of Doctors Nova Scotia, Dr. Manoj Vohra, has issues with charging people for healthcare, saying the majority of the population can't afford to pay for faster access. He says telemedicine can be valuable but it needs to be part of a system that everyone can access, and he's hoping people continue to see the value of in-person visits with a doctor.


FORMER SUPREME COURT JUDGE APPOINTED TO POLICE REVIEW BOARD
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Retired Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Simon MacDonald has been named vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Police Review Board. MacDonald served as a Supreme Court justice for more than 30 years. The Office of Police Complaints Commissioner receives and monitors public complaints of misconduct against municipal police officers. Complaints against the police are initially investigated by the police, however, the decision of the police agency can be reviewed by the police complaints commissioner and referred to the Police Review Board for a further hearing.


CAR THIEF WHO ELUDED POLICE, DOWNED A POWER LINE FINALLY CAPTURED *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Westville Police have an update on the man they say led them and Stellarton Police on a chase Monday night and early yesterday, stealing two trucks and wrecking one in the process. A 28-year old Westville man was arrested in Dartmouth last night while in possession of a 2010 GMC truck that was stolen from A.W. Leil Cranes. The man is in custody and will appear in court today. Both Westville and Stellarton police are continuing to investigate.


TRENTON FIRE DEPARTMENT DROPPING MANDATORY RETIREMENT
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Trenton town council's discussions last night were mainly focused on the Fire Department. Like many other departments in the province, Trenton Fire has removed the rule that firefighters must retire at age 65. That led to questions about what liability the town could face, which CAO Brian White will look into. Councillor Steven Stewart asked if members who had previously retired could be hired if they were interested in returning to the job. Fire Chief Wayne Allain said if a candidate is capable of performing the job, they would be subject to an approval vote in the department which would then be taken to council. Council also approved the sale of the department's old fire truck, a 1993 Volvo model, to the Fire Department in Gore for $17,250.


18 MONTH SENTENCE IN SEX ABUSE CASE
Wednesday 15th November 2017
A 55-year-old Nova Scotia man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually abusing his two young daughters over a 10-year period. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling says the incidents occurred between 1990 and 1999, and only came to light when the oldest daughter reported her experiences during counselling. The accused pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual interference. The written decision by Justice Mona Lynch says the man started touching his older daughter for a sexual purpose when she was two-and-a-half years old, and the other daughter when she was only 3. Lynch says the blame solely lies with the accused, because the victims were innocent children.


SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAM COULD BE EXPANDED
Wednesday 15th November 2017
RCMP are exploring ways to expand a program that allows victims to report allegations of sexual assault — and get the help they need — without actually having to go to the police and face their fear of not being believed. Staff Sergeant Tanya Vaughan says the police force is in the preliminary stages of looking into how third party reporting could be implemented in the wide variety of RCMP-policed environments, where it doesn’t currently exist, including here in Nova Scotia. Vaughan says RCMP members are committed to working with interested jurisdictions and communities to explore expanding third party reporting. The program already exists in British Columbia and Yukon. It allows victims of sexual assault to report the details to a community-based organization, which then shares the information anonymously with police.


TWO FATAL ACCIDENTS IN NS
Wednesday 15th November 2017
RCMP are investigating two fatal accidents overnight. One occurred in Shelburne County, and the other took place near Springhill. A pick-up truck left the road and hit some trees at the bottom of a hill where Highway 104 connects with Route 2 near Springhill. Police are expecting to release more details on both accidents later on.


DRUGS SEIZED IN WOLFVILLE
Wednesday 15th November 2017
A 20-year-old man is facing drug trafficking charges after a sizeable drug seizure in Wolfville. RCMP stopped a vehicle for driving the wrong way on a one-way street last week. Police say a plastic bag containing crack cocaine fell from the driver's clothing when he got out of the vehicle. Daniel Obiang was arrested on the scene, and a search of the vehicle uncovered more cocaine, as well as marijuana a knife, and cash. In total, RCMP say 51 grams of crack cocaine and 226 grams of marijuana have seized. Obiang has been released from custody and is due in Kentville Provincial Court on January 16th.


STRIKE LOOMS AT ACADIA
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Faculty at Acadia University have threatened to walk off the job, setting a strike deadline of November 27th. The Acadia University Faculty Association has been negotiating with the school's board of governors since late March, but talks reached an impasse in June. Union president Stephen Ahern says during a conciliation talks last week, the board failed to address proposals including restoring full-time positions, pay equity, increases in salary and fundraising for a campus child-care centre. The Union represents Acadia's 331 full-time and part-time professors, librarians, archivists, and instructors. The student union says the timing is bad. Another meeting between the union and university negotiators is slated for tomorrow.


CANADA CHALLENGING SOFTWOOD DUTIES
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Canada is challenging recently announced U.S. duties against Canadian softwood lumber imports under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa filed a formal notice on Tuesday of intent to request the establishment of a binational panel to review the U.S. Department of Commerce's recent final determination on countervailing duties on the lumber. The Commerce Department said on Nov. 2 that it determined Canada was providing unfair subsidies to its producers of softwood lumber, and would instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers based on the final rates. The U.S. also imposed anti-dumping duties against Canadian lumber. Canada is requesting the panel under NAFTA's Chapter 19, which deals with reviews and dispute resolution related to countervailing and anti-dumping duties. The Commerce Department's determination must still be approved by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is scheduled to make its final determinations next month. If the ITC agrees with the government's decision, the Commerce Department will issue orders to collect the duties. If the ITC finds that U.S. producers were not injured by Canadian softwood imports, the Commerce Department's case will be terminated.


AUSSIES SAY "NO WORRIES" TO GAY MARRIAGE
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll. The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed. Jubilant supporters have been celebrating in public spaces, waving rainbow flags and singing and dancing. A bill to change the law was introduced into the Senate late on Wednesday. It will now be debated for amendments. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his government would aim to pass legislation in parliament by Christmas. The issue only went to a voluntary postal vote after a long and bitter debate about amending Australia's Marriage Act.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 15
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Acadia University won the Loney Bowl, upending Saint Mary's 45-38 in overtime. The game was played Tuesday after it had initially been cancelled by Atlantic University Sport over concerns about the eligibility of a Saint Mary's player. Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Deborah Smith ruled on Sunday that the game should go ahead. The Axemen play Western in the Uteck Bowl on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added to their roster, picking up Nick Jessome from the Edmundston Blizzard. The Crushers also get a sixth round pick in the draft next summer, in exchange for a pick in the 2019 draft and future considerations. Jessome brings 100 games of MHL experience to the Crushers, with 45 points and 191 PIMS. The Crushers will have Jessome in the lineup when they are back in action Friday, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Note the date change – this week's home game will be on Friday night at the Wellness Centre.
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Several Crushers are part of the MHL squad at the Eastern Canada Cup. The team is 1 and 2 after a 2-1 victory against an LJHQ squad and a 4-2 loss over the OJHL. They must win their game this morning for a chance to make the semi-finals.
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Over the weekend, The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers split a pair of games with the Brookfield Elks. On Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Center the Crushers battled back from one goal deficits three times before falling 5 to 3 to the Elks. Scoring twice for the Crushers was Dawson MacKay while Willem Fraser added the third. On Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Sportsplex in Brookfield the Crushers came out with a much better effort and shut out the Elks 4 to nothing. Ethan Trowell had the shutout in goal while Gavin Bourque had all four goals in the win. This weekend the Bantam A Crushers will be competing in the Ossie Fraser Memorial Tournament in Sydney.
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The Bantam AA Crushers will be home with an exhibition game against  Strait Richmond  Saturday and a league game versus Antigonish on Sunday. 
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, there's one game at the Stellarton Rink Wednesday at 9:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill   vs   Cornova Contracting
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Zach Werenski scored in overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 for the second time in four nights.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid each had a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers exploded for an 8-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Sven Baertschi scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play early in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks wrapped up a four-game road trip by sending the Los Angeles Kings to their third consecutive loss, 3-2.
Sidney Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on Conor Sheary's game-winner 16 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4.
Florida 4 Dallas 3 (SO)
Minnesota 3 Philadelphia 0
Nashville 6 Washington 3
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129-113 win over the Houston Rockets.
Boston 109 Brooklyn 102
San Antonio 97 Dallas 91


GUYSBOROUGH WANTS REVIEW OF LAND PROTECTION RULES
Tuesday 14th November 2017
The District of Guysborough is supporting a review of the province's criteria for deciding what lands are to be declared protected. The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) wants changes to the Province's Parks and Protected Areas plan to allow a greater balance between land protection and rural economic development. In a press release, the District of Guysborough notes that mineral exploration can help address population decline through the creation of jobs. Those opposed to the idea say Nova Scotia's environmental laws are extremely weak, and reviewing protected lands only forces more heavy industrial development onto a land-base that's increasingly under pressure.


LOCAL POLICE SEARCHING FOR STOLEN TRUCK FOLLOWING HIT AND RUN
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Westville & Stellarton police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a 2010 grey GMC Sierra, licence plate FDW 898. The truck was stolen from A.W. Leil Cranes early this morning, and has the company name on the side. Police believe the person who stole the GMC also stole a Ford F150 in Westville last night which was involved in a hit and run in New Glasgow after evading police and causing considerable property damage. The F150 was in an accident around 3:20 am in Westville, which is likely the accident that cut power to over 2,100 customers for several hours. Police called off the pursuit of the GMC around 8 this morning as it headed west towards Alma on Highway 4. Anyone with information is asked to contact Westville or Stellarton police (902-752-6160), or Crime Stoppers.


HALIFAX RESEARCHER'S "SMEARED REPUTATION CASE" GOES TO COURT TODAY AS HEALTH AUTHORITY APPEALS
Tuesday 14th November 2017
A court will hear the Nova Scotia Health Authority's appeal of a $1.4 million judgement awarded to a Halifax cardiology researcher today.
A Supreme Court jury awarded the sum to Doctor Gabrielle Horne in June 2016 after finding that the health authority harmed her reputation and derailed her career. She launched the case in 2002 after a spat over her research on the mechanical differences in patients with heart muscle problems, and the lawsuit dragged on for 14 years.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has set aside two days for the case.


NEW "VIRTUAL CLINIC" AVAILABLE IN THE PROVINCE
Tuesday 14th November 2017
A new pay-for-your-appointment medical service has become available by video link in Nova Scotia. One of the companies operating the service here is known as Maple, which so far has five doctors working within the province. Critics say it's dangerous territory to charge people for medical advice. But Maple says it's not in breach of the Canada Health Act because the law doesn't cover “virtual medical appointments.”


REVIEW MAY BE AHEAD FOR PROPERTY TAXES
Tuesday 14th November 2017
A provincial review of the capped assessment program for municipal property taxes is still being debated, but municipalities will first have to sell the idea to wary Nova Scotians. The cap was introduced in 2005 to deal with unpredictable spikes in property assessments, particularly for waterfront properties. The current rules limit annual increases based on the consumer price index. The cap for 2017 was 1.4 per cent. But the cap is lifted if a house is put on the market or if there are renovations. That has created situations where the owners of two homes with near-identical market values on the same street may be paying very different property taxes. Municipal leaders voted unanimously in favour of a provincial review last week at the UNSM fall conference. Halifax's regional council has been also pushing for a review, voting last month to send a formal request letter. Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, who spoke at the UNSM conference, did not shut the door on the idea.


MANY TICKETS HANDED OUT ON HWY 104
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Police here in northern Nova Scotia were busy over the long weekend, issuing fifty tickets and warnings. Two men, ages 18 and 19, were charged for stunting on Highway 104 in Salt Springs on Saturday. Police say the vehicles were travelling 54 km/h above the speed limit. On Sunday, Cumberland County RCMP charged 24 drivers under the Move Over Law. RCMP say the Move Over Law is enforced by measuring vehicle speed and with officers monitoring the use of which lanes people are travelling in. Elsewhere, 58 vehicles were checked for compliance and 46 tickets were issued to drivers who either failed to slow down to 60 km/h or did not change lanes when passing a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights flashing.


CONCERNS RAISED OVER FEDERAL MARIJUANA TAX
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Medical cannabis patients have launched an online campaign urging Ottawa to nip its taxation plan in the bud. Ottawa is proposing a $1 per gram excise tax on all cannabis, recreational or medical, once it's legal. The federal government’s proposal is not sitting well with Nova Scotia, as it continues to work out the details on how it will distribute recreational cannabis. Ottawa's plan is expected to raise up to $1 billion in tax revenue, and provinces say they deserve more than 50 per cent of the excise tax. The province plans to take its concerns to the Trudeau government next month.


CONVERSATIONS LEAKED FROM WIKILEAKS AND TRUMP CAMPAIGN
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Donald Trump's oldest son has released a series of private Twitter exchanges between himself and WikiLeaks during and after last year's election, including pleas from the website to publicize its leaks. Donald Trump Jr.'s release of the messages on Twitter came hours after The Atlantic first reported them. In the exchanges — some of them around the time that the website was releasing the stolen emails from Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman — WikiLeaks praises his father's positive comments about WikiLeaks and asks Trump Jr. to release his father's tax returns to the site. The revelations are bound to increase calls in Congress to have Trump Jr. testify publicly as part of several committee probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And they add a new element to the investigations that have been probing for months whether Trump's campaign colluded in any way with the Russian government. In an intelligence assessment released last January, the NSA, CIA and FBI concluded that Russian military intelligence provided hacked information from “senior Democratic officials" to WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks has denied that Russia was the source of emails it released.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 14
Tuesday 14th November 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added to their roster, picking up Nick Jessome from the Edmundston Blizzard. The Crushers also get a sixth round pick in the draft next summer, in exchange for a pick in the 2019 draft and future considerations. Jessome brings 100 games of MHL experience to the Crushers, with 45 points and 191 PIMS. The Crushers will have Jessome in the lineup when they are back in action Friday, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Note the date change – this week's home game will be on Friday night at the Wellness Centre.
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Several Crushers are part of the MHL squad at the Eastern Canada Cup. The team dropped their first match 5-1 to CCHL White. They play two games today against the LJHQ this morning, followed by the OJHL this afternoon.
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The Bantam AA Crushers had a weekend at home. Saturday they played South Shore, where Jacob Fraser make some big saves to help the Crushers win 6-3. Goals scored by Myles Farnsworth(2), Covey Cameron, Cam MacKinnon, Ross Martin(2). Assist went to Adam Farrell, Ryan Denny(2), Chris Avery(2), Dylan Kontuk, MacKinnon, Tanner Steele, Jacoby Beadle and Cameron.  Sunday the Bantam AA lost to Yarmouth 3-0. Next weekend the Bantam AA  Crushers will be home with an exhibition game against  Strait Richmond  Saturday and a league game versus Antigonish on Sunday. 
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The Atom AA Subway Selects played one game this weekend, Sunday at 2:00 at the Hector Arena.  It was a close game all the way, but the Selects fell 3-2 to the visiting Metro Force Blue in the final minutes.  Scoring for the Selects were Sarah Chapman and Avery Henderson - both unassisted. 
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, there are two games Tuesday night.
At the Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD., followed by Elks Club  vs Durham Bucks.
One game at the Stellarton Rink Wednesday at 9:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill   vs   Cornova Contracting
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mark Jankowski had two goals and an assist and Kris Versteeg scored the winner as the Calgary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4.
Carolina 5 Dallas 1
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  NFL
Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, rookie Christian McCaffrey scored touchdowns rushing and receiving, and the Carolina Panthers crushed the Miami Dolphins 45-21 for their third straight victory.
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NBA
Washington 110 Sacramento 92
Cleveland 104 New York 101
Milwaukee 110 Memphis 103
New Orleans 106 Atlanta 105
L.A. Lakers 100 Phoenix 93
Minnesota 109 Utah 98
Portland 99 Denver 82
Golden State 110 Orlando 100
Philadelphia 109 L.A. Clippers 105


NDP LEADER SINGH VISITS NOVA SCOTIA
Monday 13th November 2017
On his inaugural visit to Atlantic Canada as the leader of the federal NDP, Jagmeet Singh signaled his commitment to tackling health-care concerns in Nova Scotia. Singh, who's spending the long weekend in the Halifax area, said he's hearing that the number of people without a family doctor is high on the list of problems. He says implementing a national pharmacare program could be part of the solution, as a plan that covers all Canadians will mean savings in the health-care budget. Singh became the party's deputy leader in 2015, and won a decisive victory in October to replace Thom Mulcair who stepped down as leader earlier this year. In addition to health care, Singh said the big issues for Atlantic Canada include protecting the environment, especially coastlines. He said under his leadership, the party will continue to invest in programs for Canadians.


WENTWORTH VALLEY COMPANY FIRST IN NS TO GET MARIJUANA GROW LICENCE
Monday 13th November 2017
Nova Scotia now has a licensed medical marijuana producer. Breathing Green Solutions Inc. has been granted a cultivation license by Health Canada. The Wentworth Valley-based company is the first in the province to receive a licence from the federal agency. While the company can now grow cannabis, CEO Bill Sanford tells the CBC they must pass independent quality control tests before they can sell it. Breathing Green will operate out of a 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and expects its first crop to be ready by next summer. Sanford says they plan to expand to the recreational market once cannabis becomes legalized. Truro Herbal Company said in August that construction on its 20,000-square-foot production facility in the Truro Industrial Park should be completed by early next year. They are still waiting for their Health Canada licence.


HALIFAX POLICE INVESTIGATING INJURED MAN WHO CHECKED HIMSELF INTO HOSPITAL
Monday 13th November 2017
Halifax area police are investigating after a man was spotted running down the street covered in blood in the area of Pleasant Street and Starr Lane. Upon arrival officers were unable to locate the injured man, however did locate a possible location where the incident may have occurred, on Prince Albert Rd. Shortly after police learned that the man had made his way to the Dartmouth General Hospital, where he is currently being treated. The extent of his injuries have not been released. Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call police at 902-490-5016. 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.


TRUDEAU MEETS WITH NEW ZEALAND PM
Monday 13th November 2017
Justin Trudeau held a bilateral meeting today in the Philippines with the recently elected New Zealand Prime Minister Jacina Ardern — who’s drawn comparisons to the Canadian leader. The meeting took place on the sidelines of a Southeast Asian summit in Manila, where Trudeau is trying to increase Canada’s presence in the region in areas such as security and trade. The two young prime ministers greeted each other warmly during a brief pre-meeting exchange in front of journalists from both countries. Trudeau said he hoped they could dig deeper during their meeting about their shared values such as progressive trade issues, climate change and the development of international feminist policy. He also said he believed they could learn a lot from each other when it comes to addressing Indigenous issues since the countries have similar challenges and approaches. The 37-year-old Ardern said she and Trudeau have discovered they have a lot in common — not just in terms of their countries’ interests and challenges, but on a personal level as well. Her liberal Labour Party formed a government following New Zealand’s September election and she was sworn in late last month.


HUNDREDS DEAD AFTER IRAN/IRAQ QUAKE
Monday 13th November 2017
A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck the Iraq-Iran border region on Sunday, killing more than 330 people in both countries and injuring thousands. Iran's state news agency says Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor, it reports 328 deaths and nearly four-thousand others injured in the quake, which was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast. In Iraq, the government says the quake killed at least seven people and injured 535 in the country's northern, Kurdish region.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 13 *UPDATED 10:30 AM*
Monday 13th November 2017
The Loney Bowl is back on. The Saint Mary's Huskies will face off against the Acadia Axemen Tuesday after a Halifax court ruled the football game must go ahead. The outcome will determine which team will take on Western at the Uteck Bowl next Saturday. The Atlantic championship football game was caught up in a complex legal battle over the weekend. The Saint Mary's Huskies were put on the sidelines last week amid concerns about the eligibility of the Huskies' wide receiver. The governing body for university athletics in Atlantic Canada called off the quarter-final game and awarded the championship title to Acadia. Atlantic University Sport executive director Phil Currie says the organization respects Sunday's ruling, but will continue to pursue the matter in court. Saint Mary's Associate Vice-President Margaret Murphy says the Huskies are eager to prove their mettle on the football field.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding a free Remembrance Day Family Skate on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Helmets are mandatory for participants. This event is sponsored by Active Pictou County & the Province of Nova Scotia. Donations will be accepted on site for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #29 Trenton.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have just added to their roster, picking up Nick Jessome from the Edmundston Blizzard. The Crushers also get a sixth round pick in the draft next summer, in exchange for a pick in the 2019 draft and future considerations. Jessome brings 100 games of MHL experience to the Crushers, with 45 points and 191 PIMS. The Crushers will have Jessome in the lineup when they are back in action next Friday, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Note the date change – next week's home game will be on Friday night at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians split their pair of games against the Sid Rowe Division leading Kameron Jr Miners on the weekend. Friday night in Membertou was a 3-2 victory, but the Scotians lost at home 3-1 on Sunday. The Scotians remain six points behind the Miners in second place.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers also had a win and loss over the weekend, defeating the Novas 3-1 in Antigonish on Saturday, but falling 6-4 to the Cougars on Sunday.
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Two losses for the Weeks Major Midgets over the weekend: 6-2 to the Cape Breton West Islanders, followed by a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Cole Harbour.
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M. U. Rhino Renovations Minor Midget AAA tallied 2 points this week-end with their first regular season league win in overtime against the Admirals Friday night at the Pictou County Wellness Center.   Daniel Gillis scored ten seconds after opening face-off, assisted by Calem MacAndrew.    The Rhinos held the lead until the end of the second, when the Admirals netted their first.  Third period was scoreless forcing a 4 on 4 overtime.  With less than two minutes left in OT, Gillis found the back of the net yet again, also assisted by MacAndrew.   Matthew MacEachern was solid between the pipes to record the 2-1 win in nets. On Sunday at home, the Rhinos were shut-out by the ChiroCare Kings with a score of 2-0 in a penalty-filled game.  Brayden LeBlanc was in nets, stopping 20 of 22 shots.  The Rhinos travel to the BMO center in Bedford this week-end to face-off against the Basin Armada.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, three games were played Sunday.
First game - C.F. Construction  wins in shoot-out over Elks Club.
Second game - Durham Bucks  over  Connor's Transfer LTD.
Third game - Cornova Contracting  over  Wrangler's Bar & Grill
There are two games Tuesday night. At the Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD., followed by Elks Club  vs Durham Bucks. One game at the Stellarton Rink Wednesday at 9:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill   vs   Cornova Contracting
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
T. J. Oshie scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
New Jersey 7 Chicago 5
Tampa Bay 2 Anaheim 1
San Jose 2 Los Angeles 1
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CFL
Kevin Glenn threw a TD pass and ran for another to lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a record-setting 31-20 East Division semifinal win over the Ottawa Redblacks.
Adarius Bowman caught two touchdown passes and C.J. Gable added a pair on the ground as the Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39-32 in Sunday's CFL West Division semifinal.
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NFL
New Orleans 47 Buffalo 10
Green Bay 23 Chicago 16
Tampa Bay 15 N.Y. Jets 10
Detroit 38 Cleveland 24
Pittsburgh 20 Indianapolis 17
Minnesota 38 Washington 30
Tennessee 24 Cincinnati 20
Jacksonville 20 L.A. Chargers 17 (OT)
L.A. Rams 33 Houston 7
Atlanta 27 Dallas 7
San Francisco 31 N.Y. Giants 21
New England 41 Denver 16
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NBA
Al Horford had 21 points and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat the Toronto Raptors 95-94 on Sunday for their 12th straight victory.
Detroit 112 Miami 103
Houston 118 Indiana 95
Oklahoma City 112 Dallas 99


TAX PLAN FOR POT COMES INTO FOCUS
Friday 10th November 2017
Anyone planning to purchase legal marijuana next year better be prepared to pay the taxman as well, to the tune of at least $1 for every gram — plus GST. The proposed federal tax scheme, announced today, will be available for public comment until Dec. 7 as Canada prepares to legalize the drug by next summer. The plan would add an excise tax of $1 per gram or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher, with the revenues to be divided equally between Ottawa and the provinces. GST will be also be applied, so if the retail price of a single gram of pot is $8, consumers would pay a $1 excise tax and $1.17 in GST for a total of $10.17. The taxes would be levied on both on fresh and dried marijuana, pot-infused oils and seeds and seedlings used for home cultivation. The 50-50 tax revenue split idea has already rankled some premiers who say their governments have to do the bulk of the heavy lifting on legalization, including policing, distributing and regulating the sale of marijuana.


SOLAR POWER TO BE SOLD BACK TO UTILITY THROUGH PILOT PROJECT
Friday 10th November 2017
More solar panels will be popping up in Northern Nova Scotia through the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program announced today. Through the solar program, the Town of Antigonish, St. Francis Xavier University and the Parrsboro Band Association will sell their solar generated electricity back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, says the program is about helping more community groups participate in a cleaner energy future. To see a complete list of all successful applicants, and to learn more about the program visit NOVA SCOTIA-DOT-C-A-SLASH-SOLAR.


PROVINCE & FEDS TO FUND FREE LEGAL ADVICE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS
Friday 10th November 2017
Federal funding of 810-thousand dollars combined with on-the-ground support from Nova Scotia through a federal-provincial pilot project will provide victims of sexual assault with up to four hours of free legal advice. Justice Minister Mark Furey says this pilot program will provide victims with the advice they need to make informed decisions about how they want to proceed in the legal system. The funding will also go toward the Public Prosecution Service to create a helpful guide on the court process for victims and survivors of sexual assault and provide training specific to sexual violence for Crown attorneys. MP Bernadette Jordan, on behalf of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, says the better government understands and meet the needs of victims of crime, the more just and fair the criminal justice system will become. For more information, visit the Nova Scotia Justice website.


REMEMBRANCE DAY EXPECTED TO DRAW MORE YOUNG PEOPLE
Friday 10th November 2017
Local Member of Parliament Sean Fraser says the Remembrance Day services here in Pictou County provide an important pause, and a reason for people to think about what this country stands for. Fraser says what our soldiers fought for isn't just a thing of the past, because protecting and promoting human justice is something that should never come to an end. There are Remembrance Day services across Pictou County tomorrow (Saturday) and Fraser says he's heartened by the fact that polls show more people under the age of 35 intend to take part this year.

There will be a Remembrance Day Service on Saturday, November 11th at Carmichael Park in New Glasgow at 11am. The Service is under the direction of Branch #34 of the Royal Canadian Legion, New Glasgow. This service will be broadcast on 94.1 and is presented by Branch 34 of the Royal Canadian Legion, The Town of New Glasgow and 94.1 East Coast FM.

Trenton's Annual Remembrance Day Service will be held Saturday at 11am at the Cenotaph on High Street. Reception to follow at Br. #29, RCL, Trenton.

Pictou Landing First Nation Service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 10:30 a.m. Smudging of Wreaths at 10:45am followed by Grand March to the graveyard. Lunch to follow at the Michael Wayne Memorial Gymnasium.

Remembrance Day Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Hopewell, Nov 11th at 10.45am.

Westville's annual Remembrance Day Service will be held at the cenotaph on North Main Street, 11 a.m., with guest speaker Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane. Reception to follow at the legion.

Thorburn's annual Remembrance Day Service will be at Union Presbyterian Church (across from the fire hall) at 11am.

Stellarton Service at the cenotaph on North Foord Street, 11 a.m. Reception to follow at the legion.

Glencoe Community Hall Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Glencoe Hall on East River East Side Road at 2:30pm on Saturday, November 11th.

Pictou Remembrance Day Service, organized by Branch #16 RCL in Pictou, will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Pictou at 11 a.m.

Sunny Brae Remembrance Day Service will be held 2pm at the Sunny Brae Veteran's Memorial. Guest speaker, former Premier Dr. John Hamm. An interpretive panel “East River Valley Military Service History” will be unveiled afterward. Reception to follow at IOOF Hall.


FUEL PRICES UP
Friday 10th November 2017
Another jump at the gas and diesel pumps this morning. Regular self-serve gas went up 3.4 cents overnight to $1.206 per litre in our local pricing zone. Diesel is up 1-point-3 cents per litre to $1.153.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED ON THE WEEKEND
Friday 10th November 2017
The Tatamagouche ER will be closed on the weekend. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed on Saturday and Sunday 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 most appropriate emergency department for care. 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.


PAIN CLINIC TO CLOSE IN DARTMOUTH
Friday 10th November 2017
The provincial health authority says the waiting list for those dealing with chronic pain is going to get longer, as the Dartmouth Pain Clinic is closing at the end of the year. The Clinic is closing because the two doctors who work there are leaving. Dr. Ian Beauprie, the medical director of the pain clinic at Halifax's Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, told CBC that the wait list for an appointment there will rise from 10 or 11 months to as much as two years when it absorbs the list of Dartmouth patients. Beauprie also said there are pain clinics across the province, including at the Hants Community Hospital, in Sydney and in Truro. NDP Health critic Claudia Chender says losing the pain clinic could make it harder to recruit family physicians to the area, as family doctors often rely on specialists like those at the pain clinic to deal with complex cases.


FEDS TO INTRODUCE BUFFER ZONE FOR RIGHT WHALES
Friday 10th November 2017
Ottawa is getting ready to order boats to give right whales a 100-metre buffer zone as it looks at a variety of options to protect the endangered mammals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc met yesterday with scientists, aboriginal groups and representatives from the fishing and marine transport industries to discuss possible solutions after a deadly summer. Twelve right whales have turned up dead in Canadian waters this year, and another four died off the American coastline. LeBlanc says he will soon be releasing new marine mammal regulations that will include a buffer zone.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 10 **UPDATED 2:10PM***
Friday 10th November 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have just added to their roster, picking up Nick Jessome from the Edmundston Blizzard. The Crushers also get a sixth round pick in the draft next summer, in exchange for a pick in the 2019 draft and future considerations. Jessome brings 100 games of MHL experience to the Crushers, with 45 points and 191 PIMS.
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The Loney Bowl will not be played this season. Atlantic University Sports announced late Thursday afternoon that with no decision coming from U-Sports, the AUS made the decision not to allow the Saint Mary's Huskies to compete for the AUS Football Championship. The AUS said that there was not enough time to deal with concerns about player eligibility before the game could be played, and so the Acadia Axemen, the undisputed first-place finisher from the 2017 AUS regular season, will advance to represent the conference in the national semi-final game. Acadia University will host the Ontario University Athletics conference champion Saturday, Nov. 18 in the 2017 U SPORTS Uteck Bowl.
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Results of Thursday’s games in  Walter Duggan’s World Indoor Soccer League:
Game 1: Canada 2 France 1
Goals:
Canada: Landon Gladney 2
France: Cameron Ivey Johnstone 1

Game 2: Brazil 5 Britain 3
Goals:
Brazil: Lane Colburne 3, Kingsley Austin 2
Britain: Owen Conrad 3
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Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding a free Remembrance Day Family Skate on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Helmets are mandatory for participants. This event is sponsored by Active Pictou County & the Province of Nova Scotia. Donations will be accepted on site for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #29 Trenton.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers can't seem to figure out the Summerside Western Capitals, losing 5-2 at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers lost to the Caps at their first regular season meeting in PEI last month.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have a pair of games against the Sid Rowe Division leading Kameron Jr Miners this weekend. Friday night they will face off in Membertou, before the return match at Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm. The Scotians come into the weekend in second place in the Sid Rowe Division, six points back with one game in hand, so a sweep could move the Scotians to within two points, and still with that game in hand on the Miners.
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Bantam AA Crushers have a pair of home games this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Center. These will be the final meetings in the regular season against South Shore and Yarmouth.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl's goal with 16.3 seconds left in overtime lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Jaromir Jagr had his first goal as a Flame and added an assist to lead Calgary to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Minnesota 3 Montreal 0
Anaheim 4 Vancouver 1
Philadelphia 3 Chicago 1
St. Louis 3 Arizona 2 (SO)
Tampa Bay 5 Los Angeles 2
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    NFL
Seattle 22 Arizona 16
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   NBA
Toronto 122 New Orleans 118
Washington 111 L.A. Lakers 95
Houston 117 Cleveland 113
Sacramento 109 Philadelphia 108
Denver 102 Oklahoma City 94


PREMIER GOING TO FRANCE ON TRADE MISSION
Thursday 9th November 2017
The premier is travelling to France during next week to promote trade and investment, as well as lay a wreath at Juno Beach. Stephen McNeil will meet with government and business officials, including Michelin, to talk about increasing investment in the province. Later in the week the premier will visit the Juno Beach Canadian Memorial to lay a wreath on behalf of Nova Scotians.


SCHOOL BOARD TO GET 3 NEW ATTENDENCE OFFICERS
Thursday 9th November 2017
The Chignecto-Central School Board has been told to expect 3 school attendance officers to reach out to local students who are missing too many classes. Last night's committee meeting in Truro was told the highest priority for the new attendance officers is visiting those students and their families at home - to work together toward improved attendance. School Board staff expect those positions to be filled between January and June. Board members have been told they'll be people with backgrounds in teaching, psychology or social work. The Council on Classroom Conditions has mandated 14 of the new attendance positions as part of a province-wide pilot project until June of 2019.


STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES TO BE EXAMINED IN PROVINCE'S SCHOOLS
Thursday 9th November 2017
An audit of nursing services in schools, spending for special needs students and a report on the caseloads of specialized school board staff - those are among the key requests of the province's Inclusive Education Commission. Its Interim Report provided the focal point for last night's local school board meeting in Truro. Education Minister Zach Churchill is being asked to answer those requests by either December 15th or a January 15th deadline, with additional input from Chignecto-Central Board Members. The minister has until later next year to delve into areas like inviting the Health and Justice departments to help create a new model for student support.


MAN DIES AFTER HAVRE BOUCHER ACCIDENT
Thursday 9th November 2017
RCMP have released few details after a man died in an accident in Antigonish County. Police say the vehicle accident occurred yesterday in Havre Boucher. Mounties say they were alerted to a vehicle that was in the water with a person inside. Reports say that the accident happened near the wharf in the area.


PROVINCE'S PLAN FOR LEGAL WEED TO ROLL OUT SOON
Thursday 9th November 2017
Justice Minister Mark Furey says Nova Scotians can expect to hear about the province's plan for legal cannabis by the end of the year. In October, the province launched an online survey asking for the public's opinion on issues like the legal age to purchase and use recreational marijuana, where it can be purchased and where it can be used. Furey said 31,000 people responded to the survey. Ottawa has set the minimum age of cannabis consumption to 18, although it's up to the provinces if the age should be higher.


COURT RULES PROVINCE SHOULDN'T HAVE SUSPENDED WELFARE PAYMENTS TO FAMILY
Thursday 9th November 2017
The province's highest court has rebuked the provincial Community Services Department for suspending welfare payments to a young family for six months. The issue came down to whether the "sins" of the father should be visited on his wife and young children. In 2015, Brenton Sparks, his wife Rosemary and their three daughters were receiving income assistance of just over $1,000 per month. As a condition of receiving the money, Brenton Sparks was expected to look for work. In July 2015, Sparks missed a meeting with an employment conselor and the department decided to suspend the family's entire assistance cheque. During the appeal process, Sparks argued that his penalty should not apply to his wife and daughters. Deducting his assistance would have cost the family only $255 a month. In a ruling released Wednesday, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal sided with Sparks against the department.


SPEAKER REGAN BREAKS UP LIBERAL BUDGET BILL
Thursday 9th November 2017
Speaker Geoff Regan made a bit of parliamentary history Wednesday afternoon, ruling that the Liberal government's current budget bill was an example of omnibus legislation that should be split up for separate votes. Regan's move was the first use of a new rule for omnibus legislation, which allows the Speaker to call for separate votes on a bill's measures "where there is not a common element connecting the various provisions or where unrelated matters are linked." That rule specifically exempts the twice-annual bills that implement measures from the budget, but Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre and NDP MP Peter Julian complained that C-63 contained measures that were not included in the budget presentation. Regan agreed. As a result, Regan said he was within his purview to put four parts of the bill to separate votes. Those four parts cover agricultural and fisheries co-operatives, the sales tax rebate for public service bodies and the discharge of debt and amendments to the Excise Act in relation to beer made from concentrate. ​A couple hours after Regan's ruling, MPs took five votes at second reading on C-63: four on the non-budget portions and one on the budget elements. All parts passed. But if any of those parts had been defeated, the clauses would have been removed.


MAJOR COCAINE SEIZURE IN COLOMBIA
Thursday 9th November 2017
Police seized about 11 tonnes of cocaine from Colombia's top crime gang on Wednesday, the biggest haul ever in the nation's long-running fight against drug trafficking. The cocaine, with a U.S. market value estimated by President Juan Manuel Santos at about $360 million, was found stored underground on four farms in a banana-growing region near the border with Panama. Santos linked the cocaine to the drug-trafficking gang known as the Gulf Clan, which has become one of the biggest threats to security since peace was signed last year with Marxist-led FARC guerrillas. The seizure comes as the United States, Colombia's staunchest ally in the fight against drug trafficking, has raised concern over an increase in coca cultivation. Santos, who leaves office next year, has pledged to send 80,000 military and police to areas once controlled by the FARC in a bid to prevent new trafficking gangs from taking hold.


LATEST TOY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES TO BE NAMED TODAY
Thursday 9th November 2017
A new group of toys is set to be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in New York, where they will have a permanent place alongside previous honorees including the dollhouse, jump rope and Radio Flyer wagon. The hall located inside The Strong museum in Rochester will announce the Class of 2017 on Thursday. The annual inductees are chosen on the advice of historians and educators following a process that begins with nominations from the public. To make the hall of fame, toys must have inspired creative play across generations. This year’s finalists are: the board games Risk and Clue, the Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, the paper airplane, PEZ candy dispenser, play food, sand, Transformers, the card game Uno and Wiffle ball.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 9
Thursday 9th November 2017
The president of the Weeks Hockey Association says recent comments about the Junior A Crushers aren't accurate. During debate at Monday night's meeting of Pictou County council over whether to sponsor the team, councillor Peter Boyles suggested coach Doug Doull is paid $75,000 per year. Wade Sullivan tells NG News that Doull’s salary is actually closer to half of that. Sullivan also said that when the Town of New Glasgow was considering sponsoring the Crushers over the summer, the town had a few questions about team finances, and that he did meet with them to answer those questions. New Glasgow subsequently pledged $7,500 in sponsorship money. County Council decided not to give the Crushers a $1,000 sponsorship.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding a free Remembrance Day Family Skate on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Helmets are mandatory for participants. This event is sponsored by Active Pictou County & the Province of Nova Scotia. Donations will be accepted on site for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #29 Trenton.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have just one game this week, and it will be on home ice tonight. The Crushers will host the Summerside Western Capitals. It will be the second meeting of the regular season between these two teams, after the Caps won in Summerside last month. The Crushers will enter the game in fifth place in the South Division, 3 points back of Truro for fourth.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have a pair of games against the Sid Rowe Division leading Kameron Jr Miners this weekend. Friday night they will face off in Membertou, before the return match at Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm. The Scotians come into the weekend in second place in the Sid Rowe Division, six points back with one game in hand, so a sweep could move the Scotians to within two points, and still with that game in hand on the Miners.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Frederik Andersen made 35 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Minnesota Wild 4-2. Nazem Kadri, Patrick Marleau, Connor Carrick and Connor Brown scored for the Leafs.
N.Y. Rangers 4 Boston 2
Tampa Bay 5 San Jose 1
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NBA
Detroit 114 Indiana 97
Orlando 112 New York 99
Boston 107 L.A. Lakers 96
Miami 126 Phoenix 115
Golden State 125 Minnesota 101


DEER DIES AFTER CRASHING THROUGH COLLEGE WINDOW
Wednesday 8th November 2017
A bizarre incident caused some drama at an NSCC campus along the South Shore this morning. A deer crashed through a closed window in the offices at the Lunenburg Campus around 8:30 this morning. Police and officials with the Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene. Reports indicate that classes were not disrupted, as the animal was confined to an office. The deer reportedly died as a result of the injuries sustained.


FATAL ATV CRASH IN GLACE BAY
Wednesday 8th November 2017
A 37-year old man was killed when he lost control of his ATV and crashed in a ditch in Glace Bay Tuesday evening. Cape Breton Regional Police say they received a call around 6:20p.m. to attend the scene of the crash. The man, whose identity is being withheld for the privacy of the family, was taken to Glace Bay General Hospital with serious injuries. He later succumbed to those injuries. Police say they have seized the ATV to conduct a mechanical inspection as part of the ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash. They are also asking anyone who may have information about this incident to contact them.


POLICE IN ANNAPOLIS VALLEY SEEK SUSPECT IN CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY
Wednesday 8th November 2017
RCMP in Millbrook are investigating a robbery at a convenience store in the town that took place Tuesday evening. Police say a man entered the store at roughly 8:30p.m., armed with a screwdriver as a potential weapon, and demanded the cash drawer. After getting money from the clerk, the man fled the store. Despite extensive patrols of the area, including searches by the RCMP Police Dog Unit, the suspect was not located. Police say they have obtained a photo of the suspect from surveillance video. He is described as a white male in his late thirties, medium height, heavy build, with dark hair and a receding hairline. He was wearing a black 'puffy' jacket, sweat pants with stripes down the legs, and covered the lower part of his face with a white bandana. Annapolis District RCMP is investigating the incident and is asking anyone with information about this incident to call them at 902 665 4481, or 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.


NS SINGLE-FAMILY HOME CONSTRUCTION RISES BY 26 %, NB AND PEI CONSTRUCTION ALSO POSTS INCREASE
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Some good news for people who build single-family homes today.
Ottawa has just released the new construction numbers for the month of October, and they show people who build detached homes in Nova Scotia averaged a 26 per cent increase in business last month.
For provincial construction crews in the Halifax-centred apartment and condo sector, business was down by about half.
In the rest of the Maritimes, all types of home construction in New Brunswick averaged a 67 per cent increase, and PEI comes in with a 300 per cent increase in home building activity.
Across the country, economists say the housing sector remains strong, with the number of housing starts coming in above the 200-thousand mark for 10 months in a row as a result of these new numbers. Canadians began construction on 222-thousand new homes last month.


PROVINCE TO ELIMINATE WAITLIST FOR OPIOID TREATMENT WITH HUNDREDS OF NEW SPOTS
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Nova Scotians currently waiting for treatment for opioid use will be able to enter a publicly funded program within the next six months. The province is investing 800-thousand-dollars to create 470 new spots in the program. This will eliminate the current waitlist and add 250 more spaces across the province, including three new sites in Antigonish, New Glasgow and on the South Shore. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says that making treatment available to more people in more communities will give more Nova Scotians the support they need to live well.


NEW GLASGOW HONORS RETIRING PUBLIC SERVANTS
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Prior to the start of the business of the Committee of the Whole for New Glasgow Town Council on Tuesday night, there was a celebration that took well deserved priority on the agenda. Two long-term employees of the town retired recently, and both were honoured in a brief ceremony with presided over by Mayor Nancy Dicks. Kim Dickson left Town Hall after 16 years, most recently as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Carol Dunbar, meanwhile, was retiring after 30 years as Office Manager for the New Glasgow Regional Police. Both were presented with certificates, photographs, and flowers, after Mayor Dicks shared the highlights of each of their careers.


FEDERAL BUILDING IN NEW GLASGOW TO RECEIVE HERITAGE STATUS
Wednesday 8th November 2017
The Government of Canada Building on East River Road will be named a Municipal Heritage Building after a motion by the New Glasgow Town Council Committee of the Whole. The status as a Municipal Heritage Building means the architecture of the building cannot be changed, although the interior of the building may undergo renovations. CAO Lisa MacDonald pointed out that the architect was born and raised in New Glasgow, and that the building was unique for the time that it was built. The Town of New Glasgow will be asking that the Government of Canada pay for the registration of the designation.


FREE PARKING METERS TO RETURN TO NEW GLASGOW
Wednesday 8th November 2017
The Town of New Glasgow will once again offer customers of downtown businesses the chance to park for free downtown, while helping a worthwhile organization. Parking meters in downtown will be open to accept donations of coins, with the funds raised going to an as yet to be determined charitable organization. Concerns were raised by several council members about the fact that in past years, employees of downtown businesses took the metered spots. They say that defeats the purpose of the program, so they are asking businesses to remind their employees to continue to park as they normally do, and leave the metered spots for customers.


WORK TO BE DONE ON PICTOU POOL
Wednesday 8th November 2017
During Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting of Pictou Town Council, the Department of Recreation and Parks indicated that there will be some important work done at the Pictou Pool in January. The report submitted included details about an accessibility audit that is going to be completed to determine where there may be shortfalls in the facility. During discussion of the report, Mayor Jim Ryan indicated that there is a deadline of 2030 under the provincial Accessibility Act to have all public buildings completely open to people with disabilities. Council also discussed concerns around the same issue with the deCoste Centre, and possible improvements that will need to be made at that facility. Later in the meeting, council looked at some more immediate repair issues at the deCoste, including problems with leaks in some of the backstage areas.


EMERGENCY EXERCISE IN PICTOU FRIDAY
Wednesday 8th November 2017
he building in Pictou simply known as the “Old Train Station” will be a hub of activity at the end of this week. During Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting of Town Council, an upcoming training exercise that will be taking place on the property was discussed. The event is scheduled to happen on Friday, and residents are advised that there is no need for alarm when you see emergency vehicles in the area. No details were given as to the exact nature of the exercise.


NEW MINAS MEN CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING COCAINE
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Two men have been arrested for trafficking cocaine following the search of a New Minas home. Several Annapolis Valley police forces searched the home last week as part of an ongoing investigation. During the search, police seized cocaine. Mounties say a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, both from New Minas, will be charged with one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine. Both men are to appear in Kentville Provincial Court on December 19th.


EXPLOSIVES SCARE IN SYDNEY
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Police are investigating after a potentially explosive device was dropped off at a support regiment camp in Sydney yesterday afternoon. Nobody was hurt and the device did not explode when it was left at the camp’s front gate at noon, but two soldiers have provided witness statements to police. Both military and civilian police were present and part of the base was cordoned off. The explosive device is a projectile. It's currently contained and a disposal expert is coming in today to dispose of it.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 8
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Two games were played in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League yesterday.
Game 1 - Mexico 7 vs Argentina 4
Scoring: 
Mexico: Avery Henderson 3, Gina Ingram 2, Melody Wadden 2
Argentina: Katie Tucker 1 Ava MacLaughlin 1, Samantha Hughes 1, Olivia Holiday 1

Game 2 - Italy 7 vs Barcelona 7
Scoring:
Italy: Josie Ingram 3, Riley Murphy 2, Arly MacFarlene 1, Annie Chisholm 1
Barcelona: Reese Murray 3, Mackenzie Fulton 2, Mya Cook-Young 1, Laila MacInnis 1
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The Bruins defeated the Leafs 6-5 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action on Monday evening at the Westville Sports Center. Stephanie led the Bruins with two goals while Julie Anderson, Rachael Mattison, Chrissie MacKay and Carla Dumaresq had a tally apiece. Debbie MacLean with two goals and single tallies by Angela Anderson, Dawn MacKay and Karen Koch took care of the Leafs attack.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding a free Remembrance Day Family Skate on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Helmets are mandatory for participants. This event is sponsored by Active Pictou County & the Province of Nova Scotia. Donations will be accepted on site for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #29 Trenton.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have just one game this week, and it will be on home ice this Thursday. The Crushers will host the Summerside Western Capitals. It will be the second meeting of the regular season between these two teams, after the Caps won in Summerside last month. The Crushers will enter the game in fifth place in the South Division, 3 points back of Truro for fourth.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have a pair of games against the Sid Rowe Division leading Kameron Jr Miners this weekend. Friday night they will face off in Membertou, before the return match at Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm. The Scotians come into the weekend in second place in the Sid Rowe Division, six points back with one game in hand, so a sweep could move the Scotians to within two points, and still with that game in hand on the Miners.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor McDavid scored 38 seconds into overtime to lead the Edmonton Oilers over the New York Islanders 2-1.
Brendan Gallagher and Jamie Benn scored in the first period as the Montreal Canadiens posted a third straight win with a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Bo Horvat and Henrik Sedin scored 38 seconds apart in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 5-3. Horvat put the visitors in front at 4:12 on the power play when he swatted in a centring pass from Ben Hutton.
Buffalo 3 Washington 1
St. Louis 3 New Jersey 1
Carolina 3 Florida 1
Nashville 3 Columbus 1
Pittsburgh 3 Arizona 1
Los Angeles 4 Anaheim 3 (OT)
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Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds — and just the second three-point shot of his NBA career — as the Toronto Raptors held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 119-114.
Cleveland 124 Milwaukee 119
Dallas 113 Washington 99
New Orleans 117 Indiana 112
New York 118 Charlotte 113
San Antonio 120 L.A. Clippers 107
Denver 112 Brooklyn 104
Philadelphia 104 Utah 97
Memphis 98 Portland 97


NEW BRUNSWICK OUTLINES CANNABIS RULES
Tuesday 7th November 2017
The provincial government in New Brunswick says there will be strict limits on cannabis use and possession once the drug is legalized next 1 July. The legislation, which is expected to be introduced soon, will not allow the smoking of cannabis in public places. The law will also only allow for the possession of up to 30 grams, and it will have to be stored in locked containers or locked rooms in their homes. Health Minister Benoît Bourque says these rules are key to maintaining the health and wellness of all New Brunswickers. Changes are also coming to New Brunswick's Motor Vehicle Act to create a three-step test for drivers who are impaired by cannabis use. Drivers suspected of being impaired could have their licences suspended on the spot at the side of the road. However, some critics say the testing device for roadside drug screening is unreliable.


PETITION OPENED ASKING FOR MARK FUREY TO MEET FAMILY OF DECEASED TEEN
Tuesday 7th November 2017
A petition has been created on change.org calling on the Justice Minister to meet with the parents of a Cape Breton teen who passed away while running from a bush party in New Waterford nearly 30 year ago. Just a few weeks ago, the Serious Incident Response Team dismissed a new statement from a witness and ruled for a second time that Clayton Miller's death was the result of natural causes. The petition, started by a supporter of the family, says several other witnesses have corroborated the testimony that was dismissed by SiRT in their most recent decision. The petition adds the Nova Scotia government has never granted the Miller family an opportunity to voice their concerns since the release of two reports in 2015 on the case, and asks people to sign up to pressure Justice Minister Mark Furey into agreeing to a one-hour meeting with the parents. 


CAPE BRETON INDEPENDENCE?
Tuesday 7th November 2017
The idea of Cape Breton independence is once again making the rounds, following comments by a Mi'kmaq senator from the island. Senator Daniel Christmas says depopulation and high unemployment rates will continue to kill the island's economy unless drastic action is taken. Christmas is calling on Cape Bretoners to look at the self-reliant economic model he helped craft for Membertou First Nation 20 years ago. Membertou, based just outside of Sydney, has become one of the most prosperous Indigenous communities in the country. Christmas first made the proposal last week, and says he has received feedback both for and against the idea. He conceded the proposal is a complex one, and examining it will take some time, but says the purpose of his speech was merely to inspire the discussion.


LAYOFFS AT DONKIN COAL MINE
Tuesday 7th November 2017
A Cape Breton coal mine has laid off nearly half of its workforce. During a meeting at the Donkin mine Tuesday morning, 49 of 130 employees were informed they are losing their jobs effective immediately. Shannon Campbell, vice-president of the mine, operated by Kameron Coal Management Limited, said a "critical change" was required to make the operation more economically viable. Campbell said they've encountered far more challenging conditions and geological formations underground, and output is only about half of what was expected. Solving the problem is going to require buying different mining equipment and a different mining plan, which will take time because it must go through government regulatory approval. While the company isn't required by the labour code to offer outgoing employees anything, Campbell said the 49 people would get a transition payment equal to about eight weeks wages.


ROOTS FOR YOUTH CAMPAIGNS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN PICTOU COUNTY
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Human trafficking isn't as far away from rural Nova Scotia as you think. That's why Stacey Dlamini of Roots for Youth is spearheading a Pictou County campaign to make people aware about how to watch for signs of human trafficking, which she's seen first-hand in the local area. Events are planned at several church, school, youth group and library locations this week. For more, just visit www.PictouCountyRootsForYouth.com


CYCLIST AND CAR COLLIDE IN NEW GLASGOW
Tuesday 7th November 2017
New Glasgow Police are investigating a crash between a cyclist and a car last evening. Police responded to the collision at the intersection of Abercrombie Road and Willow Avenue. The New Glasgow Fire Department was also called in. Police say the lone 32-year-old female driver of a 2006 Toyota car was not hurt, while the 42-year-old man on the bicycle was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the cyclist was crossing Abercrombie Road at the intersection of Willow Avenue when the collision took place.


COUNTY DECIDES NOT TO SPONSOR CRUSHERS HOCKEY
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Pictou County Council has done an about-face on supporting a local hockey club. Three weeks ago, the Financial Services Committee recommended that council give a $1,000 sponsorship for the Pictou County Weeks Junior A Crushers. The ask was passed 10 - 3 after some debate. At last night’s council meeting, before the vote to approve a number of grants, councillor Peter Boyles moved an amendment to remove the Crushers grant, saying that he has received several complaints from constituents about the donation. There was more debate, and in the end, the vote was 7-5 to remove the $1,000. The remaining grant money for other organizations, $16,750 in all, passed 9-3.


COUNTY ORDERS DEMOLITION OF DERELICT PROPERTY
Tuesday 7th November 2017
The county is going ahead with another demolition. The property at 54 Coalburn MacLellan’s Brook Road was deemed dangerous and unsightly, as the property has not been lived in or kept up for several years. There is also about $9,000 owed in back taxes. Council voted to go ahead with the demolition order. The property’s registered owner, A. Sterling MacDonald, did not attend the hearing.


SOME NEW ACTIVITY IN ALBION BUSINESS PARK?
Tuesday 7th November 2017
There may be some new clients coming to the Albion Business Park. Monday night, Stellarton Town Council approved the signing of Letters of Intent for at least 2 unoccupied lots in the Park. Council also ratified a report done by an appraiser, that set the value of lots with significant highway exposure at 2.53 per square foot, and 1.38 per square foot for those without.


STELLARTON FIRE FIGHTERS GETTING NEW GEAR
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Stellarton’s fire department will be getting equipment upgrades next year. Fire Chief Dwight Campbell told town council that the department’s Bunker Gear - the protective equipment firefighters wear during emergencies - will reach the end of its lifespan next year, and will need to replaced at a cost of $67,200. Campbell says there is a provincial grant of $20,000 that he is applying for to offset some of the cost. Council approved the inclusion of the money for replacement in the budget for the next fiscal year.


DAN CURRIE STAYS ON AS PICTOU DEPUTY MAYOR
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan and the rest of Council have decided to renew Dan Currie as Deputy Mayor for another year. When Ryan and all four councilors were newly elected members of Pictou Town Council last fall, the councilors opted to name Currie as Deputy Mayor for a one-year term. At the meeting of the Committee of the Whole, Currie was given a second year at the post.


CHANGES TO PICTOU CHRISTMAS LIGHT UP
Tuesday 7th November 2017
The Town of Pictou has decided to make some changes to the Christmas Light Up. The event will take place on 1 December, and this year will include a parade along Water Street. The changes stem from concerns from some downtown businesses over the fact that the events do not generate sufficient foot traffic in their area to make it viable to open. By changing to a parade, the goal will be that increased foot traffic over a larger area should be more beneficial to the business community.


CAT FERRY LOOKING AT A SECOND MAINE LOCATION
Tuesday 7th November 2017
The company that operates the ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine is exploring a possible change of location. Bay Ferries, which operates The Cat high-speed ferry, has made enquiries to town council in Bar Harbor, Maine, about potential use of its ferry terminal. Company president Mark MacDonald described it as "a long-term examination" and said it's a matter of considering what is best for the business and what can be done at the lowest possible cost. MacDonald said Portland is "a great place" and a good partner, but there's limited space along the waterfront and a growing cruise ship industry, which isn't always seen as compatible with ferry service. Two years into a 10-year deal with the province, Bay Ferries has seen its passenger numbers increase, although engine problems forced the cancellation of almost a quarter of its runs this season. MacDonald said it's too early to say what the company might do, including whether The Cat could run from Yarmouth to both Maine locations in the same season.


HEALTH SPENDING TO INCREASE ANOTHER FOUR PERCENT
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Health spending in Canada is expected to reach $6,604 per capita this year — or about $200 more per person compared to last year — according to a report released Tuesday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. It forecasts total health spending for the year to increase almost four per cent to $242 billion and equal 11.5 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product, similar to last year. The Institute says the growth rate is slightly higher than the annual average of 3.2 per cent that has been recorded since 2010. The report says total health spending per person is expected to vary across the country, from $7,378 in Newfoundland and Labrador to $6,321 in British Columbia. Hospitals are expected to eat up use the largest share of health dollars in 2017 at 28.3 per cent, followed by drugs at 16.4 per cent and physician services at 15.4 per cent. Drug spending is expected to grow the fastest, reaching an estimated 5.2 per cent this year. Physician spending growth is forecast to grow 4.4 per cent and spending on hospitals is estimated to grow by 2.9 per cent. On an international basis, the report says Canada’s health spending per person in 2015 was $5,681, similar to spending in France, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Per capita spending remained highest in the United States at C$11,916.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 7
Tuesday 7th November 2017
The Saint Mary's Huskies are scheduled to play in the conference football championships on Saturday, but an investigation into player eligibility could mean another team would square off against the Acadia Axemen. Atlantic University Sport has been told about the national investigation into wide receiver Archelaus Jack. The issue relates to the CFL rule, which dictates that any former CFL player, or a player who remains on a CFL team's practice roster after Aug. 15th, has to wait 365 days before playing for a Canadian university team. Five of the games he played for the Huskies this season came before that deadline.
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The Northumberland Archery Club will be holding an open house tonight from 6-7pm at the Westville Civic Building.  This will be followed by 3 weeks of basic archery instruction, there is no cost to participate.  For more information contact Mike MacKinnon at 902-752-4497.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova League, two games tonight: Stellarton Rink 8:00- Pictou Landing Falcons vs Elks Club. Hector Area Pictou 9:00- Durham Bucks vs Wranglers Bar & Grill
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NHL
Mark Scheifele scored in the opening minute and final seconds, and Blake Wheeler had four assists to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-1.
Toronto 4 Vegas 3 (SO)
Detroit 3 Vancouver 2
Washington 3 Arizona 2 (OT)
N.Y. Rangers 5 Columbus 3
Boston 5 Minnesota 3
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NFL
Detroit 30 Green Bay 17
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NBA
Boston 110 Atlanta 107
Brooklyn 98 Phoenix 92
Golden State 97 Miami 80


LEPTOSPIROSIS OUTBREAK IN HALIFAX WORSENS
Monday 6th November 2017
Nova Scotia's chief medical health officer is taking steps to make sure pet owners don't catch an illness that's been striking their dogs. It's been found in dogs in the Halifax area. Leptospirosis is a highly-contagious infection that can be fatal for animals if it progresses - and can also be passed on to humans. Dr. Tricia Horsman says several dogs are being treated in a closed-off area at the Metro Animal Emergency Clinic. Horsman says they had 12 inpatients last week and are treating about six suspected cases this week. Symptoms of lepto-spirosis include vomiting, increased drinking, diarrhea and jaundice. In a recent letter to veterinarians and medical doctors, Dr. Robert Strang says common sense personal hygiene measures will "significantly reduce" any risks that might be in place. Strang says colder weather is expected to reduce the number of cases of the infection, which is more commonly found in tropical climates. There haven't been any human cases of leptospirosis reported so far.


PORT CITIES WIN BIG AT NS MUSIC AWARDS IN TRURO
Monday 6th November 2017
Nova Scotia Music Week wrapped up last night with the Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn Truro. Port Cities were the big winners, picking up five awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, and Recording of the Year. Jules Bangsworth and Rose Cousins walked away with two awards each. Rose Cousins won Americana Recording of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year, and Jules Bangsworth won DJ of the Year and Electronic Artist of the Year. Quake Matthews also received two awards which, include SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Hip Hop Recording of the Year for his project “The Search” with Kayo. Antigonish's Cassie and Maggie picked up Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year for their album "The Willow Collection", which was recorded and Co-produced by Dave Gunning at his Lyons Brook studio.


SISTER'S CASE REVEALS HIGH COST OF WAITING FOR LONG-TERM CARE
Monday 6th November 2017
The younger sisters of a woman with epilepsy and MS say the costs of waiting to get her into a nursing home are too high for them to bear. Fifty-eight-year-old Maureen Dares is being put up in a Halifax hotel room by her sisters Janet and Sandra Glazebrook after a live-in caregiver had to move out, and her own home developed a mould problem. Her sisters say people need to realize that the cost of private home care will quickly eliminate their savings. They say they ran through 40-thousand dollars in just a few months to ensure someone was available to look after Dares. The family says it's now an emergency, and they can't keep moving their sister around to temporary spots in homes. A spokesman for the health authority says he can't comment on individual cases, but says if a person is offered a placement they're encouraged to take it even if it's some distance from their hometown. Advocates for retirees say the problem of the high costs incurred while waiting for a nursing home spots is growing in Canada as the population ages. They're urging provincial governments to make plans to take into account the rising number of people in home care who are going to have to shift into nursing homes in the next decade.


NORTHERN PULP MEETING EXPOSES RIFTS BETWEEN FISHERMEN AND GOV'T
Monday 6th November 2017
Yesterday's meeting among fishermen, local Tory MLA Karla MacFarlane, Liberal MP Sean Fraser, provincial environment minister Iain Rankin and First Nations operators has produced an agreement to disagree. A lot of the local fishing boat operators don't like the plan for what's known as “activated sludge treatment” of Northern Pulp's waste water before it's piped into the Northumberland Strait. MacFarlane says it's clear that fishermen don't want effluent being piped into the Strait. She's suggesting another meeting between Northern Pulp and the fishermen. Fraser says DFO won't be getting involved until the company that wants to build it files plans with federal officials. One of the other issues is a difference in environmental standards between Ottawa and the Province. Canada's fishing industry is worth $3-billion a year, and more than a third of that comes from Nova Scotia.


NEW MASSIVE DOCUMENT LEAK EXPOSES MORE OFFSHORE HAVENS
Monday 6th November 2017
An enormous new leak of tax-haven financial records — rivalling the Panama Papers in size and scope — is laying bare some of the financial secrets of the world's elite, from the Queen to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's chief fundraiser to U.S. President Donald Trump's commerce secretary, along with more than 120 politicians across the globe. The 13.4 million records in what is being dubbed the Paradise Papers come largely from Appleby, one of the biggest offshore law firms on the planet, which was founded in Bermuda and has branches in tax havens around the world. The records expose the assets and sometimes murky dealings of a host of characters, as well as the ways corporate giants like Apple, Nike and Uber avoid taxes legally through increasingly creative bookkeeping. The leak was obtained by a German newspaper and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a network of more than 380 journalists in 67 countries. The leaked files contain the names of more than 3,000 Canadians and Canadian entities, including hundreds of companies, wealthy individuals, lawyers, accountants, and people who inherited money stashed in their family's offshore accounts in Bermuda or the Cayman Islands. After the news of the leak broke Sunday, John Power, a spokesperson for the minister of national revenue, said "the CRA is reviewing links to Canadian entities and will take appropriate action."


26 DEAD IN TEXAS SHOOTING
Monday 6th November 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump says the mass shooting at a Texas church "isn't a guns situation," but is a "mental health problem at the highest level." Devin Kelley, the man authorities have identified as the gunman, was discharged from the Air Force several years ago for allegedly assaulting his spouse and a child, according to an Air Force spokesperson. The attack happened Sunday morning when a man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a Baptist church in a small South Texas community, killing 26 people and wounding at least 16 others in what the governor said is the deadliest mass shooting in state history. Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said Sunday that Devin Kelley served 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial. He ultimately received a bad conduct discharge and reduction in rank. The shooting comes just over a month after a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of a hotel-casino, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500. Trump ignored shouted questions about whether the U.S. needs to consider tightening gun laws.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 6
Monday 6th November 2017
The Northern AAA Subway Selects earned two more wins this past weekend after 4-2 and 6-0 wins over the Fundy National in Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League action. The Selects traveled to Saint John on Saturday where they took on the Nationals in an afternoon tilt. Eva Wornell lead the Selects, scoring a pair of goals. KJ Emery and Lindsey Smith each added a single. Lily Currie got the win between the pipes. On Sunday morning, the Subways got off to a very quick start, scoring thee goals in the opening seven minutes of the first period. They would add one in the second and two more in the third to make the final 6-0. Sarah MacNeil had a pair of goals as did Wornell. Singles went to Taylor MacKenzie and Maddie Quin. Jenna Landry got the shutout. The Selects continue to sit in first place in league standings. The team is off next weekend for Remembrance Day and will resume action as they play a home and home series against Boston Pizza. The Selects will host on Saturday November 18th at 1230pm at the Wellness Center.
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The Pictou County Scotians picked up a pair of victories - on Friday, they edged out the Valley Maple Leafs 5-4. At the Wellness Centre last night, the Scotians went to town on the Cumberland County Blues, scoring 5 unanswered goals in the first period alone. Final score: 11-3 for the Scotians.
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The Weeks Major Midgets had a relatively easy time of it, winning 7-2 over the Cape Breton Tradesmen at the Wellness Centre. The team will be in Port Hood on Saturday to take on the Cape Breton West Islanders.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers picked up two wins on the road. On Saturday, the team defeated the Western Hurricanes 4-1. Sunday afternoon, they doubled Kings Mutual in Berwick 4-2. The Bombers' next match is in Antigonish against the Novas on Saturday.
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The Northumberland Archery Club will be holding an open house Tuesday November 7 from 6-7pm at the Westville Civic Building.  This will be followed by 3 weeks of basic archery instruction, there is no cost to participate.  For more information contact Mike MacKinnon at 902-752-4497.
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NHL
Petr Mrazek made 36 saves and Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0.
Montreal 2 Chicago 0
Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist and Matthew Tkachuk scored the shootout winner to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
N.Y. Islanders 6 Colorado 4
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Jacksonville 23 Cincinnati 7
L.A. Rams 51 N.Y. Giants 17
New Orleans 30 Tampa Bay 10
Carolina 20 Atlanta 17
Tennessee 23 Baltimore 20
Indianapolis 20 Houston 14
Philadelphia 51 Denver 23
Dallas 28 Kansas City 17
Arizona 20 San Francisco 10
Washington 17 Seattle 14
Oakland 27 Miami 24
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NBA
Bradley Beal scored a game-high 38 points and the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-96 at Air Canada Centre.
Atlanta 117 Cleveland 115
Miami 104 L.A. Clippers 101
Boston 104 Orlando 88
Houston 137 Utah 110
San Antonio 112 Phoenix 95
New York 108 Indiana 101
Minnesota 112 Charlotte 94
Portland 103 Oklahoma City 99
L.A. Lakers 107 Memphis 102


FOUR FEDERAL BY-ELECTIONS TO BE HELD DECEMBER 11
Sunday 5th November 2017
Voters in four ridings across the country, including that of former Public Services Minister Judy Foote, will head to the polls for by-elections on 11 December. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the date of the federal by-elections for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in Newfoundland and Labrador, the BC riding of South Surrey-White Rock, Saskatchewan's Battlefords-Lloydminster and Ontario's Scarborough-Agincourt today. Foote stepped down as a cabinet minister in August and as the MP for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in September after learning that her two adult daughters were at risk of breast cancer, which she has survived twice. The B.C. riding became vacant when former-Conservative MP Dianne Watts stepped down to run for the provincial Liberal leadership. The Saskatchewan riding is up for grabs after long-serving Conservative MP Gerry Ritz retired from federal politics in August. The death of Liberal MP Arnold Chan prompted the Toronto-area by-election.


SALMON FOOD RECALL
Sunday 5th November 2017
A flaked salmon product produced by a New Brunswick company has been recalled due to concerns over contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced on its website that True North Seafood Co.'s Toppers Smoked Salmon flakes seasoned with lemon and dill should be pulled from the shelves due to fears they may contain listeria. Officials say the recall affects 113-gram packages with a product code of 7838 and best before dates up to and including 17 November. The CFIA says the product is sold in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario, and may be distributed nationally. Listeria can result in symptoms such as fever, aching muscles and sometimes nausea or diarrhea, and there can be further complications if it spreads into the nervous system. The federal agency is warning consumers who have purchased the product not to consume it.


TRENTON RINK CLOSED FOR REPAIRS
Sunday 5th November 2017
Due to a ruptured pipe, the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre will remain closed today. They will be open for regular hours on Monday. The Town of Trenton apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.


LEGION MEMORIAL SERVICE TODAY IN PICTOU
Sunday 5th November 2017
The Royal Canadian Legion says the Pictou County Memorial service, which started more than 80 years ago, will take place at 2:30 today at the County Cenotaph on Church Street in Pictou. A parade, led by a local pipe band, will form up at 2 p.m. on George Street with members of the local reservists, cadets and Nova Scotia Highlanders as well as legion members and others honouring those who fought for our freedom. The service began after the First World War as a way for veterans across the county to march together for a Remembrance Day service. Hosting the service on the Sunday before Remembrance Day allows veterans and service personnel to attend ceremonies in back in their home communities on Nov. 11.


FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER TODAY
Sunday 5th November 2017
They're in the final stages of planning for today's Models for Mental Health Fashion Show Fundraiser. Tickets are still available at the door, and the show takes place this afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. at Summer Street Industries. This will be the final year for the fundraiser. There will be a fashion show, silent auction as well as a 50/50 draw and cash bar. Starr Dobson, who is provincial President of the Mental Health Foundation is returning to Pictou County to emcee the event. Clothing from the show will be available for purchase right after the models wrap things up. Any money raised will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to support various programs in Pictou County.


MOUNTIE AND GOOD SAMARITANS RESCUE WOMAN AFTER CAR PLUNGES INTO OCEAN
Sunday 5th November 2017
A Mountie on the South Shore combined forces with several citizens Friday night to rescue a 33-year-old woman after her speeding car plunged off a coastal highway into the Atlantic ocean. Staff Sgt. Stephen MacQueen, district commander of the Lunenburg division, said Constable Vlad Dounin was driving on Highway 3 towards Chester when he saw a Volkswagen Tiguan moving at 130 kilometres per hour in a 70 kilometre per hour zone. The car fishtailed and narrowly missed Dounin’s cruiser. Dounin turned his vehicle to follow her car and several minutes later was waved down by citizens seeking his help after the Volkswagen shot off the seaside road as it entered the community of Western Shore. MacQueen says “two or three” citizens and Dounin entered the waist-high water, managed to open the passenger-side door, hurrying to rescue the woman before the tides rose. The staff sergeant says the woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries but was able to return home on Saturday. She is facing charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. MacQueen said the driver had been at the Chester RCMP detachment for a policing matter just a few minutes prior to the incident.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 5
Sunday 5th November 2017
CFL
Mike Reilly led the way as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-13 on Saturday for their fifth consecutive victory heading into the playoffs.
Toronto 40 BC 13
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NHL
Rookie forward Brock Boeser scored the first hat trick of his NHL career and also added an assist as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.
Maxime Lagace made 24 saves to pick up his first career NHL victory as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-4.
Max Pacioretty scored a power-play goal at 3:07 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Alex Pietrangelo scored twice, Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn each had three assists, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4.
N.Y. Rangers 5 Florida 4 (OT)
Washington 3 Boston 2
Tampa Bay 5 Columbus 4 (SO)
Colorado 5 Philadelphia 4 (SO)
Chicago 2 Minnesota 0
Dallas 5 Buffalo 1
Arizona 2 Carolina 1 (SO)
Nashville 4 Los Angeles 3 (OT)
San Jose 2 Anaheim 1 (SO)
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NBA
Memphis 113 L.A. Clippers 104
Detroit 108 Sacramento 99
Minnesota 112 Dallas 99
New Orleans 96 Chicago 90 (OT)
Golden State 127 Denver 108


FERRIES TO PEI BACK ON SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND ***UPDATED SATURDAY, NOV 4th AT 12 NOON
Saturday 4th November 2017
The ferries to PEI are back on the water. Northumberland Ferries says the ferries are back on schedule for the rest of this weekend after being tied up for several key travelling times on Saturday morning.
The Confederation Bridge is also open to all traffic.


HOUSTON MULLING OVER PC LEADERSHIP RUN
Friday 3rd November 2017
He's rumored to be the front runner to replace Jamie Baillie, but Pictou East MLA Tim Houston won't confirm if he will seek the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservatives. Houston tells our newsroom that he is giving it serious thought, and that whoever decides to run, he will play a role in deciding a new leader. Baillie announced this week he will stay on for now as MLA for Cumberland County, but is stepping down once a new leader is chosen.


CHARGES LAID IN ABERCROMBIE ROAD DRUG BUST
Friday 3rd November 2017
A man and woman from New Glasgow each face four charges following a search of a home on Abercrombie Road Thursday afternoon. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, assisted by New Glasgow Regional Police, executed a search warrant and seized a quantity of cocaine, oxycodone, amphetamine, and cannabis. The 32 year-old man, and the woman, 25, have each been charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance. They have both been released from police custody and will appear in provincial court at a later date.


MORE JOBS, BUT NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UP SLIGHTLY
Friday 3rd November 2017
The Canadian economy added 35,000 jobs in October as a surge in full-time jobs was partially offset by a decline in part-time positions. Statistics Canada reported Friday that the economy added 89,000 full-time jobs last month, but shed 53,000 part-time jobs. Most provinces added jobs, led by a gain of 18,000 in Quebec. But three provinces lost jobs: British Colombia, Saskatchewan and PEI. Despite the surge in full-time work, the national jobless rate rose slightly because there were more people looking for work, too. Canada's unemployment rate in October was 6.3 per cent. The month before, it was 6.2 per cent.


TEACHERS GOING TO COURT OVER BILL 75
Friday 3rd November 2017
The Teachers Union has filed an official Charter challenge with the provincial supreme court over Bill 75, which legislates the contracts of 9,300 public school teachers. According to court filings, the NSTU claims Bill 75 violates the right to freedom of association and the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The union and the government are due in court November 23rd.


ANOTHER INCREASE IN FUEL PRICES
Friday 3rd November 2017
It's another big jump at the pumps this week. Regular self-serve gas is up nearly a nickel to $1.172 per litre, and diesel is also up a nickel to $1.14 per litre.


TRUMP'S TWITTER TAKEN DOWN FOR SEVERAL MINUTES
Friday 3rd November 2017
How's this for making a splash on your last day? A Twitter customer support worker on their last day on the job deactivated U.S. President Donald Trump's account for a few minutes Thursday evening. Shortly before 7 p.m. ET Thursday, social media reports surfaced that the president's personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, was unavailable, providing the error message that the user "does not exist." The account was restored by 7:03 p.m. Twitter took responsibility for the roughly 11-minute outage. Trump has made extensive use of messages on Twitter to attack his opponents and promote his policies both during the 2016 presidential campaign and since taking office in January. He has 41.7 million followers on Twitter. Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey's account was briefly suspended as a result of what he said was an internal mistake in a similar incident last November.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 3
Friday 3rd November 2017
The Crushers suffered a 6-4 loss to the Amherst Ramblers at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Thursday night. Scoring for the Crushers were Alec Tiley, Donovan Rehill, and Jacob Hickey with 2. Tonight, the Crushers head to the South Shore to face the Lumberjacks. Game time at the LCLC is 7pm, with the pregame show on ECFM starting at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Scotians have a couple of games this weekend: tonight they visit the Valley Maple Leafs, and face Cumberland County at Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have one game to play this weekend: on Sunday, they host the Cape Breton Tradesmen at the Wellness Centre at 2 pm.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers are on the road for a pair of games, starting with the Western Hurricanes Saturday at 5, then on Sunday it's Kings Mutual in Berwick at 1:30.
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The league-leading Northern Subway Selects are in New Brunswick for a pair of games against the Fundy Nationals at Lord Beaverbrook Rink in Saint John.
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Three members of the Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be part of Team MHL at the Eastern Canada Challenge beginning 13 November in Trenton, Ontario. Michael Dill, Dylan Riley, and Jacob Hickey will all be making the trip as part of the roster to represent the league at the 10-team Showcase Event. The event runs until 15 November, and they should be back in time for the Crushers home game on Thursday, 16 November against Miramichi.
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The Northumberland Archery Club will be holding an open house Tuesday November 7 from 6-7pm at the Westville Civic Building.  This will be followed by 3 weeks of basic archery instruction, there is no cost to participate.  For more information contact Mike MacKinnon at 902-752-4497.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Michael Amadio got his first NHL goal and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 for their eighth victory in 10 games.
Mark Giordano scored at 2:19 of overtime and Mike Smith made 43 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1.
Matt Cullen scored his first goal of the season on his 41st birthday and added an assist during Minnesota's three-goal first period, giving the sputtering Wild a welcome spark on the way to a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Mark Scheifele had a hat trick and Patrik Laine scored his first goal in five games as the Winnipeg Jets extended their point streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Mark Stone had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Boston 2 Vegas 1
Washington 4 N.Y. Islanders 3
N.Y. Rangers 2 Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
Columbus 7 Florida 3
Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 0
Colorado 5 Carolina 3
Buffalo 5 Arizona 4
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NBA
Golden State 112 San Antonio 92
Portland 113 L.A. Lakers 110
NFL
New York Jets 34 Buffalo 21
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MLS
Seattle 2 Vancouver 0 (Seattle wins series 2-0 on aggregate)


TARIFFS IMPOSED ON SOFTWOOD LUMBER - ATLANTIC LOGS EXCLUDED FROM DUTIES
Thursday 2nd November 2017
The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday announced it will impose finalized softwood lumber import duties on several Canadian firms, but none where the lumber comes from Atlantic Canada. The U.S. government said some Canadian producers were selling into the U.S. market at less than fair value, and said Canada was providing "unfair subsidies" to domestic producers. The U.S. decision excludes softwood lumber products certified by the Atlantic Lumber Board as being first produced in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island from logs harvested in those provinces.  Premier Stephen McNeil says the province is pleased the United States government has recognized the legitimacy of this long-standing exclusion and that while this is welcome news for Nova Scotia, he recognizes that this is a difficult time for Canadian industry as a whole as many are faced with duties. The Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expired in October 2015.


FOUR MEN ARRESTED AFTER FIRE DESTROYS HOME - CHARGES PENDING
Thursday 2nd November 2017
RCMP along the South Shore have arrested four men aftter a suspicious fire destroyed a house in Lunenburg County on Halloween night. Lunenburg District RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Mark MacPherson says a call to police just after 9p.m. on Tuesday reported that a group of men were walking in an area where it is highly unusual to see people walking, and they were clearly not trick-or-treaters. When officers went to the area, they found a parked vehicle and then a call came to report a nearby structure fire. The blaze destroyed an unoccupied, older, two-storey home that was for sale. Police describe the structure as completely destroyed. The four men were arrested yesterday afternoon, and police say charges are pending.


CAPE SHARP PUTS SECOND BAY OF FUNDY TURBINE ON HOLD
Thursday 2nd November 2017
A second turbine to be installed by Cape Sharp Tidal into the Bay of Funday will not be going in this year as originally planned. The company issued a news release today indicating that the installation at the tidal energy project will now wait until sometime before next summer. The project, which is a joint venture between Emera and OpenHydro, will proceed when the weather on the water is clamer and more predictable. Upgrades on the second turbine to improve efficiency and reliability will continue in the meantime. Cape Sharp Tidal says delays of this nature are common.


SUPREME COURT GREENLIGHTS DEVELOPMENT ON SACRED BC LAND
Thursday 2nd November 2017
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 that a giant ski resort project in British Columbia on land considered sacred by a local Indigenous group doesn't breach its religious rights. The massive development in the Kootenays, called the Jumbo Glacier resort, has been tied up in legal wrangling since the plan's inception more than 25 years ago. The year-round resort would be built in an area known as Qat'muk by the Ktunaxa Nation, which believes it is where the grizzly bear spirit was born, goes to heal and returns to the spirit world.  The Ktunaxa people believe the development would desecrate the sacred area. The resort's location was chosen for its optimal snow conditions, high elevations, large glaciers, and the fact that the Jumbo Creek valley has seen "significant prior use," according to the developer's website.


COURT RULES CAPE BRETON MOTHER LACKS MENTAL CAPACITY TO BE A PARENT
Thursday 2nd November 2017
A mother with a mild intellectual disability has lost custody of her 18-month-old son after a Cape Breton judge found she lacks the capacity to parent the child. <
The Community Services Department has been caring for the child since shortly after he was born and earlier this year.
It asked for a permanent care order because of protection concerns. <
The 40-year-old mother opposed the order, arguing that she sincerely loves her son and that her mild intellectual disability is not a risk to his safety.
In a written decision, Justice Theresa Forgeron of Supreme Court in Sydney has found the child would be at a "substantial risk of harm" in his mother's care because she cannot adequately supervise and protect him.
The decision says the woman does not have the capacity to parent on her own, and would require a supportive network to safely parent the child, which is currently not in place.
It says the woman also lacks insight, noting the child's father has an extensive child protection history involving substance abuse and violence. It says the mother failed to recognize that in the time-frame before her son was born.


MAPLE LEAF RECALLS CHICKEN BREASTS
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Maple Leaf Foods is recalling some of its chicken breast strips across Canada because of worries over contamination.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.
Contaminated strips may not look or smell spoiled, and the toxin is not killed at normal cooking temperatures.
According to the recall, some people have reported being sick after consuming the chicken breast strips.
The Maple Leaf Chicken Breast Strips are sold in 840-gram packages and have a best-before date of Sept. 29, 2018.
The UPC is 0 63100 03089 6. CFIA says you can throw out the products or return them to the store of purchase.


PROVINCE HOLDING CONSULTATIONS ON SPORTFISHING
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Nova Scotians are invited to discuss angling regulations at a series of meetings on sportfishing throughout the province beginning next week. The meetings are an opportunity to share information on research, fish stocking programs, and promotion and development. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell says the fishery is an important contributor to the economic and social life of the province and the department wants to ensure it is being regulated properly. There will be six meetings throughout the province from November 7th to 14th. The meeting for Area 2, which includes Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough Counties, will be Wednesday 8 November at 6:30 pm at the Claymore Inn in Antigonish. Information on all meeting times and locations is on the department's webpage.


COULD TRUMP'S NAFTA TALK LEAD TO MICHELIN EXIT?
Thursday 2nd November 2017
The provincial trade minister is warning that Michelin Tire could be under threat if Donald Trump's proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement are adopted. Michelin has three tire plants in the province, including the Granton operation, and provides well-paying jobs to more than 3,000 people. Geoff MacLellan is in Washington, D.C. to stress the importance of the province's trading relationships with American companies. In an interview, MacLellan at first told The Canadian Press that if the protectionist trade demands made by the U.S. president are adopted, Michelin's operations in Nova Scotia and the United States would be shut down and moved to Europe. However, the trade minister later backed away from the dire prediction, saying a "significant impact" is likely, but he told the news agency it could take some time for that to happen. MacLellan says three states, Illinois, Maryland and Texas, are big buyers of Michelin tires. The Trump administration is demanding a five-year termination clause allowing easy cancellation of the agreement; tougher Buy American rules; auto-parts requirements the industry calls impossible to meet; and a gutting of the dispute mechanisms that enforce NAFTA. Michelin Communications director Deborah Carty says the company is better able to better meet the needs of its customers without tariffs on qualifying goods. Carty is stressing that Michelin is not about to leave Nova Scotia. She says the company is a part of this province and it's here to stay. Carty adds that Michelin is following the negotiations and is still hopeful an agreement that is mutually beneficial for all parties will be reached.


LOCAL BUILDING INSPECTOR PREDICTS MORE HOUSING STARTS
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Pictou County Building Inspector Mike MacKenzie says it’s been a down year for new housing starts. But Mackinnon says reading the pattern in his years on the job, that means next year we'll witness an increase in housing construction. And he's hoping the shortage of building inspectors will be on its way to being solved by the time next year hits. Asked by our newsroom if his hunch about more building activity next year is partly based on rising interest rates, MacKenzie predicts rising rates will cause people to build as they anticipate higher borrowing costs by next summer. He also says building styles are changing, but here in Pictou County, people tend to stick with “tried and true” styles of homes that are practical.


DAL AC CAMPUS UNDER BOIL WATER ORDER
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Dalhousie University's Agricultural campus in Truro is under a boil water order after a test conducted late Wednesday afternoon came back with trace amounts of coliform bacteria. Potable water is being provided in all campus buildings, including residences with approximately 350 students, the dining hall and the library. A second test is being conducted this morning. The university has posted signs around campus advising students to boil water for two minutes before drinking, making ice cubes, washing food and brushing teeth.


RADON DETECTORS CAN BE BORROWED FROM THE LIBRARY
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Nova Scotians worried they may have radon in their home can now get help at the local public library. Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas responsible for about 16 per cent of lung cancer cases, according to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, and the only way to discover unsafe levels is to use a detector. Libraries across the province will now lend people radon detectors so they can check their homes. There are 20 Corentium Home detectors now and plans to have 50 in circulation by December. They are lent for six weeks at a time. Kits are available for long-term and short-term testing. Long-term tests take three months, while short-term tests take a matter of days. Health Canada recommends using the long-term kits.


NEW BRUNSWICK SETS 19 AS CANNABIS AGE
Thursday 2nd November 2017
The New Brunswick government is setting 19 as the minimum legal age for cannabis use. Health Minister Benoit Bourque said Wednesday it's the right age to make an informed decision, and matches the province's minimum age for alcohol use. He said other provinces are also aligning ages on marijuana and alcohol use. In September, Ontario announced it plans to set the minimum age at 19 and sell cannabis through government-run outlets. Last month, Alberta proposed to make 18 the minimum age to use marijuana, with no decision yet on whether to sell cannabis through government-run stores or through private operators. Nova Scotia is seeking feedback on a legal age of 19 for marijuana use, with sales through a Crown corporation like the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Last week, the New Brunswick government announced that a subsidiary of NB Liquor will operate retail stores and online sales of recreational cannabis. Shoppers will have their identification checked at the door and all products will be kept under glass.


RUSSIAN HACKERS TARGETED THOUSANDS
Thursday 2nd November 2017
The hackers who upended the U.S. presidential election had ambitions well beyond Hillary Clinton's campaign, targeting the emails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, U.S. defence contractors and thousands of others of interest to the Kremlin. A previously unpublished digital hit list obtained by The Associated Press provides the most detailed forensic evidence yet of the close alignment between the hackers and the Russian government, exposing an operation that stretched back years and tried to break into the inboxes of 4,700 Gmail users across the globe — from the Pope's representative in Kyiv to a Moscow punk band. The AP findings draw on a database of 19,000 malicious links collected by cybersecurity firm Secureworks, dozens of rogue emails, and interviews with more than 100 hacking targets. Secureworks stumbled upon the data after a hacking group known as Fancy Bear accidentally exposed part of its phishing operation to the internet. The list revealed a direct line between the hackers and the leaks that rocked the presidential contest in its final stages, most notably the private emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 2
Thursday 2nd November 2017
A former member of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers has joined the Pictou County Scotians. Nick Fewer recently left the Jr. A team to allow himself more time to focus on his studies at St. Francis Xavier University. The Liverpool Privateers picked up his Jr. B rights, and subsequently traded them in a three team deal – also involving the Brookfield Elks – to the Scotians. The Scotians had to give up Ethan Shantz, Jagger Statton, and a player to be named later in the deal. Fewer is expected to be in the lineup for the Scotians on Friday when they visit the Valley Maple Leafs, and will make his home debut against Cumberland County at Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm.
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Three members of the Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be part of Team MHL at the Eastern Canada Challenge beginning 13 November in Trenton, Ontario. Michael Dill, Dylan Riley, and Jacob Hickey will all be making the trip as part of the roster to represent the league at the 10-team Showcase Event. The event runs until 15 November, and they should be back in time for the Crushers home game on Thursday, 16 November against Miramichi.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey: One game played Wed. night at the Stellarton Rink. Cornova Contracting over Durham Bucks. Thursday night will have one game at the Thorburn Rink , 8:15 - C.F. Construction vs Connor's Transfer LTD.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan Division 2 section of the World Indoor Soccer League.
1st game: Italy 5 vs Argentina 3
Scorers Italy: Hayden Rogers 4, Anna Malloy 1 Argentina: Katie Tucker 1, Ava MacLaughlin 1, Josie Ingram 1
2nd game: Mexico 5 vs Barcelona 3
Scorers Mexico: Avery Henderson 3, Hailey Taylor 1, Gina Ingram 1 Barcelona: Reese Murray 3
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On Monday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center, the Rangers downed the Canadians 6-5 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action
Rangers scoring: Samantha Williams , Rachael Mattison, Dawn MacKay, Karen Koch , Stephanie Heighton , Bethany Martin (one each)
Canadians scoring: Chelsea Deagle, Julie Anderson, Chrissie MacKay , Jennifer MacDonald , Charlene Conrad (one each)
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers opened their regular season last weekend with a four all tie versus the Truro Bearcats at Colchester Legion Stadium. Scoring for the Crushers were Ian Reynolds with two goals and Dawson MacDonald and Reilly Grant with goals apiece. Chloe Stroud had a strong game in goal for the Crushers holding off a late game breakaway to preserve the tie.
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Brody Blair of Lyons Brook will be competing in his second professional boxing match next month in Sydney. The bout, against a Mexican opponent, will take place in Centre 200 on 25 November. Ticket are on sale now through www.tickets.capebreton.ca or by calling the ticket box office at 902-564-2200. If interested in ringside or table seating please call 902-304-6493 or 902-656-2025. Use promo code "Brody" when purchasing.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB - World Series
George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy, winning their first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.
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NHL
Evgeni Malkin scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a two-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Patrick Marleau scored early in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 to end a three-game losing streak.
Cory Schneider made 37 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 24th of his career as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-0.
San Jose 4 Nashville 1
Chicago 3 Philadelphia 0
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NBA
Jamal Murray scored 16 of his 24 points in a decisive third-quarter spurt, big man Nikola Jokic added 16 rebounds and 10 assists to narrowly miss a triple-double and the Denver Nuggets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-111.
Charlotte 126 Milwaukee 121
Indiana 124 Cleveland 107
Philadelphia 119 Atlanta 109
Phoenix 122 Washington 116
Boston 113 Sacramento 86
Miami 97 Chicago 91
Houston 119 New York 97
Minnesota 104 New Orleans 98
Orlando 101 Memphis 99
Utah 112 Portland 103 (OT)
L.A. Clippers 119 Dallas 98


FAMILY OF WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS NEVER FOUND TESTIFIES AT MMIWG INQUIRY
Wednesday 1st November 2017
The family of a Mi'kmaq woman who went missing 24 years ago in Maine testified Wednesday that they continue hoping for some evidence of what they believe was a violent end to her life. Virginia Sue Pictou went to the Eastern Maine Medical Centre in Bangor with beating injuries on April 24, 1993. She walked out of the hospital and was never seen again. Four of her brothers and sisters and her father testified Wednesday at the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls being held at Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton, where Virginia was born. Her 54-year-old brother, Robert John Pictou, testified how for decades the family members have put up flyers, conducted ground searches, followed up dozens of leads and tried to gain information from her former husband and brother-in-law. He says it's all gone nowhere, but they are still approaching people they believe might know something about her fate, or perhaps tell them where her body lies.


HALLOWEEN IMPAIRED DRIVER STOPPED AFTER DRIVING WRONG WAY ON HIGHWAY
Wednesday 1st November 2017
An incident of impaired driving on Halloween did not result in any serious injuries after police were able to stop a driver alleged to have been driving in the wrong lane on Highway 4 last night. Shortly after 8:30pm, Pictou District RCMP received a complaint of a red truck heading westbound in the eastbound lane of Highway 4. Police were able to find the truck on Highway 104, and stopped it following a brief pursuit. The 70-year-old male driver from Alma was arrested without incident and is facing charges of Impaired Driving, Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample, and Flight from Police. The man was released from custody later that night and is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court in January. The investigation is ongoing.


JAMIE BAILLIE STEPPING DOWN AS PC LEADER
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Today, Jamie Baillie announced he is stepping down as the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. This morning, Baillie submitted his official notice to Tara Miller, the PC Party President. He will remain Leader of the Party until a replacement has been selected. He will continue to be the MLA for Cumberland South. He released a video message to announce the decision. Baillie was ratified as Party leader on October 30, 2010. Rumors had been swirling since the election in the spring that this day would be coming sooner than later. Rumors also indicate that Pictou East MLA Tim Houston is one of the people who will be putting his name forward as a possible replacement.


COMPETITION BUREAU PROBING PRICE FIXING ON BREAD
Wednesday 1st November 2017
The Competition Bureau says it has raided the offices of certain companies in a criminal investigation tied to alleged price fixing following statements released by some of the country's largest grocery chains.
The bureau says the Ontario Superior Court has granted search warrants based on evidence that there are reasonable grounds to believe that certain individuals and companies have engaged in activities contrary to the Competition Act.
Spokeswoman Marie-France Faucher says bureau officers are conducting searches and gathering evidence to determine the facts.
She says there is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time and no charges have been laid, adding she is not able to reveal more details as the bureau is required to conduct investigations confidentially. Loblaw Companies Ltd. and George Weston Ltd. Are confirming that they are aware of an industry-wide investigation by the Competition Bureau concerning a price-fixing scheme involving certain packaged bread products.


ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO WORK MORE ON MONITORING: AUDITOR GENERAL
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Auditor General Michael Pickup reported today on his environment-related performance audit work. In the report he says that for nearly half of the terms and conditions tested on 22 projects, approved by Nova Scotia Environment, the department did not monitor whether the terms and conditions were met which increases the risk that the environment is not protected. He also says that while greenhouse gas emissions met the 2020 reduction target, the 2005 risk assessment needs to be updated. The auditor general also says that, when last followed up, nearly half of the 43 recommendations made from prior environment audits were not implemented and this leaves environmental risks. Pickup says while government's financial reporting on contaminated sites, such as the Boat Harbour cleanup, meets accounting standards, the current estimated cost of 130-million dollars, more than 10 times the original 12-million dollar estimate, will likely continue to change, as more information becomes known. Environment Minister Iain Rankin says the department is working to address Pickup's recommendations. The full report and four videos are available on the auditor general's website.


NEW GLASGOW LOOKING TO BRIGHTEN DOWNTOWN
Wednesday 1st November 2017
The Town of New Glasgow might have some new street lights in the new year. Town Engineer Earl MacKenzie has told town councillors that downtown business operators would like to see things a little bit brighter for downtown shopping during the darkest parts of the year, and he thinks it's an idea worth pursuing. Mayor Nancy Dicks says she agrees, and she'd like to see the next generation of L-E-D lighting used to brighten things up, while still controlling the cost for electricity. The mayor says she'd like to see the idea included in next year's budget talks.


TEACHERS SAY PRE-PRIMARY WAS ROLLED OUT TOO QUICKLY
Wednesday 1st November 2017
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has released a position paper on the pre-primary program, criticizing the province for rolling it out too quickly. NSTU President Liette Doucet says the province did not consult the union or parents ahead of the program's release this fall. Doucet says Premier Stephen McNeil has touted Ontario's pre-primary program as justification for launching our program, but she adds Nova Scotia's is lacking several elements. She says her position paper addresses problems with the program, saying it is not universal, does not provide full-day programming, and fails to have a teacher in each class. She also says the program here is still working to complete a proper curriculum, and is not administered on-site by school principals.


HALIFAX POLICE NET ZERO VOLUNTARY SURRENDERS
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Halifax police don't appear ready to give up on voluntarily-surrender days, despite getting no takers. Inspector Don Moser says while they are disappointed no one showed up at a community centre in Spryfield on Saturday, the force is still in the exploratory stages of an initiative thought to be the first of its kind in Canada. The first day, held in Dartmouth last April, saw 12 people voluntarily surrender with the resolution of 19 outstanding warrants. Police say the idea is to provide people facing non-violent offences an opportunity to resolve the warrants voluntarily in a neutral environment, although anyone with outstanding warrants can turn themselves in to police at any time. Voluntary surrender is not an amnesty program and people would still have to appear in court at a later date to answer to pending charges.


INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN NYC ATTACK
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Investigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to run down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center in New York City, brandishing air guns before ending with a crash. Eight people were killed and 11 seriously injured in a Halloween afternoon attack that the mayor called "a particularly cowardly act of terror." The driver — identified by officials as an immigrant from Uzbekistan — was in critical condition but expected to survive. One of the dead was from Belgium. Five were from Argentina and were celebrating the 30th anniversary of a school graduation. The injured included students and staffers on a school bus that the driver rammed. The attacker has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old who came to the U.S. legally in 2010. Records show Saipov was a commercial truck driver who formed a pair of businesses in Ohio. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, called Tuesday's carnage a "lone wolf" attack and said there was no evidence to suggest it was part of a wider plot.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 1
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Over the weekend, the Peewee AA Crushers participated in the 52nd Annual Bluenose Early Bird Invitational Tournament in Cumberland County. On Friday the 27th, the Crushers opened the tournament with an exciting come from behind 5-4 win over a strong Dartmouth Whalers team at the Amherst Stadium. Leading the Crushers offence was Zachary MacInnis with a hat trick and singles going to Colby Nichol and Levon Walst. Assists going to Blake MacLennan with 3, Clint MacLaughlin, Landon Steele and Brennan Hood with one assist each. Jacob MacLeod stood tall between the pipes vs a talented Whalers offence. On Saturday the 28th the Crushers played two games beating the TASA Ducks 3-1 in their first match. Scoring for the Crushers were Levon Walst with 2 and Wyatt Spence with a single. Assists going to MacLaughlin and Spence. In the second game the Crushers played Western Valley coming out on top 6-5 in a high scoring affair, scoring for the crushers were Levon Walst with 2, Singles from Steele, Spence, Mac Wallace and John K Martin. Assists coming off the sticks of Hood, Wallace, MacInnis, Walst and MacLennan. With the win the Crushers finished the round robin a perfect 3-0 placing first in Pool B sending them to the semi finals against the Halifax Hawks on Sunday morning in Springhill. The Crushers again showed their might gravel rocking the Hawks 3-0 and securing a spot in the gold medal game vs the hometown Cumberland Ramblers. Scoring for the Crushers were Hood, Spence and Martin. Assists going to Gage Connors, Steele and Walst. Cole Battist earned the shutout with stellar play in nets for the Crushers. The Crushers battled hard in the Championship game but the home team proved to much for as they lost 6-1. Crushers lone goal came off the stick of Colby Nichol with the assist going to Spence. The boys had a great weekend going 4-1 capturing Silver in their first tournament of the year. The Peewee AA Crushers next see action Remembrance Day weekend when they return to league play for a home and home series vs the Cumberland Ramblers.
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Brody Blair of Lyons Brook will be competing in his second professional boxing match next month in Sydney. The bout, against a Mexican opponent, will take place in Centre 200 on 25 November. Ticket are on sale now through  www.tickets.capebreton.ca or by calling the ticket box office at 902-564-2200. If interested in ringside or table seating please call 902-304-6493 or 902-656-2025. Use promo code "Brody" when purchasing.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB - World Series
The Los Angeles Dodgers have forced the Houston Astros to Game 7 in the World Series. Chris Taylor hit a tying double off Justin Verlander during a two-run rally in the sixth inning, Corey Seager followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1.
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NHL
Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves, and Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor scored for the Winnipeg Jets in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
N.Y. Rangers 6 Vegas 4
Detroit 5 Arizona 3
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NBA
Indiana 101 Sacramento 83
Phoenix 122 Brooklyn 114
Oklahoma City 110 Milwaukee 91
L.A. Lakers 113 Detroit 93
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MLS Playoffs
Eastern Conference semifinals
Columbus 4 New York City 1 (first leg)