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Showing news for the month of April , 2015

SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 26
Sunday 26th April 2015
Tuesday night results from the girls basketball spring league: In the first game, Team Red defeated Team Blue 43-39. Top scorers for Team Red were Kassidy MacKinnon (10 points), Danielle Farrell (10 points), and Katelyn Biron (7 points). Top scorers for Team Blue were: Jamie McCarron (20 points) and Courtney Smith (6 points). In the second game, Team White defeated Team Green 53-30. Top scorers for Team White were: Shalena Floyd (12 points), Lucia MacKay (12 points) and Courtney Cruikshank and Amanda MacDougall (8 points). Top scorers for Team Green were Shalyn Henley, Madeline MacMillan and Jessica Landry (8 points). Games are every Tuesday evening at North Nova Education Centre.
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Congratulations to Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton, who was honored recently by the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team, where she was Senior co-captain. Turnbull was named offensive player of the year and was given the Badger Award, presented to the team's most inspiring player. Turnbull finished her Wisconsin career with 98 points. She also tied a UW school record with eight short-handed goals and had a program-best five short-handed goals. Turnbull ranked fourth on UW this season with 36 points, and ended her senior season with 14 points in her final 11 games.
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The Pioneer Coal Track will open for public walking/running beginning Monday from 8:00 am until dusk 7 days a week. There is no cost to use the rubberized track, located in a safe clean environment off Auburn Drive (formerly Foster Avenue) in Stellarton.
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:00 am to 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am to 9:30 am Fitness Testing
10:00 am to 11:30 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
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On Sunday, May 3rd, North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
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Registration will be closing soon for the Miss Miles 5km Fun Run on May 10. For complete details, click here.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


PICTOU COUNTY PSYCHIATRIST HAS LICENSE REVOKED
Saturday 25th April 2015

A doctor working in Pictou County is no longer licensed to practice medicine in Nova Scotia after an alleged assault that took place in December.

Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema was on a conditional license that needed the support of a sponsor. His sponsor withdrew their endorsement, but the reason has not been reported to media.

Police say the incident did not happen at the Aberdeen hospital.



CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY TO RAISE TUITION
Saturday 25th April 2015

A 3 percent tuition raise and the decommissioning of an ice rink are among the ways Cape Breton University plans to reduce operating costs.

In addition to the tuition raise and rink closure, the school also announced they will be cutting spending on staffing by 5 to 10 percent.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 25
Saturday 25th April 2015
Dawson Fraser will represent the Albion Boxing Club today in Cape Breton. The North Nova student will fight Charlie MacDougall of PEI at the Membertou Boxing Club. Meanwhile, Albion Boxing Club is preparing for a fight card at Summer Street Industries on May 9. For more info, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com.
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Tuesday night results from the girls basketball spring league: In the first game, Team Red defeated Team Blue 43-39. Top scorers for Team Red were Kassidy MacKinnon (10 points), Danielle Farrell (10 points), and Katelyn Biron (7 points). Top scorers for Team Blue were: Jamie McCarron (20 points) and Courtney Smith (6 points). In the second game, Team White defeated Team Green 53-30. Top scorers for Team White were: Shalena Floyd (12 points), Lucia MacKay (12 points) and Courtney Cruikshank and Amanda MacDougall (8 points). Top scorers for Team Green were Shalyn Henley, Madeline MacMillan and Jessica Landry (8 points). Games are every Tuesday evening at North Nova Education Centre.
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Congratulations to Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton, who was honored recently by the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team, where she was Senior co-captain. Turnbull was named offensive player of the year and was given the Badger Award, presented to the team's most inspiring player. Turnbull finished her Wisconsin career with 98 points. She also tied a UW school record with eight short-handed goals and had a program-best five short-handed goals. Turnbull ranked fourth on UW this season with 36 points, and ended her senior season with 14 points in her final 11 games.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen AAA midgets will resume spring training today from 3-5 pm at the Sobey indoor soccer complex. All interested midget and bantam aged players are welcome to attend. Please bring indoor footwear. workout clothing and water. For more info please contact Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028 or via email at macgregormidgets@gmail.com
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The Pioneer Coal Track will open for public walking/running beginning Monday April 27 from 8:00 am until dusk 7 days a week. There is no cost to use the rubberized track, located in a safe clean environment off Auburn Drive (formerly Foster Avenue) in Stellarton.
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:00 am to 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am to 9:30 am Fitness Testing
10:00 am to 11:30 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
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On Sunday, May 3rd, North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
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Registration will be closing soon for the Miss Miles 5km Fun Run on May 10. For complete details, click here.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


MAN AND YOUTH CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Friday 24th April 2015
A 16-year old boy and a 25-year old man are facing a multitude of charges related to human trafficking and child pornography after being arrested yesterday by Halifax Regional Police. Police say the victims involved include a 17-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman. Officers raided two residences yesterday, and seized evidence against Richard Hover Cooper and the boy whose name cannot be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The youth is facing a total of 14 charges, while Cooper is being arraigned on 8 offenses. Both were held overnight and are appearing in court today.


BERGENGREN CREDIT UNION HOLDS AGM
Friday 24th April 2015
Bergengren Credit Union presented their financial record for the year at its Annual General Meeting in Antigonish. Assets increased to over $228 Million, with a equity position of 6.65 per cent. Net earnings for the year were just under $670 Thousand. At the Annual Meeting, the membership approved the recommendation of the Board of Directors to provide a Patronage Reward to the members of $150,000. A five percent dividend on Equity Shares was also approved.

On the new Board of Directors, newly elected Blair van Veld and Daniel Doiron were joined by returning directors Chris Boyd, Eileen Curry, Kevin MacDonald, Mary Oxner, Randy Peters and Bill Timmons. Incumbents David Harrison, Anne Sears, Garrett Juurlink and Helen MacPherson were re-elected.


SCHOOLS GETTING NEW CODE OF CONDUCT IN THE FALL
Friday 24th April 2015
Amendments to the Education Act will move students, teachers and schools closer to a new school Code of Conduct. The proposed amendments will replace all current school codes September 1st, and allow a Ministerial Policy on Code of Conduct to be adopted provincewide. Proposed changes include clearer standards for behaviour and increasing the time a principal may suspend a student without board approval from five to 10 days.


NO INJURIES AFTER U-HAUL ACCIDENT ON THE 106
Friday 24th April 2015
Pictou RCMP responded to a two vehicle accident last night on Highway 106. The accident involved a U-Haul truck and another vehicle near the Granton exit. There were no injuries.


FUEL PRICES: PUMP IT UP!
Friday 24th April 2015
Your fuel-up will set you back a little more this week. The price of a litre of regular self-serve gas has gone up two point three cents to $1.132. Diesel has inched up to $1.086 per litre.


LOBSTER FISHERS AND FERRY OPERATORS WATCHING THE ICE
Friday 24th April 2015
The start of the lobster season is being delayed by ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The season in the southern gulf was supposed to start next Thursday, but federal Fisheries officials say there is too much ice in the area. Fishermen from Pugwash to Antigonish and communities in Cape Breton are affected by the delay. It's not clear when it will open, but the department says it will provide an update next week. It says the season for fishermen in Area 29 on the south side of Cape Breton should open as scheduled.

Meanwhile, Northumberland Ferries says that there is still ice build up on the PEI side, but if the wind and weather are favorable they should make their May 1 start date.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 24
Friday 24th April 2015
Scotsburn native and champion St. FX rugby player Emma Taylor is one of the finalists for the BLG Award as female University athlete of the year. Amoung Taylor's achievments this year was tournament MVP of the CIS Rugby Championship and a first-team all-Canadian. The awards will be handed out Monday May 4th in Calgary, with the winner receiving a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship. The winner is determined by fan vote, so go and vote! Good luck Emma!
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Tuesday night results from the girls basketball spring league: In the first game, Team Red defeated Team Blue 43-39. Top scorers for Team Red were Kassidy MacKinnon (10 points), Danielle Farrell (10 points), and Katelyn Biron (7 points). Top scorers for Team Blue were: Jamie McCarron (20 points) and Courtney Smith (6 points). In the second game, Team White defeated Team Green 53-30. Top scorers for Team White were: Shalena Floyd (12 points), Lucia MacKay (12 points) and Courtney Cruikshank and Amanda MacDougall (8 points). Top scorers for Team Green were Shalyn Henley, Madeline MacMillan and Jessica Landry (8 points). Games are every Tuesday evening at North Nova Education Centre.
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Congratulations to Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton, who was honored recently by the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team, where she was Senior co-captain. Turnbull was named offensive player of the year and was given the Badger Award, presented to the team's most inspiring player. Turnbull finished her Wisconsin career with 98 points. She also tied a UW school record with eight short-handed goals and had a program-best five short-handed goals. Turnbull ranked fourth on UW this season with 36 points, and ended her senior season with 14 points in her final 11 games.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen AAA midgets will resume spring training this Saturday April 25 from 3-5 pm at the Indoor soccer complex. All interested midget and bantam aged players are welcome to attend. Please bring indoor footwear. workout clothing and water. For more info please contact Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028 or via email at macgregormidgets@gmail.com
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The Pioneer Coal Track will open for public walking/running beginning Monday April 27 from 8:00 am until dusk 7 days a week. There is no cost to use the rubberized track, located in a safe clean environment off Auburn Drive (formerly Foster Avenue) in Stellarton.
----
Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:00 am to 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am to 9:30 am Fitness Testing
10:00 am to 11:30 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
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On Sunday, May 3rd, North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
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Registration will be closing soon for the Miss Miles 5km Fun Run on May 10. For complete details, click here.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


DEAL STRUCK ON FILM TAX CREDIT ***UPDATED 2:45PM***
Thursday 23rd April 2015
A deal has been reached between the province and the film industry over planned cuts to the 24 million dollar Film Tax Credit. Finance Department officials met with industry members today, their fourth such meeting in just over a week, and have announced that a resolution was found. Screen Nova Scotia representatives said "it will keep us in business." The deal replaces an incentive program covering up to 65 percent of salary costs with a 25 per cent incentive on all spending for production in the province, plus 5 per cent more in incentives for local, rural and series shooting.


LOIS OF SHARON, LOIS & BRAM DIES
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram fame has died. Her son David Lilienstein says she died at home in Toronto surrounded by friends and family. He says she had a rare form of cancer, which was diagnosed last October. Sharon, Lois & Bram's beloved series "The Elephant Show" ran from 1984 to 1989 on CBC. In the late '90s the group returned to the screen with "Skinnamarink TV," which ran for 52 episodes. Lilienstein retired in 2000 after the death of her husband, Ernest. Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison continued touring after her departure. The three-time Juno Award-winning trio issued its debut "One Elephant, Deux Elephants" in 1978. Lois Lilienstein was 78.


NO NEW VILLAGES OR TOWNS TO BE CREATED
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Legislation introduced today will prevent the incorporation of any new towns or villages within the province. Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey introduced the amendment to the Municipal Government Act today in the Legislature. Furey says the amendment does not dissolve any existing towns or villages, however it does prevent towns from becoming villages and vice versa. He says the changes provide the foundation for governance structures that are strong and viable, and promote regional thinking. Nova Scotia now has 28 towns and 22 villages, with many facing financial challenges such as aging infrastructure, declining tax base, road and maintenance costs, increasing costs of services and a declining and aging population.


RUNWAY BACK IN FULL SERVICE AT STANFIELD AIRPORT
Thursday 23rd April 2015
The main runway at Stanfield International Airport is fully operational after last month's plane crash. Airport officials say an antenna array damaged by the crash of Air Canada Flight 624 has been completed and runway approach lights have also been repaired. All the passengers and crew survived when the Airbus A320 crashed 29 March as it landed at the airport in a snowstorm. The runway was opened with some restrictions on 9 April. There were 133 passengers and five crew on board the plane. Twenty-three people were taken to hospital for treatment. The accident is being investigated by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, and is the subject of a potential class-action lawsuit.


LORETTA SAUNDERS' FAMILY EXPRESS GRIEF FOLLOWING GUILTY PLEAS
Thursday 23rd April 2015
The father of a murdered Halifax university student says he can't find it in his heart to forgive her killers. But Clayton Saunders says he imagines how difficult life must be for the families of Blake Leggette and Victoria Henneberry because he knows they are suffering as he does.

Leggette pleaded guilty Wednesday in Nova Scotia's Supreme Court to first-degree murder in the death of Loretta Saunders and will be sentenced to an automatic life sentence with no parole eligibility for 25 years. Victoria Henneberry pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which carries a life sentence and no parole eligibility of between 10 and 25 years.

Saunders was an Inuit student at Saint Mary's University, where she focused her studies on missing and murdered aboriginal women.


ARMED STANDOFF IN CAPE BRETON ENDS PEACEFULLY *UPDATED 10:55AM*
Thursday 23rd April 2015
An armed standoff with police in Cape Breton has apparently ended peacefully. Officers were called to a domestic incident around 1:45 a.m. in which shots were fired in Georges River, a community just west of North Sydney. A 28-year old man fled the scene to a residential trailer in the area and had barricaded himself inside. The man has been arrested and charges are pending.


FUEL COSTS RISE IN NB
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Keep an eye on the pumps: the price of gasoline is up in New Brunswick. The provincial Energy and Utilities Board has increased the price by 2.7 cents, bringing the maximum price up to $1.132 per litre. It's the fourth time in the past five weeks that the price of gas has gone up in the province.

Meanwhile, diesel and furnace oil are both up 2.8 cents a litre in New Brunswick this week. Prices in Nova Scotia will be set at midnight tonight.


FILM TAX DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE TODAY
Thursday 23rd April 2015
The province says talks will continue today with representatives from the film industry about proposed cuts to a 24 million dollar tax credit. The industry expressed optimism a compromise will be struck soon with the provincial government following a meeting yesterday. The group met for more than four hours with officials from the Finance Department. It was the third session of head-to-head talks in about a week.

Screen Nova Scotia chairman Marc Almon says the latest talks were constructive, but he wouldn't release details of what was discussed. Finance Minister Diana Whalen, who was not at yesterday's meeting, says she understood that "good progress" was made. The industry has said a move to reduce the tax credit to 6 million dollars beginning July 1st will drive business away from the province.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 23 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Scotsburn native and champion St. FX rugby player Emma Taylor is one of the finalists for the BLG Award as female University athlete of the year. Amoung Taylor's achievments this year was tournament MVP of the CIS Rugby Championship and a first-team all-Canadian. The awards will be handed out Monday May 4th in Calgary, with the winner receiving a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship. The winner is determined by fan vote, so go and vote! Good luck Emma!
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Tuesday night results from the girls basketball spring league: In the first game, Team Red defeated Team Blue 43-39. Top scorers for Team Red were Kassidy MacKinnon (10 points), Danielle Farrell (10 points), and Katelyn Biron (7 points). Top scorers for Team Blue were: Jamie McCarron (20 points) and Courtney Smith (6 points). In the second game, Team White defeated Team Green 53-30. Top scorers for Team White were: Shalena Floyd (12 points), Lucia MacKay (12 points) and Courtney Cruikshank and Amanda MacDougall (8 points). Top scorers for Team Green were Shalyn Henley, Madeline MacMillan and Jessica Landry (8 points). Games are every Tuesday evening at North Nova Education Centre.
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The Pioneer Coal Track will open for public walking/running beginning Monday April 27 from 8:00 am until dusk 7 days a week. There is no cost to use the rubberized track, located in a safe clean environment off Auburn Drive (formerly Foster Avenue) in Stellarton.
----
Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:00 am to 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am to 9:30 am Fitness Testing
10:00 am to 11:30 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
----
On Sunday, May 3rd, North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
----
Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


WARDEN ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT MOU AT PUBLIC MEETING
Thursday 23rd April 2015
As a fall timeline approaches, a municipal committee continues to develop the framework for local regional government. The committee's members come from Stellarton, Pictou, New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County. At a recent public meeting in Caribou, County Warden Ron Baillie said that six of the eight work plans for the memorandum of understanding agreement have been completed, with Recreation and RCMP police contracts still to be covered.

Some county residents worry that taxes would rise after joining forces with towns that are in poor financial shape, but Baillie says that according to the MOU everyone keeps their own debt until it is paid off.

The next public meeting on the MOU is 29 April at 7 p.m. at the Alma Fire Hall.


PROVINCE ASKING UNIVERSITIES TO TRACK FINANCES AND ACADEMIC GOALS
Thursday 23rd April 2015
The province's universities would have to report on their financial health and progress in meeting academic goals under new legislation tabled by the government. Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says the province can't afford to bail out schools that may get into financial trouble. The legislation is aimed at creating an early warning system by requiring the submission of financial reports and updated forecasts each year.

The legislation also gives the government power to withhold grants and set conditions for grants when schools get into financial trouble. Regan says in the event a university is on the financial brink, they can ask for help under a 12- to 18-month process that would see an advisory committee assist in coming up with a plan to restructure or to initiate a merger with another school.

She says any school in the midst of collective bargaining in that situation would have the option of extending negotiations and the ability to strike or lockout employees would be suspended. Regan says the legislation is the first of its kind in Canada.


SURGERIES CANCELLED IN HALIFAX DUE TO STERILIZATION PROBLEMS
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

More non-urgent surgeries have been cancelled at Halifax's Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre after what's being described as equipment sterilization issues.

Since Monday, over 200 surgeries have been postponed due to the black dusty debris that's on some surgical kits.

Several reports indicate that affected patients are being notified of cancellations via telephone.



FILM INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

A third meeting between film industry representatives and the provincial government took place in Halifax today.

The two sides are speaking about the proposed cuts to the annual credit that would see it's value diminish from $24,000,000.00 a year to $6,000,000.00 a year.

The government released that information as part of their 2015-16 budget, and industry representatives say it will cripple the business in Nova Scotia.

Screen Nova Scotia chairman Marc Almon says there are tentative plans for another meeting on Thursday but that's not confirmed yet.



ACCUSED IN LORETTA SAUNDERS MURDER PLEAD GUILTY
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Blake Leggette and Victoria Henneberry have both pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Loretta Saunders.

Before the third day of the trial was to begin, it was revealed that Leggette was pleading guilty to first degree murder, and Henneberry to second degree murder.

They'll be remanded into custody until their sentencing hearing at the end of April.

Saunders' body was found in a wooded area off the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick two weeks after she disappeared from her Halifax apartment. She was 26 years old.



GUYSBOROUGH LAND DONATED TO NATURE GROUP
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

A property in Guysborough County has been donated to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

It's the seventh protected property in the area, and one of more than 70 conservation sites across the province.

The nature trust says the conservation of the area featuring a cobble beach, river shoreline and Acadian floodplain forest has benefits for both local wildlife and recreational users.

The donation was made by Ronald Archibald, who inherited the property from his father.



NOVA SCOTIA BARRISTER'S SOCIETY TO PAY TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY FOR LEGAL FEES
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

A law society in Nova Scotia has been ordered to pay legal fees to a controversial British Columbia university after a Nova Scotia Supreme Court said it doesn't have the power to require law schools to change its religiously based code of conduct.

The Nova Scotia Barristers Society will pay $70,000.00 to the Trinity Western University after denying them accreditation in the province, but having that ruling overturned.

The society argued Trinity Western was discriminating against gays because of their rule that prohibits sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage, but the NS Supreme Court says they don't have the power to require the law school to change their religiously based code of conduct.

The university wanted be reimbursed $120,000, while the Barristers Society say it shouldn't have to cover any legal fees.



NOVA SCOTIA WOOD BURNING RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
The provincial government has issued their annual wood burning restrictions - later than usual because of heavy snow accumulation.

The restrictions are in place until mid-October and limit campfires as well as the burning of brush on private properties, woodlots, farms and non-industrial lands.

With the regulations in place, that type of burning is not permitted between 8:00am-2:00pm.

Campfires in proper metal appliances at provincial and private parks are allowed.

The government is encouraging people to check out an online map to see when and where it's legal to burn by county.

That map is avialable here:
http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/burnsafe/



MILITARY AIRPLANE MAKES UNSCHEDULED LANDING IN NOVA SCOTIA
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

A military airplane scheduled to land in PEI had to make a diversion yesterday due to problems reported by the pilot.

A Charlottetown airport official says the pilot made contact and explained they were experiencing issues, but ended up landing in Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

The official said the landing was safe, but had no details available about the nature of the problem.



PICTOU WEST MLA ADDRESSES VEHICLE COMPLIANCE UNDERSTAFFING
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

In yesterday's sitting of the legislature, Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane addressed Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan on the subject of motor vehicle compliance understaffing.

MacFarlane asked why several vacant positons that have not been filled. She says some positions have been vacant since August 2014, and she wants more frequent RCMP monitoring.

MacFarlane added she's receiving calls about safety concerns, adding that Pictou County has the second-highest registration for commercial vehicles in Nova Scotia next to the HRM.

Minister MacLellan responded by saying he will obtain more information on the subject, and respond accordingly.



PETER STOFFER CRITICIZES FEDS FOR USING E.I FUNDS TO BALANCE BUDGET
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

On the heels of the federal budget's release, reactions and criticism has poured in from all sides of the political spectrum.

The federal NDP is skeptical about the budget numbers, and one MP says dipping into the E.I. fund is the only reason the books were balanced.

"[The E.I. fund] is funded by employees and employers. The government doesn't put any money into that [and] they haven't put any money into that for years" says Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer, adding "To use that surplus of funds to help balance your books is really quite disingenuous in many ways."

Stoffer says that it's a piece of creative accounting that the government can only do once.



CENTRAL NOVA MP SAYS FEDERAL BUDGET IS RESPONSIBLE
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

The federal government brought forward the 2015-16 budget in the House Of Commons yesterday, and for the first time since the recession, they've presented a surplus budget.

The numbers presented by Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver yesterday include a 1.4 billion dollar surplus this year.

Included in the budget is a decrease in the small business tax rate from 11 percent to 9 percent.

“You spend what you have, you don't go into debt, and you don't burden the future generation” says Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay.

He says this is not a budget geared toward creating voter support in the election in the fall.

MacKay says there are a number of elements of this budget which will prove beneficial to residents of Central Nova over the long-term.



LIBERAL MP REACTS TO FEDERAL BUDGET
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

The Federal budget has been released, and it's now well known that the Conservatives have presented a balanced budget with a surplus of over 1 billion dollars.

Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver has touted he would do just that, but the government is now facing criticism about how it was done.

"The only way there were able to avoid breaking their own balanced budget legislation was to raid the rainy day fund" says Scott Brison, the Liberal MP for Kings-Hants.

The next Federal election is in the fall of this year. The Conservatives go into it with a majority government and face challenges from the Thomas Mulcair-led NDP and Justin Trudeau-led Federal Liberals.



MAN IN WATER AT PEGGY'S COVE ***UPDATED AT 4:25PM***
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Coast Guard vessels have joined the RCMP and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Cormorant helicopter crews in responding to a man who was swept into the water at Peggy's Cove. Witnesses called police when they saw the man swept up by waves at the popular tourist attraction around 12:15 this afternoon. RCMP say that the man is 25-years old, from Ontario and was traveling with a woman. Cpl. Greg Church says the man and woman were walking along the water’s edge when he got too close and a wave came over and swept him into the water, while the woman remained ashore. Police say the search has yet to turn up any sign of the man.


PROVINCE SETTING UP NEW BOARD TO REGULATE AQUACULTURE
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
The province's aquaculture industry would be governed by a new set of rules and a new body responsible for approving future licenses under new legislation. Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell highlighted two changes he says are in response to recommendations in a report on aquaculture by two Dalhousie University legal experts.

The first would see the creation of an independent three-member review board that would be responsible for approving new aquaculture operations. The second would see the responsibility for enforcing environmental rules transferred from Fisheries to the Environment Department. Colwell says the review board would make decisions on leases and licences after holding public hearings.

Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, says he believes the industry will be able to operate and grow under the changes proposed. Ray Plourde of the Ecology Action Centre says yet-to-be-released regulations will ultimately show how serious the government is about addressing public concerns and the recommendations.


BURNING RESTRICTIONS TAKE EFFECT TODAY
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
A sure sign that winter is over: burning restrictions are now in place throughout the province after being delayed by heavy snow. Burning domestic brush and campfires is not permitted any day between 8 A-M and 2 P-M. After 2 P-M, anyone planning to burn brush or campfires must check online to find out when and where it is permitted. The online provincial map is updated daily at 2 P-M.


PREMIER OF TWO MINDS OVER FEDERAL BUDGET
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
The premier says he's disappointed there isn't more support for immigration in the federal budget. Stephen McNeil says he was hoping to see more help to allow provinces to respond to their own immigration challenges. But McNeil says he was pleased Ottawa is restating its commitment to the national shipbuilding procurement contract and infrastructure spending. He says it won't hurt the province that the infrastructure money won't kick in for another two years.

The budget released yesterday says the first 750 million dollars will be spread over two years, with a billion dollars spent annually after that. McNeil says there is money for roads and buildings under the current federal program, which is winding down.

He says his government will likely take a hit from the increase to the tax-free savings allowance. But it's not known yet how much of an effect it will have on the province's bottom line.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 22
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
The Pioneer Coal Track will open for public walking/running beginning Monday April 27 from 8:00 am until dusk 7 days a week. There is no cost to use the rubberized track, located in a safe clean environment off Auburn Drive (formerly Foster Avenue) in Stellarton.
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:00 am to 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am to 9:30 am Fitness Testing
10:00 am to 11:30 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
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On Sunday, May 3rd, North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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RCMP MAKE BUST IN COCAINE RING INVOLVING NOVA SCOTIANS
Tuesday 21st April 2015

15 people from Nova Scotia to Ontario are facing charges including conspiracy to import and traffick cocaine.

A two-year drug trafficking investigation with ties to Columbia and Mexico led to the charges.

Among the suspects are residents of Halifax and Greenwood.

The RCMP say they seized vehicles, firearms, cash, drug paraphernalia, and more than 200 kilograms of cocaine.

The accused range in age from 28 to 69 years old.



LAWYER OF PEI MAN SUSPECTED OF PLANNING TERRORIST ATTACK DISPUTES EVIDENCE
Tuesday 21st April 2015

The lawyer for a man arrested last month on fears he was going to commit a terrorism offense says evidence obtained by police may not be indicative of his intentions.

20 year old Amir Raisolsadat of Stratford was arrested after the RCMP said they had “fears on reasonable grounds” that he would commit a terrorism offence.

Brandon Forbes says allegations his client has materials necessary to produce the deadly toxin known as ricin should be viewed with skepticism.

Raisolsadat has been released on conditions, and will be back in court May 22nd.



JURY SELECTION COMPLETE IN LORETTA SAUNDERS MURDER TRIAL
Tuesday 21st April 2015

Jury selection in the case of a 26 year old woman murdered in 2014 has been completed.

10 men and 4 women will serve as jurors in the first degree murder trial of Blake Leggette and Victoria Henneberry.

They're accused of killing Loretta Saunders, a Newfoundland native who was living in Halifax at the time of her disappearance.

Her body was found in a wooded area off the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick a short time later.

Leggette and Henneberry were arrested in Ontario, and brought back to Nova Scotia to face the charges.



STUDY SHOWS EVIDENCE OF NO LINK BETWEEN AUTISM AND VACCINES
Tuesday 21st April 2015

A study of more than 95-thousand children reaffirms there is no link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association say that even holds true in children with an autistic sibling who they say have an increased risk of autism.

Researchers did find that children with an older sibling with autism had lower M-M-R vaccination rates and say that may reflect parental fears.

In the 2015-16 provincial budget, the Liberal government pledged to provide early intensive behavioral intervention to meet the needs of pre-schoolers with autism preparing to enter school.

For years, those with an anti-vaccination stance argued that colitis and autism spectrum disorders are linked to the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, but no concrete proof has ever been offered to support that claim.



CONSERVATIVES QUESTION PREMIER'S OFFICE RENOVATIONS
Tuesday 21st April 2015
The Opposition Progressive Conservatives are going on the attack today over the Premier's decision to spend 42-thousand dollars on renovations to his office. Finance Critic, and Pictou East MLA Tim Houston, says he does not understand how these renovations can take place at the same time that the province is issuing a budget of belt-tightening. Houston also questions why the Freedom of Information request cost 90 dollars to process, when the usual fee is just 5 dollars. He says he believes the Premier’s Office was clearly trying to hide the spending.


PICTOU COUNTY MUNICIPAL COUNCIL TO CONTINUE PRAYER BEFORE MEETINGS
Tuesday 21st April 2015

A supreme court decision in Saguenay, Quebec has municipalities across the country questioning a longstanding tradition many of them observe. It's commonplace nationwide for council meetings to start with a prayer, but after it was deemed an infringement on freedom of conscience and religion in that Quebec town, some are reviewing their policy.

In Calgary, there was no prayer said for the first time in almost 30 years at yesterday's council meeting.

The CAO of the Municipality of Pictou County says they don't have plans to end the prayer.

"Council will continue it's current process of having a prayer before council meetings, and that's just pending a more in-depth review of the supreme court's decision," says Brian Cullen.

Pictou Municipal Councillors also discussed how that ruling may affect their ability to issue grants to churches and church halls. Cullen says it will likely be reviewed at a future meeting.



ADDITIONAL CASE FILINGS IN AIR CANADA 624 CASE
Tuesday 21st April 2015

The lawyer representing a Pictou County man and other passengers aboard a flight that had a crash landing in Halifax last month says he's using all possible avenues and resources to give his clients answers on what happened with Air Canada flight 624.

"The quickest route to getting answers for our clients is getting disclosure, and the quickest way to get that is to file the case," says Jamie MacGillivray. He says while a class action suit has been filed, he's also filed a tort case to get those disclosures as quickly as possible.

MacGillivray says his next step will be to get full disclosure on relevant documents from Air Canada and Nav Canada.

"We will be able to discover, [and] question under oath these people who were involved in the accident" says MacGillivray.

There were 133 passengers on board that flight, and some of them claim to be suffering from anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder among other afflictions.



PEI RCMP ASK FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
Tuesday 21st April 2015

The R-C-M-P in Prince Edward Island are asking the public to help them determine the circumstances that led to the death of a newborn baby.

Caretakers at the Birch Hill Free Church of Scotland in Mount Albion discovered the baby's body on April 12th.

Police are asking the public to let them know of any expectant mother who is no longer showing signs of pregnancy and does not have a newborn in her care.

They're also speculating the mother might not be from the island, and they're asking the public in other provinces to share the information on social media.



BOAT HARBOUR ACT TO BE DEBATED TODAY
Tuesday 21st April 2015
Bill 89, the Boat Harbour Act, is on the agenda to be debated today in the Legislature, and is likely to go through second reading. The Act will result in the closure of the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Plant by 2020, along with remediation of the site at Pictou Landing First Nation. Planning for the remediation is already underway, and some parts of the estuary could be treated earlier to test different technologies. Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis first introduced the legislation last week. Kousoulis says government is committed to removing the environmental scar and making Boat Harbour a place the community can enjoy once again. The Boat Harbour Act is one of five on the planned agenda for today's session.


LOCAL TEACHER HONOURED FOR EDUCATION WEEK
Tuesday 21st April 2015
A West Pictou Consolidated School teacher was one of 23 teachers and 5 education partners honoured yesterday during opening ceremonies for Education Week yesterday in Dartmouth. Karri Ann Noel was one of three teachers from the CCRSB region recognized for her work with students. Education Week runs until Saturday with the theme, Schools as Communities: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Recipients were recognized for supporting student development through service learning, community projects and co-operative education, and for encouraging students to be active in their schools and communities.


PICTOU COUNTY MAN LEAD PLANTIFF IN AIR CANADA SUIT
Tuesday 21st April 2015
A class action suit has been filed on behalf of a Pictou County man who was a passenger on board Air Canada flight AC624 that crash-landed last month in Halifax. Lawyer Jamie MacGillivray filed documents Monday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, suing Air Canada, Nav Canada, Halifax International Airport Authority, the pilot and first officer. According to the documents, the plane landed 335 metres short of the runway, crashing into an earthen berm and then went through a metal antenna array. During the incident, the landing gear was torn off, wings damaged, one engine was torn off and the second engine was pulverized, the documents said. As a result, the named plaintiff, 54 year old mechanic S. Philip Cameron, suffered psychological injury and trauma, including bruising, tearing and straining, damaging nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Class members suffered similar injuries, as well as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, fear of flying, nightmares and insomnia, the suit said. In total, the class action represents 20 claimants, and MacGillivray says if the class action does not get court certification, he intends to file a mass lawsuit naming all 20 clients.


HOUSEFIRE IN TRENTON QUICKLY DEALT WITH
Tuesday 21st April 2015
There's damage but no injuries following a housefire in Trenton Monday afternoon. None of the occupants were home at the time, and the fire was put out in less than half an hour. Trenton Fire Chief Wayne Allain says the fire was contained mainly to one side of the building, but there is smoke damage throughout the house.


COUNTY DISCUSSES MEETING PRAYERS AFTER SUPREME COURT RULING
Tuesday 21st April 2015
Municipal Council may be ending a longstanding tradition of a prayer before each meeting. Councillors discussed the issue during an in-camera session after last night's financial services committee meeting. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled the municipal council in Saguenay, Quebec cannot continue holding a Catholic prayer, calling it an infringement on freedom of conscience and religion. That ended a nine year dispute between an atheist town resident and Mayor Jean Tremblay.

Pictou Municipal Councillors also discussed how that ruling may affect their ability to issue grants to churches and church halls. Councillor Leonard Fraser says he's received backlash from his district because he wouldn't spend municipal grant money on churches. There are no defined rules on grants for churches, and several councillors said it's a topic that needs to be discussed. Warden Ronald Baillie says council has to be "willing to make some hard choices and stick to them."


COUNTY CONCERNED ABOUT RECREATION CUTS
Tuesday 21st April 2015

The 2015-16 provincial budget may have more of an effect on Pictou County than originally thought. Councillor David Parker brought up the issue of cuts to the recreational services grant, and how some venues could be in jeopardy.

He mentioned that there are 10-12 outlets such as arenas, ball fields, and curling rinks that would be affected by - what he calls - the termination of the grant.

Parker says it's absolutely critical to several recreational facilities in rural Nova Scotia. A motion was passed to hold a discussion on the grant at the next property services committee meeting.



STELLARTON SITS OUT REN DISCUSSION
Tuesday 21st April 2015
Another town is opting out of the REN debates. At last night’s meeting of Stellarton town council, Councillor Ken Frances reported on his recent meetings with the municipalities looking to join Regional Enterprise Networks 4 and 5, saying he felt that neither group was eager to have Pictou County’s municipal units join. Councillor Judith MacLellan made the point that while it would be better to have provincial funding for economic development by joining a REN, it makes more sense to have all the units agree on which one to join.

Westville and New Glasgow have also decided to put off the decision on joining a REN for now. Mayor Joe Gennoe says he will bring up the topic at the next meeting of the county’s Mayors and Warden.


NG POLICE CHIEF HONORED
Tuesday 21st April 2015
New Glasgow’s police chief was singled out for recognition at last night’s town council meeting. Mayor Barry MacMillan and council commended Delaney Chisholm for receiving a Prestigious Alumni award from Holland College this year. Chisholm has been on the New Glasgow force since 1973.


HIGH STREET PROPERTY TO BE BUILT UP
Tuesday 21st April 2015
New Glasgow council has approved an amendment to a development agreement to allow for expansion of a property in the town. Hector Holdings Limited owns the land between 23 and 35 High Street, and wants to replace a four unit, one story apartment with a sixteen unit, four-story complex along with an accessory building. There is no timeline on when the development will begin.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 21
Tuesday 21st April 2015
The Pioneer Coal Track will open for public walking/running beginning Monday April 27 from 8:00 am until dusk 7 days a week. There is no cost to use the rubberized track, located in a safe clean environment off Auburn Drive (formerly Foster Avenue) in Stellarton.
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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Anyone interested in coaching Water Polo, a coaching certification course will be held at the Pictou County YMCA on April 25, from 9am to 6pm. The cost of the clinic is $60. For further information please contact Mike 902-752-0202 ext 223
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:00 am to 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am to 9:30 am Fitness Testing
10:00 am to 11:30 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
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On Sunday, May 3rd, North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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HOUSE FIRE IN TRENTON
Monday 20th April 2015
A number of police, EHS, and Fire personnel responded to a call in Trenton today about a fire. The emergency vehicles were seen heading towards Trenton from New Glasgow around 1:00pm today. The New Glasgow News reports that the house that caught fire was unoccupied at the time.


PICTOU ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING
Monday 20th April 2015

The Harper Government is contributing over $135,000.00 to organizations around Pictou County in an effort they say will help seniors have more opportunities to participate in social activities.

Among the organizations receiving funds will be the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in River John, The Stella Maris Parish Hall in Pictou, and the Little Harbour Community Centre.

The funding is part of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which the federal government says has funded more than 13,000 projects across the country.



D.E.A.N.S. HOLDING SESSION ON PICTOU COUNTY V.I.C.
Monday 20th April 2015

The Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores organization is holding a brainstorming session on ways to operate the Visitor Information Centre.

The provincial government opted to close the centre earlier this year, and now DEANS is fighting to keep it in operation.

The session takes place Wednesday, April 22nd from 1-3pm at the DEANS office located at 115 McLean St, New Glasgow.



SURGERIES IN HFX POSTPONED DUE TO STERILIZATION PROBLEMS
Monday 20th April 2015
A sterilization issue has led to the cancellation of some surgeries at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Surgeries that can be safely postponed have been rescheduled.

The QEII began investigating after finding black debris Saturday on some of the equipment, mostly trays, used in surgical procedures. While not all equipment was found to be contaminated, a spokesperson says the problem was caught before equipment could come in contact with patients.

Other hospitals are helping to cover needed sterilizations while the investigation continues. It's not known when the hospital will resume at full capacity.


SENIORS GROUPS RECEIVE FEDERAL DOLLARS
Monday 20th April 2015
Ottawa is pitching in over $135,000 for local seniors groups. Federal Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay was in Plymouth yesterday to announce six Pictou County projects that are being funded by the New Horizons program. They include renovations and repairs at facilities that benefit seniors in the area, such as the River John Legion, the Little Harbour Community Centre, the New Horizons Club and Stella Maris Parish Hall in Pictou, LORDA, and New Glasgow's Ward One Rec Centre. Groups can apply for up to $25,000 in grants through the New Horizons program for projects that are led or inspired by seniors.
Where the money is going:
$13,685 – Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108 in River John – heat pumps
$25,000 – Little Harbour Community Centre – accessible and gender neutral washrooms
$24,068 – Pictou County Community New Horizons Club – roof replacement
$24,305 – Lansdowne Outdoor Recreational Development Association (LORDA) – park dozer repair
$23,500 – Stella Maris Parish Hall in Pictou – floor and stairs repair, heat pump
$25,000 – Ward One Rec Centre in New Glasgow – washroom and other renovations


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 20 *UPDATED 7:20 AM*
Monday 20th April 2015
Congrats to the Pictou County Lighting Midget Girls who captured the Silver Medal at the Division 2 provincial championship over the weekend at NNEC. The Pictou County Lighting Midget Boys won the Gold for the Division 3 provincial championship.
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Over the weekend some local teachers took part in the Nova Scotia Teachers Hockey tournament this weekend in Cole Harbour. With only 8 skaters, Nicole LeBlanc, Jenny Ferguson, Rachael Kinch and Carley Thompson played for Colchester as they captured the gold for the 4th year in a row. Colchester began the weekend with a 3-0 win Friday against the Hybrids with LeBlanc getting 2 goals and an assist and Kinch picking up a goal. Saturday Colchester downed the Ringers 7-1. Leblanc led the way with 4 goals and an assist, with Kinch and Thompson each adding a single. In their second game Saturday, Colchester defeated the Lightning 4-1. LeBlanc scored twice and got an assist and Ferguson picked up a goal and a pair of assists. In the final, Colchester came out with another victory against the Hybrids in a 3-1 win. LeBlanc opened the scoring and Kinch would add two more goals, while Ferguson picked up 3 assist.
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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Anyone interested in coaching Water Polo, a coaching certification course will be held at the Pictou County YMCA on April 25, from 9am to 6pm. The cost of the clinic is $60. For further information please contact Mike 902-752-0202 ext 223
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:00 am to 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am to 9:30 am Fitness Testing
10:00 am to 11:30 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
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On Sunday, May 3rd, North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 19
Sunday 19th April 2015
Chris Stewart has resigned as head coach of the Pictou County Junior Scotians after five seasons. It’s believed Stewart stepped down because of time constraints.

Team Governor Walter Smith said the hiring process for the Scotians’ new coach will begin as soon as possible. The Scotians join the Junior ‘A’ Crushers and Weeks Major Midgets as teams on the hunt for a new bench boss.
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The BNS provincials continue today in New Glasgow. The games take place at NNEC.
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 9:00 AM 1st Pool 1 2nd Pool 2
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 10:30 AM 2nd Pool 1 1st Pool 2
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 1:00 PM Losers 9:00 game vs Losers 10:30 game
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 3:00 PM Winners 9:00 game vs Winners 10:30 game

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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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Anyone interested in coaching Water Polo, a coaching certification course will be held at the Pictou County YMCA on April 25, from 9am to 6pm. The cost of the clinic is $60. For further information please contact Mike 902-752-0202 ext 223
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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VEHICLE SUBMERGED IN CAPE BRETON RIVER *UPDATED 04/19/2015*
Saturday 18th April 2015

Police in Cape Breton say a man has died after driving his van into the Lower River.

They say there were reports the vehicle went in the water near Port Hawkesbury Friday night.

An RCMP constable says police determined Friday night that the vehicle was fully submerged and had to wait until daylight Saturday to continue the investigation.

The deceased is reported to be 57 year old Ernest Daniel MacRae.



LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO CLEAN BOAT HARBOUR EFFLUENT PONDS
Saturday 18th April 2015

A new bill tabled in yesterday's sitting of the legislature is welcomed news for those of Pictou Landing First Nation.

Chief Andrea Paul says there have been promises of Boat Harbour effluent ponds being cleaned up, but with the bill, it's closer to becoming a reality.

This is the first time such legislation has been tabled, and the bill says the facility will be closed by January 2020.



DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES LAID IN ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
Saturday 18th April 2015

A police investigation has resulted in the arrests of five people in Annapolis County for drug trafficking.

Those charged are accused of trafficking hydromorphone. The charges came after the execution of a search warrant at a home in Greenwood.

Charges include possession for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking in a controlled substance.



ANNUAL DAY OF MOURNING THIS TUESDAY
Saturday 18th April 2015

The Annual National Day of Mourning ceremony for people killed or injured as a result of accidents in the workplace will be held next Tuesday, April 28th.

In Pictou County, an event will be held at 6:00pm in Trenton Park.

Over 1,000 men and women die each year in Canada as a result of workplace injuries.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 18
Saturday 18th April 2015
The Dieppe Commandos have won the Kent Cup. The team swept the Truro Bearcats in four games after last nights 5-2 win at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. They'll now represent the MHL at the Fred Page Cup in Cornwall, Ontario from April 28th-May 3rd.
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Chris Stewart has resigned as head coach of the Pictou County Junior Scotians after five seasons. It’s believed Stewart stepped down because of time constraints. Team Governor Walter Smith said the hiring process for the Scotians’ new coach will begin as soon as possible. The Scotians join the Junior ‘A’ Crushers and Weeks Major Midgets as teams on the hunt for a new bench boss.
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Pictou County Lightning Midget girls are hosting the BNS provincials this weekend in New Glasgow. The weekend games take place at NNEC.
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 9:00 AM Riverview vs Pictou County
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 10:30AM Steelers vs Slam
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 12:00PM Tigers vs Shooting Star
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 1:30PM Jr. Marauders vs Pictou County
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 3:00PM Steelers vs Shooting Star
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 4:30PM Tigers vs Slam
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 9:00 AM 1st Pool 1 2nd Pool 2
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 10:30 AM 2nd Pool 1 1st Pool 2
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 1:00 PM Losers 9:00 game vs Losers 10:30 game
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 3:00 PM Winners 9:00 game vs Winners 10:30 game

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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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The North Nova Stars are doing a bottle drive today from 9-3. Bottles or cans can be dropped off at the John Brother MacDonald stadium, or arrangements can be made to have them picked up. There will be a BBQ and a 50/50 draw on Saturday at the west side Sobeys as part of this fundraiser. Bottles can also be dropped off at Golden Penny in Blue Acres between now and Saturday. To make arrangements for your bottles to be picked up please call Freddy MacKay at 902-754-1918.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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Anyone interested in coaching Water Polo, a coaching certification course will be held at the Pictou County YMCA on April 25, from 9am to 6pm. The cost of the clinic is $60. For further information please contact Mike 902-752-0202 ext 223
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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BRITISH SAILORS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AT CFB SHEARWATER
Friday 17th April 2015
Four members of the British Royal Navy are in custody today on charges alleged they participated in "a group sexual assault" at CFB Shearwater last week. The men, identified as Craig Stoner, Darren Smalley, Joshua Finbow and Simon Radford, are all confirmed as British citizens. Speaking outside Dartmouth court today, Crown attorney Scott Morrison says the men have been charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm. Morrison says the men were arrested yesterday and were in Nova Scotia participating in a hockey tournament with local Armed Forces personnel. Morrison says a duty counsel lawyer is negotiating with the Crown on bail terms and the men are scheduled to return to court on Monday to continue those negotiations.


AECON GROUP AWARDED TWO CONTRACTS IN MINING DIVISION
Friday 17th April 2015
Construction and engineering company Aecon Group, which operates the facbrication facility on the harbour in Pictou, says its mining segment has been awarded two contracts worth a total of 110-million dollars. One of the contracts is to install mechanical equipment, piping, and electrical and instrumentation systems at the K+S Legacy potash project in Saskatchewan. The other is for general site services at  a Vale processing plant in Newfoundland. Terms of the individual contracts weren't disclosed. 


NSLC RETREAT CANCELLED
Friday 17th April 2015
A 140-thousand dollar retreat planned for NSLC managers has been cancelled after the opposition Progressive Conservatives complained about the event as an example of wasted spending. Finance Minister Diana Whalen announced today that the Crown Corporation will examine different ways to bring the 220 managers together to discuss their five year plan. Whalen says the NSLC leadership understands that just days after a budget filled with cost-cutting measures, crown corporations should be expected to follow suit with their spending decisions. Pictou East MLA and Opposition Finance Critic Tim Houston called the cancellation the right move, but still questions how the government could have been caught unaware by the planned retreat to a Cape Breton resort.


POLICE YOUTH PROGRAM HITS MAJOR MILESTONE
Friday 17th April 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police, Halifax Regional Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Thunder Bay police youth programs will be in Tatamagouche this weekend (April 17 to April 19) for the 6th Annual Police Youth Training Weekend. Approximately 90 young people from across the country will be at the Tim Hortons Camp in Tatamagouche to learn leadership and outdoor training. The various groups will work together over the weekend to learn valuable skills in leadership and partnership building. Constable Ken Macdonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police say this year's event is an important milestone, as the program will host its 1000th youth.


MORE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CARIBOU HARBOUR
Friday 17th April 2015
Ottawa has announced another 60 million dollars over the next two years to improve harbours around Nova Scotia. Cental Nova MP Peter MacKay made the announcement in Pictou this morning. Among the projects to receive funding is the completion of the breakwater at Caribou Ferry. MacKay says the projects will provide a safer and more efficient working environment for harbour users and local fishermen.


PROVINCE SAYS THEY WILL CLOSE BOAT HARBOUR BY 2020
Friday 17th April 2015
The province has introduced legislation today to close the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility by January 2020. Last June, a leak was discovered in the pipeline carrying wastewater from the Northern Pulp mill to the treatment facility at Boat Harbour. Meetings between the government and the Pictou Landing First Nation led to government promising to put a timeline for the closure of the treatment facility into law within a year. Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul says she is cautiously optimistic.

By 2020, the treatment facility will stop receiving wastewater from the mill. Planning for the remediation of Boat Harbour is already underway, and some parts of the estuary could be treated earlier to test different technologies. The treatment facility has been operating for five decades and Pictou Landing First Nation has long advocated for its closure.


PROVINCE TO BAN FLAVOURED TOBACCO, BUT E-CIGS OK FOR NOW
Friday 17th April 2015
The province is banning the sale of flavoured tobacco, including menthol, with minor exceptions. E-cigarettes, e-juice and certain cigars will be exempted.

Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says banning the sale of flavoured tobacco will discourage a culture of tobacco use among Nova Scotians, especially young people, and protect their health. He says there are still concerns about e-cigarettes and e-juice and he encourages Ottawa to take swift action to regulate these products nationally.

The new legislation will come into effect May 31st, the same time as legislation that prohibits using e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places and bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.


PUMP PRICES UP
Friday 17th April 2015
Fuel at the pumps is a little pricier this morning. A litre of regular self-serve has inched up to $1.109. Diesel has gone up three cents to $1.067 per litre.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 17 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Friday 17th April 2015
It's do or die time for the Truro Bearcats. The Dieppe Commandos won again at home 3-2, and are just one win away from the Kent Cup. The Bearcats will try to stave off elimination tonight at the RECC Centre.
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Chris Stewart has resigned as head coach of the Pictou County Junior Scotians after five seasons. It’s believed Stewart stepped down because of time constraints. Team Governor Walter Smith said the hiring process for the Scotians’ new coach will begin as soon as possible. The Scotians join the Junior ‘A’ Crushers and Weeks Major Midgets as teams on the hunt for a new bench boss.
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Pictou County Lightning Midget girls are hosting the BNS provincials this weekend in New Glasgow. Play gets under way at two locations Friday night and then the action shifts to NNEC.
Friday North Nova Education CTR 6:00 PM Riverview vs Jr. Marauders
Friday New Glasgow Academy 6:00 PM Slam vs Shooting Star
Friday New Glasgow Academy 7:30 PM Steelers vs Tigers
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 9:00 AM Riverview vs Pictou County
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 10:30AM Steelers vs Slam
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 12:00PM Tigers vs Shooting Star
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 1:30PM Jr. Marauders vs Pictou County
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 3:00PM Steelers vs Shooting Star
Saturday North Nova Education CTR 4:30PM Tigers vs Slam
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 9:00 AM 1st Pool 1 2nd Pool 2
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 10:30 AM 2nd Pool 1 1st Pool 2
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 1:00 PM Losers 9:00 game vs Losers 10:30 game
Sunday North Nova Education CTR 3:00 PM Winners 9:00 game vs Winners 10:30 game
Please come out and support the girls as they try to bring a provincial banner to Pictou county!
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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The North Nova Stars are doing a bottle drive this Saturday from 9-3. Bottles or cans can be dropped off at the John Brother MacDonald stadium, or arrangements can be made to have them picked up. There will be a BBQ and a 50/50 draw on Saturday at the west side Sobeys as part of this fundraiser. Bottles can also be dropped off at Golden Penny in Blue Acres between now and Saturday. To make arrangements for your bottles to be picked up please call Freddy MacKay at 902-754-1918.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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Anyone interested in coaching Water Polo, a coaching certification course will be held at the Pictou County YMCA on April 25, from 9am to 6pm. The cost of the clinic is $60. For further information please contact Mike 902-752-0202 ext 223
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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MAN DIES IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENT
Thursday 16th April 2015
Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan is sending condolences after a 57 year old man died while on the job in Hants County today. Regan says her heart goes out to the man's family and friends during this extremely difficult time. RCMP say officers were called to a road in the Falmouth area around 7:15 a.m. today. Police say the man from Ellershouse, who worked on a farm, was struck and killed by a tree he was cutting down on a work site. His name has not been released pending the notification of family. The provincial Labour Department is also investigating, but foul play is not suspected. This is the seventh workplace fatality this year. In 2014, 19 Nova Scotians died at work or as the result of a work-related illness.


INVESTIGATION INTO MILLER DEATH NOT TO BE REOPENED
Thursday 16th April 2015
Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab has accepted the recommendations of two independent reviews into the death of 17-year old Clayton Miller almost 25 years ago. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Matt Bowes concluded in his review there is no evidence to warrant re-opening the investigation into Miller's death after police responded to an outdoor drinking party in New Waterford in May 1990. Ronald MacDonald, director of Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team, found no evidence of police wrongdoing in Miller's death. Both reviews, which examined information brought forward by a former nurse, found no evidence of foul play or that police were responsible for his death.


THREAT OF FLOODING STILL SIGNIFICANT
Thursday 16th April 2015
The Emergency Management Office for the province is warning that there is still a significant risk of flooding in some areas as temperatures continue to rise. Mark Furey, the Minister responsible for the EMO, says Nova Scotians should do their part to prepare for potential flooding by ensuring that their storm drains are cleared of snow and debris.


PICTOU MAN FACES CHILD LURING CHARGE
Thursday 16th April 2015
Pictou County District RCMP have laid two sex-related charges against a 50-year-old Pictou man. On April 12th, RCMP responded to a complaint of a 16-year-old Pictou County male having sexual relations with an adult male in the Town of Pictou. Two days later, computers and other electronic equipment was seized at a Pictou residence following a search.

Richard Brian Nelson was arrested on Tuesday without incident. He faces two charges including Luring a Child and Permitting Sexual Activity within a residence. He was released from custody on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on May 25th. The investigation continues.


ALLEGED MALL ATTACK PLANNERS BACK IN COURT NEXT MONTH
Thursday 16th April 2015
The case involving two people accused of plotting an attack at a Halifax shopping mall has been adjourned until May. Twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath (Sue-VANNA-rath) of Geneva, Ill., and 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax each face charges including conspiracy to commit murder. Court is set to resume May 12 for further discussion ahead of a preliminary inquiry tentatively set for June.

Outside court, Crown lawyer Shauna MacDonald says police are still disclosing evidence and much of it is in the form of social media reports. A Crown document alleges the offences took place between Jan. 6 and Valentine's Day. The Crown alleges the offences involved the Halifax Shopping Centre and were carried out in concert with James Lee Gamble, a 19-year-old man found dead in his Halifax home.


PROVINCE TO SHORTEN WAIT LIST FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN
Thursday 16th April 2015
The province will create between twenty and twenty-five more spaces in a program for young children with autism. This means children who will start school in 2016 at age six will be able to get treatment. Twenty-five of those children are on a wait list now. The Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention program helps children with autism develop skills they need before they start school.


MAITLAND & WENTWORTH ALSO PRESENT HUB PLANS TO SCHOOL BOARD
Thursday 16th April 2015
Along with River John, two other school groups made presentations to the CCRSB last night.

Representatives of the Maitland Community Hub School Association shared ideas on how to make their school financially viable. They made suggestions on how to generate revenue to offset the low enrolment rates including CCRSB shared staffing, leasing space to external tenants, and improvements to energy efficiency.

Their goal is to raise $108,000 to cover the costs the CCRSB would save from closing their school. Should the board approve their plan, the group estimates their school would be financially viable by 2019-2020.

Representatives from the Wentworth School Sustainability Association explained their hub model would present no increased costs to the board. One idea to use the available space in the school was for elected officials to use it to hold information sessions for their constituents. The group explained the available space was only confirmed four months ago, which didn't provide sufficient time to produce a marketing analysis. If approved, they plan to begin programs in the 2015-16 school year.

The Chignecto Central Regional School Board will announce their decisions concerning the hub proposals by 10 June.


NO EX IN ANTIGONISH THIS SUMMER
Thursday 16th April 2015
This year's Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition has been cancelled. In a release this morning, the Exhibition's board says they cannot stage the EX because the Antigonish Arena, where it is usually held, is undergoing renovations between the first of June and the end of September, and there isn't another viable location.


SALT SPRING COLLISION LEAVES TWO HORSES DEAD
Thursday 16th April 2015
Two horses have died after a motor vehicle collision early this morning in Salt Springs. RCMP were called out after 5:30 am following reports of two horses on the side of the road near the 2700 block of Highway 4. They found a vehicle also on the side of the road nearby. The driver was able to walk away from the vehicle, but was transported to Aberdeen hospital for observation. Police continue their investigation.


RIVER JOHN SCHOOL GROUP MAKES THEIR CASE
Thursday 16th April 2015
Dressed in hockey jerseys and shirts emblazoned with RJCS logos, the River John Support Our School Committee made an impassioned presentation aimed to keep the school from closing. There were about two dozen supporters in the crowd -also dressed in the school logos- who accompanied the main presenters Sherri Fitch and Valerie Suidgeest to the meeting.

Fitch says instead of a traditional business model approach, they took what she called an educational approach. An outdoor learning initiative was among the ideas to make the school more viable in an educational sense. The school already has a garden and outdoor classroom, but this proposal would see renewable resources used to create additional spaces such as nature trails to maximize use of the school grounds.

To further improve energy efficiency, a $10,000.00 grant has been approved to purchase solar panels for the school from Bullfrog Energy if the hub is approved. The committee has already received donations from several renowned artists who have donated their pieces to the proposed art gallery and cafe that would be put in pending the hub approval.

The committee says with their suggestions, curriculum outcomes implemented by the CCRSB and Department of Education could be met from grades primary to nine. The amount River John needs to cover operating costs is $173,600.00.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 16
Thursday 16th April 2015
The Truro Bearcats have their work cut out for them, as they are behind 2-0 in the best of 7 final against the Dieppe Commandos series. Game three is tonight in Dieppe, then back to Truro Friday for game four.
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On Tuesday evening, the NNEC girls basketball spring league tipped off with 2 exciting games. In the first game of the evening, team blue defeated team white 44-41. Top scorers for team blue were: Courtney Smith 11 points, Allison Murphy 10 points, and Sarah Allard 8 points. Top scoreres for team white were: Shalena Floyd 20 points, Courtney Cruikshank 7 points, and Karielle Floyd 6 points.  In the second game, team Red defeated team Lime 52-46. Top scorers for team Red were Alyson Fulton 11 points, Hayley Earle 11 points, and  Katelyn Biron 10 points. Top scorers for team Lime were Kendra MacKinnon with 24 points, Abbie Delaney 6 points, and Spencer MacDonald with 6 points. Games take place every Tuesday evening at North Nova Education Centre!
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Pictou County Athletics sent 25 athletes to the Atlantic Indoor Championships in Moncton recently. The team placed second overall. The following athletes had excellent results:
Kelsey Hann- 12/13 yrs 6th- 60 m, 1st- long jump
Taylor Mattinson- 14/15 yrs 1st 60 m, 1st 300 m, 1st 200 m
Hailey Fahie- 14/15 yrs 3rd 800 m
Gen Lemieux-16/17 yrs 2nd 800 m, 3rd 1500 m
Allie Sandluck-12/13yrs 2nd 1200 m, 1st 2000 m
Jordan Landry- 16/17 yrs 1st 60 m Hurdles, 3rd 800 m
Megan Graham-16/17 yrs. 2nd 60 m Hurdles, 4th 60 m, 1st 400 m
Olivia Pretty-16/17 yrs 3rd 60 m Hurdles, 3rd 60 m
Maria Garcia-Mira-16/17 yrs. 5th 60 m Hurdles
Tatum McLean- 16/17 yrs 1st weight throw, 2nd shot put
Alyssa MacNeil 18/19 yrs 1st 60 m, 1st 200 m
Lauren MacLeod 14/15 yrs 3rd 200 m, 4th long jump
Madison Murray 18/19 yrs 3rd 400 m
Breanna Sandluck 16/17 yrs 2nd 1500 m, 2nd 3000 m
Carlin Purvis 16/17 yrs 4th shot put
Alex Moore 14/15 yrs 1st 60 m, 1st 300 m, 3rd 200 m
Ethan MacDonald 12/13 yrs 1st 800 m, 1st long jump, 1st 1200 m *Ethan broke the Nova Scotia provincial record in the 12/13 yr 1200 m race. His time was 4:05:81. The previous record was 4:32:26.*
Raymond Simpson 14/15 yrs 1st 1200 m, 1st 2000 m
Kaelan Schmidt 16/17 yrs. 1st high jump, 1st triple jump
Logan Coulet 18/19 yrs. 2nd 60 m, 2nd 200 m, 1st high jump
Peter Corbin 16/17 yrs 1st 3000 m, 2nd 400 m
Tony Corbin 35+ 1st 60 m
Dave MacLennan 35+. 1st 800 m, 1st 1500 m
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The Pictou County Squash Club is holding an Open House for YMCA members at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton today from Noon to 2pm. Learn about the sport – the first 50 Y members to sign up get 50 percent off an annual membership. Bring gym sneakers and eye protection and come try out!
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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The North Nova Stars are doing a bottle drive this Saturday from 9-3. Bottles or cans can be dropped off at the John Brother MacDonald stadium, or arrangements can be made to have them picked up. There will be a BBQ and a 50/50 draw on Saturday at the west side Sobeys as part of this fundraiser. Bottles can also be dropped off at Golden Penny in Blue Acres between now and Saturday. To make arrangements for your bottles to be picked up please call Freddy MacKay at 902-754-1918.
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Hike Nova Scotia’s fourth annual Hiking Summit will take place April 24 to 26 in Scotsburn. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The deadline for registration is April 20, 2015. Learn more and register here: www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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Anyone interested in coaching Water Polo, a coaching certification course will be held at the Pictou County YMCA on April 25, from 9am to 6pm. The cost of the clinic is $60. For further information please contact Mike 902-752-0202 ext 223
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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NEW GLASGOW SEEKS EARLIER CLOSING TIME FOR CABARET
Wednesday 15th April 2015
The Town of New Glasgow is looking to the Utility and Review Board to help them in dealing with a situation in the downtown core. Mayor Barrie MacMillan says allowing the Roseland Cabaret on Provost Street to operate as it does under its current license, is creating problems. MacMillan says he does not want to see the Roseland shut down altogther, but instead wants to have its closing time brought forward from 4am as it currently stands. MacMillan says acts of vandalism and assault need to be addressed, and he hopes changes to the license for the Roseland Cabaret are made when it comes before the URB at an as yet to be determined date.


HONORARY CHAIRS NAMED FOR 2015 MARATHON OF RESPECT AND EQUALITY
Wednesday 15th April 2015
The organizing committee for the sixth annual Marathon of Respect and Equality named this year's Honorary Co-Chairs.
Henderson Paris, who began the Run Against Racism 26 years ago, and Arlene MacDonald, Executive Director of the Pictou County Women's Resource and Sexual Assault Centre, are being recognized for their contributions to the community.
Organizing Committee Member Peter White says Paris and MacDonald exemplify the theme of the MORE, “We're Not Afraid” with their courage to tackle life's challenges with strength and confidence.
The MORE will take place 7 May throughout Pictou County, starting in Pictou early that morning.


HMCS IROQUOIS TO BE RETIRED 1 MAY
Wednesday 15th April 2015
The retirement of a long-serving vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy will be celebrated at the beginning of next month.
On 1 May, the HMCS Iroquois will be paid off after over four decades in service.
The retirement of the vessel to make way for newer ships with greater capabilities has been anticipated for some time as a step in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.
Maritime Forces Atlantic is issuing an invitation to all serving and retired members who have served on the HMCS Iroquois to RSVP to attend the ceremony.


NS FILM TAX CREDIT RALLY
Wednesday 15th April 2015

Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Nova Scotia Legislature today to protest cuts to the film tax credit in the provincial government's 2015-16 budget.

Industry workers, supporters, and well known public figures are in attendance with signs, banners and cameras to voice their opinion on the 75% cut to the rebate. Many are saying the changes will kill the industry in Nova Scotia.

Finance Minister Diana Whalen met with representatives from the film community yesterday to discuss the changes, and while there were rumblings that she agreed the changes are unworkable, Whalen says that's not the case.

She added the industry has a problem with the changes, but the government does not.



MAN GETS 30 DAYS IN CUSTODY FOR SKIPPING COURT DATE
Wednesday 15th April 2015
A Trenton man who skipped out on a court appearance last September will spend 30 days in custody as a result.
Tyler Lawrence Chislett was due to appear in court 2 September, 2014 on charges of break and enter and uttering threats but did not attend, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Last month, Chislett was arrested in Quebec, and yesterday was sentenced to 30 days in custody for breaching a court order.
Court heard that while Chislett was a fugitive, he was arrested and sentenced for 11 offenses in Quebec.
The original break and enter charge is still before the court, and will return to Pictou Provincial Court for a preliminary inquiry 23 June, while the uttering threat charge is also awaiting plea.
Chislett will remain in custody on the outstanding charges after the 30 day sentence is completed, pending a bail hearing.


UNION HEAD WARNS OF NURSE SHORTAGES
Wednesday 15th April 2015
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions says a wave of retirements is leading to a shortage of nurses in Nova Scotia. Union president Linda Silas says budget cuts haven't helped — and she says overtime is often used as a crutch to fill staffing gaps. She says Nova Scotia is among several provinces facing a shortfall, with about 185 positions left vacant. Silas says what is happening in Nova Scotia is an "early symptom" of what could happen across the country.


SNOW DAMAGE TO FARMS IN THE MILLIONS
Wednesday 15th April 2015
The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture says the cost of repairing farms damaged by this winter's heavy snowfall is adding up. So far, the federation says the damage assessment has topped 8.5-million dollars — and the group is hoping the government will provide disaster relief. For greenhouse growers, up to 75 per cent of some farmers' buildings have collapsed and are beyond repair. Some maple syrup farmers are dealing with kilometres of snow-covered tubing.


JAIL & PROBATION AFTER MAN CHAINSAWS DECK
Wednesday 15th April 2015
A 35-year old New Glasgow man was sentenced to sixty days in jail Tuesday morning in Pictou Provincial Court for causing significant damage to a deck on a man's home over the weekend. Matthew Gordon Minard pleaded guilty to three charges, including damaging property, possession of a concealed weapon, and breaching a court order in relation to the incident Sunday afternoon.

During the sentencing hearing, court heard that Minard went to the home because he believed that the person who lived there stole money and property from him. Minard and a second man significantly damaged the doorstep to the apartment, using a chainsaw and a hatchet to cut out the support beams.

Along with the 60 days in jail, Minard was given 12 months of probation, and had to forfeit the chainsaw and hatchet. In making his submissions to the court, Crown Attorney Patrick Young said it was fortunate that the man Minard was accusing of the theft was not home at the time of the incident.


NO BAIL FOR B&E SUSPECT
Wednesday 15th April 2015
A 39-year old New Glasgow man accused in a pair of break-ins and thefts from late last month will have to wait until at least Thursday before he can be released from custody. Troy Michael Rector is accused of two counts of break-and-enter with theft from 24 March, and one count of possession of stolen property from the following day.

Rector has been in custody since Friday when he was arrested on a charge of failing to go the New Glasgow Police Headquarters as ordered to on that day. He is still trying to find a lawyer to represent him, and may represent himself when the matter returns to court on Thursday for a bail hearing.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 15 *UPDATED 8:25 AM*
Wednesday 15th April 2015
The Truro Bearcats have their work cut out for them, as they dropped another match in their MHL final to the Dieppe Commandos. The Commandos won 5-2, and lead 2-0 in the series. Game three is back in Dieppe on Thursday, then Friday it's game four in Truro.
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A local athletic club and its director were recognized for their service in the community. Last night, Trenton Mayor and Council honored the work of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club Volunteers with their help in restoration of the gym and facilities at the Club. Mayor Glen MacKinnon also recognized the dedication of Coach Jim Worthen, who has been involved with the club for more than 25 years.
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Pictou County Athletics sent 25 athletes to the Atlantic Indoor Championships in Moncton recently. The team placed second overall. The following athletes had excellent results:
Kelsey Hann- 12/13 yrs 6th- 60 m, 1st- long jump
Taylor Mattinson- 14/15 yrs 1st 60 m, 1st 300 m, 1st 200 m
Hailey Fahie- 14/15 yrs 3rd 800 m
Gen Lemieux-16/17 yrs 2nd 800 m, 3rd 1500 m
Allie Sandluck-12/13yrs 2nd 1200 m, 1st 2000 m
Jordan Landry- 16/17 yrs 1st 60 m Hurdles, 3rd 800 m
Megan Graham-16/17 yrs. 2nd 60 m Hurdles, 4th 60 m, 1st 400 m
Olivia Pretty-16/17 yrs 3rd 60 m Hurdles, 3rd 60 m
Maria Garcia-Mira-16/17 yrs. 5th 60 m Hurdles
Tatum McLean- 16/17 yrs 1st weight throw, 2nd shot put
Alyssa MacNeil 18/19 yrs 1st 60 m, 1st 200 m
Lauren MacLeod 14/15 yrs 3rd 200 m, 4th long jump
Madison Murray 18/19 yrs 3rd 400 m
Breanna Sandluck 16/17 yrs 2nd 1500 m, 2nd 3000 m
Carlin Purvis 16/17 yrs 4th shot put
Alex Moore 14/15 yrs 1st 60 m, 1st 300 m, 3rd 200 m
Ethan MacDonald 12/13 yrs 1st 800 m, 1st long jump, 1st 1200 m *Ethan broke the Nova Scotia provincial record in the 12/13 yr 1200 m race. His time was 4:05:81. The previous record was 4:32:26.*
Raymond Simpson 14/15 yrs 1st 1200 m, 1st 2000 m
Kaelan Schmidt 16/17 yrs. 1st high jump, 1st triple jump
Logan Coulet 18/19 yrs. 2nd 60 m, 2nd 200 m, 1st high jump
Peter Corbin 16/17 yrs 1st 3000 m, 2nd 400 m
Tony Corbin 35+ 1st 60 m
Dave MacLennan 35+. 1st 800 m, 1st 1500 m
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The Pictou County Squash Club is holding an Open House for YMCA members at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton tonight from 5-7 pm and Thursday from Noon to 2pm. Learn about the sport – the first 50 Y members to sign up get 50 percent off an annual membership. Bring gym sneakers and eye protection and come try out!
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is Monday, April 27th from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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The North Nova Stars are doing a bottle drive this Saturday from 9-3. Bottles or cans can be dropped off at the John Brother MacDonald stadium, or arrangements can be made to have them picked up. Also they can be dropped off at Golden Penny in Blue Acres between now and Saturday. To make arrangements for your bottles to be picked up please call Freddy MacKay at 902-754-1918.
Pictou County Lacrosse is holding an organizational meeting tonight at 7:15 at the Wellness Centre. Topics to cover include registration dates, locations, executive positions and volunteer opportunities. Anyone with jerseys from last year are encouraged to return them at the meeting.
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Hike Nova Scotia’s fourth annual Hiking Summit will take place April 24 to 26 in Scotsburn. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The deadline for registration is April 20, 2015. Learn more and register here: www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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Anyone interested in coaching Water Polo, a coaching certification course will be held at the Pictou County YMCA on April 25, from 9am to 6pm. The cost of the clinic is $60. For further information please contact Mike 902-752-0202 ext 223
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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GOVERNMENT TOUTS CHANGES TO HELP SENIORS
Tuesday 14th April 2015

A release has been issued touting investments by the McNeil government to help seniors live more independently in the province.

The release says more families will receive assistance through the Caregiver Benefit Program, which will cost 1.8 million dollars.

3.8 million dollars will go to increased nursing and home support visits, and 1.5 million will go towards the Senior Citizens Assistance Program, which assists low-income seniors.

The government says this will help more seniors stay in their homes longer and remain independent.help more seniors stay in their homes longer and remain independent.



UNITED WAY HALIFAX CEO NAMED AS DEPUTY MINISTER OF BUSINESS
Tuesday 14th April 2015

Catherine Woodman has been named the deputy minister of Business by Premier Stephen McNeil.

She's the President and CEO of United Way Halifax, and a former vice-president at Manulife Financial.

Woodman will be working with the new Minister of Business, Mark Furey.

The department is a combination of Nova Scotia Tourism and the department of Rural and Economic Development, which were recently streamlined in the 2015-16 provincial budget.

Woodman's appointment is effective May 25th.



PC'S SAY LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IS MAKING HEALTHCARE ERRORS.
Tuesday 14th April 2015

Progressive Conservative Health critic Chris d’Entremont says the Liberal government is "playing games" with women’s health care in rural areas.

In a release from the party, they say the McNeil government will not reimburse malpractice insurance fees under the Nova Scotia Physician Master Agreement.

The release says Obstetricians were notified by email that they would not be refunded for 2015, including retroactively for the first quarter.

They say the government offered an interim solution to reimburse some of the fees for six months only.



NDP INTRODUCES BILL TO LIMIT CHANGES TO FILM TAX CREDIT
Tuesday 14th April 2015

The Nova Scotia NDP party plans to introduce legislation today they say will protect the film industry.

After a strong backlash following proposed cuts in the 2015-16 budget, Finance Minister Diana Whalen is holding meetings with representatives from the Nova Scotia film industry.

In a release, the NDP says the legislation will ensure mandatory industry consultation before any changes can be made to the film tax credit. They say The bill would not only apply to the changes the McNeil government introduced, but any potential future changes as well.



RIVER JOHN GROUP TO PRESENT HUB SCHOOL PROPOSAL TO BOARD
Tuesday 14th April 2015
Wednesday is a big day for the River John Support Our School Committee. The group is making its case for a hub school to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board in a special meeting at the Truro Elementary School at 7pm tomorrow night. Representatives from Maitland and Wentworth Schools will also present their proposals to the Board. Each committee will have 30 minutes to present, followed by a 15 minute question and answer session for clarification.


SURVEY SHOWS HUGE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS ARE GOING TO UNIVERSITY
Tuesday 14th April 2015
A new report says nine out of 10 high school students in the Maritimes planned to seek higher education last year, with university being their number 1 choice. About 71 per cent of Grade 12 students said last May that they intended to be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the coming fall. An extra 21 per cent said they would probably do so over the next five years. The authors of the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission report say they were pleased that almost half of the students seeking higher education in the fall chose university.

About 63 per cent said they expected to find a job closely related to their program, but just 14 per cent of said they could likely do it close to home.


YARMOUTH GETTING FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR FACELIFT
Tuesday 14th April 2015
The federal government is spending 500-thousand dollars to revitalize downtown Yarmouth. The money will be spent on landscaping, lighting and other improvements designed to make the area more welcoming to pedestrians and bicycles. As well, new signs, banners and kiosks will be set up to promote the city. The town is also helping to pay for a project to spruce up the facades of up to 35 commercial properties.


FINANCE MINISTER TO DISCUSS FILM TAX CREDIT WITH INDUSTRY TODAY
Tuesday 14th April 2015
The finance minister is taking a hard line ahead of a meeting today with representatives from the province's film and T-V industry. Diana Whalen says the Liberal government's decision to virtually eliminate a key film tax credit is the right move because the province can't afford it anymore. Marc Almon, the chairman of Screen Nova Scotia, says the change to the refundable tax credit will effectively kill the industry. Almon says he remains hopeful — but he says the government should recognize that the 27-hundred jobs in the industry are an asset not a burden.


POTHOLE REPAIRS IN STELLARTON
Tuesday 14th April 2015
During a review of the Town Engineer's report for the public works department, Stellarton town councillors discussed the issues of pothole reparation after a particularly harsh winter. Councillor Simon Lawand mentioned that Old Foxbrook Road should be a priority due to the terrible driving conditions. Mayor Joe Gennoe explained that "cold patching" is currently underway, but permanent work cannot be done until the asphalt plant is open.


SNOW ON FIELDS JEOPARDIZING SPORTS LEAGUES
Tuesday 14th April 2015
Snow on soccer and baseball fields in Pictou County is pushing back the start of sporting leagues in the area, and in some cases jeopardizing sports seasons entirely. Stellarton Recreation Director Paul Corbin gave his monthly report at last night's council meeting, and he mentioned two soccer leagues that are facing significant delays. The Pictou Soccer Club has already announced their season will be delayed until August.

The Northern Nova United Club usually begins in June, but there's concerns that their start could also be delayed due to the snow. Corbin also mentioned the High School baseball league could lose their entire 2015 season because the fields may not be dry in time.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 14
Tuesday 14th April 2015
The Truro Bearcats look to even things up with the Dieppe Commandos in game two of the MHL finals tonight at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Game three is back in Dieppe on Thursday.
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Over the weekend, the NS Women's Hockey League hosted their provincials in Halifax. Terri Ferguson, Jenny Ferguson, Jolene Shaw, Debbie Clarke, Lauren Stiles, Candace Arbuckle and Nicole LeBlanc, all from Pictou County, play for the Brookfield Elks. The Elks finished third this season with Terri Ferguson finishing second in the league with points and Nicole LeBlanc finishing first. The girls had a great weekend going 4-1, winning the championship game in a shootout 3-2 against Truro.
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The Pictou County Lightning Bantam Boys Basketball team captured the Bronze Medal this weekend at the Division 2 Provincials held at North Nova. The Lightning defeated the ABA Celtics from Dartmouth 64-55 in the Third place game. The Lightning finished with a 4-1 record on the weekend with their only loss, a 66-65 defeat at the hands of the eventual champion Canadian Martyrs from Halifax in the semi-final. The Martyrs hit a miracle three pointer with 6 seconds left to dash the Lightning's hopes. The Lightning had earlier wins over Halifax West, Truro and Fall River. Jaren Johnson was named to the tournament All-star team.
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The Nighthawks U14 Girls Volleyball squad won their fifth straight tournament this weekend, taking the U15 Tier 2 Title in Bedford. The girls won their pool, then defeated Dartmouth in the semis and Moncton in the championship. The team is now gearing up for provincials, which take place in two weeks.
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The North Nova Stars are doing a bottle drive this Saturday from 9-3. Bottles or cans can be dropped off at the John Brother MacDonald stadium, or arrangements can be made to have them picked up. Also they can be dropped off at Golden Penny in Blue Acres between now and Saturday. To make arrangements for your bottles to be picked up please call Freddy MacKay at 902-754-1918.
The tall snowbanks are pushing back the start of soccer in the area. The Pictou Soccer Club is postponing the start of its season until August, saying it's unlikely the fields will be dry enough to play on by next month. The same concerns could also delay the start of the Northern Nova United Club, which begins their season in June.
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Pictou County Lacrosse is holding an organizational meeting Wednesday night at 7:15 at the Wellness Centre. Topics to cover include registration dates, locations, executive positions and volunteer opportunities. Anyone with jerseys from last year are encouraged to return them at the meeting.
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Hike Nova Scotia’s fourth annual Hiking Summit will take place April 24 to 26 in Scotsburn. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The deadline for registration is April 20, 2015. Learn more and register here: www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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Anyone interested in coaching Water Polo, a coaching certification course will be held at the Pictou County YMCA on April 25, from 9am to 6pm. The cost of the clinic is $60. For further information please contact Mike 902-752-0202 ext 223
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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LOCAL WOMAN TO GO TO TRIAL FOR BREAKING INTO FIRE HALL
Monday 13th April 2015
A 19-year old Pictou Landing woman accused of breaking in to the New Glasgow Fire Hall last month will go to trial on that and other matters this August.
Hope Denny pleaded not guilty to break and enter and related breaches of court orders through her lawyer this morning in Pictou Provincial Court.
At that time, the trial date of 18 August was set for this and other unrelated matters to which she had previously pleaded not guilty.


PRIESTVILLE MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO DRUG AND WEAPONS POSSESSION
Monday 13th April 2015
A 41-year old Priestville man facing multiple drugs and weapons related charges will go to trial this summer.
Jason Wesley MacAulay was arrested last August when police searched his home and allegedly found cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, and four rifles stored in an unsafe manner.
MacAulay appeared in Pictou Provincial Court this morning and pleaded not guilty to a total of seven charges laid against him.
The trial is set to take place 30 July.


STUDY SAYS BOYS SHOULD BE GIVEN HPV VACCINE
Monday 13th April 2015
A new study suggests the province's decision last week to start inoculating boys as well as girls with the H-P-V vaccine this fall was a good one. A team at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto has concluded that giving the vaccine to boys will pay off over the long term. Their study finds that if all 12-year-old boys in Canada had been vaccinated in 2012, it might have saved the health care system as much as 28-million dollars by preventing cancers of the mouth and throat in that group. Currently, P-E-I and Alberta are the only provinces beside Nova Scotia that offer the H-P-V vaccine to boys as well as girls.


NDP SEEKS REVERSAL OF FILM TAX CREDIT CHANGES
Monday 13th April 2015
NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the Liberal government needs to put the brakes on its plan to slash the film tax credit.
MacDonald says within hours of the announced changes to the credit from 100% refundable to 25% refundable, DHX media announced the closure of digital media studios, and the relocation of filming of programs such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
MacDonald is asking Premier Stephen McNeil to suspend the decision until thte ramifications can be more closely examined.
She adds that Nova Scotia can not afford to lose an entire industry that employs over 2,000 people and generates over $130 million for our economy each year.


CASE AGAINST TEACHER ADJOURNED UNTIL JUNE
Monday 13th April 2015
A former teacher accused of multiple sex-related charges has seen her case adjourned until mid-June.
Thirty-eight year old Carolyn Amy Hood is facing a total of six sex-related charges stemming from complaints investigated in the spring of 2014.
Hood did not appear in Pictou Provincial Court this morning, but through her lawyer, Joel Pink, sought one final adjournment prior to setting dates for a preliminary inquiry.
Crown Attorney Bill Gorman told the court this morning that the preliminary inquiry could take up to 15 days of court time to complete.
Crown and defense are expected to take time between now and 16 June to determine what, if any, submissions can be agreed to prior to the preliminary inquiry to shorten that time.
When the case returns to court in June, dates for the preliminary inquiry will be set.


CLEAN PICTOU AIR WANTS MORE MONITORING OF MILL
Monday 13th April 2015
The head of a local group appealing the Northern Pulp Industrial Approval wants to see more effective monitoring of air quality around the mill and the county. Anne Emmett of Clean Pictou Air says their position since the beginning has been to make sure the mill is following environmental guidelines in a clear and transparent manner.

Pictou Landing First Nation and the mill's management have also filed appeals of the IA. Emmett says that Clean Pictou Air may release the details of their appeal after Environment Minster Randy Delorey gives his response, which has to come no later than 9 June.


LOCAL CHEF TAKES REALITY SHOW A BIT TOO LITERAL
Monday 13th April 2015
Paul Heighton from Stellarton appeared on Chopped Canada over the weekend and although he didn't win the reality show prize money, he certainly walked away with a great experience and an injury. While in the middle of the first round, he accidentally cut off the tip of his thumb. Despite losing time to have his thumb bandaged up, he returned to complete the round and impressed the judgeS, pushing him through to the second round. Unfortunately, during the second round his injury flared up and he became light headed from blood loss and had to forfeit.

Despite the fact that he didn’t win the $10,000 which he had wanted to use to build a community garden, Heighton says the experience was fun and he has no regrets. Heighton was also happy to once again put Pictou County on the national stage.


THREE HOMELESS AFTER TRENTON APT FIRE
Monday 13th April 2015
Three people were forced from their homes after a fire Sunday night extensively damaged a two-storey house containing three apartments in Trenton. Volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross are assisting two women from one apartment with emergency purchases of clothing and food. Both are staying with a friend for now. A man from a second apartment is staying with a relative and Red Cross aid will be offered if needed. The third apartment was vacant. The blaze, at 145 Main Street, was reported around 9 p.m. last night.


LOCALS SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 13 *UPDATED 7:40 AM*
Monday 13th April 2015
The Glace Bay Jr. Miners are on their way to the 2015 Don Johnson Memorial Cup after pulling off a clean sweep of the Valley Maple Leafs in their NSJHL series. Game 4 went Saturday night and ended with a final score of 1-0.
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Game one of the MHL finals went to overtime, with the Dieppe Commandos winning at home 4-3 over the Truro Bearcats. Game two is Tuesday night in Truro at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
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The Maritime Hockey League has announced the dates and location for the upcoming 2015 draft. The draft this season will be hosted by the Campbellton Tigers on June 12 and 13. The league Annual General Meeting will also take place at that time.
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Over the weekend, the NS Women's Hockey League hosted their provincials in Halifax. Terri Ferguson, Jenny Ferguson, Jolene Shaw, Debbie Clarke, Lauren Stiles, Candace Arbuckle and Nicole LeBlanc, all from Pictou County, play for the Brookfield Elks. The Elks finished third this season with Terri Ferguson finishing second in the league with points and Nicole LeBlanc finishing first. The girls had a great weekend going 4-1, winning the championship game in a shootout 3-2 against Truro.
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The Pictou County Lightning Bantam Boys Basketball team captured the Bronze Medal this weekend at the Division 2 Provincials held at North Nova. The Lightning defeated the ABA Celtics from Dartmouth 64-55 in the Third place game. The Lightning finished with a 4-1 record on the weekend with their only loss, a 66-65 defeat at the hands of the eventual champion Canadian Martyrs from Halifax in the semi-final. The Martyrs hit a miracle three pointer with 6 seconds left to dash the Lightning's hopes. The Lightning had earlier wins over Halifax West, Truro and Fall River. Jaren Johnson was named to the tournament All-star team.
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The Nighthawks U14 Girls Volleyball squad won their fifth straight tournament this weekend, taking the U15 Tier 2 Title in Bedford. The girls won their pool, then defeated Dartmouth in the semis and Moncton in the championship. The team is now gearing up for provincials, which take place in two weeks.
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The tall snowbanks are pushing back the start of soccer in the area. The Pictou Soccer Club is postponing the start of its season until August, saying it's unlikely the fields will be dry enough to play on by next month. The same concerns could also delay the start of the Northern Nova United Club, which begins their season in June.
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Pictou County Lacrosse is holding an organizational meeting Wednesday night at 7:15 at the Wellness Centre. Topics to cover include registration dates, locations, executive positions and volunteer opportunities. Anyone with jerseys from last year are encouraged to return them at the meeting.
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Hike Nova Scotia’s fourth annual Hiking Summit will take place April 24 to 26 in Scotsburn. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The deadline for registration is April 20, 2015. Learn more and register here: www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 12
Sunday 12th April 2015
The Glace Bay Jr. Miners are on their way to the 2015 Don Johnson Memorial Cup after pulling off a clean sweep of the Valley Maple Leafs in their NSJHL series. Game 4 went last night and ended with a final score of 1-0.
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Game one of the MHL finals goes tonight in New Brunswick as the Dieppe Commandos take on the Truro Bearcats. Game two is Tuesday night in Truro at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
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The Maritime Hockey League has announced the dates and location for the upcoming 2015 draft. The draft this season will be hosted by the Campbellton Tigers on June 12 and 13. The league Annual General Meeting will also take place at that time.
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins next week in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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The tall snowbanks are pushing back the start of soccer in the area. The Pictou Soccer Club is postponing the start of its season until August, saying it's unlikely the fields will be dry enough to play on by next month. The same concerns could also delay the start of the Northern Nova United Club, which begins their season in June.
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Hike Nova Scotia’s fourth annual Hiking Summit will take place April 24 to 26 in Scotsburn. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The deadline for registration is April 20, 2015. Learn more and register here: www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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FEDS ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO TRAIN ABORIGINALS IN OIL, GAS WORK
Saturday 11th April 2015
The Native Council of Nova Scotia will receive federal funding of $300,000 to help 20 Aboriginal people prepare for jobs in the oil and gas sector. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt made the announcement in Truro yesterday, alongside Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong. The funding is offered through the Skill Partnership Fund, which works to improve skills training and create jobs and opportunities for Aboriginal people.

The program was set to expire on March 31, but government is provided $15 million for projects in the priority sectors as it transitions to begin again in March of next year. At that time, Valcourt says the federal government will give SPF permanent funding of $50 million per year.


MAN WHO FELL IN HFX HARBOUR RESCUED
Saturday 11th April 2015
A man was rescued after falling into Halifax Harbour last night. Halifax Regional Police says officers were called to Upper Water Street at around 11:30 p.m. following reports of a man in the water. Bystanders threw a floatation device to the man, and one of them jumped in the water to assist. One of the first responding officers also jumped in, while another made a lasso with some rope, which was used to pull the man to safety.

Police say the officer involved was treated for minor injuries in hospital and later released. The bystander and victim were not seriously hurt, but remain in hospital for observation.


WALK TODAY IN MEMORY OF REHTEAH PARSONS
Saturday 11th April 2015
Family and friends of Rehtaeh Parsons are holding a march today to remember the young woman on the second anniversary of her death. A facebook page set up to organize the march says the walk begins in Cole Harbour at 1 p.m., and is held to heighten awareness of sexualized violence.

Parsons died on April 7th, 2013, after attempting to take her own life. Parsons' family says the girl was 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted in November 2011 and bullied for months after a digital photo of the alleged assault was passed around her school.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 11
Saturday 11th April 2015
The schedule has been set for the MHL finals. The first game will be on the Dieppe Commandos' home ice tomorrow, with game 2 at the RECC Centre in Truro Tuesday the 14th. Game 3 will be Thursday in Dieppe, then back in Truro for game 4 Friday night. Game 5, if necessary, will be Sunday the 19th in Dieppe. The Bearcats host game 6 on the 21st, with game 7 set in Dieppe Friday the 24th.
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The Maritime Hockey League has announced the dates and location for the upcoming 2015 draft. The draft this season will be hosted by the Campbellton Tigers on June 12 and 13. The league Annual General Meeting will also take place at that time.
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins next week in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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The Pictou County Lightning has a pair of teams involved in the Division 2 Bantam B provincial basketball tournament this weekend. All games are being played at North Nova.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be holding in-person registrations on today from 10am-1pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is available too: it's easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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The tall snowbanks are pushing back the start of soccer in the area. The Pictou Soccer Club is postponing the start of its season until August, saying it's unlikely the fields will be dry enough to play on by next month. The same concerns could also delay the start of the Northern Nova United Club, which begins their season in June.
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Hike Nova Scotia’s fourth annual Hiking Summit will take place April 24 to 26 in Scotsburn. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The deadline for registration is April 20, 2015. Learn more and register here: www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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THREE APPEALS RECEIVED ON NORTHERN PULP INDUSTRIAL APPROVAL
Friday 10th April 2015
Three independent groups have issued appeals to the province regarding the Industrial Approval given to the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point last month. The deadline for appeals was yesterday, and today the province announced that the management group for the mill, as well as the Pictou Landing First Nation and Clean the Pictou Air have all issued appeals. The appeals are being considered through the Department of Environment, and Minister Randy Delorey now has 60 days, until 9 June, to render his decision. However, that still may not be the end of the debate, as an appellant has the option to take their concerns to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia if they disagree with the Minister's decision. Until the decision is finalized, the 2015 Industrial Approval remains in effect.


PROVINCE TO REPEAL OBSOLETE LEGISLATION
Friday 10th April 2015
The province is cutting red tape by repealing 16 pieces of outdated legislation. Minister of Business Mark Furey today introduced the Statute Law Repeal Act, which covers measures in seven government departments and one agency to eliminate unnecessary regulations.

The omnibus bill covers laws that range from the Livestock Brands Act, which allowed the outdated practice of branding livestock, to a cultural foundation and an education communication agency that were never created.

The minister says simplifying regulations is a priority, and the province is taking a multi-year approach to improve and modernize laws and programs to help create a climate that will foster growth.


NEW PHONE SCAM IN THE AREA
Friday 10th April 2015
Phone scammers are striking again in the area. We've had several reports of callers answering what looks like a local number, with a recorded message saying they have won a stay at a Marriott hotel. If they stay on the line, the caller is asked to give their credit card information.

New Glasgow Regional Police indicate that they have received several reports of such a scam ongoing.

Police remind everyone not to give credit card information over the phone if you are unsure of the source. If you've received a call, you can report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.


GAS UP, DIESEL DOWN
Friday 10th April 2015
Fuel prices continue to move in opposite directions this week. The price of regular self-serve is up slightly to $1.099 per litre, while diesel drops two and a half cents to $1.035 per litre.


PROVINCE CUTTING HUNDREDS OF JOBS TO SAVE MONEY
Friday 10th April 2015
The provincial civil service is going to eliminate about 320 full-time equivalent jobs. The province says some of the reductions will be through attrition and vacancies. The cuts announced in yesterday's budget are part of a program review calculated to save 119 million dollars. Layoff notices have been issued to 163 full-time and seasonal workers since February as a part of departmental restructuring. A large number of those layoffs are due to the elimination of the Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Department.

Other restructuring moves see Nova Scotia Lands merge with the Waterfront Development Corporation, while Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia has also been axed. The budget is also allowing a one time market adjustment to tuitions, after which the three per cent cap currently in place will return. Students N-S executive director Jonathan Williams says his organization is expecting "dramatic increases" to tuition as a result.


FALCONER TO APPEAL MURDER CONVICTION IN NOVEMBER
Friday 10th April 2015
Christopher Falconer is going back to court. The News reports that Falconer will appeal his conviction of first-degree murder in January of last year in the death of Amber Kirwan.

Falconer, representing himself, is appealing on the grounds that the jury didn't have reasonable grounds to convict him, and that the trial should have been held in a different venue. He was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years. The hearing at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal will be November 12th.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 10
Friday 10th April 2015
Two Pictou County hockey players have reached the quarter-finals of the QMJHL playoffs. The second seeded Moncton Wildcats, with Lane Cormier of Hopewell in the lineup, will face the Halifax Mooseheads in the quarter-finals. Cormier had one assist in the Wildcats 5-game series victory over Chicoutimi in the opening round. Pictou's Matt Sartoris and the Gatineau Olympiques upset the BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND Armada in the opening round in six games, and now will face the top ranked Rimouski Oceanic. Sartoris, a rookie defenseman, has yet to dress in the playoffs this season. Both series are set to begin tonight.
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The schedule has been set for the MHL finals. The first game will be on the Dieppe Commandos' home ice this Sunday, with game 2 at the RECC Centre in Truro Tuesday the 14th. Game 3 will be Thursday in Dieppe, then back in Truro for game 4 Friday night. Game 5, if necessary, will be Sunday the 19th in Dieppe. The Bearcats host game 6 on the 21st, with game 7 set in Dieppe Friday the 24th.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins next week in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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The Pictou County Lightning has a pair of teams involved in the Division 2 Bantam B provincial basketball tournament this weekend. Games at North Nova begin Friday afternoon.
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex. For more info please email macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
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Spring Training for Bantam and Midget baseball starts this Sunday (April 12) at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Bantam will run from 6pm to 7pm. Midget will run from 7pm to 8pm. Cost is $60 for10 sessions. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Rob Mackay for more information at robertm@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-759-0992.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be holding in-person registrations on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is available too: it's easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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Hike Nova Scotia’s fourth annual Hiking Summit will take place April 24 to 26 in Scotsburn. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The deadline for registration is April 20, 2015. Learn more and register here: www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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RIVER JOHN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL HAS POWER OUTAGE (2:55pm)
Thursday 9th April 2015

A power outage at River John Consolidated School will see students released from classes 30 minutes early today.

Estimated restoration time has been pushed back from 2:45pm to 4:45pm.



NS 2015-2016 BUDGET DELIVERED
Thursday 9th April 2015

The Nova Scotia 2015-2016 budget has just been released to the public, and as Premier Stephen McNeil alluded to, there are several cuts forecast for the next year.

Over 300 civil-service positions have been cut, the majority of which are employees of the department of Economic and Rural Development.

That department and Nova Scotia Tourism are merging to become the Department of Business – headed by Minister Mark Furey.

The highly publicized -and criticized- potential cuts to the Film Tax Credit were made, and what was once a 100% refundable credit has been slashed to 25% of it's previous value.



NS BUDGET TO BE DELIVERED TODAY
Thursday 9th April 2015
It's budget day in Nova Scotia. Premier Stephen McNeil says people should be prepared for some tough measures to bring the province back to fiscal health. The government is aiming to reduce a deficit last projected at 220.6 million dollars. McNeil says the budget will also reshape government services and their delivery.


LAC MEGANTIC RESIDENTS REVIEW CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
Thursday 9th April 2015
Residents of the town where a train derailment killed several people, and destroyed nearly half of the town center will be meeting with their lawyers this Tuesday night to review settlements. Their counsel is following two cases in Quebec court. The first is regarding the class action suit made in the wake of the disaster, but is presently on hold so settlements can be reviewed. The second relates to the bankruptcy of the Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic (MMA) railway company. MMA has offered $293,000,000.00 to residents of the town, but the counsel is presenting an amended plan that hopes to get them even more. The disaster claimed forty-seven lives.


GAS UP, DIESEL DOWN IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 9th April 2015
There was another increase in the price of gas for New Brunswick drivers this morning. Regular self-serve went up 2.6 cents at midnight to a new top price of a-dollar-10.9 a litre. However, diesel is down 7.8 cents a litre and furnace oil has fallen six-and-a-half cents a litre. The price of gas has gone up three weeks in a row in the province. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, which does not always follow the lead of our western neighbors, will be resetting the prices locally as of midnight tonight.


HALIFAX POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING TEEN
Thursday 9th April 2015
Halifax Regional Police are asking for help from the public in locating a missing 14 year old girl.
Ashley Mombourquette has not been seen since late Monday night in her Dartmouth home.
When the family woke up Tuesday morning, Mombourquette was no longer in the residence, and was reported missing a short time later.
She is described as 5 feet 2 inches, 110 pounds with brown hair.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 902-490-5020.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 9
Thursday 9th April 2015
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Two Pictou County hockey players have reached the quarter-finals of the QMJHL playoffs. The second seeded Moncton Wildcats, with Lane Cormier of Hopewell in the lineup, will face the Halifax Mooseheads in the quarter-finals. Cormier had one assist in the Wildcats 5-game series victory over Chicoutimi in the opening round. Pictou's Matt Sartoris and the Gatineau Olympiques upset the BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND Armada in the opening round in six games, and now will face the top ranked Rimouski Oceanic. Sartoris, a rookie defenseman, has yet to dress in the playoffs this season. Both series are set to begin tomorrow night.
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The StFX Athletic Department honored the athletic accomplishments of their varsity athletes Tuesday evening at their annual awards gala at the Charles V. Keating Centre. X-Women rugby athlete Emma Taylor from Sctosburn was named the StFX Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Taylor played lock and helped lead the team to their 17th consecutive league title and fourth national title in team history. The leading try scorer at the CIS championship, Emma was honored as a CIS tournament all-star and most valuable player. She has amassed 103 career points over her five years at StFX and leaves as a two-time CIS All-Canadian and three-time AUS all-star and is the only StFX athlete to win three CIS national titles. Emma becomes the fifth X-Women rugby player to be named the StFX Female Student-Athlete of the Year and first since Tyson Beukeboom won back-to-back awards in 2013 and 2012. X-Men cross country/track & field runner Scott Donald was awarded StFX Male Student-Athlete of the Year honors. The StFX Female Community X-Cellence award was presented to Melissa Gottschall from the X-Women basketball team, while Shane Coupland (X-Men basketball) and Rob Slaney (X-Men hockey) were co-winners of the StFX Male Community X-Cellence award.
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The schedule has been set for the MHL finals. The first game will be on the Dieppe Commandos' home ice this Sunday, with game 2 at the RECC Centre in Truro Tuesday the 14th. Game 3 will be Thursday in Dieppe, then back in Truro for game 4 Friday night. Game 5, if necessary, will be Sunday the 19th in Dieppe. The Bearcats host game 6 on the 21st, with game 7 set in Dieppe Friday the 24th.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins next week in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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The Pictou County Lightning has a pair of teams involved in the Division 2 Bantam B provincial basketball tournament this weekend. Games at North Nova begin Friday afternoon.
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex. For more info please email macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
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Spring Training for Bantam and Midget baseball starts this Sunday (April 12) at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Bantam will run from 6pm to 7pm. Midget will run from 7pm to 8pm. Cost is $60 for10 sessions. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Rob Mackay for more information at robertm@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-759-0992.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be holding in-person registrations on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is available too: it's easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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EASTERN STRAIT REGIONAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK CREATED
Wednesday 8th April 2015
Five municipalities in the strait area and eastern mainland have come together to create the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network.
The REN is a partnership between the provincial government and municipalities which will take a regional approach to economic development by creating an economic strategy, coordinating efforts and focusing on helping businesses in the region grow.
A private-sector board of regional business leaders will be chosen to lead the network and set its strategic direction.
The board will be appointed by a committee of municipal and provincial representatives.
An inter-municipal agreement gives each partner rights and authority, and outlines the governance for the network.
Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, says this is a significant positive step forward for economic development in the region.
The five municipalities involved are the towns of Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury, and the municipalities of Antigonish, Guysborough and St. Mary's.


CHANGES TO VITAL STATISTICS ACT RECOGNIZE TRANSGENDER NOVA SCOTIANS
Wednesday 8th April 2015
Amendments to the Vital Statistics Act will further protect transgender Nova Scotians from harassment and discrimination.
The changes introduced today would eliminate the need for a person to complete sex reassignment surgery prior to changing their sex designation on their birth certificate.
A person would be able to change the gender on their birth certificate with a self-declaration, a letter of support from a designated professional, and in the case of minors, with parental consent.
Kate Shewan, executive director at The Youth Project, says the legislation is an important step forward in recognizing gender identity.
Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey says a petition signed by over 600 Nova Scotians who wanted to see a change to the Nova Scotia Vital Statistic Act was tabled in the legislature in the fall, and this announcement is a cumlination of his promise to take a stand on the issue.


ORAL HEALTH PROGRAM NOT SUPPORTING OLDER TEENS
Wednesday 8th April 2015
A program announced under the previous NDP government that the Liberals had promised to support is no longer in effect, and the current NDP Leader is wondering why.
Maureen MacDonald is criticizing the Liberal government for maintaining the Children's Oral Health Program for those 14 and under instead of expanding it as planned.
The expansion, introduced in the summer of 2013, would have brought the age limit up to 15 as of 1 April, 2015, 16 the following year, and 17 by April 2017.
MacDonald says Premier Stephen McNeil and Health Minister Leo Glavine need to explain why these older teens will not have MSI coverage for dental care as was previously promised.
McNeil commented in August 2013 while in opposition that the plan was one his government would support if elected.


CHANGES TO ELECTIONS ACT INTRODUCED
Wednesday 8th April 2015
Provincial Justice Minister Lena Diab introduced changes to the Nova Scotia Elections Act today which will modernize provincial elections and provide more opportunities to cast a vote.
The changes include the creation of five additional advanced polling days, from two to seven, and permitting constituents to vote at any returning office or advanced poll across the province.
Some of the other changes include a removal of the ban on advertising on Election Day, nominations will close six days earlier, and voters will be able to register online or by telephone.
The amendments are based on the recommendations of the chief electoral officer following the general election held in October 2013.


STABBING IN HALIFAX'S SOUTH END
Wednesday 8th April 2015

A 20 year old man is facing weapons and assault charges after an incident on Spring Garden Road.

A 27 year old Halifax man was treated for non-life threatening injuries after he was stabbed during a fight involving several people last night.

The suspect ran away, but was chased by witnesses and eventually arrested by police.

He's due in court today.



FORMER WEST HANTS CAO CHARGED WITH FRAUD
Wednesday 8th April 2015

A nine month investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Former West Hants Chief Administration Officer.

Cheryl Chislett was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud over $5,000.00 and breach of public trust.

The RCMP says the municipality contacted them after noticing irregularities in their financial records from June of last year.

Chislett was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Windsor provincial court on April 28.



SCOTIABANK CLOSING BRANCH IN NEW GLASGOW
Wednesday 8th April 2015
Scotiabank is closing one of its New Glasgow branches in the fall. At last night's Committee of the Whole Meeting, Mayor Barrie MacMillan relayed correspondance from Scotiabank that the company is consolidating its New Glasgow business into the Provost Street branch as of September.

The new arrangement will include expanded hours for Provost Street, including Saturdays. A Scotiabank ATM will remain in the West End.


COUNTY COUNCIL TALKS HIGHWAY TWINNING *UPDATED 7:25 AM*
Wednesday 8th April 2015
A discussion was held last night at Pictou County Council on the subject of road tolls for highway twinning. Councillor Leonard Fraser talked about changes made to highway 101 to Yarmouth and how instead of twinning, there was rumble strips put in the middle of the road, and increased signage has helped improve conditions in his personal experience. He theorized that the cost would be far less than twinning.

Councillor Robert Parker - a staunch supporter of highway tolling – says it's time for the issue to become a provincial priority. He described how during a drive to Halifax the road conditions were undesirable, but he felt safer knowing if he veered off the road, he would most likely just need a tow truck to help him out. He said that wouldn't be the case if it happened, and a car was coming in the opposite direction on a single-lane highway.

Highway 104 has always been a hot topic at county meetings. Since 2009, there have been 165 accidents and fourteen fatalities on the stretch of the road in the Sutherland's River area.


NEW GLASGOW APPOINTS REPS TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Wednesday 8th April 2015
New Glasgow Councillors Henderson Paris and Nancy Dicks have been appointed as the town's representatives on the Pictou County Economic Development Commitee. All six municipal units will have representation in the group.

Councillor Trudy Vince told the Committee of the Whole meeting last night her concerns that this new committee might be duplicating the work of other development groups, but the consensus from council is that, as they understand it, the group will first look to see how the various economic development groups in the county can work together.


NEW GLASGOW TO LOOK INTO TRAFFIC AROUND NEW ACADEMY
Wednesday 8th April 2015
New Glasgow town council is going to look into the issue of traffic around the New Glasgow Academy. Last night at the Committee of the Whole meeting, councillor Clyde Fraser said he has received some concerns from residents about congestion and parking around the new school, particularly when students are being dropped off and picked up.

Mayor Barrie MacMillan and other councellors have not received many concerns themselves, but council asked the traffic department to look into the matter and prepare a report for review by next week.


COUNTY IN GOOD FINANCIAL SHAPE
Wednesday 8th April 2015
A review of the county's financial statements by Auditor Kevin MacDonald was well received by municipal councillors last night, and the general consensus amongst them was the county is in good financial shape. Councillor David Parker asked if there were any findings of misappropriation of funds, to which the auditor responded there was not.


BUSY CRUISE SEASON FOR PICTOU
Wednesday 8th April 2015
During the monthly Committee of the Whole meeting of Pictou Town Council last night, Council heard that 8 cruise ships have already been confirmed to visit Pictou in the 2015 season.

Recreation Director Michelle Young told Council that visits by members of the Pictou County Cruise Committee to a trade convention in Florida helped to generate interest in the port as a destination of choice. Council also heard that three other cruise ship companies may still add Pictou as a destination for trips this year.

Plans are in the works to ensure that the town, and county as a whole, will be prepared for the visits as they occur this summer.


NEW CONSERVATION RULES FOR SALMON FISHERMEN
Wednesday 8th April 2015
Recreational fishermen in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia can only fish for Atlantic salmon on a catch-and-release basis this year. Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says the rule should help conserve stocks. She says anglers will also be required to use artificial flies with a single barbless hook during the salmon season. The number of Atlantic salmon has declined by 69 per cent over the past 42 years, down to about 600-thousand fish.


HOUSE ARREST FOR ASSAULT
Wednesday 8th April 2015
A man who pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and sending death threats by text message was sentenced to a 12 month Conditional Sentence Order yesterday in Pictou. Darius Blinkhorn had previously admitted to his role in the incident which left another man with two broken vertebrae and a head injury in March, 2014.

During the sentencing hearing in Pictou Provincial Court yesterday, court heard how the victim had begun a relationship with Blinkhorn's ex-girlfriend in the weeks following their break-up. The defense introduced evidence that this fact, combined with Blinkhorn's history of mental health issues, exacerbated the situation to the point of the attack taking place.

As a result, Judge Del Atwood concluded that proper sentence was nine months of house arrest followed by an additional three months under Conditional Sentence Order. Blinkhorn is also ordered to pay nearly 19-hundred dollars in restitution to the victim to cover medical expenses incurred as a result of the incident.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 8
Wednesday 8th April 2015
The schedule has been set for the MHL finals. The first game will be on the Dieppe Commandos' home ice this Sunday, with game 2 at the RECC Centre in Truro Tuesday the 14th. Game 3 will be Thursday in Dieppe, then back in Truro for game 4 Friday night. Game 5, if necessary, will be Sunday the 19th in Dieppe. The Bearcats host game 6 on the 21st, with game 7 set in Dieppe Friday the 24th.
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The Nighthawks U14 Girls Volleyball continue their perfect season after winning the U14 tournament in Bridgewater over the weekend. The team was 10-0 in the round robin, and defeated Acadia in the final. That puts the girls' season at 40 wins with no losses!
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins next week in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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The Pictou County Lightning has a pair of teams involved in the Division 2 Bantam B provincial basketball tournament this weekend. Games at North Nova begin Friday afternoon.
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex. For more info please email macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
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Spring Training for Bantam and Midget baseball starts this Sunday (April 12) at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Bantam will run from 6pm to 7pm. Midget will run from 7pm to 8pm. Cost is $60 for10 sessions. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Rob Mackay for more information at robertm@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-759-0992.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be holding in-person registrations on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is available too: it's easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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MLA WAGES TO BE FROZEN
Tuesday 7th April 2015

Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen has introduced amendments in the legislature today that will see the wages of MLA's frozen for three years.

The changes to the House of Assembly Act will cover elected officials only.

In addition, the public service award, which goes to employees who are resigning or retiring and immediately accepting a pension, will be frozen.

The public service award currently amounts to one week's salary for each year of full-time work up to 26 weeks.



PICTOU COUNTY NATIVE TO APPEAR ON "CHOPPED CANADA."
Tuesday 7th April 2015

Nova Scotia Community College graduate, and Pictou County's own Paul Ambrose-Heighton will be making his television cooking debut this Saturday night.

The 35 year old is appearing on hit show 'Chopped Canada,' and is hoping to win the $10,000.00 prize.

If he wins, he says he plans to create a community garden to give back to the community who supports his business.



GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
Tuesday 7th April 2015

Premier Stephen McNeil and Education Minister Karen Casey have announced a series of new programs that will be available to students across the province.

"Brilliant Labs" will be opening in all eight school boards starting this September.

A government release touted the openings, saying students will have the opportunity to gain skill and experience in engineering, metal and woodworking among other experiences.

Brilliant Labs is a non-profit organization, and already works with 200 schools in New Brunswick.



NEW STANDARDS SUGGESTED FOR NOVA SCOTIA POWER
Tuesday 7th April 2015

A new bill was introduced in todays sitting of the legislature to impose service standards on Nova Scotia Power.

Pictou East MLA, and Progressive Conservative Energy critic Tim Houston brought the bill forward, and the party is calling on the government to follow through on the promises of former Energy minister Andrew Younger.

Younger promised the Liberal government would implement service standards. Since then, Younger has resigned and the legislation was not on the Liberals’ 2015 legislative agenda.

PC leader Jamie Baillie says the government should pass the bill immediately, and quote "the gouging of Nova Scotia families has to stop."



NEW BRUNSWICK MAN TO GO TO TRIAL ON WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES
Tuesday 7th April 2015

A Moncton man facing charges related to drug and weapon possession, and uttering threats will be tried this summer in Pictou.

Fifty-three year old Valmont Antoine LeBlanc wad arrested in New Glasgow this past December.

The court document alleges that LeBlanc was in possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, and a knife at the time of his arrest.

LeBlanc did not appear in Pictou Provincial Court this morning, but entered not guilty pleas through his lawyer, Ed Patterson.

Patterson told the court that he may not be representing LeBlanc at the time of the trial, but Judge Del Atwood told Patterson to inform LeBlanc that the court date of 10 August should be considered "etched in granite.”



MANY MEDALS FOR LOCAL NSCC SKILLS COMPETITORS
Tuesday 7th April 2015
Local community college students picked up hardware of their own at the recent Nova Scotia Skills competition. In fact, Pictou campus alumni swept the podium in cabinetmaking, as Luke Jackson won the gold medal, Ken Kennedy silver, and Jeff Pertus bronze.

Seven students and alumni from NSCC Pictou campus recently medalled in skills competitions. Cory Mailman (apprentice/alumni) won gold in Precision Machining, while Matt Langille took and Nashon Birt took silver and bronze in CNC Machining. Cosmetology student Ashley Corbett won bronze for Ladies’ Creative Cut & Style in February.

The Nova Scotia Skills Competition is held province-wide each spring to showcase skills in more than 40 trade and technology areas, such as heavy duty equipment repair, landscape and gardening, plumbing, automotive service and electronics. Gold medalists advance to the National Skills Competition, which will be in Saskatoon this May.


PACKAGES FOR EX-HEALTH AUTHORITY EXECS COULD COST MILLIONS
Tuesday 7th April 2015
The first bill for merging nine health authorities could be nearly five million dollars in severance. The Chronicle Herald reports that more than 70 executives, including CEOs and vice-presidents, received word their jobs would be eliminated under the new provincial board. Tony Kiritsis of the Health and Wellness Department said Monday that final numbers won’t be ready until year-end financial records are complete in a few months.

Kiritsis says more than a third have found other jobs with the Health Authority, while others were under contract and therefore not entitled to severance. The current estimate for severance is a one-time cost of $4.8 million.

During the 2013 election, the Liberals said the merger would save the system $13 million a year to be reinvested in front-line health care, but Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine said last June that it could take up to 10 years before the province realizes savings at that level.


TRURO WOMAN CHARGED WITH HOT PIZZA ASSAULT
Tuesday 7th April 2015
A 29-year-old woman has been charged with assault with a weapon after allegedly smearing a hot pizza slice into the face of another woman early Sunday morning in Truro. 22-year-old Paige Beaudry was burned by hot cheese and sauce from a pizza that had just been taken from an oven at The Pizza House. The incident happened as Beaudry was in line at the restaurant just after 2:15 a.m. Police responded after receiving a call and they later located Beaudry at a nearby bar. Photos on social media show what appear to be several burns on her face. Truro Police Constable Andrew Frost says the 29-year-old woman appeared at the police station Monday and was charged. She was released on a promise to appear in Truro provincial court on May 13.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 7 *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Tuesday 7th April 2015
It's going to be the Dieppe Commandos vs the Truro Bearcats in the MHL final. Dieppe finished off the Miramichi Timberwolves last night in game 6 of their series, winning 3-2 in OT. Last week, the Bearcats swept the Valley Wildcats. The schedule for the league final will be announced soon.
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The Nighthawks U14 Girls Volleyball continue their perfect season after winning the U14 tournament in Bridgewater over the weekend. The team was 10-0 in the round robin, and defeated Acadia in the final. That puts the girls' season at 40 wins with no losses!
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
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Congratulations to the Westville Miners Midget B and coaches for a fabulous hockey season, topped off with winning the SEDHMA Accord division gold medals on Sunday. From your very proud parents, families and fans.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins next week in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be holding in-person registrations on Tuesday, April 7th from 6pm-8pm and another on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is available too: it's easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


TRAILER PARK BOYS TO MOVE IF TAX CREDIT KILLED
Monday 6th April 2015
One of the best-known television shows filmed in Nova Scotia may be moving on.
The Trailer Park Boys say their show could no longer be filmed here if the province cuts a film tax credit.
Mike Smith, Rob Wells, and John Paul Tremblay, better known as Bubbles, Ricky, and Julian, recently posted a video asking the government to preserve the credit and also launched an online petition.
Their appeal to the province has picked up some significant star power.
Rapper Snoop Dogg has retweeted a post from the trio, and the petition had about 17-thousand signatures by early this afternoon.


PIZZA FESTIVAL SET TO RETURN TO PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 6th April 2015
After the success of the 2014 Pictou County Pizza Festival, the unique local spin on the flat disc of food will be celebrated again later this month.
The date for the 2015 Pictou County Pizza Festival has beet set, with six locations battling for the title of the County's Favorite Pizza on 25 April, beginning at 7pm at Glasgow Square.
The Rotary Club of New Glasgow and Pulse Pictou County are partnering to present this year’s Festival as a fundraiser to support Rotary and Pulse efforts towards community improvement.
The six competing restauants are Acropole, Cafe Italia, Crossroads Country Market, Greco, Pictou County Pizza, and Pizza Delight.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow.


BOY SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES FROM HOUSE FIRE
Monday 6th April 2015
A nine-year-old Cape Breton boy has died following a weekend house fire in Port Hawkesbury.
Emergency crews responded to the fire Friday evening.
The boy and his mother were taken to a nearby hospital, and later sent to hospital in Halifax.
He passed away early this morning.
The boy's mother remains in hospital.
Port Hawkesbury Fire Chief Curtis Doucet indicates that the damage was in the kitchen and upstairs of the home.
The cause of the fatal blaze remains under investigation.


FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR WESTVILLE FAMILY DISPLACED BY FIRE.
Monday 6th April 2015

A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up to aid a Westville family after a fire destroyed their home the night before Easter.

A relative set the page up with a $10,000.00 goal. The family has already been overwhelmed with donations, and they've told East Coast FM they have no room to store any more goods donated by the community, as they have two hotel rooms full of items.

The fire displaced the family consisting of two adults and five children, ages 12 and under.

Here is the link to the page:
http://www.gofundme.com/r2j5aug?fb_action_ids=10153159641281469&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_ref=undefined



STUDY SHOWS MOST NOVA SCOTIANS NOT AWARE OF EFFORTS TO KEEP GRADS IN PROVINCE
Monday 6th April 2015
A study commissioned by the province says a large majority of residents are unaware of new programs aimed at keeping post-secondary graduates in the province, and some are questioning the effectiveness of the province's plan to retain the grads. The survey, conducted last year by Corporate Research Associates, said 63 per cent of the 400 people surveyed expected the new programs aimed at retaining graduates to be only moderately successful. The study, obtained by The Canadian Press through access to information legislation, also found that a large majority of those surveyed were unaware of new graduate retention initiatives. Those include changes to the province's apprenticeship program and increased summer job opportunities for students. Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says the government has made an effort to inform young people of their options through social media campaigns. Regan says the graduate retention programs are achieving their intended goals and that the government is working to change attitudes about the new programs.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 6
Monday 6th April 2015
The Miramichi Timberwolves are still alive in the MHL Playoffs, after picking up a win they needed to stay alive Saturday night. The game went into overtime with the Timberwolves netting a goal to end it 6-5. That series is now 3-2 for Dieppe, with game 6 tonight in Miramichi, and the Truro Bearcats waiting in the wings for the league final.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be having in-person registration Tuesday, April 7th from 6pm-8pm and another on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm also at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex.

Online registration is also open. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th.
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins next week in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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A clinic for slo-pitch and fastball umpires will take place April 12 at Riverside Education Centre in Milford. Registration will be at 9 a.m., with the clinic to start 30 minutes later. The clinic is for new and returning umpires, who are asked to bring a home plate hat and mask. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 485-6733.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca



CONFEDERATION BRIDGE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS *UPDATED AT 6:22am*
Sunday 5th April 2015

The Confederation Bridge is now open to all traffic.



HOUSE FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Sunday 5th April 2015

A family from Westville has been displaced by a house fire.

The blaze happened last night shortly after midnight.

The couple and their five children are being assisted by the Canadian Red Cross.

There were no injuries.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 5
Sunday 5th April 2015
The Miramichi Timberwolves are still alive in the MHL Playoffs, after picking up a win they needed to stay alive last night. The game went into overtime with the Timberwolves netting a goal to end it 6-5. That series is now 3-2 Dieppe.
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The Glace Bay Jr. Miners defeated the Valley Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their best of 7 playoff series last night at the Emera Centre Northside. The final was 6-3.
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex.
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Athletes from Special Olympics Pictou County had an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and compete with other athletes from across the province this past weekend. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a new sport for the province. Pictou County Dragonflies Rhythmic Gymnastics athletes participated in their first away from home skills and development workshop. Coaches Sheri Scott and Lesley Sobey were very proud of their athletes’ personal achievements. The basketball development weekend was also a huge success with many new athletes and coaches attending the event. The Special Olympics Summer Games will be in Halifax July 10th, 11th and 12th at St. Mary’s University. For more information about registration day or teams and activities, please contact Regional Coordinator, Jill Cameron at jgcameron@eastlink.ca or (902) 759-1970.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins this month in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be having its first in-person registration tonight from 6pm-8pm. There will also be in-person registrations on Tuesday, April 7th from 6pm-8pm and another on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration will be open by 5pm tomorrow. Online registration is easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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A clinic for slo-pitch and fastball umpires will take place April 12 at Riverside Education Centre in Milford. Registration will be at 9 a.m., with the clinic to start 30 minutes later. The clinic is for new and returning umpires, who are asked to bring a home plate hat and mask. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 485-6733.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


STUNTING CHARGES LAID IN NEW GLASGOW
Saturday 4th April 2015

The New Glasgow Regional Police have laid stunting charges after an incident last night on East River Road.

A 24 year old Pictou County man is also charged with driving while suspended for the incident that saw him reach speeds of 112km/h in the 50km/h zone.

The stunting charge falls under section 163 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

The driver also faces a fine over $2,000.00 and an automatic six points will be assigned to his driver's record.

Alcohol was not a factor.



LENORE ZANN ADDS TO FILM TAX CREDIT DISCUSSION
Saturday 4th April 2015

NDP MLA Lenore Zann is the latest in a long line of residents, film workers, celebrities, and politicians to give her stance on the proposed cut of the Film Tax Credit in Nova Scotia.

Zann says cutting the credit could have a devastating impact on Nova Scotia's creative economy.

She adds the value of the film industry in Noca Scotia has increased by 2000% since the credit was introduced, and cutting it would more job losses.

The McNeil government has been critical of the Film Tax Credit, and there are concerns it could be cut or altered in the upcoming budget which is to be delivered April 9th.



RCMP ADVISE MOTORISTS TO BE AWARE OF BLACK ICE
Saturday 4th April 2015

East Coast FM has received word from Pictou County RCMP that significant amounts of black ice are being reported in the area. They're advising motorists to be aware of it, and adjust departure times and speed accordingly.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 4
Saturday 4th April 2015
The Dieppe Commandos have a chance to win their Maritime Hockey League playoff series tonight against the Miramichi Timberwolves. They picked up a 3-1 win Thursday to earn a 3-1 series lead. A win tonight advances them in the playoffs.
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex.
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Athletes from Special Olympics Pictou County had an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and compete with other athletes from across the province this past weekend. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a new sport for the province. Pictou County Dragonflies Rhythmic Gymnastics athletes participated in their first away from home skills and development workshop. Coaches Sheri Scott and Lesley Sobey were very proud of their athletes’ personal achievements. The basketball development weekend was also a huge success with many new athletes and coaches attending the event. The Special Olympics Summer Games will be in Halifax July 10th, 11th and 12th at St. Mary’s University. For more information about registration day or teams and activities, please contact Regional Coordinator, Jill Cameron at jgcameron@eastlink.ca or (902) 759-1970.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins this month in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be having its first in-person registration tonight from 6pm-8pm. There will also be in-person registrations on Tuesday, April 7th from 6pm-8pm and another on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration will be open by 5pm tomorrow. Online registration is easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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A clinic for slo-pitch and fastball umpires will take place April 12 at Riverside Education Centre in Milford. Registration will be at 9 a.m., with the clinic to start 30 minutes later. The clinic is for new and returning umpires, who are asked to bring a home plate hat and mask. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 485-6733.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


TEEN HIT BY VEHICLE IN NEW GLASGOW
Friday 3rd April 2015

The New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating after a 16 year old girl was hit by a vehicle last night on Temperance St.

The investigation is still in it's early stages, so no charges have been determined at this point.

The teen was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but at this time an update on her condition is not available.

The vehicle was not damaged, and the driver did not experience any injuries.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR APRIL 3RD
Friday 3rd April 2015

In MHL Action, the Truro Bearcats have made a clean sweep of the Valley Jr. A Wildcats, winning 4-2 last night and taking the series 4-0.

In other playoff news, the Dieppe Commandos picked up a 3-1 win over the Miramichi Timberwolves. That series is now 3-1 Commandos.
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Athletes from Special Olympics Pictou County had an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and compete with other athletes from across the province this past weekend. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a new sport for the province. Pictou County Dragonflies Rhythmic Gymnastics athletes participated in their first away from home skills and development workshop. Coaches Sheri Scott and Lesley Sobey were very proud of their athletes’ personal achievements.

The basketball development weekend was also a huge success with many new athletes and coaches attending the event. The Special Olympics Summer Games will be in Halifax July 10th, 11th and 12th at St. Mary’s University. For more information about registration day or teams and activities, please contact Regional Coordinator, Jill Cameron at jgcameron@eastlink.ca or (902) 759-1970.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins this month in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1.

For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-695-2940. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be having its first in-person registration tonight from 6pm-8pm. There will also be in-person registrations on Tuesday, April 7th from 6pm-8pm and another on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm.

All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration will be open by 5pm tomorrow. Online registration is easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt.

Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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A clinic for slo-pitch and fastball umpires will take place April 12 at Riverside Education Centre in Milford. Registration will be at 9 a.m., with the clinic to start 30 minutes later.

The clinic is for new and returning umpires, who are asked to bring a home plate hat and mask. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 485-6733.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca



GO CLEAN GET GREEN 2015 LAUNCHES
Thursday 2nd April 2015
The formal launch ceremonies for the 2015 version of Go Clean Get Green were held in two Pictou County elementary schools today.
The annual event, which is part of Clean Across Nova Scotia, is a community driven rally to clean up Pictou County as the snow mels and we prepare our homes, businesses, and communities for the summer season.
Jim Shaw, one of the founding organizers of the event, explains that the dates for this year have moved, and been extended.
Shaw says the snow still on the ground means that an April date is not practical, while two days did not provide for enough flexibility.
Therefore, the dates for this year have been set as 18-23 May.
The launches took place at Scotsburn Elementary and AG Baillie Schools earlier today.
Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the dates.


NEW SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCED ON AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
Thursday 2nd April 2015
School staff working with students with autism spectrum disorder have more support as a result of a new regional training course launched today, World Autism Awareness Day. The new e-learning resource is available in both English and French and includes 40 hours of online content that provides consistent training across all four Atlantic provinces.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says educators now have a resource to help them gain more experience, knowledge and skills.


CAR VS PEDESTRIAN COLLISION SENDS TEEN TO HOSPITAL
Thursday 2nd April 2015
A 16-year old girl was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a vehicle while walking on Temperance Street in New Glasgow yesterday evening.
EHS, New Glasgow Fire Department and New Glasgow Regional Police responded to the scene.
The collision occurred between 8:30pm and 9:00pm last night when the vehicle being driven by a 69-year old man hit the girl.
There was no damage to the vehicle, and the man was not injured.
Police continue to investigate.


PC'S WANT CONFLICT OF INTEREST COMMISSIONER RESPONSIBLE TO LEGISLATURE
Thursday 2nd April 2015
PC House leader Chris d’Entremont says the Conflict of Interest Commissioner should be made an officer of the legislature. Today, d’Entremont is introducing amendments to the Conflict of Interest Act. The bill seeks to enhance accountability and transparency by requiring the Conflict of Interest Commissioner to report to the legislature. D'Entremont says Nova Scotia is the only province where the Conflict of Interest Commissioner is not an Officer of the Legislature.

Last fall, the PCs introduced a similar bill that would make the Freedom of Information watchdog independent, but it did not pass.


PROVINCE CHANGING CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Thursday 2nd April 2015
The provincial Civil Service Act is being updated for better human resource management and immigration support. Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis introduced the amendments today. The changes will clarify the authorities of deputy ministers to improve day-to-day operations.

Amendments will also remove a preference for hiring Canadian residents, and require that immigrants only have authorization to work in Canada instead of permanent residence or citizenship.


IMPAIRED DRIVER CHARGED AFTER CRASHING INTO SNOWBANK
Thursday 2nd April 2015
A 26 year old Pictou County man has been arrested following a single vehicle accident last night. At approximately 8:30 the Pictou County District RCMP responded to a single vehicle crash on the Brookfield Road in the McLellans Brook area. They located a grey Toyota Corolla crashed into the snow bank along the northbound lane. The man was determined to be the driver and lone occupant.

The man was arrested for impaired driving and administered a breath test, which found him to be nearly twice the legal limit. Charges are pending for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License. The driver was not injured.


HONEY(BEES), HOPE THE SNOW MELTS
Thursday 2nd April 2015
The winter's heavy snowfall could affect honey production. Beekeepers like Scott Stackhouse of Northumberland Honey wonder when their bees will be able to pollenate the flowers again. Stackhouse says this is the most snow he has seen since he started keeping bees a few years ago. His hives are currently feeding off stored honey as they awaken from their hibernation-like state, but if they run out before the flowers bloom, he'll have to bridge the gap by feeding them sugar water or fondant. Stackhouse says a lot depends on what Mother Nature brings in the next few weeks.


TWO CAPE BRETON MLAS LEAVING POLITICS *UPDATED 8:30AM*
Thursday 2nd April 2015
Two veteran NDP members of the legislature are leaving politics. Former speaker Gordie Gosse says he feels he needs to look after his health after undergoing successful cancer surgery last May.

Frank Corbett held many positions including Deputy Premier, Minister of the Public Service Commission, and Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. Corbett says he wants to take on other pursuits and spend more time with his family.


FILL YOUR LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS' BOOTS FOR CHARITY
Thursday 2nd April 2015
With the Easter weekend upon us, Pictou County firefighters will be asking the public to fill their boots. The annual “Fill the Boot” campaign for Muscular Dystrophy takes place across the region today and Saturday with 23 departments taking part. Firefighters and their boots can be spotted at more than a dozen businesses in New Glasgow, Westville, Stellarton, Pictou, River John and Lyons Brook.

The money raised goes to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to support their mission of enhancing the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by providing ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well funded research.


CCRSB RESULTS SHOW AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN AND FIRST NATIONS STUDENTS FALLING BEHIND
Thursday 2nd April 2015
According to its own numbers, Literacy results are poor for self-identified African Nova Scotian or First Nations students within the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. The majority of examinations and assessments showed those two groups are behind the board's overall results. In the reading and writing provincial assessment for Grade 3 students, less than half of the 40 self-identified First Nations students met or exceeded expectations, which was 23 percent behind the overall board results and a 31 percent drop from the previous school year.

Director of Education Services Scott Milner says because of the number of students is small, coordinators are looking student to student to see what can be done to help. Milner says he also wants to see how African Nova Scotian and First Nations students are doing in other boards.


MORE CASH FROM PROVINCE TO YARMOUTH FERRY
Thursday 2nd April 2015
The province has spent another $2 million of the $13 million promised this year to assist the operators of the ferry between Yarmouth and Maine. Economic Development Minister Michel Samson says with the latest payment, Nova Star Cruises has received $4 million of the amount promised for the upcoming sailing season, which begins 1 June. Samson says he also received a verbal agreement from the owners of the vessel, S.T. Marine, for $3 million to be paid back to the province as part of the original contract that relaunched the ferry run last year.

Samson says details of the payment are currently being finalized by lawyers and will be released once a formal deal is struck. Nova Star Cruises says the latest payment will help it cover the costs of a number of expenses including recertification, vessel maintenance and repair, and sales and marketing. Last year, the province spent $28.5 million to subsidize the first season of the ferry, which included a $21-million loan that was supposed to last seven years but was burned through in the first two months of its operation.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 2 *UPDATED 11:00 AM*
Thursday 2nd April 2015
The Dieppe Commandos hold a one game lead in the Meek Division Final of the MHL, Game 4 goes tonight in Miramichi. The Truro Bearcats are prepping their brooms – they can complete a sweep of the Valley Wildcats with a win at home tonight.
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Athletes from Special Olympics Pictou County had an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and compete with other athletes from across the province this past weekend. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a new sport for the province. Pictou County Dragonflies Rhythmic Gymnastics athletes participated in their first away from home skills and development workshop. Coaches Sheri Scott and Lesley Sobey were very proud of their athletes’ personal achievements. The basketball development weekend was also a huge success with many new athletes and coaches attending the event. The Special Olympics Summer Games will be in Halifax July 10th, 11th and 12th at St. Mary’s University. For more information about registration day or teams and activities, please contact Regional Coordinator, Jill Cameron at jgcameron@eastlink.ca or (902) 759-1970.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins this month in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be having its first in-person registration tonight from 6pm-8pm. There will also be in-person registrations on Tuesday, April 7th from 6pm-8pm and another on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration will be open by 5pm tomorrow. Online registration is easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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As the county prepares to host this year's Nova Scotia 55+ Games, Jan Keefe has been appointed Event Coordinator. Keefe has worked with both non-profits and organizations related to servicing older adults and seniors. She was also the Senior Safety Program Coordinator with the Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association between September 2013 and December 2014. The Nova Scotia 55+ Games will be held throughout Pictou County beginning September 17th.
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A clinic for slo-pitch and fastball umpires will take place April 12 at Riverside Education Centre in Milford. Registration will be at 9 a.m., with the clinic to start 30 minutes later. The clinic is for new and returning umpires, who are asked to bring a home plate hat and mask. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 485-6733.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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MOOSE LICENSE LOTTERY APPLICATIONS BEGIN TODAY
Wednesday 1st April 2015

Hunters in search of big game have been eagerly anticipating today's date, as it's the opening day of the annual moose license lottery.

There are 345 licenses that will be available for the hunt that takes place in Cape Breton. Inverness and Victoria Counties are the only place in Nova Scotia where moose hunting is legal.

Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill calls the hunt a tremendously popular tradition, and says it gives a boost to the local economy.

Successful applicants need to be a resident of Nova Scotia, over 18, and have a valid Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources card.

The draw takes place June 18th at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.



PROVINCE SETTLES WITH FAMILY OVER INSURANCE DISPUTE
Wednesday 1st April 2015
The province has reached an out-of-court settlement with the family of Joellan Huntley. The Annapolis Valley woman was left permanently disabled by a 1996 car crash. The province had sued the Huntley family in an attempt to get some of their $1-million insurance settlement put toward the cost of Huntley’s health care it has assumed. The details of the settlement are confidential.

The Department of Community Services is reviewing policies to provide more clarity for these rare cases so other families don't have to go through a drawn-out legal process.


MINIMUM WAGE NOW $10.60/HR
Wednesday 1st April 2015
The minimum wage in the province has gone up. As of today, the minimum wage is $10.60 an hour, an increase of 20 cents. Minimum wage rates are adjusted each year, based on the previous year's national Consumer Price Index. The increase makes Nova Scotia's minimum wage the fifth highest in the country. But there is a lower rate for those with less than three months experience, which increases to $10.10 an hour.


CRASHED PLANE OFF HFX RUNWAY
Wednesday 1st April 2015
An airport official says the wreckage of an Air Canada plane that crashed in Halifax on Sunday has been removed from the runway. Spokeswoman Ashley Gallant says the battered wreck of Flight 624 was taken off the tarmac at Halifax Stanfield International Airport sometime overnight. Gallant says that means it can be inspected to determine if the landing strip needs any work before being reopened to air traffic.

The removal comes a day after the Transportation Safety Board said it had finished its examination of the site where the plane slammed into the ground and then skidded down the runway. The board says it will maintain possession of the aircraft for further examination as it investigates what happened.


STRAIT ICE COULD AFFECT LOBSTER,FERRY SEASONS
Wednesday 1st April 2015
The winter that never ends could affect ferry service and lobster fishermen. Ice conditions in the Northumberland Strait are heavier than usual following a series of winter storms. Ronnie Heighton, president of the Northumberland Fishermen’s Association, says that if winds don't blow the ice out of the strait, the 1 May start of the season may be delayed.

1 May is also the start of the ferry season between Nova Scotia and PEI. Northumberland Ferries VP of Operations Danny Bartlett says he can't remember a year that was delayed due to ice.


FIVE YEAR SENTENCE FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Wednesday 1st April 2015
A New Glasgow man has been sentenced to five years in prison for trafficking drugs. 40 year old Mark Robert MacLean pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of hydromorphone and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, in addition to a charge of trafficking marijuana. He also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, forgery and possession of stolen property.

The charges resulted from a vehicle search 17 December which uncovered drugs and drug paraphernalia. MacLean was arrested and released on bail conditions, but was arrested again on 18 January after police responded to a call at a local Sobeys store that someone was trying to cash stolen cheques. A search of MacLean's vehicle again found small quantities of pills and marijuana as well as stolen cheques.

Crown attorney Bronwyn Duffy noted that MacLean has 36 prior adult convictions, many of which were drug related or thefts and breaches of court orders. Judge Del Atwood accepted the recommendation from Crown and defence for a sentence of five years. MacLean was also fined almost $900 in victim surcharges.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 1
Wednesday 1st April 2015
The Dieppe Commandos hold a one game lead in the Meek Division Final of the MHL after doubling Miramichi 8-4. Game 4 will be in Miramichi Thursday. The Truro Bearcats continue their winning ways, edging Valley 4-3. Truro leads 3-0 in the series, and could wrap it up at home Thursday night.
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The Weeks Major Midgets is searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins this month in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers participated in the Provincial Day of Champions on Saturday, March 28th and came away as silver medalists! The South Shore Ice Sharks won the provincial title in a well-matched game against the Crushers with a final score of 3-2. The Atom A Crushers had an amazing season which included winning silver at the KFC Tournament in Truro, gold at the Antigonish Automobile Association Tournament, finishing first in the Highland Fundy League and winning the North Conference Championship which took them to the Day of Champions!
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The Bantam A Crushers came home with silver in their final game of their season. Playing Saturday evening at the Colchester Legion Stadium in the Provincial final against the Sackville Flyers, the final score was 6-2 for Sackville. Player of the game went to Spencer Nichol. A huge thank you from all the boys and their families to coaches Larry and Ron Turnbull, Terry DeCoff, Kevin Peterson and Manager Pearl Kelly for a very successful season.
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Shout out to the Pictou County Atom AA Crushers who captured the provincial title on the weekend in Truro. Players are Landon Sim, Keefer Avery, Logan Crosby, Blaise MacDonald, Tanner Steele, Joseph Mason, Liam Berthiume, Lucas Canning, Cale Archibald, Jack Noftall, William Fraser, Camden Kelly, Cory MacGillivary, Cameron Young, Michael Law and Thomas Gariepy. Thanks to the coaching staff Jon Sim, Jerry Berthiume, Scott Canning and manager Korey Avery for a great season!
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The Midget A Maripacs won their provincial title over the weekend, with a decisive 7-3 victory. Kiel MacDonald was game MVP with 4 goals and an assist. On Thursday, the Maripacs defend their SEDMHA Odyssey title.
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The Nighthawks U-14 Girls Volleyball team finish March with a perfect record after going 12-0 to win the Saint Mary University U-14 Tournament this weekend. That makes the girls 28-0 for the month.
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The Basketball Nova Scotia U12 Division 5 championships were held this weekend at West Pictou Consolidated School. Stellarton Oak Ridge Royals took home the gold going undefeated in their 5 games. Halifax's Mainland Express, Dartmouth's ABA Celtics, Shelbourne Thrashers, and Valley Shooting Stars all fell to the Royals. The last game saw a great match up between Stellarton and North Preston with Stellarton taking the game 38-36. Tournament MVP went to Marcus MacLeod, Tournament All Star went to Cody MacDougall. Player of the Game awards went to Pierre Aucoin, Brayden MacDonald, and Aaron Hubley. Congratulations also to team members Isak Lannon, Owen Brophy, Kalan Sharpe, Blayse Stevenson, Max MacCallum and Aidan MacPhee for putting up some strong numbers on the boards and playing intense defence! Well done boys! Your coaches and families are very proud!
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A shout out to the Pictou County Lightning basketball U12 boys and girls on their provincial tournaments this past weekend. D5 girls and D6 boys came home with bronze medals, and the D2 girls just missed their bronze but are in 12th place overall in the province! Good showing by all our teams!!
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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The Panthers Volleyball Club's U16 team traveled to Antigonish this past weekend for the 3rd Superseries event hosted by Volleyball Nova Scotia. They came away with three wins and three losses, with two losses going to a tie-breaking third set and within 2 points. Their wins were against Dartmouth in 3 sets, The South Shore Smash in 2 sets, and a nail biter against Bedford Blizzard by scores of 32-30, 26-24. Their strong showing will place them seeded higher in the upcoming Volleyball Nova Scotia Championships taking place in May at the Canada Games Centre.
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A member of the Kanokai Judo Club travelled to Fredericton, NB over the weekend for the Atlantic Judo Championships. Kyle Sutherland of Scotsburn won silver in the under 81 kg division for Male U21. Congratulations to Kyle!
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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