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Showing news for the month of August , 2017

FIREFIGHTERS IN BC NOW BATTLING PROVINCE'S LARGEST EVER WILDFIRE
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
It's a record that nobody wanted broken. Hundreds of firefighters and dozens of aircraft are working to contain the largest wildfire ever recorded in British Columbia's history. Nineteen wildfires have merged in BC's Interior, creating a single blaze that's estimated to be more than 467,000 hectares in size, more than double the previous record holder in 1958. The massive Plateau fire, which stretches 130 kilometres from one end to the other, is located on the Chilcotin Plateau, 60 kilometres west of Quesnel and 60 kilometres northwest of Williams Lake. According to Kevin Skrepnek with the B.C. Wildfire Service, crews are making good progress on the fire, but because it's so large, it's expected to continue burning for some time. There are no major communities affected by the blaze but several smaller rural communities in the Cariboo region are under evacuation orders. Last week the B.C. government extended the state of emergency covering the entire province until Sept. 1.


NS COMPANY GETTING FEDERAL DOLLARS TO HELP BUILD NAVY RESCUE BOATS
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Ottawa is investing more than $500,000 into innovative 12 multi-role rescue boats to be used by the Canadian Navy. South Shore - St. Margaret's MP Bernadette Jordan announced the repayable contribution to Rosborough Boats today. A government news release says the investment, provided through ACOA’s Business Development Program, will allow the rural Nova Scotia business to design a stronger and lighter line of rescue boats and will assist with the design, tooling, and creation of moldings for this line. The release says the new design has captured the attention of governments around the world, increasing the company’s potential for export sales. The boats will be used by the Navy in all conditions where the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships are operated, and it will be primarily used as a fast rescue boat to marshal and tow lifeboats. 


LOCALLY MADE ALCOHOL CONTINUES SALES GROWTH IN NS
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its first quarter results today for the period April 1 to July 2, 2017. Compared to the same time last year, net income was $60.7 million, down $1.4 million, while total sales were up by $800,000 to $158.7 million. The total volume of alcohol sold was down 1.7 per cent and overall customer transactions were down 1.6 per cent. The average dollar value of each transaction increased by 1.9 per cent. Once again, more and more people are buying local: Nova Scotia craft beer sales were up 48 per cent to $3.2 million and local spirit sales, up 103 per cent to $1.2 million. Nova Scotia wine sales, using locally grown grapes, grew by 3.6 per cent to $2.5 million, while sales for Nova Scotia commercial wine, produced here with imported grapes, were up 6.5 per cent to $5.8 million. Ready-to-drink products, mostly ciders made with local apples, increased by 75.7 per cent, to $1 million. A detailed news release can be found on the NSLC website.


REVIEW SAYS CPP PAYMENTS WILL BALLOON OVER THE DECADES, WITH MORE SENIORS LIVING LONGER
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
A review of the nation's largest seniors benefit program predicts that spending will reach all-time highs with waves of baby boomer retirements and Canadians living longer. The report is the first glimpse into how the CPP expansion, phased in over 40 years, will affect old age security. Canada's chief actuary says with more beneficiaries drawing payments for longer periods of time, program spending is projected to hit about 247-billion dollars by 2060. That's almost five times planned spending this year. Stats Canada projects there could be 12-million seniors living in the country by 2061. 


POLICE INVESTIGATE VANDALISM AT NEW GLASGOW BAR
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
A break in at a downtown business overnight has staff shaking their heads. Shenanigan's Pub on Archimedes Street was hit with what appears to be a 2 by 4, which was used to break out two of their front windows. Staff say they have a good idea who committed the crime and New Glasgow Police are investigating.


CIVIL SERVANTS' NEW CONTRACT IMPOSED BY PROVINCE *UPDATED 1:05 PM*
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil announced today that the province has proclaimed Bill 148, the Public Services Sustainability Act. The act was originally passed in December 2015, imposing a wage increase of three percent over four years on civil servants. The act applies to all public sector employers and employees, both unionized and non-unionized, with some exemptions. Physician residents and judges are exempt from the legislation and the act, as proclaimed, does not apply to physicians. Bargaining units with settled collective agreements and non-union public sector employees that are already compliant with the legislative framework, are also exempt. This includes teachers and Crown Attorneys. The decision to proclaim the act came after recent negotiations with the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union reached an impasse. The legislation will also be referred to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to obtain the court's opinion on whether the now proclaimed law is constitutional. The workers, including corrections, child welfare and court employees, rejected the government’s contract offer in a vote held last December and have been without a new deal since March 31, 2015.


BLOOD DONOR CLINICS IN PICTOU COUNTY THIS WEEK
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
This week is a big one for blood donor clinics in Pictou County. Peter MacDonald of Canadian blood services says Pictou County is very generous, but there is a big need for more young donors. Canadian Blood Services are visiting the Pictou Armouries today and Summer Street tomorrow and Thursday. The Summer Street clinics are from 1 until 3 tomorrow and 5 until 8 tomorrow evening. This evening's blood drive at the Pictou Armouries also runs from 5 until 8 pm. For more on that, visit blood.ca


PRIVACY LAWYER WONDERS HOW CREEP CATCHERS-LED CHARGES WILL FARE IN COURT
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
A Nova Scotia privacy lawyer says he’ll be keeping an eye on a recent case involving the Cape Breton Creep Catchers as it heads to court. A member of the group posed as an under-aged girl, and a 31-year-old man was arrested and faces criminal charges after travelling from P.E.I. to meet the girl. He thought he was making arrangements to have sex with the 14 year old girl, but was instead met by the vigilante group, who passed on video to the police. Halifax privacy lawyer David Fraser says he’s interested to see if the charges will stand up in court. Fraser adds police wouldn’t have laid charges if they didn’t believe a conviction was possible. After originally being picked up in Cape Breton, the man has now been charged by police in Charlottetown.


ANOTHER SOLAR ECLIPSE WILL BRUSH BY US - IN SEVEN YEARS
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
For those who didn't get to experience yesterday's solar eclipse first hand, there's another one relatively soon that will be even closer. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will trace a path across parts of southern Quebec, Central New Brunswick, Western PEI, and Newfoundland. Chris Weadick of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada says he expects many of the people who flocked to the central United States to experience the event will head to eastern Canada in seven years. He says seeing the shadow, cast by the moon, move across the landscape and pass by you is something that needs to be experienced in person.


PICTOU AND NEW GLASGOW BLOOD CLINICS TUESDAY, WED AND THURSDAY
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
This week is a big one for blood donor clinics in Pictou County.
Peter MacDonald speaks for Canadian blood services and says there are clinics TUESDAY evening at the Pictou Armories and WEDNESDAY and Thursday at Summer Street Industries.
The Summer Street clinics are from 1 until 3 WED and 5 until 8 WED AND THURSDAY evening.
TUESDAY evening's blood drive at the Pictou Armouries also runs from 5 until 8 pm. For more on that, visit blood.ca


CREEP CATCHERS CASE WORTH WATCHING
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
A Nova Scotia privacy lawyer says he’ll be keeping an eye on a recent case involving the Cape Breton Creep Catchers as it heads to court.
A member of the group posed as an under-aged girl, and a 31-year-old man was arrested and faces criminal charges after travelling from P.E.I. to meet the girl.
He thought he was making arrangements to have sex with the 14 year old girl, but was instead met by the vigilante group, who passed on video to the police. Halifax privacy lawyer David Fraser says he’s interested to see if the charges will stand up in court.
Fraser adds police wouldn’t have laid charges if they didn’t believe a conviction was possible.
After originally being picked up in Cape Breton, the man has now been charged by police in Charlottetown.


PICTOU COUNTY COURTS BUSY THIS WEEK
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
A Halifax man might end up getting some extra professional help after two peace officers were assaulted at the North East Nova Correctional Facility.
35-year-old James Bernard Melvin made a brief court appearance at the Pictou Courthouse yesterday and he'll have another hearing next month to determine if he should be sent for a psyhciatric evaluation.
The two assault charges stemming from an incident at the jail were laid on December 5th of last year.
Melvin's next hearing date is slated for September 7th. A warrant has been issued for a New Glasgow man who hasn't been touching base with his lawyer or the court system.
44-year-old Thomas Edward Hendsbee failed to show up for the judge at the Pictou Courthouse yesterday.
He's charged with stealing from the New Glasgow Walmart and the Sobey's in Stellarton. It's an un-endorsed warrant, which means that when police finally manage to track down Hendsbee, he'll be held in custody until his next court appearance.


OPPOSITION WANTS LIBERALS TO STOP THE HEAD-LONG RUSH TO BUILD NEW PRE-PRIMARY CLASSES
Monday 21st August 2017
The opposition wants the province to hold off their plans to expand pre-primary classes until next fall. The Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats say the lack of information around staffing levels and curriculum so close to the start of the new school year means consultation is needed to ensure the program is sound. Tory education critic Tim Halman says it appears the province is trying to fulfil a campaign promise rather than focus on how to make the program work. NDP education critic Claudia Chender says taking "a step back" would also give the government an opportunity to minimize the effects on private, non-profit providers who fear losing staff to the public system. Last week the Education Department said while school boards are reporting "early interest" in job postings for early childhood educators, several of the competitions were still open. First announced in April, pre-primary became a major Liberal promise in the spring election campaign: the program is to be introduced province-wide over the next four years at a cost of nearly $50 million a year.


ATLANTIC LOTTO BREAK-OPEN TICKETS CONTAIN BAR CODE ISSUES
Monday 21st August 2017
Atlantic Lottery is recalling seven Breakopen games due to a "print process error" by one of its vendors. The corporation says it was made aware of the error by a retailer and immediately began an investigation.
It says a discrepency has been found between the bar codes and the ticket face.
The games affected are Criss Cross 2241;
Flaming 7s Bonus 2244;
Match 3 Bonus 2248;
Super Bar 2240;
Criss Cross 2246;
Vegas Strip 2250;
and Vegas Strip 2251.


SOLAR ECLIPSE TIMES ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NS TODAY *UPDATED 10:50 AM*
Monday 21st August 2017
The Solar Eclipse will be noticeable across our part of the province for just over 2 hours today.  If you’re not equipped with number 14 welding glasses, or special eclipse-approved eyewear, don’t look directly at the sun between the hours of 2:45 and about 4:55 this afternoon.  That’s when the moon will pass over the sun and block out almost half of it. In our region of the Maritimes, it’s only going to block about a third of the sun’s visibility, so it won’t be as pronounced here as it will be in the U-S.  But it can still be dangerous: Debbie St. Onge Joslin didn't think anything of looking directly at a solar eclipse for 15 seconds in 1972. Forty-five years later, one of Joslin's eyes is still blurry all the time, especially when she's trying to read. An a recent appointment, an optometrist told her she has a big black spot on her eyes due to the effects of that eclipse.
So remember that if you plan to take in the eclipse this afternoon, the best bet is to cut a hole in a piece of paper and put your back to the sun. Then let the sun shine through the hole in your paper and watch the moon block out the sun on the ground. Or, wait for the inevitable YouTube videos to be posted tonight.


CONCILIATION TALKS RESUME MONDAY IN SHERBROOKE VILLAGE
Monday 21st August 2017
Employees at Sherbrooke Village in Guysborough County are hoping one last scheduled day of conciliation will help them get a new collective agreement.
The union and the employer, the Sherbrooke Restoration Commission, held conciliation talks last Wednesday and will go back to the table today.
Jason MacLean, president of the Nova Scotia GEU, says he's hopeful a deal will be reached, but that will likely depend on the provincial government.
That's because funding for Sherbrooke Village comes from the province.


TEENAGER IN TRURO COURT TODAY ON MURDER CHARGES
Monday 21st August 2017
A 17-year-old boy appears before a judge in Truro today accused of murder.
The teenager has been in custody for the past couple of days.
A 46-year-old man in Stewiacke was attacked during a household disturbance around 3:30 Friday morning.
His home is located on Main Street East in the town south of Truro.
The boy is facing an official charge of second-degree murder. Police still aren't releasing the dead man's name, but Facebook postings made by his wife, Shelly Woods, say the victim's name is Daniel Handrahan. The teenager was arrested at the man's home.


LATEST SPORTS SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017
Saturday 19th August 2017
The Northern Nova United Soccer Club is welcoming teams from across Nova Scotia this weekend as our local Senior B Women host their provincial championship tournament at the soccer complex in Stellarton. The NNU Falcons Ladies play at noon and 4 pm on Saturday, and 1045am on Sunday, with the bronze and gold medal games at 4pm in Stellarton on Sunday. The team is encouraging their fans to bring donations to the Pictou County Food Bank, and hope to see lots of NNU players donning their jerseys to cheer on the home team.
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The New Glasgow Kinsmen Thorne’s Burners are hosting the provincial U15 Baseball tournament this weekend on the west side of New Glasgow. Teams from Hammonds Plains, Dartmouth, Kentville, Tri-County and Yarmouth are also taking part in the tournament. The winner of this tournament will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic championships, which will be held in Grand Falls, N.L. The Burners' first match is Friday morning at 11:30.
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It's NASCAR weekend at Riverside Speedway in James River. Racing began last night with the Sportsman 100. Today, it's the NASCAR Bumper to Bumper 200, with the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience on Sunday. More details at riversidespeedway.ca.
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PC Lightning Basketball Registration for boys and girls 7 to 17 years old begins today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 1-5 pm. Registration is also on Sunday August 20, and Saturday and Sunday August 26 and 27, also from 1-5pm. There will be a final registration session on September 13 from 5-8 pm. Cost to register is $50 to cover both Skills Sessions and the Season. For those who continue on with the season, a $50 refundable deposit will be required for Jersey at time of team start up and handled by respective team manager/coach.  Skills sessions will run on five consecutive Saturdays beginning September 16.
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The Garrett Holmes 4th Annual Tourettes Syndrome Lobball Tournament Fundraiser is at the Trenton Ballfield this weekend through Sunday. There will also be a dance Saturday night at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am.
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NEW GLASGOW HOME SEARCHED/ITEMS SEIZED IN CHILD PORN INVESTIGATION
Saturday 19th August 2017
Police seized a number of items including a computer and a laptop from a New Glasgow residence yesterday in a search related to a new child pornography investigation. New Glasgow Regional Police, with assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Technological Crime Unit, Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit and the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia executed a search warrant at a New Glasgow residence Friday August 18, 2017 at approximately 8:30 am. The investigation is in its preliminary stages continues. Police remind us that In Nova Scotia, it is mandatory for citizens to report suspected Child Pornography. This means that anyone who encounters pornographic material involving children must report it to the police and failure to report suspicious activity could result in penalties similar to failure to report child abuse set out in the Children and Family Services Act. The RCMP encourages citizens to be a voice for children who are victims of sexual exploitation by reporting any suspected offences to your local police or by using Canada's National tip line for reporting sexual exploitation of children at www.cybertip.ca.


POLICE ASK PUBLIC FOR INFORMATION ON INCIDENTS OF VANDALISM
Friday 18th August 2017
Stellarton Police are investigating incidents of vandalism that have taken place on various signs throughout the town. Ward 1 Town Councilor Bryan McKnight posted photos of the vandalism on Facebook earlier today, describing the actions as disgusting, offensive and disrespectful. Chief Don Hussher says the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Stellarton Police at 902-752-6160.


TEEN ARRESTED IN RELATION TO DEATH IN STEWIACKE
Friday 18th August 2017
A 46-year old man died after being brought to hospital in Truro with life-threatening injuries this morning, and police say they have arrested a 17-year old boy. RCMP say the incident occurred at roughly 3:30 this morning, when Colchester District RCMP responded to a 911 call of a disturbance at a home in Stewiacke. The teen was arrested at the scene. Police are not indicating what relationship, if any, might exist between the suspect and the victim. The RCMP Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit is investigating the death, with help from Colchester District RCMP and the RCMP Forensic Identification Section. 


PICTOU COUNTY'S TOURISM NUMBERS POSITIVE - ECHOING PROVINCIAL TREND
Friday 18th August 2017
The good news about provincial tourism is equally positive in the Pictou County area.
The new numbers show 4-thousand people have stopped at local tourist bureaus in Westville and the Pictou Rotary.
That's up by a whopping 25 per cent over 2012. <
In addition, four cruise ships have been earmarked to visit Pictou Harbour this fall.
They're all from the Pearl Seas line, and the tentative arrival dates for those ships are September 24th, Oct 6th, 14th and 26th.


MURDER SUSPECT TO RETURN TO COURT IN FALL
Friday 18th August 2017
The case of a suspect arrested following an attempted murder in Antigonish County is scheduled to return to court this fall. RCMP say they were first told about the attempted murder in November, 2015, although the actual incident took place early in the morning one week prior to that. Police found a variety of weapons, including a machete, knives and nun chucks, when they searched a home on the Paq'tnkek First Nation in Afton the day after the incident was reported. Police say 20-year old Issiah Thomas Julian of Paq'tnkek faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of dangerous weapons and several breaches.


PROVINCE STILL TIGHT-LIPPED OVER EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Friday 18th August 2017
The province isn't saying how many early childhood workers have been hired -- or even applied for an expanded pre-primary school program set to launch in just a few weeks. The government announced last month that 30 new classes for four-year-olds would be available across the province in the fall. But the Education Department still has no firm numbers on staffing -- saying only that the province's eight school boards are reporting "early interest" in job postings and that several competitions still haven't closed. The Nova Scotia Child Care Association says it remains skeptical there will be enough trained professionals to staff the new classes.


SPORTS AUGUST 18
Friday 18th August 2017
Two close games in Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League this week at the Albion Field in Stellarton. Stacey Ferguson’s first-ever home run was a dandy as her grand slam home run helped the Orioles in their 7-7 tie with the first place Cardinals. Sherry Whytewood and Laura Turner both had a double and single for the Orioles followed by singles from Janey MacLean, Jane Harnish and  Gina Markie . Arden Ehler, Kelly Fraser, Samantha MacDonald, LIsa James, Debbie D’entremont and Shirley Kennedy each had a double and single for the Cardinals while Heather Doubleday, Dawn Cleary and  Alisha MacLeod chipped  in with a single apiece.
Stephanie Heighton provided the fireworks for the Yankees, driving in three runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Yankees edged the Blue jays 11-10 in the evening's second game. Theresa Dewar, Claudette Wolfe ,Christena Stevens and Samantha Williams all had a double and two singles while Carol Hartling, Chelsea Deagle and Cindy Osmond contributed with a single apiece. Judith Rogers and Bev Sheehan paced the Blue Jays with a double and two singles apiece. Other batsmen for the Blue jays were Raylene MacPherson and  Jan Ferguson with a double and single, Heidi MacDonald and Heather Dobleday with three singles and two singles each from the bats of Jill Davidson, Jackie Morrisey, Debbie MacLean and Sonya Henderson.
Action continues Monday evening at 6:30 when the Orioles host the Blue Jays followed at 7:40 with the Yankees hosting the Cardinals.
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The New Glasgow Kinsmen Thorne’s Burners are hosting the provincial U15 Baseball tournament this weekend on the west side of New Glasgow. Teams from Hammonds Plains, Dartmouth, Kentville, Tri-County and Yarmouth are also taking part in the tournament. The winner of this tournament will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic championships, which will be held in Grand Falls, N.L. The Burners' first match is Friday morning at 11:30.
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It's NASCAR weekend at Riverside Speedway in James River. Racing begins tonight with the Sportsman 100. On Saturday, it's the NASCAR Bumper to Bumper 200, with the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience on Sunday. More details at riversidespeedway.ca.
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PC Lightning Basketball Registration for boys and girls 7 to 17 years old begins Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 1-5 pm. Registration is also on Sunday August 20, and Saturday and Sunday August 26 and 27, also from 1-5pm. There will be a final registration session on September 13 from 5-8 pm. Cost to register is $50 to cover both Skills Sessions and the Season. For those who continue on with the season, a $50 refundable deposit will be required for Jersey at time of team start up and handled by respective team manager/coach.  Skills sessions will run on five consecutive Saturdays beginning September 16.
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The Garrett Holmes 4th Annual Tourettes Syndrome Lobball Tournament Fundraiser is at the Trenton Ballfield this Friday through Sunday. There will also be a dance Saturday night at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am.
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Max Ivanov will be returning on August 26 - 30 with 5 of his IHPRO coaches to put on a full 5 day camp. The camp will include 2 hours on the ice each day (Aug 26-29),  Dryland Training in between ice sessions, 1 hour on ice Aug 30. The camp will have a maximum of 90 spots available with 30 Novice Level, 30 Atom Level, 30 Peewee Level players on the ice. The schedule will be as follows, but is subject to minor changes if ice time availability changes: August 26 - 29 (Dryland will be offset to on ice sessions) 2.00 - 3.00 - Novice Group 3.00 - 4.00 - Atom  Group 4.00 - 5.00 - Peewee Group BREAK 6.00 - 7.00 - Novice Group 7.00 - 8.00 - Atom Group 8.00 - 9.00 - Peewee Group August 30 2.00 - 3.00 - Novice Group 3.00 - 4.00 - Atom Group 4.00 - 5.00 - Peewee Group Cost for the camp is $475.00 which will include a IHPRO Jersey and Hat.
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 13 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Matt Nichols ran in one touchdown and threw for another as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won their fourth straight game and handed the Edmonton Eskimos their first loss of the season with a 33-26 victory.
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MLB
Justin Smoak blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.


SEARCH FOR MISSING SENIOR SUSPENDED
Thursday 17th August 2017
East Hants District RCMP say the search for 89-year-old Martin McLearn was suspended late last evening. East Hants District RCMP received a complaint that Martin McLearn was last seen at home around noon on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Over the last four days, Ground Search & Rescue (GSAR) volunteers from Nova Scotia, along with the community volunteers, searched the heavily wooded area using specialized techniques, methodologies and experience gained from previous searches. The Department of Natural Resources helicopter, all-terrain vehicles and RCMP Police Dog Services were also used as part of the search, with assistance from local Conservation Officers. After exhausting all efforts, Ground Search & Rescue volunteers officially concluded their search efforts at midnight. Any new information however could result in GSAR reinitiating a search. "The decision to end any search is extremely difficult and we'd like to extend heartfelt sympathy towards the McLearn family, and a sincere thanks to all the volunteers who came out to assist us in this search." Says Sgt. Dwayne Kelly, Enfield District RCMP. "The dedication, support and determination put in by all the searchers was overwhelming and commendable. We'd also like to thank the family and friends of Mr. McLearn for their support and contribution of food and water to the search teams." East Hants District RCMP is asking the public to contact them if you have any information to assist with this investigation. Mr. McLearn is described as a 5-foot-6 white male weighing approximately 150 to 160 pounds with white hair and blue eyes, wearing glasses, rubber boots, dark workpants and possibly a tan overcoat and cap. McLearn is hard of hearing, may walk with a slight limp and was not operating a vehicle. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. McLearn is asked to call the nearest police department or the East Hants District RCMP at 902-883-7077. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.


SOBEYS BIG RED CHAIRS UP FOR AUCTION IN PICTOU COUNTY - PROCEEDS TO SUMMER STREET
Thursday 17th August 2017
Sobeys Big Red Chair Campaign in Pictou County is helping Summer Street Industries.    Sobeys customers are bidding on the popular Big Red Chairs on display at every Sobeys Store in Pictou County.  Customers have until August 31, 2017 to go to their local Sobeys Store and enter their bid.  The current high bid is listed daily.  The unique collaboration, between Sobeys and DirectioNS started in May, was facilitated by Summer Street Industries.  DirectioNS agencies manufactured the now popular oversized Adirondack chairs which are proximately displayed at each Sobeys Store in Atlantic Canada.  Summer Street’s Trophies & Awards Department provided the name plates on each chair. The chairs were manufactured by organizations like Summer Street that create opportunities for people with disability.  “The collaboration came about through a conversation with Paul MacLeod, VP of Sobeys” said Bob Bennett, Executive Director Summer Street.  “Sobeys has always been a tremendous supporter of our organization and this initiative enabled 30 other charities in Atlantic Canada to benefit as well”.  Bennett also noted that Sobeys ongoing support includes volunteer participation at the Summer Street board level by key Sobeys Executives like Joe Fiander, Barry Hamilton and John Potter.  “In Pictou County it’s all about building strong relationships.  This never would have happened otherwise” he added. To view the Big Red Chairs and enter your bid go to a Sobeys Store near you.


BUDGET TO THE FLOOR OF THE LEGISLATURE 26 SEPTEMBER
Thursday 17th August 2017
The spring budget that was introduced by the provincial Liberals, but never passed due to the election being called, will now be tabled on 26 September, five days after the speech from the throne opens the fall session. Premier Stephen McNeil says the 10.5-billion dollar budget will contain all the measures in the original budget, along with a few additions that are likely health-related. The original document included a tax cut for about 500,000 low and middle income earners by increasing the basic personal exemption by up to $3,000 for taxable income up to $75,000. It also featured a second consecutive operating surplus. Health care was an issue that was largely seen to have contributed to the Liberals' loss of seven seats in the spring vote, which nonetheless returned them to power with the province's first back-to-back majority in nearly 30 years.


MORE TOURISTS IN NOVA SCOTIA THIS JUNE
Thursday 17th August 2017
The numbers for June are in, and it was another successful month for the tourism industry in Nova Scotia. According to the statistics released today by Tourism Nova Scotia, 23-thousand more visitors came to Nova Scotia in June compared to last year, the fourth consecutive year that June numbers have gone up. Tourism Nova Scotia CEO Michele Saran says strong visitor numbers are expected for the remainder of the year. The number of visitors coming in by air rose 18 per cent in June, while the number of people using our highways to get here climbed by 8 per cent. A total of 283-thousand licensed room nights were sold this June, an increase of three per cent over June 2016. That doesn't include private rental services and website who don't reveal their numbers to the government. Preliminary tourism revenue estimates for the year-to-date are just shy of a-BILLION dollars, at 972-million dollars. That totals takes in numbers until the 30th of June, and is 43-million dollars more than at the same time last year.


DRIVER AND PASSENGER ARRESTED AFTER TRUCK RAMS POLICE CRUISERS
Thursday 17th August 2017
Police have arrested and charged a 52-year old Indian Brook man after he rammed his truck into two police cruisers and led RCMP on a short pursuit along Highway 14 earlier this week. Steven Wade Nowe is facing multiple charges, including assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, and two counts of mischief by damaging property over a value of five-thousand dollars. Police received a call of a possible impaired driver just after 4pm on Tuesday in Hardwood Lands, When the police arrive, the truck, allegedly being driven by Nowe, hit two police cruisers, causing considerable damage. Police in two other vehicles engaged in a chase which ended when the truck got caught on a dirt embankment and police arrested two men, the driver and a passenger. Nowe was held in custody and appeared in Truro Provincial Court yesterday where he was ordered to remain in custody unti lanother appearance in court today. The passenger, a 22-year-old man from Indian Brook, is facing a charge of Assault with a Weapon. The investigation is ongoing.


WESTVILLE POLICE UPDATE CRIME STATISTICS
Thursday 17th August 2017
Westville Police have released some numbers showing that criminal investigations have been a mainstay on their list of duties this summer.
The month of July produced 32 criminal investigations for the Westville Force and 10 motor vehicle infractions.
A number of those involved drivers colliding with deer.
Police say there’ve also been too many speeders in residential zones and some vandalism calls this summer, with spray paint used on several public buildings and on properties near Acadia Park.


RANDOM DOORS APPEARING ACROSS NS
Thursday 17th August 2017
There's a mysterious and attractive Red Door that's popped up in downtown New Glasgow near Glasgow Square right next to the Gazebo.
It appeared Wednesday morning and it's creating quite a chatter across Pictou County.
And now New Glasgow's Red Door has a blue cousin, which is located in Amherst. In additon, a purple door is being reported in Enfield.
All three doors are just standing on 2-by-4's with no door knobs and braced up with wooden stilts. The whole thing is creating lots of theories, but no real answers.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED ON FRIDAY
Thursday 17th August 2017
The ER is Tatamagouche will be closed again. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. This makes 21 days since May 30 that the Tatamagouche CEC has been closed. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.


ANTI-TIRE BURNING GROUP GOING TO COURT
Thursday 17th August 2017
A group opposed to burning tires in Brookfield is looking to block the project in court. The group — which calls itself CABOT, or Citizens Against the Burning of Tires — is asking a justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to review the provincial Environment Department's approval of test burning at Lafarge. The request for a judicial review was filed with the court last Friday. The company argues that burning tires in its cement kiln lowers both its costs and its carbon footprint. Opponents say there are broader environmental concerns that aren't reflected in the approval. A court date has been set for early next month when lawyers will discuss a date to hear the application. It's not expected the company will be in a position to start until next year at the earliest.


HEALTH MINISTER WANTS TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR ABORTIONS
Thursday 17th August 2017
Provincial health minister Randy Delorey says abortion access in the province is "out of step" with current practices, and has asked health officials to find ways to improve. Delorey says that women and advocates have raised important issues about access. As a recently-appointed minister, he says it's the first time it's been brought to the new government's attention, and Nova Scotia is out of step with other provinces. Delorey has asked staff at the Provincial Health Authority and the Health Department to look into concerns and report back on how to improve access. The health minister's statement came after a report this week on barriers to abortion access in Nova Scotia, which is the only province that requires a referral for an abortion.


PROVINCE DEALS WITH "HARDWARE FAILURE" THAT AFFECTED THEIR COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Thursday 17th August 2017
The provincial government’s computer system went down for several hours Wednesday after a “hardware failure.” The province says an “internal disruption” affected online services and the government’s internal email system, leaving departments unable to send or receive emails. It says some payments to Department of Community Services and Maintenance Enforcement Program clients were delayed. It says any missed payments will be processed as quickly as possible. The government says the disruption was caused by a hardware failure on equipment that has been replaced, with the system “fully restored” Wednesday afternoon. The government says 911 service was not affected by the outage.


DESMOND FAMILY HOSTING RALLY FOR VETERANS IN SEPTEMBER
Thursday 17th August 2017
Relatives of a former Canadian soldier who killed three members of his family and himself will hold a rally next month in support of veterans who are not receiving the support or resources they need. Lionel Desmond took his own life after shooting his mother Brenda, his 31-year-old wife Shanna, and their 10-year-daughter Aaliyah. Cassandra Desmond, the sister of Lionel Desmond, said in a Facebook post that more needs to be done to prevent such tragedies. The rally is set for September 16th from 12 p-m to 3 p-m at the community centre in St. Andrews.


CAUSEWAY BACKUPS A BIT TOO FREQUENT: MLA MACMASTER
Thursday 17th August 2017
A Cape Breton MLA says traffic tie-ups caused by vessels passing through the Canso Canal this summer are becoming too disruptive for drivers on the Causeway. Allan MacMaster, the PC MLA for Inverness, is calling on Ottawa and Halifax to rethink how passage through the Cabot Strait is prioritized and give more consideration to vehicles traveling on the only road linking the island to the mainland. Under the Navigation Protection Act, priority has been given to commercial and recreational vessels traversing the strait since before the causeway was constructed in the 1950s. According to the coast guard's website, an average of 2,069 ships pass through the canal every year. Locals say the length of time traffic is backed up on the causeway depends on the type of vessel passing through, varying from 15 minutes to an hour. MacMaster said while he understands giving priority to commercial boats, the priority for recreational vessels could be changed. The provincial Transportation Department, which is responsible for the swing bridge's operations, said both levels of government will work to review the opening priorities for the canal.


BC WILDFIRE SEASON WORST EVER
Thursday 17th August 2017
BC is officially going through the worst wildfire season on record. Wildfire Service information officer Kevin Skrepnek says an estimated 894,941 hectares of land has been charred in B.C. since April 1. That eclipses the mark set in 1958, when 855,000 hectares burned. So far $315.7 million has been spent fighting the wildfires, creeping closer to the 2009 number of $382 million. But the news isn't all bad. At its peak, more than 45,000 people were displaced from their homes. As of Wednesday, there are approximately 6,000 people on evacuation order. There have been no new road closures for several days, and several evacuation orders have been either lifted or downgraded to alerts. While it may feel like the wildfires have lost their momentum, conditions in many parts of the province remain tinder dry — meaning the danger is far from over. At least 10 new wildfires have been recorded in B.C. over the last 24 hours. According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, six of those were caused by humans and three were sparked by lightning. One remains under investigation.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 17
Thursday 17th August 2017
Another former Crusher will be playing hockey at the next level, as Bradley Kennedy has announced his commitment to join the Mount Royal College Cougars in Calgary, Alberta. Kennedy spent 21 games with the Crushers last season after leaving the Halifax Mooseheads. Kennedy joins another former Crusher, David Stephens, who is going into his fourth year with the program.
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The New Glasgow Kinsmen Thorne’s Burners are hosting the provincial U15 Baseball tournament this weekend on the west side of New Glasgow. Teams from Hammonds Plains, Dartmouth, Kentville, Tri-County and Yarmouth are also taking part in the tournament. The winner of this tournament will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic championships, which will be held in Grand Falls, N.L. The Burners' first match is Friday morning at 11:30.
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PC Lightning Basketball Registration for boys and girls 7 to 17 years old begins Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 1-5 pm. Registration is also on Sunday August 20, and Saturday and Sunday August 26 and 27, also from 1-5pm. There will be a final registration session on September 13 from 5-8 pm. Cost to register is $50 to cover both Skills Sessions and the Season. For those who continue on with the season, a $50 refundable deposit will be required for Jersey at time of team start up and handled by respective team manager/coach.  Skills sessions will run on five consecutive Saturdays beginning September 16.
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The Garrett Holmes 4th Annual Tourettes Syndrome Lobball Tournament Fundraiser is at the Trenton Ballfield this Friday through Sunday. There will also be a dance Saturday night at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am.
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 13 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on Facebook.


GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS CRASH - NOW RESTORED
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Government systems are now fully operational.  Internal system disruptions earlier today impacted several programs and services including services at Access Centres, web services such as novascotia.ca and novascotia.com, and external emails to and from government. Some payments to Department of Community Services' and Maintenance Enforcement Program clients were also delayed.  The disruption was caused by a hardware failure on equipment that has been replaced.  Now that service has been fully restored, any missed payments will be processed as quickly as possible.  The province apologizes for any inconvenience this disruption may have caused.


PICTOU COUNTY IS FLUSHING HYDRANTS THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Wednesday 16th August 2017
There's going to be flushing of hydrants in the County on Thursday and Friday. The areas affected include Hillside, Priestville/Walkerville, Riverton, Plymouth, Merigomish Road, Westville Road, Munroe Avenue Extension, Mount William and Alma. There may loss of water pressure and discoloration. Residents in those areas are advised to draw water necessary to meet requirements for their needs, and to disconnect power to their water heaters. The flushing will begin at 8am both days.


TRENTON BALL FIELD GETTING FEDERAL MONEY
Wednesday 16th August 2017
The Scotia Park Ball Field in Trenton is recieving federal money to help with upgrades. Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced an investment of more than $67,000 for the Trenton and Area Minor Softball Association to be used for the upgrades, including new lighting and fencing. The total cost will be $135,000. The field has been in the community since the summer of 1971, and is used regularly by schools, recreation programs, various tournaments, private events, and annual events such as the Joe Earle Memorial Road Races in Trenton. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). This project is being partly funded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.


CANADIANS PREPARE FOR PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE NEXT WEEK
Wednesday 16th August 2017
In Victoria, B-C the solar eclipse on Monday will block out 90 per cent of the sun, the largest percentage anywhere in Canada. But that isn’t good enough for enthusiasts from Victoria who are heading for eastern and central Oregon and parts of Idaho to view the event, where the darkness will last about two minutes. The total eclipse, or the so-called path of totality, cuts across the mid-section of the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Canadians will see a partial eclipse starting at about 9 a.m. in British Columbia. The moon will block out about a third of the sun on Monday afternoon in Pictou County, starting about 2:45 in the afternoon and ending just before 5 o'clock. It'll be a stronger eclipse in areas to our west. Toronto will see a 70 per cent partial eclipse, Calgary 77 per cent and Regina 75 per cent, the astronomical society says on its website.


ANOTHER GREAT WHITE SHARK VISITING THE WATERS OFF NOVA SCOTIA
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Another great white shark has been detected off Guysborough County. A tag attached to Savannah, a 210-kilogram shark, pinged this week off Barren Island near Sherbooke. It joins a 600-kilogram tagged shark named Hilton, who has spent more than a week along the south shore, and he most recently pinged Monday night off Peggys Cove outside Halifax. Both sharks were tagged by the research group Ocearch, and are being watched closely through an Ocearch tracking map and their own Twitter feeds with thousands of followers. Ocearch chairman Chris Fischer says white sharks might be using Nova Scotia's Sable Island as a place to mate. The sharks are also likely drawn to the province to feed on seals.


CHARGES LAID AFTER TWO WINDSOR MEN O.D. ON POSSIBLE FENTANYL
Wednesday 16th August 2017
A Windsor man is facing drug trafficking charges after police say two men overdosed on a drug possibly laced with fentanyl. Mounties say officers came upon a 20-year-old man in medical distress early last weekend. While attending to the man, police say a 21-year-old man began showing similar symptoms. Believing the symptoms may have been caused by fentanyl, officers administered the life-saving antidote naloxone to both men, who were taken to hospital by paramedics. A 38-year-old man was later arrested for trafficking in a controlled substance. He'll be answering to a judge next month. Police say it appears the men took what they believed to be "Molly" — also known as ecstasy — but are still trying to confirm exactly what they took.


CONSULTANTS TO HELP FIND NEW PICTOU CAO
Wednesday 16th August 2017
The Town of Pictou is hiring a consulting firm to help it select a new chief administration officer. Council approved a motion on Monday to hire Gerald Walsh and Associates to help with the recruitment of person who will replace outgoing CAO Scott Conrod. Conrod announced earlier this year he is leaving his current position in the fall to work for Kings County in the Annapolis Valley. Council said it would also be involved in the selection process.


HALIFAX PROTEST AT CORNWALLIS STATUE
Wednesday 16th August 2017
More than 100 people gathered in a Halifax park Tuesday to criticize the rise of the white supremacist movement in the United States and recall racism’s role in Canadian history. The gathering took place around the statue of Halifax’s founder Edward Cornwallis, a bronze monument that Mi’kmaq groups have long argued should be taken down. Several speakers drew comparisons between the movement to remove the colonial governor and efforts to take down statues in the southern United States that commemorate leaders of the Confederacy.


EASTERN PREMIERS AND GOVERNORS TO MEET IN CHARLOTTETOWN
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Energy and greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be among the major issues up for discussion when the New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers meet later this month in Prince Edward Island. The Aug. 28th meeting in Charlottetown is the 41st gathering of the group since it was formed, back in 1973. The meeting comes at a time of heightened focus on Canada-U.S. relations, and during current negotiations on NAFTA and softwood lumber. The program includes an energy forum to support a commitment by the premiers and governors to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting is being chaired by P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Vermont Governor Philip Scott.


NEW HALFWAY HOUSE OPENS IN DARTMOUTH
Wednesday 16th August 2017
After a more than two decade search for a new home for federal offenders in the Halifax area, the Jamieson Community Correctional Centre has officially opened. The new halfway house replaces two aging facilities that were cramped and lacking facilities. But unlike the previous facilities which were located near populated residential areas, the Jamieson Centre is on a cul-de-sac in Burnside Industrial Park. The assistant deputy commissioner of Correctional Service Canada said the location was a compromise, given that not everyone wants a halfway house in their neighbourhood. The new halfway house can accommodate up to 40 residents, roughly the same number as the existing facilities, which currently house 32 people. They'll begin transferring to the new centre next week, with the moves expected to be complete by the end of the month. The residents will include offenders on parole, on statutory release and those under long-term supervision orders. They will also include some who have been assessed as a high risk to reoffend by the Parole Board of Canada but have reached the end of their sentences.


IRISH PM COMING FOR CANADIAN VISIT
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Leo Varadkar, Ireland's taoiseach, or prime minister, will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Montreal's Pride parade during a three-day visit that gets underway Saturday. The two leaders met in Ireland in July, shortly after Varadkar took office as the country's first openly gay prime minister. Trudeau says he and Varadkar plan to discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion and how both countries can benefit from the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, which goes into effect next month. Trudeau's office says the Sunday event will mark the first time a foreign leader has joined the prime minister in a Canadian Pride parade. The prime minister stresses the close ties between the two countries, saying more than 4.5 million Canadians claimed Irish ancestry in 2011. He also says the two-way economic links are strong.


MEDICAL STUDY SAYS CERTAIN DRUGS SHOULD NOT BE PRESCRIBED FOR BACK PAIN
Wednesday 16th August 2017
A new review says doctors are prescribing anti-seizure and nerve pain medications for a common type of chronic low-back pain, a non-licensed use, despite a lack of studies supporting their effectiveness. The drugs, known as gabapentinoids, include gabapentin (originally marketed under the brand name Neurontin) and pregabalin (previously sold as Lyrica). Health Canada approved gabapentin to treat epilepsy that isn't controlled by conventional therapy, and pregablin is indicated for types of nerve pain. Both medications are also prescribed for non-licensed uses, including non-specific chronic lower back pain that doesn't involve nerves in the legs and whose cause can't be traced. About 90 to 95 per cent of adults experience low back pain at some point. In Tuesday's issue of the journal PLOS Medicine, Dr. Harsha Shanthanna, an anesthesiologist and professor in the anesthesia department at McMaster University in Hamilton, and his team analyzed eight randomized controlled trials on use of the drugs among adults with chronic low back pain. She says the studies do not show a benefit in treating back pain. Some doctors have been trying these medications for patients who were looking for alternatives to opioids.


SPORTS AUGUST 16
Wednesday 16th August 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added a pair of big defensemen from the Quebec Junior A league, both in trades with the St. Lazare Revolution. Leo Mihalochristas, a 1999 blueliner, is listed as 6'3", 183 lbs, while Domenico Argento, a 1998 defenseman, comes in at 6'3", 203lbs. Argento brings 35 games of experience from the QMJHL with Halifax, while Mihalocristas has one season of Jr A experience under his belt. These additions, along with the earlier acquisitions by trade over the off season of Jordan Ribbink, Donovan Rehill, and Alex Olschewske, and free agent signing of Marc-Antoine Gagnon and Jon Vandermolen mean the Crushers will be coming into 2017-18 with plenty of size both up front and on the blue line.
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The Garrett Holmes 4th Annual Tourettes Syndrome Lobball Tournament Fundraiser is at the Trenton Ballfield this Friday through Sunday. There will also be a dance Saturday night at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca.
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 13 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Marco Estrada has had all kinds of trouble against the Tampa Bay Rays this season. Estrada allowed two homers among 10 hits and walked back-to-back batters with the bases loaded in Toronto's 6-4 loss to its division rivals — Estrada's fourth against the Rays in four starts this year.
Texas 10 Detroit 4
Cleveland 8 Minnesota 1
Oakland 10 Kansas City 8
Seattle 3 Baltimore 1
National League
San Francisco 9 Miami 4
Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 2 Chicago Cubs 1
Atlanta 4 Colorado 3
San Diego 8 Philadelphia 4
Interleague
Houston 9 Arizona 4
N.Y. Yankees 5 N.Y. Mets 4
Washington 3 L.A. Angels 1
Boston 10 St. Louis 4
L.A. Dodgers 6 Chicago White Sox 1


POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE IN SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Kings District RCMP are asking for help from the public in finding a missing 13-year old girl who has not been seen since the early morning hours of last Saturday in Berwick. Police say they do not suspect foul play in the disappearance of Rylee Irene Robinson, however, they are concerned for her well being. Rylee Robinson is described as 5'6”, 110 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Police cannot indicate what she might have been wearing prior to her disappearance. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rylee Robinson is asked to contact Kings District RCMP at 902-765-3317 or 1-800-803-RCMP(7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' ( 274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not tapped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


GERT TO IMPACT SOUTHERN AND EASTERN SHORES TOMORROW
Tuesday 15th August 2017
The second hurricane of the Atlantic season has prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement for the southern and western coasts of Nova Scotia, including HRM. At this time, there are no warnings, watches, or special weather statements in effect for northern Nova Scotia or Prince Edwqard Island. Forecasters believe the track of Hurricane Gert will remain off shore to the south and east of the province, however, storm swells could possibly become an issue along those shore lines. It is expected these swells will begin around noon tomorrow in the tri-county area to the southwest, spreading along the southern and eastern shore toward Cape Breton as the day progresses. Waves could break as high as 2-3 metres along parts of the coast, with rip currents likely. The public, especially swimmers, should exercise caution.


SOUTH RAWDON SENIOR STILL MISSING - SEARCH ONGOING
Tuesday 15th August 2017
An 89-year old South Rawdon man is still missing, and Ground Search and Rescue crews, police officers, tracking dogs, and a helicopter are all assisting in the extensive search going on today in Colchester County. Martin McLearn, who is hard of hearing and walks with a slight limp, has not been seen since around noon Sunday at his home. McLearn is described as five-foot-six, 150 to 160 pounds, with white hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing rubber boots, dark workpants, and possibly a tan overcoat and cap. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the RCMP.


SOBEY FAMILY ASSISTS IN WILDLIFE PROTECTION
Tuesday 15th August 2017
A critical habitat for several endangered species along one of Nova Scotia's most ecologically rich rivers has been protected following a donation from a well-known business family. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says David and Faye Sobey have donated their 30-acre property on the St. Mary's River in Mitchell's Pool, just north of Sherbrooke in Guysborough County. The trust says the property's brooks, swamp and island provide important habitat for a range of wildlife including ducks, forest birds and wood turtles, a species on Canada's endangered species list. It says the donation also protects some of the last mature floodplain forest in the province, a ecosystem made up of large oaks, maples, and yellow birch that provide cooling shade essential for the river's aquatic life. The Nature Trust says the Sobey family, known for starting the now multibillion-dollar Sobeys Inc. grocery business, have been visiting that part of the river for 80 years and they wanted to ensure the lands were kept pristine indefinitely. The new property brings the Nature Trust's conservation network to nine protected areas encompassing over 800 acres of forests and wetlands on the St. Mary's River, which stretches roughly 250 kilometres.


TRURO POLICE LOOKING FOR DRIVER WHO STRUCK A CYCLIST MONDAY NIGHT
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Truro Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a driver who was involved in a collision with a bicycle. Last night around 10 police responded to a car/pedestrian accident at the intersection of Willow and Smith Avenue. A car hit a man on a bicycle as he was crossing the street. The car stopped for a short time but then left the scene. A witness described the car as red. The male on the bicycle was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. If anyone has any information about the driver of the red vehicle, please call Truro Police, Crimestoppers or send a message through to the Truro Police’s Facebook page.


INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY HOLDING NS MEETINGS THIS WEEK AHEAD OF FALL HEARING
Tuesday 15th August 2017
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be in the province this week to meet with victims and families who wish to take part in the process, which is forging ahead amid multiple resignations, trust issues and demands for reform. A team of health, legal and community relations workers are holding community visits today in Halifax, Wednesday in Membertou and Thursday in Millbrook. More visits are planned ahead of a community hearing planned for Halifax the week of October 30.


BONNE QUINZE AOUT!
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Today is National Acadian Day. Acadians have celebrated on this date since 1881. The day will be marked by flag-raisings, community festivals, entertainment and family events designed to bring Acadian culture and history to life. If you're travelling in the Pomquet, Cheticamp or Clare-Digby Regions, look for the Acadian flag to be more prevalent than usual today, and even in what we think of as non-Acadian regions of Nova Scotia, the Acadian flag should be a little more prominent than usual.


NS FIREFIGHTERS HEADED TO BC
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Another crew of Nova Scotia firefighters are heading west. A 21-person crew is flying to British Columbia this afternoon to help control the wildfires that continue to burn across that province. B.C. has been under a state of emergency since early July, and officials are concerned that lightning and high winds will help to spread the more than 160 fires still burning.


ABORTION ACCESS TOUGHEST IN NOVA SCOTIA, SAY ADVOCATES
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada where women need to obtain a doctor’s referral before making an abortion appointment. As a result, dvocates say Nova Scotia is now one of the most difficult provinces in the country in which to access abortion, with women requiring a referral for a surgical abortion, lengthy wait times for the time-sensitive procedure and no provincial coverage for medical abortions using pills. This province also has no private or freestanding abortion clinics located outside of a hospital. Halifax’s Morgentaler clinic, where women had to pay out-of-pocket, closed in 2003. The Pregnancy Termination Unit at Halifax’s QEII Health Sciences Centre — where more than 85 per cent of the province’s abortions are performed — will only book appointments for women who are at least eight weeks pregnant. With few doctors prescribing the abortion pill and no universal coverage of the costly medication in this province — professionals within the system say women looking to terminate early pregnancies are forced to wait.


TROPICAL STORM BREWING, BUT EXPECTED TO MISS MARITIMES
Tuesday 15th August 2017
A tropical storm moving up the American east coast is expected to produce storm-force winds over the southern Grand Banks later this week, but otherwise will not impact our region. Environment Canada meteorologist Darin Borgel says tropical storm Gert is expected to become a hurricane today, but steer well clear of the Maritimes when it passes on Thursday. He says Gert will remain 500 to 600 kilometres off the coast. Gert is the ninth storm since the tropical storm season started June 1, but the first to have any impact on Atlantic Canada. Borgel says the peak of the season is usually at this time of year (in August and September) when the waters of the North Atlantic are at their warmest.


SPORTS AUGUST 15
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Pictou County Ultimate's competitive touring team came 3rd at the Red Island Beach Ultimate Tournament at Basin Head beach in PEI this past weekend. The local team, named "Brown Sauce" representing Pictou County's famous pizza, went 5 and 1 at the ultimate frisbee tournament, which included 16 competitive teams from across the Maritimes. This is the best tournament finish for Brown Sauce to date. Pictou County Ultimate's local co-ed summer league playoffs begins tonight at Parkdale.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca.
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 13 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Josh Donaldson hit an early home run, Nick Tepesch pitched six-plus innings and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to edge the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 in the opener of a four-game series between the division rivals.
Cleveland 7 Boston 3
Texas 6 Detroit 2
Kansas City 6 Oakland 2
Baltimore 11 Seattle 3
National League
Miami 8 San Francisco 3
Chicago Cubs 15 Cincinnati 5
Colorado 3 Atlanta 0
San Diego 7 Philadelphia 4
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 4 N.Y. Mets 2
Arizona 2 Houston 0

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The Toronto Raptors will make their earliest regular-season start in club history this fall. The NBA released its full schedule Monday, and Toronto will start its 23rd season at home against Chicago on Oct. 19 — a week earlier than last season's start.


LIBERALS SPENDING TOO MUCH ON TEMP WORKERS: NDP
Monday 14th August 2017
The NDP accuse the provincial Liberals of wasting money hiring temps. According to documents obtained from the Department of Internal Services, the Liberals spent more than $800,000 for temporary workers at Service Nova Scotia. The New Democrats say it is bad policy to spend so much on temporary work, while the province haven't managed to negotiate a single collective agreement with a major union. A full breakdown of temp costs by department can be found online.


BOY DIES IN SCOTCH HILL ATV ACCIDENT
Monday 14th August 2017
A 5-year-old boy lost his life while out riding a child-sized ATV in Pictou County on the weekend. It happened when the machine apparently flipped over just after the lunch-hour yesterday in Scotch Hill. The boy was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital, but did not survive his injuries. RCMP Corporal Andrew Joyce calls it a “tragic, tragic event for everyone involved.”


TRURO TRUCK THIEF IN COURT AFTER RECKLESS DRIVING
Monday 14th August 2017
A 39-year-old man will be facing some serious onlookers in Truro provincial court this morning. He's there because a stolen truck sped through Truro Saturday night, hitting multiple vehicles and sending people to hospital. The chaos started around 7:30 in the evening, when Truro Police were called about a stolen truck on Walker Street. Officers were then called to a motor vehicle collision on the Esplanade. Police were speaking with the owner of the car that had been struck when the stolen truck drove by. The truck hit several other vehicles and came to a stop after slamming into a power pole near the intersection of King and Victoria streets. The driver ran away from police, but was arrested a short time later. The 39-year-old man will be hearing from the judge in Truro today on several charges, including theft, impaired driving, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, and breach of a court order. An 18-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were also in the truck. The woman had a warrant for her arrest from a previous matter and is now facing a charge of assaulting a police officer. The 28-year-old was released without charge. The three injured people who were in vehicles the truck hit were taken to hospital for assessment, but are expected to be OK.


REPEAL SAFE THIRD COUNTRY AGREEMENT: PQ LEADER
Monday 14th August 2017
The leader of the Parti Québécois is calling for the suspension of the Safe Third Country Agreement amid a surge of asylum seekers arriving at illegal border crossings into Quebec. Under the agreement, the majority of migrants coming from the United States who make an asylum claim at an official border checkpoint in Canada are denied entry since the U.S. is deemed to be safe. As a result, a growing number of asylum seekers are instead arriving at unofficial crossings where they are arrested but not immediately refused entry.  In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Jean-Francois Lisée said that the crisis has become a problem in Quebec and that the agreement needs to be struck down. Lisée's letter comes as the province struggles to handle a growing boom of migrants fleeing the U.S. and showing up at Quebec borders. As of Friday, close to 1,200 people were waiting to be processed at the Lacolle border crossing. The PQ has also questioned Quebec's capacity to accommodate the influx of refugees, while the Coalition Avenir Québec has demanded stricter rules and claimed that the border has become a "sieve". Lisée added that it would be helpful if asylum seekers were granted work permits to be able to support themselves while waiting to see if the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada tribunal accepts their asylum claim.


STUDY SAYS HUNGER AT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS LINKED TO HEALTH PROBLEMS LATER IN LIFE
Monday 14th August 2017
Widespread, prolonged hunger that existed in residential schools is a contributing factor in the disproportionate health issues facing many Indigenous people, according to an article published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Ian Mosby of the University of Toronto, who co-authored the article with Tracy Galloway, say childhood malnutrition experienced in many government-funded schools is contributing to the higher risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease among Indigenous people in adulthood. Residential schools across Canada faced significant underfunding, along with inadequate cooking facilities and untrained staff. Historians and former students have described children getting one or two pieces of stale bread for lunch. Rarely getting meat, rarely getting milk and butter, and few fruits and vegetables. Mosby estimates many students received 1,000 to 1,400 calories a day. A normal range for a child's healthy development is 1,400 to 3,200. Famine studies in China, Russia and the Netherlands show height-stunted youth developed greater insulin sensitivity and lower insulin levels, making them prone to developing Type 2 diabetes. That, paired with hormone changes from lack of food, leads to a greater risk for obesity, chronic diseases and fertility issues, such as future stillbirths. The effects can extend to the children and grandchildren of survivors. Mosby calls on researchers to consider the effects hunger in residential school had on health in their future studies.


SPORTS AUGUST 14 *UPDATED 8:40 AM*
Monday 14th August 2017
Pictou County Ultimate's competitive touring team came 3rd at the Red Island Beach Ultimate Tournament at Basin Head beach in PEI this past weekend. Our local team, named "Brown Sauce" representing Pictou County's famous pizza, went 5 and 1 at the ultimate frisbee tournament, which included 16 competitive teams from across the Maritimes. This is the best tournament finish for Brown Sauce to date. Pictou County Ultimate's local co-ed summer league playoffs begin Tuesday night at Parkdale.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca.
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 13 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The closing ceremony of the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg were held last night at the Investors Group Field, which is home to the CFL's Blue Bombers. A group of nearly 200 members of Team Nova Scotia were led onto the field by flagbearer Zane Clarke, the winner of one gold and three silver medals at the Canada Games. In total, the team finished with 49 medals: 13 gold, 21 silver, and 15 bronze.
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CFL
Saskatchewan 41 B.C. 8
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MLB
Interleague

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run and Ryan Goins doubled to score a pair of first-inning runs as the Toronto Blue Jays cruised to a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
American League
Cleveland 4 Tampa Bay 3
Minnesota 6 Detroit 4
Kansas City 14 Chicago White Sox 6
Houston 2 Texas 1
Oakland 9 Baltimore 3
L.A. Angels 4 Seattle 2
Boston 3 N.Y. Yankees 2 (10 innings)
National League
Miami 5 Colorado 3
N.Y. Mets 6 Philadelphia 2
Milwaukee 7 Cincinnati 4
Atlanta 6 St. Louis 3
Chicago Cubs 7 Arizona 2
L.A. Dodgers 6 San Diego 4
San Francisco 4 Washington 2 (1st game)
Washington 6 San Francisco 2 (2nd game)
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MLS
Real Salt Lake 1 D.C. United 0
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Basketball
Kia Nurse was there when Canada needed her most. Nurse put the Canadian squad ahead for good with just 1:27 to play en route to winning the FIBA women's AmeriCup with a 67-65 victory over Argentina on Sunday. She finished with a team-high 12 points on just 4-of-11 shooting, but hit her biggest shot as Canada trailed 65-64 with the tournament on the line.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 13 AUGUST
Sunday 13th August 2017
Nova Scotia finished the 2017 Canada Games with 49 medals and the province’s third-best medal count. Athletes collected 13 gold, 21 silver, and 15 bronze. In final-day competition, it was a thrilling finale for the Nova Scotia men’s soccer team. The Bluenosers led 2–1 before B.C. tied it in the 64th minute. Nova Scotia prevailed in penalty kicks for the victory and captured seventh place. In cycling criterium, Ben Hewins, Kentville, was 22nd, Colin Ward, Mahone Bay, was 23rd, Matt Kamermans, Halifax, was 24th, Ian Hinks was 25th and Tim Shea, Pictou, was 26th. The Female Softball team ended their tournament in 9th place, dropping an 8-5 decision to Prince Edward Island. Kelyn Palmer of Thorburn ended the tournament as the winning pitcher for both of Nova Scotia's wins, Hilary Taylor was a star at the plate, finishing with a .391 batting average, second best on the team, and Courtney Smith played error-free defense for the entire week.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca. 
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 13 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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IMPAIRED BOATING CHARGE LAID AFTER VESSEL RUNS AGROUND
Sunday 13th August 2017
A Halifax man is facing charges after he allegedly was operating a boat while impaired, and ended up running aground in Sandy Cove near Sambro late last night. Halifax Regional Police and a Coast Guard vessel were called to the area around 10:30 last night when a 6m Cape Islander boat ran aground. The boat had been abandoned after it was marooned on the rocky shoreline. Police say all five passengers on the vessel were accounted for, and there were no injuries. The 39-year old man is facing charges including impaired operation of a vessel, failing a breathalyzer, assault and uttering threats. Police did not release any details about the assault and threats charges, other than to say that they occurred prior to the vessel running aground.


CHARGES EXPECTED IN HALIFAX STABBING
Sunday 13th August 2017
A stabbing incident in Halifax late Friday night during what police are describing as a brawl resulted in a 33-year old man suffering multiple wounds. Halifax Regional Police say they expect to lay charges against a 31-year old male suspect. Police report that the injuries suffered by the victim are non-life-threatening.


BRIDGETOWN UNDER BOIL ADVISORY
Sunday 13th August 2017
Bridgetown is under a boil water advisory for the next two days after a water main broke yesterday morning. The break resulted in a supply shutoff to allow for repairs to take place. Municipal Operations Manager Greg Price told the CBC that the repairs were completed within a few hours. However, all Bridgetown-area residents should still boil their water until at least Monday afternoon until water testing protocols can be completed. Price told the CBC that the break was likely a result of wear and tear.


CYCLISTS WRAPPING UP JOURNEYS IN PICTOU COUNTY
Sunday 13th August 2017
Two long distance bike rides are coming to an end in Pictou County today. Kane Mercer, who biked across the country to raise awareness, and funds, for palliative care, will celebrate the end of his trek with a reception from 12:00noon until 2pm today at Glasgow Square. Mercer, who completed the ride in honour of his father, Rand, told the NG News that he chose to make New Glasgow his finish line because of a connection with Ian Bos, who had previously completed a cross country walk for the same cause. Then at 5pm this afternoon, Lloyd McLean and Andrea Haughan will be wrapping up the Ride for Reese at the Jitney Trail in Pictou. McLean and Haughan have been riding for the last two weeks, going from Toronto to Halifax, then up to Pictou to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. The ride is also in honour of Reese Hawkins beating leukemia in April. The duo left Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto on 1 August.


CHICKEN FRANKS RECALLED
Saturday 12th August 2017
Maple Lodge Farms Ltd. is recalling their Zabiha Halal and Maple Lodge Farms Big Original Chicken Frankfurters. The warning was triggered because of a potential presence of bone fragments.  There has been one reported injury due to consumption of the products, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says. The agency is investigating, which could lead to more products being recalled. The CFIA says people should check packages for best before dates of August 27th 2017. Recalled products should be thrown out or brought back to where they were purchased.


OPEN HOUSE TODAY FOR PROPOSED PICTOU PARK
Saturday 12th August 2017
A local group is hoping to build a new park in Pictou. The Pictou and Area Lions Club is hosting an open house from 10 am until noon today at the quarry pond off Brown's Point Road. The club’s plan is to enhance the property by adding a walkway all around the pond, benches and tables, barbecues, electric service, and a variety of greenery. The club wants to enter a 10-year lease with the town for the property and if this is agreed upon, the club will start applying for grant money to help with the upgrades. The club is looking for a strong turnout today to demonstrate public interest.


RESERVIST FOUND NOT GUILTY IN RACIAL INCIDENT
Saturday 12th August 2017
A reservist accused of using an inappropriate term for a black co-worker’s hair and of later striking a supervisor has been found not guilty. The Aug. 3 court martial decision was announced in a news release issued by the military late Fridat afternoon. Cpl. Garett Rollman was charged with striking his superior officer and two charges of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline” arising out of an incident involving himself and another worker in the kitchen at the military base in Aldershot, N.S. During his court martial, military judge Cmdr. Sandra Sukstorf heard contrasting views from witnesses on whether Rollman’s use of the word “nappy” to describe Cheryl Richard’s hair was intended as a racial slur. Richard argued it was meant to be derisive, but a black, non-commissioned officer who works with both kitchen staff said he believed Rollman was attempting to explain a video he and Rollman’s black girlfriend had been watching about black hair. Another co-worker testified during the trial that she’d heard a supervising, non-commissioned officer shout “Don’t you hit me!” but she hadn’t actually witnessed Rollman hitting his superior.


DARTMOUTH GEESE TO BE MEMORIALIZED
Saturday 12th August 2017
Two well-loved geese who were run down by a motorist will be memorialized Saturday night. The geese were among nine known for using a crosswalk to get to their home on Sullivan's Pond in Dartmouth. Police said three were hit during the Wednesday afternoon rush hour, with one surviving. Katy Jean, a poet whose home overlooks the pond, says she isn't surprised that some are reacting skeptically to the idea of a memorial. But she said the geese are iconic — prominent in local art and memorabilia. The deaths at first prompted an outpouring of anger, after reports that the driver had hit the birds intentionally. But police say that wasn't the case, and also determined speed was not a factor.


PEAK OF ANNUAL METEOR SHOWER TONIGHT
Saturday 12th August 2017
In our yearly trip around the Sun, Earth is approaching the dusty debris left over from the passage of Comet Swift-Tuttle. This comet produces one of the best meteor showers of the year – the Perseids. Tonight is the peak of meteor sightings, producing 100 or more meteors per hour. But you'll probably have to look for video of it on YouTube this year... the weather for most of Atlantic Canada is cloudy.


SPORTS AUGUST 12
Saturday 12th August 2017
At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:
Team Nova Scotia continues to rule with a paddle. Bluenosers picked up eight more medals in the final day of canoe and kayak events, winning another 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.

The women's softball team, featuring Kelyn Palmer of Thorburn and Courtney Smith & Hilary Taylor of New Glasgow finished in 9th place. In the final round robin match, Palmer pitched a 1 hitter and Taylor drove in two runs to start the scoring as Nova Scotia shut out PEI 4-0. The teams played again in the placement round, and this time PEI was the winner 8-5.

The volleyball teams picked up two more wins, as the women defeated Saskatchewan and the men beat Newfoundland and Labrador, then losing to New Brunswick.

Tim Shea of Pictou will compete in one more Cycling event today, the Men's Criterium.
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Parker Swain of Stellarton won gold at the Legion National Championships being held in Manitoba. Swain had a personal best, throwing for a distance of 56.14m in the midget male 1kg discus. That makes 3 gold so far for Pictou County athletes at the games.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association are hosting this year's Softball Nova Scotia U-12 Provincial Championship at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Play continues today with the host Subway Stingers taking on Cole Harbour at 9am, and Highland Park this afternoon at three. The full schedule can be found by visiting the Stingers Website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour returns to Scotia Speedworld near Halifax with the Atlantic Cat 250 Saturday night at 6. Local racers Cassius Clark, George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm will be amoung the drivers on the track.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca. 
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Darian Durant threw touchdown passes to Ernest Jackson and George Johnson as the Montreal Alouettes downed the visiting Toronto Argonauts 21-9 to snap their two-game losing skid.
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MLB
American League

N.Y. Yankees 5 Boston 4
Cleveland 5 Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 9 Detroit 4
Texas 6 Houston 4
Chicago White Sox 6 Kansas City 3
Oakland 5 Baltimore 4
L.A. Angels 6 Seattle 5
National League
N.Y. Mets 7 Philadelphia 6
Miami 6 Colorado 3
St. Louis 8 Atlanta 5
Cincinnati 11 Milwaukee 10
Chicago Cubs 8 Arizona 3
San Diego 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
San Francisco at Washington, postponed
Interleague
Right-hander Jameson Taillon went six innings and struck out seven as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored four unearned runs in the third inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 at Rogers Centre.


MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING OPIOIDS THAT RESULTED IN OVERDOSES ARRESTED
Friday 11th August 2017
A man accused of selling opioids to two men who suffered overdoses last weekend has been arrested by Windsor District RCMP. Just before 2:00 last Saturday morning, police on patrol in the Town of Windsor found a 20-year old man in medical distress. While officers were attending to him, a 21-year old man began showing similar symptoms. Based on the officer's observations and the belief the symptom may have been caused by the drug fentanyl, Naloxone was administered to both men. EHS arrived shortly after to continue medical treatment. Both men were then transported to the Hants Community Hospital. The following day, a 38-year old Windsor man was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance. A search warrant was executed at his residence in Windsor. He was released from custody on conditions and will appear in Windsor Provincial Court on September 19 at 9:30 a.m. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Windsor District RCMP at 902-798-2207. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN FOR CANNABIS PRODUCER IN TRURO
Friday 11th August 2017
The company that will operate a state-of-the-art cannabis production facility which is to be built in the Truro Industrial Park has awarded the construction contract. Truro Herbal Company (THC) has issued a news release indicating that Lindsay's Construction will build the 20-thousand square foot facility on the company's 6.3 acre lot. THC says the goal is to have an aggressive construction schedule which will have the facility completed by early next year. Following the project's completion, an inspection by Health Canada will serve as the final step for THC in becoming Nova Scotia's first licensed producer of medical cannabis.


NOT GUILTY VERDICT ISSUED IN COURT MARTIAL
Friday 11th August 2017
A former Corporal in the Canadian military was found not guilty of three charges, including striking a superior officer, in a standing court martial last week in Kentville. Corporal Garrett Rollman was also found not guilty on two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline related to the allegations from incidents at CFB Aldershot in February 2016. Military Judge Commander Sandra Sukstorf arrived at the verdict last week, and the Department of National Defense issued a press release with the verdict earlier today.


LARGE VESSELS ORDERED TO SLOW DOWN TO KEEP WHALES IN GULF SAFER
Friday 11th August 2017
Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Transport Minister Marc Garneau have laid out their plans to protect Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. During a press conference in Pointe-du-Chene, N.B., today, LeBlanc and Garneau instituted regulations saying that vessels of 20 metres or more in length will be ordered to slow down to a speed of 10 knots in the areas of the gulf that are posing the biggest concerns. The area where the speed limits will be enforced include the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, from the Quebec north shore to just north of Prince Edward Island. The measure, which will remain in place until the whales have migrated away from those areas, will be enforced by Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. LeBlanc and Garneau say these measurfezs should have a minimal impact on marine industries.


PROVINCE'S PRE-PRIMARY PLAN WAS ESSENTIALLY MADE ON ITS OWN: NDP
Friday 11th August 2017
The provincial NDP say the province is forging ahead with its plan for pre-primary despite getting no input on it. Documents obtained by the NDP through a Freedom of Information requests shows the Liberals had no correspondence with child care providers until the day they announced where the programs would be set up. The NDP's Claudia Chender says the lack of consultation has led to a lot of anxiety amoung child care providers and parents. Chender says because of the late September start date for pre-primary, child care centres will lose enrollment with little to no notice, putting the centres in a difficult financial position which could lead to closures.


FUEL PRICES STAY LEVEL
Friday 11th August 2017
No big swings in the price of fuel this week. Regular self-serve gas is unchanged at $1.089 per litre, while diesel rose slightly to $1.013 per litre.


WATER LINE REPLACEMENT UNDERWAY IN NEW GLASGOW
Friday 11th August 2017
Work is underway to replace a water transmission line in New Glasgow. The line runs from Dean Sharpe’s Service Station in Blue Acres up to the Shoppers Drug Mart area. The $1.6 million project is being paid for with funds the Town of New Glasgow received through Infrastructure Canada’s Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. New Glasgow town engineer Earl MacKenzie told New Glasgow News the project involves replacing two pipes made of cast iron with two larger pipes made of ductile iron. The work is expected to be complete in December. MacKenzie says there may be periods in the months ahead where traffic on East River Road will be down to one lane to accommodate construction.


NEW CONTRACT CUTS CHRONICLE HERALD UNION STAFF IN HALF
Friday 11th August 2017
Members of the Halifax Typographical Union are going back to work, but not all of them. The employees of the Chronicle Herald, who had been striking for more than a year and a half, voted 94 percent in favor of an agreement reached over the weekend. When the strike began, the union included 61 reporters, editors, photographers, columnists and support staff. That number has shrunk to 52, of which 25 are returning to the paper, one is going to the Cape Breton Post and 26 are being laid off, said HTU president Ingrid Bulmer. The employees remaining with the paper will be performing new roles, Bulmer said, as their previous positions have been eliminated. Mark Lever, president and CEO of The Chronicle Herald, said in a statement the paper is "pleased" the union has ratified the contract. He says the workers will be back on the job Tuesday.


FALL RIVER TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Friday 11th August 2017
RCMP say a teen has been taken to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries following an accident in Fall River. Police repsonded to a report of an accident involving a motorcycle and a GMC van at Highway 2 and Fall River Road around 10 p.m. last night. Officers say the 17-year-old driver of the motorcycle was injured after being thrown from his bike. No other injuries were reported. An RCMP Accident Scene Analyst was at the scene of the crash and the investigation is ongoing.


MP'S AND CHIEFS MEET IN WOLFVILLE TO DISCUSS RECONCILIATION
Friday 11th August 2017
Mi'kmaq chiefs and MPs from Nova Scotia gathered Thursday in Wolfville with chief of the Assembly of First Nations and the federal justice minister to discuss how to continue working toward reconciliation. It's the second time the province's federal leaders and First Nations chiefs have met in this way, and organizers of the meeting say they believe progress is slowly being made. Halifax MP Andy Fillmore said the second annual meeting is intended to foster "a true nation-to-nation relationship." He said the meetings create a template for the rest of the country to follow. Last year's meeting, which was in Ottawa, helped facilitate the posthumous provincial pardon for Grand Chief Gabriel Sylliboy on a 1927 hunting conviction, said Fillmore. He says the work Thursday will help inform policy at the federal level. Like Fillmore, regional Chief Morley Googoo said it took many years to get to this point. Making progress in the relationship and working toward reconciliation will take time, he said, but they are headed toward "a governance model that is for the Mi'kmaq."


KHADR CASE PAYOUT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED: MARTIN
Friday 11th August 2017
Former prime minister Paul Martin said he thinks a federal payout to Omar Khadr could have been avoided had Ottawa handled the situation differently from the start. Speaking after receiving an award in Halifax, Martin told The Canadian Press he wishes Ottawa had taken a different approach in the early stages of the Khadr case, but his own government had to work with the hand it had been dealt. In 2002, the Canadian-born Khadr was imprisoned in the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo, Cuba, accused of killing an American soldier/medic during a firefight in Afghanistan at the age of 15. Martin, who became prime minister in late 2003 after serving in the previous Liberal cabinet, said he feels the Khadr case was on track for a federal settlement by the time he came to power. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that Canadian authorities violated Khadr’s charter rights when they interrogated him there, despite the fact he was a minor, had no legal representation and had been tortured. Khadr subsequently launched a $20-million civil suit against the Canadian government. That was settled in July when the government reportedly paid him $10.5 million rather than pursue what officials said would have been a costly court battle that the government had no hope of winning.


GMO SALMON ALREADY BEING SOLD AND EATEN IN CANADA
Friday 11th August 2017
It appears Canadians were among the first diners in the world to eat a genetically modified animal — and they likely didn’t know it. U.S.-based AquaBounty Technologies says in a recent fiscal update about 4.5 tonnes of its fresh AquAdvantage salmon fillets were sold in Canada between April and June. The company got approval from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection agency last year to sell the product. AquaBounty — which has a production plant in P.E.I. — did not say exactly where the salmon was sold, and the company’s spokesman could not be reached right away. Health Canada doesn’t require labelling on genetically modified food because the items have been assessed for safety and nutritional standards. AquaBounty’s salmon contains genetic material from ocean pout and Chinook salmon to help it reach adult size faster.


GLOBAL WEATHER BREAKS NEW RECORDS, AND THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING: REPORT
Friday 11th August 2017
Last year’s global weather was far more extreme or record-breaking than anything approaching normal, according to a new report. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released its annual checkup of the Earth, highlighting numerous records including hottest year, highest sea level, and lowest sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctica. The 299-page report, written by scientists around the world and published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, shows that 2016 was “very extreme and it is a cause for concern,” said co-editor Jessica Blunden, a NOAA climate scientist. Researchers called it a clear signal of human-caused climate change. A record large El Nino, the warming of the central Pacific that changes weather worldwide, was also a big factor in last year’s wild weather. Scientists examined dozens of key climate measures and amoung their findings: at any given time, nearly one-eighth of the world’s land mass was in severe drought. That’s far higher than normal and “one of the worst years for drought.” The report also found that global sea level rose another quarter of an inch for the sixth straight year of record high sea levels. NOAA report co-editor Deke Arndt said the only notable normal global measure in 2016 was snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere.


SPORTS AUGUST 11
Friday 11th August 2017
At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:

Team Nova Scotia took home another eight paddling medals on Thursday. The team reached the podium in eight out of ten paddling races in the day's competitions, with three gold, four silver and one bronze. So far, Bluenose athletes have made the podium in 23 out of 26 paddling races. Thursday's haul included a gold for Connor Fitzpatrick, Bret Himmelman, James MacPhee and Matt Peachey in the C-4 1000 metre event, as well as a gold for Olivia Denman, Jessica Hogg, Grace Webby and Anna Negulic in the K-4 200-metre. Webby also earned gold in the women's K-1 200-metre. Paul LaPierre and Mark Marschalko brought home the silver in men's K-2 200-metre as did Ashley Card paddling with Denman, Negulic and Webby in the K-4 500-metre. Robert Laureijs and Jacob Steele were able to hold off Team Ontario to clinch the silver in the the K-2 500-metre and Fitzpatrick won silver in the men's 200m C-1. Ava Carew and Nicole Jessop finished third in the women's C-2 500-metre. On Tuesday, Nova Scotia's paddlers team took home eight medals, adding to a seven-medal haul from Monday.

Tim Shea of Pictou finished 11th out of 49 competitors at the Male Cycling Road Race. Shea's time of 2:50:33 was the best of the four Nova Scotians, and had him just over 2 minutes off of the podium.

Courtney Smith and Hilary Taylor, both from New Glasgow, along with Kelyn Palmer of Thorburn, helped bring Nova Scotia's female softball team its first win of the tournament. Nova Scotia was 0-6, but they beat Newfoundland and Labrador 8-3. Taylor went 3 for 4 at the plate, while Palmer was the winning pitcher for Team Nova Scotia. The team later fell to Quebec 11-3. This morning they wrap up the round-robin against PEI before going into placement games.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting the 2017 Softball Nova Scotia U-12 Provincial Championship this weekend at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Action begins Friday evening at 5 pm on Dorrington Field -1 with the host Stingers facing the Eastern Shore Golddiggers. Full schedule details can be found by visiting the Stingers Website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour returns to Scotia Speedworld near Halifax this weekend with two days of racing Friday and Saturday, capped off with the Atlantic Cat 250 Saturday night at 6. Local racers Cassius Clark, George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm and King Racing from Pictou will be amoung the drivers on the track.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca. 
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Marco Estrada tossed seven scoreless innings leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 shutout of the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre.
Tampa Bay 4 Cleveland 1
Chicago White Sox 3 Houston 2 (11 innings)
Baltimore 7 Oakland 2
L.A. Angels 6 Seattle 3
National League
Cincinnati 10 San Diego 3
N.Y. Mets 10 Philadelphia 0
Washington 3 Miami 2
L.A. Dodgers 8 Arizona 6
Interleague
Pittsburgh 7 Detroit 5
St. Louis 8 Kansas City 6
Minnesota 7 Milwaukee 2
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CFL
Quarterback Mike Reilly was 27-for-38 passing for 384 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Ottawa Redblacks 27-20 to stay undefeated.


SOBEY FAMILY TO RECEIVE HUMANITARIAN AWARD FROM CANADIAN RED CROSS
Thursday 10th August 2017
The Canadian Red Cross has announced that business leaders Paul, Frank and Rob Sobey will be co-recipients of its 2017 Humanitarian Award for Nova Scotia for maintaining and expanding a family tradition of improving lives through their support to numerous health, education, cultural and community causes. In addition to post-secondary scholarships, research chairs and academic chairs across the Atlantic provinces and beyond, the Sobeys support programs to advance preventative, curative and palliative health care such as the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, the Sobey Cancer Support Centre in Halifax, the Alzheimer's Caregivers Society, and the Aberdeen Health Foundation in Pictou County.  They also promote Canadian culture through initiatives in the visual arts including the Sobey Art Foundation, Donald R. Sobey Foundation and  the Sobey Award, all of which  help ensure public access to the best in historical and contemporary Canadian art, at home and around the world. The Sobeys have supported Canadian Red Cross disaster responses including the recent ice storm in New Brunswick and wildfires in Alberta and BC, and global disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. The Sobeys will receive their awards this fall at the Power of Humanity dinner, a fundraising event Thursday evening, 2 November, 2017, at the Cunard Centre in Halifax, with proceeds supporting Canadian Red Cross services throughout Nova Scotia.  More details about the recipients and awards event are available online.  


RCMP SEEK SUSPECT IN HIT-AND-RUN
Thursday 10th August 2017
Halifax District RCMP are looking for help in tracking down the driver of a vehicle after an incident of a pedestrian being seriously injured Wednesday afternoon. Police say that at roughly 12:45pm, a 24-year-old man was walking on Cow Bay Road in Cow Bay when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. Police indicate that the man struck the windshield of the vehicle and was thrown into the air. He was taken to the hospital with injuries that are being described as serious but non-life-threatening. Investigators are now looking for the driver, who they say fled the scene. The vehicle is described as a gold or yellow-coloured compact car. Police say the car’s windshield is likely damaged and it should be missing a side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


BRAD WALL RETIRING FROM POLITICS
Thursday 10th August 2017
Brad Wall is ending 14 years as leader of the Saskatchewan Party, and 11 years as Premier of the province. Wall made the announcement through a Facebook post today that he plans to retire, although he will remain in the position until the party can go through the process of electing a new leader. Wall, who is in his third term as premier, has taken a hit to his popularity since the latest election in 2016 when the party swept to a majority with 51 of the 61 seats in the Saskatchewan legislature. The problems stem from a slumping provincial economy and a hardline budget passed in March that is filled with unpopular cuts, but still has a 685-million dollar deficit. Wall had served as the MLA for the constituency of Swift Current since 1999. Wall was acclaimed as leader of the party in 2004 and won his first term as premier in 2007.


CHRONICLE HERALD STRIKE ENDS
Thursday 10th August 2017
Members of the Halifax Typographical Union are going back to work. The employees of the Chronicle Herald, who had been striking for nearly 19 months, have voted 94 percent in favor of a tentative agreement that was reached over the weekend. Details of the agreement have not been disclose by either side. The exact details of when the workers will be back to their jobs is still unknown, although there is speculation that they will be returning on Monday.


ANOTHER ER CLOSURE IN TATAMAGOUCHE
Thursday 10th August 2017
The ER is Tatamagouche will be closed again. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed tomorrow between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. This is the 20th closure of the CEC in Tatamagouche since May 30. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.  


CHARGES LAID IN FIVE YEAR-OLD SHEET HARBOUR HOMICIDE
Thursday 10th August 2017
The RCMP has charged two people in relation to the 2012 homicides of Matthew Hebb and Earle Stewart. On December 12, 2012, emergency personnel responded to a 911 call near the 450 block of Highway 374 after witnesses observed a fire at a camp near Sheet Harbour. Fire officials found the bodies of Hebb and Stewart, both from Spryfield. The Integrated Homicide Unit arrested two people on December 18, 2012 in relation to the homicides. They were arrested again in March 2017. The two were later released without charges; however, on August 9 they were both arrested at a Halifax residence without incident. Sixty-five year-old Elmer Percy Higgins and 49-year-old Karen Marie Higgins are charged with Second Degree Murder and related firearms offenses. Both are scheduled to appear at Dartmouth Provincial Court later today.


TRIBUTE TO VIOLA DESMOND COULD GO UP ON THE BUILDING WHERE SHE WAS ARRESTED DECADES BEFORE
Thursday 10th August 2017
The developer who is renovating the Roseland Theatre building wants to include a commemoration of Viola Desmond. In 1946, Desmond was arrested after sitting in a whites-only section. New Glasgow lawyer and property owner Jamie MacGillivray is looking to commission a mural of Desmond for the building. MacGillivray tells New Glasgow News the idea is still in the early stages, but has much support amoung local politicians. MacGillivray says the process of remodeling the Roseland has been slow, but the end product will be multiuse, with space for businesses and offices and potentially retail. By next year, he hopes people will be able to walk through downtown New Glasgow, see Desmond’s portrait on the side of the Roseland and remember the role she played in ending segregation. Artists interested in taking on the project can call MacGillivray’s office for more information. Desmond's image will be featured on the new Canadian $10 bill, coming out in 2018.


FEDERAL LIBERALS DECIDE AGAINST CLOSING ARCHAEOLOGY LAB
Thursday 10th August 2017
Parks Canada says it has decided to continue leasing a facility in a Halifax-area business park for an archeology lab that houses artifacts from the Atlantic region. Treasury Board President Scott Brison tweeted Wednesday evening that the Liberal government was keeping the facility going, saying it “meets conservation and security standards.” The previous Conservative government had announced in 2012 that the lab was closing as part of a consolidation of six labs, and the artifacts were scheduled to be moved. A number of local archeologists had criticized the Harper government’s plans to close the facility, saying it was both a valued storage facility and a source of expertise to researchers.


IS "CANADA'S OCEAN PLAYGROUND" ATTRACTING GREAT WHITE SHARKS TOO?
Thursday 10th August 2017
A great white shark has been detected near Halifax — the second great white spotted in Nova Scotia in a month — sparking both amusement and anxiety. One Twitter user joked it was “a little too close for comfort,” after a 600-kilogram tagged shark named Hilton signalled it was in Mahone Bay, about 85 kilometres from Halifax. Hilton — tagged by the research group Ocearch in March in Hilton Head, S.C. — signalled he was in Mahone Bay on Sunday. A 300-kilogram great white shark affectionately known as Pumpkin was detected in late July in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin as she feasted on an abundance of seals. In November, a 900-kilogram great white named Lydia — who like Hilton has her own Ocearch-managed Twitter account — was among two tracking off Nova Scotia. Ocearch chairman Chris Fischer has said white sharks could be using Sable Island as a place to mate.


MINISTERS FROM HAITI VISIT MONTREAL AS HAITIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS FLOOD QUEBEC
Thursday 10th August 2017
A visit by Haitian government representatives to Montreal as thousands of people from the country seek asylum there is raising alarm among Quebec immigration lawyers. Haiti's Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Rodrigue and Stéphanie Auguste, the minister for nationals living abroad, met with Mayor Denis Coderre after arriving in Montreal on Tuesday. The pair had even hoped to meet with asylum seekers staying at the Olympic Stadium. In the end, they did not visit the stadium, but the visit is still cause for concern, according to Jean-Sébastien Boudreault, head of the Quebec Association of Immigration Lawyers. He said any contact with the Haitian government could compromise the safety and privacy of those seeking refuge from the country. The visit from the Haitian ministers coincided with a surge in asylum seekers from the country. There are 2,620 asylum seekers in temporary housing in Quebec. Seventy per cent of those who entered Quebec in recent weeks are of Haitian origin. The Canadian military was dispatched to build a camp on Wednesday to provide shelter to the new arrivals as they await processing.


SHADES OF X-FILES: US DIPLOMATS IN CUBA BELIEVED ATTACKED BY "SONIC WEAPON"
Thursday 10th August 2017
U.S. officials believe a string of bizarre attacks on a group of American diplomats in Havana was carried out with a covert sonic weapon that left the victims with severe hearing loss. Last fall, a series of U.S. diplomats began suffering unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the case. Several of the diplomats were recent arrivals at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of former President Barack Obama's re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Some of the diplomats' symptoms were so severe that they were forced to cancel their tours early and return to the United States, officials said. After months of investigation, U.S. officials concluded that the diplomats had been attacked with an advanced sonic weapon that operated outside the range of audible sound and had been deployed either inside or outside their residences. It was not clear if the device was a weapon used in a deliberate attack, or had some other purpose. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the U.S. retaliated by expelling two Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington on May 23. She did not say how many U.S. diplomats were affected or confirm they had suffered hearing loss, saying only that they had "a variety of physical symptoms." The Cuban government denied any action against diplomats. Officials say investigators are looking into the possibility that the attack was carried out by a third country such as Russia, possibly operating without the knowledge of the Cuban chain of command that would normally have to approve such a highly sensitive operation.


SPORTS AUGUST 10
Thursday 10th August 2017
At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:
Bad weather led to cancellations in canoe, kayak, and tennis competitions. Nova Scotia scored another medal win after Andrew Lowe placed 3rd in the Special Olympics men’s 100m backstroke. In 200m breaststroke, Truro's Maddie Bond and Ava Vial were tied for third in women’s B final.
The women's softball team continues to struggle, with a pair of 10-0 losses at the hands of Saskatchewan and Ontario.
In volleyball, the women lost 3–1 to B.C. but scored a straight-set win over Yukon. Nova Scotia lost 3–1 to Quebec in men's volleyball.
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A former player with the Pictou County Junior Scotians is coming back, this time behind the bench. Former team captain Brandon Verge, who finished his junior playing career following the 2014-15 season after twice winning the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League’s MVP award, is the team’s new head coach, following the resignation of Al Whidden. Whidden had spent two seasons as the head coach for the Scotians, and led the Scotians to their first-ever league championship in April. Returning to the coaching staff this coming season will be assistant coach Howard Atwater and goaltending coach Chris Denny. It is expected that Verge will name another assistant coach in the near future. The Scotians open training camp on September 9 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. All junior-aged hockey players are welcome to try out for the team.
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Early Bird season ticket packages for the Crushers are now on sale. The packages include all 24 regular season home games, plus both exhibition games. These packages will be available until 18 August. Check out the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Facebook page for more information.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Todd Frazier homered and drove in three runs and the New York Yankees added five late insurance runs for an 11-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Seattle 6 Oakland 3
L.A. Angels 5 Baltimore 1
Boston 8 Tampa Bay 2
Chicago White Sox 7 Houston 1
National League
San Francisco 3 Chicago Cubs 1
Washington 10 Miami 1
Cincinnati 8 San Diego 3
Philadelphia 3 Atlanta 2
L.A. Dodgers 3 Arizona 2
Interleague
Colorado 3 Cleveland 2 (12 innings)
Texas 5 N.Y. Mets 1
Detroit 10 Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 4 Milwaukee 0
St. Louis 8 Kansas City 5


DNR CALLS FIRES LAST SUMMER ARSON, ADMITS CANNOT BE PROVEN IN COURT
Wednesday 9th August 2017
The Department of Natural Resources is calling three large forest fires that resulted in the burning of hundreds of hectares of southwestern woodlands last summer deliberately set. Jim Rudderham, the department's supervisor of fire management, told the CBC that they cannot conclusively call the three fires arsons, but only because the evidence would have been destroyed in the act of putting the fires out. Rudderham says arson would not be able to be proven in court, but it is the only logical conclusion based on the nature of the fires. The largest fire, at Seven Mile Lake in Annapolis County, burned 400 hectares, while a fire at Maitland Bridge, Annapolis County, burned 21 hectares and one at Ten Mile Lake in Queens County burned 10 hectares. The fires burned over 12 days, starting on Aug. 3.


PROVINCE WARNS OF UNLICENSED FUNERAL SERVICE PROVIDER
Wednesday 9th August 2017
The province is issuing a warning to the public after a company was charged for unlicensed activity under the Cemetary and Funeral Services Act. Service Nova Scotia says Trevor Tracey, owner of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists entered a guilty plea last week, and must pay a fifteen-hundred dollar fine. Tracey was charged with accepting money in advance for pre-arranged funerals without holding a licence to sell them. Service Nova Scotia urges Nova Scotians looking to pre-arrange a funeral to only work with licensed sellers and to always check the licensing status before paying any money or entering into a contract.


NSGEU TO SEEK ARBITRATION
Wednesday 9th August 2017
Nova Scotia's largest public sector union says conciliation talks with the province have failed and it now plans to file for arbitration on behalf of 8,000 civil servants. The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union says the province hasn't budged from any key issues in its last offer, including a wage increase of 3.5 per cent over four years. It says another significant obstacle is the government's intent to end a retirement payment known as the public service award. In a news release, union president Jason MacLean called the talks ``frustrating'' and says the goal is to reach a fair agreement ``once the premier is removed from the bargaining table.'' The workers are employed across a range of government services including Service Nova Scotia, corrections, child welfare, the courts, and health and safety. The membership rejected the government's contract offer in a vote held last December and have been without a new deal since March 31, 2015.


SECTIONS OF HIGHWAY 102 CLOSED AFTER PAIR OF COLLISIONS ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 9th August 2017
Parts of Highway 102 near Halifax were closed for several hours this morning after a tractor-trailer drove off the road, followed about two hours later by a separate collision involving a police motorbike. Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Cindy Bayers told CBC that the first incident occurred shortly after 7:00 this morning, with the vehicle ending up in a ditch along Highway 102 close to Kearney Lake Road. The unconscious driver was transported to hospital and later died. Around two hours later, a vehicle struck a parked police motorcycle that was on the highway to help control traffic. The officer was not on the motorbike and was uninjured. Bayers told CBC that the driver of that vehicle was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Both crashes are under investigation.


THREE COLE HARBOUR RESIDENTS FACE MULTIPLE CHARGES IN BIKER-GANG RELATED ARRESTS
Wednesday 9th August 2017
Three people were arrested after police searched a home in Cole Harbour last week, seizing drugs and weapons that officials say are related to outlaw motorcycle gangs. The Nova Scotia Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, with help from the drug section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division and Cole Harbour RCMP, carried out a search warrant on Pernix Court last Wednesday. A large amount of drugs, drug and Outlaw Motorcycle Gang-related paraphernalia, firearms and ammunition were seized. Police arrested a 35-year-old man that they identified as a member of the Hells Angels, a 33-year-old woman and a 28-year-old woman. All are from Cole Harbour. Amoung the charges the three face are possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis, and several firearms charges. The two women were released to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Aug. 30. The man was remanded into custody and will appear in the Dartmouth court today.


PROVINCE AND CIVIL SERVICE UNION GOING TO ARBITRATION
Wednesday 9th August 2017
Talks between the province and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union have broken down again. NSGEU President Jason MacLean said the government hasn't changed its stance on any key issues or its last offer, which included a 3.5 per cent wage increase over four years. It also included a major sticking point for the union: the province's desire to end the public service award, a benefit paid out on retirement. MacLean has been steadfast in saying the union will not willingly give up benefits achieved in past bargaining efforts. Now that conciliation has failed again, MacLean says the next step is arbitration and is hoping to move forward and get a fair deal. The union’s last agreement for its civil service unit expired over two years ago.


DOUBTS RAISED ABOUT PROVINCE'S PRE-PRIMARY PLANS
Wednesday 9th August 2017
With the launch of the province’s pre-primary program just three weeks away, there are still questions about how it’s going to work and whether it will be ready by the end of next month. Fifty locations capable of holding up 1,200 students could be ready to go by the end of September, but Education Minister Zach Churchill says it's all contingent on staffing. The province is looking for up to 90 early childhood educators to help run the new programs. Administrators in the private sector say they already have issues with staffing, and are curious how the province’s hiring has gone. Pam Streeter, co-chair of the Private Licensees Association, says that their position with parents at the moment is not to remove their kids from private and non-profit centres.


ANOTHER DROPS OUT OF INQUIRY
Wednesday 9th August 2017
The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has lost another high-profile member. Waneek Horn-Miller, a former Olympian who was working as the inquiry's director of community relations, is the latest person to leave the commission tasked with exploring the root causes of violence toward Indigenous women and girls. A spokesperson for the inquiry says Horn-Miller's departure is due solely to family reasons. For weeks, the commission has faced questions from concerned family members who say they have lost faith in the process, which is expected to take at least two years and cost $53.8 million. In an open letter released Tuesday, additional family members called on the commission to start over from scratch, citing the resignation last month of one of the commissioners, Marilyn Poitras. The commissioners say they are moving ahead with their work and receiving feedback from families, including through a national advisory circle.


OTTAWA THINKING ABOUT LOWERING LEGAL LIMIT FOR ALCOHOL
Wednesday 9th August 2017
Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is considering lowering the legal alcohol limit for licensed drivers, according to a letter she sent to her Quebec counterpart. In the correspondence to Stephanie Vallee dated on May 23, Wilson-Raybould suggests lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams. The federal minister said the current rules were established after research indicated the risk of being involved in a car crash was twice as likely when a driver has 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his or her system. In the letter, Wilson-Raybould says more recent research indicates the initial data underestimated that risk. Francois Meunier, who works for an association that represents restaurateurs in Quebec, told CBC the proposed changes would be a disaster for the province’s restaurant industry, particularly for business owners outside the big cities. Meunier said his members are less worried about losing alcohol sales than seeing a significant drop in overall revenue, as people choose to stay home.


SIX FRENCH SOLDIERS INJURED IN PARIS CAR ATTACK
Wednesday 9th August 2017
French police say a driver slammed their vehicle into soldiers guarding a Paris suburb, injuring six of them, before getting away. Authorities are now searching for the vehicle and driver after the Wednesday incident in Levallois-Perret, on the northwestern edge of the French capital. The vehicle appeared to clearly target the soldiers but the motive is unclear, the spokesman said. Four people suffered minor injuries, two more seriously, the spokesman said. Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany said a BMW parked in an alley drove into the soldiers as they left their barracks to go on patrol duty.   Speaking to broadcaster BFM TV, Balkany said that what he called a "disgusting" act of aggression was "without any doubt" premeditated. The incident is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces in France guarding sites after a string of deadly attacks.


SPORTS AUGUST 9
Wednesday 9th August 2017
At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:
Nova Scotia is fifth in the medal standings with 30. In the canoe and kayak competition, Nova Scotia medaled in all eight races. Connor Fitzpatrick secured his third medal and second gold of the games after winning the men’s C-1 1000m.
In women's softball, Nova Scotia suffered a 10-3 loss to New Brunswick followed by a 7-0 loss to Manitoba. Alisha Bowes-Trinacty, Nikita Kenney, and New Glasgow's Hilary Taylor had Nova Scotia’s three hits in the game against New Brunswick. Bowes-Trinacty, Taylor, and Emma O’Brien had the three hits against Manitoba.
In men's volleyball, Nova Scotia beat P.E.I. and Yukon, both in straight sets to stand at 2–1. Nova Scotia also won in a matchup against P.E.I. in women's volleyball action with straight sets to improve to 2–1.
In cycling, Tim Shea of Pictou finished 30th in the individual time trials with a time of 29:22.
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Two close games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League at the Albion Field  on Monday night. The Blue Jays were paced by Bev Sheehan’s four singles followed by  a triple  and two singles  off the bats of Judith Rogers ,Kate Gratto and Debbie MacLea as the Blue Jays defeated the Cardinals 11-8. Jill Davidson, Heidi MacDonald and Sonya Henderson had two singles apiece while Raylene MacPherson chipped in with a single. For the Cardinals it was Debbie D’entremont with a triple and two singles and two singles each by Donna Green, Shirley Kennedy, Lisa James and Kirsten Campbell. In the evening’s final encounter the Orioles struck for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Yankees 11-9. Laura Turner continued her torrid hitting spree for the Orioles by virtue of her three doubles and two singles driving in five runs. Christa Webber had a home run and two singles, Jane Harnish a double and three singles, Kelly Fraser a double and single followed by Sherry MacLeod and Arden Ehler with two singles each and Sherry Whytewood with a single. Yankee captain Cindy Osmond continued her return to form by driving in four runs with a triple , double and single.Stephanie Heighton’s double and two singles drove in three runs while teammates Samantha Williams, Chelsea Deagle and Theresa Dewar each had two singles. Defensive player of the game went to the Yankees Chelsea Deagle who made two outstanding catches in left field to keep her club in the game.
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Early Bird season ticket packages for the Crushers are now on sale. The packages include all 24 regular season home games, plus both exhibition games. These packages will be available until 18 August. Check out the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Facebook page for more information.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email at scottjoudrey1970@Hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey  at scottjoudrey1970@Hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run home runs off CC Sabathia to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre.
Boston 2 Tampa Bay 0
Chicago White Sox 8 Houston 5
Seattle 7 Oakland 6 (10 innings)
L.A. Angels 3 Baltimore 2
National League
Miami 7 Washington 3
San Diego 7 Cincinnati 3
Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 2
Arizona 6 L.A. Dodgers 3
San Francisco 6 Chicago Cubs 3
Interleague
Pittsburgh 6 Detroit 3
Cleveland 4 Colorado 1
N.Y. Mets 5 Texas 4
Minnesota 11 Milwaukee 4
St. Louis 10 Kansas City 3


HIGH RISK OFFENDER MOVES TO HALIFAX
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Halifax Regional Police are warning the public of a high-risk sex offender who has moved into the city. Fifty-seven year old Christopher Michael Watts was released from a federal correctional facility in British Columbia on August 1, after completing a sentence for manslaughter, sexual interference and sexual assault. He has exhibited a pattern of providing large quantities of drugs to young girls and engaging in sexual activity with them without regard for their ability to consent. Watts is white, 6′ tall, 160 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He has been deemed a high risk to reoffend sexually and will be bound by a long-term supervision order with a number of conditions, including that he not be in the presence of any female children under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a responsible adult who knows his criminal history and has been approved by his parole supervisor. He is also prohibited from consuming or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs, and cannot own a computer or other device that could access the internet. Anyone witnessing Christopher Watts violating any of these conditions is asked to call 911. This information is provided to alert members of the public of his presence in our community. Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct will not be tolerated. 


POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS FIRE AT HOME OF MURDER SUSPECT
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Cape Breton Regional Police are investigating a fire they consider suspicious at a home of a woman charged with murder in the death of her former partner. CTV is reporting that the home in Sydney Mines that was significantly damaged and is now set to be demolished belongs to 35-year old Kimberley Ann O’Dea, the accused in the death of 28-year-old Dana Marie Jessome. Jessome was killed in a hit-and-run incident last month, and police allege that O'Dea was driving the vehicle that struck Jessome – who died in a Halifax hospital from the injuries sustained. O’Dea remains in custody, pending a scheduled bail hearing on Friday. The Crown is opposing her release. Meanwhile, a memorial remains at the end of Oxford Avenue, with flowers and messages marking the spot where Jessome was struck.


POLICE SEEK HELP FINDING MISSING TEEN ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 8th August 2017
RCMP in Halifax are asking the public for help in locating a missing 16-year old boy who has not been seen since late Sunday night. Cameron Prosper was last seen just before midnight on 6 August leaving his home in Goffs. Police say Prosper is an Indigenous male, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, with short dark brown hair. When last seen, he was wearing a blue, green and yellow button-up shirt and shorts. He has been in contact with family through Facebook, but did not indicate his location. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cameron Prosper is asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


CONSUMER ADVOCATE POINTS TO NEEDED CHANGES AFTER CELL OUTAGE
Tuesday 8th August 2017
The problems with telephone service last week in Atlantic Canada is still making news today, as consumer advocates are weighing in on how the industry should change moving forward. Bell indicated that accidental damage on two different fibre optic links caused the issues for several service providers affecting internet, TV, wireless and landline phones, including some 911 services. Some cities throughout the region deployed emergency vehicles to strategic locations for people who couldn't call ambulances using normal methods. Alysia Lau of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre told the CBC that there are issues to be considered in the fallout of last Friday's events. Lau says that seperate companies should be operating off of separate networks. She noted that Telus, Koodoo and Fido customers were affected by a Bell issue. Lau also noted that telecom companies, unlike electrical utilities, are not compelled to respond to outages in a standardized way by providing regular updates and a restoration timeline.


DATE FOR OLAND RETRIAL TO BE SET NEXT MONTH
Tuesday 8th August 2017
A date for Dennis Oland's new murder trial in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his father, multimillionaire Richard Oland, will be set on 5 September. ​A date was scheduled to be set this morning in Saint John's Court of Queen's Bench, but lead Crown prosecutor P.J. Veniot said both parties need more time to prepare. Veniot also said the length of the retrial may also be determined on 5 September. It is currently scheduled to last up to 65 days, the same length of time set aside for his first jury trial in 2015 — one of the longest criminal trials in New Brunswick history. Most of the lawyers for both defence and prosecution are returning for the retrial. The scheduling of the new trial was already postponed by about six months while the Office of the Attorney General and the defence both applied to have the country's highest court review the New Brunswick Court of Appeal's decision to overturn Oland's conviction. Prosecutors hoped to have the jury's guilty verdict reinstated, and the defence sought an acquittal instead of a retrial. The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed both requests last month.


RIVERFRONT JUBILEE SEES A BIT OF RAIN, BUT LOTS OF CONCERTGOERS
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Everything came together for a successful Jubilee weekend. Michelle MacLean, chair of the Jubilee’s board of directors, credits not only the hard work of so many volunteers, but also the (mostly) clear skies and warm temperatures for bringing people out, with crowds of over 2,000 both Saturday and Sunday night. New Glasgow Regional Police say there were no major police incidents during the Riverfront Jubilee weekend. Constable Ken MacDonald says there was a medical emergency during Saturday night's performances. EHS and Police responded immediately and the person was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital. The person is recovering.


YARMOUTH-MAINE FERRY CANCELS TWO MORE CROSSINGS
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Bay Ferries Limited has cancelled two more ferry crossings between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine this week. The CAT will be out of service due to repair work on one of its main engines, the ferry operator said in a release Monday. This means that the crossing from Portland to Yarmouth, sailing at 2:30 p.m. today has been cancelled, as has Thursday morning's crossing from Yarmouth to Portland. Reservations can be changed by calling 1-888-868-9728. Check Bay Ferries's website for scheduling details. There have been a number of ferry cancellations this summer due to engine issues.


AMERICANS UNAWARE THEY CAN'T BRING HANDGUNS INTO CANADA
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Six Americans have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border so far this summer, as a Canadian prosecutor says it's proving difficult to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can't bring firearms on vacation. Five men — three from Florida, two from New England — pleaded guilty and were fined between $1,500 and $2,000. Federal prosecutor Peter Thorn, who has prosecuted these cases for years, said most of the people caught are "respectful and law abiding citizens of the U.S.A." who are unaware handguns are prohibited in Canada. He said many don't realize they can legally declare firearms and leave them behind as they enter the country. The Canadian government has issued travel advisories, and there is signage at the border, but some Americans keep bringing their guns and lying about it, he said. Thorn said each time he handles a case, he asks the judge for a sentence that will deter others from travelling armed, but word doesn't seem to filter back to the U.S. The Canadian Border Services Agency said seizures are common. In 2015, the agency seized seven guns in St. Stephen, up from five the previous year, it said. Nationally, it seized 671 firearms in 2015, 313 of which were prohibited in Canada, mostly in Ontario and B.C.


FEDS INVESTIGATING AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS SHOW CANADIAN-BUILT VEHICLES USED IN SAUDI GOV'T CRACKDOWN
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she's deeply concerned about recent videos that appear to show Canadian-made armoured vehicles being used by Saudi Arabia in a crackdown against its own citizens. Freeland says she's instructed her officials to urgently investigate the matter and determine whether the vehicles in the videos were in fact armoured personnel carriers made by Terradyne Armoured Vehicles of Newmarket, Ontario. Armoured vehicles have appeared in news and social media posts from Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, where the Saudi government is trying to stamp out unrest among the region's minority Shia population. Freeland is not saying what action might be taken if the vehicles are proven to be Canadian-made, other than to say the government will respond accordingly. Almost from the moment Justin Trudeau's Liberals took office, his government has been under fire for allowing arms exports to Saudi Arabia, which is widely denounced as one of the world's worst abusers of human rights.


STUDY IN NORTHERN LABRADOR SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF CLEANING WATER CONTAINERS
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Researchers studying higher rates of gastrointestinal illness in Inuit communities have a message for all Canadians: wash your water bottles and storage containers. A University of Guelph research team took samples from drinking water stored in 104 containers at 76 homes in the tiny Inuit community of Rigolet in Labrador. It has a population of around 300. The water had typically come from one of several treated dispensing units installed by the province in areas with high-risk water systems. Those units include reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light for purification. But more than one-quarter of the home samples first taken in Rigolet in 2014 tested positive for bacteria suggesting fecal contamination, said lead researcher Carlee Wright. Those rates of contamination jumped 13 times higher when smaller containers or "dippers" were used to scoop out water for drinking. Such contagions may help explain higher rates of reported cases of vomiting, diarrhea and other illnesses linked to longer term health effects such as bowel disease. Posters went up in Rigolet once the results were in urging residents to wash containers and dippers in a bleach solution to be thoroughly rinsed out after. Stickers were offered for storage containers as a reminder to clean them once a month or more.


SPORTS AUG 8
Tuesday 8th August 2017
The second week of the Canada Games in Winnipeg is underway. Nova Scotia had a strong first week with 15 medals, good for 7th in the standings. During the second week, four Pictou County athletes will be participating. Tim Shea of Pictou will move from the mountain bike to the road, as he participates in the cycling events on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Meanwhile, Kelyn Palmer of Thorburn and Courtney Smith and Hilary Taylor, both from New Glasgow, are part of the Nova Scotia female softball team. Their first two games didn't go well, as they were defeated 13-1 by BC in their first contest, and 8-1 by Alberta last night. Today, the team plays New Brunswick in the morning, and Manitoba this afternoon.
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Early Bird season ticket packages for the Crushers are now on sale. The packages include all 24 regular season home games, plus both exhibition games. These packages will be available until 18 August. Check out the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Facebook page for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Baltimore 8 L.A. Angels 2
National League
Washington 3 Miami 2
Cincinnati 11 San Diego 3
Chicago Cubs 5 San Francisco 3
Interleague
Pittsburgh 3 Detroit 0
Minnesota 5 Milwaukee 4
St. Louis 11 at Kansas City 3


MEDICAL EMERGENCY AT JUBILEE
Monday 7th August 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police say there were no major police incidents during the Riverfront Jubilee weekend. Constable Ken MacDonald says there was a medical emergency during the Saturday evening performances. EHS and Police responded immediately and the person was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital. The person is continuing to recover.


SPORTS ROUNDUP 7 AUGUST
Monday 7th August 2017
The second week of the Canada Games in Winnipeg begins today, after Nova Scotia had a strong first week with 15 medals, good for 7th in the standings. During the second week, four Pictou County athletes will be participating. Tim Shea of Pictou will move from the mountain bike to the road, as he participates in the cycling events on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Meanwhile, Kelyn Palmer of Thorburn and Courtney Smith and Hilary Taylor, both from New Glasgow, will be part of the Nova Scotia female softball team. Their first game will be against BC at 2pm AT today, followed by a matchup with Alberta tonight at 8pm AT.
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Early Bird season ticket packages for the Crushers are now on sale. The packages include all 24 regular season home games, plus both exhibition games. These packages will be available until 18 August. Check out the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Facebook page for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Ruth Hamblin scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Canada opened the FIBA women's AmeriCup with an 81-35 victory over Cuba on Sunday. Nirra Fields had a game-high 18 points and added five rebounds and three assists for the Canadians, who are the tournament's defending champions. The event used to be called the FIBA Americas, which Canada won in 2015 in Edmonton to qualify for last summer's Rio Olympics.
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The Houston Astros continue to find ways to win, with their latest victory coming thanks to a player who was called up from the minors just a day earlier. Juan Centeno hit an RBI single with two outs that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, lifting the Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 Sunday for their 71st victory. Centeno was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday when catcher Evan Gattis landed on the disabled list with a concussion
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Elseswhere in the Major Leagues:
AL:
NY Yankees 8 Cleveland 1
Boston 6 Chi White Sox 3
Baltimore 12 Detroit 3
Minnesota 6 Texas 5
Seattle 8 Kansas City 7 (Game 1), Kansas City 9 Seattle 1 (Game 2)
Oakland 11 LA Angels 10
NL:
St. Louis 13 Cincinnati 4
Miami 4 Atlanta 1
Pittsburgh 5 San Diego 4 (12 innings)
Washington 9 Chi Cubs 4
Philadelphia 3 Colorado 2
San Francisco 6 Arizona 3
LA Dodgers 8 NY Mets 0
Interleague:
Tampa Bay 2 Milwaukee 1


PHONE SERVICE BACK ACROSS THE REGION ***UPDATED 3:15pm***
Friday 4th August 2017
Widespread landline and cellphone outages hit Atlantic Canada, cutting off some users from 911 service and impacting police and paramedics in the region. Service was out for nearly four hours before finally being restored. Reports indicate that the cause of the outage was damage to fibre lines owned by Bell but used by several service providers. Airports in Fredericton and Halifax say some flights in and out of the region are still being affected by the a backlog created by the outages. People are advised to check with their airlines. 


TWO MORE NURSING HOME DEATHS UNCOVERED
Friday 4th August 2017
Two more Nova Scotia nursing home residents have died after being pushed by other residents. The cases — previously undisclosed and outlined in coroner's reports obtained through a freedom of information request — bring the number of such deaths since 2008 to 11. The two newly revealed deaths, both since Jan. 1 last year, are the latest examples of such fatalities occurring without the Health Department notifying the public. A third death did become public — the case of 79-year-old Gordon Birchell was reported to The Canadian Press by a family friend and later confirmed by the RCMP. Last year, The Canadian Press published reports of eight deaths since 2008 and found five had never been revealed to the public either by police or the province, and that one case wasn't investigated until the public revelations. The latest documents from the medical examiner's office say another death occurred last year at the Harbour View Haven in Lunenburg, while the latest came this year at the Shannex Orchard home in Kentville. Neither home was available for comment.


GAS, DIESEL PRICES RISE
Friday 4th August 2017
With the long weekend coming, guess which way fuel prices went overnight? A Litre of regular self-serve is up to $1.089, and a litre of diesel will now set you back $1.009.


DOWNTOWN NG ROADS CLOSED FOR JUBILEE
Friday 4th August 2017
The Jubilee is here, and that means there are a few closures. In addition to the Glasgow Square Parking Lot being closed until Tuesday morning, the Goodman parking lot will be closed at 8 a.m. today until early Monday morning. Riverside Parkway as well as Dalhousie Street, from the corner of Provost and George Street to Riverside Parkway, will be closed from 8 a.m. today until Monday at 8 a.m. There will be access to MacLean Street from Glasgow Street all three days. The George Street Bridge will be reduced to two lanes from Friday at 8 a.m. until Monday at 8 a.m. There will be local access to the Riverfront Marina until 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To accommodate the Children's Jubilee, Jubilee Youth Stage and Blues in the Park, Terrace Street to Bell Street will be closed from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and also closed from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday.


WOMAN DEAD AFTER FOUR VEHICLE CRASH IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Friday 4th August 2017
Antigonish RCMP say one woman has died following a four-vehicle collision on Highway 245 near North Grant in Antigonish County.  Police responded to the accident around 5 p.m. Thursday night and determined that four vehicles, three cars and a tractor trailer, had collided.  RCMP say the woman, who was a passenger in one vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.  They say the driver of the same vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the drivers of the three other vehicles, who were the only occupants, were not injured.  The road was closed for several hours while an RCMP Collision Analyst investigated the scene. 


RETIRED SAILOR CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
Friday 4th August 2017
A retired Canadian sailor has been charged with sexual assault and mistreating a subordinate. Master Warrant Officer (retired) Andrew Durnford faces five charges in alleged incidents stemming from his time serving on HMCS Toronto between January 2010 and September 2011. He is charged with two counts of sexual assault, assault, conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline, and ill-treatment of a subordinate. Lt.-Col. Francis Bolduc, who commands the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, says the charges reflect the service's commitment ``to support and protect victims'' in alleged sexual assaults. The matter is now proceeding in the military justice system for possible court martial.


EDUCATION MINISTER TO DEVELOP PLAN FOR SMARTPHONES IN CLASS
Friday 4th August 2017
The education minister says he's considering ways to better regulate cellphone use in schools but will not ban the devices outright. Zach Churchill said Wednesday his department will support a recommendation by mental-health expert Dr. Stan Kutcher to develop a provincewide policy on responsible use of student cellphones in schools. Kutcher made the recommendation as part of a report to the province on youth mental health following a review he conducted in the wake of three youth suicides in Cape Breton this year. School boards around the province have a variety of policy approaches towards cellphones, tablets and other personal devices. The Department of Education said it is already working on updating the school code of conduct policy, after it was asked to do so by the Commission on Inclusive Education. Kutcher's cellphone recommendation will become part of that work. The commission gave the department until Jan. 31, 2018, to come up with a plan.


ONE FIFTH OF SAUSAGES MAY CONTAIN MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF MEAT: STUDY
Friday 4th August 2017
A federally funded study has found that one out of every five sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that weren’t on the label. The study, published this week in the journal Food Control, was conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph and commissioned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. It examined 100 sausages that were labelled as containing just one ingredient — beef, pork, chicken or turkey. Robert Hanner, lead author of the study and an associate professor with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph, says the results were alarming. The goal of the study was to examine scientific methods used by Hanner to see if the CFIA could use them in its regulatory practices. Seven of 27 beef sausages examined in the study contained pork. One of 38 supposedly pure pork sausages contained horse meat. Of 20 chicken sausages, four also contained turkey and one also had beef. Five of the 15 turkey sausages studied contained no turkey at all — they were entirely chicken. The undeclared meats found weren’t trace levels, Hanner noted. The 20 per cent mislabelling rate is low compared to Europe, where studies have found 70 per cent of samples contained ingredients that were not declared. The CFIA is now considering a broader study on the issue.


GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BEGINS
Friday 4th August 2017
Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with a June 2016 meeting that included U.S. President Donald Trump's son, his son-in-law and a Russian lawyer, a sign that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is gathering pace. Sources added that Mueller had convened a grand jury in Washington to help investigate allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Election. Russia has loomed large over the first six months of the Trump presidency. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia worked to tilt the presidential election in Trump's favour. Mueller, who was appointed special counsel in May, is leading the probe, which also examines potential collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign. Mueller's use of a grand jury could give him expansive tools to pursue evidence, including issuing subpoenas and compelling witnesses to testify. At a boisterous campaign rally in Trump-friendly West Virginia on Thursday night, the president slammed the investigation as a "fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most of all demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution." Republican and Democratic senators introduced two pieces of legislation on Thursday seeking to block Trump from firing Mueller.


SPORTS AUGUST 4
Friday 4th August 2017
At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:
Tim Shea of Pictou was third in his qualifying heat in the Men's Mountain Bike Sprint.
In the men's triathlon relay, Team Nova Scotia, which includes Peter Corbin of Linacy, came in eighth.
On the field, Jake Temple was seventh in the Men's Javelin final, Heather Beaton was seventh in the Women's 400m final, Megan Graham finished 13th in the Women's 400m Hurdles, and Lauren Quann is 11th overall after the first day of the women's Heptathlon.
In Basketball, the men lost to Manitoba 103-72, while the women defeated BC 66-56.
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Early Bird season ticket packages for the Crushers are now on sale. The packages include all 24 regular season home games, plus both exhibition games. These packages will be available until 18 August. Check out the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Facebook page for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Bo Levi Mitchell threw three TD passes and Roy Finch had a punt-return touchdown for the second straight game as the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Toronto Argonauts 41-24.


ANTLERLESS DEER STAMP LOTTERY UNDERWAY
Thursday 3rd August 2017
The 2017 draw to get antlerless deer hunting stamps is now open. Applications will be accepted until August 31st. There are 5,000 stamps available this year. Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller says deer hunting in Nova Scotia has a long tradition so it needs to be well managed to be sustainable. The stamp gives the hunter permission to hunt antlerless deer in the management zone specified on the stamp. Qualified hunters can apply online or by phone. Details are on the department's website.


POLICE INVESTIGATE INTENTIONAL FIRE IN LOCHABER
Thursday 3rd August 2017
RCMP are investigating a fire in Lochaber that they are calling suspicious. On Tuesday morning a brush fire started along College Road. An initial investigation concluded that the fire was intentionally set in a wooded area nearby. The quick action of a passing motorist, who happened to have a large truck containing a water tank on-board, resulted in the fire being extinguished prior to it spreading through the surrounding forest. At the time of the fire, the Department of Natural Resources had deemed the forest fire hazard to be very high. Guysborough District RCMP and the Department of Natural Resources are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Guysborough District RCMP - Sherbrooke Detachment at (902) 522-2200. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


NEW REGULATIONS ENACTED TO COVER DIRECT SELLERS
Thursday 3rd August 2017
New regulations from the province on direct sellers, those businesses who operate without a defined retail space, have given police the authority to issue summary offence tickets to those who violate the Direct Sellers' Regulation Act. Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan says the vast majority of direct sellers are ethical, however, some engage in practices that could be misleading and negatively affect consumers. MacLellan says the province wants to ensure Nova Scotians who buy items from direct sellers are being treated fairly and that they are protected. Anyone who feels they have been treated unfairly by a direct seller should report the incident to the police.


OFF DUTY OFFICERS MAKE ARREST OF ALLEGED IMPAIRED DRIVER
Thursday 3rd August 2017
Some quick thinking and fast action by a pair of off-duty police officers and an off-duty Auxiliary Police Constable yesterday resulted in the arrest of a 46-year old Liverpool man, and could have saved a life. Yesterday shortly before noon, Queens District RCMP received serious motor vehicle-related complaints including a hit-and-run driver and a possible impaired driver. The investigation determined that a green Chevy Cavalier was driving erratically westbound on Highway 3 in the Hunt's Point area. The vehicle crossed the centre line and sideswiped an oncoming vehicle, causing minor damage. The vehicle then continued to a local resort complex. At the complex, two off-duty police officers from the RCMP and the Waterloo Regional Police Service, as well as an Auxiliary Police Constable from Toronto Police Services, saw the still-moving vehicle and noticed that the driver appeared to be unconscious. One of the police officers was able to enter the vehicle while it was in motion and put it into park. The three men then arrested the driver. He is due in Bridgewater Provincial Court next month on a number of charges, including impaired driving and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.


POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING YARMOUTH MAN
Thursday 3rd August 2017
RCMP in Yarmouth are asking for help in finding a missing 20-year old man who has not been seen since Monday. Police say Grayson Jeremy Smith of Eel Brook was last seen at his home, and indicate that they are concerned for his well being. Smith is described as caucasian, 5'10”, with a slim build, blond hair, and hazel eyes. They say he could be driving a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo with no license plate. Police are asking anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Grayson Jeremy Smith to contact Yarmouth District RCMP at 902-742-9106. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED FOR PART OF FRIDAY
Thursday 3rd August 2017
Just in time for the long weekend, the ER in Tatamagouche will be closed. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. This marks the 19th time the Emergency department has been closed since May 30. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911.


PICTOU LOBSTER CARNIVAL EXPECTED TO TURN A PROFIT
Thursday 3rd August 2017
The Pictou Lobster Carnival had a successful year. Carnival chairman Shaun McNamara tells New Glasgow News he expects a $20,000 profit from July’s event which will leave it in good standing for 2018. Last year, the carnival suffered a $20,000 loss due to poor weather. McNamara said the tent that was set up this year proved useful in protecting the large crowds from the rain Saturday morning and the hot sun Sunday afternoon. The detailed year end financials will be presented at the carnival committee’s annual general meeting to be held mid to late October.


BRUSH FIRE IN GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY DEEMED SUSPICIOUS
Thursday 3rd August 2017
The RCMP is investigating a brush fire in Guysborough County which has been deemed as suspicious. Police responded to a call between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday next to College Road in Lochaber, and determined the fire was intentionally set in a wooded area nearby. A passing motorist in a large truck with a water tank onboard stopped, resulting in the fire being extinguished before it spread through the surrounding forest. Guysborough District RCMP and the Department of Natural Resources are continuing the investigation, and say the forest fire hazard was very high at the time.


FEDS SAY THEY COULD COVER SOME VICTIM SURCHARGES UNDER NEW LEGISLATION
Thursday 3rd August 2017
Ottawa's plan to allow judges to excuse impoverished offenders from paying a federal victim surcharge could end up shrinking provincial budgets, so the feds are prepared to shell out some extra cash for up to three years. The surcharge came into effect in 1989 as a way to make offenders cover at least some of the costs associated with the impact of crime, by having the provinces and territories collect the money and use it to help fund programs and services for victims. Judges had the discretion to waive the levy if they believed it would cause "undue hardship" to offenders or their dependents. That changed in 2013, when the Conservative government doubled the amount and made it mandatory, even if the offender could not afford to pay. Those changes prompted protests from some judges, as well as court challenges under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The legislation the Liberal government tabled last fall, Bill C-28, would restore limited discretion to judges. It is difficult to predict the fiscal impact of C-28, which has yet to be debated in the House of Commons. On the one hand, the numbers in the memo do show that, with the exception of Prince Edward Island, revenue from the federal surcharge increased after the Conservatives made it mandatory. On the other hand, the numbers in some cases reveal a growing discrepancy between the amount imposed and the amount actually collected, suggesting that allowing judges to waive the federal surcharge in some cases could increase the collection rate.


SPORTS AUGUST 3
Thursday 3rd August 2017
At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:
In Basketball, the women's team lost 61-47 to Saskatchewan, while the men narrowly defeated New Brunswick 72-71.
The men's softball team lost to Ontario 9-2.
Both beach volleyball teams picked up wins: the men defeated Newfoundland and Labrador 2 sets to 0, while the women beat Quebec 2 sets to 0 as well.
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Early Bird season ticket packages for the Crushers are now on sale. The packages include all 24 regular season home games, plus both exhibition games. These packages will be available until 18 August. Check out the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Facebook page for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

J.A. Happ had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings, matching his longest start of the season, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1.
Cleveland at Boston, ppd.
Detroit 2 N.Y. Yankees 0
Baltimore 6 Kansas City 0
Tampa Bay 3 Houston 0
Texas 5 Seattle 1
National League
Cincinnati 5 Pittsburgh 2
Miami 7 Washington 0
Atlanta 5 L.A. Dodgers 3
Arizona 3 Chicago Cubs 0
St. Louis 5 Milwaukee 4
N.Y. Mets 10 Colorado 5
Interleague
Minnesota 5 San Diego 2
L.A. Angels 7 Philadelphia 0
Oakland 6 San Francisco 1
MLS All-Star Game at Chicago
After a 1-1 tie to end regulation, the visitors from Real Madrid finally shook free from a determined MLS All-Star side, 4-2, in a penalty shootout when Marcelo's kick skidded low right and past diving goalkeeper Stefan Frei.


HYDROMORPHONE SEIZURE LEADS TO ARREST, TRAFFICKING CHARGE
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
A Kingston man is facing drug trafficking charges after 140 hydromorphone pills were seized during a traffic stop in Berwick last week. Forty-two year old Ronald William Richards was charged as part of an ongoing prescription drug trafficking investigation in Kings County. The investigation is being conducted by the Valley Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit (SCEU) and Kings District RCMP. Richardsis facing a single count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. He was remanded in to custody and released by a judge. Richards will appear in Kentville Provincial Court on August 29 at 9:30 a.m. The investigation is ongoing.


ANOTHER BEACH CLOSED BY BACTERIA
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Earlier this week, three beaches in Halifax Regional Municipality were closed due to high bacteria levels in the water. Today, Kings County officials are adding the Aylesford Lake beach to the closures caused by bacteria. County officials are citing the practice of people feeding the ducks and geese in the area as the probable cause for the issue. They are urging residents and visitors not to feed waterfowl. They say the beach itself will remain open, as will the boardwalk, picnic areas and canteen, although lifeguards will be on hand to prevent people from entering the water. They say they will keep the boat launch open, but again urge boaters not to leave their boats to go swimming.


MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGED BREAK-IN IN HALIBURTON
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
A Stellarton man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into a vacant home yesterday in Haliburton. Just before 10:30 yesterday morning, Pictou County District RCMP received a call regarding a man breaking into a vacant home on Highway 6. When police arrived, they arrested 50-year old Arthur Stuart Baxter, who they say had been living in a tent on the property and selling items taken from the home. Police seized a firearm, as well as stolen property including a vehicle. Baxter made a brief court appearance this morning on a total of five charges. He has been remanded into custody and will return to court tomorrow morning.


GARNIER LAWYER LOOKING TO PUT CAMPBELL'S PAST INTO EVIDENCE
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Christopher Garnier's lawyer is applying to have Catherine Campbell's prior sexual activity and her employment records included as evidence when he goes to trial on charges of second-degree murder and interfering with human remains this fall. The Truro Daily News is reporting that there are two applications being brought before the court by defence lawyer Joel Pink in a hearing possibly scheduled for next week. The newspaper is also reporting that the Crown is seeking to have the applications sealed, and keep the contents of the hearing subject to a publication ban.


ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE DRUGS IN CHOCOLATE BARS THWARTED
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Border agents at the Port of Halifax were not fooled by an attempt to smuggle drugs into the country by tucking them away inside of chocolate bars. The Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP announced the seizure of 200kg of hashish today. The bars were on their way to Ontario from the Netherlands earlier this year, but the CBSA officers acting on a tip from the National Targeting Centre, were able to react to anomalies found in the X-ray images of the bars on 25 May. One hundred chocolate bars were seized, and after examination in was determined that each had two kilograms of hidden hashish. RCMP subsequently arrested a 51-year old Mississauga man, and charged him with importing a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts of conspiring to commit an indictable offense.


PROVINCE ACCEPTS RECOMMENDATIONS ON TEEN MENTAL HEALTH
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
The province will take immediate action to enhance mental health services and support to youth in Cape Breton. It will work to improve support for the CaperBase mental health program for youth in Cape Breton. It will ensure that the province-wide mental health crisis line has more staff to respond to higher numbers of calls. And it will fund two more guidance counsellors and a social worker to work at the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. These are three of the recommendations that Dr. Stan Kutcher, an expert in adolescent mental health, made after spending several days in Cape Breton at the end of June. Dr. Kutcher made the trip at the request of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill. Government will work on Dr. Kutcher's remaining recommendations in the coming months.


CENSUS DATA SHOWS MORE AND MORE CANADIANS ARE LIVING SOLO
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
More Canadians are opting to live alone as the country’s population ages and as women become better able to foot the household bills by themselves. Those are the findings of the latest release of data from the 2016 census which looks at the number of people who share the same roof, the types of families Canadians are choosing and the range of languages they can speak. For the first time in the country’s history, the number of one-person households has surpassed all other types of living situation. They accounted for 28.2 per cent of all households last year, more than the percentage of couples with children, couples without children, single-parent families, multiple family households, and all other combinations of people living together. That mirrors trends in the United States and the United Kingdom but is still significantly lower than other developed countries. But, even as living single is becoming more common, there are some demographic groups in Canada that are bucking the trend. The proportion of women over the age of 65 who are living alone has fallen from 38.3 per cent in 2001 to 33 per cent last year, while the ranks of those who were married or living common-law increased. And the number of young adults between the ages of 20 and 34 who are living with at least one parent is also on the rise. In terms of language, the census finds that Canadians are becoming increasingly diverse. The influx of immigrants has created a country in which more of us speak a language other than English or French at home. But number of Canadians who can speak both of Canada’s official languages is also increasing after a decade of levelling off. Between 2011 and 2016, the English-French bilingualism rate rose from 17.5 per cent to 18 per cent. Bilingual Canadians remain concentrated in Quebec, where 42.6 per cent reported being able to speak both official languages in 2016.


YARMOUTH-MAINE FERRY CANCELS CROSSINGS
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
The CAT high-speed ferry has cancelled another crossing. Thursday's 8:30 am voyage from Yarmouth to Portland has been cancelled, the third this week. An advisory on the company's website blamed the Thursday cancellation on "technical issues." At the start of July, Bay Ferries reduced the number of planned crossings due to a problem with one of the ship's four engines. But after a new engine issue was identified on Monday, a full technical crew from both Bay Ferries and the CAT's engine manufacturer, MTU, is in Portland investigating how to fix things. Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood says she doesn't know how long the cancellations will continue.


PC SOLID WASTE NOW COMPOSTS KITTY LITTER
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Good news for cat owners. Pictou County Solid Waste says that it now allows cat litter to be deposited in the green bin. Regional coordinator Susan MacDonald tells NG News that cat litter is now accepted organic material. She says that means roughly 340 tonnes of material a year could be composted into a useful resource instead of going to the landfill. MacDonald says all types of cat litter are mostly made from natural materials such as wheat, corn and other grains, recycled paper, wood products and clay, all of which are compostable. MacDonald said feces in the litter can be scooped and flushed, or it can go in the green cart, but while dog poop is also biodegradable, it’s not part of the compost program, because most pet owners put it into non-compostable plastic bags. Any questions about the compost program can be directed to MacDonald at 902-396-1495 or visit Pictou County Solid Waste's website.


FORMER DIRECTOR OF ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY CHARGED WITH FRAUD
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
The former executive of a charity that helps women involved with the justice system has been charged with fraud.  51 year-old Tammy Gloade of Eastern Passage is the former executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society. She has been accused of depositing funds from the society into her own personal account. She faces a total of 31 charges including multiple counts of forging documents, fraud over $5,000, uttering forged documents, falsification of books and documents and fraudulent concealment. A 43-year-old man is also facing charges, which includes fraud over $5,000. The Elizabeth Fry Society's website shows the role of executive director is currently vacant.


10TH DEATH RIGHT WHALE DISCOVERED
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
The federal Department of Fisheries has confirmed that yet another North Atlantic right whale has been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In all, the carcasses of 10 of the endangered mammals have been found in the Gulf since June 7. The most recent find was reported Tuesday from the west coast of Newfoundland, though it remains unclear when the whale was first spotted. The department issued a statement on Twitter say the "unprecedented number of right whale deaths is very concerning." Four of the dead whales were found on the west coast of Newfoundland, but the department says two of them are not among the eight previously identified carcasses. North Atlantic right whales are critically endangered, with only about 525 believed to be alive.


BATTLE CONTINUES AGAINST MISCOU ISLAND FOREST FIRE
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
A stubborn forest fire in northeast New Brunswick was listed as "contained" Tuesday afternoon, but residents in the area aren't being allowed to return to their homes just yet. Provincial fire prevention officer Roger Collet said strong winds, dry weather and lingering hot spots leave the possibility of flames starting up again. The blaze started Saturday on Miscou Island, forcing an evacuation of 25 people from their homes. Collet said in some places the fire has gotten into peat bogs where it could smoulder for some time and possibly re-ignite. Early estimates had put the fire at about 80 hectares in size, but Collet said after aerial surveys that has been reduced to 50 hectares. He also said there's an unburned area of close to 15 hectares in the middle of that 50 hectare burn area. Collet said about 40 crew are working on the fire, looking for hotspots. All of New Brunswick is under a ban on open burning.


HUNDREDS OF BUILDINGS DESTROYED BY BC WILDFIRES
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Wildfires continue to burn across British Columbia and officials say flames have now destroyed more than 300 buildings. Robert Turner with Emergency Management BC says 71 of the buildings were homes, 116 were outbuildings like sheds, three were commercial buildings and 115 have yet to be identified. He says the Cariboo Regional District, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the Ashcroft Indian Band have been the hardest hit, but no critical infrastructure has been lost. More than 840 fires have charred about 4,260 square kilometres in B.C. since April 1, and Kevin Skrepnek with the BC Wildfire Service says hot, dry weather is expected to increase fire activity in the coming days. He says smoke from the fires is hanging over several communities, creating visibility and safety issues for aircraft that are fighting and detecting the fires. About 3,700 people are currently battling the flames and 108 fire personnel from Mexico are coming to join them later this week.


FEDS HIRING MORE TRADE EXPERTS AHEAD OF NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
The Trudeau government is beefing up its team in the United States as it prepares to defend Canada’s interests in the looming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Sources say the government is creating a new position of deputy ambassador to the U.S. and is filling it with one of this country’s foremost trade experts: Kirsten Hillman. Trade-savvy individuals are also being appointed as consuls general in Atlanta, San Francisco and Seattle and the government is actively considering opening new consulates in other parts of the U.S. Here at home, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, the lead minister on NAFTA, is creating a special council to advise her on all aspects of the trilateral trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico. The council will have about a dozen members, representing the groups that have the most at stake in the negotiations, which are to begin on Aug. 16 in Washington. And in a sign that the government is determined to take a unified, non-partisan approach to the talks, the council also includes James Moore, a minister of both industry and heritage in Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government, and Brian Topp, a veteran NDP strategist who ran for the federal party leadership in 2012 and who most recently served as chief of staff to Alberta’s NDP premier, Rachel Notley.


SPORTS AUGUST 2
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:
Nova Scotia secured its first medal. Ryan Shay, who is from Yarmouth, was awarded a silver medal for placing second in the para discus throw. He'll compete in the shot put on Friday.
Pictou's Breanna Sandluck finished 15th in the women's 3000m Steeplechase.
Heather Beaton and Megan Graham helped team NS to finish second in their heat at the women's 4x400 relay with a time of 3:53.75.
In Men's High Jump, Kaelan Schimdt and Logan Coulet both cleared a height of 1.89 m.
Jake Temple of Pictou finished 5th in his group in Men's Javelin with a distance of 48.79 m.
Tim Shea of Pictou was part of Team Nova Scotia's Men Mountain Bike Relay team, which finished 6th.

In men's softball, Nova Scotia scored a 14-6 victory over New Brunswick in their first game with Stewiacke's Liam Giffen scoring four runs, a home run, and two RBIs. In their second game, they topped B.C. 5-3. Giffen had a solo home run. The men’s baseball team scored four runs in the seventh inning for a 7–3 win over New Brunswick.
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Early Bird season ticket packages for the Crushers are now on sale. The packages include all 24 regular season home games, plus both exhibition games. These packages will be available until 18 August. Check out the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Facebook page for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Justin Smoak hit his 31st homer, Josh Donaldson homered and drove in three runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4.
Baltimore 7 Kansas City 2
Detroit 4 N.Y. Yankees 3
Boston 12 Cleveland 10
Seattle 8 Texas 7
Tampa Bay 6 Houston 4
National League
Cincinnati 9 Pittsburgh 1
Miami 7 Washington 6
L.A. Dodgers 3 Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 2
Chicago Cubs 16 Arizona 4
Colorado 5 N.Y. Mets 4
Interleague
San Francisco 10 Oakland 4
L.A. Angels 7 Philadelphia 1
San Diego 3 Minnesota 0


PESTICIDE SPRAYING PROJECTS APPROVED BY PROVINCE
Tuesday 1st August 2017
The Department of Environment has issued four new approvals for pesticide spraying covering about 1,654 hectares. Two of the approvals went to Northern Pulp, covering over 20 projects, including a portion of West River Station. Century Forestry Consultants also received approval for a number of projects, including six in Six Mile Brook. Three previously issued multi-year approvals also allow spraying this year. All provinces allow pesticide spraying. Any pesticides that are used must be registered through Health Canada. Approval decisions are made by department staff. Approvals contain specific terms and conditions that must be met. The approvals are available on the department's website.


HALIFAX BEACHES CLOSED OVER BACTERIA CONCERNS
Tuesday 1st August 2017
Three beaches in the Halifax area had to be shut down because of high levels of bacteria in the water. The city has advised that Kinap Beach in Porter's Lake, Black Rock Beach in Point Pleasant Park, and Dingle Beach in Fleming Park are closed to swimming until further notice. The Municipality has been conducting regular testing, and the current bacteria levels are above Health Canada guidelines. They have not indicated a specific cause for the situation, although the weather and waterfowl could potentially have an impact. They say testing will continue and the beaches will be reopened when it is safe to do so.


THREE KILLED IN ESCAPE ATTEMPT AT A MOSCOW COURTHOUSE
Tuesday 1st August 2017
Russian officials say five defendants at a Moscow courthouse attacked their guards in a bungled escape attempt, leading to a shootout that killed three people and wounded four others. Authorities said the incident happened when five handcuffed defendants were escorted by two guards in an elevator at the Moscow Regional Court. One of the defendants tried to strangle a guard. The defendants managed to escape and seized the guards' weapons. Three of the defendants were then killed and two wounded in a shootout with the court's guards. Two guards were injured and taken to hospital, the agency said. Authorities said the incident took place before a hearing for a gang of nine who are suspected of killing more than a dozen motorists. Russia media dubbed the accused "the Grand Theft Auto gang" after the violent video game. The men on trial are accused of terrorizing Moscow motorists for months in 2014. Prosecutors said the gang members were placing spikes on roads, forcing the motorists out of their vehicles and shooting them dead. The nine men, all from Central Asia, are charged with 17 murders and two attempted murders.


FUNDY GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM HOSTING VISITS TO FOSSIL CLIFFS
Tuesday 1st August 2017
Nova Scotians and visitors will be able to travel to a research site along the Bay of Fundy where some of the oldest dinosaur bones in Canada were discovered. Today until Thursday, the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro is offering guided beach tours to the site at Wasson Bluff, Cumberland County where the search continues for small fossils of lizard-like animals and dinosaur bones. The bones discovered at the site last year are 200 million years old and are now on display at the museum. Museum director and curator Tim Fedak says this year's dinosaur field work is off to a great start, with researchers collecting several new teeth of mammal-like reptiles. He says they are optimistic that they will find new dinosaur bones this week.


AT SPECIAL MEETING, PICTOU COUNCIL PASSES BUDGET, TIDIES UP TAX RULES
Tuesday 1st August 2017
The town of Pictou has passed a balanced budget without a big hike in taxes or fees. At a special meeting last night, town council passed a proposed budget with $5.3 million in revenue. Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan is pleased that council has been able to keep taxes roughly the same despite a drop in assessments. While most Pictou tax bills will see an increase of 1 percent or less this fiscal year, some will see a slight drop in their bills.

The town has also simplified the exemptions on taxation rates for local organizations. For example, the Eastern Star Lodge, where the old Tim Hortons was downtown, will be taxed at a residential rate year round, unless a new commercial business moves in. The New Caledonia Curling Club will also be taxed at the residential rate. In addition, residential properties that are unoccupied for at least 9 months can apply for exemption from the Curbside Collection Fee if they are up to date on their other taxes. And council has set policy that a property that has been demolished or destroyed, while exempt from operating sewer charges, still owe any outstanding capital sewer charges, which are being used to fund the new water system.


DRIVER CHARGED WITH STUNTING - IN DOWNTOWN HFX!
Tuesday 1st August 2017
Turns out that dangerous speeders aren't confined to the highway. A motorist has been fined 24-hundred dollars for stunting in downtown Halifax. Police say the 72-year-old driver was travelling at 106 kilometres per hour in a 50-kilometre-per-hour zone when he was stopped on Barrington Street on Friday. He was suspended from driving for one week, and his vehicle was seized and towed. 


RIDE FOR REESE BEGINS IN T.O. TODAY
Tuesday 1st August 2017
Today is the start of the Ride for Reese. Reese Hawkins' godmother Andrea Haughan of Lyons Brook, and her husband Lloyd McLean are cycling from Toronto to Halifax to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. The ride is also in honour of Reese beating leukemia in April. The duo leave Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto this morning, and expect to travel to Halifax then back to New Glasgow in 13 days. To accomplish that they will average over 162 km per day with no days off. The two are no strangers to long bike trips. Haughan has competed in numerous triathlons. In 2013 McLean was the pilot for a tandem bicycle that crossed Canada from St. John’s to Victoria, a total distance of 8,200 km. To learn more about how to contribute, visit Light the Night dot c-a.


SPORTS AUGUST 1
Tuesday 1st August 2017
At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:
The men's softball team had a win and a loss, losing 12-3 to Saskatchewan but defeating Quebec 11-8. The men's baseball team improved to 2 and 2 with a 3-1 over Newfoundland and Labrador.
Heather Beaton of Stellarton finished fourth in her 400m heat.
Trenton's Megan Graham was seventh in her heat in the 400m Hurdles.
Peter Corbin of Linacy competed in the Male Triathlon, but did not finish.
Tatum McLean of Greenhill threw for a distance of 47.51 metres, placing seventh in the preliminaries of the Hammer Throw.
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Early Bird season ticket packages for the Crushers are now on sale. The packages include all 24 regular season home games, plus both exhibition games. These packages will be available until 18 August. Check out the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Facebook page for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Matt Davidson singled in Leury Garcia with two outs in the ninth inning for his second game-ending hit in as many days, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 after losing top prospect Yoan Moncada to a right knee injury.
Baltimore 2 Kansas City 1
N.Y. Yankees 7 Detroit 3
Boston 6 Cleveland 2
Seattle 6 Texas 4
Houston 14 Tampa Bay 7
National League
Philadelphia 7 Atlanta 6
Washington 1 Miami 0
Interleague
Oakland 8 San Francisco 5
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The IAAF is not ready to lift Russia's suspension from track and field competitions as the country fails to fully accept the findings of an investigation into its state-sponsored doping scheme. A meeting of the international track and field federation's member associations in London on Thursday will be asked to maintain the ban on Russia that was imposed in 2015 after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren exposed how failed drug tests were covered up.
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Los Angeles has reached an agreement with International Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, while ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, officials announced Monday. The deal would make LA a three-time Olympic city, after hosting the 1932 and 1984 Games. The agreement follows a vote earlier this month by the International Olympic Committee to seek an unusual deal to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously. Paris is the only city left to host the 2024 Games.