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Showing news for the month of July , 2015

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 4
Saturday 4th July 2015
The deadline to enter this year's Nova Scotia 55+ Games has been extended. With nearly 600 registered and more expected, the deadline is now 15 August. Activities for the Games range from hockey, to curling, to golf, to tennis, to cribbage, track and field, soccer, swimming, floor shuffleboard, Scrabble, washer toss and more. The games are being held in the county September 17 to 19. To register, contact 55+ Games Event Coordinator Jan Keefe at 902-301-0588 or by email: 55plusgames@activepictoucounty.ca.
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, July 23 at the Abercrombie Golf Course. Tee times will begin at 11:00 am. (Please note this time is not the time stated in the Homecoming Brochure). The tournament has gone to a scramble format and will award the DR Hayman Memorial trophy to the winning foursome. This year the committee will also award the Bob White Memorial Trophy to a mixed or all female team with the best score. The Committee also welcomes individuals who would like to play and it will comprise teams from the list of individual players. The prizes and awards banquet will feature a steak dinner and is hosted each year at the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Building in Stellarton at the conclusion of the tournament. To register please contact the Stellarton Recreation office at 752-8944 and please remember payment must be received by July 20th. For further information contact Jeff Green (752-7674) or Harvey MacLeod(752-4922).
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Registrations are now open for the annual Pictou County Roots for Youth Golf Tournament. The tournament will be on Aug 8 at 1pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Fraser's Mountain. To register your team of 4, please go to www.pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com or call (902) 695 3241.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca NATIONAL SPORTS:
The Ottawa Redblacks would love to make a little history in their home opener tonight (6pm ET) against the B-C Lions. After winning their season opener against Montreal, the Redblacks have an opportunity to win a second straight game -- something that eluded them in their inaugural season. Last night, the Als beat the Calgary Stampeders 29-11.
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R-A Dickey gets the nod as the Toronto Blue Jays play the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a three-game set. Dickey fell to 3-and-8 after dropping his last outing to Boston. Detroit will counter with lefty David Price, who's 7-and-2 this year. Last night Toronto started off its 10-game road swing with an 8-6 loss to the Tigers.
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Canadian David Hearn is in contention entering the third round of the P-G-A's Greenbrier Classic. The Brantford, Ontario native is 8-under and one shot behind leaders Jhonattan (Jonathan) Vegas and Scott Langley after shooting a 6-under 64 yesterday. Tiger Woods is 5-under par, good for 26th spot.
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The third-place match at the Women's World Cup goes this afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium. Both Germany and England are hoping to finish the month-long tournament on a winning note after dropping their semifinal matches. The U-S plays defending champion Japan on Sunday in the final.
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Vasek Pospisil (VASH'-ihk PAWS'-pih-sill) takes on Britain's James Ward this morning in third-round play at Wimbledon. The Vancouver native would be the lone Canadian to make it to the fourth round of the grass tournament after Thornhill, Ontario's Milos Raonic (MEE'-lohsh RAH'-ah-nitch) was eliminated yesterday.


SIRT TO INVESTIGATE SUSPECT IN POLICE CUSTODY WITH BROKEN HAND
Friday 3rd July 2015
Nova Scotia's police watchdog is investigating after it was determined a suspect in Halifax police custody had a broken hand. Police say the 33-year-old man wanted for breach of court-imposed conditions resisted arrest when officers found him yesterday afternoon. The man was taken into police custody, where he later reported his injury. The Serious Incident Response Team was called in after it was determined in hospital that he had a broken hand. 


POLICE CONFIRM DEATHS IN SAINT JOHN AS MURDER-SUICIDE
Friday 3rd July 2015
Police say the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a home in Saint John, N.B., were the result of a murder-suicide. The Saint John Police Force says it is waiting for final post-mortem results to conclude its investigation and won't make any further comment. Officers were called to a home on Red Head Road around 4 p.m. Monday for a well-being check. Police said when they entered the home, they heard an apparent gunshot. The scene was contained and a tactical police unit entered the home, where a 51-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were found dead.


USE OF VOTER INFORMATION CARDS AS I.D. A MATTER FOR THE COURTS
Friday 3rd July 2015
Lawyers for the federal government are in a Toronto court today, fighting a request for an injunction that would suspend part of the Harper government's Fair Elections Act. The lawyers say letting people use voter information cards as valid I-D at the polls could lead to fraud and detract from public confidence in the electoral system. The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students want the court to restore Canada's chief electoral officer's power to recognize voter information cards as valid I-D in time for the fall election.


WINNIPEG WOMAN INJURED IN EXPLOSION
Friday 3rd July 2015
Winnipeg police say one woman has been rushed to hospital with very serious upper body injuries after an explosion at a law office. Emergency crews have surrounded the building housing the Petersen King law office. Police believe the woman inadvertently triggered the blast but they say they don't know where the device came from. The police bomb disposal team is searching the rest of the building


BERNARDO TO APPLY FOR PAROLE
Friday 3rd July 2015
A lawyer says the families of two murdered southern Ontario girls are devastated at news Paul Bernardo has applied for day parole. Bernardo was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25-years for raping and murdering 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French. The lawyer for the girls' families says it's Bernardo's right to apply for parole three years before he is eligible, but Tim Danson says there is no chance Bernardo will ever see the outside world again.


ARMED ROBBERY AT PIZZA SHOP IN HALIFAX
Friday 3rd July 2015
Police in Halifax are investigating an alleged armed robbery at a pizza shop in the city. They say they were called to Metro Pizza on Lady Hammond Road at about 11 o'clock last night. Investigators say a man entered the store with a gun, but left empty handed. They describe the suspect as being about five feet five inches, with a medium build and wearing grey jogging pants and a black hoodie with a silver logo. Police say he was wearing a mask over his face at the time. No one was injured.


TORIES SAY REPLACEMENT OF FILM TAX CREDIT NOT HELPING
Friday 3rd July 2015
The Tories say changes to the province's film tax credit are already hurting the industry. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says the governing Liberals scrapped the tax credit without considering the effects. Baillie says a man who owns a vehicle rental company for the film industry has had to send some of his fleet outside the province for work. The province replaced the film tax credit with the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund, which came into effect Wednesday.


PEI POTATO FARMERS WORRY RED TAPE OVER METAL CONCERNS WILL COST TOO MUCH
Friday 3rd July 2015
A group of P.E.I. farmers who sell potatoes to the same buyer says it doesn't makes sense for each to install metal detectors to screen for metal objects. They want government funds dedicated for the screening to go toward metal detectors at the central location where their potatoes are unloaded. But because that is in Nova Scotia, the funding may not be available to them. The bulk of government assistance being offered to farmers to purchase the equipment is from a federal program and each province's allocation can only be spent in that province.

Robert Henderson, a member of the legislature for O'Leary-Inverness, says several of the 15 growers who sell to the buyer in Nova Scotia are concerned about the cost of installing metal detectors. Ottawa and the province committed more than $3 million for security devices after several potatoes were found with metal objects in the Atlantic provinces.


PROVINCE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SENIORS' PROPERTY TAX REBATE
Friday 3rd July 2015
The province is accepting applications for the Seniors' Property Tax Rebate. The program is for seniors who receive the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement, live in their own homes and paid their previous year's property taxes in full. The program provides up to eight hundred dollars. Most seniors who have received the tax rebate before will have a renewal form sent to their homes. Eligible seniors can get an application at Access Nova Scotia, online at novascotia.ca or by phone at 1-800-670-4357.


CHAD TRANSIT PARTNERS WITH LOCAL FESTIVALS TO PROVIDE A RIDE HOME
Friday 3rd July 2015
Great news for those looking to have some fun at local festivals and still get home safely. The Pictou Lobster Carnival, Riverfront Jubilee and Stellarton Homecoming Dance have partnered with CHAD Transit to provide safe, inexpensive and prompt transportation after late-night festivities.

CHAD Transit will be running a charter service during next week's Lobster Carnival in Pictou, as well as the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee and Stellarton Homecoming Dance later this month. Pre-booking will be necessary and can be done anytime up to the day before the event. For a flat fee of $10, patrons will be picked up at the event and driven home. Any remaining proceeds will be donated to the local Pictou County MADD Chapter.

The Municipal Alcohol Committee, a group of municipal leaders who have been leading local conversations on the impacts of alcohol in the community, is collaborating with these partners to help provide a safer, more enjoyable time. For information on pre-booking a ride home after the events, check the specific event’s website or get in touch with the hosting group.


NDP WANTS TO SEE RESULTS OF STUDIES DONE ON THE CB RAIL LINE
Friday 3rd July 2015
NDP Transport critic Sterling Belliveau wants the McNeil government to release three studies commissioned by the Ministers’ Rail Advisory Committee on the future of the Cape Breton Rail Line. The three studies, on upcoming economic opportunities in Cape Breton in relation to the rail line, investment required to upgrade the Sydney Subdivision, and an assessment of the cost of trucking versus rail, were scheduled to be completed back in March. But Belliveau says there's been hardly anything from the province since the spring, and Cape Bretoners need to know if the government will provide any assistance.


MILLBROOK WOMAN GETS FISHING JOB AFTER SEXISM LAWSUIT
Friday 3rd July 2015
A Nova Scotia woman is heading out to sea after winning a fight against her home community for denying her a fishing licence because of her gender. Stacey Marshall Tabor says the Millbrook First Nation told her she would be sailing as a deckhand on a snow crab boat. The assignment comes after years of infighting, resulting in a discrimination finding by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The tribunal found Tabor had repeatedly been passed over for fishing boat positions in favour of men who were less qualified.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 3
Friday 3rd July 2015
The next event on the Johnny Miles Stay Active Series is the Shiretown Dental Clinic Run for the Lobster 5km and 10km Race which will take place on Sunday. Participants can register online at www.raceroster.ca or on site at Registration / Race Kit Pick Up Sunday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 am at the Advocate Printing Parking Lot on Browns Point Road. Registration fee is $30.00 and $27.00 for Run Nova Scotia Members. There will also be a Student Challenge, which is free for students 16 & under. There is a limit of 100 students. The race starts at Advocate Printing at Brown Point Rd., same as last year. To get to Browns Points you take the Lyons Brook exit off the Pictou Rotary, left on Haliburton Road and Right on Browns Point Road. For more information and to register go to www.johnnymiles.ca or www.raceroster.ca
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, July 23 at the Abercrombie Golf Course. Tee times will begin at 11:00 am. (Please note this time is not the time stated in the Homecoming Brochure). The tournament has gone to a scramble format and will award the DR Hayman Memorial trophy to the winning foursome. This year the committee will also award the Bob White Memorial Trophy to a mixed or all female team with the best score. The Committee also welcomes individuals who would like to play and it will comprise teams from the list of individual players. The prizes and awards banquet will feature a steak dinner and is hosted each year at the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Building in Stellarton at the conclusion of the tournament. To register please contact the Stellarton Recreation office at 752-8944 and please remember payment must be received by July 20th. For further information contact Jeff Green (752-7674) or Harvey MacLeod(752-4922).
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Registrations are now open for the annual Pictou County Roots for Youth Golf Tournament. The tournament will be on Aug 8 at 1pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Fraser's Mountain. To register your team of 4, please go to www.pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com or call (902) 695 3241.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


FUEL PRICES DOWN AGAIN
Friday 3rd July 2015
Fuel prices are sliding down for a second week. Regular self-serve gasoline is down more than a penny to $1.182 per litre, while diesel slips a half cent to $1.065 per litre.


FEDS MAKE LIST OF HERITAGE LIGHTHOUSES
Friday 3rd July 2015
Parks Canada has released a list of 74 lighthouses that have been granted heritage status. The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act will preserve structures in the four Atlantic provinces, as well as Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Marc Seguin from the non-profit group Save Our Lighthouses says the list is a good first step. But he says the federal government still has work to do because there are about five-hundred historic lighthouses worth preserving in Canada.


MAN RESCUED FROM PEGGY'S COVE
Friday 3rd July 2015
An Ontario man was rescued from the Atlantic ocean yesterday after he fell from the rocks at Peggy's Cove. R-C-M-P say the 26-year-old man went into the water near the tourist destination yesterday afternoon. The Mounties say he was in the ocean for 10 minutes before the crew of a nearby tour boat pulled him from the water. Police say he was brought to hospital and is expected to survive.


NB GOV'T TAMPERED WITH FISHING LODGE RECORDS: REPORT
Friday 3rd July 2015
A review of changes to the guest list of a provincially owned fishing lodge in New Brunswick says government officials intentionally concealed information. The review by the province's access to information and privacy commissioner says two deputy ministers altered the 2013 guest list for Larry's Gulch lodge after a request by a newspaper editor. The report by Anne Bertrand does not recommend any charges be laid and does not name the officials. But the report says changes to government records will not be tolerated in the future.


PEI PUTTING MILLIONS INTO SOCIAL HOUSING
Friday 3rd July 2015
The P-E-I government has announced a five-year plan to improve social housing. The province says it will invest 750-thousand dollars per year in the project. Renovations are planned at more than 20 buildings. The province says the first round of tenders will be advertised this weekend.


SASKATCHEWAN FIRES STILL NOT UNDER CONTROL
Friday 3rd July 2015
Firefighters from as far away as Newfoundland and Labrador are in northern Saskatchewan battling wildfires that have forced more than five-thousand people from their homes. About 50 towns, villages, and reserves in the areas of La Ronge and La Loche have been either partially or completely evacuated. So far, fire has destroyed a rural home southwest of La Ronge and some cabins in remote areas. The 600 firefighters battling the blazes could get some help from the weather forecast, which calls for rain this weekend.


FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY LARGELY UNSPENT
Friday 3rd July 2015
Fresh figures show that the federal government's multibillion-dollar infrastructure fund has been handing out money at a snail’s pace. And that has prompted complaints that the government is playing politics with the cash. Data tabled in Parliament last month shows about 92 per cent of the 10-billion dollar provincial-territorial stream of the New Building Canada Fund remains unspent. About 782-million is allocated through the start of this fiscal year.

Infrastructure Canada, which is responsible for overseeing the cash, says that it may take some time to get the money out the door, seeing as the commitment is for a 10-year period. Liberal M-P Ralph Goodale says even though it is in year two, the fact that 94 per cent hasn't been touched is a -- quote -- “deliberate design decision by the government so that they have something to talk about in terms of infrastructure.” Michele-Jamali Paquette, a spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel, replied that the government "has no lessons to take from the Liberal party" on infrastructure spending.


OTTAWA UPDATES ASSESMENT OF ASBESTOS RISKS
Friday 3rd July 2015
The federal government says recent changes to the way Health Canada describes health risks associated with asbestos exposure are not significant. But many experts disagree, stressing the importance of the update. Chrysotile asbestos, mined in Canada and exported until the last operation in Quebec went bankrupt, used to be referred to on the department's website as being less dangerous than other forms of the mineral.

But last month, that section was removed, as was a reference to the risks associated with inhaling "significant quantities" of asbestos fibres. The website now states "asbestos, if inhaled, can cause cancer and other diseases." A spokesman for Health Minister Rona (RAW’-nah) Ambrose said the changes came from a review of all web content for an upcoming transition to one central government site. Despite the government's dismissals, the Canada Public Health Association applauded the changes as evidence of a "good public health decision."

New Democrat M-P Pat Martin, who continues to be tested for asbestos-related illnesses due to his work in a mine, says Canada should ban asbestos.


OTTAWA TO DEFEND CONTROVERSIAL VOTER ID POSITION IN COURT
Friday 3rd July 2015
A Toronto court will hear the federal government today defend its decision to bar people from using voter I-D cards as identification at the polls. Two organizations are seeking an interim injunction against a key voter identification provision in the Fair Elections Act, passed last year. The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students say prohibiting the use of voter I-D cards could disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters in the upcoming federal election.

Without a voter I-D card, voters need a piece of photo I-D with their current address or two pieces of identification -- one with a photo and one with a current address. Pierre Poilievre (PWAH'-lee-ehv), the Conservative minister responsible for democratic reform, says there are 39 recognized pieces of I-D "easily attainable" under the act but the council disagrees that they are easy to get. Some 400-thousand Canadians used the voter identification cards in the 2011 election.


DON'T HAVE 9-1-1 ON SPEED DIAL IN YOUR CELL PHONE TO AVOID POCKET DIALING
Thursday 2nd July 2015
The R-C-M-P in St. John's is urging people not to add 9-1-1 to their speed dial to avoid pocket dials and false alarms. They say officers responded to 20 false alarms over the last 48 hours, taking up a large amount of time and resources that might have been needed for real emergencies. Staff Sergeant Boyd Merrill says most of the calls come from security systems, but some also come as the result of pocket dials or children playing with phones that have 9-1-1 on speed dial. He says if you're in an emergency, 9-1-1 is fairly easy to dial. 


PICTOU ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE GRANTED HERITAGE STATUS
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Parks Canada has released a list of 74 lighthouses across the country, including 14 in Nova Scotia, that have been granted heritage status. Marc Seguin, head of the non-profit group Save Our Lighthouses, says it's a good first step, but he says the federal government should get more involved because there are more than 500 lighthouses worth preserving in Canada. One of the Nova Scotia lighthouses is the Pictou Island South lighthouse, built in 1907.


WOMAN STOPPING FOR DUCKS CAUSES ACCIDENT THAT RESULTS IN SERIOUS INJURIES
Thursday 2nd July 2015
RCMP say a man on a motorcycle was seriously injured when he ran into car that stopped to allow a family of ducks to cross the road. Police say a car stopped on Highway 101 near Wolfville around 9:45 a.m. as the ducklings made their way across. They say another car stopped behind it and was rear-ended by the motorcycle. The rider, who is in his 60s and from Upper Rawdon, N.S., was seriously injured and taken by helicopter to hospital. Police say the vehicle that stopped for the ducks did not remain on the scene. They're asking for the public's help in locating the driver.


CLOTHING STORE IN HALIFAX SHUTTING DOORS AFTER CLOSE TO A CENTURY
Thursday 2nd July 2015
An iconic women's clothing store in Halifax has closed after 96 years in business. Mills announced that it shut its doors at the end of business Tuesday. A statement says the company was placed in receivership after not being able to generate enough business. The company's two owners say they held a meeting to inform 20 full-time and part-time employees of the closure. The upscale store opened on Spring Garden Road in 1919 and catered to more affluent shoppers. It was bought by a new ownership group in 2012, including the two women who became the sole shareholders earlier this year. The statement says they will work with the receiver to manage the sale of the firm's assets to repay creditors.


MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE LAID IN NEW BRUNSWICK DEATH
Thursday 2nd July 2015
A 20-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a man on New Brunswick's Acadian peninsula. RCMP say a 48-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and left unconscious in his home in Leech on Tuesday. Cpl. Guy-Paul Larocque says the man was taken to hospital, but later died from his injuries. He says officers arrested a man a short time later. Jeremie Brideau of Leech appeared in court Wednesday via telephone conference and was charged with manslaughter. Larocque says an autopsy was being performed to determine the exact cause of death.


CFB GREENWOOD TO GET UPGRADES
Thursday 2nd July 2015
The federal government is spending almost $20 million on repairs at 14 Wing Greenwood in Nova Scotia. Justice Minister Peter MacKay says seven projects will receive the funding over the next two years. He says repairs will be done to hangar doors, a runway and fire suppression systems within the hangar so aircraft can manoeuvre and be stored safely. Money will also go toward road and walkway maintenance, health and safety upgrades and the renovation of military quarters and residential housing units. Greenwood, the largest airbase on the East Coast, is home to Auroras, Hercules and Cormorant aircraft used for search and rescue missions in the region.


CROSBIE DISAPPOINTED BY TORY SNUB
Thursday 2nd July 2015
The son of former federal cabinet minister John Crosbie says he's disappointed the Conservatives have rejected his bid to run in the next federal election. St. John's lawyer Ches Crosbie says the party decided he wasn't the type of candidate it wanted. Crosbie had announced his intention to seek the Conservative candidacy for the Newfoundland riding of Avalon in December 2014. He says he will not appeal the decision.


PEI TO IMPROVE CARE FOR COPD PATIENTS
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Prince Edward Island residents with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will be getting some support from the province to try to improve their quality of life. Health PEI says it wants to use a more collaborative approach between acute care, primary care, and home care to support a more holistic patient care approach. The initiative will support family caregivers and reduce reliance on hospital-based care. The program has already been rolled out in two hospitals in the province, and will be up and running at community hospitals by this fall.


TEEN ACCUSED OF COMMITTING ATTACK WITH IRRITANT
Thursday 2nd July 2015
A 17-year old boy is facing a charge of assault with a weapon along with related breaches of court orders after allegedly attacking two 15-year old boys with a sensory irritant. Halifax Police say the incident occurred early this morning in the Rocky Lake Drive area. Police indicate that the two victims were walking when the accused attacked them, then fled the scene. He was arrested a short time later. Police say that the three people are known to each other, and this is not a random incident.


MAN ROBBED IN HALIFAX
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Police in Halifax are looking for two men accused of attacking and robbing a 28-year old man in the south end of Halifax in the early morning hours this morning. They say the man was walking along Jubilee Road when he was approached from behind by two men and struck. Police say the men took several items from the victim before leaving the scene. The man suffered a minor cut to the face during the incident. Police have issued a description of one of the accused. They say he is in his 20's, with a buzz cut, and weighing about 190 pounds. No description has been offered of the second alleged assailant.


ANOTHER MINOR QUAKE IN SOUTHWEST NS
Thursday 2nd July 2015
People from Digby to Yarmouth in Nova Scotia say they felt the earth shake slightly yesterday afternoon. Natural Resources Canada says a magnitude 3.6 earthquake hit the southern part of the province just after 3:30. There haven't been any reports of damage. Last weekend, a magnitude 2.5 quake was recorded in the Digby area, but it wasn't felt.


GREEK BANKS OPEN, JUST A LITTLE, TODAY
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Debt-plagued Greece is braced for more chaos this morning on the streets outside its mostly-shuttered banks. Although most Greek banks have been closed all week to prevent a crash from mass withdrawals of money, a few have re-opened to help pensioners who don't have A-T-M cards. Eurozone finance ministers say there won't be any more talks on a third bailout for Greece until Sunday's referendum in which Greeks will pass judgment on proposals made by creditors last week. The Greek government is urging voters to reject it.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 2
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Pictou County Athletics will hold final registration for its summer program Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field. The program is for ages 13 and older and is conducted by the coaching staff of PCA. The program is held in July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. Pictou County Athletics Club is currently Athletics Nova Scotia Provincial Club Champion and will look to defend when hosting the club championships this weekend. Coaching will be provided for all aspects of track and field, including: sprinting, middle distance running, hurdles, relays, javelin, shot put, discus, hammer throw, high jump, long jump and triple jump. Cost is $80 for July and August and $25 for a uniform singlet. For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755-3501.
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The next event on the Johnny Miles Stay Active Series is the Shiretown Dental Clinic Run for the Lobster 5km and 10km Race which will take place on Sunday. Participants can register online at www.raceroster.ca or on site at Registration / Race Kit Pick Up Sunday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 am at the Advocate Printing Parking Lot on Browns Point Road. Registration fee is $30.00 and $27.00 for Run Nova Scotia Members. There will also be a Student Challenge, which is free for students 16 & under. There is a limit of 100 students. The race starts at Advocate Printing at Brown Point Rd., same as last year. To get to Browns Points you take the Lyons Brook exit off the Pictou Rotary, left on Haliburton Road and Right on Browns Point Road. For more information and to register go to www.johnnymiles.ca or www.raceroster.ca
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, July 23 at the Abercrombie Golf Course. Tee times will begin at 11:00 am. (Please note this time is not the time stated in the Homecoming Brochure). The tournament has gone to a scramble format and will award the DR Hayman Memorial trophy to the winning foursome. This year the committee will also award the Bob White Memorial Trophy to a mixed or all female team with the best score. The Committee also welcomes individuals who would like to play and it will comprise teams from the list of individual players. The prizes and awards banquet will feature a steak dinner and is hosted each year at the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Building in Stellarton at the conclusion of the tournament. To register please contact the Stellarton Recreation office at 752-8944 and please remember payment must be received by July 20th. For further information contact Jeff Green (752-7674) or Harvey MacLeod(752-4922).
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Registrations are now open for the annual Pictou County Roots for Youth Golf Tournament. The tournament will be on Aug 8 at 1pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Fraser's Mountain. To register your team of 4, please go to www.pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com or call (902) 695 3241.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


NOVA SCOTIA NEARLY INVISIBLE TO GLOBAL BUSINESS: REPORT
Thursday 2nd July 2015
A report commissioned by the province says awareness of Nova Scotia among some global business people is "virtually non-existent." It says many business people found that their interactions with global business partners almost always required an explanation of where Nova Scotia is and why they were doing business in the province. The report was commissioned by Communications Nova Scotia for Nova Scotia Business Incorporated and obtained by The Canadian Press through access to information legislation. It says the province often does not pass an initial on paper evaluation, especially for site selectors, that includes factors like market size, infrastructure and taxes. Laurel Broten of Nova Scotia Business says the report's findings were not surprising. Broten says Nova Scotia has many exportable products that are marketed on a global scale, such as seafood, but international businesses don't always know that the product came from Nova Scotia. She says the agency is trying to boost awareness of the province by talking to those businesses and site selectors directly.


CHICKEN BURGERS, NUGGETS AND STRIPS RECALLED
Thursday 2nd July 2015
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling No Name and Compliments chicken burgers over salmonella concerns. Compliments chicken strips and chicken nuggets are also being recalled. The food affected has a best before date of January 22, 2016. The agency says there have been illnesses linked with eating the products, made by Sofina Foods of Brampton, Ontario. Four days ago, the agency said an outbreak of salmonella in four provinces , including Nova Scotia, was linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products.


YET ANOTHER BOMB THREAT ON CDN FLIGHT
Thursday 2nd July 2015
An apparent bogus bomb threat prompted WestJet to divert a Vancouver-to-Toronto flight to Calgary last night. The 30 passengers and five crewmembers left the Boeing 7-37 by the stairs. Calgary police searched the plane, and declared it safe after finding no explosives. It's the fourth time in five days that a WestJet flight was the target of a threat, and the fifth such incident involving a Canadian airliner in a week.


POT PROTEST IN VANCOUVER TURNS VIOLENT
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Vancouver's Cannabis Day turned out not to be a mellow affair this year. And the organizer of the annual marijuana protest is blaming the city for an outbreak of violence that led to several protesters being arrested on Canada Day. Pot activist Jodie Emery says this is the first time in the 20-year history of Cannabis Day that the event has experienced any confrontation with police. Police initially said they had arrested two men but an email sent later in the day confirmed that four people had been arrested.

Constable Brian Montague alleged in a release one of the men was "overtly" selling marijuana to minors and that he failed to stop after being warned. Joshua Helsdon reported being pepper sprayed while recording the incident on his camera. He described police pulling and choking protesters who had encircled the marijuana vendor in order to prevent his arrest.


SENATE APPROVES UNION BILL, THREE OTHERS DIE ON ORDER PAPER BEFORE SUMMER BREAK
Wednesday 1st July 2015
The Senate's final vote before beginning its summer break was a result that passed a bill that requires unions to publicly disclose all transactions over five-thousand dollars. Bill C-377 also forces unions to reveal details of officers or executives who earn over 100-thousand dollars, and provide that information to the Canada Revenue Agency, which will publicly post it to its website. Conservatives claim the bill will shed light on union finances, but seven provinces denounce it as unconstitutional. The Senate allowed three other high-profile private member's bills to die yesterday, including a transgender rights bill and one aimed at stripping pensions from Parliamentarians convicted of crimes.


POLL ASKS, HOW CANADIAN ARE CANADIANS?
Wednesday 1st July 2015
A new poll released in time for Canada Day supports some -- but not all -- of the old cliches about being Canadian. The Ipsos-Reid poll finds 81 per cent of Canadians admit they use the word "eh" at least once a day. And 35 per cent of us consider back bacon to be the national food, while 30 per cent say it's poutine. But when it comes to hockey, only 18 per cent call it the greatest sport on Earth and 40 per cent consider themselves only casual fans. And only 16 per cent of respondents said they've ever been inside an igloo.


100 NAMED TO ORDER OF CANADA
Wednesday 1st July 2015
Olympic medallists and the man who helped create the BlackBerry are among 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Rideau Hall's Canada Day announcement of the new list of honoured Canadian citizens includes the co-founder of Research in Motion -- now known as BlackBerry -- Douglas Fregin. Also being honoured is Oscar-nominated and Gemini award-winning First Nations actor Graham Greene, and Olympic curling champ Russ Howard. An honorary appointment is being given to Norway's Johan Olav Koss, an Olympic speed-skating champ who lives in Toronto and founded Right to Play -- an advocacy group for children in sports. Former Ontario premier and Liberal M-P Bob Rae is being promoted to the Order's highest level of companion.


FEDS FUNDING STANFEST IMPROVEMENTS
Wednesday 1st July 2015
StanFest is getting a financial shot in the arm from Ottawa. Federal officials announced Tuesday that they would be contributing more than $159,000 in support of site upgrades and marketing. Site upgrades include improvements to the grounds and electrical systems, and the purchase of tents, a video screen and a projector to minimize the annual rental budget. Last year, the event in Canso had to be cancelled at the last minute after Post-Tropical Storm Arthur set its sights on the province. Officials say they want to ensure the revenue loss resulting from that cancellations would not impede the future of the festival. Roughly 12,000 people are expected to attend the three-day festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 1
Wednesday 1st July 2015
Pictou County Athletics will hold final registration for its summer program Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field. The program is for ages 13 and older and is conducted by the coaching staff of PCA. The program is held in July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. Pictou County Athletics Club is currently Athletics Nova Scotia Provincial Club Champion and will look to defend when hosting the club championships this weekend. Coaching will be provided for all aspects of track and field, including: sprinting, middle distance running, hurdles, relays, javelin, shot put, discus, hammer throw, high jump, long jump and triple jump. Cost is $80 for July and August and $25 for a uniform singlet. For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755-3501.
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The next event on the Johnny Miles Stay Active Series is the Shiretown Dental Clinic 5km and 10km Race which will take place on Sunday. Participants can register online at www.raceroster.ca or on site at Registration / Race Kit Pick Up Sunday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 am at the Advocate Printing Parking Lot on Browns Point Road. Registration fee is $30.00 and $27.00 for Run Nova Scotia Members. There will also be a Student Challenge, which is free for students 16 & under. There is a limit of 100 students. The race starts at Advocate Printing at Brown Point Rd., same as last year. To get to Browns Points you take the Lyons Brook exit off the Pictou Rotary, left on Haliburton Road and Right on Browns Point Road. For more information and to register go to www.johnnymiles.ca or www.raceroster.ca
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, July 23 at the Abercrombie Golf Course. Tee times will begin at 11:00 am. (Please note this time is not the time stated in the Homecoming Brochure). The tournament has gone to a scramble format and will award the DR Hayman Memorial trophy to the winning foursome. This year the committee will also award the Bob White Memorial Trophy to a mixed or all female team with the best score. The Committee also welcomes individuals who would like to play and it will comprise teams from the list of individual players. The prizes and awards banquet will feature a steak dinner and is hosted each year at the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Building in Stellarton at the conclusion of the tournament. To register please contact the Stellarton Recreation office at 752-8944 and please remember payment must be received by July 20th. For further information contact Jeff Green (752-7674) or Harvey MacLeod(752-4922).
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Registrations are now open for the annual Pictou County Roots for Youth Golf Tournament. The tournament will be on Aug 8 at 1pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Fraser's Mountain. To register your team of 4, please go to www.pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com or call (902) 695 3241.
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