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Showing news for the month of October , 2017

FOUR CHARGED AFTER ROBBERY AND HIT AND RUN
Tuesday 17th October 2017
A bizarre story out of Halifax has led to three people being charged with robbery, while the victim of that crime is charged with the attempted murder of the suspects. Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a vehicle-pedestrian collision near the waterfront Sunday evening. Following their investigation, police determined that a man was waiting for a woman in his car when two other men entered the vehicle and robbed him. The men left the vehicle and fled on foot, but the driver followed them, eventually hitting one of the suspects. The 22-year old driver is now charged with attempted murder, assault, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, mischief, and leaving the scene of an accident. The 19-year old who was hit by the vehicle was arrested and charged with robbery, uttering threats, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm and breach of probation. A 22-year old man, alleged to be the other person who entered the car, is facing charges of robbery, uttering threats, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm, and four counts of breach of a recognizance. The woman that the driver was waiting to meet is also charged, as police allege that she set up the robbery. She is facing a single count of robbery. All four individuals are due to appear Tuesday in Halifax provincial court.


NDP LOOK TO BRING RENT CONTROL BACK TO PROVINCE
Tuesday 17th October 2017
The NDP will introduce legislation today intended to bring in rent control rules on residential units in the province. Susan Leblanc, the party's critic for Community Services, will bring forward the bill today to coincide with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. If passed, this legislation would restrict rent increases to 0.8 per cent in the first year and would keep yearly increases to a maximum of 2.5 per cent. The NDP Caucus will also introduce the Social Inclusion Act today requiring the government to set targets for poverty reduction and elimination in Nova Scotia.


COUNTY WILL SPONSOR JR. A CRUSHERS
Tuesday 17th October 2017
There was a bit of debate at last night’s meeting of Pictou County Council’s Financial Services committee over sports sponsorship. The Pictou County Weeks Junior A Crushers asked council for sponsorship funds, which is something council had not approved before. Some councillors did not approve of the idea, saying that it would set a precedent for other sports franchises in the area to ask for money. Others pointed out that they could deal with those requests on a case by case basis, and that the Crushers create many economic spinoffs for the Wellness Centre and the area. In the end, a motion was passed 8-3 to give the Crushers $1,000.


WELLNESS CENTRE MANAGEMENT PLANS MOVING FORWARD
Tuesday 17th October 2017
Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan informed council during their regular monthly meeting last night that plans for the Pictou County Wellness Centre are beginning to take shape for after NuStadia’s contract expires next spring. During the submission of the Wellness Centre Authority report to council, Ryan gave an update indicating that a transition team has been formed which will create a new management profile. Ryan says the first report from the team will be completed in early December, and will include a plan for the handling of operations in the short term as of 1 April. He says there will also be steps taken to find a more permanent management solution over the span of the coming months.


PICTOU LOOKING TO LEASE PROPERTIES
Tuesday 17th October 2017
The Town of Pictou has adopted two motions to enter into negotiations to lease out a pair of properties after recommendations from an in-camera meeting prior to the regular meeting of Council. Details of the negotiations are being kept private, including the names of the other parties involved, but the locations of the properties were disclosed in the Monday night meeting. The former CN Station on Front Street and a piece of property in front of the New Caledonian Curling Club on Caladh Avenue are the two places the town could be leasing. Since the details of the negotiations are not being disclosed, there is no word as to the plans for those properties, or when the lessees would be looking to take over operations. The two separate properties were subject to separate motions of council, and will be under separate negotiation processes.


WASTEWATER EXTENSION CONTRACT AWARDED FOR ABERCROMBIE
Tuesday 17th October 2017
Pictou County council has awarded C.F. Construction the tender for the Abercrombie wastewater extension. The $1.49 Million dollar project is receiving over $1 Million in federal funding, but there were concerns raised by council that the deadline to get that federal money could be tight – the project has to begin no later than March 31 of next year, and the provincial environmental assessment has not yet been officially applied for. It can take up to 60 days for the province to make the assessment.


PICTOU COUNTY COUNCIL LOOKING FOR REGULAR REPORTS
Tuesday 17th October 2017
A Pictou County councillor is taking steps to ensure that she and her fellow councillors stay in the loop. Debbie Wadden asked that active committees make reports on a monthly basis to council. She also asked that council ask for the minutes of previous meetings of the Wellness Centre Authority, Economic Development committee, and Mayors and Warden committee, and to receive future minutes on a more timely basis. Council agreed to both motions.


STELLARTON MAN GETS 30 MONTHS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
Tuesday 17th October 2017
A Stellarton man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for a sexual assault that occurred 4 years ago. It happened during a blues festival in Bible Hill. 46-year-old Troy Leonard Pennell was found guilty of the offence back in January by provincial court Judge Warren Zimmer. His sentencing was delayed, however, after his defence lawyer filed a claim over unnecessary delays. But Judge Zimmer has ruled that the 16-and-a-half-month delay wasn't long enough to stay the charge again Pennell because it falls within the 18-month threshold.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO WORK IN STELLARTON
Tuesday 17th October 2017
Stellarton town council is working with an international charity to build affordable housing in the town. Mayor Danny MacGillivray reported that the town has met with Habitat for Humanity, and has formed a number of committees to look at where to build, who could benefit, and who would help with the build. The project is still in the early stages, and the committees will meet again next month.


NEW GLASGOW LOOKS AT COMMUNITY TRAIN
Tuesday 17th October 2017
The Town of New Glasgow is taking baby steps toward setting up a community train to eventually link the downtown core with the Museum of Industry, along the Sampson Trail. Community Development Officer Geralyn MacDonald says it's early going, but the town has now approved a formal recommendation to investigate the possibilities. MacDonald tells our newsroom that the Tatamagouche Community train model is the one that both New Glasgow and Truro are looking to emulate. Despite some optimism from New Glasgow Town Councillors last night, she says a lot remains to be done, including setting up a train society, looking at private sector involvement and making sure the trail is wide enough to handle a community train. If things go well, MacDonald say it would make sense to try to have the train up and running by next summer.


TRAILER PARK BOYS ACTOR JOHN DUNSWORTH DEAD AT 71
Tuesday 17th October 2017
John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey in ``Trailer Park Boys,'' has died at the age of 71. The Bridgewater native portrayed a frequently drunk former police officer turned trailer park supervisor. Numerous online tributes this morning are calling Dunsworth a brilliant actor with a warm heart who was involved in community theatre for decades. A cause of death hasn't been disclosed, but a statement says Dunsworth died after a ``short and unexpected illness.'' Mike Smith, known as Bubbles on the ``Trailer Park Boys,'' tweeted that he is ``beyond devastated'' and called Dunsworth a beautiful, brilliant and fascinating man. Members of legendary Canadian rock band Rush, who appeared as guest stars on the television show, have posted a message on Twitter saying it's ``heartbreaking'' to hear of Dunsworth's death. American comedian Tom Arnold is also expressing his sympathies, saying Dunsworth was one of the ``most brilliant actors'' he's had the honour to work with. Dunsworth was also known for playing reporter Dave Teagues on the supernatural drama series, ``Haven.''


SPORTS OCTOBER 17
Tuesday 17th October 2017
The Maritime Hockey League has announced its coaching staff for Team Eastlink, who will represent the league at the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup All Star Challenge in Trenton, Ontario from November 13-15th. The Head Coach for the team will be Shawn Evans of the Truro Bearcats, while Jeff Leblanc of the Amherst Ramblers and Laurie Barron of the Yarmouth Mariners have been named Assistant Coaches. Evans has also been named to the coaching staff for Team Canada East at the 2017 World Jr. A Hockey Challenge. That event is scheduled for Truro this December.

There is no Thursday night home game for the Weeks Junior A Crushers this week – their next game is in Truro against the Bearcats on Friday. You can hear all the action on East Coast FM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45.
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The M. U. Rhinos Renovations Minor Midget AAA hockey team played two games at home this weekend. Friday night, they faced off against the Admirals hockey club. The Rhinos found themselves down 5-1 at the end of the first period. Blake Hadley had the goal in the first with assists to Jayden Muise and Brant Timmons. After a scoreless second period, the Rhinos were able to come back quickly in the third, scoring three goals in under two minutes. The Admirals got into some penalty trouble and the Rhinos capitalized with two power play goals scored by Daniel Gillis, unassisted, and Austin Latte (assisted by Timmons and Jayden Hatchard). Cameron Britten pocketed the Rhinos fourth goal assisted by Andre Gerrior and Nole Chapman to bring the Rhinos back within one. Unfortunately, the Admirals were able to score once more on a power play which sealed the deal for a 6-4 final. Brayden LeBlanc and Matthew MacEachern shared the net minding. On Sunday, the Rhinos met up with the Valley Wildcats. The Wildcats opened the scoring with two goals in the first. Nole Chapman scored for the Rhinos in the second, assisted by Morgan MacPhee. Bryson Chapman also found the net, with assists to Blake Hadley and Hatchard. The Rhinos were unable to get past the Wildcats in the third or hold back their offense losing 6-2. Matthew MacEachern was between the pipes. This weekend the Rhinos travel to the Valley on Saturday and return to the Pictou County Wellness Center for their home game at 5:00 pm on Sunday.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning tonight at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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The East Pictou Silver Blades skating club in Thorburn begin their winter training this week. Canskate, the nationally recognized learn to skate program, will run Friday nights from 6:10-7pm. Registration is still being accepted. For more information please contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 18:13 remaining in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
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MLB Post-season
Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and a made pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the Yankees over the Houston Astros 8-1, cutting New York's deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.
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NFL
Tennessee 36 Indianapolis 22


HARP PROGRAM OPENS FOR WINTER HEATING SEASON
Monday 16th October 2017
The province's Heating Assistance Rebate Program is launching today, with up to $200 available to help Nova Scotians heat their homes. Service Nova Scotia says the income thresholds have increased by $2,000 for single households as well family households. That means if you earn $29,000 or less as a single income home, you qualify. And if your family income is less than $44,000, you're also eligible. The province says the changes mean 5,000 more households will be able to receive help, on top of the more than 40,000 that already do. Paper applications are available at Access Nova Scotia Centres, in addition to Community Services and MLA's offices. If you prefer to go online, the address is novascotia.ca/heatinghelp.


RIBBON CUTTING HELD FOR NEW ER - OPEN TO PATIENTS NEXT WEEK
Monday 16th October 2017
After two years of construction, the ribbon was cut today on the new Emergency Department at the Aberdeen Hospital. The new area contains more examination and treatment rooms, speciality rooms, and two trauma rooms. Dr. Janet Knox, CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, says the design of the Emergency Department was created with input from doctors, patients, and frontline healthcare workers. The new ER will be fully operational by next week. And the work isn't over at the Aberdeen: the next project is renovationing the old ER space into an expanded pharmacy department. Work will begin once staff have moved into the new ER.


POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK AND ENTER IN LYONS BROOK
Monday 16th October 2017
Pictou District RCMP are investigating a break and enter to the Ultramar Service Station in Lyons Brook. Police say culprits had gained entrance to the service station by forcing the front door open. Once inside, culprits stole a large quantity of cigarettes and a safe containing a quantity of cash from the building. The RCMP is continuing its investigation and is asking anyone who has information or may have witnessed this incident to call 902-755-4141 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should callers wish to remain anonymous, they can also 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.   


POLICE STILL LOOKING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT
Monday 16th October 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police officers continue to follow leads on a man wanted in connection with a robbery and assault at a local tavern. Constable Ken MacDonald tells us his officers are still actively searching for 36 year-old Shawn Daniel Bonvie. He's accused of demanding money and forcing a staff member into a room at the Glasgow Pub on Stewart Street around 1 o'clock last Thursday afternoon. The victim suffered minor injuries. The suspect escaped with some cash. Constable Ken Macdonald says Bonvie is considered dangerous. If you can help, the number for NG Police is 902-752-1941. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)


MAN ARRESTED AFTER BIBLE HILL STANDOFF
Monday 16th October 2017
Some scary moments near the Dalhousie University Agriculture Campus in Bible Hill as police used rifles and along Pictou Road before arresting a man inside a home. RCMP squad cars had traffic blocked for a short time during the take-down, creating detours and lots of rumours about who was arrested on social media. Police aren't yet confirming the reason for the man's arrest. It happened around 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon in front of the Unversity's Cox Institute, one of Dalhousie's main classroom buildings.


OPPOSITION WANTS LOBBYING LAWS UPDATED
Monday 16th October 2017
The province's opposition leaders wants laws on lobbyists changed to give the public more information about which politicians are meeting with them. The provincial Registry of Lobbyists lists hundreds of people, companies or organizations as actively involved in lobbying the province. However, unlike in federal law, provincial politicians and bureaucrats are not required to disclose who they met with, when the meeting happened, or what it was about. The registry is 15 years old and is infrequently updated. Both NDP Leader Gary Burrill and Tory leader Jamie Baillie say it's time to change the laws surrounding lobbying the government to bring the province more in line with federal standards. Premier Stephen McNeil said the lobbyist registry is not a "front-burner" issue for him.


PEI LOBSTER PRICES DOWN
Monday 16th October 2017
The president of a fishermen’s association says lobster landings on PEI so far this fall are on par with last year. Lee Knox of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association says the difference is that the price per pound has dropped by nearly two dollars compared to last year. Knox says the lower prices this fall might be partly because of the value of the Canadian dollar and a shift in market demand. He says fishermen are hoping for a price adjustment once buyers and processors move their inventories.


FIREFIGHTERS MAKE SOME PROGRESS IN CALIFORNIA
Monday 16th October 2017
With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places. People were being allowed to go back home in areas no longer in harm's way, and the number of those under evacuation orders was down to 75,000 from nearly 100,000 the day before. Authorities said they will not let people return home until it is safe and utilities are restored.


SPORTS OCTOBER 16
Monday 16th October 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers were defeated Saturday night by the Western Capitals 5-2 in Summerside. Kevin Mason and Jake Martin scored for the Crushers. There is no Thursday night home game this week – the Crushers' next game is in Truro against the Bearcats on Friday. You can hear all the action on East Coast FM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45.
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In NSJHL action, the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians got a pair of wins, beating the East Hants Penguins 6-4 on Friday, then defeating the Cumberland County Blues 4-2 in Trenton Sunday night. The Scotians play the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury on Friday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets picked up four points in Lunenberg, defeating the South Shore Mustangs 3-0 and 5-2. The team will host the Valley Wildcats on Saturday night, then Halifax Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Centre.
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The Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers picked up a point in two games on the weekend. On Saturday, the team lost to Kings Mutual 5-4, but came back on Sunday to edge out the Harbour Storm 2-1 in a shootout. The Bombers remain at home, taking on the Western Hurricanes at the Wellness Centre on Saturday at 5:30.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers went 1-1 against the Cole Harbour Wings this past weekend in exhibition play and took their first league loss to the Antigonish Bulldogs. On Saturday, the Crushers hosted the Wings at the Wellness Centre with a 7-4 loss. Scoring for the Crushers were Cade Moser and Ben Wallace each with two goals. Assists went to Lane Lochead, Eastyn Cameron and Keagan Dalton. Later on Saturday afternoon at the Trenton Rink the Crushers were defeated by the Antigonish Bulldogs 3-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Kaden Smith assisted by Seth Gallant. On Sunday, the Crushers travelled to Dartmouth to play the Wings again with revenge on their minds. The Peewee AAA’s didn’t disappoint with a dominant 6-2 win at the Gray Arena. Scoring for the Crushers were Jayden Duplessis with a hat trick, while single goals went to Lane Lochead, Seth Gallant and Ben Wallace. Assists were delivered by Kaden Smith, Brendan Avery, Logan Crosby, Keagan Dalton and Cory MacGillivary. The Crushers will spend the week preparing for another busy upcoming weekend as they travel to Bridgewater for two games on Saturday and host Cape Breton West on Sunday.
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Pictou County Subway Selects AA had their season opener on Saturday at 3:30 in Pictou with a 4-0 loss to Metro West Force Blue.
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Morning skating for Adults and tots at Hector Arena in Pictou will start for the season on Monday at 10AM. Please see the schedule at the rink for other days and times. There is no charge but donations are welcome. Walking at the Hector Arena also begins Monday.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Vegas 3 Boston 1
Buffalo 3 Anaheim 1
Los Angeles 3 N.Y. Islanders 2
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MLB
Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.
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NFL
Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback, getting his 187th as the New England Patriots held on for a 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday to claim first place in the AFC East.
Minnesota 23 Green Bay 10 
Houston 33 Cleveland 17 
New Orleans 52 Detroit 38  
Miami 20 Atlanta 17 
Chicago 27 Baltimore 24
Washington 26 San Francisco 24
Arizona 38 Tampa Bay 33
L.A. Rams 27 Jacksonville 17
L.A. Chargers 17 Oakland 16
Pittsburgh 19 Kansas City 13
N.Y. Giants 23 Denver 10

Colin Kaepernick has filed a lawsuit against NFL team owners he believes are conspiring not to hire him because of his protests against racial injustice. 29 year-old Kaepernick has been without a team since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March. He first protested by sitting during the national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead. Other players followed suit, and criticism from President Donald Trump this September saw the protests spread.


MORE TRADES HARMONIZED ACROSS ATLANTIC CANADA
Friday 13th October 2017
Federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hadju announced changes to apprenticeships today that could make it easier for some in the Red Seal trades to work closer to home. Hadju says there are as many as 120-thousand unfilled skilled trades jobs at any given time across the country. To help fill the gaps, six more professional trades are being added to the list of 16 harmonized trades in the region. Those include truck and transport mechanic, heavy-duty equipment technician, automotive service technician, sprinkler system installer, construction boilermaker, and industrial mechanic. The federal government is investing $960,000 in the initiative, which is intended to promote "increased mobility across the region." Hadju says this will allow more tradespeople the opportunity to travel within Atlantic Canada, while employers will have a greater workforce to draw from. The move is intended to boost interest in the trades from historically-underrepresented groups in those careers, including women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and newcomers.


WESTVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH PRODUCING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Friday 13th October 2017
RCMP in Pictou County are reporting that a 19-year old Westville man was arrested earlier this week on charges related to the production of child pornography. Brett MacBeth is facing charges of Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Make Child Pornography and 3 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He appeared in Pictou Provincial Court on October 12 where he was remanded until his next appearance in Kentville on October 17, and Pictou on October 23. Police say a search of the home by the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit with assistance from the RCMP Technological Crime Unit, Westville Police Service, Pictou District RCMP, the RCMP Special Operations Tactical Search Team, and the RCMP North East Nova Major Crime Unit resulted in the charges. Police are concerned that there may be other victims, and are asking citizens to please contact the RCMP Provincial ICE Unit at 902 720-5340 if they have any information. The investigation remains ongoing.


POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN NG PUB ROBBERY
Friday 13th October 2017
New Glasgow Regional police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a robbery and assault at a local tavern. The suspect is 36 year-old Shawn Daniel Bonvie, a white male with short brown hair, blue eyes, 5 ft. 8 and about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a brown zip-up hooded sweater. We have posted his photo on our Facebook page. Police were called to the Glasgow Pub on Stewart Street around 1 p.m Thursday, after a man entered the pub and demanded money. He grabbed and assaulted a staff member and forced the person into a room. The victim suffered minor injuries. The suspect then escaped with some cash. Constable Ken Macdonald says Bonvie is considered dangerous, and should not be approached. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit and a Truro Police dog and handler have been called in to help track down the suspect. Anyone who knows Bonvie's location or has any information about the robbery are asked to contact New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)


NEW GLASGOW PIANO: ONE STEP BACK, FIVE FORWARD? *UPDATED 7:15 AM*
Friday 13th October 2017
Some good news following the story of a vandalized piano in downtown New Glasgow: there are now at least five offers to replace it. Geralyn MacDonald, Director of Community Economic Development, says four of the donated pianos are from Pictou County and one from Calgary. A moving company has volunteered to help with transporting them. MacDonald says the pianos will be stored over the winter, and should be in place by next spring. Anyone with information about the vandalism, believed to have taken place between last Sunday and Tuesday morning, is asked to contact New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941 or Crime Stoppers.


GAS UP A LITTLE; DIESEL SAME
Friday 13th October 2017
It was bound to happen: after a month of dropping prices, gas went up a bit overnight. The new price of regular self-serve is $1.064 per litre, a rise of almost a cent. Diesel remains at $1.071 per litre.


DRONE FOUND NEAR HFX AIRPORT
Friday 13th October 2017
The Halifax District RCMP are looking for the operator of a drone in the area of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport earlier this week. Police responded to a complaint from a pilot just after 9:30 Wednesday night that a drone was spotted outside of the airport property while taking off from the secondary runway. RCMP say officers also saw the drone flying in the area when they arrived, but the operator couldn't be located despite extensive patrols in the area. Halifax District RCMP Watch Commander Staff Sergeant Anthony Pompeo says not only was this breaking the law, but the operator was potentially jeopardizing the safety of all passengers and crew on flights. Using a drone in a reckless and negligent manner could lead to penalties under the Aeronautics Act and Criminal Code, which could result in fines and jail time.


PROVINCE APPOINTING CONCILIATOR TO TRY TO FIND A HEALTH CARE DEAL
Friday 13th October 2017
The province is appointing a conciliator following a request from the IWK and provincial health authority. This is the first contract negotiation since the Liberal government merged the district health authorities in 2014 to create the provincial agency and took steps to reduce 50 collective agreements down to four. The process has been rife with challenges almost from the start, with each side filing a complaint to the labour board along the way and little progress on the substantive issues. Nova Scotia Nurses' Union president Janet Hazelton says Bill 148, which imposed a wage package on workers, has made it very difficult for union leaders to reach a contract agreement they could take to their membership. Bill 148 is being reviewed by the courts at the request of the province. Legislation the Liberals passed three years ago prevents health-care unions from going on strike before essential services agreements are in place.


PRESIDENT TRUMP CUTS HEALTH CARE SUBSIDIES
Friday 13th October 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump moved to undermine Obamacare dramatically late on Thursday by cutting off subsidies to health insurance companies for low-income patients, sparking threats of legal action and concern of chaos in insurance markets. The decision is the most dramatic action Trump has taken yet to weaken the Affordable Care Act, former president Barack Obama's signature health-care law, which extended insurance to 20 million Americans. The move drew swift condemnation from Democrats and threats from state attorneys general in New York and California to fight back with lawsuits. Trump has been frustrated by Republicans' failure to repeal and replace the law known as Obamacare, a promise he made during the 2016 campaign. The president also signed an executive order earlier on Thursday to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services issued rules that let businesses or non-profit organizations lodge religious or moral objections to obtain an exemption from Obamacare's mandate that employers provide birth control in health insurance with no co-payment. The administration also slashed the Obamacare advertising and outreach budget and halved the open enrollment period.


SPORTS OCTOBER 13 ***UPDATED 3:10PM***
Friday 13th October 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are in Summerside to play the Western Capitals on Saturday. That game will be on East Coast FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm. As they prepare for the game in Summerside, the Crushers announced a trade of defensemen. They have sent Mark Kennedy to Wellington of the OJHL for another defensemen Alex Tiley. There is no word at this time whether Tiley will be with the team in time for the game Saturday night.
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This weekend in NSJHL action, the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be on the road Friday night to take on the East Hants Penguins, before returning home to face the Cumberland County Blues. Game time, as usual, will be Sunday night at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season. For More information on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page.
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Morning skating for Adults and tots at Hector Arena in Pictou will start for the season on Monday at 10AM. Please see the schedule at the rink for other days and times. There is no charge but donations are welcome. Walking at the Hector Arena also begins Monday.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday October 17th at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 to improve to an NFC-best 5-1.
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NHL
Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers scored 3:13 apart late in the second period as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-2.
Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since having right knee surgery last November and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4.
Florida 5 St. Louis 2
Nashville 4 Dallas 1
Minnesota 5 Chicago 2
Detroit 4 Arizona 2
San Jose 3 Buffalo 2
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MLB Post-season
Addison Russell drove in four runs, Wade Davis earned a seven-out save, and the Chicago Cubs reached their third NL Championship Series in a row by edging the Washington Nationals 9-8 in a thriller of a Game 5.
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NBA Pre-season
Dallas 108 Atlanta 94
L.A. Clippers 104 Sacramento 87


PRIVACY COMMISSIONER SAYS INADEQUATE CONTROLS LED TO INTERNET HIJACKING
Thursday 12th October 2017
The provincial privacy commissioner says "inadequate passwords and insufficient technical controls" led to the broadcast surveillance images of students inside a Cape Breton school over the internet. Catherine Tully's investigation found that security lapses at the Rankin School of the Narrows in Iona led to images ending up on a Russian-registered webcam site, and included images of children near washrooms, in hallways and in the schoolyard. The cameras were only made secure after the school and the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board were alerted to the problem. Tully says that while every board in the province uses video surveillance in some way, none had conducted a privacy impact assessment into whether they were in compliance with privacy laws. Boards have now agreed to develop those assessments.


PICTOU ACADEMY'S LAB WILL BE READY SOON
Thursday 12th October 2017
The final piece of the puzzle for the new Pictou Academy will be in place next week. At last night’s committee of the whole meeting, CCRSB Operations Manager Herb Steeves said the lab will be completed by October 20th. The main reason it was delayed from the end of September was due to the amount of priority work that needed to be done over the summer to get the building ready for the Academy student body. There were concerns expressed by members of the board that the delays were not properly communicated to them or to the community. The board was assured that despite the delays, it won’t affect students getting their required lab hours during the school year.


FEWER FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAMS IN PICTOU COUNTY
Thursday 12th October 2017
Due to low enrollments, the CCRSB is phasing out some sites for French Immersion in Pictou County. Minutes from the Education Services Committee show that Frank H. MacDonald Elementary has not enrolled students for a third straight year, while East Pictou has only 18 students in Grades 7 and 8. Once those students move on to North Nova, the Immersion programs at those schools will be cancelled. At A.G. Baillie, there will no longer be a Grade 4 entry point for Immersion once the students in the Early program reach Grade 4 level. Middle Immersion will continue in West Pictou, as student numbers continue to be strong.


HOUSTON INTRODUCES BILL TO RECOGNIZE INFANT LOSS
Thursday 12th October 2017
The MLA for Pictou East is urging the province to proclaim Oct. 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, saying many families suffer the loss of a pregnancy or young child in silence and isolation. Tim Houston introduced a private member’s bill in the legislature Wednesday that seeks to establish a day of awareness about miscarriage, still birth and infant death. He admits the bill falls short of promising new support and resources for bereaved families, but notes that his last two attempts to pass more sweeping bills failed to pass second reading. A similar bill was passed unanimously in Ontario in late 2015, proclaiming Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on Oct. 15 and promising better resources, support and research on the issue. Houston says the proposed bill has received widespread support across Nova Scotia so far, including 28 municipalities that have agreed to proclaim the day.


FLU SEASON ARRIVES IN NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 12th October 2017
Nova Scotia's chief public health officer isn't convinced we're going to be hit by a nastier-than-usual flu season. Australia had numbers of confirmed cases more than double that of the previous year, and some are warning North America could face the same thing. Dr. Robert Strang says the main difference between here and Australia is that they don't have a universal flu vaccine program, and he reminds everyone that it's important to get a flu shot as the major strains change each year. The first case of flu in the province was confirmed on Tuesday.


MOTHER SUING IWK OVER FLESH-EATING DISEASE
Thursday 12th October 2017
A new mother who was diagnosed with flesh-eating disease days after giving birth and is now a quadruple amputee is taking legal action against a Halifax hospital and several doctors. Lindsey Hubley gave birth to her son Myles on March 2 at the IWK and has undergone numerous surgeries since, including amputations below both of her elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy. Lawyer Ray Wagner says a statement of claim filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court that there are several wrongdoings in the hospital's care during the boy's birth and the mother's post-operative care, including that part of the placenta was not removed at birth. The allegations have not been tested in court, and the IWK has yet to make any comment. Hubley was diagnosed with the flesh-eating disease just 4 days after giving birth. Her fiancee Mike Sampson says despite the horrific ordeal, Hubley has remained very positive.


CANADA AND UK PLEDGING TO HALT COAL POWER PLANTS
Thursday 12th October 2017
Canada is joining forces with the United Kingdom to push for a global crackdown on unabated coal-fired electricity. Eliminating, or at least reducing, the world's reliance on coal is a critical step in the Paris climate change accord's efforts to prevent the planet from warming more than two degrees Celsius over with pre-industrial times. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is on a two-day trip to the U.K. and Ireland this week, pushing Canada as a global leader on climate change action. During Wednesday's stop in London she and Claire Perry, British minister of state for climate change and industry, announced plans to use their own national commitments to phase out coal power plants as a means to convince others to do the same. In a statement, the two said Canada and the U.K. are both committed to phasing out unabated coal use at home — Canada by 2030 and the U.K. by 2025 — and they are inviting others to jump on board during the next United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany in November. Unabated coal plants are those built without carbon capture or storage, which could reduce their emissions significantly. About 40 per cent of the world's power is generated from burning coal and in Canada one-tenth of electricity comes from coal plants.


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES COULD BE DEADLIEST IN STATE'S HISTORY
Thursday 12th October 2017
Wildfires already on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history could gain momentum Thursday and erase even the modest gains firefighters have made. Steady winds with gusts up to 72 km/h with very low humidity are expected to descend on the areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. Tens of thousands have been ordered to evacuate. The 22 fires spanned more than 686 square kilometres as they entered their fourth day, many of them out of control. As the fires grow, officials voiced concern that separate blazes would merge into even larger infernos. 8,000 firefighters and other personnel are battling the blazes and more resources were pouring in from Arizona, Nevada, Washington and Oregon.


SPORTS OCTOBER 12
Thursday 12th October 2017
More good news for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in Summerside. Last night the team got the 3-2 win over Miramichi, while their rivals, the Truro Bearcats, lost 4-2 to the Blizzard. The MHL showcase has wrapped up, but the Crushers will stay to play the Western Capitals on Saturday. That game will be on East Coast FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Coming up this weekend in NSJHL action, the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be on the road Friday night to take on the East Hants Penguins, before returning home to face the Cumberland County Blues. Game time, as usual, will be Sunday night at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Pictou County Transplant Trot October 13th! Help shine a light on organ donation in Nova Scotia and raise money for the Canadian Transplant Association! The fun starts at 5:30pm at Victoria Park, Westville with a 1km kids fun walk/run followed by a 5km and 10km fun walk/run at 6:00pm. For more information check out www.transplanttrot.ca
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season. For More information on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday October 17th at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and New Jersey added a rare 3-on-5 goal as the unbeaten Devils defeated Toronto 6-3 to end the Maple Leafs' perfect start to the NHL season.
Sean Monahan scored 1:02 into overtime and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Jaromir Jagr's season debut.
Pittsburgh 3 Washington 2
Colorado 6 Boston 3
Anaheim 3 N.Y. Islanders 2
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MLB Post-season
Stephen Strasburg shook off an illness and all doubts about his mettle while pitching seven dominant innings, Michael A. Taylor hit a late grand slam and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 to send their NL Division Series to a decisive Game 5.
In the American League, the New York Yankees beat Cleveland 5-2 in Game 5, and advance to face Houston Astros in the Championship Series.
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NBA Pre-season
Boston 108 Charlotte 100
Miami 117 Washington 115
Philadelphia 133 Brooklyn 114
Houston 101 Memphis 89
Portland 113 Phoenix 104
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MLS
Houston 2 Sporting Kansas City 1


FINANCIAL MEASURES ACT INTRODUCED
Wednesday 11th October 2017
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey introduced the Financial Measures (2017) Act today. The act provides the legislative authority to implement measures in Budget 2017-18, including tax reductions. It also continues the freeze on salaries for members of the legislature. Casey says freezing MLA salaries demonstrates government's commitment to working with Nova Scotians to restore the province's financial health. Casey says the budget provides one of the largest income tax cuts in recent history and it helps those who need it most. Budget 2017-18 also provides tax relief to 1,800 small business by increasing the small business tax threshold to $500,000 from $350,000. 


UPDATE: STELLARTON TEENAGER LOCATED SAFE
Wednesday 11th October 2017
UPDATE: Good news from the Stellarton Police Service - Haven Theriault has been located and is safe, after having gone missing for a second time. The Stellarton Police Service​ thanks the public for their assistance. 
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STELLARTON TEENAGER MISSING FOR 2ND TIME
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Stellarton Police are searching for a teenager who has gone missing for a second time. Haven Theriault was last seen in Stellarton on Monday afternoon at approximately 3:00 pm, getting into a bright yellow Mitsubishi Eclipse. Theriault is described as Caucasian, 5'6" tall, with long brown wavy hair to the middle of her back, often worn in two braids. She has green eyes and is approximately 145 lbs. Theriault was last seen wearing a Black North Face Jacket a Black hoodie with a Dalhousie University logo and grey sweat pants. Theriault's safety and well being could be in jeopardy. Anyone who has seen, or knows the whereabouts of Theriault is asked to contact the Stellarton Police at 902-752-6160, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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SOBEYS HEAD OFFICE CUTTING JOBS
Wednesday 11th October 2017
Sobeys is showing the door to more than a dozen executives at its Stellarton office. Recently-appointed CEO Michael Medline warned our newsroom that layoffs were coming to Stellarton when the grocery giant held its annual meeting in New Glasgow last month. He says it's not something he welcomes, but it'll be necessary to keep Sobey's competitive in the years ahead. Medline has also told our newsroom that any future hiring that can be done in Stellarton will be done there. But the worry this morning is that the 14 jobs being lost locally are higher paying positions. Mayor Danny MacGillvary says he just hopes there won't be any more cuts in Stellarton, and he takes heart in the fact that Sobey's “leaner and more competitive structure” will include his town. Sobey's announced the cuts were coming back in May, with a target of cutting half a billion dollars from the company's annual spending by 2020.


VANDALISM IN PICTOU COUNTY ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 11th October 2017
New Glasgow police are asking for the public's help to find out who vandalized the community piano located across from Glasgow Square. New Glasgow Recreation is disappointed to learn the piano was destroyed. The musical instrument had been a popular fixture since it was placed there early in the summer. If anyone has information on who the vandals are, please contact New Glasgow Regional police at 902-752-1941. Director of Community Economic Development, Geralyn MacDonald, says five offers have already come in to replace the piano, although two of them are not feasible as shipping a piano from Calgary is cost-prohibitive. The other three will all be accepted, and will be place throughout the community next summer.
Meanwhile, the Chase the Ace sign put up in Westville by the Rink Commission and the Legion has been vandalized by somebody using some silver spray paint. It happened over the long weekend and Westville Police are investigating. The good news is the organizers say it won't stop Chase the Ace from taking place this year.


GAS REGS CHANGING AS SABLE WINDS DOWN
Wednesday 11th October 2017
The province is preparing for the end of natural gas from the Sable Offshore Energy Project. Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan is proposing changes to the Gas Distribution Act that would allow Nova Scotia’s oil and gas regulator to assess and recover the costs of shipping natural gas into the province by pipeline. MacLellan says the move is necessary to ensure a continued supply of natural gas as the dismantling of the Sable project begins next year. John Hawkins, president of Heritage Gas — the province’s sole natural gas distributor — says allowing the Utility and Review Board to determine the shipping costs to be charged on bills is in consumers’ best interests. He says allowing the board to recover those costs would help stabilize prices, and the net effect could be lower costs to consumers. The Sable project, a consortium of five companies majority-owned by ExxonMobil Canada, is made up of seven offshore platforms, 22 wells and 340 kilometres of subsea pipeline. Work to shut down the facility is slated to start early next year and run for two years before all 22 wells are plugged and abandoned.


FEDS SAY EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS WON'T BE TAXED
Wednesday 11th October 2017
The Trudeau government insists that employee discounts will not be taxed despite an updated Canada Revenue Agency document that suggested they will be. Political rivals and business lobby groups, including the Retail Council of Canada, have voiced strong concerns that new wording in a government document could lead to higher taxes on retail workers, many of whom earn lower wages. But National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier insists that Ottawa is not targeting retail-sector workers amid worries that changes in the latest version of a CRA document could force some individuals to pay tax on employee discounts. Lebouthillier’s office says the updated CRA guidance document was only intended to help employers understand their tax-reporting requirements. However, a source in her office says the decision to change the wording in the document was made by the CRA without the minister’s approval.


NORTHERN PULP FINED, ORDERED TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY
Tuesday 10th October 2017
Environment Minister Iain Rankin issued a ministerial order to Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation today that requires the company to address issues with its power boiler. In part, the order requires the company to make public, on its website, stack test results until its industrial approval expires in 2020. Rankin says the communities surrounding the mill have asked for more information about Northern Pulp's stack tests and this order should help address these concerns and enhance transparency. In addition to the order, the company was served a summary offence ticket for almost seven-hundred dollars for failing to comply with the terms and conditions of its industrial approval. These enforcement measures follow an investigation by the Department of Environment.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TEMPORARY HOMELESS SHELTER
Tuesday 10th October 2017
A group of people is working hard to get Pictou County's new homeless shelter, Viola's Place, open in the new year. However, in the meantime, the First Baptist Church wants to keep a temporary homeless shelter open. In order for that to occur, they need some volunteers. They are looking for people to staff the shelter on shifts from 9:30pm to 2:30am or 2:30am to 7:30am. They will train anyone interested in assisting. A police check will be required for security reasons. Anyone interested in volunteering to help out is asked to contact Ellen Margeson at ellemarge@seasidehighspeed.com or 902-923-2307.


NDP INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO END P3 PROJECTS
Tuesday 10th October 2017
The NDP are looking to remove public-private partnerships from any future infrastructure development projects. The party's Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal critic, Susan Leblanc is introducing legislation today that would prevent the government from using P3 contracts going forward. Leblanc says P3 deals to build schools under past Liberal governments did nort work, and calls it a mistake to think that a P3 option for the QE-II Health Sciences Centre redevelopment is the right way to go. That project is expected to cost in the neighbourhood of 400-million dollars, and the Liberals have indicated there is a P3 option available. However, if the proposed legislation from Leblanc is adopted, that option would come off of the table.


SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING ENFIELD TEEN
Tuesday 10th October 2017
The mother of a missing Halifax teenager whose father and step-mother live here in Pictou County says she's desperate to find her daughter. Now that the long weekend is over, police are ramping up their efforts to locate the missing 15-year-old. Mackenzie Eagles vanished on Sept. 23rd. She was living at her grandfather's home on the outskirts of Enfield when she left during the night. Neither her family nor friends have heard from her since. Her mother, Kelly Eagles, says she had just started a new school and seemed really excited and engaged about the school. Mackenzie has a long history of running away, her mother said, but would never go far from home. She would typically disappear for a night or two, and often would be in touch with her friends. We've posted MacKenzie's photo on our facebook page, and you're asked to get in touch with RCMP if you can help. Her mother has also set up a facebook page, which is called “Find MacKenzie Eagles.”


WARM WEATHER TO CONTINUE
Tuesday 10th October 2017
If you thought it was hot yesterday, you were right. Temperatures in several Nova Scotia locations posted humidex readings in the mid-30's at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and that included Antigonish, Tatamagouche and CFB Greewood. The weather office continues to say that's the kind of warn fall we're going to have – for the most part. There will be a noticable drop in temperatures tonight and tomorrow as strong north winds push this tropical moisture out to sea. However, the forecast for Thursday, Friday and next weekend is calling for another period with temperatures near the 20-degree mark – which is about 6 degrees above normal.


HFX HOSPITAL CHANGES PROTOCOLS FOLLOWING PATIENT DEATH
Tuesday 10th October 2017
A Halifax hospital has rewritten waiting time rules and end-of-life protocols in response to the disturbing story of how a 68-year-old man dying from pancreatic cancer languished for six hours in an ER hallway. A report on the death of Jack Webb says that as of July 1st, the Halifax Infirmary began requiring internal medicine specialists to meet their patients within two hours when transferred to the hospital after being seen by another facility. That didn't happen in Webb's case, and after his wait, he was also bumped from various rooms. That was because of hospital over-crowding and Webb was repeatedly asked by various staff if he would agree to a do-not-resuscitate order. Webb’s widow, Kim D’Arcy, provided the internal report to The Canadian Press. It outlines changes made by the Nova Scotia Health Authority after the saga of his treatment emerged in late April. The review that followed a public outcry over his case has also brought changes to training of medical students and some procedures for treating dying patients. It also says that “unstable” patients in ER are to be admitted to the hospital “after a direct conversation” between emergency and the senior internist. In addition, a written “goals of care” form is being introduced to document the varying types of care patients with terminal diseases want to receive. Jason MacLean, the president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, says the reforms are useful steps, but should have been in place long before. A spokesman for the health authority says the numbers of people coming to the hospital’s emergency over the summer were roughly the same as last year, though in July they reached an average of 218 people daily at the Halifax Infirmary. Meanwhile, he says there has been an increase in bed capacity.


WILDFIRES STRIKE CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY
Tuesday 10th October 2017
Parts of California's wine region are being ravaged by fast-spreading fires that have killed at least 10 people. A state of emergency was declared in northern areas after mass evacuations, with 1,500 properties destroyed. About 20,000 people fled from Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties in response to some the state's worst-ever wildfires. Such fires are more common in southern California but a combination of dry weather and strong winds has fuelled the destruction in the north. There is little sign the weather in the coming days will bring relief to firefighters, as more tinder dry conditions are forecast, with no rain expected. Details of how the seven people died in Sonoma were not immediately available but country sheriff Rob Giordano said he expected the death toll to rise. The vine harvest is already under way and many of the grapes have been picked. It is not yet known how the fires started on Sunday night but such blazes are particularly fast-spreading because of a combination of high winds, low humidity and hot, dry weather.


SPAIN BRACES FOR POSSIBLE INDEPENDENCE DECLARATION
Tuesday 10th October 2017
Police are guarding public buildings and closing off a park surrounding the regional Catalan parliament in Barcelona where a declaration of independence on Tuesday evening is likely to be met with a harsh response from Spanish central authorities. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont hasn't revealed the precise message he will deliver in a plenary session tonight, but separatist politicians have said they expect a declaration based on the results of the disputed Oct. 1 independence referendum. The separatists have declared valid the pro-independence victory in the vote, which was followed by mass protests of Catalans angered by heavy-handed police tactics. There have also been large-scale rallies by people committed to national unity. How the declaration will be enforced and what the Spanish government's response will be are the key questions.


SPORTS OCTOBER 10
Tuesday 10th October 2017
The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians had a short bench, but that did not stop them from earning a 5-1 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs Sunday night at Trenton Arena. Jacob Pentz led the way for the Scotians with three goals and an assist, while James Murphy had a goal and three assists, and Jared Livingstone added three helpers. The Scotians ended the weekend with three of a possible four points, as they lost in a shootout on Friday in Antigonish. This week the Scotians are in East Hants on Friday to face the Penguins before hosting the Cumberland County Blues next Sunday.
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The M. U. Rhinos Renovations Minor Midget AAA team of the new Nova Scotia Minor Midget AAA league opened regular season play at home Friday night against the Dartmouth Voyageurs. Dartmouth scored one in the each of the first two periods to give them the advantage going into the third. The Rhinos had a strong third period with Bryson Chapman finding the back of the net bringing the Rhinos within striking distance. Blake Hadley had the assist. But Dartmouth got lucky with a third goal and despite an extra attacker in the last few minutes of the game, the Rhinos weren't able to tally the win for their home opener. Final score was 3-1. Brayden LeBlanc was between the pipes. The Rhinos travelled to Sackville on Saturday and suffered a 4-0 loss to the ChiroCare Kings. Matthew MacEachern was the net minder. Rhinos next home game is Friday, Oct. 13th, 7:00 pm, at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will be heading to Summerside for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as the Western Capitals play host to the MHL Showcase. All 12 teams in the league will be there, and the Crushers are scheduled to face the league leading Edmundston Blizzard tonight, followed by the Miramichi Timberwolves on Wednesday. The Crushers will then go back to the Island on Saturday to face the Caps, and that game will be on East Coast FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Jeff Green and Rick Cameron's Peewee AAA newly minted team hit the road and recorded an overtime shootout win and 3 losses on the thanksgiving weekend at the BMO Centre, Bedford. On Friday, the Crushers defeated South Shore Ice Sharks with a 3-2 shootout win. Scoring for the Crushers were Lane Lochead and Logan Crosby with the shootout goal going to Cory MacGillivray. Assists went to Reese Smith and Cameron Boulter. Game two was a loss to the Northwest Bulls with Ben Wallace tallying the only goal. On Saturday, the Crushers were defeated by the East Hants Penguins 2-1. Wallace scored the lone goal with the assist going to Eastyn Cameron. Their final game was a 5-0 loss to Halifax Hawks. There were a lot of positives that came out of the first games of the season. However, one thing to take note of was the amount of penalties minutes the team endured which sealed their fate in two of the games.
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Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Pictou County Transplant Trot October 13th! Help shine a light on organ donation in Nova Scotia and raise money for the Canadian Transplant Association! The fun starts at 5:30pm at Victoria Park, Westville with a 1km kids fun walk/run followed by a 5km and 10km fun walk/run at 6:00pm. For more information check out www.transplanttrot.ca
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The Westville Gentlemens Hockey League is looking for more players. Anybody 35 years and older interested in playing hockey this season can call Mike at 902-456-8795 for more information.
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The coaches of the East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club will be holding an information session for anyone interested in joining the Canskate, Pre-star or Figure Skating programs. There will be a registration table set up for those wanting to sign up. The session is Tuesday October 10th at 6:45pm in the Thorburn School. For more information contact epsbcoach.1@outlook.com
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season. For More information on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday October 17th at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Edmonton 42 Montreal 24
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NFL Minnesota 20 Chicago 17 NHL
Auston Matthews scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.
Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets captured their first win of the young season by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2.
Mike Smith made 43 saves and the Calgary Flames ended a 25-game skid at Honda Center with a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
St. Louis 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 (SO)
Colorado 4 Boston 0
New Jersey 6 Buffalo 2
Tampa Bay 4 Washington 3 (OT)
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MLB Post-season
Justin Verlander outpitched Chris Sale in a relief role reversal of aces, and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series, rallying past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in Game 4 of their playoff matchup.
Luis Severino bounced back from his playoff debacle, slumping Aaron Judge delivered a big hit and the New York Yankees took advantage of shoddy defence by Cleveland to beat the Indians 7-3 and push their AL Division Series to a decisive Game 5.
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Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series.
Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame Max Scherzer's brilliant performance to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.
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NBA Pre-season
Detroit 107 Indiana 97
Atlanta 100 Memphis 88
Boston 113 Philadelphia 96
Houston 117 New York 95
Miami 109 Charlotte 106
Dallas 99 Orlando 96
Portland 97 Sacramento 83
Utah 120 Phoenix 102


POLICE SEEK HELP IN FINDING MISSING EAST HANTS TEEN
Monday 9th October 2017
A family in East Hants is hoping for a return of their teenage daughter for Thanksgiving. Fifteen-year old Mackenzie Eagles has been missing for more than two weeks, and her mother Kelly Eagles is understandably upset. Eagles told CTV that her daughter had run away before, but usually would be located with a couple of days. She says there have only been two possible sightings of Mackanzie in the last two weeks. In April, Mackenzie moved to Enfield to stay with her grandparents and switched schools. Her grandfather, Brian Eagles, says she seemed to be doing well. However, on the morning of 23 September, he awoke to her having left home. Her bike and helmet were located by a family member near the airport along Highway 102 last Sunday and there was nothing to indicate she had been involved in a collision.RCMP say they believe Mackenzie is in the Halifax-Dartmouth area. Mackenzie's family says their concern for her well-being is growing and would like for her to contact them or police to confirm she is okay.Mackenzie is described as a white female, five-feet tall and 150 pounds, with dark blonde and light brown hair with blue-green eyes. She was last seen wearing a navy blue sweater and carrying a dark coloured backpack with yellow writing on it. Anyone with information on Mackenzie’s whereabouts is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 9 OCTOBER
Monday 9th October 2017
The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians had a short bench, but that did not stop them from earning a 5-1 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs last night at Trenton Arena. Jacob Pentz led the way for the Scotians with three goals and an assist, while James Murphy had a goal and three assists, and Jared Livingstone added three helpers. The Scotians ended the weekend with three of a possible four points, as they lost in a shootout on Friday in Antigonish. This week the Scotians are in East Hants on Friday to face the Penguins before hosting the Cumberland County Blues next Sunday.
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The M. U. Rhinos Renovations Minor Midget AAA team of the new Nova Scotia Minor Midget AAA league opened regular season play at home Friday night against the Dartmouth Voyageurs. Dartmouth scored one in the each of the first two periods to give them the advantage going into the third. The Rhinos had a strong third period with Bryson Chapman finding the back of the net bringing the Rhinos within striking distance. Blake Hadley had the assist. But Dartmouth got lucky with a third goal and despite an extra attacker in the last few minutes of the game, the Rhinos weren't able to tally the win for their home opener. Final score was 3-1. Brayden LeBlanc was between the pipes. The Rhinos travelled to Sackville on Saturday and suffered a 4-0 loss to the ChiroCare Kings.  Matthew MacEachern was the net minder. Rhinos next home game is Friday, Oct. 13th, 7:00 pm, at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will be heading to Summerside for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as the Western Capitals play host to the MHL Showcase. All 12 teams in the league will be there, and the Crushers are scheduled to face the league leading Edmundston Blizzard tomorrow, followed by the Miramichi Timberwolves on Wednesday. The Crushers will then go back to the Island on Saturday to face the Caps, and that game will be on East Coast FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Jeff Green and Rick Cameron's Peewee AAA newly minted team hit the road and recorded an overtime shootout win and 3 losses this past thanksgiving weekend at the BMO Centre, Bedford. On Friday, October 6 the Crushers defeated South Shore Ice Sharks with a 3-2 shootout win. Scoring for the Crushers were Lane Lochead and Logan Crosby with the shootout goal going to Cory MacGillivray. Assists went to Reese Smith and Cameron Boulter. Game two was a loss to the Northwest Bulls with Ben Wallace tallying the only goal. On Saturday, October 7 the Crushers were defeated by the East Hants Penguins 2-1. Wallace scored the lone goal with the assist going to Eastyn Cameron. Their final game was a 5-0 loss to Halifax Hawks. There were a lot of positives that came out of the first games of the season. However, one thing to take note of was the amount of penalties minutes the team endured which sealed their fate in two of the games.
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Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Pictou County Transplant Trot October 13th! Help shine a light on organ donation in Nova Scotia and raise money for the Canadian Transplant Association! The fun starts at 5:30pm at Victoria Park, Westville with a 1km kids fun walk/run followed by a 5km and 10km fun walk/run at 6:00pm. For more information check out www.transplanttrot.ca
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The Westville Gentlemens Hockey League is looking for more players. Anybody 35 years and older interested in playing hockey this season can call Mike at 902-456-8795 for more information.
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The coaches of the East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club will be holding an information session for anyone interested in joining the Canskate, Pre-star or Figure Skating programs. There will be a registration table set up for those wanting to sign up. The session is Tuesday October 10th at 6:45pm in the Thorburn School. For more information contact epsbcoach.1@outlook.com
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season.  For More information  on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page. 
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday October 17th at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees both avoided sweeps in their respective American League Divisional Series last night, but did so in significantly different ways. The Sox got 15 hits and scored 10 runs, including a six-run seventh inning to rout the Astros 10-3. The Yankees, meanwhile, used a solo home run from Greg Bird in the 7th inning, and a five out save from Aroldis Chapman to hang on for the 1-0 win. Game 4 in each best-of-5 series will be played today. Also today will be Game 3 in each of the NLDS as the Cubs host Washington – that series is tied at 1-1, and Arizona welcomes the Dodgers with LA looking for the sweep.
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Just one game last night in the NHL, as the Rangers shut out the Montreal Canadiens 2-0. It was Henrik Lundqvist's 62nd career shutout, and 3rd all-time against the Habs.
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Injuries were the story of the day in Week 5 of the NFL. JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus, both of the Houston Texans, are out for the season after suffering injuries in a loss to Kansas City. Watt broke his leg, while Mercilus tore his pectoral muscle. Meanwhile, the Giants woes got worse, as they dropped to 0-5 with a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, and Odell Beckham, Jr. broke his ankle.
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SCOREBOARD
N.Y. Jets 17 Cleveland 14
Philadelphia 34 Arizona 7
Cincinnati 20 Buffalo 16
Jacksonville 30 Pittsburgh 9
Carolina 27 Detroit 24
Miami 16 Tennessee 10
L.A. Chargers 27 N.Y. Giants 22
Indianapolis 26 San Francisco 23 (OT)
Baltimore 30 Oakland 17
Seattle 16 L.A. Rams 10
Green Bay 35 Dallas 31
Kansas City 42 Houston 34


FIRE PREVENTION WEEK UNDERWAY
Sunday 8th October 2017
This is Fire Prevention Week and the theme of this year is “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out.” Joe MacDonald of the Pictou County Fire Fighters' Association says there are lots of things you can be doing to make your home safer. He says fire alarms and detectors save lives and having them working in your home can give you a head start in the event of a fire. As part of Fire Prevention Week, the Linacy Fire Department will be holding an Open House/ Canada 150 celebration today noon until 3pm. There will be a bouncy house, BBQ, cotton candy & popcorn, firefighting demos, display of gear and trucks, and draws for kids and adults.


LOCAL SPORTS FOR OCTOBER 8TH
Sunday 8th October 2017
Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Pictou County Transplant Trot Friday, October 13th. Help shine a light on organ donation in Nova Scotia and raise money for the Canadian Transplant Association! The fun starts at 5:30pm at Victoria Park, Westville with a 1km kids fun walk/run followed by a 5km and 10km fun walk/run at 6:00pm. For more information check out www.transplanttrot.ca
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The Westville Gentlemens Hockey League is looking for more players. Anybody 35 years and older interested in playing hockey this season can call Mike at 902-456-8795 for more information.
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The coaches of the East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club will be holding an information session for anyone interested in joining the Canskate, Pre-star or Figure Skating programs. There will be a registration table set up for those wanting to sign up. The session is Tuesday October 10th at 6:45pm in the Thorburn School. For more information contact epsbcoach.1@outlook.com
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The first Annual Turkey Trott is taking place this weekend in New Glasgow. It's a free, non-competitive trail run this coming Sunday morning. The event starts at 9:00 am departing from the Kinsmen Look off on the Samson Trail. Participants are asked to bring an item of donation for the Pictou County Food Bank. All abilities are encouraged to attend, 4 legged friends are also welcome! It's being hosted by New Glasgow Recreation.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season.  For More information  on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page. 
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday October 17th at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.


RCMP INVESTIGATE ABANDONED SIDE-BY-SIDE ATV STRUCK BY TRAIN
Sunday 8th October 2017
RCMP are investigating after an abandoned side-by-side ATV was struck by a train just outside of Truro. Emergency crews were called to the scene in Hilden around 1am Saturday. With the help of a police dog, a thermal-imaging device, and the Hilden Fire Department, RCMP performed a search of the area, but did not find anyone. RCMP say there is no indication that anyone was hurt. A black 2015 Arctic Cat valued at over $20,000 was stolen from a dealership in Millbrook about an hour before the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


NOVA SCOTIA CELEBRATES CADET DAY
Sunday 8th October 2017
Young people from across Nova Scotia made a visit to Province House in Halifax on Saturday to celebrate Cadet Day. Hammonds Plains-Lucasville MLA Ben Jessome, on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil, Minister responsible for Military Relations and Minister responsible for Youth, joined cadets and other guests at a flag raising to mark the occasion. Jessome says the cadet program is a tremendous way for young people to engage in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities. He also says it teaches invaluable life and work skills and cadets become responsible and active members of their communities. Nova Scotia has 86 cadet units with nearly 3,500 cadets representing air, sea and army units.


MISSING TEEN LOCATED
Saturday 7th October 2017
Good news from the Stellarton Police Service: they have located 16 year-old Haven Theriault safe and sound. They thank the public for their assistance.


OPERATION IMPACT WILL CHECK TO SEE IF YOU'RE DRIVING PROPERLY THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 7th October 2017
Over the long weekend, the Nova Scotia RCMP will join police agencies across Canada as part of Operation Impact, an annual national road safety initiative. The goal of Operation Impact is to reduce injuries and save lives through increased education and targeted enforcement in the areas of impaired driving by alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt and aggressive driving. To facilitate Operation Impact initiatives, members of RCMP, New Glasgow Regional Police, and other police departments will be conducting numerous checkpoints and enforcement activities. Police tend to see an increase in traffic during long weekends and are asking motorists to plan ahead to ensure everyone safely arrives at their destination. Operation Impact is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and member agencies of the CACP Traffic Committee from across Canada in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world.


HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARGES LAID IN HALIFAX
Saturday 7th October 2017
Several people in Halifax are facing a slew of charges, including human trafficking. Police say the arrests unfolded when they were called to an armed robbery on Lakecrest Drive on Wednesday. Three men between 19 and 30, fled in a van and were later arrested, and a 16 year old woman was also charged. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that two of these men directed and influenced a sixteen-year-old girl — the original victim of the robbery call — for the purpose of prostitution.


ABORIGINAL WOMEN INQUIRY GETS NEW EXEC DIRECTOR
Saturday 7th October 2017
The troubled inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has named a new executive director. Chief commissioner Marion Buller announced on Friday that former Assembly of First Nations adviser Debbie Reid has taken the job. Reid is from the Skownan First Nation in Manitoba. She was a special adviser to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine when he held the job and has also worked for Ottawa. The inquiry has run into troubled waters in recent months with criticism that victims' families weren't being adequately consulted about the shape of the inquiry. One of the inquiry's commissioners and the previous executive director resigned in the wake of the criticism. There were subsequent calls for a more profound shakeup with one prominent Manitoba First Nations chief even calling for Buller to leave.


SPORTS OCTOBER 7
Saturday 7th October 2017
It seems nobody can stop the Edmundston Blizzard. Hot off their 4-3 win against the Crushers on Thursday, the Blizzard edged out the Bearcats in Truro 3-2. The MHL showcase will be next week in Summerside PEI.
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The Westville Gentlemens Hockey League is looking for more players. Anybody 35 years and older interested in playing hockey this season can call Mike at 902-456-8795 for more information.
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Rosters for the annual Atlantic Challenge Cup were announced recently, and Pictou County is well represented. On the U14 Male roster, Landon Sim of Trenton has been named an assistant captain, while Lucas Canning of Stellarton also made the team. The Female U16 roster includes Cassie Clarke of Pictou, while Eva Wornell of New Glasgow made the U18 Female team. The Atlantic Challenge Cup is a four team tournament bringing together the best players from each province in Atlantic Canada to Moncton for a Round Robin followed by a Gold and Bronze Medal Game. Last year, Nova Scotia won gold in three of the four age groups, earning silver in Male U15.
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The first Annual Turkey Trott is taking place this weekend in New Glasgow. It's a free, non-competitive trail run this coming Sunday morning. The event starts at 9:00 am departing from the Kinsmen Look off on the Samson Trail. Participants are asked to bring an item of donation for the Pictou County Food Bank. All abilities are encouraged to attend, 4 legged friends are also welcome! It's being hosted by New Glasgow Recreation.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season.  For More information  on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page. 
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday October 17th at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Hamilton 30 Winnipeg 13
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NHL
James Neal scored twice in the third period, rallying the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in the debut of the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas.
Columbus 5 N.Y. Islanders 0
Tampa Bay 5 Florida 3
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MLB Post-season
American League Division Series

Carlos Correa homered, doubled and drove in four runs, Jose Altuve got two more hits and the Houston Astros hammered the Boston Red Sox 8-2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.
Yan Gomes singled home Austin Jackson from second base with noone out in the 13th inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied from five runs down to stun the New York Yankees 9-8 and snatch a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.
National League Division Series
Kyle Hendricks outpitched Stephen Strasburg as the Chicago Cubs opened their World Series title defence by beating the Washington Nationals 3-0.
Los Angeles 9 Arizona 5 (Dodgers lead series 1-0)
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NBA Pre-season
Boston 110 Philadelphia 102
Detroit 109 Atlanta 87
Washington 104 New York 100
Indiana 106 Cleveland 102
Chicago 114 Milwaukee 101
Oklahoma City 102 New Orleans 91
Utah 112 Phoenix 101
San Antonio 113 Sacramento 93


DEAL ANNOUNCED FOR 60S SCOOP COMPENSATION
Friday 6th October 2017
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett held back tears as she announced an agreement in principle with survivors of the '60s Scoop. The agreement provides up to $750 million in compensation for individuals classified as status Indians and Inuit. It also includes an investment of up to $50 million for a foundation for healing and reconciliation. Bennett called the 60s Scoop a dark and painful chapter in Canada's history. Between the 1960s and 1980s, Indigenous children were removed from their homes by child welfare agencies and placed in the care of non-Indigenous families. The deal is aimed at resolving numerous related lawsuits, most notable among them a successful class action in Ontario.


STILL NO SIGN OF MISSING TEEN
Friday 6th October 2017
Police in Stellarton say a 16-year old girl who has not been seen in over a week is still missing, and while there is no evidence of foul play, police say they are concerned for her well being. Stellarton Police Chief Don Hussher say Haven Theriault was last seen in Stellarton on 28 September. Theriault is described as caucasian, 5' 6" tall and about 145 lbs, with green eyes and long, brown, wavy hair to the middle of her back. She often wears it in two braids. Hussher says Theriault might be in the Halifax/Dartmouth area. Anyone who has seen, or knows her whereabouts is asked to contact Stellarton Police at 902-752-6160, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


PROVINCE SEEKS INPUT ON HOW TO REGULATE LEGAL MARIJUANA
Friday 6th October 2017
The province is looking for your input on legalized marijuana, which goes into effect next July. An online survey was launched today and runs to October 27. The province wants input on key issues including the legal age to purchase and use recreational cannabis, where it can be purchased, and where it can be used. Copies of the survey will also be available at Access Nova Scotia Centres starting October 12th.   


WOULD YOU BELIEVE GAS IS CHEAPER AGAIN? CAUSE IT IS
Friday 6th October 2017
A nice suprise ahead of the long weekend: the price of regular self-serve gas is down for the fourth straight week in Nova Scotia. Regular self-serve gas now sits at $1.055, down 3.2 cents per litre. Diesel is down nine-tenths of a cent to $1.071 per litre.


PROVINCE TO INTRODUCE NEW CYBERBULLY LAW
Friday 6th October 2017
A new version of the province's cyberbullying law is now making the rounds at Province House and it's getting good reaction from Retaeh Parsons’ mother. Leah Parsons says she hopes this bill will be accepted by the courts unlike previous legislation. Her daughter, Retaeh, took her own life after being bullied online following an alleged sexual assault. Justice Minister Mark Furey's new legislation is known as the “Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act.” Furey says the act will help address the issues with the original act and helps victims by providing options for dealing with people who want to do harm to them online. It'll also set up a referral to dispute resolution system and see that victims receive payment for damages. The new act would allow a victim, or parents, to go to court for a protective order for alleged offenders to stop, take down a webpage or forbid further contact with the victim. It also gives the Provincial CyberSCAN unit authority to support and help victims resolve disputes. The Nova Scotia Supreme Court struck down the previous Cyber-safety Act in 2015. The government plans to seek further feedback on the new measures.


OTTAWA TO ANNOUNCE MORE HELP FOR VETERANS
Friday 6th October 2017
The federal government is promising to improve the services and support available to members of the military and veterans. The plan is to cut down on the number of military suicides. Those initiatives are outlined in Ottawa's new suicide prevention strategy. It comes amid concerns about the number of service members and veterans who have killed themselves in recent years. That includes retired corporal Lionel Desmond, the Afghan war veteran who was looking for treatment before shooting and killing three family members in Antigonish County, and then taking his own life back in January.


NB LIBERAL MP BOOTED FROM COMMITTEES OVER TAX OPINIONS
Friday 6th October 2017
Saint John-Rothesay Liberal MP Wayne Long has been kicked off two parliamentary committees for breaking ranks over proposed small business tax changes. Long confirmed to CBC he was removed from the standing committee on human resources, skills, social development and the status of persons with disabilities, as well as the standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics. On Tuesday, Long supported a failed Conservative move that would have extended the consultation period on Ottawa's proposed changes to the small business tax regime. Finance Minister Bill Morneau has indicated he plans to make changes to the Liberals' controversial tax change proposals announced in mid-July. The consultation period ended Oct. 2. The Conservative motion would have extended consultation until January 31 — because of the "drastic negative impact on small- and medium-sized businesses," the motion said — but it was defeated in the House of Commons.


SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON WHETHER TO KEEP ACCOUNTS OF ABUSE AT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
Friday 6th October 2017
The Supreme Court of Canada is set to decide whether some of the most sensitive and personal stories of abuse at Canada's residential schools should be preserved or destroyed. The decision, to be handed down Friday, will determine what should become of more than 38,000 detailed accounts from former students about the mistreatment they suffered while at the schools. Highly detailed and often painful, the recollections were gathered as part of the federal government's 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. What to do with them is a question that has divided Indigenous groups. One side argues the records should be saved so future generations know the truth about residential schools. On the other are those who argue the records were never meant to be preserved. The former students' stories were gathered as part of the residential schools settlement, and that survivors always believed they were telling their stories in strictest confidence. For its part, Ottawa has taken the position that the survivors' accounts are government documents. It says Library and Archives Canada has sole authority to determine which of the records should be preserved due to their historical value. The 38,000 accounts collected through the independent assessment process are separate from the roughly 7,000 stories compiled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission during its inquiry into the residential school system. Those accounts were gathered in public and private hearings and would not be affected by the Supreme Court ruling.


SPORTS OCTOBER 6
Friday 6th October 2017
They are called the Blizzard, but their hot streak continues. Edmundston remains undefeated after a 4-3 victory over the Weeks Junior A Crushers at the Wellness Centre Thursday night. Jacob Hickey, Jake Martin and Kevin Mason scored for the home squad. The Crushers will cross the strait to take part in the MHL showcase in Summerside next Tuesday and Wednesday.
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The St-FX X-women will be at the University of Ottawa for an exhibition rugby game tonight.
University Hockey has the X-men in Wolfville to face off against Acadia Friday night at 7.
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The Westville Gentlemens Hockey League is looking for more players. Anybody 35 years and older interested in playing hockey this season can call Mike at 902-456-8795 for more information.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA will be hosting the Dartmouth Voyageurs in their home opener at the Wellness Centre tonight at 7. Door prizes will be drawn from all paid entries. Cost is $5 /17 age and above and free for 16 and under. Come out and cheer on the M.U. Rhinos to victory in the new elite league. It's your first chance to see the best players from across northern mainland Nova Scotia begin their season.
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Rosters for the annual Atlantic Challenge Cup were announced recently, and Pictou County is well represented. On the U14 Male roster, Landon Sim of Trenton has been named an assistant captain, while Lucas Canning of Stellarton also made the team. The Female U16 roster includes Cassie Clarke of Pictou, while Eva Wornell of New Glasgow made the U18 Female team. The Atlantic Challenge Cup is a four team tournament bringing together the best players from each province in Atlantic Canada to Moncton for a Round Robin followed by a Gold and Bronze Medal Game. Last year, Nova Scotia won gold in three of the four age groups, earning silver in Male U15.
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The first Annual Turkey Trott is taking place this weekend in New Glasgow. It's a free, non-competitive trail run this coming Sunday morning. The event starts at 9:00 am departing from the Kinsmen Look off on the Samson Trail. Participants are asked to bring an item of donation for the Pictou County Food Bank. All abilities are encouraged to attend, 4 legged friends are also welcome! It's being hosted by New Glasgow Recreation.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season.  For More information  on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page. 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB Post-season
American League Division Series

Houston 8 Boston 2 (Astros lead series 1-0)
Cleveland 4 New York 0 (Indians lead series 1-0)
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  NHL
Jonathan Drouin scored the lone shootout goal in rallying the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the season opener for both teams.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the shootout winner and Alex Ovechkin had a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the Ottawa Senators 5-4 in their season opener.
Colorado 4 N.Y. Rangers 2
Boston 4 Nashville 3
Detroit 4 Minnesota 2
Chicago 10 Pittsburgh 1
Anaheim 5 Arizona 4
Los Angeles 2 Philadelphia 0
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  NFL
Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England's porous defence showed signs of improvement in a 19-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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NBA Pre-season
Portland 106 Toronto 101
Minnesota 111 Golden State 97
Orlando 112 Dallas 89
Brooklyn 107 Miami 88
Houston 144 Shanghai Sharks 82


CHANGES COMING TO TIDAL ENERGY RULES
Thursday 5th October 2017
The piece of legislation that regulates tidal energy will be undergoing some changes. The province has announced amendments to the Marine Renewable-energy Act which will make it easier to assess tidal-energy technologies, and help developers bring them to market faster. Demonstration permits up to five megawatts will allow companies to sell the electricity they generate at a lower price than existing tidal electricity prices. Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan says by taking this next step, Nova Scotia remains a world leader in developing clean, renewable tidal energy. Tidal operators will still have to get all applicable permits and environmental approvals.


CYBER-PROTECTION ACT INTRODUCED
Thursday 5th October 2017
A new version of the province's cyberbullying law was introduced today, as Justice Minister Mark Furey brought forward the proposed Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act. Furey says the act will help address the issues with the original act and helps victims by providing options for dealing with people who want to harm them online. The new act would allow a victim, or parents, to go to court for a protective order for alleged offenders to stop, take down a webpage or prohibit further contact with the victim, a referral to dispute resolution and an order to pay damages. It also gives the CyberSCAN unit authority to support and help victims resolve disputes. The Nova Scotia Supreme Court struck down the previous Cyber-safety Act in 2015. The government plans to seek further feedback on the new measures. 


UPDATE ON NEW GLASGOW PAVING
Thursday 5th October 2017
Downtown New Glasgow business owners who've taken to Facebook to complain about downtown re-paving hurting their business are getting some answers. Mayor Nancy Dicks says the downtown construction on Archimedes Street should wrap up tomorrow, and the re-paving on Provost Street should be finished by Hallowe'en and possibly even earlier. The mayor says the less disruption to people doing business – the better.


FORMER CEO PAYS BACK OUTSTANDING IWK EXPENSES
Thursday 5th October 2017
Former IWK Health Centre CEO Tracy Kitch has repaid $9,720.39 in outstanding personal expenses charged to the Halifax children's hospital. The payment comes just two days after the hospital said it was planning legal action against her to get the money back. IWK spokesperson Nick Cox is confirming the re-payment. Cox says it's is good to put this matter behind us as we turn our attention to supporting the review processes underway, and most importantly, continuing to support the great people who work at the IWK. Kitch stepped down from her post in late August as questions surfaced about $47,000 in personal expenses being billed to the hospital.


PROVINCE EXPANDING COURT REVIEW OF LABOUR ACT
Thursday 5th October 2017
The McNeil government has decided to expand the court review of its contentious labour legislation. As a result, it'll now include plans to end a retirement bonus for civil servants. In August, the government proclaimed Bill 148, which enforces a wage package on civil servants, and referred the new law to the Court of Appeal for a constitutional review. But the Liberals left out the retirement bonus from the review, prompting outrage from labour groups. Labour Relations Minister Mark Furey now says the government has decided to expand the review after consultations with the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. The NSGEU's Jason Maclean says he's pleased and says it appears the Liberals are getting the message. The Public Service Award was first negotiated in 1974, a civil servant earning the average wage of $56,000 would have been eligible for a maximum benefit of $28,000 at retirement. Government officials estimate the long service award costs the government about $40 million a year.


NEW MANDATE FOR FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICES: FIX PAY SYSTEM
Thursday 5th October 2017
An updated mandate letter from the prime minister puts fixing the pay of public servants at the top of the priority list for Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough. Qualtrough was sworn in as the new minister in August, taking over from Judy Foote, who has retired. Qualtrough's mandate letter is one of six new letters released on Wednesday, following the late summer cabinet shuffle. In Foote's 2015 mandate letter, public service pay wasn't mentioned, as the Phoenix pay system wasn't launched until February 2016. Since then, the government has had difficulty paying tens of thousands of public servants properly. Another significant change is that Qualtrough's ministry is no longer tasked with helping to create a "single online window" for all government services. The Liberal government finally pulled the plug on a large part of the failing initiative, which began under the Harper Conservatives, last July. The new mandate letter is instead directing the minister to solve the many internal government IT issues that originate with Shared Services Canada.


SPORTS OCTOBER 5
Thursday 5th October 2017
The Weeks Junior A Crushers take to the ice here at home tonight to host the league-leading Edmundston Blizzard. That game takes place at the Wellness Centre at 7 o'clock. The Blizzard are the only team in the MHL to still have a perfect record at 5-0. Tonight's is the only Crushers game until they go to the MHL showcase in Summerside the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League teams will be off for the Thanksgiving weekend as many players will be attending the Atlantic Challenge Cup. The Northern Subway Selects are well represented with five players attending both the U18 and U16 tourneys. Maddie Quinn, Ella MacLean and Lindsey Smith are part of the U18 Provincial squad, while Cassie Clarke and Kara MacLean representing Nova Scotia on the U16 Team. The Northern Selects wish their team mates the best of luck as they compete for Atlantic Challenge Cup Gold this weekend.
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On the long weekend, the The St-FX X-women will be at the University of Ottawa for an exhibition rugby game tomorrow night.
University Hockey has the X-men in Wolfville to face off against Acadia on tomorrow night at 7.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA will be hosting the Dartmouth Voyageurs in their home opener at the Wellness Centre on Friday. Door prizes will be drawn from all paid entries. Cost is $5 /17 age and above and free  for 16 and under. Come out and cheer on the M.U. Rhinos to victory in the new elite league. It's your first chance to see the best players from across northern  mainland Nova Scotia begin their season.  
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The first Annual Turkey Trott is taking place this weekend in New Glasgow. It's a free, non-competitive trail run this coming Sunday morning. The event starts at 9:00 am departing from the Kinsmen Look off on the Samson Trail. Participants are asked to bring an item of donation for the Pictou County Food Bank. All abilities are encouraged to attend, 4 legged friends are also welcome! It's being hosted by New Glasgow Recreation.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB Post-season
Relief pitcher Archie Bradley hit a stunning two-run triple in the seventh inning, one of four three-baggers by Arizona that sent the Diamondbacks past the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League wild-card game.
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NHL
Connor McDavid picked up where he left off last season becoming the first player in franchise history to score a hat trick in a season opener as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the rival Calgary Flames 3-0.
Toronto 7 Winnipeg 2
St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Philadelphia 5 San Jose 3
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NBA Pre-season
L.A. Clippers 98 Toronto 84 (at Honolulu)
Atlanta 109 Cleveland 93
Charlotte 108 Detroit 106
Memphis 110 Philadelphia 89
Indiana 104 Milwaukee 86
Dallas 118 Chicago 71
Utah 117 Haifa Maccabi 78
Denver 122 L.A. Lakers 104 (at Ontario, CA)


OPENING DATE ANNOUNCED FOR EMERGENCY ROOM AT ABERDEEN
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The new Emergency Department at the Aberdeen Hospital will be opening on Tuesday, 24 October. There will be a ceremony with provincial Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey on 16 October to dedicate the new department. In the meantime, staff will be working through mock scenarios over the next few weeks to try to iron out any potential kinks in the operation of the new facility. A video was released this afternoon to announce the formal opening. Health Services Manager Jennifer Sutherland says she is very excited for the new ER to open later this month.


ALBERTA RELEASES PLANS FOR MARIJUANA REGULATION
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The province of Alberta has released plans regarding regulation of marijuana once it is legalized next year. Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley announced that the minimum age to purchase and consume marijuana will be 18, and public possession will be limited to a maximum of 30 grams. This framework will be presented to the public for feedback until the end of this month. A number of other rules and regulations have been included in the framework, including that sales will be limited to specialized stores which will not be able to sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals. Growing will be limited to a maximum of four plants per residence, and a maximum height of one metre. Consumption will not be allowed in vehicles, including passengers and like alcohol, marijuana will have to be out of the reach of the driver. Alberta also plans to have zero tolerance for possession by minors. Possession of less than five grams by anyone under 18 will result in the marijuana being seized, parents being notified and a ticket, while possession of more than five grams will result in criminal prosecution for minors. Ontario was the first province to unveil its rules around marijuana, about a month ago. 


YOUTH ACCUSED OF MURDER GRANTED BAIL WHILE AWAITING TRIAL
Wednesday 4th October 2017
A 16 year old boy accused of killing an 18-year old girl earlier this year has been granted bail while awaiting trial. The accused, whose name is banned from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the June killing of Chelsea Probert in Dartmouth. The Crown has indicated that they intend to have the teen sentenced as an adult if he is found guilty. The bail, which was granted during a hearing earlier today, contains a number of conditions, including that he be subject to electronic monitoring, and will be under house arrest conditions.


DOWNTOWN NEW GLASGOW REPAVING UPDATED AT NOON WEDNESDAY
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The town of New Glasgow says the last section of Archimedes Street to be paved will begin its transformation from Forbes St. outbound to Marsh Street at 6 o'clock Wednesday night.
The town is asking that all parking be cleared by 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon to allow time for paving crews to set up.
However, sidewalks will remain open.
Town crews are today painting lines and crosswalks on the section of Archimedes Street that was paved last night.


GROUP HIKING EVENT IN NEW GLASGOW SLATED FOR SUNDAY
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The first Annual Turkey Trot is taking place this weekend in New Glasgow.
It's a free, non-competitive trail run this coming Sunday morning, October 8th.
The event starts at 9:00 am departing from the Kinsmen Look off on the Samson Trail.
Participants are asked to bring an item of donation for the Pictou County Food Bank.
All abilities are encouraged to attend, 4 legged friends are also welcome!
It's being hosted by New Glasgow Recreation.


STELLARTON POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING PERSON
Wednesday 4th October 2017
Stellarton Police Service is requesting the public's help in locating a missing person. Haven Theriault was last seen in Stellarton on Thursday, September 28th. Theriault is described as Caucasian, 5'6" tall, with long brown wavy hair to the middle of her back, often worn in two braids. She has green eyes and is approximately 145 lbs. There was no clothing description provided. (We have a picture on our Facebook page.) Theriault may be in the Halifax/Dartmouth area. Anyone who has seen, or knows the whereabouts of Theriault is asked to contact Stellarton Police at 902-752-6160, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


AUDITOR GENERAL RELEASES REPORT
Wednesday 4th October 2017
Provincial Auditor General Michael Pickup reported today on his financial audit work. In the report, he says retiring teachers may never get pension increases because of a $1.4 billion pension deficit, government is not sufficiently assessing fraud risks on the $11 billion a year it spends, personal income taxes per Nova Scotian who filed taxes rose 49 per cent since 2007, and the province's debt increased by $3 billion or 30 per cent to cover capital expenditures and the increases in expenses which outweighed revenue increases. He also says a third of government organizations have board vacancies potentially risking oversight and while government's financial statements are reliable, there are significant weaknesses in financial controls that puts the good use of public money at some risk. The full report and videos are available on the auditor general's website.


PROVINCES WANT GREATER SHARE OF LEGAL POT REVENUE: MACNEIL
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The premier says the provinces should get a bigger share of Ottawa's planned tax revenue when marijuana becomes legal next summer. Ottawa's plan is to share a tax of $1 per gram of pot “50-50” with the provinces. But Stephen MacNeil and several other premiers say the provinces will bear the brunt of the addiction and policing costs, so they should get more than just 50 per cent. The discussion is ongoing as a result of yesterday's meeting among the Premiers and Prime Minister Trudeau in Ottawa. Trudeau is so far not saying yes to that idea, but he's not closing the door to it either.


JUDGE SAYS TRURO COURTHOUSE INADEQUATE
Wednesday 4th October 2017
A provincial court judge in Truro has taken the unusual step of lobbying Premier Stephen McNeil directly for a new courthouse in Truro. In a four-page letter to the premier, Judge Alain Bégin complains about the inadequacy of the provincial courthouse in Truro, which he repeatedly refers to as an "abandoned grocery store." Before the Justice Department started leasing the building as a courthouse 25 years ago, it was home to a well-known Truro store known as “Snook's Save Easy.” Bégin has forwarded copies of his letter to 11 other people besides the Premier. The list includes Finance Minister Karen Casey and Justice Minister Mark Furey, as well as the mayors of Colchester, Truro and Stewiacke, and the chief of Millbrook First Nation. Begin says the Truro courthouse is one of the busiest in the province, and the situation can't continue as it is.


PROVINCE INTRODUCING MORE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The province has introduced proposed legislative changes to six consumer protection statutes that will better protect consumers. Two of the proposed changes to the Consumer Protection Act will help ensure borrowers in Nova Scotia are better protected. The changes will require payday lenders to display and provide financial literacy material to borrowers comparing the costs of payday loans to other credit products. The changes will also provide government officials with more tools to fight illegal lending in the province, including the ability to warn the public about illegal lenders. Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan says legislation is continuously being updating to ensure consumers are treated fairly and are better protected.


REFUGEE BACKLOG IS GOING TO GROW
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The Immigration and Refugee Board says about half of the asylum claims heard so far from those who've crossed the Canada-U.S.. border since July have been rejected. But the actual number of cases the board has heard since then is a sliver of the 8,000 or so claims that have been filed to date. Shereen Benzvy Miller, the head of the IRB's refugee protection division, told a House of Commons immigration committee hearing that 240 have already been finalized, and a further 373 had been scheduled as of earlier this week. In August, the board set up a dedicated team of 17 members to hear asylum claims solely from the border crossers. The team is aiming to hear about 1,500 cases between now and the end of November. After that, claims from the border crossers will go back to being part of the regular workflow. It's a case load that has overwhelmed the board, Miller told the committee. The board is funded to hear at most 24,000 cases a year and at present, is anticipating more than 40,000 to be filed in all of 2017. And that's in addition to 40,000 cases already backlogged. Miller says wait times for a hearing are currently about 16 months with nowhere to go but up.


STAN ROGERS FOLK FESTIVAL CHANGING DATES
Wednesday 4th October 2017
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the next Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso will be held on the last weekend in July. Stanfest founder and artistic director Troy Greencorn says weather was the biggest consideration in the decision to give up on the traditional last weekend of June, especially after two so-called "weather disasters" in the last four years. The experts say weather on the eastern tip of the mainland is never entirely reliable no matter the season. Greencorn says the weather data showst there's a better chance of sunshine in midsummer, and warmer temperatures, even if it does rain. Most of the nearly 600 volunteers who work at the festival have indicated they'll be available on the new dates. And Greencorn says and feedback from the public so far, has been overwhelmingly positive. The dates of Stanfest 2018 will be July 26th-29th.


SPORTS OCTOBER 4
Wednesday 4th October 2017
Coming up this week, the Weeks Junior A Crushers host the league-leading Edmundston Blizzard, the only team in the MHL to still have a perfect record at 5-0. As usual, they will play at home Thursday night at 7pm in the Wellness Centre. That is the only Crushers game until they go to the MHL showcase in Summerside the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Registration for this year's Trenton Learn to Skate/Parent & Tot Program will be today from 11:00am to 7:00pm at the Trenton Park Office. Full program details & printable registration forms available online at www.trenton.ca.
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The Kickin' Vixens will be hosting two open house nights tonight and next Wednesday (Oct. 4 & 11) from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Trenton Middle School Gym, 37 Dickie Street, Trenton. The team welcomes anyone interested in learning about roller derby, trying on gear or anyone that would like to join. The team is also recruiting Non-Skating Officials and referees - both positions are open to men and women.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Aaron Judge hit a two-run shot in his post-season debut and the New York Yankees were rescued by their brilliant bullpen during an 8-4 victory in the American League wild-card game.
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The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to sign their franchise player, Jack Eichel, to an NHL-maximum eight-year, $80 million contract. The team announced the signing on its Twitter account on Tuesday night in a deal reached two days before Buffalo hosts the Montreal Canadiens in the season opener. The 20-year-old Eichel is entering the final year of his three-year entry level contract and only eligible to become a restricted free agent next summer. The new contract won't kick in until next season.
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NBA Pre-season
Brooklyn 115 New York 107
Chicago 113 New Orleans 109
Houston 104 Oklahoma City 97
Phoenix 114 Portland 112


6TH WARMEST SEPTEMBER EVER IN NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Remember last month's humidex readings into the low 30s?
It turns out last month's temperatures for us were among the hottest on record.
Environment Canada says mean Nova Scotia temperatures in September exceeded 30-year climate normals by more than 2 C for much of the province.
Mean temperature is the average air temperature for a 24-hour period.
At the Halifax Stanfield Airport the mean temperature was 16.6 C.
That places it sixth on the list for all-time warmest September when you average out daytime highs and overnight lows.
The warmth wasn't just here in Nova Scotia but across the Maritimes.
Current climate prediction models are favouring warmer-than-normal conditions to continue through October, November and December, with near normal amounts of precipitation.


FIRST COURT APPEARANCE IN BUTLIN MURDER CASE
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
The man accused of murdering a local real estate agent made a brief appearance in court this morning. Ernie Junior Ross Duggan is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder after Susie Butlin was found dead in her Bayhead home on September 17. Duggan's lawyer Pat Atherton has withdrawn from the case, and Truro legal aid will take over. Duggan returns to court October 19th.


COUNTY COUNCIL DISSATISFIED WITH CANADA POST MAILBOXES
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
County council is going to try again to get Canada Post to reconsider the placement of their rural mailboxes. A letter was written expressing concern about the community boxes on Sinclair Road: residents have complained they are placed too close to the road, so that any cars stopped to get mail are not fully on the shoulder out of the way of traffic. Susan Margles, the VP of policy with Canada Post, wrote back saying the mailboxes “conform to all safety requirements and is best suited for those in the area.” Council approved a motion to again write with their concerns, with a copy to be sent to local MP Sean Fraser.


PICTOU COUNTY TO MARK INFANT LOSS AWARENESS DAY
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Pictou County council has declared October 15th “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day”. It’s part of a national campaign started by the group Gardens of Grace to raise awareness of stillbirth, miscarriage, child loss and bereavement services available to parents. The group is also pushing for landmarks to be lit up pink and blue on the evening of the 15th. Warden Robert Parker told council he would look into whether the Wellness Centre, which is more visible than the county offices, would be available for such a ceremony that night.


IWK PLANS TO SUE FORMER CEO
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
The IWK Health Centre is getting ready to file a legal claim against its former CEO over money it says she owes the hospital over improper expense claims. According to an IWK spokesperson, Tracy Kitch still owes around 10-thousand dollars. An independent audit found that Kitch had billed the hospital more than 47-thousand dollars in personal expenses or expenses that weren't properly justified.


DOCTORS GROUP TAKING PROVINCE TO COURT OVER CONTRACT
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Doctors Nova Scotia is going to court to settle two contract issues with the province. The association says after working for a year to resolve the problem, they are still at an impasse. Under dispute are the government’s use of unapproved contracts for Alternative Payment Plan physicians and more than $4 million owed to Doctors Nova Scotia for the physicians’ health and dental plans and other benefits. Nancy MacCready-Williams of Doctors Nova Scotia says that resolving these issues would be a big step forward in recruiting and retaining more doctors.


UNEXPECTED DELAYS IN NEW GLASGOW ROAD WORK
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
It's going to take longer than planned to repave downtown New Glasgow. Mayor Nancy Dicks says that when the paving was removed from Provost Street, the road base was found in very bad shape, requiring more work than anticipated. There will some temporary patching of ruts and potholes in the meantime. Paving of Archimedes Street will begin tonight and is expected to be complete by the end of the week.


WINTER PARKING BAN IN PICTOU BEGINS MID-DECEMBER
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
The Town of Pictou discussed the Winter Parking Ban regulations at the meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Monday evening. The ban will be in effect this year from December 15 to April 1, and will not allow for parking on the side of the street between 1am and 7am any day during that stretch. The ban also covers any time when a plow would be expected to be out cleaning streets, such as the hours during and immediately after a snowfall. The change comes in the section of the Motor Vehicle Act that will be used to enforce the ban. While it had been under Section 292 in past years, the town will now use Section 152 (9) to enforce the parking regulations.


MORE CRUISE SHIPS COMING TO PICTOU
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
The Port of Pictou will be welcoming cruise ships until at least 2020. Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Pictou, Michelle Young, informed Council that one cruise ship company has committed to stopping in Pictou over the next three seasons. Young, who is a member of the Pictou County Cruise Line Committee, says there are three more visits still to come this fall. A cruise will be making its way into port this Friday, with two others coming on the 14th and 26th.


COAL TRACK IMPROVEMENTS SUGGESTED TO COUNCIL
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
A local athletic group approached Stellarton council with ideas for the Pioneer Coal Track. Lindsay Gregory of the Pictou County Athletic and Recreation Society attended Monday’s council meeting, and suggested the group could, with council’s permission, plant trees in the area to provide shade and improve the look. Gregory also raised the idea of using solar panels to generate electricity that could be used when hosting events like regional track meets. Council liked what they heard, although Deputy Mayor Simon Lawand did note that a previous attempt at planting trees near the track wasn’t successful. It was suggested that town engineer Blaine Murray and planning commissioner Roland Burek provide PCRAS with some guidance on where the best locations would be for planting, and that Murray could also look into whether the structures in place at the field could handle the weight if solar panels were installed.


COUNTY COUNCIL ORDERS DEMOLITION
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Pictou County council has ordered the demolition of an unsightly property off East River East Side road. The property is owned by Bradley & Diane Sharpe, and has been in a state of disrepair for quite some time. In fact, the property, less than a quarter-acre in size, does not currently have a civic number. The by-law enforcement officer told council she has made several attempts to contact the property owners, but has received no reply, nor did the Sharpes attend last night’s hearing. Councilors asked whether the property could be sold, or be used as training for firefighters, but due to a lack of space for a septic system as well as environmental regulations about what can be burned for fire training, neither option was considered feasible.


PROVINCE RE-WORKING LAW CONCERNING THE INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
The province has rewritten a law struck down last year by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for infringing on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. The Adult Capacity and Decision-Making Act was introduced at Province House late Monday. Last year, the province's Supreme Court declared the Incompetent Persons Act invalid during a challenge brought by then-25-year-old Landon Webb. The young man had been fighting to overturn his "mentally incompetent" status, saying it infringed on his right to liberty and security of the person. Brenda and Darrell Webb had their son declared "mentally incompetent" in 2010, saying they felt he needed to be protected as he functioned at the level of a 10- to 12-year-old. The couple gave up their guardianship on the same day the Supreme Court ruling came down. The province was given until the end of this year to bring forth a new law that would conform with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is why the Liberals are making that attempt in the legislature this week.


TIRE BURNING PROTEST IN HALIFAX
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Community and environmental groups will gather at Province House today for an update on the decision to allow Lafarge to burn tires as fuel at the Brookfield Cement Plant. A news release from the Ecology Action Centre says Policy Director Mark Butler will offer an analysis on the 2015 Dalhousie Faculty of Engineering Study, which appears to have played a role in the province's decision to approve. Other speakers will include Lydia Sorflaten, who will provide an update on the legal challenge, and Lisa Mitchell, who will comment on environmental decision-making and community access to justice. The groups and speakers will be at the Legislature from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


TOM PETTY: 1950-2017
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Tributes are pouring in for Tom Petty, who died in California aged 66. Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home early on Monday. He was taken to hospital, but could not be revived and died later that evening. "He died peacefully at 8:40 PM Pacific time surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends," said his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades. A statement on the singer's Twitter page described Petty's passing as an "untimely death". Petty was a co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys group in the late 1980s, touring with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison. "It's shocking, crushing news," Dylan told the Los Angeles Times. "I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him." Other tributes include those from fellow musicians Sir Paul McCartney, Carole King, Brian Wilson and Cyndi Lauper. McCartney tweeted that he was "sending his love" to Petty and his family, while King said her "heart goes out" to "family, friends and fans of Tom Petty, of which I'm one". Beach Boys star Brian Wilson tweeted that he was "heartbroken" to hear of the news. Bryan Adams thanked Petty "for all the great rockin' music".
Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland also paid tribute. He tweeted: "Today America lost one of its musical giants. Thank you Tom Petty for all the music. To me you will live forever." Petty also found solo success in 1989 with his album Full Moon Fever, which featured one of his most popular songs, Free Fallin', co-written with Jeff Lynne.
In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He's been credited by Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks with helping her gain respect as a “real rock and roller” and she says he often re-enforced her belief in herself as a prolific songwriter.
The pair did several duets, with their mega-hit “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around” rocketing to the top of the charts in the early 1980's.


SPORTS OCTOBER 3
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Coming up this week, the Weeks Junior A Crushers host the league-leading Edmundston Blizzard, the only team in the MHL to still have a perfect record at 5-0. As usual, they will play at home Thursday night at 7pm in the Wellness Centre. That is the only Crushers game until they go to the MHL showcase in Summerside the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Registration for this year's Trenton Learn to Skate/Parent & Tot Program will be Wednesday from 11:00am to 7:00pm at the Trenton Park Office. Full program details & printable registration forms available online at www.trenton.ca.
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The Kickin' Vixens will be hosting two open house nights on October 4 and 11 at the Trenton Middle School Gym, 37 Dickie Street, Trenton. The open house nights will run 6:30 to 8 p.m. welcoming anyone that is interested in learning about roller derby, trying on gear or anyone that would like to join. The team is also recruiting Non-Skating Officials and referees, both positions are open to men as well.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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In Monday night's NFL match, Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker drilled a 43-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in his first career game, atoning for an earlier miss and helping Kansas City to a 29-20 victory over Washington.


PICTOU LANDING YOUTH RECOGNIZED AT TREATY DAY CELEBRATIONS
Monday 2nd October 2017
The importance of the treaty relationship with the Mi'kmaq and the achievements and leadership of elders and youth were celebrated on Treaty Day, today. One such youth was Christian Francis of Pictou Landing, who was one of the recipients of the Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Education Award. Grand Chief Ben Syliboy says Treaty Day is an annual affirmation of our shared rights and responsibilities as allies, noting these treaties bind us together and remind us of the importance of co-operation and dialogue moving forward, and that we are all treaty people. Premier Stephen McNeil says Treaty Day is a time to reflect on the importance of our special relationship and engage in conversations about how to make it even stronger in the future. Treaty Day began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr., and marks the beginning of Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.


ELECTORAL REPRESENTATION COMMISSION TO MEET TOMORROW IN NEW GLASGOW
Monday 2nd October 2017
Tomorrow night at the Ward One Rec Centre in New Glasgow, the Commission on Effective Electoral Representation of Acadian and African Nova Scotians will be hosting a public engagement meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the Centre on Brother Street. The mandate of the Commission is to consult with Acadian AND African Nova Scotians across the province to help  in determining what effective representation could mean for them. Members of these groups are encouraged to attend this meeting to share comments and suggestions. Submissions can also be made through email to representation@novascotia.ca, or by telephone to 1-844-868-0233.


CHARGES LAID IN EDMONTON ATTACKS
Monday 2nd October 2017
CBC News is reporting that a 30-year old Somali refugee has been arrested and charged in relation to the series of violent attacks over the weekend in Edmonton. Police say Abdulahi Hasan Sharif is the sole suspect in the investigation, and that he acted alone when he struck a police officer with a car before stabbing him multiple times, then hitting four other pedestrians during a chase through downtown Edmonton. Court documents indicate Sharif is facing five counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public. RCMP said the accused had been on their radar in the past. Sharif was investigated in 2015, for allegedly espousing extremism, but investigators said there was insufficient evidence for an arrest and it was found he was not a national security threat.


TWO CANADIANS KILLED, THREE INJURED IN VEGAS SHOOTING **UPDATED 4:40p.m.**
Monday 2nd October 2017
Authorites are confirming that two Canadians are among the deceased in the shooting last night. Twenty-three year old Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge, B.C. was killed according to a Facebook post by a woman who was with him as he died, and confirmed to CBC by his parents. His parents said McIldoon was a heavy-duty mechanic apprentice and about to start trade school in the Okanagan. A second Canadian Jessica Klymchuk, a 28-year-old resident of Valleyview, Alta., 350 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, and a single mother of four children, was also killed in the shooting. Her grandmother, Margaret, who confirmed the death, said Klymchuk was visiting Las Vegas with her fiancé, Brent Irla. Her four young children had remained back home with a friend. Two Manitoba women are also in a Las Vegas hospital after being shot on Sunday night. A third Canadian, Sheldon Mack, was shot in the abdomen and is recovering in an intensive care unit after surgery. His father, long-time B.C. broadcaster Hudson Mack, confirmed to CTV News that his son was in Las Vegas celebrating his 21st birthday.


SENTENCED HANDED DOWN IN MURDER OF TRACY LYNCH
Monday 2nd October 2017
The man found guilty of killing Pictou native Traci Lynch was sentenced this morning in a P.E.I. courtroom. Justice Nancy Key sentenced Joel Clow to life in prison with no opportunity to apply for parole for 17 years. Clow was found guilty in July after Lynch's body had been found two years earlier in a wheelbarrow on the property of Clow's home in Pleasant Grove, north of Charlottetown. The defense had been asking for parole eligibility in 15 years, while the Crown was seeking 22 years.


PROVINCIAL BOXING AUTHORITY BEING UPDATED TO COVER ALL COMBAT SPORTS
Monday 2nd October 2017
The province is taking steps to clearly define the roles and responsibilities when it comes to staging professional and amateur combat sport. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine says the recently-introduced Combat Sports Authority will replace the current Boxing Authority. Glavine says the legislation reflects what the authority has been practicing the past several years, and brings clarity to how both professional and amateur combat sport is governed. The province's boxing authority says with the emergence of mixed martial arts, it has seen an increase in sanctioning requests beyond traditional boxing matches.


NOBEL PRIZE FOR MEDICINE AWARDED
Monday 2nd October 2017
U.S.-born scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms that control our biological clocks. The mechanisms help explain issues such as why people suffer jet lag and they have wider implications for health such as increased risk for certain diseases. The laureates used fruit flies to isolate a gene that controls the normal daily biological rhythm and showed how this gene encoded a protein that accumulates in the cell during the night and degrades during the day. The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were created in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901.


OVER 50 DEAD IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING: SHOOTER KILLED HIMSELF *UPDATED 12:47 PM*
Monday 2nd October 2017
It's the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 58 people are dead and more than 500 are injured after a man opened fire at patrons of a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip. Two police officers are injured, one in a critical condition. Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Police department said the shooter, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, was located on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Police say Paddock, a local Vegas resident, shot and killed himself before they reached his hotel room. Sheriff Lombardo said that police believe the shooting was "a lone wolf" style attack with no foreign terrorism links.


HALIFAX MAN DIES IN BALCONY FALL
Monday 2nd October 2017
Halifax Police say a 39-year-old man has died after falling from a balcony. Emergency crews were called to a report of an injured man on Solutions Drive around 10 yesterday morning. Police say the man, who appeared to have fallen from a fifth-floor balcony of a building, was pronounced dead at scene. Police are still looking at the evidence, but say it appears to be an accident.


JAGMEET SINGH ELECTED NDP HEAD
Monday 2nd October 2017
Jagmeet Singh is the next leader of the federal New Democratic Party of Canada, taking more than the 50 per cent of the votes in the party's federal leadership contest. In total 65,782 votes were cast, with Singh taking 35,266 on the first ballot. The Ontario provincial politician beat northern Ontario MP Charlie Angus who won 12,705 votes, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton who won 11,374 votes and Quebec MP Guy Caron who won 6,164 votes to claim the federal NDP's top job.


EDMONTON REMEMBERS SATURDAY ATTACK
Monday 2nd October 2017
With police providing security, a crowd of 300 Edmontonians huddled together in Churchill Square last evening at a vigil for victims of Saturday night's suspected terror attacks which left five injured. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and others bundled up in the cold and wet Edmonton weather. Streets were closed around the square and police observed from several positions, including the roof of nearby Edmonton City Hall. Police have a suspect in custody and terrorism charges are pending. Near Commonwealth Stadium where the Edmonton Eskimos were playing, Edmonton police Const. Mike Chernyk was struck by a Chevrolet Malibu and then stabbed by a man who fled the scene on foot. Hours later the same man, driving a rented U-Haul truck, struck and injured four pedestrians in the busy downtown core. The good news is that 48-year-old Chernyk and two pedestrians who were hit have been released from hospital.


PAYETTE TO BECOME NEXT GOV-GEN TODAY
Monday 2nd October 2017
One of the first things Julie Payette will do after being installed as the new Governor General is to open an Instagram account. Her predecessor, David Johnston, never had one. But officials from Heritage Canada say Payette will add to the Governor General’s social media arsenal after taking the oath of office. She will also take over her predecessor’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Payette’s embrace of social media appears to be in step with Buckingham Palace, which posted a job advertisement for a social media manager earlier this year as the number of people following the Queen on Twitter was heading toward the three million mark. The 53-year-old Payette will today become one of the youngest Canadians to take on the title of Governor General, replacing Johnston, 76, in the mostly ceremonial role. Payette will be the 29th person installed in the office in a largely traditional ceremony on Parliament Hill, under the watchful eyes of parliamentarians, former prime ministers, Supreme Court judges, about 400 invited guests and countless others viewing on television or online.


SPORTS OCTOBER 2
Monday 2nd October 2017
The Weeks Major Midgets split their weekend series with the Cape Breton Tradesmen at the Wellness Centre. On Saturday the Weeks got goals from Mason Hawley and Carson Lanceleve to go along with a 21-save shutout performance from Andrew MacLeod to win 2-0. The Tradesman got the win on Sunday, 5-3. Benjamin Williams, Marc Aucoin and Caallum Bouma scored for the home team. The Weeks Major Midgets next game is at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 6:30 when Steele Subaru comes to visit.
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL picked up two wins over the weekend. On Friday night, they doubled the Cumberland County Blues 6-3 in Springhill. Logan Vandemeerakker led the way with 2 goals, while Will Kelly had three assists. Blake Meech picked up the win in goal with a 23 save performance. On Sunday night the Scotians held on for a 6-5 win over the Sackville Blazers. Jeremy McFarlane, Blair Dewtie, Jacob Pentz, David Culberson, Gaetan Tremblay, and Ryan Dunfield all scored for the Scotians. Next up for the team is a Friday night match in Antigonish against the Junior Bulldogs.
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The Northern Subway Selects got two wins in a home and home series against the Pro Cresting Penguins. The Selects won the Saturday match 3-2, then dominated in a 6-2 victory on Sunday morning at the East Hants Sportsplex.
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Coming up this week, the Weeks Junior A Crushers host the league-leading Edmundston Blizzard, the only team in the MHL to still have a perfect record at 5-0. As usual, they will play at home Thursday night at 7pm in the Wellness Centre. That is the only Crushers game until they go to the MHL showcase in Summerside the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
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The Kickin' Vixens will be hosting two open house nights on October 4 and 11 at the Trenton Middle School Gym, 37 Dickie Street, Trenton. The open house nights will run 6:30 to 8 p.m. welcoming anyone that is interested in learning about roller derby, trying on gear or anyone that would like to join. The team is also recruiting Non-Skating Officials and referees, both positions are open to men as well.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Toronto 2 N.Y. Yankees 1
Oakland 5 Texas 2
L.A. Angels 6 Seattle 2
Tampa Bay 6 Baltimore 0
Houston 4 Boston 3
Cleveland 3 Chicago White Sox 1
Minnesota 5 Detroit 1
National League
Milwaukee 6 St. Louis 1
Philadelphia 11 N.Y. Mets 0
Pittsburgh 11 Washington 8
San Francisco 5 San Diego 4
Atlanta 8 Miami 5
L.A. Dodgers 6 Colorado 3
Cincinnati 3 Chicago Cubs 1
Interleague
Arizona 14 Kansas City 2
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NFL
New Orleans 20 Miami 0
Cincinnati 31 Cleveland 7
Houston 57 Tennessee 14
Buffalo 23 Atlanta 17
Carolina 33 New England 30
Detroit 14 Minnesota 7
Pittsburgh 26 Baltimore 9
L.A. Rams 35 Dallas 30
N.Y. Jets 23 Jacksonville 20 (OT)
Arizona 18 San Francisco 15 (OT)
Philadelphia 26 L.A. Chargers 24
Tampa Bay 25 N.Y. Giants 23
Denver 16 Oakland 10
Seattle 46 Indianapolis 18

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   NHL pre-season
Washington 4 St. Louis 3
N.Y. Islanders 5 Philadelphia 2
San Jose 5 Vegas 3

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  NBA Pre-season
Toronto 121 L.A. Clippers 113, at Honolulu
Miami 96 Atlanta 90
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MLS
Philadelphia 2 Seattle 0


RUN FOR THE CURE HITS 30-THOUSAND TARGET
Sunday 1st October 2017
Over 30-thousand dollars was raised today at the CIBC Run for the Cure. Melissa Castonguay, speaking on behalf of the organzers of the event, says they are thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm of everyone involved. You can continue to track the total of funds raised through the event website at www.cibcrunforthecure.com 


PERMANENT SCHEDULE CHANGE AT TATAMAGOUCHE CEC
Sunday 1st October 2017
Nova Scotia Health Authority is advising the public that the emergency department at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Collaborative Emergency Centre in Tatamagouche is changing its hours, effective October 2.   Beginning Monday, the Emergency Department will be open from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday -Friday, and 8 am to 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The overnight coverage (8 pm to 8 am) provided by the registered nurse and paramedic will be available as usual.   Between 5 and 7 pm on Monday to Friday, the physicians and nurse will see patients of the LFMH Primary Health Care After Hours Clinic with booked appointments.   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.


PRO-LIFE CHAIN TODAY OUTSIDE ABERDEEN HOSPITAL
Sunday 1st October 2017
The 8th annual Pictou County Pro-Life Chain will take place today across from the Aberdeen Hospital. It is scheduled to be there for one hour, from 2pm until 3pm. Organizers describe the event as a peaceful and prayerful support of life.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 1 OCTOBER
Sunday 1st October 2017
The Weeks Major Midgets had a solid start to their weekend series with the Cape Breton Tradesmen lasy night at the Wellness Centre. The Weeks got goals from Mason Hawley and Carson Lanceleve to go along with a 21-save shutout performance from Andrew MacLeod to win 2-0 and improve to 3-3-1. These same two teams meet again today at the Wellness Centre at noon.
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The Weeks Crushers were not in action last night, after splitting their games this week – the 9-1 win over Campbellton followed by a 2-1 loss in overtime ay South Shore. There were four games last night in the MHL, three iof which needed extra time to finish.
Amherst 4 @ St. Stephen 5 (SO)
Campbellton 2 @ Truro 3 (OT) Woodstock 2 @ Summerside 3 (OT) Edmundston 4 @ Miramichi 3
Coming up this week, the Crushers host the league leading Edmundston Blizzard, the only team in the MHL to still have a perfect record at 5-0. As usual, they will play at home Thursday night at 7pm in the Wellness Centre. That is the only Crushers game until they go to the MHL showcase in Summerside the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL picked up their first win of the season on Friday night, as they doubled up the Cumberland County Blues 6-3 in Springhill. Logan Vandemeerakker led the way with 2 goals, while Will Kelly had three assists. Blake Meech picked up the win in goal with a 23 save performance. The Scotians are in action tonight at Trenton Arena at 7pm. They will be facing the Sackville Blazers.
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The Northern Subway Selects won at home yesterday, 3-2, over the Pro Cresting Penguins in the first half of a home-and-home series. The return match goes at 11am today at the East Hants Sportsplex.
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The Kickin' Vixens will be hosting two open house nights on October 4 and 11 at the Trenton Middle School Gym, 37 Dickie Street, Trenton. The open house nights will run 6:30 to 8 p.m. welcoming anyone that is interested in learning about roller derby, trying on gear or anyone that would like to join. The team is also recruiting Non-Skating Officials and referees, both positions are open to men as well.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Major League Baseball playoffs are set. A 6-3 win by the Boston Red Sox clinched the American League East title, and also clinched that their opponent in the ALDS would be the team that they beat yesterday, the Houston Astros. The ALDS will begin on Thursday. That result also clinched the top seed in the American League for Cleveland, who fill face the winner of Tuesday's Wildcard game in the ALDS. That Wildcard game will be played in the Bronx, with the Yankees hosting the Minnesota Twins.
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The National League picture was already set coming into yesterday's action, with one exception. Would it be the Colorado Rockies or Milwaukee Brewers who would visit Arizona for the wildcard game on Wednesday. The Rockies got the answer that they would be in the playoffs for the first time since 2009 before they even played a single out, as the Brewers lost in St. Louis 7-6, clinching the Wildcard spot for Colorado. The winner of the Rockies-Diamondbacks wildcard game will face the LA Dodgers in one NLCS, while the Washington Nationals have home field against the Chicago Cubs in the other NLDS.
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There were two games last night in the CFL. It took overtime, but the Toronto Argonauts extended their lead in the East with a 43-35 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Argos improve to 7-7, and are now 3 points up on Ottawa and hold a game in hand. The Tiger-Cats fall to 3-10, five points back of Ottawa for second in the East, and with the likelihood of a West team crossing-over in the playoffs, almost need to win out to have a chance of making the playoffs.
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The other CFL game saw the Winnipeg Blue Bombers tighten their grip on second place in the West with a 28-19 win over Edmonton. The Bombers are now 10-3, 5 points behind Calgary for top spot, and 6 points up on both Edmonton and Saskatchewan, who both have records of 7-6.