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Showing news for the month of April , 2014

MCKAY ANNOUNCES SENIORS PROGRAM FUNDING
Thursday 17th April 2014
Ottawa is contributing over $175,000 to programs helping seniors in Northern Nova Scotia. Central Nova MP Peter McKay made the announcement today in New Glasgow. Groups receiving funding include The Forbes Street Presenters Society of New Glasgow, The Steeltown Friendly Group in Trenton, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Pictou Arts Society. The money, which will be used for new equipment and renovations to enhance recreational opportunities for seniors, is part of the federal New Horizons for Seniors program.


PAT LEE TO LEAD PROVINCIAL HEALTH AUTHORITY TRANSITION
Thursday 17th April 2014
The move to consolidate the ten Health Authorities in the province into two will be led by the President and CEO of the Pictou County Health Authority. Pat Lee has been named as the leader of the transition team by Health Minister Leo Glavine to provide strategic and operational advice to government as the structure is reorganized. The move will begin April 1 next year, with one authority serving all of the province with the exception of the IWK Health Centre, which will be run under its own board. Glavine is also expected to name a group of senior community leaders from within the province's health-care sectors to advise him on issues related to consolidation. Bruce Quigley, C-E-O of Cumberland Health Authority will, in addition to his regular duties, become acting C-E-O of the Pictou County Health Authority.


GAS UP IN NEW BRUNSWICK - NOVA SCOTIA PRICE RESETS TONIGHT
Thursday 17th April 2014
Gas prices have shot up in New Brunswick. Regular self-serve is up four-and-a-half cents a litre to a new maximum price of a dollar 40.7. Diesel is up 1.2 cents a litre this week and furnace oil is up almost a penny a litre. While prices in Nova Scotia do not always follow the lead of New Brunswick ,the new price here will be set effective midnight tonight by the Utility and Review Board.


HERITAGE GAS SAYS NO CHANGE IN DISTRIBUTION CHARGES FOR NEXT YEAR
Thursday 17th April 2014
As Heritage Gas works to expand service into Pictou County, the company announced today that it will not seek an increase in the distribution rate it charges to customers next year. Heritage Gas was scheduled to file a rate application in June, but after a review of revenue needed to cover projected costs of delivering natural gas next year, decided that current rates are sufficient. The company is working to have natural gas available to customers in New Glasgow, Trenton and Stellarton by the fall.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 17
Thursday 17th April 2014

In Atlantic Hockey Group Spring Hockey Prospects Series, the PeeWee Tier 2 North Nova STARS travelled to Glace Bay for 2 games and came away with back to back ties. In the first game, the STARS tied 2-2 with Brycen MacDonald  assisted by Broden DeCoff and Scott Long assisted by Munroe MacKay supplying the scoring.  In the second game, the STARS earned a 3-3 tie after leading 3-0 in the third. Line mates MacKay and Long scored while assisting on each other’s goal,  Burke Murray scored an unassisted marker to lead the cause.  The STARS are next in action Sunday April 20 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre for 2 games.

The Eastern Canadian Judo Championships were held in Edmunston, NB over the weekend.  Kanokai Judo Club members bringing home the medals include Gold – Bailey MacDonald and Marshall Fitt, Silver – Megan Constable. Congratulations to the athletes from everyone at Kanokai!

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton this Sunday at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

The 2014 Midget Albions also begin indoor sessions at the Stellarton Complex this Sunday at 7pm. The cost of that 4 week program is $50 for 8 sessions.  If you wish to attend - contact Alastair Conway 396-8477 or Kevin Dewtie 755-2218

North Nova Education Centre is hosting its first annual True Grit running event on May 4 at 9:00am. The event will be held at Trenton Park and there will be both a 5km and 10km run. Registration is now open at atlanticchip.ca. All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register!

Lacrosse, Canada’s Summer National Sport, is back in Pictou County. Registration Sessions will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre: Thursday, April 24th @ 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Sessions run from May to possibly July. Cost: PeeWee, Bantam, Midget - $150 per player and Novice/Atom - $100 per player. If you are unable to attend registration or if you have any questions, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com

NG Regional Police will host its 4th annual BALL HOCKEY tournament Saturday, May 10th at the Westside Community Centre. The co-ed teams can have as many players as they wish, and 3 games are guaranteed for all players in a 5-on-5 format. Cost is $30 per players, and all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. Space is limited, but they are still looking for teams – contact Ryan Leil at 755 8353 or ryan.leil@newglasgow.ca or Brian Haines at 755 1999 or email brianhaines@eastlink.ca.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

The Weeks Major Midgets spring evaluation camp for next season will be held in mid-May. All interested midget aged players in Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou Counties are invited to attend. The opening practice will be held Tuesday, May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be two scrimmages held, with the first on Thursday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the second on Friday, May 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. All sessions are at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Registration forms can be obtained by visiting www.weeks.goalline.ca or by contacting Art Kennedy at 759-1435 or arkennedy@eastlink.ca. The forms must be completed and payment must be received before Monday, May 5.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program on May 7. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, there will be seven sessions of games and activities at New Glasgow Junior High School. Held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30, the program runs to June 18 , when the last day will be held at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

Early-bird registration still in effect until April 30th, for those wanting to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season – you can register online at www.nnusc.com. For this season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

There's a level 1 and 2 baseball nova scotia umpires division clinic at the Westville town office gym, April 26th. Registration is at 8:30am, the Clinic begins at 9:00am and runs until approximately 5:00pm. Registration fee is $60, includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email – joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or Phone – 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



VALLEY TOWN VOTES TO DISSOLVE
Thursday 17th April 2014
Hantsport has become the latest historic small town to vote for its own dissolution. Mayor Robbie Zwicker says the loss of manufacturing companies like Minas Basin Pulp and Paper hit the town's tax base hard in recent years. He says with one third of revenue gone, the town didn't see how it could keep paying for its infrastructure. The Hantsport town council issued a news release yesterday saying once the town is officially dissolved, it could join one of two neighbouring municipalities in the Annapolis Valley. Zwicker says the goal would be for the community of about eleven hundred people to have joined another municipality by April 1st of next year. Hantsport's decision comes after Bridgetown, the home community of Premier Stephen McNeil, voted earlier this month to dissolve its municipal status. Springhill is also planning to merge with a neighbouring municipality.


BLUENOSE II DELAYED AGAIN
Thursday 17th April 2014
A mechanical problem on the restored Bluenose II means the schooner may not be able to sail this spring as hoped. Tourism Minister Michel Samson says work is underway on the vessel's steering and rudder in order to address a problem in turning the ship's wheel. He says the goal is to have the vessel sailing as quickly as possible, but he won't say when that will be. In January, Premier Stephen McNeil said the goal was to have the boat back in the water in the spring. PC tourism critic and Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says it's time the government gave a firm commitment as to when the ship will sail. She says it's important given what the vessel means to the province's tourism industry. The steering problem is the latest in a series of issues that have plagued the restoration of the fabled schooner.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PARTNERS WITH EFFICIENCY NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 17th April 2014
The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce has teamed with Efficiency Nova Scotia in a partnership agreement to promote the popular ENS Business Solutions Program to Pictou County businesses. The program has helped saved money for hundreds of businesses through more efficient energy use. Jack Kyte, Executive Director of the Chamber, says the partnership is a win – win for both organizations as it will bring value to Chamber members and will help Efficiency Nova Scotia add to its growing list of business clients. As Kyte puts it, “The cheapest energy is the energy you do not use.” Darryl Hill, Business Sector Manager at Efficiency Nova Scotia says that this is the first time they have partnered with a Chamber of Commerce, and he hopes this will help promote their various programs.


CLARA HUGHES TELLS HER STORY
Thursday 17th April 2014
A packed house at the Pictou County Wellness Centre was moved, motivated, and inspired by Clara Hughes last night, as she stopped in New Glasgow on her Bell Let's Talk Cross Canada Tour. Hughes shared her story of battling mental illness, as well as the stories of family members fighting their own battles. She shared her vision of a future where the stigma attached to mental illness no longer exists. Local lawyer Tim Daley also spoke and shared his journey through mental illness, and how it has inspired him to work toward creating a culture shift within the legal community. For those who were not able to attend last night, tune in this weekend to Sunday Report, we will bring you Clara Hughes' story as she shared it with those in attendance.


"FILL THE BOOT" IN SUPPORT OF MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY THIS WEEKEND
Wednesday 16th April 2014
The Easter weekend means different things to different people, but for firefighters in Pictou County for the last 19 years, it has meant walking around with their boots off. Firefighters will be at 15 locations throughout the county on Thursday, April 17 and Saturday, April 19 for the “Fill the Boot” campaign to raise funds and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy. This is the 60th year across the country that firefighters have worked to fund MD support and research.


HEALTH AUTHORITY RECEIVES FULL ACCREDITATION STANDARD
Wednesday 16th April 2014
The Pictou County Health Authority has achieved a 95.5 percent compliance rate for the 2014 Accreditation Canada survey, giving it full accreditation status. CEO Pat Lee and Health Board Chair Murray Hill both say the results are related to the hard work and dedication of the staff. The Accreditation Canada survey team – made up of health care providers and administrators from across the country – visited the health authority in early March. At that time, they did a thorough review of over 2800 standards as part of a continuous quality improvement process that occurs every three years. The standards are based on criteria which include: population focus, accessibility, safety, worklife, client-centered services, continuity of services, effectiveness and efficiency. Lee says the focus on the 2017 survey is already underway.


POWER RESTORED IN PICTOU COUNTY ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 16th April 2014
Roughly 16-hundred customers of Nova Scotia Power were in the dark for roughly 70 minutes this afternoon. The affected areas included parts of Westville, Stellarton, Union Centre, Rocklin, Lansdowne, Hopewell, Riverton, Sunnybrae,Bridgeville, Glencoe, Lorne Station and the surrounding areas. Power was out from about 1:20pm to about 2:30pm, according to the NS Power website.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 16
Wednesday 16th April 2014

Monday night in North Nova girls basketball spring league action, in the first game of the night team Vogue Optical won 56-32 over Sobeys. Leading the scoring for Vogue Optical were: Courtney Smith with 18, Kendra MacKinnon with 14 and Robyn Simpson adding 10. The top scorers for Sobeys were: Shalena Floyd with 12, Jordan Landry with 6 and Hayley Earle scoring four points. In the second game, JR Raheys edged Lawtons 54-52. Danielle Farell and Lou MacKay led JR Raheys with 10 points apiece, while Emilee Feltmate added eight. The top scorers for Lawtons were: Courtney Cruikshank with 16, Katelyn Biron with 12 and Jaya Sood adding eight. Games will continue next week on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 and 7 p.m.

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA will be holding an ID camp for the upcoming 2014-15 season. The dates are May 2nd to 3rd for all female midget age and second year bantams from Region 2. This region includes, Highland and Fundy Minor Hockey Associations. The cost is $50, this includes 3 ice sessions and dryland session at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Preregistration is required. All interested are to contact Bob Perry at, bperry@ns.sympatico.ca or at home: 902-755-1710 and cell: 902-759-5675.

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton this Sunday at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

The 2014 Midget Albions also begin indoor sessions at the Stellarton Complex this Sunday at 7pm. The cost of that 4 week program is $50 for 8 sessions.  If you wish to attend - contact Alastair Conway 396-8477 or Kevin Dewtie 755-2218

North Nova Education Centre is hosting its first annual True Grit running event on May 4 at 9:00am. The event will be held at Trenton Park and there will be both a 5km and 10km run. Registration is now open at atlanticchip.ca. All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register!

Lacrosse, Canada’s Summer National Sport, is back in Pictou County. Registration Sessions will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre: Wednesday, April 16th @ 6:30pm to 8:00pm and Thursday, April 24th @ 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Sessions run from May to possibly July. Cost: PeeWee, Bantam, Midget - $150 per player and Novice/Atom - $100 per player. If you are unable to attend registration or if you have any questions, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com

NG Regional Police will host its 4th annual BALL HOCKEY tournament Saturday, May 10th at the Westside Community Centre. The co-ed teams can have as many players as they wish, and 3 games are guaranteed for all players in a 5-on-5 format. Cost is $30 per players, and all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. Space is limited, but they are still looking for teams – contact Ryan Leil at 755 8353 or ryan.leil@newglasgow.ca or Brian Haines at 755 1999 or email brianhaines@eastlink.ca.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

The Weeks Major Midgets spring evaluation camp for next season will be held in mid-May. All interested midget aged players in Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou Counties are invited to attend. The opening practice will be held Tuesday, May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be two scrimmages held, with the first on Thursday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the second on Friday, May 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. All sessions are at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Registration forms can be obtained by visiting www.weeks.goalline.ca or by contacting Art Kennedy at 759-1435 or arkennedy@eastlink.ca. The forms must be completed and payment must be received before Monday, May 5.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program on May 7. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, there will be seven sessions of games and activities at New Glasgow Junior High School. Held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30, the program runs to June 18 , when the last day will be held at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

Early-bird registration still in effect until April 30th, for those wanting to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season – you can register online at www.nnusc.com. For this season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

There's a level 1 and 2 baseball nova scotia umpires division clinic at the Westville town office gym, April 26th. Registration is at 8:30am, the Clinic begins at 9:00am and runs until approximately 5:00pm. Registration fee is $60, includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email – joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or Phone – 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



LOBSTER CARNIVAL ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
Wednesday 16th April 2014

The 80th Annual Pictou Lobster Carnival has rounded up some big names for the Main stage. Amoung the artists performing July 11th to 13th are The Stanfields, Charlie A'Court, Dave Gunning, Garrett Mason, and JP Cormier. This year, the carnival entertainment and beer tent will be in the same area, in front of the CN Station. Admission prices will be determined this week. A complete lineup of carnival events will be coming soon. The following is the schedule and list of performers:

Friday, July 11: Olovus, Pretty Archie, The Stanfields
Saturday, July 12: Shelly Bean & Duckety Muds, The Forget Me Not’s, Full Circle Blues Band, Fiddles and Feet, Raymond MacDonald (old time dance), Charlie A'Court, EB Anderson and Resolutes, Garrett Mason Trio
Sunday, July 13 Gospel- Brian Bowden and Friends, Drum Circle-Pictou Landing Representatives, False Pretenses, Mike and The Macphersons, Ashley George, Spyder Macdonald/Nikki Veniot, Fleur Mainville, Dave Gunning, JP Cormier Band


NEW ACADEMIC AWARD NAMED AFTER COMMUNITY LEADER HENDERSON PARIS
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Today saw the signing of the proclamation for the 25th annual Marathon of Respect & Equality. Mayors of the five towns, the Warden of Pictou County and Chief Andrea Paul of Pictou Landing First Nation all signed the pledge to continue the fight against discrimination. In addition to the signing, there was the announcement of a new academic award: the Henderson Paris Leadership and Courage Award to be given to a student at NSCC Pictou Campus. Henderson Paris says he continues to be surprised by the legacy of what he began in 1990 as the Run Against Racism. There will be a reception, kick-off and social at the New Glasgow Junior High on Temperance Street next Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm and the Marathon of Respect and Equality begins at the Pictou Rotary on the morning of May 1st.


SURVEY SAYS MOST UNUSUAL PLACE TO GIVE BIRTH IN CANADA IS FAST FOOD RESTAURANT
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Apparently, the most unusual place to give birth in Canada is in a fast food restaurant. According to a recent Ipsos Reid survey, 7% of repondents say they, or someone they know, had a baby at a fast food chain. The second most unusual setting given was a water birth at 13%, followed by on a sidewalk (19%) and of course, in a car or taxi on the way to the hospital (46%). The survey was conducted on behalf of Christian Children's Fund of Canada in honour of Mother's Day, which takes place this year on May 11.


PICTOU COUNTY DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERTS COMBAT DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA
Tuesday 15th April 2014
During a RCMP public consultation last evening, a concerned resident posed the question of whether RCMP had ways to detect driving impairment caused by marijuana. Staff Sergeant Steven Halliday responded that the Mounted Police use Standard Field Sobriety Testing, or SFST. Halliday also says Drug Recognition Experts are being added as policing tools in the county. He says officers must complete an intense three-week course to become a DRE, and then must re-certify annually. Officers who have completed the training in Pictou County include Sargeant Wayne Cornett of the Stellarton force and Constable Donald Wadden with the New Glasgow Regional Police. Halliday says policing continues to change, and the RCMP are constantly developing tools to meet new challenges, with the danger of hand-held mobile devices distracting drivers given as a glaring example.


FIRST OF 4 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSES AS RARE TETRAD TAKES PLACE IN 2014 & 2015
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse last night- at least the lucky folks with crystal clear skies. The moon was eclipsed by the Earth's shadow for 5 1/2 hours last night, with the total phase of the eclipse lasting just 78 minutes. For some, the moon appeared red-orange because of all the sunsets and sunrises shimmering from Earth, thus the name “blood moon.” A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, and actually happens quite frequently, but it is rare for the alignment to perfect so the Earth blocks out all the sun’s light and the moon goes almost completely dark. This is the first of four total eclipses, which will take place roughly every six months for the next two years. This is known as a tetrad and will occur next in 2032. In the meantime, get ready for a solar eclipse – that's just two weeks away!


NEW MAP SHOWS TUITION FEES CAUSE 2014 STUDENTS TO WORK 3 TIMES AS MANY HOURS AS PREVIOUS GENERATIONS
Tuesday 15th April 2014
The Canadian Federation of Students says tuition fees are pushing today's students to work three times as many hours as their parents did to secure a university education. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released an interactive tuition fee map today that shows in 1975, students only needed 200 hours or five weeks of full-time work at minimum wage to cover a year's tuition. In 2014, it is 650 hours or 16 weeks of full-time, minimum wage work and students still need additional funding to pay for books and living expenses. Some provinces have reversed this trend by freezing or reducing tuition fees. Students in Newfoundland and Labrador have the lowest tuition fees in the country and CFS National Chairperson Jessica McCormick it should serve as a model for other provinces to follow. You can view the tuition fee map can be found at apps.policyalternatives.ca.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 15
Tuesday 15th April 2014

The Atom Minor Nova North Storm opened their season with three wins and a loss this weekend in Atlantic Hockey Group NS AAA Series action at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. On Saturday, the Storm first faced the Western Hurricanes (Halifax, Chebucto, TASA).  The Storm took an early lead with two goals from Lucas Canning.  The Hurricanes came back to defeat the Storm 3 – 2.   Later Saturday, the Storm matched up against the Acadia Axemen.  Canning recorded three goals in their 3 – 0 win over the Axeman.  Thomas Gariepy had a strong game in net recording the shutout. The Storm came out strong on Sunday to down the Acadia Axemen 5 - 1.  Goal scorers were Canning with three and Landon Sim, Liam Berthiaume and Joseph Mason adding singles.  The Storm met the Hurricanes once again on Sunday afternoon.  The Hurricanes were no match for the Storm with Lucas Canning netting four goals and Sim and Kiefer Avery adding one apiece.  Michael Law had a strong game in net for the Storm’s 6 – 1 win. Atom Minor Nova North Storm face off against the Central Lightening (Sackville, Bedford, East Hants) next Saturday, April 19 at the Halifax Forum.

New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will be offering spring training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Complex in Stellarton tonight and Thursday night from 5 to 7 pm. These sessions will be open to players who will enter peewee and mosquito age divisions this season (born in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001). The cost for each session will be $10 per player. Rep teams will not be chosen from these sessions. This is simply an opportunity for players to shake off the winter “rust.”

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton this Sunday at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

The 2014 Midget Albions also begin indoor sessions at the Stellarton Complex this Sunday at 7pm. The cost of that 4 week program is $50 for 8 sessions.  If you wish to attend - contact Alastair Conway 396-8477 or Kevin Dewtie 755-2218

North Nova Education Centre is hosting its first annual True Grit running event on May 4 at 9:00am. The event will be held at Trenton Park and there will be both a 5km and 10km run. Registration is now open at atlanticchip.ca. All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register!

Lacrosse, Canada’s Summer National Sport, is back in Pictou County. Registration Sessions will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre: Wednesday, April 16th @ 6:30pm to 8:00pm and Thursday, April 24th @ 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Sessions run from May to possibly July. Cost: PeeWee, Bantam, Midget - $150 per player and Novice/Atom - $100 per player. If you are unable to attend registration or if you have any questions, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com

NG Regional Police will host its 4th annual BALL HOCKEY tournament Saturday, May 10th at the Westside Community Centre. The co-ed teams can have as many players as they wish, and 3 games are guaranteed for all players in a 5-on-5 format. Cost is $30 per players, and all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. Space is limited, but they are still looking for teams – contact Ryan Leil at 755 8353 or ryan.leil@newglasgow.ca or Brian Haines at 755 1999 or email brianhaines@eastlink.ca.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

The Weeks Major Midgets spring evaluation camp for next season will be held in mid-May. All interested midget aged players in Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou Counties are invited to attend. The opening practice will be held Tuesday, May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be two scrimmages held, with the first on Thursday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the second on Friday, May 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. All sessions are at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Registration forms can be obtained by visiting www.weeks.goalline.ca or by contacting Art Kennedy at 759-1435 or arkennedy@eastlink.ca. The forms must be completed and payment must be received before Monday, May 5.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program on May 7. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, there will be seven sessions of games and activities at New Glasgow Junior High School. Held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30, the program runs to June 18 , when the last day will be held at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

Early-bird registration still in effect until April 30th, for those wanting to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season – you can register online at www.nnusc.com. For this season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

There's a level 1 and 2 baseball nova scotia umpires division clinic at the Westville town office gym, April 26th. Registration is at 8:30am, the Clinic begins at 9:00am and runs until approximately 5:00pm. Registration fee is $60, includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email – joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or Phone – 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



RCMP HOLDING MORE PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Pictou County RCMP discussed their action plan for the area at a public consultation last night.  RCMP Staff Sergeant Steven Halliday opened the meeting at Northumberland Regional High School by explaining that the local detachment must take both the National Priorities and the Provincial Guidelines into account to develop a specific performance plan for Pictou County every year. The Sergeant outlined the three areas that the RCMP gave specific focus to in the past year as Road Safety, Domestic Violence and Crime Reduction. Halliday says distracted driving has become the biggest threat on the road, and it an ongoing challenge for the Mounties. In the past year, RCMP have laid 113 distracted driving charges in Pictou County compared to 34 for impaired driving. A total of 750 traffic-related charges were also handed out. The Pictou County RCMP plan another public meeting in Pictou Landing First Nation, and will announce the date and location details shortly.


RCMP INVOLVED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REDUCTION INITIATIVES
Tuesday 15th April 2014
RCMP Staff Sergeant Steven Halliday says Mounties are using new initiatives to combat domestic violence in Pictou County.  At a public meeting held last night at Northumberland Regional High School, Halliday says a new partnership between the RCMP and the Chignecto District School Board has been established, and four presentations have already been made to hundreds of high school students in relation to domestic violence prevention. Halliday also says that all RCMP officers in Pictou County are trained in ODARA, which is an assessment tool developed in Ontario that calculates whether a man who assaults his female partner will assault her again in the future. The tool is also used by crown attorneys, health care professionals and social workers. Findings can be used  by the RCMP in court proceedings, and also aid the police in safety-planning for victims of domestic assault.


MOUNTIES TALK CRIME REDUCTION
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Crime Reduction was on the agenda when the Pictou County RCMP held a public consultation last night to update the community on recent initiatives, and seek their input on future policing decisions.  Staff Sergeant Steven Halliday says although there was a goal set for the past year to reduce responses to the Bridges program by 5% , the RCMP achieved a 49% reduction in calls for assistance from the program. Halliday says that opened up many man-hours for the police to attend to other matters related to crime prevention. The Staff Sergeant says the Annual Performance Plan for Pictou County also focused on domestic violence and road safety, and he encourages county residents to attend and give input during the RCMP’s third and final public consultation which is being planned to take place shortly on Pictou Landing First Nation.


PROVINCE INCREASING GUARANTEE TO SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
Tuesday 15th April 2014
The province is increasing the guarantee on loans made through the credit union small business loan guarantee program. The government says it will provide guarantees of up to 90 per cent, up from a previous high of 75 per cent. The province says it will also double the total amount of money available in the program from $25 million to $50 million. Credit unions administer the program and provide loans to small businesses and social enterprises, while the province partners with the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council to provide the guarantee. Over the past 10 years, credit unions have approved loans worth $56 million to about 1,200 small businesses. The government says 95 per cent of the loans have been repaid in full.


HERITAGE GAS PREPARING TO PIPE INTO LOCAL HOMES
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Representatives of Heritage Gas made a presentation to New Glasgow Town Council last night to update them on the ongoing development of natural gas delivery potential to the region. Council was informed that with the connection of Northern Pulp roughly a month ago, and the expected hook-up of Michelin in the next four to six weeks, they have so far built 21.6km of pipeline. They say their next plan is to expand to offer service to smaller clients, such as residential homes and small businesses, in the New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Trenton areas. Heritage Gas has also provided the Town with a draft Municipal Operating Access Agreement, similar to what they have in place in HRM, Amherst, and Oxford, which they hope to have approved by June. This would allow them to begin construction this summer and begin hooking up residential customers by the fall.


NEW GLASGOW CELEBRATES POETRY MONTH
Tuesday 15th April 2014
April is National Poetry Month, and the Town of New Glasgow celebrated by enjoying a poetry reading from local poet and author Sheree Fitch last night at the monthly meeting of Council. Fitch, who has owned property in River John for 12 years and been a full time resident of the village for the last four, read two pieces to the Council and residents in attendance. She stressed the importance of sharing stories with children to help harness the enthusiasm of becoming a reader. Fitch has been the Writer in Residence with Pictou Antigonish Regional Library since October, and her term is just concluding, which she says has been a tremendous and enriching experience.


NEW GLASGOW GETS STELLARTON MOU LETTER
Tuesday 15th April 2014
New Glasgow Town Councilors barely raised an eyebrow as they received a letter from the Town of Stellarton regarding the recently announced proposed Memorandum of Understanding. Late last month, the Municipality of the County, along with the Towns of Pictou and New Glasgow, announced that they would work on creating an MOU to harmonize their rules, from by-laws to service and taxation levels. At the time of the announcement, they indicated that Stellarton, Trenton, and Westville would have an opportunity to sign on to the MOU once it had reached draft stage. The letter was moved as received for information, but no further discussion was held, as Mayor Barrie MacMillan indicated that Stellarton wishes to be involved in the process of writing the MOU, with at least one councilor on the committee to develop the document.


25TH M.O.R.E. TO BE CELEBRATED TODAY
Tuesday 15th April 2014
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Marathon of Respect and Equality. The theme for this year's run is `We Are the Village.` A proclamation signing for the run will take place this morning at the Pictou Academy Auditorium. Representatives of all six municipalities of Pictou County and Pictou Landing First Nation will be there for the event, which starts at 11:45 a.m.. The Marathon, formerly known as the Run Against Racism, will be held May first.


THREE MORE NHL FRANCHISES IN CANADA BY 2035???
Monday 14th April 2014
There may be only one Canada-based team in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, but the market conditions for professional hockey could allow up to three more Canadian franchises to join the NHL over the next 20 years. The new book Power Play: The Business Economics of Pro Sports from the Conference Board of Canada assesses market conditions and other key factors required to support a professional-level hockey team. In addition to the seven existing Canadian franchises, Hamilton and Québec City appear to meet the minimum market conditions—population, income levels, corporate presence and other economic factors. By 2035, a second franchise for the Greater Toronto Area is also possible as the population is forecast to grow to 10.5 million from the current 6.8 million. The challenge for a second Toronto-based franchise would be to make the business economics work, with one estimate for the final tally of start-up costs (to acquire a franchise, build a quality playing facility and address the Toronto Maple Leafs' territorial rights) at a cool one billion dollars!


CHANGES TO LEGISLATION WILL GIVE 22 VILLAGES IN N.S. THE RIGHT GO "IN-CAMERA"
Monday 14th April 2014
Nova Scotia villages would be allowed to discuss confidential and personnel matters in private under proposed changes to Municipal Government Act. Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey says the changes are being made at the request of the Association of Nova Scotia Villages. He says the government is correcting an oversight in the original law in allowing villages the same rights to have in-camera meetings as towns and cities. Furey says councils can go in-camera to discuss such issues as the buying and selling of village property, personnel matters, labour relations and contract negotiations, legal advice and public security. The changes would affect 22 villages


ACCUSED IN BREAK-IN PLEADS NOT GUILTY, TO BE TRIED IN SUMMER
Monday 14th April 2014
A 22-year old Halifax man accused of breaking into a home in Westville last month will go ttiral later this summer on the charge. Kyle Joseph Stewart Langille entered a not guilty plea to the single charge during a brief appearance Monday in Pictou Provincial Court. He is alleged to have broken into the home on March 8, and will be tried on that matter July 23.


ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM SENTENCING SET FOR END OF APRIL
Monday 14th April 2014
An 18-year old Abercrombie man has pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm related to a March 7 incident which resulted in a senior suffering multiple broken facial bones. Cody Dylan MacIntosh entered the plea this morning in Pictou Provincial Court, and will remain in custody until his sentencing. The Crown and Defense issued a joint request for a presentence report, which they hope to have completed prior to MacIntosh returning to court 30 April, when he appears on unrelated matters. Prior to the appearance on Monday, MacIntosh had been assessed, and it was determined that he can be found criminally responsible for his actions.


MAN WHO PLEADS GUILTY HAS TO WAIT FOR SENTENCING BECAUSE JUDGE HAD BEEN PROSECUTOR ON THE CASE
Monday 14th April 2014
A 28-year old man who recently pled guilty to seven counts of credit card fraud from 2009 will also be sentenced on more charges of theft and possession of stolen property related to events last year. Tyler Russell Butts would have been sentenced Monday in Pictou Provincial Court, however Judge Del Atwood opted not to proceed. Atwood said that because he appeared as a Crown Attorney on the 2009 matters before gaining a seat on the bench, he had concerns of the appearance of conflict. Both Crown and Defense said they were comfortable with Atwood hearing the matter, but Atwood said he would prefer to allow another Judge to proceed. The case was adjourned to 30 April, at which time a second Provincial Court Judge would be in Pictou anyway to hear a case for an accused who requested a trial in French. This sentencing will be added to that Judge's docket for that day.


MUNICIPALITY OF GUYSBOROUGH ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR AGGREGRATE FACILITY
Monday 14th April 2014
The largest producer of construction aggregates in North America has plans for Guysborough county. Vulcan Materials has entered into an agreement with Morien Resources Corporation and the Municipality of Guysborough for the development of the Black Point Marine Aggregate Project. Vulcan will assume controlling interest as manager and operator for the development – the company currently has over 340 facilities operating across 18 states, in the Bahamas and Mexico. Guysborough identified the potential of Black Point in 2005 and led a comprehensive drilling program at the site in 2007 to assess the quality and volume of aggregate potential at the site. The Municipality then negotiated a land trade with the Province and optioned the property to Morien Resources to develop a marine aggregate quarry. Warden Vernon Pitts says the municipality looks forward to working closely with Vulcan Materials as they complete the environmental assessment process and complete all work necessary to establish the operation. Vulcan Materials will host a community information session at the Queensport Firehall on Tuesday, Apr.22 from 3 to 7pm.


SCOTSBURN DAIRY COMPLETES SALE OF FLUID MILK DIVISION TO SAPUTO, INC
Monday 14th April 2014
Scotsburn Dairy Group has completed the sale of its fluid milk division in Atlantic Canada to Saputo Inc. Having met the terms of the asset purchase agreement announced on January 17, Scotsburn will continue to operate its ice cream and frozen novelty business across Canada. Doug Ettinger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scotsburn thanked Scotsburn’s Board of Directors and Co-operative Members today for their unanimous support of the growth strategy, and expressed appreciation to Scotsburn’s employees for their patience and understanding during the transition process. Ettinger also thanked Scotsburn customers, assuring them they can count on the quality of Scotsburn’s products going forward – whether it’s ice cream or frozen novelty products from Scotsburn, or milk and other dairy products by Saputo. Scotsburn was founded as a creamery on April 12, 1900, by a small group of farmers in the village of Scotsburn. The co-operative has over 350 common shareholders - including more than 100 dairy producers. An even larger number of Atlantic Canadians work at Scotsburn facilities in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.


CRA SAYS 900 SIN NUMBERS STOLEN: TAX FILING DEADLINE EXTENDED DUE TO SHUTDOWN *UPDATED*
Monday 14th April 2014
The federal tax agency says the social insurance numbers of roughly 900 people were stolen from its systems, which were left vulnerable by the Heartbleed software bug. The Canada Revenue Agency blocked public access to its online services for several days last week until it put in place measures to address the security risk, but says there was nonetheless a data breach over a six-hour period. It says it is analyzing other fragments of data that have been removed from its systems, while putting measures in place to protect those affected by the breach. The agency says everyone affected will receive a registered letter and free access to credit protection services. The Heartbleed bug is caused by a flaw in OpenSSL software, which is commonly used on the Internet to provide security and privacy. The bug is affecting many global IT systems in both private and public sector organizations and has the potential to expose private data. The tax agency says its online filing systems are safe again. The new deadline for filing returns is May 5th.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 14
Monday 14th April 2014

The NNEC boys and girls rugby teams both went undefeated over the weekend at the Saint Mary's rugby tournament in Halifax. The girls team finished with three wins and a tie, while the boys team went undefeated as well, going 4-0. Up against Citadel High School in their first game, the girls won 15-5. Scoring for North Nova were Keeley MacCuish, Paige Clarke and Rebecca Taylor. In their second game they tied Avonview High, with Tori MacCuish scoring the lone try. Their final two games were against JL Ilsley and Prince Andrew High, which the girls won 15-5 and 45-0. Scoring trys against JL Ilsley were: Lindsey Fiet, Keeley MacCuish and Lilly MacDonald. Scoring trys against Prince Andrew High were: Caroline Straub (2), Keeley MacCuish (2), Maria LeBlanc (2), Clarke, Taylor and Kayla Green. In the boys first game they defeated Avonview High 20-0 with Lucas MacDonald scoring two trys, while Mark Vokey and Cole Livingstone scored singles. In a low scoring, hard fought game, they defeated their county rivals, Northumberland High School 10-0. Carson Dunbar and Lucas MacDonald scored the two NNEC trys. On Saturday they played Halifax West, winning 15-5. Cale Mason, MacDonald and Livingstone scored for North Nova. In their final game and second meeting with Avonview High, NNEC won 20-5. Scoring trys were: Eric MacLeod (2), MacDonald and Vokey. This tournament had no conversion kicks and games were 25 minutes in length.

New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will be offering spring training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Complex in Stellarton on Tuesday, and Thursday night from 5 to 7 pm. These sessions will be open to players who will enter peewee and mosquito age divisions this season (born in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001). The cost for each session will be $10 per player. Rep teams will not be chosen from these sessions. This is simply an opportunity for players to shake off the winter “rust.”

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton this Sunday at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

The 2014 Midget Albions also begin indoor sessions at the Stellarton Complex this Sunday at 7pm. The cost of that 4 week program is $50 for 8 sessions.  If you wish to attend - contact Alastair Conway 396-8477 or Kevin Dewtie 755-2218

North Nova Education Centre is hosting its first annual True Grit running event on May 4 at 9:00am. The event will be held at Trenton Park and there will be both a 5km and 10km run. Registration is now open at atlanticchip.ca. All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register!

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

The Weeks Major Midgets spring evaluation camp for next season will be held in mid-May. All interested midget aged players in Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou Counties are invited to attend. The opening practice will be held Tuesday, May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be two scrimmages held, with the first on Thursday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the second on Friday, May 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. All sessions are at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Registration forms can be obtained by visiting www.weeks.goalline.ca or by contacting Art Kennedy at 759-1435 or arkennedy@eastlink.ca. The forms must be completed and payment must be received before Monday, May 5.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program on May 7. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, there will be seven sessions of games and activities at New Glasgow Junior High School. Held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30, the program runs to June 18 , when the last day will be held at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

Early-bird registration still in effect until April 30th, for those wanting to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season – you can register online at www.nnusc.com. For this season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



WESTVILLE STORE LOOKING FOR NEW OWNER
Monday 14th April 2014
A well-known Westville store could be closing this summer. Ferguson's Corner Store owner Bob Ferguson is retiring after 37 years in the business, and he's putting the store up for sale. The store has been known to be the largest hunting store in eastern Nova Scotia, and is the only Boy Scout shop in the province. Unless someone purchases the business, the store will shut for good on July 31.


BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS FUNDRAISER $10K SHORT OF GOAL
Monday 14th April 2014
Big Brothers Big Sisters is thankful for the ongoing community support, though it has been dipping in recent years. The annual Bowl for Kids Sake on Saturday raised about $60,000, below their goal of $73,000. Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County, says this been the biggest year to year drop she has seen, noting that the economy has been tough recently, and there are so many worthy causes in the county. This year Big Brothers had to cut a staff member in New Glasgow and close their satellite office in Antigonish, although they’re still serving kids there. Grant-Walsh says the Pictou County office is struggling with sustainable funding and recruiting mentors. Last year they had 300 kids involved with the program, but there are currently 80 kids on a waiting list for mentors outside of the school programs.


CLARA'S BIG RIDE TO VISIT NEW GLASGOW ON WEDNESDAY
Sunday 13th April 2014
Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes is resting today. Clara's Big Ride began in Toronto a month ago, and will take the athlete to 95 communities, attending over 200 events as she tours through every province and territory, spreading the message that stigma surrounding mental illness must end. It is estimated that 20% of Canadians will experience mental health problems in their lives, and Hughes is sharing her own struggles in an effort to foster positive change. Hughes pedals to Truro from Charlottetown tomorrow, then heads to Halifax before attending a sold-out event in New Glasgow this Wednesday night. Clara is keynote speaker at “Pictou County Voices for Change” at the Wellness Centre. Organizers Elaine Garland and Cecilia McRae are thrilled that the 400 tickets sold so quickly,and hopes the NG event will be the largest east of Montreal on Hughes tour.


PETER MACKAY DESCRIBES JIM FLAHERTY AS "STEADY AT THE TILL" DURING TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES
Sunday 13th April 2014
Today on Parliament Hill , people will continue to sign a book of condolences following the sudden death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty. Accolades continue to pour in for the politician, with Justice Minister Peter MacKay calling him a hardworker and a friend he “admired greatly”. MacKay says during very difficult recessionary times for the country, Flaherty showed tremendous grace under pressure and was “steady at the till”. A state funeral will be held Wednesday in Toronto for Flaherty, who died of a reported heart attack Thursday, less than one month after resigning.


PROVINCIAL NDP LEADER SAYS THE PARTY MADE 3 KEY MISTAKES
Sunday 13th April 2014
The leader of the N-D-P in Nova Scotia says three key mistakes prompted voters to turf the party from power last October. Maureen MacDonald told delegates at an N-D-P convention yesterday that the party tried to do too much after it was elected to govern for the first time in 2009. As well, the former finance minister says the party failed to move quickly enough when responding to the global economic crisis that started in 2008. Finally, MacDonald says the party failed to properly communicate with voters who seem more plugged in to social media than the mainstream press.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP *SUNDAY, APRIL 13*
Sunday 13th April 2014
The Weeks Junior A Crushers will have some new competition next season. The Maritime Junior A Hockey League has welcomed a new team based out of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The Aces begin play this fall at the brand new Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen.

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Sunday, April 20th at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

The 2014 Midget Albions also begin indoor sessions at the Stellarton Complex next Sunday at 7pm. The cost of that 4 week program is $50 for 8 sessions.  If you wish to attend - contact Alastair Conway 396-8477 or Kevin Dewtie 755-2218

North Nova Education Centre is hosting its first annual True Grit running event on May 4 at 9:00am. The event will be held at Trenton Park and there will be both a 5km and 10km run. Registration is now open at atlanticchip.ca. All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register!

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program on May 7. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, there will be seven sessions of games and activities at New Glasgow Junior High School. Held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30, the program runs to June 18 , when the last day will be held at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

Early-bird registration still in effect until April 30th, for those wanting to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season – you can register online at www.nnusc.com. For this season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

You can find all these details in our sports round-up at ecfm.ca. If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



NEW GLASGOW FARMERS MARKET WILL BE OPEN FOR AN ADDITIONAL MONTH THIS SEASON
Saturday 12th April 2014
Fans of the New Glasgow Farmers market will be happy to hear the market will have its season extended by one month in 2014. The first NG farmers market will be Sat, May 17th, and it will run until Nov.29th.


THE REDTAIL SOCIETY PRESENTS LECTURE ON PERMACULTURE TOMORROW IN SCOTSBURN
Saturday 12th April 2014
Thoughts are turning to gardening as this long winter dwindles away. And there is a free event in Pictou County tomorrow that will inform and may inspire you. Volker Klum and Candace Sweet will present the lecture “Talking Forest – Talking Permaculture”. The word Permaculture was first introduced in the 70′s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Tapping into age old ways of farming, it described Permanent Agriculture on a scientific level. Now, after 40 years it means much more..... Put on by the Friends of Redtail Society , the talk takes place tomorrow from 1 to 3pm, at the Gammon Centre in Scotsburn. The talk is free, but donations accepted to support this educational series.


MULRONEY IN PICTOU COUNTY FOR PC PARTY FUNDRAISER
Saturday 12th April 2014
Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney returned to his old riding for a Tory party fundraiser held last night. The fundraiser also honoured current Central Nova MP Peter Mackay; whose father Elmer Mackay gave up his seat in the Central Nova riding in 1983 so that Mulroney could run. The dinner cost $300 a plate and was held at the Nova Scotia Community College, Pictou Campus.


GEORGE CANYON ANNOUNCES HE WILL NOT SEEK ELECTION IN ALBERTA
Saturday 12th April 2014
Pictou-county born country crooner George Canyon says he’s cancelling his plans to seek political office in his Alberta community. Earlier this year, the award-winning singer announced he would seeking the Tory nomination in the new federal riding of Bow River in southern Alberta. But yesterday (Friday), Canyon posted a message to fans on his website and Facebook saying a recent health scare has made him re-evaluate that. Canyon said “everything is fine” but did not specify the health problem, although he has spoken publicly about being diagnosed with Type I diabetes as a child. Canyon's statement says he realized he would rather serve his fans and fellow Canadians through his music and he wants to dedicate time to his family, calling life “precious” and “finite”.


CCRSB ALLOCATES PROVINCIAL EDUCATION FUNDING
Saturday 12th April 2014
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has how it will spend approximately 3.3 million in increased education funding from the province. 1.32 million has been earmarked to hire 33 full-time equivalent teachers as Grades Primary to 2 are capped at 20 students. Over $280,000 will go to the Early Literacy Framework to help Grade 3 students who didn't meet the provincial assessment, and another $295,000 is available to establish four Reading Recovery sites. The rest of the board's share will be spent in areas including math strategy, students with high-needs, guidance counsellors, and student-support grants, as well as a Schools Plus site at New Glasgow Academy, set to open in this fall. The Liberal government is allocating 18.2 million dollars in total education funding across the province.


ROYALS COMING TO PICTOU COUNTY!
Saturday 12th April 2014
The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall are coming to town! The royals have announced an upcoming visit to Canada that will see them spend May 18th and 19th in Halifax and Pictou County. The Mayor of Pictou Joe Hawes says he is thrilled that the Prince Charles and the Duchess will visit the town of Pictou, calling it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The couple will also tour in PEI and Manitoba - a full schedule of events will be released in the coming weeks.


CANSO CANAL TO OPEN FOR 2014 THIS MONDAY
Friday 11th April 2014
The Canso Canal will open for the 2014 shipping season this coming Monday morning. Over 15-hundred ships carried over 666-thousand tonnes of cargo through the 250 metre long canal last year, which was an increase over 2012 totals. The canal, the only one operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, is an essential navigation component of the federal-provincial transportation agreement signed in 1953. It has been in operation since 1955, making this the 60th year of allowing vessels to pass through the Canso Causeway instead of being forced to go all the way around Cape Breton Island.


PEI ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PLANS FOR CANADA DAY 2014
Friday 11th April 2014
Prince Edward Islanders and visitors are in for a treat this Canada Day when the Island commemorates the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation. The celebration will feature a free day-long Concert, capped off by the largest fireworks display in the entire country. A stellar line up of Canadian musicians will include the Barenaked Ladies, Juno-winning rapper Classified, Tegan & Sara, George Canyon, Roch Voisine, David Myles and the multicultural musical production, DRUM . The Concert for Canada is a free family event taking place from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Charlottetown Event Grounds, and will be complemented by Island artists performing on side stages between main stage acts. Details of additional family activities will be announced in the coming weeks.


PICTOU COUNTY RCMP PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON MONDAY AT NRHS
Friday 11th April 2014
Pictou County RCMP are conducting public consultations as they plan future policing initiatives in the area. Staff Sergeant Stephen Halliday says input from the community is important to hear local concerns and find ways for police and citizens to work together to address those concerns. A public meeting has already taken place in the town of Pictou, with the next scheduled for this Monday, April 14th at NRHS at 7pm. RCMP also plan a further consultation to be held on Pictou Landing First Nation. That date and location are pending


PETER MACKAY ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN HRM
Friday 11th April 2014
Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced a new program this morning that aims to prevent gang and gun violence in the Halifax area. The CeaseFire program was first launched in Chicago in 2000 and brings outreach workers, community and faith leaders, police and public agencies together. In 2012, government and police agencies met with about 80 community and faith leaders and youth who determined CeaseFire was a potential solution to gun violence in the HRM. The program uses multiple services to help steer youth away from violence, including trained outreach workers, mentoring, mental health and employment support and community reconciliation circles. Halifax is the first Canadian city to implement the program and MacKay says the program will help 120 young men between the ages of 16 and 25 who are involved in criminal activity in the Halifax area. The federal government is providing more than $2 million toward the program, which will be run by the Community Justice Society.


NOEL KNOCKWOOD: 1932-2014
Friday 11th April 2014
Well known Mi'kmaq elder Noel Knockwood has passed away. His family reports Knockwood died of a massive stroke Monday. Knockwood was a veteran of the Korean War and the province’s first aboriginal sergeant-at-arms at the legislature. He also received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2002 for his work to revive and strengthen Native spirituality in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Knockwood was 81.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 11
Friday 11th April 2014

The Weeks Junior A Crushers will have some new competition next season. The Maritime Junior A Hockey League has welcomed a new team based out of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The Aces begin play this fall at the brand new Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen. The Aces name has some deep meaning in St. Stephen and throughout the region. The St. Stephen Aces were a popular hockey team that captured the community’s enthusiasm and brought a New Brunswick Intermediate C Championship to the Border Town in 1963. There’s also an Aces connection to the Royal Canadian Air Force training base at Pennfield Ridge. The base was used for pilot training from 1941 through the end of the Second World War.

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Sunday, April 20th at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

The 2014 Midget Albions will begin indoor sessions at the Sobey Complex in Stellarton. The sessions will begin on Sunday, April 20th  at 7pm. The cost of the 4 week program is $50 for 8 sessions.  If you wish to attend please contact Alastair Conway 396-8477 or Kevin Dewtie 755-2218

North Nova Education Centre is hosting its first annual True Grit running event on May 4 at 9:00am. The event will be held at Trenton Park and there will be both a 5km and 10km run. Registration is now open at atlanticchip.ca. All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register!

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Pictou soccer Club's last day of registration is Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm at the Pictou Academy gym. Preschool - $25.00 & Under 5 - Under 14 $50.00

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. One last traditional registration session takes place on Saturday from 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex. For the 2014 season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, the sessions include games and activities that develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. There are seven sessions from May 7 to June 11 at New Glasgow Junior High School from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The final day will be help on June 18 at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

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GAS WAY UP, DIESEL DOWN A LITTLE
Friday 11th April 2014
Diesel is down, but gas takes a big jump this week: a litre of regular self-serve has gone up more than a nickel to $1.398. Diesel drops almost a cent to $1.371 per litre.


MORE FEDERAL WEBSITES OFFLINE DUE TO "HEARTBLEED"
Friday 11th April 2014
A computer bug has I-T staff scrambling in Ottawa as the federal government shuts down more online services. All departments using software vulnerable to the so-called Heartbleed bug have been ordered to disable public websites. The government says the sites will be shut down until the appropriate security patches are in place. The Canada Revenue Agency disabled its online tax filing systems as a precaution on Wednesday.


NEW APPRENTICESHIP AGENCY FOR PROVINCE
Friday 11th April 2014
The province is setting up an agency is says will help increase the involvement of industry in apprenticeship training. Labour Minister Kelly Regan says the agency would be led by a board of private-sector leaders. The government included 2.6 million dollars in last week's budget to run the new agency. Duncan Williams of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia says he thinks the move will help speed up bureaucracy.


HFX FURNITURE STORE ORDERED TO PAY FOLLOWING RACIAL HARASSMENT
Friday 11th April 2014
A woman who was subjected to racial harassment at a Leon's Furniture store in Halifax will receive eight thousand dollars in compensation plus lost wages. Forty-six-year-old Garnetta Cromwell says she felt justice has been served after her former employer was ordered to make the payment in a human rights board ruling yesterday. The board found that Cromwell experienced 10 incidents of racial harassment while working as a sales associate at the big-box store from 2004 to 2008, when she resigned. In one incident, Cromwell said that at a staff function her manager's husband repeatedly called her Contessa -- a term she testified was commonly used for slaves working in a master's house.


FORMER FINANCE MINISTER JIM FLAHERTY DIES ***UPDATED AS OF 4:20PM***
Thursday 10th April 2014
Former Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty passed away earlier today. Flaherty stepped down as Finance Minister just over three weeks ago following eight years at the post. Flaherty had been suffering from health issues in recent months, but there is no word as to an exact cause of death. Question Period in the House of Commons has been suspended as the news was given to the Members of Parliament. A number of tributes to Flaherty immediately began poring in over social media. Statements from politicians, including Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, are honoring Flaherty's dedication to Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke this afternoon, extending his condolences, and those of all of Parliament, to Flaherty's family. Harper went on to say that more time would be able to be spent in the coming days reflecting on Flaherty's legacy, but that today would be about reacting to the loss. Flaherty's family issued a statement confirming that he passed away peacefully this afternoon. He was 64 years old.


BARTON DROPS SUIT AGAINST PROVINCE FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTION, BUT NOT RCMP
Thursday 10th April 2014
A Nova Scotia man wrongfully convicted of statutory rape in 1970 withdrew his claim of malicious prosecution against the provincial attorney general in court today. But Dale Dunlop says his client, Gerald Barton, will continue with his claim against the RCMP for negligent investigation. Dunlop told Nova Scotia's Supreme Court it's clear that the Crown attorney in the case could only act on the statements given to him by the RCMP. The court began hearing closing arguments today from a lawyer for the federal attorney general, who is representing the RCMP in the civil case. Barton is claiming he never gave an incriminating statement to police about the crime of having sex with a female between the ages of 14 and 16. On Wednesday, former Crown attorney Charles Haliburton testified that Barton had pleaded guilty to the charge just as his trial was about to begin on Jan. 14, 1970. Barton maintains he did not plead guilty and there are few records of the court proceedings that led to Barton's conviction.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 10
Thursday 10th April 2014

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting tonight from 7pm – 8pm and next Thursday, April 17th from 7pm – 8pm. After these 2 tryouts, the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starts April 20th from 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

A clinic for new and returning softball umpires will be at Northumberland Regional High on Saturday. Registration begins at 8:30, with the clinic running from 9:15 to 3:00. Dress comfortably, and returning umpires are asked to bring their plate hat and mask. New umpires will be provided with hats and masks. For more info, call 485-6733.

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Sunday, April 20th at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

The 2014 Midget Albions will begin indoor sessions at the Sobey Complex in Stellarton. The sessions will begin on Sunday, April 20th  at 7pm. The cost of the 4 week program is $50 for 8 sessions.  If you wish to attend please contact Alastair Conway 396-8477 or Kevin Dewtie 755-2218

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. One last traditional registration session takes place on Saturday from 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex. For the 2014 season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, the sessions include games and activities that develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. There are seven sessions from May 7 to June 11 at New Glasgow Junior High School from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The final day will be help on June 18 at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



BAILLIE DISAGREES WITH MLA PENSION RECOMMENDATIONS
Thursday 10th April 2014
Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says he's dissatisfied with changes to politicians' pensions in binding recommendations made by a three member panel that examined how legislature members are compensated. The panel says legislature members should be required to serve two years instead of five to become eligible for a pension and also recommends no changes to their base salaries. The panel says the change is being made to align pension plans for politicians with those for civil servants. But Baillie says the pensions are too rich and should be scrapped in favour of something taxpayers can afford. But Premier Stephen McNeil said he agrees with the panel's conclusions. That includes a change that will require members seeking to collect a monthly accommodation allowance of nearly 15-hundred dollars to live a minimum of 100 kilometres from the legislature instead of 40 kilometres.


WEB TAX FILING OFFLINE UNTIL THE WEEKEND: CRA WILL EXTEND DEADLINE
Thursday 10th April 2014
Canadians are still unable to file income taxes over the Internet and may not be able to do so until the weekend. The Canada Revenue Agency has shut down its E-file and Netfile services to guard against the “Heartbleed” computer bug. The agency says anyone prevented from filing a return on time because of the shutdown won't be penalized for the same number of days the system is down. Other federal government systems are being assessed for their vulnerability. The Canadian Bankers Association says the online applications of Canadian banks are not affected by the threat.


SCHOOL BOARD HIRING MORE TEACHERS
Thursday 10th April 2014
There will be roughly 33 more teachers working in Chignecto Central Regional School Board classrooms this coming September. Board Superintendent Dr. Gary Clarke discussed the 2013-14 Provincial budget with the members of the Board at their monthly meeting last night, and the impact it will have at CCRSB. Clarke informed the board that the initiative to reduce grade P-2 classes to a maximum of twenty students will add 1.32 million dollars to the Board's budget next school year. He says that money will be earmarked to add 33 full time equivalent teaching positions across the Board next year. Clarke also pointed out that the 20 student cap is referred to as a soft cap, which means that some classrooms between grades P and 2 could surpass that, in special circumstances.


ACCUSED DRUNK DRIVER ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES
Thursday 10th April 2014
A Pictou County man accused of impaired driving walked out a free man yesterday. 26 year old Benjamin Marshal Margeson, had pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while impaired and driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Defence lawyer Ed Patterson argued that his client’s charter rights were violated because he showed no signs of impairment when he pulled up to an East River Road police checkpoint on Sept. 13, yet he had to submit to testing as a possible impaired driver. The officer who stopped Margeson testified that the man pulled his vehicle safety to a stop at the checkpoint and was polite when answering the officer’s questions. However, he stated that that the man’s eyes were red and watery and he was acting nervous. Judge Del Atwood said that the officer had the right to ask for a test from Margeson based on evidence provided to the courts but, based on testimony heard at the trial, he said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Margeson was impaired by alcohol so he acquitted him of that charge. Atwood threw out the second charge because a time error on the certificate submitted by a technician who took Margeson’s breath sample left reasonable doubt.


NEW MAINE/NS FERRY COMING TO YARMOUTH
Wednesday 9th April 2014
The new ferry that will travel between Yarmouth and Maine is expected to arrive next week. Nova Star Cruises says its vessel, Nova Star, will dock at Yarmouth's terminal Tuesday, allowing residents to see the 161-metre ferry for the first time. The vessel is arriving after a month-long journey from Singapore, where it was constructed. A welcoming ceremony has been planned upon its arrival, and public tours of the vessel are planned for next Wednesday. The ferry is scheduled to begin making daily, round-trip crossings between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine on May 15. The provincial government has committed $21 million over seven years to support the service.


INTERNET BUG FORCES REVENUE AGENCY TO CLOSE PART OF ITS WEBSITE *UPDATED*
Wednesday 9th April 2014
The Canada Revenue Agency says it has temporarily cut off public access to its electronic services over security concerns, preventing Canadians from being able to file their taxes online. The agency says it has received information concerning an Internet security vulnerability named the Heartbleed Bug. In a statement posted on its website, the C-R-A says it has temporarily shut down public access to its online services to safeguard the integrity of the information it holds. The affected services include EFILE, NETFILE, My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client. It says it's working to restore safe and secure access as soon as possible. Computer security experts warn the Heartbleed threat went undetected for more than two years. They say it has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers. The breakdown affects encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a range of e-commerce. Security experts are advising people to change all their online passwords -- but only after Internet services affected by Heartbleed install software released yesterday to fix the problem.


MARINE ATLANTIC BRINGING IN FOURTH FERRY TO NFLD TO CLEAR TRAFFIC
Wednesday 9th April 2014
Marine Atlantic says it is bringing an extra ferry into service to help clear the backlog of commercial traffic caused by poor weather and ice buildup in the Cabot Strait. Spokesman Darrell Mercer says the M-V Leif Ericson will be added to the fleet today. Three other vessels are also in operation. Yesterday, more than 200 truck and drop trailers were stuck at the ferry terminal in North Sydney. They were waiting for winds to die down after the latest storm blew through the area, cancelling sailings. It's been a frustrating season for truckers who depend on the ferry service to transport goods, including perishable food. Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, says there's not much truckers can do except be patient.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 9
Wednesday 9th April 2014

The Pictou County Female Atom AA Selects ended a terrific season winning a silver at provincials. Gold eluded them at the Antigonish Arena losing 4-1 to the Valley Wild in the championship game last weekend. Keighan DeCofft earned game MVP honors. The Selects earned a trip to the finals going 4 and 0 in round robin play.  In the first game of provincials the Selects defeated tournament hosts, the Antigonish Bulldogs 5-0.  Olivia Fitt picked up 2 goals, with Allie Hood, Hayley Nichol and Mia Coolen scoring singles.  Alyssa Fitt and Ashley MacDonald earned 2 assists with Jaylen Langille, Lani Coolen, and Hayley Burke picking with singles. Hood picked up game MVP honors. In the Selects second game of the day, the Selects defeated eventual tournament champs 8-2. Lani Coolen earned game MVP with 3 goals and an assist. Alyssa Fitt earned a goal and 2 assists, while Hood and Nichol helped in a winning cause with a goal and assist each, and Taylor Long added a single tally. On Saturday the Female Atoms defeated TASA Ducks 4-1.  Rory Thompson , DeCoff, Alyssa Fitt, and Langille scored for the Sleects. Decoff has named game MVP.  In the final game of the round robin, the Selects defeated Cape Breton County 10-0.  Linemates, Mia Coolen scored 4 goals and 2 assists, while sister Lani Coolen had 2 goals and 3 assists, and game MVP Jaylen Langille had a goal and  3 assists. Burke and Hood had a goal and assist each, while Alyssa Fitt added a single and sister while sister  Olivia picked up 3 assists in a winning cause. Three Selects were presented with tournament awards during the closing ceremonies. Lani Coolen was awarded the top scored of the weekend, Jaylen Langille won the break away challenge portion of the skills competition and named an all-star forward, while Allie Hood was named Tournament MVP, All Star Defencemen and also winner of the fastest backward skater competition.

Tonight's a big welcome home celebration for Olympian Lisa Haley at the Westville town hall gym tonight at 7. Lisa was assistant coach of Canada's Gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Games. She will have her Olympic jersey, medal and hockey cards. Businesses are being encouraged to change billboards and fly Canadian Flags to help welcome her home. Everyone's invited to attend, with a special invite for minor hockey players in the community.

Results from the opening night of the NNEC girls basketball spring league- Game 1: Orange defeated Purple 84-42. Top scorers for team orange: Courtney Smith 19, Kendra MacKinnon 15, Jamie McCarron 12, and Aliyah Fraser 10. Top scorers for team purple: Riley Sood 22, Maddie McGuire 10, and Jaya Sood 8. Game 2: Pink downed Blue 56-54. Top scorers for team Pink: Danielle Farrell 14, Lou MacKay 12, and Natalie Addison 12. Top scorers for team Blue: Caitrin Skelton 14, Shelena Floyd 12, and Hayley Earle 10. Games are played every Monday evening at North Nova Education Centre.

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting Thursday night from 7pm – 8pm and next Thursday, April 17th from 7pm – 8pm. After these 2 tryouts, the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starts April 20th from 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

A clinic for new and returning softball umpires will be at Northumberland Regional High on Saturday. Registration begins at 8:30, with the clinic running from 9:15 to 3:00. Dress comfortably, and returning umpires are asked to bring their plate hat and mask. New umpires will be provided with hats and masks. For more info, call 485-6733.

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Sunday, April 20th at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

The 2014 Midget Albions will begin indoor sessions at the Sobey Complex in Stellarton. The sessions will begin on Sunday, April 20th  at 7pm. The cost of the 4 week program is $50 for 8 sessions.  If you wish to attend please contact Alastair Conway 396-8477 or Kevin Dewtie 755-2218

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. One last traditional registration session takes place on Saturday from 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex. For the 2014 season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, the sessions include games and activities that develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. There are seven sessions from May 7 to June 11 at New Glasgow Junior High School from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The final day will be help on June 18 at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



NEW EQUIPMENT FOR NORTHERN PULP NEXT YEAR
Wednesday 9th April 2014
Northern Pulp says they are getting closer to dealing with concerns about air quality. They have an agreement with a company from Atlanta, Georgia to install a new recovery boiler precipitator, which recycles chemicals used in the pulping process while using the waste to generate heat and power. The precipitator also traps particulate matter exiting the mill, preventing it from being released into the air. The current precipitator has been operating since the mill first opened in 1967. Manager Don Breen estimates the precipitator will cost approximately $20 million and that it will be installed by early next year. Northern Pulp’s current operating approval for the Abercrombie mill and Boat Harbour sites expires later this month, and work is underway on the application for an approval renewal under Activities Designation Regulations Act.


TRENTON POST OFFICE WILL CLOSE ON SATURDAYS
Wednesday 9th April 2014
Residents of the town of Trenton are set to lose Saturday services of their local Canada Post. At last night’s monthly meeting of town council, it was confirmed that the Post office in Trenton will close on Saturdays despite a petition from Trenton Town Councillors to Canada Post requesting the post office remain open on Saturday for the convenience of residents. According to a letter to council from Karen Mac Donald, Maritime Branch President for Canada Post, the downgrade in service will take effect May 5th.


VOTING UNDERWAY FOR 2014 WORST ROAD IN ATLANTIC CANADA
Tuesday 8th April 2014
CAA Atlantic is once again looking for the worst road in Atlantic Canada. Voting began 25 March, and will continue until 25 April at www.atlantic.caa.ca/worstroads. To date, there are no Pictou County roads in the top ten, or bottom ten depending upon your perspective, but holding down the lead to this point is a Nova Scotia road, Park Street in Kentville. Last year, the Cape John Road near River John won the vote, and the distinction of being the worst in the region. Since the vote last year, work was done to repair some of the worst damage on this road under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.


PICTOU COUNTY POWER OUTAGE
Tuesday 8th April 2014
A power outage affecting 127 customers being reported in Pictou County. The area of Carsons Corner, Plainfield and MacBeth Rd. lost power around 3:20 this afternoon, and the cause is being investigated. Nova Scotia Power estimated those affected will be back on the grid at 5:30pm.


TOUGH NEW FINES IN NOVA SCOTIA TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM MISLEADING AND AGGRESSIVE DOOR-TO-DOOR SALE
Tuesday 8th April 2014
There are tough new fines for companies violating door-to-door sales regulations in Nova Scotia. Under legislation introduced by the provincial government , corporations that contravene the Direct Sellers' Regulation Act can face fines up to $300,000 each, where it was previously $1000. The amendments to the act would also see the range of fines against individuals rise to between $500 to $25,000. That range of fines is now $100 to $1,000. Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey says the changes are intended to protect seniors from misleading and aggressive tactics by door-to-door sales people and companies. The changes would also allow the government to identify the names of people and companies accused of violating the act in order to warn the public. Consumers would also be allowed to cancel contracts at any time. Furey says the new fines would take effect July 1, while the remainder of the changes would be proclaimed once the regulations are finalized.


EIGHTEEN YEARS LATER, MAN SENTENCED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
Tuesday 8th April 2014
A man convicted of sexual assault nearly eighteen years ago was finally sentenced last month after he was found and arrested in Ontario. Fifty-nine year old Preston Harley Brewer was convicted in July 1996 for sexually assaulting a teenage boy in Pictou the previous year, but fled before his sentencing date scheduled for that September. Brewer was arrested in February of this year, and held in custody until his sentencing late last month. The decision on sentencing was published by the Nova Scotia Courts this week, and Brewer will be serving 15 months for the assault, and an additional two months for failing to appear in court. He must also spend 20 years on the National Sex Offender Registry, submit a DNA sample to the national database, and was given a 10 year firearms prohibition.


NEW GLASGOW BLACK EDUCATION COMMITTEE RECEIVES PROVINCIAL FUNDING FOR CRIME PREVENTION.
Tuesday 8th April 2014
The New Glasgow Black Education Committee has been chosen as a recipient to receive funding for crime prevention. The Province announced the groups that will receive provincial Community Crime Prevention Investment Grants of $1,000 to $5,000. The funding will support the New Glasgow Black Education Committee's project titled "Strengthening the Village from the Inside Out". The 12-year-old Committee has participated in lobbying the Chignecto Regional School Board for student support workers, black teachers, the tutoring program, as well as hiring students on for summer work programs.  The committee also acts as a liaison for students and parents with the schools on behavioral issues. Other recipients in the Northern Region this year include Tearmann Society for Abused Women & Celtic Family of Schools for the “We Can” Violence Prevention project and the Millbrook First Nation and Millbrook RCMP for the "Millbrook Rez Watch" program.


SMARTPHONE BATTERY UNVEILED THAT IS ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY & CHARGES IN 30 SECONDS!
Tuesday 8th April 2014
A smartphone battery that can charge in just 30 seconds has been unveiled. Demonstrated for the first time at Microsoft's Think Next symposium, the battery cell is powered by something called nanodots and is described by its makers as cost-effective and environmentally-friendly. A nanodot battery uses bio-organic materials that boost electrode capacity and electrolyte performance, rather than requiring the heavy metals currently used which are both toxic and expensive. The result is a safer, easier to mass-produce battery that is fully charged in minutes instead of hours but which, once charged, behaves like a typical lithium ion cell in the way that it holds and depletes its charge. The technology behind the battery is so new that maker StoreDot is still in the process of patenting it. However, the Israeli company is aiming to go into mass production with the revolutionary cell within the next two years with an eye on the electric car market as well as consumer electronics.


CHAMBER ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday 8th April 2014
The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting will be taking place May 1, and earlier today the Chamber announced this year's keynote speaker. Ian Thompson, the Associate Publisher of the Chronicle Herald, will share his thoughts from the perspective of someone who has worked in the private and public sectors. Executive Director of the Chamber, Jack Kyte, says he expects Thompson to discuss the Ivany Report and the challenges associated with the state of the Nova Scotia economy. Kyte says the Chamber is in a transition of its own in an effort to provide greater value to its members.


DEPUTY WARDEN CLARIFIES MOU PROCESS
Tuesday 8th April 2014
More time was spent on the future governance of Pictou County than any other topic when Municipal Council held its’ monthly meeting last night. Deputy Warden Andy Thompson opened the meeting with a statement that reassured taxpayers that the county is not in crisis mode. Thompson says while the county welcomes discussion with the towns of NG and Pictou,  the Municipality has not yet signed any memorandum of understanding, and that the towns of Westville, Trenton and Stellarton “should be prepared to enter these discussions”. Thompson says the Warden and Municipal council have always taken a cooperative approach, and “now is the time for leadership and action”.  Councillor David Parker echoed that serious effort is needed by all parties before wise decisions can be made.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 8
Tuesday 8th April 2014

The girls of both teams in the Pictou County Lightning Minor Basketball Club won silver recently at the Basketball Nova Scotia provincials. One team ended up seeded in D5, and the other in D6. The D5 Provincial tournament was held in Windsor, with the D6 tournament in the Annapolis Valley. The Lightning started the Windsor tournament with a 33-27 win over Greenwood. Hannah Fahie was chosen player of the game and had eight points. In their second game they won 48-13 against the Middleton Martyrs. The Lightning player of the game was Reagan MacDonald with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Lightning struck again in the Saturday matinee game as they defeated the Bedford Eagles 58-12. Isabella Mackay was player of the game. Finishing 3-0 in the preliminary round gave Pictou County the top spot in their pool and sent them to the semifinal against the other pools second place team, the West End Steelers from Halifax. Once again the girls proved too much for their opponents and cruised to a 48-14 victory. Maddie MacMillan, who had her ‘A’ game going in the semifinal, was named player of the game. For the provincial final the Lightning faced Greenwood for the second time in the tournament. This time Greenwood came out on top, winning 31-25. Jaden MacEachern was named player of the game for her high-energy eight-point performance.

A big shout out to the Panthers Volleyball club, who competed this past weekend in the Bedford Blizzard tournament at CP Allen High School. The Panthers, a new club that competes in the very tough U-16 division came up against Antigonish, Herring Cove and two Dartmouth teams. The Panthers narrowly missed advancing to the Bronze medal game, by losing the first set 27-26, winning the second set 25-19 and losing the third tie breaker 15-11 against Dartmouth. The team consisting of Victoria Robertson, Emma Holle, Olivia Murray, Breanna Lodge, Danielle Farrell, Maddie Byrne, Lauren Kellock, Abby MacLean, McKayla Symonds and Kenzie Hart are preparing for Volleyball Nova Scotia Provincials, to be held in Halifax later this month.

Congratulations to the players and coaches of the Pictou Midget A's who won the Sedmha Tournament this past weekend. They went undefeated in their six games.

Congratulations as well to Pictou County curling teams who brought home Gold in the A division and B division this past weekend at a Regional event in Dartmouth. Members of the teams are: Chris Atkinson, Timothy Ferris, Evan Sharpe, Terry MacLeod, Rodney Bond, Cecil Lawrence, Lucy Rogers, David Hughes and Adam Chandler. Thanks to their coaches Tracy Sharpe and Scott Ferris for a great year of curling.

There will be a welcome home celebration for Olympian Lisa Haley by the town of Westville, at the town hall gym Wednesday night at 7. Lisa is originally from Westville & was assistant coach of Canada's Gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Games. She will have her Olympic jersey, medal and hockey cards. Businesses are being encouraged to change billboards and fly Canadian Flags to help welcome her home. Everyone's invited to attend, with a special invite for minor hockey players in the community.

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting Thursday night from 7pm – 8pm and next Thursday, April 17th from 7pm – 8pm. After these 2 tryouts, the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starts April 20th from 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

A clinic for new and returning softball umpires will be at Northumberland Regional High on Saturday. Registration begins at 8:30, with the clinic running from 9:15 to 3:00. Dress comfortably, and returning umpires are asked to bring their plate hat and mask. New umpires will be provided with hats and masks. For more info, call 485-6733.

The Pictou County Orioles and Rangers midget baseball teams will begin workouts at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Sunday, April 20th at 7pm. The cost of the indoor sessions $50 for the 4 week program. Anyone interested should contact Rob MacKay at 759-0992

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. One last traditional registration session takes place on Saturday from 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex. For the 2014 season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

Pictou County Athletics will soon start their spring session of the Run Jump Throw program. Aimed at children from five- to 12-years-old, the sessions include games and activities that develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. There are seven sessions from May 7 to June 11 at New Glasgow Junior High School from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The final day will be help on June 18 at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. There is a cost of $50 per athlete plus a $10 Athletics Nova Scotia fee. To register or for more information email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com. 

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

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PROVINCE REMOVING HURDLE TO GRANDPARENTS SEEKING ACCESS TO GRANDKIDS
Tuesday 8th April 2014
The province is introducing amendments it says will help grandparents who are seeking access to their grandchildren when parents separate or divorce. Currently, grandparents seeking access have to ask the court's permission for standing before they can proceed to a hearing. The amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act would remove this step, so courts would proceed directly to considering requests from grandparents for contact. Justice Minister Lina Diab says the changes recognize the key role grandparents play in children's lives.


TOWN OF PICTOU TO RUN DEFICIT
Tuesday 8th April 2014
The Town of Pictou is projecting a deficit at the end of the fiscal year 2013-14. During the meeting of the Committee of the Whole last night, Council was informed of the projection of a115-thousand dollar shortfall. However, council was also told that the number could change, since the final tally for expenditures and income in March are still to be calculated. Council was also told that the Water Utility would experience a shortfall, since the rate increase budgeted for did not come into effect until part way through the fiscal year. Mayor Joe Hawes indicated that shortfalls would have to be made up through increases in the tax rate for the next fiscal year.


TRENTON UPSET ABOUT MOU TALKS *UPDATED*
Tuesday 8th April 2014
Mayor Joe Hawes read a letter from Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon to the rest of the members of Pictou Town Council during the monthly meeting of the Committee of the Whole. In the letter, MacKinnon questions the process by which Pictou, the County, and the Town of New Glasgow came together to strike a deal to begin working on a Memorandum of Understanding to reexamine some elements of governance. Hawes also read a reply which he sent to MacKinnon, where the Pictou Mayor tells the Trenton Mayor that every thing was done above the board. Hawes also mentioned that Trenton would have the opportunity to enter into the MOU once it had been completed in draft form.


COUNTY COUNCILLOR SAYS MOU DEADLINE UNREALISTIC
Tuesday 8th April 2014
The timeline announced by the mayor of New Glasgow related to changes in the way Pictou County  is governed has been called into question. During the monthly meeting of Municipal Council last night, Councilor David Parker said the dates are unrealistic given the thorny issues that must be dealt with to come up with a common vision for the County.  New Glasgow Mayor Barry MacMillan announced at the end of March that a memorandum of understanding between the towns of New Glasgow, Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County should be in place by June 1, with the aim of delivering services in a new way starting this fall. The sudden announcement came in the wake of a decision by the province not to foot half the $300,000 bill for a study on how the Pictou County area is governed. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey announced on March 28th that the funding was pulled due to lack of consensus between the municipal units.


STELLARTON WANTS TO JOIN MOU DISCUSSIONS
Tuesday 8th April 2014
Stellarton council wants in on the governance discussions. At last night's meeting, council approved sending a letter drafted by councillor Judith MacLellan to New Glasgow, Pictou and Pictou County councils asking to have representation on the group that is working on a memorandum of understanding to share services. Councillors said that while they are disappointed in the province's decision to pull out of the governance study, it is important to look forward. If Stellarton joins the other municipalities on that committee, Councillor Ken Francis will be the Stellarton rep.


COUNTY UPDATED ON STELLARTON WIND PROJECT
Tuesday 8th April 2014
County Council was given an update on the municipal wind project outside Stellarton at their monthly meeting last night. Chief Administrative Officer Paul Cullen says Phase One will be complete when connection to the power grid occurs.  Cullen says as soon as Nova Scotia Power installs poles & then electricity to the site, he expects Phase Two to proceed ahead of schedule.  Cullen credits this to the early delivery to the Riverton site last week of the first three turbines, which he says will be in place by mid-May. The turbines were fabricated by Seaforth Energy of Dartmouth.  The company’s website describes the turbines as the world’s most proven and reliable and says Seaforth Energy has turbines in Alaska, Siberia, the UK, Italy, the Dominican Republic, and India. The County used revenue from the Gas Tax to help cover the costs of the turbines.


PICTOU WEST MLA PAT DUNN CRITICIZES AXING OF GRADUATE TAX REBATE PROGRAM BY LIBERALS
Monday 7th April 2014
Pictou West MLA Pat Dunn says the Liberals should hold the line on spending, rather than punishing young graduates. Dunn is also Progressive Conservative Labour and Advanced Education Critic and he says the the Liberals axed the graduate tax rebate program without notice, and without fixing any of the fundamentals to get the province moving in the right direction. Dunn says 30 000 young people starting their career in NS will now receive a big tax increase, when over 7200 young people have left Nova Scotia in the last 5 years. Finance Minister Diana Whalen says the program wasn’t working, and eliminating the program will save the province over $49.5 million. She says the government will focus instead on programs aimed at helping graduates enter the workforce, including a new graduate scholarship for innovation and research worth $1.85 million and a $1.6 million program aimed at helping employers train new graduate workers.


MAN FOUND DEAD IN JAIL CELL
Monday 7th April 2014
Police are reporting that a 23-year old man has died while in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside. Const. Pierre Bourdages says Halifax Regional Police were called at around 9 a.m. today when the man's body was found in his cell. Bourdages says the medical examiner’s office in working to determine the cause of death. A spokesman for the Justice Department says more information would be made available once the man’s next of kin have been notified.


LOCAL WOMAN MICHELLE BONVIE TAKES POSSESSION OF NEW CAR WON FROM TIM HORTONS
Monday 7th April 2014
A happy woman took an afternoon drive in Pictou County this afternoon- in the brand new 2014 Toyota Corolla Sport she won from Tim Hortons! Michelle Bonvie was joined by husband Sandy, sister Amy and mother Laverne Guthro as she took possession of the sporty red car today at noon at the Tim Hortons where she rolled-up the rim to win on February 24th. Owner of the Tim Hortons Blue Acres location, Jim Shaw, says it is a thrill when a local customer becomes a grand prize winner. Regional Marketing Manager for Tim Hortons, Dave Ritcey says it was one of 4 won in Nova Scotia during the annual contest. Besides New Glasgow, two cars were won in Truro and one in Lower Sackville. Additionally, within the province, there are 3 confirmed winners of $5000 visa cards as well as 411 prized of $100 Tim Hortons cards. The “Roll up the Rim to Win” contest will now end when the cups run out, but prizes may be claimed until the 18th of May.


CUPE RATIFIES DEAL WITH CCRSB
Monday 7th April 2014
Over 400 CUPE bus drivers, custodians and tradespeople have ratified their mediated deal with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. The deal, which was centering on the subject of contracting out work to other groups, was ratified by a vote of the members with 88 percent approval. CUPE National Representative Betty Jean Sutherland says the deal is a victory for the collective bargaining process, as it came without the threat of legislation from the province. The mediation process was agreed to following a brief strike in January. The Board will be voting to formally ratify the deal at their monthly meeting this coming Wednesday.


TEEN FOUND FIT TO STAND TRIAL AFTER ALLEGEDLY INJURING SENIOR IN ASSAULT
Monday 7th April 2014
An 18-year old man accused of breaking seven bones in the face of a senior last month has been found fit to stand trial. Cody Dylan MacIntosh will remain in custody for at least another week after a hearing this morning in Pictou Provincial Court which also determined that he can be held criminally responsible for his actions. MacIntosh's lawyer, Doug Lloy, told the court that he had just received new disclosure related to the case, and wanted another week to go over the material before a plea is entered.


WOMAN FACING IDENTITY THEFT CHARGE GRANTED ADJOURNMENT TO FIND LAWYER
Monday 7th April 2014
A woman accused of stealing the identities of two other women last year in New Glasgow will have some time to find a lawyer before she enters a plea to the charge. Twenty-six year old Shauna Lee-Ann Marshall of Lower Onslow is charged with “knowingly obtaining another person’s identity information... intended to be used to commit an indictable offence that includes fraud, deceit or falsehood as an element of the offence.” The allegation covers an eleven month period of last year, and includes two alleged victims. Marshall will return to court in June, at which time she will be expected to enter a plea to the charge. The maximum penalty for the offense is five years in prison.


NOT GUILTY PLEA ENTERED ON CHARGE OF VEHICLE THEFT
Monday 7th April 2014
A 33-year old Linacy man accused of participating in the theft of a truck from Stellarton just before Christmas has pleaded not guilty after a brief appearance in Pictou Provincial Court this morning. Dale Kass MacInnis entered the plea to the single charge related to the incident which concluded when the vehicle was driven into the wall of a hotel in Dartmouth. MacInnis will go to trial in August, while a co-accused, 19-year old Brett Edward Hennessey of New Glasgow, is scheduled to be tried related to the same incident in June.


NEW RESIDENCY PROGRAM FOR EMERGING NS MUSICIANS
Monday 7th April 2014
Casino Nova Scotia has created an innovative Artist in Residence Program designed to support emerging Nova Scotian musicians. The $20,000 program was announced on Friday at the Nova Scotia Stage during East Coast Music Week and will provide a local musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. The program will be administered by Music Nova Scotia, who will also provide career path support. The selected musician or group with receive funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities such as Canadian Music Week and South by Southwest. For more information on Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program, visit www.casinonovascotia.com or www.musicnovascotia.ca


RIVER JOHN MAN FACES 50 CHARGES - JURY SELECTION POSTPONED *UPDATED*
Monday 7th April 2014
Jury selection has been postponed for a 34-year old River John man who faces a total of 50 charges. Daniel Michael Bradley has been in custody since 2011, when he was arrested on charges related to multiple break-and-enters, numerous counts of possession of stolen property, and several weapons offenses. Jury selection has been postponed because the crown couldn't attend court due to illness. The trial was originally scheduled to begin last fall, but faced several delays.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 7 *UPDATED*
Monday 7th April 2014

A heartbreaking overtime loss has ended the season for the Weeks Jr A Crushers, as they lost to the Truro Bearcats last night at the Pictou County Wellness Center. The Bearcats got the game winning goal 7:28 into the extra period when Daniel Poliziani's shot from the point squeaked through Brandon Thibeau and trickled across the goal line. Garrett Holmes and Daniel MacLeod, both Pictou County natives in their final games in Crusher uniforms, both scored for the Crushers, as did Evan Carmody. The Bearcats will now await the winner of the Dieppe Commandos and Miramichi Timberwolves in the Kent Cup Final. Dieppe currently leads in the Meek Division Final 2 games to 1.

The team that some said didn't belong at the Atlantic Regional Major Midget Championship came away with a third place finish this weekend. The Weeks Major Midgets finished the tournament with a 2 and 2 record, losing their last game 3-1 to the Saint John Vitos, a game in which they were tied going into the third period. It was a strong showing for the host team, who struggled in the early part of the season, but were vastly improved since mid-November. The gold medal game went to the Halifax McDonalds, who defeated Saint John 5-4. Halifax will go on to represent the region at the Telus Cup National Midget Championship in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, later this month.

The Albion Boxing Club hosted a sold-out card of amateur boxing Saturday night at Summer St. Industries - it was the club's 25th anniversary card:
First up: An exhibition bout between Albion teammates Gavin Tracey & Max Macullum(42kg)
Dawson Fraser (albion) won over Alex Tilley (nlfd) 60kg
Austin Levi (albion) won over Jacob Ferdinand (truro) 67kg
Dawson Bowes and Keegan Worthen of Albion boxed a exhibition bout 91kg
Angus Butt (albion) lost to Colton Granthouse (glace bay) 78kg
Mike Jordan (albion) won over Trevor Dauphinee (glace bay) 91 kg
And in the main event, Brady Macdonald won over Colton Perry (pei)  52kg

Congratulations to the players and coaches of the Pictou Midget A's who won the Sedmha Tournament this past weekend. They went undefeated in their six games. Way to go Boys!

A shout out to Pictou County curling teams who brought home Gold in the A division and B division this past weekend at a Regional event in Dartmouth. Members of the teams are: Chris Atkinson, Timothy Ferris, Evan Sharpe, Terry MacLeod, Rodney Bond, Cecil Lawrence, Lucy Rogers, David Hughes and Adam Chandler. Thanks to their coaches Tracy Sharpe and Scott Ferris for a great year of curling.

There will be a welcome home celebration for Olympian Lisa Haley by the town of Westville, at the town hall gym Wednesday night at 7. Lisa is originally from Westville & was assistant coach of Canada's Gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Games. She will have her Olympic jersey, medal and hockey cards. Businesses are being encouraged to change billboards and fly Canadian Flags to help welcome her home. Everyone's invited to attend, with a special invite for minor hockey players in the community.

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting Thursday night from 7pm – 8pm and next Thursday, April 17th from 7pm – 8pm. After these 2 tryouts, the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starts April 20th from 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. One last traditional registration session takes place on Saturday from 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex. For the 2014 season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



MORE ICE DELAYS FOR NFLD FERRIES *UPDATED*
Monday 7th April 2014
Marine Atlantic is apologizing for more delays caused by thick ice in the Cabot Strait after one of its vessels became stuck for the second time in a week. Spokesman Darrell Mercer says the MV Highlanders ran into trouble today with 271 passengers on board while en route to Port aux Basques from North Sydney. Mercer says the vessel managed to free itself and is now expected to arrive at its destination on Newfoundland's west coast at 11:30 a.m. local time, more than four hours behind schedule. The MV Highlanders was among two ferries that became temporarily stuck in ice last week, delaying arrival times for about 800 passengers travelling between the two provinces. Mercer says the Crown corporation is still working to clear the backlog caused by those delays. Marine Atlantic has issued a travel advisory on its website, warning of potential delays due to ice more than two metres thick in some areas of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Cabot Strait.


DAVE GUNNING WINS TWO ECMA'S IN CHARLOTTETOWN
Monday 7th April 2014
Nova Scotia artists dominated this year's East Coast Music Awards gala in Prince Edward Island. Dave Gunning won two awards: solo recording of the year for ``No More Pennies" and songwriter of the year for "These Hands", which he co-wrote with George Canyon. Enfield's Classified won the Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year and the Trews got the trophy for Rock Recording of the Year. The gala in Charlottetown also featured tributes to rock guitarist Jay Smith and singer Rita MacNeil, who both died last year.


CELEBRATING TARTAN DAY APRIL 6
Sunday 6th April 2014
Today is a day to celebrate all things Scottish, as Tartan Day is celebrated on the date the Declaration of Arbroath was signed – the document declaring Scottish independence was submitted to Pope John XXII on April 6 in the year of 1320. The Declaration was part of a broader diplomatic campaign seeking to assert that Scotland was an independent kingdom rather than being a feudal land controlled by England's Norman kings. Tartan Day originated in Canada following a meeting in Nova Scotia of the Federation of Scottish Clans, and was proclaimed by the provincial legislature in 1987 - all other provinces followed suit, with Quebec last in 2003. It is estimated that about 15%, or 4.7 million Canadian claim Scottish descent.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP *SUNDAY APRIL 6*
Sunday 6th April 2014

The Crushers playoff lives will be on the line tonight when they host the Truro Bearcats in Game 4 of the Eastlink Division Final at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers had their best effort of the series, but came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the Bearcats last night at the Rath Eastlink Community Center in Truro. David Stephens and Mitchell Deruelle led the way for the Crushers with a goal and an assist each - Stephens' goal coming on the power play, the first in ten chances for the Crushers in the series. Game four, as mentioned, is tonight at the Wellness Centre, with the Crushers down 3 games to nothing, needing a win to force game five in Truro Tuesday night.

The albion boxing club hosted a sold-out card of amateur boxing last night (Sat) at summer st industries - it was the club's 25th anniversary card:

First up: Max Macullum (albion) did a exhibition bout with teammate Gavin Tracey (42kg)

Dawson Fraser (albion) won over Alex Tilley (nlfd) 60kg

Austin Levi (albion) won over Jacob Ferdinand (truro) 67kg

Dawson Bowes and Keegan Worthen of Albion boxed a exhibition bout 91kg

Angus Butt (albion) lost to Colton Granthouse (glace bay) 78kg

Mike Jordan (albion) won over Trevor Dauphinee (glace bay) 91 kg 78kg in the main event, Brady Macdonald won over Colton Perry (pei)  52kg

The team that some said didn't belong at the Atlantic Regional Major Midget Championship came away with a third place finish this weekend. The Weeks Major Midgets finished the tournament with a 2 and 2 record, losing their last game 3-1 to the Saint John Vitos, a game in which they were tied going into the third period. It was a strong showing for the host team, who struggled in the early part of the season, but were vastly improved since mid-November. The gold medal game goes this afternoon at the Wellness Centre at 1pm, with Halifax facing Saint John. The winner will not only be the Atlantic Champions, but will also go on to represent the region at the Telus Cup, National Midget Championship in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, later this month.

There will be a welcome home celebration for Olympian Lisa Haley by the town of Westville, at the town hall gym (this Wednesday) April 9th at 7pm. Lisa is originally from Westville & was assistant coach of Canada's Gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Games. She will have her Olympic jersey, medal and hockey cards. Businesses are being encouraged to change billboards and fly Canadian Flags to help welcome her home. Everyone's invited to attend, with a special invite for minor hockey players in the community.

The MacGregor Kinsmen AAA Midgets spring training begins today from 2-4 pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex with registration at 1:30. There are still have a few openings available to all Midget and bantam aged players. All players require indoor shoes, workout clothing and water. Cost per session is $10.  For further information please contact Scott Fisher at macgregormidgets@gmail.com or by call 396 6028.

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting April 10th from 7pm – 8pm and April 17th from 7pm – 8pm..after these 2 tryouts, the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starts April 20th from 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. One last traditional registration session takes place on Saturday April 12th 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex. For the 2014 season, the club has eliminated jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

You can find all these details in our sports round-up at ecfm.ca. If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



15 YEAR OLD MALE FROM ONSLOW CHARGED WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Sunday 6th April 2014
A 15-year-old boy from Onslow has been charged with child luring and two offences related to child pornography. Colchester District RCMP say they launched an investigation on Friday and executed a search warrant that evening at a home in Onslow. Police seized cellular phones and computer equipment. Officers arrested the teen. He’s been charged with luring a child, distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography. He’s been released from custody on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Truro youth court on April 14.


TODAY IS NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY
Saturday 5th April 2014
Today is National Caregiver Day and there are currently 6.1 million employed Canadians providing informal care-giving to a family member or friend due to chronic or long-term illness, disability or aging. The number of caregivers will continue to grow given our aging population. On National Caregiver Day, dedicated caregivers are recognized for providing quality care, support and compassion -particularly to seniors and older Canadians. Please join me in thanking these devoted individuals, and remember that one of the best things you can offer is your time to a caregiver, to give them a re-energizing break.


FALLOUT FELT BY PATIENTS AFTER 24-HOUR NURSES STRIKE
Saturday 5th April 2014
The fallout continues from a brief nurses strike that affected Halifax-area hospitals and hundreds of patients. Some seniors say they are awaiting new dates for open-heart surgery and cancer biopsies that were postponed due to the labour strife. According to Capital Health, 234 surgeries have been postponed this week and many patients have had to reschedule their appointments. The twenty-four hour strike ended yesterday after the provincial government passed essential services legislation that workers say takes away their right to strike. The new law requires unions and employers throughout the health-care sector to have an essential services agreement in place before a strike or lockout can occur.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP *SATURDAY*
Saturday 5th April 2014

The Crushers are on the wrong end of lopsided score action in MHL playoff action - Thursday night in Truro, the Bearcats took a 2-0 series lead with a 7-2 win over the Crushers. Penalties continue to haunt the Crushers, as the Bearcats scored two power play goals on ten opportunities, while the Crushers were on the power play just three times. Tempers ended up boiling over late in the third period, when Mitchell Shewfelt took a major penalty for charging when he ran over the Bearcat goaltender, creating a melee. The Crushers will have a little time to cool off, but not much, as game three of the series goes tonight in Truro. You can hear that game right here on East Coast FM, as Michael Petter will have the call starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

Pictou Soccer Club Registration will be Saturday at the Pictou Academy Gym – the cost is $25 for preschool children, and $50 for kids 5-13 years old.

There will be a welcome home celebration for Olympian Lisa Haley by the town of Westville, at the town hall gym April 9th at 7pm. Lisa is originally from Westville & was assistant coach of Canada's Gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Games. She will have her Olympic jersey, medal and hockey cards. Businesses are being encouraged to change billboards and fly Canadian Flags to help welcome her home. Everyone's invited to attend, with a special invite for minor hockey players in the community.

The MacGregor Kinsmen AAA Midgets spring training begins tomorrow 2-4 pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex with registration a half-hour prior. There are still have a few openings available to all Midget and bantam aged players. All players require indoor shoes, workout clothing and water. Cost per session is $10.  For further information please contact Scott Fisher at macgregormidgets@gmail.com or by call 396 6028.

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting April 10th from 7pm – 8pm and April 17th from 7pm – 8pm..after these 2 tryouts, the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starts April 20th from 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. Traditional registration sessions are:
Thursday April 3rd 6:00-8:00 pm, Pictou County Wellness Centre
Saturday April 12th 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex
The club is also making some other positive changes in the 2014 season including eliminating jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

You can find all these details in our sports round-up at ecfm.ca. If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



THREE SCHOOLS SECURED IN TWO INCIDENTS IN KINGS COUNTY
Friday 4th April 2014
Three schools in Kings County were placed under “hold and secure” orders today in relation to what appear to be two separate incidents. Hold and secure is similar to a lockdown, with the exception being that activities within the school go on as normal while access into and out of the building is restricted. Around 11:00 this morning a student at West Kings District High received a threatening text from a person who was not on school property, but wasarrested about twenty minutes later. Over the lunch hour, schools in Kentville and Canning were made aware of a threat related to a Facebook post referencing the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. The person responsible for that post was in police custody within ten minutes. RCMP confirm the two incidents do not appear to be related.


LOCAL TALENT UP FOR AWARDS AT THE EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS THIS WEEKEND
Friday 4th April 2014
Several artists with ties to our area are up for East Coast Music Awards when the awards roll out in Charlottetown this weekend .  Pictou County native Dave Gunning is up for four: Entertainer, video & solo recording of the year as well as songwriter of the year for “These Hands”. The Trews from Antigonish have two nominations including Rock Recording of the year for “Thank you and I’m Sorry”, and Kim Wempe is nominated for two awards including pop recording of the year for “Coalition”. Other nominated artists with local connections include George Canyon, Maxim Cormier and Mary Jane Lamond.  The-first-five-awards-have been announced, and Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys  have been named the Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year for Pickin N Clickin. The PEI group toured the United Kingdom three times last year, including performing on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival. In industry nominations, Glasgow Square Theatre in New Glasgow is in the running for venue of the year.


TRAFFICKING CHARGES LAID AFTER RESIDENTIAL SEARCH IN TRENTON
Friday 4th April 2014
New Glasgow Regional Police say charges are pending against one adult male following a residential search in Trenton yesterday. Assisted by the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit , NG Police arrested a 46-six-year old man without incident and seized a quantity of prescription pills. The accused was released until he appears in Pictou Provincial court on July 28th. He faces charges of possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act – the investigation is ongoing.


WOMAN INJURED AND MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING CAR COLLISION WITH POWER POLE IN NEW GLASGOW
Friday 4th April 2014
At approximately 8:00pm last evening (Thursday) New Glasgow Regional Police responded to the report of a motor vehicle striking a power pole on Grandville Street. The New Glasgow Fire Department assisted EHS at the scene and used the Jaws of Life to remove an injured 22-year-old female from Pictou County who was transported to the Aberdeen Hospital with multiple injuries. The driver of the vehicle, a 22-Year-old male from Stellarton – has been charged for Failing the Breathalyzer and Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle causing Bodily Harm and will be appearing in Court at a later date. NS Power attended the scene to repair the damaged pole.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 4
Friday 4th April 2014

For the second consecutive night, the Crushers were on the wrong end of a lopsided score in MHL playoff action. Last night in Truro, the Bearcats took a 2-0 series lead with a 7-2 win over the Crushers. Penalties continue to haunt the Crushers, as the Bearcats scored two power play goals on ten opportunities, while the Crushers were on the power play just three times. Tempers ended up boiling over late in the third period, when Mitchell Shewfelt took a major penalty for charging when he ran over the Bearcat goaltender, creating a melee. The Crushers will have a little time to cool off, but not much, as game three of the series goes Saturday night in Truro. You can hear that game right here on East Coast FM, as Michael Petter will have the call starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Weeks Major Midgets started off on a winning note at the 2014 Atlantic Regional Championship last night at the Pictou County Wellness Center with a 4-3 come from behind victory. The Weeks got the game winning goal in the final minute to defeat the Kensington Wild, after being down 3-1 5 minutes into the third period. The Weeks, Halifax MacDonalds, and Saint John Vitos are all 1-0 after day one, with Halifax also beating Kensington 3-1 in the tournament opener, before Saint John beat Central Nfld 6-4. Round robin action continues today with the first game set for 10am between Saint John and Halifax. The Weeks play at 1:30 against Central Nfld, and again at 8pm against Halifax.

Shout out to the Pictou County Mariners who are heading to the CARI Complex of UPEI this weekend to compete in a three session, 80 event swim meet. Good Luck Mariners, We are sure you will represent the county with well with good Sportsmanship and Fast Swimming!

There will be a welcome home celebration for Olympian Lisa Haley by the town of Westville, at the town hall gym April 9th at 7pm. Lisa is originally from Westville & was assistant coach of Canada's Gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Games. She will have her Olympic jersey, medal and hockey cards. Businesses are being encouraged to change billboards and fly Canadian Flags to help welcome her home. Everyone's invited to attend, with a special invite for minor hockey players in the community.

The MacGregor Kinsmen AAA Midgets will once again be holding spring training Sunday 2-4 pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex. We still have a few openings available. This is open to all Midget and bantam aged players. If you have not yet registered you can do so between 1:30 and 2pm on Sunday at the soccer complex. All players require indoor shoes, workout clothing and (very important) water. Cost per session is $10.  For further information please contact Scott Fisher at macgregormidgets@gmail.com or by calling 902 396 6028.

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting April 10th from 7pm – 8pm and April 17th from 7pm – 8pm..after these 2 tryouts they will continue on with the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starting April 20th from 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Pictou Soccer Club Registration will be Saturday at the Pictou Academy Gym – the cost is $25 for preschool children, and $50 for kids 5-13 years old.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. Traditional registration sessions are:
Thursday April 3rd 6:00-8:00 pm, Pictou County Wellness Centre
Saturday April 12th 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex
The club is also making some other positive changes in the 2014 season including eliminating jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



ESSENTIAL SERVICES LEGISLATION PASSES: APPLIES TO ALL HEALTH CARE SECTOR UNIONS
Friday 4th April 2014
The Liberal government has passed essential services legislation despite outcry from nurses who say it takes away their right to strike. The move comes after about 2,400 unionized nurses in the Halifax area hit the picket lines Thursday. Union president Joan Jessome says the nurses will comply with the legislation and end their strike. The law requires unions and employers throughout the health-care sector to have an essential services agreement in place before job action can occur. If such a deal can't be reached, an independent third party decides. It applies to nurses, paramedics, ambulance dispatchers, hospital employees and people who work in homes for seniors, youth and people with disabilities.


COBEQUID PASS SECTION TO CLOSE THIS MORNING FOR ACCIDENT MEASUREMENTS
Friday 4th April 2014
An eastbound section of the Cobequid Pass will be closed for about two hours this morning. Traffic will be detoured at Exit 7 for Thomson Station, onto Trunk 4 through Folly Mountain beginning at 10:30 a.m. RCMP are planning to take follow-up measurements to help in the investigation of a collision that killed a six-year-old girl. A tractor-trailer collided with an eastbound van that was towing a utility trailer during icy conditions Monday night around 6 p.m. on Highway 104 in the Westchester area. Three other people in the van were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries, while the driver of the truck was not injured.


BUDGET REACTION
Friday 4th April 2014
The opposition parties say the Liberal government's first budget does little but sink the province further in debt, while robbing some students of needed support. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says the budget - which has nearly 80 million dollars in new program spending - has driven the debt up even higher. N-D-P Leader Maureen MacDonald says the budget is lacking in big ideas and is - quote - kind of dull. MacDonald says she's not happy the government eliminated the graduate retention rebate, which gave grads a maximum annual tax credit of 25-hundred dollars. Finance Minister Diana Whalen is forecasting a shortfall in 2014-15 of 279 million dollars. The government will spend 9.9 billion dollars in the next fiscal year. That includes a 455-million-dollar increase in spending. There is an increase in the education budget over a four-year period, with 7.2 million dollars to help cap class sizes at 20 students from Primary to Grade 2.


BIG DROP AT THE PUMPS
Friday 4th April 2014
Gas has gone down again this week. The price of a litre of regular self-serve is down another penny to $1.346. Diesel has tumbled six cents to $1.38 per litre.


MATH CURRICULUM CHANGES KEEP FOCUS ON MENTAL MATH
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Students in some grades across the province have been introduced to a new math curriculum starting this past September, with the changes to come to the rest of the P-12 system in coming years. The Nova Scotia Math Curriculum is derived from the Western and Northern Canadian Mathematics Protocol, which has been in place in the four western provinces and the territories since the late 1990's. This curriculum has come under fire in recent years in those jurisdictions for getting away from the “basics” of mathematics teaching, however proponents say the curriculum allows for a more varied approach, thus reaching more students with the key concepts. Robin Harris, a Mathematics Support Consultant with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for the Province of Nova Scotia, says mental math is still key in the curriculum. Harris says knowledge of those basic math facts is essential as a building block for further development of math skills.


E-CIG SELLER VOWS TO FIGHT REGULATION
Thursday 3rd April 2014
A local e-cigarette merchant is stepping up her fight with the provincial government. Shai Connors of The End Vapor Shop has begun a petition at her store to stop the proposed regulation of electronic cigarettes under the Tobacco Act. Connors is collecting signatures and testimonials from customers to show that using e-cigarettes, either with or without nicotine, is a safer alternative to smoking. Connors says her products are proving so popular she's working on setting up a second location in Truro. The proposed legislation is set to be introduced in the house next month.


MOOSE HUNT APPLICATION SEASON BEGINS
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Potential moose hunters have until midnight May 31 to apply for a licence. The Natural Resources Department says applications can be done over the phone, online or by mail. The draw will be June 25th. Moose hunting can only be done in Victoria and Inverness counties at certain times of the year. Last year, almost 11 thousand people applied for 345 moose licences.


NFLD FERRIES MAKING SLOW PROGRESS *SECOND UPDATE*
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Marine Atlantic says an icebreaker is on its way after two ferries carrying hundreds of passengers have been slowed by extreme ice conditions since last night in the Cabot Strait. The M-V Blue Puttees is on its way to North Sydney in Nova Scotia and has about 350 passengers on board. The M-V Highlanders en route to Port aux Basques in Newfoundland and Labrador is carrying about 450 people. Marine Atlantic spokesman Darrell Mercer says the Highlanders managed to move free of ice this morning and is making progress. But the Blue Puttees sits in the thickest ice about six kilometres from North Sydney. Mercer says the Blue Puttees managed to move a few kilometres this morning before it became trapped. Marine Atlantic expects a coast guard icebeaker to arrive in the area tonight. In the meantime, Mercer says another ferry leaving North Sydney will try to free a path for the Blue Puttees during its trip to Port aux Basques. Passengers have been on the ferry for more than 24 hours but Mercer says it has an ample supply of fuel and food.


NURSES IN HFX OFF THE JOB: ESSENTIAL SERVICES BILL EXPECTED TO PASS TOMORROW
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Nurses in Halifax walked off the job today as the Nova Scotia government prepared to push a law through the legislature to end the strike. The strike affects services at a handful of hospitals and health centres in the city, but its impact has already been felt across the Maritimes. The hospitals provide medical treatment to people in the three Maritime provinces and some patients have already been transferred to other health districts in the region. Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, says she expects the strike to last about 30 hours. A few hundred of the 2,400 nurses represented by the union staged a wildcat walkout Tuesday that forced the cancellation of dozens of surgeries. They were protesting against an essential services bill introduced by the province's Liberal government, which would end the strike when it is passed by the legislature in a vote that's expected Friday.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 3 *UPDATED*
Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have dug themselves a bit of a hole after losing the opener of the Eastlink Division Final Series against the Truro Bearcats 6-2 on home ice. The next two games of this series will be in the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro, where the Crushers won once in three meetings during the regular season. Jordan McNaughton led the Bearcats with three points, all assists, as six different players scored for Truro, while Mitchell Deruelle and Regan Spears answered for the Crushers. You can listen to Game 2 right here on East Coast FM. Michael Petter broadcasts from Truro starting with the pregame show at 6:45 tonight.

The Weeks Major Midgets host the Atlantic Major Midget Hockey Championships at the Wellness Centre beginning today. The team hasn't played a match since falling 4-2 in their first-round playoff series with the Newbridge Gladiators several weeks ago. Tonight the Weeks host the Kensington Wild after the opening ceremonies, which begin at 7:30 p.m. In their only meeting this season the Wild won 5-2 at the Monctonian Nov. 14. The loss came in the midst of a 13-game losing skid for Weeks, which ended just a week later. Since then the team turned things around winning nine of their 14 remaining regular season games. The tournament continues through Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Centre.

Shout out to the Pictou County Mariners who are heading to the CARI Complex of UPEI this weekend to compete in a three session, 80 event swim meet. Good Luck Mariners, We are sure you will represent the county with well with good Sportsmanship and Fast Swimming!

There will be a welcome home celebration for Olympian Lisa Haley by the town of Westville, at the town hall gym April 9th at 7pm. Lisa is originally from Westville & was assistant coach of Canada's Gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Games. She will have her Olympic jersey, medal and hockey cards. Businesses are being encouraged to change billboards and fly Canadian Flags to help welcome her home. Everyone's invited to attend, with a special invite for minor hockey players in the community.

The MacGregor Kinsmen AAA Midgets will once again be holding spring training this coming Sunday 2-4 pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex. We still have a few openings available. This is open to all Midget and bantam aged players. If you have not yet registered you can do so between 1:30 and 2pm on Sunday at the soccer complex. All players require indoor shoes, workout clothing and (very important) water. Cost per session is $10.  For further information please contact Scott Fisher at macgregormidgets@gmail.com or by calling 902 396 6028.

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting April 10th from 7pm – 8pm and April 17th from 7pm – 8pm..after these 2 tryouts they will continue on with the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starting April 20th from 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

Pictou Soccer Club Registration will be Saturday at the Pictou Academy Gym – the cost is $25 for preschool children, and $50 for kids 5-13 years old.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. You can also register online at www.nnusc.com. Traditional registration sessions are:
Thursday April 3rd 6:00-8:00 pm, Pictou County Wellness Centre
Saturday April 12th 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex
The club is also making some other positive changes in the 2014 season including eliminating jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



MOTION TO CLEAN UP BOAT HARBOUR TABLED
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane made an attempt to call the Liberal Party to task with regards to the state of Boat Harbour during Wednesday's session of the spring sitting of the Legislature. MacFarlane introduced a resolution demanding that the Liberal Government begin the process of cleaning up Boat Harbour, and asked for the resolution to be voted on immediately without the need for notice or debate However, the waiver of notice or debate was not granted.


LAID-OFF MICHELIN WORKERS TOUR BRIDGEWATER PLANT
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
The welcome wagon was laid out to laid-off Michelin workers who are considering taking their jobs South and West. District of Lunenburg Mayor Don Downe and Dan Hennessey, president of the Bridgewater Area Chamber of Commerce, met with several of the affected employees as they visited the Michelin facility in Bridgewater on Tuesday. Michelin is cutting 500 jobs from its Granton plant by June of next year. Michelin is offering the workers the chance to take jobs at its plants in Bridgewater, which has 1,200 employees, and Waterville, Kings County, which has 1,250 workers. Michelin won’t know until later this month exactly how many will be moving. The Bridgewater plant makes radial car and light-truck tires, while the Waterville plant produces commercial truck and earthmover tires.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 2
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
The Crushers took advantage of the storm delay to get in some more practice yesterday, so they'll be ready as their division final begins against Truro tonight at the Wellness Centre. Games 2 and 3 will be played in Truro tomorrow and Saturday. All games during the series will start at 7pm, and the away games will be broadcast live with Michael Petter right here on East Coast FM.

The Senior Coed Spring Soccer tournament is Saturday at the Sobeys Sports Indoor complex. The one-day tournament is open to males & females 19 years and over. To register contact Shawn George at georgeshawn@hotmail.com.

The Stellarton Albions Peewee AA baseball team will be holding their tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton starting Apr10th from 7pm – 8pm and Apr17th from 7pm – 8pm..after these 2 tryouts they will continue on with the Stellarton Minor ball schedule starting Apr20th at 6pm – 7pm. Batting cages and pitching machines will be included. The full schedule can be seen on the Sobeys Complex calendar. Each player is asked to bring $20 to cover the first 2 tryouts. The team will be finalized by mid May to prepare for their first tournament in Sydney in June.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. NNSC will also be offering online registration this season for the first time. Traditional registration sessions are planned for:
Thursday April 3rd 6:00-8:00 pm, Pictou County Wellness Centre
Saturday April 12th 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex
The club is also making some other positive changes in the 2014 season including eliminating jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

A coaching workshop is scheduled for the Pictou County Wellness Center this coming weekend. Hockey Nova Scotia's High Performance Program coaches workshop will be this Saturday, April 5. The clinic will focus on long term player development, effective practices and player evaluation. The event is free and open to all coaches looking to hone their skills. For more information, including how to register, go to hockeynovascotia.ca.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233. All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



ABERDEEN HOSPITAL PREPARES FOR POSSIBLE HFX NURSE STRIKE
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
If there is a strike by nurses in Halifax, the Pictou County Health Authority will be ready. Vice President of medical affairs Dr. Nicole Boutilier says that Aberdeen Hospital will house local patients who will be called back from Halifax hospitals to ease the strain on resources there. But to free up the beds and staff that may be needed, all elective inpatient surgeries are being canceled for the time being. Aberdeen will also act as a transfer station for incoming orthopedic traumas. Health boards around the province are making similar plans in case of a strike.
Nurses in Halifax have been ordered to go to work after some of them refused to in defiance of proposed essential services legislation. The Nova Scotia Labour Board issued a cease-and-desist order after some nurses did not report for their shifts yesterday. Union president Joan Jessome says the union advised its members to obey the order. She says the nurses will still be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a-m Thursday. Jessome says plans are for the membership to walk out, but she says the strike could be brief depending on how long it will take essential services legislation to make it through the legislature. Government house leader Michel Samson says the legislation likely won't pass until Friday. Jessome says to ensure safety, picket lines won't be in place until the 7 a-m shift change.


NO PLANS TO MAKE UP FOR MISSED SCHOOL DAYS
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Despite almost a dozen storm days this winter, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has no plans to extend the school year. Debbie Buott-Matheson says there is no 'magic number' of missed days that determine if time will be made up, and is confident that the curriculum will be covered in what remains of the school year.


NSP SAYS NO INCREASE IN RATES FOR 2015
Tuesday 1st April 2014
Nova Scotia Power says it is not looking for more from its customers to cover a fuel rate increase, as the company doesn't plan to file an application for higher electricity rates in 2015. The utility was granted a three per cent rate increase in 2013, and another three per cent increase at the beginning of this year. It has said the rate increases would add about $3.50 per month to the average household power bill in each year. President Bob Hanf says a two-year plan to stabilize rates passed by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has led the company to reduce its operating costs.


BB KING TO PLAY MONCTON
Tuesday 1st April 2014
The King of the Blues is coming to the Maritimes. BB King will be playing Moncton this summer, with a show scheduled for the Casino New Brunswick Entertainment Centre on July 8. Tickets for the all ages show will go on sale this Friday.


WESTVILLE & TRENTON REACT TO REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP NEWS
Tuesday 1st April 2014
Last Friday's announcement of a partnership between Pictou County and the towns of Pictou & New Glasgow following the province pulling out of the proposed governance study was met with a round of indifference by the other municipal units. The topic merited very little discussion at last night's meeting of Westville town council. Mayor Roger McKay said that council would consider its options when deputy mayor Lennie White returns next week from holidays. In a statement, Trenton mayor Glen MacKinnon says that while their town is disappointed that they were left out of the discussions, Trenton will continue to work to move Pictou County forward, and already has agreements in place to share services with the other municipalities.


CLAIRTONE BUILDING SOLD TO GROW-OP COMPANY
Tuesday 1st April 2014
The sale of a building in Stellarton to a group intending to start a medicinal marijuana growing business has closed after Town Council approved the sale during a special meeting Monday night. The only item on the agenda was the formal closing of the sale of the building on Acadia Avenue to Vida Cannabis Canada Limited. Vida still needs to complete the process of getting approval from Health Canada to certify their operation. Councilor George Megeney says the business could help replace some of the jobs lost at Michelin in Granton, with the potential for up to 300 employees. The closing price for the sale was 500-thousand dollars.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 1
Tuesday 1st April 2014
The schedule is set for the Eastlink Division Final series between the Pictou County Junior A Weeks Crushers and the Truro Bearcats. It starts tonight in Truro, with game 2 at the Wellness Centre on Wednesday. Game 3 is back in Truro Saturday night. Game 4 is at the Wellness Centre on Sunday. If needed, game 5 will be next Tuesday in Truro, game 6 is at home on Thursday the 10th, and if there's a game 7, that will be in Truro on Monday the 14th. All games start at 7pm, and the away games will be broadcast live with Michael Petter right here on East Coast FM.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects are provincial bronze medalists following this weekend during the Nova Scotia Provincials in Pictou. The Selects lost 2-1 to Antigonish in the first game and tied Halifax 2-2 in the second matchup. Yarmouth defeated the Selects 5-1 Saturday morning but the Pictou County girls rebounded with a 1-0 against Cape Breton West in the afternoon to put them into the medal ceremony. Yarmouth defeated Antigonish in the championship game 1-0 to take the Bantam A provincial title. Thea Waller of Pictou was named the most sportsmanlike player of the provincial tournament while Keirstan MacLennan of Blue Mountain received the top defenceman award.

The Pictou County Pee Wee AA Subway Selects won the South Conference Female Hockey Federation Championship on Sunday at the St. Margaret’s Centre with a 4-2 win over the TASA/Chebucto Ducks. The Selects played a solid game from start to finish, taking an early 2-0 lead on goals by Lindsey MacDonald, unassisted, and Eva Wornell, with MacKenzie Ells getting the helper. TASA got within one goal, but KJ Emery answered back within seconds to make it 3-1, assisted by Garyn Purvis and Jenna Hickey. Emery then got her second goal of the game, with a helper from Hickey, to make the score 4-1. TASA got one more, but the Selects were able to hold them off to get the 4-2 win. Goaltender Victoria Dunn made several key saves late in the game to maintain the two-goal lead, with her team playing well defensively in front of her. All three forward lines scored during the game. The Selects played a single round-robin against four of the league teams with the top two advancing to the league championship. Pictou County’s record was three wins and one loss in the round robin, to finish tied with TASA as each team had six points apiece. The local girls beat the Dartmouth Whalers 3-1, were victorious over the Bedford Blues 3-1 and won against the Halifax Hawks 5-3. Their only loss was a 4-2 decision for the Ducks, who won the provincial championship last weekend. The Selects won the bronze medals at provincials.

The Senior Coed Spring Soccer tournament is this Saturday at the Sobeys Sports Indoor complex. The one-day tournament is open to males & females 19 years and over. To register contact Shawn George at georgeshawn@hotmail.com.

Early-bird registration is being offered for those looking to sign up to join the Northern Nova Soccer Club this season, and will be in effect until April 30. NNSC will also be offering online registration this season for the first time. Traditional registration sessions are planned for:
Thursday April 3rd 6:00-8:00 pm, Pictou County Wellness Centre
Saturday April 12th 10:00-12 noon, William M. Sobey Sports Complex
The club is also making some other positive changes in the 2014 season including eliminating jersey deposits for mini and recreational programming. Jersey deposits are still required for Tier 2 players, and are payable by post-dated cheques only.

All bantam aged kids for the 2014-15 season are welcome to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers identification camp April 22-24. There will be a brief parent meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on the first night at the Wellness Centre, prior to the ice session. The cost for the camp, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. on April 22-23 and 7:30-9 on April 24, is $50. The four and a half hours on ice will involve high tempo practices and inter-squad games.

A coaching workshop is scheduled for the Pictou County Wellness Center this coming weekend. Hockey Nova Scotia's High Performance Program coaches workshop will be Saturday, April 5. The clinic will focus on long term player development, effective practices and player evaluation. The event is free and open to all coaches looking to hone their skills. For more information, including how to register, go to hockeynovascotia.ca.

Attention hockey players! Looking to stay in shape over the off season? Up-tempo shinny hockey is available a couple evenings a week at the Wellness Centre. Definitely not for beginners, ideal for junior players. For more info or to get on the list, call or text Chris at 902-754-0233.

LEVEL 1 AND 2 BASEBALL NOVA SCOTIA UMPIRES DIVISION CLINIC will take place in Westville in the gym at the Town Office Building on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30am with the clinic starting at 9am. The cost is $60 and includes BNSUD membership, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or returning Level 1 or 2 umpires intending to umpire in the Pictou County Region this year must attend. For more information, and to pre-register, contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or call 752-6575 after 6pm or 752-8371 ext. 8027 during the day.

On May 10 the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA’s will be hosting a high level skills clinic presented by the Eastern Baseball Academy . This clinic will run from 1-4 pm and is open to all interested midget and bantam aged players. As spaces are limited contact Scott Fisher at 396 6028 or macgregormidgets@gmail.com  Cost of the clinic is $25 per player. Note: location will be the William M. Sobey indoor soccer complex in Stellarton.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



SOME HFX NURSES STAYING HOME TODAY TO PROTEST ESSENTIAL SERVICE LEGISLATION
Tuesday 1st April 2014
Nurses are meeting in Halifax to discuss the next move in their labour dispute after the province introduced essential services legislation. The legislation would require unions and employers throughout the health-care sector to have an essential services agreement in place before job action can occur. Members of the legislature debated the Essential Health and Community Services Act throughout the night after it was introduced late Monday. The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union filed strike notice hours before the legislation was introduced. The 2,400 nurses represented by the union will be in a legal strike position as of Thursday. But union president Joan Jessome says some nurses have indicated they will not go to work today.


WESTVILLE APPOINTS NEW FIRE INSPECTOR
Tuesday 1st April 2014
The town of Westville has a new Fire Inspector. At last night's meeting, town council appointed Zac Van Rossum to the job. Van Rossum is a building inspector with the town, but will be taking training to learn the necessary skills for the new position.


WESTVILLE SEEKS MEETING WITH PREMIER OVER HIGHLAND CLOSURE
Tuesday 1st April 2014
Westville is continuing the fight to preserve Highland Consolidated School. At last night's meeting, council noted they have written a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil requesting both a meeting with him, and an inquiry into the process that led to the School Board's decision to close the school.


COUNTY DEBATES NEW WIND FARM REGULATIONS
Tuesday 1st April 2014
There were more questions than answers about the future of wind farms in Pictou County when the Planning Advisory Committee of the Municipality met last night. The committee is considering a request from local residents that claim various negative effects from living in close proximity of wind turbines. They are calling for a municipal bylaw amendment that would see the set-back of turbines from residential dwellings increased from 600 metres to 1500. After some discussion, a motion was made to recommend to Municipal Council an increase to 1000 metres. However, silence met the call for a seconder to the motion. Eventually, Councillor Deborah Wadden said she would second the motion, with the stipulation that it be known it did not have her support. Wadden questioned the benefits the extra buffer would bring, and other Councillors requested additional information including a map of all wind farms in the County as well as a map of current power transmission lines. The question was also raised as to what the other municipalities in the province are deciding on the same issue. Finally a motion was passed to table the motion until the next meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee, to be held as soon as possible after the information sought is shared to committee members.