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Showing news for the month of September , 2018
 
SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND LOSE POWER IN OTTAWA AND GATINEAU AREA TORNADOES
Saturday 22nd September 2018
There have been several hundred thousand people without electricity in southern Quebec and the Ottawa area this weekend, where it appears several tornadoes touched down Friday. At least 5 people had to be hospitalized, with 2 of those people listed in critical condition. Videos and images show toppled trees, roofs ripped apart and streets littered with debris. One video shows people rescuing a Beagle that had been trapped under rubble. Environment and Climate Change Canada is confirming the tornadoes first touched down near Dunrobin, Ontario, causing "pretty significant" damage before heading across the Ottawa River. The City of Ottawa says there are several locations within its borders with tornado damage. Witness Matthew Bowen says "The devastation is unreal," . He says approximately 10 houses and an entire mini-mall in the area near his family's restaurant in Dunrobin have been destroyed. That tornado made it as far as the outskirts of Gatineau, across the river and nearly 40 km away -- overturning some cars along the way. Environment Canada has dispatched teams from Montreal to survey the damage. Early estimates suggest that the tornadoes will be classified as an EF-2, with winds coming close to 200 km/h.
 
TRY-OUTS FOR SUBWAY STINGERS, WESTVILLE GENTLEMEN'S HOCKEY SIGN-UPS AND NEW GLASGOW CAN-SKATE INFORMATION
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Anyone 35 and over interested in playing hockey in the Westville Gentlemens Hockey League, please contact Mike - text or call 902-456-8795.

Tryouts for next year's Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team gets underway tomorrow for the first day of fall. It goes again on September 30th, and October 14th from 6-8 pm at Dorrington Field-1 in Stellarton. Tryouts are open to girls born in 2003 or 2004, and athletes must attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions to be eligible. For further information, contact Lisa White - lisawhite00@outlook.com Those same times apply to the try-outs for the Under-14 team. But they're taking place one field over, on Dorrington Field 2.

Registration for this season's CanSkate program at the Pictou County Wellness Centre will take place this coming week on Monday, Sept 24 and Wednesday, September 26 from 4 to 6pm at the Wellness Centre. This National learn-to- skate program is for all ages and abilities. The program runs from Oct 24th, 2018 through to March 5th of next year. It's held every Wednesday from 4:50pm to 5:30pm. For more information, you can email info@skatemariposaeast.com
 
EMERALD ASH BORING BEETLE FOUND IN NOVA SCOTIA - A FIRST FOR THE PROVINCE
Saturday 22nd September 2018
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has confirmed the presence of an invasive, tree-destroying beetle in Nova Scotia. The CFIA says the finding of the emerald ash borer at a site in Bedford is a first for the province, which is outside the areas currently regulated for the beetle in Canada. The emerald ash borer was also detected in New Brunswick earlier this year after doing significant damage to ash trees in certain areas of Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. The CFIA says more survey work is being done to determine whether the pest has become established in the area where it was found and whether it has spread. Federal scientists say the movement of all ash material including logs, branches, and woodchips, and all species of firewood from the affected site in Bedford is now restricted. Although the emerald ash borer poses no threat to human health, it has already killed millions of ash trees in regulated areas in Canada and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America.
 
PEI MAN CHARGED WITH COCAINE TRAFFICKING IN RURAL PICTOU COUNTY
Saturday 22nd September 2018
33-year-old Shawn Casey Smith of Charlottetown has been arrested at a convenience store in Central West River, Pictou County, where local RCMP also ended up finding a stash of serious drugs. The Islander was arrested on an outstanding warrant after staff reported him acting suspiciously. He was searched during the arrest and police located and seized a large quantity of powder cocaine in Smith's possession. Further investigation revealed that Smith had been involved in a motor vehicle collision earlier last Monday morning in Colchester County. Police obtained a warrant to search the vehicle, and as a result of the items seized, they have now charged Smith with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. He has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on November 5th as that investigation continues.
 
GUNNING AND CORMIER NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL MUSIC AWARD ALONG WITH PEI'S CATHERINE MACLELLAN
Saturday 22nd September 2018
The 14th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards have been announced and there are a couple of local connections. Among the 96 musicians nominated from every province and territory are Pictou County's own Dave Gunning along with his sidekick J-P Cormier. Gunning and Cormier are nominated in the Contemporary Album of the Year category for their hit album known simply as “Two”, which they've showcased at several Pictou County, Truro and Halifax locations since its debut. From PEI, well-known Maritimer Catherine MacLellan is nominated in the Contemporary Singer of the Year category for her albmum, "If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan" – who, as music fans would know, was her famous father for writing “Snowbird,” the top-ten hit that launched Anne Murray's career. Gene MacLellan was also a respected musical performer in his own right, which is the basis for his daughter's album. The Canadian Folk Music Awards take place Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2018 in Calgary.
 
LOCAL SPORTS FOR SATURDAY
Saturday 22nd September 2018
The home opener for the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantam club is slated for Saturday afternoon at 5 as they host Cole Harbour at the Wellness Centre. The Bombers travel to Bedford tomorrow.(Sunday)

The Weeks Junior A Crushers suffered a loss at home Thursday night....and lost again Friday night....5-4 to the South Shore Lumberjacks in Bridgewater. Their next game is in the fish-tank down in Yarmouth where they're hoping to turn things around.

The Weeks Major Midgets are looking for a win on today in Halifax against the McDonalds, then tomorrow (Sunday) they're at the Wellness Centre to host the Cape Breton Tradesmen at Noon.

The Northern Subway Selects are in Bathurst to face the Northern Lightning today and again on Sunday morning. Their home opener is Saturday the 29th.

The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League's year-end tournament continues through Sunday at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The Stellarton Lions Club will be set up with a BBQ Saturday and Sunday (Sept 22 and 23) to cater to the players and fans.
 
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSABILTY PLAN UNVEILED BY MCNEIL LIBERALS
Saturday 22nd September 2018
The provincial government has released a strategy to achieve full wheelchair accessibility in Nova Scotia by 2030. Committees will be established this year to develop standards for education, buildings, streets, sidewalks, and shared spaces, which will be rolled out in 2022 and implemented in the years to follow. The strategy also identifies actions to improve public awareness, build collaboration and increase compliance with existing regulations.  The Accessibility Act was passed in 2017, setting the goal for 2030. Government says it will continue to consult with persons with disabilities, as well as those impacted by these standards and their implementation
 
TREE-DESTROYING BEETLE FOUND IN NOVA SCOTIA
Saturday 22nd September 2018
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has confirmed the presence of an invasive, tree-destroying beetle in Nova Scotia. The CFIA says the finding of the emerald ash borer at a site in Bedford is a first for the province, which is outside the areas currently regulated for the beetle in Canada. The emerald ash borer was also detected in New Brunswick earlier this year after doing significant damage to ash trees in certain areas of Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. The CFIA says more survey work is being done to determine whether the pest has become established in the area where it was found and whether it has spread. Federal scientists say the movement of all ash material including logs, branches, and woodchips, and all species of firewood from the affected site in Bedford is now restricted. Although the emerald ash borer poses no threat to human health, it has already killed millions of ash trees in regulated areas in Canada and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America.
 
COCAINE CHARGES FROM RURAL PICTOU COUNTY
Saturday 22nd September 2018
33-year-old Shawn Casey Smith of Charlottetown has been arrested at a convenience store in Central West River, Pictou County, where local RCMP also ended up finding a stash of serious drugs. The Islander was arrested on an outstanding warrant after staff reported him acting suspiciously. He was searched during the arrest and police located and seized a large quantity of powder cocaine in Smith's possession. Further investigation revealed that Smith had been involved in a motor vehicle collision earlier last Monday morning in Colchester County. Police obtained a warrant to search the vehicle, and as a result of the items seized, they have now charged Smith with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. He has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on November 5th as that investigation continues.
 
WINNING LOTTO MAX TICKET SOLD IN HALIFAX
Saturday 22nd September 2018
If you've been in Halifax buying lottery tickets, here's some good news. Last night's lotto MAX ticket was sold in Halifax and it's worth 333-thousand dollars. Atlantic Lotto is waiting to hear from whoever bought that winning ticket for last night's Lotto MAX. So if you're here in Northern Nova Scotia and bought a lottery ticket in Halifax this week, check your Lotto MAX numbers on their website.
 
FEDS ARE RACKING UP THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR IN LATE FEES AND INTEREST ON PHONE BILLS
Friday 21st September 2018
The federal government has trouble paying its phone bills on time. According to documents tabled in parliament, Ottawa shells out thousands of dollars in late and interest fees for its phone and internet bills each year. The 158-page document presented in the Commons details late fees and interest payments incurred by dozens of government departments, agencies and Crown corporations from Sept. 1, 2016, to when the written question was posed in mid-June of this year. Shared Services Canada alone — the agency responsible for managing IT service delivery across 42 government departments from defence to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency — paid more than $142,000 in late and interest fees the last two years. The charges, which were incurred through accounts with Bell, Telus, Rogers and other unnamed service providers, were also broken down by month. In Shared Services Canada’s case, charges were racked up each month, but the highest late and interest fees were incurred in the months at the end of the fiscal and calendar years. Some agencies not managed by Shared Services Canada, like Parks Canada and the Canadian Grain Commission, only racked up a few dollars in late charges, while others, such as the CBC and Via Rail, paid thousands.
 
AIR PASSENGER ADVOCATE SUING NO-FRILLS AIRLINE OVER BAGGAGE FEES
Friday 21st September 2018
An air passenger rights advocate has filed a regulatory complaint against Swoop Inc. claiming the new low-cost airline is unlawfully charging baggage fees. In a complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency, Gabor Lukacs says the commercial carrier is flouting Canadian law by failing to offer passengers a basic fare that includes a carry-on and a checked bag. The Canada Transportation Act requires domestic airlines to offer a basic fare for travel within the country that has no restrictions with "reasonable baggage.” Karen McIsaac speaks for the Calgary-based airline, and says Swoop provides travellers with "a la carte service" where they pay a low base fare and add on features such as a checked bag for a fee. She says the airline has specifically designed the self-booking website and mobile app to be extremely clear around what is provided in the fare and what you'll pay extra for. But Lukacs, the Halifax-based founder of the independent non-profit organization Air Passenger Rights, is calling the airline's approach "deceptive." According to the airline's website, carry-on luggage is about $35 if paid in advance, $50 if paid at the time of check-in at the airport and $80 at the gate. Swoop was announced by WestJet last September and offers service to Hamilton, Halifax, Edmonton, Abbotsford and Winnipeg, as well as some American destinations.
 
PROVINCE UPDATING ANTI-GAMBLING RULES
Friday 21st September 2018
The provincial Liberals have introduced legislation to modernize a program that helps people gain control of their gambling. The voluntary self-exclusion program allows people to ban themselves from the casinos in Sydney and Halifax. The legislation introduced today will give the authority to update the program to make it more flexible and include forfeiture of prizes, winnings and wagers if a person is under a voluntary ban. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey says the current program has not been updated since 1995 and it needs to adopt a modern, more flexible approach for people who need time away from gambling. There are about 2,100 people enrolled in the program.
 
GAS, DIESEL DOWN
Friday 21st September 2018
A small drop in pump prices this week, as regular self-serve gasoline lost a penny at $1.222 per litre, and diesel fell nearly two cents to $1.259 per litre.
 
HEALTH AUTHORITY REACHES AGREEMENT WITH ADMIN STAFF
Friday 21st September 2018
The provincial Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre have announced collective agreements with their administrative professional bargaining units. Mediator/arbitrator Bill Kaplan released his decision Thursday covering outstanding items from collective bargaining, including hours of work, retention incentive, job security, and increases to current shift and weekend premiums. The employees work in a number of professions, such as administrative assistants, admitting, ward, booking, registration, staffing, buyers, health records technicians, telecommunications operators, medical transcriptionists, program administration officers, stores and scheduling clerks. The Health Authority and IWK say they've gone from ten contracts covering this group of employees, to one each. Except as otherwise noted specifically in the contract or the award, the new collective agreements take effect on November 18th.
 
MORE SENIORS TO GET MUNICIPAL TAX REBATE
Friday 21st September 2018
Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan has tabled changes to the Senior Citizens' Property Tax Rebate Act to will help more low-income seniors access the program. The rebate program provides up to eight-hundred dollars on municipal property taxes paid during the previous tax year. Eligibility criteria is being expanded to allow a rebate to include seniors who move out of their primary residence but have paid the previous year's municipal taxes. MacLellan also tabled administrative amendments to various Service Nova Scotia Acts that streamline processes, clarify and strengthen language and increase enforcement responsibility.
 
OXFORD STUDENTS TO LEARN STATE OF THEIR SCHOOL NEXT WEEK
Friday 21st September 2018
It will be next week before people in Oxford get the results of an engineer's report regarding mortar issues that forced the closure of the Oxford Regional Education Centre. The finished report was delivered Wednesday to government staff who will study the information before the results are shared at a public meeting on Monday in Oxford. Neither Education Minister Zach Churchill nor Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines would disclose the report's findings. Oxford Regional Education Centre was opened in 2010 at a cost of $18 million. Students in Oxford have been relocated to Pugwash while their school is shut down. Churchill said staff are working on a timeline for the school's reopening, which will also be shared at Monday's meeting. Tory Rushton, the recently elected MLA for Cumberland South, said that information can't come soon enough.
 
FEDS TO HELP FUND ANOTHER TIDAL POWER PROJECT
Friday 21st September 2018
Government is not giving up on the idea of producing power using the world's highest tides. Federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced a $29.8 million grant in support of a $117-million project operated by Halagonia Tidal Energy Ltd., amidst a meeting of G7 ministers that has emphasized the importance of renewable energy. Simon De Pietro, director of Irish-based DP Energy, said its Halagonia subsidiary would produce enough energy to power 2,500 homes using a tidal power generation unit tested in the Bay of Fundy. He said the nine megawatt system could combine both floating and submerged turbines to work together, improving efficiency. The project comes amid the uncertain future of the marquee Cape Sharp Tidal venture. An Irish technical team has been working to determine why the rotor on the Cape Sharp turbine isn't turning. Meanwhile, the provincial Department of Energy and Mines has issued a marine renewable energy permit to Black Rock Tidal Power, allowing it to test a 280-kilowatt floating platform for up to six months. The floating platform was installed Tuesday in Grand Passage, between Long Island and Brier Island in Digby County.
 
SPARKS FLY ON PARLIAMENT HILL OVER CHRIS GARNIER FILE
Friday 21st September 2018
Tensions ran high in the House of Commons over Veterans Affairs Canada's decision to pay for Christopher Garnier's PTSD treatment. The Conservatives made Garnier's case a key focus of the day's question period, pressing the Trudeau government to halt payments. Each side of the Commons claimed disgust with the language their political opponents were using, prompting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau early on to say he wouldn't answer Conservative MP John Brassard's question about the case. Trudeau defended the government's support to former service members and their family members who struggle with mental trauma before accusing the Conservatives of trying to "play politics with tragedies." Conservative veterans affairs critic Phil McColeman told reporters outside the Commons that many Canadians were outraged that Christopher Garnier continued to receive Veterans Affairs benefits despite never serving in uniform. A Halifax court heard last month that Garnier was seeing a private psychologist with Veterans Affairs covering the cost, because his father was a veteran who has also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Garnier was convicted in December of murdering 36-year-old Catherine Campbell, and dumping her body in a compost bin. His lawyer has argued Garnier's mental illness was brought on by the murder.
 
PAY BUMP IN STORE FOR RURAL LETTER CARRIERS
Friday 21st September 2018
An arbitrator has released a ruling in a long-standing pay equity dispute at Canada Post that gives rural carriers a hefty pay raise. A spokesman for the Crown agency says a preliminary review of the ruling indicates rural and suburban postal workers could see a 25-per-cent hike in their wages, plus increases in other benefits. Arbitrator Maureen Flynn issued the ruling to Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Thursday after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on their own by an Aug. 30 deadline. The union had argued that Canada Post's 8,000 rural carriers — most of whom are women — were being paid substantially less than their majority-male urban co-workers. The ruling comes as CUPW and the post office continue to negotiate new contracts under a midnight Sept. 25 deadline for a strike or lockout. Canada Post indicated in its second-quarter financial results that settling the pay-equity dispute could cost the corporation upwards of one-quarter billion dollars.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 21
Friday 21st September 2018
The Weeks Junior A Crushers suffered a loss at home, falling 6-3 to the Amherst Ramblers. Jaden Mason has 2 goals for the Crushers, while Aleck Forcier scored the other. Dylan Riley had 2 assists, Barrett Dachyshyn had 3. The Crushers are in Lunenberg to play the Lumberjacks tonight, then it's off to Yarmouth Saturday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are 1-2 after being blanked by Cole Harbour on Wednesday night 3-0. The team is looking for a win on Saturday in Halifax against the McDonalds, then on Sunday they're at the Wellness Centre to host the Cape Breton Tradesmen at Noon.
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The Northern Subway Selects are out of the gate strong in the Female Midget AAA League, with a 14-0 triumph over the Penguins last week in Dartmouth. This weekend the Selects are in Bathurst New Brunswick to face the Northern Lightning on Saturday and Sunday morning. Their home opener is Saturday the 29th.
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The home opener for the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantam club is slated for Saturday afternoon at 5 as they host Cole Harbour at the Wellness Centre. The Bombers travel to Bedford on Sunday.
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The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League's year-end tournament continues through Sunday at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The Stellarton Lions Club will be set up with a BBQ all day Saturday and Sunday to cater with all kinds of goodies.
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Registration is now open for the Highland Soccer Club upcoming fall/winter season for kids ages 11 to 16. Register before September 30th for a $50 savings. Please check the facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.  
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Anyone 35 and over interested in playing hockey in the Westville Gentlemens Hockey League, please contact Mike - text or call 902-456-8795.
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Tryouts for next year's Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team will be Sunday Sept 23rd, September 30th, and October 14th from 6-8 pm at Dorrington Field-1 in Stellarton. Tryouts are open to girls born in 2003 or 2004, and athletes must attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions to be eligible. For further information, contact Lisa White  - lisawhite00@outlook.com 
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Tryouts for next year's Subway Stingers U-14 Rep Team will be Sunday Sept 23rd, September 30th, and October 14th from 6-8 pm at Dorrington Field-2 in Stellarton. Tryouts are open to girls born in 2005 or 2006, and athletes must attend all 3 sessions to be eligible. For further information, contact Stephen Alexander - stephen71alexander@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 for their first win since Dec. 24, 2016.
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MLB
American League
Justin Smoak hit a solo blast to cap off a seven-run ninth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-8.
Oakland 21 L.A. Angels 3
Boston 11 N.Y. Yankees 6
Chicago White Sox 5 Cleveland 4 (11 innings)
Detroit 11 Kansas City 8
National League
N.Y. Mets 5 Washington 4 (12 innings)
Cincinnati 4 Miami 2
Atlanta 8 Philadelphia 3
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NHL Pre-season
Montreal 5 Washington 2
N.Y. Islanders 2 New Jersey 0
Detroit 4 Chicago 2
Dallas 3 Minnesota 1
Edmonton 7 Winnipeg 3
San Jose 7 Anaheim 3
Vancouver 4 Los Angeles(ss) 3 (SO)
Vegas 7 Los Angeles(ss) 2
 
INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER CRITICAL OF MCNEIL GOVERNMENT'S REFUSAL TO COMPLY WITH OFFICIAL REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
Thursday 20th September 2018
The most senior bureaucrat in Stephen McNeil's office blocked the province's Information and Privacy Commissioner from speaking to a cabinet minister's executive assistant. A government document shows it took place during an investigation into Leo Glavine's use of a personal email account to conduct government business. That investigation was launched as part of an appeal of a request for documents by a Global News reporter that was denied by the health department. In July of last year, Marieka Walsh requested "all emails sent or received by then Health Minister Leo Glavine on his personal email account that are related to his mandate as a member of the executive council and/or as health minister." According to Information and Privacy Commissioner Catherine Tully, the department didn't even try to comply with the request. In her 18-page report, Tully writes that “The department conducted no search for records either inside or outside the government system.” She says it's just one more example of why her office needs to have the power to summon witnesses when she hits the brick wall of bureaucracy.
 
SOME WESTVILLE RESIDENTS NOT KEEN ON NEW CELL TOWER
Thursday 20th September 2018
Plans for a new cell phone tower in Westville are running into opposition. Eastlink confirms it's looking at a site near Cowan Street. People in the town are currently circulating a petition against it. Spokesman Clarrie MacKinnon says they're against putting the tower on Town of Westville land or close to residential areas. If it goes ahead, the tower would be about 140 feet high, adhering to federal regulations.
 
FISHERMEN CONCERNED MAINE LOBSTER BEING SENT THROUGH CANADA TO AVOID CHINESE TARIFFS
Thursday 20th September 2018
There are questions circling around the lobster industry about shipping Maine lobster to China and calling it Canadian now that China has slapped a 25 per cent tariff on U.S seafood. That move over the summer effectively closes the fastest-growing market in the world to Maine's lobster industry. Geoff Irvine of the Lobster Council of Canada says there have been indications since then that Maine lobster is coming into Canada and then being sent along to China. Nova Scotia lobster fishers are wondering if that's legal. Irvine's group says it's currently digging into the country-of-origin rules. But their members believe if it comes in as U.S. it has to be sold as American lobster, not Nova Scotian or even Canadian. Irvine says some of his group's live lobster shippers are worried it could erode the Canadian market. It also undercuts the price advantage Canadians currently have in the Chinese lobster market. Veteran seafood industry analyst John Sackton is blaming the Trump administration for initiating his so-called "crazy" trade war which clearly hurts the Maine lobster industry.
 
OXFORD TO PROVIDE UPDATE ON SINKHOLE TONIGHT
Thursday 20th September 2018
The Town of Oxford is holding a sinkhole information session tonight. There hasn't been much change over the past week, but small cracks continue to develop. The town says a request for proposals for geophysical surveys of the land closed yesterday. The meeting will take place at the Oxford Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m. The town says there is limited seating, but, if technology cooperates, they'll try to live stream the event on the Town of Oxford Facebook page.
 
TORIES WANT TOUGHER LOBBYING RULES
Thursday 20th September 2018
The provincial Tories are looking to tighten the rules around lobbying. PC House Leader Chris d’Entremont has introduced amendments to the Lobbyist Registration Act that would require MLAs to avoid being placed in a conflict of interest because of lobbying, report a conflict or alleged conflict to the Commissioner, and prohibit consulting lobbyists from providing advice to a public office holder. It would also give the Conflict of Interest Commissioner the power to conduct investigations and impose penalties where non-compliance is found. These amendments come after former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien visited Nova Scotia in March of last year as an international advisor to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners. A complaint was filed suggesting Chrétien was lobbying for the Sydney container port project. Due to the limited enforcement power of the current Registrar under the Minister for Service Nova Scotia, no formal action could be taken. d’Entremont says amendments like this will make the Liberal government operate with more transparency and honesty.
 
NO SUCCESS IN SEARCH FOR MISSING PEI FISHERMEN
Thursday 20th September 2018
A search off Prince Edward Island's north shore has ended without finding any trace of two fishermen who disappeared after their boat capsized in heavy seas and rain. Maj. Mark Gough of Maritime Forces Atlantic says the 12-metre fishing boat, the Kyla Anne, got into trouble early Tuesday evening. One man on board managed to swim ashore and call for help, prompting a sea, air and ground search. Gough says the search was ended Wednesday evening after more than 33 hours of searching by four vessels and three aircraft, covering approximately 1,200 square nautical miles. Gough says the search had gone on for approximately three times the survivability period for two people in the water without flotation devices. He says the incident has been handed over to the RCMP as a missing persons case.
 
BY-CATCH MONITORING PLANS UPSET NS LOBSTER FISHERMEN
Thursday 20th September 2018
Inshore lobster fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia aren't happy about having to bring along another passenger – an at-sea observer to monitor by-catches, species such as cod and cusk that are inadvertently caught in lobster pots. Some fishermen have snubbed their own associations and banded together to create their own monitoring program. The federal Fisheries Department wants to gauge how much by-catch there is during the lobster season. A small majority of fishermen — 52 per cent — have agreed to join the three-year pilot program developed by the Southwest Lobster Science Society, a creation of the fishermen's associations. It will cost each fishermen $499 per year. Once a season, a technician employed by the society will go aboard with two to three days' advanced notice. About 900 fishermen will use the existing DFO at-sea observer program. Fishermen will pay a private company, working for DFO, to supply an observer. The cost is not known.
 
PHOENIX PAY REPLACEMENTS TO BEGIN TESTING
Thursday 20th September 2018
Testing of prototypes to replace the federal government's troubled Phoenix pay system will begin within weeks. However, Treasury Board President Scott Brison -- the minister in charge of finding a substitute for Phoenix -- says there's no firm deadline for when a new system will be fully launched. Brison hopes to have a better idea by early 2019 about which new pay system the government will use, adding the government doesn't want to repeat the mistakes of the past by launching too early. He says any new system that replaces Phoenix must be fully tested, and people have to be properly trained to operate it first. The Liberals earmarked 16-million dollars in their last budget to search for a replacement for Phoenix. The system has given the wrong pay to more than half of the country's federal workers.
 
TORIES SLAM NEW FEDERAL GUN RULES
Thursday 20th September 2018
Conservatives continued their crusade against Ottawa's 'common sense' firearms legislation Wednesday, tabling an e-petition signed by tens of thousands of Canadians who are calling on Ottawa to abandon Bill C-71. The legislation, introduced by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, includes new provisions to enhance existing background checks for those seeking a firearms licence while demanding that retailers keep a record of all inventories and sales — including sales of non-restricted firearms like shotguns — to help police trace guns used in crimes. If the bill is passed, the RCMP will have to examine an applicant's entire life history for potential red flags before allowing them to pursue a firearms licence. The current standard assesses only the previous five years. Conservative Alberta MP Rachael Harder compared the new record-keeping requirements to a "back door long-gun registry." The Liberals have said this measure simply brings Canada in line with the U.S., where federal law requires that records be kept on every gun sale through federally licensed firearms dealers. Goodale also has said these logs could help law enforcement trace the origins of some crime guns.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 20 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Thursday 20th September 2018
The Weeks Junior A Crushers are at home tonight as they host the Amherst Ramblers at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. They'll be in Lunenberg on Friday, and Yarmouth Saturday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are 1-2 after being blanked by Cole Harbour on Wednesday night 3-0. The team is looking for a win on Saturday in Halifax against the McDonalds, then on Sunday they're at the Wellness Centre to host the Cape Breton Tradesmen at Noon.
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The Northern Subway Selects are out of the gate strong in the Female Midget AAA League, with a 14-0 triumph over the Penguins last week in Dartmouth. This weekend the Selects are in Bathurst New Brunswick to face the Northern Lightning on Saturday and Sunday morning. Their home opener is Saturday the 29th.
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The home opener for the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantam club is slated for Saturday afternoon at 5 as they host Cole Harbour at the Wellness Centre. The Bombers travel to Bedford on Sunday.
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The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League are hosting their year-end tournament through Sunday at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The Stellarton Lions Club will be set up with a BBQ all day Saturday and Sunday to cater with all kinds of goodies.
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Registration is now open for the Highland Soccer Club  upcoming fall/winter season for kids ages 11 to 16.  Register before September 30th for a $50 savings. Please check the facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.  
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Tryouts for next year's Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team will be Sunday Sept 23rd, September 30th, and October 14th from 6-8 pm at Dorrington Field-1 in Stellarton. Tryouts are open to girls born in 2003 or 2004, and athletes must attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions to be eligible. For further information, contact Lisa White  - lisawhite00@outlook.com 
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Tryouts for next year's Subway Stingers U-14 Rep Team will be Sunday Sept 23rd, September 30th, and October 14th from 6-8 pm at Dorrington Field-2 in Stellarton. Tryouts are open to girls born in 2005 or 2006, and athletes must attend all 3 sessions to be eligible. For further information, contact Stephen Alexander - stephen71alexander@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Rookie DJ Stewart hit his first major league home run and the Baltimore Orioles used five pitchers to avoid a three-game sweep by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1.
Minnesota 8 Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 9 Texas 3
N.Y. Yankees 10 Boston 1
Cleveland 4 Chicago White Sox 1
Seattle 9 Houston 0
Oakland 10 L.A. Angels 0
National League
Atlanta 7 St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 4 N.Y. Mets 0
Milwaukee 7 Cincinnati 0
San Diego 8 San Francisco 4
Arizona 9 Chicago Cubs 0
L.A. Dodgers 5 Colorado 2
Interleague
Pittsburgh 2 Kansas City 1
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NHL Pre-season
Boston 3 Calgary(ss) 1
Carolina 6 Tampa Bay 1
Philadelphia 6 N.Y. Rangers 4
Detroit 3 Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
Florida 5 Montreal 2
Toronto 4 Ottawa 1
St. Louis 3 Minnesota 2
Calgary(ss) 4 Vancouver 1
 
VITAL STATS ACT AMENDED TO REMOVE BARRIERS REGARDING GENDER IDENTITY
Wednesday 19th September 2018
Amendments announced today to the Vital Statistics Act introduce "X" as an option for gender identity on the Nova Scotia birth certificate and make the display of the sex field optional. There will still be the option to have M or F on the birth certificate. Shae Morse, a teacher and community advocate, says providing Nova Scotians with additional options to identify themselves or their children removes a significant barrier facing the greater LGBTQ community. Another amendment to the Vital Statistics Act will remove the requirement for anyone 16 years of age and older to get a statement from a professional to change the sex indicator on their birth certificate. Changes were also announced for the Change of Name Act to shorten the time a person born outside of Nova Scotia has to live in the province before they can legally change their name. It is being reduced from one year to three months. All changes are expected to come into effect January 2019.
 
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING PEI FISHERMEN
Wednesday 19th September 2018
Crews are searching for two fishermen missing off the north shore of P.E.I. after their boat capsized in heavy seas and rain. Major Mark Gough of Maritime Forces Atlantic says three aircraft, several fishing boats and three coast guard vessels are involved in the search near Tignish. He says the 12-metre fishing boat, the Kyla Anne, got into trouble at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. One man on board managed to swim ashore and call for help, prompting a search from the air and on the ground by the local RCMP and fire department. Gough says the weather conditions have improved in the area, but it wasn't clear exactly where the boat capsized.
 
NEW TIDAL POWER PROJECT APPROVED
Wednesday 19th September 2018
Another company has received a permit for a tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy. The permit allows Black Rock Tidal Power to test a 280-kilowatt floating platform for up to six months in Grand Passage, between Long Island and Brier Island, Digby County.
 
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES NINE NEW SPECIALISTS FOR THE HEALTH SYSTEM
Wednesday 19th September 2018
The province is funding nine new specialist positions. Health Minister Randy Delorey says adding more specialist physicians to the health-care system will help address needs in certain areas, improve access, and reduce wait times. An internal medicine specialist has been hired for the Northern Zone. Two other positions have also been filled, and the provincial Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre are working to fill the remaining six. The province will invest two-point-eight-million dollars annually to fund the nine positions. Last week, government also announced the addition of 15 new spaces to Dalhousie University's specialist residency program.
 
FREE TABLET PROGRAM SUSPENDED AT LOCAL JAIL
Wednesday 19th September 2018
A pilot program aimed at giving inmates unprecedented access to online communications and entertainment has been suspended at one jail after the tablets were used as weapons and to snoop on fellow prisoners. The so-called Telmate Tablets were introduced at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Centre outside New Glasgow in February 2017 and the Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Yarmouth last October. The devices were supplied to give prisoners the ability to conduct legal research, get drug and alcohol counselling or for continuing education. Similar pilot programs have been rolled out in New Brunswick and Alberta. The problem is some inmates at the New Glasgow jail used the tablets to access the personal information of other prisoners. In one incident, an inmate physically assault a prisoner with a tablet. The program is now on hold while security bugs are fixed and corrections officials say the goal is still to introduce tablets at jails across the province. Guards aren't happy about having the tablets available, saying they have been used as projectiles and thrown at them or other inmates.
 
PREMIER SAYS PROMISE TO GIVE MORE POWERS TO PRIVACY COMMISSIONER WAS "A MISTAKE"
Wednesday 19th September 2018
Premier Stephen McNeil is walking back a promise that originally helped him get elected 5 years ago. At the time, he promised to expand the powers and mandate of the Provincial Privacy Commissioner - granting her order-making power. The premier hasn't followed through on that commitment and now suggests the pledge wasn't an actual election promise. He told reporters at Province House..."I ran on a campaign. " "Was it in my platform? I didn't run on that." McNeil says his position on granting the commissioner greater power and autonomy has changed over the course of his mandate. He says it was a mistake to make that promise, and he wants to prove to people that he's not so stubborn that he can't admit a mistake. The premier says her office is working just fine, but Commissioner Catherine Tully says she the things she recommends need to be made enforceable.
 
15 YEAR SENTENCE FOR CAPE BRETON KILLING
Wednesday 19th September 2018
A Cape Breton man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of an elderly war veteran has been sentenced to 15 prison years in prison, minus time served. Raymond Glenn Farrow admitted to stabbing Harold (Buster) Slaunwhite after an argument inside his home on Brooke Street in Dominion on Sept. 2006. Paramedics found Slaunwhite in a pool of blood in his bedroom and that a knife was found at the scene. An autopsy found that the 82-year-old man died as a result of multiple sharp-force injuries. However, Farrow wasn’t arrested until December 2016, following a 10-year investigation into Slaunwhite’s death by the Cape Breton Regional Police and the RCMP. Farrow was initially charged with first-degree murder, but the 51-year-old man pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter in August. The Crown and defence had recommended a joint sentence of 15 years in prison. There is no minimum sentence for manslaughter in Canada. Life in prison is the maximum penalty.
 
COLESLAW RECALL
Wednesday 19th September 2018
A brand of coleslaw sold across Eastern Canada is being recalled due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The Belleisle Farms brand of Cole Slaw is sold in 227 gram packages with best-before date of Sept. 25 and UPC 0 33383 65260 3. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says anyone who has this product should throw it out or return it to the store where purchased. Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. There are no reported illnesses linked to the coleslaw.
 
NDP "TROUBLED" BY PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN HALIFAX
Wednesday 19th September 2018
The provincial NDP says the emergence of a new private Halifax clinic that aims to reduce the strain on the public health-care system is "deeply troubling." Unified Health bills itself as a "community triage centre" where patients are assessed for a fee by nurse practitioners, not doctors. Unified Health, which opened late last month, says it aims to help "redirect some of the non-emergency traffic that visits the emergency room." In the legislature Tuesday, NDP Leader Gary Burrill suggested the clinic only exists because the province has been unable to fix a chronic doctor shortage. Unified Health calls its clinic on Joseph Howe Drive in Halifax a pilot project, and suggests there will be more locations. Premier Stephen McNeil said Tuesday the province has recruited new family doctors, created new residency positions and taken other measures to provide Nova Scotians with primary health care. As to the NDP's questions about Unified Health, McNeil said he expects all of the institutions providing health care services to follow the Canada Health Act.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 19
Wednesday 19th September 2018
The Pictou County Weeks JR A Crushers have announced their leadership group for the MHL season. Dylan Riley, Barrett Dachyshyn And Jake Martin will be assistant captains this season and Halifax born Jacob Hickey and New Glasgow native Evan MacLennan will be your Weeks Crusher Captains.
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The East Pictou Silver Blades skating club will be holding registration for their Canskate, Prestar and figure skating programs Thursday from 6:30-8pm at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Arena in Thorburn. Canskate is a nationally recognized learn to skate program for anyone aged 3 and up. For more information contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League are hosting their year-end tournament through Sunday at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The Stellarton Lions Club will be set up with a BBQ all day Saturday and Sunday to cater with all kinds of goodies.
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The home opener for the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantam club is slated for Saturday afternoon at 5 as they host Cole Harbour at the Wellness Centre. The Bombers travel to Bedford on Sunday.
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Registration is now open for the Highland Soccer Club  upcoming fall/winter season for kids ages 11 to 16.  Register before September 30th for a $50 savings. Please check the facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.  
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Tryouts for next year's Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team will be Sunday Sept 23rd, September 30th, and October 14th from 6-8 pm at Dorrington Field-1 in Stellarton. Tryouts are open to girls born in 2003 or 2004, and athletes must attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions to be eligible. For further information, contact Lisa White  - lisawhite00@outlook.com 
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Tryouts for next year's Subway Stingers U-14 Rep Team will be Sunday Sept 23rd, September 30th, and October 14th from 6-8 pm at Dorrington Field-2 in Stellarton. Tryouts are open to girls born in 2005 or 2006, and athletes must attend all 3 sessions to be eligible. For further information, contact Stephen Alexander - stephen71alexander@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
The Orioles fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Tuesday night, dropping their 108th game, a new team record for losses.
N.Y. Yankees 3 Boston 2
Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 3
Minnesota 5 Detroit 3
Tampa Bay 4 Texas 0
Houston 7 Seattle 0
L.A. Angels 9 Oakland 7
National League
Philadelphia 5 N.Y. Mets 2
Washington 4 Miami 2
Cincinnati 3 Milwaukee 1
St. Louis 8 Atlanta 1
Chicago Cubs 5 Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 8 Colorado 2
San Francisco 4 San Diego 2
Interleague
Pittsburgh 2 Kansas City 1 (11 innings)
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NHL pre-season
Toronto 4 Ottawa 1
Boston 5 Washington 2
Buffalo 3 Pittsburgh 2
Columbus 4 Chicago 1
Philadelphia 5 N.Y. Islanders 1
Carolina 4 Tampa Bay 1
Dallas 5 St. Louis 3
Vegas 5 Colorado 1
Arizona(ss) 4 Los Angeles(ss) 2
Edmonton 4 Vancouver 2
Arizona(ss) 4 Los Angeles(ss) 3
San Jose 4 Anaheim 1
 
POLICE CONFIRM NEW GLASGOW MAN PERISHED AS A RESULT OF MONDAY'S HIGHWAY CRASH
Tuesday 18th September 2018
RCMP are confirming that the driver of the vehicle that lost control and flipped in the median between the Westville and Pleasant Valley exits along highway 104 early Monday morning has died. The driver was 23 years old and was from here in New Glasgow. The crash kept the Westbound 104 closed until yesterday afternoon as traffic was re-routed around the crash site. RCMP say their investigation into the cause is not yet complete, and they're extending sympathy to the young man's family here in the Pictou County area.
 
PROVINCE WORKING TO PROVIDE WATER TO DRY SOUTHWEST COUNTIES
Tuesday 18th September 2018
The provincial government is helping residents affected by the water shortage in the southwest. The Emergency Management Office has been working with the municipalities of Argyle, Barrington and Yarmouth for several months to make sure residents with dry wells have access to drinking water. EMO is purchasing drinking water for residents, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are providing non-potable water for distribution by local fire departments. Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for the EMO, thanked the municipalities, fire departments and other organizations who have done an excellent job responding to this situation. Two years ago, the province passed legislation that allows municipalities to create a program that pays the costs of drilling or expanding wells upfront.
 
PROVINCE RECEIVES BEST CREDIT RATING EVER: MCNEIL
Tuesday 18th September 2018
The province is tooting its own horn over the fact that it has received its highest-ever credit rating from Standard and Poor's bond-rating agency. The agency cited strong fiscal management as it upgraded the province's long-term credit rating from A-plus to A-A-minus with a stable outlook. In the agency's credit report, it notes that the province is expected to outperform most provinces in the next two years, and that our debt-to-revenue ratio is expected to be the lowest in the country. Premier Stephen McNeil says the upgraded credit rating is another sign that the province is moving in the right direction.
 
TIDAL TURBINE ISN'T GENERATING ANY ELECTRICITY
Tuesday 18th September 2018
More troubles for the Cape Sharp tidal turbine. Irish crews who came to ensure the Minas Passage turbine is complying with environmental rules found that its rotor isn't turning and no power is being generated. The turbine was shut down on July 26, just two days after it was connected to the grid and turned on. The five-storey-tall structure's parent company OpenHydro Group Ltd. filed for liquidation several months ago. Weekly turbine monitoring is required by environmental assessment. But since the liquidation began, that wasn't done for Cape Sharp. All environmental monitoring devices required for regulatory compliance are now working and transferring data to shore.
 
LEARN THE HISTORY OF GREEN HILL & AREA IN PERSON AND ONLINE
Tuesday 18th September 2018
A historical kiosk has been unveiled with a focus on Green Hill, Alma and Sylvester. A group of volunteers spent around 6 years researching the community's history and now the public can visit the site. The kiosk can be found near the Alma Fire Department. The group also has a Facebook page called "Green Hill, Alma and Sylvester History" that allows people to share their own stories and memories about the area. Also on-line, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has created a virtual museum of artifacts helping to recreate a historical tourist attraction at the top of Green Hill. The project helps recreate the experience people had years ago of going to the Green Hill Look Off, climbing the tower and visiting the Pioneers' Museum. The Virtual Museum also tells the story of the area through interviews, photographs, and digitized local history books. Link can be found at parl.ns.ca
 
RCAF FACING HUGE STAFF SHORTAGES
Tuesday 18th September 2018
The Royal Canadian Air Force needs hundreds of pilots, mechanics, sensor operators and other trained personnel in the face of increasing demands to conduct and support military missions. The shortfall was referenced in an internal report recently published by the Department of National Defence, which also flagged underspending on maintenance for bases and other infrastructure, as well as reductions in annual flying times thanks to Conservative-era budget cuts. Some of those issues have started to be addressed by the Liberals through their new defence policy, but the personnel shortage remains an area of critical concern given the need for pilots and others to fly and maintain the military's various aircraft fleets at home and abroad. The current training system means the Air Force can only produce 115 new pilots each year, which commanders have said isn't enough to meet its needs given the number that have left for commercial opportunities in recent years.
 
HOUSE FIRE NEAR LITTLE HARBOUR
Tuesday 18th September 2018
A family of four was displaced by a fire Monday morning that was mostly confined to the basement but caused smoke or water damage elsewhere to their bungalow along the Anderson Mountain Road near Little Harbour. The couple and two sons will be staying with relatives for now and have received help from Canadian Red Cross volunteers with emergency purchases like clothing and food while awaiting a damage assessment and other support through insurance. A woman was the only person home at the time and she escaped unhurt from the fire.
 
WESTVILLE BRUSH FIRE
Tuesday 18th September 2018
Fire crews were dispatched to a brush fire that broke out in Westville late Monday morning, in a spot known locally as 'The Juvey'. One firefighter said it was the second time in the past couple of weeks that a fire broke out in that part of Town.
 
ASSAULT IN LINACY
Tuesday 18th September 2018
Pictou District RCMP are asking anyone who may have witnessed an assault with a weapon at a home in Linacy to contact them. Officers responded to the scene on Merigomish Road around 7 p.m. Sunday and were told an 18-year-old man had been stabbed several times by another unknown man. Police say the suspect had fled the scene in a vehicle driven by a third man, while the victim also left prior to police arrival. The vehicle was located a short time later, and the 23-year-old driver and a 31-year-old passenger were arrested and charged with assault with a weapon. RCMP say the victim was located Monday and verified both that he sustained stab wounds to his upper body and that he was offered medical treatment.
 
YOUTH HEALTH CENTRES COMING TO NS HIGH SCHOOLS
Tuesday 18th September 2018
Four Nova Scotia high schools will pilot a new model for youth health centres. The model will be designed this fall in partnership with students, teachers, administrators, SchoolsPlus staff, youth health centre co-ordinators, and other health and education stakeholders. The pilot will begin in January at Amherst Regional High, Citadel High in Halifax, Glace Bay High and Digby Regional High. Health Minister Randy Delorey says this will make it easier for youth to access services and supports - from mental health and addictions, to physical and sexual health - when and where they need it.
 
AUNT & NEPHEW RESOLVE CHASE THE ACE QUARREL
Tuesday 18th September 2018
The Chase the Ace lawsuit has been settled. Barbara Reddick sued her nephew Tyrone MacInnis after the $1.2 million grand prize of a charity fundraiser in Cape Breton was divided between the two. Reddick says she put MacInnis's name on the ticket for good luck and agreed to split the money if they won the consolation prize, but not the jackpot. An emailed statement from Reddick's lawyer, Adam Rodgers, says the two sides have come to an agreement. It says MacInnis will receive $350,000 and Reddick will receive the rest - $872,639. The statement says both MacInnis and Reddick are looking forward to putting the dispute behind them.
 
ANIMAL CONTROL REFORM BILL ON HOLD
Tuesday 18th September 2018
The McNeil government has temporarily halted a bill it promoted as better protection for family pets and farm animals after intense criticism from dog owners and breeders. More than a dozen people lined up to speak before the legislature's law amendments committee Monday, with most calling the proposed law too far-reaching. The clause most under fire in Bill 27 seems to give SPCA inspectors free rein to show up and inspect kennels and barns without the need for evidence that the animals being cared for are being abused or mistreated. The bill also states that inspectors or peace officers can ask a "person in a private dwelling place to produce any animal on the premises for examination." Dog owner Cindy Baker said the bill would give animal inspectors more power than the police. The SPCA's chief provincial inspector refuted some of the criticism levelled at Bill 27 and tried to ease fears. Jo-Anne Landsburg said her 16 special constables would only act on a complaint and would not simply drop by to inspect a breeding facility or home. She said dog owners would have recourse to plead their case to the animal cruelty appeal board if their animal ever was seized. Law amendments committee member Ben Jessome announced the government would be putting the bill on ice because it needs some time to digest what the committee heard Monday.
 
ONTARIO LIB MP JOINING TORIES
Tuesday 18th September 2018
Ontario MP Leona Alleslev is crossing the floor to join the Conservative party caucus — the first such loss for the governing Liberals since the last election. The floor crossing is a coup for the opposition Tories, who are counting on a breakthrough in suburban Toronto-area ridings like the one held by Alleslev to win them the 2019 federal election. Alleslev explained her shifting loyalties Monday by saying the Liberal party has not adequately addressed some "foundational challenges" facing Canada. She cited the government's handling of the economy, tax reform, foreign affairs and trading relationships, and what she calls inadequate military spending, as the reasons motivating her move. Alleslev narrowly defeated former Conservative MP Costas Menegakis to secure the riding for the Liberals. Historically, about two-thirds of MPs who cross the floor and seek re-election under another party's banner have been successful.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 18
Tuesday 18th September 2018
The East Pictou Silver Blades skating club will be holding registration for their Canskate, Prestar and figure skating programs Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8pm at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Arena in Thorburn. Canskate is a nationally recognized learn to skate program for anyone aged 3 and up. For more information contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League will be hosting their year-end tournament beginning today through Sunday at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The Stellarton Lions Club will be set up with a BBQ all day Saturday and Sunday to cater with all kinds of goodies.
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Registration is now open for the Highland Soccer Club upcoming fall/winter season for kids ages 11 to 16. Register before September 30th for a $50 savings. Please check the facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.  
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Tryouts for next year's Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team will be Sunday Sept 23rd, September 30th, and October 14th from 6-8 pm at Dorrington Field-1 in Stellarton. Tryouts are open to girls born in 2003 or 2004, and athletes must attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions to be eligible. For further information, contact Lisa White  - lisawhite00@outlook.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Khalil Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and the Chicago Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-17 to give coach Matt Nagy his first career victory.
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MLB
American League
The Baltimore Orioles lost their 107th game, tied for most in a season since their arrival in 1954, falling to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0.
Minnesota 6 Detroit 1
Tampa Bay 3 Texas 0
Seattle 4 Houston 1
National League
N.Y. Mets 9 Philadelphia 4
Miami 8 Washington 5
St. Louis 11 Atlanta 6
Milwaukee 8 Cincinnati 0
Chicago Cubs 5 Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 8 Colorado 2
San Francisco 4 San Diego 2
Interleague
Pittsburgh 7 Kansas City 6
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NHL Pre-Season
Nashville(ss) 5 Florida(ss) 0
Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Islanders 1
Buffalo 4 Columbus 1
Nashville(ss) 5 Florida(ss) 3
N.Y. Rangers 4 New Jersey(ss) 3 (OT)
Montreal 3 New Jersey(ss) 1
Winnipeg 2 Minnesota 1
Edmonton 7 Calgary 4
 
SCOTT JONES DOCUMENTARY SCREENING TONIGHT AT ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL
Monday 17th September 2018
Love, Scott is screening at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival tonight in Halifax. The National Film Board documentary explores the violent 2013 attack that left Scott Jones paralyzed. He was beaten, stabbed and his throat cut as he left a bar here in his home town of New Glasgow. Jones says he was targeted because he's gay. 19-year-old Shane Matheson was jailed for 10 years for attempted murder in the months that followed. Part of the documentary explores Jones's frustration over the fact that he says police did not really view it as a hate crime. The film follows Jones as he navigates the aftermath of his attack as he learns to move through life in a wheelchair and explores forgiveness for his attacker. Determined to choose love over fear, the film also explores Jones starting an anti-homophobia campaign called Don’t Be Afraid. The Gala Presentation of LOVE, SCOTT will screen at the film festival in Halifax tonight at 630 at Park Lane Cinemas in Halifax.
 
EMERGENCY SERVICES DAY IN PICTOU ON TUESDAY
Monday 17th September 2018
An exciting day is planned for local students tomorrow as Emergency Services Day takes place for most of the school-day at McCulloch Education Centre in Pictou. Local RCMP Corporal Ron Bryce says it'll be an impressive event as students and their parents are invited to come and talk to police, fire, health, coast guard and ground search & rescue crews, among others. Emergency Services Day will be Tuesday at McCulloch Education Centre in Pictou starting for students at 9:30, and for parents at 1pm.
 
IMPAIRED DRIVERS ARRESTED IN PLYMOUTH
Monday 17th September 2018
Two people were arrested late Friday night after Pictou County District RCMP responded to a complaint of two impaired drivers in a parking lot in Plymouth. Upon arrival, RCMP located open liquor in one of the vehicles. Further investigation determined that both drivers were under the influence of alcohol. A 47-year-old man from Kenzieville was arrested for refusal to provide a breath sample. He also received a summary offence ticket for operating an unregistered vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle, a 31-year-old woman from Abercrombie, was arrested and faces charges for impaired care and control of a motor vehicle and refusal to provide a breath sample. Both drivers will appear in Pictou County Provincial Court November 26.
 
TWO MEN ARRESTED AFTER DEATH THREATS IN DARTMOUTH
Monday 17th September 2018
Two men were arrested in Dartmouth on Sunday after one man threatened to kill a man inside his apartment on Primrose Street. According to Halifax Regional Police, the resident called 911 and reported that two men, one armed with a handgun, entered his apartment and threatened to kill him. The two suspects surrendered around 4 p.m. when they were called out by the emergency response team. Police have executed a search warrant at the apartment where the incident occurred. The two accused, 23 and 29, are both from Dartmouth and were arrested for weapons offences and uttering threats. Police said no one was injured and that they are not looking for additional suspects.
 
KILN FIRE AT BRICK PLANT IN LANTZ BRINGS IN SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS
Monday 17th September 2018
Several fire departments and a special haz-mat team responded to a fire inside a kiln at a brick manufacturing plant in Lantz Saturday night. The kiln, a very hot oven used to make materials such as bricks and pottery, normally has a fire burning inside. The trouble began when oil spilled on parts of the kiln that shouldn't be on fire. Glen Paul, the chief of Lantz Fire and Emergency Services, said crews arrived at Shaw Brick on Highway 2 around 8 p.m. and saw heavy smoke billowing from the building. He said the flames were contained to the kiln, and employees working the night shift were inside the plant at the time but no one was injured. Paul said six departments and about 35 crew members were on scene for about two hours. A special hazardous materials response team was also on hand, but wasn't needed. He says due to extreme heat of the fire, it will be three to four days before they can assess the damage to the kiln.
 
FIRST OF THE ARCTIC PATROL SHIPS HITS THE WATER
Monday 17th September 2018
The ship that will become Canada's first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel met water for the first time Saturday, the first of up to six vessels of its kind being built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax. The future HMCS Harry DeWolf was transitioned onto a submersible barge on Friday, and was towed to its launch site in the Bedford Basin on Saturday. There, the barge will be submerged over the course of many hours, and the vessel will float off before being towed back to the shipyard, where work will continue ahead of its delivery to the Royal Canadian Navy next summer. Colin Darlington, a former Navy commander and the vice-president of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia, says the ship's launch is significant because not only will it be the country's first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, it will also be the first large ship the Canadian Navy will receive in 20 years. The vessels will be tasked with patrolling Canada's waters, including the Arctic, and Darlington says they can also assist in disaster response and government and non-government research. Irving says the vessel is the largest Royal Canadian Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years, at 103 metres long and 6,615 tonnes.
 
NDP LEADER SINGH WILL RUN IN BC BY-ELECTION
Monday 17th September 2018
Federal New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh will run in an upcoming byelection in BC. A crowd cheered as Singh formally announced his nomination for the riding of Burnaby South at an event Saturday. Singh told them he wants to have a strategy that will solve the housing crisis in Vancouver, reduce the cost of prescription medications and fight climate change by focusing on clean energy. Singh announced his intention to run in Burnaby South in early August. The riding was held by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, who gave it up on Friday to run for mayor of Vancouver. If Singh wins the byelection, he has said he will also run in the riding in the general election in 2019. The prime minister must call a byelection within the next six months, but Singh, who noted that he and his wife are currently looking for an apartment in Burnaby, said he wants the date set "as quickly as possible." Singh represented the Toronto-area riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton in Ontario's legislature from 2011 to 2017, and served as the provincial NDP's deputy leader before replacing Tom Mulcair as federal leader last fall.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 17
Monday 17th September 2018
The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards captured the Atlantic PeeWee AA Baseball championship this past weekend in Fredericton. The Blizzards opened the tournament on Friday defeating PEI 11-8 and Newfoundland 17-2. Saturday morning New Glasgow were defeated by the host team 13-3, but quickly rebounded in the second game of the day beating New Brunswick 11-1. With their 3 and 1 record, they were forced to play in Sunday morning's tie breaker against New Brunswick. They once again defeated their opponent in 5 innings by a score of 14-4. With the win the Blizzards advanced to the championship game against the host team and this time they put together a solid team effort winning 7-3. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets split their opening weekend. They lost 4-2 to the Halifax MacDonalds on Saturday night, but rebounded with a 2-1 victory over Cole Harbour Sunday afternoon. Their next game will be in Cole Harbour on Wednesday night.
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Team Canada had another great performance on Lake Banook on the final day of the 2018 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Canoe Sprint Championships. Canada finished the regatta with 33 gold, 19 silver and 6 bronze. Stephen Frodsham finished the regatta strong with another gold medal in Senior Men C-1 200M. Frodsham also struck gold on Thursday in Senior Men C-1 500M. Another double gold medalist at the Championships was Andréanne Langlois who also represented Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Langlois won gold on Friday in Senior K-2 200M with partner, Alanna Bray-Lougheed and again today, winning gold in   Senior K-1 200M. Dartmouth Native and Team Canada canoeist, Hannah MacIntosh secured a bronze medal in a tight C-2 200M race today with her partner Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh.
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The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League will be hosting their year-end tournament Tuesday, September 18th – Sunday, September 23rd at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The Stellarton Lions Club will be set up with a BBQ all day Saturday and Sunday to cater with all kinds of goodies.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects have pared down the roster and are ready to begin defence of their 2018 Provincial and Atlantic Titles. The Selects have added nine new players to their roster to replace those members who graduated last year. The Selects, who play in the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey league, had a season to remember last year, winning the league championship, the Provincial title and Atlantic Championship, earning their way to the Esso Cup National Championship last April. The Selects feel they left something at the table at Nationals and are looking to earn another opportunity this season. The Selects have added some excellent new talent to the roster and are excited to get going. This years Subways will be led by veterans Cassie Clarke, KJ Emery, Mariah Linehan, Ashely Livingston, Ella MacLean, Jenna Reid, Lindsey Smith and Eva Wornell. They have added an excellent core of rookies from across Northern Nova Scotia. Alyssa Fitt, Taylor Long and Abigail MacKenzie from Pictou County join this years team. Colchester County has contributed the likes of Natalie MacKay and Erin Sulliavan. Haley Harrison from Cumberland  County adds some size and depth. Landon Pitts and Tori Macpherson from Antigonish add an offensive punch while Kristen MacNeil from Bridgewater joins the team between the pipes. Coach Craig Clarke is behind the bench this season and feels his team is in a position to be very competitive. The Selects host their home opener on Sept. 29th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Dak Prescott threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin on the third play of the game and the Dallas Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times in a 20-13 victory over the New York Giants.
Indianapolis 21 Washington 9
New Orleans 21 Cleveland 18
Tennessee 20 Houston 17
Miami 20 N.Y. Jets 12
L.A. Chargers 31 Buffalo 20
Atlanta 31 Carolina 24
Tampa Bay 27 Philadelphia 21
Kansas City 42 Pittsburgh 37
Green Bay 29 Minnesota 29 (OT)
L.A. Rams 34 Arizona 0
San Francisco 30 Detroit 27
Jacksonville 31 New England 20
Denver 20 Oakland 19
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MLB
American League
Dellin Betances blew a one-run lead in the eighth inning, sending the New York Yankees stumbling into their final regular season series against baseball's best team with a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Baltimore 8 Chicago White Sox 4
Detroit 6 Cleveland 4
Tampa Bay 5 Oakland 4
Minnesota 9 Kansas City 6
L.A. Angels 4 Seattle 3
National League
Miami 6 Philadelphia 4
Washington 6 Atlanta 4
Pittsburgh 3 Milwaukee 2
Cincinnati 2 Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 3 San Francisco 2
St. Louis 5 L.A. Dodgers 0
Interleague
Boston 4 N.Y. Mets 3
Houston 5 Arizona 4
San Diego 7 Texas 3
 
LOCAL HUNTER SAYS CLEAR CUTTING PROPOSAL IN UPPER VAUGHAN CONCERNING
Sunday 16th September 2018
Clear Cutting is now on the table for a section of Nova Scotia Forrest just east of Highway 14 between Windsor and Chester. Local Hunter Mark Kehoe says this would be a bad idea because he has spotted more than one endangered mainland moose in the area and also has found evidence of an american martin. The martin was thought to have completely disappeared from the area and Kehoe says these animals need the space to live. The proposed clear cutting would encompass around 80 hectares and is licensed by a company called Westfor. Kehoe has been trapping in upper Vaughan for over 30 years and expressed his concern that clear cutting would negatively impact the lives of many living animals. Minister of Lands and Forestry Iain Rankin said the presence of endangered species in the area "possibly could" be grounds for denying WestFor permission to clear cut. The public has until the 26th of September to comment on the clear cutting proposal before the province decides to approve or deny the cutting.
 
HANTS COUNTY MULTIPLE MOTORCYCLE CRASH TAKES ANOTHER LIFE
Sunday 16th September 2018
The September 3rd multiple motorcycle crash in Hants County has now taken another life. The crash that killed an Enfield man has now also taken the life of a 23 year old man from London, Ontario. He succumbed to his injuries after being treated at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. The man had been emergency air lifted to the hospital after the accident involving three motorcycles. The westbound motorcycle was being driven by the Ontario man, and behind him was another motorcycle occupied by two people. The other driver was taken to hospital and his passenger suffered minor injuries.
 
BERNIER SETS UP HIS NEW "PEOPLES PARTY"
Friday 14th September 2018
Maxime Bernier has debuted what he's calling “the People’s Party of Canada,” the federal political party the former Tory MP will be leading. In August, the one-time Conservative Party leadership hopeful defected from the party to form his own more populist, libertarian version. In Ottawa today, Bernier—who is keeping his seat in the House of Commons— launched his new party, and party logo. In French the party is called “Parti Populaire.” Among his political positions: supply management should go; “more diversity” is bad for Canada; and that the case for spending on foreign aid is “extremely weak.” His decision to form his own party came after ongoing tension between him and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Bernier has slammed as a “more moderate” version of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In the last few days, he has taken to social media to encourage what he calls his “Mad Max” supporters to join his new federal party.
 
CRASH LEAVES WOMAN WITH "NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES" IN TRENTON FRIDAY MORNING
Friday 14th September 2018
One woman was transported to hospital Friday morning as New Glasgow Regional Police and their partners wrap up their investigation of a 2-car collision at the corner of Trenton's Main Street and the Trenton Connector. Constable Ken MacDonald tells us the woman's injuries are “non life-threatening.” There's no word yet on whether or not police will be laying charges.
 
HURRICAN FLORENCE POISED TO BRING SERIOUS FLOODING WITH CLOSE TO 200,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER EARLY FRIDAY MORNING
Friday 14th September 2018
Rain, wind and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence swamped the Carolinas early this morning as the massive storm crawled toward the coast, threatening millions of people with record rainfall and punishing surf. Governor Roy Cooper is warning the storm is set to inundate almost all of North Carolina in several feet of water. Weather forecaster Brandon Locklear is predicting up to eight months' worth of rain in the U-S Southeastern Coast over the two or three days. Florence is expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday, and forecasters say its size means it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for nearly a full day.
 
PICTOU DISTRICT RCMP SAY SAFETY NEEDS TO COME FIRST - CELL PHONES CAN PROTECT KIDS FROM STRANGERS
Friday 14th September 2018
RCMP say with the first full week of school ending today, it's time to remind parents, especially with elementary-aged children, how to properly use their phones in a safety or health emergency. Corporal Ron Bryce of the Pictou detachment says names, addresses and proper phone technique are important. Bryce says that means programming numbers into your child's smart phone for the regular police office and teaching them which emergencies mandate a 9-1-1 call. He says children of any age should be taught to run in the opposite direction when they feel a car or adult is following them and never to run into a non-viewable area like an alley or into a wooded area. He says it's best to stay in a wide open field or a lawn.
 
CRUSHERS WIN, JAYS DETAILS AND LOCAL SPORTS FOR FRIDAY
Friday 14th September 2018
The Weeks Junior A Crushers opened the MHL season last night at the Wellness Centre as they hosted the Valley Wildcats and defeated them 2 – 1 with Dylan Riley scoring 47 seconds into overtime.

The Toronto Blue Jays were in action last night and dropped a close one to the powerhouse Red Sox. Credit the bat and legs of Bogaerts for igniting the rally that led the Sox to the go-ahead run in the eighth. Moments after ripping a one-out double to the corner in left, Bogaerts stole third without drawing a throw. He then scored on a dropped pop-up in shallow right. The Final Score, Red Sox 4, Jays 3.

The Weeks Major Midgets open their season at home this weekend: Saturday VS Halifax Macs with a 6:30 puck drop and Sunday 12 Noon vs the Cole Harbour Wolfpack.

Tryouts for the all-female hockey teams in Pictou County begin this Sunday. (Sept. 16th) You can visit the Fundy Highland Female Hockey website at www.fundyhighlandfemalehockey.ca for full details, including the schedule and fees.

The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League will be hosting their year-end tournament this coming Tuesday, September 18th until the following Sunday, September 23rd at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The Stellarton Lions Club will be set up with a BBQ all day Saturday and Sunday (Sept 22nd and 23rd) to cater to the athletes and fans.

North Nova Education Centre is hosting its third True Grit Run Sunday, September 23 at 9 AM. All funds raised will help support student-athletes through equipment upgrades, off-setting costs to participate in sport, etc. The event will be held at Trenton Park, which offers a scenic, safe, and enjoyable event for participants who wish to run, race, or simply survive five or ten kilometers. Participants will be provided with a water/gatorade station on course, refreshments following the race, prizes (including free Johnny Miles 2019 registration for the first place finishers), and t-shirts for the first 75 people to register. Register today at raceroster.com


Classes for the new season for the Kan-o-kai Judo Club will be starting next Thursday, September 20th. The club is open to anyone 6 years of age and older and new members are welcome. Classes are held on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 5:45-6:30 pm for new Junior Members and from 7:30-9:00 pm for new Adult Members. The club is located at #32 Dexter Court in Mount William.
 
PARENTAL LEAVE TIME INCREASES IN NS
Friday 14th September 2018
The McNeil Liberals are extending the period of time that parents can take leave from their jobs to have a baby and look after the infant. Changes introduced to the Labour Standards Code will mean parents can to take up to 77 weeks in combined pregnancy and parental leave. The existing period of leave established under provincial legislation is 52 weeks. The changes have taken effect in all other provinces, except PEI, where similar charges are expected soon. The new legislation dovetails with new federal rules for employment insurance benefits. The provincial changes will also allow for a four-month period to care for a critically ill adult or child.
 
SIZEABLE DROP IN GAS PRICES THIS WEEK
Friday 14th September 2018
You'll save a couple of dollars on a gasoline fill-up this week. Gas prices in the Northern Nova Scotia pricing zone are down by 4.1 cents a litre this morning to 123.4. And Diesel drivers aren't quite as lucky, with prices dropping less than half a penny, to 127.8.
 
GROCERY PRICES GOING HIGHER AT SOBEYS AND SUPERSTORES
Friday 14th September 2018
Sobeys parent company is predicting higher grocery prices, and you can blame Donald Trump's tariffs. CEO Michael Medline says "It's clear with what's going on in terms of transportation cost and tariff-related cost that our expectation — although we're not economists — is that there will be some inflation." That was what Empire's Medline told analysts during yesterday's conference call after the Sobey's parent company released its first-quarter earnings results showing a jump in profits. Ottawa announced it fight back against Trump by imposing retaliatory tariffs on July 1st on a wide range of American products in response to U.S. tariffs on some Canadian steel and aluminum. The Canadian government targeted American yogurt, coffee, maple syrup, cucumbers, salad dressing and other food items. Medline says rising freight charges and increases in minimum wage in certain provinces are creating additional pressure at Sobey's and other supermarket banners operated by Empire, including Foodland locations. He adds that Empire will do everything it can to stave off price hikes, but it will have to pass some through in order to remain competitive. Sobeys' biggest competitors are making similar predictions. Loblaw CEO Galen Weston Jr. and Metro CEO Eric La Fleche are both predicting higher prices in the near future at stores like the Real Atlantic Superstore and the Independent grocery banner operated by Loblaw's here in the Maritimes.
 
FLU SEASON IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
Thursday 13th September 2018
Even with hot temperatures being forecast for the next 3 days, fall arrives one week from this Saturday night, and with that comes a new round of the flu. The province's chief medical officer of health said we're about a month away from flu vaccines becoming available, and it's important to get immunized early. Dr. Robert Strang said last year's flu bug resulted in the death of 63 people, which is within the yearly average. The strain of H3N2 usually results in a more severe flu season, and it's not clear what to expect this year.
 
DRUGS, WEAPONS SEIZED ON ONSLOW MOUNTAIN
Thursday 13th September 2018
A 29-year-old man from Onslow Mountain is facing over a dozen charges after police located drugs and weapons in a home on the Onslow Mountain Road. Members of Colchester District RCMP, the Colchester Integrated Street Crime Unit , Colchester General Investigation Section and Officers with the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia searched the home on Tuesday evening, where they seized a quantity of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. A loaded AR-15 .22 rifle, brass knuckles and a stun gun were also seized along with a side-by-side/ATV and a Sports Utility Vehicle. Six people were in the home at the time of the search, including a 4-year-old boy who was safely removed. Amoung the many charges are Trafficking of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Methamphetamine and Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm. The man was released from custody on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Truro Provincial Court on November 28.
 
CAPE BRETON MAN SUING FIREFIGHTERS WHO BURNED DOWN HIS HOUSE
Thursday 13th September 2018
A Cape Breton man whose home was destroyed by arson will have his case heard in Nova Scotia Supreme Court next week. Colin Douglas MacDonald of Florence is suing the two volunteer firefighters who deliberately set fire to his home in Scotch Lake, as well as the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.  The home was one 16 deliberately set fires between May and August of 2016 in the North Sydney area. Three volunteers with the Florence volunteer fire department were subsequently charged and two - Stephen Tremblett of North Sydney and James Clayton MacDonald of Point Aconi - pleaded guilty to several charges of arson and were sentenced to prison time and ordered to make restitution. In his suit, MacDonald says police were already investigating Tremblett and MacDonald for fires and other criminal behaviour when his house was set ablaze. He alleges the municipality failed to inform the public of what was happening and also failed to suspend the two firefighters pending a full investigation. MacDonald is looking for $222,000 in specific damages for the loss of his home, $25,000 for pain and suffering, and a further $150,000 from the CBRM for negligence. In a statement of defence, the CBRM said any damages were caused by the intentional acts of Tremblett and MacDonald acting on their own, and not on behalf of the municipality or in their capacity as volunteer firefighters.
 
ABERDEEN WALK-IN CLINIC RE-OPENS NEXT WEEK
Thursday 13th September 2018
The Aberdeen Walk-In Clinic in New Glasgow is reopening, but with fewer hours. Doctor Chris Elliott confirmed the decision to NG News earlier this week. Beginning this Monday, the clinic will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights with registration for patients starting at 4:30 p.m. and running until 8:30 p.m., although registration may end early depending on the number of patients waiting to be seen. During the period they were closed, Elliott says they met with Health Minister Randy Delorey as well as staff from the Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and Doctors Nova Scotia to discuss their concerns, but have not reached a resolution. Doctors Nova Scotia President Tim Holland says walk-ins weren’t included in the enhanced fee plan forward by the province because they don’t always provide “comprehensive and continuous care” that the money was earmarked for. He said that Doctors Nova Scotia recognizes that in some instances, like at the Aberdeen, physicians working in walk-in clinics are in fact providing comprehensive and continuous care to patients without a family doctor and Doctors Nova Scotia believes they should be eligible for the enhanced rates.
 
PROVINCE NEEDS TO PUT MORE INTO MENTAL HEALTH: BURRILL
Thursday 13th September 2018
The province's NDP has introduced a Mental Health Bill of Rights in the legislature. NDP leader Gary Burrill says the bill takes a two-pronged approach at making mental health services a higher priority in our health care system including increasing the percentage of Nova Scotia's health care budget spent on mental health from 4% to 10%. Burrill says Nova Scotia has to get innovative to reduce wait times for those experiencing a mental health crisis and to reduce suicide rates in the province.
 
MOUNTIES SEARCHING FOR BARNEY'S RIVER COW HIT BY CAR
Thursday 13th September 2018
The RCMP say a car struck a cow in Barney's River Station Wednesday evening. It happened shortly after 9 p.m., at the intersection of Highway 104 and Highway 4. Police say no one in the vehicle was hurt and the cow ran off after it was struck. At last word, the black cow remains free and the Mounties are asking people to drive with caution in the area until the animal has been found.
 
NOVA SCOTIA TO IMPLEMENT FREE TRADE WITH OTHER PROVINCES
Thursday 13th September 2018
Nova Scotia has introduced legislation implementing the Canadian Free Trade Agreement in the province. The government says the act includes provisions that make it enforceable in Nova Scotia on labour mobility and other areas. The free trade agreement was signed in principle in 2016 by provincial and territorial governments and came into effect in July of last year. The agreement includes provisions for binding dispute resolution and labour mobility enforcement. Provinces have until the end of this year to have an enforcement mechanism in place. Nova Scotia says more than half its trade is with other provinces, totalling over $8.4 billion in exports of goods and services in 2016.
 
NEW JAIL FOR CAPE BRETON IN THE WORKS
Thursday 13th September 2018
The province is planning to build a new jail in Cape Breton. Justice Minister Mark Furey could not provide many details, but he said work is in the early stages. Correctional facilities in Yarmouth, Pictou and Dartmouth have recently been renovated, and Furey said the existing Cape Breton jail also needs to be modernized. There is no timeline yet for construction of a new facility. Jason MacLean, a corrections worker from Cape Breton and president of the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union, says the existing facility simply can't accommodate some of the latest programming needs. MacLean said plans include changing from dormitory-style accommodations to individual or double-bunk cells. A separate wing is in the works for women, who currently have to leave the island for the Burnside jail in Dartmouth. The new facility will likely be built in a different location, away from the existing jail just off the highway between Sydney and Glace Bay.
 
FEDS SEEK SETTLEMENT WITH DIASABLED VETERANS
Thursday 13th September 2018
Ottawa has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a four-year legal battle with disabled veterans, who had launched a class-action lawsuit after some of their financial benefits were clawed back. The settlement, which must still be approved by the Federal Court, would provide more than 12,000 of veterans with payments of between $2,000 and $50,000 depending on when they served and the severity of their disabilities. It is the latest in what could be a string of such settlements as the Liberals have indicated that they plan to resolve several other class-action lawsuits brought forward by current and retired military personnel. The veterans alleged that the deductions, which took place between April 2006 and May 2012, violated their charter rights by discriminating against them because they were disabled. A Federal Court hearing is scheduled for December, where the government and lawyers representing the veterans are expected to ask for the settlement to be approved. The settlement represents the latest win for veterans and military personnel after several previous proposed class-action lawsuits were similarly resolved before reaching trial, most notably an $887-million agreement in 2013 for military pension clawbacks.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 13
Thursday 13th September 2018
The Weeks Junior A Crushers open the MHL season tonight at the Wellness Centre as they host the Valley Wildcats. Puck drops 7pm.
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The Weeks Major Midgets open their season at home this weekend: Saturday VS Halifax Macs with a 6:30 puck drop and Sunday 12 Noon vs the Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
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The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League will be hosting their year-end tournament Tuesday, September 18th – Sunday, September 23rd at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The Stellarton Lions Club will be set up with a BBQ all day Saturday and Sunday to cater with all kinds of goodies.
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North Nova Education Centre is hosting its third True Grit Run Sunday, September 23 at 9 AM. All funds raised will help support student-athletes through equipment upgrades, off-setting costs to participate in sport, etc. The event will be held at Trenton Park, which offers a scenic, safe, and enjoyable event for participants who wish to run, race, or simply survive five or ten kilometers. Participants will be provided with a water/gatorade station on course, refreshments following the race, prizes (including free Johnny Miles 2019 registration for the first place finishers), and t-shirts for the first 75 people to register. Register today at raceroster.com
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Classes for the new season for the Kan-o-kai Judo Club will be starting on September 20th. The club is open to anyone 6 years of age and older and new members are welcome. Classes are held on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 5:45-6:30 pm for new Junior Members and from 7:30-9:00 pm for new Adult Members. The club is located at #32 Dexter Court in Mount William.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
The Boston Red Sox reached 100 wins for the first time since Ted Williams returned from World War II in the 1946 season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 as David Price won his sixth straight decision.
Houston 5 Detroit 4
Tampa Bay 3 Cleveland 1
Oakland 10 Baltimore 0
Minnesota 3 N.Y. Yankees 1
Chicago White Sox 4 Kansas City 2 (12 innings)
L.A. Angels 8 Texas 1
National League
N.Y. Mets 13 Miami 0
Miami at N.Y. Mets – make up game postponed
L.A. Dodgers 8 Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 3
Atlanta 2 San Francisco 1
N.Y. Mets 13 Miami 0
Washington 5 Philadelphia 1
Milwaukee 5 Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 5 Arizona 4
Interleague
San Diego 5 Seattle 4
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Curling
Canadian curlers made a clean sweep on the opening day of the Curling World Cup event in China on Wednesday. On the women's side, skip Rachel Homan kicked things off with a 6-5 win over Russia.  Kevin Koe's rink defeated Switzerland 6-4 in the men's draw. The mixed team of Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres also came out a winner in Wednesday's draw, defeating Norway 9-5. The Curling World Cup is a new initiative from the World Curling Federation and will include four stops, running from this week through May. After this week's event in Suzhou, the next World Cup stop is Dec. 5-9 in Omaha, Neb., followed by Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Jonkoping, Sweden.
 
NOVA SCOTIA MUSIC WEEK AWARDS INCLUDE ECFM'S ROD MACKEY, THE STANFIELDS, THE COMMUNE AND MERIGOMISH SCHOOLHOUSE
Wednesday 12th September 2018
The Nova Scotia Music Award nominees were announced this morning and Hillsburn leads the way with six nominations, including nods in major categories “Entertainer of the Year” and “Recording of the Year.” Gabrielle Papillon who has family in Pictou County, David Myles, Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset and Mo Kenney all follow with four nominations each. There are a number of nods for homegrown talent, including our very own Rod Mackey on 94.1 East Coast FM. Rod's show “Sweet Music” is recognized in the “Radio Program of the Year” category. Other local Industry Award nominees include Jon Landry who is up for Producer of the Year. Landry's band The Stanfields are nominated in several categories including Rock Recording of the Year, Group Recording, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. The Commune in New Glasgow is up for Venue of the Year and the Merigomish Schoolhouse Community Centre is recognized in the Community Presenter of the Year category. Alert the Medic scored a nod in the Rock Recording of the Year Category. The Nova Scotia Music Awards will be presented on Sunday, November 4th at Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro.
 
VETERANS WAIT TOO LONG TO QUALIFY FOR BENEFITS, SAYS OMBUDSMAN
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Canada's veterans ombudsman is slamming Ottawa for the long wait injured veterans must endure to find out if they qualify for disability benefits and medical support. Veterans have long been told they can expect to find out within 16 weeks whether they are eligible for financial assistance and medical treatment for injuries related to their service. But ombudsman Guy Parent says the majority are being forced to wait much longer -- in some cases up to a year -- before Veterans Affairs gives the go-ahead. A review of hundreds of files uncovered that francophone and women veterans face especially long delays. Parent is also concerned that veterans are largely being kept in the dark about the status of their applications. The overall result is frustration and increased stress, as many veterans struggle to access and pay for medical treatment and other services to help with their injuries.
 
HALIFAX WILL KEEP TOBACCO RESTRICTIONS IN ITS NEW SMOKING BYLAW
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Ahead of legal marijuana, Halifax regional council voted down an amendment to its new smoking bylaw that would have distinguished tobacco from marijuana and allowed people to continue to light cigarettes on streets and sidewalks. The bylaw — which prohibits any kind of smoking or vaping on municipal properties — was adopted at the end of July, and goes into place October 1. Sam Austin, councillor for Dartmouth Centre, proposed an amendment to pull tobacco from the bylaw and asked for a staff report on the matter, saying the rules would be unenforceable and didn't make sense. Managers for the municipality are still working on a list of areas where smoking will be allowed — for example, outside certain bars or homeless shelters — that they hope to have ready when cannabis is legal October 17.
 
POSTAL WORKERS VOTE ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY TO STRIKE
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Postal workers across the country have voted in favour of strike action, with the union president saying members are overworked. Nearly 94 per cent of urban postal operations workers and 96 per cent of rural and suburban mail carriers voted to walk out if an agreement can't be reached. That could happen as early as Sept. 26. The union says an "explosion of parcel volumes" has been a huge burden, and mail carriers need guaranteed minimum hours and job security. In June, an arbitrator ruled that urban and rural mail carriers do essentially the same work, but a pay gap exists between the two groups.
 
PROVINCIAL PC PARTY PACKS PEOPLE IN PRE-VOTE
Wednesday 12th September 2018
The tip-off we got from interim P-C leader Karla MacFarlane earlier this summer has become reality. MacFarlane told our newsroom that the Tory leadership race was producing a major increase in party memberships. With last night the cut-off date to sign a card ahead of next month's leadership convention, the numbers look good. The leadership teams have brought thousands of new members into the party, which can now boast a membership of more than 10,000 people. Party President Tara Miller is elated with the numbers. She says the next job now is to harness that enthusiasm for individual candidates and keep the new members engaged beyond the leadership vote. That vote takes place in Halifax on Oct. 27th.
 
ANNUAL VIOLA DESMOND CONCERT ON SATURDAY
Wednesday 12th September 2018
The African Nova Scotian Music Association has partnered with the Town of New Glasgow for the 2nd Annual Viola Desmond Heritage Concert this weekend. The event will be held this Saturday evening at the Glasgow Square Theatre, beginning at 6. Mayor Nancy Dicks says “It's a celebration of music that's incredible opportunity to continue to recognize the legacy that Viola was instrumental in creating in New Glasgow and Nova Scotia.” The show will feature Keonte Beals, Jody Upshaw, Owen O’Sound Lee and Juanita Peters, among others. To buy your tickets visit: Glasgow Square Theatre.
 
MOVE OVER LAW BEING MARKED BY MOUNTIES TODAY
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Nova Scotia Mounties are holding an event Wednesday to mark one year since a fellow officer died in the line of duty. Constable Frank Deschênes was killed last September 12th when he stopped to help some motorists change a tire on the side of a highway in Memramcook, New Brunswick. The driver later pleaded guilty to driving without care and attention, and was fined, given probation and banned from driving in New Brunswick for two years. RCMP officers are set to hold information checkpoints across the province, passing out information to motorists about the Move Over law.
 
PICTOU STILL WRESTLING WITH PROPOSED FOOD TRUCK BYLAW
Wednesday 12th September 2018
The Town of Pictou is working to draft a new vending bylaw, but there are questions over how to keep things simple. Mayor Jim Ryan says a $45 a day fee for food trucks and other operators seems about right. But questions about whether or not the traffic authority should be involved, and how food vendors might affect permanent businesses are still being asked. The by-law hasn't been updated since the 1980's, and councillors have heard that if they handle it correctly, a new by-law could create some economic opportunities for the town's tourism sector.
 
HURRICANE CENTRE SAYS STORMS SHOULDN'T AFFECT MARITIMES
Wednesday 12th September 2018
With the remnants of one tropical storm dumping rain across Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, residents are keeping a close watch on three other storms churning their way across the Atlantic. Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane of the season, is heading toward the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, with forecasters warning it could be one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the region in decades. However, the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says Florence is not expected to have any effect on Canada, given its predicted track into the U.S. mainland, where it will weaken considerably. As well, the two other tropical storms spinning westward across the Atlantic, Isaac and Helene, are also expected to steer clear of Canada. Tropical storm Isaac is expected to maintain a steady westward track through the Caribbean Sea by this weekend, and hurricane Helene is forecast to swing to the northeast by Saturday and remain in the middle of the Atlantic.
 
POSTAL WORKERS RATIFY NEW DEAL
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Drivers who work for a Canada Post contractor in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have ratified a new deal with their employer after a brief strike. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers represents about 20 of the workers in Sydney, New Glasgow, and St. Stephen, N.B. They deliver parcels and other mail for Nor-Pel Inc., a Quebec-based firm. Gordie MacDonald, president of CUPW's Cape Breton Local 117, said the new collective agreement ratified last week includes a raise of about $2 an hour and the return of paid sick days, holiday pay and other benefits. It's good for four years. Talks with the company had been stalled until the drivers launched a two-day strike last month in Sydney. MacDonald believes it was the job action that prompted Canada Post to ratify an agreement.
 
POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER DARTMOUTH INMATE DIES IN HOSPITAL
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Halifax police have been called in to investigate the death of a man who was found unresponsive in his jail cell on Monday night. Provincial Justice Minister Mark Furey has issued a statement saying the 29-year-old man was being held at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth. Furey says staff at the jail began emergency response procedures at around 9:30 p.m. The man, who was not identified, died at the Dartmouth General Hospital on Tuesday.
 
OXFORD SEEKS FEDERAL HELP TO DEAL WITH SINKHOLE
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Oxford town officials are keeping a close watch on the sinkhole near the local Lions Club, and many local politicians want Ottawa's help to figure out what's going to happen next. Provincial geologist Amy Tizzard says cracks near the sinkhole require further investigation, but that can't be done without the right equipment. The federal natural resources department denied a funding request from the town stating the site isn't an “imminent threat.” But Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey disagrees and is urging Ottawa to reconsider. Local MLA Tory Rushton is also calling for action. As of right now, Upper Main Street that leads to the Trans-Canada Highway is still open. However the town says should conditions change, or should the cracks widen and they do need to close the street, residents should start preparing right now and consider alternate routes to access the Trans-Canada Highway.
 
THREE CHARGED IN SPRINGHILL FIRE
Wednesday 12th September 2018
The RCMP have charged three people from Springhill after a suspicious fire at the abandoned Lamp Cabin Dining Room and Lounge last month. The Springhill Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene early in the morning August 3rd. The investigation led police to search a home in Springhill on September 4th, where they say evidence was discovered and one person was arrested, while two others were taken into custody later the same day. Twenty-six-year-old Donald Forbes is charged with arson, break and enter, unsafe storage of a firearm, and two counts of possession of stolen property, and the two 17-year-old boys are each charged with arson and break and enter. Forbes appeared in Amherst Provincial Court last Wednesday and was released on conditions, with his next court date scheduled for October 1st. The teens were released to their guardians and are due to appear in Amherst Youth Justice Court on December 5th. RCMP say charges against another man may be pending.
 
PROVINCE INTRODUCES BILL TO BAN CONVERSION THERAPY - BUT NOT ENTIRELY
Wednesday 12th September 2018
The provincial Liberals have introduced a law that prohibits the use of conversion therapy with LGBTQ youth. The bill to ban conversion therapy — which attempts to change people's sexual orientation — outlaws people "in positions of trust or authority" from attempting the practice for youth under 16. The prohibition would also apply to young people under 19 if they are not "capable of consenting to the services," according to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act.  In addition, the bill prohibits health professions from offering the therapy to youth, and says groups or individuals who provide and advocate for it won't be eligible for government funding. The legislation would make Nova Scotia, along with Manitoba and Ontario, the third province to enshrine the prohibitions. Some advocates are concerned about the law allowing people between 16 and 19 to consent to the conversion therapy, as they often would do so as a result of pressure. But Furey says existing Canadian case law requires him to leave open the possibility that youth between 16 and 19 may consent to the practice.
 
PROVINCE TO GIVE "DRY" COMMUNITIES A SIMPLER WAY TO SELL BOOZE
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Nova Scotia will soon eliminate plebiscites to change local liquor laws where alcohol sales are restricted. The Liberal government is introducing legislation to bring about the change for the so-called "dry" communities by Jan. 1 next year. As a result, municipalities will be able to change the liquor laws with a council vote. The requirement for plebiscites goes back to the prohibition era, and there are about 100 areas of the province where restrictions on the sale or making of alcohol are in still in place. The plebiscites have been criticized by restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries as an outdated and expensive process that requires up to a year to complete.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 12
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Congratulations to Ryan MacDonald of Green Hill who competed in an Ironman competition in Lake Placid, New York on Sunday. The 25 year old placed third overall and first in his age division with a time of 4 hours 32 minutes and 4 seconds. The 1/2 IRONMAN event consists of a 1,900 metre swim, 90 km bike, and a 21.1 km run. After coming out of the water in 59th place,  MacDonald was able to work his way up to 3rd overall in this, just his third 1/2 IRONMAN event. The win secures him a spot in the  Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France which will take place in September 2019. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets open their season at home this weekend: Saturday VS Halifax Macs with a 6:30 puck drop and Sunday 12 Noon vs the Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
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North Nova Education Centre is hosting its third True Grit Run Sunday, September 23 at 9 AM. All funds raised will help support student-athletes through equipment upgrades, off-setting costs to participate in sport, etc. The event will be held at Trenton Park, which offers a scenic, safe, and enjoyable event for participants who wish to run, race, or simply survive five or ten kilometers. Participants will be provided with a water/gatorade station on course, refreshments following the race, prizes (including free Johnny Miles 2019 registration for the first place finishers), and t-shirts for the first 75 people to register. Register today at raceroster.com
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Classes for the new season for the Kan-o-kai Judo Club will be starting on September 20th. The club is open to anyone 6 years of age and older and new members are welcome. Classes are held on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 5:45-6:30 pm for new Junior Members and from 7:30-9:00 pm for new Adult Members. The club is located at #32 Dexter Court in Mount William.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Boston beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 at Fenway Park, boosted by pinch-hitter Brock Holt's go-ahead home run in the seventh inning. The win means the Red Sox clinch a spot in the post-season.
Houston 5 Detroit 4
Oakland 3 Baltimore 2
Cleveland 2 Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 10 N.Y. Yankees 5
Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 3
L.A. Angels 1 Texas 0
National League
Washington 3 Philadelphia 1 (1st game)
Washington 7 Philadelphia 6 (2nd game - 10 innings)
Cincinnati 3 L.A. Dodgers 1
Miami 5 N.Y. Mets 3
Chicago Cubs 3 Milwaukee 0
St. Louis 11 Pittsburgh 5
Arizona 6 Colorado 3
Atlanta 4 San Francisco 1
Interleague
San Diego 2 Seattle 1
 
SOBEY FOUNDATION MAKES $1 MILLION CONTRIBUTION TO ANTIGONISH HOSPITAL
Tuesday 11th September 2018
The Sobey Foundation has made a transformative $1 million gift to support cardio-respiratory care at St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish. In recognition of the gift, the cardio and respiratory services will be named Sobey Cardiorespiratory Services. Frank Sobey chairs the Sobey Foundation and took part in yesterday's announcement. Hospital officials say a lot of patients are referred to St. Martha’s with chronic illnesses like C-O-P-D, asthma, and heart disease that require treatment and education here in the local area. The Sobey Foundation's new cash will enable the hospital to extend these services.
 
PICTOU ROUNDUP: WATER, WEED
Tuesday 11th September 2018
Water talk was high on the agenda at Pictou Town Council last night. Pictou homeowners typically use 1.5 times more water than the provincial average. Mayor Jim Ryan says bringing the new water plant online, coupled with better overall infrastructure should create improved monitoring of water use later this fall. He's hoping water bills will hold steady or even drop slightly as a result of people having a firm grasp on their consumption. The provincial Utility and Review Board will hold a hearing to cover Pictou's new water rates on October 17th.
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Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan is surprised the province hasn't yet brought in legislation covering cannabis use in public places. He's already comparing notes with New Glasgow and other local towns on things like Alcohol Use bylaws, use of public parks and Cannabis Cafes. Councillor Dan Currie says if you can't frequent an area while consuming open booze, the same rule should apply for cannabis.
 
PROVINCIAL PROGRAM TO LOWER CARBON EMISSIONS
Tuesday 11th September 2018
The province has announced a program aimed at lowering energy bills and reducing emissions. Government says it will invest up to $300,000 in three to four projects through the Low Carbon Communities Program. It's open to municipalities, Mi'kmaw communities, and not-for-profit organizations, and funding can be used for community planning, feasibility studies, public engagement sessions, program promotion, and demonstration projects. The province says successful applicants will receive up to $75,000, to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. Eligible projects include community solar, district energy, public building efficiency, active transportation, and electric vehicles.
 
OXFORD FEARS GROWING SINKHOLE COULD AFFECT MAIN ROAD
Tuesday 11th September 2018
Officials in Oxford are growing concerned about new cracks in the parking lot near a growing sinkhole, and warn a nearby road could become affected. Cracks have developed about 22 metres from the shoulder of Upper Main Street and 44 metres from the sinkhole. A news release says due to a lack of subsurface information around the sinkhole and surrounding properties, it is currently not known what risk the cracks pose to "the community, road and local businesses." It says as a result, residents should begin considering alternate routes to access the Trans-Canada Highway. On Monday, the sinkhole measured 32.6 metres by 38.7 metres, the same size as it was on Friday. However, officials say material continues to erode along the margins of the sinkhole, and heavy rain in the forecast means there will likely be more erosion.
 
TRURO WORKING ON DEER POPULATION CONTROL PLAN
Tuesday 11th September 2018
The Town of Truro may soon have a plan of action to deal with deer. Council voted to have staff work with the Department of Lands and Forestry to develop a multi-year hunt proposal in the outer boundaries of the town to bring the deer population in line with numbers seen in the rest of the local Deer Management Zone. Currently, in-season bow hunting is allowed in the outer boundaries of Truro, as well as areas like the watershed, and the idea is to have the province designate a small group of people who would be allowed to hunt more than one deer in an attempt to try and bring the numbers down. Mills stresses that hunting would not allowed in the town itself, and council will have a chance to view and debate the proposed plan, likely at next month's regular meeting. Ward 2 Councillor Brian Kinsman was the lone voice on council table to oppose a hunt and council's motion on Monday, saying he doesn't see deer as a huge public risk. He called for the town to enhance its current path, with further education and enforcement of the no feeding by-law.
 
GORDON TO BRING WET WEATHER, BUT FLORENCE COULD MISS US
Tuesday 11th September 2018
The Maritimes are in for a wet couple of days as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon work their way through the region, with New Brunswick expected to see the heaviest rain. Environment Canada has issued a special weather advisory for all of southern New Brunswick including Fredericton, Grand Manan, Moncton and Saint John, saying the rain will start Tuesday and last until Wednesday morning. The weather agency says there is still some uncertainty where the heaviest rainfall will occur, but it's predicted up to 50 millimetres could fall in some areas. It says it's monitoring the situation and rainfall warnings may be issued.
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With Hurricane Florence setting its sights on the Carolinas, a meteorologist from the Canadian Hurricane Centre says we're going to have to wait and see if it will head our way. The system was upgraded to a Category 4 Monday afternoon and Bob Robichaud says there's still a lot of uncertainty about its track. He said the storm is expected to strengthen, get bigger and speed up as it approaches land. He also said Nova Scotia shouldn't be affected by the two hurricanes following Florence.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 11
Tuesday 11th September 2018
Congratulations to the Stellarton 11U Albions, who captured the provincial title this past weekend defeating the host Bridgewater Bulldogs 6-5 in the final.
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The Weeks Major Midgets open their season at home this weekend: Saturday VS Halifax Macs with a 6:30 puck drop and Sunday 12 Noon vs the Cole Harbour Wolfpack
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North Nova Education Centre is hosting its third True Grit Run Sunday, September 23 at 9 AM. All funds raised will help support student-athletes through equipment upgrades, off-setting costs to participate in sport, etc. The event will be held at Trenton Park, which offers a scenic, safe, and enjoyable event for participants who wish to run, race, or simply survive five or ten kilometers. Participants will be provided with a water/gatorade station on course, refreshments following the race, prizes (including free Johnny Miles 2019 registration for the first place finishers), and t-shirts for the first 75 people to register. Register today at raceroster.com
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Classes for the new season for the Kan-o-kai Judo Club will be starting on September 20th. The club is open to anyone 6 years of age and older and new members are welcome. Classes are held on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 5:45-6:30 pm for new Junior Members and from 7:30-9:00 pm for new Adult Members. The club is located at #32 Dexter Court in Mount William.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
N.Y. Jets 48 Detroit 17
L.A. Rams 33 Oakland 13
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MLB
American League
Houston 3 Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 6 Cleveland 5
N.Y. Yankees 7 Minnesota 2
Kansas City 4 Chicago White Sox 3 (10 innings)
Texas 5 L.A. Angels 2
National League
Washington at Philadelphia (postponed)
Miami at N.Y. Mets (postponed)
Cincinnati 10 L.A. Dodgers 6
Milwaukee 3 Chicago Cubs 2
St. Louis 8 Pittsburgh 7
Colorado 13 Arizona 2
Atlanta 4 San Francisco 1
 
ACADIA SENDS CONTROVERSIAL PROF PACKING
Monday 10th September 2018
A professor in the Annapolis Valley who stoked a national debate about free speech on campus after making controversial comments on social media and in the classroom has been fired. Acadia University confirmed the dismissal of Rick Mehta, several months after the school launched a formal investigation into complaints against the psychology prof. University spokesman Scott Roberts says he is unable to comment on the dismissal as it is a confidential personnel matter. He also was unable to provide details of the findings of the investigation overseen by Dalhousie University professor emeritus Wayne MacKay, noting that it's a ``privileged document.'' Mehta was outspoken both on campus and online about a range of contentious issues including decolonization, immigration and gender politics, garnering both supporters and opposition. He came under fire for saying multiculturalism is a scam, denying the wage gap between men and women, and dismissing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a vehicle for ``endless apologies and compensation.''
 
PSYCHIATRIST SAYS PROVINCE'S SUICIDE PREVENTION PLAN 'OUT OF DATE'
Monday 10th September 2018
Dr. Simon Sherry says Nova Scotia has to get serious about suicide prevention. The Halifax psychiatrist says this province has an uncoordinated approach that's out of date. Today is suicide prevention day, and Sherry has issued a call for a new suicide prevention strategy across Nova Scotia. He says suicide is an increasingly serious issue, and the numbers back that up. According to Statistics Canada, there were 134 suicides in Nova Scotia in 2016, an increase of 44 per cent compared to 2000 when there were 75 deaths. Sherry says between the years 2000 and 2012, Nova Scotia’s suicide rate increased more than any other province in Canada. So he says we should be tracking and understanding the trends within our population when it comes to suicide. Dr. Sherry says what we need is a nuanced understanding of what’s driving these increases.
 
MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN NEW GLASGOW HOTEL INCIDENT
Monday 10th September 2018
A 33-year-old Annapolis County man has been charged with second degree murder following an incident at a New Glasgow hotel. New Glasgow Regional Police were called to the Travel Lodge on Westville Road early Friday morning, where they found a 39-year-old man not breathing with signs of trauma in a hotel room. He was transported to the Aberdeen Hospital with serious life threatening injuries and then airlifted to a Halifax hospital where was pronounced dead. Police have have charged Jason David Bezanson of Annapolis County. Police say the two men were known to each other and the alleged incident was the result of a disturbance between them. Bezanson is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Pictou on Monday.
 
PREMIER UNHAPPY WITH TRURO HOSPITAL'S RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM
Monday 10th September 2018
Premier Stephen McNeil says the way a young sexual assault victim was recently treated at a hospital in Truro was unacceptable, and he's called on the Health Department to determine who was responsible. Responding to questions Friday in the legislature, the Liberal premier says staff at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre were wrong to simply hand pamphlets to the woman and turn her out into the street. Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Karla MacFarlane asked the premier to explain why the hospital, located in Nova Scotia's third-largest city, isn't part of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, which offers sexual assault support services. McNeil said the program is expanding and he agreed the hospital should be part of the SANE program. The 22-year-old woman, whose story was reported by the Truro News on Aug. 29, said she was not offered access to either a doctor or a nurse after arriving at the hospital's emergency department to report she had been raped. Her mother eventually took her to a hospital an hour's drive away in Antigonish, N.S., where she was examined by a nurse with the SANE program.
 
LAST SURVIVOR OF SPRINGHILL MINING DISASTER HAS DIED
Monday 10th September 2018
The last man to emerge from the ground after the 1958 Springhill mining disaster has died at age 95. An obituary posted Sunday for Herbert Pepperdine stated the former coal miner died Friday in hospital in Springhill, N.S. There were 175 men in the mine at the time; 75 of them were killed. The Springhill Miners Museum will honour Pepperdine by continuing to share his story during tours.
 
FIRST NATIONS GROUPS SEEK PART OWNERSHIP IN TRANS MOUNTAIN
Monday 10th September 2018
Some First Nations and Metis communities are determined to purchase an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite a court ruling that halted construction. The Federal Court of Appeal ruling quashed the government's approval of the project, requiring it to examine the impacts of increased tanker traffic and consult more deeply with Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route. Indigenous groups in Fort McMurray, Alberta say they still want to invest in the project and believe the ruling creates an opportunity for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to get consultation right. Canada bought the existing Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion and pledged to complete the expansion project, which would triple the line's capacity and increase the number of tankers in Metro Vancouver's Burrard Inlet seven-fold. Indigenous communities on either side of the pipeline fight say they respect each other's stance and feel no sense of division between them.
 
HURRICANE FLORENCE COULD HIT U.S. BY THURSDAY
Monday 10th September 2018
Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the U.S. mid-Atlantic region later this week. Florence crossed the 119 km/h threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 140 km/h as the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned a hurricane hunter plane found the storm strengthening quickly. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could be a fearsome Category 4 by Tuesday. Forecasters said it is too early to know the exact path the storm will take but warned that it could roll ashore in the Carolinas by Thursday. But authorities were taking no chances as the governors of North and South Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the approaching storm. Navy ships off Virginia's coast are getting set to sail out of the path of the powerful hurricane, one North Carolina university has cancelled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies even with Florence still far out at sea southeast of Bermuda.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 10
Monday 10th September 2018
North Nova Education Centre is hosting its third True Grit Run Sunday, September 23 at 9 AM. All funds raised will help support student-athletes through equipment upgrades, off-setting costs to participate in sport, etc. The event will be held at Trenton Park, which offers a scenic, safe, and enjoyable event for participants who wish to run, race, or simply survive five or ten kilometers. Participants will be provided with a water/gatorade station on course, refreshments following the race, prizes (including free Johnny Miles 2019 registration for the first place finishers), and t-shirts for the first 75 people to register. Register today at raceroster.com
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Classes for the new season for the Kan-o-kai Judo Club will be starting on September 20th. The club is open to anyone 6 years of age and older and new members are welcome. Classes are held on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 5:45-6:30 pm for new Junior Members and from 7:30-9:00 pm for new Adult Members. The club is located at #32 Dexter Court in Mount William.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Green Bay Packers squeaked out a 24-23 win over the Chicago Bears. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was taken back to the locker room on a cart after an apparent left leg injury. Rodgers was hurt in the second quarter.
Well, the Browns didn't lose. Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Browns missed a chance at their first victory since 2016 when kicker Zane Gonzalez's 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left in OT was blocked by T.J. Watt.
Cincinnati 34 Indianapolis 23
New England 27 Houston 20
Jacksonville 20 NY Giants 15
Minnesota 24 San Francisco 16
Tampa Bay 48 New Orleans 40
Miami 27 Tennessee 20
Kansas City 38 LA Chargers 28
Carolina 16 Dallas 8
Denver 27 Seattle 24
Washington 24 Arizona 6
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MLB
Justin Smoak hit his team-leading 24th home run of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Cleveland 6-2. Teoscar Hernandez also had a homer for the Blue Jays (65-78), who lost outfielder Randal Grichuk to injury.
Boston 6 Houston 5
Tampa Bay 8 Baltimore 3
NY Mets 6 Philadelphia 4
St. Louis 5 Detroit 2
Minnesota 3 Kansas City 1
LA Angels 1 Chicago White Sox 0
Milwaukee 6 San Francisco 3
LA Dodgers 9 Colorado 6
Oakland 7 Texas 3
Atlanta 9 Arizona 5
Seattle 3 NY Yankees 2
San Diego 7 Cincinnati 6
Chicago Cubs vs Washington postponed
Miami vs Pittsburgh postponed
 
PLASTIC POLLUTION CLEAN UP INITIATIVE BOOKED FROM COAST TO COAST
Sunday 9th September 2018
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, recently traveled across Canada to encourage Canadians to beat plastic pollution. This prompted including Canada in an initiative called Coastal Cleanup Day and World Cleanup Day. Three major events are taking place simultaneously in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax on the 15th of September. About half of all the plastics ever manufactured were made since 2000. The global production of plastics has been faster than most man-made materials and over 90 per cent of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs.
 
ADVOCATING FOR A NEW HOLIDAY IN CANADA
Sunday 9th September 2018
Senator Murray Sinclair has been advocating for a new Canadian holiday. This day would be a chance to reflect on relationships with indigenous people and how they can be strengthened. Sinclair says, “the best time would be in September and it's a necessary step for reconciliation. We want recognition of this day to be about our commitment to correct the wrongs of the past ... by having a better relationship into the future." Sinclair was responding to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement that his government will create a new holiday to fulfill a recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
 
ARMED FORCES UNVEIL RULES FOR LEGAL POT CONSUMPTION
Friday 7th September 2018
Even though recreational marijuana will become legal in October, the Canadian military will severely restrict and in some cases totally prohibit its use. National Defence released its formal policy on Friday along with the accompanying regulations, which impose limits of pot that are more wide ranging than those involving alcohol.   The regulations state members of the military are barred from consuming cannabis within eight hours of duty, and they aren't allowed to smoke or ingest it during the work day. The policy covers both uniformed and civilian members. For those handling weapons, ammunition, conducting firefighting — or medical response —  the consumption restriction will be extended to 24 hours before duty. There is a outright prohibition on use while members are serving on operations at home and abroad, and during training periods. Pot will not be allowed on military aircraft or ships. The military has been working for over a year to define how it will deal with what will be an enormous institutional change.
 
PROVINCE LAUNCHES NEW DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, AND CUTS FEES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Friday 7th September 2018
The province has introduced legislation that formally creates Develop Nova Scotia, giving the crown corporation a new provincewide mandate. The plan to expand the mandate of the Waterfront Development Corporation and change its name to Develop Nova Scotia was first made in July. Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says Develop Nova Scotia's work will help create communities that are better connected and more attractive, vibrant places to live and do business. One of the key jobs for the crown corporation will be to oversee the plan to rollout better access to high-speed internet in underserviced areas.
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The province is also lowering the costs of entrepreneurs who want to incorporate. Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan announced today that government is eliminating the annual registration fee for businesses in the first year of incorporation, and reducing the incorporation fee. MacLellan says this will mean the province will go from having one of the highest incorporation fees in Canada to the lowest. The new fee schedule takes effect January 20. In addition, a new three-day service standard goes into effect immediately to replace the five to ten-day wait that businesses currently experience.
 
PROVINCE DISRIMINATED AGAINST WHEELCHAIR USERS, COMMISSION RULES
Friday 7th September 2018
A human rights commission has ruled that the province discriminated against people in wheelchairs. Commission Chair Gail Gachilian issued her decision late Thursday. Gachilian ruled that the province did not regulate and enforce provisions of the Food and Safety Regulations pertaining to having accessible washrooms in restaurants with summer patios. She has ordered the province to interpret, administer and enforce the regulations as they appear. She also ordered that each of the four complainants receive $1,000 in general damages. The full decision can be found here.
 
CHILI POWDER RECALLED
Friday 7th September 2018
A chili powder sold under the Compliments brand has been recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination. The product is Compliments chili powder, sold in a 155 gram package with product code 2020 MA 26 and UPC 0 55742 35921 3. It was available for purchase all across Canada. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the product, but people should not eat it. It should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased. Salmonella can cause fever, vomiting and diarrhea, and is a particular risk for children, the elderly, and pregnant women.
 
NDP RE-INTRODUCING BILL FOR MORE COLLABORATIVE EMERGENCY CENTRES
Friday 7th September 2018
The provincial NDP are re-introducing legislation today to expand collaborative emergency centres in Nova Scotia. They say new CECs could reduce emergency room closures and keep hospital services in communities like New Waterford and North Sydney. First tabled by NDP MLA Wendy Martin last spring, the bill would ensure that collaborative emergency centres are established at every hospital without a full-service emergency room by April 1, 2020. The Liberals halted plans for more collaborative emergency centres after taking office and since then, the NDP notes that the time emergency rooms have been closed has almost doubled to 25,000 hours per year.
 
CAPE SHARP TIDAL PROJECT IS BEING MONITORED REMOTELY, SAYS COMPANY
Friday 7th September 2018
The Cape Sharp Tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy is now being remotely monitored, more than a month after the project was suspended when Paris-based Naval Energies pulled its funding. A former project partner, NS Power's parent company Emera, said on Thursday it had hooked up the environmental monitoring devices required for regulatory compliance and they are transferring data to shore. The equipment includes three hydrophones, one sonar and three acoustic Doppler current profilers, along with a video camera recording the rotor. While Emera remains a shareholder in Cape Sharp Tidal, is recently announced it was pulling out of the project. However, the company says it will continue working with Cape Sharp Tidal to make sure the turbine remains in compliance with environmental rules. Last month, provincial Energy Minister Derek Mombourquette said the turbine wasn't in compliance because environmental monitoring stopped after Naval Energies walked away from the project.
 
FED GOV'T WILL APOLOGIZE FOR TURNING AWAY JEWISH REFUGEES IN 1939
Friday 7th September 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be making another official apology for an act by a previous government. On November 7, the Liberal government will officially apologize for the 1939 decision to turn away the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 907 German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime. Trudeau announced back in May that his government would be apologizing. In 1939, the MS St. Louis left Germany carrying 907 Jewish passengers fleeing persecution by the Nazi regime. The ship was turned away from Cuba and the United States before a group of Canadians tried to convince Prime Minister Mackenzie King's government to let it dock in Halifax. The Canadian government heeded the anti-Semitic sentiment abroad at the time by severely restricting Jewish immigration. When Ottawa refused to let the MS St. Louis passengers disembark, the ship returned to Europe. About half the passengers were taken in by the U.K., the Netherlands, France and Belgium. About 500 of them ended up back in Germany, where 254 were killed in concentration and internment camps. Since the last election, Trudeau has personally apologized to gay men and women targeted by the authorities for their sexuality. He apologized for Canada's 1914 decision to turn away the Komagata Maru ship that was carrying 376 migrants, mostly Sikhs, and he exonerated six Tsilhqot'in chiefs who were hanged in 1864 for their role in the killing of six white colonists.
 
GAS, DIESEL GO UP AGAIN
Friday 7th September 2018
Another rise in price at the pumps. Regular self serve gas is up less than two cents to $1.275 per litre, while diesel increased almost three cents to $1.282 per litre.
 
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GIVEN CHANCE TO BE MAYOR FOR A DAY
Friday 7th September 2018
Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 have the opportunity to be mayor for a day. New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks and staff of the Community Economic Development department have announced a new contest which has been very successful in other communities around Canada. Students are asked to share their top three ideas for making New Glasgow a better place to live and work for young people. Submissions can include an essay or video explaining your ideas, any barriers that may arise, and how you foresee overcoming those barriers, either financially or practically. One recipient will shadow Mayor Dicks for one day where she and council will hear the winner's ideas and thoughts. For more details, and to get your application form, contact Janine Linthorne at 902-752-4800 or visit www.newglasgow.ca.
 
LITTLE LISCOMB TO GET FEDERAL MONEY TO IMPROVE ITS HARBOUR
Friday 7th September 2018
The community of Little Liscomb is welcoming a significant federal investment. Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. Sean Fraser, MP for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that the Government of Canada is investing in Little Liscomb with the construction of a new crib structure with a reinforced concrete deck and a new electrical system. In July of 2016, Fraser announced a federal investment of over $10.8 million for the repair and maintenance of harbour infrastructure at seven small craft harbours in Central Nova. Specific costs of the Little Liscomb project won't be available until after the tendering process is completed.
 
HEAD OF DOCTOR RECRUITING HAS LEFT THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH AUTHORITY
Friday 7th September 2018
Another key player in the efforts to recruit doctors is no longer employed by the province's Health Authority, in what appears to be a significant overhaul of the department. Joanne MacKinnon was the team lead in the recruiting department. The health authority won't say if she quit or was forced out. News of her departure was first reported by the Chronicle Herald, and comes days after the resignation of Dr. Lynne Harrigan. In August, the provincial waitlist for a primary care provider grew more than 3 per cent to 56,630. With MacKinnon and  Harrigan gone, the health authority says it's undergoing changes to its recruitment plans. Recruitment is now being led by Grayson Fulmer, the senior director of medical affairs. The Health Authority is also expanding the department further, with two additional consultants planned for the Western and Eastern Zone.
 
EDUCATION MINISTER TO REVIEW SCHOOL BUS SERVICE FOLLOWING FIRST DAY PROBLEMS
Friday 7th September 2018
The education minister says an internal review is looking at how the province's school bus system works after what he says has become an annual set of complaints from parents during the early days of school. On Wednesday, over 100 children at an elementary school in the suburb of Bedford were left stranded after their buses didn't arrive. Dozens of parents of students at Basinview Drive Community School complained on social media over buses that were late, early, or didn't come. Education Minister Zach Churchill says a new online system for registering for bus service and late registrations played a role in some of the confusion. However, he says given that the annual problems with the service provided by Stock Transportation, his department is reviewing the busing system. Churchill says there isn't a plan to drop the contract with Stock, but rather to make the existing system work better. Stock Transportation handles school bus services in the HRM.
 
BIOPIC OF NOVA SCOTIA-BORN FATHER OF "THE ROCK" IN THE WORKS
Friday 7th September 2018
The remarkable story of Rocky Johnson, the African Nova Scotian professional wrestler who fathered one of Hollywood's biggest stars, may be coming to the big screen. Toronto-based producers say they have optioned the "life rights" for Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles in Amherst. He's the father of actor Dwayne “the rock” Johnson. Siblings Jonathan and Justin Gajewski are described in a news release as "emerging filmmakers" who will produce and write "Ring King." The movie will tell the story of Johnson, a descendant of Black Loyalists who immigrated to Nova Scotia after the American Revolution. He went on to be a WWE Hall of Famer with many wrestling titles. He moved to Toronto as a teenager, after a troubled childhood in Nova Scotia. The film will cover Rocky Johnson's life from the 1950s to the '90s, tracing his rise in the ring amid the prejudices of the civil rights era.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 7
Friday 7th September 2018
The Parts for Trucks Prostock tour returns to Riverside Speedway in James River on Saturday with two races: the Lucas Oil 150 and the NAPA Sportsman 75. It all begins at 5.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 12 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Due to an Atlantic Championship Baseball Tournament taking place the weekend of September 15th and 16th in Fredericton, Bantam AA/A tryouts will begin on Monday September 17th and not Monday September 10th. A new tryout schedule will be posted in the coming days on the PCMHA website. Players and Parents will also receive an email from the Bantam AA/A coaching staff with further details on tryout schedule and a Parent/Player meeting prior to tryouts beginning.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Matt Ryan to Julio Jones failed again. Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offence and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the season with an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
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MLB
American League
Francisco Lindor had a pair of solo home runs and added a tie-breaking RBI single as the Cleveland Indians downed the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4.
National League
San Diego 6 Cincinnati 2
Chicago Cubs 6 Washington 4 (10 innings)
Atlanta 7 Arizona 6 (10 innings)
 
HOMELESS SHELTER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS ON EVE OF RE-OPENING
Thursday 6th September 2018
The local group working to re-open Pictou County's homeless shelter is looking for volunteers. Viola's Place has set a tentative opening date of October 1, but says they could start sooner if they can fill their volunteer schedule. Viola's Place is offering volunteer training sessions at the shelter (formerly the LifeShelter) on Marsh Street on Saturday at 2pm and next Tuesday at 7pm. For more information, contact them by e-mail at violasplacesociety@gmail.com
 
SCHOOL'S IN
Thursday 6th September 2018
It's back to school for most students today, including those at Dr. W.A. MacLeod. The CCRCE said needed repairs are complete and the school is open today. Students at Frank H. MacDonald School will start the school year at East Pictou Middle School while repairs are done. Tatamagouche Regional Academy, which was just built by the province, will start school on Friday.
 
PROVINCE STARTS FALL SESSION TODAY
Thursday 6th September 2018
The provincial legislature opens for its fall sitting today with a speech from the throne. Premier Stephen McNeil says the speech will highlight the province's ``success'' in growing its population and economy, and will set the tone for provincial budgets to be tabled in 2019 and 2020. He says his Liberal government will continue its mantra of fiscal responsibility in order to spend in priority areas, such as education and health care. Both opposition leaders say their parties will focus attention on problems dogging health care, such as doctor shortages and emergency room closures. Interim Tory leader Karla MacFarlane says she will also introduce a bill to ban conversion therapy - a practice that attempts to change people's sexual orientation. NDP Leader Gary Burrill says his party will continue to push for improvements and supports for nursing homes, especially when it comes to staffing and budget cuts.
 
GARNIER APPEALING LIFE SENTENCE
Thursday 6th September 2018
Christopher Garnier is appealing his sentence. Garnier was convicted of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body in the death of 36-year-old Catherine Campbell. The conviction carries an automatic life sentence, but a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice ruled last month that Garnier could apply for parole after serving 13 and a half years - less 699 days for time served. A notice of appeal filed last Thursday says Garnier is appealing his sentence, as it was ``manifestly excessive.'' The documents say Justice Joshua Arnold ``over-emphasized'' the aggravating factor of interfering with human remains in determining Garnier's period of parole ineligibility. Garnier had earlier appealed his conviction, in part because he says police interview tactics elicited a false confession.
 
NICTAUX FALLS MAN CHARGED WITH DECADES-OLD SEXUAL OFFENCES
Thursday 6th September 2018
RCMP have charged a 62-year-old Nictaux Falls man with a number of sexual offences involving children dating back to 1974, and police say they believe there could be more alleged victims. On Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, two men came forward to police and accused Bradley Crouse of sexually assaulted them for a number of years starting when they were 15 and 13. Both men say Crouse offered them incentives in return for sexual acts. The offences are alleged to have occurred in Nictaux Falls and nearby Middleton when Crouse would have been 18. RCMP are concerned there may be more people who have not come forward. Constable Stephanie Wagner with Middleton RCMP is looking to speak with anyone who has more information about sex offence allegations against Crouse. Anonymous tips can also be made to Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers.
 
PM TRUDEAU WANTS KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE BACK ON TRACK
Thursday 6th September 2018
A week after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is looking at all options to get construction back on track — including an appeal of the ruling and new legislation. Speaking to reporters in Edmonton, Trudeau said he wants to see "shovels in the ground as quickly as possible" because the project is in the country's best interests, adding he also wants to satisfy the court's concerns to avoid further litigation. Concluding that the federal government's consultations with Indigenous peoples on the project were inadequate, Justice Eleanor Dawson nullified licensing for the $7.4-billion expansion last Thursday, halting construction on the 1,150-km project. Ottawa could appeal the ruling to the country's top court, the Supreme Court of Canada — something Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has suggested. It also could pursue a legislative fix to ensure temporary operating permits, or impose a tight timeline on a renewed consultation and assessment process. After last week's court decision, Notley announced she was pulling Alberta out of the federal climate plan until construction begins again — if it does at all.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 6
Thursday 6th September 2018
The Pictou County Crushers have made some roster cuts and still have a couple of spots to sort out before their Sept. 13 season-opener against the Valley Wildcats. The Crushers have decided on two goaltenders: returnee Greg Normore and 20-year-old Sean Julian. 20-year-old Barrett Dachyshyn, who spent three seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads, joined the team Tuesday and is expected to boost the club’s depth at centre. Stellarton native Jaden Mason is back after being cut from the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 12 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Due to an Atlantic Championship Baseball Tournament taking place the weekend of September 15th and 16th in Fredericton, Bantam AA/A tryouts will begin on Monday September 17th and not Monday September 10th. A new tryout schedule will be posted in the coming days on the PCMHA website. Players and Parents will also receive an email from the Bantam AA/A coaching staff with further details on tryout schedule and a Parent/Player meeting prior to tryouts beginning.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB American League
Toronto 10 Tampa Bay 3
Cleveland 3 Kansas City 1
L.A. Angels 9 Texas 3
Detroit 10 Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 9 Minnesota 1
Oakland 8 N.Y. Yankees 2
Seattle 5 Baltimore 2
National League
Pittsburgh 3 Cincinnati 2
St. Louis 7 Washington 6
Miami 2 Philadelphia 1
N.Y. Mets 7 L.A. Dodgers 3
Chicago Cubs 6 Milwaukee 4
Colorado 5 San Francisco 3
Interleague
Boston 9 Atlanta 8
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MLS
New England 1 New York City FC 0
 
PROVINCE POSTS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DOCUMENTS ONLINE
Wednesday 5th September 2018
The province has made a list of documents available online from Information Access and Privacy Services.  The list can be found here. Those interested can search and download Freedom of Information requests containing publicly available information. The province says releases made since April 1st will be available, and only publicly released access to information requests are online. The site does not host any personal information and is not connected to the case management system.
 
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER AFRICVILLE REJECTED
Wednesday 5th September 2018
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has denied a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for the expropriation of land in Africville more than five decades ago. Nelson Carvery sought to certify the case for former residents and their ancestors, who he claimed had communal land wrongfully expropriated by the city of Halifax in the 1960s. Carvery, whose father owned land in the community, argued in his affidavit that community members used the land on the shores of Halifax harbour for fishing, farming, recreation and gathering berries. But, Justice Patrick Duncan ruled in a 34-page decision that Carvery did not demonstrate that there is a second member of the class and that there is a common issue for possible class members. Carvery’s lawyer says the motion for certification will be amended based on the judge’s findings and will be heard again at a future date.
 
THREE-MEMBER PANEL APPOINTED TO EXAMINE LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE
Wednesday 5th September 2018
The province has appointed an expert advisory panel to look at ways to improve the quality of long-term care. Minister of Health and Wellness Randy Delorey says the expert panel will help government understand what can be done differently to improve care. The three-member panel includes Janice Keefe, director of Mount Saint Vincent University's Nova Scotia Centre on Aging; Dr. Greg Archibald, wound care expert and head of Dalhousie University's Department of Family Medicine; and Cheryl Smith, nurse practitioner and educator focusing on polypharmacy and dementia care. Amoung the subjects the panel have been asked to make recommends on are appropriate staffing levels, staff complement and skill mix for long-term care facilities; and recruitment and retention of long-term care staff. The panel has been asked to report back with recommendations by November 30.  
 
SPRINGHILL MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING ANOTHER MAN WITH A GUITAR
Wednesday 5th September 2018
A 64-year-old man from Springhill has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly attacking another man with a guitar. Cumberland District RCMP were called to the All Saints Hospital Saturday night after a report of a man with stab wounds in his back and neck. Police say Revere Ruddick refused to say what happened to him, but their investigation revealed a second man had sustained broken bones in his face and arm, as well as a fractured skull, in a fight. The second man told officers he defended himself with a knife after Ruddick attacked him with the guitar. Ruddick was arrested on Sunday, appeared in Amherst Provincial Court Tuesday, and has been remanded until Friday. The second man remains in hospital, and RCMP are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact them.
 
COURT ROUNDUP: PHARMASAVE ROBBERY, GARDEN OF EDEN B&E
Wednesday 5th September 2018
The man charged with robbing the Medical Hall Pharmasave in Stellarton last Thursday has made his first court appearance, and is slated to return to court today. Police say the culprit threatened a store employee with a gun last week before making off with a small amount of drugs. The man charged and returning to court for a show-case hearing today is 36-year-old Bryan Anthony Dykeman. Dykeman was arrested after Stellarton police released photos taken from video cameras inside the pharmacy last Friday. Today's court appearance is to give the judge a chance to decide on bail, which crown prosecutors say should not be granted - because of the seriousness of the crime.
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Also in Pictou Provincial Court yesterday, a 25-year-old Truro man went before Judge Atwood, on charges related to the break-and-enter of a Garden of Eden area home Thursday night. Steven Burton Ward will be back in court this afternoon at 1:30 when Justice Atwood will decide if he can be released on bail. Ward is facing charges of Break and Enter, Possession of Break-In Tools and Mischief. His co-accused, 24-year-old Allison Mailman of Truro faces charges of Break and Enter and is scheduled to appear in Pictou Court on October 24th.
 
MALL SHOOTING CONSPIRATOR TO APPEAL LIFE SENTENCE
Wednesday 5th September 2018
An American woman who plotted to go on a Valentine's Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall is appealing her life sentence. Lindsay Souvannarath was sentenced in April after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a plan that would have seen two shooters open fire at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court in 2015. In her notice of appeal, the Chicago-area woman argues that her sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years should be revised to a fixed sentence of 12 to 14 years. Souvannarath provides five grounds of appeal, including that the presiding judge committed an error by imposing a burden on her to prove she was remorseful and had ``renounced anti-social beliefs.'' She also argues that it was unfair that Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski imposed a much longer sentence on her than on co-conspirator Randall Shepherd. Souvannarath pleaded guilty last year, several months after Shepherd - a Halifax man described in court as the ``cheerleader'' of the foiled shooting plot - was sentenced to a decade in jail. A third alleged conspirator, 19-year-old James Gamble, was found dead in his Halifax-area home a day before the planned attack.
 
DRUNK DRIVER CAUGHT WITH BABY ON BOARD
Wednesday 5th September 2018
A 39-year-old man is facing charges after he was allegedly caught driving impaired with a child in the backseat of his vehicle. Before noon Sunday, Halifax District RCMP received a 911 call from a concerned citizen who said they had spotted a possible impaired driver on Highway 103 in Upper Tantallon. The caller told police the vehicle had been swerving and driving into oncoming traffic. The officer approached, and realized there was a small child sitting in a booster seat in the backseat. Police say a breath test confirmed the driver was more than twice the legal limit. A Dartmouth man is facing charges for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. He is due to appear in Dartmouth provincial court at a later date.
 
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WORKERS SIGN NEW DEAL
Wednesday 5th September 2018
Restorative justice workers have voted to accept a new collective agreement weeks after walking off the job in Halifax. The caseworkers - members of CUPE 4764 - voted unanimously in favour of the deal reached last Friday with the Community Justice Society. The agreement includes an immediate pay raise of almost 20 per cent, along with parking, meal allowances and an adjustment to the retirement savings plan. The wage increases are one per cent effective April 23, 2017, 19.4 per cent effective last Saturday, two per cent effective next April 1 and a two per cent raise as of April 1, 2020. The new agreement runs until March 31, 2021. The workers are scheduled to return to work Wednesday after walking off the job July 30.
 
WORKERS BROUGHT IN TO OVERSEE TROUBLED TIDAL TURBINE PROJECT
Wednesday 5th September 2018
One of the companies behind the now defunct Cape Sharp Tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy says it has brought workers from Ireland to ensure the huge underwater generator is properly monitored. Last month, Nova Scotia Energy Minister Derek Mombourquette said the turbine was not in compliance with its environmental assessment because required environmental monitoring had stopped after Paris-based Naval Energies pulled the plug on the project. Cape Sharp Tidal issued a brief statement Tuesday saying OpenHydro, a Naval Energies subsidiary based in Ireland, had brought in a specialized team on the weekend to ``establish ongoing operational control and environmental monitoring of the turbine.'' The turbine is still operating at the bottom of the Minas Passage. Mombourquette said he has talked with project partner Emera Inc. about handling monitoring. Complicating matters is the fact Emera pulled out of the project last month after OpenHydro filed for liquidation.
 
NDP TO INTRODUCE NURSING HOME BILLS IN LEGISLATURE
Wednesday 5th September 2018
When the fall sitting of the provincial legislature begins Thursday, the NDP plans to introduce a bill aimed at making more information about nursing home care routinely available. A second bill would increase the amount of time for care each nursing home resident receives. Overall, the party estimates it would cost an extra $60 million a year. NDP Leader Gary Burrill says mandating staff-to-patient ratios would help address the needs of nursing home residents.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 5
Wednesday 5th September 2018
Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding another open registration for their upcoming fall session Wednesday night from 6-8pm. No experience is necessary. For more information go to pictoucountygymnasticsclub.com or find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on Facebook .
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 12 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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The RCAFA 110 Wing in Stellarton are holding the Jim Emery Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept 15th at Abercrombie Golf Club. The 4 person scramble will tee off at 1:00 pm and be followed up with a steak supper at the Wing. There are only 6 spots remaining if your team wants carts. To register call the Wing (902-752-5168) any day after 3 pm. Cost is $70 which includes the golf, cart, and supper. There is also a Hole in One prize for the tournament on all par threes. The top prize is worth $10,000 on the tenth hole, sponsored by Paul Sexton with Scotia Wealth Management.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Tommy Pham had a triple as part of a three-run seventh inning and the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0.
Cleveland 9 Kansas City 3
Texas 4 L.A. Angels 2
Detroit 8 Chicago White Sox 3
Houston 5 Minnesota 2
N.Y. Yankees 5 Oakland 1
Baltimore 5 Seattle 3
National League
Pittsburgh 7 Cincinnati 3
St. Louis 11 Washington 8
Philadelphia 9 Miami 4
Milwaukee 11 Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 6 San Francisco 2
Arizona 6 San Diego 0
L.A. Dodgers 11 N.Y. Mets 4
Interleague
Boston 5 Atlanta 1
 
DYKEMAN MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE IN WAKE OF ARMED ROBBERY AT STELLARTON PHARMACY
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Bryan Anthony Dykeman is the name of the 36-year-old man charged with robbing the Medical Hall Pharmasave in Stellarton at gunpoint last week. Dykeman made his first court appearance Tuesday in Pictou on four charges laid in the wake of that crime. Police allege their suspect used a gun to threaten an employee and made off with a small amount of drugs last Thursday evening. Dykeman returns to court for a show-cause hearing on Wednesday, Sept 5th.
 
TOP OFFICIAL WITH THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH AUTHORITY HAS RESIGNED
Tuesday 4th September 2018
The vice-president of medicine and integrated care has quit her job with the provincial Health Authority. In an e-mail to employees, Health Authority president Janet Knox said Lynne Harrigan’s resignation is effective today. No reason has been given for her departure. Knox says the health authority will begin recruitment to fill Harrigan's role in the coming days and will share information about interim coverage once the details are finalized.
 
COADY INT'L INSTITUTE EXEC SUED BY ST. FX FOR MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS
Tuesday 4th September 2018
St. FX University is suing the former finance director of the Coady International Institute, accusing him of misappropriating nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The statement of claim alleges James Edward Marlow created fake invoices from suppliers, requisitioned cheques from the university for those invoices, then deposited the cheques into his personal account. Marlow's actions constitute misappropriation of funds, theft and fraud, the university alleges in its claim, which was filed with the court in Pictou on August 28. The Coady Institute is well known for training professionals from around the world in the field of international development. The university has obtained an attachment order — a way of preserving Marlow's assets in case a judgment is awarded to the university — for $229,000 against his property in Lower South River. The university is also asking for punitive and aggravated damages, interest on the amounts of allegedly misappropriated funds and legal costs. None of the allegations have been tested in court. Marlow has not yet filed a defence.
 
KAYAKERS RESCUED OFF MELMERBY BEACH *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Tuesday 4th September 2018
A close call turned into a successful rescue in the Melmberby Beach area last night. RCMP Corporal Ron Bryce tells us the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre combined its abilities with RCMP and a coast guard boat to help three kayakers who got into trouble in a rip tide off the beach around 8 o'clock last night. Police are still putting together the final report, but Bryce says there was no loss of life, although it's a good lesson for people to remember about the unpredictable tides off our coastline.
 
COLCHESTER COUNTY LOOKING AT WHAT TO DO WITH SURPLUS TATAMAGOUCHE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Colchester County council is taking the next few weeks to decide whether or not to take ownership of Tatamagouche Elementary School and property. The former school has been declared surplus, as the new Tatamagouche Regional Academy will open to students this week. County Solicitor Dennis Scott told council an inspector went through the building last week and will need some time to put together a recommendation. District 7 Councillor Michael Gregory says the school is old, was built in three pieces and is full of asbestos. He says the cost of tearing it down will be big, and no one in the community is interested in taking it over. Gregory says three groups took a look at the school and property, but all declined.
 
PROVINCE PUTTING MONEY INTO BIBLE HILL POOL, 4-H
Tuesday 4th September 2018
The province has announced new funds to keep seniors, students and children swimming in Bible Hill. Agriculture Minster Keith Colwell announced 50-thousand dollars today for infrastructure improvements at the Glen W. Smith Community Pool. These funds will ensure that the 45-year-old pool receives new brick work this fall. The facility is leased to the Scotia Pool Society by the Department of Agriculture for one dollar a year. The province has announced new funds to keep seniors, students and children swimming in Bible Hill. Agriculture Minster Keith Colwell announced 50-thousand dollars today for infrastructure improvements at the Glen W. Smith Community Pool. These funds will ensure that the 45-year-old pool receives new brick work this fall. The facility is leased to the Scotia Pool Society by the Department of Agriculture for one dollar a year. Colwell also announced 50 thousand dollars from the province to go towards renovating the 4-H infrastructure at the Provincial Exhibition Grounds. 
 
MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON FOLLOWING HALIFAX APT FIRE
Tuesday 4th September 2018
A man has been arrested in Dartmouth after a fire outside an apartment building on North Street in Halifax last night. The fire was reported at 9:24 p.m. and about half a dozen fire trucks responded to what appears to be a case of arson. According to Halifax Fire commander Mike Blackburn, the fire started outside the building, but firefighters were able to contain it before it could get inside. There's no word on the suspect's age or his date in court.
 
CHARGES RESULT FROM GARDEN OF EDEN B&E
Tuesday 4th September 2018
A man and woman face charges after police responded to a break and enter early Thursday night at a home in the Garden of Eden area. A caller advised police that after breaking into the residence, the suspects left in a vehicle, and he was able to provide police with a vehicle description and licence plate number. RCMP officers located the vehicle driving toward New Glasgow, stopped it, and arrested the man and woman inside. A 25-year-old man from Truro faces charges of Break and Enter, Possession of Break-In Tools and Mischief. He will appear in Pictou Court today. A 24-year-old woman from Truro faces charges of Break and Enter and is scheduled to appear in Pictou Court on October 24 to answer to the charge. The investigation continues.
 
BRITISH SAILORS GO ON TRIAL FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
Tuesday 4th September 2018
The trial of two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Nova Scotia military base begins Tuesday. Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015. The Crown had originally charged four men, but charges against two of the sailors were dropped. Several days into a preliminary inquiry in April 2016, charges were dropped against Craig Stoner, while charges against Joshua Finbow were withdrawn in December. The Crown said the prospect of convicting Finbow became unrealistic after Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Patrick Duncan deemed his police statement inadmissible at trial. Twenty-seven days have been set aside.
 
OXFORD SINKHOLE IS STABLE FOR THE MOMENT
Tuesday 4th September 2018
The large sinkhole in Oxford appears to have stopped growing - at least for now - as officials continue to monitor the situation. The sinkhole now measures 32.6 metres by 38.7 metres. The sinkhole, which has swallowed trees, picnic tables and part of a nearby parking lot, developed in early July at the Oxford and Area Lions Parkland. Minor cracks continue to develop in the parking lot and are being monitored closely. The spectacle has been drawing curious onlookers to the small town, roughly 30 minutes from the New Brunswick border.
 
SPORTS SEPTEMBER 4
Tuesday 4th September 2018
The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards are the 2018 PeeWee AA Tier 1 Provincial Champions. The host Blizzards posted a perfect record of 4 and 0 over the weekend. So New Glasgow will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships in Fredericton Sept.14-16th.
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The Pictou County Royals went 1-2 the Nova Scotia Intermediate baseball provincials this weekend. Dartmouth won the title, beating Truro 19-9 on Sunday in the championship game. The tournament was played at Albion Ball Field in Stellarton.
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The Trap Stright Memorial Regatta will put some new names on the trophies after the weekend's very close set of races. After three days of sailing and 3 of four races counting - Bill Stright and his crew sailing “Titan” out of the host Pictou Yacht Club finished on top with a record of 3 wins. Second place goes to last year's Champion “Ghost” sailed by Peter Scott of the Charlottetown Yacht club. The Pictou Yacht Club's “Turbulence” with Phil McMullen at the helm finished third.
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The Wednesday morning Housewives Bowling League begins tomorrow at 9 am. New members welcome.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding another open registration for their upcoming fall session Wednesday night from 6-8pm. No experience is necessary. For more information go to pictoucountygymnasticsclub.com or find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on Facebook .
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Registration for novice-aged hockey players who wish to play on an all-female team in Pictou County will take place tonight from 6-7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls with birth years of 2010 and 2011 only. Registration fees will be collected once the team is formed, in late September or early October. For more information, contact Tracy Purvis at tpurvis03@hotmail.com
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There will be a hockey camp at the Wellness Center for IP/novice age players starting tonight. The camp will help players get ready for the season and will be 5 weekly one hour sessions. For complete details see the Pictou County Minor Hockey website pcmha.com or contact Tom at 902-616-1072.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 12 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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The RCAFA 110 Wing in Stellarton are holding the Jim Emery Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept 15th at Abercrombie Golf Club. The 4 person scramble will tee off at 1:00 pm and be followed up with a steak supper at the Wing. There are only 6 spots remaining if your team wants carts. To register call the Wing (902-752-5168) any day after 3 pm. Cost is $70 which includes the golf, cart, and supper. There is also a Hole in One prize for the tournament on all par threes. The top prize is worth $10,000 on the tenth hole, sponsored by Paul Sexton with Scotia Wealth Management.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
The Calgary Stampeders kept their string of Labour Day wins alive with a 23-20 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos.
Alex Green and Brandon Banks had two touchdowns apiece to rally the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a 42-28 Labour Day win over the Toronto Argonauts.
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MLB
American League
Matt Duffy drove in a pair of runs and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1.
Chicago White Sox 4 Detroit 2
Houston 4 Minnesota 1
Oakland 6 N.Y. Yankees 3
Kansas City 5 Cleveland 1
L.A. Angels 3 Texas 1
Seattle 2 Baltimore 1
National League
Washington 4 St. Louis 3 (10 innings)
Miami 3 Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 1
Milwaukee 4 Chicago Cubs 3
Colorado 9 San Francisco 8
N.Y. Mets 4 L.A. Dodgers 2
San Diego 6 Arizona 2
Interleague
Boston 8 Atlanta 2
 
TWO DEAD IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY CAR CRASH
Monday 3rd September 2018
Two people are dead and another has serious injuries after a crash in Linwood, Antigonish County Sunday night. RCMP say a small car was travelling on Highway 4 in that community when it left the road, rolled over and hit a tree around 6:51 Sunday evening. A 23-year-old man from Port Hastings and a 27-year-old man from Troy died at the scene. A 19-year-old woman who was in the back seat was airlifted to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
 
STELLARTON POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY
Monday 3rd September 2018
Stellarton Police have arrested a 36-year-old man and charged him with the armed robbery of the Medical Hall Pharmasave on Thursday evening. The man will stay in jail until he appears before a judge Tuesday morning. He is facing 4 charges. Those charges include Robbery, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Using a Firearm while committing an offence and carrying a concealed weapon. The man is alleged to have threatened a store employee before taking off with a small amount of drugs, just before sunset Thursday evening in Stellarton. Luckily, nobody was hurt.
 
LOCAL AND MAJOR LEAGUE SPORTS FOR LABOUR DAY MONDAY MORNING
Monday 3rd September 2018
The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards are the 2018 PeeWee AA Tier 1 Provincial Champions. The host Blizzards went a perfect 4 and 0  to win the championship over the weekend. On Friday, New Glasgow defeated Hants North 8-5 and Yarmouth 10-7. Saturday saw the Blizzards defeat Kentville 12-2 and Springhill 9-0. So New Glasgow will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships in Fredericton Sept.14-16th.

The Trap Stright Memorial Regatta concluded on Sunday with great sailing conditions and very close racing. After three days of sailing and 3 or four races counting - Bill Stright and his crew sailing Titan out of the host Pictou Yacht Club finished on top with a record of 3 wins. Second place goes to last year's Champion “Ghost” sailed by Peter Scott of the Charlottetown Yacht club. The Pictou Yacht Club's Turbulence with Phil McMullen at the helm finished in 3rd place. Class A winner was Ghost, Class B Titan and Class D was won by John Rankin and Pepper of the Charlottetown Yacht Club.

In the Majors... Detroit 11 Yankees 7... Jays 6 Marlins 1... Chicago White Sox 8 Boston Red Sox 0
 
SCHOOL BUSES AHEAD, SO REFRESH YOURSELF ON THE RULES OF THE ROAD - POLICE
Monday 3rd September 2018
Back to school is just hours away, and that means we'll be seeing school buses on the road this week. Constable Ken MacDonald of New Glasgow Regional Police says watch for those red and amber lights on the buses, because fines are steep if you don't obey them. Flashing amber lights on a school bus mean to slow down, and red flashers mean you need to come to a complete stop. Also, it's a good idea to remember that young kids who are excited about school starting up might be distracted, so be extra careful when you see students on the shoulders of roads and on sidewalks or crosswalks these next couple of weeks.
 
TRUMP MAKES MORE THREATS, WHILE TRUDEAU CONSULTS WITH BRIAN MULRONEY
Monday 3rd September 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump has renewed his threat to withdraw entirely from the North American Free Trade Agreement and he's warning Congress to butt out of negotiations with Canada. He also tweeted: "There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal." But critics say what Trump is conveniently leaving out of that tweet is that the American Congress only gave permission for Trump to set up a deal with all three countries, not just the States and Mexico alone. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought the advice of former prime minister Brian Mulroney over the long weekend. The Prime Minister's Office is confirming the conversation with Mulroney, whose government delivered the Canada-U.S. Free Trade deal, which was the predecessor to NAFTA.
 
WEEKEND HOUSE FIRE LEAVES FAMILY HOMELESS IN NEW GLASGOW
Monday 3rd September 2018
Three people were displaced by Labour Day weekend fire that extensively damaged an older, two-storey house in New Glasgow. Pictou County volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging, meals, clothing purchases and other aid for a couple and their 18-year-old son. There were no injuries from the fire, reported around 12 noon Sunday at 295 Stellarton Road.
 
WEEKEND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS THREE TO HOSPITAL AND ONE AIR LIFTED FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION
Sunday 2nd September 2018
A four vehicle motorcycle accident that happened in New Germany N.S yesterday morning sent three men to the hospital by ambulance. According to an RCMP release the collision happened just after 9:00am on Cornwall Road in Union Square. Police said the collision was caused by a chain reaction where all four motorcycles and their four male riders were involved.  One man with serious injuries was taken by Life Flight, according to the release. There were no other riders on any of the motorcycles. Police say they are now examining the scene for evidence as to what exactly happened.
 
STOCK TRANSPORTATION AND N.S. BUS DRIVERS GIVEN NEW FRAMEWORK FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR
Sunday 2nd September 2018
Stock Transportation has been working over the long weekend to ensure that school starts without too many surprises and kids get home safely. New guidelines were given to Stock for the upcoming school year. The Bus Planner Bus Rider Subscription program will be implemented in the fall and allows parents to see the routes and receive notifications about any schedule changes. Crystal Truax, Regional Manager for Stock Transportation says, "The changes have happened to ensure we have manifests for each bus driver of which students are riding their bus both in the morning and in the afternoon. Truax says, “In the past, there was not good controls in place and we recognize that, because of who was getting on and off our buses." Childcare during the week for some, is shared separately between two parents. Drop offs could change depending on the day and at times, even on the same day. The schedule is said to help bus drivers stay on top of where a child should be going, on any given day.