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Showing news for the month of March , 2017

PROVINCE RELEASES LATEST FINANCIAL "REPORT CARD" FOR MUNCIPALITIES
Monday 27th March 2017
The Department of Municipal Affairs has released data for the 2015-16 fiscal year which shows how municipalities set and manage their budgets and capital priorities. The Financial Condition Index (FCI) has fifteen indicators, including revenue, budget deficits and capital assets. The figures work as a snapshot for towns and counties to see where improvements can be made. In the latest report, Stellarton only had one FCI indicator in the red, scoring below the threshold for undepreciated assets. Pictou County had two indicators in the red, with four reds for New Glasgow and Trenton, five for the town of Pictou, and seven for Westville. The full report is available on the Department of Municipal Affairs website.


MORE THAN ONE IN TEN STILL DON'T HAVE FAMILY DOCTOR
Monday 27th March 2017
New numbers from Statistics Canada show more than one in 10 Nova Scotians don’t have access to a family doctor. The numbers come four years into a provincial liberal mandate which promised a doctor for everyone, but over 90,000 people are still without. Numbers for 2015 were released last week covering people ages 12 and over and show that 91,800 people across the province don’t have a family doctor, with more than half in the Halifax area. Health Minister Leo Glavine said there would be a number of announcements for Halifax, Dartmouth and other parts of the province in the coming weeks.


NO NEED TO IMPORT BEES, SAY BEEKEEPERS, ESPECIALLY WITH PEST WORRIES
Monday 27th March 2017
Nova Scotia's Beekeepers are worried their industry is being threatened by a decision to import bees from Ontario that could carry a pest that is not present in the province. Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association President Lauren Park says the importation of bees is unnecessary this year and a risk the government shouldn't be willing to take. Ontario is the only region in Canada that has an established population of Small Hive Beetles, and Nova Scotian Beekeepers don't want their hives affected. Park says bees don't need to be imported this year to pollinate the blueberry fields, as there is a drop in demand for hives due to historic low market prices for blueberries.


STORM-DELAYED SCHOOL MEETING IN PICTOU TONIGHT
Monday 27th March 2017
After several storm delays, the special meeting of the CCRSB concerning school options in the town of Pictou will be held tonight at the Pictou Elementary Gym. The School Options Committee will formally present their recommendations to the board, followed by a technical report asked for by the board in response to the recommendations. The committee is recommending either a new P-12 school be built within the town of Pictou, or else the Board purchase and maintain Pictou Elementary, and move all middle and high school students to the building that currently holds Dr. Thomas MacCulloch school. The board will make its final decision at their next Regular Public Board Meeting on 5 April.


FUNNY MONEY FOUND IN HALIFAX
Monday 27th March 2017
Halifax Regional Police are warning of the presence of fake American currency in the area. Police say in a news release that there have been at least eight reports of counterfeit American bills since February 24th in $20, $50 and $100 in denominations. The Bank of Canada website has a number of tips to help people determine the legitimacy of currency. Police remind the public that you will not be reimbursed if you unknowingly accept a counterfeit bill, and that passing counterfeit money is a crime.


MARIJUANA TO BE LEGALIZED BY JULY 2018
Monday 27th March 2017
The Prime Minister's office says legal marijuana will likely be reality by Canada Day of next year. The legislation will be introduced in Parliament during the week of April 10. Under the proposed legislation, Ottawa will be in charge of making sure the country's marijuana supply is safe and secure and will license producers. But the provinces will have the right to decide how the marijuana is distributed and sold. Provincial governments can also set prices. While the minimum age to buy legal pot will be 18, provinces can set a higher age limit. As for Canadians who want to grow their own marijuana, they will be limited to four plants per household. Legalizing marijuana was one of the more controversial promises Justin Trudeau made as he campaigned to become prime minister. But in their platform the Liberals said it was necessary to "legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana" in order to keep drugs "out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals."


REFUSALS AT CANADA/US BORDER GOING DOWN, BUT SO ARE CROSSINGS
Monday 27th March 2017
Despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump's immigration policies are making it much harder to cross, fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months. The Canadian Press reports that refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5 per cent between October and the end of February compared with the same five-month period a year earlier, according to U.S. government statistics. About 180,000 fewer people attempted to cross the border in the most recent figures. The figures, confirmed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, contrast with recent anecdotal reports of Canadians denied entry into the U.S., with many placing the blame on the policies of the Trump administration, including its controversial attempts to ban arrivals from several predominantly Muslim countries. A further breakdown of the border data shows a sharp drop in Canadian refusals at the U.S. border in the first two months of this year as 2,600 Canadian travellers were denied entry, compared with 3,500 for the same two-month period of 2016. But Canadian immigration and civil liberties advocates caution the numbers don't tell the whole story. Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman said he is fielding more calls than ever from people planning a trip to the U.S. and wanting to make sure they have the paperwork they need. The new U.S. data doesn't disclose the specific reasons for refusals; there are more than 60 reasons someone can be turned away and so it's not clear whether there's been a change in why people are being turned back. The fact that the numbers overall of people crossing the border are also down suggests some are just staying home, a fact borne out in recent days as a number of groups announced they were cancelling cross border trips. Among them is Canada's largest school board, which said Thursday it would stop the planning of future field trips to the U.S. indefinitely because of uncertainty about possible border restrictions. Earlier this month, Girl Guides of Canada said it would move pre-emptively to avoid uncertainty at the border by cancelling trips to the U.S.


SPORTS MARCH 27
Monday 27th March 2017
The Crushers and Ramblers have battled back and forth to make it to game 7 in their opening round playoff series. The deciding match will be tomorrow night at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The winner will face the Truro Bearcats, who eliminated Yarmouth on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Scotians are moving on after defeating Glace Bay in game 7 of their series Sunday night 4-3. The Scotians will take on the winner of the Liverpool/Valley series, with the Valley Maple Leafs leading 3 games to 2.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers won the provincial banner on home ice Sunday afternoon, beating the TASA Ducks 3-2 in front of a packed rink, as Captain Landon Sim scored the winner with less than 4 seconds in regulation. Keifer Avery and Blaise MacDonald also scored for Pictou County. The Atlantic Peewee AAA championships are in two weeks time in Conception Bay, NL.
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Daniel Martin was a double medal winner last week at the Special Olympics World Winter Games last week in Austria, placing 6th in the men's 800m snowshoe, getting silver as part of the men's 4x400m Relay and GOLD in the 1600 m. Special Olympics Pictou County is hosting a welcome back party Tuesday night at the UCT Building of Summer Street Industries from 6:30-7:30. Everyone is invited to come and congratulate Daniel on his success.
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Once again, Pictou County Lightning Basketball outperformed expectations, with 7 teams competing over the weekend in a field of 124, winning 3 gold and 1 silver. In the U12 and U14 divisions, the Lightning won 6 out of 28 gold and 2 silver. In Female DIVISION 2, team Mackay/Arbuckle won SILVER. In Female Division 5, team MacLeod /MacKay won GOLD, as did team Smith/King in Male Division 4 and team Smith in Male Division 8. The U18 AA Pictou County Lightning team Stinson won SILVER.
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Shout out to Noah Dignan has just returned from Vancouver where he was part of the Nova Scotia Provincial Soccer team. Noah did very well, scoring the winning goals in games against Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre presents its annual ice show "When You Wish Upon a Star" on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This Disney themed show features young Canskaters all the way up to the Mariposa East Provincial and National Competitors. Tickets are available at the door $10 for adults, children get free admission.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves and Adam Lowry scored a third-period power-play goal to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Detroit 3 Minnesota 2 (OT)
Dallas 2 New Jersey 1 (OT)
Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 2
Anaheim 6 N.Y. Rangers 3
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NBA
Brooklyn 107 Atlanta 92
Charlotte 120 Phoenix 106
Chicago 109 Milwaukee 94
Houston 137 Oklahoma City 125
Sacramento 98 L.A. Clippers 97
Boston 112 Miami 108
Indiana 107 Philadelphia 94
Golden State 106 Memphis 94
New Orleans 115 Denver 90
Portland 97 L.A. Lakers 81
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MLB Pre-Season
Toronto (ss) 4 Detroit 3
Baltimore 2 Toronto (ss) 1
Boston 7 Minnesota 2
Houston 5 Washington 1
St. Louis 3 Miami 0
Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 3
N.Y. Yankees 7 Tampa Bay 4
N.Y. Mets 8 Atlanta 2
Chicago Cubs 22 Cincinnati (ss) 4
Texas 3 L.A. Dodgers 2
Oakland 11 Milwaukee 1
San Diego (ss) 9 Chicago Cubs 4
Chicago White Sox 4 San Francisco 3
Seattle 7 Cincinnati (ss) 6
Cleveland 6 Arizona 5
Colorado 4 San Diego (ss) 1
Kansas City 8 L.A. Angels 7


SPORTS UPDATE MARCH 24, 2017
Saturday 25th March 2017
Maritime Hockey League Playoffs
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Amherst 5 Pictou County 3 (Amherst leads series 3-2) Miramichi 4 St. Stephen 3 (Miramichi wins series 4-0)
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NHL
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Anaheim 3 Winnipeg 1 N.Y. Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 3 (SO) Tampa Bay 2 Detroit 1 (OT) Dallas 6 San Jose 1
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre presents its annual ice show "When You Wish Upon a Star" on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The show features young Canskaters all the way up the the Mariposa East Provincial and National Competitors.Tickets are available at the door" $10 for adults, children get free admission.
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The Fundy Highland Peewee AA female Subway Selects are hosting 4 other provincial Peewee AA female teams at the Hector Arena this weekend. Come on out and cheer these young players on in their fight for the provincial prize.
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The Pictou County Lightning Under 18 Boys Basketball Team is hosting a tournament this weekend at New Glasgow Academy. The boys play today at 10am & 5pm.
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NEW GLASGOW PARTICIPATES IN EARTH HOUR
Saturday 25th March 2017
Many Canadians will be turning the lights out tonight as they join other global citizens in marking the tenth annual Earth Hour, including many here in New Glasgow. The World Wildlife Fund founded Earth Hour in 2007 when it launched in Australia. The event aims to draw attention to climate change and encourage people to reduce their environmental impact. It has since grown to a worldwide movement with people from more than 170 countries across six continents taking individual action. This year's events include New Glasgow Recreation hosting educational sessions for grades primary to three students planting a variety of vegetables that will then be transferred into the natural play space and garden at New Glasgow Academy. The fall harvest will be used in the Panther Pantry. A short video and information on Earth Hour was shared with the children so they understand the impact of growing their own food and reducing energy use. There will also be an Earth Hour poster contest sponsored by the Town of New Glasgow for grade five students. Tonight, The Town will also reduce the power and lighting at Town owned buildings during Earth Hour and encourages residents and businesses to reduce lighting and power usage as they join communities around the world in helping to fight climate change. New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks says the municipality takes pride in supporting initiatives that strengthen environmental stewardship, locally and as part of a national and a global collective vision. Dicks says Families can make Earth Hour fun with things such as unplugging while focusing on ideas such as board games by candlelight or LED battery lights, sharing a snack with reduced lighting, playing acoustic music, reading by flashlight and more unplugged activities.


DENNIS OLAND TO SEEK ACQUITTAL IN SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
Friday 24th March 2017
Dennis Oland's second degree murder case soon could be back before the Supreme Court of Canada. Buoyed by the court's decision Thursday that Oland was wrongly denied bail pending the appeal of his murder conviction, his lawyers expect to file more arguments to the country's highest court next week, seeking an acquittal. Lead counsel Alan Gold says they should know by June if the court will hear this new appeal. Oland's conviction in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his father was overturned by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in October, after he had already served about 10 months in prison. The appeal court cited errors in the trial judge's instructions to the jury and ordered a new trial for Oland, releasing him until then, saying his presumption of innocence had been restored. But the Crown filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in January, seeking to have the jury's guilty verdict reinstated. Gold says the guilty verdict was unreasonable and want the Supreme Court to review some of the issues dismissed by the appeal court. That includes the admissibility of the Crown's key piece of evidence against Oland — a blood-stained brown Hugo Boss sports jacket, seized from his bedroom closet a week after the murder. If Oland's retrial proceeds, it's not expected to be heard until at least next year.


LAFARGE TAKING ANOTHER RUN AT PLAN TO BURN SCRAP TIRES AT BROOKFIELD PLANT
Friday 24th March 2017
The province is once again considering a plan by a cement plant owner in Brookfield to burn used tires as fuel. LaFarge Canada filed a proposal with the Department of Environment Thursday. Right now the plant burns coal and other traditional fossil fuels. Back in 2007, the province turned down a similar proposal by LaFarge, saying there were there were "too many unknowns" about the emissions.  The company already burns tires at its kiln in Quebec and argues in its environmental assessment that allowing it to burn tires would reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning coal. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says department staff will examine the application. She said she does not think there is enough information about the proposal yet. In its proposal, LaFarge says it will be working with a research team from Dalhousie University on emissions testing.


KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE GETS GO-AHEAD FROM THE PRESIDENT
Friday 24th March 2017
Calgary-based TransCanada says it has received a presidential permit from the U.S. State Department that allows it to build the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline had been blocked by President Barack Obama, who said it would do nothing to reduce fuel prices for American motorists and would boost the emissions that cause global warming. The new administration has said repeatedly that President Donald Trump supports the project. However, Keystone may face more hurdles. TransCanada still does not have deals with all the landowners in Nebraska on the proposed route. The company also lacks a permit in that state and protesters promise they will try to stop the project, which will stretch from Alberta to refineries in Texas.


GAS UP, DIESEL DOWN
Friday 24th March 2017
Fuel prices went in opposite directions this week. Regular self-serve gas is up a penny to $1.041 per litre, while diesel dropped to $1.018 per litre.


NEW GLASGOW ACADEMY OFFERING AFRICENTRIC PROGRAM FOR THE VERY YOUNG
Friday 24th March 2017
New Glasgow Academy is accepting applications for the 4 Plus Africentric Program. The Early Learning Program creates a foundation of Africentric understanding and culture for four year-olds. This program also allows parents and guardians of students, as well as the African Nova Scotian community, to connect in a positive, pro-active way. The 4 Plus program is open to children of African descent, as well as children living in the catchment area of New Glasgow Academy. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 3. Contact Sara Wilson at 902-755-8400 (Ext: 115) or at wilsonsc@ccrsb.ca. Note that parents and guardians who have previously submitted an application for the program do not need to submit again.


PROVINCE WAITING ON OTTAWA BEFORE MAKING MOVES ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Friday 24th March 2017
The provincial justice minister is waiting on Ottawa to table its marijuana legalization law before making any decisions, while the finance minister is staying tight-lipped about how, or even if, pot will be taxed. Justice Minister Diana Whalen said certain choices relating to the issue are under the purview of the province, including where legalized pot would be sold and how old someone has to be to buy it. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the marijuana legislation should be ready by the summer. Whalen said once that happens, the provinces will have time to "finalize where we stand." In terms of where it will be sold, Whalen said options include through the NSLC or independent retail locations. She said an important part of making decisions on pot at the provincial level will be consulting with the other Atlantic provinces on their plans.  Nova Scotia Finance Minister Randy Delorey would not say if, or how, the province plans to tax legal marijuana. 


NATURAL RESOURCES GETTING NEW FIREFIGHTING CHOPPERS
Friday 24th March 2017
The Department of Natural Resources will face this year's forest fire season with some brand new equipment. One of four new H-125 Airbus helicopters arrived in February and a second one landed in Shubenacadie this week. Last August, firefighters with Natural Resources battled a forest fire for 10 days near Kejimkujik National Park. The fire took place during extreme drought conditions in southwestern Nova Scotia. The third helicopter is expected this summer with the final one arriving in 2018. The new helicopters will be able to stay in the air significantly longer than the current fleet, which is made up of five different aircraft. They will also be able to carry three times more water. The new fleet is estimated to cost about $16 million, but provincial officials say it will be at least another 25 years before the new helicopters need replacing. They say maintenance costs should only be a third of what was being spent on the existing fleet.


SPORTS MARCH 24 *UPDATED 10:50 AM*
Friday 24th March 2017
Game 5 between the Crushers and the Amherst Ramblers is tonight at 7 at the Keating Millenium Centre in Antigonish: while technically a Crushers home game, the location has changed because of the Pictou County Home Show. Last night, the Timberwolves swept St. Stephen out of the playoffs with a 4-0 shutout of the Aces.
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It's do or die for the Pictou County Scotians, as they play the 7th game in their series with the Glace Bay Junior Miners. The Scotians will advance with a win in Membertou on Sunday night.
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Pictou County's Daniel Martin is a gold medalist. He finished first in the 1600m men's snowshoe final at the Special Olympics World Games in Austria. He won silver earlier this week as part of the men's 4x400m relay. Great work Daniel!
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The Fundy Highland Peewee AA female Subway Selects are hosting 4 other provincial Peewee AA female teams at the Hector Arena this weekend. Come on out and cheer these young players on in their fight for the provincial prize. The first game is 11 am on Friday, with opening ceremonies at 6:30pm Friday night.
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The Pictou County Under 18 Boys Basketball Team is hosting a tournament this weekend at New Glasgow Academy. The boys play this afternoon at 4pm, and Saturday at 11am & 5pm. Come on out and cheer them on!
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Baseball tryouts for the Kinsmen MacGregor Midgets will begin on Saturday from 9am to 11am at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex.  All midget aged players as well as any bantam looking to get a head start on their season are welcome to attend. This is gearing up to be a busy season for the Macs as they have a trip planned to the Okotoks Baseball program in Alberta  as well as their regular season play.  All players attending tryouts are required to have workout clothing as well as indoor footwear and plenty of water. Workouts will be under the direction of head coach Johnnie Russell and his coaching staff. Fees are $10 per session. For further information please contact Johnnie at 902 755 4775 or via email Russelllathletic@eastlink.ca. Dates for additional workouts are March 26 1:30 -2:30 pm,  April 1 3-5 pm,  April 2 9-10:30 am,  April 15 10 am – noon, April 16 1:30 pm -3:30 pm, April 23 8:30- 10:30 pm, April 30 8:30- 10:30, May 06 10:00 am- noon, and May 13 10:00- noon.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Drake Caggiula and Jordan Eberle scored 1:10 apart to break a tie late in the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4.
Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames 3-1.
Auston Matthews and William Nylander had two points apiece as the Toronto Maple Leafs picked up their seventh win in the last nine games, a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Lee Stempniak scored twice as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 to extend their point streak to nine games and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a game marred by a gruesome finger injury to Ottawa's Marc Methot.
Los Angeles 5 Winnipeg 2
St. Louis 4 Vancouver 1
Washington 2 Columbus 1 (SO)
Tampa Bay 6 Boston 3
Florida 3 Arizona 1
Philadelphia 3 Minnesota 1
Chicago 3 Dallas 2 (SO)
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points, marking the first time he's had that many in consecutive games, and the Toronto Raptors pulled off their 19th double-digit comeback of the season to beat the Miami Heat 101-84.
Brooklyn 126 Phoenix 98
Dallas 97 L.A. Clippers 95
San Antonio 97 Memphis 90
Portland 110 New York 95
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MLB Pre-Season
St. Louis 5 Miami 3
Minnesota 4 Philadelphia 2
Washington 1 N.Y. Mets 0
N.Y. Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 5
Boston 10 Pittsburgh 7
Chicago White Sox 4 Cincinnati 2
Cleveland 8 Colorado 3
Oakland 15 Milwaukee 5
Chicago Cubs 5 Arizona 5
San Diego 6 L.A. Angels 2
Atlanta 2 Detroit 1
L.A. Dodgers 10 Texas 2
Seattle 9 San Francisco 2


KAIZENGLOBAL.COM PROMPTS A WARNING FROM FROM PROVINCIAL SECURITIES COMMISSION
Thursday 23rd March 2017
The Nova Scotia Sec­urities Commission is alerting investors that Kaizen Group International Ltd. and kaizenglobal.com are not registered to sell securities in this province.
Kaizenglobal.com is owned by Kaizen Gro­up International Ltd­., a company registe­red in England. Reza Mokhtarian, a resid­ent of Ontario and the sole director and secretary of the co­mpany, has been char­ged with fraud over $5,000. 
Kaizenglobal.com and its products have been promoted through social media and Kijiji. The commission is warning Nova Scotians that online advert­ising services are a dangerous place to shop for investments and recommends exer­cising extreme cauti­on when dealing with firms that are not registered in Nova Scotia.
It further warns that it's illegal to solicit investme­nts to Nova Scotians without registering with the commission and complying with provincial securiti­es laws.  A similar alert aimed at Kaizen Global has also been issued in Quebec.
To see if a company or person is regist­ered just check this website – That site is ar­etheyregistered.ca


PREMIER ANNOUNCES SPRING SITTING OF LEGISLATURE AND BUDGET DATE
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil says the spring sitting of the legislature will begin April 25, with the new budget to follow two days later.
McNeil says the plan is to have the session wrap up by the Victoria Day long weekend on May 22nd.
But with speculation high that an election call could come this spring, McNeil also refused to rule out dropping the writ before the budget is debated and passed by the legislature.
He is only saying that he's looking forward to tabling the budget and then spending his summer “talking to Nova Scotians.”
Opposition Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says the premier is playing political games around important things like the budget and that’s why the province should have a fixed election date.
NDP Leader Gary Burrill says when a budget is tabled it should be debated and voted on because of the implications it has for people province-wide.


GOOD NEWS FOR LOCAL FERRY JOBS, TOURISM OPERATORS
Thursday 23rd March 2017
There's good news for Pictou County tourism operators.
The Northumberland Ferry service between Wood Islands and Caribou is getting some federal cash thanks to yesterday's budget, and will remain in service for at least another five years.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is an Island M-P and says Wednesday's federal budget included $273 million over five years for Atlantic Canadians ferry services, including the Northumberland Ferries service as well as a crossing from Souris to the Magdalen Islands.
The funding will also allow the Caribou to Wood Islands service, which had only one ferry operating last year, to return to its usual two-ferry service.


PICTOU ACADEMY FOUNDATION PLEDGING $1 MILLION *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Thursday 23rd March 2017
The Pictou Academy Educational Foundation is offering one million dollars to help ensure there is a P-12 school in town. Foundation Chair Noella Martin,in a letter to the CCRSB, said the foundation has agreed to commit the money over five to seven years toward enhancements to a P-12 facility, either new or in an existing building, provided it's located in Pictou and to be named Pictou Academy. The foundation currently provides about $70,000 a year to Pictou Academy’s teachers and students, so fundraising will be needed to meet the goal of $1 million. A meeting scheduled for Wednesday for the school board to hear the School Options Committee's proposals, as well as a technical report asked for by the board, has been pushed back to Monday night at 7 pm at Pictou Elementary.


FEDERAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Ottawa is increasing EI premiums and going after drinkers, smokers and tax cheats to help finance a budget long on vision, high-tech growth, job retraining, lowering barriers for working mothers, but lean on actual spending. The 2017 budget details how $11.2 billion will be meted out to cities and provinces for affordable housing over 10 years, and an "innovation and skills plan" for six sectors: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health/bio-sciences and clean resources. It also details $7 billion in spending over 10 years for Canadian families, including 40,000 new subsidized daycare spaces across Canada by 2019, extended parental leave and allowing expectant mothers to claim maternity benefits 12 weeks before their due date. The federal deficit, meanwhile, is projected to be smaller than expected: $25.5 billion for 2017-18, not including a $3 billion contingency fund, before declining to $15.8 billion in 2021-22. EI premiums will climb five cents to $1.68 for every $100 of insurable earnings, as will taxes on alcohol and tobacco products, with annual increases tied to the rate of inflation. A crackdown on tax evaders and avoiders is also planned. The 71-year-old Canada Savings Bonds program, long synonymous with painless, low-interest savings for risk-averse adults and gift-giving grandparents, is also being phased out.


BUDGET GOOD FOR NOVA SCOTIA: DELOREY
Thursday 23rd March 2017
The provincial finance minister says the measures contained in the federal budget are in line with Nova Scotia's priorities. Randy Delorey says the budget's investments in such things as infrastructure, tech innovation, education, training opportunities and social housing are all measures that are important to Nova Scotia. In particular, Delorey says the changes around employment insurance that will allow the unemployed to pursue training opportunities is a positive development for a province trying to bolster its shrinking workforce. He also says there are no measures that he can see that would adversely affect his own budget. While no date has been set, Delorey says he plans to table a budget sometime next month. In it's December fiscal update, the province said it had a slim surplus of $12.1 million.


RECOMMENDATIONS IN WAKE OF REHTEAH PARSONS CASE ALMOST FULLY IMPLEMENTED
Thursday 23rd March 2017
The province says all of the recommendations in a review of how police and prosecutors handled the high-profile Rehtaeh Parsons case have either been put in place or are underway. The Justice Department says 14 of the 17 recommendations made in the October 2015 report led by former Ontario chief prosecutor Murray Segal have been implemented, and three are in motion. A progress report released Wednesday says Halifax Regional Police have implemented a sexual assault trauma policy and are dispatching officers trained in responding to sexualized violence to conduct preliminary investigations into sexual assault cases whenever possible. It also says members of Halifax Regional Police and RCMP will be relocated next month to allow child exploitation and sexual assault teams to investigate cases involving sexual assault and illegal images together. Parsons was 17 when she was taken off life-support in April 2013 after attempting suicide. Her case attracted national attention when her family alleged she had been sexually assaulted in November 2011 at the age of 15 and then bullied after a digital photo of the alleged assault was passed around her school.


SIX PLEAD GUILTY IN BRIDGEWATER PHOTO-SHARING CASE
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Six teens will be sentenced July 31st for sharing intimate images of high school girls without their consent. The male teenagers pleaded guilty to the charges Wednesday in Bridgewater. The six were charged last July after police concluded a year-long investigation involving local high school students. The victims included at least 20 local girls. At the time charges were laid, four of the accused were 15 years old, and the other two were 18. Their identities are protected from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The six were also charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, but a Crown prosecutor said those charges will likely be dismissed when the youths are sentenced.


MUNICIPAL EXPENSE RULES WON'T COVER BOOZE ANYMORE: CHURCHILL
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Soon, municipal politicians won't be able to belly up to the bar on the taxpayer's dime. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill says the change is part of a bill to be tabled during the spring sitting that would bring expense rules for municipal councillors and chief administrative officers in line with those in place for provincial politicians. Churchill says as a result, all expenses would have to be reported online under a uniform set of rules for all municipalities. There would also be municipal auditing committees that will include a qualified member of the public who would provide oversight. Churchill says the move is in response to a forensic audit in Richmond County that revealed questionable expense claims by some councillors and senior staff, and uncovered a lack documentation in the form of detailed receipts. He says there has to be a level of accountability and transparency around expenses that the public has confidence in.


FOUR DEAD, SEVEN CRITICAL AFTER LONDON TERROR ATTACK
Thursday 23rd March 2017
British police say they believe the attacker who killed three people including a police officer outside Parliament on Wednesday acted alone and was "inspired by international terrorism." Since the attack, police have raided six addresses since the attack, including in London and Birmingham, which have resulted in seven arrests in total. Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police, said that police are not ready to publicly identify the attacker and they are continuing to investigate "his motivation, his preparation and his associates." The death toll, after some confusion Wednesday, was revised to four. The raids come after the attacker drove an SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing the vehicle into the gates of Parliament on Wednesday. He scaled the fences and later fatally stabbed a policeman before being gunned down by officers. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "sick and depraved terrorist attack." The policeman has been identified as Keith Palmer, 48. Rowley said that 29 people required hospitalization and seven are in critical condition. Police were not to ready to publicly name the other two deceased until notification of next of kin, with at least one of the victims not from Britain. Those victims were identified as a woman in her 40s, and a man in his 50s. BBC reported that in addition to Britain, the injured included those from France, Romania and South Korea. While there is an increased police presence on Thursday, Rowley said there was no credible information of further threats. Parliament is scheduled to be in session later in the morning.


US OFFICIAL SAYS MONITORING OF SPIES PICKED UP SOME TRUMP TALK
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Donald Trump's personal communications were picked up by U.S. intelligence operations that were monitoring foreign espionage targets, a top Republican said Wednesday in a major twist in the real-life spy drama unfolding in Washington. Devin Nunes, the senior congressional watchdog on U.S. intelligence agencies, made that announcement to the news media, then went straight to the White House to brief the president on what he'd found. Nunes said he had seen dozens of intercepted communications from November, December, and January between the Trump transition team and foreign targets who were under U.S. surveillance by legally obtained security-court orders. But he suggested the material was then improperly spread. He offered a crisp one-word answer when asked whether Trump's own communications were picked up: "Yes." The dramatic events came just after the FBI announced that it had launched a criminal investigation into illegal email hacking and collusion between Russian government entities and the Trump campaign team. The alleged illicit activity, however, was not the intelligence collection itself, Nunes said — but the way it was subsequently spread around with the names of American citizens included in the reports. Yet this isn't necessarily good for the administration. It was this kind of dissemination of names from intercepts that cost Michael Flynn his job. He resigned as Trump's No. 1 national-security official after reports of undisclosed communication with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.


SPORTS MARCH 23 *UPDATED 8:50 AM*
Thursday 23rd March 2017
The Crushers defeated the Amherst Ramblers 5-3 to even the series at two games a piece. Game 5 will be Friday night at 7 at the Keating Millenium Centre in Antigonish: while technically a Crushers home game, the location has changed because of the Pictou County Home Show. Elsewhere in the MHL, the Truro Bearcats are one win from advancing, after beating the Yarmouth Mariners last night 2-1.
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The Pictou County Scotians are one win away from advancing in their best with the Glace Bay Junior Miners, following a decisive 6-2 victory in Trenton last night. The Scotians can seal the deal with a win in game 7 Sunday night in Membertou.
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Pictou County's Daniel Martin captured his first medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Austria. He was part of the Men’s 4x400m snowshoe relay, who won silver, less than a second behind the gold medalists. Brianna Harris from Truro captured Gold as part of the women’s 4x400m relay this morning, and Aimee Gordon from Cape Breton captured Gold in the women's 500m Speed Skating. Martin will be in the 1600m men's snowshoe final tomorrow. Follow along on TSN as well as the Special Olympics Canada website.
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The Fundy Highland Peewee AA female Subway Selects are hosting 4 other provincial Peewee AA female teams at the Hector Arena this weekend. Come on out and cheer these young players on in their fight for the provincial prize. The first game is 11 am on Friday, with opening ceremonies at 6:30pm Friday night.
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Baseball tryouts for the Kinsmen MacGregor Midgets will begin on Saturday from 9am to 11am at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex.  All midget aged players as well as any bantam looking to get a head start on their season are welcome to attend. This is gearing up to be a busy season for the Macs as they have a trip planned to the Okotoks Baseball program in Alberta  as well as their regular season play.  All players attending tryouts are required to have workout clothing as well as indoor footwear and plenty of water. Workouts will be under the direction of head coach Johnnie Russell and his coaching staff. Fees are $10 per session. For further information please contact Johnnie at 902 755 4775 or via email Russelllathletic@eastlink.ca. Dates for additional workouts are March 26 1:30 -2:30 pm,  April 1 3-5 pm,  April 2 9-10:30 am,  April 15 10 am – noon, April 16 1:30 pm -3:30 pm, April 23 8:30- 10:30 pm, April 30 8:30- 10:30, May 06 10:00 am- noon, and May 13 10:00- noon.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda received a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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At the women's world curling championships, Rachel Homan ran her win streak to double digits, defeating Italy's Diana Gaspari 8-5.
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NHL
William Nylander and Leo Komarov each had a goal and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.
N.Y. Islanders 3 N.Y. Rangers 2
Anaheim 4 Edmonton at 3
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NBA
Charlotte 109 Orlando 102
Boston 109 Indiana 100
Chicago 117 Detroit 95
Oklahoma City 122 Philadelphia 97
Washington 104 Atlanta 100
Denver 126 Cleveland 113
Milwaukee 116 Sacramento 98
Utah 108 New York 101
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MLB Pre-Season
Houston 8 Minnesota 4
N.Y. Yankees 7 Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 6 Washington 1
Toronto 5 Detroit 4
Miami 15 N.Y. Mets 9
Oakland 5 Chicago White Sox 3
Kansas City 6 San Diego 2
San Francisco 6 Milwaukee 4
Colorado 10 Cleveland 2
L.A. Angels (ss) 9 Seattle 8
Texas 7 L.A. Angels (ss) 4
Baltimore 7 Tampa Bay 4
Cincinnati 5 Chicago Cubs 2


DID YOU LOSE SOME MONEY IN STELLARTON? THE POLICE MAY HAVE IT
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Stellarton Police are hoping to reunite someone with some lost money. A considerable sum was found near the Royal Bank on Foord Street in late January and was turned in. Anyone wishing to claim the money can contact Stellarton Police.


SCHOOL BOARD MEETING POSTPONED TO MONDAY *UPDATED 12:05 PM*
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Tonight's meeting of the Chignecto Central Regional School Board has been rescheduled until Monday due to the storm forecast tonight. The location will be the same - the Pictou Elementary gymnasium at 7pm. The Northwestern Pictou County School Options Committee is recommending either a new P-12 school is built within the town of Pictou, or else the Board purchase and maintain Pictou Elementary, while moving all middle and high school students to the building that currently holds Dr. Thomas MacCulloch school. At the meeting, School Board will present a Staff Technical Report in response to the recommendations. The board will make its final decision in the School Review Process at their Regular Public Board Meeting on 5 April.


DAVE MACINTYRE OUT AS CEO OF PICTOU COUNTY YMCA
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
The Board of Directors of the Pictou County YMCA say Dave MacIntyre will not return as CEO. The announcement, released Tuesday, says the board has decided to take a different leadership direction. Charges of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm were laid against MacIntyre following an incident in Broadway around the end of January. The Crown later dropped the charges, saying there was no realistic prospect of a conviction. MacIntyre, who was hired in 2013, went on a voluntary leave of absence after being charged.


HALIFAX POLICE TO HOLD SURRENDER DAY FOR NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Halifax Regional Police say people with outstanding warrants will be able to turn themselves in as part of its first-ever voluntary surrender day. They say it's a way for people to avoid being arrested at home in front of family, in front of colleagues at work or during a traffic stop. The force says people with outstanding warrants for non-violent offences can go to the Dartmouth North Community Centre on April 29 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. It says there are currently 684 outstanding warrants on file and the goal is to reduce that number through the voluntary surrender initiative. People will be asked to present identification and will have their fingerprints and photo taken, and will likely have their warrants replaced with a court date. Halifax police say similar initiatives have been successful in the United States.


PREMIER SAYS NEXT ELECTION WOULD BE LEGITIMATE, EVEN WITHOUT RIDING CORRECTIONS
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
After a court ruling earlier this year condemned tweaks made to the province’s electoral boundaries, Premier Stephen McNeil says any election called would still be legitimate under the current framework. The court ruled that in 2012, the NDP government was out of line when it forced an independent commission to redraw three predominantly francophone ridings to include a larger, English-speaking population, while the predominantly African-Nova Scotian riding of Preston was also removed. McNeil said the government won’t wait for the legally-mandated ten year period to redraw the boundaries, but made no guarantee they would be in place before the next election, which must be called no later than the fall of next year. The premier’s comments come as both opposition parties continue to threaten legal action if an election is called without redrawing the districts in compliance with the court.


FEDERAL BUDGET EXPECTED TO BE CAUTIOUS WITH SPENDING
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Wednesday's federal budget is expected to emphasize skills and job training -- but will also illustrate lessons learned as Justin Trudeau's Liberals move towards the hard truths of the next campaign. The last time Finance Minister Bill Morneau went through this exercise, the Liberals were still aglow from their election win, and their first budget read like a longer and more expensive version of their campaign platform. After a bruising year in government and a U.S. election that challenges assumptions around the world, they are expected to take a more cautious approach with their 2017 budget. The government has precious little room to introduce new spending. Perhaps because spending expectations have been pushed so low, the Liberals hinted yesterday at bolder steps in social policy.


SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE ON BAIL IN MURDER APPEALS
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
The Supreme Court of Canada will rule this week whether New Brunswick's Court of Appeal was wrong in denying bail to Dennis Oland while he was awaiting an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction. Legal scholars say it could be a precedent-setting case. Oland was denied bail by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal early last year following his conviction in the murder of his father, well-known businessman Richard Oland. The 69-year-old was bludgeoned to death in his Saint John office in 2011. But Dennis Oland was subsequently granted bail by the same court last October, when his lawyers appealed his conviction and a new trial was ordered. He had spent 11 months in prison. A new trial is not expected until at least next year. Even though Dennis Oland had been released on bail, his lawyers proceeded with arguments before the Supreme Court in an effort to get clarity on the issue of bail pending appeal in murder cases. They say it is rare in Canada -- finding none in New Brunswick and only 34 cases in Canada. A cross-section of interveners, including the Criminal Lawyers Association of Ontario and attorneys general from three provinces, all agree the bail provisions need to be clarified by the top court because they are currently interpreted differently across the country. The decision is expected Thursday morning.


SPORTS MARCH 22
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
In the MHL playoffs:
The Dieppe Commandos are tied 2-2 with Summerside following a 5-3 victory last night. Tonight, the Crushers look to even up their series with the Ramblers in Amherst. The Truro Bearcats are ahead 2-1 as they play the Mariners in Yarmouth. And St. Stephen is looking for a win as they face the Timberwolves in Game 3 of their series in Miramichi.
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Daniel Martin put in a personal best to finish 6th in the men's 800m snowshoe final at the Special Olympics World Games. Daniel qualified for the 1600m final, which he will race on Friday. Daniel is a distance athlete. Another proud moment in Austria this week was Nova Scotia's Kaylee Stewart and Robert Fougere taking the gold medal in Pairs Figure Skating. We are told Daniel is having a blast touring the sites of Austria and hanging out in the Athletes Village, home to 3000 athletes from 110 countries. TSN broadcasts coverage daily as well as the Special Olympics Canada website.
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The Fundy Highland Peewee AA female Subway Selects are hosting 4 other provincial Peewee AA female teams at the Hector Arena this weekend. Come on out and cheer these young players on in their fight for the provincial prize. The first game is 11 am on Friday, with opening ceremonies at 6:30pm Friday night.
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Baseball tryouts for the Kinsmen MacGregor Midgets will begin on Saturday from 9am to 11am at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex.  All midget aged players as well as any bantam looking to get a head start on their season are welcome to attend. This is gearing up to be a busy season for the Macs as they have a trip planned to the Okotoks Baseball program in Alberta  as well as their regular season play.  All players attending tryouts are required to have workout clothing as well as indoor footwear and plenty of water. Workouts will be under the direction of head coach Johnnie Russell and his coaching staff. Fees are $10 per session. For further information please contact Johnnie at 902 755 4775 or via email Russelllathletic@eastlink.ca. Dates for additional workouts are March 26 1:30 -2:30 pm,  April 1 3-5 pm,  April 2 9-10:30 am,  April 15 10 am – noon, April 16 1:30 pm -3:30 pm, April 23 8:30- 10:30 pm, April 30 8:30- 10:30, May 06 10:00 am- noon, and May 13 10:00- noon.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda received a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Anthony Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to end a four-game losing streak.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals defeated the surging Calgary Flames 4-2.
Pittsburgh 3 Buffalo 1
New Jersey 3 N.Y. Rangers 2 (OT)
Arizona 5 Tampa Bay 3
Carolina 4 Florida 3
Winnipeg 3 Philadelphia 2
Vancouver 5 Chicago 4 (OT)
Minnesota 3 San Jose 2
St. Louis 4 Colorado 2
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan poured in 42 points as the Toronto Raptors rallied on a night marred by fists to beat Chicago 122-120 in overtime.
Brooklyn 98 Detroit 96
Miami 112 Phoenix 97
New Orleans 95 Memphis 82
Golden State 112 Dallas 87
San Antonio 100 Minnesota 93
Milwaukee 93 Portland 90
L.A. Clippers 133 L.A. Lakers 109
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MLB Pre-Season
Washington 3 Atlanta 1
Houston 2 Miami 1
Philadelphia 9 Minnesota 5
Pittsburgh 5 Tampa Bay 4
Toronto 5 Baltimore 2
L.A. Angels 9 Cincinnati 1
Milwaukee 5 L.A. Dodgers 4
San Francisco 5 San Diego 3
Arizona 4 Kansas City 2
Boston 4 N.Y. Yankees 2
Texas 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Oakland 8 Seattle 5


NOVA SCOTIA AND PEI RETAIL SPENDING WAY UP
Tuesday 21st March 2017
Retail sales increased by 2.2 per cent to $46 billion in January led by broad-based gains in every province and almost every type of store.
Sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers led the way with gains of  3.8 per cent. Sales at health and personal care stores increased 6 per cent, and general merchandise sales were up by 1.8 per cent.
"This was a good report all around," TD Bank economist Dina Ignjatovic said. "Consumers will remain a key driver of economic activity this year." On an annual basis, retail spending is up 6.4 per cent here in Nova Scotia, and it's up by a whopping 10-point-4 per cent on PEI.


WILDFIRE WATCHES BEGIN IN PROVINCE: ONLINE BURNSAFE MAP LISTS RESTRICTIONS BY COUNTY
Tuesday 21st March 2017
Even though winter is still hanging around, the Department of Natural Resources is reminding Nova Scotians to Check Before You Burn. The department's online BurnSafe map will indicate if it is safe to burn domestic brush or campfires in their county. Wildfire risk season is now underway until mid-October. In the last five years there were 441 wildfires in the March-April period. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines says even now the woods can quickly become dry enough for wildfires. The colour-coded BurnSafe map is available here.


FEDS PUTTING OFF ACCESS TO INFORMATION REFORMS, CALLING PROCESS "COMPLICATED"
Tuesday 21st March 2017
The Liberal government is delaying promised Access to Information reforms that would bring ministerial offices under the openness law, saying it needs more time to get right what it describes as a complex initiative. The government had pledged an initial wave of changes by the end of winter. The planned amendments included giving the information commissioner the power to order release of government records and ensuring the access law applies to the offices of the prime minister, cabinet members and administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts. Those changes will be postponed, with no new timeline for implementing them. The Access to Information system has been widely criticized as slow, out of date and riddled with loopholes that allow agencies to withhold information rather than release it. The law has not been significantly updated since it took effect almost 34 years ago. Treasury Board President Scott Brison has acknowledged a need for change and last year introduced some administrative changes aimed at improving the system. He issued a ministerial directive to enshrine the principle agencies should be "open by default," eliminated all Access to Information fees apart from the $5 application fee, and directed departments to release information in user-friendly formats whenever possible.


HEALTH AUTHORITY CONFIRMS CASE OF MEASLES ON HALIFAX-BOUND FLIGHT
Tuesday 21st March 2017
The provincial Health Authority has confirmed a case of travel-related measles in the province, and says that some people may have been exposed. The health authority did not identify the person infected, or specify where or how they contracted the illness, but it did say the case is travel-related. The health authority says people who visited the following locations on the dates and times specified may have been exposed to measles:
WestJet flight WS254 – departed Toronto on March 10 at 9:35 p.m. and arrived in Halifax at 12:32 a.m. on March 11. 
Arrivals area at Halifax Stanfield International Airport – March 11 from 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in West Caledonia – March 11 from 1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Emergency department at the South Shore Regional Hospital – from March 12 at 2:30 p.m. to March 15 at 9 p.m.
The health authority says anyone at risk of exposure may develop symptoms of measles between now and April 5, which include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, a red blotchy rash, sleepiness, irritability, and possibly small white spots inside the mouth and throat. Anyone who develops symptoms is asked to contact Public Health at 1-844-856-3677. Healthcare providers, such as a family doctor, should be notified in advance as they need to take special precautions in order to protect other patients from being exposed. Public Health is investigating, but the health authority says the case is not linked to the outbreak that affected seven people last month.


KEEP AN EYE ON COD STOCKS, COMMITTEE URGES
Tuesday 21st March 2017
A House of Commons committee is urging the Fisheries Department to conduct annual studies of the northern cod population off Newfoundland and Labrador to track its recovery. The MPs also urge annual studies of the population of capelin, a key food source for the cod. The report of the committee on fisheries and oceans says the cod stock is slowly rebounding from the 1992 collapse which killed the commercial fishery and sent tremors through the province. It also urges the Fisheries Department to hire more scientists to track the cod population and says the department should also limit the seal population, since those animals prey on both cod and capelin. Finally, the MPs said the department should produce a rebuilding plan for the northern cod, with targets and timelines.


POLICE STILL SEARCHING FOR SOURCE OF HARASSING EMAILS TO UNIVERSITE DE MONCTON
Tuesday 21st March 2017
Police are still looking for the author of a series of vicious emails targeting a University of Moncton female student. Three weeks ago, a first email was sent to thousands of students and staff, as an attack on the student.  Since then 10 emails have been sent, many containing photos and videos of a sexual nature. RCMP said Monday that although a suspect was identified early on in the investigation, they have yet to make contact with him, or figure out where he is. Sgt. André Pepin of the Codiac RCMP said a team of several investigators is on the case and he is optimistic police will be able to catch the suspect soon. The university confirmed Monday there's been no other attack since the tenth email sent two weeks ago. It's not known whether that's because the individual behind them has given up, or because the university has been successful in blocking him.


REPORT ON GENDER VIOLENCE TO BE RELEASED ON PARLIAMENT HILL
Tuesday 21st March 2017
Violence against young women on university campuses, online harassment and how the justice system can do a better job at treating victims of sexual assault are all expected to feature prominently today in a report on gender-based violence from the House of Commons committee on the status of women. Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, who chairs the committee that heard from 99 witnesses over the past year on what Ottawa could do to reduce violence against women and girls, says the report will come with some recommendations on how to share best practices around the country. That includes tackling what she calls “rape culture” and “victim blaming,” which she says touches on everything from street harassment to the judiciary. Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef is expected to unveil a federal gender-based violence strategy in the coming weeks. New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson says her party is issuing a supplementary report calling for the government to go a step further by developing a national action plan on gender-based violence that involves the provinces and territories. Many advocates have been pushing for a national plan to ensure more comparable access to support and services across the country.


SPORTS MARCH 21
Tuesday 21st March 2017
In the MHL playoffs: The Amherst Ramblers now lead 2 games to 1 over the Crushers following a 4-3 win at the Wellness Centre last night. Game 4 will be Wednesday night in Amherst. In other series, Yarmouth defeated Truro 6-5, but the Bearcats still lead the series 2-1. The Miramichi Timberwolves lead 2-0 over St. Stephen after last night's 7-3 win.
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On Monday, the province announced support for the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games with an investment at one of the main venues at St. Francis Xavier University. A one-million dollar contribution for seating improvements will provide greater accessibility for athletes and their families at the university's Oland Centre. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince, says the province and local organizers want to create the best national games experience ever for the 4,000 participants and their families when they arrive in Antigonish. The centre's existing bleachers were built in the 1960s and will be replaced by a new high-standard seating area for 1,500 people.
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Baseball tryouts for the Kinsmen MacGregor Midgets will begin on Saturday from 9am to 11am at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex.  All midget aged players as well as any bantam looking to get a head start on their season are welcome to attend. This is gearing up to be a busy season for the Macs as they have a trip planned to the Okotoks Baseball program in Alberta  as well as their regular season play.  All players attending tryouts are required to have workout clothing as well as indoor footwear and plenty of water. Workouts will be under the direction of head coach Johnnie Russell and his coaching staff. Fees are $10 per session. For further information please contact Johnnie at 902 755 4775 or via email Russelllathletic@eastlink.ca. Dates for additional workouts are March 26 1:30 -2:30 pm,  April 1 3-5 pm,  April 2 9-10:30 am,  April 15 10 am – noon, April 16 1:30 pm -3:30 pm, April 23 8:30- 10:30 pm, April 30 8:30- 10:30, May 06 10:00 am- noon, and May 13 10:00- noon.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda received a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Cam Talbot made 35 saves to record his second shutout in as many games and seventh of the season as the Edmonton Oilers closed out an eight-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Brad Marchand could become the first Bruin to win the NHL scoring race since Bobby Orr ruled the league. He scored his 80th point in a 4-2 loss to the Leafs.
Buffalo 2 Detroit 1
Nashville 3 Arizona 1
Dallas 1 San Jose 0
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NBA
Charlotte 105 Atlanta 90
Indiana 107 Utah 100
Orlando 112 Philadelphia 109 (OT)
Boston 110 Washington 102
Golden State 111 Oklahoma City 95
Houston 125 Denver 124
L.A. Clippers 114 New York 105
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MLB Pre-Season
Boston 7 Baltimore 4
Miami 9 Atlanta 3
Detroit 5 N.Y. Mets 1
N.Y. Yankees 9 Washington 3
Pittsburgh 5 Tampa Bay 4
Minnesota 8 Toronto 2
Cincinnati 10 Kansas City 6
Cleveland 14 L.A. Dodgers 5
San Francisco 3 Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 9 Colorado 6
St. Louis 12 Houston 6
Arizona 10 Oakland 6
San Diego 3 Texas 2


FBI HEAD CONFIRMS INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INFLUENCE IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Monday 20th March 2017
FBI Director James Comey has confirmed publicly the Bureau is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Testfiying before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey says the inquiry will include any potential coordination between Donald Trump's campaign associates and Russia's government. That includes alleged links between campaign staff and Russian agents. Comey did not elaborate on what evidence, if any, has been uncovered so far, noting the investigation is continuing. Comey confirmed neither FBI nor Justice Department has evidence to support Trump's claim that his predecessor Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower.


PEI TASK FORCE TO LOOK AT CARIBOU FERRY SERVICE
Monday 20th March 2017
A new task force set up by the PEI government is looking into the economics of the Wood Island-Caribou ferry service. The task force was struck after only one ferry was in service last summer, while the other was in drydock undergoing repairs. The province is stressing the importance of the route between Caribou and Wood Island to Ottawa, which is responsible for ferry service. The task force is accepting public input until the end of April, with recommendations expected in June to be shared by the PEI cabinet with the federal government. The province says the goals of the task force are to highlight policy objectives, provide information on revenue, operational costs, long-term infrastructure and capital requirements and identify potential traffic for ferry service for the next five to 10 years. 


COURT CHALLENGE OVER WHO SETS THE TERMS OF QUEBEC SECESSION BEGINS TODAY
Monday 20th March 2017
After nearly two decades of delays, Quebec's top court will finally hear a challenge to a law asserting the right of the province to decide the rules of secession. A Quebec Superior Court judge will hear arguments in a trial examining the constitutionality of Bill 99, a law passed by Lucien Bouchard's Parti Québécois government in 2000. The provincial law states that Quebecers had the right to decide their own future and that 50 per cent plus one is a clear majority in a referendum. The bill was passed in response to Ottawa's Clarity Act, which set out the conditions under which Parliament would negotiate secession with Quebec. It was challenged in 2001 by Keith Henderson, the former leader of the Equality Party, a now-defunct anglophone rights party. In 2013, the Harper government got involved in the case.  The federal attorney general at the time filed a declaration of intervention in the case to challenge several aspects of the law, notably that 50 per cent plus one vote would be enough to trigger negotiations. More recently, Quebec nationalist groups launched a petition calling on the Trudeau government to withdraw from the case.


PROVINCE INVESTING $4.4 MILLION IN MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR THE YOUNG
Monday 20th March 2017
The province will enhance and better coordinate mental health supports for children and youth through school facilities. It's one of four recommendations from an expert panel that the province has committed to implement. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says the need for mental health and addictions support is growing across the province and there is a need to find new ways to reach those who need help. The province will also invest 4.4 million dollars by 2019-20 in SchoolsPlus to add 51 new mental health clinicians, SchoolsPlus facilitators and community outreach workers. The Departments of Health and Early Childhood and Education, Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, will work together to implement the recommendations.


BREXIT PROCESS TO OFFICIALLY BEGIN NEXT WEEK
Monday 20th March 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. Downing Street said she would write a letter to the EU's 27 other members, adding that it expected negotiations to then begin as quickly as possible. The move comes nine months after people voted 52% in favor of leaving in a referendum. Talks on the terms of the departure and future relations are not allowed under the Article 50 process until the UK formally tells the EU it is leaving. If all goes according to the two year negotiations set out in the official timetable, Brexit should happen in March 2019. A No 10 spokesman said the UK's Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, informed the European Council, headed by President Donald Tusk, earlier on Monday of the date that Article 50 would be triggered on 29 March. May is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons shortly after invoking Article 50.


GLOBAL TEACHING AWARD GOES TO A BLUENOSER WORKING UP NORTH
Monday 20th March 2017
A Nova Scotia-born teacher has won a one-million-dollar award for excellence in her field. Maggie MacDonnell, who grew up in Afton, Antigonish County, received the highly-coveted Global Teacher Prize for her work at a remote schoolhouse in Quebec. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a former teacher himself, offered his congratulations in a video message that was broadcast at a ceremony in the United Arab Emirates.


NEW BRUNSWICK HALVING LIMITS ON INDIVIDUAL POLITICAL DONATIONS
Monday 20th March 2017
The New Brunswick government is planning to cut the amount of money anyone can contribute to a political party. A source within the Liberal government says they will announce this week that the limit will be lowered to $3,000 from the current $6,000. The change is one of 24 recommendations made by New Brunswick's Commission on Electoral Reform in a report earlier this month. The commission also recommended that political contributions from corporations and trade unions be phased out after the 2018 provincial election. The source says the government is considering that, but has yet to make a decision. It's not known what the Gallant government will do with some of the other recommendations, such as lowering the voting age to 16 and moving to a preferential ballot.


ALBERTA TORIES PLANNING TO MERGE WITH WILDROSE PARTY
Monday 20th March 2017
Alberta's Progressive Conservative board of directors will meet with leader Jason Kenney today to map out a plan to work out a merger with the Wildrose party. Party president Katherine O'Neill says there is a lot of work to do and very little time to do it. Kenney won the party leadership Saturday, capturing 75 per cent of delegate votes, on a plan to dissolve the PCs. Under Alberta rules, parties can't merge but must close up shop and surrender assets. Kenney says a merger is critical to avoid fatal vote splitting among small-c conservatives in the 2019 election. Kenney says he wants a merger vote with no pre-conditions, but Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says any talk of union will be done under Wildrose rules and governing framework.


MANY UNKNOWNS AS NEXT FEDERAL BUDGET TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK
Monday 20th March 2017
The Trudeau government will chart the next segment of its mandate in what's expected to be a modest budget — but the omnipresent economic unknowns in the U.S. could eventually force Ottawa from a steady-as-she-goes course. For now, the stronger U.S. economy is benefiting Canada. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will present the country's budget Wednesday amid a brightening outlook, thanks in large part to the United States. In recent months, healthier Canadian numbers have encouraged forecasters to raise their projections for economic growth. But November's election win for Donald Trump has led to significant uncertainty in Canada's top trading partner. Even with the recent economic improvements, there are widespread concerns in Canada about U.S. proposals, including discussion about major changes to trade and tax policies. Many warn the changes, which could include a border adjustment tax, could have severe economic consequences on this side of the border. For now, with so many unknowns, sources have said Ottawa has no plans to take steps in the budget to directly address the Trump-related economic fears. Ottawa faces tight fiscal constraints and it's expected to deliver a slim budget with few big-ticket items. The Liberals have already committed to major spending increases for investments over the coming years in areas like infrastructure and expanded child benefits, which they argue will help lift the economy over the long haul. The Trudeau government's outlook is predicting several years of double-digit deficits.


SPORTS MARCH 20
Monday 20th March 2017
In the MHL playoffs:
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Amherst Ramblers are now tied in their series at 1 game each. The Ramblers defeated the Crushers 4-1 Saturday night. The Crushers are back home for game 3 tonight at the Wellness Centre. Puck drops at 7pm. Elsewhere in Maritime Hockey League Playoff action on the weekend...Truro 2 Yarmouth 1 (Truro leads series 2-0) Miramichi defeated St. Stephen 10-1 (Miramichi leads series 1-0), Summerside 5 Dieppe 1 (Summerside leads 2-1)
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The Crushers picked up three MHL awards this season. Michael Dill was named top scorer, finishing the regular season with 90 points. Dylan Riley was named rookie of the year, while Daniel Vautour and Luke Melanson shared goaltending duo of the year with Leif Hertz and Justin Ritcey of the Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Pee Wee A Pictou County Subway Selects won Gold over the weekend at the 3rd Annual Spring Thaw Female Hockey Tournament in Colchester.  In the first game at the Debert Arena on Thursday they won 5-0 against the Halifax Metro West girls.  Scoring for the Selects were Camryn Wright and Olivia Marks with 2 goals each and singles went to Anna Stewart.  Assists to Taylor Decoste, Frankie Hayman and Lucia Mason.  Player of the game was Camryn Wright. On Friday, they played 2 games at the Brookfield Arena.  The first game they were defeated 2-0 by the Truro Cyclones.  Player of the game was Jana Cameron.  In an exciting 2nd game of the day , they were trailing 1-0 against the Queens County Western Riptide.  With 52 seconds left in the game, Taylor Toole tied the game with an assist by Jessa MacKeil.  The winning goal was scored by Olivia Marks assisted by Camryn Wright with only 23 seconds remaining in the game resulting with a final score of 2-1 for the Selects.  The player of the game was Olivia Marks. On Sunday, the Selects earned their spot to face off against the Truro Cyclones in the Championship game at the Debert Arena.  The Selects defeated the host Truro team 4-1 to earn the Gold Medal.  Scoring for the Selects were Olivia Marks with 2 goals and singles went to Frankie Hayman and Lucia Mason.  Assists to  Anna Stewart, Jessa MacKeil and Raleigh MacDonald.  Player of the game was goalie Kylee Alexander.
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Congratulations to the Northern AAA Midget Subway Selects who are the Nova Scotia Provincial Champs, for the first time in franchise history! The Selects defeated Metro Boston Pizza 1-0 in Game 4 of Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League playoff action. By claiming the Provincial title, the Selects will now represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships in two weeks.
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Trenton Atom B fell short losing to Port Hood 7-4 and missing the chance of becoming the north conference champs. It was a tough fought game and both teams left everything out on the ice. Trentons goals came from Ethan Mackay 3 and Derrick Mackay 1. Assists came from Nicholas Duff, Brody Mackenzie, Lochlan Macdonald and Ethan Foote. Port Hood will go on to provincials on April 7th in Bridgewater.
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Trenton Peewee B Steelers are now the North Conference Champs with a big 10-2 win Sunday afternoon over Sydney Steelers. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 4 goals, Zachary Macinnis 2, Aiden Tonin 2, Jake Henderson and Olan Deyoung adding singles. Assists came from Mackay 3, Keegan Fournier 2, Caden Macdonald 1, Danial Cameron 1, Henderson 1, Carter Dauphinee 1, Macinnis 1, Michael Sponagle 1 and Ethan Elms 1. This win sends Trenton to the provincials on April 8th in Bridgewater. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets were eliminated in their best of 5 series after a 6-3 loss on Saturday to the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Islanders advance to play Steele Subaru in the next round.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event, and will be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Rachel Homan and Team Canada are still undefeated at the 2017 world women's curling championship. Homan and her Ottawa foursome downed the United States 7-5 on Monday in their fourth draw of the 12-nation tournament, improving to 4-0 in round-robin action. Later today Canada takes on Switzerland (3-0). The 27-year-old Homan is joined by third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle, along with alternate Cheryl Kreviazuk. Homan has yet to win a world title after taking bronze and silver in two previous appearances.
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NHL
Johnny Gaudreau showed off a little bit of everything in his arsenal to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Carey Price made 30 saves for his 33rd win of the season as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the visiting Ottawa Senators 4-1 in the second game of a home-and-home series.
Sidney Crosby earned his 10th career hat trick against the Panthers, as the Penguins blanked Florida 4-0. Crosby's three goals tied him with Connor McDavid for the NHL points leader with 80.
Pittsburgh 4 Florida 0
Columbus 4 New Jersey 1
Winnipeg 5 Minnesota 4
Chicago 6 Colorado 3
Philadelphia 4 Carolina 3 (OT)
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 116-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Dallas 111 Brooklyn 104
Philadelphia 105 Boston 99
Detroit 112 Phoenix 95
New Orleans 123 Minnesota 109
Portland 115 Miami 104
San Antonio 118 Sacramento 102
Cleveland 125 L.A. Lakers 120
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MLB Pre-Season
Detroit 7 Baltimore 1
Minnesota 13 Boston 8
N.Y. Yankees 6 Houston 4
Tampa Bay 8 Philadelphia 0
St. Louis 5 Atlanta 2
Toronto 11 Pittsburgh 11
Washington 10 Miami (ss) 4
Miami (ss) 7 N.Y. Mets 5
L.A. Dodgers 3 Japan 2
Arizona 4 Cleveland 4
Milwaukee 6 San Francisco 4
Texas 3 Seattle 2
Chicago White Sox 11 L.A. Angels 2
Cincinnati 9 San Diego 4
Colorado 9 Oakland 2
Kansas City 6 Chicago Cubs 2


SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN ON THE WAY FOR MOST OF NOVA SCOTIA
Sunday 19th March 2017
A freezing rain warning from Environment Canada is in effect for most of the province. A low-pressure system will move throughout the Maritimes with snow locally beginning this evening. 10 to 15 cm of snow and ice pellet amounts are in the forecast for Pictou County. The national weather forecaster is warning roads will become icy and hazardous as the system moves across the province. The temperature is expected to rise above zero by Monday morning, bringing rain for the first day of Spring.


LOCAL SPORTS-MARCH 19
Sunday 19th March 2017
Congratulations to the Northern AAA Midget Subway Selects who are the Nova Scotia Provincial Champs! The Selects defeated Metro Boston Pizza 1-0 in Game 4 of Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League playoff action this weekend. By claiming their first Provincial title, the Selects will now represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships.

The Aecon Atlantic Scotians lost 4-2 to the Glace Bay Jr. Miners yesterday. The Scotians still hold a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final. Game 4 goes tonight in Trenton at 7.

In the MHL playoffs, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Amherst Ramblers are now tied in their series at 1 game each. The Ramblers defeated the Crushers 4-1 last night. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are back home for game 3 tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre. Puck drops at 7pm. Elsewhere in Maritime Hockey League Playoff action, Truro defeated Yarmouth 2-1 (Truro leads series 2-0) Miramichi beat St. Stephen 10-1 (Miramichi leads series 1-0).


PICTOU COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY DRAGGING OFFICER DURING TRAFFIC STOP
Sunday 19th March 2017
Pictou County District RCMP have arrested an 18-year-old man who allegedly fled from police at a traffic checkpoint and briefly dragged an officer late last month. In a news release this weekend, RCMP said they arrested the Pictou County man without incident on Friday night. He faces four charges which include: assaulting a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, and driving a motor vehicle with a suspended licence. Following the incident which occurred on Feb. 25th, police said a driver stopped at a checkpoint on Highway 4 near Hamilton Road in Alma, talked briefly with an RCMP officer, then accelerated, dragging the officer and continuing to speed off eastbound. The police officer suffered minor injuries. The alleged driver has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Pictou May 1st.


AUGUST FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ACADIAN & FIRST NATION FRIENDSHIP
Saturday 18th March 2017
A centuries-old friendship between the Mi'kmaq people and Acadians will be celebrated at a major festival scheduled for the Grand Pre national historic site this summer in Nova Scotia. The federal and Nova Scotia governments announced a total of about $1 million in funding for the event at a news conference Friday attended by the premier and federal Treasury Board President Scott Brison. The Grand Pre 2017 event is being billed as "a celebration of peace and friendship" between the francophone and aboriginal populations in the region, and is set for Aug. 10-13. Musical performers will include Grammy nominated artist Northern Cree and francophone artist Edith Butler, along with a number of Acadian and First Nations acts. The event is being hosted by the four Mi'kmaq communities of Acadia, Annapolis Valley, Bear River and Glooscap First Nations, along with the Nova Scotia Acadian Federation. A news release from organizers says the goal is to celebrate a friendship that has endured for more than 400 years and has helped to forge a nation.


CANADA TO PROVIDE $119 MILLION IN FOOD AID
Saturday 18th March 2017
Canada will provide $119 million to help people in countries in the midst of food crises. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told reporters in Toronto on Friday that the money will go toward those in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen who are facing extreme food insecurity. He said Canada will provide $27 million to Nigeria, $21 million to Somalia, $37 million to South Sudan and $34 million to Yemen. Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan and food crises are developing there, in northeastern Nigeria, and Yemen due to conflicts and in Somalia due to drought. Canada's contribution will be delivered through United Nations agencies and non-governmental humanitarian organizations. It will go toward the provision of food, health-care services, clean water and sanitation facilities and to protect livelihoods. Earlier this month, the UN appealed for urgent aid, saying that this is the "largest humanitarian crisis" since the end of the Second World War. The UN said at the time that it would take $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid by July to avert disaster.


FEDERAL TORIES ELIMINATE HUNDREDS OF SUSPECT PARTY MEMBERSHIPS
Saturday 18th March 2017
The federal Conservative Party has removed 1,351 names from its membership list after discovering they were purchased anonymously and inappropriately. The announcement from the party comes a day after reality TV star and Tory leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary alleged that "backroom organizers" were using untraceable prepaid credit cards to sign up new members, in some cases without their knowledge, and called for the party to look into the matter. After an investigation, the party discovered that some of those allegations appeared to be true. Earlier on Friday Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose stressed the party has a sound voting process that does not easily lend itself to fraud. Ambrose noted that all voters submitting their ballots by mail are required to send a photocopy of their photo ID.


SPORTS MARCH 18
Saturday 18th March 2017
The Crushers picked up three MHL awards this season. Michael Dill was named top scorer, finishing the regular season with 90 points. Dylan Riley was named rookie of the year, while Daniel Vautour and Luke Melanson shared goaltending duo of the year with Leif Hertz and Justin Ritcey of the Yarmouth Mariners.
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In the MHL playoffs: The Crushers play the Ramblers at 7 in Amherst for Game 2 of their series. The Crushers currently lead 1-0. In the other North Division Semi-Final, the Bearcats are in Yarmouth looking to build a 2 game lead on the Mariners. In the South division, the Aces and Timberwolves begin their series in Miramichi, while Summerside and Dieppe play game 3 of their series in Dieppe tomorrow, each team with one win so far.
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The Atom A Crushers advanced out of the Red division at the Cole Harbour Joe Lamontagne Tournament to face the undefeated and eventual Tournament champion TASA Ducks, in a cross over match up. The TASA Ducks averaged over six goals a game in their round robin division and came out flying,scoring two early goals on the Crushers. The Crushers quickly regrouped with strong back checking by the forwards, a strong defensive presence in front of the net by the defence, and timely saves by both goaltenders, which kept the mighty ducks off the score board for the remainder of the game. The Crushers battled back with a total team effort and finally beat the TASA goaltender, five minutes into the third period. The Crushers threw everything they had at the Ducks, even pulled their goal tender in the last minute, and had numerous shots at the net but the final buzzer sounded to end the contest, 2 – 1. TASA went on to win the Championship title over Sackville, 4 – 2. It was a testament to the total defensive minded system the whole Crusher team bought into, that they held the high scoring TASA Ducks to the fewest goals scored in the entire tournament.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be looking to take a huge lead in their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final when they visit the Glace Bay Jr. Miners. The Scotians currently hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is today in Membertou, with the next game in Trenton set for Sunday at 7pm .
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 semi-final last weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets ran into a defensive wall Friday night at the Wellness Centre. The Cape Breton West Islanders have a 2-1 lead in the series after shutting out the Weeks team 9-0. Game four is tonight at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If a fifth game is needed, it will be played Sunday at 6pm in Port Hood.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday March 25th, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).


CAPE BRETON OFFICER CLEARED OF WRONGDOING IN CRASH
Friday 17th March 2017
The provincial police watchdog says there are no grounds for charges against a Cape Breton Regional Police officer involved in a brief chase that ended in a crash last summer. The Serious Incident Response Team says in a report released today that the officer attempted to stop a car which had been driving erratically and the driver was suspected of being impaired. When the officer attempted to stop the car, it sped off, leading to chase that lasted roughly 45 seconds before the officer stopped the pursuit. The car subsequently crashed, injuring all three occupants. The report says the officer's actions were reasonable.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSURE ON SUNDAY
Friday 17th March 2017
The ER in Tatamagouche will be closed for part of the weekend, but there's a twist. The Health Authority says the Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed Sunday between 2 and 8pm because of a lack of nursing coverage. During that time, patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care.


PARIS WINS NDP NOD FOR PICTOU CENTRE
Friday 17th March 2017
Henderson Paris will be the provincial NDP candidate for Pictou Centre. The former New Glasgow councillor defeated John Atwater at last night's nomination meeting at Summer Street Industries. Paris spent twelve years on council, including two terms as deputy mayor, before narrowly losing the town's mayoral race in October. The riding is currently held by Pat Dunn of the Progressive Conservatives, while local entrepreneur Jeff Davis won the Liberal nomination back in December.


PUMP PRICES DOWN
Friday 17th March 2017
Fuel prices have dropped to almost even levels this week. Regular self-serve gasoline is down a cent and a half to $1.032 per litre, while diesel plunged more than three cents to $1.034 per litre.


PREMIER DEFENDS DANNY GRAHAM'S GOV'T CONTRACT
Friday 17th March 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil is defending a contract the leader of the Opposition says is a sweetheart deal. Former Liberal leader Danny Graham is the head of Engage Nova Scotia, a non-profit group that works with communities around the province to help improve social and political engagement. In 2015, the McNeil government inked a deal with Engage for about $400,000 split equally between direct funding and in-kind support. But PC Leader Jamie Baillie wants McNeil to kill the contract. A freedom of information request filed by the Tories show taxpayers put more than $440,000 toward Engage's half-million dollars in expenses in 2015. The document also shows Graham was paid $13,584 a month for his services. But the premier noted Graham was first contracted by the former NDP government, and he says Graham is paid less now than he was by previous governments. McNeil pointed to community development work Engage has done in Pictou County, Amherst, and Lunenburg as examples of efforts to get people involved in their communities.


ATLANTIC FISHERMEN FRUSTRATED OVER NEW REGULATIONS
Friday 17th March 2017
Fishermen from the Atlantic provinces walked out of a meeting with Transport Canada on Thursday, saying they are frustrated with the way new safety regulations for their industry are being implemented. Ian MacPherson, general manager of the PEI Fishermen's Association, says for more than a year, fishermen have been requesting a comprehensive and timely plan to help the commercial fishing industry comply with the new Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations that will take effect in July. Representatives from 15 fishing organizations, representing more than 20,000 fish harvesters, were hoping to get some of those answers at the meeting in Halifax. New regulations include required safety equipment on all boats, including life rafts, survival suits and a location signaling device. MacPherson estimated this equipment will cost between $3,000 and $6,000, and said fishermen are asking for more time to implement it.


OIL PIPE THAT FELL OFF SHIP IN ROUGH SEAS DOESN'T HAVE TO BE MOVED
Friday 17th March 2017
Shell Canada can leave two kilometres of pipe and a giant marine riser on the ocean floor after accidentally dropping them off the provincial coast last year. The pipe and lower marine riser package had been used by the Stena IceMAX, a specialized ship hired by Shell Canada, to drill an exploratory well to search for oil. In bad weather and rough seas on March 5, 2016, the riser and pipes disconnected from the ship. Shell argued it was safest and easiest to leave them where they fell. On Thursday, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board agreed. Along with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada, it reviewed the case and said based on the documentation Shell provided, leaving them underwater doesn't break any laws or regulations that CNSOPB enforces. The environment department said Shell will need to get a disposal at sea permit to abandon the pipe and riser.


IRVING SHIPBUILDING INVESTING IN OCEAN RESEARCH FACILITY
Friday 17th March 2017
A facility officials say will transform a section of Halifax's waterfront and improve the region's prospects in the ocean technology industry has received a multimillion-dollar investment. Irving Shipbuilding announced Thursday it would contribute more than $4.5 million to the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship, as part an obligation under the National Shipbuilding Strategy that requires the company to re-invest a portion of its contract revenues. The five-year funding deal will be used to cover programs and operations at the 3.2-hectare site with a five-hectare water lot on the Dartmouth side of the harbour. In September, Ottawa committed about $7 million and the province about $12.5 million towards the project, referred to by the acronym COVE, which will include about 1,500 square metres of office space, 930 square metres of incubation space and about 1,500 square metres of shop and lab spaces. Jim Hanlon, chief executive of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, said the centre will foster ocean technology start-ups and help existing ones grow, serving as a centre for local and global ocean technology companies, post-secondary institutions and researchers. He said COVE will be shared with small, medium and large private sector businesses in a variety of fields, including ocean software, electronics and biotechnology. Hanlon said when the facility opens next year, he expects it to be fully occupied.


SPORTS MARCH 17
Friday 17th March 2017
It took a second overtime to settle Game One, as the Crushers defeated the Amherst Ramblers 5-4. The winning goal was scored by Dylan Riley 16 minutes into the second extra period. Also scoring were Ethan Marsh with 2, Michael Dill and Bradley Kennedy. The series switches to Amherst Saturday night for game 2.
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Also in the MHL, Dieppe evened their series with Summerside following a 2-1 victory, and the Truro Bearcats won the first game of their series, 5-2 over Yarmouth. The series between Miramichi and St. Stephen starts on Saturday.
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With 2 wins and a tie, Pictou Atom B Maripacs moved on to the gold medal game in the March Break Tournament versus their arch rivals, the Trenton Atom B Steelers Thursday afternoon at the Trenton arena. With Leland Tobin netting a goal in the first period, the Maripacs Hung onto the narrow lead In a battle of goaltending. Ryan Chapman scored an empty net goal in the dying seconds of the game to make it a 2-0 victory for the Maripacs. Sharing goalkeeping duties for the shutout were Noah Boudreau and Justin Kelly. The two Pictou goalies allowed only two goals over the entire four games of the tournament.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be looking to take a huge lead in their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final when they visit the Glace Bay Jr. Miners on Saturday. The Scotians currently hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is on Saturday in Membertou, with the next game in Trenton set for Sunday at 7pm .
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The Northern AAA Midget Subway Selects are one win away from a Provincial Championship and a a trip to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships in two weeks. The Selects have a 2-0 lead over Metro Boston Pizza in the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League and play host to game three in the best of five series Friday in Pictou. A win would give them the series and claim to a Provincial title, the first in franchise history.  The Selects are looking for a big crowd to give them the home ice edge. Puck drops at 7pm at the Hector Arena in Pictou.
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 NSMMHL semi-finals this past weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets will host games 3 and 4 this Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If the Cape Breton West Islanders and the Weeks split those two games, the fifth and deciding game would be Sunday at 6pm from Port Hood.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday March 25th, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics will be starting their Spring - Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program for children ages 5 to 9. There will be two locations, each with an 8 week program. Cost is $60, including a $35/child Athletics NS fee for insurance. For families, it's $50 for a second child and $45 for a third child. This program was developed by Athletics Canada and it will provide your child with (Fun) and basic development in balance; coordination; agility; strength and speed. The Pictou program will be in the Pictou Academy gym beginning on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 Registration will begin at 6pm. Lead instructor is Gena Henderson – hendersong@ccrsb.ca. The New Glasgow program will be in the North Nova gym beginning on Monday, March 20 from 5pm to 6pm. Registration will begin at 4:30. Lead instructors are Ann Findlay – findlayal@ccrsb.ca and Deelle Hines – motherandfitness@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists and Connor McDavid added three assists as the Edmonton Oilers won their second game in a row, beating up on the Boston Bruins 7-4.
Richard Panik scored the go-ahead goal as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Panik scored the winner on the power play at 16:59 of the third period as he deposited a shot to the back of the net on a one-timer off a feed from Patrick Kane.
Morgan Rielly and Matt Martin scored 15 seconds apart during Toronto's four-goal second period as the Maple Leafs moved into the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0.
Dallas 4 Vancouver 2
Winnipeg 4 N.Y. Islanders 2
Carolina 3 Minnesota 1
Nashville 2 Washington 1 (OT)
New Jersey 6 Philadelphia 2
Columbus 2 Florida 1
Detroit 5 Arizona 4 (SO)
St. Louis 4 San Jose 1
Los Angeles 2 Buffalo 0
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NBA
Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for his 34th triple double of the season, as the Thunder roared past the Raptors 123-102 for their fourth straight win.
Cleveland 91 Utah 83
Brooklyn 121 New York 110
Memphis 103 Atlanta 91
Denver 129 L.A. Clippers 114
Golden State 122 Orlando 92
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MLB Pre-Season
N.Y. Yankees 11 Toronto 5
Detroit 5 Atlanta 3
St. Louis 2 Minnesota 1
Washington 3 N.Y. Mets 1
Milwaukee 8 Arizona 5
Chicago Cubs 4 L.A. Dodgers 0
Cleveland 6 Oakland 5
Seattle 9 Kansas City (ss) 2
Kansas City (ss) 13 San Diego 3
L.A. Angels 8 Colorado 7
Philadelphia 2 Baltimore 2
Boston 4 Pittsburgh 3


BAND COUNCILOR LOOKING TO BANISH DRUG DEALERS FROM FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITY
Thursday 16th March 2017
A member of the band council on the Sipekne'katik First Nation is looking to create a law that would see drug dealers banished from the community. Alex MacDonald says is has become far too common to see cocaine, heroin and synthetic drugs abused in the community, and that has led to violence, prostitution and theft as people try to get money for more drugs. MacDonald is pushing the council to hold a community referendum to ask band members to vote on the idea of forcing people who are convicted or charged with dealing drugs to leave Sipekne'katik for an as yet to be determined timeframe.


KOBYLANSKI GUILTY OF ASSAULT, NOT GUILTY OF CHOKING, NO VERDICT ON OTHER CHARGES
Thursday 16th March 2017
The jury in the case of a Halifax businessman accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he employed could not reach a verdict on the majority of the charges after days of deliberations. Forty-one year old Michael Kobylanski was found guilty of assault and not guilty of choking the 17-year old girl, while no verdict was reached on sex assault, uttering threats, confinement and committing a sexual assault with a weapon charges. Kobylanski will be retried on those four counts, with the dates for the new trial set for next week.  Sentencing for the assault charge will take place next month.


SENATOR WHO DEFENDED RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS ASKED TO RESIGN FROM COMMITTEE
Thursday 16th March 2017
The chairperson of the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee wants an Ontario Conservative Sentator to step down from membership on the committee after controversial comments over the residential school system. Liberal Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck is calling on Senator Lynn Beyak to resign after Beyak questioned the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's lack of “focus on the good” done at residential schools. Calls have come in to Dyck asking her to remove Beyak from the committee, but she does not have the authority to unilaterally make that decision. Instead, she is asking Beyak to step down of her own accord.


PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND DEFICIT GROWS THIS YEAR, STILL CALLING FOR SURPLUS IN NEXT BUDGET
Thursday 16th March 2017
The Liberal government on Prince Edward Island is still anticipating a surplus budget to be tabled next month, despite a significant jump in the deficit for this year. Earlier today the PEI government announced the projected deficit for 2016-17 grew to 17.9 million dollars, up from a projected 9.6 million in the spring. The biggest factors in the deficit were a 30-million dollar bill from Ottawa for HST overpayment, as well as overspending of 22-million dollars between the departments of Health and Family and Human Services. Those losses were somewhat offset by a few areas where revenue exceeded expectations.


OPERATING ROOM IN WINDSOR TO REOPEN
Thursday 16th March 2017
Renovating an unused operating room at the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor will mean 800 more surgeries at the hospital each year. Premier Stephen McNeil and Nova Scotia Health Authority C-E-O Janet Knox unveiled plans to revitalize a second operating room at the hospital today in Windsor. The renovation is part of the province's Q-E-2 redevelopment project. Premier McNeil says the Q-E-2 redevelopment is about reshaping Nova Scotia's health-care system and improving access for all Nova Scotians. The operating room renovation is expected to cost about 3-point-8 million dollars. For more information, visit Q-E-2 redevelopment dot C-A.


MURDER FROM 1991 ADDED TO MAJOR UNSOLVED CRIMES PROGRAM
Thursday 16th March 2017
R-C-M-P and the provincial government are offering up to 150-thousand dollars for information about the murder of Elmer Yuill of Colchester County. In the early morning of October 26th, 1991, Mr. Yuill was shot twice in his barn in Beaverbrook and discovered by an employee. Justice Minister Diana Whalen urges anyone with information about the crime to tell police what they know. Anyone with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information.


OTTAWA CRACKING DOWN ON USE OF DRONES
Thursday 16th March 2017
Transport Minister Marc Garneau is cracking down on the use of recreational drones. New safety restrictions will mean that drones must stay at least nine kilometres from any airport and cannot fly near people or buildings at night and when first responders are at the scene of an emergency. The rigorous rules that come into effect immediately also force recreational owners to clearly mark their drones with contact information. Garneau has become concerned about the number of reported drone incidents, which have more than tripled since 2014. The new restrictions apply to anyone operating an unmanned aerial vehicle weighting between 250 grams and 35 kilograms, and could mean fines of up to $3,000. Ottawa is promising even stricter regulations for all unmanned aircraft in June.


AMANDA TODD'S ALLEGED CYBERBULLY SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN DUTCH PRISON
Thursday 16th March 2017
Aydin Coban, a 38-year-old Dutch man, has been sentenced to more than 10 and a half years in prison for online fraud and blackmail in relation to the abuse of 34 young women and men. The sentence, handed down by a judge in the Netherlands, is the maximum that prosecutors were seeking. Coban also faces charges in relation to the cyberbullying of B.C. teenager Amanda Todd. In October 2012, Todd, who was 15 at the time, committed suicide after posting a video on YouTube saying she had been blackmailed by someone online. A press release from the Dutch court said Coban's primary targets were "dozens of young girls." He would gain their trust by chatting with them online, posing as a young boy or girl, and then persuade them to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam. He would threaten to share the images of the girls to people they knew or post them to pornography sites. The court said it imposed the maximum sentence because there is a risk that Coban will reoffend. In Canada, the RCMP laid five charges against Coban in 2014 in relation to the Todd case, including possession of child pornography, extortion, internet luring, criminal harassment and distribution of child pornography. He's set to be extradited for that trial after the Dutch proceedings conclude, although he has appealed to stay in the Netherlands.


BRIAN WHITE WILL BE NEW TRENTON CAO
Thursday 16th March 2017
Trenton has appointed a new chief administrative officer. Council announced this week that Brian White will take the position on June 1. Cathy MacGillivray advised council in January she was retiring effective March 31. Deputy clerk Susan Higdon will manage the day-to-day operations in the interim period. White is a chartered accountant and has more than 15 years of experience in senior financial and operational roles in business and public sector organizations, including a term as CFO and senior director of operations with the Pictou County Health Authority. White was also the chair of Amalgamation No Thank You, which marshaled opposition to the proposed merger of several towns and the muncipality of Pictou County last year.


FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES NOW ABLE TO SEEK EMERGENCY PROTECTION ORDERS
Thursday 16th March 2017
Judges and justices of the peace can now issue emergency protection orders for families living in First Nations communities. Announced Wednesday, the change gives Mi'kmaw families the same access to protections from domestic violence that other Nova Scotians have. People living in First Nations communities should visit the Nova Scotia Family Law website to find out how to apply for an emergency protection order in their community.


NEW BRUNSWICK ADDING GENDER IDENTITY TO HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
Thursday 16th March 2017
New Brunswick is making changes to the Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on family status and gender identity or expression. Amendments introduced on the 50th anniversary of the act and the Human Right Commission that enforces it, are intended to modernize the legislation and make the handling of complaints more efficient, the government said in a news release. The act was created to protect people against discrimination at work, in housing and public services, including police, hospitals, retail operations and hotels. But the legislation has not had an extensive review in 25 years. Reid Lodge, co-chair of Fredericton Gender Minorities, applauded the Human Rights Commission for the latest changes and says the province has come a long way. But in terms of social perception and education, Lodge said there's more work to be done, since the act won't necessarily stop discrimination.


SPORTS MARCH 16
Thursday 16th March 2017
Game one of the Eastlink South Division Semi-Finals goes Thursday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers face the Amherst Ramblers in the opening round best-of-7. The Crushers won 5 of the 6 regular season meetings between these two teams, although the Ramblers only victory was in the final meeting of the year last month. The Crushers boast the league leader in points, Michael Dill, who finished with 32 goals and 58 assists for 90 points. They also have the rookie scoring champion, Dylan Riley, who led the league for rookies in goals with 25, assists with 44, and points with 69.
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The first game of the Eastlink North Semi-Final took two overtime periods to settle. Summerside took the first match 3-2 over Dieppe. The Commandos are looking for their fourth consecutive division championship. The series between Truro and Yarmouth in the South Division begins tonight, while the other North Division series between Miramichi and St. Stephen starts on Saturday.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be looking to take a strangle hold on their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final when they visit the Glace Bay Jr. Miners on Saturday. The Scotians currently hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 will be on Saturday in Membertou, with the next game in Trenton set for Sunday at 7pm .
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The Northern Selects are one win away from capturing the Provincial Title in the NSFMHL after taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of five against Metro Boston Pizza over the weekend. The Selects have a chance to capture the title in Game three of the series which goes Friday at the Hector Arena in Pictou. Game time is 7 pm.
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 NSMMHL semi-finals this past weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets will host games 3 and 4 this Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If the Cape Breton West Islanders and the Weeks split those two games, the fifth and deciding game would go next Sunday at 6pm from Port Hood. The other semi-final between Dartmouth and Halifax is also tied 1-1 ,with game 3 on Wednesday.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday March 25th, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics will be starting their Spring - Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program for children ages 5 to 9. There will be two locations, each with an 8 week program. Cost is $60, including a $35/child Athletics NS fee for insurance. For families, it's $50 for a second child and $45 for a third child. This program was developed by Athletics Canada and it will provide your child with (Fun) and basic development in balance; coordination; agility; strength and speed. The Pictou program will be in the Pictou Academy gym beginning on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 Registration will begin at 6pm. Lead instructor is Gena Henderson – hendersong@ccrsb.ca. The New Glasgow program will be in the North Nova gym beginning on Monday, March 20 from 5pm to 6pm. Registration will begin at 4:30. Lead instructors are Ann Findlay – findlayal@ccrsb.ca and Deelle Hines – motherandfitness@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table today & tomorrow from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Brad Marchand scored his league-leading 36th goal of the season as the Boston Bruins defeated Calgary 5-2 to end the Flames' 10-game winning streak.
Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 0
Colorado 3 Detroit 1
Anaheim 2 St. Louis 1
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NBA
Dallas 112 Washington 107
Indiana 98 Charlotte 77
Boston 117 Minnesota 104
Miami 120 New Orleans 112
Utah 97 Detroit 83
Houston 139 L.A. Lakers 100
Memphis 98 Chicago 91
Portland 110 San Antonio 106
Sacramento 107 Phoenix 101
Milwaukee 97 L.A. Clippers 96
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MLB Pre-Season
Detroit 8 Atlanta 6
Pittsburgh 6 Baltimore 5
Boston 3 Tampa Bay 3
Miami 6 N.Y. Mets 2
Minnesota 8 St. Louis 0
Houston 8 Washington 2
Texas 12 Cleveland 11
Chicago White Sox 7 Kansas City 3
San Francisco 7 L.A. Angels 4
Cincinnati 8 San Diego 7
L.A. Dodgers 12 Seattle 7
Colorado 5 Milwaukee 4
N.Y. Yankees 3 Philadelphia 1
Arizona 7 Chicago Cubs 3


PUMP PRICES ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND FALL
Wednesday 15th March 2017
Gas prices in Prince Edward Island have dropped by 2.5 cents while diesel went down 3.0 cents. The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission does a semi-monthly assessment of prices at the pumps, unlike New Brunswick and Nova Scotia who both adjust prices on a weekly basis. Regular unleaded self serve dropped to a new price of $1.03.7, while diesel fell to $1.12.7. This does not necessarily mean a drop is to be expected at the pumps in Nova Scotia when prices are reset tomorrow night at midnight.


SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NEXT WEEK TO GO OVER POSSIBLE FUTURE FOR PICTOU ACADEMY
Wednesday 15th March 2017
A special meeting of the Chignecto Central Regional School Board will be held in the Pictou Elementary gymnasium next Wednesday at 7pm to discuss the recommendation of the Northwestern Pictou County School Options Committee. The committee originally submitted their recommendation that there be a new P-12 within the town of Pictou back in late January. Their second option would be for the Board to purchase and maintain Pictou Elementary, while moving all middle and high school students to the building that currently holds Dr. Thomas MacCulloch school. At the meeting next week, CCRSB staff will present a Staff Technical Report in response to the Report and Recommendation submitted by the SOC. The Technical Report is being created at the request of the governing board. The governing board will make its final decision in regards to this School Review Process at their Regular Public Board Meeting scheduled for 5 April, 2017. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria at the Cobequid Educational Centre, 34 Lorne Street, Truro. Start time is 7:00 pm.


ACCUSED IN 2013 MURDER MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE
Wednesday 15th March 2017
A 32-year old man accused of first degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of a 24-year old man in Halifax made a first appearance in court yesterday. The charge alleges that Ricardo Jerrel Whynder shot and killed Matthew Sudds in October 2013. Whynder was arrested last week without incident in Surrey, BC and returned to Halifax to answer to the charge. He remains in custody until another scheduled appearance next week. At that time, it is expected that the dates for a preliminary inquiry will be determined, and a bail hearing may also take place.


FORMER RCMP OFFICER FOUND GUILTY OF WEAPONS OFFENSES
Wednesday 15th March 2017
A 44-year old former RCMP officer in Prince Edward Island has been found guilty of five weapons offenses. Jeffrey Rae Gillis was convicted yesterday in Charlottetown Provincial Court on five charges, while seven others were stayed. The offenses relate to dozens of firearms seized from the former officer's home in February 2016, the same month he retired from the RCMP. The Crown is seeking a prison term of between three and five years, while Gillis' lawyer is looking for a conditional sentence that would include house arrest. The judge will deliver his sentencing decision in late May.


CLASSROOM CONDITION COUNCIL MEETINGS SET
Wednesday 15th March 2017
The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions will begin  three days of meetings on Tuesday, 21 March, in Halifax.      Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen  Casey says the council is an opportunity to work collaboratively  to address issues teachers have said are impacting the classroom  environment. She says she looks forward to the council's  recommendations.      The council will have 20-million dollars over two years to  address these issues.       Initial recommendations from the council are expected no later than 18 April.        For more information about the council, including its  members, go to Nova Scotia dot c-a slash classroom council.


PAYROLL REBATE PROGRAM CREATING ONLY A FRACTION OF ANNOUCED JOBS
Wednesday 15th March 2017
The Canadian Press has obtained data that shows just one-third of jobs announced through the province's economic development agency's payroll rebate program has actually been created over the last four years. The data, which covers a time frame between 1 April, 2013 and the middle of last month, shows just under 22-hundred hires from just under 66-hundred subsidized potential jobs. Of the 62 firms on the government’s list, three exceeded the job targets, but there were 22 that didn’t list any jobs created under the program. Laurel Broten, chief executive of NSBI, says the unused money remains in the public treasury, and the incentives — averaging about eight per cent of salaries — are only paid out from public coffers after an audited statement shows the positions were created and tax revenues received.


POWER OUTAGES - UPDATED 9:50AM
Wednesday 15th March 2017
The storm system that moved through the province overnight has several thousand people waking up in the dark this morning, as Nova Scotia Power is indicating just under 7-thousand power outages as of this hour. The majority of those affected are in the Halifax Regional Municipality. According to the NS Power website, all power has been restored in Pictou County.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 15
Wednesday 15th March 2017
Sports March 15 There is just one more day to wait before the playoffs begin for the Weeks Jr A Crushers. Game one of the Eastlink South Division Semi-Finals goes Thursday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers face the Amherst Ramblers in the opening round best-of-7. The Crushers won 5 of the 6 regular season meetings between these two teams, although the Ramblers only victory was in the final meeting of the year last month. The Crushers boast the league leader in points, Michael Dill, who finished with 32 goals and 58 assists for 90 points. They also have the rookie scoring champion, Dylan Riley, who led the league for rookies in goals with 25, assists with 44, and points with 69.
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One MHL playoff series gets underway tonight when the Eastlink North Semi-Final between Summerside and Dieppe begins at the Arthur J LeBlanc Arena. The Commandos are looking for their fourth consecutive division championship. The series between Truro and Yarmouth in the South Division begins tomorrow, while the other North Division series between Miramichi and St. Stephen starts on Saturday.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be looking to take a strangle hold on their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final when they visit the Glace Bay Jr. Miners on Saturday. The Scotians currently hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 will be on Saturday in Membertou, with the next game in Trenton set for Sunday at 7pm .
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The Northern Selects are one win away from capturing the Provincial Title in the NSFMHL after taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of five against Metro Boston Pizza over the weekend. The Selects have a chance to capture the title in Game three of the series which goes Friday at the Hector Arena in Pictou. Game time is 7 pm.
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 NSMMHL semi-finals this past weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets will host games 3 and 4 this Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If the Cape Breton West Islanders and the Weeks split those two games, the fifth and deciding game would go next Sunday at 6pm from Port Hood. The other semi-final between Dartmouth and Halifax is also tied 1-1 ,with game 3 on Wednesday.
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The Pictou County Pee Wee A Subway Selects travel to Brookfield at the end of the month to compete in a Playoff weekend for a chance to compete in the Day of Champions being held in Lunenburg.
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The Pictou County PeeWee AA Crushers claimed the Nova Scotia Mainland League Championship title. This win gives the Crushers a spot in the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions where they will take on the winner of the Central Minor League for the provincial title on the weekend of April 7-9.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Subway Selects playoff action continues this weekend.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors finals beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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The Trenton Atom B Steelers play Port Hood in a best of 3 series to see who will go to the Day Of Champions.
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In Peewee B, the Trenton Steelers face Sydney – the winner of that series will advance to the Day Of Champions.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers will represent the Mainland League at the North Conference game against the Cape Breton League Champion.  The winner of this single game knock out will advance to the HNS Provincial Day of Champions to be held in Bridgewater next month.
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Pictou County Athletics will be starting their Spring - Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program for children ages 5 to 9. There will be two locations, each with an 8 week program. Cost is $60, including a $35/child Athletics NS fee for insurance. For families, it's $50 for a second child and $45 for a third child. This program was developed by Athletics Canada and it will provide your child with (Fun) and basic development in balance; coordination; agility; strength and speed. The Pictou program will be in the Pictou Academy gym beginning on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 Registration will begin at 6pm. Lead instructor is Gena Henderson – hendersong@ccrsb.ca. The New Glasgow program will be in the North Nova gym beginning on Monday, March 20 from 5pm to 6pm. Registration will begin at 4:30. Lead instructors are Ann Findlay – findlayal@ccrsb.ca and Deelle Hines – motherandfitness@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table today & tomorrow from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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TWO CHARGED IN TWO CAR COLLISION
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Two 19 year olds face charges after a two-vehicle collision on Foxbrook Road last night. Witnesses reported a vehicle travelling northbound passed another vehicle on a double solid line at a high rate of speed. A short distance down the road, the reported vehicle collided with an oncoming car. Investigation by Pictou County RCMP revealed that the passenger was arguing with the driver and grabbed the steering wheel causing it to swerve into the southbound lane and strike the oncoming car. The 19-year-old driver was arrested at the scene for Impaired Driving and Dangerous Driving. He was released and is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on May 8. The 19-year-old passenger was transported to the Aberdeen Hospital and placed under arrest. Charges are pending following further investigation. No other injuries were reported.   


PICTOU CENTRE NDP CANDIDATE WILL BE CHOSEN THURSDAY
Tuesday 14th March 2017
The provincial New Democrats will choose their candidate for Pictou Centre on Thursday. Former New Glasgow councillor Henderson Paris and NSCC faculty member John Atwater are in the running. The nomination meeting will be at Summer Street Industries Thursday night at 7pm.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED TODAY
Tuesday 14th March 2017
The Emergency Department in Tatamagouche is closed today. The health authority says the ER at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC is closed until 8pm tonight due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care.


STORM TO BRING MESSY WEATHER TO MOST OF NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 14th March 2017
A number of weather warnings have been issued for parts of the province as a storm rolling through the northeastern U.S. approaches the Maritimes. Cumberland County is under a winter storm warning, with strong southeast winds tonight expected to reduce visibility to near zero at times. The weather agency says the snow could change to freezing rain before switching to rain overnight in the rest of central and northern Nova Scotia. Rainfall and wind warnings have been issued for southwestern Nova Scotia and the Atlantic coast.


DEBT ON COBEQUID PASS WILL BE PAID OFF WITHIN THREE YEARS, SAY OFFICIALS
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Officials with the Department of Transportation say the debt on the Cobequid Pass toll highway will be paid off early. Toll revenues have been higher than budgeted for several years. A meeting about the project was held on Monday afternoon, with representatives of the provincial transportation department, and local government and business leaders. Dianne Saurette, a finance official with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, expects the debt to be paid off sometime in 2019 or 2020, which was welcome news for those at the meeting. The exact date when the highway will be completely paid for is still undetermined.


JUDGE FINDS ILLEGAL VOTES CAST IN STEWIACKE, DOESN'T CALL NEW ELECTION
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Illegal votes were cast in the Stewiacke municipal election, but Justice Michael Wood has dismissed an application to overturn the results. Mayor Wendy Robinson was re-elected in the Colchester County town of 1,400 by a 14-vote margin over challenger Pam Osborne. Judy Stoddart, the wife of Coun. Russell Stoddart who was returned for a fourth term on council, cast six of the seven illegal votes and Janice Peterson cast the other. Wood's decision says that Judy Stoddart and Peterson assisted electors who were entitled to vote but they did not follow the prescribed process for doing so. All of the illegal votes were cast by telephone. Stoddart and Peterson cast votes using the PINs of other electors but they were not entitled to do so and the returning officer did not verify that the electors met the criteria to appoint a friend voter. Wood noted there was no suggestion that municipal election officials did anything wrong. The judge said it is clear that the Stewiacke election was not conducted in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act but that annulling the election “would disenfranchise not only those persons whose votes were disqualified, but every elector who voted.”


NIGEL WRIGHT UNDER INVESTIGATION OVER DUFFY PAYMENT
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Almost a full year after Sen. Mike Duffy was acquitted on 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust, the man who paid him remains under investigation by the federal ethics watchdog. Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has revealed that she continues to examine the conduct of Nigel Wright, former prime minister Stephen Harper's one-time chief of staff. Wright personally paid Duffy $90,000 to enable the senator to reimburse the Senate for his disputed living expense claims. Dawson initiated an investigation into Wright's conduct in May 2013, but suspended it a month later once an RCMP investigation was begun.  New Democrat MP Charlie Angus, who had urged Dawson to investigate Wright, says the ethics watchdog recently informed him that she resumed her investigation last May after the Crown decided not to appeal Duffy's acquittal. Her investigation is ongoing and Dawson told Angus her final report on the matter will be made public. Other than publicly shaming public office holders who breach the Conflict of Interest Act, Dawson has no power to impose sanctions or penalties, other than fines of up to $500 for failure to meet certain reporting requirements.


ALBERTA MAKES IT ILLEGAL TO SELL BLOOD FOR PROFIT
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Alberta is taking action to prevent donors from selling their blood and plasma for a profit. The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. If passed, Alberta will join Quebec and Ontario in banning the practice. There are two private blood clinics up and running — one in Saskatoon and another in Winnipeg — and officials say this bill will prevent a similar operation from setting up in Alberta. Provinces currently fund and get blood and blood products from Canadian Blood Services, a non-profit agency. Officials say if private firms buy blood and plasma from donors to resell on the global market, there could be a corresponding drop in donors to Canadian Blood Services. Fines for violating the law will begin at $10,000 a day for individuals and $100,000 a day for corporations.


CSIS HEAD TO RETIRE IN MAY
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Michel Coulombe, a career spy who joined the fledgling Canadian Security Intelligence Service more than 30 years ago before rising through the ranks to its top job, is retiring. Coulombe told CSIS employees Monday that he will leave as director of the country's spy agency at the end of May in order to move on to the next stage of his life and spend more time with his family. In 2013, Coulombe became its eighth director, the first time the top job had been filled from inside the service. From 2010 to 2013, he was deputy director of operations. Before that, he was assistant director of foreign collection, overseeing operations abroad, and assistant director of intelligence, responsible for intelligence analysis and the security screening program. He also served in CSIS regional offices, including as director general of the Quebec region. He had some touchy moments, including a case last year in which a Federal Court judge ruled that the agency illegally kept potentially revealing electronic data about people over a 10-year period. Justice Simon Noel said the service breached its duty to inform the court of its data-collection program, since the information was gathered using judicial warrants. Coulombe at the time said his agency had halted all access to — and analysis of — the data in question while the decision was under review. Coulombe's departure marks the second high-profile retirement this month: RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson announced last week he would step down from his role as top Mountie at the end of June.


GIRL GUIDES CANCEL U.S. TRIPS OVER BORDER UNCERTAINTIES
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Girl Guides of Canada has announced it will not be taking any trips to the United States in the near future, citing concerns about inclusivity. The statement does not directly mention — but appears to be a reaction to — the executive orders U. S. President Donald Trump has signed restricting travel to the United States. The travel bans have led to confusion about who can and who can't travel to the United States — some Canadians and permanent residents living in Canada have reported problems gaining entry to the U.S.  Sarah Kiriliuk, national manager of marketing and communications for the Girl Guides of Canada, said the decision is a precautionary move. She said that trips are planned months in advance and it would be disappointing if anyone got to the border and was turned away.  As a result of the decision by Girl Guides Canada, a nationally-sponsored trip to a camp in California that was scheduled for this summer has been changed to a different destination.


SPORTS MARCH 14
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Trenton Peewee B's took home silver medals, going 2-2 in the BOH tournament in Windsor. Their first game was against South Shore Sharks. Steelers found themselves down 6-1 half way threw the game but fought back to tie the game 6-6. Sharks then added 3 more goals to give them the 9-6 win. Scoring for Steelers was Dawson Mackay with 3, Carter Dauphinee and Olan Deyoung. Assists came from Evan Charlton, Will Macmillan and Dauphinee. In the second game the Steelers defeated Straight Richmond 13-0. Scoring for Steelers was Aiden Tobin with 4 goals, Jake Henderson 3, Dawson Mackay 2, Carter Dauphinee 2, Zack Macinnis and Ethan Elms. Assists from Mackay 3, Caden Macdonald 2, Dauphinee 2, Jack Higgins, Danial Cameron, Tobin and Henderson. In game 3, the Steelers defeated the West Hants Warriors 4-2. Scoring for Steelers were Jake Henderson 2, Dawson Mackay and Zack Macinnis, with assists from Aiden Tobin, Olan Deyoung, Jack Hudson, Macinnis and Mackay. That was enough to put the Steelers into the gold medal game to face the South Shore Sharks where the Steelers fell short and were defeated 3-2. Steelers goals came from Dawson Mackay and Olan Deyoung. Assists from Mitchael Sponagle, Will Macmillan and Jack Hudson.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers took their league championship final into the last seconds of the final game, but were eliminated by the Brookfield Elks on Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Sportsplex in Brookfield. After dropping game one in Brookfield last Thursday the series returned to the Pictou County Wellness Center on Saturday where the Crushers battled back twice from one goal deficits to tie the game at 2 with less than three minutes to play. After a scoreless five minute overtime period the game went to a shootout where the Crushers prevailed on goals by Nolan MacDonald, Lucas Bernard and Caleb Clarke combined with outstanding saves by goaltender Xander Vohs. The deciding game was played in Brookfield on Sunday afternoon and was every bit as exciting as a championship game should be with a fast pace, hard hitting and a bunch of penalties. Aiden Hahn gave the Crushers a one nothing lead midway through the first period but Brookfield came back to tie just minutes later. On a power play just thirty seconds into the third period Nolan MacDonald put the Crushers up 2 to 1 but again Brookfield answered back just seconds later to tie and shortly after to take the lead. With an empty net and just under a minute to play MacDonald lifted a backhand shot into the back of the net to tie the game at three. The celebration was shortlived however and the Crushers hopes of sending the game into overtime were dashed with just 5 seconds left on the clock as Brookfield scored the winner on the power play in a mad scramble in front of the Crushers net.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers' playoff schedule has been set. Their first opponents are the Amherst Ramblers, with game one Thursday night at 7:30 at the Wellness Centre. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Amherst, with Game Three at the Wellness Centre next Monday and Game 4 in Amherst on Wednesday the 22nd.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians hold a two game lead over the Glace Bay Jr Miners in the second playoff round. Games three and four will be Saturday in Membertou and Sunday in Trenton.
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The Northern Selects are one win away from capturing the Provincial Title in the NSFMHL after taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of five against Metro Boston Pizza over the weekend. The Selects held on for a  3-2 win on Saturday with Heath Miller scoring the winner mid-way through the second period. On Sunday The Selects won by a score of 4-1 on goals by Sophia Wornell, Mariah Linehan, Maddie Quinn and Patti-Anne Tracey. Great goaltending by both Jenna Landry and Lily Currie backstopped the wins. The Selects have a chance to capture the title in Game three of the series which goes Friday at the Hector Arena in Pictou. Game time is 7 pm.
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 NSMMHL semi-finals this past weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets will host games 3 and 4 this Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If the Cape Breton West Islanders and the Weeks split those two games, the fifth and deciding game would go next Sunday at 6pm from Port Hood. The other semi-final between Dartmouth and Halifax is also tied 1-1 ,with game 3 on Wednesday.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors finals beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics will be starting their Spring - Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program for children ages 5 to 9. There will be two locations, each with an 8 week program. Cost is $60, including a $35/child Athletics NS fee for insurance. For families, it's $50 for a second child and $45 for a third child. This program was developed by Athletics Canada and it will provide your child with (Fun) and basic development in balance; coordination; agility; strength and speed. The Pictou program will be in the Pictou Academy gym beginning on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 Registration will begin at 6pm. Lead instructor is Gena Henderson – hendersong@ccrsb.ca. The New Glasgow program will be in the North Nova gym beginning on Monday, March 20 from 5pm to 6pm. Registration will begin at 4:30. Lead instructors are Ann Findlay – findlayal@ccrsb.ca and Deelle Hines – motherandfitness@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table today & tomorrow from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Brad Marchand had a hat trick in the third period, including the winning goal with under eight minutes to go, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-3.
Kris Versteeg scored the shootout winner as the Calgary Flames beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 to equal a franchise record with their 10th straight victory.
Columbus 5 Philadelphia 3
Tampa Bay 3 N.Y. Rangers 2
Carolina 8 N.Y. Islanders 4
Nashville 5 Winnipeg 4 (OT)
Arizona 1 Colorado 0
St. Louis 3 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points to lift Toronto 100-78 over the Dallas Mavericks, a much-needed win in the Raptors' battle for playoff positioning.
Chicago 115 Charlotte 109
Memphis 113 Milwaukee 93
Minnesota 119 Washington 104
San Antonio 107 Atlanta 99
Utah 114 L.A. Clippers 108
Denver 129 L.A. Lakers 101
Sacramento 120 Orlando 115
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MLB Pre-Season
Detroit 3 Washington 3 (10 innings)
St. Louis 6 Houston 3
Baltimore 6 Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 7 Pittsburgh 6
Minnesota 9 Tampa Bay 4
Toronto 4 Boston 3
N.Y. Mets 6 Miami 4
Chicago White Sox 9 Cleveland 5
Cincinnati 3 Oakland 1
Milwaukee 24 Seattle 3
Chicago Cubs 3 San Diego 1
Kansas City 4 Colorado 2
L.A. Dodgers 3 L.A. Angels 1
Texas 7 San Francisco 1


MAN ACCUSED OF TRAFFICKING IN TEENAGE GIRLS APPEARS IN COURT
Monday 13th March 2017
A 32-year old man in facing a multitude of charges related to allegations of human trafficking. Leeanthon Oliver of Hammonds Plains was first in court in early February and returned to court today after a second teenage victim came forward. The Crown is alleging that Oliver sexaully assaulted, lured, kidnapped, and trafficked both 15-year old female victims. Oliver has been remanded in custody until April 11, when he will be back in court for a show-cause hearing.


FATAL COLLISION IN HALIFAX KILLS DRIVER
Monday 13th March 2017
One woman has died after a single-vehicle collision in the Halifax area. A release from the Halifax District RCMP said the vehicle went off the road on Prospect Bay Road and Seligs Road shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday. The 71-year-old Halifax woman was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. An RCMP collision analyst is on the scene and drivers should expect traffic delays into the afternoon. 


FIRE DAMAGES BUILDING WHERE METH LAB ALLEGEDLY LOCATED
Monday 13th March 2017
A building in Kentville where police allege that a crystal meth production lab was located was damaged by fire over the weekend. Firefighters were called to a convenience store around 9:15 yesterday morning in the same building that was evacuated Friday evening after evidence of crystal meth production was found. The production lab was in the basement, in a separate part of the building. One person was arrested in relation to the incident Friday evening. The fire yesterday resulted in damage to a section of the ceiling and the wall connecting to an attached garage. It is believed that the fire is connected to a fault in an electrical appliance, and there is no indication of any connection to the alleged meth lab.


PREMIER'S POPULARITY IS SLIPPING, BUT STILL IN FIRST PLACE
Monday 13th March 2017
The latest poll numbers show that the MacNeil government is losing some of its shine. According to the poll from Corporate Research Associates, conducted between Feb. 2 and March 1, 44 per cent said they would vote Liberal. That's down from 56 per cent in November. The other parties have made up some ground, with the Progressive Conservatives rising from 20 to 28 per cent, the New Democrats moving from 19 to 23 percent, and the Green Party at five per cent, up from four per cent. 27 per cent of those surveyed said they are undecided, while three per cent refused to state a preference and four per cent either support none of these parties or do not plan to vote. The poll also shows satisfaction in the Liberal government is at 45 per cent — the first time satisfaction levels have been below 50 per cent since Stephen McNeil took power in October 2013. The results are considered accurate within 2.8 percentage points 95 out of 100 times.


NEW ONLINE TOOL SHOWS PROGRESS MADE ON IVANY REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
Monday 13th March 2017
A group of local economists, academics, and representatives have launched a new digital dashboard to measure progress toward the Ivany goals. The new dashboard brings objective information and data about key Nova Scotia economic and demographic indicators together in one place, and makes it accessible to anyone, at any time. Group representative Don Bureaux says the dashboard shows Nova Scotians are making good progress on some of the goals and more work is needed on others. The group hopes the dashboard inspires Nova Scotians to continue to do things differently and to work together toward transformational change. It can be found at www.onens.ca


ONLINE TAX FILING BACK UP
Monday 13th March 2017
Canadians can once again file their tax returns online. The Canada Revenue Agency took the service down as a precautionary measure on Friday after officials detected "an Internet vulnerability," but the service was restored last night. The services affected included "My Account," ``My Business Account," "Netfile," "E-FILE," and "Auto-Fill My Return." The CRA stressed that the action was taken as a precaution, and that its website was not hacked.


FATAL HIT AND RUN IN SYDNEY
Monday 13th March 2017
The RCMP in Cape Breton are investigating a hit and run that killed a 54-year-old man. Police responded to a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday that a pedestrian had been struck on Highway 125, near Exit 8 in Mira Road. They say the preliminary investigation indicates the man was on the highway when he was hit, and that the passing vehicle failed to stop. The victim was transported to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. RCMP are looking to speak with the driver of a grey Volkswagen, which should have damage to the front passenger side. Highway 125 was closed westbound between exits 7 and 8 for several hours as an RCMP Traffic Analyst attended the scene.


TWO MEN SHOT IN DARTMOUTH
Monday 13th March 2017
Two men who were dropped off at Dartmouth General Hospital on Saturday after suffering gunshot wounds are not co-operating with investigators, RCMP say. The men are both 20 years old and they both checked out of hospital on Saturday late afternoon or early evening. On Saturday, Halifax Regional Police said a Good Samaritan dropped the two off at the hospital. Halifax Regional Police were called to investigate, but a preliminary investigation determined the two had been shot in RCMP jurisdiction. A vehicle found on Lake Major Road in Westphal is thought by police to be connected to the shooting. Witnesses to the shooting are asked to call Halifax Regional Police, Halifax District RCMP or submit a tip through Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers.


OTTAWA CREATES NEW ATLANTIC FISHERIES FUND
Monday 13th March 2017
Ottawa is making a $325 million bet that Atlantic Canada’s fishing industry — which already employs 58,000 people — has a lot more room to grow. The new Atlantic Fisheries Fund is aimed at driving innovation and growth, with an eye on opening up new markets in Asia and in Europe. Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the fund will be used for marketing, as well as to support new ways to harvest and process fish. While specific details to come, LeBlanc said Ottawa would work with the four Atlantic provinces to set priorities once they sign on. The fund is new money and there are is no stipulation for matching provincial contributions, although that may happen depending on the initiative.


SPORTS MARCH 13
Monday 13th March 2017
The Weeks Jr. A Crushers' playoff schedule has been set. Their first opponents are the Amherst Ramblers, with game one Thursday night at 7:30 at the Wellness Centre. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Amherst, with Game Three at the Wellness Centre next Monday and Game 4 in Amherst on Wednesday the 22nd.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians hold a two game lead over the Glace Bay Jr Miners in the second playoff round. In Trenton last night, the Scotians took a 3-1 win, on top of Saturday's 3-2 victory. Games three and four will be Saturday in Membertou and Sunday in Trenton.
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Trenton Atom B will be adding a new banner to the Trenton rink. Trenton steelers went 4-0 this weekend winning the Port Hawkesbury Paper hockey tournament. They started out defeating Cheticamp Trail Riders 6-2. Scoring for steelers was Derrick mackay with 2 goals, Ethan mackay 2, Jake Maloney and Gavin Wong adding singles. Assist sets came from Hollywood 2, Thai macdonald 2, Mahoney 2, Landon Martin, Ethan foote and both mackay boys. MVP of the game went to Derrick Mackay. Then Steelers went on to defeat Strait Richmond 7-2. Scoring was Ethan mackay with 2, Jake Maloney with 2, Derrick mackay, Landon Martin and Nicholas Duff adding singles. Assists came from Ethan mackay 2, Derrick mackay 1 and Martin 1. MVP of the game went to Jake Maloney. 3rd game steelers defeated Antigonish 8-2. Scoring for steelers was jake Maloney with 3, Derrick mackay 2, Ethan mackay , Landon Martin and Gavin Wong all adding singles. Assists came from Ethan mackay 3, Derrick mackay 3, Robbie wilkinson, Thomas hillier and Mahoney all with 1. MVP of that game went to Ethan mackay. That led steelers to face Pictou Maripacs for the gold medal. With under 8 mins left in the 3rd Pictou scored the go a head goal giving them a 3-2 lead. Steelers answered back to once again tie the game at the 3:22 mark.  Just under 2 mins remaining the steelers fired another goal and went a head 4-3. Then 38 seconds later the steelers popped one more goal in making it 5-3 to give the the gold medal. MVP of that game went to Jesse Arbuckle. The tournament MVP was awarded to Derrick Mackay.
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A contingent of 43 athletes travelled to Moncton on Saturday to take part in the Atlantic Indoor Championships for track and field. It is the 5th year the team participated and after coming second the past two seasons, the team came away with their first Championship Banner this weekend. Results are as follows:
Cara MacDonald- 3rd 200m, 2nd 800m. U14
Allie Sandluck- 4th 1200m, 7th 2000m mixed. 14/15
Eilidh Cameron- 14/15- 2nd high jump, 6th 1200 m, 9 th 2000m mixed
Nell Cameron 14/15-3rd 800 m, 7th 1200 m, 10th 2000m mixed
Jordyn Ferguson U14- 2nd 60m hurdles, 5th 60m, 5th 150m
Kelley McKay u14- 3rd 60m hurdles, 4th long jump, 7th 60m
Charlotte Stroud 14/15-4th 200m, 5th 60m, 5th long jump
Kristen Ross 14/15-2nd 60m hurdles, 4th long jump, 6th 60m
Gabrielle Smith 14/15-2nd shot put, 3rd long jump, 7th 60m
Megan Graham 18/19-1st 400m, 2nd 60m
Carla Moore 50-54-1st 60m Danielle McKay 16/17-2nd 800m, 3rd 1500 m, 7th 200m
Emma Cameron 16/17-1st 3000m, 4th 800m, 4th 1500m
Breanna Sandluck 18/19-1st 3000m, 3rd 1500m
Girls U14 4x200m relay 3rd
Deelle Hines 35+- 1st high jump, 1st long jump
Keighan DeCoff 14/15-1st shot put, 1st weight throw
Tatum McLean 18/19-1st shot put, 1st weight throw
Chloe Ferguson U10 tetrathlon -1st overall, 2nd 60m, 1st 400m, 5th long jump, 5th shot put
Kate Stroud 10/11 tetrathlon-7th overall, 2nd 60m, 9th 600m, 5th long jump, 5th shot put
Amelia MacCallum 10/11 tetrathlon-12th overall, 3rd 60m, 11th long jump, 13th shot put
Amelia Boudreau 10-11 tetrathlon -10th overall, 12th 60m, 10th 600m, 10th long jump, 9th shot put
Lauren Quann 18/19 1st overall pentathlon, 1st 800m, 1st 60m hurdles, 1st high jump, 1st long jump, 1st shot put
Conrad Robertson U14-2nd 1200m, 2nd 150m, 2nd 800m
Ethan MacDonald 14/15-2nd 2000m, 4th 1200m
Youssef Dedekhani U14-3rd 150m, 3rd shot put, 5th 60m, 5th shot put
Dennis Moore 14/15-2nd weight throw, 2nd shot put, 5th 60m
Cole Joudrie 14/15-1st long jump, 4th 200m, 7th 60m
Alex Moore 16/17-1st 400m, 6th 60m, 7th 200m
Eric Hughes 16/17-1st 60m hurdles, 4th shot put, 5th long jump, 8th 60m, 10th 200m
Jake Temple 16/17-3rd weight throw, 3rd shot put, 11th 60 m
Tom MacKenzie 16/17-16th 60m
Logan Coulet 20-34-2nd 60m, 2nd high jump
Tony Corbin 35+-2nd 60m
Daniel Stewart 16/15-1st 800m, 3rd 400m
Ross Bennett 16/17-4th 800m, 5th shot put, 7th 400m, 7th long jump
Peter Corbin 18/19-1st 3000m, 2nd 400m
Aiden Sims U14-2nd shot put, 4th 800m, 4th long jump
David MacLennan 35+-1st 800m, 1st 1500m, 1st 3000m
4x200m relay 35+ 1st
Parker Swain 14/15-1st high jump, 1st shot put, 1st weight throw
Kaelan Schmidt 18/19-1st high jump
Kelly Joudrie 50-54-1st shot put, 1st weight throw
Isaac Boudreau U10 Tetrathlon-2nd overall, 2nd 60m, 3rd 400m, 3rd long jump, 1st shot put
Broden DeCoff 16/17 Pentathlon-3rd overall, 3rd 1000m, 3rd 60m hurdles, 3rd high jump, 1st long jump, 3rd shot put
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors finals beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are 1-1 in their playoff series with the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Islanders took game one Saturday night 8-1, but the Weeks team responded on Sunday with a 4-3 win. Games three and four will be Friday and Saturday nights at the Wellness Centre.
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Pictou County Athletics will be starting their Spring - Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program for children ages 5 to 9. There will be two locations, each with an 8 week program. Cost is $60, including a $35/child Athletics NS fee for insurance. For families, it's $50 for a second child and $45 for a third child. This program was developed by Athletics Canada and it will provide your child with (Fun) and basic development in balance; coordination; agility; strength and speed. The Pictou program will be in the Pictou Academy gym beginning on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 Registration will begin at 6pm. Lead instructor is Gena Henderson – hendersong@ccrsb.ca. The New Glasgow program will be in the North Nova gym beginning on Monday, March 20 from 5pm to 6pm. Registration will begin at 4:30. Lead instructors are Ann Findlay – findlayal@ccrsb.ca and Deelle Hines – motherandfitness@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table March 14th and 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Paul Byron scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Montreal Canadiens rallied a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Chicago 4 Minnesota 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 Detroit 1
Anaheim 5 Washington 2
San Jose 5 Dallas 1
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NBA
Boston 100 Chicago 80
Brooklyn 120 New York 112
Indiana 102 Miami 98
Houston 117 Cleveland 112
Portland 110 Phoenix 101
Philadelphia 118 L.A. Lakers 116
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MLB Pre-Season
Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 2
Atlanta 10 N.Y. Yankees 2
Baltimore 8 Minnesota (ss) 6
Washington 5 Houston 4
Pittsburgh 4 Minnesota (ss) 3
Detroit 4 N.Y. Mets 3
St. Louis 9 Miami 9
Philadelphia 6 Boston 5
Texas 10 Chicago White Sox (ss) 8
San Francisco 12 Arizona 4
Oakland 9 Chicago Cubs 8
L.A. Dodgers (ss) 5 Kansas City 4
Cincinnati (ss) 4 Milwaukee 2
Cincinnati (ss) 9 Colorado 8
Cleveland 11 San Diego 3
L.A. Angels 9 Seattle 2
Chicago White Sox (ss) 15 L.A. Dodgers 5


STATSCAN SAYS IT'S A GOOD TIME TO LOOK FOR A JOB
Friday 10th March 2017
There's some good news today from the people who count paycheques across this country.
Statistic Canada says the national unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in two years as 100,000 people found new full-time jobs last month.
The new jobless dropped two-tenths of a point, to  6.6 per cent in February.
Those job numbers are 7 times better than economists had been expecting.


NS GOV'T TAKES AIM AT DRUG TRAFFICKERS WITH TREATMENT FOR THEIR VICTIMS
Friday 10th March 2017
The MacNeil Liberals have decided to tackle drug traffickers head-on and provide immediate help for their victims.
They're spending more than $1 million to counter the increase in illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids hitting the streets across this province.
Of that, $564,000 will be used to expand access to naloxone – a medication that blocks the effect of opioids and can reverse an overdose.
The money will be used to buy and distribute naloxone kits through community and health care organizations.
Those locations include community pharmacies and municipal police offices. Naloxone is already available in ambulances and emergency rooms throughout the province.
Health Minister Leo Glavine says the aim is to stop illicit opioid use from becoming the crisis that it's become in other provinces.


LATE SCHOOL BUS - THORBURN CONSOLIDATED FRIDAY PM
Friday 10th March 2017
Some students on bus 226 at Thorburn Consolidated could be 20 minutes late getting home for their March Break kick-off this Friday afternoon.
The flu has forced the school board to double up, so those students will be arriving home on Jamie Taylor's bus instead, and be 15 to 20 minutes late getting home as a result.


LOCAL CURLING HITTING THE ICE WITH SOME MAJOR NAMES
Friday 10th March 2017
A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros.
Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest.
Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors finals beginning next Saturday.
She will also be curling with an all-star lineup, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.


GOOD NEWS ON THE JOBS FRONT
Friday 10th March 2017
There's some good news for Prime Minister Trudeau's government going into March Break.
That's because Canada's national unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in two years as more people found jobs last month.
The new national jobless dropped two-tenths of a point, to 6.6 per cent in February. That's down two-tenths of a point. The rates in Nova Scotia and PEI nudged up slightly, but with small samplings the two provinces, statisticians say that could just be a temporary blip.
Nova Scotia's new jobless rate is 8.1 per cent, but it's still the best provincial rate in the Atlantic Region.
Across the rest of the country, there were more full time jobs in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B-C, as part time jobs fell, and full time jobs picked up.
In total, the country gained 15,000 new jobs last month. That's about times better than economists had been predicting.


LOCAL SOCCER ENTHUSIASTS SOUGHT
Friday 10th March 2017
NNU is currently looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming soccer season.
They're accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy soccer programs.
For more information just e-mail Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com


PROVINCE IS NOT PLANNING TO CLOSE DETOX CENTRES: GLAVINE
Friday 10th March 2017
Health Minister Leo Glavine says the province has no plans to close detox centres. The Nova Scotia Health Authority received a consultant's report last fall that, among other things, recommended closing some detox centres, including Pictou's, and consolidating other services. Glavine told reporters in Halifax on Thursday he is "not a proponent" of such a move. The minister said the challenge his department is confronting is there are not enough recovery homes and long-term care for people who have emerged from opioid detoxing. Glavine's comments come a day after his new deputy minister, Denise Perret, also said there were no plans to close centres. Perret said the department and health authority are trying to shift towards a co-ordinated and integrated system.


HALIFAX POLICE RE-OPENING OLD CASE INTO CAB DRIVER AT CENTRE OF CONTROVERSY
Friday 10th March 2017
Halifax police are reopening a 2012 investigation into a cabbie acquitted last week of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman in his taxi. A search warrant filed in court says officers investigated an allegation against Bassam Al-Rawi five years ago, although charges were never laid. Halifax police Constable Dianne Penfound said Thursday that they had been in touch with the alleged victim, but could not confirm the suspect's name since charges have not been laid. She said officers found at the time that there was not enough evidence to proceed with a charge. In a separate incident detailed in the warrant, another woman alleged that Al-Rawi picked her up in 2014, drove past her house and kept going around the block, grabbing her hand when she tried to get out of the cab. Al-Rawi's lawyer, Luke Craggs, says he has no comment on the earlier allegations. The information about the earlier claims was contained in a search warrant related to the more recent incident in May of 2015, in which police say they found a woman passed out, partially dressed and highly inebriated in the back of his cab. He was charged with sexual assault, but was acquitted by Judge Gregory Lenehan in a decision that sparked protests and calls for his removal from the bench before the Crown announced it would file an appeal.


PUMP PRICES BOTH DOWN
Friday 10th March 2017
Fuel prices dropped overnight. A litre of regular self-serve gas is $1.048, and a litre of diesel is $1.068.


PROVINCE MUST APPOINT NEW ELECTORAL COMMISSION, OR FACE POSSIBLE COURT ACTION: BAILLIE
Friday 10th March 2017
The Opposition leader says his party will examine all legal options including an injunction if the province calls an election without first using a formal commission to redraw the electoral boundaries. The provincial court of appeals said the previous NDP government was wrong to force an independent commission to redraw three predominantly French-speaking ridings to include a larger, English-speaking population. Michel Samson, the minister responsible for the Office of Acadian Affairs, will not divulge the government's position until it has completed talks with the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia about how to proceed. Jamie Baillie says the government's approach smacks of an old fashioned ``back room deal'' to draw the electoral lines. Baillie says the legislature has to be recalled to set up an independent committee or else the government risks an election which could be declared unconstitutional by the courts.


FISHERIES MINISTER CRITICAL OF FISH FARM COMPANY FOLLOWING FISH KILLS
Friday 10th March 2017
The fisheries minister says he's concerned Cooke Aquaculture hasn't "gone to the public enough" about a recent fish kill at one of its salmon farming operations on the southwest shore. Keith Colwell says the company informed him of some fish deaths at a Shelburne harbour site following two severe storms last month, but the company didn't mention numbers. Colwell says he released information that an unknown number of fish had escaped from a pen, but didn't mention the deaths because he didn't feel it was relevant. He says even though his department issued a statement earlier this week discussing a "higher than expected" mortality rate at the farm, he still hasn't seen an estimate from the company. Colwell says an exact figure won't be known until Cooke completes harvesting operations. He says it's likely the kill was the result of the storms because testing has come up with no scientific reasons for the deaths.


PM ATTENDING OIL CONFERENCE IN TEXAS
Friday 10th March 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to Texas to make the case for investing in Canadian natural resources — while protecting the environment — at an influential global gathering of politicians and executives from the oil and gas industry. The two-day trip to Houston marks the first time a Canadian prime minister is joining the annual conference, where Trudeau will give a keynote speech talking up the connection between resource development and taking care of the environment. The conference, known as CERAWeek, is also giving the prime minister an award for promoting that stance. It comes at a time when the energy industry, buoyed by a recent resurgence in the price of oil, is grappling with how to handle a dramatic shift in American politics away from the global fight against climate change. It also comes on the heels of a blockbuster deal in the oilpatch: Canadian Natural Resources spending C$12.74 billion in cash and shares to acquire the bulk of Royal Dutch Shell's oilsands holdings and half of Marathon Oil's minority stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project in Alberta.


JUDGE ROBIN CAMP RESIGNS
Friday 10th March 2017
A judge who asked a sexual assault complainant in a trial why she couldn’t keep her knees together is resigning from the bench. In a statement distributed by his lawyer, Justice Robin Camp says he will quit effective today. Camp says he’s sorry for the hurt he has caused and is thankful for the support he received in recent months. The Canadian Judicial Council recommended Camp be removed from the bench after transcripts from the 2014 trial showed he called the complainant “the accused” numerous times and told her “pain and sex sometimes go together.” The council called Camp’s conduct “manifestly and profoundly destructive” to the impartiality and integrity of the bench. The council’s decision supports a recommendation by a disciplinary panel that Camp be removed from the bench for his comments in the original sexual assault trial of Alexander Wagar.


SPORTS MARCH 10
Friday 10th March 2017
The Weeks Jr. A Crushers final regular season home game was a 5-1 win over the Truro Bearcats. The season wraps up with a road game against the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight, with the Crushers having clinched first place in the Eastlink South division.
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The schedule for the Sid Rowe Division Final is mostly in place as the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians prepare to face the Glace Bay Jr Miners in the second round series. Play gets underway on Saturday in Membertou with game 1 before game 2 of the series goes at Trenton Arena this Sunday night. Games three and four will be the following Saturday in Membertou and Sunday in Trenton.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Brookfield Elks for the Highland League Championship in a best of three series beginning tonight in Brookfield. Game two will be at the Wellness Center at four o’clock Saturday afternoon.
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The Pictou County Pee Wee A Subway Selects travel to Brookfield at the end of the month to compete in a Playoff weekend for a chance to compete in the Day of Champions being held in Lunenburg.
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The Pictou County PeeWee AA Crushers claimed the Nova Scotia Mainland League Championship title. This win gives the Crushers a spot in the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions where they will take on the winner of the Central Minor League for the provincial title on the weekend of April 7-9.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League - Two games played last night at the Thorburn Rink. Whitey's Vikings  wins over the Elks, Durham Bucks  wins over Cornova Contracting. Play-off final all set , one team will be 2017 Champs! Stellarton Rink  Friday night  8:00: Whitey's Vikings   vs   Durham Bucks.
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The Weeks Major Midgets next playoff opponents are the Cape Breton West Islanders: game one is in Port Hood Saturday night.
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The Trenton Atom B Steelers defeated the Pictou Maripacs in two straight games over the weekend and move on to play Port Hood in a best of 3 series to see who will go to the Day Of Champions.
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In Peewee B, the Trenton Steelers face Sydney – the winner of that series will advance to the Day Of Champions.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers will represent the Mainland League at the North Conference game against the Cape Breton League Champion.  The winner of this single game knock out will advance to the HNS Provincial Day of Champions to be held in Bridgewater next month.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table March 14th and 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Erik Karlsson scored twice, including 40 seconds into overtime, and the Ottawa Senators edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 for their fifth straight victory.
Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and three assists and Brian Elliott had 24 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Calgary Flames shut out the Montreal Canadiens 5-0.
The Toronto Maple Leafs playoff push got a big boost, as Frederik Andersen made 36 saves and Tyler Bozak had a goal and an assist. The Leafs jumped back into the final wild-card spot with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
N.Y. Islanders 4 Vancouver 3 (OT)
Carolina 4 N.Y. Rangers 3
Tampa Bay 4 Minnesota 1
Anaheim 1 Chicago 0
Colorado 3 New Jersey 2
Los Angeles 3 Nashville 2 (OT)
San Jose 4 Washington 2
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NBA
Detroit 106 Cleveland 101
L.A. Clippers 114 Memphis 98
Oklahoma City 102 San Antonio 92
Portland 114 Philadelphia 108 (OT)
L.A. Lakers 122 Phoenix 110
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MLB Pre-Season
Toronto 6 Philadelphia 4
Minnesota 10 Colombia 7
Houston 3 St. Louis 0
Miami 2 Washington 2
N.Y. Yankees 8 Atlanta 7
Pittsburgh 10 Tampa Bay 8
Boston 7 United States 5
Detroit 5 N.Y. Mets 5
Chicago White Sox 4 Arizona 2
Oakland 12 Cincinnati 5
L.A. Angels 5 Cleveland 4
Seattle 8 Chicago Cubs 6
Venezuela 6 Texas 4
Milwaukee 8 San Diego 2
Colorado 10 Puerto Rico 2


HALIFAX POLICE CLEARED AFTER MAN HARMS SELF IN CELLS
Thursday 9th March 2017
Halifax Regional Police have been cleared of wrongdoing after a man arrested by a psychiatric hospital was later found unconscious in police cells. Police arrested the 47-year-old on the grounds of the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth last August 22 for intoxication in a public place. According to police, the man had been drinking and "was acting oddly and aggressively" towards security guards and a hospital employee. On a routine check in the police cells 17 minutes after he was placed there, officers found the man unconscious after he attempted to hang himself with his sweater. Investigators with the Serious Incident Response Team determined that although the man had been acting oddly, he was not overly intoxicated and the report says at no time did he give an indication he was depressed and could harm himself. The report says officers responsible for the care of prisoners that evening "followed reasonable procedures," and followed standard procedures in terms of prisoner checks.  The report also concluded officers, upon finding the man unconscious in the cell, responded appropriately with emergency help and called paramedics.  The report says while the man has recovered significantly, he continues to suffer from a serious brain injury.


PREMIER MUST SETTLE RIDING BOUNDARIES BEFORE CALLING ELECTION: BAILLIE
Thursday 9th March 2017
PC leader Jamie Baillie is calling on the premier to recall the legislature to set the electoral boundaries. He says forty-four days have passed since the current boundaries were deemed unconstitutional by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal because the previous government eliminated minority Acadian and African Nova Scotian seats. Baillie wants Premier McNeil to recall the Legislature in order to appoint an independent boundary review commission to set new boundaries before the next election, which must be held no later than October of 2018.


WAITING LIST FOR A DOCTOR HAS 25,000 NAMES
Thursday 9th March 2017
The provincial Health Authority's latest numbers show that over 25,000 Nova Scotians are on the waiting list for a family doctor. Names on the Need a Family Practice provincial registry include those who have registered since the program began in November, and those on lists from the nine former health authorities. Around 3,200 people in the registry live in the northern part of the province. The health authority says it has updated the list to eliminate duplications as well as those who have found a family practice. The province previously announced the hiring of 22 nurse practitioners and family practice nurses, four of those expected to practice in northern Nova Scotia. The health authority adds that they're continuing hire new family doctors and market provincial and federal incentive programs. If you need add your name to the registry, go online or call 811 weekdays between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.


104 ACCIDENT *AS OF 8:50 AM*
Thursday 9th March 2017
There was an accident on highway 104 near Exit 25 earlier this morning. Two vehicles were involved, but there are no reports of injuries. Roads were icy at the time.


PARLIAMENT FAST-TRACKS BILL REQUIRING TRAINING IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAW FOR NEW JUDGES
Thursday 9th March 2017
The House of Commons has unanimously agreed to fast-track a bill introduced by interim Tory leader Rona Ambrose that would require would-be judges to take courses in sexual assault law. The Commons has accepted a motion from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to bypass the usual second-reading debate and send the legislation straight to committee. The bill, C-377, would restrict eligibility for an appointment to the bench to candidates who have completed comprehensive sexual assault education. It would also require the Canadian Judicial Council to report on continuing education seminars in matters related to sexual assault law and change the Criminal Code to require courts to provide written reasons in sexual assault decisions. Ambrose says too many women and girls are reluctant to come forward after being sexually assaulted and that judges need better training in handling such cases. The bill was introduced after a judge in Halifax acquitted a suspect in a sexual assault case and suggested that even an intoxicated woman could consent to sex.


GENETIC DISCRIMINATION BILL PASSES - WITHOUT SUPPORT OF LIBERAL CABINET
Thursday 9th March 2017
Liberal backbench MPs joined forces with opposition parties Wednesday evening to reject attempts by the government to gut a genetic discrimination bill, overwhelmingly passing the legislation and defying the wishes of cabinet. Recently retired Liberal senator Jim Cowan watched from the viewing gallery as 222 MPs voted in favour of his legislation, something he has long fought for through successive parliamentary sessions. All cabinet ministers — and most parliamentary secretaries — in attendance voted against the bill. Only four Liberal backbenchers sided with the government, a rare display of disunity within the Grit ranks. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was opposed to the bill and said she believes the legislation is unconstitutional as it could infringe on the provinces' right to regulate the insurance industry. Bill S-201 will add genetic characteristics as a protected ground under the Canadian Human Rights Act, introduce penalties for discrimination, and forbid employers from subjecting job applicants to a genetic test. The legislation will also allow people to refuse to disclose the results of a genetic test to anybody. Medical experts have said the legislation is necessary to counter the fears associated with potentially life-saving genetic testing, which could produce results that would help doctors better tailor health treatments. A breach of the law could result in a fine of up to $1 million, or five years behind bars. The bill has now cleared both the House of Commons and the Senate but will only become law when it receives royal assent, which could take place in the next few days. 


TORY SENATOR SAYS "GOOD DEEDS" OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS "OVERSHADOWED"
Thursday 9th March 2017
Controversy in Ottawa, as Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak mounted a defence of the residential school system for Aboriginal children in the Red Chamber on Tuesday, lamenting that the "good deeds" accomplished by "well-intentioned" religious teachers have been overshadowed by negative reports documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission, which conducted an exhaustive six-year study of the system, found physical, mental and sexual abuse was rampant, and some 6,000 children died while in care because of malnourishment or disease. Beyak, an Ontario senator, appointed by former prime minister Stephen Harper in 2013, said she has spoken to Indigenous people who have told her of the positive experiences they had while at the schools, adding many have kept their Christian faith after it was imparted to them by school administrators. This was not the first time Beyak has sought to paint the residential school system in a different light. At a recent meeting of the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples committee, she said those who ran the schools "didn't mean to hurt anybody." She said the commission proposed few new solutions to address the poor socioeconomic conditions faced by many First Nations people today.


HAWAII SEEKS TO BLOCK NEW US TRAVEL BAN
Thursday 9th March 2017
Hawaii has become the first state to sue to stop President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Attorneys filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Honolulu. The state had previously sued over Trump's initial travel ban, but that lawsuit was put on hold while other cases played out across the country. The revised executive order bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries and temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program. It doesn't apply to travelers who already have visas. Hawaii's attorney general Doug Chin said people in Hawaii find the idea of a travel ban based on nationality distasteful because they remember when Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during World War II. Chin said Hawaii was the site of one of these camps. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson granted the state's request to continue with the case and set a hearing for March 15 — the day before Trump's order is due to go into effect.


SPORTS MARCH 9
Thursday 9th March 2017
The schedule for the Sid Rowe Division Final is mostly in place as the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians prepare to face the Glace Bay Jr Miners in the second round series. Play gets underway on Saturday in Membertou with game 1 before game 2 of the series goes at Trenton Arena this Sunday night. Games three and four will be the following Saturday in Membertou and Sunday in Trenton.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Brookfield Elks for the Highland League Championship in a best of three series beginning tonight in Brookfield. Game two will be at the Wellness Center at four o’clock Saturday afternoon.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers final regular season home game is tonight at 7, as the Crushers host the Truro Bearcats, who still trail the Crushers by three points for the lead in the Eastlink South division.
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The Weeks Major Midgets accomplished the near impossible, coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to eliminate the Cole Harbour Wolfpack, getting another 3-2 overtime win. G Blackmore scored twice, with Gavin Hart potting the winner in OT. Alexander MacDonald stopped 40 shots for the win. Their next opponents are the Cape Breton West Islanders: game one is in Port Hood Saturday night.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table March 14th and 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Nick Bonino had a hat trick and Evgeni Malkin scored a pair of goals, an assist and a fight as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their third straight game with a 7-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Defenceman Fredrik Claesson scored his first NHL goal and added an assist to help the Ottawa Senators win their fourth straight game, 5-2 over the Dallas Stars.
Boston 6 Detroit 1
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NBA
Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors emerged with a 94-87 victory over a New Orleans Pelicans squad that played without all-star forward Anthony Davis during the second half.
Orlando 98 Chicago 91
Atlanta 110 Brooklyn 105
Miami 108 Charlotte 101
Indiana 115 Detroit 98
Milwaukee 104 New York 93
Minnesota 107 L.A. Clippers 91
Utah 115 Houston 108
San Antonio 114 Sacramento 104
Washington 123 Denver 113
Boston 99 Golden State 86
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MLB Pre-Season
Baltimore 6 Toronto 4
N.Y. Yankees 10 Canada 4
Dominican Republic 10 Pittsburgh 6
Houston 12 N.Y. Mets (ss) 2
Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 9 Washington 3
N.Y. Mets (ss) 8 Boston 7
Oakland 7 Italy 0
L.A. Angels 9 Cincinnati 0
Milwaukee (ss) 7 L.A. Dodgers 2
Milwaukee (ss) 5 Chicago White Sox 4
San Francisco 6 Puerto Rico 5
Venezuela 11 Kansas City 0
Arizona 10 Mexico 4
Columbia 9 Tampa Bay 7
Minnesota 3 United States 2
Cleveland 14 Seattle 6


PM ANNOUNCES MAJOR PROGRAM FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH
Wednesday 8th March 2017
On International Women's Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau say Ottawa plans to spend $650-million over three years for sexual and reproductive health. The government says its support will focus on sexuality education, improving reproductive health services and investing in family planning and contraceptives. Later today, Trudeau will also watch 338 young women – one for every riding in the country – take seats in the House of Commons as part of Daughters of the Vote, a program aimed at encouraging their involvement in leadership, government and politics. Trudeau has promised to promote gender equality at home and abroad, but advocates for the rights of women and girls say he still has a lot of work to do. They are calling for more subsidized child care spaces, a national strategy to end gender-based violence and a new law to ensure men and women get equal pay for work of equal value.


NEW COINS TO HONOUR TWO BIG ANNIVERSARIES
Wednesday 8th March 2017
The Royal Canadian Mint will be issuing two new coins to mark two major anniversaries. This year's quarter will feature an image of the Stanley Cup flanked on the left by a hockey player in period uniform and on the right by a player in a modern day uniform. Above the two players and the cup will be a banner with the inscriptions 1892 and 2017. The Mint will likely unveil the coin next week. The second coin is the 2017 regular circulation toonie, which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge. The bloody battle killed or wounded 10,500 Canadians, but it became one of Canada's most celebrated military victories and marked the first time Canadian troops fought together as a single force. The coin commemorating Vimy Ridge is part of a continuing series of $2 coins that over the next six years will mark the anniversaries of important events in the First and Second World Wars.


NDP WANTS TO HEAR HOW THE DOCTOR SHORTAGE IS AFFECTING YOU
Wednesday 8th March 2017
As the Public Accounts Committee looks at the issue of doctor access today, the provincial NDP announced the launching of a website for people to share their stories and frustrations about the doctor shortage. People can visit the NDP's website to complete a survey and share their story. NDP leader Gary Burrill says there are over 100,000 people in the province without a family doctor today – more than when Stephen McNeil took office in 2013.


PICTOU MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Wednesday 8th March 2017
A 63-year old Pictou man has been arrested following a search of a property on Haliburton Road. Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Pictou District RCMP, executed the search warrant at about 4pm Tuesday. Police seized a quantity of marijuana and illegal tobacco from the residence. The man has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of illegal tobacco. He's been released from custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.


HOUSE FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Wednesday 8th March 2017
A house in Westville caught fire last night around 9:30pm. The Westville Fire Department responded with assistance from Stellarton and Alma fire departments. Westville Fire Chief Kenny Dunn tells NG News it was an electrical fire and there was some smoke and water damage.


PROVINCE ANNOUNCES MORE SUPPORTS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS
Wednesday 8th March 2017
The province will improve its support of women, children and other victims of sexual assault in the criminal justice system. Justice Minister and Attorney General Diana Whalen announced the initiatives on Tuesday. They include hiring two special prosecutors to handle sexual assault cases, partnering with the federal government to provide free legal advice for victims, providing special training to Crown attorneys and ensuring police have the appropriate capability to investigate sexual assaults, opening a new domestic violence court in Halifax Regional Municipality, continuing to expand services for survivors and urging all provincial and territorial ministers to make this a priority.


LIBERAL AMENDMENTS TO GENETIC DISCRIMINATION BILL DEFEATED
Wednesday 8th March 2017
An attempt by the Liberal government to water down the genetic discrimination bill was defeated by a coalition of MPs from across party lines Tuesday evening, despite constitutional concerns raised by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. Alberta Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault had introduced a motion in the House to remove key sections of the legislation, including those relating to penalties for genetic discrimination and language forbidding employers from subjecting job applicants to a genetic test. His efforts to dramatically reduce the bill's scope were defeated in a voice vote. Bill S-201, introduced by Senator Jim Cowan in December 2015, would add genetic characteristics as a protected ground under the Canadian Human Rights Act, introduce penalties for discrimination, and forbid employers from subjecting job applicants to a genetic test. The bill would also allow people to refuse to disclose the results of a genetic test to anybody. Medical experts have said the legislation is necessary to counter the fears associated with potentially lifesaving genetic testing, which could produce results that would help doctors better tailor health treatments. The insurance industry recently committed to never asking an applicant to undergo a genetic test, but said it will ask for — and retain the right to potentially use — genetic testing information for life insurance applications for coverage over $250,000. Wilson-Raybould has said she is opposed to the legislation because she believes it treads on provincial jurisdiction over the insurance industry. She recently wrote a letter to the Council of the Federation, the group that represents the provinces and territories, asking for its opinion on the legislation. Three provinces, B.C., Manitoba, and Quebec, have raised some issues with the bill as written.


NOBODY APPEARS HAPPY WITH NEW US HEALTHCARE BILL
Wednesday 8th March 2017
A powerful conservative backlash threatens to sink the new Republican health-care bill less than 24 hours after its launch, even as U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional leaders began trying to sell the legislation as the long-promised Republican cure for Obamacare. The Club for Growth, Heritage Action for America, Americans for Prosperity and Tea Party Patriots variously derided the new bill as Obamacare Lite, Obamacare 2.0 and even RyanCare, in a dig at House Speaker Paul Ryan. The concerted conservative opposition is a remarkable rebuke to legislation Republican leaders hope will fulfil seven years of promises to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, pledges that played out in countless Republican campaigns for House and Senate as well as last year's race for president. Instead, the groups that are uniting to oppose the new House legislation include many of those that sprang up to oppose passage of Obamacare in the first place. Democrats say the bill would leave many people uninsured, shifting costs to states and hospital systems that act as providers of last resort. The bill also adds up to big tax cuts for the rich, cutting more than 20 taxes enacted under Obama's heath law with the bulk of the savings going to the wealthiest Americans. Conservatives are focusing on a new system of refundable tax credits they denounce as a costly new entitlement, and they demand a vote on a straightforward repeal-only bill.


SPORTS MARCH 8 *UPDATED 8:10 AM*
Wednesday 8th March 2017
The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers opened their playoffs with a two game sweep of the Truro Bearcats last weekend. The Crushers had home ice advantage in the best of three series and in game one skated to a commanding 4 to 1 win at the Trenton Arena. Ryan Denny had two goals and Nolan MacDonald and Ben MacGillivray had a goal each while Jacob Fraser got the win in goal. In a much tighter second game in Truro the Crushers got solid goaltending from Xander Vohs and a pair of goals from Lucas Bernard to hold on for a 2 to 1 win and eliminate the Bearcats. The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Brookfield Elks for the Highland League Championship in a best of three series beginning Thursday night in Brookfield. Game two will be at the Wellness Center at four o’clock Saturday afternoon.
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In Peewee B, the Trenton Steelers and Stellarton Royals continued a best of 3 in Stellarton. The Royals were eliminated as Trenton won a close fought 3-2 game. The Steelers move on to face Sydney – the winner of that series will advance to the Day Of Champions.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers final regular season home game is Thursday night at 7, as the Crushers host the Truro Bearcats, who still trail the Crushers by three points for the lead in the Eastlink South division.
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You can't keep a good team down. The Weeks Major Midgets have forced a seventh game in their series with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack, getting their third straight win in overtime 3-2. Scoring for the Weeks team were Gavin Hart, Jaden Mason, and Riley MacInnis with the OT winner. Game 7 in the series goes in Cole Harbour tonight at 7:15.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table March 14th and 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Paul Byron scored in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks for the second time this season, 2-1 at Rogers Arena.
James van Riemsdyk broke out of a scoring slump, and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings.
Columbus 2 New Jersey 0
N.Y. Rangers 5 Florida 2
Philadelphia 6 Buffalo 3
St. Louis 2 Minnesota 1
Colorado 3 Carolina 1
N.Y. Islanders 4 Edmonton 1
Anaheim 4 Nashville 3 (SO)
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NBA
Portland 126 Oklahoma City 121
Dallas 122 L.A. Lakers 111
Washington 131 Phoenix 127
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MLB Pre-Season
Pittsburgh 6 Atlanta 3
Boston 5 Washington 3
Baltimore 5 Dominican Republic 4
St. Louis 9 Miami 2
Philadelphia 11 Detroit 6
N.Y. Yankees 7 Tampa Bay 6 (10 innings)
Canada 7 Toronto 1
Colorado 3 Texas 2
Italy 8 Chicago Cubs 7
Cincinnati 7 Kansas City 3
San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 2
San Diego 7 Mexico 3
Oakland 21 Arizona 13


TWO MEN ARRESTED WITH FENTANYL AND COCAINE ALONG SOUTH SHORE
Tuesday 7th March 2017
The RCMP say they have arrested two men and charged them with trafficking in the potentially deadly drug fentanyl. Police say 31-year old Matthew Kevin Glavine and 52-year old Calvin Stephen Bowles were both arrested on Sunday in Chester. When the men were arrested, police say they had significant amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, and fentanyl in their possession. Glavine entered a guilty plea at a first appearance in court, yesterday, while Bowles was remanded into custody and expected to return for another appearance today.


CASE ADJOURNED TO MAY FOR DOCTOR ACCUSED OF VOYEURISM
Tuesday 7th March 2017
A New Glasgow doctor accused of voyeurism saw his case adjourned yesterday while the RCMP continues to prepare a technical report. Dr. Rafid al-Nassar was arrested last fall after a complaint from staff at the Westside Medical Centre of a camera in the washroom. Dr. al-Nassar is scheduled to be back in court in mid-May. In the meantime, the Colllege of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia website indicates he has relocated to the East Side Health Centre. Dr. al-Nassar has been granted permission to resume practice, but under strict conditions – including that he be chaperoned during all patient encounters except in an operating room.


TEEN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING CABBIE
Tuesday 7th March 2017
Halifax District RCMP have a arrested a 17-year old girl for allegedly assaulting a police officer in the early morning hours this morning. Police say they responded to a complaint in Cole Harbour of a female taxi driver being assaulted by a female passenger after that passenger refused to pay the fare. Police say that when they arrived at the scene, the girl resisted and assaulted the two officers. The young woman, whose name is banned from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is facing charges of fraud, assault with a weapon, three counts of assault, resisting arrest, and two counts of breach of probation. Police say the taxi driver suffered minor injuries in the incident. The youth is expected to make an appearance in Halifax Provincial Youth Court today.


COUNCIL TO IMPROVE CLASSROOM CONDITIONS MEMBERSHIP NAMED
Tuesday 7th March 2017
The fourteen people who will be working toward shaping the classrooms of the future in Nova Scotia have been named. Nine classroom teachers, one parent, one student, one guidance counsellor, and one representative from each of the NSTU executive and the provincial department have been selected to comprise the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. The nine teachers cover each of the eight school boards in the province, with Halifax Regional School Board having two members. Representing the teachers from the CCRSB will be Melanie Morrissey of Bible Hill Junior High School. The council's first meeting will be held by March 21. Initial recommendations from the council are expected no later than April 28. The council will have twenty-million dollars over two years to address issues in the classroom that have been identified by teachers. This includes data collection, complex classrooms, class sizes at all grade levels and the student attendance policy.


CROWN TO APPEAL TAXI DRIVER ACQUITTAL ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE
Tuesday 7th March 2017
The Public Prosecution Service has announced it will appeal the acquital last week of a Halifax taxi driver of sexaully assaulting a female passenger. Bassam Al Rawi was acquitted after the judge ruled that the Crown failed to prove the complainant's lack of consent. Judge Gregory Lenehan has also come under personal fire for a comment made in handing down the decision, suggesting that, “clearly, a drunk can consent”. Denise Smith, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, says there is a solid basis to appeal the ruling. In a press release issued earlier today, Smith cited six specific issues as the grounds for appeal, including that the judge erred in law in his interpretation and application of the test for capacity to consent. The notice of appeal has been filed with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.


ALL CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST YMCA CEO
Tuesday 7th March 2017
All charges against Pictou County YMCA CEO Dave MacIntyre have been withdrawn. The Crown withdrew a charge of assault causing bodily injury, while a charge of aggravated assault was withdrawn on Feb. 21. MacIntyre was charged in relation to an incident that took place on or about Jan. 31 in Broadway. Crown attorney Patrick Young says while police had reasonable grounds when they initially laid charges, after reviewing the evidence the Crown did not believe there was a reasonable chance of conviction. MacIntyre remains on a voluntary leave of absence from his job as the YMCA board waits to make a decision.


AL-RAWI APPEAL WILL BE BASED ON LAW, NOT "PUBLIC ANGST": PROSECUTION SERVICE
Tuesday 7th March 2017
A spokeswoman for the province’s prosecutors says any appeal of the acquittal of a Halifax cabbie charged with sexual assault will be on the basis of legal errors, not public protests. Judge Gregory Lenehan found 40-year-old Bassam Al-Rawi not guilty last Wednesday. Prosecution spokeswoman Chris Hansen says the Crown attorney in the case is reviewing the decision, and will make a recommendation that will be further considered by the senior Crown in the region and the prosecution service’s appeal lawyers. Al-Rawi was charged after police found the woman, in her 20s, passed out and partially naked in his car in the early hours of May 23, 2015. Lenehan said in an oral decision last Wednesday that the Crown provided no evidence on the woman’s lack of consent, and said “clearly, a drunk can consent.” Hansen says prosecutors are aware of the “public angst,” but she adds the decision will based on a careful analysis of the law involved and the lawyers will take the time required.


SNOWBIRDS COULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY LONGER IN US, BUT BEWARE OF HEALTH COVERAGE RULES
Tuesday 7th March 2017
There is one group of foreigners who are being embraced by American lawmakers with open arms: Canadian snowbirds. Despite heightened tensions around the U.S. border, a bipartisan bill currently before Congress would allow Canadians — and only Canadians — over the age of 55 to stay south of the border for up to eight months of the year, provided they own a home or have signed a rental agreement for the duration of their stay. The legislation, if passed, would exempt these Canadian residents from filing U.S. taxes despite the longer stay, as they would still be considered "nonresident aliens" by the IRS. Currently, if a snowbird spends more than 183 days in the U.S. they are considered a resident and are subject to U.S. taxes on their worldwide income. Even worse, prolonged, unauthorized stays beyond six months could result in an outright travel ban for up to 10 years. However, while the U.S. could be prepared to allow older Canucks to stay longer, some provinces still have restrictions on how long a person can be out of the province and retain their health insurance, a key consideration for any senior. As a result of concerted lobbying efforts by the Canadian Snowbirds Association over the last five years, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan have all amended their policies to allow residents to be temporarily absent for up to seven months, while still retaining their health coverage.


SPORTS MARCH 7 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Tuesday 7th March 2017
Winners of the Hypothermic Half Marathon this weekend: Female - Denita Hammond (Hfx), Male - Dave McLennan. And for the Dairy Queen 10K Blizzard Run, 10K female - Breanna Sandluck (17 years old), 10K male - Fred Macdonald (74 years old).
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The Pictou County PeeWee AA Crushers claimed the Nova Scotia Mainland League Championship title over the weekend hosted by Acadia. The tournament had a shaky start for the Crushers with two losses to Cumberland and Acadia. This set the challenge of winning six games in a row in order to land the title. The Crushers came to play on Saturday, winning their three games against West Hants, Truro and league overall first place team- Yarmouth. On Sunday the Crushers defeated Western Valley, leading to a rubber match with Cumberland. This was a back and forth game with the Crushers eventually winning in overtime. The final game, their eighth in three days, saw the Crushers face an undefeated South Shore team. The Crushers built an early lead, but despite a late scoring run by South Shore, the Crushers did not give up and won 4-3 to claim the title. Tournament MVP for the Crushers was Cameron MacKinnon. This win gives the Crushers a spot in the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions where they will take on the winner of the Central Minor League for the provincial title on the weekend of April 7-9.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Subway Selects had a victorious play off weekend with one home game and one away game. Saturday’s home game saw them face off against Metro West Blue with a 5-2 win for the Selects. Sidney Keay scored the first goal of the game, assisted by Mya MacDonald. MacDonald, Ella Fitt and Lily LeBlanc each scored one goal for their team. Sunday’s game against Metro West Red resulted in a 2-1 win for the Selects. Ella Ross and Chloe Reeves were the goal scorers for the game. More hockey playoff action continues this coming weekend.
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On Saturday, the Pictou County Pee Wee A Subway Selects hosted the Cape Breton Islanders in Trenton.  In an intense battle , the game ended in a scoreless tie. The team played a great defensive game with Chloe Stroud strong in nets.  The game scheduled in Cape Breton on Sunday was cancelled due to poor driving conditions.  The Subway Selects travel to Brookfield at the end of the month to compete in a Playoff weekend for a chance to compete in the Day of Champions being held in Lunenburg.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers next home game is Thursday night at 7, as the Crushers host the Truro Bearcats, who still trail the Crushers by three points for the lead in the Eastlink South division.
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The Weeks Major Midgets held off elimination yet again, netting a 4-1 win over the Cole Harbour Wolfpack last night. The Wolfpack now hold a 3-2 series lead, with game 6 tonight at 8pm at the Wellness Centre.
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The Trenton Atom B Steelers defeated the Pictou Maripacs in two straight games over the weekend and move on to play Port Hood in a best of 3 series to see who will go to the Day Of Champions.
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In Peewee B, the Trenton Steelers and Stellarton Royals play a best of 3 to see who will move on to face Sydney and then advance to the Day Of Champions. Sunday evening in Trenton the Steelers took the first game 3-0. Game two will take place tonight in Stellarton at 7:00 pm. 
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The Atom AA Red Crushers will represent the Mainland League at the North Conference game against the Cape Breton League Champion.  The winner of this single game knock out will advance to the HNS Provincial Day of Champions to be held in Bridgewater next month.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table March 14th and 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Ottawa 4 Boston 2
Dallas 4 Washington 2
N.Y. Rangers 1 Tampa Bay 0 (OT)
San Jose 3 Winnipeg 2
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NBA
Miami 106 Cleveland 98
Milwaukee 112 Philadelphia 98
New York 113 Orlando 105
Detroit 109 Chicago 95
Golden State 119 Atlanta 111
Brooklyn 122 Memphis 109
Charlotte 100 Indiana 88
San Antonio 112 Houston 110
Denver 108 Sacramento 96
Utah 88 New Orleans 83
L.A. Clippers 116 Boston 102
Portland at Minnesota, ppd.
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MLB Pre-Season
Baltimore 7 Detroit 2
Boston 5 Houston 5
N.Y. Mets 8 Miami 2
Pittsburgh 13 N.Y. Yankees 1
Minnesota 2 St. Louis 1 (10 innings)
Arizona 4 Kansas City 1
San Francisco 3 Cleveland (ss) 2
Milwaukee 14 Cleveland (ss) 4
San Diego 6 Chicago White Sox 5
Chicago Cubs 13 L.A. Angels 10
Colorado 10 L.A. Dodgers 9
Seattle 9 Texas 0


PROVINCE INVESTIGATING FISH KILLS AT SHELBURNE AQUACULTURE SITE
Monday 6th March 2017
The province continues to monitor the situation at an aquaculture site in Shelburne Harbour, that was damaged mid-February during a major storm. The site has experienced a higher than expected rate of fish mortality since the storm. As a precaution, aquatic animal health staff of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture took samples of the dead fish. No reportable disease was found. Dead fish from the site will not enter the human food supply.


LOCAL SUBWAY OWNER SAYS REPORTS ABOUT CHICKEN ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED
Monday 6th March 2017
The owner of Pictou County's Subway franchises is critical of a report that claims his product is full of fillers. The sandwich chain disputes the findings of a CBC Marketplace investigation into fast food chicken. While most of the samples were found to contain close to 100 per cent chicken DNA, Subway sandwiches contained substantially less than the other chains, averaging around fifty percent soy. But Greg Burrows says that tests commissioned by the company at two independent labs showed that the amount of soy was less than one percent. He says many of his customers are aware of the story, and he's concerned it may affect sales. Subway says the report was "absolutely false and misleading," and is demanding a retraction. Marketplace stands by its report and is releasing the Subway test results as well as additional detail about the methodology and investigation.


NDP WOULD INVEST $2 MILLION FOR MORE SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES: BURRILL
Monday 6th March 2017
As controversy continues to swirl around last week's acquittal of a Halifax cab driver charged with sexual assault, NDP Leader Gary Burrill announced today that the NDP would invest $2 million in preventing and addressing sexual violence. Burrill says that the current Sexual violence Strategy is set to expire at the end of the month. He says the $2 million in investments would go towards multi-year funding agreements for sexual assault centres and other community organizations providing sexual assault services; women’s centres, which provide prevention and support programs; and to double the number of sexual assault therapists available across the province. Burrill says the NDP is also committed to working with service providers to further increase therapy services to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors across the province.


BEEKEEPERS WANT TO RESTRICT IMPORTS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF INSECT PESTS
Monday 6th March 2017
The group representing honey producers across the province is taking a firm stand against a pest that could jeopardize our provincial honey supply. The Nova Scotia Beekeepers' Association passed a resolution over the weekend asking the province to deny permits to import bee hives from provinces where the Small Hive Beetle is active. The main origin for Nova Scotia's bee hive imports last year was Southern Ontario, where the beetle is most prevalent this year. Association President Lauren Park says the Nova Scotia blueberry industry is seeing a reduced need for imported bees this year. She says in addition to the denial of import permits, the reduced need for bees should cut down on the risk of the beetle spreading to healthy bee hives here in this province. That risk would be highest when beekeepers rent out their hives to blueberry farmers later in the season.


STUDY SHOWS NOVA SCOTIA'S POLICIES LEAD TO MORE LOCAL BUY-IN ON WIND FARMS
Monday 6th March 2017
A new Canadian study concludes that involving community members in wind-farm planning and ensuring nearby residents benefit from turbines would go a long way toward winning local buy-in for such projects. The study, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, notes that fast-paced development and limits on local decision-making have resulted in strong opposition to wind projects. The authors say those objections can be mitigated by the fair distribution of area benefits. For the paper, Chad Walker and Jamie Baxter with Western University's department of geography compare approaches to wind-energy development in southwestern Ontario and Nova Scotia. In Ontario, for example, the study notes that the 2009 Green Energy Act limits community involvement during planning stages, resulting in criticism of a top-down, corporate-led pattern of development in which almost all of the province's more than 6,000 turbines are corporately owned outside of their host communities. Nova Scotia, on the other hand, has made a concerted effort to support community-owned development and keep the economic benefits in the province.


FEDERAL CABINET TO DISCUSS REFUGEE INFLUX
Monday 6th March 2017
Federal cabinet ministers are set for an in-depth discussion of the practical and political pressures being placed on the Liberal government by a rising number people seeking asylum in Canada. Hundreds of people have crossed illegally from the U.S. in recent months, a phenomenon some link to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. But The Canadian Press has learned that a number of new arrivals had visas issued from the same U.S. consular post in Saudi Arabia, and interviews suggest those people had long intended to head to Canada from the Middle East. That's one issue complicating table-top exercises security and immigration officials have been running in recent days to figure out what might be ahead at the border. They are planning for the possibility of the current trickle of illegal arrivals becoming a flood, and the results of that work are being fed into options for a Tuesday cabinet meeting. In addition, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is examining requests from Manitoba and Quebec for more help to fund immigrant support services.


ZIKA VIRUS COULD LEAD TO MAJOR COMPLICATIONS, STUDY SAYS
Monday 6th March 2017
A new study suggests that Canadian adults who went to travel medicine clinics sick with the Zika infection show a range of concerns including severe complications. The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes in the Caribbean, South America, Central America and some U.S. States. A common perception is that Zika is associated with mild symptoms. But that was not borne out among the 1,118 travellers who visited travel medicine clinics at cities in British Columbia through Quebec from October 2015 to September 2016.  Most people with Zika won't have symptoms. But until now, surveillance data on Zika virus in ill returning Canadian travellers hadn't been analyzed. The study in Monday's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed Zika was diagnosed as often as dengue, a serious infection. The researchers only looked at people sick enough to see a health-care professional and be referred to a travel health clinic — a small subset that the study's authors say means it's likely biased toward more complicated cases. The study's authors found that overall, 41 travellers had Zika  and 41 had dengue. The doctors didn't find any severe complications in the dengue group. In contrast, severe complications of Zika included Guillain Barre​, a neurological syndrome that can lead to paralysis, as well as meningitis, and congenital transmission or birth defects.


TRUMP CONTINUES TO INSIST HE WAS WIRETAPPED, DESPITE LACK OF EVIDENCE
Monday 6th March 2017
President Donald Trump turned to Congress on Sunday for help finding evidence to support his unsubstantiated claim that former President Barack Obama had Trump’s telephones tapped during the election. Obama’s intelligence chief said no such action was ever carried out, and a U.S. official said the FBI has asked the Justice Department to dispute the allegation. Republican leaders of Congress appeared willing to honour the president’s request, but the move has potential risks for the president, particularly if the House and Senate intelligence committees unearth damaging information about Trump, his aides or his associates. Trump claimed in a series of tweets without evidence Saturday that his predecessor had tried to undermine him by tapping the telephones at Trump Tower, the New York skyscraper where Trump based his campaign and transition operations, and maintains a home. Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said nothing matching Trump’s claims had taken place. The FBI has asked the Justice Department to dispute Trump’s allegations, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Sunday. Obama's press secretary accused Trump of levelling the allegations to distract from the attention being given to campaign-season contacts by Trump aides with a Russian official, including campaign adviser Jeff Sessions before he resigned from the Senate to become attorney general. The FBI is investigating those contacts, as is Congress.


SPORTS MARCH 6
Monday 6th March 2017
The Weeks Jr. A Crushers rolled over the St. Stephen Aces 9-6 on Saturday night. Their next home game is Thursday night at 7, as the Crushers host the Truro Bearcats, who still trail the Crushers by three points for the lead in the Eastlink South division.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are still alive, staving off elimination after a 6-5 victory over the Cole Harbour Wolfpack at the Wellness Centre. But the Wolfpack lead the series 3-1, with the next match tonight in Cole Harbour.
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The Trenton Atom B Steelers defeated the Pictou Maripacs in two straight games and now move on to play Port Hood in a best of 3 series to see who will go to the Day Of Champions. On Saturday, the Steelers defeated the Maripacs 5-1. Scoring for Trenton were Ethan Mackay 2, Derrick Mackay, Landon Martin and Nicholas Duff. Assists came from Ethan Foote, Brody Mackenzie, Duff, and both Mackay boys. Pictou's goal came from Nathaniel Horne, assisted by Patrick Macneil. In the second game, the Steelers won 7-3. Trenron goals came from Derrick Mackay 2, Jake Maloney 2, Ethan Mackay, Ethan Foote and Landon Martin. Assists came from Ethan Mackay 3, Carter Lennon, Robbie Wilkinson, Lane Macfarlane, Foote and Martin. Winning goalies were Austin Earle and Caden Macdonald.
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In Peewee B, the Trenton Steelers and Stellarton Royals will play the best of 3 to see who will move on to face Sydney and then advance to the Day Of Champions. Sunday evening in Trenton the Steelers took the first game 3-0. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 2 goals and Jake Henderson added a single. Nick Macmullin had 2 assists . Shut out went to Carter Maclean. Game two will take place Tuesday evening in Stellarton at 7:00 pm. 
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The Atom AA Red Crushers win gold at the Mainland Tournament hosted by Cumberland County this past weekend. The Red Crushers went a perfect 5-0 in the North NSMHL Provincial Playdown where they were matched up with Cumberland Ramblers and two matches each with Brookfield Elks and Truro Bearcats. The Crushers will represent the Mainland League at the North Conference game against the Cape Breton League Champion.  The winner of this single game knock out will advance to the HNS Provincial Day of Champions to be held in Bridgewater next month.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course over the March Break. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification now is the time to go to the next level. Course Dates are March 12 to March 19. There will also be a NLS Re-certification on March 18 & 19 - please note, you must attend both days. Pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Richard Bachman made 43 saves, Bo Horvat and Markus Granlund each scored and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1.
Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames beat the New York Islanders 5-2 to earn their seventh straight win.
Columbus 3 New Jersey 0
Pittsburgh 4 Buffalo 3
Minnesota 3 San Jose 1
St. Louis 3 Colorado 0
Carolina 2 Arizona 1
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NBA
Indiana 97 Atlanta 96
Golden State 112 New York 105
Phoenix 109 Boston 106
Washington 115 Orlando 114
Utah 110 Sacramento 109 (OT)
Dallas 104 Oklahoma City 89
New Orleans 105 L.A. Lakers 97
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MLB Pre-Season
Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 3
Boston 11 Atlanta 1
Philadelphia (ss) 8 Detroit 5
Houston 7 Miami 7
Minnesota 4 Washington 2
Baltimore 3 Philadelphia (ss) 2
N.Y. Yankees 3 Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 14 N.Y. Mets 11
Chicago Cubs 9 Texas 9
Milwaukee 9 Colorado 4
Kansas City 4 San Francisco 3
Cleveland 8 San Diego 2
L.A. Dodgers 7 Seattle (ss) 3
Arizona 4 Chicago White Sox 1
Cincinnati 11 L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 5 Seattle (ss) 4


CALLS GROW TO REMOVE JUDGE FOR HIS REMARKS IN SEX ASSAULT CASE
Saturday 4th March 2017
A dozen sexual-assault centres, centres for women and therapists are calling on Nova Scotia's chief judge to recommend removing Judge Gregory Lenehan from the provincial bench over comments he made in acquitting a taxi driver of sexual assault this week. Lenehan said a police officer was right to arrest Bassam Al-Rawi when she found him in his taxi with an unconscious woman whose clothing he had removed. But the judge believed that "clearly a drunk can consent" and that the Crown provided no evidence she had not consented, so he let Al-Rawi go free. A spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Judiciary said they've already received at least one formal complaint against Lenehan. The Antigonish Women's Research Centre Sexual Assault Services is preparing a letter to the chief judge on behalf of 12 organizations including the Pictou County Women's Resource and Sexual Assault Centre and the Central Nova Women's Resource Centre. The letter notes that reporting rates for sexual assaults are alarmingly low, and that decisions like Lenehan's discourage women from coming forward in the future. The group also called on Halifax Regional Municipality's taxi commission to permanently revoke Al-Rawi's licence. HRM said his licence has been in a "non-operation state" since September 2015 and it is looking at revoking or granting him a licence now that the criminal case is done.


DISCRIMINATION CLAIM OVER MEDICAL ALLOWANCE REJECTED A SECOND TIME
Saturday 4th March 2017
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has for a second time rejected a discrimination claim by five social assistance recipients who say the province hasn’t increased the special diet allowance for those with chronic medical problems since 1996. The commission’s board was ordered to re-visit the issue in January by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Justice James Chipman said the commission had been “unreasonable” in rejecting the initial claim and said it should reconsider in “accordance with the principles of fairness and transparency.” In a Feb. 24 letter sent to the recipients’ lawyer, Vincent Calderhead, chair Eunice Harker says the rights commission is dismissing the complaint because no significant issues of discrimination were raised. Harker does say the commission is concerned with the diet allowances, and it urges the province to complete its review of the social assistance program “in a timely manner.” In an email, Calderhead says while the commission is critical of the province, it’s frustrating it couldn’t have at least given the complainants a hearing.


ANOTHER CLASS ACTION FILED IN RELATION TO "SIXTIES SCOOP"
Saturday 4th March 2017
Yet another proposed class action related to the Sixties Scoop alleges Ottawa was negligent in allowing Indigenous children to lose their cultural identities when they were taken from their homes and placed with non-native families. The new claim, filed in Federal Court this week, comes hard on the heels of a ruling that the government was liable for the harm suffered by on-reserve children in Ontario who were placed in non-Indigenous homes, and weeks after Ottawa announced it wanted to negotiate with all scoop victims across the country. The proposed suit seeks $500 million in damages for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence, and $100 million in punitive damages. The claim specifically excludes the on-reserve Sixties Scoop victims in Ontario who won last month after a bitterly fought years-long battle with the federal government.


IN RARE CASE, TWO MEN BANNED FROM USING THE MAIL
Saturday 4th March 2017
Two Ontario men are subject to a rare prohibitory order from the minister responsible for Canada Post, banning them from sending anything through the mail. James Sears is editor and Laurence St. Germaine is publisher of Toronto-based newspaper Your Ward News. For years, mail carriers have protested having to deliver it and many have complained about it being distributed in their neighbourhoods. The paper is filled with offensive imagery and writing aimed at just about every identifiable group, discredited theories on topics such as immunizations as well as personal attacks on high-profile Canadians. Sears and St. Germaine have hired prominent defence lawyer Frank Addario to represent them. Addario says his clients have never been charged with a hate-related offence, and intends to challenge the constitutionality of the minister's powers. The minister responsible for Canada Post has only twice before issued a prohibitionary order and only one of them was aimed at preventing the spread of hate speech. In 1981, the then-minister issued an interim order against Samisdat Publishers, which was owned by convicted Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. In that case, the order lasted just a few months before it was overturned by the board of review.


SPORTS MARCH 4
Saturday 4th March 2017
A rare loss for the Weeks Jr A Crushers last night, 4-3 at the hands of the Summerside Western Capitals. Scoring for the Crushers were Alex Bonaparte, Mack Derraugh and Evan MacLennan. Tonight, the Crushers visit St. Stephen to play the Aces.
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Friday evening Trenton Peewee C's took on the Pictou Maripacs. Trenton came away with a 4-1 win. Michael Derouin led the Steelers with a pair of goals, Mason Macintosh and Harper Fraser both fired singles. Assists came from Nathan Greencorn, Lauren Roper and Fraser. Pictou's goal came from Wil Macmillan and Tanner Heighton getting the assist. Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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The Atom A Crushers dropped the first game of their playoff series against the Antigonish Bulldogs earlier this week. Game 2 is in Antigonish Saturday at one o’clock.    
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The Atom AA Red Crushers narrowly beat the Atom AA White Crushers to claim the Northern Title of the Mainland League.  The Red Crushers will face the south winner at the Mainland League Day of Champions to be held the weekend of March 24th and 25th. The team travels to Cumberland County this weekend for the North NSMHL Atom AA Provincial Tournament.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers closed out their regular season last weekend clinching second place in their league. They face the Truro Bearcats in a best of three playoff series with game 1 being played at noon on Saturday at the Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have wrapped up their devision semi-final with a 7-0 shutout of the Antigonish Bulldogs.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game the first two games of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Games three and four go Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League – playoffs this weekend... Three games at the Stellarton Rink , Sunday. 5:20 - Whitey"s Vikings  vs   Wranglers 6:50 - C.F. Construction   vs   Elks Club 8:20 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Connors Transfer LTD. Fourth game, Tuesday night at the Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons   vs   Durham Bucks. Winners move onto March 9  at the Thorburn Rink , first game starting at 7:15 March 10 Champion Game , Stellarton Rink  8:00
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course over the March Break. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification now is the time to go to the next level. Course Dates are March 12 to March 19. There will also be a NLS Re-certification on March 18 & 19 - please note, you must attend both days. Pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday March 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Rickard Rakell scored twice, Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves and the Anaheim Ducks returned from their bye week with a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Connor Hellebuyck turned away all 29 shots he faced to earn his fourth shutout of the season in the Winnipeg Jets' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Calgary 3 Detroit 2 (OT)
Pittsburgh 5 Tampa Bay 2
Arizona 4 Carolina 2
Chicago 2 N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)

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     NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, including a key 3-pointer late, and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-106 despite giving back a 19-point first-half lead.
Cleveland 135 Atlanta 130
Orlando 110 Miami 99
Philadelphia 105 New York 102
Milwaukee 112 L.A. Clippers 101
Dallas 104 Memphis 100
Phoenix 118 Oklahoma City 111
Utah 112 Brooklyn 97
San Antonio 101 New Orleans 98 (OT)
Boston 115 L.A. Lakers 95
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MLB Pre-Season
Toronto 3 N.Y. Yankees 2
Pittsburgh 5 Baltimore 2
Boston 9 Atlanta 1
Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 2
Minnesota 4 Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 2 Washington (ss) 1, 10 innings
Washington (ss) 8 Miami 5
N.Y. Mets 11 Houston 3
Cincinnati 8 Chicago Cubs 4
Colorado 16 Cleveland 7
Kansas City 7 L.A. Dodgers (ss) 2
Oakland 6 San Francisco 1
Texas 8 Seattle 2
Arizona 15 L.A. Dodgers (ss) 3
L.A. Angels 6 Milwaukee 5
Chicago White Sox 3 San Diego 1


POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING HALIFAX WOMAN
Friday 3rd March 2017
Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a Halifax woman missing since Monday. Amy Jay Phillips, 34, is a white woman with dark blond hair. She is about five-foot-four and weighs around 130 pounds. "There is no information to suggest that Amy has met with foul play; however, police are concerned for her well-being. Officers request that Amy or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5020," police said in a news release Friday.


BRIDGEWATER JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH EVACUATED FOR BOMB THREAT
Friday 3rd March 2017
Another bomb threat, and another school evacuation today, this one in Bridgewater. Students at the Bridgewater Junior Senior High School  were evacuated to the nearby NSCC campus shortly before noon today. South Shore Regional School Board says students have been dismissed from there. Bridgewater Elementary School was placed under a hold and secure as a precaution. Bridgewater Police are on scene at this time and continue to investigate. If the threat is deemed to be a hoax and the source is found, criminal charges may be laid.


CHRISTOPHER GARNIER'S BAIL HEARING POSTPONED
Friday 3rd March 2017
Christopher Calvin Garnier will remain in jail for at least another month. His bail revocation hearing has been held over until April 4 and 5. Garnier was arrested almost two weeks ago after Halifax police could not locate him during a routine check at the two places he's allowed to reside; in Bedford and an apartment in Millville. He's awaiting trial in November on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Truro Police Constable Catherine Campbell.


WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON GRAVEL BEING LIFTED - BUT ONLY FOR A DAY
Friday 3rd March 2017
The recent cold snap means a brief reprieve on gravel roads. The Department of Transportation says the weight restrictions on gravel roads will be lifted on Sunday only because of the sub-zero temperatures. Spring weight restrictions on roads in nine counties take effect on Monday. They are Annapolis, Digby, Halifax, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth. Restrictions for provincial roads in the rest of the province begin a week later on the 13th.


GAS, DIESEL UP
Friday 3rd March 2017
Fuel prices rose overnight. This week's price for regular self-serve gas is up to $1.061 per litre, and diesel is $1.094 per litre.


APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR STELLARTON COMMITTEES
Friday 3rd March 2017
Stellarton council has appointed several people to various town committees. Millan MacDonald will serve on the Stellarton Memorial Rink committee, while Matthew MacDonald, Jack Langlois and Gary Stewart were appointed to the planning advisory committee. There are three citizens on the new recreation committee: Patty Lloyd, Peggy Williams and Ian Turner. Nancy Terris and Peter Kay had their names submitted to the province for consideration to serve on the Eastern Mainland Housing Authority. Councillors Bryan Knight and Garry Pentz will serve on the recreation committee, and Simon Lawand and Susan Campbell will join the planning advisory committee.


ANOTHER EXPLICIT EMAIL RAISES TENSION AT UNIVERSITE DE MONCTON
Friday 3rd March 2017
Frustration is growing on the campus of the Universite de Moncton after an eighth malicious email targeting a female student landed in the inbox of students and staff. The emails are all threatening and at least two contain sexually explicit images. New Brunswick Minister of Post-Secondary Education Donald Arsenault is asking Universite de Moncton administration to investigate how these attacks continue to happen. Arsenault says he’ll meet with the university's president next week. RCMP say they have a suspect. The university is promising to hold a news conference today. Students held a protest on campus Thursday night, saying they’re not happy with how the university is handling the ongoing incident.


MORE LAND ADDED TO NS-NB MOOSE CORRIDOR
Friday 3rd March 2017
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has added more than 95 hectares to its so-called moose sex corridor that aims to keep Nova Scotia's wildlife connected to the wider world. The three new acquisitions are near Amherst, bringing the size of the preserved wilderness area on the Chignecto Isthmus to almost 1,200 hectares. Nova's Scotia's mainland moose population is endangered, with an estimated 500 to 1,000 animals. New Brunswick has a healthier population and is a potential source of mates for the Nova Scotia moose. The new properties border a provincially designated wilderness area and include both mixed forest and wetlands. The area is important to many species of birds and for large mammals, including lynx, bobcat and moose. One of the properties was donated through the federal government's Ecological Gifts program, which gives tax incentives to people or corporations that donate ecologically significant land.


SPORTS MARCH 3
Friday 3rd March 2017
Another day, another win as the Weeks Jr A Crushers beat the Valley Wildcats 5-1. Scoring for the Crushers were Benji Curtis (2), Michael Dill, Bradley Kennedy, and Mack Derraugh. Tonight the Summerside Western Capitals will come to the Wellness Centre in a rescheduled game from earlier this season. Another day, another win as the Weeks Jr A Crushers beat the Valley Wildcats 5-1. Scoring for the Croushers were Benji Curtis (2), Michael Dill, Bradley Kennedy, and Mack Derraugh. Tonight the Summerside Western Capitals will come to the Wellness Centre in a rescheduled game from earlier this season. Game time is 7:30pm. If minor hockey players wear their jerseys to the game, they get free admission! On Saturday, in another game that was rescheduled from earlier this season, the Crushers will visit St. Stephen to play the Aces.
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The Atom A Crushers dropped the first game of their playoff series against the Antigonish Bulldogs earlier this week. Game 2 is in Antigonish Saturday at one o’clock.    
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The Atom AA Red Crushers narrowly beat the Atom AA White Crushers to claim the Northern Title of the Mainland League.  The Red Crushers will face the south winner at the Mainland League Day of Champions to be held the weekend of March 24th and 25th. The team travels to Cumberland County this weekend for the North NSMHL Atom AA Provincial Tournament.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers closed out their regular season last weekend clinching second place in their league. They face the Truro Bearcats in a best of three playoff series with game 1 being played at noon on Saturday at the Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians can wrap up their series against the Bulldogs with a win tonight in Trenton. Game time 7:30. Game 7, if necessary, will be played Sunday night in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game the first two games of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Games three and four go Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League – playoffs this weekend... Three games at the Stellarton Rink , Sunday. 5:20 - Whitey"s Vikings  vs   Wranglers 6:50 - C.F. Construction   vs   Elks Club 8:20 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Connors Transfer LTD. Fourth game, Tuesday night at the Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons   vs   Durham Bucks. Winners move onto March 9  at the Thorburn Rink , first game starting at 7:15 March 10 Champion Game , Stellarton Rink  8:00
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course over the March Break. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification now is the time to go to the next level. Course Dates are March 12 to March 19. There will also be a NLS Re-certification on March 18 & 19 - please note, you must attend both days. Pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday March 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Kings captain Anze Kopitar snapped a 13-game goal drought in regulation and scored again in the shootout, leading Los Angeles back from a two-goal deficit in the third period for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Alex Burrows scored twice in his debut with the Ottawa Senators and led his new club to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
The tears came even as P.K. Subban smiled and waved to the Bell Centre fans. The former Canadiens defenceman got a long standing ovation before his first game back in Montreal as a Nashville Predator on Thursday night. But the Habs would not be put off - Paul Byron scored with 9 seconds remaining to give the Canadiens the 2-1 victory.
San Jose 3 Vancouver 1
Buffalo 6 Arizona 3
Washington 1 New Jersey 0
N.Y. Rangers 2 Boston 1
Philadelphia 2 Florida 1 (SO)
Columbus 1 Minnesota 0
N.Y. Islanders 5 Dallas 4
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NBA
Chicago 94 Golden State 87
Phoenix 120 Charlotte 103
Portland 114 Oklahoma City 109
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MLB Pre-Season
Philadelphia 8 Toronto 8
St. Louis 9 Atlanta 4
Minnesota 6 Baltimore (ss) 6 (10 innings)
Pittsburgh 11 Detroit 1
Boston 19 Tampa Bay 2
Washington 13 Houston 1
N.Y. Mets 11 Miami 6
Cincinnati 6 Chicago Cubs (ss) 2
Chicago White Sox 8 San Francisco (ss) 6
L.A. Dodgers 4 Cleveland 2
Kansas City 3 Colorado 1
Oakland 5 Texas 1
Seattle 6 Milwaukee 2
San Diego 9 Arizona (ss) 6
L.A. Angels 5 San Francisco (ss) 4
N.Y. Yankees 8 Baltimore (ss) 1
Arizona 3 Chicago Cubs (ss) 1


OTTAWA MOVING FORWARD ON PENSION IMPROVEMENTS
Thursday 2nd March 2017
The province has announced another important milestone towards improvements to the Canada Pension Plan. Federal legislation to bring the CPP enhancements into force has been proclaimed. Finance Minister Randy Delorey says the improvements include increasing the maximum CPP benefit by about 50 per cent; replacing one third of average annual earnings on retirement, up from one quarter; and increasing the upper earnings limit at which this replacement rate maxes out to about $82,700. Starting in January 2019 the rate employers and employees pay into CPP will be gradually increased over seven years. The upper earnings limit will be increased over two years starting in 2024. An increase to the Working Income Tax Benefit will help protect low-income earners from the rate increase. A summary of the enhancements and more information can be found online.


HEARINGS BEGIN ON ACCESSIBILITY BILL
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Dozens of people are expected to testify over the next two days as the province holds public hearings on its proposed accessibility legislation. The legislature's law amendments committee will hear submissions on Bill 59. The legislation, which was meant to make the province more accessible for the disabled, was delayed last fall after heavy criticism from many people and groups the bill was supposed to help. When it was tabled last November, Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard said the proposed act would provide a framework for establishing accessibility standards for communities and businesses. An advisory board was also proposed consisting of 12 voting members, with at least six members being people with disabilities. The initial goal was to phase in provincial standards over a number of years.


PROVINCE DEVELOPING AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM TO TRACK DISEASE OUTBREAKS
Thursday 2nd March 2017
The province will adopt an electronic public health system that will help public health officials in their work to keep more people from getting sick.  Right now, public health officials track outbreaks of communicable disease on paper. Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, says the new system, called Panorama, will allow faster investigation of disease outbreaks, keep better track of who has been vaccinated for what, and notify people who might be at risk. The province will invest $7.1 million over the next two years to bring Panorama online. Government will put Panorama in place over the next two years, beginning with the vaccine inventory and immunization components by the end of 2017. The communicable disease investigation and outbreak components will follow. Government will issue a tender Friday for project management and professional services for Panorama. It will be available at  The project will be complete by the end of 2019. 


EMO STILL WAITING ON DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS FROM OTTAWA
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Officials with Nova Scotia's Emergency Management Office say the province is still waiting for Ottawa to reimburse it for millions of dollars worth of damage caused by disasters dating back to 2010. EMO executive director Andrew Lathem told the legislature's public accounts committee that money from the federal disaster assistance program is still outstanding for events such as the severe floods in Meat Cove in 2010 and in Truro in 2014, although he couldn't give exact figures. Lathem says recouping funds usually takes time because Ottawa often conducts several rigorous audits of claims before the province receives payment. Deputy minister Kelliann Dean says the province has covered the cost in those instances and is simply waiting to be reimbursed.


POLICE WARN FENTANYL APPEARING IN HFX AREA STREET DRUGS
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Halifax Regional Police and RCMP are both warning the public about the presence of illicit fentanyl as the powerful opioid has been seized on six separate occasions during drug busts since Jan. 1. Both forces issued a joint statement Wednesday that said while the problem has not reached crisis levels like it has out west, investigators in the Halifax-area have seized fake oxycodone pills made of fentanyl powder from six homes so far this year. Staff Sgt. Darryl Gaudet said fake oxycodone pills are a concern as potential users would be unaware of the consequences. Fentanyl, used mostly for long-term pain management, is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and also poses a risk to first responders because it can be absorbed through the skin on contact, or inhaled if those drug particles are airborne.


JUDGE RESERVES DECISION ON ACCESSIBILITY COMPLAINT
Thursday 2nd March 2017
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has reserved his decision on whether the province's human rights commission must hear a complaint from a group of accessibility advocates. At issue is whether the way the province enforces its public health policies amounts to discrimination. Not all restaurants have accessible bathrooms, but they cannot be sanctioned because they are grandfathered by the province's building code. The advocates argue, however, that when those same establishments alter their locations to include accessible summer patios but still do not have accessible washrooms, it amounts to systemic discrimination because the province is not enforcing its own rules ensuring access to facilities. The group is in court because last summer, when it tried to bring a complaint to the commission to have it investigated, the request was dismissed. A lawyer for the commission argues that they would be bogged down if the commission took every inquiry it receives through to the complaint investigation process. Justice Frank Edwards will provide a written decision on the matter at a later date.


RCMP INVESTIGATE AS MORE "REVENGE" E-MAILS CIRCULATE AT UNIVERSITY OF MONCTON
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Two more malicious mass emails targeting a female University of Moncton student were sent to students and staff at the New Brunswick school late Tuesday evening, bringing the total number of such emails to six. A statement from the university said the emails arrived at 10:18 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. The school said its IT department deleted the first email about 25 minutes after it showed up in inboxes, and the second email was deleted an hour and 15 minutes later. The series of mass emails, some of which contained naked photos of a female student and a threat toward the university, started arriving Saturday. Roxann Guerrette, president of the university’s student union, said roughly 1,000 students and staff received multiple emails over the weekend that contained a threatening message directed at the university, and naked photos of a female student. Guerrette said the emails appear to be a form of blackmail or “revenge porn” — when someone distributes intimate images of a person without their consent. The Mounties have confirmed that they interviewed the victim and have identified a suspect.


TRANSPORT MINISTER WANTS TOUGHER, UNIFORM PENALTIES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Transport Minister Marc Garneau is calling for the creation of a tough national standard to penalize distracted drivers using their cellphones on the road. Garneau said Wednesday that having consistent national rules with stiffer fines and demerit points could address the growing number of incidents. While dangerous driving is covered under the Criminal Code, cases involving distraction are a provincial responsibility with fines and demerit points that vary widely across regions. Provincial penalties for distracted driving range from $80 to $100 plus three demerit points in Quebec to a maximum fine of $1,200 and five demerit points in Prince Edward Island, according to the Canadian Automobile Association. Cellphones and handheld electronic devices are banned while driving in all provinces, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, but there is no prohibition on driving while using hands-free devices. The minister recently sent a letter to his provincial counterparts urging them to agree to tougher and uniform penalties for texting and talking on cellphones while driving. While Garneau has yet to get a response from provinces, he says governments need to act more quickly to this growing issue than it did in the past to combat drunk driving.


SPORTS MARCH 2
Thursday 2nd March 2017
There will be a send off party tonight for local Special Olympics Athlete Daniel Martin, who is headed to Austria for the World Games March 14-25. Everyone is welcome to drop by for some food and good cheer from 5:30-7pm at the Wellness Centre, Tim Hortons Room on the 2nd level.  Rumour has it some of the Crushers will be in attendance before their game. This is the first time in 30 years an athlete from Pictou County has been named to Team Canada (previous was swimmer Susan Bailey, who medals at the 1987 World Games in Indiana). Daniel will be competing in snow shoeing – best of luck Daniel! Follow his progress online at www.specialolympics.ca.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers have three games in three nights this week. Thursday they host the Valley Wildcats. Friday the Summerside Western Capitals will come to the Wellness Centre in a rescheduled game from earlier this season. The Friday game will start at 7:30pm. Then on Saturday, in another game that was rescheduled from earlier this season, the Crushers will visit St. Stephen to play the Aces.
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The Atom A Crushers dropped the first game of their playoff series against the Antigonish Bulldogs earlier this week. Game 2 is in Antigonish Saturday at one o’clock.    
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The Atom AA Red Crushers narrowly beat the Atom AA White Crushers to claim the Northern Title of the Mainland League.  The Red Crushers will face the south winner at the Mainland League Day of Champions to be held the weekend of March 24th and 25th. The team travels to Cumberland County this weekend for the North NSMHL Atom AA Provincial Tournament.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers closed out their regular season last weekend with three games in two days against the first place Brookfield Elks. The Crushers took two out of three games to clinch second place in their league. Playing two home games on Saturday to make up for an earlier storm cancellation the Crushers played to a solid 5 to 2 win in the first game. Kaleb Clarke led the scoring with a hat trick in the first period while Myles Farnsworth and Kenyon Green added goals in the second period on route to the win. Xander Vohs was the winning goaltender. In the second game of the day at the Pictou County Wellness Center Ryan Denny, Kaleb Clarke and Brody Bowering scored while Jacob Fraser backstopped the Crushers in a 3 to 2 win. On Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Arena in Brookfield the Crushers fell short of the sweep and came away with a 3 to 2 loss. Nolan MacDonald and Kenyon Green were the goal scorers for the Crushers. The Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Truro Bearcats in a best of three playoff series next weekend with game 1 being played at noon on Saturday at the Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians lead their Division Semi-Final after defeating Antigonish 5-1 in game 5. The Scotians can wrap it up with a win Friday night in Trenton. Game 7, if necessary, will be played Sunday night in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game the first two games of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Games three and four go Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova League, the final games of the regular seasonare tonight, both played at Thorburn Rink. 7:10 - C.F. Construction   vs   Cornova Contracting, 8:20 - Whitey's Vikings   vs   Connor's Transfer LTD. Playoffs begin Sunday.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday March 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Patrick Kane had his second hat trick in three games, Scott Darling made 36 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 for their fifth straight victory and 10th in 11 games.
Tampa Bay 4 Carolina 3 (OT)
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NBA
There would be no thrilling fourth-quarter comeback for the Toronto Raptors. Playing their fourth game without all-star guard Kyle Lowry, the Raptors dropped a 105-96 decision to Eastern Conference rival Washington Wizards to end a four-game winning streak.
New York 101 Orlando 90
Atlanta 100 Dallas 95
Miami 125 Philadelphia 98
Boston 103 Cleveland 99
Denver 110 Milwaukee 98
New Orleans 109 Detroit 86
San Antonio 100 Indiana 99
Minnesota 107 Utah 80
Brooklyn 109 Sacramento 100
Houston 122 L.A. Clippers 103
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MLB Pre-Season
Baltimore 12 Boston 5
Miami 9 Houston 5
St. Louis 6 N.Y. Mets 1
Philadelphia 5 Tampa Bay 5
Pittsburgh 3 Minnesota 1
Washington 9 Detroit (ss) 1
Detroit (ss) 5 Toronto 4
Chicago White Sox 3 Arizona 2
Chicago Cubs 7 Kansas City 3
Milwaukee 3 Cincinnati 2
Seattle 7 Cleveland 4
San Diego (ss) 5 Oakland 0
Colorado 3 San Diego (ss) 1
L.A. Angels 3 Texas 2
Atlanta 8 N.Y. Yankees 7
L.A. Dodgers 7 San Francisco 6


HUNDREDS APPLY FOR TEACHER POSITIONS ON PROVINCIAL COUNCIL
Wednesday 1st March 2017
Seven-hundred and seventy-nine Nova Scotia teachers have submitted applications to be part of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, a cooperative initiative to improve the province's classrooms. The nine teachers who will join the council will be chosen by school board superintendents. The council will be formed by March 7th. The council will have 20-million dollars over two years to address issues that have been identified by teachers, including the student attendance policy, complex classrooms and class sizes. Initial recommendations from the council are expected by April 28th.


BLUENOSE SETTLEMENT SHOULD BE AUDITED: HOUSTON
Wednesday 1st March 2017
The provincial opposition wants the Auditor General to look into the settlement paid by the province as part of the costs of the Bluenose II project. Pictou East MLA and Finance critic Tim Houston says there should be a forensic audit of the $5 million paid to the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance, even though some experts said the claims were questionable and shouldn't be paid. The government claims this recent transaction is par for the course, despite the fact the project is millions over budget and much delayed. During the most recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, it was revealed that the province paid $2.9 million in claims, an amount far in excess of what a consultant recommended and without all supporting documentation. In addition, a settlement was made for $1.7 million for reputational damage and lost opportunities to the company. Houston says a lot of money has been sunk into the Bluenose II already, and the secrecy around the decision to spend millions leaves a lot of questions.


WORKERS COMPENSATION NEEDS REVIEW: LLOYD
Wednesday 1st March 2017
A group that has long fought for the rights of injured workers says the workers compensation system needs an overhaul and should be the subject of an independent inquiry. Mary Lloyd of the Pictou County Injured Workers Association appeared before the legislature's human resources committee Tuesday. Lloyd says injured workers can't live on what the system provides, and it is geared to keep costs down for a small number of large employers. She says her group is renewing its call for an inquiry to provide an independent and impartial look at the system. The group called for an inquiry under the province's former NDP government in 2012, but the government said such a move would be too costly and complex.


VANCOUVER SHIPYARD GETS LATEST NAVY CONTRACT
Wednesday 1st March 2017
A Vancouver-area shipyard has been handed a $230-million contract to help create the latest vessel in Ottawa’s national shipbuilding plan. The agreement will see shipbuilding company Seaspan develop and finalize plans to build two joint supply ships for the Royal Canadian Navy, with construction of the vessels expected to begin next year. Judy Foote, minister of procurement and public services, announced the contract in North Vancouver on Tuesday, saying the deal will help create stable middle-class jobs. Defence Minister Harjit Saajan says the ships will increase the “range, flexibility and duration” of Canada’s navy by resupplying vessels at sea with fuel, food, ammunition and more. Foote declined comment Tuesday on the program’s total cost, saying the number won’t be known until all of the vessels have been built and that she doesn’t want to give out preliminary numbers. Seaspan is building three coast guard ships in Vancouver under the national plan. The first of the three ships is expected to be delivered by the end of the year, while the other two are scheduled to be completed next year.


KEYSTONE XL LAWSUIT ON HOLD
Wednesday 1st March 2017
TransCanada Corp. has suspended a $15-billion lawsuit against the United States regarding its Keystone XL project following signals by U.S. President Donald Trump that he will likely approve the pipeline. The company filed the NAFTA challenge last year alleging the U.S. government failed in its commitment to protect Canadian investors and ensure the company was treated in accordance with international law. The process before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has been suspended until March 27. The company maintains that former U.S. president Barack Obama rejected the pipeline to appear strong on climate change, even though the government concluded numerous times that the pipeline would not have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. TransCanada renewed its regulatory push for the $8-billion US project after Trump asked the company to resubmit its application for a permit to build the project, shortly after his inauguration. The company also filed an application with the Nebraska Public Service Commission for state-level approval earlier this month. The nearly 1,900-kilometre pipeline, which would carry some 830,000 barrels a day of Alberta crude towards the U.S. Gulf Coast, became a flash point for climate change activists before Obama rejected it in 2015.


O'LEARY SKIPS EDMONTON TORY DEBATE
Wednesday 1st March 2017
The fourth official Conservative leadership debate in Edmonton saw the candidates broadly agree on defence spending, carbon taxes and illegal border crossings, while engaging in spirited exchanges on taxation and plans for growing the economy. Steven Blaney and Pierre Lemieux both used their opening statements to make an argument for getting Alberta oil to international markets by expanding pipelines into the United States and across Canada. Kellie Leitch used her introduction to hammer home her immigration plan — to screen all would-be newcomers for Canadian values and ensure all immigrants get a face-to-face interview before being admitted to Canada. Maxime Bernier, Rick Peterson and Michael Chong promised to lower various forms of taxation, while Erin O'Toole, Andrew Saxton and Lisa Raitt all said they had the economic chops to lead the country in uncertain times. The Edmonton debate had all the candidates on the stage at the same time, an approach that prompted candidate Kevin O'Leary to drop out of the debate. Instead, O'Leary held an "intimate fireside discussion" at a nearby hotel with supporters, starting at the same time as the official debate. Because the Edmonton event is organized by the Conservative Party, the rules state that it is mandatory for all candidates to attend, which means O'Leary's campaign will have to pay a $10,000 fine against his campaign's security deposit.


FEDS UPDATING RADAR TO BETTER PREDICT SEVERE WEATHER
Wednesday 1st March 2017
The federal government is moving to improve Canada’s ability to warn people about severe weather, including tornadoes. The government says it will buy 20 state-of-the-art weather radars that will built across the country over seven years starting this fall. Environment Canada says the combination of these radars, along with a recently acquired supercomputer, will give people more time to protect themselves and their property from severe weather. Minister Catherine McKenna says the modernized network will also provide weather information that can be used in almost every sector of the economy. The government says the new system will cover more of Canada and double the detection range for tornadoes and other severe weather. The new system will also help forecasters better distinguish between rain, snow, hail and freezing rain.


SPORTS MARCH 1
Wednesday 1st March 2017
With four wins last week, the Weeks Jr A Crushers have been rewarded by a jump of three places in the National Rankings. The most recent rankings have the Crushers at 16th, remaining the only MHL team in the Top 20. Coming up this week, the Crushers play three games in three nights, two of which are make-up games from postponements earlier this season. On Thursday, the Crushers host the Valley Wildcats, then Fridaty they welcome the Summerside Western Capitals to the Wellness Centre. On Saturday, the Crushers head to St. Stephen to face the Aces.
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Trenton Steelers defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs in a "Best two out of three" by winning two straight games this weekend. Trenton will play the winner of the Pictou and Thorburn series. Pictou leads 1-0. 
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219 athletes from across the province competed in this year's Nova Scotia Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games this past weekend at Camp Aldershot, Kentville. Twenty-four talented and determined athletes from Pictou County competed and took home a total of 11 medals. Pictou County had athletes competed in four of six sports: floor hockey, snow shoeing, figure skating, and curling. The weekend showcases high level competition, athletic ability, and true sportsmanship.
For Pictou County...  Curling: Gold Medal Jones Division - 3 wins in round robin play and overcame Annapolis to take the final match. Team Members: Chris Atkinson, Evan Sharpe, Adam Smith, Jane Foance, and Lucy Rogers. Coaches Tracy Sharpe and Ryan Sharpe.
Floor Hockey: Gold Medal Hayden Division - 2 wins and one lose in round robin play and defeated Yarmouth 6-4 in the final. Team members: Craig Boyd, Allister MacLean, Darrel Williams, Harry Haroutunian, Dwayne Saunders, Stacey Saunders, Ian Smith, Rodney Bond, Darryl Smith, Dwayne Saunders, Justin Barnett, and Chase Cameron. Coaches Henry Heighton, Derek Borden, and Bryden Cameron.
Figure Skating: Greg Massaro: Gold, Mens Level 2; Jessica Kearly: Silver, Ladies Level 1; Molly Caldwell: Bronze, Ladies Level 1; Loretta Levangie: Fourth, Ladies Level 1.
Snow Shoeing: Daniel Martin: Gold Mens 400M, 800M, 1600M, and Bronze 200M; Sherri Wolfenden: Bronze Ladies 200M and 400M
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The Atom A Crushers displayed another entertaining and exciting playoff performance on Sunday against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The first period saw the Crushers relentlessly fore check the Bulldogs, earning them a three to two lead. The Bulldogs battled back in the second period to tie the game at four goals apiece. In a very tight checking third period the Crusher defense only allowed three scoring opportunities but unfortunately the Bulldogs capitalized and earned a seven to four hard fought victory. Scoring for the Crushers were Chris Jordan, Kaleb MacEachern, Jack MacNeil, and Lucas MacDonald. Providing assists were Josh McDonald (2), Owen Chisholm, and Jack MacNeil. Game 2 will be played in Antigonish on March 4th at one o’clock.    
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It was a major showdown Tuesday night at the PCWC where the Atom AA Red Crushers narrowly beat the Atom AA White Crushers with a score of 4-3. With the win, the Red Crushers claim the Northern Title of the Mainland League.  The Red Crushers will face the south winner at the Mainland League Day of Champions to be held the weekend of March 24th and 25th. Scoring for the Red Crushers were Cade Moser, Lane Sim with two and Owen Conrad. Assists went to Sim, Levon Walst, Ben Manos, Cole Miller and Moser added three. The team travels to Cumberland County this weekend for the North NSMHL Atom AA Provincial Tournament.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers closed out their regular season last weekend with three games in two days against the first place Brookfield Elks. The Crushers took two out of three games to clinch second place in their league. Playing two home games on Saturday to make up for an earlier storm cancellation the Crushers played to a solid 5 to 2 win in the first game. Kaleb Clarke led the scoring with a hat trick in the first period while Myles Farnsworth and Kenyon Green added goals in the second period on route to the win. Xander Vohs was the winning goaltender. In the second game of the day at the Pictou County Wellness Center Ryan Denny, Kaleb Clarke and Brody Bowering scored while Jacob Fraser backstopped the Crushers in a 3 to 2 win. On Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Arena in Brookfield the Crushers fell short of the sweep and came away with a 3 to 2 loss. Nolan MacDonald and Kenyon Green were the goal scorers for the Crushers. The Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Truro Bearcats in a best of three playoff series next weekend with game 1 being played at noon on Saturday at the Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final is tied at two, with game 5 on Wednesday night in Antigonish and Game 6 Friday night in Trenton. Game 7, if necessary will be played Sunday night in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game the first two games of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Games three and four go Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Centre.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday March 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Detroit 3 Vancouver 2 (OT)
Calgary 2 Los Angeles 1 (OT)
Tomas Hertl scored the tie-breaking goal with 1:24 remaining and the San Jose Sharks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for the ninth straight time, 3-1.
Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime and Carey Price made 26 saves for the shutout as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 to extend their winning streak to three games.
Edmonton 2 St. Louis 1
Minnesota 6 Winnipeg 5
Washington 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
Boston 4 Arizona 1 - Arizona Coyotes centre Alexander Burmistrov was wheeled off on a stretcher after being hit by Boston Bruins defenceman Colin Miller during the game. Miller was ejected and given a game misconduct for charging.
Philadelphia 4 Colorado 0
Nashville 5 Buffalo 4 (OT)
Florida 3 Carolina 2 (SO)
Dallas 3 Pittsburgh 2
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NBA
Washington 112 Golden State 108
Detroit 120 Portland 113 (OT)
Denver 125 Chicago 107
Memphis 130 Phoenix 112
Oklahoma City 109 Utah 106
Charlotte 109 L.A. Lakers 104
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MLB Pre-Season
Toronto 12 Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 7 Baltimore 5
N.Y. Yankees (ss) 9 Detroit 5
Washington 4 Houston 3
Tampa Bay 14 Minnesota 0
N.Y. Mets 3 Miami 1
N.Y. Yankees (ss) 5 Boston 4
Atlanta 2 St. Louis 0
Arizona 8 Texas 4
Chicago White Sox (ss) 10 Cincinnati 9
Oakland 5 Cleveland 4
Kansas City 6 Milwaukee 3
L.A. Angels 7 Chicago Cubs 5
Seattle 8 Chicago White Sox (ss) 1
L.A. Dodgers 14 Colorado 3
San Diego 9 San Francisco 5