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Showing news for the month of May , 2016

ONE DEAD, THREE INJURED IN HIGHWAY 104 CRASH
Tuesday 24th May 2016
RCMP say a 35-year-old woman from Halifax has died after a three-vehicle crash on Monday. An S-U-V struck two cars on Highway 104 near Broadway in Pictou County, hitting one of them head-on. Two children, a three-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy, were in the car with the woman who died at the scene. Neither sustained life-threatening injuries. The 72-year-old woman who was driving the S-U-V was flown to a hospital with serious injuries.


BLACK WIDOW BACK IN COURT
Tuesday 24th May 2016
The woman dubbed the "Internet Black Widow" is due in court today. Eighty-year-old Melissa Ann Shepard is accused of breaching court conditions after she was released from a Truro prison in March. One of the twenty-two conditions is a restriction on Shepard's use of the Internet. Police allege she tried to access the Internet at the Halifax Central Library on April 11. Shepard served more than two years in prison for spiking her new husband’s coffee with tranquilizers in 2012. Police issued a public warning when she was released, stating she is considered a high risk to reoffend. Shepard gained notoriety for killing and poisoning men who were her intimate partners and, according to police, has a history of offences dating back to the early 1990s.


WOMAN WHO DROWNED AT PEGGY'S COVE LIKELY ALONE, POLICE SAY
Tuesday 24th May 2016
Police in Nova Scotia say a 46-year-old woman from Quebec who drowned in Peggy's Cove is believed to have been alone. Halifax R-C-M-P are still investigating the death and do not suspect foul play at this time. The woman was pulled out of the water on Sunday and pronounced dead at the scene.


PM IN JAPAN
Tuesday 24th May 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has used his working trip to Japan to pitch Canada as a prime location to build automobiles and parts. After he and his wife visited the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Trudeau sat down with some auto-parts manufacturers and the presidents of three auto companies. He invited executives from Honda and Toyoto to invest more in Canada -- and for the head of Subaru to begin investing in this country. He pitched Canadians as innovative and focused on high quality. Trudeau will meet later with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss security co-operation and trade, including the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, ahead of the Group of Seven leaders' summit later this week.


MOUNTIES RELEASE INTERIM POLICY ON BODY CAMERAS
Tuesday 24th May 2016
An interim policy on the use of body-worn cameras says R-C-M-P officers have discretion on when to turn on the devices. The police says Mounties must hit the record button when there is "a high likelihood" they'll use force against someone. But it says R-C-M-P members should not record every public encounter or conversation. And when "tactically feasible," officers are supposed to inform citizens when they are being recorded. The national police force recently published a summary of the policy, which was provided to a small number of R-C-M-P officers who were involved in a video camera feasibility study last year. An R-C-M-P spokesman says if the body-worn video program is adopted force-wide, the policy will be finalized and a full version released publicly.


SMOKING RATES IN THE US IN SERIOUS DECLINE
Tuesday 24th May 2016
America seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before. A new government report says the rate of smoking among adults in the U-S fell two points to 15 per cent last year for the biggest one-year drop in more than 20 years. Experts attribute recent smoking declines to anti-smoking ad campaigns, cigarette taxes, smoking bans and the increased marketing of e-cigarettes.


SPORTS - MAY 24
Tuesday 24th May 2016
The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute, as the Toronto Raptors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final.  DeMar DeRozan had 32 points as Toronto tied the best-of-seven series 2-2.  Game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.
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Golden State forward Draymond Green has been fined $25-thousand but not suspended by the N-B-A for kicking Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin Sunday night. That means Green will be on the floor when the Warriors try to even the Western Conference finals at 2-2 tonight at Oklahoma City.
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Joe Pavelski scored twice, including the go-ahead score in the opening minute of the third period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3. That gives the Sharks a 3-2 lead in the N-H-L Western Conference final. Joel Ward also scored twice for San Jose, which can close it out at home on Wednesday night and reach the Stanley Cup finals for first time in team history.
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Pinch hitter Hunter Pence hit a bloop double to score Brandon Belt from first base in the ninth inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 1-0 win.  Johnny Cueto allowed two hits in his third complete-game win over San Diego this season.
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Clayton Kershaw bailed out the Los Angeles Dodgers' exhausted bullpen with his third shutout of the season.  The left-hander allowed two hits and struck out seven on 102 pitches in a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Kershaw retired his final 17 batters after issuing just his fifth walk of the season to Joey Votto leading off the fourth inning.


JOHN BROPHY PASSES AWAY
Monday 23rd May 2016
Antigonish native, hockey legend, and former Toronto Maple Leafs coach John Brophy passed away Monday morning after battling health issues, according to his family. Brophy spent 19 seasons playing in the Eastern Hockey League before hanging up his skates as a player, and picking up the coach's whistle. He had several stops in the minors before taking over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the start of the 1986-87 season. After nearly three seasons with the Leafs, Brophy continued coaching, spending the next 11 seasons as head coach of the Hampton Roads Admirals, where he won 3 Kelly Cups. John Brophy was 83.


WINNING LOTTO TICKET SOLD IN NEW GLASGOW
Monday 23rd May 2016
Someone in Pictou County had about as good of a long weekend as could be hoped for. Atlantic Lottery is indicating that a 100-thousand dollar TAG prize was won by a ticket sold in New Glasgow for the draw on Saturday. The winning TAG number was 246265. Two other big prizes were also won in Nova Scotia over the weekend, with a ticket in Halifax for Friday's Lotto Max winning just under 300-thousand and a Twist ticket in Windsor winning 107-thousand.


FATAL VEHICLE COLLISION IN COLCHESTER COUNTY
Monday 23rd May 2016
Police say one young man is dead and three others are injured after a car crash early Sunday morning. Colchester R-C-M-P say the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into a culvert, ejecting the two passengers in the back. The 18-year-old driver is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and a 19-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The two other passengers were treated with serious injuries.


WOMAN DROWNS AT PEGGY'S COVE
Monday 23rd May 2016
Police say a woman has died after being pulled from the water near Peggys Cove. Local fishermen brought the woman to shore after onlookers saw her struggling in the water. Emergency workers tried to revive the woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MONDAY, 23 MAY
Monday 23rd May 2016
The Joe Earle Memorial Road Races have been a tradition in Trenton for over 50 years! What makes these races unique is their family orientation with both low and high competitions for all ages. Hundreds of families from all across the province come to Trenton on Victoria Day. The 52nd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races will be held at the Scotia Park track today. Check out Trenton Parks & Recreation on Facebook for a full race day schedule.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada is at the top of the hockey world for a second consective year. Connor McDavid and Brad Marchand scored for the Canadians in a 2-0 shutout of Finland in the gold medal game of the IIHF World Championships in Moscow. The Canadians finished the tournament with a record of 9-1, giving up just 11 goals in the 10 games, after going a perfect 10-0 last year. Earlier in the day, Russia beat the USA 7-2 to win the bronze.
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What started with 131 teams back in September, ended with the West Kelowna Warriors hoisting the RBC Cup yesterday in Lloydminster, Alberta, with a 4-0 win over the host Bobcats. The national championship game for Jr. A hockey featured two western teams, but still had a bit of an MHL connection. Former Yarmouth Mariner, and Barrington native, Morgan Messenger, is a member of the Bobcats.
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Kevin Durant poured in 33 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 as the Thunder crushed the Warriors 133-105 at Oklahoma City to take a 2-1 lead in the N-B-A's Western Conference final. Westbrook also provided 12 assists and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City.
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Dwane Casey's wallet is a little lighter. The Raptors coach was fined 25,000 dollars for his criticism of the officiating after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final in Toronto. The N-B-A has also suspended Cleveland's Dahntay Jones for one game for striking Toronto's Bismack Biyombo in the groin at the end of that game.
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Jason Garrison scored 53 seconds into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 victory and a three-games-to-two lead in the N-H-L's Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh. Nikita Kucherov scored twice for the Lightning, including the game-tying tally with 3:16 left in regulation. Alex Killorn also scored and Andre Vasilevskiy stopped 31 shots as Tampa Bay climbed within one victory of their second straight trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
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Marcus Stroman bounced back from his worst start of the season in a big way. The young right-hander allowed one run on three hits through seven and two-thirds innings as the Blue Jays topped the Minnesota Twins 3-1. Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson hit first-inning homers and Troy Tulowitzki drove in another run in the first with a double.
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Yasiel Puig hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with the bases loaded and one out in the 17th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 9-5 to snap a four-game losing streak.  The game started in afternoon sunshine and ended at dusk, taking 5 hours, 47 minutes.
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Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor will have his hearing on Tuesday to appeal an eight-game suspension for punching Toronto's Joey Bautista. Odor punched Bautista in the jaw in the top of the eighth inning of the May 15th game after Bautista made a hard takeout slide at second base.
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ADVANCE POLLS OPEN TODAY FOR AMALGAMATION VOTE
Saturday 21st May 2016
Today is the first day of advance polls for the amalgamation plebiscite. Today and Tuesday, polls will be open from Noon to 8pm at the fire halls in River John, Caribou, Scotsburn, Alma, Eureka, and Thorburn. Polls will also be open at the Merigomish community centre, the NSCC in Stellarton, the North End Rec Centre in New Glasgow and the Pictou Legion. The main voting day is next Saturday. For those wanting more information before casting their vote, listen to a special edition of Sunday Report tomorrow when Michael Petter talks to members of both Amalgamation No Thank You and the MOU steering committee.


TODAY'S A GOOD DAY TO GET RID OF YOUR OLD PILLS
Saturday 21st May 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police are hosting the fourth annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day today. This is an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs. This helps ensure that unused and expired medications do not fall into the wrong hands, whether they be criminals or prescription drug abusers. The drop offs are at the Pictou Landing Health Centre and the New Glasgow Regional Police HQ until Noon today. Before returning the drugs, remove any labels or use a marker to black out any personal information.  Prescription drugs should never be flushed down the toilet, as they may have adverse effects on the environment. 


WAR BRIDES REUNION IN HALIFAX
Saturday 21st May 2016
The women who wed Canadian soldiers who fought in Europe in the Second World War are holding a reunion today at Pier 21 in Halifax. One bride -- Joan Reichardt -- says she remembers her transatlantic voyage as an "armada of optimism" as she and hundreds of other women docked in Halifax. The president of the Canadian War Brides and Families Association says many of the young brides had difficulty with the transition, and the gatherings are an important occasion to share experiences. Some of the women are passing the organization of the events down to daughters who helped organize the event.


MAN FACES CHARGES AFTER BREAKING AN ARM IN ROAD RAGE INCIDENT
Saturday 21st May 2016
The Nova Scotia Mounties have arrested a suspect following an investigation into a road rage incident where a man's arm was broken during a dispute. Police say the complainant noticed a truck tailgating his vehicle on May 14th, and when he pulled over to let the truck pass, the driver pulled over as well and confronted the victim about his driving. Police say after a brief verbal dispute, the man who initially pulled over was struck in the arm with an object, which broke his arm. The accused is facing charges of assault with a weapon and will appear in Port Hawkesbury provincial court on 3 August.


SEARCH CONTINUES FOR EGYPTAIR WRECKAGE
Saturday 21st May 2016
Search crews looking for the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 have found human remains, luggage and seats from the plane floating in the Mediterranean. But they face a potentially more complex task in finding bigger pieces of wreckage, along with the black boxes vital to determining why the plane went down. The flight data recorders are capable of sending out "pings" for up to 30 days. A vessel that can detect the underwater "pings" has left France, but it will be a few days before it reaches the search area.


FINANCE MINISTERS PROMISE MORE CO-OPERATION IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
Saturday 21st May 2016
G-7 finance ministers say they'll be taking more aggressive action to fight the financing of terrorism. Finance leaders from the Group of Seven major economies, including Canada's Bill Morneau, are meeting in northern Japan. They say they've agreed to increase information sharing on financial intelligence, and to collaborate on sanctions for terrorists' financial networks.


TIDE MAY BE TURNING IN ALBERTA WILDFIRE
Saturday 21st May 2016
Fire crews hope to gain the upper hand on the massive wildfire in northern Alberta in the coming days. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and rain are all in the forecast, and officials are planning a surge in firefighters to battle the blaze. The fire is already five-thousand square kilometres in size and stretches into neighbouring Saskatchewan. It's burned more forest already than all the fires in Alberta consumed last year.


ONTARIO PLANNING NOVEL APPROACH TO FIGHT TEXTING & DRIVING
Saturday 21st May 2016
Ontario is a step closer to creating so-called safe texting zones on provincial highways. The provincial legislature has given second reading approval to a private member's bill on the idea from Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli. He says increased fines aren't enough to curb distracted driving, which provincial police say is the leading cause of road fatalities. Fedeli wants to post signs pointing out areas such as parking lots and rest stops, where drivers can safely use their smart phones.


SPORTS - MAY 21
Saturday 21st May 2016
Today is the start of the local auto racing season. Scotia Speedworld in Halifax hosts the Pro Stock Tour Lucas Oil 100 at 4pm.
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Hector Arena Ball continues tonight at 5pm for ages 5-9 and 10-14, 15 and over will be at 6pm. If you have roller blades, bring them along. They do have a couple of pairs for kids to use for those who don't own their own. The canteen will be open.
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The Fitz of Fury mountain bike race is coming this Sunday. This is a Bicycle Nova Scotia-sanctioned point series race and also the provincial championship. Registration runs from 9:30 – 11:30am. Races start at Noon. U19 and younger $15 pre-registration, $20 day of, adult categories $25 Pre-registration, $35 day of. One day licences available at registration. Races will happen on the six-kilometre course on Fitzpatrick Mountain in Scotsburn. The Fitz of Fury is the second of eight races in BNS series. Click here for more information.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its next registration for the 2016 season this morning from 9am - 12pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Clubhouse in Stellarton. For additional information email stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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The Subway Stingers U-16 Rep team will be holding an open tryout for the 2016 season on Sunday from 10am - 12pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex Field-1. Athletes are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start for registration. For further information please email Kelly Fahie - mfahie@eastlink.ca
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have tied the Eastern Conference final at two games apiece. But it took a lot of effort. The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three times in the third period but couldn't find the equalizer in a 4-3 defeat against the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy made two big saves late for Tampa Bay. Game 5 is on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
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A nice return to the bench for Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. Jose Bautista hit a three-run home run as Toronto downed the Minnesota Twins 9-3 in Gibbons' return from a three-game suspension. Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders and Darwin Barney also went deep for the Blue Jays. Toronto has now won two in a row.
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A top N-C-double-A quarterback is headed north of the border. The Montreal Alouettes acquired the rights to University of Oregon standout Vernon Adams from the B-C Lions for a first round pick in next year's draft. Adams was overlooked at the N-F-L draft and recently took part in unsuccessful try-outs with the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins.
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So Yeon Ryu has the second-round lead at the Kingsmill Championship. She had six birdies in an eight-hole stretch and shot a 7-under 64 . In men's play, Ben Crane has the lead at 12 under after shooting a 7-under 63 in his second round. Adam Hadwin, of Abbotsford, B-C, is four shots back.
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New Minnesota Timberwolves G-M Scott Layden has announced sweeping changes to the team's front office and coaching staffs. Former G-M Milt Newton and vice-president of sports performance Arnie Kander are gone. Vice president of basketball operations Rob Babcock, assistant coach Sidney Lowe and scouts Milt Barnes and Jason Hervey were among the others let go.


WHITE HOUSE GOES INTO LOCKDOWN
Friday 20th May 2016
The White House is on lockdown after a person was shot outside. A source from District of Columbia law enforcement told CNN that an armed man was shot by Secret Service officers. President Obama was not at the White House at the time, while Vice President Joe Biden was rushed to a secure area of the building. The shooting took place on 17th and E Streets - one block away from the White House. DC Fire and EMS have indicated that one person was taken to hospital in a critical condition, while law enforcement officials say a suspect has been taken into custody.  Secret Service officers were seen clearing the area and snipers were seen on the roof of the building. Press at the White House were told to 'shelter in place'. 


CAB DRIVER ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CUSTOMER
Friday 20th May 2016
Police are investigating a complaint from a 23-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a cab driver in Halifax. They say the woman was picked by a man driving a black van with a roof light on May 6, sometime between 2:45 a.m. and 3:15 a.m. on Argyle and Prince streets. Police say the man stopped around Walnut and Cedar streets and when the woman asked how much the fare was, he said there was no charge. The woman, who brought the complaint to police on Monday, said he forcibly kissed her and then touched her in a sexual manner before she was able to jump out of the cab. Police described the driver as possibly Middle Eastern or a light-coloured black man with an accent, between the age of 35 and 40 and bald.


BEAR VISITS HALIFAX-AREA GAS STATION
Friday 20th May 2016
A Nova Scotia gas station owner says a four-legged customer was looking for a different kind of fill-up earlier this week. Gennadiy Shcherbin says he checked the surveillance footage at his Halifax station after he arrived early Wednesday morning and found a large garbage bin had been tipped over and scratched. He says the video showed a "huge" bear he estimates weighed about 160 kilograms casually wandering through the parking lot. Shcherbin says the previous station owner had never seen a bear on the property over the past 30 years and he'll be looking over his shoulder a little more carefully.


POLICE SEARCH FOR MAN ACCUSED OF INDECENT EXPOSURE
Friday 20th May 2016
Halifax police are searching for a man accused of exposing himself to a female employee at a Dartmouth store. Police say the man was trying on clothes on Wednesday night when he asked the employee for help. They say that when she opened the door, the man had exposed himself and put his hand on her shoulder. Police say that after the woman ran to the front of the store, the man spoke briefly with other staff members before driving off in a blue four-door sedan.


PROVINCE REACHES AGREEMENT WITH DOCTORS
Friday 20th May 2016
The province and Doctors Nova Scotia have reached an agreement in principle. The group represents more than 35-hundred physicians. Finance Minister Randy Delorey says he is pleased to have an agreement in principle with doctors that falls within the province’s fiscal plans. Doctors Nova Scotia will meet with physicians across the province over the next several weeks to discuss the agreement with ratification expected late next month. The last agreement with physicians expired on 31 March, 2015.


FROZEN FOOD RECALL AFFECTS MILLIONS OF PACKAGES OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Friday 20th May 2016
A massive frozen foods recall involves millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to the U-S, Canada and Mexico. More than 400 products from C-R-F Frozen Foods in Washington state could be contaminated with listeria. They were sold as far back as 2014 at places like Costco, Target, Trader Joe's and Safeway. Products tied to the now-shuttered plant have caused eight illnesses, including two deaths.


NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF TODAY IS TOMORROW
Friday 20th May 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police are hosting the fourth annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day tomorrow. This is an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs. This helps ensure that unused and expired medications do not fall into the wrong hands, whether they be criminals or prescription drug abusers. Before returning the drugs, citizens should always remove any labels or use a marker to black out any personal information.  Prescription drugs should never be flushed down the toilet, as they may have adverse effects on the environment. 


BOTH SIDES OF AMALGAMATION DEBATE SIT DOWN WITH OUR NEWSROOM
Friday 20th May 2016
With the first of the in-person advance polls less than 48 hours away, both sides in the amalgamation debate made visits to the studios of Hector Broadcasting this week. Town of Pictou CAO Scott Conrod, who is a member of the steering committee for the Memorandum of Understanding, says the four municipalities involved need to move forward because there is too much with the status quo that is not working. Amalgamation No Thank You chair Brian White says there is too much at stake to rush into a deal that may be bad for us over the long term. He says the current system is not perfect, but it can be improved from within. You can hear the complete conversations from both sides of the debate this weekend on ECFM's Sunday Report.


COUNTY NOT RAISING TAXES, BUT WILL USE ITS RESERVES
Friday 20th May 2016
Pictou County council is holding the line on taxes, but is using all its reserves on capital projects. Councillors this week approved a $16-million balanced budget that will see the tax rate maintained at .81 cents residential and $1.82 cents commercial. County CAO Brian Cullen said council has a capital budget of $2.1 million in the first year of its five-year plan, but a large portion of those funds are already set aside for ongoing projects or ones that have been completed with the help of federal funding. This left approximately $550,000 for sewer and paving work to be done in areas like Green Hill, Balodis Drive and Eureka, but there was much debate when Deputy Warden Andy Thompson asked that the Plymouth sewer project be moved up from year two of the plan to be included in the list. He said county has $750,000 in gas tax reserves that would allow his project and the others to be completed. This would bring the grand total of new capital projects to $1.3 million, which is the amount the county has available in reserves. At the end of the debate, council unanimously agreed to fund outstanding capital work using all of its reserve money. The budget is expected to be approved by council in July.


FIGHT OVER HALIFAX CITADEL'S VALUE NEAR AN END
Friday 20th May 2016
There's word that a 22-year-old dispute between Ottawa and Halifax over the value of a national historic site could soon be over. Halifax spokesman Brendan Elliott says the municipality has been in discussions with the federal government over Citadel Hill, and it's expected that a solution will be reached shortly. The two sides went before a federal panel nearly two years ago to help determine how much Ottawa owes the city in back taxes for the downtown Halifax site. The federal government had argued the land was only worth 10 dollars since it has no commercial value, but the panel last year valued Citadel Hill at much more -- 41.2 million. 


NEW SOFTWARE COMPANY SETTING UP IN NEW BRUNSWICK, HIRING FIRST NATIONS EMPLOYEES
Friday 20th May 2016
New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says a new software testing company will bring much-needed opportunities for First Nations people to learn valuable skills. The Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization -- also known as PLATO -- is expected to create 145 information technology jobs, all of which will be filled by aboriginal people. The new employees will come from a six-month software testing course created by Fredericton businessman Keith McIntosh. The province is providing up to 982-thousand dollars in payroll rebates for the creation of the jobs and Gallant defended the assistance, saying the work will add 11 million dollars to the provincial economy. 


OTTAWA LIKELY TO MISS DEADLINE ON ASSISTED DYING LAW
Friday 20th May 2016
It remains an open question whether the federal government will make a court-imposed deadline to pass its new doctor-assisted dying law. The Supreme Court deadline of June 6th is fast approaching, and M-P's won't be debating Bill C-14 again until the end of May. That's because they spent much of yesterday debating Wednesday's uproar in the House, instead of the controversial bill. Health Minister Jane Philpott refused to discuss the possibility yesterday of missing the deadline.


FORT MAC WILDFIRE CROSSES INTO SASKATCHEWAN
Friday 20th May 2016
Officials say no communities are under threat as the massive wildfire in northern Alberta spreads into neighbouring Saskatchewan. The province's emergency management commissioner says the Fort McMurray fire is still about 30 kilometres from the nearest community. Duane McKay says officials don't see a direct threat to La Loche, because it's near a lake and there are old burns north of the community. The Fort McMurray blaze has grown to five-thousand square kilometres in size -- about as big as P-E-I.


INFORMATION COMMISSIONER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT PROPOSED CABINET VETO
Friday 20th May 2016
Canada's information commissioner says allowing politicians to have the final say over what information would be made public would restart complete political discussion about disclosure. Suzanne Legault says her federal watchdog role would essentially be "a mirage" if the Liberal government goes ahead with a veto that would give the federal cabinet power to block release of documents even if she ordered disclosure. The Access to Information Act allows requesters to pay five dollars to ask for access to a range of federal files, and the information commissioner can investigate complaints and recommend that records be released. But she cannot force a government agency to do so and must use the courts to pursue the matter further. During last year's election campaign, the Liberals promised changes to the access regime, including new authority for the information commissioner to issue "binding orders" for disclosure of documents. Legault says there is no issue of having her release orders subject to review by a judge, but says she doesn't know what the government's justification would be for a ministerial veto.


SEARCH CONTINUES FOR EGYPTAIR PLANE
Friday 20th May 2016
The search continues this morning for a missing EgyptAir flight that disappeared from radar while travelling from Paris to Cairo. Flight 804 was carrying 66 people -- including two Canadians -- when it lost contact early Thursday. Authorities are now searching a wide area of the Mediterranean, south of the Greek island of Crete. The distressed relatives of those on board have spent the night in a hotel in Cairo as they await the news.


PARIS ATTACK SUSPECT BEING QUESTIONED IN FRANCE
Friday 20th May 2016
The main suspect in the Paris terror attacks faces questioning today for the first time since his extradition from Belgium. Salah Abdeslam is set to be transferred from a high-security prison in the Paris suburbs to the city's main courthouse. It's hoped his testimony will shed light on the Islamic State group's strategies in Europe, and identify others involved in the November attacks that killed 130 people. Abdeslam was arrested in Belgium last month after four months on the run, and faces a string of terror charges.


SPORTS - MAY 20
Friday 20th May 2016
The Joe Earle Memorial Road Races have been a tradition in Trenton for over 50 years! The 52nd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races will be held at the Scotia Park track on Monday. Registration Deadline is today. Please submit your NAME, AGE, ADDRESS and EVENT(s) you wish to enter by phone 902-755-4426 or email: joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com. Click here for the Race Day Schedule.
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Hector Arena Ball continues Saturday at 5pm for ages 5-9 and 10-14, 15 and over will be at 6pm. If you have roller blades, bring them along. They do have a couple of pairs for kids to use for those who don't own their own. The canteen will be open.
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The start of the local auto racing season is this weekend. Scotia Speedworld in Halifax hosts the Pro Stock Tour Lucas Oil 100 at 4pm on Saturday.
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The Fitz of Fury mountain bike race is coming this Sunday. This is a Bicycle Nova Scotia-sanctioned point series race and also the provincial championship. Registration runs from 9:30 – 11:30am. Races start at Noon. U19 and younger $15 pre-registration, $20 day of, adult categories $25 Pre-registration, $35 day of. One day licences available at registration. Races will happen on the six-kilometre course on Fitzpatrick Mountain in Scotsburn. The Fitz of Fury is the second of eight races in BNS series. Click here for more information.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its next registration for the 2016 season on Saturday from 9am - 12pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Clubhouse in Stellarton. For additional information email stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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The Subway Stingers U-16 Rep team will be holding an open tryout for the 2016 season on Sunday from 10am - 12pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex Field-1. Athletes are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start for registration. For further information please email Kelly Fahie - mfahie@eastlink.ca
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Cleveland Cavaliers keep on rolling.  LeBron James poured in 23 points and added 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 108-89 victory over the Raptors in Game 2. Cleveland is 10-and-0 this post-season. Game 3 goes Saturday night in Toronto.
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A big night for Tomas Hertl. He scored twice and Martin Jones made 22 saves in his second straight shutout as the San Jose Sharks blanked the St. Louis Blues 3-0 in Game 3 for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final. It's San Jose's first lead in four trips to the Conference final. 
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The Toronto Blue Jays' ugly five-game losing streak is over thanks to Troy Tulowitzki. He drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out, two-strike single in the 11th inning to lift Toronto to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the sixth inning.
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Johnny Giavotella singled in the tying and go-ahead runs with two outs in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to beat the Dodgers 7-4, taking three out of four games in the Freeway Series. Angels superstar Mike Trout homered for the second straight game and Carlos Perez added a solo shot.
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W-W-E star John Cena will host the ESPY Awards honouring the year's best performances and moments in sports.  Cena has branched out into acting and is host and executive producer of "American Grit," a new military-inspired competition series on Fox. The ESPY Awards will air July 13th.
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The Milwaukee Bucks say their organization inadvertently provided tax information of employees, including players, to someone who was impersonating the team's president over email.  The Bucks said the "security incident" was reported to the I-R-S and F-B-I after being discovered earlier this week.


MOTION SIX GETS THE AXE AS LIBERALS FACE BACKLASH OVER HOUSE "FRACAS"
Thursday 19th May 2016
Government House leader Dominic LeBlanc says it is withdrawing a controversial motion that would have given the Liberals more control over the ins and outs of parliamentary business. LeBlanc made the announcement at the start of question period in response to a question from interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose. Had the motion passed, a day in the House of Commons would not have ended until a cabinet minister or parliamentary secretary moved to adjourn proceedings. It would have also made it harder for the opposition to surprise the government like they did earlier this week, when the Liberals had to scramble to their seats for a snap vote on proposed changes to Air Canada legislation. The decision to withdraw the motion comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire for a physical encounter with opposition MPs on Wednesday night. Trudeau apologized yet again today for the encounter, which touched off an unprecedented fracas on the Commons floor.


SHEPHERD'S LUNCH CELEBRATES 9-THOUSAND MEALS SERVED
Thursday 19th May 2016
The Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors for the Shepherd's Lunch Room took place earlier this week. During the meeting, they presented the numbers for the 2015-16 year, which saw the room open 99 days over the course of the year, and serve roughly 9-thousand meals. The Board also took time to thanks their many sponsors, volunteers, and other supporters that helped them reach those numbers. Elaine Russell, Executive Director of the lunch room, says they are incredibly grateful for the continued efforts of everyone involved.


CHARGES LAID IN FATAL CHRISTMASTIME CAPE BRETON ACCIDENT
Thursday 19th May 2016
An 86-year-old woman has been charged in a multi-vehicle crash last December in Cape Breton that killed a teacher and two girls. The woman is due in Port Hawkesbury provincial court in August to face a charge of driving left of the centre line. Twenty-six-year-old Kayla Lynn Cotton of Louisdale, 12-year-old Sara Marie Poirier and 13-year-old Sara Cecena of Mexico were travelling in the same car to a junior high school girls' volleyball tournament in Port Hawkesbury when they died in the accident. Cotton was a teacher at Felix Marchand Education Centre, while the two young girls were students at Richmond Education Centre.


MLA KICKED FROM NEWFOUNDLAND LIBERAL CAUCUS FOR VOTING AGAINST BUDGET
Thursday 19th May 2016
A member of the Newfoundland and Labrador government who says he will vote against the provincial budget has been kicked out of the Liberal caucus. The move came this morning — a day after Paul Lane broke ranks with his Liberal colleagues in the House of Assembly by siding with those who want a controversial deficit reduction levy scrapped. Lane says that after hearing from and meeting with hundreds of constituents, he simply can't support a budget that includes the levy. He says the tax increase aimed at fighting a massive deficit would place too much financial stress on his constituents.


PROTESTERS USE ART TO VOICE CONCERN OVER ENERGY EAST
Thursday 19th May 2016
The Council of Canadians and the Wolastoq Grand Council are encouraging people to paint artwork along the proposed Energy East pipeline route through New Brunswick in an effort to raise awareness. Council of Canadians spokesman Mark D'Arcy says many people are unaware of the route for the proposed project and his group wants to highlight the hundreds of water crossings. TransCanada's Energy East is a 4,500-kilometre pipeline proposed to carry 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan through Quebec and into New Brunswick for overseas shipping. D'Arcy says his group is concerned about the possible impact on the environment. He says the Harmony Project encourages people to paint a specific image on trees along the route. The image depicts a man and woman paddling a red canoe with the sky above and the blue water below.


PROVINCE STOPS WORK ON DEVELOPMENT IN HALIFAX
Thursday 19th May 2016
The Nova Scotia government is pulling out as the developer of a stalled project involving a former school property in northend Halifax. Housing Nova Scotia was announced as the winning bidder of a request for proposals issued by the Halifax Regional Municipality in December 2012 for the Bloomfield Centre redevelopment project, estimated to be $100 million. The project was to develop nearly 500 residential units on the site, with about 40 per cent of the units set aside as affordable housing. Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard says the government still wants to see the project move ahead and is confident the private sector will step up and do the job. The province says it will share design and planning information with the city and any future developer in order to ensure affordable housing remains a part of the project. No ground was ever broken for the project.


PICTOU-BUILT TIDE TURBINES TO BE INSTALLED IN BAY OF FUNDY
Thursday 19th May 2016
Officials with Cape Sharp Tidal say the first of their two huge tidal power turbines will be installed off the coast of Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy next month. Sarah Dawson, the community relations manager for the project, says one of the two-megawatt turbines, built in Pictou by Aecon Atlantic Industrial Inc., will be loaded on a barge during the first week of June and travel around the province until it reaches the test site near Parrsboro. The turbine, which stands five storeys high and weighs 1,000 tonnes, was originally scheduled for deployment last year, but Dawson says it was delayed by weather. Cape Sharp Tidal — which is a partnership of OpenHydro and Emera — has not revealed the total cost of the project. Dawson says once connected to the power grid, the turbines will provide enough electricity for about 1,000 homes. Meanwhile, Black Rock Tidal Power Inc., has announced that its tidal power platform will also be built by Aecon and installed at the same test site near Parrsboro in 2017. 


STRIKING HERALD EMPLOYEES EXPAND ONLINE PRESENCE
Thursday 19th May 2016
Striking newsroom employees at the Chronicle Herald in Halifax have turned their free online news site into a full service online newspaper. Almost 60 striking newsroom staff had been producing a smaller version of LocalXpress.ca for nearly three months. Union officials say it's now been expanded to include local news, sports, business and entertainment, as well as national news and obituaries. The strike began January 23rd over what the Halifax Typographical Union says was the company's demand for concessions deeper than its offer of a five-per-cent wage cut and fewer vacation days, amid other things.


TRURO POLICE LOOKING FOR TEEN
Thursday 19th May 2016
Truro Police is asking for the public's help in locating 14 year old Zachary Parsons. It is believed that Parsons was last seen in the downtown Truro area by friends. He is approximately 5 feet tall and weighs 100lbs. If anyone knows Parsons' location please call Truro Police. A picture of Zachary is on our Facebook page.


HOOD SENTENCING DELAYED UNTIL FALL
Thursday 19th May 2016
A former school teacher who was found guilty of sex crimes with boys will be sentenced in October. Carolyn Amy Hood was found guilty in April of four charges that include two counts of luring, sexual interference and sexual exploitation. The charges were laid in relation to offences involving minors from February 1st to September 30th, 2013 when she was teaching Grade 6 at Thorburn Consolidated. She was expected to be sentenced in July, but the defence said yesterday that a doctor's report needed for the sentencing would not be done until August.


BAIL GRANTED IN MURDER CONSPIRACY CASE
Thursday 19th May 2016
An 18-year-old man has been granted bail after being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a case where police say weapons were found near a Halifax high school. Jonathan Murray is also charged with two counts of uttering threats. He was granted bail yesterday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court by Justice Nick Scaravelli. Murray was to be returned to jail last night, as he faces a bail hearing today on two unrelated charges of luring children over the Internet for sexual purposes.


JUSTICE MINISTER TO LOOK AT WAYS OF IMPROVE HANDLING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
Thursday 19th May 2016
Nova Scotia's justice minister says she's disturbed by police statistics showing less than a quarter of sexual assault cases in Halifax have led to charges over the last five years. Diana Whalen says her department is currently looking at how Nova Scotia compares to other provinces in dealing with sexual assault cases. She says the goal is to find ways to help people feel safe and supported enough to come forward with their cases. The statistics released by Halifax Regional Police show 73 per cent of sexual assaults reported from 2010 to 2015 were closed while another five per cent of cases remain open.


UNIVERSITY APOLOGIZES TO STUDENT FOR "WELLNESS AGREEMENT" POLICY
Thursday 19th May 2016
A Nova Scotia student who faced eviction from his university residence if he talked to his peers about his mental-health issues says he's glad Mount Saint Vincent University is overhauling its so-called wellness agreements. Brody Stuart-Verner says a university spokeswoman apologized to him yesterday. Stuart-Verner says he was struggling with suicidal thoughts last fall when he sought help from a residence assistant. He says he was told to sign a confidential agreement that said he couldn't talk to other students about — quote — "self-destructive thoughts."


MAN FACES FIREARM CHARGES IN DIGBY SCHOOL INCIDENT
Thursday 19th May 2016
A 21-year-old man is facing firearms charges after a complaint near a school in Digby on Tuesday. Police say they responded to a call at 2 p.m. on Tuesday reporting a man walking near Digby Elementary School, carrying an assault rifle and a duffle bag. The unarmed man was quickly located by police on the trails near the school and arrested without incident. Officers also located the firearm in the woods close to where the arrest was made, and police seized an unloaded semi-automatic rifle and ammunition.


PM APOLOGIZES FOR HOUSE OF COMMONS SCUFFLE
Thursday 19th May 2016
New Democrat M-P Peter Julian says he's never seen such behaviour in his 12 years in the House of the Commons. The chamber erupted in pandemonium yesterday as opposition M-P's angrily accused Prime Minister Trudeau of "manhandling" the Conservative whip and elbowing a New Democrat in the chest prior to a vote on limiting debate on the government's doctor assisted-death legislation. Quebec M-P Ruth Ellen Brosseau said she was so shocked by Trudeau's elbow to chest, she had to leave the chamber and missed the vote. Trudeau apologized in the House, saying he was just trying to help the opposition whip get to his seat.


OPPOSITION FEARS FEDERAL LIBERALS ARE LOOKING TO BEND PARLIAMENT RULES IN THEIR FAVOUR
Thursday 19th May 2016
The Liberals are going out of their way to prevent any more parliamentary surprises from getting the better of them. That includes flying cabinet ministers back early from overseas trips in time for an important vote on doctor-assisted dying and pushing for what their political rivals are calling a draconian change in the rules of the parliamentary game. N-D-P House leader Peter Julian called it a sad day for democracy as he argued against a motion to give Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet more control over the ins and outs of parliamentary business. If the Liberals get their way, a day in the House of Commons would not end -- and the summer break would not begin -- until a cabinet minister or parliamentary secretary moves to adjourn proceedings. The motion would also make it harder for the opposition to surprise the government like they did on Monday, when the Liberals had to scramble to their seats for a snap vote on proposed changes to Air Canada legislation.


FORT MAC EVACUEES MAY RETURN HOME NEXT MONTH
Thursday 19th May 2016
The Alberta government expects Fort McMurray evacuees will be able to start returning home June 1st, providing that the wildfire is no longer an imminent threat to the city and that the air is safe to breathe. But Premier Rachel Notley cautions that date isn't set in stone, noting only basic services will be back in place by then. She says the return home of Fort Mac's nearly 80-thousand residents will be done in stages over two weeks.


BC PREMIER CALLS FOR NATIONAL FOREST FIRE STRATEGY
Thursday 19th May 2016
B-C's premier is calling for a national forest firefighting strategy. Christy Clark says climate change is leading to drier forests and more wildfires like the ones raging around Fort McMurray, Alberta, and B-C's Interior is also experiencing similar fire conditions very early this spring. She says pooling national firefighting resources among provinces would be one way to attack the country's hot spots, along with working together to clear flammable debris from forests.


SPORTS - MAY 19 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Thursday 19th May 2016
The Kickin’ Vixens roller derby team was in Saint John last weekend to take on the Portside Pirates, but only played a partial match due to rink conditions. Referees shut down the game after only 21 minutes because of a slippery floor, as rink personnel had forgotten to turn on the HVAC system. When the bout ended, the score was 73-38 for the Kickin’ Vixens. Christina Cameron and Patina LaRoche were named MVP blockers, while DC Comicazi was the MVP jammer. The Vixens' lone home game of the season will be on June 11 in Trenton.
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The Joe Earle Memorial Road Races have been a tradition in Trenton for over 50 years! The 52nd Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races will be held at the Scotia Park track on Monday. Registration Deadline is Friday. Please submit your NAME, AGE, ADDRESS and EVENT(s) you wish to enter by phone 902-755-4426 or email: joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com. Click here for the Race Day Schedule.
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The Fitz of Fury mountain bike race is coming this Sunday. This is a Bicycle Nova Scotia-sanctioned point series race and also the provincial championship. Registration runs from 9:30 – 11:30am. Races start at Noon. U19 and younger $15 pre-registration, $20 day of, adult categories $25 Pre-registration, $35 day of. One day licences available at registration. Races will happen on the six-kilometre course on Fitzpatrick Mountain in Scotsburn. The Fitz of Fury is the second of eight races in BNS series. Click here for more information.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its next registration for the 2016 season on Saturday May 21st from 9am - 12pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Clubhouse in Stellarton. For additional information email stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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The Subway Stingers U-16 Rep team will be holding an open tryout for the 2016 season on Sunday May 22nd from 10am - 12pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex Field-1. Athletes are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start for registration. For further information please email Kelly Fahie - mfahie@eastlink.ca
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Raptors head into tonight's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final in Cleveland with history on their side. Toronto dropped the opener 115-84, but the Raptors also lost both of their previous Game 1's this post-season before bouncing back to take both Game 2's. The Cavaliers have yet to lose a game in this year's playoffs.
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The N-H-L's Western Conference final shifts to San Jose tonight with the series tied at a game apiece. St. Louis took Game 1 at home last Sunday before the Sharks won Game 2 on Tuesday. Last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 2-1 series edge over the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-2 win in Game 3.
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The quarter-finals kick off this morning at the World Hockey Championships in Russia. In St. Petersburg, Canada will play Sweden (1:15 p-m Eastern) after Denmark tangles with Finland in the morning. And in Moscow, the Czech Republic takes on the U-S followed by Germany versus Russia.
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Right-hander Marco Estrada is tasked with turning around a season-high five-game losing skid as the Toronto Blue Jays begin a series against the Twins in Minnesota tonight. Estrada takes the hill with a 1-and-2 record and a 2.89 earned-run average. The Twins counter with Ervin Santana. Toronto dropped a 6-3 decision to Tampa Bay last night as the Rays swept the three-game series.
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Canadians Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and Adam Hadwin are among the golfers with early tee times this morning in Round 1 of the A-T-and-T Byron Nelson in Irving, Texas. Weir finished second in this tournament in 2014 with an overall score of 268. Australian Steven Bowditch won the event last year.


PLENTY OF BOOKINGS FOR CONVENTION CENTRE
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Officials say 50 national and international events have already been booked for the new Halifax Convention Centre that’s slated to open early next year. More than 40−thousand visitors are expected to visit the new facility during those events, generating an estimated 59 million dollars in direct spending. The centre −− which will include a hotel, a financial tower and retail space −− is being billed as Atlantic Canada’s first smart building, meaning it will have energy efficient systems in its structure, appliances, electrical systems and plumbing. Funding for the 169−million−dollar project is being shared by three levels of government.


JUSTICE MINISTER CONCERNED OVER SEX ASSAULT CASES IN PROVINCE
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Nova Scotia’s justice minister says her department is examining how the province compares to the rest of Canada in the way sexual assault cases are dealt with. Diana Whalen says she’s disturbed by Halifax police statistics showing only 22 per cent of sexual assault cases in the city have led to charges over the last five years. She says she’s long had concerns about how people dealing with sexual assault are treated in conventional courts, adding that specialty courts already exist for domestic violence, mental health and drug addiction. Whalen did not offer specific steps but says the goal is to help people feel safe and supported enough to come forward with their cases.


SHARED INTERNET LEADS TO CHILD PORN BUST
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Nova Scotia R-C-M-P are warning people not to share their Internet connection with people outside of their home following a child pornography bust this week. Police say they searched a home in Pubnico on Monday and discovered the homeowner was allowing another person access to their Internet service. Thirty-three-year-old Jason Richard Muise of Pubnico was arrested after a second home was searched. He faces charges of possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making child pornography available.


UNIVERSITY STUDENT SAYS HE WASN'T ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT HIS DEPRESSION
Wednesday 18th May 2016
A student at Mount Saint Vincent University says a school policy prevented him from discussing his depression with peers or face eviction from his residence in Halifax. Brody Stuart-Verner says he signed the so-called wellness agreement last October after being diagnosed with depression and experiencing suicidal thoughts. He says the agreement stipulates that he cannot discuss personal issues, "namely the student's self-destructive thoughts" with residence students, and will attend counselling regularly. The 19-year-old public relations student says he signed it because he trusted the school, even though it seemed "fishy" to him at the time. Paula Barry, the school's associate vice-president of student experience, says in a Facebook post Tuesday that they will consult with the students' union and health professionals as they review and modify the agreements. She says the agreements are intended to support rather than isolate students, but Stuart-Verner maintains that they amount to a gag order.


SECOND LIFE FOR SCOTSBURN DAIRY BUILDING IN STELLARTON
Wednesday 18th May 2016
The former Scotsburn Dairy building in Stellarton is getting an extreme makeover and a new lease on life. Donald Clark, who worked at the dairy for nearly 30 years, tells our newsroom that the building's new owner, Jamie MacGillivray, is converting the space for local distillers Nova Scotia Spirit Company. The company plans to move production there, as well as set up a retail store. Clark says there's space for the distillers to grow, as well as space for other businesses. The building's look is being changed back to the brick and windows of the old Allan's Dairy. Clark says the 160,000 litre milk storage tank was removed because it won't be needed in the new configuration, and otherwise it would fall into disrepair.


ELECTRONIC VOTING IN PLEBISCITE ENDS TODAY: ADVANCE POLLS SATURDAY & TUESDAY
Wednesday 18th May 2016
The deadline for plebiscite voting by phone or over the internet is midnight tonight. Returning officer Josephine MacDonald tells The News that as of Tuesday morning, more than a fifth of eligible voters had already cast their vote. Advance polls for the plebiscite vote will be Saturday and Tuesday at the fire halls in River John, Caribou, Scotsburn, Alma, Eureka, and Thorburn, and the Merigomish community centre. Polls will also be open at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton, the North End Rec Centre in New Glasgow and the Pictou Legion. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. those two days. The main voting day will be Saturday 28 May.


PROVINCE TO REVIEW PRIVACY LAWS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS: PREMIER
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Premier Stephen McNeil says his government will review privacy laws to see if they prevent young adults from getting all the help they can when dealing with mental illness. McNeil made the comment after Carolyn Fox expressed her frustration with the mental health system during an appearance at the legislature yesterday. Fox says the privacy law prevented hospital officials from informing her about her 21-year-old daughter’s problems. She says the situation isn’t acceptable because parents of young adults need to know in order to help or to get help.


NEW WORKPLACE GUIDELINES FOR TRANS EMPLOYEES IN NOVA SCOTIA
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Nova Scotia’s public service has released guidelines for the support and inclusion of trans and gender variant employees in the workplace. The new guidelines address issues such as the use of an employee’s identified name and pronoun; the ability to wear clothing that reflects one’s gender identity; and inclusion and access to washroom and change room facilities. Maddi MacDonald, the co-chair of Nova Scotia’s L-G-B-T-I Network, says the guidelines will help make provincial workplaces more inclusive for trans people. The public service commission conducted a census over the winter that indicated about one per cent of Nova Scotia government employees identify as trans or gender variant.


TRAINING EXERCISE TODAY AT CFB SHEARWATER
Wednesday 18th May 2016
People on the Shearwater base in Halifax are being advised that a training exercise on the base today could mean the sudden appearance of first responder vehicles and the sound of simulated ammunition. The exercise is going on from 9:30 am until 11 am today. The Armed Forces wants to alert the public this is only an exercise, and it regrets any inconvenience.


PEI JUDGE SLAMS SOCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR NOT CATCHING FRAUDSTER
Wednesday 18th May 2016
A P-E-I provincial court judge recently criticized the province's social assistance program after it failed to catch a case of fraud over an almost 10-year period. Chief Judge Nancy Orr made her comments during sentencing for Ann Lorraine McMurrer, saying the program’s computer system wasn’t equipped to cross-reference the woman’s T-4 from her employment income. McMurrer defrauded the program of more than 111-thousand dollars by not reporting income or that she lived with a common-law spouse who received a pension. P.E.I. child protective services was aware the woman was living with a common-law spouse, but did not report it to the social assistance program.


FORT MAC RESIDENTS WON'T BE GOING HOME ANYTIME SOON
Wednesday 18th May 2016
The plan for returning more than 80-thousand evacuees to Fort McMurray, Alberta is being re-evaluated, due to more damage from the unrelenting, massive wildfire just outside town. Wildfires that ate through 10 per cent of the city two weeks ago moved north early Tuesday and destroyed an emptied oilsands work camp. And a house in Fort Mac itself was destroyed in an explosion as natural gas service was being restored, forcing gas crews to leave the smoky city. Premier Rachel Notley says safety is the number-one priority in getting people back home.


PROPOSED FEDERAL RIGHT TO DIE LAW COULD BE IN TROUBLE IN SENATE, COURTS
Wednesday 18th May 2016
There are strong signs the Liberals' controversial legislation on medically assisted dying is in for a rocky ride in the Senate. Senators say there's no way they'll pass the bill by the court-imposed deadline of June 6th. And they say they may not pass it at all if it isn't amended to allow advance requests from those diagnosed with conditions like dementia. The legislation is expected to pass the House of Commons relatively easily by tomorrow because Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc has given notice that the government will impose a time limit on the debate today. Government ministers had issued dire warnings that if the bill was not passed by June 6th, there would be a legal void in which assisted dying would available without any safeguards. But at a meeting yesterday, Conservative Senate Leader Claude Carignan and independent Liberal Leader James Cowan informed the government's representative that it's simply not possible for the bill to get through all legislative stages in just one week. Carignan thinks the Senate will need an additional two weeks to deal with the bill.

The federal government's rationale for a restrictive approach to medically assisted dying has been shot down by the Alberta Court of Appeal, even before the legislation is put to a vote in the House of Commons. A panel of three judges says the government is flouting last year's landmark Supreme Court ruling when it argues that assisted dying should only apply to those who are close to death. The judicial smack-down comes as the federal government tries to persuade M-P's and senators that its restrictive new law on assisted dying complies with the Supreme Court's ruling and with the charter of rights.


SPORTS - MAY 18
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Swim, bike and run on June 5th at the YMCA Triathlon. New kids division - 12 and under - $10.00, Adult - $25.00. To register visit Race Roster or stop by the Welcome Desk at The YMCA of Pictou County.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its next registration for the 2016 season on Saturday May 21st from 9am - 12pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Clubhouse in Stellarton. For additional information email stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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The Subway Stingers U-16 Rep team will be holding an open tryout for the 2016 season on Sunday May 22nd from 10am - 12pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex Field-1. Athletes are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start for registration. For further information please email Kelly Fahie - mfahie@eastlink.ca
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It wasn't the conference finals debut the Raptors were hoping for. LeBron James scored 24 points on near perfect shooting and Kyrie Irving had 27 as the Cleveland Cavaliers downed Toronto 115-84 in Game 1. It was the Raptors' first conference finals appearance in franchise history.
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The Sharks head back to San Jose with their Western Conference final tied at a game apiece. Brent Burns had two power-play goals and Martin Jones turned aside all 26 shots he faced as San Jose beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 in Game 2. Game 3 is Thursday night in California.
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The Tampa Bay Rays put on another hit parade at Rogers Centre. Brad Miller had three hits and drove in three to lead Tampa to a 12-2 rout of the Blue Jays. Suspensions were handed out before the game for those involved in the melee in Texas on Sunday. Jose Bautista got one game while reliever Jesse Chavez and manager John Gibbons got three. Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor got eight games for punching Bautista.
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Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 batters and improved to 4-and-0 in May as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 5-1 in the Freeway Series. Joc Pederson hit two solo homers for the Dodgers. 
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The worst team in the N-B-A has won the draft lottery. The Philadelphia 76ers will have the Number-1 pick in June. The Los Angeles Lakers finished second. Toronto will pick ninth. The Raptors got that pick in the deal that sent Andrea Bargnani to New York in 2013.


HOSPICE TO BE BUILT IN HRM
Tuesday 17th May 2016
The province's largest health authority will help build a 10-bed hospice for people who cannot die at home. The Hospice Society in Halifax and the Nova Scotia Health Authority have signed a memorandum to collaborate on the residential facility in Halifax. They hope to open it in the city's south end in December 2017. Wendy Fraser, CEO of Hospice Halifax, says the residential hospice will create an "affordable and home-like option" for people at the end of their lives. The hospice is part of the government's plan to decentralize services from the aging Centennial building at the VG site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The plan is to renovate buildings owned by the Atlantic School of Theology through a drive to raise $6 million for the renovation and development of the residence.


NOVA SCOTIA MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN VENEZUELA
Tuesday 17th May 2016
It is an arrest photo like few others: A muscular man in colourful swim trunks, his bare chest covered in sand, his hands apparently restrained behind his back. The photo, released by Venezuelan authorities Tuesday, announced the arrest of a Nova Scotia man wanted for second-degree murder in a 2011 death in the Halifax area. Police say 43-year-old Steve Skinner of Cole Harbour, N.S., was taken into custody without incident Sunday on a Margarita Island beach. Nova Scotia RCMP, who confirmed the arrest, had issued an international warrant for Skinner following the April, 2011 death of 20-year-old Stacey Adams at a home in Lake Echo. At the time the warrant was released, RCMP dismissed rumours that Skinner, who was a mixed martial arts fighter, was either dead or in Mexico. Police say they are working to extradite Skinner back to Canada.


LOCAL RESIDENT SAYS AMALGAMATION DEBATE DIVIDING COMMUNITY; BAILLIE SAYS AD WAS NOT PURCHASED BY PRO-MOU GROUPS *UPDATED 12:50 PM*
Tuesday 17th May 2016
A longtime local activist fears that the rhetoric surrounding the proposed amalgamation is dividing, rather than uniting the county. Mary Gorman tells our newsroom that while she has stayed out of the debate, she was dismayed by an ad taken out in Saturday's edition of The News. In it, members of the MOU steering committee take issue with several points made in a letter to the editor by former MP Elmer McKay concerning the amalgamation. Warden Ron Baillie says that ad was paid out of pocket by himself and the other signers - not by the MOU committee or any pro-amalgamation body - because they wanted to respond in detail to MacKay's comments, particularly about New Glasgow. Baillie also said that ad space was purchased because letters to the editor in The News are limited to 300 words. Gorman believes that regardless of what side you are on, elected officials taking out an ad attacking a private citizen by name crosses a line, and she wants to see the people who attached their name to the ad resign.


ATLANTIC PREMIERS TO PRESS OTTAWA FOR NEW HEALTH FUNDING FORMULA
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Atlantic Canada's premiers say they need a health accord with Ottawa that reflects the reality of their provinces' health care challenges. After meeting in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, yesterday the premiers said the current per capita funding formula instituted by the former Conservative government doesn't serve their needs. They say the demographics of the region make it an unfair system. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says Ottawa needs to realize the region has a number of challenges in delivering health care. Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan says the four premeirs will work together to advocate for a more realistic funding arrangement. The proportion of people aged 65 and older is the highest in the Atlantic provinces, with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia registering the highest proportions of seniors at 18.3 per cent each.


NEWFOUNDLAND PREMIER NON-COMMITTAL ON STATUS OF MUSKRAT FALLS
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Reporters were asking Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball yesterday whether there was any possibility the massive Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador would be cancelled. The premier avoided a direct answer at the premier's conference in Nova Scotia. He instead referred to a Friday conference call in which Nalcor C-E-O Stan Marshall stated the project would likely go ahead despite soaring costs and delays. How the project proceeds is of particular interest to Nova Scotia, which is depending on Muskrat Falls to fill slightly less than 10 per cent of its renewable energy needs.


BRITISH FORTRESS POSSIBLY UNCOVERED IN LUNENBURG
Tuesday 17th May 2016
A Nova Scotia archeologist says a crew of students may have unearthed fresh evidence of an 18th Century British fortress in Lunenburg. Henry Cary is giving credit to a geophysical survey that spotted magnetic anomalies under the grassy surface. The adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary's University says historic records set off the hunt for a star-shaped fort that was marked on a 1753 plan. Teams of continuing education archeology students uncovered the drain after they started digging over the past weekend. The archeologist says the drain is a confirmation of the usefulness of the geophysical surveying method. But he says it's too soon to say the drain is part of a fortress structure, even if it's similar to those found in other military sites in Nova Scotia, like the Halifax Citadel or Fort Edward.  Another dig by continuing education students is scheduled for June 11th and 12th.


NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITIES RAISE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR FORT MAC
Tuesday 17th May 2016
A trio of musical fundraisers made close to 10-thousand dollars for the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta over the weekend. The concert at Heatherton community centre raised more than 57-hundred dollars. Sunday's concert in Whycocomagh made close to 15-hundred dollars for the cause and Saturday's dance in Judique earned about 28-hundred. Meanwhile in Sydney, a major concert raised a quarter of a million dollars over the weekend.


BC WILDFIRE SEASON WORST EVER
Tuesday 17th May 2016
There are also about 40 fires burning in northeastern B-C, near Fort St. John. A forestry expert from the University of British Columbia says 2016 is already the most destructive wildfire season in recorded history. But John Innes says this year's aggressive start to the fire season doesn't necessarily mean the trend will continue into the summer. He says weather is the largest influence on wildfires.


MORE EVACUATIONS NORTH OF FORT MAC
Tuesday 17th May 2016
A mandatory evacuation of employees at oilsands work camps north of Fort McMurray, Alberta has expanded, doubling those affected to about eight-thousand people. The emergency order late Monday night came as officials cited the threat of a quickly spreading wildfire north of the oil town. The evacuation zone stretches about 50 kilometres north of Fort McMurray to just south of Fort MacKay, and includes Syncrude and Suncor facilities. Fire-ravaged Fort McMurray's more than 80-thousand residents are entering their third week away from home.


STUDY SHOWS CHILD POVERTY RAMPANT ON RESERVES
Tuesday 17th May 2016
A new study suggests indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-aboriginal kids. The findings released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives delve into poverty rates on reserves and in the territories as measured by income. It documents the dire conditions being experienced by status First Nations children, including 60 per cent of those who live on reserves. Poverty rates are highest for First Nations kids on reserves in Manitoba at 76 per cent and Saskatchewan at 69 per cent. The research found that poverty rates on reserves worsened between 2005 and 2010. It cites long-standing barriers such as underfunded schools and child welfare services that stand in the way of kids achieving their full potential. Senior economist David Macdonald, who co-authored the report, says the figures clearly show deplorable rates of child poverty on reserves in Canada. Study co-author Daniel Wilson says he is hopeful measuring and reporting on the problem will help to end "policy-making in a void of information."


LIBERALS TABLE TRANS RIGHTS BILL TODAY *UPDATED 12:00 PM*
Tuesday 17th May 2016
The federal government has introduced legislation to extend human rights protections to transgender Canadians. The legislation would, if passed, make it illegal to prevent someone from getting a job or to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of gender identity or gender expression. The legislation would also update the Criminal Code to extend hate speech laws to include gender identity and gender expression. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the law is necessary to make it unequivocal in law that transgender persons have the right to live free from discrimination, hate propoganda and hate crimes. The law was introduced on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Similar legislation has failed to pass Parliament on multiple occasions, including the most recent attempt last year by NDP MP Randall Garrison, whose bill was gutted in the Senate.


SPORTS - MAY 17 *UPDATED 11:20 AM*
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Swim, bike and run on June 5th at the YMCA Triathlon. New kids division - 12 and under - $10.00, Adult - $25.00. To register visit Race Roster or stop by the Welcome Desk at The YMCA of Pictou County.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which female hockey committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Raptors begin the Eastern Conference final against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland tonight. Toronto is making it's first ever appearance in a conference final. But the Raptors will be without big man Jonas Valanciunas for at least Game 1 and likely Game 2. He suffered a right ankle injury in Game 3 of the last series against Miami.
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Game 2 of the N-H-L's Western final goes tonight in St. Louis where the Blues host the San Jose Sharks. St. Louis is up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series after taking the opener on Sunday night.
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The Toronto Blue Jays will try to snap a three-game slide as they continue their home series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Right-hander Marcus Stroman gets the ball for Toronto. He's 4-and-0 to start the year. The Rays counter with the 2-and-4 Chris Archer. Last night, Tampa Bay hit four homers en route to a 13-2 pasting of the Jays.
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Suspensions are expected to be handed down today to members of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers who were involved in Sunday's bench-clearing melee in Arlington. M-L-B chief officer Joe Torre said yesterday that discipline is coming. He said the punch by the Rangers' Rougned Odor that connected with the jaw of Toronto slugger Jose Bautista ``certainly wasn't pretty.'' Odor says he expects to be suspended for the hit, but has no regrets.
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In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports were caught in retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games, the IOC said today. The International Olympic Committee opened disciplinary proceedings against the 31 unidentified athletes from 12 countries who competed in Beijing and were planning to take part in the Rio Games in August. The positive cases emerged from the recent retesting of 454 doping samples from Beijing with "the very latest scientific analysis methods," the IOC said. The Olympic body stores samples for 10 years to allow for retesting with improved techniques. The IOC said it would inform the relevant national Olympic committees in the coming days.


PROVINCE DEALS WITH FIRST ZIKA VIRUS CASE
Monday 16th May 2016
The province has its first confirmed case of Zika virus. A female traveller acquired the virus while visiting a country affected by the outbreak. The woman was not hospitalized and has since recovered. Dr. Frank Atherton, deputy chief medical officer of health, says the risk of Zika to Nova Scotians and Canadians is extremely low and that Nova Scotians travelling to Zika-affected countries, especially women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, should take preventative measures to reduce their exposure to mosquitos.


OTTAWA NAMES NEXT CANADIAN IN SPACE
Monday 16th May 2016
Engineer, astrophysicist and medical doctor David Saint-Jacques will be Canada's next person in space -- heading to the international space station in 2018. Science and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains made the announcement this morning. Saint-Jacques says he's looking forward to experiencing micro-gravity and operating the Canadarm. Chris Hadfield was the most recent Canadian in space -- he served as commander of the I-S-S in 2013.


THIRD NAME JOINS FEDERAL TORY RACE
Monday 16th May 2016
An Ontario Tory who has long been a champion of reforming the parliamentary system is running for leadership of the federal Conservatives. Michael Chong becomes the third person to officially join the race which will culminate in a vote in just over a year's time. Chong was first elected in 2004 in a southern Ontario riding and went on to serve in former prime minister Stephen Harper's cabinet as intergovernmental affairs minister. But he resigned from that position in 2006 because he didn't support a motion recognizing Quebecers as a nation, calling it ethnic nationalism. He took a seat in the backbenches; and from there, spearheaded legislation to give individual MPs more power.  A bill to that effect became law last fall. Kellie Leitch and Maxime Bernier are the other two candidates currently in the race but several others are considering putting their names forward as well.


THREE COMPANIES CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL CUTTING ON CROWN LAND
Monday 16th May 2016
An investigation into tree cutting at Long Lake Provincial Park last November has led to charges against three companies. Dexter Construction Company Ltd., Resourcetec Inc. and Scott and Stewart Forestry Consultants Ltd. have been charged with violating the Crown Lands Act. The charges relate to cutting and damaging timber on Crown lands without permission. The penalties can include fines, land remediation and the recovery of double the market value for any wood cut. The park includes three lakes and 2,095 hectares of natural landscape. The cutting involved about 3.8 hectares or less than 10 acres. The charges were sworn in provincial court and the summons were served last Friday. 


WANT TO SEE YOUR HOUSE IN FORT MAC? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT
Monday 16th May 2016
While Fort McMurray residents remain unable to return to their wildfire-damaged city, the Alberta government has released an app that will let them see their properties from afar. The app provides a high-level satellite overview of the city, but Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee notes structures that appear to be standing may still be damaged. She also warns that viewing the images could be traumatic.


GAELIC AWARENESS MONTH OBSERVED IN NEW GLASGOW TODAY
Monday 16th May 2016
The town of New Glasgow is taking part in celebrations during Gaelic Awareness Month. Today from 3 to 4pm Lewis MacKinnon, Executive Director of the office of Gaelic Affairs, will be in New Glasgow council chambers to give a brief presentation on Gaelic language, culture and identity in Pictou County including Gaelic short stories and songs. There will be a flag raising beforehand and after the presentation Mayor Barrie MacMillan will sign a proclamation.


ATLANTIC PREMIERS MEET TODAY
Monday 16th May 2016
Atlantic Canada's premiers will gather in Nova Scotia today to discuss the economy, health care, energy co-operation and climate change. Premier Stephen McNeil, New Brunswick's Brian Gallant, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and P-E-I's Wade MacLauchlan will meet at the Hillsdale Inn in Annapolis Royal. The Council of Atlantic Premiers was established in 2000 to strengthen co-operation between the four provinces.


EVACUATION ORDERED AS WILDFIRE FLARES IN NORTHERN BC
Monday 16th May 2016
An evacuation order has been issued for residents near a wildfire in northeastern British Columbia. The 150-square-kilometre Beatton Airport Road fire is burning about 45 kilometres north of Fort St. John. The fire flared up a month ago and is 45 per cent contained, but hot, dry weather has led to more activity. An evacuation alert is in effect for the region immediately east of the area that was ordered to evacuate.


FORT MAC RESIDENTS GETTING ANOTHER UPDATE TONIGHT
Monday 16th May 2016
The Alberta government will hold another telephone town hall tonight to give more than 80-thousand evacuees from wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray the latest information on recovery efforts. Residents will have 90 minutes to ask questions about the blaze, the condition of their neighbourhoods, financial aid and when they might be allowed to return. The province says more than 15-thousand took part in the first town hall last week.


FEDERAL NEW DEMOCRATS TAKING THEIR TIME TO PICK MULCAIR REPLACEMENT
Monday 16th May 2016
The federal New Democrats are following the lead of the Conservatives and aren't rushing to select a new leader. Yesterday the party's brass met and decided to have a lengthy leadership race with a vote in the fall of next year, though an exact date hasn't been set. N-D-P national director Karl Belanger says it was decided that more time is needed to assess where the party is at and to allow for potential candidates to organize and set up campaigns. The race was triggered after party members rejected the idea of Tom Mulcair continuing at the party's helm. New Democrats who've opened the door to a possible leadership bid include B-C M-P Nathan Cullen, Manitoba M-P Niki Ashton and Quebec M-P's Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Alexandre Boulerice. The party faces a current debt load of around five million dollars, in part because of the marathon federal election that knocked the New Democrats back to third party status in the Commons.


SPORTS - MAY 16
Monday 16th May 2016
Swim, bike and run on June 5th at the YMCA Triathlon. New kids division - 12 and under - $10.00, Adult - $25.00. To register visit Race Roster or stop by the Welcome Desk at The YMCA of Pictou County.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Raptors have made history. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 63 points as the Raptors dismantled the Miami Heat 116-89 in Game 7 of their conference semifinal. It's the first time Toronto has advanced past the third round in franchise history. The Raps will now play the Cleveland Cavaliers with Game 1 taking place Tuesday night.
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Karl-Anthony Towns' impressive rookie season was award winning. The Minnesota Timberwolves centre has been voted the N-B-A's Rookie of the Year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the award. He averaged 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks and helped the Timberwolves win 13 more games than they did the previous season.
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The St. Louis Blues have a 1-0 lead in their first Western Conference final in 15 years. Brian Elliott had another standout game in net and David Backes and Jori Lehtera scored as St. Louis edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in Game 1.
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Plenty of fireworks took place during the eighth inning of Texas's 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday afternoon. Jose Bautista and Texas second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger. That resulted in players from both teams rushing the field as Odor landed a punch to Bautista's face.
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Aroung the major leagues, Miami's Jose Fernandez struck out 11 batters over seven innings and drove in two runs to lead the Marlins to a 5-1 win at Washington. And Boston's Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox edged Houston 10-9.
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Jason Day continues to dominate. The World Number 1 closed with a 1-under 71 to win The Players Championship, golf's richest tournament. Day won for the seventh time in the last 10 months and became the first wire-to-wire winner in 16 years at T-P-C Sawgrass. He won by four shots over Kevin Chappell.


SEND OFF PLANNED FOR FORT McMURRAY TRUCK
Sunday 15th May 2016
The truck filled with supplies for the victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire will be leaving Pictou County later today. A send-off event is planned for 5pm tonight as the trailer will be pulled out of the Magic Valley parking lot on Highway 4 in Green Hill. All are welcome to celebrate Pictou County's generosity.


MACLEAN TO REPLACE JOAN JESSOME AT NSGEU
Saturday 14th May 2016
Members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union have elected Jason MacLean as their new president.
He replaces Joan Jessome, who led the province's public sector members for the past 17 years.
The union's tri-ennial convention wraps up this weekend and the main job for the 320 delegates was to elect a new president.
MacLean has served three terms as first vice-president for the N-S-G-E-U and admits taking over for Jessome will be a big job.
While leaving his own mark on the union leadership, Maclean says he intends to carry on with the groundwork laid out by Jessome.


BRAZEN DAYLIGHT ROBBERY IN TATAMAGOUCHE
Saturday 14th May 2016
Police are looking for a suspect following a daring daytime robbery at the Royal Canadian Legion in Tatamagouche.
RCMP say a man entered the legion on Queen Street Friday afternoon around 1 o'clock.
Police say the suspect forced the bartender to hand over the money in the safe, and to lie on the floor and not look around.
No one was hurt, and the suspect fled the Tatamagouche Legion on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim says the robber was wearing black rubber shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Colchester RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


SPORTS UPDATE FOR SATURDAY
Saturday 14th May 2016
Pictou County Soccer club activities are cancelled for today. (Saturday) The make up session will take place Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30.

The Toronto Raptors are heading back to Air Canada Centre with their Eastern Conference semifinal all tied up at three games apiece.
Goran Dragic scored 30 points as the Miami Heat topped the Raptors 103-91 in Game 6 in South Beach. Game 7 goes Sunday in Toronto.


34 YEAR OLD PICTOU COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRAGGING POLICE OFFICER DURING TRAFFIC STOP
Saturday 14th May 2016
A 34-year-old Pictou County man has been arrested in Moncton on charges connected with dragging a police officer with a car in New Glasgow last weekend.
Around 4:20 last Sunday morning, New Glasgow police say they saw a man driving the wrong way along George Street here in the downtown.
Two officers stopped the vehicle and approached it, suspecting the driver might be drunk.
The man's car took off, dragging one of the officers over a distance of three to five feet, resulting in minor injuries. Police chased the suspect's vehicle but the driver got away from them in the Thorburn area. 34-year-old Barrett Johnson Fraser is charged with: Flight from police officer Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Two counts of assault on a police officer Two counts of assault with a weapon Fraser was arrested by Moncton RCMP last night, with assistance from the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit. He's slated to appear in Pictou court on Monday. New Glasgow Regional Police are thanking the public for their help.


CORNWALLIS STATUE VANDALIZED IN HALIFAX
Friday 13th May 2016
Just days after Halifax city council voted against reviewing public sites named for Edward Cornwallis, a controversial statue of the city founder has been vandalized. The bronze statue of the British general in downtown Halifax has been splattered with red paint. There have been campaigns to remove Cornwallis’s name from municipal landmarks — including the statue — because he issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaq men, women and children soon after founding Halifax in 1749. Police say whoever sprayed the statue and its base with paint could face a mischief charge if caught.


DARTMOUTH TEENS CHARGED WITH CAUSING OVER $20K IN PROPERTY DAMAGE
Friday 13th May 2016
Two 14-year-old boys have been charged in a rash of thefts and property damage in Dartmouth. Police say the teens were arrested in the area where a damaged and stolen car was found yesterday morning shortly after someone tossed a rock at the windshield of a taxi in the area. The teens are accused of using the car to commit numerous acts of property damage, estimated at well over 20-thousand dollars — and police say their investigation also found another two businesses had been broken into. The two youths are to appear in Halifax provincial youth court today on charges of break and enter, theft, seven counts of property damage and one count of joyriding. 


UPDATE ON MUSKRAT FALLS EXPECTED NEXT MONTH
Friday 13th May 2016
The new head of Newfoundland and Labrador's Crown corporation Nalcor Energy says the troubled Muskrat Falls hydro project will likely go ahead. Still, Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall says he's keeping all options open as he assesses cost and schedule overruns. Marshall says he'll deliver a full status update in late June, which could include replacing major construction contractor Astaldi Canada. He says there are serious concerns about delays at the project site in Labrador and he's planning staff changes to manage them. Cost projections for the province have soared to about $7.7 billion from $6.2 billion with first power delayed several months until 2018 or later.


APPLICATIONS FOR NB MOOSE HUNT LOTTERY START MONDAY
Friday 13th May 2016
New Brunswick says it will begin accepting applications on Monday for this year's moose hunt draw. Hunters have until June 10th to apply for a chance to get a licence for the five-day season in September. Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry says there will be an extra 51 licences granted this year — bringing the total to 4,643. Last year, more than 60-thousand people applied for a licence and just over 37-hundred hunters were successful in the hunt.


NEW BRUNSWICK ADDING MORE NURSING HOME BEDS
Friday 13th May 2016
More than 100 nursing home beds are being created in New Brunswick to cut down on hospital waiting lists. The provincial government says 108 beds originally designated as specialized care beds will be converted to nursing home beds in Saint John and Fredericton. Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers says the conversions will allow seniors to move out of hospitals and into nursing homes. She says the beds were already under construction by Shannex and met the higher standard required for nursing homes. Shannex has hired 20 extra staff members for its Fredericton location and is hiring 80 to 100 employees in Saint John as a result of the conversions. Seniors are expected to move into the Saint John facility in June, while residents moved into the Fredericton nursing home earlier this year.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE CELEBRATE POLICE WEEK WITH NEW COAT OF ARMS & NEW HIRES
Friday 13th May 2016
In celebration for the upcoming police week, New Glasgow Regional Police unveiled a New Coat of Arms yesterday at New Glasgow Town Hall. The new coat of arms was designed to reflect the regional police commitment to public safety in both New Glasgow and Trenton. In addition, two new officers were sworn in, Constable Chisholm and Constable Watters. National Police Week begins next week and the New Glasgow Regional Police will be hosting an open house for all on Friday May 20 from 10am until 2pm.    


HALIFAX MAN IN COURT FACING MURDER CONSPIRACY CHARGES
Friday 13th May 2016
An 18-year-old man accused of plotting murder after officers found a bag of guns near a Halifax-area high school is due in court today. Jonathan Murray of Halifax was charged last month with conspiracy to commit murder around Millwood High School in Middle Sackville. On April 6th, police said they had received a tip that people with firearms were in the area and later found a duffel bag containing guns. A 15-year-old and 17-year-old were also arrested and are facing a long list of charges related to the seizure of guns and ammunition.


GAS, DIESEL DOWN
Friday 13th May 2016
A bit of a break at the pump this morning – regular self-serve gas is down to $1.024 a litre, with diesel down a cent and a half to 89.9 cents per litre.


MONCTON MOUNTIES' WIDOWS "FRUSTRATED" AS RCMP PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO LABOR VIOLATIONS
Friday 13th May 2016
Two widows of Mounties slain in the 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton left court disappointed yesterday after the R-C-M-P pleaded not guilty to Labour Code violation charges. The shooting rampage by Justin Bourque left three Mounties dead and two others wounded. The R-C-M-P pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges relating to the force's equipment, training and supervision in the shootings. One widow, Angela Gevaudan, says "At this point we're just hoping for a quick resolution," while Nadine Larch called it "a frustrating process." The trial is set to begin next April.


AUTISM ADVOCATES PLEASED WITH MORE PROVINCIAL DOLLARS
Friday 13th May 2016
Autism advocates are praising the Nova Scotia government for helping provide funds that will reduce a waiting list for intensive therapy treatments for young children. An additional 30 to 40 pre-school children with autism spectrum disorder in Nova Scotia will receive treatment each year as a result of 3.6 million dollars included in the provincial budget. Cynthia Carroll, executive director of Autism Nova Scotia says it's an important step to bring the Early Behavioural Intervention Program to more children. A total of 180 children will be receiving treatment, once the additional children are enrolled.


TRUDEAU TO VISIT FORT MAC: FIRE CHIEF TAKING SOME WELL DESERVED TIME OFF
Friday 13th May 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau is planning to get a first hand look at the devastation of the Alberta wildfire that forced the evacuation of the Fort McMurray-area. He's going to visit the northern Alberta city today and meet with first responders. The focus is shifting toward the clean up and Fort McMurray officials are already reaching out to a community that went through the same thing five years ago -- Slave Lake. Parts of the Alberta community were also gutted by fire and Slave Lake landfill manager Tom Moore says he has offered some advice to Fort McMurray on handling the cleanup. Crews in Fort McMurray are continuing to snuff out flareups and inspectors are assessing damage. Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee says the key goals are making sure the fire is completely out, restoring utilities and ensuring the hospital is functional. She expects it will take five days to assess all the surviving structures in the city, but says there is still no date for the city's residents to return.
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The man at the forefront of the fight against the Fort McMurray wildfire is stepping back from the spotlight. Wood Buffalo fire Chief Darby Allen says he's taking some time off to be with his family and -- quote -- "have a couple of beers." Allen has been one of the people leading the battle against the blaze that swept into the city last week and destroyed more than 24-hundred buildings. His heartfelt video updates on social media have made him something of a celebrity.


FIRST NATIONS ISSUES "INVISIBLE", SAYS MARTIN
Friday 13th May 2016
Paul Martin says Canadians may be blind to the problems faced by the country's indigenous people. In an interview Thursday with The Canadian Press, the former prime minister said Canadians are generous people. But he says the invisibility of the plight of aboriginal people "has been locked in by history," and only by talking more openly about it can progress be made. Martin has long been a vocal champion of indigenous rights.


TEXT AND DRIVE AD CAMPAIGN TURNING HEADS
Friday 13th May 2016
A controversial ad campaign against distracting driving is proving to be "quite successful," according to the advertising firm behind it. Two Wathan Funeral Home billboards on a Toronto highway urge people to "Text and Drive," in order to boost their business through car accidents. When people visit the website for the fake funeral home, they find information on the impact of texting and driving instead. The John St. advertising agency decided to take on the issue of distracted drive on its own, opting for the provocative angle to grab public attention and not get lost among the many ads people see every day. All provinces, as well as Yukon and the Northwest Territories, ban people from using handheld devices while driving. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation says people who take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds double their risk of getting in a collision. The Insurance Bureau of Canada says distracted driving may be a bigger problem than drunk driving in Canada.


FULL JUBILEE LINEUP CONFIRMED
Friday 13th May 2016
The line-up has been set for the annual New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. It all starts on Friday July 29th, with Jessie Brown, the Matt Minglewood Band , The Motorleague and headliners, The Glorious Sons. On Saturday. It's ECMA Winners Coyote, Jimmy Swift Band, and Sam Cash and the Romantic Dog, along with headliners Arkells. Performing Sunday night are Hillsburn, Reeny Smith, Port Cities and headliner Burton Cummings. Jubillee Executive Director Carlton Munroe says there is a wealth of musical talent in this part of the country, and many acts are appearing at the jubilee for the first time. Find out more at their website.


SPORTS - MAY 13
Friday 13th May 2016
Tennis anyone? New Glasgow's Tennis program is starting again soon. Season membership fees are half price is you sign up before May 15. Cost is $250 for the family, $100 for adults and $75 for students and seniors. There's also free tennis at the Westside courts this month.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its first registration on Saturday from 9am - 1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. For further information and to download a copy of the registration form visit the Stinger website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. On the same Saturday from 10:00am - 11:30pm there is a spring workout scheduled for U-12 girls on Dorrington Field-1. Girls are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start time. If you have any question please send them to stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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Swim, bike and run on June 5th at the YMCA Triathlon. New kids division - 12 and under - $10.00, Adult - $25.00. To register visit Race Roster or stop by the Welcome Desk at The YMCA of Pictou County.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The N-H-L's Western Conference final is set. The San Jose Sharks will face the Blues beginning Sunday in St. Louis. San Jose advanced with a 5-0 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 7 last night. Joe Pavelski scored his franchise record-tying ninth goal of the playoffs and Martin Jones made 20 saves.
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The San Antonio Spurs have been eliminated from the N-B-A playoffs. Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 28, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat San Antonio 113-99 to win the Western Conference semifinal series 4-2. The Thunder will face the defending N-B-A champion Warriors in the Western Conference finals, starting Monday in Oakland.
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Johnny Cueto pitched seven strong innings for San Francisco while Zack Greinke had another rough outing at home for Arizona. Joe Panik hit a two-run homer off Greinke and the Giants opened a four-game series with a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
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Bernard Tomic has ruled himself out of representing Australia at the Rio Olympics, saying that a busy playing schedule and personal circumstances were behind the decision.  Tomic's selection was under considerable doubt after he played a match point holding his racquet backwards in Madrid. He later said he didn't care because he was 23 and worth $10 million dollars.
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A two-time Stanley Cup champion hockey player has been charged in federal court with conspiring to sell oxycodone in Massachusetts.  The Boston Globe reports that 51-year-old Kevin Stevens and a co-defendant were charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone last fall.


NEW GLASGOW SUPERSTORE EXPERIENCES COMPUTER PROBLEMS
Thursday 12th May 2016
Loblaw says a "technical error" forced the temporary closure of a number of its stores today, including the Superstore here in New Glasgow. Company spokeswoman Catherine Thomas says the problem resulted in some stores experiencing issues completing sales. Thomas says the issue has been fixed and all stores are now operational.


PROVINCE ADDS $3.6 MILLION IN FUNDING TO AID AUTISTIC CHILDREN
Thursday 12th May 2016
The province has added an extra $3.6 Million per year to the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention program budget. About one hundred eighty children per year will now receive the treatment. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says it's an important program that helps children get the best start possible in school. It is estimated that one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder.


POLICE INVESTIGATE ANOTHER WEAPON THREAT AT SYDNEY ACADEMY *UPDATED 12:25 PM*
Thursday 12th May 2016
Students at a Cape Breton high school were kept in their classrooms while police investigate a threat. Cape Breton Regional Police got a report at around 8:45 a.m. about a potential weapons complaint at Sydney Academy. The school was in a hold-and-secure mode as officers investigate, meaning nobody was allowed to roam the hallways and access to the school was limited. Police investigated a weapons threat at Sydney Academy last month - nothing was found in that case.


RCMP MONCTON CASE RETURNS TO COURT
Thursday 12th May 2016
The case of alleged Labour Code violations by the RCMP related to the force's response to a June 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton is due in court today. The RCMP was expected to enter pleas and set a trial date during a court appearance in Moncton last month, but defence lawyer Ian Carter says the Crown and defence needed more time to discuss narrowing the issues in the case. Both sides had previously asked for more time in what they described as a complex case during a court appearance in January. Employment and Social Development Canada alleges there were four violations of the code relating to the force's equipment, training and supervision in the June 4, 2014 incident that resulted in the deaths of three Mounties. Justin Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada recommended last year that the RCMP be prosecuted for contravention of occupational health and safety provisions.


RESERVISTS TRAINING IN ATLANTIC CANADA
Thursday 12th May 2016
Over 100 military reservists will be training throughout the Atlantic provinces starting tomorrow. The exercises are a key part of the annual readiness verification done by all army reserve units. The 36 and 37 Canadian Brigade Groups are mostly made up of part-time Canadian Armed Forces members. They will do weapons training and convoy operations in Nova Scotia, P-E-I, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.


CAPE BRETON FISHERMEN PREPARE FOR LOBSTER SEASON
Thursday 12th May 2016
Fishermen in area 27 from Bay St. Lawrence to Forchu, Nova Scotia, are making final preparations for the start of their commercial lobster season Saturday. Freddie Jardine who fishes out of North Sydney says he plans to head out at five o'clock Saturday morning on what is a hectic start to the season. Fishermen are reluctant to speculate on price, but Jardine is hoping they'll get six dollars a pound to start the season. Buyer Marlene MacKinnon Brogan says she wants to get a little more for area 27 than other areas that opened at 5.50 a pound.


PICTOU LANDING CONSERVATIONISTS TO GET REST OF NORTHERN PULP FINE
Thursday 12th May 2016
A judge has ruled that the third installment of Northern Pulp's fine will go to fish conservation projects hosted by Pictou Landing First Nations. Del Atwood released his decision Wednesday saying Pictou Landing First Nations who are dedicated to conservation of the fish are eligible to access the funds. Pictou Landing Chief Andrea Paul tells NG News that one of the uses for the money will be restoration of the pond at the community's entrance. Northern Pulp was sentenced to pay a fine of $225,000 for a June 2014 effluent leak. The money was to be paid to groups that support restoration projects in the area. $75,000 each had already been earmarked for the Pictou County Rivers Association and the Mi'kmaq conservation group.


AMALGAMATION NO THANK YOU MEETING IN STELLARTON
Thursday 12th May 2016
A local group opposing the amalgamation is holding a rally tonight. Amalgamation No Thank You will be at the Stellarton Firehall tonight at 7pm. Speaking at the meeting will be ANTY chair Brian White and former Central Nova MP Elmer Mackay.


NS FIREFIGHTERS HEADED TO MANITOBA WILDFIRES
Thursday 12th May 2016
About 20 Nova Scotia firefighters have been asked to help fight wildfires in Manitoba. They fly out of Halifax tomorrow. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines says people across Nova Scotia are concerned about Canadians out west and want to help. The resources from Nova Scotia were requested through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre to help control and extinguish the Manitoba wildfires.


FORT MAC RESIDENTS RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID: STILL NO TIMELINE FOR RETURN
Thursday 12th May 2016
More than 80-thousand residents of Fort McMurray, forced from their homes over a week ago by a raging wildfire, are starting to receive direct financial assistance from both the Alberta government and the Red Cross. The province started distributing pre-loaded provincial debit cards, and the Red Cross will roll out additional ones shortly as it reports donations from Canadians have hit 67-million dollars. Premier Rachel Notley will meet with her cabinet Thursday to discuss when some residents can return.
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Hydro and natural gas crews are working non-stop in the Fort McMurray area, but the head of the utility that serves the region says it's impossible to say how soon residents will be able to go home. Atco president Siegfried Kiefer says it's dangerous work, adding that while about 75 per cent of Fort McMurray's buildings could have their power turned back on, it wouldn't be safe. Kiefer says gas and electricity re two products they deal with that are invisible and can kill. Atco cut off the supply of natural gas to the city when the fire started as a safety precaution, and Kiefer says turning it back on cannot occur until gas lines are checked.


DECOUTERE: WE WEREN'T OFFERED PEACE BOND OPTION WITH GHOMESHI
Thursday 12th May 2016
One of three women who accused Jian Ghomeshi of sexual assault outside his workplace says they were never given the option of seeking a peace bond in exchange for an apology. Actress Lucy DeCoutere says testifying during the former radio star's sensational trial earlier this year was a tough experience, and nobody ever offered an alternative. Ghomeshi was acquitted of all charges in those cases. But Wednesday, he signed a peace bond and publicly apologized to former C-B-C colleague Kathryn Borel, who'd accused him of sexually assaulting her at work in 2008. DeCoutere says the peace-bond process allowed Borel to get her story out while avoiding the strain of a trial.


FOOTLETS SLIPPERS RECALLED
Thursday 12th May 2016
Loblaw is recalling Joe Fresh brand pre-walker Footlets because of a choking hazard. The retailer says the slippers have a fabric at the back that could come loose and pose a choking hazard to children. The Footlets were sold at several Loblaw-owned stores across the country since February 12th and can be returned to any store where Joe Fresh apparel is sold for a full refund.


SPORTS - MAY 12
Thursday 12th May 2016
A Pictou County resident is among the five Nova Scotia representatives for the Special Olympics Team Canada training squad. Daniel Martin is part of the Snowshoe team. He joins Cross County skier Brianna Harris of Truro, along with speed skater Aimee Gordon of Cape Breton, Figure skating pair Kaylee Stewart and Robert Fougere of HRM, and Assistant Coach Cyril MacDonald from Cape Breton. The 2017 Special Olympics will take place in Austria.
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Tennis anyone? New Glasgow's Tennis program is starting again soon. Season membership fees are half price is you sign up before May 15. Cost is $250 for the family, $100 for adults and $75 for students and seniors. There's also free tennis at the Westside courts this month.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its first registration on Saturday May 14th from 9am - 1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. For further information and to download a copy of the registration form visit the Stinger website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. On the same Saturday from 10:00am - 11:30pm there is a spring workout scheduled for U-12 girls on Dorrington Field-1. Girls are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start time. If you have any question please send them to stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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Swim, bike and run on June 5th at the YMCA Triathlon. New kids division - 12 and under - $10.00, Adult - $25.00. To register visit Race Roster or stop by the Welcome Desk at The YMCA of Pictou County.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Raptors have moved a victory away from the Eastern Conference final after a 99-91 win over the Heat. Toronto leads the series 3-2 and can wrap it up Friday when Miami hosts Game 6. DeMarre Carroll didn't play the fourth quarter. He fell hard on his left wrist, and was helped to the locker-room in considerable pain. X-rays were negative for what the team called a "wrist contusion."
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Klay Thompson's sweet shooting touch carried the Warriors while Steph Curry was down, and together again in the starting lineup the Splash Brothers led Golden State back to the Western Conference final.  Thompson scored 33 points with six three-pointers, Curry added 29 and sealed it with a three with 24.9 seconds left, and Golden State advanced to the West finals for the second straight season with a 125-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5.
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The Blues are a step closer to their first Stanley Cup in team history. St. Louis hammered Dallas 6-1 to advance to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2001. The Blues have been in the league since 1967 and made the post-season 40 times without winning the Cup.
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Josh Donaldson collected four hits, walked and scored a pair of runs for the Blue Jays, but it wasn't enough to make up for the bullpen in a 5-4 13-inning loss to the Giants. Ryan Tepera walked two batters in the 13th, including the winning run. Toronto optioned Tepera to triple-A Buffalo right after the game.
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Blas Perez scored his second goal of the night and second of the season on a bicycle kick in the 89th minute in the Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire.


EVOLVE MOVES TO NEW BRUNSWICK
Wednesday 11th May 2016
The Evolve Music Festival will still take place in 2016, even though the former site in Antigonish County is no longer available. Festival organizers announced on their website recently that a new site has been secured, just north of Moncton, New Brunswick, in the community of Beersville. The festival is scheduled to run 8-10 July, and several artists have also been confirmed for the event. It was moved out of Antigonish County after the Municipality revoked their permit for missing deadlines filing key paperwork, including medical emergency plans.


HALIFAX POLICE SEEKING MORE INFORMATION IN BASKETBALL PLAYER'S MURDER
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Halifax Regional Police are asking for the public's help in connection with the murder of a former basketball player last month. Police are asking anyone who may have seen a black Honda in the area of Cook Avenue and Romans Avenue on the afternoon of April 17th to contact them. The body of 29-year-old Tyler Bradley Richards was found at a home in the area that evening. The former member of the Halifax Rainmen was one of three men who were shot and killed over a six-day period in the Halifax region that week.


PROVINCE SAYS WAGES AND AWARD RULES FOR PUBLIC SECTOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES WILL MATCH UNION EMPLOYEES
Wednesday 11th May 2016
The province announced today that it's extending the same four-year wage pattern and public service award rules to management and non-union employees in the public sector that bargaining unit employees have achieved with recent ratified and tentative agreements. Finance Minister Randy Delorey says the move is fair to employees, affordable for taxpayers and consistent with the Public Services Sustainability Act. It applies to government departments, government business enterprises and governmental units, including Crown corporations and agencies, the health authorities and regional school boards, and various other employers funded by departments.


MAN FINED OVER $2,400 FOR STUNTING IN ABERCROMBIE
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Pictou County District RCMP has charged a man for stunting in Abercrombie. Mounties observed a vehicle travelling at 158 km/h in a 100 km/h zone this morning. The 46-year-old male driver was charged for Stunting and has been immediately suspended from driving for a week. Upon conviction, he will be fined $2,422.50 and six points will automatically be assigned to his driver's record. His car was also impounded for 7 days.


ONE INJURED IN TWO CAR COLLISION IN NEW GLASGOW
Wednesday 11th May 2016
One person was hurt following a two vehicle collision last night in New Glasgow. New Glasgow Regional Police, along with Fire and Emergency Services, responded around 9:20 to the intersection of Mountain Road and Almont Avenue. A 20-year-old woman from Pictou County driving a Ford Escape traveling Westbound on Mountain Road collided with a 17-year old woman, also from Pictou County, driving a Chev Aveo travelling Eastbound on Mountain Road making a left turn onto Almont. The driver of the Ford Escape was not injured. The driver of the Chev Aveo treated at the scene with minor injuries and released. Both vehicles suffered substantial damage and had to be towed.   


LOBSTER CARNIVAL 2016 LINEUP
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Three days of great music have been announced for this year's Lobster Carnival in Pictou.
On Friday, it's Leah & Kyle Collective, Pistol Packin' Papas, Pogey, and The Town Heroes.
Saturday afternoon is a Children's show, and in the evening, Stonehouse, and and the Matt Landry Band.
On Sunday morning, there's a musical tribute to the Black Battalion. In the afternoon - The Secrets, John "Spyder" MacDonald, Dylan Menzie, and Décota McNamara, The Stanfields will close out the festival with their acoustic show.
Stay up to date by visiting the Lobster Carnival website.


ELECTRONIC VOTING FOR PLEBISCITE PROVES POPULAR
Wednesday 11th May 2016
People are eager to vote in the amalgamation plebiscite. Returning officer Josephine MacDonald tells NG News that as of Tuesday afternoon, almost 8 percent of the 30,000 eligible voters have used their mailed PIN number to vote either by phone or over the internet. MacDonald says an electronic vote is recorded the same as if it was a paper ballot. Each vote will be attributed to their district, ward or town and kept confidential until the plebiscite closes May 28. Electronic voting continues until midnight May 18.


LIBERALS REJECT NDP MINIMUM WAGE BOOST
Wednesday 11th May 2016
A call by the N-D-P to boost Nova Scotia’s minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour over three years, is being rejected by Premier Stephen McNeil, who says the proposed increase would produce inflationary pressures that would be felt by small businesses and other workers. McNeil says an increase in the basic personal income tax exemption would be more beneficial, but he won’t commit to when that will happen. N-D-P Leader Gary Burrill says McNeil’s argument is “insulting” to workers who are struggling. Burrill says the N-D-P would exempt small and family operated businesses from the increase while large corporations would foot the bill.


PROVINCE INVESTIGATING GREEN ALTERNATIVES IF MUSKRAT FALLS DELAYED
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Nova Scotia is making plans to ensure it can meet its renewable energy targets in 2020 no matter what happens to the  delayed 9.2 billion dollar Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. The province's goal is to obtain 40 per cent of its electricity from green sources by the end of this decade — with Labrador hydro project expected to provide slightly less than 10 per cent of overall needs. But a consultant's report submitted at a Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board rate hearing warns the renewable target could be threatened if Muskrat Falls is delayed or cancelled. Energy Minister Michel Samson says his department is looking at contingency plans to cover the difference in the event of major delays. He said the province is continuing to invest in technologies such as power storage and tidal power. Muskrat Falls power that was expected to flow by 2017 is now delayed until sometime in 2018 with costs currently about 10 per cent over budget from Nalcor's end.


MILITARY INVESTIGATING FALSE ALARMS AT CFB SHEARWATER
Wednesday 11th May 2016
A senior military commander in Halifax says two false telephone reports in two weeks claiming a suspicious person was prowling the base with a gun created anxiety and are being investigated. Captain Chris Sutherland, base commander of C-F-B Halifax, says the calls cause needless worry and occupy police who have other work to do. The Shearwater base was locked down on Monday and on April 26th due to the anonymous calls. It resulted in residents and base employees having to stay indoors for more than an hour in each instance.


HALIFAX WON'T REVISIT CORNWALLIS DEBATE
Wednesday 11th May 2016
HRM council has voted down a public review of commemorations of Edward Cornwallis, Nova Scotia's first governor. Councillor Waye Mason proposed a motion Tuesday to consider updating municipal markers bearing Cornwallis' name. After vigorous debate, councillors voted 8 – 7 not to pass the motion. The razor-thin result comes in light of heated controversy over Cornwallis's treatment of indigenous people. Mason told council he wants to engage the city in a difficult conversation about its founder. Many councillors said they are fielding angry phone calls from citizens who want to preserve the city's history.


NEW BRUNSWICK TO BECOME WORLD LEADER IN FIGHTING CYBER CRIME: GALLANT
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Premier Brian Gallant says New Brunswick is set to become a world leader in the battle against Cyber crime. Gallant announced yesterday at U-N-B that his government is setting up Cyber N-B — a strategy to create jobs in the various fields of cyber technology. Cybersecurity expert Allen Dillon, the head of the agency, says there are likely to be approximately 192,000 information and communications technology jobs in Canada by 2020 and 67-thousand of them will be in cybersecurity. Gallant says the province's education programs are in place to support a strategy of putting his province at the forefront of the trend.


OIL INDUSTRY IN FORT MAC COULD BE BACK UP SOON
Wednesday 11th May 2016
A week after a wildfire forced the evacuation of the oilsands town of Fort McMurray, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley met with oil executives and emerged to say the industry would be back on its feet within days or a few short weeks. The wildfire shut down the majority of oilsands production, and Notley says work will only resume when it's "absolutely safe to do so." Suncor C-E-O Steve Williams is optimistic production will ramp up quickly, noting to the north of Fort Mac, there was no damage to the actual facilities. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the town on Friday.


CANADA, US TO FIX MISTAKES IN NO-FLY LISTS
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Canada and the United States have set up a working group to help sort out errors of identity on no-fly lists. But Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada needs an entirely new computer system to completely solve the problem of people — including youngsters — being delayed at airports due to false matches. Goodale says the bilateral Redress Working Group provides a means for government officials to communicate and will help ensure availability of the most accurate information. He says it will protect the shared transportation and national security interests of both countries, while minimizing headaches for the travelling public. However, Goodale acknowledged it's a first step because, unlike the standalone U-S system, Canada's no-fly list database "was designed to sort of piggyback" on to airline computers. That means it's more difficult to clear up misunderstandings. Dozens of Canadian youngsters have experienced unnerving airport delays because their names appeared to match those on a security list.


SPORTS - MAY 11 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Wednesday 11th May 2016
The Nighthawks U15 Girls Volleyball team is leaving today for Waterloo, Ontario to compete in the Eastern Canadian Championships this weekend. Best of luck girls!
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A Pictou County resident is among the five Nova Scotia representatives for the Special Olympics Team Canada training squad. Daniel Martin is part of the Cross Country Ski team. He joins Brianna Harris of Truro on the Cross Country Ski team, along with speed skater Aimee Gordon of Cape Breton, Figure skating pair Kaylee Stewart and Robert Fougere of HRM, and Assistant Coach Cyril MacDonald from Cape Breton. The 2017 Special Olympics will take place in Austria.
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Tennis anyone? New Glasgow's Tennis program is starting again soon. Season membership fees are half price is you sign up before May 15. Cost is $250 for the family, $100 for adults and $75 for students and seniors. There's also free tennis at the Westside courts this month.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its first registration on Saturday May 14th from 9am - 1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. For further information and to download a copy of the registration form visit the Stinger website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. On the same Saturday from 10:00am - 11:30pm there is a spring workout scheduled for U-12 girls on Dorrington Field-1. Girls are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start time. If you have any question please send them to stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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Swim, bike and run on June 5th at the YMCA Triathlon. New kids division - 12 and under - $10.00, Adult - $25.00. To register visit Race Roster or stop by the Welcome Desk at The YMCA of Pictou County.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Raptors are back in Toronto for Game 5 of their N-B-A Eastern Conference semifinal with the Miami Heat tonight. Both teams are without their star centres.  Miami's Hassan Whiteside did not travel with the team to Toronto. Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas has already been ruled out for the entire seven-game series with a sprained ankle. The series is tied at two-all.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning now know who their next opponent will be. Nick Bonino scored in overtime as Pittsburgh beat Washington 4-3 last night to advance to the Eastern final against Tampa. Phil Kessel scored twice for the Penguins. The Lightning eliminated the Islanders to earn their spot in the third round.
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It's coming down to Game 7 in Dallas tonight.  The St. Louis Blues and the Stars square off in the final game of their N-H-L Western Conference semifinal.  Dallas finished with the best regular season record in the West but had to win 3-2 on Monday to force a Game 7.
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Canada has the day off at the world hockey championship, but eyes will be on Finland when it faces Hungary in round-robin play. Finland is the only undefeated country at the tournament other than Canada. 18-year-old Patrik Laine has four goals in three games for the Finns. Scouts have him pegged as a top-three pick in the upcoming N-H-L Draft.
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It's a showdown of aces this afternoon in San Francisco.  Marcus Stroman takes his perfect 4-and-0 record to the mound as the Blue Jays continue their interleague series with the Giants (3:45 p-m Eastern). San Francisco counters with Madison Bumgarner. Last night, J.A. Happ improved to 5-and-0 as Toronto blanked San Fran 4-0.


POLICE MAKE ARREST AFTER MAN SHOT IN FOOT
Tuesday 10th May 2016
A shooting at roughly 3:30am this mornig in Sackville resulted in a 44-year old man being taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot. Halifax RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police Emergency Response Team attended the scene, and found and arrested a person of interest in this investigation, a 43-year-old Mount Uniacke man, around 6am. Police say the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police will be at both scenes today in Middle Sackville and Mount Uniacke continuing their investigation.


SANDESON BAIL REVIEW HEARING ADJOURNED
Tuesday 10th May 2016
A man accused of killing a fellow Dalhousie University student last summer will have to wait a while longer before hearing whether his application for bail might be reconsidered. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judged adjourned the bail review hearing for William Sandeson after Sandeson's lawyer, Eugene Tan, argued that some of the evidence in the original bail hearing was unreliable. The decision as to whether the new evidence will be considered will be handed down in two weeks. Sandeson is charged with the first-degree murder of Taylor Samson last August, and ordered to stand trial following the preliminary hearing earlier this year.


RING THOSE WEDDING BELLS: PROVINCE TRAINING MORE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE
Tuesday 10th May 2016
More Nova Scotians will soon be able to get married by a justice of the peace. The province is improving the Civil Weddings Program and increasing the number of justices of the peace who can perform civil weddings. Those interested in becoming a justice of the peace will have to make an application to the Department of Justice, provide two character references and complete training. Changes include the establishment of a flat rate of 200-dollars per wedding, and the requirement to participate in training. Justice Minister Diana Whalen says the changes will improve fairness and accessibility in the program, and give more Nova Scotians the opportunity to have a civil wedding. 


WORK CONTINUES TO FILL ALMA TRAILER HEADING FOR ALBERTA WITH DONATIONS
Tuesday 10th May 2016
A tractor trailer set up off Highway 4 in Alma has had many visitors since it arrived last week.  Ken Martell came up with the idea of filling the trailer with supplies to help Alberta residents who lost everything in the wildfires which continue to burn outside Fort McMurray.  Martell says the response has been overwhelming and they continue to collect donations this week – everything from everyday items like baby food, diapers and toiletries to clothing, blankets and bedding. Shy Polley, one of the volunteers said they also need help to get the truck ready to leave for Alberta on Friday. The trailer is parked at the Workshop building on Highway 4 just past Magic Valley. If you have donations, or would like to volunteer to help pack the trailer, contact Ken Martell at 902-331-1737 or by e-mail dtcl@live.ca. Information can also be found through the "Nova Scotia Cares" Facebook page. 


$50 MILLION SETTLEMENT TENTATIVELY REACHED IN NFLD SCHOOL ABUSE LAWSUIT
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Lawyers for former students of residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have reached a proposed $50 million compensation deal with the federal government. The offer affecting about 800 class-action members alleging abuse along with cultural losses must be approved by a judge. Lawyers for both sides were in provincial Supreme Court in St. John's today seeking approval to notify plaintiffs. They will be back in court later this year to argue the merits of the proposed settlement before the judge rules. Plaintiffs' lawyer Steven Cooper says former students alive as of Nov. 23, 2006 or their estates if they have died since would be eligible for payments. Students who lived at the five schools for less than five years would get $15,000 while those who lived there five years or more would get $20,000. Amounts for any sexual abuse and significant physical abuse could be much higher -- depending on sworn testimony.


HFX POLICE INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE LINKS BETWEEN DARTMOUTH ASSAULTS
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Halifax police are investigating a rash of violent assaults and break and enters in Dartmouth that they believe are related. They say in the first incident, a man was swarmed by about five people with their hoods up and one with a bandanna covering his face while driving down Dorothea Drive at about 9:40 p.m. Monday. About 10 minutes later, police say two men forced their way into a home on Cross Road and assaulted an 83-year-old man, knocking him to the floor, and then fled. Police say that minutes later, they were called to another home on Dorothea Drive where a 23-year-old man said two men with hoods up punched and knocked him to the ground when he entered his home. Just after 10 p.m., police say two men reportedly tried to kick in the front door of a home on Carlson Court and then fled. Police arrested a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl nearby in Cole Harbour a short time later and were questioning them.


NDP WANTS TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15/HR BY 2019
Tuesday 10th May 2016
The N-D-P will introduce legislation in the legislature today to increase the minimum hourly wage to 15 dollars by 2019. N-D-P Leader Gary Burrill says the gap between those who find themselves in a position of privilege and the remaining population has only grown in recent years. Under the draft N-D-P bill, minimum wage would go up to 11-70 on January 1st, 2017, to 13-35 on January 1st, 2018, and 15 dollars an hour on January 1st, 2019. As of April 1st, when the minimum wage went up by a dime, employers must pay experienced employees at least 10-70 per hour.


JUNE DEADLINE FOR BIDS ON DSME TRENTON
Tuesday 10th May 2016
The deadline is next month for the sale of DSME Trenton. PricewaterhouseCoopers, the receiver and manager for DMSE Trenton since its closure earlier this year, submitted its first report to the Supreme Court of Canada stating June 15 is enough time for interested parties to submit bids. At the same time, PwC has until June 30 to obtain valuation reports for the equipment and materials. This way, the receiver can evaluate bids for the facility versus the liquidation sale value of the equipment. According to the report, if a suitable bid is made on the facility by June 15, the sale could be complete by the end of September. At the time of the April report, the company’s records showed that there are 14 creditors with outstanding claims against DSME totaling over $5.5 Million. The report states it is unlikely there will be funds made available to settle these unsecured claims. There are currently some staff still working at the Trenton site to maintain the equipment and facility. PricewaterhouseCoopers expects to file another report with the Supreme Court in July.


DONATIONS POURING IN FOR MAN WHO LOST HIS HOME IN CAPE BRETON AFTER FLEEING FORT MAC
Tuesday 10th May 2016
A Cape Breton man is receiving support from his community after his home in Cape North burned before he returned home from the wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Bruce MacDonald was making his way home and was in Toronto when he was told that his house was destroyed by a fire on Thursday. His brother says the 20-year-old son was at home at the time of the blaze and made it out safely. Norm MacDonald says he and his wife Cindy started a GoFundMe page to help out and are "overwhelmed" with the response with more than 16-thousand dollars pledged since the weekend.


NOTLEY: FIREFIGHTERS MANAGED TO SAVE MOST OF FORT MAC
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the media got a firsthand look at the wildfire devastation suffered in Fort McMurray and she says the hard work of firefighters managed to save the bulk of the city from an "ocean of fire." At least two neighbourhoods and 24-hundred homes and buildings were destroyed, but firefighters managed to save 25-thousand others, including the hospital, municipal buildings and every functioning school. The city's more than 80-thousand residents were forced to flee the approaching flames a week ago and have been staying in hotels, campgrounds, with family and friends, or at evacuation centres to the south. The regional fire chief says several parts of Fort Mac still aren't safe, so evacuees can expect to wait another two weeks before finding out when they may return home.


SEX ASSAULT CHARGE AGAINST JIAN GHOMESHI TO BE DROPPED
Tuesday 10th May 2016
A sexual assault charge is expected to be withdrawn this week against former C-B-C radio host Jian Ghomeshi. A source tells The Canadian Press the 48-year-old Ghomeshi will sign a peace bond on Wednesday to avoid a second trial next month. A peace bond is often used when authorities feel obliged to respond to a complaint, but may not be sure a criminal offence has occurred. The charge involves a former C-B-C employee who claimed Ghomeshi sexually assaulted her in 2008. His first sex-assault trial brought by three women ended in March with acquittal on all charges.


CHRETIEN: LEGAL MARIJUANA "THE MODERN THING TO DO"
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Jean Chretien says politicians have to adjust to changing times, as his own views on marijuana have evolved since he was first elected in the early 1960s. He said yesterday in Halifax that at times that has put him in conflict with his conservative upbringing in a large, Roman Catholic family in rural Quebec. When asked about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to legalize the sale of marijuana, Chretien told reporters he is in favour of decriminalization. Chretien's government tried in 2003 to pass a law decriminalizing simple possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill died when Parliament was prorogued. Chretien says it's completely unacceptable that a young person who smokes marijuana should end up with a criminal record for the rest of their lives. He says his party's position is - quote - "the modern thing to do."


SPORTS - MAY 10 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Tuesday 10th May 2016
The Atom AAA Storm went to Charlottetown PEI this weekend to capture Bronze in the AAA atom major hockey league. They opened up with a 7-3 win against Moncton vipers. Scoring for storm was Cory MacGillvary with 2 goals, Seth Gallant 2, Brennan Dalton, Dawson Mackay, Lane Lochead all adding singles. Assists came from Dawson Mackay with 3, Jake Henderson, Ben Wallace, Henderson all with 1. Then the Storm went on to play the PEI Rockets and lost 3-2. Storms goals came from Seth Gallant and Aiden Glade and they assisted each other's goals. Storm went on to lose their next two leaving them to face the Moncton Vipers once again to see who moves on for the bronze medal. Storm defeated the vipers 4-3. Storm goals came from Lane Lochead, Dawson Mackay, Colby Nichol, Brennan Dalton. Assists from Ben Wallace, Baley Wolfe, Seth Gallant, Reece Smith. That left the Storm to play the Rockets again for the bronze and Storm defeated Rockets 3-2. Scoring for Storm was Reece Smith, Cory Macgillvary and Seth Gallant with an assist coming from Dawson Mackay. Bronze medal goalie were Coke Battist and Eli James. 
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A member of the Weeks Jr A Crushers is being recognized for his accomplishments on the ice AND in the classroom.  Rory Graham, who spent the last three seasons with the Crushers was named to the CJHL All-Academic All-Canadian Champions Team. The 20 year old from Canning, Nova Scotia registered four assists in 40 games as well as three points in 17 postseason games as the Crushers captured their first ever MHL playoff championship. Graham will receive a $500 scholarship for exemplifying the pillars of excellence in the classroom - character, community, and competition.
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A Pictou County resident is among the five Nova Scotia representatives for the Special Olympics Team Canada training squad. Daniel Martin is part of the Snowshoe team. He joins Cross Country skier Brianna Harris of Truro, along with speed skater Aimee Gordon of Cape Breton, Figure skating pair Kaylee Stewart and Robert Fougere of HRM, and Assistant Coach Cyril MacDonald from Cape Breton. The 2017 Special Olympics will take place in Austria.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its first registration on Saturday May 14th from 9am - 1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. For further information and to download a copy of the registration form visit the Stinger website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. On the same Saturday from 10:00am - 11:30pm there is a spring workout scheduled for U-12 girls on Dorrington Field-1. Girls are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start time. If you have any question please send them to stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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Swim, bike and run on June 5th at the YMCA Triathlon. New kids division - 12 and under - $10.00, Adult - $25.00. To register visit Race Roster or stop by the Welcome Desk at The YMCA of Pictou County.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Steph Curry could soon be adding a second straight M-V-P award to his record-setting season.  A person with knowledge of the award says Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as today. The N-B-A has not yet revealed the winner.  Curry returned from a sprained right knee last night to score an N-B-A-record 17 points in overtime as the Warriors beat Portland 132-125.
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One more loss and the Washington Capitals are out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They're down 3-2 to the Penguins in their best-of-seven second-round series heading into tonight's Game 6 in Pittsburgh.  Last night, Dallas and Nashville both forced a seventh game in their respective series. The Stars beat St. Louis 3-2 and the Predators used overtime to down San Jose 4-3.
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The Canadian men's hockey team has the day off at the world championship in Russia. Canada next hits the ice tomorrow against Germany. The Canadians lead Group B at 3-and-0 after yesterday's 8-0 laugher over Belarus. Today's games include Slovakia against Germany, Hungary playing France, Denmark versus Switzerland and Kazkhstan against Norway.
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The Toronto Blue Jays continue their interleague series against the Giants tonight in San Francisco. Left-hander J.A. Happ takes the hill for the Blue Jays and will try to improve on his 4-and-0 record. He'll face Giants starter Matt Cain, who is 0-and-4.  Last night, the Jays took the series opener 3-1.


ARMED INTRUDER PUTS CFB SHEARWATER ON LOCKDOWN - ***UPDATED*** LOCKDOWN NOW LIFTED
Monday 9th May 2016
A lockdown was ordered for CFB Shearwater in response to an alleged armed intruder in the area. Military Police and RCMP responded to the scene, where the intruder was seen near the Canex facility around 2:15pm today. A Facebook post from the Shearwood Community Council to the Halifax Chronicle Herald said that it was not a drill, and was advising people on the base to lock doors and close blinds. The school on the base was also placed into lockdown mode. The lockdown was lifted roughly 90 minutes later.


EIGHTEEN WHEELER HITS HOUSE
Monday 9th May 2016
A woman sitting in her living room was in for a bit of a shock this afternoon when an 18-wheeler crashed into her house. Westville Police Chief Don Hussher says the woman was shaken up when the truck went through a guard rail, ran over a hydrant and ended up hitting her home at the intersection of North Main and Cowan Streets around 1:30pm today. She was treated at the scene by EHS personnel. Hussher says the driver of the rig was not injured in the collision, but was showing signs of needing medical assistance, and was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital by EHS. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.


ATLANTIC PROVINCES ADD TO FORT McMURRAY FIRE RELIEF
Monday 9th May 2016
The four Atlantic provinces are providing $250,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to support relief efforts in Fort McMurray. Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick will each contribute $75,000 with Prince Edward Island contributing $25,000. Premier Stephen McNeil says Nova Scotians, like all Canadians, want to reach out and support the people of Fort McMurray during this terrible tragedy. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by visiting the Red Cross website.


CAMPBELL MURDER PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL BEGIN MID-JULY
Monday 9th May 2016
The dates of a preliminary hearing for the man accused of murdering an off-duty Truro police officer have been set. Christopher Garnier's lawyer appeared in court this morning to confirm the hearing will go ahead in July. Four days have been set aside, beginning July 11, with additional dates in September if necessary. Garnier is accused of second degree murder in the killing of Catherine Campbell last September in Halifax. The 36-year-old's body was found in a wooded area near one of the Halifax-Dartmouth bridges, a couple of days after she failed to show up for her shift with the Truro Police Service.


BIBLE HILL COLLISION SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL
Monday 9th May 2016
Colchester RCMP are investigating a two vehicle collision in Bible Hill. At 11:00 am Sunday morning, Mounties responded to a collision between a GMC Sierra truck and a Dodge Ram truck at the intersection of East Court Road and College Road. The driver of the GMC Sierra, a 63-year-old man from Valley, was transported to hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Dodge Ram, a 37-year-old man from Debert, was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. There were two passengers in the Dodge Ram, both were children who did not sustain any injuries. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.


RUSSIA OFFERS HELP TO FIGHT ALBERTA BLAZE
Monday 9th May 2016
The Trudeau government has yet to respond to an offer by Russia to help battle northern Alberta's giant wildfire. Moscow has offered to send massive water bombers and firefighting specialists to help knock down the inferno around Fort McMurray. Canadian officials have only told Russian media that the proposal is being studied. There's been a diplomatic chill between Ottawa and Moscow since Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. But the new Liberal government has indicated it wants to improve relations with the Putin government.


PEI FISHERMEN WORRY BARNACLES ARE AFFECTING THE SCALLOP HARVEST
Monday 9th May 2016
Fishermen in P-E-I say they're concerned scallops are being affected by the growth of barnacles. Tony Sharpe says many of the scallops he brings up from beds off West Point are covered with barnacles and the meat inside is small. Sharpe says it's raising questions over whether the weight of the barnacles is making it difficult for the scallops to feed properly, impacting meat growth. The issue will be discussed today in a conference call between scallop advisory committee members on both sides of the Northumberland Strait and Fisheries officials.


PICTOU COUNTY MAN WANTED AFTER DRAGGING AN OFFICER WHILE FLEEING VEHICLE STOP
Monday 9th May 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police are asking for the public's help to locate a Pictou County man who dragged a police officer with his car. 34-year old Barrett Johnson Fraser was stopped by officers early Sunday morning when they observed a man driving the wrong way on George Street. As two officers approached the car, the driver fled the scene and one of the officers was dragged 3 to 5 feet. Additional officers immediately conducted a pursuit of the suspect vehicle and the suspect vehicle evaded police in the Thorburn area. Constable Ken Macdonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police said, the officer was treated for minor injuries and was released at the scene. Fraser is charged with Flight from Police Officer, Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle, and two counts each of assault on police and assault with a weapon. Police are asking for the public’s assistance if they have any information on this incident, please contact the New Glasgow Regional Police at (902) 752-1941 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by a Secure Web Tips at www.crimesstoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


AMALGAMATION VOTE STARTS TODAY
Monday 9th May 2016
Voting in the amalgamation plebiscite begins today. Beginning at 8am, residents in the Municipality of Pictou County, Stellarton, Pictou and New Glasgow can vote via telephone or web browser. Voters have been given a PIN number listed on a recently mailed-out letter that will allow them to do so. Electronic voting will continue until midnight May 18. Those wishing to vote by traditional ballot can do so at advance polls on May 21 and 24 from noon until 8 p.m. as well as plebiscite day May 28 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling location information is included in the letters that have been sent to voters. Thirty thousand people are eligible to vote on the plebiscite.


ONE DEAD AFTER SINGLE CAR CRASH IN ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
Monday 9th May 2016
Nova Scotia Mounties are investigating a single-vehicle crash that left one person dead and another with serious injuries. Police say the Hyundai Elantra rolled off the road with three passengers inside early yesterday morning in Aylesford Mountain, near Berwick. A 25-year-old-man from Ayelsford was pronounced dead at the scene. A 24-year-old woman from Wilmont was taken to hospital with serious injuries, while a 26-year-old man from Kentville was uninjured.


CHARLOTTETOWN FOUNDERS HALL CLOSING DUE TO LACK OF BUSINESS
Monday 9th May 2016
The Charlottetown museum that told the story of Canada’s inception has closed due to declining attendance. Founders Hall traced the journey of the Canadian Confederation, beginning with the Charlottetown Conference in 1864. The Charlottetown Area Development Corporation says when Founders Hall first opened in 2001, up to 40-thousand people would visit the exhibit annually. But only about 13-thousand people walked through its doors last year.


LAST MAJOR EVACUATION FROM FORT MAC AREA COMPLETED
Monday 9th May 2016
The final stage of a massive evacuation by land and air of people living in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta is over. The last of 25-thousand residents who'd fled north to oilpatch work camps last week have now been relocated to areas south of the fire. Firefighters on Sunday were able to focus on hotspots and say they've finally reached a turning point in fighting the fire, thanks to cooler temperatures. Premier Rachel Notley says the fight has stabilized to the point where she can tour the area today, allowing her government to figure out what must be done to eventually allow Fort Mac's more than 80-thousand evacuees to return.


EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED FOR SOME BC RESIDENTS
Monday 9th May 2016
In northeastern British Columbia, hundreds of people are being allowed to return to their homes after approaching wildfires forced them out several days ago. But an evacuation alert remains in place for 17-thousand people in two regions north of Fort St. John, where crews continue to battle a pair of uncontained flareups. B-C Wildfire Service says residents near the Siphon Creek and the Beatton Airport Road fires must be ready to leave at a moment's notice should conditions deteriorate. There are currently 78 fires burning across B-C, with the vast majority caused by people.


SPORTS - MAY 9 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Monday 9th May 2016
Atom Nova North Stars defeated the Valley Wild 4-3 on Saturday in Halifax at the BMO Center . Scoring for the stars was Derrick Mackay with 3 goals and Cole Miller with 1. Assists came from Garett Williams, Cole A. Miller, Braden Mackinnon and Cole Miller. Winning goalies were Ben Verge and Maddux Mackenzie. 
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register.
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The Stellarton & Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding its first registration on Saturday May 14th from 9am - 1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. For further information and to download a copy of the registration form visit the Stinger website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. On the same Saturday from 10:00am - 11:30pm there is a spring workout scheduled for U-12 girls on Dorrington Field-1. Girls are asked to be at the field 30 minutes prior to start time. If you have any question please send them to stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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Swim, bike and run on June 5th at the YMCA Triathlon. New kids division - 12 and under - $10.00, Adult - $25.00. To register visit Race Roster or stop by the Welcome Desk at The YMCA of Pictou County.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada looks to remain undefeated this morning (10:15 Atlantic Time) at the world hockey championship when it takes on Belarus in preliminary-round play. The Canadians are 2-and-0 in the tournament after a 7-1 victory over Hungary yesterday. Belarus is looking for its first win after falling 6-3 to the U-S on Saturday.
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Half of the Eastern Conference final matchup is set after the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 4-0 yesterday to advance. It's the second straight year that Tampa Bay has reached the East final. The Lightning will face either the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals. The Penguins lead the Capitals 3-2 and Game 6 is tomorrow night.
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The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks will try to book their tickets to the Western Conference final tonight in a pair of Game 6's. The Blues are at home against the Dallas Stars with a 3-2 series lead. The Sharks also have a 3-2 series advantage, but are on the road against the Nashville Predators.
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The Ottawa Senators will introduce Guy Boucher as their new head coach this morning. The Sens announced the hiring yesterday. Boucher will be the 12th head coach in franchise history. He replaces Dave Cameron, who was fired in April. Boucher spent parts of the last three seasons as head coach of S-C Bern of the National League A in Switzerland.
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The Jonas Valanciunas-less Toronto Raptors have a chance to take a stranglehold lead in their second-round playoff series tonight in Miami. The Raptors face the Heat in Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead. Toronto will have to do without Valanciunas, who will miss the rest of the series with a sprained right ankle.
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The Toronto Blue Jays continue interleague play tonight in San Francisco when they take on the Giants. The Jays are coming off a 4-2 loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball for Toronto while Jake Peavy counters for the Giants. Sanchez is 2-and-1 with a 2-point-8-2 earned-run average this season.


EVOLVE FESTIVAL CHANGING LOCATIONS
Sunday 8th May 2016
The Evolve Music Festival is moving. In a post on their Facebook page, Evolve says this year's festival will be held in July on a 495-acre farm between Clairville and Beersville, about a half hour north of Moncton. Evolve had been in Antigonish County since its founding in 2000, but in April the Municipality of the County of Antigonish revoked the event's special permit. County officials said that head organizer Jonas Colter never submitted a medical plan for the festival, even after the February 1 deadline. Officials expressed concern in the past over the possible use of illegal drugs at the festival.


VOLUNTEERS HEADING WEST FOR DISASTER AID
Sunday 8th May 2016
The Canadian Red Cross is sending a team of volunteers from the Atlantic region to help with the response to the wildfire that forced the evacuation of the more than 80-thousand residents of Fort McMurray. The Red Cross says six people from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are headed to Alberta to assist evacuees. The volunteers will help co-ordinate the registration of evacuees on behalf of the Alberta government.


SYDNEY CHASE THE ACE COMES TO A $2.9 MILLION END
Sunday 8th May 2016
A Nova Scotia woman is more than 2.9-million dollars richer this morning. Kathy McPherson of Sydney picked the winning card in the latest Chase the Ace draw. She drew the ace of spades from among the five cards remaining in the deck -- blurting out "oh my god" as she made the multi-million dollar selection. The 62-year-old McPherson says she plans to quit working and help her children and grandchildren.


FIRE OFFICIALS SAY ONLY MOTHER NATURE CAN PUT OUT ALBERTA WILDFIRES
Sunday 8th May 2016
It could be months before the massive fire raging near Fort McMurray, Alberta is completely extinguished. Officials say the blaze -- which now covers more than two-thousand square kilometres -- is so massive that only a significant rainfall can bring it under control. Authorities say the fire is likely to reach the boundary with Saskatchewan sometime this morning.


FORT MCMURRAY WILL NEED A LOT OF WORK TO RE-BUILD: NOTLEY
Sunday 8th May 2016
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says there is an enormous amount of work ahead to make fire besieged Fort McMurray habitable again. Notley says the gas supply has been turned off in the city and the power grid has been damaged. She says water in the city isn't drinkable and hazardous material will have to be cleaned up to make the community safe. R-C-M-P says officers have seen significant smoke and water damage while checking houses in the city. Notley reiterated that the more than 80-thousand residents forced from their homes won't be returning in the coming days.


SPORTS - MAY 8
Sunday 8th May 2016
It's the home squad versus the defending champions at the Fred Page Cup. The Woodstock Slammers defeated Longueil 3 – 2 in the semi-final on Saturday, and will face the undefeated Carleton Place Canadians at 2 pm. The Weeks Junior A Crushers were eliminated by Woodstock 9-1 on Friday night.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register.
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The Pictou County Orioles Midget A baseball team will be holding an open practice/tryout in preparation for the upcoming season on Sunday May 8th from 3 to 5pm at Evansville Field, MacGregor Ave, Stellarton. More dates/times to follow. For more information please contact Jeff Nauffts at jeff.nauffts@gmail.com or 902-301-5684.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Kyle Lowry found his all-star form in a big way. He poured in 33 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 95-91 win over Miami for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series. And the Portland Trail Blazers took Game 3 to cut Golden State's series lead to 2-1. Damian Lillard had a playoff-best 40 points as Portland beat the Warriors 120-108.
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The Nashville Predators are on the brink of elimination. Joe Pavelski scored twice and veteran Joe Thornton had two assists as the San Jose Sharks downed Nashville 5-1 to go up 3-2 in their Western Conference semifinal.
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The Washington Capitals are still alive thanks in large part to Alex Ovechkin. He scored on a power play, then set up the eventual winner as Washington staved off elimination with a 3-1 win over the Penguins in Game 5. The Penguins still lead the series 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Blues downed Dallas 4-1 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference series.
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New York's Bartolo Colon became the oldest player to hit his first major league home run as the Mets doubled up the San Diego Padres 6-3. The 42-year-old Colon connected on a pitch from James Shields to give New York a 4-0 lead. Earlier, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers beat Toronto 6-2, snapping the Blue Jays' win streak at four games.
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The Montreal Impact didn't let a three-goal deficit bring them down. Ignacio Piatti scored twice as Montreal rallied for a 4-4 draw with Columbus. Elsewhere, Tsubasa Endoh scored his first M-L-S goal as Toronto F-C edged Dallas 1-nil at BMO Field. And Vancouver clawed back for a 2-1 win over Portland.
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The winner of the 142nd Kentucky Derby was the favourite, a Canadian-owned colt named Nyquist. Racing against 19 other horses Nyquist finished in front of Exaggerator to improve to 8-and-0. The 3-year-old horse is owned by Paul Reddam of Windsor, Ontario.


SUMMER STREET WORKS PROGRAM DECLARED A SUCCESS!
Saturday 7th May 2016
Summer Street clients have successfully completed a 31 week employment program. Executive Director Bob Bennett is very pleased with the success on Summer Street Works, saying “through their hard work and dedication they have successfully transitioned to the workforce.” Summer Street Works is funded through the Government of Canada Skills Link Program, a client centered program that provides funding for employers and organizations to offer workplace education and training to youth facing barriers to employment. The Program is a combination of structured classroom education and on the job training experiences leading to successful workforce participation. The Summer Street Works and Skills Link Canada partnership has successfully facilitated 50 ongoing jobs over the last 6 years boasting an overall success rate of 80%.


FORD OF CANADA TO MATCH FUNDS RAISED TODAY THROUGH DRIVE 4UR COMMUNITY EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF RED CROSS
Saturday 7th May 2016
With the Ford Drive 4UR Community Events happening across the country today, Ford of Canada has decided to match every dollar raised and will be donating to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Fort McMurray community. Locally, Highland Ford and the Trenton Middle School Social Action Committee have teamed up for the event which runs 9am until 3pm. The Red Cross donation is in addition to the $20 per test drive Ford will be donating to Pictou County Roots for Youth and Free the Children. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. There will also be a BBQ and car wash on site today with proceeds going to Trenton Middle School.


RELOCATION OF EVACUEES WHO HAD TO FLEE NORTH FROM FORT MCMURRAY EARLIER THIS WEEK CONTINUES TODAY
Saturday 7th May 2016
Thousands more evacuees from Fort McMurray will get a sobering drive-by view of their fire ravaged city today. Police and military continue to oversee the relocation of people who had to flee north to oil sands work camps as the blaze entered the city earlier this week. Authorities say about 12-hundred vehicles had passed through Fort Mac by late yesterday afternoon, despite a one-hour interruption due to heavy smoke. A massive airlift is also underway, with another four-thousand people expected to be flown out today.


MASSIVE WILDFIRE IN NORTHERN ALBERTA CONTINUES TO GROW
Saturday 7th May 2016
The already weary crews battling the massive wildfire in northern Alberta will be hard-pressed for relief this weekend. Yesterday the fire was estimated to have burned through one-thousand square kilometres, an area larger than the city of Calgary and officials say it's likely to double in size by the end of the day. They also say it could be weeks before it's finally brought under control. One positive development is that it's likely to expand into a forested area away from Fort McMurray.


PROVINCE FUNDING SCHOOL CODING PROGRAMS TO THE TUNE OF $1 MILLION
Friday 6th May 2016
The province will invest $1-million to support coding in school. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says this investment will provide students with the basics of coding, technology and design and ensure they have the skills they need to be successful in a digital workforce. Coding is an initiative of Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education. It promotes problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking and innovation.


STREET CLOSURES IN NEW GLASGOW THIS WEEKEND
Friday 6th May 2016
With this weekend's activites in New Glasgow, there will be several street closures. To accomdoate Art at Night, Provost Street from Dalhousie Street to Stewart Street, including the side streets of Maclean, Forbes, as well as Dalhousie from Archimedes to Provost will be closed on Saturday between 5pm and 12:30 Sunday morning.
Due to the running of Miss Miles on Mother's Day, Riverside Parkway from MacLean St to George Street will be closed from 8:00am-2:00pm on Sunday. Also, the George Street Bridge will be closed from 8:00am until 10:30am, the Northbound lane on Abercrombie Road from George Street to Canary Drive will be closed from 8:00am-10:30am and the Glasgow Square Parking lot will be closed from 12:30am early Sunday morning until 4:00pm Sunday afternoon. There will be no parking allowed on either side of Provost Street, from George Street to Dalhousie Street from 8:00am-10:00am Sunday morning.


PROVINCE ALLOWING GREATER ACCESS TO GOV'T DATA ONLINE
Friday 6th May 2016
Nova Scotians are getting access to more government data, including 3D, high-resolution maps, through the province's open data portal. New and refreshed data collections were added today. Premier Stephen McNeil says government has a lot of information that people should be able to use to make new discoveries, create opportunities and help grow our economy. Available are collections of data for public libraries, municipal finances, vital statistics, public schools, municipal solid waste, forestry and community health. Click here for more information.


EVACUATION IN FORT MAC AREA AS CREWS CONTINUE TO BATTLE WILDFIRES *UPDATED 10:05 AM*
Friday 6th May 2016
The R-C-M-P has begun escorting convoys of evacuees out of work camps north of Fort McMurray where residents fled when a massive wildfire approached the city on Tuesday. Thousands of evacuees are stranded in the camps because the only road out -- Highway 63 -- remains closed. Some people have been flown out but a closely-watched 50-vehicle convoy started heading southbound at first light and will go straight through the burned-out city. Evacuees will continue heading out in 50 convoy groups -- with police saying they hope about 15-hundred vehicles will be able to leave today.
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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says officials can't speculate on when it will be safe for people to return to Fort McMurray, but it will be more than a matter of days. Notley told a news conference yesterday that even when the fire itself is brought under control, officials will still need to assess buildings and infrastructure. She also promised that in coming days, there will be information for evacuees about government-issued cash cards and temporary housing.


PROVINCE CO-ORDINATING HELP FOR ALBERTANS
Friday 6th May 2016
The province is co-ordinating several ways for Nova Scotians to help victims of the fires in Fort McMurray. Nova Scotians in Alberta who have been displaced by wildfires can phone 1-855-466-4994 to get connected to government programs that may provide assistance. Here at home, Nova Scotians with family members in Alberta can connect to programs through 2-1-1. The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations via phone, text message or online at w-w-w dot red cross dot c-a. Information is also available by clicking here. Premier Stephen McNeil says people across our province are concerned about the thousands who had to evacuate and Nova Scotians want to help.


NEW GLASGOW'S ART AT NIGHT TURNS FIVE
Friday 6th May 2016
A local one night art festival celebrates its fifth year tomorrow. Art at Night began in 2012 with 40 artists, three venues and 1,000 people. The event has continued to grow year after year. Organizer Andy Cunningham says Art at Night has become a great showcase that people look forward to. This will be Cunnigham's final Art at Night, as he is moving to the Yukon. But he says that it will in be in good hands, as two of the people who have held major roles in helping him organize the festival, Jillian Hennick and Ian Grant, are taking over. Art at Night begins at 8pm Saturday in downtown New Glasgow. Admission is free.


PROVINCE GIVING CITIES AND TOWNS POWER TO CONTROL INCREASES IN COMMERCIAL TAX RATES
Friday 6th May 2016
The province is giving municipalities more flexibility in managing commercial property taxes to help encourage economic development. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill says that municipalities have asked for more tax authority and economic development tools. He says these amendments, introduced Thursday, will enable municipalities to encourage commercial development where it's best for the community and avoid businesses facing immediate increases in their property taxes. With this legislation, a municipality will be able to phase in these increases over up to 10 years for businesses in a designated commercial development district.


PROVINCE DELAYING MAJOR BOOST TO JAYWALK FINES
Friday 6th May 2016
The Nova Scotia government appears to be holding off on a controversial pedestrian fine for jaywalking. The change would boost the fine for jaywalking to nearly 700-dollars from 410-dollars. That would make it more than the penalty for using a cellphone behind the wheel. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says the fine portion of the legislation hasn't been proclaimed yet because it may be reviewed ahead of the release of a road safety strategy in June.


BAR ASSOCIATION WORRIED BY PROVINCIAL MOVE TO HAVE CABINET SET JUDGE SALARIES
Friday 6th May 2016
The Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association says proposed legislation would strip an independent tribunal of the power to set salaries for the province's judges, a move that would seriously erode judicial independence. The association says the proposed changes to the Financial Measures Act would remove language that ensures the salaries of provincial and family court judges are set by an independent commission. Instead, cabinet would be given the power to overrule the commission's binding recommendations. Association vice-president Dennis James says there is no indication that the compensation process needs changing. Finance Minister Randy Delorey says the change would give the province the option to reject salary increases that it simply can't afford. He says the change wouldn't infringe on the independence of judges. Delorey says Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories are the only jurisdictions in the country with binding recommendations on salaries.


HALIFAX MAY REMOVE CORNWALLIS NAME FROM SOME PUBLIC SPACES *UPDATED 1:10 PM*
Friday 6th May 2016
There is early opposition to an upcoming Halifax council debate that could remove the name of city's founder from municipal landmarks. Councillor Waye Mason is introducing a motion next week to re-evaluate "commemorations" of Nova Scotia's first governor, Edward Cornwallis, including a street, park and prominent statue in downtown Halifax. John Boileau of the Halifax Military Preservation Society worries council's discussion will be based on one-sided, racially charged and historically inaccurate claims that dominate the public debate. In 1749, Cornwallis issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaq men, women and children. Some historians characterize the order as a "genocide." Boileau said re-naming these sites is a slippery slope that could lead to the erasure of Nova Scotia's history. The historian says council should appoint a panel of historians, Mi'kmaq advocates and lawyers to discuss the issue. He says he would respect the panel's decision, whatever its outcome.


HIGHWAY LINE PAINTING BEGINS
Friday 6th May 2016
Drivers are reminded to slow down and be patient as crews begin painting lines on provincial highways. Warm, sunny weather means crews are able to repaint the yellow and white lines on roads. The province uses a string of vehicles, called a train, of a paint truck, trail vehicle, with a crash-absorbing trailer and electronic arrow board, and a second trail vehicle with an electronic message board. The goal is to paint all road lines in the province by mid-October.


WHAT IS A RELIEF? CANADIANS MAY SOON BE ALLOWED TO APPLY FOR JEOPARDY! AGAIN
Friday 6th May 2016
Canadians may soon be able to answer a question in the form of a question again. "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek says he's been told a solution is in the works after Canadians were prevented from applying to compete on the popular game show. Changes in Canada's digital privacy laws last year caused problems with Internet applications, and the show's website says it cannot accept registration information from Canadians but added they were evaluating the matter. The Sudbury, Ontario-born Trebek was in Ottawa Thursday to receive a key to the city, and had a brief meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trebek attended the University of Ottawa, and Trudeau has praised his financial contributions to the school. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says Trebek was being honoured for his "philanthropy and activism, his unrelenting commitment to higher education and his steadfast loyalty to his alma mater, the University of Ottawa.''


TO THE TELESCOPES! TRANSIT OF MERCURY ON MONDAY
Friday 6th May 2016
Earthlings are in for a treat next Monday as the planet Mercury makes a relatively rare transit of the sun. The solar system's smallest, innermost planet will resemble a black dot as it passes in front of the sun. The last time Mercury crossed directly between the Earth and sun was in 2006 -- and it won't happen again until 2019. NASA says forget eclipse glasses -- you'll need binoculars or telescopes with protective solar filters to view the event. 


SPORTS - MAY 6 *UPDATED 12:55 PM*
Friday 6th May 2016
Another loss by the Crushers at the Fred Page Cup. The defending champs Carleton Place defeated the Crushers 3 – 1 in Woodstock. Luc Poirer scored the lone Crushers goal. The team is still having trouble with the power play, going 1 – 4. The final game of the round robin is a must win, as the Crushers play the Woodstock Slammers, who are also 0 – 2. That game will be on Classic Rock 97.9 tonight beginning with the pre-game at 7:15.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. A second registration will take place May 14 at the same time and location.  Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register. More information will be arriving to homes from local schools this week.
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The Pictou County Orioles Midget A baseball team will be holding an open practice/tryout in preparation for the upcoming season on Sunday May 8th from 3 to 5pm at Evansville Field, MacGregor Ave, Stellarton. More dates/times to follow. For more information please contact Jeff Nauffts at jeff.nauffts@gmail.com or 902-301-5684. The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets will hold their spring identification camp later this month. The ID camp will be held the Pictou County Wellness Center from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday May 24. All players wishing to attend are asked to email weeksmajormidgets@gmail.com by May 10 and provide contact information, including name, age, health card, email, etc. Spaces are limited and players are urged to register as soon as possible. Attendance in the spring ID camp is mandatory for regional players in order to be considered for the summer tryout roster. A full camp schedule can be emailed upon request. For more information, email Kyle MacLennan at kyle.maclennan28@gmail.com or  Lou Lanceleve at lanceleve.lou@halifaxshipyard.com.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Raptors are off to Miami today after another nailbiter last night in their playoff series against the Heat.  DeMarre Carroll came up big with 21 points to lift the Raptors to a 96-92 overtime win and tie the series 1-1.  Game 3 goes tomorrow.
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Two N-B-A playoff games are on the schedule this evening.  In Atlanta, the Hawks entertain the Cavaliers after dropping the first two games of the series in Cleveland.  The second game is in Oklahoma City as the Thunder square off with the Spurs and the series tied 1-1.
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Canada made a strong start to its defence of its world hockey championship title, scoring five unanswered goals in a 5-1 win over the United States today. Taylor Hall, Brendan Gallagher, Matt Duchene, Boone Jenner and Brad Marchand, short-handed, scored for Canada. Cam Talbot made 24 saves and kept the Canadians in the game with strong goaltending, particularly when the Americans surged early in the second period. Canada will next face Hungary on Sunday.
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The New York Islanders need to win tonight on home ice in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup playoff series with Tampa. The Islanders trail the Lightning 2-1 and the next game in the series, a possible clincher if the Lightning wins tonight, is Sunday back in Tampa.
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One of the most colourful players on the P-G-A Tour in recent memory makes his debut today on the 50-plus Champions Tour in Texas. The man in question is John Daly, who turned 50 on April 28th. The winner of two majors in his career says he will play a full Champions Tour schedule.


FEDERAL LEADERS EXPRESS SUPPORT AND APPRECIATION OF CANADIAN'S EFFORTS TO HELP THOSE IN FORT MAC
Thursday 5th May 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the government of Canada will match all donations to the Red Cross to assist people displaced by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. The House of Commons played host to a series of extraordinary statements by political leaders about the devastating fire, which is in its third day and has forced the evacuation of nearly 90-thousand people in northern Alberta. Trudeau told a packed Commons that to see the pictures out of Fort McMurray right now could have been taken in a war-torn corner of the world instead of our own backyard. Trudeau says it's a reminder of how Canadians will and must stand together with our friends and neighbours in this difficult time. A number of federal departments have been pressed into service, including National Defence, Health Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Natural Resources Canada and the R-C-M-P. Trudeau said four Griffon helicopters and one Hercules aircraft have been deployed by the Royal Canadian Air Force, with further air support on standby.Disaster assistance funds will also be coming, in addition to the government's matching Red Cross donations. Rona Ambrose, the interim leader of the Conservative party, paid tribute to all the Atlantic Canadians who have made lives in Fort Mac, "which gives us hope and faith that the city of Fort McMurray will rise again." N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair called the stoic response of Fort McMurray citizens reassuring, praised the "strength of character" of Albertans and called it "profoundly Canadian" to band together in a disaster. He noted Bombardier water bombers from Quebec are on their way to the fire. 


NEW GLASGOW MURDER CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL JULY
Thursday 5th May 2016
A New Glasgow man accused of murder has been granted another extension. 36 year old Robert Jason MacKenzie appeared in Pictou Provincial Court via video link this morning. MacKenzie is charged with the second degree murder in the death of Nicole Campbell, as well as a count of theft of prescription drugs with a weapon and possession of a weapon with the intent to commit a crime. The case was adjourned to July 21, as the defence says they need more time to review additional disclosure in the case.


OTTAWA SLASHING FEES FOR INFORMATION REQUESTS, WANTS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO READ INFO REPORTS
Thursday 5th May 2016
The Liberal government is immediately waiving all fees associated with access to information requests — apart from the $5 application charge. It is also telling federal agencies to make information available in the format of the requester's choice, such as handy data spreadsheets. The measures are included in an interim directive on openness that Treasury Board President Scott Brison is issuing today. Brison tells a Commons committee studying changes to the access law that the immediate steps represent early progress on Liberal commitments for reform. He says the openness directive is guided by the principle that government information belongs to the people it serves and should be open by default. It also emphasizes that government information belongs to the people, and that providing access is paramount to serving the public interest.


MOUNTIES WARN HIGH RISK OFFENDER MAY BE COMING TO NORTHERN NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 5th May 2016
RCMP in Nova Scotia are warning people about the release of a high-risk offender dubbed the "pants puller." They say 29-year-old Gavin Sean Griffiths has served a sentence for sexual assaults and has convictions dating back to 2005 for sexual assault and other offences. Police say he did not have relationships with the women he assaulted and has been assessed as being at a high risk to reoffend. Police say Griffiths is being monitored by the Ottawa Centre for Probation and Parole and recently indicated he was heading to Nova Scotia, possibly to Antigonish. He is on probation for two years and is restricted from having contact with certain people or possessing weapons, and must undergo counselling.


ANOTHER REVIEW OF CANADA POST ON THE WAY
Thursday 5th May 2016
Door-to-door delivery from Canada Post is up for debate as the federal Liberals prepare to launch a review of the Crown corporation. Public Safety Minister Judy Foote is expected to announce the review at a news conference today in Ottawa. It will consist of a four-member independent panel, which will look at whether Canada Post should continue its plans to cut door-to-door delivery. It may also examine whether the national mail carrier should get back into the banking business.


LOCAL EFFORT UNDERWAY TO FILL A TRAILER FOR FORT MAC
Thursday 5th May 2016
Pictou county residents are working to help their relatives and friends who have lost everything in Fort Mcmurray. Volunteers are filling a 53 foot trailer from Connors Transfer with donations of household items to send out west – everything from everyday items like baby food, diapers and toiletries to household items like clothing, blankets and bedding. The trailer will be set up at the Workshop building on Highway 4 just past Magic Valley. If you have donations, or would like to volunteer to help pack the trailer, contact Ken Martell at 902-331-1737 or by e-mail dtcl@live.ca.


FORT MCMURRAY FIRE - ROUNDUP *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Thursday 5th May 2016
Some people who had to flee Fort McMurray had to pack up again late Wednesday night. Exhausted residents boarded buses when they had to evacuate their emergency accommodations in nearby Anzac due to changing weather patterns. Mounties began going door-to-door in those areas to get everyone on buses for the trip to Edmonton. Officials urged people to remain calm, and most appeared quiet and tired as they boarded buses marked "evacuation."
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The Alberta government says it will match donations made to the Red Cross to help victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire. Offers of help have been pouring in for those evacuated from the oilsands capital. Social media is rife with offers of free meals, tire repairs, pet food and even grad gowns for high school students. Companies are also getting in on the good will, with Sobeys stores across Canada launching a campaign to provide support. Customers can make cash donations to the Canadian Red Cross, which Sobeys will match up to $100,000 and provide $100,000 of in-kind products.
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As residents seek shelter across Alberta, an evacuation order in another part of the province has been cancelled. A fire west of Edmonton had caused an evacuation of houses and schools on the Alexis reserve, as well as a nearby hamlet. But late last night, the order was lifted and people were told they could return home. A spokeswoman for the First Nation initially said two homes had been destroyed, but later said no homes had burned.
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Ottawa says it’s pulling out all the stops to help victims of the wildfires. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Health Canada is also involved, preparing for the basic needs of people left stranded or homeless. Conservative M-P Tony Clement says he’s shocked by the devastation left in the path of the fire. Clement urges Canadians to help affected Albertans in any way they can, including donating to the Red Cross.


AMALGAMATION PROS & CONS DISCUSSED IN RIVER JOHN
Thursday 5th May 2016
It was a packed house at the River John Fire Hall last night, as both sides of the amalgamation debate made their cases ahead of the May 28th vote. Bryan White, chair of the group Amalgamation No Thank You, spent about 45 minutes in his presentation questioning the figures and projections presented by the MOU steering committee. White says no matter how you ultimately decide to vote, the important thing is to learn as much as possible. Warden Ron Baillie laid out the case for amalgamation, and afterwards admitted he was facing a skeptical crowd. But he says that the financial data and projections used in the proposal can be backed up. Another public meeting with both groups is planned for the Lismore Community Centre this Monday at 6:30 pm.


INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY HEADED TO CITIES SOON
Thursday 5th May 2016
Canada's infrastructure minister says he expects Ottawa and most provinces to sign agreements this month to allow money to start flowing to cities. The agreements are a key milestone in the Liberals' infrastructure program, because the money can't reach municipalities without provincial approval. Amarjeet Sohi told two Senate committees yesterday that the majority of provinces will likely sign agreements by June. That's just in time for the summer construction season, which Sohi says the government doesn't want to miss.


SPORTS - MAY 5
Thursday 5th May 2016
It was not the start the Crushers were hoping for as they opened the Fred Page Cup with a 4-1 loss to the Longueuil College Francais yesterday in Woodstock.  The big story of the game was the Crushers inability to be more effective on the power play, as they went 1-for-10 with the man advantage.  Garrett Lambke scored the lone goal for the Kent Cup Champs, while Daniel Vautour was named Player of the Game for the Crushers.  The Crushers will be back on the ice today at 4pm, against the Carleton Place Canadians, who were winners in their opener last night, 5-2 over the host Woodstock Slammers.  Pregame show on Classic Rock 97.9 starts at 3:45pm. 
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. A second registration will take place May 14 at the same time and location.  Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register. More information will be arriving to homes from local schools this week.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets will hold their spring identification camp later this month. The ID camp will be held the Pictou County Wellness Center from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday May 24. All players wishing to attend are asked to email weeksmajormidgets@gmail.com by May 10 and provide contact information, including name, age, health card, email, etc. Spaces are limited and players are urged to register as soon as possible. Attendance in the spring ID camp is mandatory for regional players in order to be considered for the summer tryout roster. A full camp schedule can be emailed upon request. For more information, email Kyle MacLennan at kyle.maclennan28@gmail.com or  Lou Lanceleve at lanceleve.lou@halifaxshipyard.com.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Pittsburgh had lost eight playoff games in a row that had gone to overtime. Patric Hornqvist changed that. Hornqvist scored 2:34 into the extra period as the Penguins beat the Capitals 3-2 for a commanding 3-1 series lead in their second-round matchup. Pittsburgh won despite playing without top defenceman Kris Letang, who was serving a one-game suspension for his hit on Marcus Johansson in Game 3.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from the Eastern Conference final. J-R Smith made seven 3-pointers and the Cavaliers drained an N-B-A-record 25 threes in a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks to go up 2-0 in their best-of-seven second-round playoff series. Cleveland made 18 three-pointers in the first half and added seven more after halftime.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are walk-off winners for the second straight night. Russell Martin drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Toronto rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers. Closer Roberto Osuna pitched the top of the ninth and picked up his first win of the season.
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Mired in last place and riding a six-game losing streak, New York got a sharp outing from C-C Sabathia in a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Sabathia kept the Orioles in check over seven innings to help the Yankees improve to 9-and-16 and avoid their worst losing streak since April 2007.
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David Ortiz hit his 509th home run to put the Boston Red Sox ahead to stay in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Ortiz's two-run shot to right field off in the fifth inning tied him with Gary Sheffield for 25th all-time.
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Marc Leishman has joined Adam Scott in deciding not to play golf for Australia at the Rio Olympics in August, with Leishman citing concerns over the health of his family because of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Leishman's wife nearly died last year from toxic shock syndrome. He said that after consulting with doctors, he decided not to travel to Brazil.


INJURED WORKERS ARE PRESSURED INTO GOING BACK TO WORK EVEN IF THEY AREN'T READY, SAYS GROUP
Wednesday 4th May 2016
The Pictou Injured Workers Association is accusing the province of cooking the books to keep loss time numbers and costs low at the Workers Compensation Board. In a press conference today, several workers who were injured on the job say they were pressured into seeing doctors and physiotherapists who work for the WCB, with the threat of having their benefits cut off if they didn't. Kelly Barley, a nurse at Glenhaven Manor who aggrevated an injury on the job, says that the reports sent by the physiotherapist to WCB did not match up with her actual progress.
Candace Hubley, a Registered Nurse who worked at the Aberdeen, says the treatment that WCB ordered for her after a second injury at work ended up causing more injuries, which were ignored.
Carla Bate, a Pictou waitress injured her back at work, says the physiotherapist charged by WCB cleared her for work after her program, even though she wasn't ready. Bate says that a subsequent MRI showed that she needed urgent surgery to prevent permanent paralysis.
Mary Lloyd, president of Pictou County Injured Workers, says the system is designed to put injured workers back on the job as soon as possible, rather than treat each worker individually on the recommendations of the worker's own doctor. She says that the doctors and physiotherapists hired by WCB are pressured into keeping the time losses and costs down or else they face losing their lucrative contracts.


FIRES INSIDE FORT MAC ARE CONTROLLED, BUT FIREFIGHTERS WORRY ABOUT CONDITIONS OUTSIDE THE CITY
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Evacuation centres are beginning to fill with people who have fled fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta. A mandatory evacuation order was issued yesterday afternoon after a wildfire on the edge of the community suddenly shifted direction. The order sparked a massive stream of people onto Highway 63 — the main road out of the inferno. Sergeant John Spaans, an R-C-M-P spokesman, says it’s been difficult coping with the flood of people, but there are some things for which emergency authorities are thankful. All fires in the city itself are currently out, but officials are warning that with hot and dry weather conditions, the situation could worsen again at any time. Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Fire Chief Darby Allen told reporters this morning that crews managed to get some of the blazes in town under control, but there are still concerns about fires outside the city.


WILDFIRES BURNING IN BC AS WELL
Wednesday 4th May 2016
People are getting the blame for almost all of the 85 wildfires currently burning in B-C, including the 60 blazing in the province's Peace River region. B-C Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek says human carelessness is compounded by conditions such as the dead, dry, post-winter grasses of northeastern B-C, that haven't had a chance to green-up since the snow melted. An evacuation alert has been posted, as the 70 square kilometre Beaton Airport Road fire flares northwest of Fort St. John -- but residents have not been ordered to get out.


WIDESPREAD DAMAGE IN FORT MAC AS FIREFIGHTERS STRUGGLE WITH BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Very high temperatures, low relative humidity and some strong winds are forecast for the Fort McMurray, Alberta area today. That will fuel a wildfire that has now destroyed 80 per cent of the homes in one neighbourhood and extensively damaged property in a number of others. The Beacon Hill suburb in the south end has suffered the most damage from flames that ripped into the city yesterday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of all 80-thousand residents. A dozen trailers on McKinlay Crescent in Timberlea have gone up in flames, with serious losses reported in the Abasand and Waterways suburbs. Some homes have been lost in four other neighbourhoods. But so far, there are no reports of injuries. Forestry manager Bernie Schmitte says the worst of the blaze is not over. Firefighters are trying to maintain crucial infrastructure, including the only bridge across the Athabasca River and Highway 63, which is the only route to the city from the south. Fire Chief Darby Allen says they have requested military assistance and he expects the army and air force will start sending out troops within a couple of days. The Red Cross has set up a fundraising appeal for fire victims. Donations, financial only, can be made to online at redcross.ca or by calling toll-free 1-800-418-1111.


BIBLE HILL SEX ASSAULT SUSPECTS IN COURT TODAY
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Four men in their 20's are due in court today in connection with the alleged gang sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl last December. Police say the men -- two Nova Scotians and two from Ontario -- were arrested after the girl reported that she had been sexually assaulted at a party in Bible Hill. All four men are charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. The girl went to Colchester District R-C-M-P on December 18th. Police say the two Nova Scotians, both from Colchester County, ages 21 and 23, were arrested in January. A 27-year-old man from Sarnia, Ontario, was arrested on March 31st, while a 25-year-old from Cornwall, Ontario, was arrested in Ottawa on April 12th.


HALIFAX HOMICIDES ADDED TO REWARD PROGRAM
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Police and the province are taking additional steps to help solve the recent homicides of four young men in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The homicides of Joseph Cameron, Tyler Bradley Richards, Naricho Clayton and Daverico Downey have been added to the Major Unsolved Crimes Program. The program provides a potential financial incentive of up to $150,000 to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for these homicides. Justice Minister Diana Whalen says that hard work is underway to address the increased violence, and she is hopeful with this incentive people with information will come forward. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded.


NEW GLASGOW EXTENDS POLICE AGREEMENT WITH TRENTON
Wednesday 4th May 2016
New Glasgow has extended the agreement to provide police services for Trenton for another five years. The agreement was signed as the first item of business at the New Glasgow Regional Police Commission meeting Monday evening. New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan says the agreement has been very successful and saves the Town of Trenton significant protection costs. Mayor Glen MacKinnon of Trenton added that the agreement has provided excellent police protection for citizens.


SPIKE IN WORKER INJURIES AT NURSING HOMES RAISE CONCERN
Wednesday 4th May 2016
The C-E-O of the Workers' Compensation Board in Nova Scotia says he's concerned about a spike last year in the number of nursing home workers injured by violent residents. Stuart MacLean says 40 nursing home workers received compensation for injuries in 2015. That's up from 28 the year before. He says the trend is "disturbing." MacLean says there has to be a focus on workers' safety. His comments come just days after the chief medical examiner confirmed there were eight deaths due to resident-on-resident violence in Nova Scotia nursing homes since 2008 — five more than previously reported. A Health Department spokesman says occupational health and safety inspectors are increasing their visits to long-term care facilities. He also says the Workers' Compensation Board will hire a consultant to develop a plan to address health-care injury rates.


PROVINCE MAKING REAL PROGRESS IN CUTTING GREENHOUSE GASES
Wednesday 4th May 2016
The province says it's on track to beat its 2020 goal to reduce greenhouse gases to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. Emissions are already down by 17 per cent. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the results show the effectiveness of a made-in-Nova Scotia approach to address climate change. The province tabled a report on Tuesday outlining progress on environmental goals.


OLAND WANTS QUICK DECISION ON SUPREME COURT APPEAL
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Dennis Oland's lawyers are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to move a bit quicker. The lawyers for the convicted murderer are seeking an expedited decision on their client's bail application. Oland wants to be released from prison while he appeals his conviction. The former investment adviser was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year for killing his father, prominent New Brunswick businessman Richard Oland.


NO WORD IF NEW BRUNSWICK WILL APPEAL BOOZE DECISION
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Premier Brian Gallant has yet to say whether the province will appeal a court ruling that says New Brunswick's liquor regulations violate the free trade provisions of the Constitution. The premier says the ruling is being analyzed -- and he has 30 days to make a decision. On Friday, a judge tossed out all charges against Gerard Comeau, who was charged with illegally importing 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor from a Quebec border town in 2012. Since then, New Brunswickers have been buying plenty of cheap Quebec beer.


ALL OF FORT MAC ORDERED TO EVACUATE AS FOREST FIRE RAGES
Wednesday 4th May 2016
The wildfire that has destroyed whole neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta could get even worse today. Massive walls of flames prompted authorities to order the evacuation of all 80-thousand residents last night and forestry manager Bernie Schmitte has warned that the worst of the blaze "is not over." He told a late night news conference that today's forecast calls for very high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. At the same news conference, fire chief Darby Allen said there were no reports of serious injuries, adding that military assistance is expected to arrive in the Alberta city within a couple of days In the meantime, Highway 63, the main route to the city from the south, has been clogged with vehicles as residents flee their city. The blaze began started on Sunday and it appeared firefighters would get it under control yesterday morning, but the winds shifted quickly pushed the flames along a ravine and into the city. Numerous communities and facilities in the surrounding area have opened their doors for the evacuees and work camps associated with oilsands projects have been quickly prepared for Fort McMurray residents. Politicians of all stripes have sent their condolences and words of support to the city, including Alberta's Opposition leader. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean -- the member of the legislature for the area-- says his home along with businesses that have been in his family for three generations were lost.


BABY & MOTHER AIRLIFTED OUT OF FORT MAC SHORTLY AFTER BIRTH
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Staff at a housing camp near Fort McMurray have learned that when a baby's ready to be born, not even a wildfire can get in the way. A woman who'd been brought to the Noralta Lodge north of the city went into labour yesterday. A spokeswoman for the company that provides housing for oilfield workers says the woman gave birth at the lodge, and was then airlifted away.


SENATOR SAYS HE NEVER TALKED TO DUFFY ABOUT EXPENSES
Wednesday 4th May 2016
No sooner did Senator Mike Duffy return to the Red Chamber than controversy began to swirl again. A senior Conservative senator was refuting testimony Duffy gave at the fraud trial that saw him acquitted of all 31 charges against him. Senator David Tkachuk insisted he never advised Duffy on questions about housing and travel allowances, despite Duffy's criminal trial having been told otherwise. Tkachuk said the only advice he gave during a January 2009 meeting of new senators was about caucus responsibilities. Duffy testified at his trial that he spoke with Tkachuk one-on-one after the meeting and asked whether he could or should claim expense against his Ottawa-area home as a secondary residence. Tkachuk says the meeting never happened. Duffy has not responded to a request for comment. He left the Senate yesterday without saying a word to reporters.


PM TO SET DATE FOR NORTH AMERICAN SUMMIT
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to formalize the date for a so-called Three Amigos summit with the U-S and Mexico. Federal sources say Trudeau will make the announcement at a press conference on Thursday. The summit is expected to take place sometime toward the end of June. U-S President Barack Obama is expected to address Parliament after the meeting. Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto will likely make official visits to several cities ahead of the summit.


SPORTS MAY 4
Wednesday 4th May 2016
The Weeks Jr A Crushers are in Woodstock for the Fred Page Cup. The first game for the Kent Cup champions is this afternoon at 4pm against the winners of the LHJQ, Longueuil College Francais. On Thursday at 4pm they will face the CCHL Champions, and defending Fred Page Cup winners, Carleton Place Canadians. The round robin wraps up Friday at 7:30 when the Crushers play the host Woodstock Slammers. The 2nd place and 3rd place teams will face off in the semi-final on Saturday, while the top team in the round robin goes directly to Sunday's final. Every Crusher game in the tournament will be broadcast on Classic Rock 97.9.
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Over 250 athletes from across the Atlantic Provinces, as well as the French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, participated in the 4th Annual NUMA Cup in Spryfield over the weekend. Kanokai Judo Club was well represented and came home with the following results:
LTAD Participants - Mekhi Reddick, Seth Cormier & Liam MacPherson
Gold - Kyle Sutherland
Silver - Mya Cameron, Landon MacPherson & Grayson Hislop
Bronze - Rylan Hislop & Kyle Sutherland
Kudos to Adrian Stuart & Kaden MacDonald as well on their great efforts.

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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball will begin registration for the upcoming season on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Kinsmen ball field in New Glasgow. A second registration will take place May 14 at the same time and location.  Additional registrations will follow these initial dates. Players born from 2001 to 2011 are encouraged to register. More information will be arriving to homes from local schools this week.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets will hold their spring identification camp later this month. The ID camp will be held the Pictou County Wellness Center from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday May 24. All players wishing to attend are asked to email weeksmajormidgets@gmail.com by May 10 and provide contact information, including name, age, health card, email, etc. Spaces are limited and players are urged to register as soon as possible. Attendance in the spring ID camp is mandatory for regional players in order to be considered for the summer tryout roster. A full camp schedule can be emailed upon request. For more information, email Kyle MacLennan at kyle.maclennan28@gmail.com or  Lou Lanceleve at lanceleve.lou@halifaxshipyard.com.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Miami Heat opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a road win at Toronto. Dwyane Wade scored seven of his 24 points in overtime as the Heat outlasted the Raptors 102-96. Kyle Lowry's 39-foot bomb to force overtime was the single highlight on another dreadful night for Toronto's all-star point guard. He finished with almost as many fouls, five, as points, seven.
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Klay Thompson scored 27 points and gave Golden State its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 5:33 left, and the Warriors rallied to beat the Trail Blazers 110-99 for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Draymond Green added 17 points, 14 rebounds as Golden State out scored Portland 34-12 in the final quarter.
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Justin Smoak picked the right time for his first two home runs of the season. Smoak went deep in the ninth, then gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 win with a walk-off home run in the 10th with Edwin Encarnacion standing on first. Toronto had lost four straight at Rogers Centre.
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Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Leonys Martin hit home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2. Also, Lorenzo Cain capped a three-run ninth inning with a two-out single to left, bringing home Mike Moustakas and giving the Kansas City Royals a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals.
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St. Louis and Tampa Bay took 2-1 leads in their playoff series with victories tonight. The Blues reeled off six unanswered goals in a 6-1 over Dallas while Brian Boyle scored in overtime to give the Lightning a 5-4 win over the Islanders. And Nashville earned its first win of its series, 4-1 over San Jose. The Sharks still lead that set 2-1.
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Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of fluid retention and sleep apnea. He was admitted Monday. The 86-year-old Shula led his teams to an N-F-L-record 347 victories in 33 seasons and helped the Miami Dolphins achieve the only perfect season in league history in 1972.


POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE IN FINDING MISSING HALIFAX WOMAN
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Police in Halifax are putting out a call for help from the public in finding a 40-year old woman who has been missing since last Friday. Halifax Regional Police say Tania Louise Peveril, who also goes by the last name Mackenzie, was last seen on Friday, 29 April on Barrington Street. Tania is described as an aboriginal woman, 5’6”, 135 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. No clothing description is available. Police say there is no information to suggest that Tania has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for her well-being. Officers request that Tania or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.


MISSING TEEN FOUND - NO DETAILS RELEASED
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
A 15 year old boy reported missing in the Halifax area has been found by police. RCMP had issued a call to the public yesterday for assistance in the search for Patrick Pearson, who had last been seen Saturday at the Halifax airport. Police say Pearson was found earlier today, but did not release any further details.


AUDITOR GENERAL FINDS ARMY RESERVES IN BAD SHAPE
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
The federal auditor general has released a scathing report that shows the country's army reserve is in dire straits, with only a fraction of its troops properly trained, equipped and fit for international operations and domestic emergencies. Michael Ferguson's latest audit includes a detailed examination of the problems faced by the military's part-time branch, finding that even though there are 21,000 positions on the books, only 13,944 reservists are considered active and ready for service. It is a startling figure in light of the federal government's stated goal of a reserve force of 27,000. Not only has National Defence failed to recruit for the part-time force, the audit found, but reservists are quitting at a rate faster than they can be replaced and are doing so after they are trained, taking valuable skills with them. The sweeping review also looked at training and found that many reservists don't receive certain basic weapons training, such as the use of a pistol or grenade launcher. They have been woefully unprepared for some standard duties in combat zones, such as convoy escort and force protection, and ill-equipped for missions at home like responding to forest fires and floods.


HEALTH AUTHORITY SAYS MENTAL HEALTH UNIT WOULD OPERATE DIFFERENTLY - IF IT RETURNS TO PICTOU COUNTY
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
The provincial health authority says if Pictou County's mental health unit reopens, it will under a new model. Linda Courey, senior director of Mental Health and Addiction Services, tells CBC News the old way didn't best serve community needs. She says that the Aberdeen Hospital's mental health unit was not overseen by psychiatrists, and didn't meet provincial standards for in-patient mental-health units. Courey says the unit's ultimate fate won't be known until more province-wide decisions are made about how to provide mental health care.


AUDITOR GENERAL WARNS MEDICAL MARIJUANA COSTS FOR VETERANS GROWING OUT OF CONTROL
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
The latest report from the federal auditor general urges Veterans Affairs to get a grip on its medical marijuana program for injured ex-soldiers, which is expected to cost taxpayers a startling $25 million this year. Michael Ferguson says the federal department has recognized the need to contain the program by imposing a limit on how much the government is willing to pay per gram. But his latest report shows officials have failed to do so. Veterans Affairs has covered medical marijuana costs since 2008, but more vets have applied since the regulations were overhauled three years ago, sending the cost through the roof — Ferguson says it will soon account for almost one-third of all federal drug coverage for ex-soldiers. In 2013-14, there were 112 veterans taking prescribed pot at a cost of $408,000, but by the end of December 2015 some 1,320 ex-soldiers were enrolled at a cost of $12.1 million. The audit also found the department does not effectively monitor high-risk drug utilization among veterans, nor does it effectively manage its drug benefits list.


INVESTIGATION BEGINS INTO PEI WORKPLACE DEATH
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
The Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to P-E-I after the death of a man at a work site. Forty-six-year-old Troy Jeffery died from injuries he suffered during a workplace accident in Poplar Grove on Friday. He was working on an oyster barge on the water at the time. His death is also being investigated by health and safety officials and the R-C-M-P. Jeffery's family and their business, Five Star Shellfish Incorporated, are a big part of the Island's shellfish industry.


CANADIAN MAN ORDERED TO LEAVE NEPAL BECAUSE OF CRITICAL TWEETS
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Nepalese officials say they have ordered a Canadian man to leave the country within two days for posting messages on social media that could disturb social harmony. Home Ministry official Yadav Koirala said Robert Penner's work visa was revoked because a report prepared by authorities suggested his critical posts on Twitter threatened national unity. Penner, who has been working for a software company, was detained on Monday for questioning. He has criticized the new constitution adopted last year and the government's handling of violent ethnic protests. Penner could not be reached for comment. His lawyer said he had no information about the case.


AMALGAMATION DEBATE, Q&A IN RIVER JOHN TOMORROW NIGHT
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
As lawn signs pop up around the county, for the first time, both sides in the amalgamation debate will present their cases at a public meeting. There will be a public discussion Wednesday night at the River John Fire Hall. Representing the No side will be Amalgamation No Thank You chair Brian White and Bernadette Romanowsky of River John. MOU committee chair and County Warden Ron Baillie will speak for the pro-amalgamation side. Following the presentations, there will be time for a question and answer session. The event begins tomorrow night at 7pm. The amalgamation vote is on 28 May.


GLAVINE CONSIDERING MANDATORY REPORTING OF NURSING HOME DEATHS
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Nova Scotia's health minister is facing questions about deaths in nursing homes after records obtained by The Canadian Press showed five fatalities caused by residents had not been reported since 2008. Leo Glavine says regular public disclosure of such deaths will be addressed later this year in the Liberal government's continuing-care strategy. Glavine says he will -- quote -- "give every consideration" to changing the policy. In Ontario, the chief coroner's office regularly discloses all nursing home homicides.


PROVINCIAL SPCA MERGING ITS BRANCHES
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
The SPCA in Nova Scotia is merging its 11 provincial branches. In a news release, the group says the merger will allow them to be more strategic in delivering enhanced programs, better protect financial assets, and grow provincial fundraising initiatives. CEO Elizabeth Murphy says the merger has been a collaboration between all of the SPCA branches.


NFLD MOUNTIES FORCED TO SHOOT POLAR BEAR
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
A wayward polar bear has been shot dead on Newfoundland's Fogo Island. The Mounties say the full-grown bear came ashore yesterday near the fish plant in Deep Bay, as a small crowd of locals looked on. When warning shots failed to frighten the animal, an R-C-M-P officer armed with a .308-calibre rifle shot it dead. Corporal Shaun Coady says about a quarter of the community's 100 residents had come for a look as news of the bear spread across the island.


ALBERTA WILDFIRES COULD DRIVE MORE PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
About 500 people in northern Alberta are spending the night at home after a wildfire forced them out on the weekend, but hundreds more remain either evacuated or ready to leave. Melissa Blake, the mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, says an evacuation order has been lifted for people in neighbourhoods just south of Fort McMurray but warns they must be ready to leave again if necessary. About 200 residents of the Centennial Trailer Park remain on mandatory evacuation and another 500 people in the Gregoire area were told to be ready to leave because of the fire which broke out over the weekend and quickly spread in hot and dry conditions. Fire crews on the ground are being assisted by air tankers and helicopters.


CANADA TO JOIN UN ANTI-TORTURE AGREEMENT
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Amnesty International and Mohamed Fahmy are among those applauding the federal government's promise to join a key U-N anti-torture agreement. A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion says the government plans to ratify the optional protocol to the convention against torture. Fahmy, who spent more than a year in prison in Egypt, calls the move history in the making. Amnesty International plans to hold a news conference on the subject later today.


ONLINE SURVEY REVEALS CLEAR MAJORITY OF PEOPLE BELIEVE SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS ARE TRUE
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
About two thirds of Canadians who took part in an online poll after the Jian Ghomeshi trial say they believe most sexual assault claims are true. The Canadian Women's Foundation, which commissioned the survey, calls the result "encouraging." Ghomeshi was found not guilty in late March by a Toronto judge, who said he couldn't rely on the testimony from three accusers. In the survey three-quarters of women and six out of every 10 men said they believe most sexual assault cases are "true and valid."


STUDY: RESTRICTING CALORIES CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR MOOD
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Some people worry that eating less may lead to negative side effects like irritability. Now, a new study suggests that these fears may be unfounded and that reducing calories may actually make you more upbeat. Researchers took 218 adults with body mass indices of 22-to-28 -- normal weight to overweight. They randomly assigned them to either eat normally or to reduce their calories by 25 per cent for two years. They used questionnaires to measure the subjects' mood, quality of life, sleep and sexual function during this time period. The people who underwent calorie restriction not only lost over seven kilos, but they also had significantly improved mood, reduced tension, improved general health and sexual drive. The research is in Journal of the American Medical Association - Internal Medicine.


SPORTS - MAY 3
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
The Weeks Jr A Crushers are ready for the start of the Fred Page Cup in Woodstock, NB. The Kent Cup Champions are leaving for the Eastern Canadian Championship today, then play their first game Wednesday afternoon at 4pm against the winners of the LHJQ, Longueuil College Francais. On Thursday at 4pm they will face the CCHL Champions, and defending Fred Page Cup winners, Carleton Place Canadians. The round robin wraps up Friday at 7:30 when the Crushers play the host Woodstock Slammers. The 2nd place and 3rd place teams will face off in the semi-final on Saturday, while the top team in the round robin goes directly to Sunday's final. Catch every Crusher game through the tournament on Classic Rock 97.9.
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Northumberland Nighthawks U13 girls volleyball team took home the bronze medal at provincials this past weekend in Bedford, Congratulations to Maddie MacDonald, Rory Thompson, Meg Maxner, and Skye MacDonald, Keeley Stevenson, Emily Giles,Katie Crawford, Georgie Gunn, coaches Harold Williams and Leonard Thompson and manager Hayley MacDonald.
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Atom Nova North Stars improved their record this weekend in Halifax with another win and a tie placing them in first place overall. First, they got the best of Chebecto Avalanche with a score of 6-2. Scoring for Stars was Cameron Pitts with 2 goals, Ethan Maclean, Landon Martin, Garrette Williams and Ethan Mackay all adding singles. Assists came from Williams 2, Brett Butler 1, Derrick Mackay 1, Pitts 1. Later that afternoon the Stars fought to a 4-4 tie against the Glace Bay Bruins. Stars goals came from Amias Crossman, Ethan Maclean, Derrick Mackay, Cameron Pitts. Assists came from Ethan Mackay. Winning goalies were Maddux Mackenzie and Ben Verge. Stars' next game is on the 7th in Halifax vs the Valley Wild.
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Congratulations to the Northumberland Nighthawks Varsity Ultimate Frisbee team for capturing the Northern Nova Scotia High School Championship this weekend, hosted by Pictou County Ultimate. It was an exciting final, with NRHS winning 10-8 over NNEC.  The NRHS Varsity and Junior Varsity teams, North Nova, Pictou Academy, and Dr JH Gillis of Antigonish had a great tournament which showed the strong growth and development of Ultimate Frisbee in Northern Nova Scotia. Good luck to the teams heading to provincials in Halifax on May 14.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets will hold their spring identification camp later this month. The ID camp will be held the Pictou County Wellness Center from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday May 24. All players wishing to attend are asked to email weeksmajormidgets@gmail.com by May 10 and provide contact information, including name, age, health card, email, etc. Spaces are limited and players are urged to register as soon as possible. Attendance in the spring ID camp is mandatory for regional players in order to be considered for the summer tryout roster. A full camp schedule can be emailed upon request. For more information, email Kyle MacLennan at kyle.maclennan28@gmail.com or  Lou Lanceleve at lanceleve.lou@halifaxshipyard.com.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A pair of early goals and a great performance by Matt Murray have the Pittsburgh Penguins up two games to one in their Stanley Cup second-round series against Washington.  Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in Pittsburgh's 3-2 triumph over the Capitals. Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh, but the Pens could be without their top defenceman. Kris Letang levelled Marcus Johansson with a hit that likely will be reviewed by the N-H-L.
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Kevin Pillar had three hits and scored a run but the Toronto Blue Jays still fell to the visiting Texas Rangers 2-1.  Nomar Mazara broke a tie with a solo home run as Texas won a rematch of last year's American League Division Series. 
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Matt Kemp hit a two-run double in the first inning to help James Shields earn his first victory of the season, and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1.  Shields  struck out five and walked two.
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Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists to lead the the Oklahoma City Thunder past San Antonio 98-97. Their playoff series is now tied 1-1. Earlier,  LeBron James scored 25 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood an Atlanta comeback in a 104-93 victory in the opening game of their second-round series.
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Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the N-H-L's top rookie.  McDavid had 16 goals and 32 assists despite missing much of the season due to a broken collarbone. Gostisbehere led rookie defencemen with 17 goals and 29 assists, and Panarin led all rookies with 30 goals and 47 assists.
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The Thai owners of Premier League champion Leicester City aim to keep the victorious squad together despite expectations that many players will be lured away by big-money offers from richer clubs. Leicester were 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season and the owners said that when they invested in the club six years ago, winning the title "was not what we dared to dream."


CHARGES AGAINST "BUBBLES" DROPPED
Monday 2nd May 2016
Pictou County native Mike Smith, best known for his portrayal of Bubbles on "Trailer Park Boys", is no longer facing a misdemeanour domestic battery charge in Los Angeles. Smith was arrested on 1 April after an incident at a Hollywood hotel involving a woman. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said today that Smith’s charge had been dropped, due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Smith and the alleged victim both denied the allegations from police in a written statement issued shortly after his arrest. Smith did admit to a heated argument, but denied that there was any assault.


PCs ATTACK LIBERALS OVER FIXED ELECTION DATES
Monday 2nd May 2016
Progressive Conservative House Leader Chris d’Entremont says the McNeil government broke its promise on setting a fixed election date for Nova Scotia. During a session of the Law Amendments Committee today, Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane, together with d'Entremont, tabled an amendment to legislation changing the Elections Act to include fixed dates, which the Liberals voted down. d'Entremont says Premier McNeil included a promise during the 2009 campaign to introduce fixed election dates, but now is changing his tune to place "his own political interests ahead of what’s best for democracy." Nova Scotia remains the only province in Canada that does not have fixed election dates, something which Chief Electoral Officer Richard Temporale says could save up to $500,000 in administration costs if they were in place.


SOME LOBSTER FISHERMEN UNSURE THEY'LL GET TOP DOLLAR FOR THEIR CATCH
Monday 2nd May 2016
Lobster fishermen who began dropping their pots over the weekend say they're confident lobsters are plentiful but they're worried about how much they'll get for their catch. The season is now open in lobster fishing areas that cover northern New Brunswick, the north coast of Prince Edward Island and the eastern portion of the Northumberland Strait. In some jurisdictions, the price is as much as eight-dollars a pound, but fishermen in Escuminac, New Brunswick tell C-T-V News they aren't as optimistic. Serge Sippley says they're looking at a price of five dollars to $5.50 per pound — but they won't know for sure what their catch is worth until they haul it in and return to the wharf, where buyers set the price. 


NFLD PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS PUZZLED BY GOV'T DECISION TO OUTSOURCE NEGOTIATIONS
Monday 2nd May 2016
A union leader in Newfoundland and Labrador says the provincial government should not have hired an outside law firm to handle bargaining with public sector unions. Wayne Lucas of the provincial branch of CUPE says the decision to retain McInnes-Cooper for legal communications during contract talks shows the governing Liberals don't respect the negotiating process. He says unions have negotiated contracts with senior staff at the Treasury Board for more than 40 years and have almost always reached settlements. Lucas also says the law firm will be costly for the cash-strapped government, arguing staff could do the work.


WESTVILLE WOMAN HITS TRACTOR TRAILER
Monday 2nd May 2016
A Westville woman was taken to hospital after she struck a parked tractor-trailer on Main Street with her car Sunday morning. Police said the woman suffered no apparent injuries, but was taken to the Aberdeen for observation. The investigation continues.


NEW CENSUS WILL INCLUDE THE LONG FORM
Monday 2nd May 2016
The mandatory, long-form census returns today, as Statistics Canada begins mailing out the surveys. Over the next eight days, more than 15 million households will receive census letters that will need to be filled out by hand or online. Every home will receive a short-form questionnaire, while one in every four will receive the long-form census.


SPRING WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE OVER
Monday 2nd May 2016
Weight restrictions are being lifted on Nova Scotia roads. Yesterday was the final day of spring weight limits in the province. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal says the restrictions were removed from all counties at 12:01 a-m today. Weight limits had been in place on all provincial roads since the end of February. Department officials say the restrictions were necessary during the spring thaw to help protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather.


NURSES WANT MORE INFO RELEASED PUBLICLY ABOUT NURSING HOME DEATHS
Monday 2nd May 2016
Questions are being raised over why details about some deaths at Nova Scotia nursing homes were not released publicly. Government records indicate that eight residents of nursing homes in the province have died since 2008 due to violence from other residents. That's five more than were previously revealed. Licensed practical nurse Rhonda Church says the public needs to know why these things happen in care facilities.


NFLD PRISON INMATES WEARING UNIFORMS
Monday 2nd May 2016
Newfoundland and Labrador's largest prison has joined Ontario, B-C, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia in requiring inmates to wear institute-issued uniforms instead of their own clothing. The superintendent of prisons for the province says the decision to issue jumpsuits, shorts, T-shirts, underwear and sneakers to prisoners was made to reduce contraband and bullying. Owen Brophy says the change has made the penitentiary safer for inmates and staff. But inmates argue the clothing takes away their pride and self-respect.


NEW ENGLAND LOBSTER POPULATIONS IN DECLINE
Monday 2nd May 2016
Fishing regulators are considering new tools to address southern New England's declining lobster population. A management board for the Atlantic States is meeting to discuss a motion to create new measures that address the lobsters' decline. A plan could include issues such as trap reductions and closed seasons for lobster fishermen. Scientists say southern New England's lobster population has sunk to its lowest level on record.


DUFFY RETURNING TO SENATE
Monday 2nd May 2016
Senator Mike Duffy makes his return to the Upper Chamber this week, after a three-year hiatus while he fought and ultimately won his legal battle stemming from the Senate expenses scandal. Last month, the former T-V journalist was cleared on all 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, allowing him to retake his seat. Duffy will sit as an Independent after being expelled from the Conservative caucus.


MONTREAL MAY DAY PROTESTS LEAD TO ARRESTS
Monday 2nd May 2016
Police in Montreal made about 10 arrests after a chaotic protest in the city's downtown. Yesterday's annual May Day began peacefully but degenerated after about an hour, when police say anti-capitalist protesters threw projectiles and smashed  windows at a downtown police station. Police responded by firing tear gas at some of the several hundred demonstrators. The police presence was heavy and included officers on horseback and on bicycles as well as dozens on foot. Protests are held annually to mark May Day, also known as International Workers' Day. More than 80 protesters were arrested at last year's event.


SPORTS - MAY 2 *UPDATED 12:25 PM*
Monday 2nd May 2016
The Weeks Jr A Crushers are just a couple of days away from the start of the Fred Page Cup in Woodstock, NB. The Kent Cup Champions will be leaving for the Eastern Canadian Championship on Tuesday, then play their first game Wednesday afternoon at 4pm against the winners of the LHJQ, Longueuil College Francais. On Thursday at 4pm they will face the CCHL Champions, and defending Fred Page Cup winners, Carleton Place Canadians. The round robin wraps up Friday at 7:30 when the Crushers play the host Woodstock Slammers. The 2nd place and 3rd place teams will face off in the semi-final on Saturday, while the top team in the round robin goes directly to Sunday's final. Catch every Crusher game through the tournament on Classic Rock 97.9.
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Before the Crushers make their trip, fans will get to celebrate their Kent Cup Championship and wish them best luck at the Fred Page Cup. The Crushers, along with the Kent Cup will be at the Wellness Centre tonight from 6:30pm – 7:30pm to sign autographs and meet their fans. For those not able to make the trip to Woodstock, the Crushers are giving you an opportunity to stay connected with your favorite players during the tournament. There will be a silent auction to bid on a pair of Crushers. The winning bid will receive a signed action photo of both your players, an autographed team photo, a photographer will be onsite to take a picture of you with your Crushers, plus you will receive one daily update from Woodstock, from your adopted Crushers.
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Northumberland Nighthawks U13 girls volleyball team took home the bronze medal at provincials this past weekend in Bedford, Congratulations to Maddie MacDonald, Rory Thompson, Meg Maxner, and Skye MacDonald, Keeley Stevenson, Emily Giles,Katie Crawford, Georgie Gunn, coaches Harold Williams and Leonard Thompson and manager Hayley MacDonald.
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Atom Nova North Stars improved their record this weekend in Halifax with another win and a tie placing them in first place overall. First, they got the best of Chebecto Avalanche with a score of 6-2. Scoring for Stars was Cameron Pitts with 2 goals, Ethan Maclean, Landon Martin, Garrette Williams and Ethan Mackay all adding singles. Assists came from Williams 2, Brett Butler 1, Derrick Mackay 1, Pitts 1. Later that afternoon the Stars fought to a 4-4 tie against the Glace Bay Bruins. Stars goals came from Amias Crossman, Ethan Maclean, Derrick Mackay, Cameron Pitts. Assists came from Ethan Mackay. Winning goalies were Maddux Mackenzie and Ben Verge. Stars' next game is on the 7th in Halifax vs the Valley Wild.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets will hold their spring identification camp next month. The ID camp will be held the Pictou County Wellness Center from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday May 24. All players wishing to attend are asked to email weeksmajormidgets@gmail.com by May 10 and provide contact information, including name, age, health card, email, etc. Spaces are limited and players are urged to register as soon as possible. Attendance in the spring ID camp is mandatory for regional players in order to be considered for the summer tryout roster. A full camp schedule can be emailed upon request. For more information, email Kyle MacLennan at kyle.maclennan28@gmail.com or  Lou Lanceleve at lanceleve.lou@halifaxshipyard.com.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's Toronto and Miami in the second round. The Raptors held on to beat Indiana 89-84 last night and get to Round 2 of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 30 points for Toronto. The Heat and Raptors begin their series Tuesday in Toronto.
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Kevin Durant and the Thunder will try to regroup for Game 2 tonight against the Spurs. San Antonio hammered Oklahoma City 124-92 to open their second-round series. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 38 points as the Spurs were able to rest their starters for the entire fourth quarter. Also, Cleveland and Atlanta play Game 1 of their second-round set tonight.
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Pittsburgh hosts Washington tonight in Game 3 of their second-round series. The Capitals will be without Brooks Orpik after the defenceman was handed a three-game suspension for his hit on Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta in Game 2. The series is tied 1-1 after Pittsburgh took Game 2.
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The Blue Jays return home to open a four-game set tonight against the Rangers. Knuckleballer R-A Dickey is on the mound for Toronto while righty A-J Griffin is expected to go for Texas. It's the first meeting between the Jays and Rangers since last year's American League Division Series.


THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT LEADS TO CHARGES AGAINST ONE DRIVER
Sunday 1st May 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating three motor vehicles that were in a collision near the intersection of Main Street and Forge Street, Trenton. On Saturday April 30, 2016 at approximately 4:50pm, New Glasgow Regional Police, along with the Trenton Fire Department and Emergency Health Services responded to a three motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Main Street and Forge Street Trenton, Nova Scotia. The driver of the Dodge Ram was travelling Westbound on Forge Street when the truck proceeded through the stop sign on Forge Street colliding with a Toyota Corolla and a Toyota Rav on Main Street. Drivers and passengers of all three vehicle suffered minor injuries and all vehicles suffered extensive damages. The investigation revealed that a 52 year old adult male driver of the Dodge Truck was charged under the motor vehicle act with failing to stop at a stop sign.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 1 MAY
Sunday 1st May 2016
The Weeks Jr A Crushers are just a couple of days away from the start of the Fred Page Cup in Woodstock, NB. The 2016 Kent Cup Champions will be leaving for the Eastern Canadian Championship on Tuesday, then will play their first game Wednesday afternoon at 4pm against the winners of the LHJQ, Longueuil College Francais. On Thursday at 4pm they will face the CCHL Champions, and defending Fred Page Cup winners, Carleton Place Canadians. The round robin wraps up Friday at 7:30 when the Crushers play the host Woodstock Slammers. The 2nd place and 3rd place teams will face off in the semi-final on Saturday, while the top team in the round robin goes directly to Sunday's final. Catch every Crusher game through the tournament on Classic Rock 97.9.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets will hold their spring identification camp next month. The ID camp will be held the Pictou County Wellness Center from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday May 24. All players wishing to attend are asked to email weeksmajormidgets@gmail.com by May 10 and provide contact information, including name, age, health card, email, etc. Spaces are limited and players are urged to register as soon as possible. Attendance in the spring ID camp is mandatory for regional players in order to be considered for the summer tryout roster. A full camp schedule can be emailed upon request. For more information, email Kyle MacLennan at kyle.maclennan28@gmail.com or  Lou Lanceleve at lanceleve.lou@halifaxshipyard.com.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Finishing in last place paid off for the Maple Leafs. Toronto has won the N-H-L draft lottery and the right to select first overall this summer. Finishing the 2015-16 regular season with the NHL's worst record, the Leafs had the best odds of winning the lottery. Winnipeg moved up and will pick second. Columbus rounds out the top three.
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Eric Fehr  put Pittsburgh ahead for good and the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 in Game 2 of their second-round series, evening the set 1-1. The Penguins host Game 3 on Monday. And the Lightning and Islanders will head back to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Tuesday tied at a game each after Tampa Bay's 4-1. Tyler Johnson scored twice for the Lightning.
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Curt Casali had the first walk-off hit of his career at the expense of the Blue Jays. Casali drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Toronto 4-3. Jays reliever Brett Cecil suffered his fifth loss of the season. Starter J.A. Happ went 6-and-2-thirds for Toronto, giving up six hits and three runs while striking out seven.
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Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning and pace the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 victory over Kansas City. It's the Royals' fifth straight loss on their current road trip.
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LaMarcus Aldrige scored 38 points in less than three quarters of action and San Antonio easily took care of Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their second-round series 124-92. Kawhi Leonard added 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes for San Antonio, which rested all of its starters for the fourth quarter after leading by as much as 43 points. 
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The finals are set at the inaugural Champions Cup curling event being held in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Winnipeg's Reid Carruthers will play Toronto's John Epping in the men's final. On the women's side, it's Ottawa's Rachel Homan against Winnipeg's Jennefier Jones. Both finals are today.